Monthly Archives: June 2009

Sneak peek: 2009 Upper Deck SPx football

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.

Troy Polamalu — and his hair — returns to McFarlanes

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

In case you forgot … tonight is Rick Vaughn bobblehead night

Today 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.

Kobe Bryant's key Rookie Card picks up steam

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.

Gordon Beckham is Topps' second 2009 Red Hot Rookie

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

Preview Gallery: 2008-09 Upper Deck Exquisite basketball

Upper Deck has released additional images of cards to be found in its forthcoming 2008-09 Exquisite basketball set.

Goodwin poster sells for $115,271 in Lelands auction

Lelands.com’s June catalog auction totaled nearly $2 million in items sold during the weekend led by an 1889 Goodwin & Co. advertising poster that topped $115,000.

Los Angeles Lakers' NBA champions Wheaties box lacks punch

One of the first Los Angeles Lakers NBA championship commemorative items announced isn’t one that will set any kinds of resale records for its appearance.

The Crosby Show

It’s 10:25 p.m. in Dallas and Sidney Crosby just won his first Stanley Cup in Detroit. For the record, there are 2,447 Crosby items on eBay at the moment, including almost five full pages of new listings.

First look: 2009-10 Topps basketball cards

Topps released the basic images and product information for its 2009-10 Basketball set on Friday, a product that will include 110 Chome cards as well as McDonald’s All-American cards among its offerings when it arrives in late August.

Going Oldschool Box break: 2001 Score Football

Here are the results from a randomly selected box of 2001 Score football cards I recently opened …

Dealer finds Black Sox scandal dual cut autograph of Charles Comiskey & Arnold Rothstein

Jerry Herrin of All-Star Sports & Collectibles in Byron, Ga., wanted to let Beckett readers know all about a significant pull found in his shop from this year’s SP Legendary Cuts — a dual autograph of Charles Comiskey, former owner of the Chicago White Sox and Arnold Rothstein, the man believed to be behind the fix in the 1919 World Series.

The ultimate in pro wrestling memorabilia — the steel chair?

There’s been one constant in decades of professional wrestling, one item that has weathered the changing landscape of promotors and the always changing rosters of athletes that come and go from arena to arena — the steel chair.

First look: 2009-10 Upper Deck basketball cards

Upper Deck released the basic product breakdown and several preview images for its 2009-10 Basketball set, one of the company’s final fully licensed NBA releases — and one that packs the largest autograph checklist in the product’s history — before Panini takes over as the league’s exclusive licensee this fall.

Upper Deck sells original card art online

Upper Deck announced Thursday that it is selling original artwork used in recent sets such as Masterpieces and Heroes online at The Upper Deck Store.

The Orlando Magic are done.

Sure the Los Angeles Lakers only hold a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals this year. But it’s over. It’s done. Chalk up another one for Phil Jackson …

Nolan Ryan offers signed baseball as part of Father's Day gift package

MLB’s strikeout king and Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan is offering up an autographed official MLB baseball as part of a food package aimed for Father’s Day gift hunters.

Upper Deck confirms 20 variations on Ken Griffey Jr.'s card in Series 2

Upper Deck confirmed on Wednesday that there are 20 versions of card No. 855 in its 2009 baseball set as a form of a tribute to the player that started it all for the company’s first card set in 1989 — Ken Griffey Jr.

Sports Illustrated & Beckett Grading Services team up for SI Uncirculated

Sports Illustrated and Beckett Grading Services have teamed up to bring a limited offering of uncirculated copies of the long-collected magazine to the masses starting with a pair of this week’s issues.

By the Box: 2009 SP Legendary Cuts baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they bust boxes of the recently released 2009 SP Legendary Cuts baseball cards from Upper Deck.

In the minors: There are surprises to be found

With In the Minors, we’ve recently explored some of the unusual finds that collectors will discover in their sets of minor league baseball cards. But you ain’t seen nothing yet.

First Look: 2009-10 '48 Bowman Basketball

000000  Next season’s basketball market is filling up rather rapidly this season. On the heels of Upper Deck’s announcement of 2009-10 SP Game Used a few weeks back, Topps on Wednesday morning released details on 2009-10 Bowman ’48 Basketball, a hobby-exclusive product set to arrive in August. Playing off a nostalgia recipe that has worked […]

Coming soon: 2009 TRISTAR Projections Series 3

TRISTAR has released the first images and preview information for its 2009 PROjections Series 3 minor league baseball set.

Is this proof that foilboard isn't always necessary?

We got our first look at the retail version of 2009 Donruss Americana here on Tuesday and one thing’s apparent — one of my cardboard pet peeves has reared its ugly head again and I really didn’t realize the scope of it until now.

First Look: 2009 Upper Deck SP Authentic baseball cards

Upper Deck released the basic product information and images for its 2009 SP Authentic baseball set on Tuesday.

Florida dealer to sell Dwight Evans memorabilia

A Florida dealer has obtained several items from the personal collection of former Boston Red Sox outfielder Dwight Evans and will begin selling the items soon.

WWE's Lakers & Nuggets jerseys hot on the auction block

Forget the NBA Finals, what’s a WWE-used NBA jersey worth?

Preview gallery: Sportkings Series C

Sportkings released additional preview images for its forthcoming third series of trading cards that will be released at The National in Cleveland, Ohio, in late July.

WWE releases Undertaker, John Cena WrestleMania 25 autograph plaques

World Wrestling Entertainment has released a pair of autographed plaques for Undertaker and John Cena — 11×14 framed pieces limited to only 500 that include a piece of ring rope from the Super Bowl of pro wrestling.

Have you heard of Wesley Autry?

This is a simple one. Have you heard of Wesley Autry?

Win this Stephen Strasburg USA Baseball card

Stephen Strasburg is expected to be drafted No. 1 overall in this year’s MLB draft, on Tuesday evening over on the MLB Network, and we want you to own one of his USA Baseball cards from Upper Deck.

Upper Deck signs Dwyane Wade to exclusive memorabilia deal

Upper Deck announced Monday that it signed Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade to an exclusive autographed memorabilia deal for Upper Deck Authenticated.

BGS & James Spence Authentication to hold event at Beckett HQ

What: Beckett Grading Services and James Spence Authentication Autograph Authentication & Card Grading Event

In the minors: Corporate sponsors get their due

On minor league cards, you’ll often find advertiser logos on cards alongside team logos. You’ll often find individuals with ties to those companies on their own cards. You’ll often find coupons in team sets.

Artist Brian Kong partners with Beckett at The National

Noted Sketch Card artist Brian Kong will be on hand at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in late July in Cleveland to showcase his work and offer a special bonus for collectors who decide to submit cards to Beckett Grading Services.