Monthly Archives: July 2010

First look: 2010 Bowman Platinum baseball cards

Topps released the basic product information and preview images for its newest prospect-laden line, Bowman Platinum, on Friday, a product that carries some high-end possible hits at a lesser price point.

Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass Showcase racing cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Tracy Hackler as they rip into a box of 2010 Press Pass Showcase racing cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2009-10 National Treasures basketball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Keith Hower as they rip into a pair of 2009-10 National Treasures boxes from Panini America in this latest episode of Box Busters.

First Look: 2010 Topps Unrivaled Football

Topps officials on Thursday afternoon released preliminary information and images on 2010 Topps Unrivaled Football, a brand new product due out in mid November delivering two rookie autographs and one patch autograph per box.

Mandatory, Massive Gallery: 2010 Press Pass Showcase Racing

The day that racing collectors have been anxiously anticipating for the better part of a year arrived today with the release of 2010 Press Pass Showcase Racing, the heavily anticipated followup to last year’s history-making debut of the most expensive racing product in trading card history.

Ever wonder how many 1/1 cards have been made?

I personally love it when a 1/1 is found in a Beckett Box Busters box and “outrage” erupts from a seemingly always agitated few. Why? Because the 1/1 is nowhere close to being what it used to be.

Incoming! New Arrivals for 2009-10 National Treasures Basketball

Panini America’s first foray into ultra-high-end basketball card production becomes official one week from today with the release of 2009-10 Playoff National Treasures, a $400-for-eight-cards proposition that guarantees its fair share of thrills among its eight cards per pack.

Stephen Strasburg 1/1 Red autograph card sells for $17,000

The premiere Stephen Strasburg card from 2010 Bowman — his 1/1 Red autograph — sold for $17,000 after 10 bids Wednesday evening in an auction that ran for a good portion of this month with Huggins and Scott.

Upper Deck unveils signed LeBron Heat memorabilia

Upper Deck released the first glimpses of its new LeBron James autographed Miami Heat memorabilia on Wednesday, a small assortment of items marking The King’s decision to take his talents to South Beach.

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Tribute baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of the high-end 2010 Topps Tribute baseball card set in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Collect Call: Talking with a serious Michael Jordan collector

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler as he talks to Lou Costabile, a serious collector of rare Michael Jordan basketball cards in this edition of Collect Call.

Box Busters: 2010 Classics football cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2010 Classics football cards from Panini in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Famous Fabrics Second Edition Impresses — Without a License

What In The Game patriarch Dr. Brian Price lacks in big-time league licensing, he more than makes up for by continuing to push the creative envelope when it comes to high-end multisport, multi-generational products.

First Look: 2010-11 Score Hockey

Panini America officials on Tuesday released preliminary product information and images for 2010-11 Score Hockey, the company’s highly anticipated fun-and-affordable-for-all-ages product that will release in mid October. The product — initially expected to be Panini’s premiere release under its new hockey license — will follow Certified into the market but will pack a bevy of […]

Chris Bosh's First Heat Autograph to Arrive at The National

Last week, Beckett Media’s Chris Olds was the first to report that the first Miami Heat trading cards of new teammates LeBron James and Chris Bosh would be part of Panini America’s wrapper redemption program at next month’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

First Look: 2010 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Football

Panini America officials on Monday offered the first glimpses of 2010 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Football, the $40, hit-per-pack product launching in early October that annually delivers the most coveted Rookie Cards of the early season.

First Strasburg National Topps Heritage card sells for $869 in charity fund-raiser

The first copy of the 2010 Topps Heritage National Sports Collectors Convention card of Washington Nationals rookie Stephen Strasburg has hit the auction block benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes foundation.

Matt Garza throws first no-hitter in Tampa Bay Rays history

Matt Garza’s no-hitter against the Detroit Tigers Monday night in St. Petersburg was the first in Tampa Bay Rays history — and the fifth this season, The Year of the Pitcher.

First Impressions: 2010 Classics Football

I managed to get my grubby paws on an early box of 2010 Classics Football earlier today. Stay tuned tomorrow for another riveting episode of Box Busters. Until then, here are some random observations — and an interest-piquing preview gallery — from one box.

PSA 8.5 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card sells for $130K

As part of Memory Lane’s Summer Treasures auction, now under way at, are a PSA 8.5 Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps card and a PSA 8 wax pack from the famed set. Only 10 Mantles have graded higher from PSA.

Bustin' Blasters: 2010 Allen & Ginter baseball cards

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds rips into some 2010 Allen & Ginter boxes in search of the elusive white whale … err, the Stephen Strasburg mini.

First look: 2010-11 Panini Prestige basketball cards

Panini America revealed its first basketball set for the 2010-11 season — its sophomore season as the NBA’s lone trading card licensee — and it’s Prestige leading the way.

Topps will release Heritage Stephen Strasburg card at National Sports Collectors Convention

Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg will be at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.

Panini America releases additional details for 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition

Panini America released additional information on its forthcoming 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball card set on Tuesday, the most notable nugget being that the product will include Elite Legacy buyback autographs from the last decade of releases.

LeBron James' first Miami Heat card arrives at The National Sports Collectors Convention

Panini America, the only officially licensed manufacturer of NBA trading cards has unveiled the first card of LeBron James in his Miami Heat uniform, a card that will only be found at the National Sports Collectors Convention next month in Baltimore, Md.

Panini America unveils plans for this year's National Sports Collectors Convention

Panini America announced its plans for next month’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore on Monday evening with the highlight being a 50-card multi-sport set featuring NFL, NBA, NHL and college stars.

Collegiate Licensing Company official clarifies contract details

A Collegiate Licensing Company official has clarified the details of the company’s deal with Upper Deck in the wake of Panini America’s announcement of a CLC-approved baseball card set arriving in September.

TRISTAR's Obak returns at The National

TRISTAR’s tobacco card-styled Obak baseball set, which arrived last year about a century after its namesake, will return once again in 2010 with a debut at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore, Md. , early next month.

TRISTAR will launch latest TNA Wrestling set — TNA Icons — with appearances at National Sports Collectors Convention

TRISTAR unveiled its latest TNA Wrestling card set — TNA Icons — on Saturday and it will launch the latest product with appearances from several wrestliers at the National Sports Collectors Convention early next month in Baltimore, Md.

Topps readies 2010 Topps Sterling baseball cards — with Stephen Strasburg autographed Relics

Topps Sterling baseball returns for yet another season, arriving in early November with one autographed Relic or Relic limited to 10 or fewer copies along with a second Relic numbered to 25 in each and every box.

Guest commentary: Sports Art For Less Than $100,000

There is an eBay auction that caught my eye specifically because it had some “vintage” New York Rangers included in it. This 1968 Leroy Nieman oil painted masterpiece is valued at around $200,000 but the 89-year-old painter will let it go for $89,000.

Panini to make CLC-approved Elite Extra Edition baseball set

Panini announced on Friday that it will return to the baseball card market with 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition, a fully licensed release approved by the Collegiate Licensing Company.

Bustin' Wax: WWE Heritage III Chrome (2008)

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a hobby box of 2008 WWE Heritage III Chrome wrestling cards from Topps in yet another throwback box break.

Bustin' wax: 2009 Topps American Heritage

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a blaster box of 2009 Topps American Heritage — a throwback box break just for fun.

First Look: 2010 Topps Triple Threads Football

Topps officials on Thursday unveiled preliminary images and product information on 2010 Topps Triple Threads Football, the company’s perennial super-premium pigskin homage slated for release in early November.