Monthly Archives: March 2010

NHL's new card licensing structure changes role of exclusives

The National Hockey League’s new card licensing agreement announced last week that allows Panini America to produce hockey cards along with previous exclusive licensee Upper Deck prevents exclusive autograph deals and nullifies past exclusives that players may have signed previously, according to a letter sent to NHL players and agents by an NHLPA official.

Yogi Berra's perfect game jersey already topping $240,000 on auction block

Years ago, one part of “The Price of Perfection” was established when former New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen sold his perfect game memorabilia at auction.

Beckett Media joins forces with ESPN's Page 2

It’s a busy time here at Beckett Media as we continue to prepare all of the sports card magazines and books you’ve come to expect — as well as a more than a few extra magazines here and there, too — but we’re not done there.

First Look: 2010 Donruss Elite Football

Panini America officials today released images and preliminary product information on 2010 Donruss Elite Football, a longtime portfolio staple slated to release in June 16 packing four hits (with at least one autograph guaranteed), four Rookies and 10 other inserts or parallels per box.

First look: 2010 Topps Tribute Dynasies & Rivalries Edition

Topps unveiled on Friday its plans for 2010 Topps Tribute Baseball, which will include six autographed or Relic cards in every box (one per pack) as it focuses on dynasties and rivalries in MLB.

Topps set to produce Indian Premier League cricket products

Topps is taking yet another step in establishing its presence globally. Its next venture? Professional cricket collectibles.

Box Busters: 2009-10 Panini Classics Basketball

Classically trained box busters Tracy Hackler and Keith Hower get cozy with a box of 2009-10 Panini Classics Basketball. What did they pull? What can you wn? Watch right now and find out.

Dallas Collector Gets His Day in the Sun (in the Snow)

Not even a freak March Texas snowstorm could freeze the spirits of 14-year-old Dallas collector Ryan Wolfson last Saturday. Not with 15 of his closest buddies around to keep him warm until Cowboys receiver Patrick Crayton arrived at his front door.

NHL Executive: 'This Was a Difficult Decision'

By TRACY HACKLER | BECKETT MEDIA EDITORIAL DIRECTOR While the move may have lacked the controversy and surprise of other trading card announcements in recent months, the NHL’s decision to add Panini as a second licensee beginning with the 2010-11 season was a headline-maker. Today’s news signaled the effective end to Upper Deck’s five-year exclusive […]

Card Gallery: 2009 Goodwin Champions Entomology cards

We’ve gotten a sneak peek at more of the 2009 Goodwin Champions Entomology cards from Upper Deck — and the Beckett Baseball Best Gimmick Set of 2009 winner definitely delivers the weird.

How many inscriptions can Tim Tebow fit on a football card?

We all know that Tim Tebow is the Chuck Norris of football — the player who did no wrong and did it all mythically well (well, unless playing Alabama) with his loyal followings of fans and media members behind him.

Breaking News: Panini to Join Upper Deck in the Hockey Card Market Beginning Next Season

According to multiple sources close to the situation, the National Hockey League and NHL PA are expected to announce today that Panini America will join Upper Deck as licensed trading card manufacturers for the 2010-11 season and possibly beyond.

2010 Topps Finest Baseball: What'd they pull at The Rip Party?

The Rip Master and crew are back for another season of Topps baseball cards and The Rip Party action isn’t stopping. What will they find inside their boxes of 2010 Topps Finest Baseball? Watch and find out …

TRISTAR releases more details on "TNA: The New Era" card set

TRISTAR’s upcoming TNA: The New Era set won’t just be packing the greatest wrestling card ever made, but it will be packing plenty more where that came from.

Panini's CEO & Kobe Bryant bust some boxes

What will be found inside packs of Panini basketball cards when CEO Mark Warsop and company spokesman Kobe Bryant sit down and bust some boxes?

Card gallery: 2009-10 Panini Classics basketball

Panini America’s 2009-10 Classics basketball set doesn’t arrive for another week or so, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get you a glimpse of what’s to come.

Topps brings minor leagues into eTopps fold

With Topps’ first official minor league baseball card release set to arrive this week, the company helped usher in its MiLB cards with its announcement that it is adding eTopps to the fold as well. Backs Shane Carwin at UFC 111

When the massive Shane Carwin enters the Octagon for Saturday’s interim heavyweight championship fight against veteran Frank Mir at UFC 111, he’ll do so with devastating punching power in both hands and a logo on his shirt and shorts.

Upper Deck awards will salute collecting communities & more

Upper Deck unveiled Monday its plans for a series of awards showcasing the best in the hobby when it comes to everything online.

How hot are Jason Heyward's baseball cards?

Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward’s baseball cards have been among the hottest in the hobby for the last month or so and an apparent eBay sale this weekend shows that once again.

TNA's New Era takes wrestling cards to new heights

The Hulk Hogan-Flair-Sting-Kevin Nash autograph card above is among some of the highlights that will be found in TRISTAR’s forthcoming TNA: The New Era professional wrestling card set.

We go behind the scenes with WWE Magazine as it offers up 26 ways to celebrate WrestleMania

With the world’s biggest stage for sports entertainment — WrestleMania XXVI — just nine days away, the staff of WWE Magazine opted for something special for its latest issue, a project that shows just how big the “grandest stage of them all” really is.

PSA certified more than 7,500 cuts for upcoming Upper Deck product

The long-delayed Upper Deck Prominent Cuts product which is now arriving in hobby shops has nearly all of its autographs certified by PSA/DNA.

Card Gallery: 2009-10 Upper Deck NHL Champ's hockey

Upper Deck’s popular Champ’s hockey set has arrived with its eclectic mix of past and present hockey and sports stars, historical figures, landmarks and much more that help bring the old-school tobacco card aethetic to the ice.

The Hobby Rumor Mill … March 17, 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.

Panini revives Pacific line for upcoming basketball set

Panini America is set to revive a memorable line of trading cards, Crown Royale, as one of its basketball products later this summer.

Box Busters On Location: 2010 Press Pass 8 Seconds

The Professional Bull Riders came through Dallas in late February for the massive Dickies Iron Cowboy Invitational at Cowboys Stadium. We know what you’re thinking: Why didn’t you take the opportunity of their proximity to ask some of the riders about the new Press Pass 8 Seconds PBR trading cards? You’re in luck. We did.

Ron Washington’s type of apology should get noticed in MLB

Ron Washington’s career and his image within Major League Baseball changed forever on Wednesday as he apologized for using cocaine one time while manager of the Texas Rangers last season.

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Beckett's Biggest Green-Clad Geeks

First of all, Happy St. Patrick’s Day from all of us at Beckett Media. Here’s hoping the day is everything you want it to be.

Upper Deck continues its Million Pack March for the Troops

Upper Deck’s Million Pack March for the Troops program, which aims to get packs of trading cards into the hands of U.S. service members, has had more than 100,000 packs donated to the cause with the goal of one million by Veterans Day.

Live from the Production Line: 2009 Exquisite Collection Football (updated)

Upper Deck officials are on location in North Carolina this week packing out one of the most anticipated trading card products of 2009: Exquisite Collection Football (never mind that were almost three months into 2010).

The Card of the Day on Pi Day is …

Even Pi has a baseball card

Sneak peek: Jason Heyward graces the cover of Beckett Baseball No. 51

Coming soon in your hobby shop and on newsstands everywhere near you will be Beckett Baseball No. 51, which is graced by red-hot Atlanta Braves rookie Jason Heyward.

Upper Deck names two card shops Hockey Card Heaven

Upper Deck’s mission to dub a pair of Canadian sports card shops as “Hockey Card Heaven” is complete — the divine locales are Comic Connection in Hamilton, Ontario, and Wayne’s Sports Cards in Edmonton, Alberta.

Box Busters: 2010 Topps WWE Slam Attax cards

What happens when three self-confessed WWE geeks open a box of the new 2010 Topps WWE Slam Attax cards?

In the words of Gorilla Monsoon, “Pandemonium.”