Monthly Archives: May 2010

Phillies ace Roy Halladay throws perfect game

Roy Halladay threw the second perfect game and the third no-hitter of this season Saturday evening in Miami as he shut down the Florida Marlins.

Let's not jump to conclusions with Paul Henderson jersey

Right now, the famous Game No. 8, 1972 Paul Henderson Summit Series jersey is up for grabs and the high bid is more than $131,000 with a minimum set at $142,000 and just under 25 days remaining. So with that much being bid, some people already are insisting that a trading card company has to be the bidder with deep pockets and that it is surely getting ready to cut up the jersey.

Box Busters: 2010 Razor Poker cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Brian Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2010 Razor Poker boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor auction ends at $16,403

For 31-year-old Leo Kim, it’s a reality and it’s a $16,304 Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor found in a pack of 2010 Bowman that is up for grabs on eBay right now.

Talkin' bout Gary Coleman autographed cards

Those who grew up in the 1980s fondly remember the line that Gary Coleman aka “Arnold” would deliver to his brother on NBC sitcom Diff’rent Strokes that ran from 1978 to 1986.

First Look: 2010 Topps Platinum Football

Topps officials on Thursday morning unveiled preliminary product information and card images for the rookie-focused 2010 Topps Platinum Football, the company’s second NFL product of the season that will arrive in mid September on the heels of venerable base-brand Topps, and just seven months after the 2009 edition.

Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass Stealth racing cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Tim Trout as they bust a box of the not-even-out-yet 2010 Press Pass Stealth racing cards in this episode of Box Busters.

First Look: 2009-10 National Treasures Basketball

Panini America officials on Wednesday afternoon provided preliminary details on the most expensive sports card product in the company’s brief hoops history: 2009-10 National Treasures Basketball.

Topps Peppers NFL Attax with On-Card Autos

On the heels of successful Attax launches for English Premiere League soccer, World Wrestling Entertainment and Major League Baseball, the game-developing gurus at Topps are now prepping their first NFL version, a distinct “kid” initiative equipped with something even the most hardened hobby veterans can appreciate: On-card autographs.

Muhammad Ali's return to cards inches closer

Muhammad Ali’s return to cardboard came one step closer to full fruition on Wednesday as SportKings unveiled several new images in its forthcoming Series D set, which will include Ali when it arrives on July 15.

Behind the Scenes Video: Ndamukong Suh Signs, Gerald McCoy Smiles

Beckett Media goes behind the scenes as rookies — and superstar defensive linemen — Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy sign some letters and prepare to strike a pose, respectively.

Behind the Scenes Video: Tim Tebow Signs, Sings

Beckett Media goes behind the scenes as Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow signs some letters — and sings just a little — for Panini America at the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere.

Panini's World Cup Soccer Stickers Make a Lasting Impression

There was a time – like February – when I could’ve crammed everything I knew about soccer on the back of one of those little officially licensed Panini World Cup stickers. (And there would’ve been plenty of room left to also jot dot down . . . oh, I don’t know . . . perhaps the complete history of the Brazilian national team.)

Box Busters: 2009-10 Upper Deck Be A Player hockey cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Tim Trout as they rip into a pair of 2009-10 Be A Player boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

The pie's the limit in 2010 Topps Series 2

The second installment of 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards arrives on Wednesday and some early bulk box busters have already discovered a second installment of short-printed variation cards that just might leave a few fans feeling like they’ve been pied in the face once again.

Box Busters: 2009-10 UD Ice hockey cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Tim Trout as they rip into a box of 2009-10 UD Ice hockey cards from Upper Deck in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010 TRISTAR Pursuit Series 2 baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2010 TRISTAR Pursuit Series 2 baseball card sets in this latest episode of Box Busters.

More signed cards from the NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere

While you saw plenty of images from the NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere this weekend — all taken by Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler — you coudn’t have seen everything.

Guest commentary: Ice arrives at right time of year

The NHL Playoffs are in full swing and just in time Upper Deck released one of its best products of the year as UD iCE shows off some terrific acetate rookies.

Rookie Premiere: Saturday gallery (will update all day)

Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler is in Los Angeles this weekend for the NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere… here’s his latest batch of images documenting the proceedings from yesterday and this morning.

You know you’re a collector when … Bryce Harper edition

My issue of Baseball America arrived on Friday afternoon, the 2010 Draft Preview issue, with Bryce Harper on the cover.

NFL Players Rookie Premiere Photo Gallery: Day One

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Thursday marked the unofficial start to the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere with Panini America and Topps getting a head start on acquiring autographs and photography in advance of Saturday’s extravaganza at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Tim Tebow can't get enough of Beckett Football

But on Thursday night it was Beckett Football No. 234 and the buying habits of collectors that got the attention of Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

Stephen Strasburg will grace cover of next Beckett Baseball

But readers of Beckett Baseball won’t have to wait until June 4 as Stephen Strasburg is slated to appear on the cover of the next issue (No. 53) that arrives in hobby shops beginning next week.

If You're in Oxnard on Friday with Nothing to Do . . .

One of the biggest weekends of the 2010 football card season will kick off early Friday afternoon at the Walmart Supercenter on Rose Avenue in Oxnard, Calif. From 1 to 3 p.m.

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards about a week before its official release in this episode of Box Busters.

Topps' "You Sketch It" cards bring interactivity to a new level

Found in packs of the upcoming 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards will be Topps “You Sketch It” cards that have blank fronts that can be drawn upon and sent back to Topps for the chance to possibly win a prize (according to sales materials) and potentially have their sketch cards inserted into future Topps products for collectors to find.

Topps goes back to the future with a pair of insert sets in 2010 Series 2

Critics might say that Topps spends too much time looking into the past for its products, but a pair of new insert card sets in the forthcoming 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball card set shows that they’re doing that again — as well as looking into the future.

Box Busters preview gallery: 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards

We’ve cracked the first box of 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards for an upcoming Box Busters video, but until that arrives here’s a gallery of what can be found inside the packs …

Topps' Million Card Giveaway includes T206s in Series 2

With 2010 Topps Series 2 arriving next week, we get the second wave of the overwhelmingly popular Million Card Giveaway, which includes original T206 cards in this series.

First look: 2010 Press Pass Showcase racing cards

Press Pass has revealed more images and released more set information for its sophomore high-end release, Showcase, which will include an autograph or memorabilia card from top NASCAR drivers in every pack.

Evolution of autographs: Which ones do you remember?

It’s the “early” autograph — the one where an athlete either hadn’t adopted a shorter version of an autograph or a rarer one where we don’t commonly see it on items signed in bulk.

NFL Players Rookie Premiere Set to Dazzle on Saturday

The 14th annual NFL Players Rookie Premiere promises to be a faster, more furious (but just as festive) affair when this year’s edition kicks off Saturday morning from the fabled Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

Inside Upper Deck's signing with "The Great One" Wayne Gretzky

Upper Deck completed a signing with NHL legend Wayne Gretzky today and wanted to show off some of the cards that will be found in upcoming products.

Your Topps Attax baseball collection isn't quite complete without the Battle of The Ages cards

Thought you were done collecting 2010 Topps Attax cards? Think again.