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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Now that's an interesting sticker autograph …

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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?

That’s exactly what happened to one collector who reported his find on the BMB.

I’m not sure it’s a priceless kind of error — but he’s got the card on eBay with a BIN of $499. Will anyone buy it? We’ll see. It’s an interesting error — one that Donruss may try to fix for the collector.

But here’s the real question … did Aaron get paid the same for signing half as many stickers? Or does Donruss have a super sticker project in the works?

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.

Coming Friday: Box Busters with Razor President Brian Gray

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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 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.

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

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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.

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

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Are you grappling with collation as you try to finish off that Topps WWE Heritage IV autograph set?

It doesn’t seem like it would be a huge challenge, but some of these cards have been nowhere to be found, it seems.

Until now.

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The Mick is still bringing it …

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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.

How much is the card going for in the Memory Lane Inc. Winter Extravaganza Rarities Auction with more than two days left to bid?

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Upper Deck sacks Buffalo Bills legend Bruce Smith for some autographs

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

The 11-time Pro Bowl sleection will have cards in 2008 SP Rookie Edition (available now) and 2008 Ultimate Collection, which will arrive in hobby shops in February.

Smith will appear in the highly anticipated Legends Autograph set, above, which is modeled after the ground-breaking 1997 Upper Deck Legends set. Others in that set will include Troy Aikman, John Elway, Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, and Jerry Rice among others.

A quick search of the Beckett database shows that Smith hasn’t signed any substantial amount of cards since 1992 — when he signed for the Pro Line Profiles set.

Just another nugget: Smith will be eligible for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2009.

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.

So, you think you can coach in Texas …

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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.

The winner of an eBay auction will join the likes of Duke Snider, Sparky Anderson, Rogers Hornsby and Maury Wills as a coach of the team — but only for six games (home and away).

But that’s not all.

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Upper Deck cancels MMA card set

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

Originally scheduled for an October release but delayed until January, it would have been the first standalone MMA trading card product. Plans were to include 100 basic cards in the basic set and two autographed cards per 24-pack box.

When I was in Orlando when the product was announced, I said the mainstreaming of MMA reminded me of poker’s surge in popularity a couple of years ago.

Ironically, Upper Deck had planned to produce a professional poker set, but those plans were scrapped around that same time. Same for a professional fishing set.

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.

Just Minors Mystery Mini Bats Plus coming soon

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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.

Each box contains one jersey or mini bat (jersey and bat boxes are appropriately marked) along with two autographed cards.

See a list of the bats and jerseys in the product after the jump.

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By the Box: 2008 Sweet Spot Baseball (retail)

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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.

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

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Price:
$29.99 (Target)
Packs per box:
3
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 27 (Each pack actually had nine cards inside.)
Base set completion: 23 of 100 (23 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Insert cards found: 4 (One autograph or memorabilia card per Target tin.)

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Arriving in shops tomorrow …

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This will be the big hit in 2008 Donruss Sports Legends, which arrives in hobby shops Wednesday.

According to Donruss, only 100 copies of this Rose/Jackson card were made —  but there also is a Prime version limited to 10.

What else is in the set?

See the autographs here.

See some of the inserts here.

And more here.

With four hits and only 10 packs per box, this multi-sport set should get ripped through quite a bit. Look for a Box Busters episode here very, very soon.

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.

Donruss produces Pop Warner football card set

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Donruss has produced a six-card set to be given away to kids at the Pop Warner Super Bowl this weekend at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

popwarner_ryanThe set, which will be given out on Friday and Saturday, will contain cards of Donruss spokesmen Darren McFadden and Adrian Peterson, as well as Matt Ryan, Felix Jones, Peyton Manning and Devin Hester.

“We are proud to be associated with such a great name as Pop Warner Little Scholars,” said Donruss Vice President Mike Anderson. “We have been focused on introducing trading cards to kids and our relationship with Pop Warner allows us to reach thousands of youth football organizations across the country.”

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: Upper Deck All-Star Vinyl

Upper Deck released some info today that included this behind-the-scenes video for its All-Star Vinyl line. Check it out and be sure to look for some of the toys that hit shelves between now and spring training …

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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 Sterling baseball will include …

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Topps released this image of what’s to come in Topps Sterling this year — plenty of sweet patch pieces like this one for Tony Gwynn.

Will anyone be able to collect all four? It’s happened with puzzle piece sketch cards in the non-sport world (where the artist takes several cards to make one larger sketch).

Something tells me someone out there will be dedicated enough to reunite these four, but we’ll have to wait and see when it all arrives.

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.

Billy Ripken comes clean on his 1989 Fleer card

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CNBC’s Darren Rovell finally gets the real story behind Billy Ripken‘s 1989 Fleer card. (Slightly blurred above.)

Read it here.

And just give the man his Pulitzer now, please.

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 preview: 2008 Razor Signature Series baseball cards

Razor’s debut baseball set, 2008 Signature Series, is set to arrive in hobby shops any day now. Here’s a selection of base card images.

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For a checklist, go here.

Looking for Signature Series? Start 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.

Box Busters: TRISTAR Signa Cuts Baseball Edition

TRISTAR’s Jeff Rosenberg recently stopped by Beckett HQ to share some of his company’s new products with the collecting masses. Here’s a break of Signa Cuts Baseball Edition.

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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.

A look inside the Diamond Club …

Upper Deck has produced six rare autographed cards for members of its Diamond Club — a select group of high-rolling collectors — as a gift this holiday season.

Check ‘em out …

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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.

TRISTAR launches autographed memorabilia line for Total Nonstop Action (TNA) Wrestling

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TRISTAR has had a busy week with the arrivals of its TNA Cross the Line wrestling card set and the arrival of its baseball set, Prospects Plus.

But they’re not done yet.

The Houston-based company has added framed memorabilia displays to its TNA lineup, releasing information in advance of the Final Resoution pay-per-view tonight.

Some of the limited-edition displays feature signed photos and memorabilia swatches, while others include autographed cards with images.

Watch a preview video with TRISTAR’s Jeff Rosenberg and TNA’s Don West (someone all hobbyists have a special place in their hearts for) below …

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Box Busters: 2008 TRISTAR TNA Cross the Line wrestling cards

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For more on the set, go 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.

Sneak peek: 2009 Topps Heritage Baseball

Here’s the breakdown on 2009 Topps Heritage as officially released by Topps on Friday afternoon. The set will hit hobby shops the last week of February.

HIGHLIGHTS
— 500 stars of today and yesterday on the classic 1960 Topps Baseball design
— On-Card Autographs and Relics from 1960 legends and today’s stars
— One Autograph or Relic card per box
— Gum in every pack

DESCRIPTION  SRP:  $3 per pack
Insertion rates are based on estimated production levels, which may vary from the actual insertion rates to be published on product packaging.

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Checklist: 2008 Razor Signature Series baseball

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Here’s the full checklist for Razor‘s debut baseball set, Signature Series, which arrives in hobby shops very soon.

Base cards have the following parallels: Black (#’d to 200), Blue (25)

Autographs have these parallels: Black (199), Blue (25), Double Black (5)

Exclusive and dual autos have the following parallels: Black (25), Blue (5)

All other autograph print runs are listed below …

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Grappling the rookie card issue in wrestling

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We don’t denote Rookie Cards in wrestling — but there are early cards of several stars that seem to generate more demand just like RCs do.

Is it time to examine this niche portion of the hobby a bit closer? After all, there are literally millions of people who watch wrestling several TV shows on a weekly basis and there are two companies are making wrestling cards these days — and that’s more than can be said for a few of the “major” sports.

While ultimately the purchasers of cards are the ones that dictate what’s popular and the cards’ values, cataloging and organizing the information for them isn’t so easy — and in wrestling the RC issue is tough.

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

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Since the Box Busters episode is still in the editing room, here are the results from a randomly selected box I recently opened …

2008 TRISTAR TNA Cross the Line wrestling cards
Packs per box: 20
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 119
Base set completion: 100 of 100 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 15

Insert cards found: 4 (two autographs, one memorabilia and one parallel per hobby box)

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Complete BVG-graded Goudey sets among Mastro auction highlights

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Two complete Goudey baseball sets — 1933 and 1934 — graded by Beckett Vintage Grading are among many items up for grabs in the Mastro Legends Live Auction that ends this weekend.

The 1933 set includes the four Babe Ruth and two Lou Gehrig Rookie Cards above, along with 233 others all slabbed and examined by BVG. The opening bid, which has been met, was $10,000.

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