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Monthly Archives: May 2009

Business is booming with Yankee Stadium demolition coming

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

Want to own the sod with the Yankees logo from behind home plate as seen above? That’ll cost you $50,000 for the 20-foot by 20-foot section and comes “complete with a bag of peat moss, grass seed, and a flag stating its origin: Yankee Stadium”

stadiumgrass2But that’s not all … you’ll also receive a 16×20 photo of the final game, “a Joe DiMaggio Diary page along with instructions on how to properly care and maintain the sod, the official interlocking NY logo stencil and white paint.”

The sod will be delivered — and installed — free if you live within a 25-mile radius of the stadium, if not you have to pay a fee of $7 per mile.  (Darn shipping will get you every time.)

Also available are 4×80-foot patches between each base — $6,000 a pop — or patches from the outfield a 20×20 square for $10,000.

Single square feet are also available for $120 apiece if you can’t swing for the fences.

If that doesn’t do it for you, you can opt for the $80 3-inch square of freeze-dried grass that can be displayed proudly — and you never have to water it. It comes in a display case as seen above.

If horticulture isn’t your thing, stadium seats also are available — single seats for $749, seat pairs for $1,499 or your specific season ticket seats for $1,999.

If you’re more of a bleacher creature, never fear as those will be cut into segments as well for $399 and up.

Countless other items from the stadium can be found at auction through Steiner by clicking here. A mini fridge? $2,000. A section of stadium facade? $50,000. There’s apparently something for everyone as long as they love them pinstripes.

Obviously the demand for Yankee Stadium memorabilia is there as they have one of the richest traditions in all of sports, but it probably takes a pretty dedicated fanatic to want the sod installed in the backyard.

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 Bowman baseball

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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

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

A release date and pricing were not announced, but there will be one autograph and two multi-swatch memorabilia cards per pack.

In every box there will be one six- and one eight-swatch memorabilia card as well as one multi-signature card and one autographed-memorabilia card.

See more images after the jump:

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Win Matt Stafford's first Panini autograph card

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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.

We’ve gotten our hands on seven Prestige promo cards that Stafford personally signed at the NFL Draft and we want them to be yours. We’re giving away two of them right here. Details on how to win one of the rest will be found in the July issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

How can you win one of the online cards?

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First look: 2009 Rookies & Stars football

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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.

We’ll have more details on the product here soon, but until then here’s a look at several cards in the product:

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Surprises & more in store from NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere

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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.

Panini America, Topps and Upper Deck will be there for the photographs, the autographs and for coverage. Panini is promising live updates from the event regarding Playoff Prestige short prints as well as player interviews, pictures and live interviews from the event. All of this and more can be found on the Panini/Donruss fan page on Facebook.

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Box Busters preview: 2009 Bowman baseball

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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.

We’ll have the 2009 Bowman Box Busters video right here Tuesday morning — but until then here’s a glimpse at some of what the set has to offer. We’re bot going to show off the autograph from this box — or tease you with the contents of a second box. You’ll have to wait until the video arrives.

Until then, check ‘em out …

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First look: 2009 Bowman baseball final checklists

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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.

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

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Forget sports cards … an Army came to Dallas and they were breathing fire, spitting up blood, throwing the goat and ripping packs with the dial turned up to 11.

That’s right, members of the KISS Army invaded Beckett Media for some Box Busters action with the new KISS IKons trading card set from Press Pass. Get the details on the set right here.

And see all of the box-busting action here.

Do you want to win a box of KISS cards? Watch the video to find out how …

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.

The prospecting eagle has landed … 2009 Bowman baseball

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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.

What will they find in the first Bowman product of 2009?

Stay tuned.

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

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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.

Each retail blaster box will contain a pack of five of the America’s Team cards, while other inserts and parallel cards will be found two per pack in the product.

Each 36-pack box will include an assortment of inserts — Bombs Away, Crunch Time, Star Attractions, Speed to Burn — as well as standard card parallels. There will be 10 cards per pack.

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Fathead goes high-end with NFL factory set

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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.

Limited to only 250 copies — and only 70 of those will be available to the public — the NFL Tradeables box set includes all 182 5×7-inch Tradeables produced last year.

Each set is marked with an NFL hologram and includes a checklist as well as a signed and numbered certificate from Fathead’s CEO all in a walnut box.

The box sets are $499 (shipping is free)  and only are available on the company’s website, fathead.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.

McFarlane Toys unveils NBA Legends 5 photos

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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.

The lineup also includes Magic Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, John Havlicek, Joe Dumars and Dan Majerle in some memorable poses.

For more on the set, 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.

NFL cancels NFL Experience and Card Show for 2010

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After 18 years, the NFL Experience will not be held in 2010. (AP photo)

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.

The league plans for the events to return in some fashion in 2011 when the Super Bowl is played in the Dallas Cowboys’ new stadium.

Last year’s NFL Experience in Tampa was the 18th year that the event had been held. The event included several interactive activities, corporate booths, autograph guests and entertainment acts for the weekend surrounding the big game.

For a look at some of what could have been seen at this year’s NFL Card Show, 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.

McFarlane Toys announces rare NFL chase figure

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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.

What’s the variation?

sandersregularSanders is wearing blue pants instead of silver. The packaging will be sealed with McFarlane Toys security tape to differentiate it from possible repainted and repackaged toys.

The fifth series of NFL Legends is scheduled to arrive in July. For more on them, click here and 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.

Hall of Fame basketball coach Chuck Daly dead at 78

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

Daly won back-to-back NBA titles with the Detroit Pistons and coached the Dream Team to the Olympic gold in 1992. As part of the NBA at 50 celebration, he was selected as one of the top 10 coaches in league history and was the first coach to win an NBA title and Olympic gold.

He appeared on 55 trading cards during his career, according to the Beckett.com database, his Rookie Card coming in the 1989-90 NBA Hoops set (No. 11, 25 cents). That set was the first to feature NBA coaches on its checklist. His first collectibles appearance, however, was on a 1988-89 Panini Spanish NBA sticker, which can be found for about $3.

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Signs of the times?

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Warren Buffett was the subject of a minor league promotion. (AP photo)

Is this yet another sign of the times?

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

The first 1,000 fans who attended an Omaha Royals game on Monday received a miniature likeness of the man (worth north of $60 billion these days) throwing out a first pitch at a past Kansas City Royals game.

Believe it or not, it’s not the team’s first “Buffett bobbler.”

Perhaps this is a glimpse at the future of sports — where we root for the owners and the wealthy — not the rich (players), but the genuinely wealthy. (Nod to Chris Rock there.)

Eh … perhaps not.

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Dom DiMaggio's cards aren't inexpensive Joe alternatives

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Former Boston Red Sox outfielder Dom DiMaggio — a seven-time All-Star and the little brother of Yankees Hall of Famer Joe DiMaggio — died Friday at 92.

The “Little Professor” appeared on 127 baseball cards through the years — 43 of those from his playing days with the Red Sox during the 1940s and early 1950s. He finished his career with 1,680 hits and a .298 average.

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.

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Box Busters: 2009 TRISTAR PROjections Series 2

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

What will they find in their officially licensed boxes of baseball cards besides this Jason Heyward Yellow-foil parallel (#’d/25)?

Click here to find out in the latest installment of Box Busters.

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

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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.

Here’s a portion of the story he included as his entry:

“It’s Christmas Eve of 1991.  I am 8 years old.  I open the last present of the night from my uncle Vince and to my great surprise it is the set — 1989 Upper Deck baseball. I was so happy to finally get the most important card and set of my (at that time) short-lived collection.  However, when I opened that nice blue box, to my surprise I found something very different.

“It was a Barbie doll.

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Topps announces Terminator Salvation autograph, Relic and Sketch Cards

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Topps released the list of subjects who will have autograph and memorabilia cards in its upcoming Terminator Salvation set as well as the list of artists who have produced Sketch Cards for the upcoming release.

There will be one autograph per box guaranteed in every hobby box, as well as one Sketch Card or Relic card.

Star Christian Bale was not among the signers for the set, but two cards containing watches of clothing Bale wore during the movie as John Connor are on the Relic checklist.

See them all after the jump.

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Will Manny Ramirez's performance-enhancing substance suspension affect his cards?

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According to a Los Angeles Times report, Major League Baseball will announce today that Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez will be suspended for 50 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

While the test may be tied to a medical condition (as he’s expected to say later today), the perceptions within the hobby may well be that he’s just another tainted player from an era where stars who put up legendary numbers are shrouded in clouds of controversy.

Guilty or not, more than a few fans have probably already made up their minds and associated him with known cheaters and those mired in controversy regarding their reputations and their statistics from the field.

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First look: 2009 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection

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Upper Deck released basic product information and preview images on Thursday for its 2009 Ballpark Collection set that is scheduled to arrive in late-August.

There will be three memorabilia cards or one autograph and two memorabilia cards per pack. Each pack will contain one dual memorabilia card and one quad memorabilia card, while there will be cards with as many as eight memorabilia pieces embedded into them. Each four-pack box will include two autographed cards.

New this year will be All-Time legends cards of Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams available as dual-, triple-, quad-, six-piece and eight-piece memorabilia cards.

See those and more after the jump.

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Cowboys, Conversation, Cannoli and Collecting

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Doug Coleman has learned much in his more than 15 years conducting and promoting athlete signings and card shows in the far North Texas town of Denison. The best stuff, though, he’s learned more recently.

Like, for example, why Dallas Cowboys great Chuck Howley was nicknamed “Hogmeat” or what it was really like for the Cowboys during the famed 1967 Ice Bowl against the Green Bay Packers. Indeed, as Coleman and the attendees of his intimate signing events have discovered, there’s something to be said for quality time with the legends of yesterday.

“At most conventional card shows, the player doesn’t even have time to look up to acknowledge the fans’ presence as they pass through the line,” says Coleman, who owns Denison’s Box Seat Sportscards. “Here, they all get to visit. The fans want to talk to the players and, surprisingly, the players want to talk to the fans, as well. It just works.”

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Box Busters: 2009 Press Pass SE football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Tracy Hackler and Dan Hitt as they open a box of 2009 Press Pass SE Football cards, which are scheduled for release on Thursday (May 7).

Every pack includes an autograph or game-used jersey card — roughly nine autographs per 12-pack box.

What will they find inside? 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.