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Monthly Archives: August 2010

Box Busters: 2010-11 Victory hockey cards

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Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Tim Trout rip into a box of 2010-11 Victory hockey cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?

Watch and find out …

(From Editor:  Personally, I’d watch this one just for Hackler’s opener — inevitably brought to you by Monster energy drinks …)

Box Busters: 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Premier hockey cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Tim Trout as they rip into a couple of 2009-10 O-Pee-Chee Premier boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2010-11 Limited Basketball

Panini America officials on Thursday provided preliminary details and product images for the first high-end hoops product of the 2010-11 season – Limited Basketball, slated to release in late October.

The $100-for-seven-cards proposition is once again sure to reveal many high-risk, high-reward results in boxes that include at least one autograph and two memorabilia cards (every other box will include two autographs and one memorabilia card).

Rounding out the seven-card packs will be four additional cards (base, insert, Legend or parallel) numbered to 199 or less. The 140-card base set features 100 common cards numbered to 199 and 40 rookies numbered to 249.

The Glass Cleaners, Decade Dominance and Retired Numbers inserts will feature only on-card autographs. Other autograph highlights include Jumbo Prime Signatures numbered to five or less and on-card Next-Day Autographs from the next week’s NBA Rookie Photo Shoot.

Each master case of 2010-11 Limited (15 boxes) will include either an autograph memorabilia rookie numbered to 10 or less, an autograph prime memorabilia card numbered to 10 or less or a Limited Trios Signature card numbered to 49 or less.

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Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass Elvis Milestones cards

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Join Beckett’s Tracy “Hunka Hunka Burnin'” Hackler and Bryan “Hunka Hunka Burnin'” Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2010 Elvis Milestones cards from Press Pass in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?

Watch and find out …

Recapping the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore

This year’s National Sports Collectors Convention has come and gone but if you missed the show you can get an idea of what went on in Baltimore by checking out a link  or two.

Here’s a recap of all Beckett links from the show, which went fast…

Brian Gray revives Leaf brand at The National

Box Busters at the NSCC: 2010 Famous Fabrics

Strolling the floor at the National Sports Collectors Convention

The Unbelievable Story of a Tim Tebow 1/1 Autograph

Stephen Strasburg Topps Heritage Card Creates National Frenzy

Two Days at The National: A Photo Gallery

Fewer card brands seen on dealers’ shelves at NSCC

Video At The National: Topps’ Panel Discussion

At The National: Turning $14 into $9,000 with The Baseball Card Exchange

At The National: Talking baseball with Dirk Hayhurst, author of The Bullpen Gospels

At The National: Key cards & autographs …

At The National: Japanese baseball cards & more

At The National: No. 1 for a cause

At The National: Random sights of what’s up for sale

At The National: A picture’s worth …

Can The National be more like San Diego Comic-Con?

Tebow spotlight shines brightly on Palm Beach Autographs

At The National: A Vintage View

At The National: As Cool as Iceman

At The National: Collect ‘em all!

At The National: Scenes from the floor

At The National: Bustin’ Wax — 1980s hockey

Box Busters: 2010 Rookies & Stars football cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Tracy Hackler as they rip into a box of 2010 Rookies & Stars football cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside this box break so loaded with excitement it had to be broken up into two parts.

Watch and find out… see Part 2 after the jump.

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Topps pulls back curtain on Stephen Strasburg cards to come

Topps‘ next baseball card release will be the always highly anticipated Triple Threads set, which will include the first game-used jersey cards of Stephen Strasburg – both standard swatches and patches — as well as on-card autographs of the highly touted Washington Nationals pitcher.

While Strasburg’s status on the field has slowed since his impressive debut, he’s still by far the story of 2010 regarding MLB’s rookie class and Topps recognized that fact in its discussion panel with collectors at the National Sports Collectors Convention. He’s probably had the biggest entrance into baseball from a collecting standpoint since the 1990s.

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First Impressions: 2010 Rookies & Stars Football

It’s no secret that the Rookies & Stars Football franchise has long been much more about rookies than it has been about stars, at least as it relates to the insert lineup. From Freshman Orientation to Studio Rookies to Cross Training, this is a product with a primary focus of celebrating the newest crop of superstar rookies.

Longtime brand loyalists can take solace in knowing that the 2010 version — the 13th annual installment of the brand, by the way — follows the same tried-and-true recipe of its predecessors.

Although the product hits August 18, we were lucky enough to get a few early boxes. Stay tuned to Beckett.com for what promises to be a riveting Box Busters episode. Until then, here are some random observations on 2010 Rookies & Stars Football:

* The base design is nontraditional to be sure, and quite similar to last year’s. But last year’s served as a dramatic departure from the Rookies & Stars aesthetic of the past. That was a good thing. This look will ruffle some feathers, but it’s a gritty, cutting-edge look that I think works.

* In and of itself, the somber, moody photography used on Studio Rookies is nicely done. But it seems oddly out of context and a little too foreboding in Rookies & Stars. What’s more, some of the images seem tailor-made for rookie ridicule in the wrong veteran’s hands. Having said that, the backs of those Studio cards are strikingly attractive.

* The compelling photo selection, in concert with the high dynamic range (or HDR) treatment of some of those photos, makes many of the base cards really pop — see Fred and Vincent Jackson and Adrian Peterson for proof. It’s a dynamically subtle touch that will generate more than a few double takes.

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Panini America Tabs Peyton Manning as the Face of its NFL Line

Panini America officials on Wednesday morning made it official: Peyton Manning is the new face of the company’s NFL trading card line.

As the official spokesman and trading card ambassador for the company, Manning, the 10-time Pro Bowler and four-time league MVP, will be featured on Panini’s 2010 NFL packaging, advertising and point-of-sale initiatives including the official NFL sticker/sticker album and NFL Adrenalyn, an interactive trading card game set to debut in August.

As they do already, the company’s products will continue to include Manning’s autographs and game-worn materials. Panini will also work with Manning’s charity, The Peyback Foundation.

“I’m excited to be a part of a global brand like Panini and look forward to bringing the excitement of collecting Panini Football cards and stickers to kids with NFL Adrenalyn and the Panini NFL Sticker Album,” Manning said.

Added Panini America CEO Mark Warsop: “Peyton will be the face of our Panini Football products. He’s one of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks of all time and we are glad he is leading our huddle. Peyton’s knack for throwing touchdowns is matched by Panini’s commitment to be associated with the world’s top athletes and getting kids excited about collecting NFL trading cards.”

Manning joins five-time NBA Champion Kobe Bryant as a Panini spokesman and trading card ambassador.



Topps confirms Stephen Strasburg autograph quantity in Tribute

They aren’t immensely rare, after all.

Topps confirmed the quantity of Stephen Strasburg autographs in this year’s Tribute set on Wednesday, announcing that there are, indeed, 500 autographed cards of the Washington Nationals rookie to be found in the high-end product. The number was what Beckett estimated at the time of the product’s arrival.

However, there is a slight wrinkle to this year’s Tribute redemptions for the highly touted rookie. As many collectors have noticed, the redemptions don’t state which version of the four parallels the recipients will receive.

Topps said Wednesday that there are 250 copies of the single-piece Relic as well as the dual and that the redemptions will be randomly fulfilled.

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White Sox 3B Dayan VIciedo is Topps' 8th Finest Rookie Redemption

Topps revealed its eighth 2010 Finest Rookie Redemption card on Wednesday, and it’s Chicago White Sox infielder Dayan Viciedo.

Viciedo is hitting .297 with three home runs and seven RBI this season in limited playing time for the Sox.

Topps previously announced Cubs pitcher Andrew Cashner as No. 7 (autographed), Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg as No. 6,  Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton as No. 5, and that No. 4 was Reds pitcher Mike Leake. Topps’ other releases for the set include Cubs rookie Starlin Castro for rookie No. 3, while info on rookie No. 2 can be found here and rookie No. 1 can be found here.

Through the rest of the season, Topps will announce the remainder of the players in the 10-card set.  Each Finest Master Box includes one Rookie Redemption, which also can be found as Blue Refractors (199 copies) and Gold Refractors (limited to 50).

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.

Phillies OF Domonic Brown is the 7th Topps Red Hot Rookie

Topps unveiled the seventh of its 2010 Red Hot Rookies on Wednesday morning and this one’s Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown.

Through nine games with Philadelphia, Brown is hitting .257 with a homer and 10 RBI.

The Red Hot Rookie redemptions are found one per hobby box of 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards. The remainder of the 10-card set will be announced throughout the rest of the season.

Previous RHRs include Marlins infielder Logan Morrison (No. 6), Cubs infielder Starlin Castro (No. 5), Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton (No. 4), Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch (No. 3), Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata (No. 2) and Indians catcher Carlos Santana (No. 1).

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.

First Look: 2010 Topps UFC Knockout

Two words for those diehard UFC collectors who’ve been patiently waiting for Topps to introduce the category’s first high-end trading card product: “It’s Time!”

In early December, the UFC’s exclusive trading card manufacturer will deliver 2010 Topps UFC Knockout, a super-premium, hobby-exclusive, hit-per-pack release that’s likely to floor hardcore enthusiasts. The product’s array of dazzling niceties includes SickSigs six-autograph cards (#’d to five), Notable Nicknames autographs (#’d to 25) and Triple Threads Double Combos (six fighters, six Relics #’d to 36 or less).

Knockout’s 150-card base set is bolstered by nine base autograph sets (including Three of a Kind and First Issue), five autograph relic sets (including a Between Rounds set devoted to the Octagon girls) and seven Relic sets (featuring Ground and Pound mat and tape relic cards and Premium Pieces).

Each eight-pack hobby box of Knockout will yield two autograph relic cards, two autograph cards and four relic cards eight numbered hits.

Stay tuned to Beckett.com for additional information on 2010 Topps UFC Knockout.

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At The National: Bustin' Wax — 1980s hockey

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Beckett’s Bill Sutherland cracks some 1980s Topps and O-Pee-Chee hockey packs for the chance at some vintage gold at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

What will he find inside the packs?

Watch and find out …

Marlins 1B Logan Morrison is sixth Topps Red Hot Rookie

Topps unveiled the sixth of its 2010 Red Hot Rookies on Tuesday morning and this one’s Florida Marlins first baseman Logan Morrison.

Through 11 games, Morrison is hitting .234 with five RBI.

The Red Hot Rookie redemptions are found one per hobby box of 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards. The remainder of the 10-card set will be announced throughout the rest of the season.

Previous RHRs include Cubs infielder Starlin Castro (No. 5), Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton (No. 4), Tigers outfielder Brennan Boesch (No. 3), Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata (No. 2) and Indians catcher Carlos Santana (No. 1).

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.

"The Decision" means new autograph style for LeBron James, too

Many people wondered how long, how calculating “The Decision” was for LeBron James.

While we ponder that one with James having taken his talents to South Beach we have a new addition to a James persona that already includes a new team, a new uniform and perhaps a new image.

What is it?

A new autograph.

Really, a new signature style.

The player whose autograph emulated that of his childhood hero, Michael Jordan, is evolving once again as part of his changes — perhaps one part psychological, one part promotional.

Either way, it probably won’t hurt the demand for those new Miami Heat items from Upper Deck Authenticated.

See the full release after the jump.

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At The National: Scenes from the floor

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Sights from the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore. For example, yours truly tried exploring the TRISTAR autograph pavilion until he saw this …

At The National: Collect 'em all!

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One collector’s quest started with a pair of Prime swatch cards and then it became something more … an item worthy of display in Panini’s booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Panini’s Scott Prusha discusses the item …

At The National: As Cool as Iceman

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A limited edition McFarlane Toys figure of San Antonio Spurs icon George “Iceman” Gervin was for sale at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

It could be the first of a few charitable memorabilia projects coming from Babaie Promotions Inc. and Chris Olds caught up with its president, Alix Babaie to get all the details.

At The National: A Vintage View

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While wandering the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention it was easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of vintage material on the show floor.

Here’s a look at what was in just one case out of thousands at the show.

Tebow spotlight shines brightly on Palm Beach Autographs

By SUSAN LULGJURAJ | SPECIAL TO BECKETT MEDIA

BALTIMORE – One of the hottest athletes in the market is not easy to find at the National Sports Collectors Convention, but once you find Tim Tebow memorabilia on the Baltimore Convention Center floor, you’re swimming in it.

Tebow, who won two national championships with the Florida Gators, signed an exclusive memorabilia deal with Palm Beach Autographs, which has two stores in Jacksonville and Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

Co-owner Jim Dodson, a Florida graduate, has seen the immediate benefits of a Tebow exclusive, including a booth at the National, which is the first sports collectors convention the company has attended as a vendor.

“Having his product certainly helped with us being here,” Dodson said. “I’m not sure what the likelihood of us being here would have been if we didn’t have his stuff.”

By the fourth day of the National, Palm Beach Autographs had sold about 15 Tebow items, which ran anywhere from $180 to more than $1,000. There were posters, jerseys, mini helmets and signed pictures – among other pieces. Palm Beach Autographs has other memorabilia such as baseball and golf, but focus on college football. Tebow was their most popular item.

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Can The National be more like San Diego Comic-Con?

By SUSAN LULGJURAJ | SPECIAL TO BECKETT MEDIA

BALTIMORE – The 31st annual National Sports Collectors Convention finished on Sunday and then dealers packed their boxes (hopefully lighter than when they arrived) and collectors went home with cards, memorabilia and empty wallets.

For five days, collectors looked for different trading cards, game-used items and received autographs at the Baltimore Convention Center. Some left with bags full of goodies they don’t even know where to put yet. While others left with just one or two coveted prizes.

Conventions like these have ways of changing over the years. San Diego’s Comic-Con, which started as a comic book show, has turned into one of the biggest pop culture events in the country. While there are still comics, statues of Superman and places to find your Klingon dictionary, there are different types of events such as Q&A panels with popular television shows that have become the heart of the show.

So how can the National get as big as Comic-Con?

Here were a few suggestions heard on the floor on Sunday.

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At The National: A picture's worth …

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Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds caught up with John Rogers who is doing some good business at the National Sports Collectors Convention selling photographs from the archives of some memorable photographers and publications like The Sporting News.

Learn more about his company and how you can find some unique collectibles in the video.

At The National: Random sights of what's up for sale

Babe Ruth, anyone?

There’s simply so much to be found at the National Sports Collectors Convention that it would take days to see it all.

Here’s a small sampling — some traditional, some unusual and some just flat-out weird — of what caught our eye on Saturday at the nation’s biggest sports card and memorabilia convention.

See it all after the jump.

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At The National: No. 1 for a cause

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Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds caught up with the buyer of the No. 1 Topps Heritage Stephen Strasburg card, which was sold to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

The Strasburg card has been the talker of the show and it started with the charity auction where it fetched nearly $900.

See what the buyer had to say about the card …