Monthly Archives: August 2009

Texas Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz is Topps' sixth Red Hot Rookie

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Topps announced its sixth Red Hot Rookie for 2009, and it’s Texas Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz.

Feliz has struck out 13 in six-plus innings since being called up to the Rangers. He has a 0-0 record and a 1.35 ERA.

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

Upper Deck signs Alexander Ovechkin to exclusive autograph deal

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Upper Deck announced on Friday that it signed reigning NHL MVP Alexander Ovechkin to an exclusive autograph deal that will begin with the 2009-10 season.

The Washington Capitals star has won back-to-back league MVP awards the last two seasons, obviously making him one of the league’s in-demand autographs as well.

“Alexander has distinguished himself as a proven superstar in the NHL in just a few short years,” said Bernd Becker, Upper Deck’s Chief Operating Officer, in a news release. “The sky is the limit with a player of his caliber in terms of what his legacy will be and hockey fans realize that. To be able to deliver exclusive content of this international icon is a coup for Upper Deck and something our collectors can get excited about.”

Ovechkin also will appear on 2009-10 Upper Deck Hockey packaging when it arrives later this year.

Upper Deck is the NHL’s sole official trading card licensee.

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.

So Michael Vick is a Philadelphia Eagle …

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So Michael Vick is a Philadelphia Eagle now.

That means a few things and raises a few questions. Will he appear on football cards from companies that previously excluded him in their football card sets? How many protests will there be? How soon will he play a meaningful game and make a meaningful impact?

One question has been answered — and it’s “What kind of Vick Eagles memorabilia will there be?” As with any high-profile signing or trade (controversial or not), there are jerseys to be sold. And, actually, they already are for sale on NFL.com for $79.99 — and according to the sales pitch “Walking around wearing this Philadelphia Eagles Michael Vick replica jersey by Reebok® lets everyone know you’re a hardcore fan.”

Uh, yeah.

But there’s no image available. Why? He hasn’t officially been assigned a uniform number.

But over in custom jersey land (on NFL team sites), one can order up a jersey with a No. 7 and “Vick”  as seen above if they need one right now and can’t wait until they officially arrive with an official number next month.

However, when searching the jersey section of the Eagles’ site, there was another ironic reminder of the controversy that will dog Vick for the rest of his career. And it will only cost a fan $34.99 — a fraction of the Vick jersey.

What is it? See after the jump.

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Preview Gallery: 2009-10 Panini Pen Pals autographs

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Panini America released several preview images of its Pen Pals insert cards, which feature on-card autographs of several top NBA rookies — sometimes together on the same card — this week.

The cards will be found in an upcoming 2009-10 Panini basketball product(s) to be released this fall. The autographs were signed at the recent NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.

Check ‘em out …

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.

Bird of a Different Feather: Michael Vick Signs with Philadelphia

 

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Look, I’m not even going to get into whether or not Michael Vick is still public enemy No. 1 for his role in the dog-fighting scandal that many thought ruined his career.

I will say that I have an affinity for man’s best friend; in fact, I helped my mom and step-dad raise a backyard kennel full of Pekingnese when I was a kid. And if you can love those flat-face yappers, well, you’re a dog lover.

So while I’d certainly never defend Vick for the reprehensible actions that led to him spending the last two years in prison, the man has served his debt to society. He’s earned that coveted second chance.

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First look: 2009-10 Upper Deck Black Diamond hockey cards

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Upper Deck released basic set information and preview images for its 2009-10 Black Diamond hockey set this week, a product that looks to be rich in its Rookie Cards and insert lineup.

Set for release in mid-December, every 24-pack hobby box of Black Diamond will include six Triple Diamond cards, two Quad Diamond cards, six Double Diamond cards, two quad-swatch jersey cards, two Horizontal Perimeter die-cut cards and one parallel card numbered to 100 or less.

Among the Rookie Cards, each box will deliver three Triple Diamond RC’s and a Quad Diamond RC. The insert lineup includes four jersey parallels — one signed and limited to just five copies — as well as Hardware Heroes die-cut cards, which will be found two per 12-box case.

Read more — and see additional images — after the jump.

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Yes, even music legend Les Paul has a trading card

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Les Paul, the inventor of the electric guitar, died on Thursday in White Plains, N.Y., at age 94.

Paul’s influence on music is as obvious as what resides in many a musician’s hands, but he’s also credited with creating multi-track recording, which also has a very prominent place in music beside his famed guitars.

Paul and his wife, Mary Ford, racked up 36 gold records and 11 No. 1 hits, according to The Associated Press, and it’s fitting that they are pictured together on his lone trading card found in the Beckett Database.

They are featured together on card No. 45 in the 1960 Fleer Spins & Needles set, which features musicians and singers from that time. The 80-card set is valued at approximately $450, while the Paul-Ford card is a mere $6.

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.

ESPN video: In search of Ken Griffey Jr.'s Rookie Card

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ESPN.com’s Jim Caple wants a 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card — and he wants to get it the old-fashioned way by opening packs.

Will he succeed? Check it out …

And if the video’s not enough for you, be sure to check out Caple’s column about the most famous card of the last 20 years by clicking here.

(Psst … What we really want to know is whether The Worldwide Leader let him expense it.)

First look: 2009-10 Prestige Draft Picks autographs

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Panini America released the following images of its Draft Picks Autographs that will be found in packs of 2009-10 Prestige basketball when it arrives on Oct. 7.

Each box will include four autographs or memorabilia cards as well as 24 Rookies, four  Draft Pick Light Blue cards, one NBA Draft Class card, one Prestigious Pros Green insert and two additional inserts.

Check ‘em out …

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.

Press Pass focuses on logos in VIP 2009

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Press Pass’ VIP 2009 NASCAR set arrives next week with some interesting memorabilia cards that focus on logo patches, which are synonymous with auto racing.

Though these aren’t quite the logos you’ll find slapped all around firesuits. Instead they are logos from the manufacturers.

Two sets in the product, Get a Grip and Lead Foot, some with Logo Edition memorabilia cards which take a logo patch from a manufacturer’s logo  and slice it into jumbo swatches on five cards.

Here’s a rundown of who is in the two sets, according to Press Pass:

Lead Foot Logo Edition
Carl Edwards (Simpson logo)
Jimmie Johnson (Alpinestars logo)
Kevin Harvick (Puma logo)
Kyle Busch (Alpinestars logo)
Joey Logano (Sparco logo)

Get A Grip Logo Edition
Dale Earnhardt Jr. (Adidas logo)
Jimmie Johnson (Alpinestars logo)
Kevin Harvick (Puma logo)
Kyle Busch (Alpinestars logo)
Kasey Kahne (Allstate logo)

For more images from the product, visit The Press Pass Blog.

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.

ESPN Video: NBA Rookies focus on their cards at Panini shoot

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ESPN caught up with this year’s NBA rookie class at the 2009 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot recently in Tarrytown, N.Y. Check it out …

It's Official: CLC, Upper Deck Announce Multi-Year Exclusive

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As first reported by Beckett Media, the Collegiate Licensing Company officially announced Thursday morning that it has reached an exclusive multiyear agreement with Upper Deck.

The agreement, which goes into effect April 1, 2010,  gives Upper Deck exclusive rights in the trading card category to the team and word marks for more than 200 collegiate institutions.

“We believe that there are many opportunities in the college trading card category that have not been fully realized, and Upper Deck shares our vision for expansion,” said David Kirkpatrick, CLC’s Vice President of Non-Apparel Marketing. “We are confident that fans will embrace this strategy, which will place a renewed focus on collegiate accomplishments in addition to a student-athlete’s post-collegiate potential.”

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CLC, Upper Deck to Announce Exclusive Agreement

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According to a sports collectibles industry source close to the situation, The Collegiate Licensing Company today is expected to announce that it has reached an exclusive multi-year trading card agreement with Upper Deck.

CLC, based in Atlanta and owned by IMG, manages the licensing rights for almost 200 schools nationwide, and is responsible for approving the usage of team and word marks that appear on most early season draft pick and NFL trading card products.

Officials from CLC and Upper Deck could not be reached for comment Thursday morning.

Stay tuned to Beckett.com for additional details to this story as they become available.

— Tracy Hackler

New Images Released: 2009 UD Ballpark Collection

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Upper Deck officials on Wednesday unveiled almost 30 new images from the company’s forthcoming 2009 Ballpark Collection product, including some released exclusively to Beckett Media.

For more information on the product, slated to release Aug. 25, click here. To feast your eyes on the images, stay tuned after the jump.

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NBA cards need to give collectors more kicks

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor

There are plenty of innovative sports cards that have been produced in the last decade as the industry has evolved from standard ink-and-cardboard releases to autograph-loaded and memorabilia-enhanced collectibles.

And while I’ll be the first to say that I don’t collect much basketball these days, there seems to be one signature piece of memorabilia that’s seriously under-appreciated when it comes to basketball cards.

The game-used shoe card.

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Derrick Rose signs video game deal with 2K Sports

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Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose will be the featured spokesman for an upcoming download-only video game from 2K Sports that the company announced this week.

While video game covers haven’t quite caught on as traditional collectibles — they’re more of a player-collector item at best — NBA 2K10: Draft Combine won’t as it won’t be sold in stores. So, in essence, the news only will provide Rose or Bulls fans new memorabilia in possible advertising displays, posters and other memorabilia.

maddenfitz1It’s not quite like the popular Madden line, which releases later this week, and will spawn countless potential memorabilia tie-ins.

(We all know with Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald on the cover of Madden NFL 10 that at least one copy will make its way to the Tracy Hackler estate.)

There’s no doubt that there are collectors out there who own all of the Maddens and much of the related memorabilia as it’s been a cornerstone of the sports video game industry for years.

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Hobby stories: Mike Schmidt on autographs, Topps' deal & more

schmidtHere are a few recent hobby-related stories from mainstream media outlets — including Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt‘s perspective on signing autographs.

“I’ll be perfectly honest, I hate playing the cat-and-mouse game with collectors on the street,” Schmidt writes. “It was one of the reasons I retired early.”

Check ‘em out …

The Associated Press: Mike Schmidt says autograph demand is out of whack

The New York Times: A profile on autograph address king Jack Smalling

Houston Chronicle: Repackaging does big business, too

The Kansas City Star: One writer likes the Topps exclusive

Slate.com: Can Topps save baseball cards?

The AmLaw Daily: Antitrust concerns with Topps deal?

New York Daily News: More on Topps

Recapping baseball's 2009 rookie redemptions (so far)

The baseball season is more than half over, but that doesn’t mean that we haven’t seen the last of the Rookie Cards for 2009. In fact, prospectors are just getting warmed up as late-season call-ups and, of course, late-season sets are forthcoming.

This year’s three major rookie redemption programs from Topps Finest, Topps Series 2 and SPx are still under way as well. Here’s a recap of what’s been announced thus far.

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2009 Finest Rookies (10 cards)
Each master box of Finest includes one redemption card, which can be found as Refractors (numbered to 199) and Gold Refractors (numbered to 50).
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

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2009 Topps Red Hot Rookies (10 cards)
Topps’ Red Hot Rookie Redemption cards can be found one per Series 2 hobby box.
No. 1 — Mets OF Fernando Martinez
No. 2 — White Sox 3B Gordon Beckham (10 percent of cards autographed)
No. 3 — Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen
No. 4 — Braves P Tommy Hanson
No. 5 — Orioles OF Nolan Reimold

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2009 SPx Mystery Rookie (seven cards)
These autograph redemptions can be found two per 14-box case.
No. RR1 — Orioles P Koji Uehara (25 signed in Japanese)
No. RR2 — Cardinals OF Colby Rasmus (25 signed “Go Redbirds”)
No. RR3 — Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen
No. RR4 — Orioles C Matt Wieters
No. RR5 — Orioles P Chris Tillman

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: 2009-10 UD Black hockey cards

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Upper Deck released additional preview images of cards that will be found in packs of its 2009-10 UD Black hockey set when it arrives in early September.

Each box will contain two packs — one Rookie Lettermen Patch and one autograph or multi-piece memorabilia card per pack. Black also will include an array of 12-swatch gatefold cards, Game Night Ticket autographs and Pride of a Nation patch cards.

Click on the images below for a closer look.

Preview gallery: 2009 UD Black football cards

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Upper Deck released additional images of cards from its upcoming UD Black football set this week in advance of the product’s release in late October.

Each two-pack box will include two autographs and two manufactured American flag patch cards (each one per pack). Each 10-box case will include a single or dual cut signature card as well.

Check ‘em out …

Rare Michael Jordan Jersey Highlights Grey Flannel Hall of Fame Auction

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A game-worn jersey from Michael Jordan’s rookie season and the backboard in play when MJ made the game-winning shot for the Bulls’ sixth NBA title 13 years later highlight Grey Flannel’s Fourth Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction slated for Sept. 12.

The two marquee items – an autographed road red jersey from the 1984-85 season and the complete backboard and rim from Game 6 of the 1997-98 NBA Finals against Utah – both carry a reserve price of $25,000.

“This will undoubtedly be the finest and most exciting basketball auction we’ve ever produced,” said Grey Flannel president Richard E. Russek. “The items in this sale are so extraordinary that we aren’t even putting estimates on them. The fans will know the reserve amount on each item, and they will decide what the values should be.”

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Exclusive first look: 2009-10 Panini Same Day Rookie Card Autographs

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Panini America released some additional images of its Same Day Rookie Cards from the 2009 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot on Tuesday.

And this time it’s the autographed cards, which were all made on-site and signed at the event held in the New York Knicks’ practice facility in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Click for an exclusive first look …

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.

Reel Bats focuses on Major League baseball players

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In February, we brought to Beckett readers news that collectors of some reel-life baseball stars — Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh and Crash Davis — had new items to chase.

But now there’s some much bigger news out of Florida as Reelbats.com is selling baseball bats of the most-feared slugger in Major League history as well as a few other stars from that famed Cleveland Indians squad (and another baseball star’s famed bat … keep reading).

That’s right — replica baseball bats for Pedro Cerrano, Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, Jake Taylor, Willie Mays Hayes, Roger Dorn and the host of Tepee Talk, Harry Doyle, are up for grabs in this, the 20th anniversary year of the R-rated comedy.

The bats, which are officially licensed by Major League Baseball as well as Paramount Pictures, are limited to only 1,000 per player. And like all Louisville Sluggers, the bats are branded and shipped from the Hillerich & Bradsby Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory in Louisville, Ky.

(Click for a closer look and there’s more after the jump.)

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And the Matt Stafford autograph winners are …

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We’ve selected the final five winners of Matt Stafford autographed cards (courtesy of Panini America) are based on their selections of the greatest player in Detroit Lions history.

Many of the entrants said Barry Sanders, which is apt, but more than a few opted for guys like Bobby Layne, Joe Schmidt, Billy Sims, Dick “Night Train” Lane, Tobin Rote, Jason Hanson and even a case for Matt Millen (that one just couldn’t win … sorry.)

Some even said Stafford. We’ll see about that.

The winners, who found the contest in a recent issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, are:

Ryan Rayment, Waterford, Mich
Adam Gutierrez Jr., Lawton, Okla.
Larry Lutz, Bethpage, N.Y.
Anthony Palmieri, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Ian Malloch, Lansing, Mich.

If you have an itch to try and win more free stuff, check out every issue of Beckett Baseball for contests — as well as the current issue of Beckett Football where even more NFL Rookie autographs are being given away very soon.

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.

Ever wonder what Tiger Woods thinks about his memorabilia?

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Ever wanted to see what an athlete says about what he signs? Upper Deck did just that with Tiger Woods as he recaps some of the situations from his career as he signed items for UDA recently. Check it out.

Exclusive first look: Topps T206 100th Anniversary Edition

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Want an exclusive first look at the forthcoming Topps T206 100th Anniversary Edition baseball set? It’s only found in Beckett Baseball No. 46, which will begin shipping this week.

Inside you’ll find the basics on the product, which is set for release in October, as well as a look at some past T206 cards. You can also find an exclusive Q&A with Topps’ Clay Luraschi about the forthcoming set.

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.

Collector brings packs to the people

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Ever wonder what everyday people think of sports card collectors? That’s where Packs to The People comes in. Watch and see how one collector serves up some basketball goodness to a few non-collectors — and a couple of NBA players.

Exclusive Interview: UD Executive Aims to ‘Set the Record Straight’

 

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Speculation about what exactly MLB’s new exclusive trading card agreement with Topps means to the future of Upper Deck’s baseball card products has been the topic of many a heated conversation in the days since the agreement was announced last week.

In this exclusive interview, Kerri Kauffman, Upper Deck’s Director of Marketing, addresses what’s now, and what’s next, for UD.

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First look: 2009-10 Upper Deck MVP hockey

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Upper Deck released the basic product information and preview images for its 2009-10 MVP hockey card set on Monday.

Each 24-pack box will include 12 MVP Rookie Cards, one quad memorabilia card (Two on Two Jerseys) and as many as eight inserts. Each 12-box case will include a single One on One autograph card.

See more information and images below.

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First Look: 2009-10 Panini America Same-Day Cards

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One of the myriad niceties about yesterday’s 2009 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot? Panini Amercia‘s Same Day Rookie Cards made on-site at the New York Knicks‘ practice facility in Tarrytown, N.Y.

Click for an exclusive first look at some of those cards:

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Readers Write: Fan meets Heisman Trophy winners

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.


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Dear Beckett,
Recently I attended the 30th National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.  While I was there, I met Dave and Jim of The Pin Man and Mary and Scott of Crescent Collectibles.  They wanted to know if I’d like to go with them behind the TRISTAR booth to meet Billy Sims.  Of coarse I said sure, and when I got back there I got Mr. Sims to autograph my football and then he called over six other Heisman Trophy winners to take a group photo.  He called over Ron Dayne, Eric Crouch, Chris Weinke, Jason White, Mike Rozier, and Steve Owens.  All of them were finished signing memorabilia for collectors who purchased tickets and were back there signing more memorabilia for TRISTAR.  This was the second time I attended a National and was by far the best show I’ve ever been too.  On top of all that, the night the show opened I met and talked with TRISTAR’s President & CEO Jeff Rosenberg about baseball, cards, and the hobby in general.  I can’t wait for Baltimore!

– Andrew Chrisman, Selinsgrove, Penn.

Dear Chris,

Recently I attended the 30th National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, OH.  While I was there, I met Dave and Jim of THE PIN MAN and Mary and Scott of Crescent Collectibles.  They wanted to know if I’d like to go with them behind the TRISTAR booth to meet Billy Sims.  Of coarse I said sure, and when I got back there I got Mr. Sims to autograph my football and then he called over six other Heisman Trophy winners to take a group photo.  He called over Ron Dayne, Eric Crouch, Chris Weinke, Jason White, Mike Rozier, and Steve Owens.  All of them were finished signing memorabilia for collectors who purchased tickets and were back there signing more memorabilia for TRISTAR.  This was the second time I attended a National and was by far the best show I’ve ever been too.  On top of all that, the night the show opened I met and talked with TRISTAR’s President & CEO Jeff Rosenberg about baseball, cards, and the hobby in general.  I can’t wait for Baltimore!  Check out the attached photo.  Maybe this would make a good article for BSCM.  Thanks.

Andrew Chrisman
Selinsgrove, PA

Panini America Takes the Court at the 2009 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

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Much like head coach Mike D’Antoni did so often last season, Panini America officials hit the Knicks’ practice facility in Tarrytown, N.Y., on Sunday looking to impress. Unlike D’Antoni, who finished 32-50 during his first year in New York last season, Panini America succeeded.

And they had help from the likes of Blake Griffin, Tyler Hansbrough, Hasheem Thabeet and 32 other of the brightest young stars in the NBA.

Indeed, during Sunday’s 2009 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, Panini America’s first as the exclusive trading card manufacturer of the NBA, the company spent quality time with 35 of the top picks from June’s draft, packing seemingly a year’s worth of hard work into one determined day.

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UFC 101 Headliners Anderson Silva, BJ Penn Pack Heavyweight Hobby Punch

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Saturday’s UFC 101 pay-per-view in Philadelphia wasn’t nearly as ballyhooed as last month’s history-making UFC 100 that featured Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre, a Dan Henderson highlight-reel knockout and tons of mainstream media coverage.

That’s OK. What tonight’s card lacked in hype it more than made up for with, well, cards.

Between them, UFC 101 headliners Anderson Silva, BJ Penn and Forrest Griffin appear on just 55 trading cards. But in a tour de force display of quality over quantity, a handful of those cards represent some of the most valuable cards in the entire sport.

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Collect Call: Thomas Fish, Blowoutcards.com

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In this week’s installment of Collect Call, we catch up with Thomas Fish — president and co-owner of Blowoutcards.com — to discuss the recently completed National Sports Collectors Convention, UFC superstar Rich Franklin, President Obama and just where exactly the industry is headed.

As you’ll see by eavesdropping on the conversation here, Fish’s passion for the hobby is infectuous and his energy is exhausting.

First Look: Press Pass Kiss 360°

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In a concept not at all foreign to the KISS Army, Press Pass recently released preview images from its encore KISS product, Kiss 360°, due out next week and packing way more bells and whistles than the company’s February release of KISS Ikons.

This time around, Press Pass officials have procured autographs (including a handful featuring the penmanship of all four band members) and memorabilia from KISS’ leading men to augment a 90-card base set that also includes six-card Transformation Lenticular and 12-card Snapshots acetate insert sets.

Stay tuned to Beckett.com next week when we’ll bust one of the first boxes of the product. 

To feast your eyes on some hard-rockin’ cards sure to be music to even the most ardent fan’s ears, read on. 

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