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Posted on February 23, 2011 – 8:05 pm | Author: chrisolds
Football | 2011 Topps Five Star, @BenTateRB, Ben Tate, featured, Houston Texans, nfl, Topps, Twitter | Comments (7)
By Chris Olds | Editor | Commentary
Topps‘ highest-end product ever made — 2011 Topps Five Star Football — is a five-card per pack, $500-per-pack product that’s packing some cards with special touches inside.
There are autograph cards, there are booklet cards, there are patch cards inside each and every box.
But not all of them include an inscription quite as special — quite as confident — as this one from Houston Texans running back Ben Tate, a second-round draft pick who ran for 1,362 yards and 10 touchdowns as a college senior in 2009.
You know, it’s the same Tate who was medically cleared on Tuesday as recovered from a broken right fibula and torn ankle ligaments. The same Tate who hasn’t played a down in the NFL yet. The same Tate who, if healthy, will be fighting for playing time against the NFL’s leading rusher last season, Arian Foster.
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Posted on February 23, 2011 – 5:17 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | featured, hockey, NHL, panini, rip cards | Comments (5)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor
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?”
Panini America is resurrecting Zenith Hockey and bringing back the product that started the trend of over-sized rip box-toppers. Some of the goodies collectors can find inside the Dare to Tear box toppers are Epix inserts, exclusive National Treasures and Donruss Elite Rookie Cards.
Each box ($10 SRP per pack) should yield three autographs or memorabilia cards with at least one autograph guaranteed, one Zenith-RC, four short-printed Legends, one Hot-Red parallel and one card of each insert: Gifted Grinders and Crease is the Word.
“The key to making this work is to force collectors to make a tough decision,” said Al Muir, Panini America NHL Brand Manager. “Each Dare to Tear jumbo will feature either a true RC or one of hockey’s greatest legends and it will be fairly limited. If you tear one, you’re destroying a sure thing . . . but what you find inside might just make it worthwhile.”
See a gallery after the jump:
Posted on February 23, 2011 – 3:28 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Non-Sports | Abrams, baseball, featured, Topps, Topps books | Comments (1)
By Chris Olds | Editor
Are you ready for the Tales of Bazooka Joe?
That’s just one of the possibilities as 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.
The exclusive multi-year deal may include non-fiction and fiction sports books, entertainment-themed books and calendars. The first books will be released in spring of 2012.
“The word ‘Topps’ conjures up memories of collecting sports heroes and chronicling pop culture phenomena,” said Michael Jacobs, Abrams President and CEO. “We look forward to working with the Topps team to capitalize on the appeal of their iconic brand in all kinds of book formats, and look to provide great reading experiences for adults and kids of all ages.”
Posted on February 23, 2011 – 10:10 am | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | 2011 Topps WWE Champions, featured, Topps, wrestling, WWE | Comments (2)
Topps is ready to get in the ring once again as it unveiled it’s latest World Wrestling Entertainment card set on Wednesday morning.
A new line, Topps WWE Champions, features full-bleed photography — but no blood because that’s not kosher in the WWE these days — and highlights from notable matches throughout the WWE years.
Set to arrive in early June, Champions will include 100 base cards in the set and Foil Champions insert cards one in every three packs. There also will be autograph cards to be found, though they will be rarer as odds were not mentioned on the sales materials.
See more images from the set after the jump.
Posted on February 22, 2011 – 4:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2010-11 Upper Deck Hockey Series 2, featured, hockey cards, NHL, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
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.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on February 22, 2011 – 10:19 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Upper Deck World of Sport, autographs, featured, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
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.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out.
Posted on February 22, 2011 – 10:17 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2011 Press Pass Eclipse, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, featured, NASCAR | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on February 21, 2011 – 4:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 In The Game Heroes & Prospects Baseball Hits, baseball cards, featured, In The Game | Comments (19)
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.
What will they find inside?
Watch and find out …
Posted on February 21, 2011 – 4:00 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2010 Contenders Short-Prints, 2010 Playoff Contenders, featured, Short-Prints, SPs | Comments (6)
Dan Hitt | Sports Data Publishing Manager
Collectors have become accustomed to identifying and chasing the short-printed autographed Rookie Cards from Playoff Contenders and for the past four to five years it has almost become an obsession for some.
Closing in on the first full week of 2010 Contenders being out on shelves, the market has a sample size large enough now to fully analyze. Based upon our research of available single cards on the market, below is our list of believed, but unconfirmed short-prints in 2010 Contenders.
Since the definition of “SP” is all a matter of degree, we’ve divided what seems to be the toughest cards into three tiers with Tier 1 being the most difficult to pull from packs.
Tier 1 (Scarce, Extremely low print run)
112 Carlos Dunlap AU RC
130 Dominique Curry AU RC
148 Jeremy Williams AU RC
156 Joique Bell AU RC
157 Kareem Jackson AU RC EXCH
179 Preston Parker AU RC
184 Rusty Smith AU RC
194 Thaddeus Lewis AU RC Read More »
Posted on February 21, 2011 – 2:30 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | football, nfl, press pass | Comments (2)
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.
Some of the names included in the set are Ryan Mallet, Jake Locker, Blaine Gabbert, Julio Jones and Nick Fairly. Press Pass also features eight different autograph levels for set collectors to chase.
2011 Press Pass Football is set to be released March 23.
Take a peek at the gallery after the jump.