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Monthly Archives: November 2008

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

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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 — which, if you do your math (11 cards per row, 12 rows) means its a complete set of 132 barring any duplicate rows. (I don’t see any.)

Who’s on there? Start with the top row — I see Steve Young and Doug Flutie. Further down? Reggie White, Jim Kelly, Sam Mills, Herschel Walker. It’s not a bad mix of legends’ early cards.

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

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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.

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

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Brock Lesnar is a former WWE champion who bolted the squared circle after a short but successful run for a failed career attempt with the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.

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

Just asking the question. (So far, not really, but there are quite a few of his cards available on the auction block.) What do you think?

Here’s a checklist of his football cards:

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

11857Many collectors have never seen each and every Mickey Mantle card produced during his career.

Fewer have seen them all together. It’s really not a matter of scarcity, but rather high demand for the cards of the former New York Yankees star.

But how many collectors own them all in PSA 8 condition? Not many, but you do have a chance to …

A run of every 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.

See them all after the jump …

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Topps will produce Barack Obama trading card set

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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

The set will document Obama’s life and will be available in stores nationwide before Inauguration Day. Each pack will contain six cards and one sticker at a suggested retail price of $1.99 per pack.

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Upcoming Memory Lane auction loaded with prime PSA cards

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

Among the items up for grabs is a T206 Piedmont Sherry Magie error card graded SGC 40, a PSA 5 W600 Sporting Life Eddie Plank, a PSA 9 M116 Sport Life Walter Johnson, a PSA 8 1915 Cracker Jack Honus Wagner, a PSA 8 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth and a PSA 8 1934 Goudey Jimmie Foxx.

If that’s not modern or pricey enough for you, how about a run of PSA 8 Mickey Mantle cards from 1951 to 1969? (I heard your jaw dropping, all the way from here.)

The last Memory Lane auction recorded more than $2.75 million in sales.

To see more cards from past auctions and for a look at more set to sell — some of the finest cards in existence — go to memorylaneinc.com.

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.

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

ultraUpper Deck released the 2008-09 NHL Fleer Ultra Rookie Redemption list on Tuesday. Here’s the breakdown of the cards that should be available by February:

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TRISTAR will Cross the Line with new TNA Wrestling set

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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.

tnastyles1The 100-card base set includes all the TNA stars and several subsets (like the past set, TNA iMPACT!) but adds several new subsets including TNA Debuts (Rookie Cards per se), Drawn to TNA (artwork by the wrestlers as well as a wrestling artist) and The Write Stuff, where wrestling media select their notable moments and stars in TNA history.  (More on that in a later blog entry.)

But, like any set in any sport, it’s really about the autographs and memorabilia cards — and TRISTAR’s set has Topps’ set in a figure-four leglock.

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Upper Deck releases images of Barack Obama Lettermen cards

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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.

There were “Presidential Lettermen” redemption cards randomly inserted in boxes of the product, which was released in August. Now that the election is over, we know who will appear on the cards. Sales of the redemptions have pushed as high as $100. The cards, when collected together, can spell “President Obama.”

The cards will be delivered to collectors beginning in January.

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 releases more details on American Heritage

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

Each 8-card pack carries a suggested retail price of $3 with 24 packs per box and 12 boxes per case. Each box will include two Relic or autographed cards as well as six inserts and eight Chrome parallels numbered to 1,776 and Refractors limited to 76 copies.

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

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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.

Here’s a look at the autograph card debuts for each.

Natalya – She’s the daughter of Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and made her WWE debut not long after WrestleMania XXIV this year in Orlando. So far, early bidding on eBay has this card the leader of the pack (autographs of WWE Divas are usually the strongest sellers). She’s worked in independent promotions for several years, so it’s not just a family pedigree that’s gotten her here.

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

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

Collectors who buy a box of 2008-09 Artifacts or Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey will receive one Priority Signings autograph card. There will be a limit of one redemption per person per day at the three-day show with just two-hour windows each day (5-7 p.m. Friday, noon-2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday) to claim a card.

Check out the cards that will be found after the jump.

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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.

One Sweet Beginnings card can be found in every six-tin box. See a few of them after the jump.

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Leaf Rookies & Stars Football has good Team Chemistry

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

In the case of the Team Chemistry cards in the upcoming 2008 Leaf Rookies & Stars Football set, all that hinges on just a little ink.

Check out these cards from the product, which hits store shelves next Wednesday, after the jump.

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Upper Deck rewards collectors with Barack Obama victory card

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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 those who purchase Upper Deck products.

The company released information on the cards Wednesday evening, noting that the shops that will have the card will receive no more than 100 copies.

“The best way for us to bring our ‘Presidential Predictor’ series come to a logical end was to release a ‘Presidential Victor’ card showing the winner,” said Chris Carlin, Upper Deck’s hobby marketing manager. “We are happy to work with our most supportive hobby shops to provide them with these unique cards, which they can share with their customers. No matter which party you supported, this was a historic election, and this card represents a great way for Upper Deck to commemorate the 2008 Presidential race.”

What does the back of the card say? Find out after the jump.

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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.