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Posted on March 31, 2011 – 4:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Preferred Players Collection, baseball, featured, game-used memorabilia, MLB, Onyx Authenticated | Comments (5)
By Chris Olds | Editor
It’s relatively easy to land a Derek Jeter game-used jersey or a Tiger Woods tourney-worn item these days — you just have to have the cash.
But 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.
The Riverview, Fla.-based company focuses on autograph and game-used memorabilia deals with promising players before they get too in-demand to be affordable for most collectors. Among its exclusive-player roster are Seattle Mariners pitching prospect Michael Pineda, Yankees spring training phenom Manny Banuelos, promising Braves prospects Julio Teheran and Randall Delgado and Yankees prospect Gary Sanchez. Past exclusives include New York Mets first baseman Ike Davis and Florida Marlins outfielder Logan Morrison. Oh, and also on its roster? St. Louis Cardinal Colby Rasmus, Atlanta Braves rookie Freddie Freeman and the New York Yankees’ future hopes at catcher, Jesus Montero.
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Posted on March 31, 2011 – 9:40 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates | 1962 Topps, 2011 Topps Heritage, baseball, baseball cards, featured, MLB, Topps | Comments (19)
Collectors have been examining their 2011 Topps Heritage baseball cards closely since their arrival earlier this month, discovering variations and nods to the past here and there.
But on Thursday Topps made all the guessing games end as it confirmed a group of variations in the set.
The short-printed base cards are Nos. 426-500, while card Nos. 110-158 and 160-196 have green-tinted variations. There also are blue-tinted versions of those cards found in Walmart loose packs and red-tint cards found in Target loose packs.
Six short-printed variations in the set include:
Posted on March 31, 2011 – 8:51 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 Leaf Metal Draft, Alabama football, featured, football cards, Mark Ingram, SEC football | Comments (108)
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.
What will they find inside? What can you win? Watch to find out …
Posted on March 30, 2011 – 3:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Leaf Muhammad Ali, Ali, box breaks, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Boxing, featured | Comments (5)
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.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on March 30, 2011 – 2:44 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2011 SP Authentic, featured, Upper Deck, Upper Deck USA Football partnership, USA Football, Youth Football | Comments (2)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
Upper Deck and USA Football announced an unprecedented partnership today.
According to details on Usafootball.com, this is the first time that the sport’s national governing body for international competition has paired up with a trading card company. As an official sponsor of USA Football, Upper Deck is poised to make a big impression on America’s growing youth football membership — a prime audience comprised of players (potential collectors) between the ages of six and 14.
Today’s announcement also foretold some near-future hobby impacts, including special edition U.S. Under-19 National Team cards slated for an appearance in 2011 SP Authentic Football. These cards will feature photography from the early-2011 Team USA vs. The World game (featured in the video below) and a selection of game-used jersey swatches.
Posted on March 30, 2011 – 2:00 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Football | Anthony Armstrong, Anthony Armstrong Rookie Card, Dallas Desperados, football cards, Panini America, Redskins Football, Washington Redskins | Comments (1)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
Based on the collector love Armstrong is receiving from his affable appearance at Beckett headquarters, the gritty Redskins receiver is clearly poised for hobby potential. Since Panini America‘s Tracy Hackler came through with his only Rookie Cards, and even a few pieces of critical AFL evidence, Armstrong graciously inked his cardboard likeness for the manufacturer’s followers.
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.
Newly convinced or not, Armstrong fans currently have two opportunities to kick-start their personal collections.
Posted on March 30, 2011 – 1:09 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2011 Leaf, 2011 Leaf Metal, 2011 Leaf Metal Draft, Aaron Williams, Draft cards, featured, Leaf Trading Cards, Mark Ingram | Comments (5)
Fresh from the Box Busters studio and hot off the scanner, the cards below should convey the weight of Leaf‘s latest draft brand.
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.
The forthcoming Box Busters video — with a cameo by Leaf’s own Brian Gray — features all eight cards from two breaks, but this six-hit sampler should do the trick, for now. Read More »
Posted on March 30, 2011 – 9:26 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates | 2011 Topps, baseball, baseball cards, featured, MLB, Topps, Topps Ring Contest | Comments (3)
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.
If not, here’s your chance … after the jump.
Posted on March 30, 2011 – 9:19 am | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | Absolute Memorabilia, basketball cards, featured, NBA, Panini America | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on March 29, 2011 – 5:32 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | autographs, baseball, baseball cards, cut autographs, featured, Legendary Cuts, presidential autographs, Upper Deck | Comments (10)
We all know what made Legendary Cuts — a staple for baseball card collectors the last decade — popular, right?
Well, they’re back — and that’s all that Legendary Cuts will include this year when it arrives in June.
That’s right, just cuts.
Upper Deck teased the return of Legendary Cuts on Tuesday evening, what looks to be a somewhat 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.
Posted on March 29, 2011 – 4:03 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2011 Rookie Cards, 2011 Rookie Class, 2011 Topps Inception, featured, Leonardo Dicaprio, nfl, Topps Inception Football | Comments (8)
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.
Due out in early July, the premiering premium product will be rookie heavy, mostly defined by top draft picks and supplemented by established stars. Each seven-card pack should deliver three rookie hits, including two numbered on-card rookie autographs or rookie autograph jumbo patches and one numbered rookie jumbo patch or Relic card. Four more cards — likely featuring veterans — round out the rip in the form of two limited parallels and two base cards.
While the current artwork features rookies in airbrushed uniforms, Topps revealed that NFL-branded images and Relics will bolster the already dramatically designed cards.
Early product details indicate that this is a line marked by highly desirable hobby trademarks. Frequently falling on-card autographs and one-of-one parallels — for instance — should substantiate the price tag. Conceptually founded upon the inception of the football season, the new brand is built with the incoming class in mind. As card maker notes, “Every autograph and Relic hit is a rookie player.”
High-end hobbyists might reach for their totems (obligatory “Inception” movie reference), since the more expensive hobby brands usually don’t hit the market until late in the season — but we assure you, this is reality. Read More »
Posted on March 29, 2011 – 2:34 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates, Football | Anthony Armstrong, Dallas Desperados, featured, First Rookie Card, Newman Smith High School, Odessa Roughnecks, Panini America, Tracy Hackler, Video, Washington Redskins | Comments (68)
As featured in the soon-to-release May issue of Beckett Football, this hard-signed Anthony Armstrong card can’t be pulled from any pack.
Since Armstrong came up the hard way — namely through the AFL and the IFL — his NFL debut wasn’t an obvious priority for college-sensation-centric manufacturers. In fact, when the video was shot, the rising Redskin receiver’s Rookie Card was limited to a single Panini America product — 2010 Certified Football.
However, having strolled the same halls of Newman Smith high school as Armstrong, I’ve always been a fan. 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.
Defined by humility and hard work, the hometown hero came back to Dallas to see his family — and to introduce himself to the hobby.
Bringing the rookie goods and more, Panini’s Tracy Hackler — an avid Dallas Desperados fan — joined us for the video and helped me pay special tribute to an old friend’s achievements. As the video reveals, Hackler provided a few Special-Edition- stamped Rookie Cards for Armstrong to see and sign.
We just happen to have one hand-signed 2010 Certified Armstrong card and one Armstrong-autographed 2008 Donruss Dallas Desperados card available to win in exchange for a randomly-selected comment on this post.
Good luck and enjoy the video.
Andrew Tolentino is the editor of Beckett Football. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow his tweets at twitter.com/tolentinotweets.
Posted on March 29, 2011 – 10:50 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | baseball, featured, Hank Aaron, Heritage Auctions, Jim Otto, Michael Phelps, Ted Williams | Comments (3)
Update: The jersey sold for more than $167,000 at auction.
By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor
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.
The autographed Milwaukee Braves flannel is the headliner in the Dallas-based company‘s April 21-22 Signature Sports Auction and the company projects at least a $200,000 sale for the consignor. The jersey previously had a No. 5 stitched into hit — which Aaron wore during his rookie year — before his familiar No. 44 replaced it. That means this jersey is likely to have been worn over two seasons.
Posted on March 29, 2011 – 10:33 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 Press Pass, Alabama football, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, college football, football cards, Mark Ingram | Comments (55)
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.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out … and find out how you can win a Heisman Trophy winner’s autograph — as well as a free box.
Posted on March 28, 2011 – 3:43 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates, Hockey | Cyclone Taylor, Enshrined Hockey, featured, Hockey Hall of Fame, In The Game, Mark Messier | Comments (2)
By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor
In the Game recently announced that its ice homage — Enshrined Hockey — will hit shelves on April 29, 2011.
Featuring legends who have been — enshrined, of course — in the Hall of Fame on artfully-created cards, Enshrined will be distributed in 7,000 serial-numbered 6-card packs. Each pack should yield five base cards and one special insert card.
The 200-card base set features a roster of hockey history, all appearing on cards limited to 175. One-per-pack special inserts include on-card autographs, low-numbered game-used memorabilia, Enshrined cut signatures, and a healthy dose of one-of-a-kind cards.
Stay tuned to Beckett.com for more images and detailed information on the upcoming In the Game release. Read More »
Posted on March 28, 2011 – 3:17 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 Press Pass Football, Blaine Gabbert, cam newton, featured, Mark Ingram, Press Pass Football, Ryan Mallett | Comments (7)
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.
For an early season product with a lack of league licensing, these cards come across with a decidedly official feel and a generally respectable aesthetic. Press Pass changed up the base set this year with horizontally oriented cards, featuring carefully cropped players alongside their respective stats in scoreboard-ish fashion.
Beyond the base set, conceptually sound and visually strong inserts supplement the five-autograph break. We exceeded per-box hit odds with an additional memorabilia card and a signature from a certain soon-to-be product poster boy (Hint No. 1: Roll Tide!). Read More »
Posted on March 28, 2011 – 2:22 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | @josecanseco, baseball, baseball cards, celebrity boxing, featured, Jose Canseco, MLB, Ozzie Canseco | Comments (2)
The latest torrid headline in the ongoing saga that is the life of former American League MVP Jose Canseco isn’t one that would have worked on many collectors.
Canseco sent his twin brother, Ozzie, in his place for a celebrity boxing event.
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. Ozzie is skinnier and Jose looks more aged. You can see it in the promotional poster when the two played together in an independent league a few years ago.
Posted on March 28, 2011 – 8:08 am | Author: tolentinotown
Basketball | Arlington Texas, Donruss Basketball, featured, Pulling with everyday people, Twin Brothers, Voss Family | Comments (5)
By Andrew Tolentino | Editor
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to Arlington, Texas to bust open a box of 2010-11 Donruss Basketball with twin brothers Brandon and Tristan Voss and their father, Todd Voss. 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.
(Pardon the low-light situation)
Posted on March 26, 2011 – 4:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | baseball cards, Cardboard Treasure, featured, MLB Network, Topps | Comments (3)
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.
Cardboard Treasure, a MLB Productions creation, will air at 10 p.m. Eastern only on the MLB Network. It will include some behind-the-scenes looks at Beckett Media as the documentary crews visited Dallas in early February.
Here’s a teaser (commercial) for the show …
Posted on March 25, 2011 – 12:59 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates, Football, Soccer | Chad Ochocinco, featured, futbol, Kansas City Sporting Kansas City, MLS, Ochocino tryout | Comments (3)
In a cardboard universe that’s soon to include video trading cards, the answer to this question is “definitely maybe.”
According to a recently-released ESPN.com news item and the following video from the foxsports YouTube channel, the loud-mouthed Bengals receiver started a four-day trial with Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City earlier this week. Obviously better known for the other foot-named game, Chad Ochocinco apparently played soccer during his youth — and this tryout could (but likely won’t) spark a new career.
In the case that he just happens to make the roster — and if he’s willing to take a massive salary cut — collectors might just be able to see a different kind of Ochocinco football cards.
Despite the fact that April Fool’s Day is one week from today, the footage below is very, very real.