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Posted on February 16, 2011 – 12:20 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | basketball, featured, Japanese Tegata, Michael Jordan, NBA, Upper Deck, Upper Deck Authenticated | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Editor
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.
UDA unveiled on Wednesday a line of Japanese Tegata — or inked handprints — of Jordan. Each piece has a print from Jordan’s left hand and is limited to 23 copies. The tradition is one typically used for sumo wrestlers or elite athletes, and it’s this international flavor that UDA clearly hopes will interest fans.
“This is another first for Upper Deck Authenticated and it is only fitting that we would christen this unique process with our longest-tenured exclusive athlete, Michael Jordan,” said Steve Sloan, director of Upper Deck Authenticated. “Tegata is a highly respected form of recognition for Japan’s best sumo wrestlers and so we’ve decided to create a variation of this coveted show of admiration for one of our best-selling athletes of all time.”
Each piece measures 30-by-40 inches and is signed and double-matted with a showcase of action photography from Jordan’s career around the piece.
Find images and a video showing details of the piece after the jump.
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Posted on February 16, 2011 – 9:35 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2001 Bowman Chrome, 2011 Topps Tribute, Albert Pujols, baseball cards, featured, MLB, Topps | Comments (5)
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.
There will be 30 copies of three different Pujols 2001 autograph cards — the big one is limited to just 500 hand-numbered copies — to be found via an autograph redemption card.
The redemptions will not say which card they are good for until the code is input online. A collector could land a 2001 Bowman Chrome or a 2001 Topps Finest autograph or a 2011 Topps Reserve autograph. The Reserve card sells for as much as $1,500, while the Finest card sells for $450.
The company did not disclose how many of each card will be made available.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on February 16, 2011 – 9:16 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | Blake Griffin, Eric Gordon, LaMarcus Aldridge, NBA, Nick Young | Comments (1)
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 the heights of Griffin, but could become serviceable players with a little star power in the future.
Here’s a look at three guys you might want to consider:
Nick Young: The 25-year-old is finally putting together a solid season. In his previous three years, Young has been a solid contributor, but didn’t have star power. This season, his role has changed and he’s averaging 17.6 points in 31.6 minutes for the Washington Wizards.
Young’s Rookie Cards could be acquired for fairly cheap. If he continues with this type of success, collectors might have to start shelling out a little more for his cards.
Posted on February 15, 2011 – 9:49 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Topps, 2011 Topps Diamond, featured, Topps, Ubaldo Jimenez | Comments (25)
The 2011 edition of Topps’ code card madness has begun as the Topps Diamond Giveaway site opened on Tuesday with countless codes for free stuff being entered en masse.
You know, we’re all in search of those minty fresh 1988 Jody Reeds and 1983 John Dennys … right?
Well, a new part of the mix this year — to go with the heavy dose of vintage-flavor cardboard — are a few diamond-themed cards. There are die-cut cards which have a little less cardboard and then there are cards with a bit more inside … an actual diamond.
Topps’ promotional online presence began with last year’s popular Million Card Giveaway, and this year’s code cards are found one in every six packs.This year, though, each card also comes with a chance to “dig” for an additional prize as well.
After a long day of the typical to-do and a trip to Walmart for highlighters (that’s code for more packs of 2011 Topps), I settled down to rip into four jumbos and see what collectors were talking about on Twitter.
My packs were fruitless for new codes, so in the aftermath of many a code being redeemed, I decided it was time for my 19 code cards — all found in retail packs this year — to be unlocked.
Posted on February 14, 2011 – 10:53 pm | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling | autographs, Dwayne Johnson, featured, The Rock, wrestling, WWE | Comments (3)
After seven years away from the world of professional wrestling, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson returned to a World Wrestling Entertainment ring on Monday night in Anaheim, Calif., as he was unveiled as the guest host for WrestleMania XXVII in Atlanta.
His 20-minute in-ring promo capped Raw, with his attention particularly focused on John Cena, prompting a few to believe that he might be up for more than some host duties for the April pay-per-view. That got us thinking — there might be a few collectors out there looking for the star’s trading cards and memorabilia.
The Rock presently appears on 254 cards in the Beckett.com database — just one of them a certified autograph as a wrestler. (He does appear on non-sport autographed cards for The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King and Doom.)
Johnson’s earliest trading card appearance comes as a member of the University of Miami football team. He was included in a school-produced set in 1994, and that card can sell for $50.
Posted on February 14, 2011 – 6:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Topps, baseball cards, MLB, Topps, Topps 60th anniversary | Comments (2)
Topps‘ 60th Anniversary celebration Diamond Dig took place Monday morning in Grand Central station in New York City with Stanley Brode and Jessalyn Maguire taking home the $10,000 ring.
Brode was one of 10 men who dared take on the ball pit in search of a specially marked ball, while Maguire took the ring home — on her finger.
Click here for MLB.com‘s video on the Valentine’s Day’s festivities.
Posted on February 14, 2011 – 5:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports | featured | Comments (4)
By Chris Olds | Editor | Commentary
The Super Bowl has come and gone, and there’s clearly been one star (who doesn’t wear green and yellow) getting a lot of attention — and he doesn’t even have a single piece of memorabilia for the masses.
He didn’t play on the field a couple of Sundays ago, but he’s still getting plenty of playing time — 29.3 million views and counting on the official Volkswagen YouTube page.
Little Darth Vader.
Posted on February 14, 2011 – 4:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | featured, Gold Standard, NBA, panini | Comments (2)
Johann van der Smut would be so proud.
Panini America unveiled its latest basketball card line on Monday, a product that it clearly believes will set a new standard in sports cards.
It says so right on the box.
Panini Gold Standard will arrive in May with each 12-card box packing three autographs, two memorabilia cards and a suggested retail price of $200.
Each box also will include seven insert cards numbered to 299 or fewer copies — with everything packing a certain luster to it as well.
“There’s always a certain amount of satisfaction seeing one or more of your ideas take shape and come to fruition, especially when the concept is brand new,” said Panini America NBA Brand Manager Mike Payne. “With Gold Standard, feedback — both internal and from other segments of the industry — was a key element in shaping the product and turning it into something that might have a chance at a long shelf life.”
And, clearly, you don’t need to be an alchemist here.
Posted on February 14, 2011 – 12:55 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | featured | Comments (0)
The second uncut sheet auction of autographed baseball cards from In The Game‘s forthcoming Heroes and Prospects Hits set has hit eBay.
All proceeds from the auction will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
The sheet includes 45 autographed prospect cards from the inaugural product line, including autographs of Brandon Belt, Jameson Taillon, Yonder Alonso, Kyle Drabek and many more.
The bidding sits at a mere $81 after the first six bids with more than six days remaining until the auction’s close. The first uncut sheet auction previously sold for $635.
Posted on February 14, 2011 – 11:32 am | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | featured | Comments (0)
By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor
Recognized for their unique trumpeting abilities, a handful of legendary ice narrators will be robed in the forthcoming Crown Royale hockey kingdom.
While Panini’s 2010-11 Crown Royale Hockey will feature key characters from the NHL tale, 15 live-action story tellers are joining the regal ranks in the Voices of the Game insert set. Top announcers like Don Cherry (seen below, wearing a befitting blazer), Darren Pang and Bob Miller have each signed just 100 cards, making for some exclusive personality pulls.
The voices (and signatures) of Daryl Reaugh, Kelly Hrudey, Mike Lange, Cassie Campbell, Mike Milbury, Charlie Simmer, Joe Bowen, Pete Weber, Denis Potvin, Randy Moller and Rick Jeanneret also echo in the charismatic cardboard court. Read More »