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Monthly Archives: January 2011

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 The Game’s President, Dr. Brian Price. “They have come up with some amazing ideas that we are looking to bring to life and they have also suggested many players that we are diligently trying to sign.”

Proving that diligence pays off, In The Game recently announced that the upcoming release will bolster a list of favorites with lesser known players like Coyotes netminder, Tom Fenton. Price explained, “As soon as Fenton sat on the bench for Phoenix, collectors were asking us if we were going include him in Between The Pipes.”

The upcoming product will also include the likes of Manon Rheaume, Charline Labonte and Kim St-Pierre, some of Canada’s fiercest female goalies. Appearing in Between The Pipes with base, autograph and game-used memorabilia cards, these women certainly broaden the scope of the hockey hobby.

“Our mission with many of our products this season has been to include players that rarely appear on cards these days,” said Price. By making a special effort to seek out those cult players and reexamine the overlooked, In The Game hopes to connect collectors to a wide array of sung and unsung heroes.

What you get signed is as important as the autograph itself

By Chris Olds | Editor

For sports collectors where seemingly everything has been commodified, this is probably an obvious statement — but for the rest of the collecting world (or beginners) it might not be.

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

In the sports world, the type of item you get signed at a show or an appearance is often tied to the amount of money you’ll pay for the signature. Basically, the more valuable item you get signed the more you’ll typically have to pay. Why? The players, agents and show promoters know the relative value of an item, and, well, they want a relative cut.

Getting a jersey or another piece of equipment will cost you more than, say, a baseball card or a photograph. That’s just how it is with the business side of things. In fact, there are countless examples where players won’t sign certain items,  things showing them with certain teams or even certain brands of cards. (It’s not just a scene in Jerry Maguire.)

But the real value in a unique item is in the interest, the reaction, it should draw from those who see it. Some of my favorite autographed items in my collection — items I got signed in-person — were because they were unique items. They’re not the most expensive piece or the toughest autograph to land. They’re not ultra-rare, either, as a collector could conceivably re-create them with some legwork.

Then again, one of my most unique autographed items isn’t even a sports item at all — and that’s why you see a scene from a Quentin Tarantino movie, Death Proof, above where stuntwoman Zoë Bell is in action riding atop the hood of a 1970 Dodge Challenger as it speeds down a highway with another car in hot pursuit.

Read more … after the jump.

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Panini’s forthcoming Classics carries new feel

By Chris Olds | Editor

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.

The Arlington, Texas-based hobby giant unveiled its latest forthcoming basketball brand — 2010-11 Classics Basketball — on Tuesday evening, a relatively affordable mid-range product ($5.99 a pack) that will arrive in late March packing two autographs and two memorabilia cards in every hobby box.

Each hobby box also will include more than a dozen inserts along with a selection of cards from the 100-card base set that is capped by 40 Legends and 40 signed Rookie Cards.

But that’s not what caught this writer’s eye — it’s the design of the inserts, which perhaps eschew the typical trappings of a more “classical” product — and also stray from the more reserved designs found in last year’s set. (Granted, that could be this selection, but either way they seem to be more energetic — while keeping a bit of retro-flavored flair, too.)

See what we’re talking about … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2010 Bowman Platinum baseball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Topps confirms Magic football short-prints

By Chris Olds | Editor

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

The following players signed just 15 copies of their standard card and 10 copies of their Chromes for the retro-styled release:

Adrian Peterson, Brandon Marshall, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, Darren McFadden, DeAngelo Williams, Eli Manning, Emmitt Smith, Jim Brown, Jimmy Clausen, Joe Namath, John Elway, Matt Ryan, Peyton Manning,Ray Rice, Reggie Bush, Roger Staubach, Tim Tebow, Tony Romo, Troy Aikman, Vince Young, Ben Tate, Brandon Gibson, Charles Scott, Chris Ogbonnaya, Dan LeFevour, Dezmon Briscoe, Dustin Keller, Ed Wang, James Casey, John Skelton, Josh Freeman, Kevin Kolb , Matt Leinart, Mike Kafka, Montario Hardesty, Nate Burleson, Trent Edwards, Willie Parker

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

By Chris Olds | Editor

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

Cincinnati, Ohio-based F+W Media, which bought Krause Publications in 2002, cited a lack of ad revenue in the decision, according to editor Scott Fragale, who was one of three sports staffers whose final day with the company will be Thursday.

The two other staff members of the long-running magazine who will be leaving F+W are Joe Clemens and T.S. O’Connell, Fragale said. O’Connell penned a farewell column online that has additional details.

The company will continue to publish Sports Collectors Digest, which shrunk to a magazine-sized format recently.

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Box Busters: 2010-11 Donruss Basketball

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2010 Leaf Sports Icons Update

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2010-11 Limited Hockey

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2010-11 Timeless Treasures Basketball

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Card Gallery: 2010-11 Limited Hockey

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Earlier this morning, I whipped out my handy box cutter (my house key) to open a sealed package from Panini America. The fine folks from 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.

Though small in size, each box delivered a hat trick with three hits worth showing off before the upcoming Box Busters video. Since we don’t mind sharing and there are only 14 cards from both breaks, please enjoy the full gallery. Read More »

Box Busters: 2010 Panini Century Collection

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



Box Busters: 2010 Topps USA Baseball set

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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 Bowman Chrome autographs and each 24-pack hobby box packing one.

There will be 110 Chrome prospect cards to be found and a base set of 220 rookies and veterans. With a new twist, there will be Bowman Buyback Cut Signature cards in the fold.

Also new will be Topps 60th Anniversary autographs, USA Baseball patch cards and Futures Game Triple Relics.

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Sneak Peek: 2011 Upper Deck Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

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

After all, Upper Deck is the only company allowed to use NCAA team logos with its exclusive deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company.

In addition to the forthcoming football freshmen, league veterans and greats will be featured in what appears to be  a 1991 throwback design on some cards (see below). As the images indicate, Adrian Peterson and Dan Marino are amongst the many players pictured in their collegiate uniforms.

The saga will surely unfold over the next few months, but for now this product breakdown will have to do. Read More »

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 Gold Medal game appearance against Russia. Dazzling title contenders like Brayden Schenn, Ryan Ellis, Olivier Roy and Vladimir Tarasenko can be seen on the ice tonight and on shelves in a short time. Stacked with professional hockey standouts in the making, both teams offer a good look at the NHL in years to come.

“We offer our sincere congratulations to all players in this tournament and are proud to include many of them in Heroes and Prospects,” said In The Game’s President, Dr. Brian Price.

The IIHFL World Junior Championship Game takes place today in Buffalo, N.Y. at 7:30 EST.

Beckett President unveils upcoming website changes

Dear Beckett Customer,

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.

Besides eliminating all of the current load/timeout issues and increasing site speed, our team thought you might like to hear about some of the additions and changes for the new site:

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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 there are five cards from a subset that include associates, fans and opponents of the greatest boxer in history.

While these cards are the autograph versions, which are all numbered to 5, there are more common versions of these cards available in the product.

Of this group, my favorites are the ones where there is a picture with Ali. Leaf is obviously limited to certain pictures, but they definitely used pictures they had with Ali whenever possible.

How do you feel this set is shaping up?

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.