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Monthly Archives: November 2008

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.

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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