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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 for a 1-0 victory.

It’s the 20th perfect game in MLB history — the second perfecto in Phillies history behind Jim Bunning‘s gem in June 1964. Oakland’s Dallas Braden threw a perfect game earlier this month and Colorado’s Ubaldo Jimenez threw a no-hitter against Atlanta — the first in Rockies’ history — in April.

Halladay appears on a total of 3,186 baseball cards — 288 of them autographed and 600 game-used memorabilia cards. The best of his five Rookie Cards is his 1997 Bowman Chrome card (above) valued at $25, while his first certified autograph card, from the 1995 Signature Rookies Tetrad set, sells for $40.

Halladay appears on the cover of the current issue of Beckett Baseball along with Tim Lincecum, CC Sabathia and Stephen Strasburg as we profiled the most powerful pitchers in the hobby today.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Let's not jump to conclusions with Paul Henderson jersey

By Russ Cohen

It’s an age-old debate. When a precious jersey or piece of memorabilia goes up for sale, why shouldn’t a card company have a chance at purchasing said item to use it however it sees fit?

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.

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Box Busters: 2010 Razor Poker cards

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

What will they find inside? How can you win a box?

Watch the video and find out…

Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor auction ends at $16,403

UPDATE: The auction ended at $16,403 on Saturday evening with 84 bids.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s the kind of big card that we all dream about pulling.

It’s the reason, right or wrong, that many of us bust box after box hoping for the cardboard gods to grace us with the discovery of a lifetime.

It’s the card that justifies our obsessions and could help fund a collection elsewhere — or just pay off those bills that often come with the collecting habit.

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.

It’s a card that’s been written about countless times already, had more bogus bids than usual for a high-profile auction and it’s one that could pay for a new car — or a whole lot of baseball cards — once it’s sold.

What are his plans?

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Talkin' bout Gary Coleman autographed cards

Whatchu talkin’ bout, Willis?”

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

After Coleman died at age 42 on Friday afternoon in Provo, Utah, after suffering an aneurysm and falling into a coma, there will be plenty of people seeking out his autographs. It’s a natural reaction in the hobby for collectors or fans who put off tracking down a piece of memorabilia for something they remember so well.

Coleman appeared on just four certified autograph cards — all in the 2008 Donruss Americana II set. He signed a total of just 360 autographs spread over four cards –  Co-Stars Signature No. 18  with Todd Bridges (aka Willis), Private Signings No. 149, TV Stars Signature No. GC and TV Stars Signature Directors Cut.

The rarest card is the dual with Bridges, which is limited to just 50 cards. It’s also the most expensive at $60. The others typically sell for $20 to $30. The Cut signature also includes an inscription.

See images of the cards after the jump.

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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.

See more images after the jump.

This year’s version of Platinum — which features a 165-card base set — will deliver three autograph cards per box, including two autographed Refractor Rookie Cards and one autograph Refractor patch card. Every autograph in the product will be featured on Refractor technology. New this year are dual-signed rookies numbered to 25 and hobby-exclusive triple-signed rookies numbered to 10.

Platinum’s autographed Refractor patch cards will include 1/1 Superfractor versions as well as Red and Black parallel versions. Base-card Superfractors and printing plates 1/1s will be hobby-exclusive.

In addition to the three autographs, each box of Platinum will also deliver six Rookie Card variations from a checklist of 55 subjects and each pack will deliver two Chrome Rookie Cards.

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Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass Stealth racing cards

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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.

What will they find inside? How can you win packs?

Watch and find out in this epic production from unofficial Beckett cinematographer Chris Olds.

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.

See more images after the jump.

Following in the super-premium footsteps of its football predecessor, National Treasures Basketball will deliver six autograph or memorabilia cards, one base card numbered to 99 and one Legend, Rookie or parallel/insert card per eight-card pack. The suggested SRP of that pack? $400

National Treasures releases in early August and will include prime-material, on-card autograph Rookie Cards of such superstars as Tyreke Evans, Stephen Curry and Brandon Jennings, in addition to on-card Kobe Bryant autographs, NBA Logoman Combos,  and Signature Trio and Quad autograph cards.

Stay tuned to Beckett.com for additional information on National Treasures as it becomes available.

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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.

For the first time in an Attax release, Topps is including a small amount of signatures — all on-card and acquired at last weekend’s NFL Players Rookie Premiere — to the gaming product that includes 380 total cards (110 offensive players, 110 defensive players as well as Code Cards, and Red Zone, Platinum and Sepia Foil Cards) and is slated to arrive in early August.

The tentative autograph checklist includes Sam Bradford, C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews, Demaryius Thomas, Dez Bryant, Tim Tebow, Jahvid Best, Golden Tate, Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy.

Attax will be distributed in 99-cent booster packs (five cards, one foil), $3.99 value packs (27 cards, three code cards, three foil and one game board and $5.99 mega starter packs (30 cards, four code cards, four foil cards, one game board and one binder).

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Muhammad Ali's return to cards inches closer

He floated like a butterfly and stung like a bee, but it’s been a long, long time since he’s been on a trading card.

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.

The next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly (No. 304) will examine Ali’s cardboard legacy as the first set from Brian Price and Co. arrives in June, Ringside Boxing, which will include Ali cards as well as a small number of Ali autographs.

Boxing hasn’t had its own trading card set since the mid -1990s.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

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

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Beckett Media goes behind the scenes as NFL rookies — and superstar defensive linemen — Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy sign some letters and prepare to strike a pose, respectively, for Panini America at the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere.

Behind the Scenes Video: Tim Tebow Signs, Sings

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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 down . . . oh, I don’t know . . . perhaps the complete history of the Brazilian national team.)

So imagine my surprise-treading-on-euphoria last week when I discovered my face on the front of one of those little officially licensed Panini World Cup stickers. Actually, my face was on 15 of them, tucked magnificently inside an altered Panini World Cup sticker album.

There were 12 affixed to a sheet, one already placed on the first page of the album, one inserted into the pack of stickers on the front of the album and one secured safely in an inch-thick brick of Lucite. And this was my reaction: “. . .”

Indeed, I was speechless. I mean, come on – how would you react to unexpectedly seeing your very own collectible sticker for the first time? I must have gazed longingly at that sheet of me for 20 solid minutes – like Narcissus at his own image in the reflecting pool – until I came to one stark realization: I need a haircut. More sticker albums wouldn’t hurt, either.

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

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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.

What will they find inside every hit-loaded pack?

Watch and find out …

The pie's the limit in 2010 Topps Series 2

Second verse, same as the first? Well, maybe.

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.

Why? There are more pie cards to be found — just one of the secret additions to Topps cards that the company will reveal in the weeks after its release.

This time, though, they’re not just of pied New York Yankees players, who were showcased in Series 1. Five, in all, have been discovered so far with Atlanta Braves rookie Jason Heyward and New York Mets rookie Ike Davis leading the way.

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Box Busters: 2009-10 UD Ice hockey cards

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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.

What will they find inside?

Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2010 TRISTAR Pursuit Series 2 baseball cards

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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.

What will they find inside these factory sets that guarantee 75 cards and six autographs per?

Watch and find out …

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 couldn’t have seen everything.

There was just that much stuff being signed.

Here are some additional images from Topps released on Monday … cards signed at the event.

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Guest commentary: Ice arrives at right time of year


by Russ Cohen

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.

Since the set arrived late in the season, it includes most of the top rookies like John Tavares, Antti Niemi, Matt Duchene, Michael Del Zotto and many more. This year was a strong crop and the “Ice Premieres” never looked better.

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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.

We’ll have more from the event throughout the day …

See more after the jump.

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