Monthly Archives: December 2008

Coming Tuesday: 2008 Bowman Sterling Baseball Box Busters

This year’s Bowman Sterling baseball set arrives in hobby shops on Wednesday — but we’ve already ripped a box for a Box Busters episode that will arrive right here on Tuesday.

Box Busters sneak peek: 2008 Playoff Contenders football

On the schedule for this week’s episodes of Box Busters is 2008 Playoff Contenders Football with its always popular rookie ticket autographs.

Upper Deck's upcoming NBA Radiance set focuses on autographs

Upper Deck released images and information about its upcoming NBA Radiance set that will arrive in April.

What did the Topps Sterling Rip Party pull?

We know you love Box Busters, but let’s take it up a notch (and a few decibels) and see what The Rip Master Alan Narz saw collectors pull at the Topps Sterling Rip Party recently held at his shop in Orlando, Fla.

Topps will release Obama-Robinson dual cut autograph in American Heritage

Topps announced Tuesday that its upcoming American Heritage set will include a dual cut autograph of President-Elect Barack Obama and baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson.

Topps bonus in WWE DVD may put fans over Edge

Arriving in stores today is the latest career retrospective DVD from World Wrestling Entertaiment — Edge: A Decade of Decadence.

By the Box: 2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects blaster box

Here are the results from a randomly selected box I recently opened … 2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects (retail blaster box)

By the Box: 2008 TRISTAR TNA Cross the Line wrestling cards blaster box

Here are the results from a randomly selected box I recently opened … 2008 TRISTAR TNA Cross the Line wrestling cards (retail blaster box)

By the box: 2009 Press Pass NASCAR blaster box

Here are the results from a randomly selected box I recently opened … 2009 Press Pass NASCAR (retail blaster box)

Coming Monday: 2008 Topps Sterling Baseball Box Busters

Tune in Monday for another episode of Box Busters when we open two minty fresh boxes of 2008 Topps Sterling, which includes a player-specific wooden box of four cards and a one-card Mystery Pack.

Checklist: 2008 Bowman Sterling baseball

The final big set arriving for prospectors this year is Bowman Sterling, which packs plenty of punch in each five-card pack. Each includes two autographed cards, one Relic or autographed Relic, one rookie card and prospect card.

First look: 2008-09 Upper Deck Lineage Basketball

Upper Deck released images and preview information on Friday for its 2008-09 Lineage basketball set, which will arrive in April.

Even more from Prime Cuts IV …

Because we know you want to see even more from Prime Cuts IV before it hits hobby shops next week …

More Playoff Prime Cuts IV: Checklist & preview images

We’re still working on some Prime Cuts Box Busters action, but until then (later today), chew on these …

Topps adds World Baseball Classic patches to Bowman Sterling

Topps announced Thursday that it is adding redemption cards for 2009 World Baseball Classic patch cards into packs of 2008 Bowman Sterling baseball.

Sneak peek: 2008 Upper Deck Iconic Cuts football cards

Upper Deck released images of several cards from its2008 Iconic Cuts cut autograph set on Wednesday. These cards were found via redemptions in 2008 Upper Deck Icons football cards.

Sneak peek: Playoff Prime Cuts IV baseball cards

Playoff Prime Cuts IV is set to hit hobby shops on Dec. 24 after a three-year break. Check ’em out.

Playoff Contenders basketball anyone?

Three autographed cards of top NBA draft picks will cap the Playoff Contenders football checklist. Perhaps you’ve heard of these guys?

Latest Upper Deck gem features Ali, Jordan and Tiger signatures

Upper Deck has produced an autographed item that just might not be toppable among living signers — its Legends of Sport lithograph signed by Muhammad Ali, Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

First look: 2009 Upper Deck Artifacts Baseball

Upper Deck released the first images and box breakdowns for its 2009 Artifacts A Piece of History Set which will arrive in April.

First look: 2009 Upper Deck SPx Baseball

Upper Deck released information and images for its 2009 SPx set, which will arrive in March.

Reel Bats brings memorabilia for baseball's big-screen stars to life

Abel Sanchez had a simple idea — work with Louisville Slugger to make replica baseball bats for some of baseball’s biggest stars of the big screen.

Sneak peek: 2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Legends

Upper Deck released images of 10 cards from its upcoming Legends set of autographs that will be included in 2008 Ultimate Collection, which hits hobby shops in February.

Sneak peek: Topps Ultimate Fighting Championship MMA cards (with checklist)

Fresh in from Topps this morning are a few more images from its upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship card set that will arrive in hobby shops next month.

Upper Deck reveals Timelines Cuts list

Upper Deck has announced its lineup for its 2008 Timelines Cuts set, a baseball only cut signature insert in 2008 Upper Deck Timelines baseball. There are several Hall of Famers included — and a few guys who don’t have many cuts available.

Now that's an interesting sticker autograph …

Imagine opening a pack of Donruss Sports Legends and discovering you have a Joe Montana card numbered out of 10. You flip it over to see an autograph of … Hank Aaron’s last name?

Coming Friday: Box Busters with Razor President Brian Gray

Razor President Brian Gray will stop by Beckett Media headquarters Friday to bust open some boxes of his company’s first baseball card set, 2008 Razor Signature Series, for an episide of Box Busters. Look for it here tomorrow. Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote […]

A peek inside the Topps American Heritage checklist includes Obama, Phelps, Olbermann autographs

Topps American Heritage is about a month away from release and we figured it was a good time to take a look at the checklist, particularly for cards of President-elect Barack Obama (who will be a main selling point and non-collector draw in the set) and the autographs, which will draw the attention of the more advanced collector.

Struggling to finish off that Topps WWE Heritage IV autograph set?

Topps confirmed on Thursday that WWE Heritage IV autograph cards of John Cena, Layla, Mickie James and Carlito are retail-only autographs.

The Mick is still bringing it …

There’s no doubting the allure of the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card and the current bid total for the PSA 8 copy of the card above reinforces that.

Upper Deck sacks Buffalo Bills legend Bruce Smith for some autographs

Upper Deck announced Wednesday that it has signed former Buffalo Bills and Washington Redskins star Bruce Smith to an autograph deal.

So, you think you can coach in Texas …

The Fort Worth Cats, an independent minor league team that has helped produce major leaguers Luke Hochevar and Max Scherzer, is allowing one fan to become a coach.

Upper Deck cancels MMA card set

Upper Deck has canceled its mixed martial arts trading card set, The Art of Fighting.

Just Minors Mystery Mini Bats Plus coming soon

Arriving in hobby shops very soon will be 2008 Just Minors Mystery Mini Bats Plus — a packaged memorabilia product that includes three autographed mini bat and one autographed jersey per four-box case.

By the Box: 2008 Sweet Spot Baseball (retail)

It’s pretty unusual for a product to arrive at retail ahead of its hobby store counterpart, but that’s exactly what has happened with 2008 Sweet Spot baseball this year as special three-pack tins have arrived in Target stores ahead of the Dec. 23 hobby release date.