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Monthly Archives: February 2009

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

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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.

The card, which is redeemable for a card of The First Dog of the United States — once one is elected, err, selected — can be found one in every 384 packs.

That’s one in every two cases.

The card has sold for as much as $40 on eBay in the last 30 days with most of them in the $15 to $30 range.

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.

Fitz for a King

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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 more spectacular chapter to one of the greatest individual postseason stories ever written.

Turns out he could. The Pro Bowl MVP finished his fifth postseason game since Jan. 3 with five catches for 81 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winner in the fourth quarter.

Fitzgerald has double-handedly sent the values of his hottest collectibles soaring into a different stratosphere in the last month with this real-life postseason stat line that’s straight out of a make-believe Madden match-up: Five games, 35 catches, 627 yards and nine touchdowns.

Project that out over a 16-game season and you know what you get? Gaudy. Really, really gaudy: 112 catches, 2,006 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Gives Fitz something to shoot for next year. And I know three males who’ll be by the dial all season long.

An Exclusive Interview with Panini Senior Executive Peter Warsop

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paniniSay this about The Panini Company senior executive Peter Warsop: He’s a man who knows exactly what he wants out of his company’s headline-making foray into the U.S. trading card market, knows how to get it and really seems to enjoy talking about it.

Warsop, Panini’s Group Licensing Director, took time from his hectic schedule late last week for an exclusive interview with Beckett.com’s Tracy Hackler. During an action-packed 25 minutes that seemed more like five, Warsop discussed Panini’s NBA plans, why gaining the support of the United States hobby community is of the utmost importance and, oh yeah, those pesky Donruss rumors.

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

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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.

The box was unveiled earlier this week during a news conference at the NBA Store in New York City.

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

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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.

The Super Bowl MVP signed the gloves, which can be purchased for $1 million instantly, as part of an auction in partnership with Reebok.

Bidding sits at $5,500 with the auction running through Feb. 15 at 10:59 p.m. — exactly two weeks after he caught the pass. Whether the instant purchase price is used or not, all proceeds will go to the organization that aims to improve the quality of health, life and services for those affected with sickle cell disease.

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

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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.

Bernice Gallego‘s 1869 Peck & Snyder card is being sold by Tustin, Calif.-based Memory Lane Inc. after a groundswell of publicity in her story had her on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno last month.

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

Bidding closes on Tuesday.

To read more about Gallego, visit the Fresno Bee‘s original 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.

Going Oldschool Box Break: 2000 Playoff Prestige Football blaster box

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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.

How old? Well, not that old, but this one’s from a time when blaster boxes were the same size as standard boxes (with a huge chunk of Styrofoam inside), a different Democrat was in the White House and Kurt Warner was popular — the first time around.

Here are the results from a randomly selected blaster box of 2000 Playoff Prestige football cards I recently opened …

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

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Updated: Boxes now include eight packs and the autograph checklist has changed, adding dual and triple autograph cards.

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

Every eight-pack box will include one autographed card from the following players: Dwight Howard, John Stockton, Shaquille O’Neal, David Robinson, Dwyane Wade, Paul Pierce, Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Vince Carter, Chris Paul, Larry Bird, Bill Russell, Brandon Roy, Derrick Rose and O.J. Mayo.

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Topps confirms variation list in 2009 baseball set

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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 19 variation cards on Friday morning. Each of the card numbers below comes in two versions — a standard card and a rarer legend card.

Two other examples aren’t of baseball greats, but rather others of note. For example, card No. 44 is found as either Geoff Jenkins or Barack Obama. Only CC Sabathia‘s variation shows him with an updated team — the New York Yankees. Read More »

Donruss produces Pro Bowl football card set

Donruss will produce a 10-card Pro Bowl football 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.

Three veterans and two rookies from both the NFC and AFC are included, with veterans shown in their Pro Bowl uniforms. The AFC players are Peyton Manning, LaDainian Tomlinson, Andre Johnson, Chris Johnson and Joe Flacco, while the NFC is represented by Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Ryan and Matt Forte.

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.