Monthly Archives: October 2010

MLB Authentication program has definite attention to detail

But this item is one that just might make New York Yankees haters cheer — and Nick Swisher fans wince.

Home-grown heroes seemingly always get more hobby love

I’ve always felt that there is a disconnect in the hobby with players who aren’t home-grown.

Rippin’ Wax: 2010 Topps Update Baseball Jumbo HTA (with poll)

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he busts an HTA Jumbo box of 2010 Topps Update that he picked up at Nick’s Sports Cards in Dallas in advance of our Box Busters episode coming soon.

ITG releases Ultimate Memorabilia checklists

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor In the Game seems to have a hit on its hands with its 10th anniversary edition of Ultimate Memorabilia just based on preliminary pictures. However, the checklists are now out letting you know exactly what game-used autograph and base cards will be available once it comes out on Nov. […]

Upper Deck Honors Maple Leaf Legends in Toronto

Considering the Toronto Maple Leafs’ NHL tenure, the historical franchise from the league’s “original six” deserves a little pampering here and there. With a limited commemorative promo pack distributed exclusively in the Toronto area, Upper Deck is offering local Leafs collectors a little extra somethin’, somethin’ in early November.

Panini announces redemption plan for 2010 Fall Expo

Panini America announced its plans for the 2010 Toronto Sportcard and Memorabilia Fall Expo, which starts Nov. 12.

The Attack of the Cardboard Zombies

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor Before the Halloween hullabaloo is over and done with, I wanted to get in one last hobby-related (it’s a stretch) treat. Over the past week, I managed to stumble across a few cards in which players could easily be re-contextualized in any given zombie flick. In the heat of […]

Garbage Pail Kids Flash Back Again!

Despite the sardonic nature of the Garbage Pail Kids, the title to this entry does not carry the double entendre that one might expect. Instead, Topps is firing up the flux capacitor once again and taking us back to visit the paradoxically adored unlovables from the ’80s.

Remembering When: Monsters of the Gridiron

Back in the early 90s, the NFL and Coca-Cola did the Monster Mash, and promptly smashed it in the graveyard.
In the spirit of spookiness this week, I dusted off my trusty collecting trowel and dug up the 31-card Coke Monsters of the Gridiron set.

Blake Griffin's long-awaited NBA debut starts off right

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor More than a year after Blake Griffin was the 2009 top overall draft pick by the Los Angeles Clippers, he finally made his NBA debut. The Oklahoma graduate, who spent last year shelved after knee surgery, had 20 points and 14 rebounds (nine offensive) in Wednesday night’s 98-88 loss […]

Hooked on Trout: Angels farmhand receives Topps/J.G. Taylor Spinks Award

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim prospect Mike Trout received the 51st annual Topps/J.G. Taylor Spinks Award for the top Minor League Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Nuns auctioning holy grail of baseball cards

The Baltimore-based School Sisters of Notre Dame received an unexpected gift – 1909 T-206 Honus Wagner baseball card.

A (Quad) Cut Above the Rest

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor Like the eBay listing says, “this card needs no build up…” Thankfully, drool travels downward; otherwise, this self-explaining colossal quad cut would be dirtying monitors click by click. Since Ruth, Mantle, Williams and Foxx are household names, the magnitude of this Beckett Select auction really doesn’t require an explanatory […]

Panini's Tracy Hackler takes back seat to real rock star

We all know Beckett Media’s Panini America’s Tracy Hackler acts like a box-busting rock star, but on Monday he took a back seat to a real rock star, Jonathan Cook lead singer for Forever The Sickest Kids.

Lower the Drawbridge: Crown Royale Hockey is Coming

You’re holding the equally intoxicating Panini Crown Royale Hockey. They’re both Canadian delights, but only the Panini America product offers a high-end lineup of autographs and memorabilia that’s fit for a collecting king.

Box Busters: 2010-11 Artifacts Hockey

Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of the newly released 2010-11 Artifacts hockey cards from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Chrome football cards

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2010 Topps Chrome football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass Legends racing cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2010 Press Pass Legends racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

'King James' debuts with Miami Heat tonight

The NBA season starts tonight with one of the most anticipated games of the year, and it doesn’t include the current champions.

First Look: 2010 Century Collection trading cards

Panini America unveiled the basic product information and images for 2010 Panini Century Collection, a multi-sport and non-sport product laden with memorabilia swatches, autographs and postage stamps of some of the world’s biggest names.

Upper Deck unveils Priority Signings for the 2010 Fall Expo

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Want to get your hands on one of these exclusive Wayne Gretzky autograph cards? The only way to get one and other Upper Deck Priority Signings is at the wrapper redemption program at the 2010 NHL Fall Sports Card and Memorabilia Expo in Toronto, Canada from Nov. 12-14.

Would you want to own a New York Yankees office chair?

It’s probably not quiter ergonomically sound and it’s probably not going to be expense-able — at least not by me — but there’s a new office chair that just might be a hit among many executives in the sports world and in more than a few dens around the world.

Guest commentary: Bob Feller's 70 years of cardboard still amaze

The recent health scare for baseball legend Bob Feller got me thinking about how much “Rapid Robert” has meant to the collecting hobby.

First superagent's personal archive hits auction block

Before David Falk, Drew Rosenhaus and “Jerry Maguire,” there was Christy Walsh, the first super athlete agent. In 1921, Walsh, a sports cartoonist and trained lawyer, took on a new gig syndicating ghostwritten articles written by celebrities to newspapers around the country. His most famous client at that point had been Eddie Rickenbacker, a World War I flying ace turned race car driver. But Walsh had a bigger target in mind.

First look: 2010 Playoff Contenders football cards

Panini America offered a sneak peek at one of its annual staples on Monday in the form of 2010 Playoff Contenders.

First autographed Pamela Anderson baseball card a hot seller

The first Pamela Anderson autographed card from 2010 Donruss Elite Extra Edition has proven to be one hot card.

Upper Deck releases Young Guns, photos NHL rookie video

Upper Deck released photos for 2010-11 Upper Deck Series 1’s Young Guns Rookie Cards, which will feature top young stars and will fall on average of six per box.

Pro Football Hall of Fame card set adds new immortals

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has added another layer to its Bronze Bust Collector Cards – but only for a short while.

Bryce Harper autographs — Aflac & USA buyback — join two 2010 Bowman products

Less than a day after it announced the signing of the No. 1 draft pick, Topps unveiled its plans for Bryce Harper autograph cards in a pair of 2010 Bowman-branded products.

First Look: 2010-11 Limited Hockey

Panini America’s on-ice offerings just keep on coming in its rookie season in the NHL and the latest installment is a high-end veteran that many collectors should be familiar with from its other sports lines.

First look: 2011 Topps Heritage baseball cards (updated)

Topps has teased the first glimpse at the 2011 version of one of its most popular baseball card sets, Topps Heritage, and to no one’s surprise it carries the classic design of the 1962 Topps set.

First look: 2010 Panini Plates & Patches football cards

There have been quite a few football brands launched for 2010 and Panini America has a new one, too, in 2010 Plates & Patches.

Topps signs Bryce Harper to exclusive autograph & memorabilia deal

The long-awaited, but expected, news that Topps has signed No. 1 overall draft pick Bryce Harper to an exclusive deal is now here.

First look: 2010-11 Donruss Basketball

Panini America announced Tuesday its plans for the first Donruss basketball set in collecting history, a set complete with some design nods to the baseball cards from the 1980s but with the touches of modern-day Panini products.

Miracle on Ice gold medal set to hit auction block

If you believe in miracles, then you know what this item is potentially worth.