Monthly Archives: August 2009

Panini Makes First Favre Vikings Card a Walmart Exclusive

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Panini America officials had the rare opportunity to stop the presses over the weekend, doing so on the retail version of 2009 Donruss Threads in an effort to include what promises to be Brett Favre‘s first Minnesota Vikings card.

The card, also the first to incorporate game photography from Favre’s Vikings debut last Friday in a preseason game against Kansas City, will be inserted exclusively into Walmart blister packs of Donruss Threads, due out this week. 

“Panini America dispatched a photographer to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome with the sole intention of creating this historical card,” said Panini America Marketing Manager Scott Prusha. “We wanted Favre’s first official Vikings trading card to be an in-game action shot of him wearing the purple No. 4.

“We were able to send a photographer to the game Friday night, print cards Saturday and have them ready for product insertion first thing Monday morning.”

— Tracy Hackler

Examining Bart Giamatti's baseball cards

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It was 20 years ago today that Pete Rose accepted his ban from baseball, handed down by Commissioner Bart Giamatti.

“The banishment for life of Pete Rose from baseball is a sad end of a sorry episode,” Giamatti said that day. “One of the game’s greatest players has engaged in a variety of acts which have stained the game, and he must now live with the consequences of those acts. There is absolutely no deal for reinstatement.”

Giamatti died just eight days later, which led to a memorial card produced in a handful of 1990 sets — Donruss (No. 716) as seen here and in Topps (No. 396), its O-Pee-Chee counterpart, the 1990 Score Rookie Dream Team set and in the 1990 T/ M Umpires release.

None of the cards are particularly valuable as anything more than a history lesson into one of baseball’s more unfortunate tales. (The Tiffany version of his Topps card, which is limited to roughly 15,000 copies — pretty rare for its time — is worth $4.)

Should Pete Rose be reinstated? Not in this writer’s mind.

He spent years lying to everyone, denying that he bet on the game as manager of the Cincinnati Reds — only to finally admit it when attempting to make a buck by selling a book.

Not sure what’s worse here — the lying or the gambling. And gambling — in any of sport — is one of the largest sins possible for an athlete or manager.

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 announces mistake on Will Venable Blue Refractors

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This in Monday morning from Topps …

WILL VENABLE’S UNSIGNED CARDS
Topps announces that because of a mistake during the manufacturing process, Will Venable’s UNISGNED Blue Refractor Autograph cards (#’d to 199) were inadvertently inserted into packs of 2009 Topps Chrome Baseball.  Topps is urging collectors to send their UNSIGNED Venable cards to the following address no later than Monday, Nov. 30.  Topps will return the cards once they are signed by Venable and re-certified for authenticity.

Topps Company
ATTN: Consumer Relations
1 Whitehall St.
New York, NY 10004

MISSING CARD NUMBERS
Topps confirms that Tommy Hanson, Mark Melancon and Will Venable’s  2009 Topps Chrome Autographed  Rookie Cards do not feature card numbers.

Box Busters: 2008-09 Exquisite Collection basketball cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Keith Hower, Tracy Hackler and Chris Olds as they each open a $600 box of 2008-09 Exquisite Collection Basketball cards from Upper Deck.

What will they find? Watch the video here.

And be sure to watching to see how you can win a box …

Heritage set to auction million-dollar vintage collection

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An impressive collection of rare and high-grade key vintage baseball cards is set to hit the auction block through Heritage Auctions in September, led by a PSA 8 Ty Cobb 1911 D304 Brunners card estimated at $200,000.

The Freedom Collection as a whole is estimated to fetch more than $1.2 million for just 40 cards of Hall of Fame players and will be sold during the Dallas-based company’s Signature Sports Auction that launches on Sept. 10 and ends on Oct. 1. The seller has wished to remain anonymous.

“It absolutely ranks among the finest private collections of high-end cards in the world,” said Heritage’s Chris Ivy in a release. “Only the most iconic names in baseball history are represented, and each of the 40 cards rate among the highest graded available … It’s rare to have a single six-figure card in an entire auction, and there are several examples in this small but special collection.”

It includes “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, Ty Cobb, Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays among the highlights. See a sampling of the cards after the jump.

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San Diego Padres OF Kyle Blanks is Topps' sixth Finest Rookie Redemption

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Topps announced the sixth player in its 2009 Finest Rookie Redemption set on Friday and it’s San Diego Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks.

In 49 games this season, he is hitting .248 with nine home runs and 20 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
  5. Colby Rasmus, outfield, St. Louis Cardinals

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 T206 Baseball 100th Anniversary Edition

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Topps released images and basic product information on Friday for its upcoming baseball card set that pays tribute to the T206 memorable tobacco cards of the early 1900s. While you’ll find much more on the product — and additional images — in the latest issue of Beckett Baseball, here’s the lowdown …

The 2009 T206 Baseball 100th Anniversary Edition arrives in November with eight cards per pack ($5 suggested retail price), 20 packs per box and 10 boxes per hobby case. Each hobby box will include one autograph card and one Relic.

The set will consist of 300 cards — veterans, retired players and rookies — as well as 50 short-printed variations, which will be found one in every four packs.

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First look: 2009-10 Panini Rookies & Stars Basketball

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Panini America released basic preview images and product information on Friday for its 2009-10 Rookies & Stars Basketball set, which carries over the modern design found in its football counterpart.

The set, scheduled for release on Nov. 18, will deliver two autograph cards and two memorabilia cards in each 24-pack hobby box.

The base set consists of 100 cards and there will be 115 gold cards as well.

Here’s a look at some of what can be found in packs…

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Upper Deck's first Brett Favre Vikings football card

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Upper Deck released a preview image on Friday of what Brett Favre’s first Minnesota Vikings card will look like.

The card will be numbered as a base card in 2009 Upper Deck Football, but will be found in packs of 2009 NFL SPx as a short-printed card.

The set is scheduled for release on Sept. 15.

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.

TRISTAR brings tobacco card aesthetic to minors with Obak set coming soon

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TRISTAR‘s foray into the genre of tobacco card styled baseball card sets begins later this month as its Obak set is now scheduled for an Aug. 31 release.

The set will include a rich list of players from the past and the present in Minor League Baseball as well as a few other surprises. The product also will include variations and various card back styles as was the norm with old tobacco cards.

For past previews of the set, click here and here. For a few more preview images, click below.

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Topps offers factory sets with custom card toppers

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Sometimes it’s the simplest ideas that work.

And that’s the hope with three new products available at the Topps Online Store as Topps is allowing buyers to get their own 2009 Baseball factory set with a special box-topper — a custom card of their choice — along with an optional customized message.

The sets can be ordered with just a custom card, a custom card with a message or just a custom message (no photo). The sets do cost a little more — $74.95 — but the surprise of such a novelty just might amuse everyone from a younger collector to even the most jaded long-time card geek. (If they aren’t amused by their own baseball card, what would work?)

My first factory set — 1987 Topps — came in a white box with red and blue lettering and no photos. But it did carry an inscription written by my grandmother, who also dated the box. It’s not quite the custom card package, but it’s still tucked away in the ol’ collection somewhere.

I have a feeling that this concept will result in more than a few sets tucked away in collections around the country, too.

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.

Brett Favre's Finest: His First Vikings Card

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Topps this afternoon revealed a card from the forthcoming 2009 Topps Finest Football, due out Sept. 15, sure to have a certain sect of purple people eating it up: Brett Favre’s first Minnesota Vikings card.

It’s a card destined to be one of the most sought after football cards of the early season.

“New York Jets fans last year latched onto anything with Favre pictured as a Jet,” said Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt. “In fact, the earliest Favre Jets cards last season where some of the hottest of the entire year. Likewise, his first Vikings cards this year are certain to be hot sellers.”

Stay tuned to Beckett.com for additional details on Favre’s new Vikings cards.

— Tracy Hackler

First Look: 2009 Topps Heritage High Number Edition

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Topps officials on Thursday afternoon released preliminary images and product details on 2009 Topps Heritage High Number Edition, an update to the basic 2009 Topps Heritage set that includes 220 new cards numbered 501-720, including 75 rookies. In addition, Topps has confirmed that every autograph in the product will be signed on-card and every pack of the product will include . . . you guessed it . . . gum.

Each pack will deliver six Topps Heritage cards and two Updates & Highlights cards and every box will include one autographed or Relic card. The product is set to release in mid October.

 To see the sneak peek images, continue reading.

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NHL Rookies will be center of attention at Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut

Fourteen of the top prospects in the National Hockey League will gather in Mississauga, Ontario, next Wednesday (Aug. 26) for the Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut.

Upper Deck will use the event to get up-close with many of the league’s top young prospects in their official NHL team uniforms for the first time for photographs — and for event-used memorabilia — to be used in upcoming card and memorabilia products. It is being produced by Upper Deck in partnership with the National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League.

Those scheduled to attend the shoot are John Tavares (NYIS), Victor Hedman (TB), Matt Duchene (COL), Cody Hodgson (VAN), Colin Wilson (NSH), Tyler Bozak (TOR), Jared Cowen (OTT), P.K. Subban (MTL), Jonas Gustavsson (TOR), Bobby Sanguinetti (NYR), Logan Couture (SJS), Mikael Backlund (CGY), Eric Tangradi (PIT) and James Van Riemsdyk (PHI).

Preview Gallery: 2009 Topps Unique baseball cards

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Topps released preview images for a forthcoming 2009 product on Thursday called Unique, which appears to be loaded with high-end memorabilia and autograph cards despite being what promises to a lower- to mid-range product price-wise.

Additional information about the product will be forthcoming, but for now you can feast on these images courtesy of Topps.

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Sports Illustrated examines baseball card industry

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The latest issue of Sports Illustrated examines the baseball card industry in the wake of the MLB decision to grant exclusive rights to Topps beginning in 2010. While it’s a piece heavily focused on Upper Deck — and isn’t even touted on the cover —  it’s worth a read.

You can find it 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.

Topps Rushes Kimbo Slice into 2009 Topps UFC

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Topps announced on Thursday morning that the delay in getting the highly anticipated 2009 Topps UFC to market is for a very good, very sizable reason: Kimbo Slice.

Slice, the street fighting sensation turned pop culture phenomenon thanks to YouTube, will be one of the featured attractions on the Spike TV reality show “The Ultimate Fighter 10″ when it debuts next month.

And his first certified autographs — all on-card — will appear in 2009 Topps UFC.

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Sneak Peek: In The Game's Ultimate Memorabilia 9

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In The Game officials pulled the curtain back ever so slightly on the eagerly anticipated ninth installment of Ultimate Memorabilia, a product due out in November packing three slabbed cards per pack — one Ultimate Autograph, one Ultimate Authentic Game-Used Memorabilia card and one Ultimate Base card.

Here’s an early look :

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First Look: 2009 Topps Triple Threads Football

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Topps officials today released preliminary product information and images of 2009 Triple Threads Football, a product that has become one of the most popular in Topps’ entire sports portfolio.

This season, Topps is guaranteeing that every Relic card in the hobby-exclusive product – seeded one per pack – will be a Triple Relic card; in addition, every box will include at least one Triple Relic Autograph card.

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Upper Deck signs Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman to autograph deal

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Upper Deck announced on Wednesday that it has signed Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman to an autograph deal for its 2009-10 product lines.

The Detroit Red Wings legend hasn’t signed with UD in recent years. According to the Beckett Database, Yzerman has only signed 258 different cards for inclusion in packs — the most recent Upper Deck cards coming in 2005-06.

“To be able to provide collectors access to a player like Yzerman who is so popular in key hockey markets like Detroit and throughout Canada provides a huge boost to our new hockey releases for the upcoming season,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck brand manager, in a news release. “We know collectors have been waiting a long time to see content from this legendary player and Upper Deck is thrilled to deliver his autograph.”
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Michael Vick’s Return to Football Cards

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Post-prison life just keeps getting better for the vastly vilified Michael Vick.

Vick, the disgraced former NFL superstar who spent the last two years in jail for his role in running a dogfighting ring, signed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Aug. 13, joining a team that needs more offensive skill like Beyonce needs voice lessons.

Now comes word from Topps and Upper Deck that Vick will also be returning to packs of football cards beginning next month. Upper Deck will include a short-printed Vick card into 2009 SPx, set to release Sept. 15. The card will be numbered as part of the 2009 Upper Deck set, which launches Sept. 1.

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Revealed: 2009 Press Pass Legends Blue Ink Inscriptions

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Press Pass officials on Tuesday released quantities for the company’s 2009 Press Pass Legends Red Ink and Inscriptions varations. What follows is the complete list of Blue Ink Inscriptions.

You can find the Red Ink variations list here.

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Revealed: 2009 Press Pass Legends Red Ink Variations

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Press Pass officials on Tuesday released quantities for the company’s 2009 Press Pass Legends Red and Inscriptions varations. What follows is the complete list of Red Ink variations.

The complete list of Blue Ink Inscriptions variations can be found here.

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Readers Write: Check out this historic pull

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We know that Readers Write is one of the most popular departments in our magazines. From time to time, we’ll share a letter or two right here. Send us your mail at BSCM@beckett.com.



Jeff Bendavid
is a frequent customer of ours at Chameleon Comics & Cards located in Manhattan, N.Y., who buys various baseball boxes from us to open with his son at home from time to time.  He decided to pick up a box of 2008 Topps Co-Signers Baseball and as usual takes it to go and comes back at a later time to inform us if he had gotten anything good.

Well, indeed, he did get a good one and lets us know that his son, Isaac, was going through the box of Co-Signers and at the very last pack of the box got the big hit. It’s a 1/1 dual cut signature of Marinus Willett, a captain during the Revolutionary War and notably New York City’s first Mayor, and Jedidiah Huntington, a brigadier general during the war. They brought the card to us at the shop and we had to share this amazing pull with you and your readers.

— Fred Gonzalez Jr.

Sweet pull. Click on the images below for a closer look.

By the box: 2009 Press Pass Premium NASCAR cards

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Here’s the data from a randomly selected hobby box of 2009 Press Pass Premium NASCAR cards …

What We Pulled
Packs per box:
20
Cards per pack: 5
Cards per box: 100
Base set completion: 80 of 80 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 7

Short-prints: 5
Finish Line (4) — Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart, Jeff Burton
Rookie Debut (1) — Marcos Ambrose

Inserts: 7
Top Contenders (1) — Denny Hamlin
Top Contenders Gold (1) — Jimmie Johnson
Win Streak (5) — Davig Ragan, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Kyle Busch, Matt Kenseth

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NASCAR cards: My how they've changed

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I recently had the chance to bust open a couple of hobby boxes of Press Pass NASCAR cards (for the first time since the earlier days of Dale Earnhardt Jr. wearing black and red and a Cup of a different name) and I can say that it seems the cards are getting better all the time.

After all, in this economy, Press Pass just launched its first high-end set — Showcase, a $75 per-pack product — and it’s been received very well.

That says something.

You see, building a NASCAR set might have more challenges than other sports sets. There’s not one single licensing entity to approve the images and cards — instead they are approved by each team. That’s roughly 40 different pit stops, maybe more, during the Make a Set 500. (That’s one of the reasons Upper Deck stopped making them years ago.)

All those logos and corporate sponsors that adorn the drivers’ firesuits? They all need to be examined to ensure that they’re as correct as they can be at the time of production. (In other words, they ain’t 12-second pit stops, either.)

And while there’s plenty of color on NASCAR drivers’ uniforms and their stock cars, there aren’t a ton of photographic options when it comes to cards, either. Studio photography and trackside photography are commonplace for drivers’ cards, while in-car photos and car-on-track photos are mainstays as well. That forces those creating a checklist to include some other things — photos from Victory Lane, photos from behind-the-scenes and photos from other away-from-the-track adventures.

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Brett Favre as a Viking: What it Means for His Cards

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One of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history continues to be one of its worst retirers.

Brett Favre, the 39-year-old gunslinger who has unsuccessfully retired from the Green Bay Packers and the New York Jets in the last two years, today signed with the Minnesota Vikings for the princely sum of between $10 and $12 million for the 2009 season, and potentially $13 million more if he decides to play in 2010.

Favre, the NFL’s career leader in every meaningful passing category and a three-time league MVP, remains one of the most collected players in the history of sports cards and having a new employer will only broaden his appeal to a new audience.

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San Diego Padres pitcher Mat Latos is 7th Topps Red Hot Rookie

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Topps announced its seventh Red Hot Rookie for 2009, and it’s San Diego Padres pitcher Mat Latos.

Latos, an 11th-round pick in the 2006 draft, is 4-2 with a 4.01 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season.

Topps will announce the remainder of the Red Hot Rookies throughout the rest of the season. The redemption cards can be found one per Topps Series 2 hobby box and can be redeemed at www.topps.com/redemption.

The previous rookies in the program were:

1.      Fernando Martinez, Mets
2.      Gordon Beckham, White Sox (10 percent of cards autographed)
3.      Andrew McCutchen, Pirates
4.      Tommy Hanson, Braves
5.      Nolan Reimold, Orioles
6.      Neftali Feliz 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.

What will Bryce Harper's Topps Aflac Classic card go for?

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By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic has come and gone — and that means one thing to collectors.

The Topps-produced Bowman baseball cards featuring its participants, which were given out to fans at the game, have hit eBay along with ticket stubs, posters and other items from the event.

This year, though, the cards take on some added attention as the prospectors are competing with a lot more people for one card — Bryce Harper.

Why? Virtually everyone who has picked up a copy of Sports Illustrated, Beckett Baseball or watched ESPN knows who he is. He’s a teenager who left high school early to attend college and is expected to be the No. 1 draft pick in 2010. SI dubbed him the LeBron James of baseball.

No pressure there.

Like all of the other players, he signed cards for inclusion in packs when his professional time comes — his likely sooner than others at the game. And like other players, his card was one of those given out to fans at the game on Sunday at Petco Park in San Diego.

But the value of his card? It won’t be like all of the others as many a fan/collector/investor may want to add his latest card to their collections.

How much will they sell for? One could guess, but we’d rather just see where these uncharted market waters take us.

Let’s just wait and see.

AND WHILE YOU’RE HERE, CHECK OUT THESE STORIES …

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Phenom’s debut:
16-year-old’s forthcoming SI cover an instant collectible

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Behind the scenes: Bryce Harper at the Aflac game & an exclusive photo gallery from the Topps signing

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More for SI fans:
Collecting Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue model autographs isn’t tough on 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.

Y.E. Yang is another of golf's cardless stars

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Upper Deck hasn’t produced a PGA/LPGA licensed set of golf cards since 2005, so Y.E. Yang‘s edging of Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship on Sunday means that fans seeking a piece of memorabilia featuring the South Korean who turned pro in 2004 will have to look elsewhere.

He appears on zero trading cards.

That means collectors will have to fight over autographed photos and other items — some affordable, some perhaps not authentic — if they’re interested in the 37-year-old’s story.

This autographed photo from the Honda Classic is JSA certified and was on eBay for $29.95 Buy It Now as the PGA Championship closed.

It’s one of only a few items featuring the new champion, most selling for less than $50. What would an autographed Rookie Card fetch right now? Likely a lot more.

But for now this is the only certified authentic piece of memorabilia on the market — right now when his items should be hotter than ever.

And, of course, it won’t last long.

Actually, it was gone before he accepted the 27-pound PGA Championship trophy. (Update: And someone else now wants $300 for it … you’ve got to love eBay interest spikes.)

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.

Usain Bolt: Too fast for a trading card?

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Usain Bolt set a new world record in the 100-meter dash in Berlin on Sunday with a run of 9.58 seconds.

And it’s still not enough to get the Jamaican sprinter on a trading card — or he’s just too fast for any of the card companies to catch up with him to sign a contract (or any autographs).

Though he apparently has appeared on some collectible phone cards (above).

Will any American card manufacturer get him into packs?

We’ll have to wait and see.

Random card image of the day…

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Just a random card image for a Sunday.

It’s 2007 Donruss Americana card No. 62.

Who’s Richard Kiel? Click here. Visit his official website here.

Photo gallery: Topps Aflac All-American autograph session

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Editor’s note: Look for more from the Aflac High School All-American High School Baseball Classic in the coming days on Beckett.com and for more be sure to check out upcoming issues of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and Beckett Baseball.

Beckett’s Edward Lewis went behind the scenes at Topps‘ autograph session where the stars of the Aflac High School All-American High School Baseball Classic signed cards which will be included in packs of Topps baseball cards once the players sign professional contracts and deals with the card company. In most cases that could be a year or two (or more) from now. Now that the memorabilia-side of things is taken care of in San Diego, the game is up next on Sunday at PETCO Park.

Among the stars was Sports Illustrated and Beckett Baseball coverboy Bryce Harper, but he was just one of the many who signed at the session. Take a look at this exclusive photo gallery after the jump …

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Behind the scenes: Bryce Harper at The Aflac High School All-American game

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Editor’s note: Look for more from the Aflac High School All-American High School Baseball Classic in the coming days on Beckett.com and for more be sure to check out upcoming issues of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and Beckett Baseball.

By Edward Lewis

SAN DIEGO – As 40 Aflac High School All-Americans scribbled their names onto more than 5,000 brand new Topps baseball cards, Chris Holmes, Topps’ Senior Baseball Brand Manager, was asked a question.

“How much do you think Bryce Harper’s card will go for?”

Holmes turned his head, flattened his lips, thought about it for a few seconds, and said, “I’ll say more than the others.”

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Upper Deck readies more Tiger Woods memorabilia pieces

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Upper Deck revealed to Beckett Media on Friday a pair of  Tiger Woods items to come from Upper Deck Authenticated in September — and indicated that there will be “a full line of PGA Championship products” to come if Woods wins this weekend’s tournament.

The most impressive of the two (above) is a 35X17 framed “Roar” sequence photo that will be printed on metallic paper and be limited to only 25 signed and inscribed copies. The item carries a suggested retail price of $1,399.99 and features a sequence of photos from Woods’ victory at this year’s Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The Three Masters Framed

The second item, a more solemn framed display, is titled “The Three Masters.” It’s a 35×15 framed piece that features facsimile signatures of Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Woods together on the green at Augusta. It will be limited to just 500 copies and carry a $249.99 pricetag.

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.