Monthly Archives: September 2009

Box Busters: 2009 Bowman Sterling Football

Dan Hitt and Tracy Hackler, Beckett’s less-than-sterling busters of football boxes, take a crack at 2009 Bowman Sterling Football, the season’s first high-end football product that’s loaded with bells and whistles.

First Look: Kobe's Prestige Autographs

Long before Tuesday’s headline-making announcement that Panini America had inked Kobe Bryant to an exclusive multi-year contract, the company had conducted its first signing with the Los Angeles Lakers superstar.

First look: 2009 National Treasures football

Panini America released this sneak preview image of a Stephen McGee jumbo patch autograph card from its forthcoming National Treasures football card set.

Panini basketball launch includes hobby shop party packs

Among the promotions that Panini America has planned for its NBA launch that coincides with 2009 Prestige Basketball are party packs that are set to go into collectors hands beginning on Oct. 7.

Upper Deck promises free baseball cards if Chicago lands 2016 Summer Olympics

Earlier this year, Upper Deck included the above card in its 2009 Baseball set as one of nine Historic Firsts Predictors insert cards.

Preview gallery: 2009 SP Authentic baseball cards

Upper Deck’s 2009 SP Authentic baseball card set is primed for release next week, so we’ve decided to bring you back up to speed on what the product includes via this card gallery. (See previous images and info right here.)

Upper Deck is bringing Exquisite Collection to baseball for 2010

Although its plans have not yet been officially unveiled, Upper Deck is bringing its Exquisite Collection line of high-end cards to its 2010 baseball lineup.

First look: 2010 Topps baseball cards

Topps unveiled its 2010 baseball design on Wednesday… soak it up.

The mystery of Nick Swisher's 2009 Bowman baseball card

Call it the tale of New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher and his 2009 Bowman card.

Grey Flannel and Steiner Sports team up

Grey Flannel Auctions and Steiner Sports announced on Wednesday that the companies have established a marketing relationship that will mean that items from Steiner’s exclusive deal with the New York Yankees will get added attention on the auction block.

Topps' upcoming National Chicle set isn't just about the players… it's also about the artists

The forthcoming Topps National Chicle football card set is a nod to one of football’s most famed sets from the 1930s but it’s also one that has a modern-day nod as well.

Just in case you wanted to hear more from Kobe Bryant on his new Panini deal…

Kobe Bryant’s signing with Panini America on Tuesday wasn’t without some fanfare as the deal was discussed on national television with CNBC’s Darren Rovell.

Preview gallery: 2009 Topps National Chicle football cards

Topps released a batch of preview images for its 2009 National Chicle football card set on Wednesday.

Strong to the Finnish: Upper Deck Hockey in Europe

In an effort to fuel the collecting passions of the NHL’s international following, Upper Deck recently made hockey and hobby history by producing its first-ever packs of Finnish- and Swedish-language Upper Deck Victory packs. The cards were produced to take advantage of this week’s 2009-10 regular-season puck-droppers between the Detroit Red Wings and St. Louis […]

World-Premiere Box Busters: 2009 Prestige Basketball

Keith Hower and Tracy Hackler make hobby history by busting the first box of Panini America’s maiden basketball release, 2009 Prestige, due out Oct. 7. What did they pull? Click here to watch the video and find out.

New UFC Gallery Includes Never-Before-Seen Lyoto Machida, Royce Gracie Gems

Last week Beckett Media had the distinct privilege of busting the first two boxes of 2009 Topps UFC — one was a world premiere Box Busters video, the other a gawk-worthy gallery of the product’s first live images.

Panini Aims to Keep Kobe On-Card

In an interview late Tuesday afternoon, Panini America Marketing Director Scott Prusha discussed his company’s headline-making exclusive agreement with NBA superstar Kobe Bryant, driving home a desire to have Kobe sign only on-card autographs for the basketball hobby.

Heavy Anticipation: Brock Lesnar's First Autograph Card

The fact that 2009 Topps UFC shipped to distributors last week likely means the collecting world is now mere hours away from the history-making introduction of Brock Lesnar’s first certified autograph trading cards.

Do you know Masanori Murakami's story?

Although he shares his 1965 Topps Rookie Card (No. 282) with Dick Estelle, there’s more of a story behind Masanori Murakami than just another card in another baseball card set.

Ichiro's hit record commemorated on baseball bats

Ichiro Suzuki’s historic run of nine consecutive 200-hit seasons reached earlier this month is being commemorated in a limited edition bat.

Four Chicago Blackhawks lead way on ESPN's NHL preview

The latest issue of ESPN The Magazine, its NHL preview issue, has a cover with Chicago Blackhawks Marian Hossa, Cristobal Huet, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

Ric Flair's latest wrestling memorabilia?

“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair may or may not be making a comeback soon, but that doesn’t matter in the case of his latest piece of memorabilia.

Box Busters preview: 2009-10 Panini Prestige basketball cards

We’re about to rip into the first box of Panini America’s 2009-10 Prestige basketball cards for Box Busters … here’s what the outside of the first box looks like.

Panini's Official Announcement Regarding Kobe Signing

The Panini Group, the NBA’s exclusive trading card partner, has signed four-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers as its official company spokesman and global trading card ambassador.

Upper Deck comments on Kobe signing and redemptions

Upper Deck issued the following statement on Kobe Bryant’s signing with Panini America on Tuesday:

New video game brings football fans into HBCU campuses

A new video game arrives in stores today that brings gamers an unprecedented look at football at historically black college and universities, or HCBU, with former Washington Redskins quarterback Doug Williams leading the way.

Kobe Bryant Set to Sign Exclusive Deal with Panini America

In a move that has been rumored within the trading card industry for weeks, Panini America today will announce that it has reached an exclusive agreement with Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant.

Card gallery: 2009-10 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection basketball cards

Last week, Upper Deck announced and packed out its last hurrah product for the basketball market, 2009-10 Exquisite Collection, and it showcased some of the impressive cards to be found online.

The Most Mysterious Memorabilia Card Ever?

Quick, a show of hands: How many hardcore baseball collectors have ever seen this 1999 Upper Deck A Piece of History 500 Home Run Club Hank Aaron/Babe Ruth/Willie Mays bat card?

Beckett's 2009 Card-Investment NFL Season Preview: An Update

Earlier this month, you may recall that we solicited submissions for a special 2009 NFL Season Preview card-investment contest. Essentially, we asked Beckett visitors how they would invest an imaginary $1,000 in at least five football cards for the 2009 season. We selected 10 lucky respondents at random and the one whose collection appreciates the […]

Press Pass ups the ante with Wheels Main Event

Last year, Wheels Main Event relied on an Election Day feel to get the job done. This year, Press Pass has shuffled up and dealt what might be the most unique card set — for any sport — produced all year.

Preview gallery: 2009-10 Panini Prestige basketball cards

With little more than a week until Panini America’s first officially licensed NBA set arrives, here’s a look at some of what can be found in boxes of Prestige.

Game-used Navy football jerseys hit auction block

Ninety-six jerseys from Saturday’s Navy-Western Kentucky game are on the auction block at CBS Sports as the Midshipmen celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Autographed SportsPicks? McFarlane Toys' latest project takes things to another level

McFarlane Toys announced Friday evening that it is adding a new program that allows for a higher-end and specific chase aspect to its upcoming SportsPicks figure lines.

Exclusive First Look: 2009 Press Pass Fusion Multi-Sport

Press Pass officials late Friday revealed to Beckett Media preliminary details of the brand new 2009 Press Pass Fusion, a product that looks to be the company’s best possible first foot forward as they enter the multi-sport arena.