Monthly Archives: January 2011

First look: 2011 Topps Series 2 Baseball & 60th Anniversary ring

Topps unveiled the first glimpses at its second series of 2011 baseball cards on Friday, marking the first public unveiling of a 60th Anniversary ring that will only be produced in limited quantities and found via redemption code cards as part of the company’s anniversary celebration.

First Look: 2010-11 Contenders Hockey

Earlier this morning, Panini America revealed an early glance at 2010-11 Contenders Hockey. Shooting to score with avid hockey hobbyists, Panini’s late-March release should hit with recognizable characteristics from unique Playoff origins.

If you could have one Blake Griffin rookie card, which would you pick?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor You can’t turn on ESPN without seeing highlights of Blake Griffin’s dunks. The Los Angeles Clippers big man is giving people a reason to finally watch the Clippers. He puts down dunks with such ferocity that it looks as though opponents just step out of the way. Seriously, who wants […]

Collector Goes Green with National Treasures 'Noise Toy'

Scouring the internet and seeking expertise from an engineering-minded friend, Cogburn managed to repurpose a 2007 National Treasures Football box as “noise toy.” Specifically, Cogburn created a functioning amplifier with the collectible wooden box, a soldering iron and a few spare parts along the way.

Players Get Creative on Topps Five Star Sketch Cards

Lending their artistic talent (sometimes better referred to as “effort”) on player sketch cards, athletes like Tony Romo (whose effort is pictured above), LaDainian Tomlinson and Tim Tebow add a unique allure to the high-end line. Hand drawn by NFL standouts, each one of one illustration is signed on the back by the respective footbartist.

ITG Meets Collector Demands with New Between The Pipes Signees

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor Still a few months from hitting shelves, In The Game’s 2010-11 Between The Pipes is shaping out to be a product for the people. “I have been informally polling collectors online as to what they would like to see in the 2010-11 edition of Between The Pipes,” said In […]

What you get signed is as important as the autograph itself

What you get autographed is as important as the autograph itself.

Panini’s forthcoming Classics carries new feel

It may celebrate the stars of yesteryear along with a mix of greats and potential of today’s NBA, but Panini America’s latest creation does all that with a seemingly brand-new look.

Box Busters: 2010 Bowman Platinum baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2010 Bowman Platinum cards from Topps in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball cards from Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010-11 SP-Game-used hockey cards

Join Beckett Media’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a pair of 2010-11 SP Game-used hockey cards from Upper Deck in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Topps confirms Magic football short-prints

Topps confirmed that there are several short-printed autograph and base cards in its 2010 Topps Magic football card set on Tuesday.

F+W Media ceases production of Tuff Stuff's Sports Collectors Monthly

Tuff Stuff’s Sports Collectors Monthly magazine, which was launched in 1984, will cease publishing with the February issue.

Box Busters: 2010-11 Donruss Basketball

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Donruss basketball cards from Panini America in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010-11 Limited Hockey

Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2010 Limited Hockey boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010-11 Timeless Treasures Basketball

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into a pair of 2010-11 Timeless Treasures boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Card Gallery: 2010-11 Limited Hockey

Earlier this morning, I whipped out my handy box cutter (my house key) to open a sealed package from Panini America. The fine folks on the other side of town sent us a few products to bust for the Pulling with Everyday People video series, along with two boxes of 2010-11 Limited hockey.

Box Busters: 2010 Panini Century Collection

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2010 Panini Century Collection boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010 Topps USA Baseball set

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2010 Topps USA Baseball sets in this latest edition of Box Busters.

First Look: 2011 Bowman Baseball

By Chris Olds | Editor Topps unveiled its 2011 Bowman baseball set on Thursday, which will mark the first appearance of Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper in his MLB uniform on an officially licensed MLB card. Scheduled to arrive on May 9, Bowman will feature only on-card signatures with every HTA Jumbo box including three […]

Sneak Peek: 2011 Upper Deck Football

Upper Deck recently released a few (two to be exact), preview images of its 2011 football product. Set to release on April 12, 2011, the NFL newcomer-focused manufacturer announced that this set will deliver “…the top 2011 rookies before the draft…”

World Junior Championship Gives Collectors a Live Glimpse at Heroes and Prospects

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor Considering In The Game’s upcoming release of 2010-11 Heroes and Prospects, tonight’s International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship offers collectors a sneak peek at their near future pulls. Featuring many players who will land in hobby shops on Jan. 20, the Canadian team will make its 10th consecutive […]

Beckett President unveils upcoming website changes

Back in July, we estimated the new site launch for the end of December. We have moved that date by a bit. The new site will launch by end of this month – yes, January 2011 – in the next few weeks. I moved it by a few weeks for several reasons, but the overall gist of the conversation is that we want as close to perfection as possible upon release, and that includes new server location with all-new hardware. We ran into a bit of a snag having the new hardware set up on time. We also have a bit more work to do to complete all the data migration. This will allow all of your account history to be included in the migration.

Another look at Muhammad Ali set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor On Sunday, we had a quick peek at some of the rarest cards in the Muhammad Ali trading card set Leaf Trading Cards is producing. Slowly, Leaf is letting a few pictures trickle out as its teases collectors with this set that should be released in February. This time […]

Topps Creates Cards for 2011 Under Armour All-Americans

Knowing that so many faces at the fourth annual Under Armour All-American Football Game are destined to show up in future card sets, Topps took the first step in creating pre-collegiate collectibles.

Pulling with Everyday People: Marc Hall & Topps Magic

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor For the second installment of Pulling with Everyday People, we managed to wrangle Marc Hall from Arlington, Texas. After taking an extended hiatus from collecting, the 31-year-old U.S. Navy ex and improviser is in the midst of returning to cardboard. Equipped with a camera and box of 2010 Topps […]

Rippin' Retail: Panini Longevity Rookies & Stars vs. three Basketball Blasters

Collectors often bemoan he differences between hobby and retail boxes, opting for the superior hobby version over the taste-test of a retail blaster or other type of offering.

Century Collection packs big-name baseball stars

Panini America may not be an official trading card licensee of Major League Baseball, but you wouldn’t know that from the company’s legendary inclusions in the forthcoming 2010 Century Collection set.

Leaf preps Muhammad Ali card set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor He’s the baddest. The greatest there ever was. Now, he’s coming to a new a trading card product. Leaf Trading Cards has taken another step to add to Muhammad Ali’s legacy by bringing fans closer to the iconic boxer. Leaf is creating a set dedicated to Ali, which will […]

Panini lands Kevin Durant autographs for Absolute

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor It’s been a year since anyone has pulled a Kevin Durant autograph card from a new product. Fans of the Oklahoma City forward will only have to wait just a bit longer. Durant’s autographed cards will appear in Panini’s high-end 2010-11 Absolute Memorabilia Basketball, which is scheduled to release March […]

The Iceman Cometh to McFarlane Toys

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor When you think of George Gervin, the first thing that usually comes to mind is that sweet finger roll he made famous. The Iceman and the finger roll have been synonymous with each other since Gervin started playing basketball. McFarlane Toys has immortalized that pose – ABA style. Fans […]

Beckett Tip Sheet: Where can you land an autograph?

Here’s a rundown of ways that collectors — beginners through the long-time hobby veterans — should always consider trying to land an autograph without hitting up a pack of cards or buying straight from a trusted dealer.