Monthly Archives: March 2009

Wooooo! Win Ric Flair's first certified autographed wrestling card right here (contest now closed)

Win a signed promotional Donruss Americana Ric Flair card specially produced just for this contest with Beckett Media.

Preview: TRISTAR TNA Knockouts wrestling cards

TRISTAR released preview information on Monday for its upcoming TNA Knockouts wrestling card set that focuses on the female competitors of Total Nonstop Action wrestling.

Tiger Woods' Champ's autographs include variants

Tiger Woods is included in Upper Deck’s autographed mini cards in the 2008-09 NHL Champ’s product and Upper Deck announced on Friday that there are four different variations to be found.

Guest column: Scott Schwartz

You may remember Scott Schwartz from “The Toy” or from “A Christmas Story.” What you might not know is that he’s a long-time collector and had a guest editor stint here at Beckett last year. He’s decided to share some of his views on the sports world with us …

Why do companies include unusual cards?

In the case of a 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Bernie Madoff or Charles Ponzi, they get written about in Fortune magazine and elsewhere in the business world.

Razor acquires Inkworks autographs, announces new product

Razor announced on Thursday that it has acquired the remaining autograph inventory of Inkworks, a staple of the non-sport autograph industry that announced it was ceasing regular business operations earlier this month.

First Look: 2009 Donruss Elite football

Donruss Elite football is set to release in June delivering serial-numbered Rookie Cards and even some autographed RCs. Each box will deliver three autograph or memorabilia cards, including the popular Passing the Torch, Throwback Threads and College Ties inserts.

Upcoming Topps Magic set focuses on college football

Topps recently announced that it will release another retro-themed football set in June — this time focusing on its first nationally released product, the 1951 Topps Magic set.

First Look: 2009 Upper Deck Football

Upper Deck released the first preview images and basic product information for its 2009 Football set on Wednesday.

Topps announces final World Baseball Classic redemptions

Topps revealed the final two players in its 10-card World Baseball Classic redemption set on Wednesday and they are Japan’s Daisuke Matsuzaka and Korea’s Jung Keun Bong.

The final World Baseball Classic eTopps cards are…

There’s only about 30 minutes remaining in a special championship game IPO for the final batch of World Baseball Classic eTopps cards as this is posted, but here they are:

First look: 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards

Topps released images and basic product preview information for 2009 Allen & Ginter baseball on Friday.

Japan's Yu Darvish headlines latest Topps World Baseball Classic redemptions

Topps announced the sixth, seventh and eighth players in its 2009 Topps Series 1 World Baseball Classic redemption set on Friday afternoon. They are:

What would YOU have Kobe Bryant sign?

Upper Deck is holding an autograph signing with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant early next week and they want you to be in on it. Say what? They want you to tell Kobe what to sign.

Topps confirms 2009 Heritage baseball variations

Topps released the following list of short-printed variation cards from its 2009 Heritage baseball set on Friday morning:

More info: 2009 Donruss Americana

Panini America released the first information about the upcoming 2009 Donruss Americana set on Wednesday. There are a few new additions to the celebrity-laden non-sport set, and here are a few more cards to see in the new set and there’s a full breakdown of the product after the jump.

Topps announces next three World Baseball Classic redemptions

Topps announced the next three World Baseball Classic redemptions from 2009 Topps on Thursday morning.

Talkin' baseball cards with TRISTAR's Jeff Rosenberg

Yesterday, we sat down with TRISTAR’s Jeff Rosenberg to open some boxes of 2009 PROjections minor league cards.

Sneak Peek: 2009 Bowman World Baseball Classic Rising Stars cards

Topps announced on Wednesday the inclusion of 20 World Baseball Classic Rising Stars cards that will be included in 2009 Bowman when it arrives in early May.

First Look: 2009 Donruss Americana

PaniniUSA released preview images and basic product information for the 2009 Donruss Americana non-sport set. Here’s a look …

The (Wrestling) card of the day is …

The best wrestling card of today (one that’s actually tacked to my bulletin board in a penny sleeve) is the Topps WWE Heritage IV card of Hornswoggle, the diminutive WWE Superstar who was once the company’s cruiserweight champion.

Topps announces second batch of World Baseball Classic eTopps cards

Topps issued images and basic information for the next four World Baseball Classic cards available on eTopps on Monday afternoon.

In The Game brings Goalies into Made to Order mix

In the Game announced Sunday that several goalies will have cards in the Made to Order redemption program found in packs of 2008-09 Between the Pipes cards, which arrive on March 26.

Panini buys Donruss: Ann Powell's statement

Former Donruss owner Ann Powell, who has an extensive history within the hobby dating back to Optigraphics — the company that helped produce Slurpee cup coins and then Sportflics cards in the 1980s — has issued a statement on the sale to Panini.

Panini buys Donruss: Q&A with Panini's Peter Warsop

Peter Warsop, Panini’s Group Licensing Director, answered these questions from Beckett Media Publisher Tracy Hackler in the wake of the company finalizing its deal to acquire Arlington, Texas-based Donruss on Tuesday.

The Panini Company purchases Donruss Playoff LP

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Panini Company on Friday morning finalized its purchase of Donruss Playoff LP following weeks of industry speculation and some furious final days of negotiations.

Topps confirms 2009 Heritage baseball short prints

Topps confirmed on Friday morning that the dark-cardboard cards (Nos. 426-500) in its 2009 Heritage baseball set are, indeed, short-printed.

Box Busters Preview: 2009 TRISTAR PROjections

While TRISTAR’s Jeff Rosenberg will be stopping by Beckett HQ next week to open some boxes for a Box Busters video and talk a bit about his latest baseball set, TRISTAR PROjections, we decided to give you a sneak peek a bit early.

Panini official denies Donruss rumors

Contrary to rampant industry speculation this week, The Panini Company has not purchased Donruss.

Topps announces first two World Baseball Classic redemptions

Topps announced its first two 2009 World Baseball Classic Redemption cards on Wednesday.

Topps announces Red Sox & Yankees box sets

Topps released the basic set information and preview images on Wednesday for a pair of upcoming box sets for two of baseball’s most storied franchises.

Legendary Auctions acquires Mastro Auctions

A newly formed auction house named Legendary Auctions has announced that it has taken over Mastro Auctions assets and will assume its business.

More on Topps 3D Live

You might have seen a New York Times story on it right here this morning, but check out this video for Topps 3D Live.

Schlotzsky's wants fans to get in the game

The Schlotzsky’s deli sandwich chain is hoping to hit a home run with baseball fans with a promotion that can get a personalized miniature baseball bat into the hands of 1,000 fans.

First look: 2009 Topps Series 2 baseball cards

Topps released preview information and images for its 2009 Series 2 baseball set on Monday. Here’s a look … More info to