Monthly Archives: April 2009

Preview Gallery: 2009 Upper Deck Legendary Cuts Generations dual autographs

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

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

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

WWE's Vince McMahon on ESPN

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

Fathead's baseball Tradeables arrive

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

Upper Deck's American Idol cards arrive next week

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.

Also coming from Panini at the Hawaii Trade Conference …

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.

Inside the Black Box: Hawaii Trade Conference preview

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.

Mark "The Bird" Fidrych dead at 54

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.

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

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.

Philadelphia Phillies announcer Harry Kalas dies at 73

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.

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

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.

2009 eTopps baseball arrives

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

"Wild Thing" finally gets his due in Cleveland

Roughly two months from now on Monday, June 15, the Cleveland Indians will celebrate Major League Monday at 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.

First Look: 2009 TRISTAR PROjections Series 2 baseball

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

Keeping up with the Kardashian cards …

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

Behind the scenes: 2009 Sweet Spot Materials baseball

Upper Deck’s 2009 Sweet Spot Materials baseball set hasn’t even been officially announced yet, but that doesn’t mean that the folks at Upper Deck aren’t already busy crafting the cards that will be found in the latest installent of the popular Sweet Spot brand.

Preview Gallery: 2008-09 Ultimate Collection hockey

Upper Deck released several images from its upcoming 2008-09 Ultimate Collection hockey set on Thursday. Check ’em out …

Angels rookie Nick Adenhart dies in auto accident

Los Angeles Angels rookie pitcher Nick Adenhart was killed in an automobile accident on early Thursday morning just hours after he pitched six scoreless innings against the Oakland A’s in Anaheim.He was 22.

Product preview: 2009 Topps Chrome baseball

Topps released preview images and product information for its 2009 Topps Chrome baseball set on Thursday with a 100-card World Baseball Classic insert set among the key highlights.

First look: 2009 Topps Football

Topps released basic product preview information and images for its 2009 NFL set on Wednesday with a 100-card National Chicle insert set and cheerleader cards among the highlights.

Post-WrestleMania thoughts: Wrestling & The hobby

Panini America may not know what it has on its hands. The inclusion of a Flair autograph in a product like Americana? Wooooo. Right now, it’s got the kind of potential that a Derek Jeter card with George Bush and Mickey Mantle Photoshopped into the background — but with a legitimate collector reward.

New season means new sausage race memorabilia, too

There are bobblehead dolls for one of the richest traditions in all of sports — no, not the hot dog at a game — but the epic battle that plays out at every Brewers game between five of the biggest players around: The Sausage Race.

Sneak preview: Topps Terminator Salvation sketch cards

We’ve got a sneak peek at some of the Sketch Cards that Topps will be including in its set for the Christian Bale-led flick that arrives in card shops two weeks before the film arrives in theaters on May 21.

Topps vs. Upper Deck: In Case You Missed It

000000 Topps’ Clay Luraschi and Upper Deck’s Kerri Stockholm squared off on the Rivals segment of Fox Business Channel’s “Money for Breakfast” program Monday morning. The two longtime hobby executives appeared with anchor Alexis Glick and discussed recent hobby history and their respective companies’ plans to attract the next generation of young consumers. The segment, […]

A Match Made in Heaven

000000 If the WWE were more sports and less entertainment, one match in particular at Sunday night’s star-studded, sensory-soaked 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania would’ve sent the collectibles of two legendary combatants soaring into the realm of the unreachable. But since the outcome of the utterly breathtaking Undertaker vs. Shawn Michaels epic was scripted and because […]

Box Busters, WWE-style

We know you can’t get enough pro wrestling — well, we can’t anyway since WrestleMania 25 is just hours away — so here’s a Box Busters episode featuring some new WWE products from Topps and a look at some wrestling-related contests (free stuff) that Beckett readers can win.

MLB Players Association opens test store in New York

The MLB Players Association is opening a prototype store for baseball products at the New York Mets’ Citi Field today — a store not run by the team but rather the Players Association and another company, Aramark.

U.S. presidents will return to eTopps

Last year was the year of the politicians trading card, everyone who opened a pack of cards and found one of the countless non-sport cards in baseball packs will agree.

The 10 greatest pro wrestling cards

On Sunday, the traveling caravan known as World Wrestling Entertainment makes its biggest stop of the year in Houston for WrestleMania 25, so we figured now’s the time to examine 10 classic cards that should be in any serious wrestling collection.

Topps set to bring back T-206 baseball cards in fall

Topps announced on Thursday morning that it will be bringing back the classic T-206 brand of baseball cards in the fall 100 years after the original release.

Latest marathon insert set from Upper Deck focuses on Michael Jordan

But now, it’s basketball and it’s Michael Jordan — perhaps the most notable basketball player and athlete alive — who will have a 1,170-card tribute set from Upper Deck.

Upcoming Goudey baseball set will include Tiger Woods autographs, 1930s autographed buybacks

Upper Deck announced on Wednesday that its 2009 Goudey baseball set will include a select number of autographed Tiger Woods Sport Royalty cards — a few with inscriptions — as well as a handul of 1930s Goudey cards signed by notable baseball players from the past.

The hottest new cards?

American Idol cards from Upper Deck…