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

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

There’s no better time than the NHL playoffs for netminder-minded collectors to watch their masked heroes in action.

While pad-clad lads like Carey Price, Roberto Luongo and Jimmy Howard — cover boys for the next issue of Beckett Hockey — are busy being overprotective in the postseason, Panini America is out committing Leather Larceny.

To answer some obvious questions…

Is Leather Larceny a crime, punishable by law? No.

What then is Leather Larceny? An 18-card insert set printed on laminated leather stock.

When and where can I find it? Slated to hit shelves in late-April, these puck-stopper tributes can be found inside 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Hockey.

Are there autographed versions? Absolutely. Aside from the one-per-box base versions, autographed parallels limited to 50 or less are also up for grabs.

When can I see them? Just after the jump, of course. Read More »

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 product. As passionate fans of trading cards, collectors have wanted to see the best each company has to offer, and collectors certainly have their opinions.

Now, Panini America is offering a chance for collectors to be heard in a unique way. They want to know what basketball fans want and they asking about it right now.

Collectors have an opportunity to add all the ingredients to a 20-card subset for 2011-12 Hoops Basketball, which is set to release in September.

“It’s something we really felt strongly about implementing to give collectors even more of a voice in our products,,” Panini spokesperson Tracy Hackler said. “No one knows better than them what they to spend their hard-earned money on and they need to know what they want matters to us.”

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

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

Bryce Harper carries a .261 average, two home runs and eight RBIs with him after his first 14 games with the Class-A Hagerstown Suns.

Well, all that and the hopes of quite a few card collectors who are heavily invested in the Washington Nationals’ top draft pick from last season and the 18-year-old former Sports Illustrated coverboy.

However, 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.

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

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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.

Inside was a surprise that will be covered — literally — in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, which is The Art Issue.

Join Chris Olds as he busts open a different kind of box and discovers something you just might have the chance to own soon.

First look: 2011 Topps Chrome baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

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.

Each 24-pack hobby box will include two autographed Rookie Cards — both with on-card signatures — and there will be 12 boxes per case. How collectors will react to Chrome a year after it was plagued by printing problems and severe stock warping issues remains to be seen.

The base set will consist of 220 cards — 170 veterans and 50 rookies — and every autograph card in the product will be signed on-card. New this year will be 1/1 Canary Diamond Parallels while other inclusions will be Sepia parallels, USA Baseball autograph redemptions and 60th anniversary autographs along with a “Vintage Chrome” insert set modeled after the 1996 Topps Chrome design.

There will be 20 rookie autograph variation cards in the set, each with printing plates, SuperFractors, Red Refractors (/25), Golds (/50), the aforementioned Sepia (/99), Blue (/199) and standard Refractors, which will be limited to just 499 copies.

The base cards’ parallels will include the Canary Diamonds, SuperFractors, plates, Reds, Golds, Sepia and Blues with the same press runs. Standard Refractors will not be numbered and will be found in every third pack.

Among the insert sets to be found are 2011 Heritage Chrome cards, Black-bordered Refractors and the Vintage Chromes. The Heritage Chromes will pick up where the inserts in this year’s Heritage set left off, each numbered to 1,962 copies. The Black-bordered cards will include just 110 players and will be limited to 100 copies apiece, while autographed versions of the cards will be limited to 100 as well.

See images from the set and read more after the jump.

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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 these pieces could be picked up in the very near future.

Donovan has already had his first signing session with Upper Deck, which include a number of autographed products such as posters, soccer balls and jerseys.

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

By Chris Olds | Basketball Editor

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.

But, first and foremost, there was additional information on HRX released on Wednesday as well. There will be just 240 total HRX cards made in this inaugural run — 51 per player for Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, Kevin Durant and John Wall. There will be 40 standard cards, 10 signed cards and one 14-karat gold-coated autographed card made for each player.

Yep, you read that right … the Golden Ticket hunt just went multimedia.

So, not only do we get the world’s first NBA video cards in Certified …  we get the world’s first NBA video card parallels. (Shocking? Nah … ) So, that also should mean that there should be differing footage between the versions of the cards since autograph documentation has been promised by Panini on the cards since their unveiling.

Each six-pack box of Totally Certified will include 30 cards — six autograph or memorabilia cards — along with two Mirror Red parallels and four extra inserts. Each five-card pack carries a $20 suggested retail price.

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

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

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

They’re good for graded copies of Pujols’ Topps RCs that have been examined and slabbed by Beckett Grading Services.

The big one in the brand is the most sought-after modern day Rookie Card — the $4,000 2001 Bowman Chrome. In all, there will be 30 copies of three different Pujols 2001 autograph cards to be found via an autograph redemption card.

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

Ding-ding-ding-ding bats? Powder-powder-powder blue?

Before you step out to lunch today, enjoy this blast from the past (circa 1993) featuring Wayne Gretzky, Joe Montana, Michael Jordan and a few other “average collectors.”

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Panini Teases 2010-11 Dominion Hockey

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

With the Stanley Cup playoffs underway, hockey fans are undoubtedly gripping armchairs and multitasking with their eyes glued to television sets (do they still call them sets?) at home, in sports bars and wherever the icy action is being aired.

Still in its debut season with NHL products, Panini America continues to make its presence known to hockey hobbyists. While the default home team — the Dallas Stars — for the north Texas-based card company is no longer in the running, Panini America is rooting for the release of its late-summer set.

The four-card gallery (after the jump) is but a mere glimpse at 2010-11 Dominion. Surely, this brand has a few more bells and whistles to brandish before its late-July release — but an early look should establish the high-end appeal here. Read More »

Box Busters: 2010-11 Classics basketball cards

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch to find out …

Box Busters: 2010-11 Upper Deck UNC Basketball

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini previews 2011 Prestige with retrospective Rookie Review set

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

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

While these 40 inserts aren’t actually Rookie Cards, they offer a retrospective glance at the top newcomers from 2010. Last year’s poster boys — a la Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow — appear as expected, but the roster has been expanded to include the likes of not-so-obvious standouts — Chris Ivory, anyone? —  from last season.

Visual samples of the mid-May release are up for review after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2010-11 Between The Pipes Hockey

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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.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters preview gallery: 2010-11 Classics basketball

By Chris Olds | Basketball Editor

While the Box Busters video for 2010-11 Classics is in the microwave, we figured what better time than now to show off a few cards from just one of our boxes.

The product is jam-packed full of colorful designs — something pretty different from past editions of the brand — with two autographs and two memorabilia cards in each and every 18-pack hobby box.

We saved the best for the video, but here’s a look at some of what was found inside Panini America’s latest basketball product.

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Hobby shop thoughts: on-camera video card opinions

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Last week, we took a quick trip over to Nick’s Sports Cards — the closest hobby shop in our neck of the woods — to get a few lunch-hour reactions to Upper Deck’s EVOLUTION.

With the video card in my hand and the video camera in Olds’, we set out to capture as many opinions as we could get during an admittedly low-traffic time. While we weren’t able to put the industry innovation in hundreds of hands that day, we definitely managed to spark some real interest and honest discussion about the latest hobby brainchild.

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Card Gallery: 2011 Topps Tribute baseball cards

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor

Our Box Busters video fried and went to video purgatory — it happens … but we’ll re-film another soon — but we didn’t want to wait to show off some of what was inside one box of 2011 Topps Tribute.

A definite highlight was the Lou Gehrig card seen above, but you can see more … after the jump.

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Collector Break: 2011 Topps Tribute baseball

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We stopped by Nick’s Sports Cards in Dallas late last week and saw one collector, who didn’t want to be shown on camera, ripping into some boxes. He did let us record this box of 2011 Topps Tribute, though.

What will he find inside? Watch to find out …

Weekly Highlights (April 11 – April 15)


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Winning arrivals

The video card conversation

Box Busters

First pricing

Seasonally relevant card of the week

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