Monthly Archives: November 2008

First Look: 2008 Donruss Sports Legends inserts

Take a break from the turkey and feast your eyes upon these cards from the upcoming Donruss Sports Legends set …

Donruss Delivers Thanksgiving Game Cards

Donruss will produce Thanksgiving Game cards for both NFL games and distribute more than 120,000 sets tomorrow in Dallas and Philadelphia.

Steiner Sports teams with University of Alabama Crimson Tide on memorabilia, photography deal

Steiner Sports and the University of Alabama will be teaming up to bring Crimson Tide memorabilia to the masses.

Box Busters: 2008 Elite Extra Edition Baseball

We crack open a box of 2008 Elite Extra Edition Baseball …

Box Busters: 2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects

First up today, 2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects …

Beckett Grading Services to begin grading Star Basketball cards

Beckett Grading Services will be expanding its portfolio of services to include ’83-86 Star Company basketball cards beginning Dec. 1, 2008.

First look/checklist: 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Autographs (updated with insert odds)

Here’s your first look at an actual 2008 Bowman Chrome Draft Autograph Prospects card (No. BDPP112) and a checklist for the 18 cards. Look for a box breakdown here very soon.

As promised in print & contests (updated) …

Looking for content promised here on The Beckett Blog in a Beckett magazine? Or are you looking to win cool stuff? Click after the jump.

Did you get your free Dr. Pepper on Sunday?

I have to ask … did you get your free bottle of Dr. Pepper on Sunday?

Checklist: 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Baseball (1-200)

Here’s the basic checklist for 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition — the first 100 cards being standard and the second 100 cards coming autographed:

Arkansas collector completes Yankee Stadium Legacy Collection

Tommy Baxter, a 36-year-old precast concrete specialist from Little Rock, Ark., has accomplished something no one else in the world has been able to do: put together Upper Deck’s gigantic, 6,661-card Yankee Stadium Legacy Collection.

Topps reveals Heritage High Number SPs

Topps released the short-printed card list for its 2008 Heritage Baseball High Number set on Friday. The SPs are found one in every three packs.

Obama graces cover of next Beckett Baseball

So to go along with his historic win on Election Day, here’s another historic first. Barack Obama is the first President to prominently appear on the cover of a Beckett publication — and that’s 30 years’ worth of books and magazines.

Does this Manny Ramirez 2008 Stadium Club card seem odd?

Examine the photo on this 2008 Stadium Club Manny Ramirez card closely.

Topps announces 50th annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team

Topps revealed its Major League Rookie All-Star Team on Thursday, which means that the following players will have the famous little rookie cup trophy on their 2009 Topps cards:

Gotten your 2008 Upper Deck Store winter catalog?

I received my 2008 Upper Deck Store winter catalog in the mail yesterday. If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s what you’re missing …

Spectrum of Stars Autographs could pack some punch

Back for 2009 will be the Spectrum of Stars autographs — and the preliminary checklist looks pretty interesting.

First look: 2008 Ultimate Collection Rookie Jersey Autographs

First look at Ultimate Collection Rookie Jersey Autograph cards. The set is scheduled to hit hobby shops on Dec. 30.

The secret ingredient in Mayo may just be college football autographs

One upcoming product that has me particularly excited is the 2008 Topps Mayo Football set that is modeled after the original set of football cards from 1894.

Sneak peek: 2008 Elite Extra Edition Baseball

As promised in the upcoming issue of Beckett Baseball, here’s a gallery of card images from 2008 Donuss Elite Extra Edition, which will hit hobby shops next week …

Never know what you'll find in Topps' Vault …

One pastime of mine is occasionally visiting The Topps Vault on eBay to see what kind of obscure or interesting items they dig up for collectors. This one might be one of the most impressive yet. It’s a 1985 USFL proof sheet.

First look: Cat Osterman's Donruss Elite Extra Edition cards

Softball fans just might have a reason to track down some of the new Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball cards when they arrive in hobby shops next week as Texas and USA Softball star Cat Osterman is included.

Could UFC champ Brock Lesnar's football cards pick up steam?

Now that he’s the Ultimate Fighting Championship title holder. Could Brock Lesnar’s football cards (or even his WWE cards) pick up steam?

PSA 8 Mickey Mantle collection set to hit Memory Lane auction block

A run of every Mickey Mantle card from his career — all PSA 8s — will be sold in the upcoming Memory Lane Inc. Winter Extravaganza Rarities Auction that opens Friday and closes on Dec. 13.

Topps will produce Barack Obama trading card set

Topps announced Friday morning that it will document President-elect Barack Obama’s historic run for the White House in a 90-card set — the Barack Obama Inaugural Edition — in January

Upcoming Memory Lane auction loaded with prime PSA cards

Memory Lane Inc. has several key cards up for grabs in its upcoming Winter Extravaganza Rarities Auction that opens on Nov. 21.

Upper Deck releases 2008-09 NHL Fleer Ultra Rookie Redemption list

Upper Deck released the 1008-09 NHL Fleer Ultra rookie redemption list on Tuesday. Here’s the breakdown of the cards that should be available by February:

TRISTAR will Cross the Line with new TNA Wrestling set

November continues be a good month for wrestling collectors. While Topps’ WWE Heritage IV has just hit stores, fans won’t have to wait long for another wrestling card fix as TRISTAR’s second Total Nonstop Action Wrestling card set — Cross the Line — hits stores later this month.

Upper Deck releases images of Barack Obama Lettermen cards

Upper Deck revealed Monday its manufactured patch cards of President-elect Barack Obama that could be found in packs of 2008 Upper Deck Icons Football.

Topps releases more details on American Heritage

Topps released additional details and information for its upcoming American Heritage trading card set on Friday.

Next generation of WWE stars' autographs arrives in Topps Heritage IV

Topps’ latest installment of the popular Heritage line of WWE professional wrestling cards has arrived with a whole new generation of stars signing autographs for Series IV.

First Look: Upper Deck's 2008 NHL Fall Expo Priority Signings set

The NHL Fall Expo — the show of all hockey shows — runs from Nov. 14-16 in Toronto and Upper Deck will be therew with a huge wrapper redemption program that will let some lucky fans get their hands on some key autographs.

Sneak Peek: Upper Deck Sweet Spot's Sweet Beginnings autographed rookie cards

2008 Upper Deck Sweet Spot has been pushed back to a December release, but from the looks on these on-card rookie autographs it will be worth the wait.

Leaf Rookies & Stars Football has good Team Chemistry

Sometimes, it’s the simple additions to an insert set that make it a bit stronger.

Upper Deck rewards collectors with Barack Obama victory card

Upper Deck is producing one last card in is Presidential Predictors set — this one a Presidential Victor — that will only be available at a select number of hobby shops as rewards for purchasing Upper Deck products.