Monthly Archives: December 2009

Should Panini revive Fans of the Game cards for basketball?

A few years ago I used that same photo on a card mock-up project about Donruss Fans of the Game insert cards I’d want to see created. The celebrity fan sets included the likes of John Travolta, Charlie Sheen and others who were sports fans, but there were still more who I wanted to see on cardboard.

Upper Deck's Ultimate Fan Inks New Deal

Last week, Upper Deck declared Auburn, Ind., resident and avid Colts supporter Matt Ellis the winner of its season-long Ultimate NFL Fan contest.

Italian influence on MLB captured in new baseball card set

A richly painted set of baseball cards celebrating the legacy of Italian Americans in Major League Baseball is now available from the National Ethnic Heritage Foundation.

Exclusive Gallery: Pro Football Hall of Fame Set Autographs

Visitors to and the Beckett Blog have been abuzz in the two days since we reported on the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s new 253-card Bronze Bust Collector Card set, a super high-end product limited to 150 sets that includes more than 130 autographs and a $5,000 price tag.

Danica Patrick's move to NASCAR means one thing to collectors — Press Pass trading cards

Whether Danica Patrick’s foray into racing stock cars will ultimately mean much on the track or not, the move announced Tuesday already means one thing for collectors. She will appear on NASCAR cards from Press Pass.

Heads Up on a Signed Hockey Helmet

Upper Deck is giving away this autographed helmet from the 2009 NHL Rookie Photo Shoot to one lucky collector. The company plans to release the pertinent details of how on Monday via its Facebook page. Until then, here’s a status report on some of the NHL’s top young superstars.

Box Busters: 2009-10 Panini Threads basketball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Keith Hower as they bust a box of 2009-10 Panini Threads basketball cards hot off the presses from Panini America.

Box Busters: 2009 TRISTAR Prospects Plus baseball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they bust open boxes of 2009 TRISTAR Prospects Plus baseball cards.

Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass Racing

Beckett Racing brain trust (and we use that term loosely) Tim Trout and Tracy Hackler just can’t drive 55 with an early box of 2010 Press Pass Racing. Run, don’t walk, to check out the video to see what they pulled.

Pro Football Hall of Fame Unveils High-End Card Set

Here’s betting that hard-to-shop-for football fan on your Christmas list doesn’t have this. The Pro Football Hall of Fame recently unveiled the extravagant Bronze Bust Collector Card set, a 253-card collection limited to an edition of just 150 sets.

2009-10 Heroes & Prospects Packs World Junior Championship Excitement

The 2009-10 World Junior Hockey Championships will start and finish before 2009-10 ITG Heroes & Prospects is released on January 27, so the demand for some of the cards based on the key players’ on-ice performances could potentially skyrocket.

Preview gallery: Upcoming basketball and football card inserts from Panini America

Panini America is busy this time of the year prepping its upcoming basketball and football releases, but that hasn’t stopped them from pulling back the curtain some more on a trio of future releases.

Topps Unique's bat knob cards add to short and unique niche

While Billy Ripken still has the most memorable bat knob in hobby history, the latest baseball card set from Topps certainly is giving him some competition.

What was pulled at the Topps Unique Rip Party?

What did The Rip Master and crew find in the 2009 Topps Unique Baseball box-busting party? Watch this and find out …

Jewish Major Leaguers Inc. wants baseball fans to help select its Player of the Decade

With the decade winding down, Jewish Major Leaguers Inc. wants to know who has been the best Jewish player in the Major Leagues.

Dave & Adam's launches 12 Days of Christmas deals

With just a dozen business days left until Christmas, Dave & Adam’s Card World has launched a 12 Days of Christmas promotion that will have several products with sale prices spotlighted each day.

Relic Wear lets collectors take their memorabilia everywhere

Relic Wear is a new line of bracelets, keyrings and pendants which include at least one piece of game-used sports memorabilia from some of the biggest names in baseball and hockey.

Product Preview: 2010 Topps Pro Debut Minor League baseball cards

Just days after announcing that it will be the exclusive manufacturer of trading cards for Minor League Baseball, on Friday Topps released preview images and basic product information of what’s to be found in its first MiLB issue set to arrive early next year.

Former WWE star Umaga — aka Eddie Fatu — dies at 36 (updated)

For collectors, there is just one certified autograph of Umaga to chase — his card in the 2006 Topps Heritage II set, which is valued at $15. He appears on just 30 other fully licensed WWE cards, according to the database.

Kimbo Slice Has Much to Lose Against Houston Alexander

To be sure, there will be more than a handful of veteran card collectors among the millions of people expected to watch tomorrow night’s free Ultimate Fighter 10 Live Finale on Spike. In theory, the primary objective of Saturday’s card is to crown the winner of “The Ultimate Fighter” reality show’s 10th season in a […]

First look: 2010 Topps Pro Debut minor league baseball cards

Just days after announcing that it will be the exclusive manufacturer of trading cards for Minor League Baseball, Topps released on Friday preview images of what’s to be found in its first MiLB issue set to arrive early next year.

PSA introduces new authentication sticker program

PSA/DNA recently introduced a new tamper-proof authentication sticker program that will specifically note which type of item was authenticated by the California-based company.

Box Busters: 2009 UD Black Football

Check out the wholesome goodness — and some of the not-so-goodness — the Beckett Football team unearthed from four riveting boxes of 2009 UD Black Football.

Dedicated autograph collector is Upper Deck's Ultimate NFL Fan

While many a fan has collected an autograph, which will often get tucked away for safe keeping, Matt Ellis of Auburn, Ind., takes his collection with him everywhere he goes.

First Look: 2010 Topps Finest Baseball

Topps officials on Wednesday afternoon revealed preliminary information and images for 2010 Finest Baseball, the hobby-only product due out in late March.

Is it time to buy or sell on Tiger Woods?

Tiger Woods’ prolonged silence after an auto accident last week and a subsequent apology today for “transgressions” — precisely what hasn’t been stated, but most of us can read between the lines — one thing’s for sure. That image, that brand, is no longer as polished.

Dallas Mavericks Guard Jason Terry Gets a Fathead

Less than 24 hours after his game-winning bucket against the feisty Philadelphia 76ers gave the Mavericks their 13th victory of the season, it would be excusable for Dallas guard Jason Terry to get a big head. Instead, he got a Fathead.

Upper Deck will debut "Shoeless" Joe cards in 2010 Goudey

Upper Deck announced Tuesday that it will include “Shoeless” Joe Jackson in its 2010 Goudey baseball card set, which is scheduled to arrive on March 16.

First Look: 2009-10 SP Authentic Hockey

In a move that might be considered cruel and unusual punishment for hardcore hockey collectors, Upper Deck on Monday released a handful of drool-worthy images from 2009-10 SP Authentic.

Box Busters Preview: 2009 UD Black Football

The Beckett Football team had the opportunity to spend some quality time with the high-risk, high-reward proposition known as 2009 UD Black Football on Monday afternoon.