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Monthly Archives: August 2009

Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello is Topps' 9th Finest Rookie Redemption card

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Topps announced its ninth Finest Rookie Redemption of the year on Wednesday, and it’s Detroit Tigers pitcher Rick Porcello.

Porcello is 10-8 with a 4.39 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 123 innings for the AL Central-leading Tigers.

Each master box of Finest includes one redemption card, which can be found as Refractors (numbered to 199) and Gold Refractors (numbered to 50).

The 10th and final Finest Rookie has yet to be announced.

The previously announced cards are:

No. 1 — Indians OF Matt LaPorta

No. 2 — Braves P Tommy Hanson

No. 3 — A’s P Andrew Bailey

No. 4 — Rangers OF Julio Borbon

No. 5 — Cardinals OF Colby Rasmus

No. 6 — Padres OF Kyle Blanks

No. 7 — Rangers P Neftali Feliz

No. 8 — Orioles OF Nolan Reimold

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: 2009 TRISTAR Obak baseball cards

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TRISTAR‘s Jeff Rosenberg will be stopping by Beckett Media headquarters on Thursday morning for a special edition of Box Busters on to discuss his company’s latest minor league baseball card set, Obak.

Read more about the set here, here, here and here.

It’s a set that’s rich in baseball history — a lesson in the game as well as a nod to the early 1900s tobacco cards of the same name — and is a set that’s chock-full of variations. Several cards in the base set have card back variations — three based on the 1910 design, one based on the 1911 — while others have photo variations.

According to the in-box checklist, for example, Atlanta Braves pitcher Tommy Hanson has five versions of card No. 16 as does No. 12 — Gordon Beckham – as well as Tom Seaver (No. 39), Ted Williams (No. 41) and U.S. President Barack Obama (No. 100)  among others.  Other cards in the set merely have photo variations.

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Preview Gallery: 2009-10 Topps Basketball cards

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The final NBA-licensed Topps basketball card set arrives very soon, 2009-10 Topps Basketball — and we’ve already busted our boxes — see more here — but we wanted to make sure that NBA fans can see more of what the set has in store.

Leading the way among the cooler images is this Nate Robinson-Dwight Howard card. Remember that dunk? We thought you would

Click on the images for a closer look for just a tiny sampling of some cool photos found in the set …

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Box Busters: 2009 Donruss Threads Football

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Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Tracy Hackler as they bust into a box of Donruss Threads football, which arrives on Wednesday with four autographs or memorabilia cards per box.

What will they find in this episode of Box Busters? Watch and see…

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Preview gallery: 2009 Donruss Threads football autographs

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This year’s Donruss Threads football set arrives Wednesday packing four autographs or memorabilia cards in every hobby box — and retail boxes, once they arrive, will deliver the first Brett Favre cards picturing him in preseason action with the Minnesota Vikings.

Here’s a look at some of the autographed cards to be found courtesy of Panini America.

Check ‘em out after the jump …

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Preview Gallery: 2009 Topps American Heritage Heroes Edition

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We’ve gotten our hands on some 2009 Topps American Heritage Heroes Edition cards a bit early so we could soak up the Americana and historic cards that are found only in this type of trading card set.

Mr. Rogers now has a Topps trading card. Erin Brockovich now has a card. Robert Jarvik now has a card. Barack Obama now has a bunch more trading cards.

And several of New York City’s Finest — police officers and more who responded to the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001 — now have cards.

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Box Busters: 2009 Topps Heritage American Heroes Edition

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Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck, Tracy Hackler and Chris Olds as they open a brand-spanking-new box of 2009 Topps American Heritage Heroes Edition in this episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside this historically rich product loaded with unusual Relic cards?

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Topps unveils new Star Wars card set

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The Force is strong with this one, too.

Topps released basic preliminary product breakdowns and preview images for its latest Star Wars card set for release in late October.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Widevision will document the first season of the cartoon series in the over-sized card format previously used for past Star Wars releases.

The set will include scenes from all of the Season 1 episodes with each 24-pack hobby box containing one Sketch Card as well as a chance at Sketch Cards by the show’s animators (odds still to be determined) as well as autographed from cast members (also TBD).

Among the insert sets are: gold-foil parallels (limited to one copy per card), silver parallels, Season 2 sneak previews (1:12 packs), Flix Pix Motion Cards (1:8), Animation Clear Cels (printed on plastic, 1:4), and foil cards (1:3).

For a closer look, click on the images below.

And the Derek Jeter 1993 Upper Deck Autographed buyback Rookie Card goes to …

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In recent issues of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we asked readers to tell us who is the greatest New York Yankee of the Upper Deck era. The winner gets the 1993 Upper Deck Autographed Buyback Rookie Card seen above.

The deadline has passed and we’ve examined all of the entries from around the country, who made solid cases for Jeter, Mariano Rivera and even others like George Steinbrenner as the most important Yankee since 1989.

The answer is debatable, but the best effort and case for the player got the card.

And the winner is …

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Box Busters: 2009-10 Topps basketball cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Keith Hower, Tracy Hackler and Chris Olds as they bust open a brand-spanking new HTA jumbo box of 2009-10 Topps Basketball cards in this episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside a box of this product that’s absolutely loaded with patches, Logoman, Laundry Tag, Chrome and other cool cards?

Watch and see…

Click here to view the video.

Race-used lugnut cards return in Press Pass Main Event

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Press Pass announced on Tuesday that race-used lugnut cards will return to its NASCAR products with a future product.

The unusual memorabilia cards will be found in Press Pass Main Event as part of the Stop & Go Swatches set.

Each 20-pack hobby box of the poker-themed NASCAR set will include one autograph and two memorabilia cards as well as autographs from professional poker stars.

The product is set for a Sept. 30 release.

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 first Panini Vikings card also in Target packs

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Panini America announceed on Tuesday that its first Brett Favre football card of  the future Hall of Famer in Minnesota Vikings uniform also will also be inserted into 2009 Donruss Threads Target blaster boxes and retail packs.

“My hat is off to our production staff.  Based on their hard work and quick turn around, we were able to include the limited edition Favre card into Target blasters too,” said Panini America’s Scott Prusha. “Even with the additional product configurations, our initial announced print run of 4,444 cards will remain the same.”

The retail version of Donruss Threads begins shipping on Aug. 26.

Hey, Bull Durham fans… TRISTAR Obak has something for you

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The forthcoming TRISTAR Obak baseball set includes some serious surprises and some fascinating baseball-related inclusions.

But this one might be one of the cooler ones of the bunch.

You see, Steve Dalkowski was at one time regarded as the hardest-throwing pitcher ever, some saying he threw 110 miles an hour — at least that’s what the back of his newest baseball card says.

Whether that’s true or just baseball legend intensified by years of dust, he played in an era before radar guns so it doesn’t matter. What’s cool about this card?

Dalkowski is considered to be the player who was a key inspiration for Ebby Calvin “Nuke” Laloosh from Bull Durham.

You know, the guy with a quadraphonic Blaupunkt.

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Orioles' Nolan Reimold and Rangers' Neftali Feliz are latest Topps Finest Rookie Redemptions

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Topps announced the seventh and eighth Finest Rookie Redeption cards on Tuesday morning and they are Texas Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz (No. 7) and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nolan Reimold (No. 8).

Each master box of Finest includes one redemption card, which can be found as Refractors (numbered to 199) and Gold Refractors (numbered to 50).

There are two rookies remaining to be announced later this season.

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's upcoming Obak Minor League Baseball card set just might be a game-changer itself

078fWhile many baseball card companies have added pop culture personalities and icons as well as historical figures to sets in recent years in an effort to draw more mainstream fans (or non-collectors) into trading cards, they haven’t achieved anything close to what TRISTAR‘s upcoming Obak set delivers.

And it’s so simple. They’ve been there all along.

You see, Obak, which is a modern-day nod to the tobacco cards of the same name from a century ago, arrives next Monday and it includes a 25-card set of “Game Changers.” They’re people who influenced the game we see today in stadiums around the country — and really the globe, though they are showcased on the smaller stage of a Minor League Baseball set.

It’s a set that includes promising prospects of today, some of the game’s greatest Hall of Famers in their farm-team threads, past MiLB Player of the Year winners, a crop of Minor League Baseball’s legends that you’ve likely never heard of but have rich and storied careers.

But the Game Changers especially caught my eye.

Who are they?

Some are pioneers you’ve never heard of. Others are ones who have influenced the very habits you have if you’re reading about baseball cards today.

Check out just a few of them in our exclusive early sneak peek at the checklist:

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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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