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Monthly Archives: February 2009

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.

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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