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Monthly Archives: December 2009

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.

It’s a move that the Amherst, N.Y.-based company is hoping will lead to more stockings bursting with sports cards.

“Each weekday there will be a handful of select boxes at special sale prices,” said Shawn Crandall. “Friday Specials will run through the weekend. We’re going to have plenty of boxes available at the sale prices, but the specials are while supplies last.”

To see the boxes that were launched as part of the first day of promotion today, click here.

Relic Wear lets collectors take their memorabilia everywhere

Every collector knows that storage and display of their prized memorabilia pieces presents challenges.

But there’s a new product that solves that and allows the owner to take their memorabilia with them anywhere they go.

Well, as long as they’re wearing it.

Relic Wear is a new line of limited-edition 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.

“At the moment [we're] geared toward hockey and the Winter Olympics,” said Alex Malone, the founder of Relic Wear, via email. “[But] we will even be providing a service for collectors to send us their game used patches to be made into custom pendants for them.”

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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.

It appears that Topps Pro Debut will include some of the high-end inclusions that other products have had — something that should spark interest in the MiLB market — relying on its Futures Game access and apparently in the unfortunate case of one autograph cut — of Tim Beckham, who is under exclusive contract with another company — its Aflac program.

Each 24-pack box of the hobby-exclusive product will include two autographed cards and one Relic numbered to fewer than 99 copies.

Each 12-box case will include three Debut Cut Signature cards.

The first series base set will consist of 220 cards with Red, Gold and Blue parallels as well as printing plates.

There will be 32 players featured on autograph cards spread between Debut Prospect autographs — with a full run of parallels — as well as the Debut Cuts (20 players in that set alone). The Cuts will be limited to 100, while Blues are limited to 199, Golds limited to 50 and Reds being 1/1s.

The Relic sets will include 49 players — Futures Game participants — with Gold, Book Patch, MLB Logo Patch, Flag Patch and Red-bordered Patch parallels as well. Relics will be limited to 99 cards apiece, while Golds will be limited to 25, Reds limited to five and all others will be 1/1s.

There will be 100 players featured on insert cards in the product — 20 inserts per box — with All-Stars from Single A, Double A, Triple A and the Hall of Fame included.

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.

More images to come, including a full preliminary checklist, after the jump.

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

Former World Wrestling Entertainment star Eddie Fatu, most recently known in the ring as “Umaga, The Samoan Bulldozer,” died Friday. He was 36.

Fatu, who also previously wrestled for WWE as “Jamal” from the bruising tag team Three-minute Warning, was a two-time former WWE Intercontinental champion. His most notable match might be his WrestleMania 23 bout against Bobby Lashley, which was dubbed the “Battle of the Billionaires” with Umaga representing WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and Lashley wrestling for Donald Trump. The losing wrestler’s billionaire (McMahon) had his head shaved after the match.

Fatu, a cousin of actor and former wrestling star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, was released from his WWE contract in June after declining rehabilitation for a reported second failed test under the company’s wellness policy.

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

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.

See a few more card images after the jump.

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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 match between Roy Nelson and Brendan Schaub. In reality, most folks will tune in to watch Kimbo Slice take on Houston Alexander, and then to see the main event between undefeated light heavyweight Jon “Bones” Jones and Matt “The Hammer” Hamill.

It is during that match when astute collectors will catch glimpse of a sight that has become near and dear to many of their hearts in the last few years: The Blowoutcards.com logo.

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First look: 2010 Topps Pro Debut minor league baseball cards

A full preview was done later Friday after the full preview info was released. Click here for that item.

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

It appears that Topps Pro Debut will include some of the high-end inclusions that other products have had — something that should spark interest in the MiLB market — relying on its Futures Game access and apparently in the unfortunate case of one autograph cut — of Tim Beckham, who is under exclusive contract with another company — its Aflac program.

See more images after the jump.

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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.

The stickers, which will break apart if tampered with, now carry a different look along with the notation of memorabilia type in red lettering. For example, the sticker above would be affixed to a game-used bat.

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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.

The high-risk, high-reward product provided an exciting busting experience and led to some sweet cards that will be given away to a handful of lucky collectors.

Check out the video here.

Dedicated autograph collector is Upper Deck's Ultimate NFL Fan

This guy’s a true collector of ink.

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.

And that alone — his Indianapolis Colts autograph collection which are now tattoos — made him the winner in Upper Deck‘s Ultimate NFL Fan contest.

“I’ve been a Colts fan since the Jim Harbaugh day,” said Ellis, 38, in a release from the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company. “But it wasn’t until 2007 that I started collecting their signatures on my body.”

His collection includes 31 players and two Colts coaches — the first being former Colts punter Hunter Smith. As part of the contest, Ellis won 20 tickets to an NFL game, a NFLShop.com shopping spree and will appear on a 2010 Upper Deck football card.

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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.

Each master box (two six-pack mini boxes) will deliver two numbered signed-on-patch Rookie Cards, 10 numbered parallels and one 2010 Rookie Card redemption.

New for 2010 are 1/1 signed-on-patch Letter in the Name X-Fractor Rookie Book Cards. Finest’s base set is comprised of 150 cards (125 veterans and 25 rookies).

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Is it time to buy or sell on Tiger Woods?

By CHRIS OLDS

Few athletes have had as polished an image, a brand, as Tiger Woods.

And when it comes to sports cards and memorabilia, Woods is among a select few whose autographed items have been sure things if talking “investment” and future strength based on what’s been achieved and what should be to come.

Few autographs are in as much demand among living athletes than those penned by Tiger.

But 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. And that, combined with injuries in recent years as well as the inevitable fact that his golf game will  diminish with age, one has to ask.

Is it time to buy or is it time to sell?

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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.

Indeed, on Tuesday afternoon, the company that made life-size adhesive graphics standard bedroom decor for sports-loving fans everywhere announced that Terry, the NBA’s 2008-09 Sixth Man of the Year, was its newest stickup man.

Terry, known as “The Jet,” is just the second Dallas Maverick to appear on the Fathead roster (former NBA MVP Dirk Nowitzki was the first.)

Click here for more information on the Terry Fathead, or here for the company’s full line of NBA products.

— Tracy Hackler

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

This is one of those advantages of not being fully licensed.

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.

The set will include cards of Jackson as well as game-used bat cards and will be the first of a few 2010 Upper Deck products to include the disgraced star.

The highest-profile player in the 1919 Black Sox scandal where the Chicago White Sox threw the World Series, “Shoeless Joe,” appears on just 209 baseball cards and nearly a quarter of those were made unlicensed by Donruss in 2008.

Jackson and all other players on Major League Baseball’s ineligible list cannot appear on baseball cards licensed by MLB Properties. However, Upper Deck did include a bat card of Jackson (his first memorabilia card; above) in its 2001 SP Legendary Cuts set, which ruffled some MLB feathers at the time.

“The legend of Shoeless Joe Jackson grows every year,” said Gabriel Garcia, Upper Deck’s baseball brand manager, in a news release. “We are extremely excited to have reached an agreement with his estate that allows us to include this former baseball standout in many of our sets next year.”

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: 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.

The cruel and unusual part? The product doesn’t release until around April 1, 2010 — no fooling. The good news, though, is that the product appears to be well worth the wait based on the following images.

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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.

As is so often the case with these big-ticket products, our four-box, eight-pack, 16-card romp was akin to a theme-park roller coaster ride: Quick, thrilling and sure to leave passengers either smiling or with an upset stomach.

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