Monthly Archives: April 2010

Ubaldo Jimenez remains one of baseball's bargain-bin players

But after throwing the first no-hitter in Colorado Rockies history last night, Ubaldo Jimenez will get a little more attention.

Players Union Email Sheds Light on Upper Deck's Financial Hardships

A story posted Friday on The New York Times website details an email sent from the MLBPA’s Evan Kaplan to all player agents regarding Upper Deck’s current financial difficulties and its inability to pay many players.

First Look: 2010 Topps 206 baseball cards

Topps announced Friday afternoon that the tamed T206 design will return for another year as Topps 206 will arrive on Aug. 30 packing one autograph and one Relic card per box.

Guest commentary: Saluting a legend in Mike Modano

Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano looks like he is about to hang up his skates.

Press Pass releases red-ink and inscriptions list for its 2010 football set

000000 Press Pass has released its annual list of red ink autographs and inscriptions for its 2010 Press Pass Football set exclusively to Beckett Media this morning. Here’s the rundown as grouped by color. See it all after the jump.

Card Gallery: In The Game Superlative Hockey II

000000 In The Game‘s Superlative Volume II arrives in just 15 days and the ultra high-end product will be rarer than ever but packed with plenty in each of the 2,500 books. Each will contain one game-used jersey card, one autograph or Auto Plus card, one Superlative Prospect autograph or Auto Plus card, one Superlative […]

Jackie Robinson's story is found on countless baseball cards

I’ve written it countless times and it’s still true. Today is an historic anniversary in the history of Major League Baseball and the 2010 Topps Heritage card above (No. 403).

UFC fan finds dream card and wins free trip to Las Vegas

UFC Super fan Alfonso Rodriguez of Melrose Park, Ill., was the first collector to find a special triple-autograph card featuring Dana White, Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz in UFC Main Event, Topps announced on Tuesday.

Box Busters: 2010 Upper Deck Greats of the Game Basketball

Beckett Basketball’s ever-grating tandem of Keith Hower and Tracy Hackler explore the fruits of two boxes of 2009-10 Upper Deck Greats of the Game Basketball.

Card Gallery: SP Authentic NCAA Football?

Passionate football card collector Sergio Dubois (beckett user ID Sensei322) brought to our attention last night his fascinating discovery of several gorgeous card images conceivably hailing from an as-yet-unreleased college-football-focused SP Authentic product.

First look: The New York Yankees World Series rings

The New York Yankees received their World Series rings during a pre-game ceremony just a bit ago and here’s the first look at the rings via Major League Baseball.

Yankees' World Series championship commemorated on new print

On the day that the New York Yankees receive their World Series rings, artist Opie Otterstad has unveiled his latest piece, which will be displayed publicly at Pop International Galleries, in the SoHo district of New York City on Saturday.

Panini Vows Sweeping Changes to Distribution Procedures

Panini America officials headlined Monday’s first full day of the Sports Collectibles Industry Summit in Las Vegas by announcing sweeping, comprehensive changes to the company’s distribution network.

Hobby Roundtable: Examining Upper Deck's NFL news & card licensing changes throughout the industry

Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Dan Hitt, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer discuss the changes in the hobby in the wake of Upper Deck’s NFL news late last week in this three-part Hobby Roundtable.

BGS & James Spence Authentication join Wizard Comic Con Tour

Beckett Grading Services, the industry leader in providing collectors with the finest, most thorough, consistent and accurate grading efforts available, and James Spence Authentication, the foremost autograph authentication company in the world, will be joining the remaining eight-city 2010 Wizard Comic Con Tour with Anaheim, Calif., as the first stop.

Industry Trade Summit Kicks Off in Las Vegas

000000 The sports collectibles industry’s first Industry Summit kicked off Sunday night in Las Vegas with more than 200 attendees from the manufacturer, dealer, distributor and league sectors taking part in an opening reception at the Orleans Hotel. “I thought it was a wonderful start,” said TRISTAR’s Janyce Mabra. “Everyone seemed really positive, enthusiastic and […]

Atlanta's Jason Heyward is first 2010 Topps Finest Rookie Redemption

Topps announced on Monday afternoon that Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward is the first 2010 Finest Rookie Redemption card — and 10 percent of the cards will be autographed.

REVIEW: 2010 TRISTAR Pursuit baseball cards

We’ve gotten our hands on a set of 2010 TRISTAR Pursuit baseball cards and cracked the box to see what’s inside. Here’s a look …

Topps unveils lineup for its 2010 Baseball factory sets

Although the Major League Baseball season has barely started and Series 2 isn’t here just yet, Topps on Friday unveiled its plans for its 2010 Topps Baseball factory sets.

Exclusive gallery — TNA: The New Era Obak insert cards

While TRISTAR’s upcoming TNA Wrestling set doesn’t arrive in hobby shops until the end of the month, we’ve got a sneak peek at all 10 of the retro-styled Obak insert cards that will be found in TNA: The New Era.

Panini America signs partnership deal with Los Angeles Lakers

Panini America has unveiled a multi-year partnership with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Upper Deck Commemorates Tiger's Return with New Memorabilia

As one of the only companies that stood by Tiger Woods during the scandal-laden treachery of his last four months, Upper Deck was understandably thrilled by his ballyhooed return to competitive golf at this week’s Masters.

Upper Deck loses NFL card license (updated)

Upper Deck announced Wednesday evening that it will no longer be licensed to produce NFL trading cards, ending weeks of speculation about what the beleaguered manufacturer’s status for the future might be.

It's all about the shoes — Tim Duncan's NBA All-Star Game shoes

Ever wonder how your shoes compare to those of an NBA player? One collector here at Beckett Media decided to show off his newest pair of kicks — and we thought you’d get a kick out of seeing them.

Preview video: 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards

There’s not too much new here, but just enough to make Topps’ latest video — a preview of the always-popular Allen & Ginter baseball set — worthwhile.

Boston Bruins legend Bobby Orr's rookie jersey set to hit auction block

A game-used jersey from hockey Hall of Famer Bobby Orr’s rookie season is set to hit the auction block later this month and is expected to fetch more than $100,000.

Guest commentary: Five future NHL stars to collect right now

This list was compiled to show some players who have been playing under the radar. Most of them aren’t Calder eligible but right now would be a good time to collect them. Players like Jimmy Howard, Matt Duchene and Tyler Myers are the front-runners and as a result their card values are already jacked up.

Examining the Basketball Hall of Fame's latest class on cards

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame has unveiled its 2010 class of inductees, a crop that includes representatives from from all levels of basketball — and even “The Dream Team” from the 1992 Olympics. Here’s a rundown of who’s in and where they appear on cardboard …

Jonny (Flynn) on the Spot

Minnesota Timberwolves exciting young rookie Jonny Flynn took time away from dazzling on the court early last week to dazzle off the court.

First look: 2010 Upper Deck football cards

Upper Deck released the basic preview images and set information for its 2010 Upper Deck football cards on Tuesday, a 400-card release that offers up its first glimpse at the company’s AFL/NFL Legacy insert set.

Colorado shop turns Easter into eggciting promotion

One might not think of Easter as a hobby holiday, but at Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in Aurora, Colo., it is.

Jays' Shaun Marcum flirts with history on Opening Day

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Shaun Marcum, who missed all of last season with elbow issues, flirted with a no-hitter against the Texas Rangers Monday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, throwing six hitless innings before giving up his first walk, to Josh Hamilton, and a three-run homer to Nelson Cruz in the seventh inning to lose his historic bid and a 3-0 lead.

Guest commentary: 20 Questions for the hobby

Steven Judd has worked for Donruss, Topps and Upper Deck.

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Finest baseball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of boxes of recently released 2010 Topps Finest baseball cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Guest commentary: Heroes of Opening Days Past

For more than a decade now, card collectors have associated the term “Opening Day” with the annual updated Topps release than the actual first day of the new baseball season. While the set typically mirrors Topps’ regular-issue set, along with some special inserts and autographs, it has nothing to do with the first pitch of the season. At some point, Topps should consider educating new collectors with some of the heroes of Opening Day’s past.