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Monthly Archives: January 2010

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.

Collectors will find four patch cards per 15-box case as well as one autographed memorabilia card. Upper Deck also promises three top-level autographs in every case as well.

While collectors will have to wait until April 27 to get their hands on these cards, they can see a gallery of preview images after the jump.

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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.

Each 24-pack box will include 48 Metal parallels, two ‘Metal X’ parallels, one Top Draws Triple Jersey, 24 OPC Retro variations and eight OPC Update Rainbow parallels

Each 12-box case should include two OPC Metal autographs and two OPC Signatures or The Champions autograph cards.

Se e more images after the jump.

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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.

The standard set will consist of 100 Immortals, 100 Veterans and 100 rookies with each subset printed on differing stock. The Immortals will be printed on clay-coat cardboard, while the rookies will appear on foil board. The veterans will be standard cards.

Each 24-pack box will include four autographs or memorabilia cards with one of the cards being a single-piece or dual-piece numbered patch card.
Every pack will include some type of insert card from a lineup that includes NFL Legacy, Foundations, Franchise Legacy, Past Meets Present and the UD Wire Photos insert sets. The Wire Photos set emulates the printouts that newspapers and magazines used for years if they subscribed to photo services like The Associated Press.

The 200-card AFL/NFL Legacy set will highlight the 40th Anniversary of the AFL/NFL Merger as an insert that will be found across all Upper Deck football brands. The line will include autograph and memorabilia cards as well.

See a full gallery after the jump.

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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.

See them all after the jump.

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500 Home Runs: A club forever changed


Once upon a time, the 500 Home Run Club truly 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.

Today, its exploding ranks carry much more than an air of greatness — it also carries an air of suspicion.

Entering the 1993 season, there were a mere 14 members of the club in nearly 125 years of baseball — that’s what my once-trusty third edition of Total Baseball says. (Remember the heyday of that relic? Some of you do.) It’s a list topped by Hank Aaron followed by Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Frank Robinson, Harmon Killebrew, Reggie Jackson, Mike Schmidt, Mickey Mantle, Jimmie Foxx, Willie McCovey, Ted Williams, Ernie Banks, Eddie Mathews and, ending the list, Mel Ott at 511.

Barry Bonds was nowhere to be found among the top 100 sluggers in MLB history with just 196 home runs for his career.

Oh, how times have changed.

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Bears DE and former Clemson star Gaines Adams dead at 26

Gaines Adams, a third-year defensive end for the Chicago Bears and former first-round draft pick, died on Sunday. He was 26.

Adams, a former Tampa Bay Bucs and Clemson football standout, died from cardiac arrest possibly linked to an enlarged heart.

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

In all, Adams signed for 334 different certified autograph cards and has 278 different memorabilia cards. His most expensive autographed cards check in at $80 apiece (one being his 2007 Leaf Certified Materials Mirror Gold Materials #206, which is limited to 25 copies), while his most-expensive rookie cards (2007 Playoff National Treasures #112 JSY AU RC and 2007 Donruss Threads #280 AU RC) are $50.

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.

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.

See the list after the jump.

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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.

Each 20-pack hobby box from Panini America contains at least six autographed cards, while one in every five boxes is a Hot Box that contains 10 autographs and one game-used memorabilia card. (Yes, we know that’s every other pack, not every pack.)

What will they find inside? Click here to find out.

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 cardboard debut of No. 1 overall draft pick Stephen Strasburg in a Washington Nationals uniform.

Scheduled to arrive May 10, the set will include 110 prospect cards and there will be one autographed Chrome card (no sticker autographs) per 24-pack hobby box. Each 10-pack HTA Jumbo box will include three autographs.

There will be 220 cards in the basic set — all with Printing Plates, Red, Orange, Blue and Gold parallels as in past years — while there will be 110 prospects found with standard Bowman and Chrome  cards. These, too, will have the standard range of parallels.

The Bowman Chrome Autograph checklist includes 32 players — 10 Autographed Rookie Card variations and 22 Autographed Prospects — all with the typical parallels.

See images and the full preliminary checklist after the jump.

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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.

The company unveiled its Own the Rookies program on Friday, which will give the cards to collectors who buy $10 or more in Upper Deck football packs at their nearby Diamond Dealer hobby shop beginning in February.

The first 10 players who took Upper Deck’s Rookie of the Week honors will be on the checklist — a crop that includes Mark Sanchez, Matt Stafford and Percy Harvin among others.

See a few more cards from the set after the jump.

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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.

Panini America has upped the ante by including six autographs per 20-pack hobby box (the boxes say just four) and four boxes in every 20-box case will be Hot Boxes that pack 10 autographs and a memorabilia card inside.

Here’s a glimpse what what you will see pulled once our video arrives after the jump. Elite Extra Edition will arrive in hobby shops beginning next Wednesday.

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

The visual mystery continues.

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.

Goudey will arrive in mid-March with one memorabilia card and two autographs per box. The base set will consist of  200 standard cards, 20 short-printed retired player cards, 40 short-printed black and white cards and 40 short-printed Sports Royalty cards.

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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.

While Upper Deck officials have yet to reveal many of the hand-collated product’s specifics, they have confirmed that the 2009 edition, set to release Feb. 23, will include a bonus pack in every box guaranteed to deliver an additional autographed memorabilia card. In addition, all rookie autographs will be numbered to 225 or less and every autograph in the product will be signed on-card.

See more of 2009 Exquisite Collection’s nuts and bolts after this rather, um, stimulating gallery full of collection-making gems, including a handful of the product’s innovative hinged book cards:

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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.

On Thursday, Razor unveiled preview images for its 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl set, which will include inscription autographs limited to just five copies per card.

Most of the players signed something related to the university that they will be attending, but some added other notations.

We’re somewhat fond of Matt James‘ note with his autograph.

See it and plenty of others after the jump.

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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.

The 30 landmark cards, dubbed the “Sports Card Industrial Average” by the WSJ, was compiled in conjunction with Beckett Media and featured the most influential sports cards of all time (15 from baseball and five each from basketball, football and hockey). The story listed seven of the 30 cards individually, leaving many Beckett.com visitors wondering what the other 23 were.

Here is the list in its entirety . . .

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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 that will arrive next week. (The release has been delayed until Jan. 18, after previously being set for Jan. 12.)

Until just this week, Upper Deck had not released any images or product information for marketing citing the athletes’ status as amateurs.

See a full product checklist after the jump.

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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.

From left, they are Lou Gehrig (in a current New York Yankees uniform), Albert Pujols in a St. Louis Browns uniform and Ken Griffey Jr.

Read more about the product here and at additional links in that story.

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.

The preview includes America’s first glimpse of licensed trading cards featuring collegiate superstars Tim Tebow, Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford and Jimmy Clausen.

Press Pass’ final product under its expiring CLC licensing agreement will deliver five on-card autographs per box in addition to two Reflectors parallels, two Power Picks and seven Banner Season insert cards.

“Our incredibly popular Red Ink and Inscription variations return for another year to add an exciting and unique chase element for collectors,” said Nick Matijevich, Press Pass’ Director of Product Development. “All cards will prominently feature collegiate logos from the players’ universities.”

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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 — including the first certified autograph card of new Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman.

See a full gallery after the jump.

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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’ base cards and the memorabilia cards (all triple jerseys).

However, no checklist has been released for the set is now scheduled to arrive next Monday.

See the cards after the jump.

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