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Posted on July 28, 2010 – 2:51 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.
Posted on July 28, 2010 – 11:03 am | Author: chrisolds
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Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2010 Classics football cards from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find? Watch and find out.
Posted on July 28, 2010 – 12:20 am | Author: hackler
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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.
For the latest case in point, look no further than Famous Fabrics Second Edition, a simply majestic memorabilia-card marvel from Price’s Creative Cardboard Concepts label due to drop next week at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.
Devoid of player photography and the always-welcomed stamp of approval that player and league licensing affords, the product manages to sparkle anyway thanks to the historic nature of its content and the innovative high points of its development.
The checklist alone is arguably the most comprehensive ever assembled in terms of sports and eras touched. No less than 20 sports or disciplines are represented (the big four plus mixed martial arts, golf, boxing, soccer, horse racing, poker, professional wrestling, auto racing, bicycling, gymnastics, tennis, volleyball, swimming, ice skating, coaching, announcing and even dare-deviling). The fact that Price and his people even managed to acquire memorabilia for such a far-reaching roster is a commendable feat in and of itself.
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Posted on July 27, 2010 – 6:29 pm | Author: hackler
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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 its own distinctive bells and whistles, not the least of which are a$.99 pack price and a massive 550-card base set that includes 50 rookies.
In a nod to Score Hockey’s landmark first release in 1990-91, this new-generation version includes a little of the old (36 packs per box and throwback inserts such as The Franchise and Snow-Globe Die-Cuts) with a lot of the new (autograph cards seeded one per case, including on-card BuyBacks from the original 1990-91 set).
Each box will deliver 18 Rookie Cards, 36 Glossy inserts, 12 additional insert cards and one Rookie Redemption card that collectors can exchange for an early card of a hot 2010-11 rookie.
Posted on July 26, 2010 – 11:08 pm | Author: hackler
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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.
Today, Beckett Media confirmed that Bosh’s first Miami Heat certified autograph trading card will be part of that wrapper redemption, too.
Posted on July 26, 2010 – 10:48 pm | Author: hackler
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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 NFL season.
Rookie Premiere Materials RCs, Absolute Memorabilia’s instantly recognizable calling cards, return in full force; from the looks of the early sales material, so do some absolutely breathtaking oversized patch pieces.
Every autograph card in the set is numbered to 299 or less and every memorabilia card in the product is numbered to 100 or less. Each four-pack, box of Playoff Absolute Memorabilia should deliver one rookie or veteran autograph card, one Rookie NFL Die Cut Material autograph card, two memorabilia cards, two Rookie Cards numbered to 299 or less and two additional insert or parallel cards and eight base cards.
Posted on July 26, 2010 – 9:26 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Update: The card sold for $869.
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.
The card, No. 1/999, is available on eBay right now.
The other 998 copies of the card will be available during limited times at the Topps booth during the NSCC, which starts next week in Baltimore, Md. There is a limit of one card per person per day if they open packs of cards at the company’s booth during the show.
The winner also will receive a VIP Pass to the National, which includes 12 free VIP celebrity star autographs, all promotional cards given to VIPs as well as entrance into the private VIP Party among other benefits.
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Posted on July 26, 2010 – 8:47 pm | Author: chrisolds
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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.
Garza was one of nine pitchers we spotlighted recently in Beckett Baseball No. 53. At that time, Garza’s 420 baseball cards carried a total value of $2,023.75 — an average of $9.64 per card for all of those that are not too rare to establish a reliable price range.
Garza, one of many former Minnesota Twins pitching prospects, carried a 10-5 record and a 4.36 ERA into Monday night’s game. His Rookie Cards from 2005 include Bowman Sterling, Bowman Chrome Draft, Topps Chrome Update and Topps Update among others.
Posted on July 26, 2010 – 4:06 pm | Author: hackler
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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.
* While Classics’ overall base design likely won’t overwhelm you, the looks of Membership, Team Colors and Flashback Fabrics probably will. The attention to detail on Membership will make you think your card has a crease on it.
* Flashback Fabrics, the insert provides a nice, tidy opportunity to incorporate dated game-worn inventory without looking way out of place. The Terrell Owens we pulled included a rather juicy patch from one of TO’s old Eagles jerseys; seems like forever ago that Owens was flying high in Philly.
* Many of the cards in this set seem particularly susceptible to chipping. Handle with care.
* All four RCs and both Significant Signatures autographed parallels feature photography of the respective rookies in their NFL uniforms. That’s a good thing.
Posted on July 26, 2010 – 12:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Aug. 16 Update: The pack sold for $21,404, while the PSA 8.5 Mickey Mantle card sold for $130,000
“Let’s play two” is an understatement of how exciting this one is.
Ernie Banks‘ memorable phrase comes to mind when two of the biggest PSA-graded gems from 1952 Topps hit the bloclk– even though Mr. Cub wasn’t around to be found in those packs.
Up for grabs as part of Memory Lane‘s Summer Treasures auction, found now at MemoryLaneInc.com, 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.