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Monthly Archives: August 2009

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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