Monthly Archives: November 2009

Finally Digging Dirk

It occurred to me during a recent “Box Busters” episode – as I stared longingly into the vibrant fibers of the sweetest Technicolor patch card I’d ever seen – that I’ve wasted almost 12 years not collecting Dirk Nowitzki.

2009 and the Changing Face of our Hobby

The trading card landscape has changed dramatically in 2009 as business decisions, legal challenges and the struggling economy have altered what collectors will find on store shelves.

Breaking News: Topps Loses Players Inc License

Players Inc, the marketing and licensing arm of the NFL Players Association, confirmed on Monday afternoon that it will not renew Topps’ trading card license for 2010. The move to reduce football manufacturers has been rumored for months and will take place officially when Players Inc’s current agreements with Panini, Topps and Upper Deck expire […]

Preview Gallery: Dave Hobrecht's paintings for 2009 Topps National Chicle Football

Noted sports artist Dave Hobrecht is one of several creators whose works will be showcased in the forthcoming 2009 Topps National Chicle football card set. (A little more info can be found by clicking here.)

Do You Like Your Hamburger with Mayo?

Here’s some food for thought: Can the hamburger have a Rookie Card? Heck, for that matter, should the hamburger even have a card, period? And if so, should that card be inserted into a football set?

Box Busters: 2009 Donruss Gridiron Gear Football

Tim Trout and Tracy Hackler are joined by special guest busters Doug Kale and Todd Westover in an efficiently fun, hits-revealing episode of Box Busters. What did they pull? What can you win? Stay tuned and you’ll see.

Box Busters: 2009 Topps Mayo Football

Join Tim Trout, Chris Olds and Tracy Hackler as they rip through 24 packs of 2009 Topps Mayo. What did they pull? Watch and find out.

Panini Reveals New Rookies & Stars Basketball Images

Panini officials on Friday morning released a handful of appetite-whetting images from the forthcoming 2009-10 Rookies & Stars Basketball.

What a difference three days make

Fact: Only 15 copies of this 2009 SP Authentic Dual Signatures card exist, each signed by New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter and Yankees newcomer Nick Swisher.

Team-signed New York Yankees memorabilia tops Steiner Sports' new offerings

Want yet another way to quantify just how dedicated and passionate New York Yankees fans can be?

Look no further than Steiner Sports’ Yankees World Series collection, which includes several limited edition team-signed items from this year’s championship team.

Revealing Pics: ITG Unwraps More Ultimate Memorabilia 9 Eye Candy

With the ninth – and most limited – installment of In the Game’s Ultimate Memorabilia product set for release in just days, ITG revealed additional images this week of what quickly have become the product’s calling cards: The ridiculously sweet Ultimate Emblem, Number, Tag and Glove singles.

Howe, Gretzky, Tavares Highlight UD Priority Signings Roster

When the puck drops next Friday on the NHL Fall Expo at the Toronto International Centre, Upper Deck’s booth is sure to be a collector magnet thanks to the company’s continuing and popular Priority Signings wrapper redemption program.

The first of a few New York Yankees World Series commemorative items …

The first in what should be a healthy line of New York Yankees memorabilia offerings celebrating the Bronx Bombers’ 27th World Series title was unveiled on Thursday — a highlight card from eTopps.

Coming to newsstands next week … The New York Yankees

The champagne bottles are probably still flowing for the New York Yankees as they prepare for the championship parade on Friday, but that doesn’t mean that the celebration is over.

Box Busters: 2009 Topps WWE wrestling cards

Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck, Tracy Hackler and Chris Olds as they tear into boxes of the long-awaited 2009 Topps WWE cards.

Contest: You can become the face of Upper Deck SPx Baseball

Upper Deck and Beckett Media are joining forces to find a collector to be the face of new 2010 SPx Baseball product.

Topps and Minor League Baseball name league Players of the Year

The Topps Player of the Year honors for Minor League Baseball were announced on Thursday with two New York Yankees prospects taking top honors in their respective leagues.

Press Pass hopes to hook Professional Bull Riding fans with new card set

Press Pass has announced that it will release a professional rodeo trading card set featuring stars of the Professional Bull Riders circuit.

Impressive First Impression: 2009 Topps Mayo Football

So often in the sports card hobby the most promising products in the preview stage morph into mundane disappointments by the time release day rolls around, unable – for any number of reasons – to meet lofty expectations.

The Empire Strikes Back: New York Yankees win 27th World Series title … as well as …

With a nod to George Lucas, it’s those four famous words that sum up the 2009 baseball season for the New York Yankees who knocked off the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 6 of the World Series Wednesday night on the strength of a Series-record six RBI from Hideki Matsui.

Product Review: 2009 Donruss Gridiron Gear

Donruss Gridiron Gear celebrates its fifth birthday this year by staying true to its four-year-deep roots and providing a product that is steeped in rookies, rookie memorabilia and rookie autographs.

Coming Soon to a Box Busters Epsiode . . .

This just in: Boxes of 2009 Topps Mayo Football and 2009 Donruss Gridiron Gear Football. We’ll have preliminary box breaks online this afternoon and must-see episodes of Box Busters for both in the coming days.

First Look: 2009-10 Upper Deck Champ's Hockey

Upper Deck officials on Wednesday released preliminary product information and card images for 2009-10 Upper Deck Champ’s Hockey, the highly anticipated follow-up to one of last season’s most successful new products.

The 2009 Topps UFC Arianny Celeste autograph anomaly

Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck has it tough these days as he’s busy documenting the sales of 2009 Topps UFC cards, particularly the autographed cards of Octagon Girl Arianny Celeste.

First 2009 Topps WWE Sketch Card hits auction block

The first of just 31 Sketch Cards hand-drawn by three World Wrestling Entertainment superstars from the newly released 2009 Topps WWE set has hit the eBay auction block — and the ultra-rare cards will have an added surprise in store for those who find them.

Press Pass readies Komplete KISS box set

How well has Press Pass’ latest non-sport venture, cards for the band KISS, gone over? Enough that the company is creating yet another product.

UFC Stars Busy Signing for Next Topps Release

While most hardcore collectors continue to track down their favorite singles from 2009 Topps UFC, company officials are hard at work tracking down signatures from MMA’s top fighters for 2010 Topps Uncaged, the company’s third UFC product due out early next year.

Panini America enters baseball card market with 2009 Elite Extra Edition

Panini America revealed on Tuesday the basic product information and preview images for its debut in the baseball card market with 2009 Elite Extra Edition baseball cards.

Card gallery: 2009 Topps WWE wrestling cards

We’ve got a Box Busters video in the microwave right now, but until then we’ve put together a gallery of several base cards from the new 2009 WWE set from Topps.

Upper Deck's Goodwin inserts a hair above the rest

The inclusions in the 2009 Goodwin Champions baseball card set from Upper Deck have been well documented, but some of the most interesting cards from the product — the Entomology cards and the Thoroughbred Hair Cuts — were issued as redemptions.

Did you know Donruss created Cliff Lee's lone autographed Major League Baseball cards in 2002?

Did you know that Donruss was the only company to issue fully licensed autographed MLB cards of current Philadelphia Phillies ace Cliff Lee back in 2002?

Mistakes happen: Which Matsui is this again? (updated)

Hideki Matsui has never worn No. 25 in the majors — Godzilla’s number has always been 55 with the Yanks — and he’s a Mizuno guy when it comes to his bats.

Baseball's latest champions commemorated on cardboard

While the big-leaguers are still playing, trying to will themselves to a championship. another title-winning team had its achievements commemorated on cardboard this past Friday night.