Monthly Archives: December 2009

First look: 2009-10 Classics Basketball from Panini America

Panini America unveiled the basic product preview information and sample card images on Wednesday for its 2009-10 Classics basketball set, which is scheduled to arrive on March 31.

Coming Soon: Tim Tebow's First Football Cards

It’s become tradition over the last decade for fans attending the annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl to grab one last glimpse at the country’s top high school football players as well as a host of “where I’m going to college” declarations.

Box Busters Preview Gallery: 2009 Topps Tribute baseball cards

We’ve gotten our boxes in at Beckett HQ will in advance of Topps Tribute’s Jan. 7 street date, and will have a Box Busters video shot sometime in the coming days (hectic holiday schedules permitting).

Is there a right way to do sticker autographs?

There’s no question that the sticker autograph is a sticking point for many a collector.

The Beckett Baseball Best of 2009 Awards … vote now!

We’re closing in on making our selections for The Best of 2009 and want to make sure that Beckett Baseball’s readers have a say, too.

Vote now for your picks for the best baseball cards of 2009 — the awards (editors’ picks and readers choice) will appear in the next issue along with our picks for the Best of the Decade.

Urban Meyer's shocking news leads to a shocker on cardboard

Urban Meyer’s decision to step down as the coach of the Florida Gators on Saturday night citing health reasons at age 45 has sent a few shockwaves through the college football world.

WWE ties up merchandising loose ends for 2010

Collectors of World Wrestling Entertaiment memorabilia will have some new items to look for in 2010 as it has tied up some long-running loose ends with its merchandising lines recently and a new company will take over as the manufacturer for another.

What did they land at the Triple Threads football Rip Party?

What did The Rip Master and crew land at the Topps Triple Threads Football Rip Party? Watch and find out …

New Book Recounts Autograph Collector's Anecdotes

Joe Galiardi has been collecting autographs for more than 20 years, and he’s had a ball doing it. Literally. Actually, he’s had 231 balls – and counting – doing it.

Did you forget to buy something for your collector?

Blowout’s Thomas Fish said today that its end-of-the-year clearance sale will run from now until midnight Sunday (Dec. 27) with its in-stock items at as much as 50 percent off. All this, of course, comes on top of outrageous deals on cards often at already rock-bottom prices.

Chicago Sun-Times sells its photo archive to notable collector

However, the entire printed photo archive of the Chicago Sun-Times, a publication with its modern lineage dating back to 1948 but with some ties with publications back to much earlier, has been sold to a memorabilia collector and businessman.

Box Busters Gallery: 2009 Playoff Contenders

Although 2009 Playoff Contenders won’t officially be live until Jan. 6, we were lucky enough to get our hands on two early boxes today. We ripped through one for an episode of Box Busters. The other one we opened so we could provide you with an extended look.

The Hobby Rumor Mill … Dec. 22, 2009

Here’s a little something that should get the card collectors abuzz as we head into the holidays … a little something we’ll throw out there from time to time called The Hobby Rumor Mill.

Box Busters: 2009 Playoff Contenders football cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Dan Hitt as they rip into the first box of 2009 Playoff Contenders football cards from Panini America in this super-fast and unedited hand-held edition of Box Busters. (Our normal cameraman is out for the holidays, but Contenders just couldn’t wait.)

First Look: Sportkings Series D

Sportkings officials on Tuesday released preliminary information on the fourth installment of the living-set concept known as Sportkings.

Topps lands exclusive memorabilia deal with Stephen Strasburg

Topps has signed an exclusive memorabilia deal with No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg, according to a report by CNBC’s Darren Rovell.

Box Busters: 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they crack a box of 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball cards for this episode of Box Busters.

National Hockey Card Day set for Jan. 30

Hockey card collectors should have it marked on their calendars right … about … now.

Not even all retail packs are made alike

Sure, times have changed, but many times those retail shelves don’t — and that same stock of blaster boxes at your neighborhood Target or Walmart seems to be older than ever before — and that’s where I noticed something that seemed a bit unusual. Not all retail packs — especially for one new brand — are made alike.

Danica Patrick's foray into NASCAR means plenty to Press Pass

How important is Danica Patrick’s foray into stock-car racing for Press Pass, the lone trading card manufacturer for NASCAR?

Preview & Checklist: 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball cards

Panini America released the checklist for its forthcoming 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball card set on Thursday, a product-laden entry into baseball for the company.

Is your New York Yankees collection in the black?

It’s a piece of “The Black” — the center field area behind the pitcher in the old stadium — which allowed for hitters to be able to see the ball coming from the pitcher. In many stadiums, a tarp will often block any seats that may be in that area, but not in New York.

ITG Honors Hockey's War Heroes

Hockey historians will recall that some of the game’s best players went to war for their country, letting the sport pale in comparison to what was truly important.

To honor those men, In the Game is including a special Real Heroes non-memorabilia insert set in 2009-10 ITG Heroes and Prospects, which releases in late January.

Upper Deck's Role in the 2010 NHL Winter Classic

The Upper Deck Company is pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring several elements of the fast-approaching 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic, which is set to take place on January 1, 2010, at Boston’s Fenway Park. The League’s annual outdoor game, now in its third year, will feature the host Boston Bruins taking on the Philadelphia Flyers in a battle of two of the league’s perennial contenders. As the NHL’s exclusive hockey card manufacturer, Upper Deck will have a major presence surrounding the event.

Brock Lesnar Signs for 2010 Topps UFC Uncaged

One sure sign that current UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar is feeling better following a prolonged illness? He’s been signing autographs for trading card manufacturers lately.

Bengals WR Chris Henry dies after auto accident (updated)

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Chris Henry was suffered “very serious injuries” Wednesday afternoon following a traffic accident in North Carolina.

Box Busters preview: 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects (updated)

We’ve busted the first box of 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects in advance of a Box Busters episode to be filmed Thursday morning.

First look: 2010 Press Pass Eclipse … The Art of Speed

Press Pass unveiled basic information and preview images for what it is touting as “the first artistic NASCAR trading card set” — its 2010 version of Eclipse — which will arrive in hobby shops in February.

Preview Gallery: Famous Fabrics First Edition

Famous Fabrics First Edition is set to arrive on Feb. 24., while a few other products from Creative Cardboard Concepts are scheduled to arrive later in the year including Ringside boxing, Scoop and Famous Faces.

Upper Deck Stands By Tiger Woods

Upper Deck officials on Tuesday morning announced that the company stands in full support of the embattled Tiger Woods and will continue fulfilling an exclusive relationship with the golfing superstar that’s been in place since 2001.

First look: Danica Patrick's debut NASCAR cards from Press Pass

Press Pass unveiled its first NASCAR cards of Danica Patrick on Monday evening, cards which are set to arrive in 2010 Element in January.

Gem Mint George Mikan RC Eclipses $218K

In late October, we ran a story about the PSA 10 1948 Bowman George Mikan RC that was headlining Memory Lane’s December Hidden Treasures online auction.

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 14

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select a rookie, veteran and breakout player of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for Week 14.

Upper Deck launches Holiday Hunt program

Upper Deck has hidden a dozen notable prizes at hobby shops throughout the United States and Canada as part of a Holiday Hunt promotion that it is launching today.

Does the Heisman Trophy make Mark Ingram the greatest player in Alabama football history?

One now has to ask … does the Heisman Trophy make Mark Ingram Alabama’s greatest player ever? It’s an easy question to answer as the Crimson Tide’s list of past legends is lengthy.