Monthly Archives: January 2010

The Hobby Rumor Mill … Jan. 20, 2010

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

Checklist: 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition autograph print runs

With the official arrival of 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition today from Panini America, we’ve scoured the checklist to get the answers to what many prospectors want — the quantities of cards released in the key autograph sets.

Checklist: 2009 Playoff National Treasures Souvenir Cuts

With the 2009 Playoff National Treasures football card set little over a week away from release, we’ve gotten a look at what the checklist will be packing.

Beckett Baseball: We've got it covered — twice

The Best of 2009 issue of Beckett Baseball — or, really, The Best Issue since we’re offering our picks for the best of the decade — will be arriving in hobby shops soon with not one, but two covers.

The Face of SPx arrives on newsstands

Collectors who are regular readers here might recognize the little guy above, who is getting rather big play these days on the back cover of the latest issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Product Preview: 2009-10 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection hockey cards

Upper Deck recently released the product breakdown and preview images for its 2009-10 Ultimate Collection hockey set, a higher-end product that packs one Rookie Card, one autograph and one memorabilia card in every four-card pack.

Preview Gallery: 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Metal hockey cards

With 2009-10 O-Pee Chee Metal hockey cards set to arrive next week, we figured what better time than now to take a closer look at what the Upper Deck product will be packing.

Upper Deck explores NFL's Legacy with new football card set

Upper Deck will examine the origins and past stars as well as celebrate today’s NFL in a new football card set that will arrive in May called Legacy Collection.

Panini releases 2009 Playoff Contenders College Rookie Tickets short-print list

Panini America released the list of short-printed College Rookie Tickets cards from its 2009 Contenders football set on Monday.

500 Home Runs: A club forever changed

Once upon a time, the 500 Home Run Club was an elite group of baseball players, a small number of sluggers assured of immortality in the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Bears DE and former Clemson star Gaines Adams dead at 26

The fourth overall pick in 2007, Gaines Adams appears on a total of 841 football cards, just 35 of those tagged as Rookie Cards in the Beckett.com database.

Panini releases Playoff Contenders Football SP list

Panini America released the list of short-printed Rookie Cards found in 2009 Playoff Contenders Football on Friday.

Box Busters: 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball boxes in this piping hot same-day edition of Box Busters.

Product preview: 2010 Bowman baseball cards

Topps released the basic product information and preview images for its 2010 Bowman baseball card set on Friday afternoon, a set that will mark the debut of No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg’s debut card in a Washington Nationals uniform.

Upper Deck unveils football rookie redemption program

Upper Deck has a new wrapper-redemption program coming next month that will put cards of top NFL rookies into collectors’ hands.

Box Busters preview: 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball cards

We’ve got the Box Busters episode in the microwave, but that doesn’t mean you can’t see some of what we found inside boxes of 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball cards right now.

First (photo-free) look: 2010 Goudey & SP Authentic baseball cards from Upper Deck

Upper Deck released the basic product breakdowns for a pair of its 2010 baseball card sets on Friday — Goudey and SP Authentic — but once again has not given any indication of what its cards will look like as it enters a new era as only a manufacturer of only partially licensed baseball cards.

Exclusive First Look: 2009 Exquisite Collection Football

Go ahead you high-end pack gamblers and golden-ticket treasure seekers . . . rejoice. It’s time. Upper Deck on Thursday evening finally has released product information and drool-inducing images of 2009 Exquisite Collection Football, the forthcoming new installment of the most expensive product in football card history.

First Look: 2010 Razor U.S. Army All-American Bowl inscription autographs

The 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl has come and gone with the arrival of Tim Tebow’s first football card and plenty of autographs signed.

The Sports Card Industrial Average Revealed

The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday ran a story comparing the investment performance of 30 key trading cards during the last five years to the five-year performance of the 30 companies that currently comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

Upper Deck releases USA Baseball checklist

Upper Deck released the checklist for its 2010 USA Baseball set and one thing’s for certain — fears that the set might not include some of the biggest names possible on the autograph checklist couldn’t be more wrong. Bryce Harper alone signed more than 1,150 autographs for inclusion in the baseball organization’s fund-raiser box sets […]

Topps releases more National Chicle baseball images

Topps released three more images of paintings that will be used in its 2010 National Chicle baseball card set that will arrive in April.

Exclusive First Look: 2010 Press Pass Football

Press Pass officials on Thursday morning provided an appetite-whetting early look at 2010 Press Pass Football, a product due out March 31 and buoyed by what many expect to be one of the most spectacular draft classes in recent memory.

Card gallery: 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition

Panini America is all set to release 2009 Donruss Elite Extra Edition very soon … here’s a peek at what will be found inside packs when it arrives on Jan. 20.

Card gallery: 2009 Upper Deck USA Baseball

Upper Deck released a selection of card images from its 2009 USA Baseball boxed set on Wednesday, but only images of the National Team players and some of the memorabilia cards (all triple jerseys).

In The Game Announces Class of 2010 Redemption Program

The release of 2009-10 ITG Heroes and Prospects is less than three weeks away and the company recently announced preliminary details regarding a new redemption program added to the product this season. As hinted at previously, the Class of 2010 non-memorabilia insert cards will include a redemption feature that could allow collectors to obtain special […]

Larry Fitzgerald Resumes Rare Playoff Flight Pattern

Somehow misplaced amid the barrage of passes and points and made-for-SportsCenter moments that permeated last Sunday’s scintillating Cardinals-Packers Wild Card game was yet another spectacular postseason performance from Arizona wonder receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

The New York Post explores Upper Deck Yu-Gi-Oh case

Konami’s long-running allegations that Upper Deck produced unauthorized Yu-Gi-Oh! cards — claims that include copyright infringement, breach of contract and trademark counterfeiting — will be at the forefront in a federal court on Jan. 26.

The Winners of Wild Card Weekend

In a wild, woolly and record-setting opening weekend of the NFL playoffs, a handful of stars helped their hobby perceptions more than others with pristine performances for the football-watching world to see.

None, however, were as sizzling as these six . . .

Inside Upper Deck's Diamond Club

Ever wonder what it’s like to be a part of Upper Deck’s exclusive group of collectors, the Diamond Club?

Here’s a video that the company recently produced detailing it all. Check it out.

Box Busters: 2009 Bowman Sterling baseball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into two boxes of 2009 Bowman Sterling baseball cards for this latest episode of Box Busters.

Wall Street Journal Examines the Investment Performance of Key Sports Cards

A story in Tuesday’s edition of the The Wall Street Journal pits 30 key sports trading cards against the 30 companies that currently comprise the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The Journal’s findings: Over the last five years, the key sports cards have outperformed the DJIA with an average return of 12.4 percent to 7.9 percent.

First look: 2010 Bowman baseball cards

Topps unveiled a package of preview images for its 2010 Bowman Baseball set on Monday, a selection that includes the first base card and certified autograph card of No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg.

Upper Deck announces 2009 UD Signature Stars baseball set

Upper Deck announced on Monday its 2009 UD Signature Stars line, a baseball product that is set to arrive later this month.

Report: UD Admits Making Unauthorized Yu-Gi-Oh! Cards

A story in last Wednesday’s Los Angeles Daily Journal details a federal judge’s finding that Upper Deck admitted printing and distributing more than 600,000 “unauthentic” Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards in 2007.