Monthly Archives: June 2009

Topps goes back to the 1950s for National VIP cards

Topps has announced its VIP cards for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland and it’s an assortment of cards using the memorable 1959 design that get the nod this year.

Perfection to be on display at The National

Memory Lane Inc. will offer the first public showing of the finest known collection of Mickey Mantle baseball cards during this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.

Press Pass unveils future cards in wake of Joey Logano's historic victory

NASCAR rookie Joey Logano made history Sunday by becoming the youngest winner ever in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and in July Press Pass will deliver some of the the 19-year old’s hottest cards in two new brands.

Tiger Woods and his Stanford colors showcased in Upper Deck basketball set

Upper Deck’s Draft Edition basketball set is on the way in late-July with a mix of newly drafted college stars in their school colors.

Panini America: Wilmer Flores autographs shipping soon

The New York Mets’ 17-year-old shortstop prospect has returned his signatures and those redemptions should begin being fulfilled soon by Panini America. Redemptions for Flores signatures were inserted into four 2008 Donruss products — Threads, Elite Extra Edition, Americana Sports Legends and Contenders.

My Michael Jackson Collection

It occurred to me tonight – watching the myriad tributes to Michael Jackson and growing increasingly melancholy while doing it – that outside of a few old records, I don’t have any MJ in my collection.

Michael Jackson dead at age 50

TMZ is reporting that The King of Pop, Michael Jackson has died at age 50 of an apparent heart attack.

Pink Mother's Day bats arrive on MLB auction block

The latest batch of game-used pink Mother’s Day bats have hit the auction block through with the net proceeds from each and every auction benefiting the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

Judge's decision on O-Pee-Chee shouldn't mean much to collectors

So as part of the Topps vs. Upper Deck court battle over alleged misuse of O-Pee-Chee designs, a judge has ordered Upper Deck to cease production and halt distribution of the cards and ruled that the company can’t market those cards.

Press Pass announces its National VIP cards

Press Pass announced its VIP card set for the 30th National Sports Collectors Convention on Wednesday.

Panini Inks Blake Griffin, Four Others to Exclusive Contracts

Panini America officials confirmed on Wednesday that the company has inked five of the NBA’s top draft prospects, including projected No. 1 overall pick Blake Griffin, to exclusive trading card agreements.

First Look: Sportkings Memorabilia Eye Candy

Sport Kings LP officials on Wednesday morning pulled back the curtain on some of the most decorated memorabilia cards available in Sportkings Series C, the limited-edition (2,500 boxes), high-end multisport product slated to release in late July. Every pack of Sportkings Series C, launching at the 2009 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, will include one memorabilia card or one cut-signature […]

Upper Deck announces error on Fabian Brunnstrom Ultimate Collection Rookie Autograph card

When Upper Deck received the 2008-09 Ultimate Collection Hockey Rookie Autograph cards of Fabian Brunnstrom back, the company was saddened to see that one of the boxes containing approximately half of the cards had not sealed correctly. All the cards in that box were damaged.

Preview Gallery: 2009 Donruss Classics School Colors

One of the inserts in the product is School Colors, a set loaded with on-card autographs that features players in their — you guessed it — school colors.

First look: 2009 Upper Deck SP Threads football cards

Upper Deck released preview images and basic product information on Tuesday for its 2009 SP Threads football set which arrives in October.

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen is Topps' third Red Hot Rookie Redemption

Topps announced its third 2009 Red Hot Rookie Redemption on Tuesday and it’s Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

Dedicated Yankee Stadium Legacy collectors meet Derek Jeter

Dedicated Yankee Stadium Legacy collectors meet Derek Jeter

Oakland A's pitcher Andrew Bailey is Topps' third Finest Rookie Redemption

Topps announced its third Finest redemption of the year on Monday and it’s Oakland A’s pitcher Andrew Bailey.

First look: 2009 Upper Deck Sweet Spot baseball

Upper Deck released the basic product breakdown and preview images for its 2009 Sweet Spot Baseball set on Friday — yet another year for the popular product but one that includes a few surprise twists.

Preview Gallery: 2009 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection Rookie Autographs

Upper Deck has released several preview images for the Rookie Autographs in its upcoming Ballpark Collection set, which is scheduled to arrive on Aug. 25.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson is Topps' second Finest Rookie Redemption card

Topps announced its second Finest redemption of the year on Friday and it’s Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson.

Just Minors announces final product — Mystery Jerseys 2009

Atlanta-based Just Minors announced its final scheduled product on Thursday — Mystery Jerseys 2009 — which contains full one autographed minor league jersey and two autograph cards per box.

First look: 2009 Topps Triple Threads baseball

Topps released the basic product information and preview images for its 2009 Triple Threads baseball set on Thursday.

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen is the third Upper Deck SPx Rookie Signatures redemption

Upper Deck has announced its third 2009 SPx Rookie Signatures redemption card and it’s Pittsburgh Pirates rookie Andew McCutchen.

Panini announces retail-only rookies in 2009 Donruss Elite (updated)

Panini announced on Wednesday evening that there are 12 retail-only rookies to be found in 2009 Donruss Elite football.

Los Angeles Lakers & Pittsburgh Penguins championship Sports Illustrated covers available from SI Uncirculated & BGS

The championship Sports Illustrated covers for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Pittsburgh Penguins are now available in perfect uncirculated condition from SI Uncirculated — a joint project between Time Inc. and Beckett Grading Services.

Beckett Grading Services now grading vintage photos

Beckett Grading Services has launched an original photograph authentication and grading service.

First look: Brian Kong's 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter cards

Noted Sketch Card artist Brian Kong will have a 25-card insert set featuring his work in the 2009 Allen & Ginter baseball set from Topps.

Signed 1927 Yankees photo sets sales record

A PSA/DNA-certified, near-mint condition photograph signed by 30 members of the legendary 1927 New York Yankees team has been purchased for a record $350,000.

First look: 2009-10 Upper Deck SP Signature Edition Basketball

Upper Deck has released the first preview images and the basic product information for its 2009-10 SP Signature Edition Basketball set, which will include two autographed cards in every box.

UDA Offers the Shirts off Tiger's Back

Upper Deck Authenticated today began selling the sweat- and history-soaked shirts worn by Tiger Woods during the first three rounds of the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Woods, who beat Rocco Mediate in a 19-hole playoff last year to claim his 14th major title, has autographed each of the shirts and added a “2008 U.S. Open” inscription […]

Panini brings back 1989 Score for National VIPs

Panini America revealed the six-card 1989 Score-inspired set that will be given out to all VIPs at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in late July in Cleveland, Ohio, on Monday evening.

Sneak peek: 2009 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia football cards

Panini America has released its basic breakdown and images for its 2009 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia football card set, which will arrive in late September with four cards in every $40 pack.

First look: 2009 Donruss Certified football

Panini America released the basic product information and preview images for 2009 Donruss Certified football, which arrives in mid-October packing four autographs or memorabilia cards as well as four inserts or parallels per box.

First look: 2009 Bowman Sterling football

Topps released basic product information and preview images for 2009 Bowman Sterling NFL Football on Monday, which will pack plenty of punch into its mini boxes when it arrives late August.