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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Panini set to become sole NBA card manufacturer

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The NBA announced today that it has entered into an exclusive, multi-year agreement with Italian collectibles company Panini to become the sole manufacturer of NBA licensed trading cards and stickers beginning with the 2009-10 season, and running through 2012-13. The deal calls for the production of 15 to 20 products per season.

Panini is established in more than 100 markets worldwide, but its U.S. market involvement has been modest by comparison. Panini plans to “re-create the domestic trading card market” and has announced that a new business will be set up immediately called Panini America Inc. with offices in the New York area.

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First look: 2009 Upper Deck Icons Baseball

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Upper Deck released the following information for its 2009 Icons baseball set on Tuesday. It’s slated for a July release.

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MLB Properties sues Donruss Playoff over trademark use

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logo_donrussMajor League Baseball Properties Inc. has filed a lawsuit against Donruss Playoff in a U.S. District Court over unauthorized use of trademarks, dress rights, rights of publicity and “breach of the surviving terms of its contracts” in its products released since last fall.

According to the complaint, MLBP says “Donruss cards depict certain Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball players in their team’s proprietary uniforms. The trademarks featured on the uniforms (as well as the overall trade dress of the uniforms) remain visible and identifiable to consumers, despite Donruss’ calculated attempts on some cards to have such marks modified or partially obscured.”

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2009 Upper Deck Baseball will include Historic Firsts

Still digging through my January’s worth of e-mail …

Upper Deck announced last week that it will be including a subset of Historic Firsts in 2009 Series 1 Baseball — a 10-card set that will include additional cards of President Barack Obama as well as Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

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Checklist: 2008 Playoff Contenders Baseball

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Here’s the complete final checklist for the forthcoming Playoff Contenders baseball set, which arrives on Feb. 4. …

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A look at exclusive Super Bowl cards from Donruss

Donruss recently announced its plans for this year’s NFL Experience, which includes its sponsorship of the official autograph pavilion, and the company also will sponsor the card show that takes place at the seven-day event, which kicked off during the weekend and continues later this week.

As part of the festivities, the company created a 440-card factory set that will be sold at the event and has several other exclusive cards.

The Score set will feature the Super Bowl XLIII logo and those who buy it also will receive an exclusive 18-card set of players in this year’s Super Bowl — nine cards for the NFC’s Arizona Cardinals and nine for the AFC’s Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Oprah Winfrey's Rookie Card?

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Collectors who have opened packs of the recently released Barack Obama set (in pursuit of the Obama basketball card and first puppy redemption cards, I’m sure) from Topps might have found what I’d loosely call Oprah Winfrey’s “rookie card.”

The Chicago icon appears on a card with Michelle Obama in the 90-card set. So far, it doesn’t appear that any collectors are paying a premium for the card. Sets did sell for around $70 at their peak on eBay shortly after release, but have since settled down.

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.

Yankees' Mark Teixeira graces next BSCM cover

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Here’s some more behind-the-scenes preview action from a busy month here at Beckett HQ — a preview of the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly cover with New York Yankees slugger Mark Teixeira on the cover.

Note that you’ll have a chance to win a Joe Jackson game-used bat card from Prime Cuts if you pick up the magazine — a contest found only in its pages (not here or on Beckett.com; sorry guys).

And, by the way, the new Beckett Baseball has a smattering of contests inside it as well.

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 World Baseball Classic box set

Topps will release a 55-card set of World Baseball Classic cards as a $10 box set on March 11. Here’s a sneak peak and look at the checklist, which leads off with Japanese star Yu Darvish as card No. 1.

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Arriving now: The Beckett Baseball Rookie Rolodex

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It’s been relatively quiet here on the ol’ blog because yours truly has had his hand in putting out four magazines in the last three weeks. The first arriving should be this month’s Beckett Baseball, which is the annual Rookie Rolodex issue. It’s the largest ever at 738 players and has American League Rookie of the Year Evan Longoria on the cover.

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: Playoff National Treasures football

Here’s an advance look at some of the cards arriving in Playoff National Treasures arriving later this week …

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.

First look: 2009 Topps Finest Baseball

finestbbbasearodTopps released images and information for its 2009 Finest set on Thursday — with an autographed Rookie letter patch per mini box.

There will be only two mini boxes per master box this year. Read all the details from Topps after the jump. (Raw from Topps as it’s a busy week here at Beckett HQ.)

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Oakland A's pitching prospect Michel Inoa pulled from Bowman Sterling

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Topps confirmed on Tuesday that Oakland A’s pitching prospect Michel Inoa was pulled from 2008 Bowman Sterling.

The move means the 16-year-old Dominican right-hander’s only officially licensed MLB card comes in 2008 Bowman Draft (above; misspelled name not corrected). Inoa was one of the 18 prospects who signed Chome cards for that product.

Inoa had been slated to appear in the Sterling Autographed Prospects set — and appears on the checklist — but the card was not produced.

Inoa has signed cards for TRISTAR (officially licensed minor league cards) and has appeared in Donruss sets as well.

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 announces Playoff Contenders SPs

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Donruss announced the second list of short-printed rookie autographs in 2008 Playoff Contenders football. Here’s the list:

Card #     Player     Team     Pos.     Qty
147     Jed Collins     Philadelphia Eagles     FB     30
121     Dantrell Savage     Kansas City Chiefs     RB     76
136     Erik Ainge     New York Jets     QB     108
184     Peyton Hillis     Denver Broncos     FB     113
171     Malcolm Kelly     Washington Redskins     WR     141
137     Erin Henderson     Minnesota Vikings     LB     158
144     Jake Long     Miami Dolphins     OT     163
173     Marcus Thomas     Detroit Lions     RB     165
155     Jordon Dizon     Detroit Lions     LB     188
102     Ali Highsmith     Arizona Cardinals     LB     214
151     Joe Flacco     Baltimore Ravens     QB     220
148     Jermichael Finley     Green Bay Packers     TE     231
105     Andre’ Woodson     New York Giants     QB     250

Last week’s list included:

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First look: 2009 Goudey Baseball

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Upper Deck released images and basic set information for its 2009 Goudey baseball set on Friday, meaning the throwback to the 1930s will be around for the third consecutive year.

The basic set will consist of 200 standard cards while there will be 20 short-prints, 40 Sports Royalty cards and 40 cards emulating the 1938 Goudey Heads-up set.

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Look, is it a memorabilia card or not!?

It’s not often that the seemingly mundane task of classifying a type of trading card sends two normally mild-mannered adults to the verge of fisticuffs. But that was the surrealistic scene that unfolded yesterday afternoon just outside my office.

Bill Sutherland, Beckett’s Director of Data Publishing, and Tim Trout, Senior Market Analyst, were red-faced, raise-voiced and at each other’s throats about whether or not Press Pass’ Wheels American Thunder Thunder Road insert set should be considered a memorabilia set.

Sutherland, a 30-year hobby veteran who had acquired a Dale Earnhardt Jr. version of the card in an online trade, was miffed upon initial inspection. He thought he was receiving a race-used tire memorabilia card. That is, a card with a piece of race-used tire. Trout, also a 30-year hobby veteran and Beckett’s racing expert, vehemently defended his decision to tag them as memorabilia cards.

The duo proceeded to pass the card around the office in an attempt to gain support for their respective positions, and still couldn’t assemble a consensus.

Upon closer inspection, it’s quite the card conundrum. On the surface, the card doesn’t look like a memorabilia card. But turn the card over and you discover that the ink used to print on the card is made from race-used tires.

Hmmm . . .

Press Pass has been employing the concept on a handful of inserts since 1999. Ten years later, they’re still causing confusion. So, we open it up to you. You tell us: Is card that uses ink made from race-used tires a memorabilia card?

Let us know your thoughts and we’ll reward the most compelling response with a racing memorabilia card (presumably one that doesn’t cause a debate).

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Upper Deck to include Ken Griffey Jr. buyback autos in 2009 sets

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Upper Deck will celebrate its inaugural baseball card set this year several ways during its 20th anniversary, but the first comes via 89 1989 Ken Griffey Jr. autographed Rookie Cards that will be included in 2009 Series 1 packs.

Upper Deck had Griffey include the inscription “20 years” on the cards, which will be randomly inserted packs of the product and will arrive in  February. He signed the first 13 cards in black ink and the remaining 76 cards in blue ink.

“We have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Ken Griffey Jr. since our company’s inception,” said Gabriel Garcia, Upper Deck’s associate brand manager for baseball. “This is the perfect way to help celebrate our 20th anniversary and the enduring partnership that Upper Deck has enjoyed with one of baseball’s greatest stars. Griffey’s 1989 Upper Deck rookie card is beloved by sports card collectors and those who find these signed versions will truly have a special collectible to add to their collections.”

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.

Obama basketball card also included Topps Obama set

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Topps announced on Thursday that its upcoming non-sport set of President-elect Barack Obama will include a card him in his Punahou High School basketball uniform on a vintage 1978 Topps basketball card design.

And if that’s not enough, there will be a “first dog” redemption card for a Topps card featuring the to-be-determined White House pup.

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.

Playoff Contenders baseball will cap 2008 sets

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The final baseball card set of 2008 will come from Donruss as it brings Playoff Contenders to the diamond later this month.

Its popular football brand has been going since 1998 and the company officially announced its new baseball set ($6 per five-card pack) on Thursday — though it may not have been a surprise after there were Contenders cards found in Prime Cuts.

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Donruss issues statement on Wade Miley Prime Cuts card

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A limited number of cards featuring Razor-exclusive player Wade Miley, a pitching prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization, were inadvertantly released in 2008 Playoff Prime Cuts.

Donruss issued this statement Tuesday:

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Hobby pioneer Stuart Evans dies at age 80

This in Sunday from Marty Appel …

Stuart Evans, a pioneer in the collectibles business, passed away on Jan. 4 at his home in Dorado, Puerto Rico, after suffering a stroke. He was 80.

His death was announced by his son, Joshua Leland Evans, founder of Lelands.com, the sports auction house that grew from his upbringing in a collectibles-minded family.

Evans is also survived by his daughter Andrea, and his wife of 51 years, Maxine.

“[My parents] were inseparable on the show circuit for decades,” said Joshua Evans, “and [they] did some of the earliest collectibles shows.”

Stuart Evans was born in Brooklyn where he was a veracious reader of science fiction and fantasy, and he attended one of the first sci-fi conventions  held in the early 1940s.  After a career in advertising, he began doing shows in 1969, and then retired to form his business. For 40 years, he did shows and worked full time in the collectibles field.

Services will be held in Puerto Rico on Jan. 7, and in Old Bridge, N.J., on Jan. 11.