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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Upper Deck takes aim at fairway with new releases

By Chris Olds | Editor

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

Those are things that golf fans — who have been without a set of their own since 2005 — will undoubtedly appreciate.

Up first, is a first — Bubba Watson‘s first Upper Deck golf card. It will appear in 2011 Goodwin Champions, which will arrive later this year.

Upper Deck’s Sports Marketing and Social Media Manager Chris Carlin had additional details.

“We’ve reached a deal with the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open winner for image rights and autographs,” he said. “That’s kind of big news as many were wondering if we would ever produce Goodwin Champions again. The last Goodwin Champions set had a lot of very unique and innovative trading card inserts sets, so we are very excited to bring that product back with even more bells and whistles that will be announced in the coming months.

“Watson’s first autograph cards will appear in 2011 Upper Deck Ultimate Champions, a cross-sport product with a high-end look and feel.”

The second item — a whole lot of Tiger — can be seen after the jump.

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Quantities Uncovered for 2010 Donruss Rated Rookie SPs

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

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.

Since collectors need to know just how limited those limited cards are, here’s a look at the quantity-comprehensive list: Read More »

Pulling With Everyday People: Kansas City Travel Edition

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

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 seen in my three days of incessant travel tweeting, the Midwestern journey included a stop at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and a stroll through other must-see K.C. sights.

Most importantly though, the great state of Missouri gave me the opportunity to reminisce with my old friend.

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….and then we stuffed our faces with Arthur Bryant’s Barbeque.

Thanks to a handy laptop camera and Aaron’s very understanding wife, I managed to capture both memories and deliciously prepared meat in this episode of Pulling with Everyday People.

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

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

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

Featuring the to-be-determined top 2011 NFL Draft picks, Rising Rookies comes 10 cards per pack in every 24-pack hobby box. Each box yields  21 inserts and four hits (including two-per-box autographs) which could fall in the following forms: Read More »

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.

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Enjoy the rest of Panini’s video diary after the jump. Read More »

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

By Chris Olds | Editor

The Queen will now include some royalty.

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.

Prince William and Kate Middleton — two members of Britain’s Royal Family — will appear on a card.

Building on the product’s “jewels” theme — which includes bonus cards of various gypsys (yeah, we’re mystified, too) –  a  “Royal Jewels” card can also be found in packs.

No word on a card of Enrico Palazzo, though.

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.

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


By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

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.

Here’s a comprehensive look at Topps‘ exclusive autographs from these young stars: Read More »

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

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

As mentioned in a previous post, Topps took a preemptive step in creating cards for the pre-collegiate stars who played in the 2011 Under Armour All-American football game on Jan. 5. The manufacturer distributed these collectibles to the first 5,000 attendees — unsigned, three per person —  at the event in St. Petersbug, Fla.

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.

The Red Team won the game 24-22 in thrilling fashion, so let’s start with those victorious faces: Read More »

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 some of hockey’s best players while having the best seat at the RBC Center in Raleigh, N.C.

“I can’t wait to walk into the Hurricanes locker room and meet all the All-Stars,” said Ybarra, a third-grader. “Going in the locker room, I want to see all the Hurricanes lockers and then just being able to sit on the bench because I’ll get to see (Hurricanes team captain) Eric Staal up close.”

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Topps-Heavy NFL Experience Starts Today

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

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.

Starting today, the out-of-town manufacturer is setting up shop at the NFL Experience. Through Sunday, Feb. 6, attendees to stop by the Topps booth for free sample cards, prizes and other interactive festivities. Read More »

A closer look at the Topps 60th anniversary ring

By Chris Olds | Editor

Topps‘ 60th anniversary ring (the quick image here does it no justice) features 50 gems and will only be owned by a select few.

How rare will they be? Topps’ order has not been finalized — one could speculate perhaps 60 rings? Maybe more, maybe less …

What’s it worth? We’ll let the market take care of that when they arrive.

But what we do know is this:

– One Beckett Baseball reader will own the ring seen here. (Details to come in upcoming issues.)

– Ten randomly selected hobby shops will receive a ring as part of their Diamond Anniversary Kit to promote the product in stores.

– The remainder of the rings will be given away as part of the Diamond Anniversary program’s online codes found beginning in 2011 Topps Series 1 — the company’s anniversary product — that arrives soon. Code cards are found one in every four packs.

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.

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Our new site is scheduled to launch on Monday, Jan.31, and we are working to have the old site restored as soon as possible. We thank you for your understanding as we work through this issue.

Box Busters: 2010 Panini Plates & Patches

Box Busters: 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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Supreme

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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.

What’s inside? Watch and find out …

Panini Reveals More for 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Fair

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Following yesterday’s wrapper redemption announcement Panini revealed two more enticing details in its 2011 NHL All-Star campaign.

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

The last All-Star leak of the day confirmed the three rookie standouts who will be playing Panini NHL Adrenalyn and signing — free, in limited quantities — at the manufacturer’s booth this Saturday. Read More »

A very special mailday … an item you can possibly own

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

What’s inside? Watch and find out …

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

By Chris Olds | Editor

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.

However, the card’s examination wasn’t without a new caveat not previously mentioned publicly as the autograph of Lou Gehrig appears to have been painted around to obscure lesser signatures near it — making it more visually appealing — according to James Spence Jr. of James Spence Authentication.

How rare is this kind of alteration?

“More often than a flat item, multi-signed baseballs are often painted over to give the illusion that they appear as single-signed,” Spence said Thursday. “A company in California specializes in this type of craft.”

This aspect is noted on the Spence Letter of Authenticity, which will be included with the card when it is sold by Beckett Select Auctions , the consignment auction service division of Beckett Media. The auction will launch Thursday with an opening bid of $20,000. The auction will close on on Super Bowl Sunday following the game here in Dallas.

The 2010 Topps Tribute Legendary Lineup Cuts card features the signatures of Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Gehrig, Bob Meusel, Tony Lazzeri, Joe Dugan, Pat Collins and Waite Hoyt – all on one booklet.

A redemption for the card was found by a collector in Missouri, who opted to sell the card through Beckett Select. The auction briefly ran in December with a starting bid of $20,000. However, Select ended the auction early as a precaution when it received multiple questions about the authenticity of the Ruth and Gehrig signatures.

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Panini Confirms 72 Donruss Rated Rookie Autograph Short Prints

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

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.

Below is a list of all short-printed signers and their respective card numbers in the recently released Panini product. Read More »

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 items at these types of events is through wrapper redemption programs. It gets the customer to buy product in order to receive exclusive cards.

Panini’s redemption program highlights 1990-91 Score Hockey.

For every three packs of 2010-11 Panini NHL hobby packs a customer opens at the Panini booth, they will receive a two-card pack.

The set commemorating Score Hockey will have seven cards limited to 500 copies, but there are opportunities to get some great hits in each pack. Along with special inserts, collectors have the chance to find Rookie NHL patch autographs and other autos from players such as Sidney Crosby, Taylor Hall and Steve Yzerman.

See a gallery of the cards after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2010 Bowman Sterling

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …