Monthly Archives: February 2009

Looking inside the Razor Metal checklist

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The latest baseball set from Razor will be an eBay-only singles product called Razor Metal, which will be sold as standard and autographed singles beginning next week in Razor’s eBay store.

The unlicensed product will include 76 players (75 of whom signed autographs) on cards largely identical to the company’s debut 2008 Razor Signature Series set except they feature fronts printed on plastic much like Bowman Chrome. (And, yes, they will come in various colors land limited quantities like, well, you know … )

A glimpse at the checklist provided by Razor owner Brian Gray shows that players like Matt Wieters, Tim Beckham, Gordon Beckham and Buster Posey have signed and appear in the set. However, there will be 15 players new to Razor who appear on the autograph checklist — and many of those will only have signed cards. They are:

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First Look: 2009 Upper Deck X baseball cards

Upper Deck released basic set information and preview images for its 2009 Upper Deck X baseball product on Friday.

The product is set for an August release. It will include a 100-card base set while the insert sets will include Upper Deck X Die-cuts (one per pack), Xponential (X to X6; one per pack), Upper Deck X Signatures, Upper Deck X Jerseys and, of course, Upper Deck 20th Anniversary cards.

Blaster boxes will include 10 packs and a memorabilia 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.

Print celebrates Latin American influence on baseball

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With the World Baseball Classic rosters announced on Wednesday and the international event set to take place next month, one sports artist has re-issued a popular print celebrating baseball’s rich Latin American history.

Don Marquess, the photographer and creator of the Marquess Gallery of St. Louis, is reintroducing his print “Beisbol” because he “knew it would be most timely and most appreciated in a year of the WBC.”

The 18×24 print features the flags of nine Latin American nations that support baseball (and have players in MLB), resting on the flag of the United States and topped by a baseball.

Fewer than 2,000 prints are being released and the print sells for $45 or $165 matted and framed (plus shipping).  For more information, visit baseballfineart.com or call 877 997-7773.

Obamas decide on 'First Dog' — do you have its Rookie Card?

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CNN is reporting that President Barack Obama and family have decided on a First Dog, making that Presidential Pup Redemption Card from the recently released Topps Obama set a little more important.

How? It’s actually going to get made.

The redemption, which is good for a card of The First Dog of the United States, can be found one in every 384 packs. That’s one in every two cases of the popular product.

Of course, there is one pretty big problem facing Topps as it will be under the gun to produce one of the most highly anticipated Rookie Cards of a generation (hey, we heard the howling on that) — one that may force more than a few collectors to wait a bit longer by the mailbox before the card comes.

The Obamas have not yet decided on the dog’s name.

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.

The KISS Army will love this upcoming card set

Sometimes, the sellsheet says it all at first …

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(Oh, and if it’s too loud after the jump, then you’re too old. I’m just sayin’.)

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Hockey cahds take centah stage in this Uppah Deck video

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Do yah think they’ll be givin’ away Oscahs for this one?

It’s a preview of Upper Deck‘s upcoming Champ’s hockey cards for those who don’t speak Rugged Bostonian. Check it out.

I dare yah.

First Look: 2009 TRISTAR Obak Tim Beckham Preview Cards

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TRISTAR released the first images of its 2009 Obak Preview Cards featuring Tim Beckham that can be found its upcoming PROjections Minor League set on Wednesday.

obak1Set to arrive later this year, Obak is modeled after the design of the 1909 minor league set of the same name. The previews, which come as tobacco-sized minis (1.5 by 2.625 inches) and standard-size cards, are found one each per master case of PROjections, which arrives on March 16.

TRISTAR also announced Wednesday that PROjections Series 1 is now sold out.

Olds’ take: Tapping into the retro/vintage/tobacco card aesthetic with Minor League sets? Looks like something many collectors could get into.

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.

Latest Jewish Major Leaguers baseball card set arrives in April

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The fifth edition of the Jewish Major Leaguers baseball card series arrives in April focusing on notable record holders and current baseball stars.

The 50-card set, which is made for the American Jewish Historical Society, includes all current big-leaguers who are Jewish — Ryan Braun,  Scott Schoeneweis, Brian Horwitz, Josh Whitsell, Brad Ausmus, Jason Marquis, Gabe Kapler, Kevin Youkilis, John Grabow, Scott Feldman, Ian Kinsler, Jason Hirsh and Craig Breslow – along with record-holders among Jewish players from the past.

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Box Busters: 2009 Press Pass Eclipse NASCAR cards

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Join Publisher Tracy Hackler and radio star Tim Trout as they open a box of the brand new 2009 Press Pass Eclipse NASCAR cards.

Click the image above or right here to view the video.

Upper Deck unveils Ken Griffey Jr.'s newest Mariners cards

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Upper Deck unveiled images of two upcoming cards on Tuesday featuring Ken Griffey Jr. upon his return with the Seattle Mariners.

While Griffey made his first appearance with the team on Saturday, one card featuring images from that debut will appear as a short-printed insert card in 2009 Upper  Deck Piece of History, which arrives in April.

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Preview Gallery: 2009 Playoff Prestige football

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Here’s a peek at the upcoming 2009 Playoff Prestige football set, which will arrive in May …

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Tiger Woods is back? Yep, and on Upper Deck cards, too

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While Upper Deck hasn’t released a PGA set since 2004, the company is including the world’s most popular golfer, Tiger Woods, on cards in a variety of recently released and upcoming sports card products.

tiger11First, Tiger can be found in football — in packs of 2008 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Football, which arrived in hobby shops last week, and 2008 Exquisite Football which arrives on March 4.

A Ultimate Champions Signatures card from Ultimate Collection (top) show Tiger at the 2008 U.S. Open, while the  Exquisite Rookie Signature cards (above right) include an autograph and a piece of event-used shirt. Woods added an inscription “08 U.S. Open champion” to one card from each set.

But they’re not done there.

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First Look: McFarlane Toys' NFL Legends Series 5 Sports Picks figures

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McFarlane Toys released on Friday images of what its fifth series of NFL Legends Sports Picks figures will look like with my personal favorite being former Philadelphia Eagles QB Randall Cunningham leading the way.

The series arrives in June with six other big names from the past.

The others? Well, you might know a few. They all can be seen after the jump…

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Donruss issues Playoff Contenders Season Ticket Autograph short-print list

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Donruss released this list of short prints among the 2008 Playoff Contenders Season Ticket Autographs (parallels of the first 50 base cards) on Friday and reported that no more than 299 of each other card was produced.

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Sneak peek: Ric Flair's first match-worn memorabilia card

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We’ve got a sneak peek at the piece of memorabilia that Donruss will be cutting up to make the first match-worn memorabilia card of retired professional wrestler “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

And, woooo, is it a doozy.

We’ll have more details here on Friday Monday about the first certified autograph cards to come featuring the 16-time world heavyweight champion (cards that will surely be huge sellers), but first … the memorabilia. He’s appeared on only one other memorabilia card, sharing a match-used ring mat card with Undertaker in the 2002 Fleer Raw Vs. Smackdown set.

This new one? It’s much more impressive — and might include some prime swatches for the diehard collectors out there. (But there won’t be many.)

Will it be a robe? Will it be ring boots? Will it be some of those fine blazers he used to style and profile in?

We’re not telling, you’ll just have to see it after the jump. (We’ve selected an appropiate tune for this unveiling, so be sure to turn down your speakers if they’re on.)

So, without further adieu …

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Florida collector completes second Yankee Stadium Legacy set

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This in Thursday evening from Upper Deck…

Chuck Sauter has just accomplished something that only one other person in the world has been able to do: put together Upper Deck’s gigantic, 6,661-card Yankee Stadium Legacy Collection.

Sauter, a lifelong Orioles fan, started pursuing the set to find only those cards when the Yankees hosted the Orioles. The challenge of putting together the entire insert set finally took hold, however, and he was hooked. Upper Deck’s YSL set pays tribute to every single Yankees home game ever played at the historic venue since its doors opened on April 18, 1923.
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Topps announces Mayo football short-print list

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Topps released the short-print lists for its recently released 2008 Topps Mayo Football set on Thursday.

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Details on our National Hockey Card Day contests

lr-logoTune in right here on Saturday afternoon for a few live-post contests in celebration of National Hockey Card Day.

We’re planning to give away the following Upper Deck hockey cards starting at 1 p.m. (central time):

1. Grand Prize: One box of 2008-09 SP Game-used Hockey (six packs, six autographs or game-used cards per box).

2. Other boxes: Three boxes of 2008-09 Fleer Ultra (24 packs; six Rookie Cards and two jersey or autographs per box).

3. Big-pack prizes: We’ll be awarding a few boxes’ worth of packs from 2008-09 SP Game-used Hockey (one hit per pack) and some packs from 2007-08 Hot Prospects throughout the day until we’re out …

How can you win? Be here and be ready to comment …  it’s that simple.

However, everyone is eligible for the grand prize — just send an e-mail to colds@beckett.com with the subject line “hockey cards” along with your name and address. The grand prize will be randomly drawn from those names. E-mails not including addresses will be disqualified.

Looking for the contests? Go back to the blog’s main page by clicking on the header to see each contest — do not just refresh this page.

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.

Preview Gallery: 2008-09 Upper Deck Black basketball

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Here’s a look at a few cards from the upcoming 2008-09 Upper Deck Black basketball set that will arrive in late March.

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Your take: Griffey's going home

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Ken Griffey Jr. has decided to head back to Seattle this season, agreeing Wednesday night to a one-year contract to play where he became a star.

Now, obviously, “The Kid” is all grown up — and he’s got 611 home runs this time around, good for fifth-place on the career list — but there’s bound to be a resurgence of interest in Griffey’s key cards and memorabilia as the nostalgia kick of him in a Mariners uniform once again draws upon memories from a lifetime ago (or so it seems) in the hobby.

After all, the 1989 Upper Deck Griffey really is the ’52 Mantle of this generation — a card that’s iconic, symbolizes a shift in the industry, and, ironically, was so overproduced that it’s not too tough for many collectors to own one.

Just a thought … it also doesn’t hurt the hobby that Upper Deck has autographed buyback cards in its 2009 packs, noting “20 years” for the company’s anniversary — but something that also now notes his return to Seattle — does it? (By the way, two of those cards have hit eBay — but neither auction actually closed. One ended early when bidding had already topped $1,000.)

We want to know … do you think this career-capping season in Seattle will spark interest in the hobby as a whole — or just spark interest in Junior?

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 Bowman Draft Picks Football

Topps released preview images and product information for its 2009 Bowman Draft Picks football set on Wednesday.

The product is set to arrive in early May with one autographed rookie card and one Autographed Rookie Patch card per hobby Box. Standard packs will include 10 cards and carry a suggested retail price of $3 per pack. (There will be 24 packs per box and 12 boxes per case.)

Jumbo boxes will include three autographed cards per 12-pack box. The suggested retail price is $10 per pack. (Jumbos will include 32 cards per pack and cases are eight boxes.)

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 TRISTAR PROjections Series I

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TRISTAR released the first images and preview information for its 2009 PROjections Series 1 minor league baseball set on Wednesday.

tailormadeOnly 75 24-box cases will be produced with each including 96 autographed cards and 24 Tailor Made game-used jersey cards (limited to 144 copies apiece) along with 96 serial-numbered parallel cards limited to 50 or less. That breaks down to be four autographs, one jersey and four parallels per 20-pack box.

Among the autograph lineup are Orioles prospect Matt Wieters, Red Sox prospect Lars Anderson, Cubs prospect Josh Vitters, Cleveland prospect Chuck Norris Matt LaPorta, Royals prospect Mike Moustakas and several others. There also are autographed memorabilia cards limited to 10 or less in the set.

But that’s not all for big-name prospects…

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Preliminary checklist: 2009 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball

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We know you love cut autographs, so here’s a look at the preliminary checklist for the cut autographs in Upper Deck’s 2009 SP Legendary Cuts baseball set.

There are some sweet combination cards to be found but keep in mind that the checklists are subject to change. Here we go …

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Preview gallery: 2009 SP Legendary Cuts baseball

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Upper Deck released preview images and product information for its 2009 SP Legendary Cuts baseball set on Wednesday.

Now scheduled for a June release, each box of Cuts will include four memorabilia cards along with seven 20th Anniversary inserts.

Each 16-box case, however, will include two Cut Signature cards, one Mystery Cut redemption card, two autographed cards and one 20th Anniversary memorabilia card.

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Box Busters: In the Topps UFC Octagon

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Watch the Beckett MMA team of Tracy Hacker and David Lee bust a box of the brand new Topps UFC cards in advance of its release.

Look for three autographs and three Relic cards per box — if not, somebody’s nose may get broken.

Click on the logo above or right here to watch the video.

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.

Not in Canada for National Hockey Card Day, eh? We've got free hockey cards for you right here …

lr-logoSaturday is National Hockey Card Day, which means you can get some exclusively produced hockey cards from Upper Deck if you’re in Canada.

Not in Canada, eh? No worries … Beckett Media and Upper Deck are teaming up to make sure fans have other ways of getting their hands on some free hockey cards.

Stay tuned right here to The Beckett Blog later this week for details as we’ll be giving away several sealed boxes of cards and plenty of single packs (all with a jersey or memorabilia card inside) on Saturday.

We’ll have some trivia contests and more — all to help your hockey card fix.

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: Topps Ultimate Fighting Championship MMA autographs

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Here’s a rundown of who signed cards in the Topps UFC set that arrives this week.

Group A (1:118): Randy Couture, Anderson Silva, Quinton Jackson, Georges St-Pierre

Group B (1:188): BJ Penn, Forrest Griffin

Group C (1:72): Bruce Buffer, Herb Dean, Royce Gracie, Rachelle Leah

Group D (1:15): Kenny Florian, Heath Herring, Michael Bisping, Brandon Vera, Chris Leben, Diego Sanchez, Roger Huerta, Gabriel Gonzaga, Cheick Kongo, Karo Parysian, Clay Guida, Manny Gamburyan, Ed Herman, Thiago Silva, Rich Clementi

Group E (1:70): Matt Serra, Thiago Alves, Sean Sherk

Group F (1:94): Paul Kelly, Mac Danzig

Group G (1:20): CD Dollaway, Ben Saunders, Matt Riddle, Josh Burkman, Sam Stout, Wilson Gouveia, Tim Credeur

Brock Lesnar did not sign cards in time for inclusion in the 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.

McFarlane Toys set to add college football figures to SportsPicks lineup

sportspicksMcFarlane Toys has announced that it will produce SportsPicks figures of current NFL stars in the college uniforms.

Its 2009 College Football Collection will include six 6-inch figures in their home uniforms and will be released in August.

The players set to be included in the first college wave were not yet announced.

For a list of its Spring 2009 lineup, go here. For its Fall 2009 lineup, 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.

Separated at birth? Joe Namath & Clive Owen

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It’s something that’s been bothering me for years … the resemblance between former Alabama Crimson Tide (and New York Jets) QB Joe Namath and actor Clive Owen.

At left is Namath’s 1967 Topps card and at right is Owen on the cover of the latest (March 2009) issue of Esquire. At least I think that’s right.

I can’t watch Sin City without being annoyed by the fact that Dwight looks like one of the biggest stars in my alma mater’s history. Same for Closer and Shoot ‘Em Up.

Am I the only one?

Sure, the resemblance these days isn’t there — and there’s a slight difference in accent — but, if anyone’s asking, I know who needs to play Broadway Joe in the bio-pic …

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.

Do you have Kenny Powers' Rookie Card?

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If you don’t yet know who Kenny Powers is, don’t worry you will (as long as you have HBO).

But the real question is whether you have his Rookie Card (above).

Powers (Danny McBride) is the central character — a washed up hot-headed former pro baseball player — in the new Will Ferrell- and Adam McKay-produced comedy series Eastbound & Down that premieres on Sunday night at 10:30 p.m. on HBO.

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Contenders for cards of the (Valentine's) day?

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Today’s the day for Greg “The Hammer” Valentine collectors.

Or maybe fans of former MLB player and Texas Rangers manager Bobby Valentine? Or Total NonStop Action Knockout Angelina Love? Or Jim Hart? Or the other (more well-known) Jim Hart? Or The Hart Foundation, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart and Bret “Hitman” Hart?

Or their manager  “The Mouth of the South” Jimmy Hart? Or golfer Davis Love III? Or The Anvil’s daughter Natalya? Or former Michigan star Mike Hart? Or the most annoying character in WWE history, Brother Love?

Or perhaps you know of one?

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: Playoff Contenders Baseball short-prints

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Donruss confirmed on Friday that the following Rookie Ticket autographs from 2008 Playoff Contenders Baseball are short prints:

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Collector finds George Washington cut signature in Razor box

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An Illinois collector found the George Washington cut autograph above in a box of Razor Oval Office and has listed it on eBay for a mere $75,000.

The card, which was encapsulated in a Beckett Grading Services holder before pack out, was found in box No. 10 of the 99 serial-numbered boxes of the $2,500 product. You can see a video of the pull here.

You can see the auction 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.

Coming soon: Topps Terminator Salvation cards

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Cue the apocalyptic music, boys and girls, as Topps has released images and preview information for the upcoming Terminator Salvation movie.

The fourth installment of the Terminator franchise stars Batman Christian Bale as John Connor and arrives in theaters on May 22. However, the cards from Topps arrive in April.

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Upper Deck confirms two more short-prints in 2009 baseball set

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sppriceUpper Deck announced on Thursday that it included two more sport-printed cards in its 2009 Series 1 baseball set — a card of Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price (No. 401) and a card featuring Michael Jordan and Ken Griffey Jr. in their Chicago White Sox uniforms.

The news comes on the heels of a Joe DiMaggio card announced on Thursday.

“Upper Deck produced the first David Price card ever back in 2005 when he was a member of USA Baseball,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s senior brand manager. “Having watched him develop into a top pitching talent over the years made us want to do something a little different with his first rookie card. We think this variation will help create some additional interest without compromising the integrity of the base 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.