Monthly Archives: October 2009

Press Pass announces NASCAR Hall of Fame program

Press Pass revealed on Wednesday that it is planning a comprehensive 100-card set that will focus on historic NASCAR figures and events as part of a continuity program found in eight of the company’s 2010 racing products.

Box Busters: 2009 Limited Football

000000 A surprisingly hot rookie autograph and a low-numbered autograph mem card from one of the most promising young quarterbacks in the game. To see what else the Beckett team pulled from two boxes of 2009 Limited Football, click here.

A hobby rarity lands on eBay — a 1998 Topps Ric Flair autograph

A rare and impressive autographed professional wrestling card has hit the auction block and bidding is pushing $450 even though it’s got some rough corners and a few slight creases.

Box Busters Preview: 2009 Limited Football

We received two hot-off-the-presses boxes of 2009 Limited Football on Tuesday afternoon and immediately took them to the Box Busters studio for filming.

Topps amps up Sterling Baseball

Topps announced the following upgrades to its forthcoming Sterling Baseball set on Tuesday, which did not include a price change:

First Look: 2009-10 Playoff Contenders Basketball

Panini America on Tuesday morning released preliminary details on 2009-10 Playoff Contenders Basketball, an autographed-Rookie Card-rich product due out exactly three months from today.

First look: 2010 Topps Baseball cards

Topps released the basic product information and preview images for its 2010 baseball card set on Tuesday, which might be a more highly anticipated release than in past years as it enters its exclusive agreement with Major League Baseball as its lone fully licensed baseball card manufacturer.

Topps to Produce Tito Ortiz's First Certified Autographs

From the strange but true sports collectibles department: Tito Ortiz, one of the most popular and influential figures in the history of mixed martial arts, has just four trading cards — all from last February’s 2009 Topps UFC Round 1 product — and zero certified autographs.

Vernon Wells hosts sports stars for charity event

Toronto Blue Jays star Vernon Wells is expecting a large number of sports stars at The Vernon Wells Perfect 10 Foundation’s inaugural gala and golf tournament next month in the Dallas area.

Finally . . . The Exquisite Winners are Revealed

After much consternation, the four winners from last month’s 2008-09 Exquisite Collection Basketball Box Busters episode have been pulled. Are you one of the lucky ones? Watch the video and find out.

Preview Gallery: 2010 Topps baseball cards

Topps released the following images of cards that will be found in its 2010 Baseball set on Monday in advance of the full preview package.

Topps GM Warren Friss ‘Very Excited' About MLB Exclusive

In 15 years aboard the exhilarating roller coaster ride that is the sports card industry, Topps General Manager Warren Friss has experienced his share of thrills, chills and spills.

Upper Deck announces Goodwin Champions short-prints

Upper Deck released the following short-print information on Friday for its recently released Goodwin Champions baseball card set.

Upper Deck announces three baseball short-prints

Upper Deck announced on Friday that it has included three short-printed cards in its recently released 2009 baseball products.

First look: 2009 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection baseball cards

Upper Deck announced its plans for 2009 Ultimate Collection Baseball on Thursday, with the latest rendition of the product packing plenty when it arrives in late January.

Panini America releases 2009 Prestige basketball SP list

Panini America confirmed on Thursday that the following 10 Rookie Cards were short-printed in its 2009 Prestige basketball card set:

What do they collect? TNA wrestling stars tell you

If you’ve ever wondered what an athlete collects, four stars from Total Nonstop Action Wrestling let you know in this new TNA Spin Cycle video in which which they also show off the latest trading cards from TRISTAR.

Box Busters: 2009 Topps Triple Threads baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they open two boxes of the forthcoming 2009 Topps Triple Threads baseball cards.

Upper Deck & MLBPA plan "National Packtime" promotion

Although the release of Upper Deck’s 2010 Baseball set remains a few months away, the company announced on Wednesday an initiative with the MLB Players Association that will get free baseball cards into collectors’ hands next March.

First Look: 2009-10 Limited Basketball

Panini America officials on Wednesday afternoon shared with Beckett Media the first images and preliminary product information for 2009-10 Limited Basketball, the company’s premiere high-end basketball product due out Jan. 6, 2010.

Box Busters preview: 2009 Topps Triple Threads baseball cards

The latest from Topps has arrived — two boxes of 2009 Triple Threads baseball cards that are set to be dissected for the latest episode of Box Busters.

WWE Hall of Famer Captain Lou Albano dies at age 76

Professional wrestling lost another of its past stars on Wednesday as former manager Captain Lou Albano died. He was 76.

Hot Wheels brings IndyCar back to toy aisles

Noticed something a bit different while wandering the toy aisle at Target on Tuesday… IndyCar diecasts from Hot Wheels.

2009 Topps National Chicle Product Details Announced

After a month filled with previews of some the product’s compelling original-art images, Topps officials on Wednesday morning finally released some product-specific details on 2009 Topps National Chicle Football, the old-fashioned-feeling tribute to its 1935 predecessor.

Are You the Ultimate NFL Fan?

Think you’re the biggest NFL fan on the planet? Upper Deck’s giving you a chance to prove it. The company is searching for the “Ultimate NFL Fan” and is challenging enthusiasts across the country to prove their passion.

You're not seeing double … You're not seeing double. Well, maybe you are …

An astute observation on 2009 Ballpark Collection from Upper Deck just in from deep within the Beckett Media analysts’ ranks …

First look: 2010 Upper Deck Greats of the Game basketball cards

Upper Deck unveiled its plans for its first 2010 basketball card set on Tuesday, with its Greats of the Game product packed with madness scheduled to arrive next March.

Frequent-Flyer Miles

More than 24 hours later, Miles Austin’s out-of-nowhere, videogame afternoon against the Kansas City Chiefs still boggles the mind.

Box Busters: 2009-10 Exquisite Collection basketball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Keith Hower, Tracy Hackler and Chris Olds as they bust open three boxes of 2009-10 Exquisite Collection basketball cards from Upper Deck in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Brett Favre makes Vikings debut with McFarlane Toys

McFarlane Toys has unveiled its plans for Brett Favre’s SportsPicks debut as a Minnesota Viking — toys that will arrive in stores this month.

Box Busters: 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer — along with some guy named Tracy Hackler — as they bust open a brand new box of 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights baseball cards.

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 5

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our Rookie, Veteran and Breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for Week 5.

Card gallery: 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights

While the Box Busters episode featuring 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights baseball cards cools in the microwave (it’s that hot), here’s a gallery of some of the cards to be found in the annual season-update set.

Box Busters Preview: 2009-10 Exquisite Collection Basketball

Late Friday afternoon, an over-caffeinated, extremely excited team of Keith Hower, Chris Olds and Tracy Hackler busted three boxes of 2009-10 Exquisite Collection Basketball for a forthcoming must-see episode of Box Busters.

Ultimate 9 Release Date Creeps Closer; ITG Redemption Plans Unveiled

The gradually simmering anticipation for next month’s release of In the Game’s Ultimate Memorabilia 9 took a turn for the better on Friday when ITG unveiled several new images of the product’s base cards and memorabilia and autograph inserts.