Monthly Archives: March 2010

Cop Out's collecting ties — or at least one baseball card's demise — might make some cry

Courtesy of Warner Bros.

The latest Bruce Willis film Cop Out — a comedic ode to buddy cop flicks from the 1980s and 1990s — came in a close second at the box office during the weekend, grossing $18.2 million with a storyline that prominently involves a baseball card.

But before recapping precisely what that card is, it’s worth noting that I couldn’t help but notice the flaws in the hobby shop scene in an otherwise somewhat accurate film when it comes to its hobby ties. Overall, I’d give the Kevin Smith-directed comedy a B. (Because, as Tracy Hackler says, I’m a mark for Silent Bob. He’s right. I’d love to hear Smith’s take on Wayne Gretzky memorabilia for Beckett Hockey … or have Smith do a Q&A on sports and ViewAskew memorabilia. Or perhaps we could have him be a guest editor? But I digress… )

Perhaps it’s the anal-retentive collector in me … or perhaps it’s a longing for some realism in the R-rated film when it has a part of its story that hits close to home, the hobby, but I couldn’t help but notice a few things in the card shop scene that felt off. Maybe it was the comic book racks or the stat plaques on the wall that most serious collectors would eschew — and I swear I saw a Starting Lineup figure — but it was a few things I saw that are shown here in a Warner Brothers publicity still that reinforces my gut feeling from the theater.

What are they? The box of 1989 Topps baseball stickers on the counter. The 1990 Fleer cards in cases atop the display case along with a 1992 Donruss, a 1989 Topps and a 1984 Topps card as well. (Don’t believe it? Click on the close-up image after the jump.)

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Breaking News: Tim Tebow Signs Exclusive Agreement with Press Pass

By TRACY HACKLER | BECKETT MEDIA EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

On the heels of a resoundingly impressive performance over the weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine, Tim Tebow was still making headlines Tuesday morning. That’s when Press Pass revealed to Beckett Media that it has reached an exclusive autograph and trading card agreement with the former Heisman Trophy winner and Florida Gators national champion.

The deal means that Tebow, arguably the most coveted player in what promises to be one of the most collected rookie crops of all time, will appear only in Press Pass’ “draft picks” products, 2010 Press Pass and 2010 Press Pass Portrait Edition, but not in SA*GE’s, Press Pass’ primary draft-picks competitor.

“We’re thrilled to bring collectors the first autograph cards of Tim Tebow, who many consider to be the best college player of all time,” says Nick Matijevich, Press Pass’ Director of Product Development. “Tim’s great attitude, unprecedented popularity and long list of collegiate accomplishments are certain to make him a collector favorite in addition to a fan favorite.”

The announcement comes just days after Tebow wowed NFL scouts with his speed, mobility and leaping ability in Indianapolis. While he didn’t throw at the combine as he continues to tweak his throwing motion, he impressed NFL talent evaluators with a QB-record-tying 38 1/2 –inch vertical leap, a 40-yard dash time of 4.72 seconds, a 9-foot, 7-inch broad jump, and a 6.66-second three-cone drill, which placed him fourth among all skill-position players who worked.

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Preview Gallery: 2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Entomology cards

Upper Deck has continued to release images of its forthcoming Goodwin Champions Entomology Cards, which will be bugging many a collector when the redemptions begin shipping soon.

You can see some more images that UD released on Monday after the jump — if you can handle them.

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Topps reveals 2010 Heritage Baseball short-prints & variations

Topps detailed the oddities that can be found in its 2010 Heritage Baseball set on Monday, announcing the following…

— The Short-printed Base cards are Nos. 426-500 and can be found 1:3 packs.

— The 45-card 1961 HR Chase Insert is broken into three portions — with the 15-card Babe Ruth set only found in Hobby packs, while the Roger Maris cards will only be found in Walmart packs and the Mickey Mantles will only be found in Target packs. The Relic parallels for those cards are numbered to the player’s jersey number only three cards for Ruth, nine for Maris and seven for Mantle. Topps also announced that there are short-printed base cards of the trio — Ruth (card No. 60), Maris ( No. 61) and Mantle (No. 56).

— The following players have dice-game back variations: Joe Mauer, Victor Martinez, Albert Pujols, Mark Teixeira, Grady Sizemore, Justin Upton, Adam Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, Matt Kemp, Ichiro, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Tim Lincecum, Chase Utley, Ian Kinsler, Derek Jeter, Hanley Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez and Chipper Jones.

Color Variations: There are 10 short-printed cards with color variations.  The changes appear on the player and team nameplates at the bottom of the card.

Albert Pujols                Black-Black

Joe Mauer                    Black-Black

CC Sabathia                 Green-Yellow

Derek Jeter                  Red-Yellow

Grady Sizemore           Green-Red

J.A. Happ                    Orange-Blue

Zack Greinke               Yellow-Blue

Ryan Braun                 Blue-Orange

David Wright               Green-Yellow

Pablo Sandoval            Yellow-Green

— And finally, all of Juan Marichal’s Real One autographs were signed in red ink and none are numbered.

First Look Gallery: 2010 Panini Prestige Football

Panini Prestige, formerly Playoff Prestige and annually the first football product on the market with updated draft information, is set to release May 13 packing its usually solid array of impact, including four autograph or memorabilia cards and 24 Rookie Cards per box.

Get an early look at several sweet images from the product after the jump.

In addition, each box should yield three Extra Points parallels and 12 other inserts. Each case of the product promises at least one autographed card from a list of candidates that includes Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Jimmy Clausen, Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, C.J. Spiller, Dez Bryant, Jahvid Best and Jonathan Dwyer.

For more information on the product, visit Beckett.com

— Tracy Hackler

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Official Super Bowl portrait lets Saints fans relive moment

The Super Bowl has come and gone — but New Orleans Saints fans still can’t seem to get enough of their championship team’s memorabilia.

Here’s a piece that’s a little different than the typical sports cards, tribute magazines or autographed memorabilia that’s been hot for the last month or so since the Saints took out the Indianapolis Colts, 31-17.

It’s the official Super Bowl XLIV portrait by Tony Capparelli.

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