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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)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
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.
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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)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
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.