Monthly Archives: July 2010

First Look: 2010 Topps Pro Debut Series 2 Minor League Baseball Cards

Topps released the first look at the second series of its Pro Debut cards for Minor League Baseball on Friday afternoon.

The hobby-only product that will arrive in late September packing two autographs and one memorabilia card per 24-pack  box as well as eight parallels.

The base set will consist of 220 cards with the same parallels — Red, Gold and Blue as well as printing plates — while there will be 15 prospect autographs and 20 Debut Cuts (players TBD).

The base set also will mark the debut for several 2010 draft picks who will have their first cards as pros in this set. (The preliminary checklist includes more than 60 players TBD.)

The autographs will have Red, Gold and Blue parallels as well as printing plates, too. Among the signers on the preliminary checklist are Jesus Montero, Slade Heathcott, Brett Jackson and Christian Friedrich.

The Relic selection is deep as there will be 50 All-Star Futures Game jersey cards — with parallels — along with book patches, flag patches and red-bordered patch cards. Among the players on the Relic checklist are Tanner Scheppers, Tony Sanchez, Logan Morrison, Eric Hosmer, Lonnie Chisenhall, Mike Moustakas, Grant Green, Domonic Brown, Desmond Jennings, Mike Trout, Yonder Alonso and many others.

Insert cards will include Future Foundations (25 players) and Baseball America‘s Tools of the Trade, a 50-card set.

See images after the jump.

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2010 Topps Football Boxed Set Due in October

For countless collectors across the country, Topps‘ timeless complete-set-in-a-box concept is as much a part of their annual routine as paying taxes. It’s a one-stop shop for the clutter-averse collecting minimalist who wants to commemorate the entire season in one nice, neat package.

Topps boxed sets afford that opportunity. On Friday, the company began soliciting its 2010 Topps Football Complete Set, the newest installment of the venerable boxed base brand that features 440 cards (including 110 rookies, 27 All-Pros, 32 Team cards, four Classic Matchup cards, two 2009 Rookie of the Year cards, one Super Bowl Champion card, one League MVP card and one 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere Team Photo card).

Also included are five Rookie Card variations exclusive to the boxed set — Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Jahvid Best, Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy.

Sets are due to arrive in early October.

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First Look: Topps WWE Slam Attax Mayhem

Topps unveiled the latest in its line of Attax trading card games on Friday in WWE Slam Attax Mayhem.

The new offering will arrive in late September with a 24 packs per box or starter decks that include 18 cards, one Power card, one Finishing Move or Champions card and a bonus card.

The set appears to be similar to the last Attax offering in its lineup — cards from Raw and Smackdown along with NXT wrestlers as well. (But no Daniel Bryan for the conspiracy theorists.)

Also back are Legends, Tag Teams, Championship Belts, Match and Prop cards along with a few other subsets.

But there’s also a new twist — General Manager cards — that “change how the game is played.”

See more images after the jump.

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First Look: 2010 Panini Threads Football

Panini America officials recently revealed preliminary product information and images for 2010 Threads Football, the fifth-anniversary installment of the product that will mark the company’s sixth release of the season when it arrives in early September (on the heels of Prestige, Elite, Score, Classics and Rookies & Stars).

See more images after the jump.

2010 Threads (eight cards per pack, 24 packs per box) will carry a $4 pack SRP and will deliver four memorabilia/autograph cards per box (at least one autograph per box is guaranteed from a potential roster that includes Rookie Class Nameplates and Rookie Signature Combos, Triples and Quads).

In addition, each box should yield six Rookie Cards, four parallels and 10 additional inserts.

Stay tuned to Beckett.com for additional information on this product.

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Box Busters: 2009-10 Panini Court Kings basketball cards

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Beckett Media’s Keith Hower and Tracy Hackler rip into a pair of the new 2009-10 Court Kings boxes from Panini America in this episode of Box Busters.

What will they find? Watch and find out …

First look: 2010 Topps Update baseball cards

The baseball season isn’t even at its half-way point, but that’s not stopping the end-of-the-year baseball card product announcements.

Topps released the basic product information and preview images for its 2010 Topps Update set on Thursday, a product that will recap the year with all of the latest rookies, traded players and season highlights.

The set will include 55 rookies — including Stephen Strasburg on card No. 661 (a different photo from his Million Card Giveaway card)  — along with Bat Barrel cards, Sketch Cards drawn by the players themselves, Relics from the 2010 All-Star Game and more when it arrives in mid-October.

The third and final portion of the 2010 Topps flagship line will include one autograph or Relic per 36-pack hobby box and one autograph and two Relics in every 10-pack HTA Jumbo box.

Oh, and there will be a redempion card for a 1/1 Strasburg autograph as well.

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Rhode Island bartender wins Upper Deck's "Hunt for the Ultimate Man Cave"

One man cave stood above all the rest — and it belonged to Roy Lautieri.

The 29-year-old bartender from Coventry, R.I., has collected autographs for the last 20 years with an eye on items from Upper Deck Authenticated — and now he can add a hand-paintedand autographed  Michael Jordan jersey to his memorabilia trove as he was the winner of the “Hunt for the Ultimate Man Cave” contest from Upper Deck.

“People can debate what the true definition of someone’s ‘man cave’ is,” said Chris Carlin, Upper Deck’s sports marketing manager, “but there is no doubt Roy’s ‘man cave’ featured a personal collection that impressed everybody.

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Panini America Inks Evan Turner to Exclusive Agreement

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A week to the day after being selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, Ohio State standout Evan Turner has agreed to an exclusive agreement with Panini America.

The deal means that Turner’s autographed trading cards will be available exclusively in Panini America products, beginning with the company’s first 2010-11 release, Prestige, due out in September. In addition, Turner will likely be involved in promotional appearances for the company.

“We are excited to announce that we have signed Turner,” said Scott Prusha, Director of Marketing for Panini America. “We look forward to an exciting rookie season from him and hope he has as much success as our NBA rookies last year.”

In 2009-10, Panini’s first as the NBA’s exclusive trading card and sticker manufacturer, the company enjoyed exclusive agreements with Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans of the Sacramento Kings and Milwaukee Bucks sensation Brandon Jennings, among others.

Stay tuned to Beckett.com for additional information on the Panini America’s 2010-11 NBA product line and images of Evan Turner’s first trading cards.

— Tracy Hackler

Texas collector finds first Stephen Strasburg Allen & Ginter autograph redemption

We all know which player’s cards are the “golden ticket” in 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball this year, and one lucky collector from McKinney, Texas, was the first to land the biggest card of them all.

Craig Parker discovered a redemption card for a Stephen Strasburg autograph — a card that has already topped the $1,000 mark on eBay less than 24 hours after he discovered it in a pack at Triple Cards in Plano, Texas.

“As I opened my two boxes that I bought last night, I received a light blue redemption card,” Parker said. “I really thought it was going to be a game-used jersey or bat card of an obscure player.  I look at it closely and could not believe it – a framed auto redemption card of Stephen Strasburg!  The guys were giving me high fives and were really happy for me.  It was a thrill for me and one I will never forget.”

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Unusual inclusions in Allen & Ginter just keep coming …

The annual mystery that is the Allen & Ginter baseball set keeps evolving on the day after the popular Topps product’s arrival.

From Topps employee autographs to the Jack and the Beanstalk bean Relic card, there seems to be more unusual inclusions than ever.

Among them? Fire-eater Hubertus Wawra‘s torch wicks, champion stacker Max Poser‘s dominoes, illusionist David Blaine‘s playing cards, Preston Pittman‘s turkey caller, Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson‘s leotard, Tony Hawk‘s skateboard, Rory the flying dog’s Frisbees, and juggler Anthony Gatto‘s pins.

And we’re sure this is just the start of some of the unusual inclusions …

See them all after the jump.

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Topps: Stephen Strasburg Allen & Ginter mini is not short-printed, after all

Despite a few dealers’ large volume of cases opened without finding one, Topps announced on Thursday that the Stephen Strasburg mini card in this year’s Allen & Ginter baseball card set is not a short-print.

“Stephen Strasburg’s Allen & Ginter base mini card (No. 401) falls at the same rate as any one base mini card in the product,” read a company statement. ” The difference between Strasburg and the other subjects in the base mini set is that Strasburg’s card does not have any parallels (Allen & Ginter Back, Black Bordered, No Number, Bazooka Back, Silk, Wood and Printing Plate).”

Topps also confirmed that, unlike 2010 Bowman, Strasburg’s autographed cards can be found in retail packs. Because of Strasburg’s late inclusion, his autographed card is a redemption.

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.