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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Coming Tuesday: 2008 Bowman Sterling Baseball Box Busters

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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.

There wasn’t a Gordon Beckham Gold Refractor autograph (above) inside the box, but there was plenty of Refractive fun.

Tune in right here tomorrow to find out what we pulled …

(Here’s the checklist of what’s possibly found in Sterling 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.

Box Busters sneak peek: 2008 Playoff Contenders football

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

Here is a look at a few as you await the episode …

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Upper Deck's upcoming NBA Radiance set focuses on autographs

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

Each three-pack box will include five autographed cards — including one autographed rookie and one autographed Auto Focus Plexi card or autographed Sweet Shot card.

Also included in the set will be Auto Focus Triple autographed cards, which are limited 10 copies apiece.

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What did the Topps Sterling Rip Party pull?

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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.

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 will release Obama-Robinson dual cut autograph in American Heritage

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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.

American Heritage (see previous previews here and here) will include two Relic or autographs per box, including this name-your-price fold-out masterpiece. The non-sport set will use past Topps designs to show U.S. history and document Obama’s historic campaign.

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 bonus in WWE DVD may put fans over Edge

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

While this three-disc set is an obvious must-own for most WWE fans, many fans may not realize that Best Buy has an exclusive edition of the DVD for sale that includes some memorabilia that could be of interest to fans down the line.

The $40 (sale price) Ultimate Fan Edition of the DVD comes with an oversized (roughly 5×7) Edge memorabilia card from Topps that includes a piece of a Rated-R Superstar event-used shirt. For wrestling card collectors, this might be a tough card to come by in the future. (Other exclusive sets from Best Buy have included cards, but not any memorabilia cards that I know of.)

Also included are an Edge coin and a skull cap.

The regular DVD carries a $25 price tag at the store.

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 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects blaster box

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

2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects (retail blaster box)
Suggested Retail Price:
$20
Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack:
7
Cards in this box: 55
Base set completion: 16 of 55 (29 percent)
Base Chrome set completion: 5 of 55 (9 percent)
Draft Picks set completion: 14 of 110 (13 percent)
Chrome Draft Picks set completion: 9 of 110 (8 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Insert/short-print cards found: 11
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By the Box: 2008 TRISTAR TNA Cross the Line wrestling cards blaster box

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

2008 TRISTAR TNA Cross the Line wrestling cards (retail blaster box)
Suggested Retail Price:
$20
Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack:
25
Cards in this box: 25
Base set completion: 23 of 100 (23 percent)
Duplicates: 1

Insert/short-print cards found: 1
Autograph (one per box) — 1. No. C-JL Jay Lethal

Notes: This latest retail release of TNA cards includes 25 cards per box, down from 35 in the initial release, but the mission in these boxes is the same. It’s all about the autograph. This box didn’t deliver one of TNA’s biggest stars in Jay Lethal, but it deliver one with an amusing schtick. Lethal, known as Black Machismo, delivers a pretty cheesy, yet mildly entertaining, impression of Randy “Macho Man” Savage. … To see the results of a hobby box break, click here.

Box Grade: * out of *****

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: 2009 Press Pass NASCAR blaster box

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

2009 Press Pass NASCAR (retail blaster box)
Suggested Retail Price:
$10
Packs per box:
6 plus one two-card bonus pack
Cards per pack:
6
Cards in this box:
38
Base set completion:
25 of 120 (21 percent)
Duplicates:
0

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Coming Monday: 2008 Topps Sterling Baseball Box Busters

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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.

The major addition to this year’s set? Babe Ruth.

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.

Checklist: 2008 Bowman Sterling baseball

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The final big set arriving for prospectors this year is Bowman Sterling, which packs plenty of punch in each five-card pack.

Each pack includes two autographed cards, one Relic or autographed Relic, one rookie card and prospect card.

Here’s a complete checklist …

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First look: 2008-09 Upper Deck Lineage Basketball

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

The set utilizes designs from the 1991-92 to 1993-94 sets and will include the first Michael Jordan Legacy cards, which will document all of his games played with the Chicago Bulls.

See more after the jump.

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Even more from Prime Cuts IV …

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

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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 …

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and if that’s not enough try these …

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Topps adds World Baseball Classic patches to Bowman Sterling

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

Each four-box case of Sterling, which hits hobby shops next week, will include one redemption card. The checklist is to be determined.

Each five-card pack includes two autographs, one Relic or autographed Relic, one rookie and one Prospect card.

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.

Sneak peek: 2008 Upper Deck Iconic Cuts football cards

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Upper Deck released images of several cards from its 2008 Iconic Cuts cut autograph set on Wednesday. These cards were found via redemptions in 2008 Upper Deck Icons football cards. These cards will begin shipping to redemption holders this week.

See them all after the jump.

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Sneak peek: Playoff Prime Cuts IV baseball cards

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Playoff Prime Cuts IV is set to hit hobby shops on Dec. 24 after a three-year break. Check out a selection of Colossal Jumbo Materials and other insert cards after the jump.

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Playoff Contenders basketball anyone?

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

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Latest Upper Deck gem features Ali, Jordan and Tiger signatures

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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.

It’s the first item ever signed by all three sports legends. The 57-inch wide and 34-inch tall framed piece is limited to 500 hand-numbered copies. A price was not announced, so interested buyers are told to visit www.upperdeckstore.com, or call 1-800-551-8220, ext. 2292 for more information.

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First look: 2009 Upper Deck Artifacts Baseball

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

Each 16-pack hobby box will include one Piece of Hollywood memorabilia card, one Rookie Autograph Signature or Rookie Autograph Signature parallel numbered to 99 or less and two Franchise History, Stadium Scenes, Box Score Memories or Timeless Memories memorabilia cards per box.

The base set will include 100 Regular cards, 50 Historical Moments cards and 50 Rookie Cards.

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.