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Monthly Archives: June 2009

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

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

The redemptions are found one in every master hobby box of 2009 Finest baseball cards.

Hanson made his big-league debut on June 7 against the Milwaukee Brewers — a no-decision — but has a 2-0 record with a 4.08 ERA after three starts. He’s struck out 12 and walked 10 this season.

Topps’ first Finest rookie was Cleveland’s Matt LaPorta. The company will unveil the remainder of the 10 rookies throughout the season. There also are redemptions for Refractor (#’d to 199) and Gold Refractor (#’d to 50) versions.

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.

Just Minors announces final product — Mystery Jerseys 2009

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

One in every 60 boxes will include a game-used jersey.

Among the players on the autographed jersey checklist are Josh Hamilton, Carlos Quentin, Cole Hamels, Evan Longoria, Jay Bruce, Dexter Fowler, Aramis Ramirez, Alex Rios, Billy Butler, Carlos Gonzalez, Colby Rasmus, Yovanni Gallardo, Jason Heyward, Tommy Hanson, Andrew McCutchen, Fernando Martinez and Jose Tabata among others.

There are Glossy 1/1 autograph cards as well as dual and triple signature cards that are inserted one in every six boxes. Each master carton will contain one of each of those cards.

The boxes are $119.95 and can be pre-ordered on shopjustminors.com. The product ships in July.

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.

First look: 2009 Topps Triple Threads baseball

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

The fourth installment of the high-end memorabilia-loaded set arrives in October and is a hobby-exclusive product which will include bat knob Relic cards as well as some surprising triple-book cards that include hat logo patches — and more — on the same card.

Each pack (mini-box) contains three numbered base cards and two numbered parallel cards plus one Triple Relic card. An Autographed Triple Relic card replaces the Triple Relic card in every other pack — or one per display box.

Every case will contain one 1/1 autographed Triple Relic card and one Triple Relic autograph card numbered to 36 or less.

See more images and information after the jump.

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

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

The card is No. RR3 and will be card 128 in the set. The previously announced autographs are of St. Louis Cardinals rookie Colby Rasmus, No. RR2, with 25 signed with a “Go Redbirds” inscription. The first was Baltimore Orioles pitcher Koji Uehara, who signed 25 of his cards in Japanese.

Upper Deck will reveal the remainder of the cards ever few weeks during the season until all of the cards have been announced.

The redemptions can be found two per 14-box case.

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.

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

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

They are:

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

SIKobe609The championship Sports Illustrated covers for the Los Angeles Lakers and the Pittsburgh Penguins are now available from SI Uncirculated — a joint project between Time Inc. and Beckett Grading Services.

SISid09The issues are $24.99. The Lakers issue, which has Kobe Bryant on the cover, can be purchased here, while the Penguins issue, which features Sidney Crosby, can be purchased here.

SI Uncirculated was announced last week and debuting with the June 8 national and regional issues featuring the Detroit Red Wings and star high school baseball player Bryce Harper. (The Harper issue sold out quickly, while a few of the Red Wings issues remain available.)

Under the authority of Time Inc., this is a collector’s only way to get an uncirculated copy of SI slabbed by BGS — copies that were not released to the public but instead distributed directly to BGS for the program.  Only a limited number of each issue are available. Once the initial offerings are sold out, they cannot be offered again.

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Beckett Grading Services now grading vintage photos

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

From news photos, wire photos and movie stills to snapshots, Polaroids and mounted photos from the 1800s, BGS will grade them all. It also will provide a choice between authentication and encapsulation only or slabbing with with a numerical grade.  Both services provide the best preservation and presentation capabilities on the market.

BGS will team with noted photograph expert and art historian David Rudd (www.cycleback.com).

For more information, call (972)-448-9188 or visit www.beckett.com/photos

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

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

Kong will have 25 cards in the product, which is in its fourth year and arrives on July 1. The 2006 and 2007 sets included artwork cards from Dick Perez.

You’ll be able to see a gallery of many more of Kong’s cards in the August issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

For more on Kong’s work, visit www.briankong.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.

Signed 1927 Yankees photo sets sales record

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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.

The price is the most ever paid for a vintage sports photograph and is nearly 70 percent higher than the last time this item was auctioned in 2006.

The purchase by an anonymous buyer from an also unidentified seller was brokered by Memory Lane Inc. of Tustin, Calif.  The company first sold the autographed photo for $206,000 in a December 2006 auction.

“The team-signed photograph of the 1927 Yankees players was purchased by a New York metro area collector who told me he now wants to share it with other fans and make arrangements for publicly displaying it at the new Yankee Stadium,” said Joe Orlando, President of PSA/DNA, in a news release.

Signatures include Babe Ruth Lou Gehrig, Tony Lazzeri, Herb Pennock, Waite Hoyt, Earle Combs, Benny Bengough, Bob Meusel and manager Miller Huggins.

The autographs originally were obtained by Yankees pitcher George Pipgras who passed it down to his daughter, LeMorn Pipgras Simpson. She later sold it for $80,000.

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

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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.

The standard set consists of 100 cards along with SP Signature Rookies, while the inserts will include Star Signatures (two, three and four types), Inkredible and SIGnificance.

Each pack will include four cards when it arrives in September.

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.

UDA Offers the Shirts off Tiger's Back

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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 along with a notation detailing which round the shirt was worn.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the shirts — for the princely sums of $30,000 (Round 1), $40,000 (Round 2) and $50,000 — will be donated to the Tiger Woods Foundation.

“As Tiger’s exclusive autographed memorabilia partner, we are excited to offer fans a chance to own three unique pieces of sports history,” says Tim Muret, Vice President of UDA. “Each of the three shirts provides a chapter to the incredible sotry of Tiger’s amazing victor, which, as we found out the next day, was one in which he was literally playing on a broken leg. These three historical pieces will certainly be the ultimate collection showpieces for years to come.”

For more information on this rare collecting opportunity, including a video of Woods signing the shirts and providing a brief recap of each round, visit the Upper Deck Store.

 

Panini brings back 1989 Score for National VIPs

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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.

The six-card set will feature the memorable green-bordered 1989 Score football design and include Matthew Stafford, Mark Sanchez, Ben Roethlisberger, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Ryan and Brady Quinn.

See them all below.

For more on the annual 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.

Sneak peek: 2009 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia football cards

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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.

Each box will include four material or autograph cards (at least one autograph), one Rookie, one parallel, one insert and one other of those cards.

See a full breakdown and more images (click for a closer look) after the jump …

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First look: 2009 Donruss Certified football

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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.

Each 10-pack box (suggested retail price $10 per pack) includes five cards and there will be 24 boxes per case.

See additional images — and a complete breakdown of what Certified is packing after the jump.

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First look: 2009 Bowman Sterling football

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

Each six-mini box display box will include 12 Rookie Cards, six autograph cards, 12 Relic cards and two autograph Relic cards.

Each five-card pack (mini-box) contains two Rookie Cards, one rookie or veteran autograph, one veteran Relic card and one rookie Relic. Autographed Relics are found one in every three packs.

Each eight-box case also contains two dual autograph Refractors.

See more images and information after the jump.

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Sneak peek: 2009 Upper Deck SPx football

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Upper Deck released basic preview images and product information for its 2009 SPx football set on Monday, a product that will pack as many as four autographs per box when it arrives in September.

The base set will consist of 90 cards, 34 SPx Rookie Autograph jerseys, 40 SPx Rookie Signatures and 60 SPx Rookies.

Each 10-pack box will include as many as four autographs, including one Rookie Signature Triple Memorabilia card, as well as six serial-numbered memorabilia cards. Each case will include one Shadow Box card and a minimum of three autographed memorabilia or multi-signed cards.

The insert lineup will include SPx Shadow Box, Super Scripts Duals (as well as Trios, Quads, Sixes and Eights) Signatures, X Factor Signatures, Winning Trios Auto Patches and Fantastic Foursomes.

See more from the set below.

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Troy Polamalu — and his hair — returns to McFarlanes

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Pittsburgh Steelers DB Troy Polamalu – and his hair — returns to McFarlane Toys’ 21st series of SportsPicks, the company’s popular 6-inch vinyl action figures.

It’s not Polamalu’s first figure — but perhaps this one showcases his famous mane the best. He previously appeared in Series 14 and in a Super Bowl XL two-pack, while a Steelers two-pack of Polamalu with Hines Ward is set to arrive in August.

His latest figure is scheduled to arrive in October with that series also including debut figures for six players. A sneak peek with freshly released images is below.

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In case you forgot … tonight is Rick Vaughn bobblehead night

vaughnbobbleToday might as well be a national holiday — Rick Vaughn bobblehead night — in Cleveland where every fan in attendance will receive a nodder of “Wild Thing,” the greatest Indians pitcher in reel life.

The Indians will face the Milwaukee Brewers — and if you know your Wisconsin radio hosts that means that broadcasting legend Harry Doyle (aka Brewers Hall of Fame announcer Bob Uecker) will be on hand for the game.

Now for those of you who live juuuuuuuussssst a bit outside Cleveland, there’s already quite a market for the Vaughns over on eBay. Fifty of the bobbleheads have sold in the last 30 days — most for somewhere between $15 and $36 (not including shipping). Most of them have sold for $20-25.

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Kobe Bryant's key Rookie Card picks up steam

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Final sales of Kobe Bryant‘s key Rookie Card, 1996-97 Topps Chrome, has taken off since the Los Angeles Lakers won their NBA championship Sunday night.

Dating as far back as January, the highest amount paid for a BGS 9.5 was $505 with the majority of sales falling between $350 and $400.

Since June 1, there have been sales at $510, $515, $550 and $575 — and in the 15 hours since Bryant wrapped up his fourth NBA title, copies have shown up on eBay with Buy It Now prices of $600, $650 and $1,000.

For the Refractor version of the card, only one BGS 9.5 and one PSA 10 sale have been made at $2,350 (Best Offer) and $2,360 respectively since January.

In the 15 hours since the Lakers’ championship? Copies of the card have been listed on eBay with Buy It Now prices of $10,000, $12,000 and $12,500.

Gordon Beckham is Topps' second 2009 Red Hot Rookie

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Topps announced its second 2009 Red Hot Rookie Redemption on Monday and it’s Chicago White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham.

09RHRK_GB_02The card has a twist — one in 10 redeemers will received a card signed by the former University of Georgia star and 2008 first-round pick.

Beckham made his major league debut earlier this month and is hitting just .114 (4-for-35) with four RBIs through his first 10 games.

Collectors who already redeemed their card can check their Topps account to see whether they received a signed version.

The remainder of the 10-card Red Hot Rookies set will be announced throughout the season. Each Series 2 hobby box includes one of the redemption cards.

The first Red Hot Rookie of the year was New York Mets rookie Fernando Martinez.

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.