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Monthly Archives: November 2008

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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