Monthly Archives: April 2011

Case Busters: 2011 Onyx Authenticated Preferred Players Edition

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a sealed case of 2011 Onyx Authenticated Preferred Players Edition boxes in his latest edition of Box, err Case, Busters.

Weekly Highlights (April 25 – April 29)’s weekly highlights for the week of April 25 – April 29.

Panini updates cards with draft-decision precision

A Panini-provided hotbed of first rounders featured alongside their new mascots

Stately Super Collector: (Obligatory Royal-Wedding-related post)

Brought to us by the talented team at TIME video, this piece features a different breed in the collecting kingdom.

Box Busters: 2011 TRISTAR Pursuit baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 TRISTAR Pursuit baseball boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 SAGE Autographed Football

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

Element alert: 2011 Topps Platinum Football

On the cusp of last night’s draft drama, Topps unveiled its elemental-appreciation product — 2011 Topps Football — to the collecting world.

Just for fun: Looking at NFL Draft picks’ Panini NFL rookie cards — with deep thoughts — in real time

Want a first look at NFL Draft picks’ first pro cards in real time? Panini is coughing them up right now …

Box Busters preview gallery: 2011 Sage Autographed

This is a card gallery, featuring a few pulls from 2011 Sage Autographed football.

Rookie Lookie: 2010-11 Contenders Hockey Rookie Tickets

Below is a veritable rookie lookie loo, featuring 12 autographed Rookie Tickets waiting to be packed out and pulled on May 18, when Contenders hits shelves.

Rippin’ Retail … err Hobby: 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a hobby box of Gypsy Queen in advance of our Box Busters — and perhaps an inevitable Rippin’ Retail video or two.

Box Busters preview gallery: 2011 Gypsy Queen baseball cards

While our Box Busters episode is forthcoming sometime soon, we couldn’t wait to show you more of what might be in store from boxes of 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen.

Panini minding the net: All Goalies boxed set announced

Slated for a release date of June 8, the 2010-11 All Goalies boxed set will arrive with an affordable SRP — $19.99 — and that desirable quality that defines a comprehensive product like this. Collectors can complete the 100-card-large set and expect to pull five parallels, plus one memorabilia card with each box.

Panini revives boxed update set for Score hockey

We all know that this year’s Score hockey set was a throwback product to the early 1990s with its retro design, autographed buybacks and emphasis on cardboard and collecting vs. the big-money autographed hits at just 99 cents a pack. (Ironically, the tough-pull autos turned out to be hits, but I digress…)

Upper Deck’s next SP Legendary Cuts will include heavy dose of T206 legends

When the latest edition of SP Legendary Cuts arrives from Upper Deck later this year, the product will be packing what is perhaps the biggest checklist of cut autographs of players who appeared in the landmark T206 card set.

Panini partners with NFLPA for Rookie Debut

Panini America unveiled Tuesday its partnership with the NFLPA for this week’s Rookie Debut in New York City which will bring some of the draft’s top talents into the collectors’ realm via exclusive interviews and more while getting a head start on the work to be done at the still-forthcoming Rookie Premiere.

Preview thoughts: 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards (with gallery)

Topps’ 2011 Gypsy Queen baseball set doesn’t officially arrive until Wednesday, but that hasn’t stopped cards from popping up on eBay already, giving everyone a glimpse at what the retro product might really include.

Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s The Art Issue preview: Dick Perez talks about his craft (outtakes)

We’re prepping The Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and it’s weeks like this where, sadly, we learn the obvious once again — that there’s just not enough room on the printed page. When you talk art with legendary sports artist Dick Perez, there’s just too much good stuff to go around.

First Look: 2011 Prestige prepped for the NFL draft

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor Anxiously awaiting the results of Thursday’s 2011 NFL Draft, Panini America provided another early look at 2011 Prestige — scheduled to hit shelves on May 18 as this season’s first fully-licensed football product. At this point, since nobody knows for certain where these newcomers will land, Panini has prepared […]

MLB authenticates items from Harper’s MiLB debut

The lineup card, several baseballs and the locker nameplate used in Bryce Harper’s first minor league game have all been authenticated and stashed away for upcoming auctions, according to an MLB employee who gave Beckett Media an exclusive peek at some of the items this week.

Weekly Highlights (April 18 – April 22)’s weekly highlights from April 18 – April 22.

Goalie gallery: Leather Larceny inserts from 2010-11 Playoff Contenders

A gallery of Leather Larceny inserts from 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Hockey.

Panini giving collectors a voice for special 2011-12 basketball insert set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Have you wanted the trading card companies to hear your ideas? Or help with the creative process in one of its product lines? Most collectors out there have had plenty of thoughts from time to time on how to make something better or an idea for a new great […]

Bryce Harper’s first team-issued Minor League Baseball card will cost you … $22

Bryce Harper’s sluggish start apparently hasn’t dampened demand for his first pieces of minor-league memorabilia based on prices for Harper’s Hagerstown items on the Maryland team’s webstore, though.

A very special mailday covering the upcoming art issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly

We got a rather large box in the mail today and we wanted our first look at its contents to be seen by you as well.

First look: 2011 Topps Chrome baseball cards

What will be perhaps one of Topps’ most-scrutinized releases of the year, 2011 Topps Chrome baseball, was unveiled Thursday in advance of its late-August arrival.

Upper Deck Authenticated lands Landon Donovan

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor One of the most widely known American soccer stars is coming to Upper Deck. Landon Donovan has signed to be a spokesperson with the company. Donovan already has game-used memorabilia and autographs cards in soccer products, but his signature is coming to Upper Deck Authenticated. And it looks like […]

First Look: 2010-11 Panini Totally Certified — aka where Panini HRX video cards make their debut

Panini America isn’t done with announcements regarding its Highlight Reel Xperience, or HRX, HD video trading cards, and the further proof of that came Wednesday evening as it unveiled 2010-11 Totally Certified, the product that arrives in June packing the first HRXs.

Topps Tribute’s Albert Pujols Rookie Card buybacks include extra twist

The Albert Pujols Rookie Card buyback redemptions found in packs of 2011 Topps Tribute aren’t just good for copies of Pujols’ Topps RCs.

Lunch break video: Upper Deck’s ‘What do you collect?’ commercial

An Upper Deck commercial deck commercial from the early ’90s, featuring Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky and others.

Panini Teases 2010-11 Dominion Hockey

Panini previews its late-July release of 2010-11 Dominion Hockey.

Box Busters: 2010-11 Classics basketball cards

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

Box Busters: 2010-11 Upper Deck UNC Basketball

Join Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Upper Deck University of North Carolina basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Panini previews 2011 Prestige with retrospective Rookie Review set

Panini America recently revealed a comprehensive look at the Back-to-the-Future-esque Rookie Review insert set in 2011 Prestige Football.

Box Busters: 2010-11 Between The Pipes Hockey

Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Between The Pipes hockey cards From In The Game in this latest edition of Box Busters.