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Monthly Archives: April 2009

NFL Draft picks: What would YOU have them sign?

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What should Georgia QB Matt Stafford sign with his autograph? (AP)

With the NFL Draft just days away, there are more than a few collectors clamoring to find out which college stars will become their franchises’ new faces.

And that’s not lost on Upper Deck.

The football card manufacturer 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.

Perhaps the Matt Stafford fans will have some Georgia flavor for him to add to his cards, something like “Bulldog for life” or “UGA Rules.” Or perhaps something much, much more creative? Or something related to his new team this weekend?

All of the top position players in this year’s draft will be at the NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere — the annual photo shoot where the cream of the crop pose for their first football card photos in their new uniforms and sign more than a few autographs for inclusion into packs of cards.

Upper Deck will have the best players sign the best inscriptions that you submit right here (via a comment below) or over on Beckett.com. It’s that simple.

Be sure to tell us this:

1. Which player (Example: Matt Stafford, QB, Georgia)

2. What the inscription should say (“Bulldog for life”)

3. Your name and location (Jim, Dallas, TX)

Oh, and, we’ll make sure that the coolest entries get some cool prizes, too.

Note: If you’ve previously visited, Upper Deck’s Kobe Bryant custom inscriptions signing has been delayed. Once the signing is completed, you’ll see your custom inscriptions right here and in the pages of a Beckett magazine.

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.

Desperately seeking Cerrano

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By Chris Olds | Editor

One of the great things about the hobby of collecting sports cards and memorabilia is that there’s almost always a surprise to be found.

And, in my 20-plus years of collecting — and nearly a decade of writing about the hobby — there aren’t too many sets that I haven’t at least seen in passing or heard something, a nugget, about in the past.

Until earlier this year.

There’s one set firmly atop my want-list (I need a set, or two, or three …) these days — one that’s nowhere to be found in the inventory of any major dealer I have contacted, one that is nowhere to be found online (eBay, Beckett Marketplace or otherwise), one that’s eluded pretty much anyone who has a scanner nearby because even images of these cards are nowhere to be found. Anywhere.

It’s not an expensive set — in fact not one of the people pictured in the set have appeared in an official Major League Baseball game, yet they are all legends of the game, true Major Leaguers.

What? Keep reading…

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Upper Deck releases Priority Signings checklist for NHL Spring Expo

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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.

Upper Deck will hold a wrapper redemption program during the event — collectors who open a box of 2008-09 Ice, 2008-09 SPx or 2008-09 SP Game-Used Hockey at its company booth will receive a random Priority Signings card. Each card is sequentially numbered and the checklist includes some of the biggest stars in the game.

The promotion is limited to one card per person per day. Redemption hours will be 5-7 p.m. on May 1, 1-3 p.m. on May 2 and 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 3. A checklist is below:

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American Idol set includes caricature cards

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

idol2One card pits “A child of Destiny” against a “Material Girl,” while the other card has “The Boss” and that one guy … on the card front known as “the artist currently known as … ”

Oh, and That Seacrest Guy is the referee …

Obviously we’re dealing with cards of Beyonce and Madonna and Bruce Springsteen and Sean Combs – but we’re not saying that since they’re not Idols.

The cards are short-prints, but the odds of finding them were not announced.

For more on the set, click 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.

Box Busters: 2009 Fathead MLB Tradeables

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

What will they find? Check it out here.

Legendary Auctions to sell Bob Gibson's memorabilia

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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.

The collection consists of 100 or so items — including his 1968 MVP award, his 1968 and 1970 Cy Young awards, his 1964 and 1967 World Series rings, all of his contracts, a ball from his first MLB win and a game-used glove.

Gibson explained his choice in auction houses for the event, which also will help raise money for the Baseball Assistance Team.

“My agent, Dick Zitzman, confirmed this to be the definitive  annual industry event and felt it would be a great way to share my keepsakes  with collectors everywhere,” he said in a news release. “I felt comfortable with [CEO] Doug [Allen] and enjoyed hanging out with him and sharing a great meal together long after the business terms were discussed. I’ve hung on to  this material for the better part of a half-century and need to trust the person and organization that would ultimately bring it to market.”

For more information, visit legendaryauctions.com.

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.

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

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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.

While we’re more than sure that there will be more than a few looks back at — and items to commemorate — both events, the leader in the clubhouse so far appears to be a card in the upcoming Upper Deck Philadelphia NFL set.

That’s right, peace and love in between Adrian Peterson and Peyton Manning — not exactly the most tranquil location.

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Preview: In The Game Superlative Franchise

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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.

Each of 1,600 hand-numbered books will contain seven cards — three of them featuring on-card autographs. (Every autograph in the set is on-card.) And for the first time ever in a Superlative product, there will be dual- and triple-autographed cards.

The vintage base set will include 32 cards — one per book — and 45 modern base cards, also one per book.

See a few checklist and images from the entire product’s lineup after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2009 Topps Finest baseball

finest2009 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?

Click here to find out.

Rare Goodwin card poster headed to auction block

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This in from long-time hobbyist Marty Appel …

$100,000 baseball card advertising poster discovered  at New York estate sale

Bohemia, N.Y. — There is still treasure waiting out there to be found.

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 Lelands.com.

The poster advertises “The Goodwin Round Album,” a nine-page premium album of full-color round baseball card portraits of the leading players of the day.  It was available by mail order by sending in coupons packaged with Goodwin Tobacco.

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McFarlane Toys reveals NHL SportsPicks Series 22

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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.

One of those glimpses into yesteryear is Toronto Maple Leafs Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler (above), but also included in the set are a winning goalie, a cancer survivor, a Flame, a high-scoring Cap, a Senator who we swear looks like RoboCop and a pair of Shanes. (No, not McMahon.)

Take a look at them all after the jump.

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New Joe Montana San Francisco 49ers figure arrives in July

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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.

The Montana figure will be an exclusive to Toys R Us stores, while other retail outlets will receive Montana figures in his Kansas City Chiefs uniform when they arrive in July.

Other figures in the series include Randall Cunningham, Barry Sanders, Bart Starr and more. See them all here.

For more on McFarlane Toys, visit Spawn.com.

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.

TRISTAR releases additional TNA Knockouts preview images

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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.

The set is scheduled to arrive next Tuesday (April 28) with two wax versions — the standard boxes and the Revealed boxes which include press plates and additional inserts. Get more info on the set here.

Until then here are more card images …

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 Score Football

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scorefb89Panini 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.

Scheduled for a July release, the base set consists of 400 cards — 300 players and 100 Rookie Cards — as well as a full slate of parallels as with recent years. New this year is a 10-card 1989 Score insert set that features this year’s rookies on that memorable green-bordered design.

Those cards also will be found with autographed Inscriptions versions, which are limited to 20 or fewer copies apiece.

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Preview gallery: 2008-09 NBA Ultimate Collection

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

Autographed or autographed memorabilia cards will be found in every other box (approximately nine per 15-box case).

Check ‘em out …

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Preview Gallery: 2009 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts Generations dual autographs

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Upper Deck released the following images of Generations dual autograph cards which can be found in its forthcoming 2009 SP Legendary Cuts baseball set.

The product is scheduled for a June 3 release. See previously released cut autograph checklists here. And see a longer preview here.

Check ‘em out after the jump …

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Topps sues Upper Deck over O-Pee-Chee design use

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Topps filed a lawsuit in a U.S. District Court on Tuesday, accusing Upper Deck of stealing its designs.

The 2009 Upper Deck set includes a 1975 O-Pee-Chee insert set (above) that resembles the 1975 O-Pee-Chee design, which was identical to the 1975 Topps design. (O-Pee-Chee was the Canadian counterpart to Topps, a name that Upper Deck obtained the rights to a few years ago.)

Forthcoming Upper Deck products will include 1971 and 1977 O-Pee-Chee cards carrying virtually the same designs. However, the Topps and O-Pee-Chee designs were virtually identical until 1993.

Topps had sought a temporary restraining order preventing the release of the forthcoming products but a New York judge dismissed that request on Wednesday.

A Topps official declined to comment back in February when the upcoming O-Pee-Chee standalone set (which will include the 1971 inserts) was announced.

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WWE's Vince McMahon on ESPN

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No memorabilia tie-in here, guys. Just an interesting behind-the-scenes piece on World Wrestling Entertainment Chairman Vince McMahon from ESPN’s E:60 show on Tuesday evening.

It’s definitely worth a look. View it 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.

Fathead's baseball Tradeables arrive

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Fathead is well known for its vinyl wall graphics and now it’s bringing its line of Tradeables — peelable 5×7 card-like collectibles or decorations — to baseball.

Each $12.99 box of 2009 MLB Fathead Tradeables includes five cards from the inaugural 180-card set — 150 players and 30 team logos — along with a code card that allows fans to play games and possibly win prizes online at Tradeables.com.

Each card includes a player action photo placed atop a textured wood image that has that same photo etched atop of it along with a team logo. The players and logos can be peeled and stuck to items or they can be saved as collectible cards.

Every team is represented — though some more than others — but the best thought that might draw in more traditional collectors is that they pass the Sharpie Test.

In other words, they’ll make for some excellent autograph material without having to be prepped like glossy trading cards. And the larger size typically will mean a larger, possibly more legible autograph.

One pack we opened included a New York Yankees logo card, Texas Ranger Chris Davis, Texas Ranger Josh Hamilton, San Diego Padre Jake Peavy and Boston Red Sox star David Ortiz.

Tradeables should be available now and can be found at Fathead.com as well as several retail outlets.

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.

Upper Deck's American Idol cards arrive next week

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Upper Deck‘s gone country, pop, and elsewhere, too, with its American Idol trading card set that will arrive in hobby shops and retail outlets next Tuesday with autographed cards of present and past contestants of the popular performance show.

The 138-card set will include memorable competitors like William Hung, Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken and David Archuleta, alongside cards of Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, Kara DioGuardi and Ryan Seacrest.

There will be autographs from this season’s top 36 finalists as well as past Idols.  Those cards will be found two per box (1:12 packs hobby) or 1:65 packs at retail. The checklist includes Sparks, Archuleta, Fantasia Barrino, Michael Johns, Carly Smithson and Elliott Yamin among others.

“We’re ecstatic that we have the opportunity to produce the newest American Idol trading cards to hit the market,” said Ana Pereira, Upper Deck’s Idol brand manager. “The show has such a loyal following and has produced such dynamic performers, that we know collectors and fans everywhere will appreciate our collectible set.”

Ever wanted to see American Idol live? Every wrapper also will include a code to enter at americanidolcards.com for a chance to win a trip for two to the Season 8 finale. Others will receive a free iTunes downloads.

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.