Monthly Archives: May 2010

Box Busters preview: 2010 Bowman baseball

We’re still sorting out everything we found in a box of 2010 Bowman for our latest Box Busters video. You’ll find a teaser gallery of cards in advance of that video right here.

The gallery is after the jump as is a full rundown of the odds.

(Note: The Jason Heyward autograph was not pulled in our boxes — it’s merely a scan of a final card posted here earlier so readers can get a glimpse. What autos will we find? Wait and find out …)

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Coming up today on Box Busters …

We’re busting the first boxes of 2010 Bowman here soon for Box Busters … are you ready?

Ed Wang Makes History, Panini Makes Historic Rookie Card

It’s natural that all the hype and collectibles dollars for 2010 football cards are being directed at the high-profile, early-round  skill-position players such as Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, C.J. Spiller and Dez Bryant. But there’s a bona fide history maker hiding in the later rounds. And he’s an offensive lineman, for goodness sakes.

Ed Wang, the tackle out of Virginia Tech selected in the fifth round by the Buffalo Bills, became the first player of full Chinese descent drafted into the NFL — and next week’s release of 2010 Prestige will include his pioneering first Rookie Card.

Wang’s story is quite a compelling one. At 16, Wang — whose mother and father were members of the 1984 Chinese Olympic team — became the youngest player ever to commit to Virginia Tech. As a Hokie, the 6-5, 314-pound behemoth became known, affectionately, as “Godzilla.”

Wang is expected to improve a Bills offensive line in desperate need of assistance and help provide running lanes for his new teammate, Spiller.

2010 Prestige Football releases May 12.

Press Pass revs up its NASCAR Hall of Fame card offerings

With the NASCAR Hall of Fame set to open next Tuesday, Press Pass continues to ready cards for its 100-card release celebrating the history of the sport.

The sport’s milestones won’t only be noted in the new museum in Charlotte, N.C., but they’ll also be seen also in packs of racing cards throughout the year. The insert card set, which is broken down into four groups of cards — History of NASCAR, Milestone Moments, Glory Road and Class of 2010 — will include the members of the inaugural class as well.

NASCAR founder Bill France Sr. and NASCAR CEO Bill France Jr. will appear on cards along with seven-time champions Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt Sr. as well as legendary driver and owner Junior Johnson. They all will be inducted on May 23.

Read more and see more cards from the set after the jump.

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Paging Alex Gordon! Stephen Strasburg not in Topps 206 set … yet

By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball Editor | COMMENTARY

Highly touted Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg may be on the fast-track to taking the mound in the big leagues soon (and a Beckett Baseball cover appearance, too, but that’s a story for a different time), but that doesn’t mean he’ll appear on a Topps Rookie Card with the always popular RC logo any time sooner than he’s supposed to.

You see, the card above was shown on the sales materials for the forthcoming 2010 Topps 206 set for release in late August, but the preview materials arrived last month showing the not-eligible-for-an-RC phenom.

I didn’t even notice him staring back at me until I received the printed version of the sellsheet in the mail Monday — and apparently a few others didn’t notice until yesterday, either, as Topps issued the following statement early Tuesday morning:

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Panini Giving One Fan the Chance to Go 'One-on-One' with Kobe

Panini America officials today launched the “Play Kobe One-On-One” promotion with four-time NBA champion and exclusive spokesman Kobe Bryant. From May 1 through June 17, basketball fans can log on to www.PaniniAdrenalyn.com to compete against other fans , the leading scorer at the end of the promotion will get a chance to meet Kobe and play him “One-On-One” in a game of Adrenalyn, the new interactive trading card game from Panini.

Click here to watch the newest television spot promoting the contest.

The promotion coincides with the recent launch of the Panini Adrenalyn Xtreme game mode that features new enhancements to gameplay following player feedback during the beta phase of the game.  The new enhancements offer more strategic gameplay along with more shot opportunities, resulting in higher NBA scores.  Matchup results are based on a player’s chance of scoring, eliminating the ability for players to load their decks to guarantee they win a matchup.  Instead, higher ratings increase a player’s chance that they will score.

“I’m looking forward and excited to play a fan one-on-one in a game of Adrenalyn,” said Bryant, who scored 31 points Sunday in the Lakers’ 104-99 win over Utah in Game 1 of a Western Conference Semifinal. “I’ve been practicing, so I’ll be ready.”

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Longtime Dave & Adam's Buyer Joins Baseball Card Exchange

Reed Kasaoka, longtime unopened product acquisition specialist for Dave and Adam’s Card World, has joined Baseball Card Exchange as that company’s Director of Acquisitions.

“Reed has a great track record of traveling just about anywhere to buy a significant collection,” said Steve Hart, owner of Baseball Card Exchange.  “His addition to the company will allow us to have an even stronger presence in the unopened product market.”

Kasaoka, a Hawaiian native, is a 20-year industry veteran who opened his first store in 1997. He’s spent the last six years with Dave and Adam’s purchasing unopened product and managing the company’s vintage card category.

“I’m excited for this opportunity to join Steve and his company,” Kasaoka said. “We’ve done business together for several years, and I’ve always been impressed with his professionalism and honesty.  I look forward to living up to his impeccable reputation in the industry.”

Kasaoka’s goal? Continuing his mission of hitting all 50 states and all the Canadian provinces in pursuit of trading cards.

“There are still great collections waiting to be discovered,” he says.

While the addition of Kasaoka is expected to allow Hart to concentrate on other business-related duties and spend more time with his family, Hart says he’ll continue to be actively buying. “I’ll still be available to purchase quality vintage unopened product, but with Reed on board, we’ll be able to reach twice as many clients.”

Topps reveals National Chicle short-prints

Topps unveiled the short-print list for its 2010 National Chicle baseball card set on Monday — a list that should be less climactic than other vintage-style sets’ SPs since they’re all found in three subsets.

The SPs are in the Retired Stars Revisited, Vintage Veterans and Rookie Renditions sets — they can be seen after the jump.

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