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Monthly Archives: September 2010

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Chrome baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds & Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of not-even-out-yet 2010 Topps Chrome baseball cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?

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Tickets to Paradise

It can be argued that the first great sports collectible wasn’t the sports card. It was the sports ticket, another rectangular piece of paper that gained its holder entrance into the game to watch the star who appeared on the card that would become the second great sports collectible.

In its purest form, the ticket (or the surviving stub in many cases)  is a timeless, memory-inducing piece of memorabilia for any true sports fan — or rock concert-goer, for that matter.  The folks at That’s My Ticket know this, which is why they’ve long given the ticket its due with the proper amount of reverence.

The company produces a full line of ticket collectibles, from suitable shrines to honor your own unique game-day experiences to larger-than-life reproductions of classic game tickets. That’s My Ticket’s roster of offerings includes NFL team-logo ticket albums and ticket boxes, Historic Ticket Frames, Stadium Ticket Frames, Game Day Ticket Frames and the newest products — Mega Tickets and Mini-Mega Tickets depicting historic NFL and college football and basketball matchups.

“Tickets have always told a story and transported fans to an exact moment in sports history,” says That’s My Ticket Dean Macchi. “Now, our Mega Tickets and Mini-Mega Tickets will do this for memorable college championships and NFL games. Fans can hang one in their home or office where it will spark game-specific conversations and memories for years.”

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Box Busters preview gallery: 2010 Topps Chrome baseball cards

The lively and entertaining Beckett Baseball crew of Chris Olds & Brian Fleischer have ripped the first boxes of 2010 Topps Chrome baseball cards for an upcoming edition of Box Busters.

While the video is in the microwave (coming up later this evening), we figured you’d want some card images to chew on. Here are some cards that stood out in our pair of boxes.

Chew on the images and a first taste of the latest from Topps after the jump.

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First look: 2010-11 Panini Timeless Treasures basketball cards

Panini’s high-end offerings for its sophomore season as the NBA’s exclusive licensee of trading cards tips off with Timeless Treasures, a $100 a pack product that carries the hits and a mix of aesthetics that might appeal to a few types  of collectors when it arrives on Dec. 8.

Each five-card pack will include three autographs or memorabilia cards — a minimum of one autograph — and two base cards or parallels numbered to 399 or less.

Each 15-tin case will include at least one of the following  card types: autographs of Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, Bill Walton, John Stockton, Larry Bird, Shaquille O’Neal or John Wall as well as Cut Signatures, Logoman cards, Logoman Signatures, Laundry Tag Logoman cards, Laundry Tag Logoman Signatures, Laundry Tag Team Logos and Laundry Tag Team Logo Signatures.

Panini promises more than 300 1/1 cards in the product as well as exclusive autographs of Wesley Johnson and Brandon Jennings.

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Box Busters: 2010-11 Panini Prestige basketball cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Keith Hower & Tracy Hackler as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Panini Prestige basketball cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?

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Topps plans wrapper redemption program for Chrome (updated)

Update: On Oct. 22, Topps announced that it will be adding autographs of Buster Posey and  Jason Heyward to the program. There will be 100 signed versions of each card with Refractors numbered to 90 and Green Refractors numbered to 10 also to be found in the packs.

Topps Chrome hasn’t yet arrived but there’s already an extra reason to pick up a hobby box — a wrapper redemption focusing on the best rookies of 2010 and the best players in baseball history.

The company announced on Thursday morning a program that will put an exclusive pack of three Chrome Rookies & Legends variation cards into the hands of any collector who sends in 24 2010 Topps Chrome hobby wrappers.

The cards are part of a 15-card set promotion that will run through Feb. 28. Every 1oth pack of the cards will include Refractors.

See the complete checklist and get the address after the jump.
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Topps alters missing card policy, procedures

Topps has announced a simplified plan for getting missing “hit” cards — autographs or Relics guaranteed in its hobby boxes — the company announced on Wednesday.

Rather than having to mail box panels, wrappers and proof of purchase materials back to the company, it will handle that information electronically.

Here’s the process:

“Customers can email support@topps.com and include their name and address, along with digital pictures in PDF format.  The image must include the UPC symbol from the box with either an ‘X’ or hole punched through the center, the wrapper from the pack with the missing card and a copy of the store receipt proving the purchase.  Once Topps receives the email and confirms, it will expedite the process and ship the missing item(s).”

What did you land out of 2010 Topps Triple Threads?

Topps has compiled a video featuring a bunch of the big finds that collectors have landed out of their 2010 Triple Threads boxes since the high-end product’s release.

Check out the video, which is laced with prime patch goodness and more, and then let us know what you found in the comments below.

New Images Revealed: 2010 Upper Deck World of Sports

Upper Deck officials on Tuesday offered a sneak peek at several new images from the company’s December-releasing World of Sports multisport product.

The product’s key calling cards will revolve around longtime company exclusives Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Tiger Woods. But the product also is slated to includes stars from such sports as baseball, hockey, soccer, mixed martial arts, extreme sports, Olympic sports and even lacrosse.

The 400-card base set is bolstered such insert sets as Athletes of the World Signatures, Sports National Dual, Triple and Quad Signatures, All Sport Apparel and Clear Competitors.

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Astros 1B Brett Wallace is final 2010 Topps Red Hot Rookie

Topps unveiled the 10th and final of its 2010 Red Hot Rookies on Tuesday and this one’s Houston Astros infielder Brett Wallace — with 10 percent of the cards being autographed.

Wallace, who has bounced from the Cardinals, to the Athletics and then the Blue Jays before landing in Houston, is hitting .215 with two home runs and 10 RBI in 47 games this season.

The Red Hot Rookie redemptions are found one per hobby box of 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards. The 10-card set is now completely revealed.

Previous RHRs include Braves pitcher Mike Minor (No. 9), Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg (No. 8), Phillies outfielder Domonic Brown, (No. 7), 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.

Bryce Harper Superfractor sale confirmed at $12,500

The season started with a high-profile SuperFractor sale from 2010 Bowman and it’s winding down with one as well.

The Bryce Harper USA Baseball 1/1 from the overwhelmingly popular prospecting line has sold and was confirmed as a $12,500 purchase on eBay, emulating the other high-profile Washington Nationals sale of earlier this year — the $21,403 Stephen Strasburg.

This time, though, the card took a little more time on the auction block before actually selling — it was listed five times, according to original owner Earnest Clinton — before it was purchased by Aaron Marcus of Long Island, N.Y.

“I am not going to sell the card, as I want it for my personal collection,” Marcus said on Tuesday. “I might consider selling some of the other Bryces that I own someday, though.”

Among the other cards of the 17-year-old Nationals prospect in his collection are Refractors of a couple different rare shades.

“I also own Bryce’s Bowman Chrome USA Red Refractor (numbered out of five) as a BGS 9.5,” he said, “as well an Orange Refractor (numbered out of 25).”

So what was it that attracted him to the Harper?

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 3

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll pick a rookie, veteran and breakout player of the week. Here are our selections for NFL Week 3.

Veteran of the Week
Anquan Boldin, WR, Baltimore Ravens
(142 receiving yards, three touchdowns)
Boldin bolted Arizona in the offseason, telling anyone who’d listen that he still was a No. 1 receiver. So far in 2010, he’s played like it – and then some. On Sunday, Boldin double-handedly pushed the Ravens past Cleveland, snaring three touchdown passes in the 24-17 victory. It marked just the second three-touchdown game of his career and his 142 receiving yards were his most since Week 11 of the 2008 season.

Through the first three weeks of 2010, Boldin has 20 catches for 287 yards and three TDs. For perspective, consider that Larry Fitzgerald, Boldin’s former running mate in Arizona, has caught just 12 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns.

Cards to Grab:
2003 SPx #191 JSY AU RC ($50)
2003 Bowman’s Best #104 JSY RC ($15)
2003 Leaf Limited #147 AU RC ($80)

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Did you read the Topps Million Card Giveaway rules?

By most accounts, ToppsMillion Card Giveaway has been a resoundingly popular promotion this year with countless baseball fans and collectors from the past and present redeeming their codes for their MCG account, trading (electronically) their cardboard like the days of old.

However, I noticed something in the official rules that I wonder if many a collector noticed. (I hadn’t even after redeeming more than 30 codes.) Once a promotion’s deadline hits in March 2011, undelivered cards in your account vanish.

As in your mom threw them out electronically.

Here’s what the rules say:

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Box Busters: 2010 Topps Pro Debut Series 2 MILB cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2010 Topps Pro Debut Series 2 cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Product Preview: 2011 Topps baseball cards

After a week of speculation and questions after it teased the masses with preview images, Topps finally pulled back the curtain on its plans for its 2011 baseball set Friday evening.

Among the surprises? Actual diamonds embedded into a set of baseball cards found only via an online code redemption.

The diamond anniversary of the longest-running manufacturer of cards includes looks at countless cards from its 60-year history as well as some new insert lines that will be found in its packs when it arrives in mid February. The base set will consist of 330 cards — 264 veterans, 30 rookies and several subset cards — with Platinum 1/1 parallels, Black parallels limited to 60 copies each, Golds limited to 2,011, printing plates and silks.

There are a pair of other diamond-themed parallels, including Canary Diamond cards  — 1/1s — along with Platinum Diamond cards, which will be found in every four packs.

As with past Topps sets, there also will be autograph and Relics for the World Series winner. New Relic cards will include manufactured Glove Leather cards, which will fall one per hobby case and one per jumbo box. Also to be found is a Mickey Mantle 1964 Reprint Relic along with 2010 All-Star Game In The Name Relics. These game-used cards feature a letter from a player’s All-Star  Game warmup uniform.

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Box Busters Preview Gallery: 2010 Topps Pro Debut Series 2

The second installment of Topps‘ foray into cards for Minor League Baseball arrives soon as Pro Debut Series 2 will hit hobby shops packing two autographs and one memorabilia card per box.

We got our hands on a pair of these boxes well before the Sept. 29 street date and ripped one of the hobby-exclusives in preparation for a Box Busters video to come here on Friday.

The set picks up where Series 1 left off with 220 more base cards, a few parallels, a small lineup of autographs and a healthy batch of Futures Game Relics.

Here’s a sampling of what we found inside … after the jump.

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Topps confirms UFC redemption card error

This in from Topps this morning…

Due to a printing error, Ultimate Gear and Autographed Ultimate Gear redemption cards in 2010 Topps UFC for UFC Heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira cards were produced and inserted into packs. These should have been for his twin brother, UFC Light Heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. All redemption cards for these two cards and their parallels will be honored for Ultimate Gear and Autographed Ultimate Gear cards of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Should collectors have questions regarding this issue please feel free to contact Topps customer service at  l 1-800-489-9149 between the hours of 8:30am-4:30pm (ET), Monday through Friday or via email at support@topps.com.

Press Pass Five Star: Sales Material Bliss

As a former card company marketing guy, I’m a sucker for the ingenious piece of product-specific propaganda. You know, sales material.

For reasons we can all appreciate, high-quality, hand-crafted sales material is a lost art in the sports card universe these days. Every penny is more precious than ever before — and much better spent on improving the product itself than on the colorful literature produced to promote it. But every once in a while, a product comes along that requires something a little more extravagant than an attachment-filled email or a four-color one-sheet.

2010 Press Pass Five Star is one of those products.

In case you missed it, Press Pass Five Star is the envelope-pushing evolution of the high-end NASCAR card set; the bar-raising sequel to Press Pass‘ two-year-old Showcase product that’s so upscale it doesn’t have a suggested retail price. What it does have, in every five-card wooden box, is a base card numbered to 35 or less, a dual, triple quad or oversized memorabilia card numbered to 25 or less, a certified autograph card numbered to 35 or less, an autographed memorabilia card serial numbered to 50 or less and a Classic Compilations book card featuring either an autograph, a piece of memorabilia or both.

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Marlins' Logan Morrison trades business card for rookie card

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

These days, you probably know him as a rookie outfielder for the Florida Marlins.

You might have Logan Morrison’s card, too – one with the Bowman name, or maybe one from Donruss Elite Extra Edition. If not, no worries — you’ll soon have his Rookie Card in a 2010 set or two as he joined the big-league club in late-July. But just a few months ago, if you were a customer of Bonanza Sports in Jupiter, Fla., you might have known him as the salesman who helped you pick out an autographed item or two and he might have handed you his card.

You know, one without a book value – his business card.

You see, before Morrison was busy lighting things up for the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs – where he hit .307 with six homers and 45 RBI this season — and before playing in the All-Star Futures Game and then getting promoted to the big leagues, he was an employee at a sports card and memorabilia shop. And while his world has changed quite dramatically playing in the majors, he’s still not too far removed from the card shop experience even though he’s a player already getting national attention and a player appearing on regional TV segments like FSN’s “Lunch with LoMo.” (See Part 2 of that segment here.)

“It doesn’t feel like a long ways away from the card shop,” said Morrison Wednesday morning. “I mean, that’s all different, but I still talk to [Bonanza owner] Jim [Sage] and have great conversations. And he’ll come to games, too.”

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First look: 2010-11 Threads basketball cards

Panini unveiled one of its first sets for the forthcoming basketball season on Tuesday with 2010-11 Threads set to arrive on Nov. 24 packing more than 20,000 on-card autographs in the product.

Each 24-pack hobby box will include two autographs and two memorabilia cards with one of those being a Threads Rookie signature limited to just 399 copies.

The five-card packs will cost $4 apiece and there will be 12 boxes per case.

Each box also will include 13 insert cards, among them a pair of new sets — All-time Big Men and the Rookie Team Threads Home and Away inserts. Last year, the diecut jersey cards brought some distinctly different looks to the basketball card arena and this year it’s all about the rookies. The signed versions of these cards will be limited to just 99 copies for each version.

Also new this year will be Threads Rookies, which carry a hardwood aesthetic, while there are also hobby-exclusive Platinum Century Proof parallels that will be limited to just 25.

See more images from the set after the jump.

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The Beckett Baseball Artball contest winners are …

We received quite a few creative entries in our Beckett Baseball artball contest and we’ve selected the winners, each of whom will receive one of the artballs we found in boxes of TRISTAR World Treasures.

The winners are:

Mayumi Seto (right), for her four-panel baseball featuring ornate ink drawings of the four members of Bon Jovi.

Dori Gronich, for her three-dimensional dragon baseball collage, which featured the baseball as Earth complete with cotton ball clouds (one of few entries that added to the baseball itself)

Arnulfo Luna, for his Nolan Ryan Express baseball, which had a drawing across the entire sweet spot and a full panel of the ball.

Each of them will receive an artball — randomly selected and already mailed — from the TRISTAR World Treasures product. Check out each of their baseballs in a mini gallery after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2010 Sweet Spot football cards

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

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Beckett Grading Services opens New York City office

Beckett Grading Services has opened an office in New York City for collectors in and around the area to submit cards for grading in-person.

Conveniently located near Times Square, the office is located at 135 W. 50th Street on the 14th floor. The office accepts submissions by appointment only, but those who use the office for submissions receive free shipping and insurance on all submissions, which are then sent to Dallas for grading.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment, contact BGS Regional Sales Manager Charles Stabile via phone at 212-375-6760, fax at 212-375-6738 or email at cstabile@beckett.com.

As always, grading information and regularly occurring offers can be found at www.beckett.com/grading

Panini releases Donruss Elite Extra Edition checklist — no Bryce Harper there, either

Panini America released its 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition checklist on Monday but, like Topps’ 2010 Bowman Draft, the elusive prospect that many a baseball collector is hunting –Bryce Harper — was nowhere to be found.

But what was included in its 200-card checklist is a deep crop of baseball prospects, many of whom signed autographs for what could be the company’s final Collegiate Licensing Company product for some time. Its deal with the CLC for non-football products has expired making way for Upper Deck‘s CLC exclusive to begin this fall.

The set will include more than 100 signers — a good number of them signing on-card — as well as a Pamela Anderson Pepperdine autograph, limited to just 35 copies.

The on-card autograph checklist consists of 33 players, while the rest signed stickers for inclusion in the product.

See the checklist and additional images after the jump.

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First Look: 2010 Panini Gridiron Gear Football

Panini America officials on Monday released preliminary product information and images for 2010 Panini Gridiron Gear Football, a product that arrives in early December carrying a $6 pack SRP and slated to deliver two autographs, two memorabilia cards, 18 rookies and nine additional insert or parallel cards per 18-pack box.

The two autograph cards per box will be numbered to 330 or less.

2010 Gridiron Gear will mark the sixth consecutive installment of the product known in recent years for picking up the pioneering Rookie Hidden Gems Autographs pull-out swatch concept that first appeared in 2001 Playoff Honors. The idea is still coveted all these years later. The product also includes the tried-and-true Plates and Patches prime-patch jersey insert (numbered to 100 or less), NFL Gridiron Signatures featuring “on-field” autographs of retired and current NFL stars (numbered to 50 or less).

And perhaps it’s just my blatant Tim Tebow bias on display, but that Rookie Orientation design is quite attractive — you know, as far as card aesthetics go.

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