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Monthly Archives: December 2010

Bryce Harper launches Topps' 60th Anniversary celebration in 2010 Bowman Sterling

By Chris Olds | Editor

This year’s Bowman Sterling baseball card set may have been delayed into 2011, but some might say Tuesday’s news makes it worth the wait.

It’s Bryce Harper … and it’s autographed.

Topps announced on Tuesday that the 18-year-old No. 1 draft pick of the Washington Nationals will be part of a sneak preview of the company’s 2011 Diamond Anniversary autographs in Sterling, which will arrive on Jan. 19.

The inscribed cards will be found throughout 2011 Topps products, while Harper — who may not see major league action for a season or two — cannot. He’ll only appear in an MLB uniform in Bowman-branded products per the MLB Rookie Card rules for manufacturers. (Not that this card does not use an MLB logo.)

Harper, who is signed to Topps exclusively for autographs and memorabilia, signed a total of 60 cards with three inscriptions —  “Happy 60th Topps”, “Happy 60th” and “Happy Birthday Topps.”

Could Harper’s inclusion be a sign of what’s to come in 2011? Only time will tell.

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.

Tim Tebow Media Mix Tape: 'Gator-Bronco Man'

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

In case  you missed it, Panini America’s Tracy Hackler assembled somewhat of a “greatest hits on cardboard” gallery for the recently reaffirmed Tim Tebow.

Hackler took a preemptive maneuver to celebrate the rookie icon’s first NFL start; and thankfully for the quarterback, the Broncos and the hobby, Tebow shined in the face of scrutiny. Despite a Denver loss, the widely touted rookie lived up to his hype with 8 of 16 completed passes for 138 yards and a 40-yard touchdown run. Since Tebow has been named starting quarterback for the rest of the season, he has plenty of time to dispel doubt and rise even higher in the hobby.

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Panini offers collectors behind-the-scenes looks

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Panini America has been offering great insight into the card production business through a series YouTube videos that show the manufacturing process and more.

Most collectors just see the end product when they pick up a pack or a box of cards. They never get to see what goes into making the cards and what the process actually looks like — until now.

Panini has given the masses some exclusive looks, which includes collations and packing out cards. Even how some of the big hits are collated into boxes.

Video No. 1 (above): 2010 Donruss Gridiron Gear production with cuts, collation, packing and boxing.

See a few more videos after the jump.

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A look at 2010 National Treasures Football's memorabilia

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Panini America released more than just a sneak peek today. They provided images that practically have Sirens singing in the backgrounds.

They released a gallery of photos of the some of the game-used memorabilia that will become part of 2010 National Treasures Football.

And the expectations will be high after this.

Some of the swatches are from the league’s top players. Others are from some of the most sought after football stars. Either way, the product is on its way to becoming something football die-hard fans are going to chase after.

See a gallery of game-used swatches after the jump.

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Panini Previews New Heights: 2010-11 Pinnacle Hockey

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Earlier today,  Panini America’s Tracy Hackler leaked a sneak peek at the “serendipitous return” of  Pinnacle Hockey.

After a 12-year snooze, the once grand hockey brand is set to awake, bright eyed and bushy tailed on March 16 in the form of 2010-11 Pinnacle Hockey. Unlike “Encino Man,” the line that was frozen in time isn’t waking up with any primitive dispositions, and it certainly won’t be found anywhere with Pauly Shore. Instead, the new and improved Panini-powered Pinnacle release will be loaded with contemporary collecting nuances and twists on its foundational features.

Staples like Museum Collection parallels and Artist’s Proofs will  be found four and one per box respectively. Bringing Pinnacle into the now, Panini is also packing each box with  four Ice Breakers Rookie Cards and one Tough Times insert.

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Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez will wear new Sox on 2011 Topps baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Editor

The Boston Red Sox have been busy adding new talent this off-season and that means that Topps has been busy, too.

With a little help from Photoshop.

Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez — two players who will have cards topping the next Beckett Baseball Hot List — will appear in Red Sox uniforms in the 2011 Topps set, the company announced on Friday.

Because of their late additions, the cards will be short-prints.

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.

Beckett Select Auctions lands Legendary card

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Beckett Select Auctions, the consignment auction service division of Beckett Media, has sold a few notable cards through the years for collectors who wanted a bit more security with their high-dollar transactions.

This latest auction, which starts tonight, just might be one of the bigger items that Select has ever offered.

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer discuss one collector’s once-in-a-lifetime find with Beckett Select’s Dave Sliepka.

What’s the card? You’ll have to watch the video to find out…

For more on the auction of a legendary Topps creation or Beckett Select, visit Beckett.com/Select.

Once the auction goes live tonight, you will find the information right here.

Cleveland Indians legend Bob Feller dies at 92

By Chris Olds | Editor

Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, a Cleveland Indians legend known for his flaming fastball on the field and his prolific pen on the autograph circuit, died on Wednesday. He was 92.

Feller appears on a total of 1,692 baseball cards in the Beckett.com database — 607 of those being certified autographs and 470 being memorabilia cards.

His lone Rookie Card appears in the 1948 Bowman set, a $250 card.

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Leaf Announces 2010 MMA Wrapper Redemption Program

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Get out the hand sanitizer. Those wrappers don’t belong in the garbage.

For as few as  16 2010 Leaf MMA wrappers, collectors can redeem limited edition and exclusively signed cards from various fighters. Throughout the next few months, Leaf Trading Cards will reveal more specific redemption opportunities, so collectors can choose when to cash in.

To kick things off, the collectibles company is offering a limited (to 85) 2010 Leaf MMA Shogun Rua autographed card in exchange for 96 wrappers.

If you have (or plan on acquiring) wrappers from 2010 Leaf MMA, follow the instructions below to get this exclusive Rua piece. If you need to take a trip out to your trash can, please wear gloves.

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Topps revives 1887 Gypsy Queen baseball for 2011 release

By Chris Olds | Editor

Move over Allen & Ginter, there’s a new queen in town.

Topps released the basic product information for its 2011 Gypsy Queen baseball card set on Wednesday, a retro-styled release modeled after the 1887 N174 set of the same name.

Scheduled to arrive in late-April, the Queen will deliver two autographed cards and two Relic cards in every 24-pack hobby box as well as a 10-card mini box inside.

The base set will consist of 450 cards — 50 of those short-printed variations — with a mix of current players, Hall of Famers and rookies in the mix. There will be seven base cards and three parallel cards in every pack.

See the images — and read more — after the jump.

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It's official: Dodgers legend Sandy Koufax signs with Topps

By Chris Olds | Editor

Legendary left-hander Sandy Koufax has signed an autograph deal with Topps and will appear on cards in it 2011 products, the company announced Wednesday.

Koufax will first appear in 2011 Topps and then in 2011 Topps Heritage, which is set to arrive in mid-March, followed by autograph and memorabilia cards in 2011 Topps Tribute.

The Hall of Famer, who won 165 games with the Dodgers from 1955-1966, hasn’t appeared on a substantial number of signed cards since signing an autograph deal with Donruss/Playoff, now Panini America, in the late 1990s. His last certified autographs were released in relatively small quantities in 2007 from Upper Deck.

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Rippin' Retail: 2010 Topps The Best of Chrome Value Box

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he opens a 2010 Topps The Best of Chrome Value Pack in this latest Rippin’ Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out.

Favre football for sale immediately after streak ends

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Brett Favre’s consecutive games started streak ended on Monday night when the long-time veteran and future Hall of Famer was inactive for the first time in 297 games.

Favre has been a starting quarterback in the league since 1992, longer than some Minnesota Vikings fans have been alive.
Favre didn’t waste any time in promoting the streak.

There is an official signed football with “297 starts 1992-2010” already being sold on www.OfficialBrettFavre.com for $499.99.

Football’s Ironman hasn’t signed any of the footballs yet. This is only for a pre-sale and the item should be available in 30 days, according to the site.

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Beckett Baseball No. 59 contest teaser

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Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds gives you a sneak peek at an item you have a chance to own if you pick up an upcoming issue.

Check it out.

Topps Continues to Tease Five Star Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

It’s like the experience of eating at a five-star restaurant, really.

Encouraging collectors to savor each and every single morsel of the upcoming high-end product, Topps released a few more photos of 2010 Five Star today. In a previous post, we showed off a few Favre autographs from Topps’ answer to other fine products in the industry’s exquisite treasure chest, but these hors d’oeuvres are coming in courses.

Under normal circumstances, this kind of delay between appetizer and entree would drastically reduce the server’s tip. However, the Five Star line (with a five-star price nearing $500) clearly takes some preparation. Before the manufacturer brings out the main course in February, this cardboard nosh will have to do for now. Read More »

Topps touts piles of draft picks in forthcoming Bowman set

While we’ve already brought to you a first look at the 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects checklists, Topps offered up its own take on the product that arrives this week.

What did it tout?

The fact that there are 23 of the top 32 draft picks on the autograph checklist, which includes pick Nos. 2-5.

No. 1 pick, Bryce Harper, though — a Topps exclusive — will only have a limited Aflac buyback autograph and will make his MLB debut in 2011 Bowman-branded lines.

See its rundown in full after the jump.

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Upper Deck announces Artifacts Rookie Exchange cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Upper Deck is getting around to releasing the checklists for its rookie exchange programs for various products.

The latest checklist to be released comes from 2010-11 NHL Artifacts with 42 different cards.

All the big names are included. No one seems to be left out.

Are there are any players that didn’t make the checklist that you would like to see?

See the complete checklist after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2010 Gridiron Gear

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Prime Football

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Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into boxes of 2010 Topps Prime in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2011 Press Pass

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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 Press Pass NASCAR cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …