Monthly Archives: May 2009

Stafford, Sanchez Autos Highlight Day One Gallery

One of the greatest things about being on location at the NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere every year is being among the first people in the country to see what will undeniably be some of the most collected and valuable football cards of the year. But it wouldn’t mean nearly as much if we didn’t have […]

Exclusive Pics: Panini, Upper Deck Premiere Autos

Beckett Media correspondent Jon Gold is covering more LA Coliseum ground today than Reggie Bush ever dreamed, capturing as many sights and sounds as he can during Day One of the 2009 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere. It’s amazing what you can capture with the right attitude and an iPhone. In this installment, Gold has unearthed […]

Premiere Pics: Duals & Quads . . . Oh, My!

LeSean McCoy, the Philadelphia Eagles newest running back out of the University of Pittsburgh, signs some of his dual and quad cards at the Panini America tent: Every day at the NFL Players Rookie Premiere is a banner day:

NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere Under Way!

More than 30 of the top NFL rookies have gathered in the LA Coliseum to beign Day One of the 2009 NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere. Today, Panini America and Upper Deck will put the players through their paces in an effort to capture as much compelling football card phtography — and autographs and memorabilia and […]

Inside the Box: 2008-09 Upper Deck Be A Player Hockey

I walked down the hall this afternoon – like I do most every Friday – to give Senior Market Analyst Tim Trout a hard time. He was feigning being overworked when I noticed a mound of unopened hockey wax on his desk. So I grabbed a box from Trout’s leaning tower o’ 2008-09 Upper Deck […]

From the Field: Hoops Collector Picks Year's Best

  In honor of a scintillating NBA Playoffs thus far, and since the 2008-09 NBA product season is all but over, we crashed the ( boards earlier this week to solicit feedback on the top hoops products of the year. What follows is one particularly thoughtful response from member Josh Palmer (jpleazme805):  I like […]

Her interest in the hobby is a bit different …

Every once in awhile, we get an interesting email from a reader that stands out from the rest for one reason or another. Here’s a selection of a message from Debby Johnson of Gaithersburg, Md.

Inside the Box: 2009 Bowman Draft Football

Topps’ first football product of the new season, 2009 Bowman Draft, won’t be available nationwide until Wednesday (May 20). So imagine my surprise when I trudged upstairs this afternoon following my lunchtime workout to find two boxes of the product sitting on my floor.

Schulte Sports Launches Online Auction Site

Ray Schulte, the marketing agent best known for representing Cal Ripken Jr., Don Mattingly and Roberto Clemente, and for launching the Major League Baseball All-Star FanFest in 1991, has a new collectibles venture on his hands. Officially launched today, is an online auction platform  promising collectors the opportunity to bid on vast and varied sports and entertainment memorabilia. “Our intent […]

Press Pass has a hit on its hands with KISS Ikons

Press Pass has a genuine hit on its hands with KISS Ikons.

News Flash: Troy Bergeron Signs with Falcons

In case you missed it (and I’m almost certain you did), former Arena Football League star Troy Bergeron signed as a free agent with the Atlanta Falcons earlier this week.

Inside the box: 2009 Topps Series 2 baseball cards

We’ve cracked the first boxes of 2009 Topps Series 2 baseball cards and it’s easy to say that the strong points of Series 1 — stunning and unique photography as well as a wide range of cards and variety in each box — are back.

Preview Gallery: Paul Lempa's 2009 Topps Series 2 Sketch Cards

The second series of 2009 Topps baseball cards are less than a week away from their official release date and we’ve got a sneak peek at 10 of the Sketch Cards that will be found in packs.

Box Busters preview: 2009 Topps Series 2 baseball

The second series of 2009 Topps baseball cards doesn’t arrive in hobby shops until next Wednesday, but we’re busting the first boxes of the always popular set this afternoon for an episode of Box Busters coming your way later this week.

Card gallery: 2009 Playoff Prestige football

Panini America’s debut football set — 2009 Playoff Prestige — arrives in hobby shops today with no redemption cards and four game-used or autograph cards per hobby box.

Business is booming with Yankee Stadium demolition coming

Steiner Sports announced its Yankee Stadium sales items on Tuesday with seats and authentic turf among the offerings.

Box Busters: 2009 Bowman baseball

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer ripped into boxes of 2009 Bowman baseball cards. What will they find in this episode of Box Busters? Click here.

Sneak peek: 2009-10 NBA SP Game-Used Edition

Upper Deck released several images from its 2009-10 NBA SP Game-Used Edition basketball set on Tuesday.

Win Matt Stafford's first Panini autograph card

We don’t have to wait until the NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere later this week — or for the arrival of Playoff Prestige on Wednesday — to help you get your hands on the first autographed Panini card of Detroit Lions No. 1 draft pick and former Georgia Bulldogs star Matt Stafford.

First look: 2009 Rookies & Stars football

Panini America released the first images and basic product information for its 2009 Rookies & Stars football set and one thing is clear — we may have a front-runner for the best football design of the year.

Surprises & more in store from NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere

The 13th annual NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere photo shoot begins Thursday in Los Angeles with a select crop of NFL rookies in attendance to pose for photographs in their new uniforms for football cards and sign more than a few autographs that will end up in collectors’ hands.

Box Busters preview: 2009 Bowman baseball

We’ve cracked the first boxes of Topps’ popular prospecting staple, 2009 Bowman baseball, which arrives in hobby shops on Wednesday. Here’s just some of what you can find inside.

First look: 2009 Bowman baseball final checklists

While we await the Box Busters video processing, here are some quick (read: crooked) scans of the final 2009 Bowman baseball checklists as found in packs. We’ll have some additional card scans here in a bit as well. Check ’em out after the jump.

A very special episode of Box Busters … featuring the KISS Army

Members of the KISS Army invaded Beckett Media for some Box Busters action with the new set from Press Pass.

The prospecting eagle has landed … 2009 Bowman baseball

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer will be ripping into the first boxes of 2009 Bowman baseball later today for the newest edition of Box Busters.

America's Team leads way in 2009 Upper Deck First Edition

A 100-card insert set focusing on America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys, is one of the highlights in the recently announced 2009 Upper Deck First Edition football set scheduled to arrive in September.

Fathead goes high-end with NFL factory set

Fathead, best known for its wall-size vinyl graphics, has upped the ante with its line of smaller card-like Tradeables by offering a limited edition box set of its inaugural 2008 NFL edition.

McFarlane Toys unveils NBA Legends 5 photos

McFarlane Toys has released the images of its fifth series of NBA Legends SportsPicks figures and “The Mailman” Karl Malone certainly delivers as part of a freshly sculpted six-figure set that is scheduled to arrive in October.

NFL cancels NFL Experience and Card Show for 2010

The NFL has decided to cancel the NFL Experience and Card Show for Super Bowl XLIV in South Florida, according to an official with the league.

McFarlane Toys announces rare NFL chase figure

McFarlane Toys has added another super-rare chase figure to its upcoming NFL Legends Series 5 of its popular SportsPicks figures — a Barry Sanders piece limited to just 20 copies.

Hall of Fame basketball coach Chuck Daly dead at 78

Hall of Fame basketball coach Chuck Daly died on Saturday at his home in Jupiter, Fla., losing a battle with cancer at age 78.

Signs of the times?

Earlier this week, billionaire Warren Buffett was the subject of the ultimate in baseball honors — his own bobblehead giveaway.

Dom DiMaggio's cards aren't inexpensive Joe alternatives

While some may think that Dom DiMaggio’s cards are an inexpensive alternative to owning some of his brother Joe’s cards, they’re really not. He’s got some pricey cards of his own, despite not having Hall of Fame credentials.

Box Busters: 2009 TRISTAR PROjections Series 2

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer ripped boxes of the new 2009 TRISTAR PROjections Series 2 baseball cards on Friday morning.

The 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. autographed buyback winner is …

We’ve selected the winner of the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. autographed buyback Rookie Card. The winner is Dave Villanova from Yorkville, Ill.