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Monthly Archives: February 2009

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.

Coming in May: 2009 Upper Deck Series 2 baseball

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While Series 1 has just arrived, the second series of 2009 Upper Deck baseball cards already is scheduled for a May release.

What does it have in store?

Here are a few highlights from the checklist:

— A 50-card 1977 O-Pee-Chee insert set.

– Four cards using the 1989 Upper Deck design — Ken Griffey Jr., Randy Johnson, Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.

— A Derek Jeter autographed buyback 1993 Rookie Card.

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Upper Deck includes Joe DiMaggio card in 2009 set

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Upper Deck and the estate of Joe DiMaggio are celebrating their exclusive agreement with a limited-edition DiMaggio card (#0) inserted into the company’s 2009 Series 1 baseball packs.

The card shows DiMaggio after he tied the MLB hit streak record at 44 in 1941 before going on to set the record at 56.

A multi-year agreement between Upper Deck and the estate to produce trading cards of the “Yankee Clipper” became an exclusive deal in December. The deal includes memorabilia and cut signature cards.

“We are thrilled to be able to work with the estate of one of the biggest names in baseball history,” said Jason Masherah, Upper Deck’s senior brand manager. “Collectors and sports fans should be excited about finding Joe DiMaggio content inside of many of Upper Deck’s 2009 baseball card releases. In this day and age when records fall frequently, DiMaggio still holds one of the most amazing baseball achievements of all time.”

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.

Card Gallery: 2008 Playoff National Treasures Super Bowl

Haven’t seen enough of Playoff National Treasures? Check out these cards from 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.

How 'bout this 2009 Topps American Heritage beauty …

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One lucky collector in Japan pulled a pretty impressive card out of the 2009 Topps American Heritage set — an eight-piece one-of-a-kind American Legends booklet Relic card that includes game-used pieces from several legends.

Who? Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Jimmie Foxx and Mickey Mantle.

It’s on eBay right now with a Buy It Now price of $1,799.99.

What’s it look like on the inside?

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Topps releases 2009 Topps American Heritage sport-print list

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Topps released this list of short-printed Relic cards from its new 2009 Topps American Heritage set on Wednesday.

The set includes some interesting Relic cards, including Florida Ballot “hanging chads” — limited to just 10 cards apiece for Al Gore and George W. Bush.

Other cards include pieces of The White House, presidential pillows and clothing. Each 24-pack hobby box guarantees 2 Relics or 2 autographs. Thge suggested retail price is $3 per pack.

The short-prints are:

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Bernice Gallego's 1869 baseball card sells for $75,285

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The 19th century baseball card discovered by a 72-year-old California woman sold Tuesday night on the auction block for $75,285 (bidding ended at $64,073 with a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium).

Antique dealer Bernice Gallego‘s 1869 Peck & Snyder Cincinnati Red Stockings advertising card was sold by Tustin, Calif.-based Memory Lane Inc. after a groundswell of publicity surrounding her story had her on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last month.

Because of Memory Lane’s 15-minute rule, the auction closed at 9:47 p.m. Eastern time after 96 bids instead of at 9 p.m. as previously announced. (The bidding window is extended for previous bidders until there are no bids placed for 15 minutes.) Four bids were placed after 9 p.m. gradually bumping the high bid from $60,073 up to its final price.

The buyer? TRISTAR Productions President and CEO Jeff Rosenberg.

“Bought it for my collection,” Rosenberg said via e-mail. “However, in the past we have given away items from the collection including T206 Wagner, Babe Ruth Rookie, etc.”

The starting bid? $10 — exactly what she had originally asked for the 140-year-old card on eBay last summer.

The final results for the PSA-authenticated card, which is considered to be one of the first baseball cards ever made, can be seen here.

To read more about Gallego’s reaction to the auction, see the Fresno Bee‘s story by Mike Osegueda 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.

Checklist: 2009 Topps Nickname Letter Patches

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Topps released a checklist for its Nickname Letter Patches found in its newly released 2009 baseball set. Each manufactured letter spells out a name or phrase associated with the player. Each letter card is limited to just 50.

Here are the details:

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New on DVD: WWE's The Best of Saturday Night's Main Event

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If you grew up in the 1980s, the latest DVD from World Wrestling Entertainment The Best of Saturday Night’s Main Event – is a can’t-miss release that arrived in stores today.

For those not in the now, Saturday Night’s Main Event aired occasionally on NBC (free TV!) from 1985 to 1992 — the height of pro wrestling’s recent explosion onto the pop culture landscape — and was revived briefly in 2006. These cards were mini pay-per-views of sorts, showcasing high-caliber matches in the years before wrestling became a weekly live-on-the-air staple of cable television.

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Box Busters: 2009 Topps baseball cards

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Do you want to see what comes out of a pair of freshly produced boxes of 2009 Topps baseball cards?

Click on the logo above or click here for the latest episode of Box Busters.

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.

Card Gallery: 2008 Playoff National Treasures All Pros

Haven’t seen enough of Playoff National Treasures? Check out these cards from 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.

2009 O-Pee-Chee set parallel revives 1971 design

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Upper Deck released preview images and set information for its upcoming 2009 O-Pee-Chee baseball set that will arrive in June.

opc2A 600-card parallel set utilizes the 1971 O-Pee-Chee (and Topps) design. While Upper Deck owns the rights to the O-Pee-Chee name, it’s unclear how the design rights are held as the Topps and O-Pee-Chee designs were essentially the same from 1965 to 1992.

A Topps official declined to comment on the product.

Each 36-pack box will contain 36 short-print subset cards, 36 1971 OPC Retro parallels, nine 1971 OPC Mini variations, one 1979-80 OPC Retro hockey update card and one New York, New York card.

The six-card packs carries a suggested retail price of $1.59.

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Collecting Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover models' autographs not so tough with certified trading cards

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By Chris Olds

If you watched The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday night — or if you’ve been over to SI.com Tuesday morning, you know all about the model who appears on the cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Bar Refaeli.

siprices1While she’ll be busy doing signings and personal appearances to promote the magazine staple that has printed annually since 1964, our crack staff decided rather than examine the value of the issues to examine a different niche — certified autograph cards of the cover models.

(Besides, editor Chris Olds already wrote a column on the collectible aspects of the swimsuit issue way back in 2003. The findings? Most magazine dealers say a few issues sell particularly well, but the demand is nothing like the first appearances of prominent athletes like Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods — and we won’t mention that it’s one of SI‘s most overproduced issues of the year. A list of going rates back then appears right here — values likely haven’t changed much.)

For the models, the cover is an iconic achievement that may lead to movie roles and added stardom, but that doesn’t guarantee an appearance on cardboard. In fact, only nine cover models have appeared on trading cards which they then signed for inclusion in packs (certified autographs).

In fact, only two of those nine have cards that weren’t produced for a Sports Illustrated trading card set, meaning they made it enough mainstream to appear in something beyond the four Swimsuit Issue sets made by Stellar Collectibles from 2003 to 2006.

Who are the two?

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Gridiron Greats auction ends Tuesday

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An auction benefiting the Gridiron Greats Assistance Fund ends Tuesday, evening but there’s still time to examine some interesting football memorabilia that includes hand-drawn plays from Vince Lombardi and a smattering of autographed items for football, soccer and hockey.

The Lombardi page, above, was donated by Vince Lombardi Jr. and is at $2,500 with one bid. There’s no question that something like this is much rarer than a pricey Lombardi autograph — and probably more interesting too.

Gridiron Greats is a non-profit corporation established to provide financial assistance and social services to retired NFL players who are in dire need due to inadequate disability, pensions or other circumstances.

Among the other auction items are …

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Barack Obama & Jackie Robinson dual autograph hits eBay

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The Topps American Heritage dual cut autograph card of baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson and President Barack Obama is on Ebay with 15 bids currently reaching $3,000.

The fold-out booklet card includes authentication from Topps and Professional Sports Authenticator.

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.

Card gallery: 2008 Playoff Contenders Baseball

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The football favorite Playoff Contenders has arrived in baseball with a selection of 130 prospects — nearly all with Rookie Ticket autograph cards.

Which autographs (five per box) are short prints? That’s what everyone wants to know — but that information is still to come from Donruss.

But until then here’s a gallery of card images — including  a few Hall of Famers and a few basketball rookies — to check out …

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