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Monthly Archives: March 2011

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Five Star Football

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Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2010 Topps Five Star Football in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Tribute Football

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Join Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a pair of 2010 Topps Tribute boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Collector’s wife finds the ultimate prize

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

When Geni Chavez brought her husband a Christmas present this past year, she didn’t realize it would turn into one of the best presents Manny Chavez ever received.

Chavez received a few boxes of cards for the holiday, a typical assortment for any collector. In the stash was a box of 2008 TriStar Futures, a product with a grand prize of a Babe Ruth signed baseball.

“When I opened the box all I saw was Congratulations,” said Chavez from El Paso, Texas. “My thought was a great redemption then I continued reading and it said, ‘You have found the grand treasure.’”

Chavez pulled the coveted grand prize, which was a replica of the baseball with Babe Ruth’s name in gold lettering. When he read the fine print, Chavez saw he had six days to fulfill the redemption. It expired on Dec. 31, 2010.
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Pizza Prints bring your NBA, college teams to your pie

By Chris Olds | Editor

From the Too Weird Not to Write About File …

If you’ve ever wanted to celebrate a birthday or a big game with an inspiring pie instead of a cake, now you can.

New on the sports scene is Pizza Prints, which is exactly what it sounds like — an edible pizza decoration — which has been licensed for home and commercial use (yes, that means delivery) by the NBA, World Wrestling Entertainment (a licensing deal unveiled today) and more than 80 colleges and universities.

Other “Happy Birthday” related images — as well as Nickelodeon characters such as Dora The Explorer — also are available  … and the company apparently is pursuing a deal with the NFL.

The prints are slightly cheese-flavored and calorie-free. They are made from starch and food coloring just like what you see on birthday cakes.  Pizza Prints are simply applied to a warm cheese or appropriately accommodating pizza — one where cheese-oppressive toppings are not center-pie — and the logo melts right in.

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Box Busters & Contest: 2010-11 Crown Royale

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Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a pair of 2010-11 Crown Royale hockey boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

2010 Playoff Contenders Football Rookie Tickets Autographs print-runs released

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The final list of short-prints for 2010 Playoff Contenders Football was released today, revealing the SPs for the Rookie Ticket Autographs Rookie Cards.

Playoff Contenders was full of SPs throughout different subsets, but the Rookie Ticket Autographs gained the most attention especially when we learned there was also variations in the product. Collectors wanted to know the print run of the card they pulled and what they needed to chase.

A full checklist and their print run could be found below.

Every card is numbered to 500 or less. Some of the more rare cards include Indianapolis Colts’ Blair White (numbered to 75), each of Tampa Bay’s Eric Berry’s cards, which includes the variation, are numbered to 97 and Gerald McCoy’s two cards are each numbered to 82.

Tim Tebow’s two cards are numbered to 400 and each of Sam Bradford’s cards are numbered to 377.
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Bend it … but not like David Beckham

By Chris Olds | Editor

Soccer fans who found a David Beckham autograph card in the new World of Sports set from Upper Deck might not realize they have a card with a certain twist to it.

It’s not Beckham’s autograph — it’s not Posh‘s, either. It accidentally has the sticker signature of Luciano Emilio.

And the real kicker? It still sold for $325 in a recent online auction.

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Collectors’ votes are in … The top 60 Topps baseball cards of all time

By Chris Olds | Editor

The collectors have spoken as part of the 60th anniversary of Topps baseball cards, and they have picked the best of the best on cardboard for the last six decades.

No. 1 wasn’t a tough decision and the voting wasn’t even close as the 1952 Mickey Mantle topped Hank Aaron’s 1954 Rookie Card by more than 1,600 votes cast online at vote.topps.com.

Considering that the Mantle is one of the most iconic cards ever made – and it’s a double-printed non-Rookie Card that books for $30,000 – it was far from an upset.

The Top 10 included five cards from the 1950s and three cards from the 1980s, while just two cards made after 2000 cracked the entire list. It’s also a slugger-centric list with just nine pitchers holding down 12 spots in the top 60.

Here’s the rundown… after the jump.

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Pricing Debut: 2010 Contenders Football

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By Dan Hitt | Sports Data Publishing Manager

First Beckett pricing for the highly anticipated 2010 Playoff Contenders football product made its debut this morning on Beckett.com.

The product is highlighted by the base autographed Rookie Cards – some of the most collected singles every year. We made every effort to identify the short-printed signed RCs and a number of those are attracting tremendous attention on the secondary market. Several, who are otherwise lesser known players, have been selling well above $50 and a handful have been trading at levels greater than $100. Read More »

2010 Playoffs Contenders – Super Bowl Ticket Black auto print runs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Panini America knows how to keep its fans wanting for more.

The company released more information on the short-prints in 2010 Playoff Contenders Football, but not all of it – yet.

On Wednesday, it gave out information on the Super Bowl Ticket Black Autographs. Friday is the day the Rookie Ticket variations checklist will be released.

To recap the short-prints.
– Legendary Contenders Black autographs checklist
– Super Bowl Ticket Black autograph checklist (below)
– Rookie Ticket – still waiting …

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Panini America offers high-end with 2010-11 Luxury Suite Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Ever been to a luxury suite at a sporting event? You get a great view, fabulous seats and all the best amenities inside.

When you put that name on a product, collectors are going to expect the same type of treatment. Panini America is releasing a high-end hockey product at the end of June, 2010-11 Luxury Suite Hockey.

For $50 a pack, the product has the best Panini has to offer. Each pack will contain three cards, but every card in the set is either a memorabilia card, an autograph card, an autographed memorabilia card or a Rookie Card.

“Clearly, Luxury Suite isn’t for every budget, but if the market has demonstrated anything of late, it’s an unquenchable thirst for high-end product,” said Al Muir, Panini America’s NHL Brand Manager. “Luxury Suite delivers on its name.  There’s no filler here — it’s all thriller.”

See a gallery of the cards after the jump:

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Charlie Sheen made his baseball card debut long, long ago … and now he’s in a galaxy far, far away

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

As a long-time baseball fan — and a long-time collector — there have been a few twists and turns that my collection’s path has taken. I’ve dabbled in this, I’ve dabbled in that as a collector while finding my way through life. My stash of mementos saved are reminders of this or that — a reflection of a diversion that gets me away.

I bet that baseball cards do that for many of us — just like high-end baseball memorabilia purchases once invigorated Charlie Sheen. (He owned a Honus Wagner T206 baseball card, the Mookie Wilson-hit baseball from the 1986 World Series that made Bill Buckner infamous and more than a few other notable items in the past.)

I pretty much chose The Plainly Docile Path of The 1980s Topps Wrapper and made it a career. Sheen? Well, we’ll get to that.

In recent years, two things have crossed paths for me — baseball and baseball movies. Why? The items seem more unique and yet more special in their simplicity. The items are often less expensive and, at times, depending on the type of item, more available than the typical mass-produced memorabilia. That’s just where my collecting tastes have meandered. And all that’s in part because it’s not about a “book value” — it’s about the chase and some semblance of a sentimental value, an appreciation for the stories and the characters that amuse me. (Some more than others.)

Right beside my collecting to-do lists — finish a never-completed 2004 Topps 205 Series 2 mini master set, organize my Nick Swisher stash — is a simple list of baseball movie DVDs to pick up. Some have been crossed off already. Others haven’t. The Major League trilogy? Got it. Bull Durham? Got it. A League of Their Own? Need it. Eight Men Out? Got it. The Natural and The Rookie? Need ‘em. Mr. 3,000? Got it. The Bad News Bears Billy Bob Version? Got it. The Bad News Bears Matthau Brand? Need it.

Why? Just because — besides, they’re like baseball cards that do more than just sit there.

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Team Canada Multiplies the chase in 2010-11 SP Authentic

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By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Just a few days away from the on-shelf date, Upper Deck‘s 2010 SP Authentic just got a little more alluring.

Making the most of an exclusive contract with Team Canada, Upper Deck has multiplied the penmanship of a legendary roster. Today, the manufacturer recently revealed two cards with two times the signatures.

Sidney Crosby appears alongside — well, himself — on a very desirable dual autograph card. Featured below images of The Kid with Team Canada and with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Crosby’s signatures merit multiple glances and hobby admiration.

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2010 Legendary Contenders short-prints revealed

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By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Thanks to the hardcore number-crunching expertise of our pricing analysts, we were able to reveal an unconfirmed list of short-printed autographed Rookie Cards in 2010 Contenders last week.

This week, Panini America is taking the first steps in elucidating the more elusive autographs in this product. For starters, the manufacturer made clear the numbers for rarer signatures in the Legendary Contenders Black Autographs insert set. Read More »

Upper Deck World of Sports short-print autographs revealed

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Wondering where certain autographs have been when busting Upper Deck‘s Wide World of Sports?

Several of the autographs in the product have been revealed as short prints. Wide World of Sports features an array of talent from just about every sport imaginable with female soccer players to figure skaters to NBA stars.

Some of the top names on the short-print list are Cal Ripken Jr., MLS soccer star Tony Meola and MMA superstar Chuck Liddell.

There is no print run listed for the cards, however, just know they are a bit rare. Just one of the Ripken cards appeared on eBay recently and sold for $151.50.

Short-print checklist after the jump:

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