Monthly Archives: October 2009

Video Box Busters: 2009-10 Panini Basketball

In one of the most wheels-off Video Box Busters of all time, a dressed-up Beckett cast promises to haunt you with a truly grisly performance. Viewer beware.

First look: 2009 TRISTAR Prospects Plus Draft Picks Baseball Cards

TRISTAR unveiled its latest 2009 baseball card set — Prospects Plus Draft Picks — on Friday, an unlicensed product that promises 11 hits per box and 26 hits per box in each Hot Box.

Upper Deck announces second Jordan Brand All-American Classic Redemption card

Upper Deck revealed on Thursday the second player in its Michael Jordan Brand All-American Classic jersey mystery redemption program found in 2009-10 Draft Edition and it’s B.J. Mullens.

Video Box Busters: 2009 Topps Finest

Join the Beckett Football team for a quick dive through an early box of 2009 Topps Finest. Stay tuned until the end to find out how you can win the best pull in the box.

Gem Mint George Mikan Up for Grabs

A virtually perfect copy of basketball’s Honus Wagner, the 1948 Bowman #69 George Mikan Rookie Card, promises to earn headlines and heavy bidding when it hits the Memory Lane auction block in December. The card, the only one in existence graded a Gem Mint PSA 10, carries a for-serious-inquiries-only minimum bid of $50,000 and is […]

New York Yankees' Mark Teixeira signs exclusive autograph deal with Steiner Sports

Steiner Sports announced on Thursday that it has signed New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira to an exclusive collectibles and autograph deal.

Product preview: 2009 Topps Unique football cards

Topps released the basic product information and preview images for its forthcoming Unique football card set on Thursday, a lower-priced and hobby-exclusive product that will include some high-end hits when it arrives in late-December.

Looks like Gina Carano's ESPN Body Issue cover is a hit

If you’re not a fan of MMA, you’ve probably been beaten down a bit by how hot the Topps UFC cards have been in the hobby. But there’s another sign that mixed martial arts are hot — Gina Carano’s cover appearance on ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue.

Must-See TV: The Legendary Collection of Marshall Fogel

For those who haven’t seen CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell’s captivating story on Denver attorney Marshall Fogel’s breathtaking memorabilia collection, it’s absolutely must-see stuff. Don’t walk to watch it. Run. Now!

Box Busters Preview: 2009 Topps Finest Football

The Beckett football team busted a two-mini-pack box of 2009 Topps Finest this afternoon. The Box Busters episode will be online Thursday morning. Until then here’s a sneak peek gallery that does not include the 1/1 we pulled.

Yankees or Phillies, Topps has the World Series covered

Topps revealed its plans for a 2009 World Series commemorative set for either the New York Yankees or the Philadelphia Phillies regardless of the outcome of the Series which begins tonight.

Topps includes triple autograph gem in Triple Threads

Just in case all of those crazy book Relics in 2009 Triple Threads weren’t enough for you, Topps announced on Wednesday that it has included a triple cut signature card of Ty Cobb, Cy Young and Tris Speaker in the product.

First look: 2009-10 Upper Deck Ice hockey cards

Upper Deck released basic information and preview images for its 2009-10 Ice hockey set on Wednesday in advance of its Feb. 24, 2010, arrival.

Of cardboard collation anomalies …

I got five straight packs — 25 consecutive cards — all with horizontal photos. All of them — from Manny Ramirez (above; and where is that umpire, anyway?) to Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder, Greg Maddux, Johan Santana and so on — horizontals.

Hulk Hogan's return to pro wrestling with TNA might not mean much to collectors … yet

Hulk Hogan announced that he will return to major professional wrestling with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on Tuesday might not mean much to collectors — as certain things are not a gimme — but it obviously does mean a lot for the landscape of sports entertainment.

Sneak Peek: Newest Beckett Football, Beckett Basketball Covers

The newest editions of Beckett Football and Beckett Basketball will be hitting subscriber mailboxes and dealer shelves next week. Here are sneak peeks of both covers to tide you over until then.

With either outcome, the World Series should help the hobby

There are several reasons, but most notably you have the fact that one team has the look of a dynasty in the making — the Philadelphia Phillies — appearing in its second straight Series vs. “The Evil Empire” in the New York Yankees, the 26-time world champions who bought their way into another postseason.

2009 Topps WWE Sketch Cards — the rarest sketches ever?

Collectors looking to land one of the first Sketch Cards hand drawn by World Wrestling Entertainment superstars from the newly released 2009 Topps WWE set haven’t seen a single one pop up on the auction block.

2009-10 Panini Basketball: Preview and Card Gallery

The succinctly named 2009-10 Panini Basketball, the company’s first retail-only hoops product, shipped to retailers today boasting a bevy of box-level hits intended to make a splash with new and younger collectors at the mass-market level.

New Topps WWE set's autograph checklist is full of firsts

It’s been a long wait for professional wrestling fans, but those ripping into packs of 2009 Topps WWE should find plenty of firsts in the product’s autograph checklists quite worthwhile after the year-long break before a follow-up to WWE Heritage IV.

Box Busters: 2009 SP Threads Football

Wanna know what Dan Hitt and Tracy Hackler pulled out of a box of 2009 SP Threads Football? Click here to watch and find out.

Product preview: 2010 Upper Deck baseball cards

Upper Deck released basic preview information for its 2010 Baseball set on Monday — but not images — as collectors anticipate the unveiling of its first baseball sets that are published without MLB team names and logos.

Box Busters: 2009 Bowman Chrome football cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Dan Hitt as they open a box of the forthcoming 2009 Bowman Chome football cards from Topps.

Mark McGwire's return to baseball could ignite interest

Mark McGwire is set to return to Major League Baseball as the new hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals today, a move that could ignite interest in his long-suffering sports cards and memorabilia.

Enter The Dragon: Lyoto Machida's Collectible Clout

Brock Lesnar. Randy Couture. Chuck Liddell. Anderson Silva. Georges St-Pierre. BJ Penn. Forrest Griffin. Tito Ortiz. Yep, you’d need at least a second hand to count the number of UFC fighters more recognizable than current light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida.

An Extended Sneak Peek at 2009 Playoff National Treasures

In the three years since bursting onto the scene in a late-season splash, Playoff National Treasures has become one of the most anticipated high-end products on the market.

What'd they pull at the Topps Triple Threads Rip Party?

What did they land at the Topps Triple Threads Rip Party? Some very nice cards — including a pair of Triple autos and cards of Lou Gehrig and Rogers Hornsby. Check it out.

Josh McDaniels Football Card Up 3,500% in Value

Long before Denver Broncos rookie head coach Josh McDaniels started winning games, Rocky Mountain hearts and league-wide respect this season, the 33-year-old maverick was a cocky-looking quarterback and kicker for McKinley High School in – of all places – Canton, Ohio. And he’s got an obscure-yet-burgeoning football card to prove it.

Best. Hockey. Sweaters. Ever.

Sure, we’ve seen the pink gear for breast cancer awareness in MLB and the NFL — and we’ve seen green jerseys for St. Patrick’s Day for decades. They’re cool and all, but the Kingston Fronteacs junior league hockey team’s promotion earlier this week wins.

Card Gallery: 2009 Limited Football & National Treasures

Want to see even more of what can be found in packs of the new 2009 Limited football?

Check out these images from Panini America — along with some behind-the-scenes images of National Treasures, too.

Upper Deck releases details for 2010 Exquisite Collection baseball inserts

Upper Deck released the following details for its 2010 Exquisite Collection baseball cards on Thursday — a multi-product line that will be limited, high-end and loaded with autographs and memorabilia.

Card Gallery: 2009 Limited Crowns autographs

Panini America released the following images of its Crowns autographs — all signed on card — which will be found in its 2009 Limited football card set.

Card gallery: 2009 Topps Triple Threads

The arrival of 2009 Topps Triple Threads has seen an influx of impressive Relic and autograph cards arrive on the auction block as the high-end product apparently remains one of the more popular releases.

Box Busters: SP Authentic Baseball

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they open boxes of SP Authentic from Upper Deck in the latest episode of Box Busters.

Fathead releases New York Yankees Tradeables team set

Fathead introduced its Tradeables line of 5×7 miniature wall graphics earlier this year and now the company is back with a more focused and pinstripe-enhanced edition in the postseason.