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Posted on October 28, 2009 – 3:10 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Topps revealed its plans for a 2009 World Series commemorative baseball card set on Wednesday for either the New York Yankees or the Philadelphia Phillies as the Series begins tonight.
The set will consist of 27 cards — players coaches and highlights for the winning team — and will cost $9.99.
Want to see what the Yankees set will look like? It’s after the jump.
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Posted on October 28, 2009 – 1:23 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.
What’s The Rip Master’s favorite word again?
Posted on October 28, 2009 – 10:22 am | Author: chrisolds
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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.
Each 20-pack hobby box will include four Rookie Cards, one autographed card and two jersey cards. The base set consists of 100 cards.
Also among the inserts are Ice Premieres acetate cards, Glacial Graphs, Signature Swatches, Rinkside Signings, Frozen Fabrics and Fresh Threads cards.
Additional info is after the jump.
Posted on October 27, 2009 – 7:49 pm | Author: chrisolds
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From the Desk of Olds …
Picked up one of those half-price Blaster boxes of 2008 Stadium Club Baseball during a Tuesday-night Target stop and had quite an unusual run — one perhaps unseen before during my 20-plus years of collecting.
Sure, we’ve heard the stories about mispackaged cards — packs full of autographs, or packs carrying extra cards or (gasp!) packs that were short.
But this one was something new, something unusual. Perhaps it’s not earthshattering, but definitely something that I don’t recall seeing before.
Posted on October 27, 2009 – 3:49 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Hulk Hogan announced that he will return to major professional wrestling with Total Nonstop Action Wrestling on Tuesday — a move might not mean much to collectors just yet — as certain things are not a given — but it obviously does mean a lot for the landscape of sports entertainment.
The 56-year-old isn’t in the kind of shape where physically he’ll be as overwhelming as he was in the past when it comes to in-ring work (if that’s a key piece of his deal). But with wrestling that doesn’t always matter — it’s about persona, his ability to talk and be “Hulk Hogan.”
And that may not resonate with fans like used to after his family’s drama of late — but it’s certainly one thing that he can undoubtedly do well, brother.
Hogan means plenty to TNA in terms of drawing power and adding another piece to the puzzle — a household name at the highest of levels in pro wrestling — when competing with World Wrestling Entertainment. There are fans who haven’t seen him wrestle — but would like to — and there are fans who would like to obviously meet/see him.
You know, they’re called Hulkamaniacs — you may know one… or two … or …
Posted on October 27, 2009 – 1:10 pm | Author: hackler
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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.
Posted on October 27, 2009 – 1:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By CHRIS OLDS| Beckett Baseball Editor
Unlike previous seasons, this year’s World Series might have the makings of a true fall classic on the field as well as in hobby shops.
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 yet another postseason.
To be fair, both teams have their fair share of free agent acquisitions or key players gained in trades. And, sure, both teams spend money, too — the Phillies at $113 million this year and the Yankees at $201 million. And, sure, they do have to play the games after writing the checks — but it’s tough for anyone to discount with a straight face the buying power that totaled $420 million spent this off-season for CC Sabathia, Mark Teixeira and A.J. Burnett.
It’s this great matchup of big bats, strong arms and good cardboard that should generate interest in the markets that run parallel to the action on the field.
Hobby-wise several of the key stars for Philadelphia appear as Phillies on their Rookie Cards because they are home-grown talents — and that’s a plus when it comes to success in the card shop. There’s the name and team recognition when beginning collectors (and others) want to land the RCs of their Series MVP and he’s wearing the same uniform on his card as he was on your television screen.
Posted on October 27, 2009 – 10:22 am | Author: chrisolds
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By CHRIS OLDS
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.
Because there are only 31 Sketch Cards to be found in the entire product.
Again, just 31. Period.
Let that sink in …
Four WWE stars opted to put pen to paper — err, cardboard — for the project. The most accomplished in-ring performer, Jerry “The King” Lawler, also is the most accomplished artist of the bunch. He drew just seven cards for inclusion in hobby packs, including the portrait of Undertaker above.
Posted on October 26, 2009 – 5:45 pm | Author: hackler
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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.
At first glance, base-brand Panini looks to provide a fun-for-all-ages recipe with an old-school configuration (12 cards per pack, 36 packs per box) at a palatable $1.99 pack price.
With glow-in-the-dark stickers, decals and a massive 400-card base set, this product is clearly not intended for hardcore high-end enthusiasts, and that’s OK. One of Panini’s key initiatives is to grow the basketball category in this country, especially among the younger demographic. Products like these start that ball rolling.
Posted on October 26, 2009 – 5:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.
It’s been a year-long break before a follow-up to WWE Heritage IV, but the firsts make it worth the wait.
As in the first dual autograph cards found in any WWE release.
As in the first match-used autograph cards found in any WWE release from Topps.
As in the first certified autographs of several younger WWE stars — and even a few legends.
And the first autographs of a few wrestlers in quite some time.
Get the full rundown — and the checklists after the jump.