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Monthly Archives: April 2009

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.

Also coming from Panini at the Hawaii Trade Conference …

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Earlier today, we showed you the contents of a Panini Black Box, which will be given out to attendees at the Hawaii Trade Conference next week. Here’s a look at a few football cards that will be made for the event and also for the NFL Draft.

There will be two Prestige promo cards — for Georgia’s Matthew Stafford and for Texas Tech’s Michael Crabtree – as well as NFL Draft manufactured patch cards for those two along with Ohio State’s Chris “Beanie” Wells and USC’s Mark Sanchez.

Check ‘em out …

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.

Inside the Black Box: Hawaii Trade Conference preview

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We’ve gotten our hands on a pair of Panini America‘s famous Black Boxes, which will be one of the highlights for attendees of the upcoming Hawaii Trade Conference: Florida Edition on April 20-22.

Everyone who attends Panini”s session will receive a six-card wooden box (think Prime Cuts) absolutely loaded with goodness containing four autographs total and three one-of-a-kind press plates (two of which will be autographed).

Each box also includes one unsigned card (all embossed with a Black Box Authentic seal), while one card of the bunch will be encased in a tamper-proof Donruss holder.

What did we find inside?

Here’s a preview …

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Mark "The Bird" Fidrych dead at 54

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Major League Baseball  lost its third family member on Monday when former Detroit Tigers pitcher Mark Fidrych was found dead on Monday afternoon after an apparent accident. He was 54.

“The Bird” burst upon the scene as a 21-year-old rookie with the Tigers in 1976, going 19-9 with a league-leading 2.34 ERA and 24 complete games. He was an All-Star and the AL Rookie of the Year that season but also something of a cultural phenomenon as he was animated — someone who would talk to the baseball, a pitcher who was a character long before “being Manny” was somewhat commonplace.

Fidrych was found underneath a truck he had been working on on the same day that Hall of Fame Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas died and just days after Angels pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in an auto accident.

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Tony Iommi, Steve Vai, Tom Morello sign cards for upcoming Upper Deck football set

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Last year’s Upper Deck Heroes football set included nine cards — three apiece — of three guitar heroes — Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Rage against the Machine’s Tom Morello and Steve Vai.

But one thing was missing.

Ink. As in autographs.

But this year, they’re back — and they each will have autographed cards in the set scheduled to arrive in late May.

prosetIt’s not tough to presume that more than a few music collectors will pick these cards up, hence their inclusion. After all, it’s been quite some time since the Pro Set MusiCard experiment — and there were more than a few hair metal rockers in the one Spectrum of Stars autograph set.

Perhaps the timing is right for a return of RockCards?

Just not sure if an NFL set is the right place for them — perhaps it’s a testing ground for some type of Americana-style non-sport set? — but one thing’s for sure. I’ll be picking one of them up. (And then I’ll just need a Bill Ward and a Geezer Butler …  )

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.

Philadelphia Phillies announcer Harry Kalas dies at 73

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Longtime Philadelphia Phillies announcer and Ford C. Frick Award winner Harry Kalas died Monday afternoon after passing out in the press box at Nationals Field in Washington, D.C. He was 73.

Kalas joined the Phillies broadcast team in 1971 after previously working for the Houston Astros. He received the Frick Award, the highest honor for a baseball announcer, in 2002.

Kalas appeared on a dozen baseball cards during his career, most of them in the 2005 Sweet Spot Classic Signatures set made by Upper Deck. His most valuable card is a dual-signature release from the 2004 Greats of the Game set, which he signed along with another Phillies legend, Mike Schmidt. That card is valued at $150.

Here’s a complete checklist of Kalas’ cards:

2005 Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Black Stitch #KA /1

2005 Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Red-Blue Stitch #KA /40

2004 Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Black #6 / 100

2004 Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Blue #6 / 50

2004 Sweet Spot Classic Signatures Red #6 / 25

2005 Sweet Spot Classic Signatures #KA T3

2004 Greats of the Game Announcing Greats #1 H.Kalas/M.Schmidt

2004 Greats of the Game Announcing Greats Autograph Dual #HKMS H.Kalas/M.Schmidt/ 25

1984 Phillies Tastykake #7 Phillies Broadcasters

1988 Phillies Tastykake #39 Phillies Announcers w/Garry Maddox and Richie Ashburn

1990 Phillies Tastykake #35 Phillies Broadcasters w/Chris Wheeler and Andy Musser

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.

Tiger Woods Champ's autograph redemption sells for $5,000

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A redemption card for one of the rare Tiger Woods autographed Mini Signatures cards in the 2008-09 Upper Deck Champ’s hockey set sold on eBay during the weekend for a pretty decent chunk of change.

An offer of $5,000 was accepted on Saturday by a collector who found the card at one of the Bosco’s stores in Anchorage, Alaska, according to manager Pat Boe.

The card was a red-backed 1/1.

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 eTopps baseball arrives

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Topps unveiled its 2009 eTopps baseball design as part of its first initial public offerings of the year on Monday morning.

The online stock-like card portfolio program found at eTopps.com is in its ninth season of trading and sales on eBay.

The first IPO of the season includes four cards — the New York Yankees’ Mark Teixeira (649 cards maximum, $5 per), the Florida Marlins’ Emilio Bonifacio (699, $6), the St. Louis Cardinals’ Colby Rasmus (999, $7) and the Atlanta Braves’ Jordan Schafer (749, $6).

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.

"Wild Thing" finally gets his due in Cleveland

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Move over Bob Feller, the greatest pitcher in Cleveland Indians history is set to be honored later this season in the most noteworthy and most important way possible, a manner befitting of a legend of the game.

Via an in-stadium promotion.

Roughly two months from now on Monday, June 15, the Cleveland Indians will celebrate Major League Monday at Progressive Field (aka The Jake; we all know it’s named after catcher Jake Taylor, right?) as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn bobbleheads will be given away to all fans in attendance as the Indians host the Brewers.

And you know what else that means? Harry Doyle (aka Brewers radio announcer Bob Uecker) will be in the booth.

No word on whether Pedro Cerrano will be in attendance, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear a thing …

Oh, and, for the record, it’s never too early for Roger Dorn poster night.

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 TRISTAR PROjections Series 2 baseball

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TRISTAR released the first images and preview information for its 2009 PROjections Series 2 minor league baseball set on Thursday.

wietersAs with Series 1, which sold out before its street date, only 75 24-box cases will be produced and each will include 96 autographed cards and 24 Tailor Made game-used jersey cards (limited to 144 copies apiece) along with 96 serial-numbered parallel cards limited to 50 or less.

That breaks down to be four autographs, one jersey and four parallel cards per 20-pack box. Packs carry a suggested retail price of $4.99 and will arrive in hobby shops on May 6.

Each 12-box mini case also will include a Matt Wieters TRISTAR OBAK History of the Game preview card limited to only 150 copies.

Each 24-box master case also will include a Wieters T212 Mini OBAK card. Tim Beckham was the subject of Series 1.

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Keeping up with the Kardashian cards …

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Yes, this will be an actual NFL-licensed football card made by Upper Deck in its upcoming Icons NFL set …

kardedKim Kardashian, aka Reggie Bush‘s girlfriend, previously appeared on a Spectrum of Stars autograph card in the 2009 Upper Deck Spectrum baseball set, but now she’s showing her team allegiance.

Is this what the hobby needs? I’ve previously been a supporter of non-sport autograph inclusions as a way to draw more mainstream fans (non-collectors) into the hobby (typically at a much lower price than it would cost for athlete signatures), but I’m not so sure if this one will actually work.

But, then again, the key is that it doesn’t hurt to try.

Let us know what do you think?

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.