Monthly Archives: January 2011

Upper Deck takes aim at fairway with new releases

Upper Deck has its sights set on a return to the golf world sometime soon and a pair of future products will include a gold card first and a big batch of Tiger Woods.

Quantities Uncovered for 2010 Donruss Rated Rookie SPs

Offering one final — but critical — piece of information to the 2010 Donruss Rated Rookie autograph short-print list, Panini America recently revealed a list of respective quantities.

Pulling With Everyday People: Kansas City Travel Edition

This weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a trip to Kansas City, Mo. to visit my childhood best friend and long-time collecting comrade Aaron Ott. As the story goes with many hobbyists, Aaron has collected on and off, starting and stopping, picking up different players for various reasons. Remembering how much fun we had riding to local card shops in the back of his dad’s white Ford Ranger pickup, we dusted off an old binder and traveled to today with a 2010 Donruss Rated Rookies boxed set.

Rising Rookies: Topps' First 2011 NFL RCs to Land in May

Topps revealed this morning that its first 2011 NFL Rookie Cards will be released in May with the Rising Rookies set.

Panini's 2011 NHL All-Star Video Diary

Making the trek out to Raleigh, N.C. for the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Fair, a small but dedicated Panini America crew — including the one and only Tracy Hackler — managed to capture some great footage over the weekend. From a behind-the-scenes Panini Adrenalyn spot with Jamie McBain to signing sessions with Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall and others, these videos give us a glimpse at just how involved the manufacturer was at the event.

Prince William, Kate Middleton will appear in forthcoming Topps baseball card set

Topps unveiled its plans for a new baseball card set styled in the fashion of an 1887 release some time ago, but on Friday the longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards announced a little something extra in packs of the forthcoming 2011 Gypsy Queen baseball cards.

Topps 2011 Under Armour All-American Card Gallery: White Team

Perhaps outdone by the Red Team in the 2011 Under Armour All-American game, White Team players are nevertheless prospects for the hobby’s future.

Topps 2011 Under Armour All-American Card Gallery: Red Team

Although all 92 Under Armour All-American cards were signed by each featured player, Topps is saving those signatures for a drafty day. Fortunately though, the future-newcomer-commemorating card maker was kind enough to provide us with images of all 92 autographs.

8-year-old wins dream job for the weekend

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor During Saturday’s rookie skills competition at the NHL All-Star Game weekend, 8-year-old Devin Ybarra will be up close to one his favorite hockey players. Ybarra was selected as Upper Deck’s ‘Stick Kid’ for the competition. The North Raleigh resident will get to walk through the locker room and meet […]

Topps-Heavy NFL Experience Starts Today

The entire city of Dallas is buckling down for a swarm of Super Bowl guests and a flock of football fandom. Barreling at the head of the herd, Topps officials are arriving with a bag of hobby exclusives.

A closer look at the Topps 60th anniversary ring

Topps’ 60th anniversary ring (seen here; the photo does it no justice) features 50 diamonds and will only be owned by a select few.

Message to Beckett users

Late Wednesday afternoon, Beckett.com experienced a major server failure at our old server facility. We have pooled all available resources to work on this issue, and hope to update you on our progress real soon. Our new site is scheduled to launch on Monday, Jan.31, and we are working to have the old site restored […]

Box Busters: 2010 Panini Plates & Patches

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

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Supreme

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they open a pair of 2010 Topps Supreme football card boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Panini Reveals More for 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Fair

Adding to the wrapper redemption base set gallery, Panini officials will be on site in Raleigh, N.C. to hand out 1/1 cards (below) to various Box Wars winners.

A very special mailday … an item you can possibly own

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he opens a pretty special box from Topps that contains something that just might be yours soon.

Yankees’ Legendary Lineup autograph card will return to auction block — with further certification

A heavily scrutinized Topps baseball card featuring the autographs of nine members of the 1927 New York Yankees has been judged to be authentic, according to more than one authentication company, and will return to the auction block on Thursday.

Panini Confirms 72 Donruss Rated Rookie Autograph Short Prints

Earlier today, Panini America revealed a list of 72 short-printed signatures from the 100-card 2010 Donruss Rated Rookie set. At only $19.99 per box, the complete set and an autograph with a 72 percent chance of being limited to 500 or less is a tough bargain to beat.

Panini America unveils wrapper redemption program for NHL All-Star weekend

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Raleigh, N.C., will be the place to be this weekend for hockey fans and hockey card collectors. Upper Deck released its plans of the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Fair and now Panini America’s plans are out for all to see. One of the biggest ways card company’s give away […]

Box Busters: 2010 Bowman Sterling

Join the Beckett Baseball crew of Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2010 Bowman Stering baseball cards from Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Topps unveils wrapper redemption for 2011 baseball

Topps wants you to save your hobby wrappers — and this time they’re telling you in advance.

Checking out 2010-2011 Upper Deck's NHL Ultimate

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor With the NHL All-Star Game in less than a week, it’s never a bad time to look at hockey cards. 2010-2011 NHL Ultimate is gearing up to be a very impressive product on Upper Deck’s calendar, which is currently scheduled for mid-April. We know how Ultimate works. You get one […]

Wizard magazine ceases publication after 20 years

Wizard magazine, the leading publication dedicated to comic books has ceased publication after 20 years.

Panini & NHLPA Offer MVP Jersey in 2011 NHL All-Star Contest

Fortifying its role as a major hockey hobby player, Panini America has teamed up with the National Hockey League Players Association to deliver a sweet sweater from next week’s 2011 NHL All-Star Game.

Super Bowl Champs cards back in eTopps

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor With the NFL getting closer and closer to its Super Bowl champions, Topps has released a new set of Allen & Ginter Super Bowl Champions on its ETopps.com website. The first three cards in the 15-card set were released on Monday with Howie Long, Jerome Bettis and Vince Lombardi.

Upper Deck to Make a 2011 NHL All-Star Appearance

For the past two decades, Upper Deck has made an effort to promote hockey-card collecting at various NHL All-Star festivities. This year, the major manufacturer will make a three-day appearance at the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Fair in Raleigh, N.C.

Box Busters: 2010-11 ITG Heroes & Prospects Hockey

Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2010-11 ITG Heroes & Prospects hockey cards in this latest editon of Box Busters.

ITG Celebrates Miraculous '80s with Decades

Quoting broadcaster Al Michaels in a recent press release, In The Game officials highlighted a Team USA Gold Medal as one of the many hockey miracles that occurred in the 1980s. Pointing to an era of growth and rising stars in the sport, ITG revealed the historical significance of its upcoming Decades – 1980s product.

Preview Gallery: 2011 Heroes & Prospects "Hits" S. 1

In The Game’s foray into the baseball card market is inching closer toward a reality as 2011 Heroes & Prospects Baseball “Hits” Series 1 is set to arrive on Feb. 24 with a little something as its name suggests.

Danny Woodhead's cardboard drought will end soon — but don't expect any autographs

He has yet to appear on a single licensed NFL trading card. His name? Danny Woodhead.

Anticipation Swells over Panini Plates & Patches

Teasing collectors with a recently fast leak of 2010 Plates & Patches Football preview images, Panini America is building anticipation over next week’s launch.

Topps' 60th plan involves engagement ring promotion

Topps unveiled on Tuesday its plans to make 10 lucky couples the possible winner of a diamond engagement ring on Valentine’s Day as a tie-in to its 60th anniversary — a diamond anniversary — of making baseball cards.

Collecting Vince Carter

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Vince Carter isn’t nearly in the news as much as he used to be. I remember way back in my teens, Carter was coming out of college and he received so much press. He was followed through North Carolina until he was drafted by the Toronto Raptors. But once […]

Rajon Rondo steps out of the cardboard shadows

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor | Commentary Rajon Rondo isn’t the biggest star on his team. The Boston Celtics point guard lets the attention fall on those around him while he dishes out the ball to get the rest of his team the numbers that make people look. Rondo is an assist machine. He […]

Box Busters: 2011 Element Racing

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