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Posted on April 23, 2010 – 4:32 pm | Author: chrisolds
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The second round of the NFL Draft hasn’t even begun, but Panini America already has the first NFL cards of at least three rookies signed and printed for an upcoming set.
Panini teased on Friday afternoon three on-card autographs — the Rams’ Sam Bradford, the Cowboys’ Dez Bryant and the Bills’ C.J. Spiller – that will be found in 2010 Prestige inside packs of the $4-a-pack product when it arrives on May 13.
Prestige will include four autograph or memorabilia cards per box — one autograph guaranteed — and it will include the first cards noting players’ new teams.
Prestige will include 24 Rookie Cards per box as well as three Extra Points parallels and a dozen inserts. Each case will include one autographed card from the following players: Peyton Manning, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Jimmy Clausen, Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, Spiller, Bryant, Jahvid Best and Jonathan Dwyer.
See all three cards after the jump.
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Posted on April 23, 2010 – 3:26 pm | Author: chrisolds
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We’ll have a Box Busters episode for 2010 Topps Pro Debut minor league baseball cards up here shortly, but until then here’s a peak at what we found inside one of our boxes …
See a few of the cards from the set after the jump.
Posted on April 23, 2010 – 3:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
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by Russ Cohen
When I first noticed a slip in the economy, I was at a card show.
What made me notice was the dramatic dip in the vintage hockey card market? The pricing was downright affordable for some pretty cool items, and over the past few years I’ve been able to get some great cards at a reasonable price.
This Andy Aitkenhead matchbook card is pretty rare considering he only played three NHL seasons for the New York Rangers. In 1932-33, his rookie season, he won the Stanley Cup.
It’s a nice story, and I found out through other endeavors that he didn’t have a lot of pictures of any kind. So this shot is indeed rare and the card is as well.
I paid $15 for it — that’s it — and I talked the dealer down from $20! The card is in good shape, and it made me think. Why don’t I collect more of these matchbook cards?
The 1936-39 Diamond Match hockey cards all have some creases where the match cover folded, so condition isn’t really an issue here — the relative supply is. But when you go on eBay you will see them listed at starting prices of just $5.99 up to $9.99!
Posted on April 23, 2010 – 10:00 am | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they bust into a pair of 2010 Topps National Chicle baseball cards for this episode of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out by clicking here.
Posted on April 22, 2010 – 9:43 pm | Author: hackler
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I’ve gone on record countless times pledging my undying love for the Denver Broncos, so I wasn’t really surprised when the texts started rolling in hotly and heavily a few minutes ago when NFL commissioner Roger Goodell announced that the Broncos had indeed made the pick of the draft in my heavily biased opinion — legendary Florida QB Tim Tebow with the 25th overall pick.
Amid the euphoria and giddiness I felt reading all of them (I can only imagine what Tebow himself must be going through), one text in particular stood out above all the others. It was the one from Carlos Torrez, Panini America‘s Football Product Development Director, that had a picture attached.
Captured in the picture was a suddenly historic NFL card, a true 1/1 that I’ll never own: The postcard Commissioner Goodell read announcing the Broncos’ selection of Tebow.
I sent Torrez a return text asking if he’d be interested in trading it to me. Alas, he said it belonged to some lucky kid sitting next to him. I pleaded with Torrez to ask the kid what he wanted for it. His response: “A million dollars. Seriously, $1 million.”
Wonder if the kid will put me on a payment plan . . .
Tracy Hackler is the editorial director for Beckett Media. Have a comment or question? Send an e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on April 22, 2010 – 10:11 am | Author: hackler
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Look, it’s no secret that wildly talented defensive dynamos such as Gerald McCoy and Ndamukong Suh will dominate the top of the 2010 NFL Draft that begins tonight. But when it comes to collector adulation, it’s the skill position players – many of whom will be taken rounds after Suh and McCoy are long gone – that generate the most buzz and secondary-market money in the football card world.
That’s why we asked nine hobby luminaries with a vested interest in the football card market to help us select – in order, NFL draft style – the 2010 rookies with the most hobby potential. (For grins, and simply because we needed one more to make it a perfect 10, I forced my way into the discussion, too.)
After using an online randomizer to select draft position, we commenced with our own little Top 10 Mock Draft . . .
Posted on April 21, 2010 – 6:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
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While plenty has been said about the forthcoming 2010 National Chicle baseball card set from Topps, only a few have gotten their hands on the actual cards — well, other than all those athletes who signed on-card autographs — in advance of its release next week.
But the Beckett crew has busted a pair of hobby boxes for an upcoming Box Busters video – perhaps a pair of interesting, perhaps controversial breaks — and the results are in the microwave for now readying for release tomorrow.
Until then, though, feast on these actual card scans that show you a bit more of what Chicle is all about…
Posted on April 21, 2010 – 5:38 pm | Author: hackler
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By TRACY HACKLER | BECKETT MEDIA EDITORIAL DIRECTOR
Go ahead and add this missive to the already-overflowing pile of “Man, all these exclusive license agreements stink.”
Since I’m a football-first guy, you’ll have to forgive the delayed reaction here. I wasn’t completely distraught – or even a little bit distraught – when the NHL, NBA and Major League Baseball scaled back to one licensee because I wasn’t a devoted collector of those sports.
The fact is I didn’t feel the harmful effects of single-manufacturerism firsthand until just recently, when I took a second to sit back and survey the 2010 football landscape and found it to be – by comparison – glaringly barren.
What as recently as three months ago was a thriving pigskin pipeline full of a few unnecessary but otherwise vibrant trading card products is now yielding results with all the ferocity of refrigerated syrup.
It . . . is . . . a . . . slow . . . boring . . . trickle.
For the first time in a long, long time, football cards no longer seem to be a year-round commodity. And that just seems odd. Maybe that was part of the problem: Perhaps football cards should never have become a 12-month proposition
After all, if any category deserved to be penalized for having too many products on the field, it was football. The sport has long led the leagues in number of products produced per year, so a reduction was in order. But a ravaging?
Given the choice between three manufacturers and too many choices or one manufacturer and too few, give me the former with a side of additional choices, please.
Posted on April 21, 2010 – 2:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Twitter has been talked and written about countless times, but it’s a tool that’s making its presence felt in the collecting community in countless ways.
Want to see the latest from a card company or the latest from Beckett? You can find it there. Want to complain to a card company about something they made? You can do it there. (Pssst … You can also praise them, too. I’m just sayin’.) Want to see the latest deals from notable dealers? Yep, it probably was tweeted.
Posted on April 21, 2010 – 10:51 am | Author: hackler
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The 2010 edition of Score Football, one of the last bastion’s of card collecting’s entry-level innocence, will arrive in retail outlets in late June packing one Rookie Card, one Glossy parallel and five other cards per pack for the universally appealing price of $1.
A product that won’t get much love from the hardcore hobby sector – and likely won’t care – should be welcome fare at big-box retailers for its 100-card Rookie checklist and its once-in-a-blue-moon’s chance of pulling an autograph.
Each 36-pack box will include 36 RCs, 36 Glossy and six additional parallels, and six Hot Rookies, six All-Pros, four The Franchise and four NFL Players insert cards.
While this product clearly is not seeking its bread-and-butter audience among long-toothed, well-heeled hobbyists, it’s worth noting that many longtime player collectors will find value in Score’s parallel potpourri.