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Monthly Archives: July 2009

Tim Tebow: Cover Model

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While the collecting world impatiently awaits Tim Tebow’s first licensed trading cards (which promise to be the most highly coveted of all 2010 NFL Rookie Cards when they begin arriving next spring), diehard hobbyists are left with precious few options when it comes to gathering the Gators’ front man who, as Florida head coach Urban Meyer has said, is one of the most visible college athletes of all-time.

He also happens to be one of the most inspirational. And if you’re looking for the closest thing to a traditional, reputable Tebow collectible available today, Sports Illustrated has you covered. Literally.

The venerable sports magazine has long been a target of sports collectors seeking keepsakes of their favorite players that are suitable for both signing and framing. Do a quick eBay search for “Tim Tebow Autograph” and what you’ll find is that most of what he’s signed has “Sports Illustrated” written all over it.

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Beckett Media Gears Up for the 30th National Sports Collectors Convention

Once again, Beckett Media is ramping up for the biggest collecting event of the year. As part of its National Sports Collectors Convention plans, Beckett is the presenting sponsor of the Exclusive Beckett Media VIP Welcome Reception taking place on Wednesday, July 29 from 2:30 – 4:30 at the I-X Center in Cleveland.  The reception will include all of the Beckett/National staples, like Beckett Grading Services and Beckett Publications. Also featured this year is a sneak preview of this fall’s launch of Ignite, Beckett’s new multi-channel inventory management tool.  

 

A new, fun addition to the Beckett team this year for the VIP Reception will be Celebrity Sports Artist, Kevin-John, who brings his own unique style and sports artistry to the National.  Attendees will be able to enter a contest to be eligible to win an original LeBron James portrait created LIVE on location!  More information on Kevin-John’s work can be found here.   

 

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First look: 2009-10 Upper Deck hockey cards

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Upper Deck released basic product information and preview images for its 2009-10 NHL set on Thursday — always a popular product for its Young Guns Rookie Cards that can be found six per box this year.

The set arrives in November with two UD Game Jersey cards, two All-World Team cards and six Superstar insert cards per 24-pack box.

Each 12-box case will include one Big Playmakers oversized-swatch jersey card one Clearly Canadian or Clear Cut Trios card (both printed on acetate), one Signature Sensations card and as many as seven more inserts.

Short-printed cards will be found just two-to-three times per case as well.

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Mark Buehrle's perfect game will generate interest, but not dollars

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Chicago White Sox lefty Mark Buehrle dominated the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, throwing just the 18th perfect game in Major League Baseball history — and the first since Randy Johnson in 2004.

Buehrle, who previously threw a no-hitter in 2007, has appeared on 1,740 baseball cards in his career and has just five Rookie Cards — the most valuable being his 2000 Black Diamond Rookie Edition jersey card (No. 131) valued at $15.

His most-traded RC is likely to be his 2000 Bowman Draft card (above, No. 69) and its Chrome counterpart. Neither card sells for more than $10.

He has signed only 161 different certified autograph cards in his career, while also appearing on just 265 memorabilia cards.

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 Updates & Highlights baseball cards

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Topps announced product information and released preview images for its 2009 Updates & Highlights baseball set on Thursday.

The product is scheduled to arrive in October with 180 traded players and 55 rookies on the checklist as well as Sketch Cards and All-Star Game Relics.

Also returning will be Legends of the Game as well as Turkey Red, Career Bests and World Baseball Classic inserts (with as many as three jersey swatches on some Relics) along with a new addition — Stadium Stamp Cards.

Each hobby box will include one autograph or Relic as well as a Rookie Chrome Refractor box-topper. Each HTA jumbo box  will include two Relics and one autograph.

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Press Pass Announces ‘Hobby Stimulus’ for Legends Football

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Press Pass officials on Thursday morning provided details of the company’s “Hobby Stimulus” program within 2009 Legends Football, a product that released yesterday packing a little more than previously expected.

“With the economy being slow to turn around, and collectors looking to get the most value for their money, we decided to deliver an additional bonus autograph in every full 18-count box this year,” says Nick Matijevich, Press Pass’ Director of Product Development.

So, instead of the five autographs per box promised on the 2009 Press Legends’ packaging, the product will deliver six.

Matijevich also confirmed that every box will include at least one autograph from a group that includes Mark Sanchez, Matthew Stafford, Michael Crabtree, Knowshon Moreno, Percy Harvin, Chris “Beanie” Wells, Jeremy Maclin, LeSean McCoy, Josh Freeman, Donald Brown, or Darrius Heyward-Bey.

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Preview Gallery: 2009 Upper Deck Prominent Cuts

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Upper Deck has released additional images and product information for its upcoming Prominent Cuts set that includes cut autograph cards from athletes in several sports as well as celebrity memorabilia cards.

(See the previous product announcement here.)

Now scheduled for release in November, Prominent Cuts will include one Prominent Cut Signature per five-pack box as well as two Cage Fighter (MMA) Signatures and two Hollywood History memorabilia cards.

The standard set will consist of 60 cards — 22 politicians (including President Barack Obama), 12 celebrities and 26 Sports Icons — a list that includes Kobe Bryant, Randy Couture, Michael Jordan, Laird Hamilton and Kristi Yamaguchi among others.

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.

Topps Unveils 2009 Magic Short Prints List

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Topps on Wednesday morning released the short print list for 2009 Topps Magic Football.

The subjects and their quantities for the short printed autographs are as follows:
Kenny Irons
 Auburn
 20
 
Reggie Wayne
Miami (FL)
25
 
Chad Johnson
Oregon State
25
 
Willie Parker
North Carolina
25
 
Ray Lewis
Miami (FL)
25
 
Willis McGahee
Miami (FL)
25
 
Larry Johnson
Penn State
25

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Barack Obama's All-Star first pitch lands on baseball card

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President Barack Obama‘s first pitch before the MLB All-Star Game earlier this month is highlighted on an eTopps card that’s available to collectors this week.

A maximum of 999 cards will be made as part of the initial public offering at etopps.com. The cards carry a price of $5. Once allocated, collectors can sell them on eBay as part of their eTopps account or request that the card be sent to them. The card is on sale until July 27.

Obamaetopps2Obama’s only other previous eTopps card, which shows him throwing out a pitch before a Chicago White Sox game, was released as part of the presidential candidates set last year.

That card, according to the eTopps statistics, is valued at $85.36.

Like this week’s offering, only 999 copies of that card were produced.

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.

Preview gallery: More Panini America National autographs

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Panini America released additional images of autographed cards that will be found only in wrapper redemption packs at the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention next week in Cleveland, Ohio.

Among the selection are autographed rookie cards from this year’s NFL class as well as past RCs like Peyton Manning, above. Also among the grouping is the third certified autographed card of professional wrestling legend “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

Check ‘em out …

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2009 Topps Mayo Football First Images Released!

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Topps officials on Tuesday morning released preliminary details of 2009 Topps Mayo Football, the follow-up to one of last year’s most successful new products due to go live in early November. 

In addition to an attractive new white-bordered design that provides a stark contrast to last year’s black-bordered scheme, 2009 Topps Mayo features the introduction of Topps’ popular Rip cards (one per case) and 115 new Mini inserts (including World’s Fair Attractions, U.S. Governors and Celebrated Citizens).

The product includes a 330-card base set (180 veterans, 10 Legends, 60 Rookies, 25 Public Figures and 55 short prints) and 18 cut signature subjects. Each box of 2009 Topps Mayo Football will deliver one framed mini relic, one framed mini autograph and one box loader. 

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Baltimore Orioles OF Nolan Reimold is Topps' fifth Red Hot Rookie card

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Topps revealed its fifth player in the 2009 Red Hot Rookie redemption set on Tuesday, and it’s Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold.

Reimold is hitting.265 with nine home runs and 26 RBIs in 55 games this season.

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 outfielder Fernando Martinez. No. 2 was Chicago White Sox infielder Gordon Beckham – with 10 percent of the cards coming autographed. The third card was Pittsburgh Pirates  outfielder Andrew McCutchen, while the fourth rookie was Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson.

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 TRISTAR Obak minor league baseball cards

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TRISTAR is turning back the clock with its latest minor league baseball set, Obak, which brings the tobacco card aesthetic to the masses with a limited-edition set that’s loaded with interesting cards for collectors to discover.

The base set consists of 114 cards — and there will be only 3,600 hobby boxes made — a lower number than TRISTAR’s already limited 2009 PROjections sets.

The autographs, which will be found two per20-pack box, will feature current minor leaguers as well as retired stars who made an impact down on the farm. All of the autographs in the set are numbered to 200 or fewer copies.

There will be three short-printed cards in each box, which are, according to the company, 77 percent more scare than standard cards.

The set consists of eight subsets as follows:

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Upper Deck America's Team Autographs Strike Chord with Collectors

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Anyone who thinks the Dallas Cowboys have lost some of their cultish collector following in the 12 years since the team’s last playoff victory should know this: Someone recently paid almost $60 for a 2009 Upper Deck Icons America’s Team autograph of Seventies Cowboy Scott Laidlaw.

Laidlaw, it should be noted, spent just five seasons with Dallas and never rushed for more than 425 yards or scored more than four touchdowns in any one of them.

Someone else paid a similar amount for D.D. Lewis . . . and John NilandEddie LeBaron sold for $71. Larry Cole traded hands for $41.

Now as always, there’s nothing quite like the star decal on a helmet to turn semistars into superstars.

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Warning: Tracy Hackler calls collect

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Beckett Media publisher Tracy Hackler likes calling collect — calling those who influence how we collect, that is.

See what Topps’ Clay Luraschi says in the first episode of Collect Call.

Watch the video here.

Walter Cronkite appeared on trading cards, too

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Walter Cronkite, the influential journalist who delivered the news on CBS television for two decades, died on Friday. He was 92.

For millions of Americans, he was the voice of their history highlight reels as he brought the Apollo moon landing, President John F. Kennedy‘s assassination in Dallas and coverage of the Vietnam War into living rooms around the country on the “CBS Evening News.”

Many will remember him as one who signed off his newscasts with “and that’s the way it is” and many more will remember him for his countless moments on the screen, whichever one applies most finely to their lives.

cronkite2For collectors, Cronkite will be remembered on just a handful of trading cards like the 2008 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts Mystery Cuts autograph card above, a one-of-a-kind card that has a signature from a signed CBS promotional photo embedded into the cardboard.

In fact all but one of Cronkite’s cards are made up of this fashion. He also had cut signatures in the 2005 Topps Power Brokers Cut Signatures set, the 2007 Playoff National Treasures Historical Cuts set and this year’s Upper Deck Spectrum Celebrity Cut Signatures set. Each of these cards are one-of-a-kind, name-your-price pieces of memorabilia.

His lone non-autographed card cataloged in the Beckett Media database comes in the 1977-79 Sportscaster Series 103 set, which shows him doing one of his favorite things beyond a studio. That card is valued at $20.

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.

Barack Obama Cut Autograph Added to Sportkings Series C

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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.

Obama’s highly publicized heave to Albert Pujols in Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game provided Sportkings with the photograph it needed to add the country’s 44th president to an already-loaded insert set. Obama joins an absolutely history-drenched First Pitch Cuts checklist that also includes Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, Franklin Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, Warren Harding, Woodrow Wilson, George H. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and the originator of the first pitch, William Taft.

First Pitch is one of five cut signature sets in Series C (the others are PaperCuts, Vintage PaperCuts, Eight Men Out and Owners’ Box). Sportkings Series C releases July 29 at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland.

– Tracy Hackler

Preview gallery: 2009 Panini National autographs

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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.

Check ‘em out after the jump.

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

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

In 82 games this season, Rasmus is hitting .278 with 11 home runs and 34 RBI.

Topps will announce the rest of the 10 rookies throughout the remainder of the season. Each master box of Finest includes one Rookie Redemption, which can also be found in Refractor (#’d to 199) and Gold Refractor (#’d to 50) versions.

The previous rookies:

  1. Matt LaPorta, outfield, Cleveland Indians
  2. Tommy Hanson, pitcher, Atlanta Braves
  3. Andrew Bailey, pitcher, Oakland A’s
  4. Julio Borbon, outfield, Texas Rangers

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.

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

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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.

No more than five of each cut card in the set was produced, so winning the card featuring autographs of the four sports pioneers will be a challenge. If no collector finishes the set by Dec. 15, the card will be awarded to the fan who comes closest.

“We know collectors who used to attempt putting this set together, but they were put off by the fact that so many of the extremely limited cards would end up in personal collections and usually never see the light of day again,” said Grant Sandground, Upper Deck’s baseball brand manager. “To entice collectors to try to put this set together, we came up with a very special promotion.”

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