Monthly Archives: January 2010

TNA Wrestling: Ric Flair, A.J. Styles … and a Topps Rip Girl?

The transformation of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling continues on a weekly basis as the company is under new leadership in Hulk Hogan (Am I writing in kayfabe? I’m not sure.) and there’s been an influx of talent while the familar names evolve.

Upper Deck responds to Major League Baseball Properties in letter to distributors

While Upper Deck declined to comment to Beckett Media regarding its 2009 baseball card sets that feature MLB players in uniforms displaying MLB logos, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company sent a letter to its distributors on Friday defending its products after MLB Properties issued a statement that said it will “vigorously use all legal means to protect the intellectual property of Major League Baseball and its member Clubs.”

Saturday is National Hockey Card Day in Canada

Saturday might be normally reserved for “Hockey Night in Canada” but this week Saturday also marks National Hockey Card Day for Canadian fans.

First look: 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards

Topps released the basic set information and preview images for its second series of 2010 Baseball cards on Friday, just days after the arrival of the first series.

MLB Properties assures legal action in statement on Upper Deck's latest baseball card sets

Major League Baseball Properties issued a statement to Beckett Media on Friday regarding a pair of 2009 baseball card sets from Upper Deck that use MLB logos as part of the cards, despite Topps’ role as the exclusive licensee of MLB.

Box Busters Preview Gallery: 2009 Topps Platinum Football

If 2009 Topps Platinum truly is the venerable cardmaker’s final football release for a while, it’s nice to know that the granddaddy’s swansong product provides a respectful departure befitting an icon with 55 consecutive years of football trading cards under its belt.

First Look: 2010 SA*GE HIT Low Series Football

SA*GE president Tom Geideman on Thursday released to Beckett Media several preliminary images of 2010 SA*GE HIT Low Series Football, the company’s first product of the year that includes crisp photography and an overall design that’s striking in its clean simplicity.

Upper Deck shows its hand for 2010 with two new 2009 baseball card sets

There has been plenty of speculation (though some might say it’s obvious) about just what Upper Deck will do with its baseball cards for 2010 as its products will only be licensed by the Major League Baseball Players Association and not also by MLB Properties.

Topps details stadium seat Relics, offers replacements

Topps has confirmed that the following 5 memorabilia cards in the recently released 2009 Tribute Baseball include pieces of stadium seat:

Don't Give Me That Bull . . .

Never in my career did I think I’d have the occasion to write this about a sports card product: I discovered one today that made me wish I still dipped Copenhagen snuff.

Box Busters preview gallery: 2010 Topps baseball cards

In advance of our forthcoming Box Busters video, here’s a look at some of what can be found in packs of 2010 Topps Baseball, which arrives in hobby shops today.

Panini Offering $1,500+ Bounty for One Special $20 Card

You can add 44 to the list of the most meaningful serial numbers in the sports card universe. Panini is offering a substantial reward to the one collector either already holding or pulling the 2009 Limited Pro Bowl Combo Materials card featuring Super Bowl XLIV passers Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and, most importantly, also bearing sequential number 44/100.

Update: Upper Deck-Konami case settled before 2nd day of trial

The trial to decide the extent of damages suffered by Konami after Upper Deck produced unauthorized Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards is expected to enter its second day in a U.S. District Court on Wednesday in Los Angeles, though the companies may be attempting to settle the long-running case.

Panini releases final Legendary Contenders SP autograph list

Panini America began revealing the list of short-printed autographs from the Legendary Contenders set in 2009 Contenders football during the weekend and completed the list today.

Collector Uncovers Rare Adrian Peterson McFarlane Variant

Darin Amundson, an avid visitor and ardent sports collector, recently fumbled across — er, stumbled across — what appears to be a rare McFarlane variant of Minnesota Vikings superstar running back Adrian Peterson.

Panini lets hockey fans do some sticking

Hockey fans can now find the latest from Panini — its 2009-10 hockey stickers — from their local hobby shop or from their favorite online retailer.

The Incredibly Ascending Pierre Garcon

Seems Pierre Garcon was catching more than just everything Peyton Manning threw his way in the Colts’ 30-17 victory over the Jets in Sunday’s AFC Championship Game. He was also catching major hobby heat.

Preview Gallery: 2010 Topps National Chicle baseball cards

The 2010 Topps National Chicle baseball card set is still a ways away from its release in April, but we’ve gotten a glimpse at more artwork from the dozen artists who helped produce the set.

A few surprises in store in 2010 Topps baseball

The 2010 Topps Baseball set has leaked onto retail store shelves in the last week or so in advance of its hobby release date on Wednesday.

Conan O'Brien loses to Jay Leno again — this time on cards

With the late-night talk show drama of the last few weeks — a rumble between Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien — to end tonight, I got curious.

Box Busters: 2009 Playoff National Treasures

Beckett Football‘s overly giddy duo nervously devours two boxes of the highly anticipated 2009 Playoff National Treasures. Check out the goods — some of which will be up for grabs soon — right now.

This could only happen to the Oakland A's …

Grant Desme, an outfielder in the Athletics organization who hit 31 home runs and stole 40 bases last season, is retiring at age 24.

Will Mark McGwire's return to baseball mean his return to baseball cards?

With Mark McGwire finally “talking about the past” and returning to the MLB establishment as hitting coach of the St. Louis Cardinals does that mean that a once-tough certified autograph might re-appear in packs of 2010 baseball cards?

Readers Write: What about the unlabeled Topps Relic cards?

Topps detailed the Relics that use stadium seats within days of this publishing. See that story here. We know that Readers Write is an immensely popular department in Beckett’s magazines, so every once in a while we’ll post letters that are pertinent and relate to issues that being talked about. Here’s one … The Question […]

Colts, Vikings Super Bowl in the Cards

If a highly unscientific, sinfully entertaining football card comparison can serve as a hobby-heavy harbinger, the Indianapolis Colts and Minnesota Vikings are headed for a Super Bowl XLIV showdown.

Box Busters Preview Gallery: 2009 Playoff National Treasures Football

The Beckett Box Busters crew on Thursday afternoon drooled on, then nervously unveiled the contents of, two $400 boxes of 2009 Playoff National Treasures. You can catch the full results of the 18-card, $800 haul when the Box Busters episode is posted on Friday.

Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass Element Racing

The Beckett Racing team breaks one of the first boxes of 2010 Press Pass Element and unearths all manner of racing goodnewss, including Danica Patrick’s first NASCAR Rookie Card.

LTL PRINTS isn't done with new wall graphics just yet …

Earlier today, we brought you news that Topps has partnered with LTL PRINTS to bring fans of the Garbage Pail Kids giant wall-sized graphics.

Not a bad box of 2009 Topps Triple Threads

It’s refreshing to see some real excitement out there when collectors open such high-end boxes like 2009 Topps Triple Threads — and this one, well, it’s got plenty inside. (Watch both packs…)

Preview Gallery: 2010 Press Pass 8 Seconds rodeo cards

Press Pass’ 8 Seconds pro rodeo card set, which features stars from the Professional Bull Riders circuit arrives next week with a new look and feel for trading cards.

Up next on Box Busters …

We’ll let Tracy Hackler show you and tell you what’s up next for Box Busters … watch the video.

Preview gallery: 2010 Wheels Element Undiscovered Elements autographs

Press Pass’ 2010 Wheels Element — aka the “going green” NASCAR set — arrives on Friday with the headline being the stock car trading card debut of Danica Patrick weeks before she takes the wheel for real in an ARCA race at Daytona International Speedway.

Topps & LTL PRINTS bring Garbage Pail Kids to walls around world

Topps and Philadelphia-based startup company LTL PRINTS are joining forces to bring giant-sized Garbage Pail Kids wall graphics to the masses.

Something I found digging through a different collection

Truth is, though, it probably was difficult at times to be a Jose Canseco fan but there’s something to be said for telling the truth and moving on.

Preview Gallery: 2009-10 Panini Studio basketball cards

Panini America released a small batch of card images on Wednesday for what’s to be found in its 2009-10 Panini Studio basketball card set when it arrives in late February. (See our previous look at the set right here.)