Monthly Archives: November 2010

If I had a Baseball Hall of Fame vote … 2011 Edition

While we have to wait until Jan. 5 to see who was picked on 75 percent of all Baseball Hall of Fame ballots, here’s my rundown — with an emphasis on the player’s place in cardboard.

This Michael Jordan jersey auction is out of this world

You’ve probably seen a few Michael Jordan game-used jerseys through the years, but this one’s out of this world.

The Prospect of 2010-11 Heroes and Prospects

Fortifying its late January release with proven icemen like Pavel Bure and Steve Yzerman, In The Game claims that 2010-11 Heroes and Prospects “…could be the best…ever!” AHL, CHL and International contenders bolster the checklist with the prospect of stardom in this pairing of hopeful and established hockey heroes.

How you could spend Derek Jeter's $15 million …

We all know that Derek Jeter and the New York Yankees are millions of dollars apart in their contract negotiations, but few of us can truly comprehend what that means.

Press Pass' Five Star isn't just about high-end racing cards

Press Pass’ foray into the ultra high-end trading card realm has some gems of racing memorabilia, but that’s not all the company is packing into its $500 and up boxes.

Topps' 2010 MLB Rookie All-Star Team

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Topps created its annual rookie All-Star team in 1959. Since then 17 future Hall-of-Famers have been named to the team with players such as Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan and Cal Ripken Jr. The company released this year’s edition with catcher Buster Posey and pitcher Stephen Strasburg highlighting the list. […]

Cardboard Tribute: The Late Leslie Nielsen

Featured here in his 2009 Upper Deck Spectrum of Stars Autographs #LE card, the white-haired spoof master also signed sticker autographs for a die-cut variation numbered to 50. The rest of his cards from the ’09 offering are 1/1 printing plates. While there is no shortage of Nielsen items on eBay, his limited appearance on celebrity trading cards will surely (not Shirley) be a hot commodity for the history of comedy.

2010 National Treasures Pen Pal Autographs get an upgrade

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Panini America really took advantage of the 2010 NFL Rookies Premiere in May. With all the rookies in one spot, officials from the company got on-card autographs for some of its sets. One of these includes the 2010 National Treasure Football Pen Pal Autographs subset. 2010 National Treasures is […]

Three NBA rookies you might want to collect – soon

You may have been caught up in the dazzling moves of John Wall or the strong-arm play of Blake Griffin, but here are three other NBA rookies who also deserve your attention.

Images from 2010-11 SP Authentic Basketball

Earlier this week, Upper Deck announced it was moving forward with 2010-11 SP Authentic Basketball.

TOTALLY FAKE BASEBALL CARDS: 29 Derek Jeters you won’t see in 2011 … and one you just might

You won’t see Derek Jeter “baseball cards” presented here anywhere in 2011 — but there will be at least one that could be made …

Happy Thanksgiving from Beckett Media

We, at Beckett are thankful for you, your passion and your dedication to collecting. Without you, we’d just be a handful of folks, just sitting around and talking about cards–which, as we all know–isn’t far from reality. Fueled by your fervor for the hobby though, we are thrilled to facilitate discussion, provide data and push the collecting envelope.

From the heart of the hobby, we thank you for being the heartbeat.

Box Busters: Dexter Season Three

By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Media Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Brad Grmela tore open a box of the highly anticipated Dexter Season Three cards. Watch to see their blood-splattered pulls. (For better video quality, change to 360P or 480P)

Jeter leaving pinstripes? A collector mulls cards

Come on Yankees, don’t break my heart.

Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass Five Star Racing

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor As previously mentioned, we recently received an inside look at the high-end 2010 Press Pass Five Star racing line. Beckett Media’s Tim Trout had the privilege of opening one of the elegantly encased 5-card packs. Watch to find out what Trout pulled from this hit-centric product. (For better video […]

Card Gallery: 2010-11 Upper Deck Series One Hockey

Before feasting with family and friends this week, Beckett senior market analyst, Tim Trout and I opened a 24-pack box of 2010-11 Upper Deck Series One Hockey at the Box Busters dinner table. The 192-card pulling session delivered two jersey cards and hearty helping of inserts and anniversary parallels.

Four Cards I'm Thankful For

Below, you’ll find four cards for which I am very grateful. Since every collector has a few personal favorites, we’re interested in finding out which four cards land on your hand turkey finger feathers.

Card Gallery: 2010 Certified Football

Yesterday, we managed rake a couple of 10-pack boxes into the Box Busters studio for a foil wrapper frolicking session. Making good and even exceeding the stated odds, the $10-a-pack product yielded two Shirt Off My Back memorabilia cards (a Charles Woodson jersey and a Darren McFadden prime patch #’d to 50), a Deacon Jones Fabric of the Game, a Deji Karim New Generation Mirror autograph and a double-swatched, sticker-autographed Mike Kafka Freshman Fabric hit. As the video reveals, we also landed a three-per-case “Platinum Hot Box,” which dealt a heavy hand of cards numbered to 999 or less.

Upper Deck scraps 2010 Ultimate Collection Football; ups ante in 2010-11 SP Authentic Basketball

Upper Deck released a pair of statements to distributors about two forthcoming products on Monday, with one product getting the red light and the other one getting a green-light for some higher-end autograph additions.

Box Busters: 2010-11 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey

Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Upper Deck Series 1 hockey cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010 Certified Football

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2010 Certified Football boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010 SPx Football

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2010 SPx Football in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Auction Action: Black Rainbow Ovechkin is Fetchin'

In just 12 hours, this 2005-06 The Cup Black Rainbow Alexander Ovechkin 1/1 rookie card set eBay ablaze with more than 100 watchers and bids exceeding the $5,000 mark. Opening the auction at a long since gone 99 cents with no reserve price, Beckett Select Merchandise Manager Dave Sliepka explained, “This card is going crazy.”

The $10 Card Shop Challenge: You Decide

Little over a week ago, I issued the first $10 Card Shop Challenge. Now, it’s your turn to vote for the winner.

Pulling with Everyday People: 2010 SPx Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor As mentioned in a previous post, Dallas Comedy House co-founder, Clay Barton dropped by Beckett headquarters to help us open a hobby box of 2010 SPX Football. Until last week, the improviser, instructor and business owner hadn’t opened a pack of cards since elementary school. Take a look to […]

Harlon Hill: One of 2010 Limited's relatively unknown legends

Collectors who rip into packs of 2010 Limited Football from Panini America beginning next week will find the likes of Ernie Davis, Tom Brady, Tim Tebow and more inside — a full spectrum of stars from the past, present and (likely) future.

First look: 2010 National Treasures Football

Those sneaky card guys over at Panini America couldn’t hang on to photos of 2010 National Treasures Football any longer. They couldn’t keep the lid on the final and most expensive product in their 2010 football line.

NHL loses former coach Pat Burns

Former NHL coach Pat Burns died on cancer on Friday. He was 58.

Card Gallery: 2010 SPx Football

We’ve been chomping at the bits, just thinking about opening the box of 2010 SPx Football that landed in our mailbox this week. Joined by Dallas Comedy House co-founder Clay Barton, we tore into 18 packs and pulled 72 cards featuring NFL players in their respective college uniforms.

ITG Recalls Niittymaki's Non Game-Used Jersey

Tipped off by a collector with a watchful eye, In The Game, Inc. researched and announce yesterday, that Antero Niittymaki’s Ultimate Memorabilia 10 Ultimate Emblem card (Slab No. 7,298/7,500) is not actually game-used. Upholding ethical and authenticity standards, ITG issued a recall on the 1/1.

Cards. Lights. Camera. Action!

For your chance at viral fame (and maybe more), post a video of you talking about the card(s) you’re about to send out to <a href="">Beckett Grading Services</a> on <a href="">YouTube</a> and send the link to <strong></strong>. Alternatively, you can tweet your link <a href=""><strong>@tolentinotweets</strong></a> for review.

Whether you’re making a plea for a "Pristine 10" or you just want to justify what you’re getting graded, film it, post it and send it and you might find yourself featured on this piece of internet real estate.

You won't find this one in packs of 2010 Topps Update

It was from Nathan Sprenkle, one of the artists who took blank You Sketch It! cards from 2010 Topps Series 2 and created what are now rare You Sketched It! insert cards in 2010 Topps Update.

Video: Ovechkin rips two high-end Upper Deck packs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor For regular collectors, getting a tin of 2009-2010 Upper Deck’s The Cup might give you a thrilling rush to open. Each box, which contains one pack, costs about $400. For a man making a little more than $9 million a year, that surge is a little tempered. Washington Capitals […]

Up for Discussion: Kobe and "Call of Duty"

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor In case you missed it, NBA superstar and hobby highlight Kobe Bryant appears in a potentially controversial commercial for “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” Woven into a montage of everyday people in a war scene, Bryant and Jimmy Kimmel dodge explosions and fire serious military weapons at unidentified (to […]

Which one of These Cards is Not Like the Other?

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor Knee deep in non-sport research, Beckett analyst Bryan Hornbeck discovered a baffling eBay listing this morning. Although the $1,000,000 listing did not sell, the most puzzling part of the eBayer-described “9 Card Collection of the Greatest in Baseball” is the eighth player selection. Granted, every fan is entitled to […]