Monthly Archives: September 2009

Panini America signs exclusive deal with Basketball Hall of Fame

ARLINGTON, Texas – Panini America Inc. is thrilled to announce an exclusive, multi-year marketing and licensing agreement with the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Panini is already the exclusive trading-card licensee for the NBA and this new relationship with the Hall of Fame expands its global basketball presence.

Box Busters: 2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions baseball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they open boxes of 2009 Goodwin Champions baseball cards for this episode of Box Busters.

Press Pass announces KISS Tour Edition box set

Press Pass revealed on Tuesday its plans for a $10 box set of KISS cards to coincide with the release of the legendary band’s new album, Sonic Boom, which arrives exclusively in Walmart stores on Oct. 6.

McFarlane Toys to release limited Kurt Warner figure

McFarlane Toys announced on Friday that it will create a limited edition SportsPicks figure of Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner.

Preview: 2009-10 Upper Deck SPx Hockey cards

Upper Deck has released preview images and basic product information for its 2009-10 SPx hockey set which will arrive later this year.

Minor League Baseball loses one of its unique stars — Dinger The Home Run Dog

Dinger “The Home Run Dog” — a yellow lab that delivered baseballs to umpires at minor league baseball games has died. He was 11 years old.

Library of Congress set to host Baseball Americana symposium

The baseball memorabilia housed by the Library of Congress will be on display and Hall of Famer Ernie Banks will be one of the speakers during a symposium next month in Washington, D.C.

Lenny Dykstra's treasures set to hit auction block

Lenny Dykstra’s financial troubles these days have been well documented but now we’re seeing the results in the memorabilia world.

Card Gallery: 2009 Goodwin Champions baseball

Upper Deck’s latest vintage-style baseball card set, 2009 Goodwin Champions, arrives in hobby shops today with one autograph and two memorabilia cards in every hobby box.

Collect Call: Q&A with Goodwin Champions developer Grant Sandground

In this episode of Collect Call, Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Chris Olds recently caught up with Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground to get the Beckett Media alum’s take on Goodwin Champions, which he developed.

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Guest column: Junior's exit will mark end of an era

As Ken Griffey Jr. likely wraps up his Hall of Fame career this fall, one has to wonder the impact his absence will have on the collecting hobby. After all, it was Junior’s lightning-in-a-bottle 1989 Upper Deck Rookie Card (#1, currently valued at $40) that launched a new era in card collecting, igniting a spark within the hobby that very few ever have.

Exclusive Sneak Peek: 2009 Playoff Absolute Football

2009 Playoff Absolute Football promises to packs some of the most in-demand Rookie Cards of the early 2009 football season. And although the product won’t be live for another nine days, the folks at Panini America have provided exclusively for Beckett readers the following sneak-preview images.

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 1

Thankfully, the start of the NFL season is finally here. For the serious football card collectors, it’s the best time of the year. Of course, it also means that it’s time for another year of Beckett’s Monday Morning Collector.

Steiner unveils Derek Jeter 2,722nd hit collection

Steiner Sports Memorabilia revealed on Monday its line of Derek Jeter autographed memorabilia celebrating his record-breaking hit on Friday night.

Michael Vick has been a Philadelphia Eagle before

But one thing’s already certain if you know your 2001 football cards — Michael Vick has been a Philadelphia Eagle before.

Panini kicks off its basketball promotions with videos

Check out this video from Panini America, which is just the start of its basketball card promotions. The company takes you behind the scenes at the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.

Topps teases upcoming all-painted National Chicle football card set

Topps offered up this glimpse of its forthcoming 2009 National Chicle football set on Friday, an all-painted card set that carries the same name and feel as the famed set from the 1930s.

Amar'e Stoudemire: NBA Superstar, Beckett Editor

The September/October 2009 issue of Beckett Basketball, on newsstands everywhere now, features the budding editorial skills of none other than Phoenix Suns superstar Amar’e Stoudemire.

Upper Deck reveals new football card website

With the NFL season kicking off tonight, Upper Deck has teed up a section of its website just for football fans.

Preview gallery: 2009 Bowman Chrome baseball cards

We’ve gotten our hands on a pair of 2009 Bowman Chrome hobby boxes from Topps about a week before they arrive in hobby shops and we wanted to share some of the contents with you.

Exclusive: New Upper Deck Prominent Cuts Images Revealed

Upper Deck officials on Thursday afternoon released several exclusive images from the company’s new Prominent Cuts product, due out next month.

Shonn Greene, Ramses Barden Shine During Autograph Appearance

Big Apple-based American Legends on Tuesday hosted 2009 NFL rookies Shonn Greene (Jets) and Ramses Barden (Giants) during a free one-hour signing in Scarsdale, N.Y.

The Bambino, Bing and Bob… now that's a round of golf

An autographed scorecard from a legendary golf foursome from a round in 1942 has hit the auction block but it’s got little to do with any stars of the links you might know.

Upper Deck lands Roger Maris deal for 2010

Upper Deck revealed on Thursday that it has reached a deal with the estate of Roger Maris to include the legendary New York Yankees slugger in its 2010 products.

Topps Honors Kennedy Brothers with 'Camelot' Card

Topps on Thursday morning announced that it will be adding a special “Camelot” memorabilia card honoring John, Robert and Ted Kennedy into packs of 2009 Triple Threads Baseball, due out in October.

Is This The Greatest Football Insert Ever?

Some hardcore product purists are deriding it as an affront to the very hobby it’s meant to help rejuvenate. Others are calling it a welcomed addition to even the most exciting pack of football cards.

Beckett’s 2009 NFL Season Preview: Card-Investment Style

Sure, we could go the played-out predictions route in honor of the 2009 NFL season kicking off Thursday (it’s about time!); you know, sit here and tell you who we think will win the Super Bowl and Rookie of the Year and MVP and (yawn) . . .

Sneak peek: Wheels Main Event autographs

While the 2009 Wheels Main Event NASCAR set is still a few weeks away from its green flag, Press Pass offered up a new glimpse on Wednesday at some of the autographs that will be found in the poker-themed product.

Upper Deck set to host LLWS winners

Upper Deck is set to host a championship team on Thursday — the Park View All Stars (aka the Little League World Series champions) — where they will get to tour the company’s headquarters.

Blowout takes 9-9-09 promotion to the nines

But in case you hadn’t heard — and you’re a card collector — Thomas Fish of wants you to know all about it and he’s offering some ridiculous deals for those dedicated collectors who want a deal — and he’s not settling for a five-star kind of deal, either.

Upper Deck aims to floor Michael Jordan collectors

Upper Deck Authenticated announced on Tuesday its Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls Floor Collection, a product line that celebrates His Airness and also benefits the CharitaBulls Chicago Bulls youth organization.

First Look: 2009 SP Authentic Football

Upper Deck on Friday afternoon revealed preliminary product information and images for one of the most decorated and anticipated brands in the sports card universe: 2009 SP Authentic Football. A product known for delivering some of the most sought after and valuable Rookie Cards on the market will arrive in early January packing an expanded base […]

Box Busters: 2009 Upper Deck Football cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Dan Hitt as they bust a box of 2009 Upper Deck Football cards and show off two of Beckett Media’s latest publications…

Beckett's Fantasy . . . My Reality

Look, I know none of us really care about someone else’s fantasy football team. Heck, by about Week 6 many of us won’t care about our own.