Monthly Archives: August 2010

Almost Live: 2010 Classics Football Hall of Fame Autographs

Panini America Football Brand Manager Carlos Torrez confirmed today that all seven subjects in the 2010 Classics Football Hall of Fame Autographs set (Emmitt Smith, Jerry Rice, Floyd Little, John Randle, Dick LeBeau, Rickey Jackson and Russ Grimm) have returned their on-card autographs to Panini headquarters.

USA Baseball deal lets Topps present top prospects earlier than ever

To collectors of USA Baseball cards this is nothing new, but Topps touted its crop of top 2011 draft picks that can already be found in its 2010 Bowman sets because of its deal as the exclusive manufacturer of USA Baseball cards. Oh, and it also offered a sneak peek at the first USA Baseball cards for this year’s roster, which will be all over upcoming sets.

First Look: Leaf MMA Fedor Emelianenko & Brock Lesnar Autos

Leaf President Brian Gray on Monday afternoon released several images of autographed cards slated for the upcoming 2010 Leaf MMA product due out next month. Among them was the first certified autograph card of feared Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko and a handful of cards bearing signatures from UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

Rippin' Retail: 2010 Topps 206 baseball cards

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds rips into a blaster box (and a jumbo pack) of 2010 Topps 206 baseball cards in this latest Rippin’ Retail video.

First Look: 2010 Crown Royale Football

You can count on one hand the number of sports card products that are instantly recognizable from five feet away with just a glimpse of the base card. The rather regal Crown Royale is one of those products — and Panini America is giving the elaborate testament to mid-’90s technological decadence a full-blown football set for the first time since 2002.

ITG President Dr. Brian Price's "Welcome Letter" to Panini

In The Game President Dr. Brian Price had an interesting post on his PrezSez blog Sunday regarding alleged language in Panini America’s NHL player agreement letters that he finds rather objectionable.

Tim Tebow 'Topps' John Elway in New Card Count

John Elway’s first Topps card — a gem of a Rookie Card that’s No. 1 in my heart and No. 63 on your checklist — arrived in 1984. Elway’s 30th Topps card wouldn’t follow until nine years later, in 1993 Topps, after the Hall of Famer had already played in three Super Bowls and earned an NFL MVP Award.

Bustin' Wax: 1995 Signature Rookies football cards

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds busts open a 15-year-old box of 1995 Signature Rookies International Edition football cards in this edition of Bustin’ Wax.

Panini reveals surprise in Elite Extra Edition baseball card set

Panini America officials revealed to Beckett Media on Friday a few of the surprises it has in store for the upcoming 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball card set that arrives in late-September.

The hobby's biggest story in years gets bigger — Stephen Strasburg needs Tommy John surgery

The biggest story in baseball in years got a little bit bigger on Friday morning as a Washington Nationals official said Stephen Strasburg likely needs Tommy John surgery — ligament replacement in his right elbow. That means we may not see him on an MLB mound until 2012.

Topps Offers An Exclusive Sneak Peek at 2010 Topps UFC

But one of the highlights for the card-minded enthusiasts among the throngs attending no doubt will be booth #2015. That’s where Topps officials are providing the first opportunity to view — and purchase — 2010 Topps UFC, the company’s hotly anticipated next product available everywhere else Sept. 15.

First look: 2010 Bowman Sterling baseball cards

Topps revealed its latest prospecting product on Friday morning, Bowman Sterling, which will arrive in late-December packing 20 hits in every six-pack box.

Topps Offers Bounty for Rare Quad-Signed Rookie Premiere Auto

A limited-edition 2010 Topps Rookie Premiere Autograph card signed by Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Dez Bryant and Jimmy Clausen will land one lucky collector a full-size NFL helmet signed by the same four rookie stars in Topps’ latest bounty program revealed to Beckett Media on Thursday evening.

Complete Gallery: 2010 Topps Football Rookie Cards & Variations

Judging by the considerable buzz being created online and in hobby shops today, it’s pretty clear that 2010 Topps Football is starting to make its way across the country. The product trickled out at mass retail earlier this week and most hobby dealers have received their order of Jumbos. The standard hobby configuration product should arrive tomorrow. Clearly, the frenzy is beginning.

Box Busters Gallery: 2009-10 Panini NBA Season Update

We got an early glimpse at 2009-10 Panini NBA Season Update today and it appears that the autograph and memorabilia card odds are better than first reported. Like, two times better.

On the Front Lines: Tim Tebow Mania

Editor’s Note: For almost 20 years, Mike Fruitman has owned and operated Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in the Denver, Colo., suburb of Aurora. During that time, Fruitman admittedly has never seen anything quite like the frenzy that ensued beginning with the late-April day that Tim Tebow became a Denver Bronco. This is his summary.

2010 Topps Football Finally Arrives . . .

The long-awaited and way-later-than-usual arrival of base-brand Topps Football this week is sure to be met with a widespread embrace and robust hobby-shop foot traffic across the country.

WHA Hall of Fame Hockey set rekindles interest

The World Hockey Association was a star-studded league that ran from 1972-1979, a professional league that was genuine competition for the NHL.

Amazing Dunks, Insane Trick Shots at the 2010 Panini NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

If you think all that went on at last week’s 2010 Panini NBA Rookie Photo Shoot was acquiring autographs, conducting interviews and snapping pictures for the express purpose of making 2010-11 NBA trading cards, well, do yourself a favor and devote less than three minutes to this must-see video.

Domonic Brown, Ryan Kalish finish off 2010 Finest Rookie Redemptions

Topps revealed its final two 2010 Finest Rookie Redemption cards on Monday, and the shocking revelation is that neither one was Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

Upper Deck Produces Thierry Henry's First MLS Trading Card

Upper Deck officials have produced the first Major League Soccer trading card of French superstar Thierry Henry and are distributing it free to those collectors who purchase two blaster boxes of 2010 Upper Deck Soccer at the company’s online store.

Card Gallery: 2010 Topps WWE Wrestling

We got our first look at the 2010 Topps WWE set on Wednesday and one of the things that stands out in this release are strong photographs cleanly showcased on the design for Topps’ 2010 baseball set.

Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain fuel $1.48M Grey Flannel's Basketball Hall of Fame auction

Grey Flannel’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction netted $1.48 million recently — an average lot price of more than $6,600 — with some classic items helping lead the way.

First Look: 2010 Topps Magic Football

Topps officials on Thursday provided preliminary product information and images on 2010 Topps Magic Football, one of the company’s few throwback-inspired gridiron releases that arrives in late December yielding three autograph cards per box. Magic is bolstered by the Magic Autographs, Magic Dual Autographs and Magic Dual Autographs signature inserts, and each includes a Chrome […]

Rippin' Retail: 2010 Topps WWE wrestling cards

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds rips into a blaster box of 2010 Topps WWE wrestling cards in this latest episode of Rippin’ Retail. (We’ll have a standard Box Busters video soon.)

Daniel Bryan's WWE return was in the cards all along

According to Topps’ compliance information with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act — information obtained by checking a code printed on the cards themselves — the cards were printed between July2 and July 16 — well before Sunday’s PPV.

Rippin Retail: 2010 Topps Baseball Value Box

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds rips into a 2010 Topps Baseball Value Box, a new item that hit retail shops this week.

Gallery: Signature Moves at the 2010 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

Despite the countless hours of behind-the-scenes legwork that go into preparing for any rookie photo shoot (let alone one that attracts more than 40 players like today’s just-completed 2010 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot), most collectors tend to strip the events down these days to two important questions: Will there be on-card autographs from the event and what do the photographs taken there look like?

First look: 2010 Certified football cards

Panini America released the basic product information and preview images for one of its annual staples on Tuesday, 2010 Certified, which will arrive in late October.

Sneak Peek: 2010-11 Limited Basketball Same Day Rookie Signatures (Unsigned)

Panini America officials are taking advantage of the unprecedented access provided by today’s 2010 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot to acquire as many on-card autographs for the 2010-11 NBA card season as possible.

New York Giants legend Bobby Thomson dies at 86

Bobby Thomson appeared on just 219 baseball cards during his career, just 25 of those certified autographs and 17 of them featuring memorabilia swatches. His Rookie Card appears in the 1948 Bowman set, which can be found for $100 or less.

Beckett On Location: The 2010 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

Beckett correspondent Michael Eisner (no, not that Michael Eisner) is on location today inside the MSG Training Center in Tarrytown, N.Y., covering the 2010 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot and Panini America’s cardmaking exploits there.

Round 5 Readies New-Line Sneak Peek for UFC Fan Expo

Renowned UFC figure-maker Round 5 has a surprise for those MMA fans attending the UFC Fan Expo in conjunction with UFC 118 later this month in Boston: A sneak peek at the company’s Ultimate Collector Series 4 line.

In the Minors: But will they get baseball cards?

If you’ve set foot in a Whataburger restaurant somewhere in the South, you have probably seen this iconic image of a company-sponsored baseball team somewhere on its walls.

First look: 2010 Bowman Sterling football cards

Topps unveiled its latest football offering, 2010 Bowman Sterling, on Monday, a rookie-loaded high-end product chock-full of autographs and memorabilia cards.