Monthly Archives: July 2009

Walter Cronkite appeared on trading cards, too

Walter Cronkite, the influential CBS television news anchor for two decades died Friday at 92.

Barack Obama Cut Autograph Added to Sportkings Series C

Less than two weeks before the product hits, Sportkings officials announced late Friday afternoon that they have added a Barack Obama cut autograph to Sportkings Series C’s First Pitch Cut insert that honors American presidents who have thrown out ceremonial first pitches.

Preview gallery: 2009 Panini National autographs

Panini America released the following images of autograph cards that will be found only in wrapper redemption packs at this year’s National in Cleveland.

St. Louis Cardinals OF Colby Rasmus is fifth Topps Finest Rookie Redemption

Topps announced the fifth player in its 2009 Finest Rookie Redemption set on Friday and it’s St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Colby Rasmus.

Upper Deck offers Pioneers cut card for collector who grabs all Legendary Cuts

Upper Deck announced on Friday that it will award a single quad cut autograph card of Abner Doubleday, Dr. James Naismith, Knute Rockne and Frederick Stanley, a.k.a. “Lord Stanley” to the first collector who completes this year’s Legendary Cuts Cut Signature set.

First look: TRISTAR's Obak National preview cards

TRISTAR released preview images and basic information on Thursday for its set of Obak preview cards that will be produced for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, later this month.

Neil Armstrong has eluded collectors for years

With the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon upon us this coming Monday, there might be more than a few collectors interested in picking up something related to the mission that starred Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and “Buzz” Aldrin.

Topps reveals 2009 Allen & Ginter SPs

Topps announced the short-printed autographs, Relics and inserts list in 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter on Thursday.

USA Today: Jason Giambi buys his old Yankees locker

USA Today’s Game On has an interesting story on how well the Steiner Sports sale of Yankee Stadium memorabilia has been going — well enough to the tune of eight-figures (i.e. more than $10,000,000) so far.

Upper Deck to Produce Special Michael Jackson Cards

You knew it was just a matter of time: Michael Jackson has new trading cards.

Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson is Topps' fourth Red Hot Rookie

Topps announced its fourth 2009 Red Hot Rookie Redemption on Wednesday and it’s Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson.

Photo of the day

Sports Illustrated’s David Bergman snapped this photo behind the scenes at the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday in St. Louis. President Barack Obama signed more than a dozen baseballs while meeting the AL and NL All-Stars, but this batch was for the umpires, according to Bergman.

Press Pass adds to its promotions at the National

Press Pass has announced its popular box redemption programs for football and NASCAR collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland later this month.

Brock Lesnar Gets Revenge, Collectors Get No Certified Autos

UFC Heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar defended his title against Frank Mir in the main event of the ballyhooed UFC 100 pay per view Saturday, doing so with revenge on his mind and zero certified autographs on his checklist. The former World Wrestling Entertainment phenomenon, who also tried his hand at the National Football League before entering mixed […]

Panini Larry Bird Card Highlights National Promo

Panini America is combining the best of all its worlds – football, basketball and Americana – to produce a wrapper redemption set for the 30th National Sports Collectors Convention that includes, among other goodies, the company’s first card of NBA legend Larry Bird.

MLB auctions All-Star Game memorabilia

MLB Auctions announced on Thursday that several lots of game-used memorabilia from past All-Star Games and other events surrounding the Midsummer Classic are on the auction block.

More 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter

Collectors are quite interested in what’s to be found in this year’s Allen & Ginter baseball card set from Topps. Here’s what was found at the Topps TV Rip Party.

Beckett Media tag teams with WWE Magazine

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds penned two pages of wrestling card and memorabilia trivia for a special issue of WWE Magazine, which arrives on newsstands this week as “The Hobby’s Most Reliable and Relied upon Source” reaches out to the WWE Universe.

Michael Jackson: A Thriller in vinyl

Toy manufacturer Yamato USA had three vinyl figures in the works at the time of Michael Jackson’s death as part of its Canyon Crest Collection — two 7-inch Thriller figures, one dancing and one as a zombie, and a Bad toy.

Topps announces its plans for All-Star FanFest

Topps unveiled its plans for this year’s All-Star FanFest on Thursday with the company planning to give away sample cards, hold contest and games for youngsters as well as some exclusive cards.

Want a piece of Michael Phelps' Speedos?

Sure, the mania surrounding Michael Phelps has gone a bit up in smoke since his record-setting performance in the last Olympics, but a little off-the-field (err, out-of-pool?) controversy probably won’t stop fans and collectors from chasing the latest in MP Memorabilia.

New Cuts Added to 1972: The Year in Hockey

In the Game President Brian H. Price poses a rather interesting question in his company’s most recent email newsletter: Where were you in 1972? Price also answers that question with a one-sentence reply and a telling, and highly entertaining, card image. (For the record, Price had just graduated with a degree in dentistry from the […]

More details on eTopps Ultimate Fighting Championship MMA cards

As the sport of Mixed Martial Arts grows in popularity, eTopps is proud to partner with the premier organization in the industry to offer Ultimate Fighting Championship® eTopps cards! eTopps is the exclusive online trading card of UFC®, and will begin offering special limited-edition cards in brilliant eTopps technology featuring the most dominant fighters in the UFC®, commemorating their performance in some of UFC®’s biggest events. These cards will be the most beautiful, most premium UFC cards available anywhere!

Even more Allen & Ginter autographs …

We couldn’t wait until later in the week to talk up some more unusual Allen & Ginter autographs.

2009 Topps Allen & Ginter holds a few surprise autographs…

Most of the unusual autographs in 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter probably get a “Who?” in response to them.

PSA unveils its plans for The National

Professional Sports Authenticator and PSA/DNA Authentication Services will have a multi-million dollar exhibit of T206 Hall of Famer cards on display and offer a free commemorative poster of the T206 set available to collectors during the 30th National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Upper Deck announces All-Star FanFest plans

Upper Deck has announced its plans for the MLB All-Star Fanfest, which begins Friday in St. Louis.

Exclusive Gallery: Kobe Bryant Exquisite Inscriptions

Upper Deck officials spent quality time with company spokesman and 2009 NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant Monday night for an autograph signing session sure to have collectors rejoicing when 2008-09 Exquisite hits later this month. Since words really can’t do justice to these gems, we figured we’d let the images speak for themselves. Update: Upper Deck […]

Texas Rangers OF Julio Borbon is Topps' 4th Finest Rookie

Topps announced the fourth player in its 2009 Finest Rookie Redemption set on Tuesday and it’s Texas Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon.

Ultimate Fighting Championship MMA cards coming to eTopps

That’s right, one of the hottest sports card properties of the last year — Ultimate Fighting Championship MMA cards — are coming to eTopps.

Beckett Honors Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan with Special Magazines

Two of the most beloved MJs the world has ever known, Michael Jackson and Michael Jordan, headline the newest tribute magazines from Beckett Media.

Bryce Harper one of two covers for Beckett Baseball No. 45

Next up for Bryce Harper is an appearance on the cover of Beckett Baseball No. 45 as we explore what drives him — and a bit of the circus that comes on cardboard when you’re dubbed the “LeBron James of baseball” — in a five-page feature story by Beckett’s Jon Gold.

Digging around in my inbox…

Ever wonder what kind of stuff shows up in a Beckett editor’s email? (Well, besides the typical SPAM and “What’s it worth?” email.)

Did you know? … Allen & Ginter Team Orange

Collectors who opened packs of last year’s Allen & Ginter baseball set from Topps may have found a Team Orange card featuring one of seven players from the turn of the century.

First Look: 2009 Topps Finest Football

Topps officials on Monday evening released preliminary solicitation information for 2009 Topps Finest Football, a product due on store shelves in mid September. Each master box of the product (two six-pack mini boxes) will deliver two rookie-autographed Letter or Patch cards, two of what Topps is calling Pigskin Rookie Refractor cards and 10 parallel cards. […]