Monthly Archives: April 2011

Box Busters preview gallery: 2010-11 Classics basketball

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.

Hobby shop thoughts: on-camera video card opinions

Hobby shop customers react to EVOLUTION, Upper Deck’s video trading card.

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 […]

Collector Break: 2011 Topps Tribute baseball

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.

Weekly Highlights (April 11 – April 15)’s weekly highlights for the week of April 11 – April 15, 2011.

Card Gallery: 2010-2011 Between the Pipes

A card gallery of 2010-11 Between the Pipes Hockey.

IRS & you: Can you afford the taxman’s trading cards?

Today’s normally the day one might take a hit from The Taxman, but if you’re a long-time collector of pro wrestling cards then you might be familiar with another guy who probably gets a kick out of April 15 each and every year.

QTY, FYI: 2011 Press Pass Blue Ink & Inscriptions

As previously promised, this is a list of quantities for players who signed Blue Ink inscriptions for 2011 Press Pass Football.

QTY, FYI: 2011 Press Pass Red Ink & Inscriptions

You’ll find a full-blown list of players and respective quantities for their Red Ink autographs and Red Ink inscriptions in 2011 Press Pass.

Card Gallery: 2011 Upper Deck Football

Check out the sans-EVOLUTION 2011 Upper Deck Football gallery.

ITG announces error on Masked Men III emerald cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor In the Game announced an error with the Masked Men III cards in Between the Pipes on Wednesday. There are three colored versions of the cards and the emerald version were mistakenly labeled 1/1. There are 340 of each emerald card in the set. “I guess no one is […]

Charlie Sheen’s winning streak sure means one thing … more memorabilia

Charlie Sheen’s eccentricity — can we safely call it that … or is it merely a winning streak? — of late has meant one thing amidst the hustle and bustle of the Violent Torpedo of Truth tour.

First Look: 2011 Topps Finest Football

Packed out in protective mini boxes, 2011 Topps Finest Football promises a high-quality rip for turf-loving collectors in mid-August.

Box Busters: 2011 Upper Deck Football cards … and also Evolution video cards

Join Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino & Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2011 Upper Deck football cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

2010-2011 Pinnacle Hockey Preview Gallery

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor It’s been 13 years since a Pinnacle hockey brand set has been on the shelves. But in about a week’s time that is all going to change as Panini America releases 2010-11 Pinnacle Hockey. The 24-pack box (five cards per pack) should yield four Ice Breaker Rookie Cards, four […]

Reader poll: Video card questions

Knowing what you know about video trading cards, we dreamed up a quick poll to wrangle up some collector opinions.

Leaf adds “winning” element to upcoming non-sports card set … Charlie Sheen

Leaf announced Tuesday that it has added an extra celebrity autograph to the fold for its upcoming 2011 Pop Century non-sports set.

Lunch break video: Blake Griffin rips packs at Panini

Blake Griffin took some time to sit down and break some boxes with Panini America CEO Mark Warsop.

Harper’s first MiLB card coming in Topps’ Pro Debut

Baseball’s wonder kid may not be in The Show, but he’s already on at least one officially licensed Topps baseball card as a pro — as a member of the Hagerstown Suns.

Panini returns fire in war of words over video cards

One might think that the cards themselves — and the reaction of the NBA’s hottest rookie, Blake Griffin — would say enough about Panini America’s Highlight Reel Experience, or HRX, NBA video cards. Apparently not.

Ever wanted five pairs of LeBron James’ game-used shoes all at once? Now’s your chance …

Among the lots in Memory Lane Inc.’s latest auction is one that features five pairs of game-used LeBron James size 16 Nikes — all worn during Games 2-6 of the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals. Each is signed as a 1/1 and was acquired and witnessed by Upper Deck Authenticated. The minimum bid? $5,000. The event opened on Saturday and all auctions will close on April 28.

Topps appoints new VP for sports and entertainment

Topps announced that it has a new Vice President and General Manager of its sports and entertainment divisions on Monday.

Nick Charles appears on Topps trading card

CNN recently examined Charles’ current struggle with cancer and how he plans to live out the rest of his life. Physically, Charles is just a shell of the man he once was, but this article will show you just how much spirit he has.

Weekend Wonder: cardboard as a canvas

In a forthcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be taking an in-depth look at art-driven cards and we’d like to kick start our creative process with some of your thoughts. If you have a moment this weekend, please feel free to comment here with your favorite art sets, sports artists and — most importantly — why you’re a fan.

Weekly Highlights (April 4 – April 8) highlights from the week of April 4 – April 8

Meet the LeBrons … again

Apparently in a collaborative effort with technology giants HP and Intel, James created the series using the four alter-egos previously created for his Nike campaign.

Topps’ 2011 baseball factory sets will include bonus

This year’s edition of the hobby’s most-collected baseball card set, the Topps flagship set, will arrive in factory set form in mid-July packing a bit of a bonus.

Clippers star Blake Griffin: Panini’s HRX video cards will be ‘game-changing’

As part of his first day on the job as Panini America’s newest spokesman, Los Angeles Clippers star Blake Griffin signed many an autograph — and then he got treated like a rookie. What was his new role? They made him work the phones.

Panini America signs Blake Griffin to exclusive deal; unveils Panini HRX video cards

Panini America’s roster of exclusive spokesman grew by one Thursday as Los Angeles Clippers rookie phenom Blake Griffin signed a multi-year autograph and memorabilia deal with the company.

Lockout or not, Panini presses on with 2011 Football

The in-progress gallery below is just a taste of what’s to come for football (cards, at least) in 2011. While the league and its players continue to slug it out, the hobby remains a source of gridiron gratification.

Who’s on your Allen & Ginter autograph dream team?

One spring ritual for baseball card collectors is wishing for a certain baseball player or non-athlete to appear on a Topps Allen & Ginter autograph card — here are my Top Five.

Press Pass’ Crystal Ball sees itself in 2011 Premium Racing

Press Pass revealed today a blast from its own past — Crystal Ball inserts — slated for a return in 2011 Premium Racing.

Muhammad Ali’s autograph cards floating like a butterfly, stinging like a bee

If we could hear Muhammad Ali now, he might be saying “I’m gonna float like a butterfly, sting like a bee … and ain’t nobody selling cards quite like me.”

Artist Monty Sheldon pulls back curtain on 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen inclusion

Topps’ latest retro baseball card set — the inaugural Gypsy Queen release — will include many things that will make collectors think “retro,” but one inclusion in the forthcoming set is far from oldschool.

First look: 2011 Topps Lineage baseball cards

Topps unveiled a new baseball card product line on Tuesday — and it’s one with nods to the past from the 1950s, 1970s and more.