Monthly Archives: May 2009

Upper Deck ponders "what if" in series 2 baseball

Upper Deck’s 2009 Series 2 baseball set has been out for about a week or so now and some collectors have found one of four 1989-styled baseball cards inside their mylar wrappers. They were something announced with the previous product breakdowns, but not explained.

In the minors: Mascot cards run rampant

Sure, minor league teams come and go (just like players), but it seems most minor league set include a card of their fuzzy team representatives like Cosmo for the Las Vegas 51s (above).

‘The Greatest’ Figures in Boxing History?

Two of Muhammad Ali’s most memorable fights provide the backdrop for Upper Deck’s newest Pro Shots, 7-inch action figures sporting something UD calls “hyper-realistic” detail. Ultimately, collectors will be the judge of that. But there’s no denying the subject matter of the new figures: Ali’s legendarily photogenic knockout of Sonny Liston in 1965 and the […]

First look: 2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom

Topps announced a new baseball product for 2009 on Friday afternoon, Ticket to Stardom, a product that features ticket stubs as a prominent Relic inclusion that will arrive packing three autograph, ticket or Relic cards per box in late August.

New York Mets OF Fernando Martinez is the first 2009 Topps Red Hot Rookie

Topps announced the first player in its 2009 Topps Red Hot Rookie redemption program on Friday — and it’s New York Mets OF Fernando Martinez.

First look: 2009 Press Pass VIP NASCAR cards

Press Pass’s next NASCAR set, VIP, was unveiled on Thursday with what appears to be fueled by memorabilia and autographed cards that can be found one per 24-pack hobby box.

Box Busters: 2009 Donruss Americana

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into boxes of 2009 Donruss Americana for the latest installent of Box Busters.

Preview gallery: 2009 Donruss Americana

Donruss Americana is one of those sets loaded with personalities and characters from the big screen — past and present — and this year’s version includes everything you would expect from the set with a new inclusion, Movie Posters Materials cards.

Box Busters preview: 2009 Donruss Americana

We’ve got our hands on early boxes of 2009 Donruss Americana for an episode of Box Busters later today and one thing is already for certain — the packaging choice by Panini America just might be the coolest ever.

First look: 2009 Topps Chrome football

Topps released the basic product preview information and images for its 2009 Topps Chrome football set on Tuesday, giving collectors the first look at its cards showing rookies in their NFL uniforms from the recent Rookie Premiere.

Panini America takes fans inside NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere

Panini America is unveiling several videos from the recent NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere this week where Scott “Not Van Pelt” Prusha interviews some of the NFL’s newest rookies.

Also to be found in 2009 Goodwin Champions baseball …

Yesterday, Upper Deck released its preview package for its 2009 Goodwin Champions baseball card set modeled after the 1880s tobacco cards of the same name. Today, they announced a big addition to the autograph checklist.

First look: 2009-10 UD Black hockey cards

Upper Deck released basic product information and preview images for its upcoming 2009-10 UD Black NHL set on Tuesday, a product that appears to be loaded with patch and autographed memorabilia cards.

Solving a sketch card mystery …

One of my favorite additions to the baseball card world this past year is the Sketch Card, which after years of appearing in non-sports packs, finally made its way into baseball cards beginning with Topps sets late last year.

Box Busters: 2009 Upper Deck Series 2 baseball

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer ripped into boxes of Upper Deck Series 2 baseball on Tuesday to see what they could find inside for the latest episode of Box Busters.

SportKings reveals high-end images, cuts production for Series C

Sportkings released additional images for its upcoming Series C on Tuesday and announced that it will produce just 2,500 boxes of the high-end product this year.

First look: Will you go buggy for 2009 Goodwin Champions baseball cards?

Upper Deck released the basic product breakdown and preview images for its upcoming Goodwin Champions baseball set, a new release that delivers much of the oldschool aesthetic that many collectors crave, along with some interestingly odd inclusions that touch on other collecting fields.

First Look: 2009 Donruss Threads Football

The good news is that we received preliminary product information and tons of eye candy on 2009 Donruss Threads Football today. The bad news, of course, is that you’ve gotta wait three months to get your hands on some. But based on the contents of the sales sheet, you likely won’t mind. While you’re feasting on […]

Caught on Video: Press Pass Premium & Fathead NHL Tradeables

Join Beckett Media multitaskers Tim Trout and Tracy Hackler as they rip through a box of Press Pass Premium racing and a few packs of Fathead NHL Tradeables. Did they pull anything worth screaming about? You’ll have to click here and here to find out.

First look: 2009 Bowman Chrome baseball

Topps released the basic product information and images for its 2009 Bowman Chrome baseball set on Thursday, a product that includes one autographed prospect card per hobby box.

Panini releases Prestige Rookie Card variation list

Panini America confirmed on Wednesday that the following rookies have variations cards in 2009 Playoff Prestige showing them in their college uniforms.

Now THAT is a loaded box …

On the outside, the blaster box of 2009 Topps Heritage that Todd Neuman bought at a Walmart in Mayfield, Ky., probably looked like every other one that rolled off the assembly line and made its way to the shelf.

Ric Flair card touches independent wrestler

But what you might not know (we didn’t) is that one of the winners was Tim Robertson of Caruthersville, Mo., an independent wrestler also known as “Tank.”

Box Busters: 2009 Topps Series 2 baseball

The latest installment of the collecting mainstay, the Topps baseball set, arrives on Wednesday with Series 2 hitting hobby shops.

The first two Matt Stafford autograph winners are …

We’ve selected the first two winners of Panini’s autographed 2009 Playoff Prestige Matt Stafford promo cards.

Card Gallery: Upper Deck's Inscriptions from the Rookie Premiere

Upper Deck recently asked Beckett readers for inscriptions for players to sign at the NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere this past weekend in Los Angeles.

He's No. 1 on the Baseball America Hot Sheet, who's your No. 1?

San Francisco Giants pitching prospect Tim Alderson has been doing pretty well these days — so well he’s atop the current Baseball America Hot Sheet, the weekly reader of prospectors.

Topps reveals latest in American Heritage line

Topps released the basic product breakdown and preview images for the latest installment of its American Heritage series, the American Heroes Edition, a 150-card set loaded with notable people — who it deems the “the most courageous, valiant, progressive and enlightened American women and men in our nation’s history.”

Prospect watch: Jake Fox — LF, Iowa Cubs

Every few years there’s a guy who comes out of nowhere to tear it up — see Craig Brazell in the minors in 2007, Ryan Ludwick in MLB in 2008 — and this year’s version of that player just might be Iowa Cubs left fielder Jake Fox.

Rapper Redemption: The Collectibility of Eminem

  The most anticipated release date in almost five years arrives tomorrow and the product dropping is quite literally music to my ears – even if it has absolutely nothing to do with trading cards. Well, maybe it does. After all, in a hip-hop “hobby” populated predominantly by retail-Score rappers, Eminem is more like National […]

Abe Lincoln's Hair Cut card sells for $17,500

The 2008 SP Legendary Cuts Hair Cut Signatures card of Abraham Lincoln — a card that includes a cut autograph of the 16th president as well as a lock of his hair — sold for $17,500 last week on eBay.

Rookie Premiere Notebook

  By Jon Gold LOS ANGELES — Some notes and observations from the NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere:  … Most rookies I interviewed were moderate collectors as kids (see below). Matt Stafford and Rhett Bomar, two Texas quarterbacks, collected – who else? – Troy Aikman. But the main player of choice was Barry Sanders. These rookies have […]

Panini announces Prestige SPs at Premiere

Panini America announced some of the Prestige short-prints during this year’s NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere this weekend in California.

Collectors can get Smarty in packs of baseball cards this fall

Upper Deck recently unveiled that it will include DNA cards — hair cards — of at least two race horses in its 2009 Goodwin Champions Baseball card set that will arrive in September.

Over-His-Shoulder Catch: Sanchez Signing

Here’s a bird’s-eye view — if that bird was perched atop Mark Sanchez’s shoulder pads — of the New York Jets QB and USC favorite son signing some of his Pen Pals cards at the Panini America tent. Not a bad perspective, huh?