Monthly Archives: April 2009

Upper Deck announces new blog

Upper Deck announced on Thursday that it has joined the blogosphere to bring collectors and sports fans a unique look into the hobby and the sports world through the eyes of its employees.

Preview Gallery: 2008-09 Champ's fossil cards

Upper Deck has released several scans of the fossil cards that can be found in packs of its new Champ’s hockey card set.

Colby Rasmus is second Upper Deck SPx rookie redemption

Upper Deck has announced its second 2009 SPx Rookie Signatures redemption card and it’s St. Louis Cardinals rookie Colby Rasmus.

Box Busters: 2009 Goudey baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they open boxes of 2009 Goudey baseball cards from Upper Deck, a set in its third year that emulates the 1933 set of the same name.

Spring cleaning NFL contest (NOW CLOSED)

We’ve found some factory sealed 2007 Donruss Gridiron Gear EA Sports Madden 08 card sets while doing some cleaning and we want them to be yours.

For all you Tim Tebow supercollectors …

Apparently they’re all the rage — or at least have someone with the NCAA raging — as yes, the Teebows underwear apparently inspired by Florida QB Tim Tebow are in danger of no longer being produced, according to my former peeps at the Orlando Sentinel.

Press Pass to go high-end with upcoming NASCAR product

Press Pass announced its first high-end NASCAR set on Tuesday in Press Pass Showcase, a product that will arrive on July 15 packing plenty of thunder and high-speed punch.

Sneak peek: 2008-09 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball

Upper Deck released additional preview images and information on Tuesday for 2008-09 Exquisite Basketball, which is scheduled to arrive in June.

Upper Deck announces its First Puppy card

Upper Deck announced on Tuesday that it, too, will produce a trading card for The First Puppy, Bo.

Box Busters: 2009 TRISTAR TNA Knockouts

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Bryan Hornbeck and some dude in a cowboy hat (Chris Olds) as they open boxes of the new TRISTAR TNA Knockouts card set, which focuses on the female competitors in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

McFarlane Toys unveils college football figures

McFarlane Toys’ popular line of SportsPicks action figures are going collegiate as the company unveiled a line of six 6-inch college football-focused toys that will arrive in stores in August.

Preview: 2009 Bowman Draft Picks football

Here’s a look at 2009 Bowman football, straight in from Topps on Monday afternoon …

Sneak Peek: More Topps Terminator Salvation sketch cards

We’ve previously given you some advance looks at the upcoming Topps Terminator Salvation cards here and here. Here are a few more hand-drawn sketch cards that will be found in the set for the Christian Bale flick.

Panini America's Draft Day Surprise

Panini America’s first act as the “official trading card of the 2009 NFL draft” is sure to have veteran collectors buzzing just as loudly as those boisterous New Yorkers watching the festivities from inside New York’s historic Radio City Music Hall.

Deadline? You expect me to make deadline?

So I’m feverishly putting the finishing touches on the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly this afternoon and I get an email from friend and co-worker Chris Olds that includes two attachments. I double click on one attachment. I double click on the other. I scream with glee. Turns out Larry Fitzgerald, my favorite […]

Press Pass announces 2009 football red ink & inscriptions list

Press Pass‘ annual release of red ink and inscriptions quantities from its base Press Pass Football product has become as in demand this time of year as summer vacation. The good news for collectors: It’s time to start packing your bags. Press Pass today released exclusively to Beckett the first wave of red Ink and inscriptions […]

Superfan Returns!

One former attendee got into the wayback machine and found a slabbed Beckett Superfan card from the show nine years ago, which was custom slabbed at the time. It can be yours right now on eBay for a whopping $4.95 (plus $2.95 shipping).

Topps Readies UFC for Round Two

Topps had an unabashed hit on its hands (no pun intended) with the debut release earlier this year of its Ultimate Fighting Championship product. Fast on the heels of what must be considered one of 2009’s biggest trading card successes so far comes word from Topps about the next installment, set for release later this […]

The Incredibly Plummeting Canseco

The Wall Street Journal writer Tim Marchman contacted me earlier this week to discuss the status of some of the most investment-worthy baseball cards of the 1980s. The pleasure was all mine. His requests sent me sauntering down memory lane, thumbing through one yellowing page after another of Beckett Baseball magazines from two decades ago […]

Battle Royal: Road Warrior Animal vs. Mel Kiper Jr.

Road Warrior Animal vs. Mel Kiper. We here at Beckett Media really don’t care who anointed Kiper a guru, but we are all about seeing who wins the battle in a pre-NFL Draft Celebrity Deathmatch-style showdown.

NFL Draft picks: What would YOU have them sign?

Upper Deck has offered to let a few lucky readers decide what this year’s crop of future NFL stars should sign along with their names on some of their Rookie Cards — custom inscriptions — which will end up in packs of this year’s products.

Desperately seeking Cerrano

All I’ve ever seen for this set, the 1989 Major League Movie release, is what’s above — the listing in the Beckett Almanac. That’s it’ a stamp-sized black-and-white fuzzy image of what looks like a 1974 Topps knockoff design with a Super Bubble gum logo.

Upper Deck releases Priority Signings checklist for NHL Spring Expo

Upper Deck revealed the checklist on Wednesday for its Priority Signings autograph cards that will be given away to fans at the upcoming NHL Spring Expo from May 1-3 in Toronto.

American Idol set includes caricature cards

Upper Deck’s new American Idol set includes a twist — a pair of non-Idol caricature cards pitting famous musicians against each other.

Box Busters: 2009 Fathead MLB Tradeables

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they open four boxes of 2009 Fathead MLB Tradeables.

Legendary Auctions to sell Bob Gibson's memorabilia

The newly formed Legendary Auctions has been tabbed to sell the memorabilia collection of former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson on July 31 in Cleveland during the National Sports Collectors Convention weekend.

Woodstock's 40th anniversary celebrated on a football card?

It’s been 40 years since Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon and 40 years since Woodstock, the landmark musical event that took place on a field in rural New York.

Preview: In The Game Superlative Franchise

In The Game recently announced the latest in its Superlative Series products, Superlative Franchise, which focuses on one of the most successful pro sports franchises ever — the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Box Busters: 2009 Topps Finest baseball

2009 Topps Finest baseball has arrived, and we’ve opened the first mini boxes of the year for the beloved Box Busters videos. What will Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer find inside?

Rare Goodwin card poster headed to auction block

A rare 1889 baseball card advertising poster with an estimated auction value of more than $100,000 has been discovered at an estate sale in upstate New York and will be auctioned in May by

McFarlane Toys reveals NHL SportsPicks Series 22

McFarlane Toys has unveiled the figures for its 22nd series of NHL SportsPicks, which will arrive in stores in August with a selection of current stars and also offer a glimpse into the past.

New Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers figure arrives in July

A McFarlane Toys figure of Joe Montana in his San Francisco 49ers uniform will be found in the fifth series of NFL Legends SportsPicks when they arrive in stores this summer.

TRISTAR releases additional TNA Knockouts preview images

TRISTAR has released additional card images for its forthcoming TNA Knockouts wrestling card set that focuses on the female stars of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.

First Look: 2009 Score Football

Panini America released the first images and additional product preview information for its 2009 Score football set which includes an advanced design for a low price and celebrates the 20th anniversary of the set that helped usher in a new feel for football cards.

Preview gallery: 2008-09 NBA Ultimate Collection

Upper Deck released the following images of cards in its upcoming 2008-09 NBA Ultimate Collection set, which will hit hobby shops next month.