Monthly Archives: March 2011

Ever wanted to land memorabilia straight from prospects? That’s where Onyx comes in … (updated)

Landing an unquestionably authentic item of a promising prospect before he’s a star? That takes some work — unless the prospect is a member of the Onyx Authenticated team.

Topps confirms 2011 Heritage Baseball SPs and variations

On Thursday Topps made all the guessing games end as it confirmed a group of variations in 2011 Topps Heritage.

**Contest Closed** Box Busters: 2011 Leaf Metal Football

Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino with special guest Brian Gray of Leaf as they rip into a pair of 2011 Leaf Metal Draft football boxes in this episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Leaf Muhammad Ali

Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino with special guest Brian Gray as they rip into a pair of 2011 Leaf Muhammad Ali boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Upper Deck partners with USA Football

As an official sponsor of USA Football, Upper Deck is poised to make an impression on America’s growing youth football membership — a prime audience comprised of players (potential collectors) between the ages of six and 14.

Armstrong so nice, he autographed twice

In addition to the comment-to-win drawing here on Beckett.com, two more Armstrong-autographed cards are up for grab on Panini’s blog, The Knight’s Lance.

Preview Gallery: 2011 Leaf Metal Draft Football

Yielding four on-card autographs per four-card box, 2011 Leaf Metal Draft is an exceptional unlicensed looker. The product bears a resemblance to other familiar shimmering cards, but the low-quantity rip seems to deliver concentrated quality with inserts and parallels — all presented in toploaders.

Here’s your chance to enter the Beckett Baseball Topps 60th Anniversary ring contest

If you’ve seen the latest issue of Beckett Baseball, then you likely know all about our contest to win one of the rare Topps 60th Anniversary rings between now and Oct. 1.

Box Busters: 2010-11 Absolute Memorabilia Basketball

Join Beckett Basketball’s Rob Springs and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2010-11 Absolute Memorabilia boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Only the cuts made the cut in Upper Deck’s upcoming Legendary Cuts set

Upper Deck teased the return of Legendary Cuts on Tuesday evening, what looks to be a very limited one-cut-per-pack product with a checklist of just 200 cards in the set. According to the company, there will be 91 Hall of Famers in the product, each limited to 35 or fewer copies.

Product Preview: 2011 Topps Inception

As the 2011 video card war rages on, Topps is talking about its new football line — 2011 Topps Inception — dreamed up for a rare early-season high-end release.

**Contest Closed** Anthony Armstrong receives his first Rookie Card

After watching his Facebook page explode with congratulatory comments throughout his breakout season, seeing a friend seize his dream, I invited Armstrong to film a special edition of Box Busters.

Hank Aaron rookie season jersey headlines upcoming Heritage Auction sale

A jersey worn by former home run champion Hank Aaron during his rookie season in 1954 will be up for grabs in a Heritage Auctions sale next month and is expected to fetch six figures.

** Contest Closed** Box Busters: 2011 Press Pass Football

Join Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2011 Press Pass football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Preview Gallery: Enshrined Hockey

In the Game recently announced that its ice homage — Enshrined Hockey — will hit shelves on April 29, 2011.

Box Busters preview gallery: 2011 Press Pass

Last week, we had a hands-on experience with the first football product of 2011 — SAGE HIT Low Series. Today, we tore into a box of 2011 Press Pass Football — the second line from the year of the lockout.

Jose Canseco’s twin switcheroo wouldn’t have worked on me — or many others

Perhaps it’s the fact that I’ve sorted waayyyy too many Canseco cards though the years — thousands — but the identical twins aren’t exactly identical.

Pulling with everyday people: Family trio edition

In this family trio edition of Pulling with Everyday People, two generations of Vosses revisited youthful pastimes and learned a little more about how trading cards have evolved since they last ripped a pack.

Teasing MLB Network’s Cardboard Treasure …

The MLB Network has a little something in store for baseball card collectors this Tuesday — a special on the 60th anniversary of Topps baseball cards.

Could Ochocinco appear on a soccer card?

According to a recently-released Espn.com news item and the following video from the foxsports YouTube channel, the loudmouthed Bengals receiver started a four-day trial with MLS team Sporting Kansas City earlier this week.

FREE STUFF FRIDAY IS BACK! Win a $250 Steiner Sports gift certificate ***CONTEST NOW CLOSED***

FREE STUFF FRIDAY (3-25) — Win a $250 Steiner Sports gift certificate and a Ray Rice autographed photo

First Look: 2011 Donruss Elite Football

Fresh off the plane from the 2011 Industry Summit in Las Vegas, Panini America officials unveiled the first glance at a newly-revamped Donruss Elite line.

Upper Deck’s Evolution will be first video trading card … on the market

Two days after Panini America announced its plans for the hobby’s first HD trading card, Upper Deck has pulled back the curtain on its previously top-secret Evolution insert cards to be found in the upcoming 2011 Upper Deck football card set.

Upper Deck looks at one of the best college basketball programs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor With college basketball on the forefront of the sports scene, Upper Deck picked the perfect time to release commemorating one of the most prolific college basketball programs in the country. The University of North Carolina has had some of the greatest players come through the program including Michael Jordan, […]

No memorabilia wins in Barry Bonds trial, but these prints just might …

The 2001 500th Home Run print seen above was one of the many items hocked on television and one of the talking heads during those hard-sell pitches was the artist who created it, Steve Hoskins.

You’ll never guess who tops MLB jersey sales …

One might think that everybody who wants a Derek Jeter jersey already has one, but 16 years after he made his big-league debut he’s still the game’s No. 1-seller.

Even Elizabeth Taylor had cards … but not many

Legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor died Wednesday at age 79, leaving behind a legacy of Hollywood greatness.

MLB Network, MLB Productions examine Topps baseball cards in special

Opening Day isn’t far away, but the MLB Network has a little something else in store for baseball card collectors next Tuesday.

Free Stuff Friday will return this week

It’s been some time since we had a Free Stuff Friday — our day of free contests that gets cool stuff into collectors’ hands just for poking around on Beckett.com and answering basic trivia questions.

Does the hobby need an HD trading card? Yes and no …

Panini America, the lone licensee of NBA trading cards, is taking the definition of what is a trading card a new direction.

Upper Deck promises Evolution in collecting on April 12; Panini promises world’s first HD trading card

Trading card manufacturers are always searching for the next big thing — at least something that might have a big impact on the company’s bottom line — and both Upper Deck and Panini America are teasing something to come soon.

Inside a mighty mailday … at least for me

Visit any sports card and collectibles forum and you’ll likely see one of these types of posts — a recap of what arrived into a collector’s possession that’s one part “Check This Out!” and one part bragging. It’s one part a reflection of a hobby and, perhaps, a reflection of the madness that is what we do as collectors. It’s the mailday report.

Panini marks 50th anniversary with promo cards

Panini is a definite newcomer to the world of sports memorabilia — at least in the United States — but its European memorabilia offerings have hit a milestone this year, one that will be marked on some Panini America releases as well.

Minding Mike’s Lange-uage

Found in Panini’s 2010-11 Crown Royale, Lange’s unique catchphrases are inscribed befittingly on these one-of-one inserts.

Box Busters: 2011 SAGE HIT football cards

Join Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2011 SAGE Hit football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.