Monthly Archives: February 2011

First look: 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards

Topps unveiled on Monday evening the first look at 2011 Allen & Ginter, the sixth installment of the popular baseball card series with the retro tobacco card design and the world’s greatest athletes in several sports.

Peja SuperCollector gets our Kobe Bryant autograph

We’ve awarded our specially slabbed Kobe Bryant 2009-10 Court Kings autograph — No. 8/24 — to Michael Larsen.

eTopps starts it MILB campaign with one of the hottest prospects

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Minor League baseball players are back on eTopps cards this week. Topps kicks off the series off with two of the most talked about prospects in the game. The week’s allocation include Los Angeles Angels farmhand Mike Trout and Minnesota Twins infield prospect Miguel Sano. Trout’s cards are limited […]

First look: 2011 Topps Rising Rookies Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor More and more these days football products are featuring the top rookies of the game, even before the rookies have made it. Topps is releasing a new product this year with 2011 Topps Rising Rookies Football. The name says it all with this set. There will be four hits […]

First Look: 2011 TRISTAR Pursuit baseball cards

TRISTAR debuted its latest baseball card release, 2011 Pursuit, recently and it appears that the format for last year’s boxed set release is back for another season.

Brooklyn Dodgers legend Duke Snider dies at age 84

Edwin “Duke” Snider, a Hall of Famer who was once one of the king of New York when it came to talkin’ baseball in the 1950s, died on Sunday. He was 84.

Box Busters: 2010 Playoff Contenders Football

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

Box Busters: 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball

Join Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into a pair of 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Topps Attax returns to baseball diamond with new look for 2011

Topps Attax is returning to the baseball diamond once again in 2011 but this time, Topps says the trading card game will be a little different.

Hank Aaron to appear on Letterman tonight

Topps kicks off a media blitz this week when legendary baseball player Hank Aaron appears on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight. He gives Letterman a special gift (that I won’t give away now, but will update after the show).

A football card that exudes confidence … and more

But not all of the 2011 Topps Five Star cards include an inscription quite as special — quite as confident — as this one from Houston Texans running back Ben Tate.

Panini brings back Zenith hockey including rip cards

When 2011 Zenith Hockey comes out on May 11, the question collectors will find themselves asking isn’t whether to buy, but “Should I rip?”

Topps aims to bring in collectors via books & more

Topps, the longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards, announced on Wednesday that it has entered into a publishing agreement with Abrams, a leading publisher of illustrated books.

First look: 2011 Topps WWE Champions cards

Topps is ready to get in the ring once again as it unveiled it’s latest World Wrestling Entertainment card set on Wednesday morning.

Box Busters: 2010-11 Upper Deck Hockey Series 2

Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Upper Deck Series 2 hockey cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Upper Deck World of Sport

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2011 Upper Deck World of Sport boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Press Pass Eclipse

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

Box Busters: 2011 In The Game Heroes & Prospects Baseball Hits

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into two boxes of 2011 In The Game Heroes & Prospects Baseball Hits in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Unconfirmed short-prints in 2010 Contenders

Based upon our research of available single cards on the market, here is our list of believed, but unconfirmed short-prints in 2010 Contenders.

First look: 2011 Press Pass Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Press Pass is getting the jump on the NFL Draft releasing its 2011 football product next month making it the first football product on the market for the 2011 season. The 28-pack box will feature five on-card autographs in 2011 Press Pass Football with a price point around $88. […]

Ever wanted a T206 Honus Wagner? It can be yours for $325,000 …

Few of us have the means to purchase a T206 Honus Wagner — there’s something about a six-figure price tag — but often those who do can’t find one.

Buyer Beware: Contenders Inscriptions Raising Eyebrows

Since going live, 2010 Contenders Football has hit the secondary market with anticipated excitement and commotion. The on-card autographs from this set are among the most hotly-pursued rookie signatures of the season, but some — featuring inscriptions — seem to be raising a few eyebrows as of late.

Panini America teases return of iconic NBA Hoops line

The late 1980s and 1990s staple — NBA Hoops — will be returning next season, news noted by four 2011-12 promo cards available at the Panini booth.

Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez purchased 1927 Yankees Legendary Lineup autograph card

Cleveland Indians closer Chris Perez is a long-time fan and collector of the sport that he has made his life. And when he recently signed his first million-dollar big-league contract it was time to splurge on something special.

Topps confirms 60 sparkles in Series 1 baseball set

Topps confirmed on Friday morning that 60 cards in the first series of its flagship 2011 baseball set have sparkle variations.

Grand Slam patches from In The Game Baseball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor With In the Game‘s baseball product coming out next week, the company couldn’t help but tease just a few more Grand Slam pieces collectors will be able to find in 2011 ITG Heroes and Prospects Baseball. This time it was all heroes. This massive patch cards appeal to many […]

Panini America signs Kevin Durant as spokesman

Panini America took a third step toward building a strong starting five of spokesmen on Thursday, adding Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant to its roster.

Sanchez Golden Ticket card redeemed in north Texas

Found in the recently released Playoff Contenders product, groundbreaking Golden Ticket cards are slowly surfacing throughout the collecting universe. One such card happened to be pulled right here in North Texas — smack-dab in the backyard of both Panini America and Beckett Media.

First look: 2011 Panini Prestige Football

Football fans have settled in to reflect on the 2010 football season – even for a short amount of time. We all had our favorite moments from the past season and collectively watched the Green Bay Packers win the Super Bowl.

2010 Playoff Contenders Football reveal Rookie Ticket autograph variations

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor 2010 Playoff Contenders Football is live with a few surprises for collectors. Panini has snuck in Rookie Ticket autograph variations. There are two different cards for all 33 of the young players that were at the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere. The variations are just with the photo used […]

New Upper Deck Authenticated Michael Jordan items have personal touch

Collectors say they want memorabilia with a personal touch and the latest from Upper Deck Authenticated does just that … and more … with a new Michael Jordan item.

Topps puts modern-day monster — Albert Pujols’ Chrome RC — in 2011 Tribute

The most sought-after modern day Rookie Card — the $4,000 2001 Bowman Chrome Albert Pujols — will be found in packs of 2011 Topps Tribute as a buyback, the company announced on Wednesday morning.

Can’t afford Blake Griffin? Look for these up-and-comers

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor With the way Blake Griffin’s cards have skyrocketed this season, collectors are hard-pressed to find reasonably-priced cards of his. Ya know, cards that won’t leave you eating tuna out of the can for a week. Many young NBA players have the potential to be good. They probably won’t hit […]

Are you digging Topps’ Diamond code cards? I am …

I decided it was time for my 19 2011 Topps Diamond Giveaway code cards — all found in retail packs this year — to be unlocked. Boy, was I surprised.

Finally, The Rock has come back to the WWE

The Rock presently appears on 254 cards in the Beckett.com database — just one of them a certified autograph as a wrestler.