Monthly Archives: February 2010

Topps details manufactured Logoman insert card program

Topps detailed its 2010 Logoman insert card program on Wednesday by releasing a checklist of the cards that feature manufactured MLB patches.

There are 50 cards to be found in 2010 Topps Baseball – all limited to just 50 copies — with a second 50 to come in other products throughout the year.

Topps also noted that on Opening Day collectors can visit Topps Home Team Advantage hobby shops and receive one of 50 Logoman cards with a purchase of a 2010 Topps pack.

See the checklists after the jump.

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Kim Kardashian meets NASCAR?

I always knew there was some reason I followed Kim Kardashian on Twitter …

The celebutante and reality television star announced via her Twitter feed and her website on Wednesday that she will be appearing on a special paint scheme for an upcoming race this month while promoting a new perfume line.

The Chevy will be driven at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the Shelby American race on Feb. 28. The driver? Mike Bliss.

Will there be diecasts or trading cards showing the car? We’ll just have to wait and see…

And don’t forget that she appears on a pair of autograph cards from Upper Deck — just in case you’re wanting to start a Kardashian kollection

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

Florida Collector Finds Panini's Manning/Brees Bounty Card

Panini America struck a chord with collectors last week – and sent many of them across the country scrambling to scour their collections – by announcing a bounty for the 2009 Limited Pro Bowl Combo Materials card featuring Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and sequential number 44/100.

There was speculation in the collecting community at the time that the card would never be discovered. Well, the card has been discovered, from the personal collection of a Peyton Manning super collector.

Dawn McNew, a physical education teacher at Lehigh (Fla.) High School, contacted the Panini offices just a week prior the contest deadline to let company officials know that the winning card was part of her Manning collection that’s more than 1,000 cards strong.

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First Look: 2010 ITG Between the Pipes Hockey

In the Game recently announced that Between the Pipes is back for another season. Interestingly enough, just the other day I had a conversation with former New York Rangers great Gilles Villemure who told me that he was excited about being included in this release.

He was in ITG’s 1972: The Year in Hockey set and now he’ll be in the preeminent goaltenders set. He was a co-Vezina winner in 1971, along with Eddie Giacomin.

This set digs deep into goaltending’s greatest the including Bruins legendary netminder Gerry Cheevers, who has the unforgettable stitched up mask, Patrick Roy, who some regard as the greatest goaltender in the history of the sport, Leafs great Turk Broda, who won a Cup in Toronto in 1951, and Ernie Wakely, who played on the St. Louis Blues team in 1970 that reached the Stanley Cup Finals and lost, but achieved fame in the WHA playing for the Winnipeg Jets.

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Box Busters: 2010 Topps baseball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2010 Topps baseball cards in this edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out by clicking here.

Preview Gallery II: 2010 Topps National Chicle baseball cards

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

Here’s the second of three galleries — one piece per artist — exclusive to Beckett Media. It’s a roster that includes Monty Sheldon, Paul Lempa, Mike Kupka, Dave Hobrecht, Jason Davies, Ken Branch, Brett Farr, Chris Felix, Don Higgins, Chris Henderson, Brian Kong and Jeff Zachowski.

Look for our final gallery in a future issue of Beckett Baseball closer to the set’s arrival. (See the previous gallery here.)

Until then, check them out…

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2010 Video Palooza: Box Busters Episodes You May Have Missed

In case you missed it, the Beckett Box Busters crew has been feverishly recording one episode after another in recent days, opening everything from Topps Platinum Football to Playoff Contenders Basketball to Press Pass 8 Seconds Professional Bull Riding to hockey products like SPx and ITG Heroes & Prospects.

You can watch any of those videos by clicking the links above. Oh, and stay tuned in the next few days when you’ll find Box Busters episodes devoted to 2010 Topps Baseball, 2009-10 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey, 2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars Baseball and 2009 Topps National Chicle Football.

The good news: There’s something in just about every box we open that we give back to collectors. So stay tuned.

— Tracy Hackler

Jack Brisco's legacy can't be found on cardboard

Two-time National Wrestling Alliance World Heavyweight Champion and highly decorated former Oklahoma State wrestler Jack Brisco died on Monday after complications following open-heart surgery at age 68.

While his pro career was largely over by the time Vince McMahon revolutionized wrestling with the World Wrestling Federation and a guy Brisco helped discover — Hulk Hogan — in the late-1980s, Brisco’s career was one full of influence and success, though many fans may not know much about his achievements. (Read the linked column by The Baltimore Sun‘s wrestling writer Kevin Eck.)

Brisco appears on just seven wrestling cards in the database, his first in the 1982 Wrestling All Stars Series A set (card No. 7; $2.50) and the rest produced by Topps, the lone WWE card licensee, since 2007. (Brisco is paired with his brother, Gerald, on WWE Legends cards from Topps.)

Read more after the jump…

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MLB Properties files lawsuit against Upper Deck

This sure didn’t take long …

Major League Baseball Properties filed suit against Upper Deck in a New York federal court on Monday alleging that the Carlsbad, Calif-based company is in violation of its trademarks in a pair of recently released baseball card products.

On Friday, MLBP issued a statement that it would “vigorously use all legal means to protect the intellectual property of Major League Baseball and its member Clubs.”

The filing notes that Upper Deck owes MLB Properties $2.4 million and that the company’s actions are “reflective of a pattern of utter disrespect for the contractual and intellectual property rights of those from whom it licenses valuable trademarks.”

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Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass 8 Seconds rodeo cards

Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck, Tracy Hackler, Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they open a pair of the new 8 Seconds rodeo cards from Press Pass in this extra-special edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?

Watch and find out … click here to see the video.

In The Game Creates 2010 Olympic Hockey Collectibles

The Winter Olympics happen once every four years and for as long as NHL players take part in it, the hockey collectibles market will always be a bit more exciting this time of the year. National pride takes over.

To take advantage of that product-peddling patriotism and the Vancouver games, In The Game has announced that it will be offering direct to collectors a special group of autograph and memorabilia cards beginning Feb. 5.

Cards will be produced in four different card categories – autograph cards, game-used jersey cards, game-used patch cards and autographed game-used jersey cards – and will be limited to just 10 cards of each player in each category.

All cards will go on sale Friday at the In The Game store. Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, so don’t miss your favorite players when they become available.

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