Monthly Archives: November 2008

First Look: 2008 Playoff National Treasures Football

Here’s a sneak peek at several rookie inserts from 2008 Playoff National Treasures Football — which won’t be hitting store shelves for a few months.

See them all after the jump.

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First Look: 2009 Topps Baseball

It’s here!

Each hobby box will include one autograph or Relic card and each jumbo box will include three.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

Updated: Interest in Barack Obama's trading cards spikes after historic victory

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By CHRIS OLDS | BECKETT BASEBALL EDITOR

In the wake of Barack Obama’s historic election to the White House, interest in his trading cards and autographs has spiked dramatically.

There has been a increase in values for the readily available cards — as well as an increase in the volume of sales — while his rarer autographed cards are commanding four-figures.

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Upper Deck reveals second batch of UD Black Letterman rookie redemptions

lettermen2Upper Deck announced the second batch of 2008-09 UD Black Letterman Patch redemption autographs on Wednesday. Here they are:

Card 104 – Nikita Filatov, Columbus

Card 108 – Drew Doughty, Los Angeles

Card 112 – Luca Sbisa, Philadelphia

Card 116 – Patrik Berglund, St. Louis

Card 120 – Blake Wheeler, Boston

The company says the cards should be in collectors’ hands by March. The redemptions can be found in two-card packs of Black, which carry a $125 price tag.

The previously announced rookies can be seen here.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

Looking for that first Barack Obama presidential card?

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It looks like Topps will have the first card depicting Barack Obama as president as it will include the card above in its upcoming American Heritage set.

The set will arrive in early 2009 — perhaps around Inauguration Day — and include America’s story in sports, arts, pop culture and history on cards that utilize designs from several past Topps sets.

Each hobby box will include two autograph or Relic cards. More details as they become available will be found here.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

Barack Obama or John McCain — the collectors decide

mccaincard1obamacard1Doesn’t it seem as if we’ve found hundreds of political candidates’ cards in packs of baseball cards this past year?

But today’s the day that the cardboard was all pointing toward.

Which one will be the rookie card worth keeping — the Democrat Barack Obama or the Republican John McCain?

Is it neither one? Is it someone else?

We want to know.

Pick your top political card of the year.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

By the box: 2008 Topps Stadium Club Baseball

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Here are the results from a randomly selected box I recently opened …

2008 Topps Stadium Club baseball (hobby box)
Suggested Retail Price: $25 per pack, $300 per box (arrives in hobby shops on Wednesday)
Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 60
Base set completion: 20 of 150 (13 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Insert/short-print cards found: 40 (13 autographs, two memorabilia cards; click on thumbnails for a closer look)

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First look: 2008 Playoff Prime Cuts baseball (updated)

Remember them? They're back ...

Donruss‘ unlicensed return to the baseball card market just took a high-end turn.

Scheduled for release on Dec. 26 is Playoff Prime Cuts IV — a $200 per box installment of the popular line last seen in 2005.

“We’re as thrilled about this product as any we’ve done in quite some time,” said brand manager Ben Ecklar, “as it will contain Pete Rose and ‘Shoeless’ Joe Jackson in a high-end, very limited release. The program will include low sequentially numbered cards, jumbo swatches and some very unique cards never seen before.”

Each box will contain five cards — four of those being autograph or memorabilia cards.  The checklist also will include game-used cards for Dodgers great Jackie Robinson and Yankees legend Lou Gehrig.

The standard set will include 150 cards — including 50 rookies — and all of the cards will be serial-numbered to 449 or less.

But enough with the details — here’s a first look:

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Topps will go retro with Mayo Football

The latest in football releases from ToppsMayo Football — taps one of the earliest football card designs. Check it out …

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The set will hit hobby shops late this year.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

What surprises do Donruss and Topps Stadium Club have in store? Check back Tuesday …

We’ve gotten a sneak peek at the latest and greatest coming from Donruss, and it’s going to be big — really, really big — for baseball fans.

And we also have cracked a box of 2008 Topps Stadium Club baseball, which hits hobby shops on Wednesday.

Look for both right here on Tuesday morning. (In the meantime, can anyone identify the three New York Yankees appearing on Mickey Mantle‘s Stadium Club card? There just might be a prize involved for the first to correctly identify all three players via the comment field below.)

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

McFarlane preps Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving figure exclusively for Target

McFarlane Toys will produce an exclusive Marion Barber III figure that can be found in its Wave 3 of 2008 NFL SportsPicks figures — but only at Target stores.

The 6-inch figure will have the Thanksgiving game uniform on the running back and appear in stores late this year. It is his McFarlane debut — which should help generate some interest along with it being an exclusive — as the toys return to the store’s shelves.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

Topps announces NBA Letterman Lottery Pick Patch Card redemptions

Topps unveiled its 2008-09 Letterman Basketball Lottery Pick Patch Card Redemptions on Monday.

Each pick has a letter (A-J) that entitles a collector to a letter patch card sequentially numbered to 25 — one letter patch card for every redemption card received.

Here’s a breakdown:

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McFarlane Toys announces rarest SportsPicks toy ever

ruthrareMcFarlane Toys announced on Friday that it is set to produce the rarest SportsPicks figure ever in an upcoming baseball set.

Three copies of Babe Ruth‘s New York Yankees figure in the upcoming Cooperstown Collection series will have a dark blue cap — what we would consider close to the standard for today — instead of the standard white cap that was worn in 1920. The rare figure is seen at right.

The back of each of the three rare packages will be sealed with blue McFarlane safety tape so it will be obvious that the figures were not tampered with.

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