Monthly Archives: February 2009

Coming in May: 2009 Upper Deck Series 2 baseball

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

Upper Deck includes Joe DiMaggio card in 2009 set

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

Card Gallery: 2008 Playoff National Treasures Super Bowl

Haven’t seen enough of Playoff National Treasures? Check out these Super Bowl cards from the set …

How 'bout this 2009 Topps American Heritage beauty …

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.

Topps releases 2009 Topps American Heritage sport-print list

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

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

The 19th century baseball card discovered by a 72-year-old California woman who sells antiques sold Tuesday night on the auction block for $74,698 (bidding ended at $63,573 with a 17.5 percent buyer’s premium).

Checklist: 2009 Topps Nickname Letter Patches

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.

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

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.

Box Busters: 2009 Topps baseball cards

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

Card Gallery: 2008 Playoff National Treasures All Pros

Haven’t seen enough of Playoff National Treasures? Check out these cards from the set …

2009 O-Pee-Chee set parallel revives 1971 design

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

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

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

Gridiron Greats auction ends Tuesday

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.

Barack Obama & Jackie Robinson dual autograph hits eBay

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

Card gallery: 2008 Playoff Contenders Baseball

The football favorite Playoff Contenders has arrived in baseball with a selection of 130 prospects — nearly all with Rookie Ticket autograph cards. Which ones will be short-prints? That’s still to come, but until then here’s a gallery of card images to check out …

Presidential Pup card? I guess there's a first for everything …

One of the cards that may have been lost in the surge of interest in Obamabilia is the Presidential Pup Redemption card from the recently released Topps Barack Obama set.

Fitz for a King

So my two sons and I just finished watching the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl . . . and it’s likely that we were the only three males in America who were TV-side from beginning to end. We watched the overwhelmingly unspectacular game to see if Larry Fitzgerald, seemingly everyone’s new favorite player, could add one […]

An Exclusive Interview with Panini Senior Executive Peter Warsop

Peter Warsop, Panini’s Group Licensing Director, took time from his hectic schedule late last week for an exclusive interview with’s Tracy Hackler.

Wheaties honors New York Knicks great Willis Reed as part of Black History Month

Former New York Knicks star and Hall of Famer Willis Reed will appear on Wheaties boxes nationwide as part of General Mills’ celebration of Black History Month.

Santonio Holmes' Super Bowl gloves could raise $1 million for Sickle Cell Disease Association of America

The gloves that Pittsburgh Steelers WR Santonio Holmes wore when he scored the game-winning touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII are on the auction block to benefit the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.

Bernice Gallego's card at $31,000 and counting …

The 19th century baseball card discovered by a 72-year-old California woman who sells antiques is at $31,573 on the auction block with a few days remaining.

Going Oldschool Box Break: 2000 Playoff Prestige Football blaster box

We know you love box breaks and we know you love older cards, so we’ve dug around to find some wax with a little dust on it for some box breaks where we go oldschool. Here are the results from a randomly selected blaster box of 2000 Playoff Prestige football cards I recently opened.

First Look: 2008-09 Topps Signature Basketball (updated)

Topps released information and preview images for its upcoming 2008-09 Topps Signature basketball set, which will include one autographed card, two base cards and one variation card per $20 pack.

Topps confirms variation list in 2009 baseball set

Several collectors have reported finding variations in the new 2009 Topps baseball set since it was released earlier this week. Topps confirmed their inclusion and provided this list of variation cards on Friday morning.

Donruss produces Pro Bowl football card set

Donruss will produce a 10-card Pro Bowl set to highlighting this weekend’s game in Hawaii. It will be given to VIPs and fans in attendance at events held before the game.

Check out these Champ's Mini Signatures cards

Upper Deck released some preview images of the Mini Signatures cards in its upcoming 2008-09 Champ’s hockey set that is scheduled to arrive in stores on March 17.

Upper Deck takes you behind the scenes at the NHL All-Star Game

Upper Deck’s Chris Carlin sent these images in on Thursday from the goings-on at the NHL All-Star Game where many, many fans met NHL stars and a few signings took place for the NHL’s sole trading card manufacturer.

First look: 2009 Upper Deck Major League Soccer

Upper Deck recently released images for its 2009 Major League Soccer set, which is set to arrive in shops in April.

First look: 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Premier Hockey

Upper Deck released preview information and images for its 2008-09 O-Pee-Chee Premier hockey set on Wednesday with the product delivering one autographed quad rookie memorabilia card, one manufactured patch card and an autograph in every box.

Do you have questions? Two NHL players have answers …

Upper Deck, Beckett Media and the NHL Players Association are teaming up to let hockey fans ask questions of two NHL stars leading up to National Hockey Card Day on Feb. 21.

Topps American Heritage: I got you, Babe

The second box of cards I picked up Wednesday afternoon at Nick’s Sports Cards in Dallas was a box of Topps American Heritage — a product loaded with cards of historical figures such as Buffalo Bill, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Robert Peary, Winslow Homer and many, many others.

Topps announces Stadium Club Super Teams prizes

The following prizes will be handed out to collectors holding 2008 Stadium Club Football Super Team Inserts (sequentially #’d to 50) of four winning teams: Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals, Philadelphia Eagles and Baltimore Ravens.

2009 Topps Baseball: First impressions & Card Gallery

2009 topps baseball first impressions

Woooooo! Donruss set to produce first certified autograph cards of "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair

Donruss announced on Wednesday that it will be the first trading card company to produce a certified autograph card of retired professional wrestler Ric Flair as it has signed “The Nature Boy” to an autograph and trading card deal.

AT THE SUPER BOWL: Donruss NFL Card Show notebook

A look in my notebook from the NFL Experience and Donruss NFL Card Show at Super Bowl XLIII in Tampa, Fla. …