Monthly Archives: October 2009

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

000000 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.

Priceless piece of pro wrestling memorabilia up for grabs

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

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.

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.

Panini America begins revealing short-prints in 2009 Prestige basketball

Panini America began unveiling its short-printed Rookie Cards in its 2009 Prestige Basketball set on Thursday, and the first SP of the bunch is card No. 205 of Jordan Hill.

Box Busters preview: 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights

Fresh off the UPS truck (and probably still warm from the printers) are a pair of 2009 Topps Updates & Highlights Baseball boxes that are set to be ravaged by the Box Busters crew here shortly.

San Diego Padres pitcher Mat Latos is the final SPx redemption

Upper Deck has announced its final SPx Mystery Rookie Redemption of the year and it’s San Diego Padres pitcher Mat Latos.

What You Missed Yesterday: Wednesday, Oct. 7

Miss one day of Beckett Media’s unparalleled online coverage of the sports collectibles industry and you miss a lot. In fact, here’s what you missed yesterday, Wednesday, Oct. 7.

A Magazine Worth Cheering For

Appreciating cheerleaders is about so much more than ogling pretty women in skimpy outfits in between plays. It’s about admiring unconditional support of the home team and the true talent and athleticism of the cheerleaders themselves and about what they give back to their respective communities.

First look: 2009 TRISTAR Signa Cuts Limited Edition Baseball

TRISTAR unveiled on Wednesday its latest baseball product — Signa Cuts Baseball Limited Edition — which will deliver one cut autograph per pack.

First look: 2009-10 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey cards

Upper Deck released basic product information and preview images for its 2009-10 NHL Series 2 hockey card set on Wednesday.

Crabtree Rep: ‘His Rookie Cards Will Skyrocket’

000000 Peter Miller knows a thing or two about big-time football and catching NFL stars on the way up. The former Ohio State offensive lineman, now a principal at Jabez Marketing Group, handles all off-the-field business dealings – including trading card negotiations – for clients such as Santonio Holmes, Derrick Brooks, Fred Taylor and Roddy […]

What does a player collect? New York Yankees OF Nick Swisher tells you that (and more)

New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher is a collector and a big Ohio State football fan. What does he have stashed away in his collection?

Box Busters: 2009 Donruss Certified football cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Dan Hitt as they bust open a box of 2009 Donruss Certified football cards.

ESPN's Body Issue — great for autographs?

ESPN The Magazine’s “Body Issue” has been talked about for some time with its not-so-subtle approach to coverage of athletes.

Michael Crabtree Signs. Can His Cards Recover?

There was a time not so long ago – like in May – when Michael Crabtree was one of the most sought after players in all of football cards, second only to Lions rookie quarterback Matthew Stafford.

Topps' propaganda-style cards to be sold as prints

Topps hasn’t yet unleashed its 30-card propaganda-style insert sets upon the collecting masses — they don’t arrive until Topps Updates and Highlights does next week — but that hasn’t stopped them from their latest venture.

Topps adds more Aflac autographs to Bowman Draft

Topps announced on Wednesday that it has added four more autograph cards of Aflac High School All-Americans to its forthcoming 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects set.

What You Missed Yesterday: Tuesday, Oct. 6

Miss one day of Beckett Media’s unparalleled online coverage of the sports collectibles industry and you miss a lot. In fact, here’s what you missed yesterday, Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Examining MLB postseason's potential on baseball cards

Now that the American League Central champions have finally been crowned, it’s time for us to examine MLB’s postseason potential on the things that matter most to collectors — baseball cards.

First Wave of Pink Memorabilia Hits NFL Auction Block

The first wave of game-worn pink pigskin memorabilia from the NFL’s Week 4 games has hit the auction block and judging by early bidding activity, the NFL, its players and teams are about to raise a lot of money for the American Cancer Society.

Babe Ruth bat comes up short of record at auction

A Babe Ruth game-used bat sold for $537,750 in Heritage’s latest Signature Sports Memorabilia Auction, coming up just short of the record paid for an unsigned game-used bat.

Lenny Dykstra's treasures command top dollar at auction

Lenny Dykstra’s 1986 World Series ring sold for more than $56,000 on the auction block late last week from Heritage Auctions in Dallas.

Card gallery: 2009 Donruss Certified football memorabilia cards

With a 2009 Donruss Certified football Box Busters on tap very, very soon, we figured we’d whet collectors appetites for more football cards from Panini America with even more preview images from Certified, which arrives next week.

UFC Round 1 Redemption News: Huerta Out, Franklin In

Topps officials announced earlier today that the still-outstanding UFC Round 1 autograph redemption card for popular lightweight Roger “El Matador” Huerta will be replaced by a special autograph of former middleweight champion Rich Franklin.

Big Apple Comic-Con wants you to win free autographs

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.

Checklist: 2009-10 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection basketball cards

We know that many collectors have been looking for the 2009-10 Exquisite Collection checklist from Upper Deck so here it is.

Exclusive Images: Inside the Steiner Sports Vault

We recently dispatched native New Yorker and Beckett correspondent Mike Eisner (no, not that Mike Eisner) to Steiner Sports headquarters in New Rochelle, N.Y., for an exclusive look behind the scenes at a most impressive sports memorabilia operation.

Box Busters: 2009-10 Upper Deck basketball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Keith Hower, Tracy Hackler and some unnamed guy (he doesn’t have a name graphic) as they open boxes of the new 2009-10 Upper Deck Basketball card set.

And the Exquisite Winner Is . . .

About three weeks ago a giddy, shake-handed Box Busters crew cracked three of the four boxes from a case of 2008-09 Exquisite Collection Basketball that Upper Deck was nice enough to provide.

Upper Deck's Chris Carlin Offers His Take on the State of the Industry

000000 Upper Deck’s Hobby Media Manager takes exception to a recent Sports Illustrated story and files his response.

Preview gallery: 2009 Donruss Certfied football cards

Panini America released a large lot of autographed card images for its forthcoming 2009 Donruss Certified football set, which arrives next week.

Box Busters: 2009 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection Baseball

000000 With Beckett Baseball team members Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds out of the office, the impatient threesome of Keith Hower, Tim Trout and Tracy Hackler get a head start on two boxes of 2009 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection. Don’t tell anyone, just view the video here.

Raw is Roethlisberger

On a history-making October day way back in 1992, Deion Sanders played defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons in the afternoon and outfield for the Atlanta Braves in Game 1 of the NLCS later that evening.