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Monthly Archives: October 2009

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:

#160 – Brandon Jennings, Milwaukee Bucks

#163 – Tyler Hansbrough, Indiana Pacers

#176 – Taj Gibson, Chicago Bulls

#177 – DeMarre Carroll, Memphis Grizzlies

#190 – Jonas Jerebko, Detroit Pistons

#205 – Jordan Hill, Arizona

#218 – Ty Lawson, Denver Nuggets

#220 – Eric Maynor, Utah Jazz

#233 – Dante Cunningham, Villanova

#247 – James Johnson, Wake Forest

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.

Among the stars are Mick Foley, Kevin Nash, Traci Brooks and past Collect Call guest Matt Morgan.

Check it out by clicking here.

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.

What will they find? Watch and find out by clicking here.

Update: An autographed triple Relic is found in every box, not a triple-autograph Relic.

Upper Deck & MLBPA plan "National Packtime" promotion

NP Logo

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.

“National Packtime” is set for Saturday, March 6, 2010, with with free packs of cards distributed at card shops. The packs will include cards specifically made for the event and the checklist will include Derek Jeter, David Ortiz and Albert Pujols.

“We’re thrilled to be joining forces with the Players Association on such a massive and exciting promotion,” said Richard McWilliam, CEO of Upper Deck, in a statement. “During these difficult times, we want to remind fans of the joy and exhilaration they felt when they opened their first pack of baseball cards, whether it was 10, 25 or 50 years ago.

“We also want to share that fun with kids, a new generation of collectors, many of whom haven’t ever had the chance to bask in the glory of finding a coveted rookie card, the star player from their favorite team or maybe even a valuable autograph card.  It’s a very unique and special experience that is truly unmatched by any other product.”

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.

Each five-card pack of Limited carries a $100 SRP and will include one guaranteed autograph, another autograph or memorabilia card, one parallel, one insert and one common.

Every card in the set is numbered, including base cards numbered to just 199. Phenoms Rookie Cards will include pieces of event-worn memorabilia and sequential numbering to 299 or less.

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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.

What will Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer find inside each two-pack, 12-card box?

Stick with us to find out …

WWE Hall of Famer Captain Lou Albano dies at age 76


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

Albano, whose eccentric style included wearing rubber-bands danging from his beard and cheek, might best be remembered for his managerial appearances leading up to the first WrestleMania where he opposed Cyndi Lauper as part of the WWE’s Rock N’ Wrestling Connection storyline.

While they feuded in storyline, Albano appeared in Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” video (as well as others) on MTV, helping gain more mainstream exposure for the WWE.

According to the Beckett Database, Albano appeared on just 17 trading cards. His first came in the 1983 Wrestling All Stars Series A set (card No. 32), which is valued at $2.50. His first widely distributed trading cards came with the 1985 Topps (and O-Pee-Chee) sets, which included cards and stickers like the one above.

The WWE Hall of Famer never signed trading cards for any of the major card companies, but did have an autographed card in the 1991 Wrestling Legends set made by Imagine.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

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.

It’s been awhile since IRL or Formula 1 has had a presence on retail shelves with Hot Wheels, the toy car staple of many a youth — 1998 for Indy, 2003 for F1 — but these days there’s a new crop of drivers whose cars can be found in 1:64 or 1:24 scale.

Who? Danica Patrick, Tony Kanaan, Justin Wilson, Dan Wheldon, Marco Andretti, Scott Dixon, Graham Rahal and Dario Franchitti to name a few.

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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.

Scheduled to release the week of Jan. 11, the product promises two autographs, one Relic and one Cabinet card in each 24-pack hobby box in addition to one parallel card per pack and 12 additional inserts per box.

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Are You the Ultimate NFL Fan?


Think you’re the biggest NFL fan on the planet? Upper Deck is 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.

Those interested in competing for the grand prize — 20 tickets to a home game of your favorite team, a $1,500 NFL.com shopping spree and, perhaps the greatest prize of all, a personalized trading card to be inserted into a 2010 Upper Deck NFL product — should submit their personal videos, images or stories to www.UpperDeckUltimateFan.com.

The promotion ends Nov. 25 and the winner will be announced in early December.

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 price guide analysts’ ranks …

— Card No. 174 is a Derrek Lee and Kerry Wood dual jersey card.

— Card No. 177 is a Kerry Wood and Derrek Lee dual jersey card.

Do you have them all?

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

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.

Each 16-pack box will include three autographs or memorabilia cards — only two numbered autographs are guaranteed per case — with dual inscription and dual cut signatures also among the potential finds.

The standard set includes 100 base cards, 25 Big Man on Campus cards, 25 Banner Season cards, 25 Old School cards and 25 Glory Days cards.

Autographs to be found include Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Larry Bird and Magic Johnson, among others, as part of the Memorable Monikers, Legends of the Hall and School Pride autograph sets.

See more cards from the set after the jump.

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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.

In the first start of his four-year NFL career, Austin caught 10 passes for a Dallas Cowboys’ franchise-record 250 yards and two touchdowns, including a game-winning 60-yarder in overtime. Not bad for an undrafted free agent from Monmouth University who entered Sunday’s game with lifetime totals of 23 receptions, 435 yards and four touchdowns.

“I never saw a day like today coming,” Austin said afterward, presumably speaking for every football collector in the country. “I was ready to play, but you can never expect to have a day like this.”

Austin’s flashed glimpses of his big-play potential before. Last year, during a 27-16 victory over Green Bay, the 6-3, 214-pound burner caught two passes for 115 yards and a touchdown. And he started this season with a 42-yard touchdown grab in a Week 1 win at Tampa Bay.

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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.

What will they find in each $600 pack?

What can you win from the packs? How can you win that fourth box?

Click here to watch and find out …

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.

favrepurpleThe future Hall of Famer will appear in a purple home jersey on toys found at Toys ‘R’ Us and other specialty stores, while his white road jersey figure will only be available at BigBoyzToyz.com.

The figure will cost $19.99 at the website, while the standard figures typically sell in the $10-$12 range, depending on the store.

This is the third figure in recent months to be sold as an exclusive through a website. A Ken Griffey Jr. and a Kurt Warner exclusive were previously announced, while the 21st series of the popular NFL toys will debut a new system of chase figures, some of which may include autographs.

For more on the toys, or to view additional images, visit spawn.com.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

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.

What will they find inside?

How can you win a factory sealed box for yourself?

Watch the video by clicking here.

For more on the set, click here.

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 5

Orton RC

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.

Veteran of the Week:
Kyle Orton, QB, Broncos
(330 yards passing, 2 touchdown passes)
The Denver Broncos are a perfect 5-0 behind the leadership of Orton, who has thrown just one interception this season and has a QB rating of 97.4. But collectors have not yet jumped back onboard the Orton bandwagon. They’ve been there before, many of them more than once, and they seem hesitant to go “all in” on Orton again despite the quick start.

Orton’s been a collecting enigma at quarterback since his rookie season in 2005 with the Chicago Bears. Is he really good, not so good, or just inconsistent? In his 33 regular-season starts for the Bears, Orton registered a passer rating above his 2009 average just four times. He also threw 27 interceptions in those 33 games.

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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.

For more on the product, click here.

See the images after the jump.

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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.

The good news: A fourth box went unopened. The better news: You’ll have a chance to win that box, in addition to many of the sweet cards we pulled out of the other three, beginning next week.

Stay tuned to Beckett.com and the Beckett Blog early next week for additional details on how to win. The 2009-10 Exquisite Collection Basketball Box Busters will be up Monday morning. Until then, enjoy this sneak peek (after the jump) of just some of the sweet cards we were lucky enough to uncover late Friday afternoon.

— Tracy Hackler

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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.

Each pack of Ultimate 9, the most limited release in the product’s history with just 7,500 three-card packs produced, will deliver one memorabilia-infused Ultimate Base Card, one Authentic Ultimate Game-Used Memorabilia card and one Authentic Ultimate Autograph card.

You can check out ITG’s Ultimate 9 sales brochure here.

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Four Boxes of 2009-10 Exquisite Collection Basketball Walk Through the Door . . .


Box Busters filming begins at 4:15 p.m. (CST). How can you win one of these boxes? Stay tuned to find out.

– Tracy Hackler

Panini Announces Another Prestige Basketball SP


Panini America unveiled another short-printed Rookie Card from its 2009 Prestige Basketball set on Friday afternoon and it was a biggie, card No. 163 of Tyler Hansbrough.

The Indiana Pacers rookie and 2008 ACC Player of the Year averaged 20.3 ppg during his four-year college career at North Carolina and is the the Tar Heels’ all-time leading scorer.

— Tracy Hackler

Priceless piece of pro wrestling memorabilia up for grabs


A priceless piece of professional wrestling memorabilia is up for grabs as wrestling legend “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair has reportedly failed to pay off his debts to a wresting memorabilia show promoter.

The original National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Championship belt is being sold by highspots.com, which is considering all serious offers over $75,000 for the belt used by Flair, Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race and others who were tabbed as the organization’s champion.

Flair claims that his debt was repaid through appearances and DVD tapings for the Charlotte, N.C.-based company.

Flair has had the belt in his possession since it was retired in favor of the “big gold belt” style that is still used in World Wrestling Entertainment today as its World Heavyweight Championship.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

WIN FREE AUTOGRAPHS right here on Friday



The Big Apple Comic-Con is set for Oct. 16-18 in — where else — New York City and its promoters want to get free autographed photos into Beckett readers’ hands.

We’ve got six autographed 8x10s to give away — and it will happen this Friday (Oct. 9).

Who? We can’t divulge all the names now, but several are Hall of Famers.

We’ve got a linguistics legend, a doctor, an animal, a flower, a Madison Square Garden icon and even a Nature Boy.

(OK, we gave one name away… as in Ric Flair. Wooooooooo!)

How can you win? Visit The Beckett Blog on Friday as we’ll be holding contests throughout the day … one every hour beginning at 10 a.m. Central time.

What will you need to do? Examine the event’s guest list to do some research… and be ready to answer questions.

It’s that simple.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Graded Card Investor. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.

Incoming! Mail Day at Press Pass Includes New Fusion Autos


The announcement late last month that Press Pass was releasing Fusion – a brand new product incorporating athletes from a wide world of sports that includes baseball, basketball, football, NASCAR, wrestling and mixed martial arts – created quite a buzz among collectors who seemed genuinely excited about the company’s foray into the multisports arena.

Fusion is slated to go live Nov. 11, which has made mail call at Press Pass headquarters these days quite an exciting time as the product’s luminaries begin returning their autographed cards – including unique inscriptions and vaunted red ink variations – in time for packout.

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