Monthly Archives: April 2011

Topps reveals Royal Wedding card set

By Andrew Tolentino

As previously mentioned, Topps announced its plans to commemorate the royal union of Prince William and Kate Middleton in packs of 2011 Gypsy Queen baseball cards.

Today the manufacturer on this side of the pond unveiled a six-card glance at 2011 The Royal Wedding — a separate  stately set, altogether.

Depicted by 100 photos in the 50-card set, the royal couple’s story on cardboard is scheduled to debut on QVC — befittingly during the Royal Affair broadcast on April 29 at 1 p.m. ET.

“This tribute to the Royal Wedding of William and Kate carries on the company’s proud tradition of documenting significant and newsworthy moments in time,” noted Topps CEO Ryan O’Hara.

At this point, Topps hasn’t released any information on alternative availability for the power couple’s cards, but the hobby is bound to get a closer look in the coming days. Stay tuned to for more news on collecting the future king and queen.

Retail Rundown: 2011-12 Victory Hockey

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Upper Deck recently released details regarding the late-summer retail release of 2011-12 Victory Hockey.

For hockey fans looking to jump start their 2011-12 collections, this is a brand that hits early and delivers desirably for retail rippers. Each 36-card fat pack should yield: two red parallels, one rookie or superstar insert, and two Victory Rookies.

New to the set are MVP cards, with regular players inserted one in every three packs and MVP rookies falling one in every 18 packs. Read More »

Rippin’ Retail: 2011 Topps Heritage Baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he makes an adventure of going to Target to find baseball cards in this latest Rippin’ Retail video.

What else does he find during the adventure? Find out if you dare …

Preview Gallery: 2011 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions autographs

By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor

Upper Deck is busy preparing its latest Goodwin Champions release, which is slated to arrive this summer, and it’s going to include plenty of autographs from plenty of sports.

Make that plenty of autographed cards from plenty of sports.

The company teased the selection of signatures — from the iconic heights of hockey’s Wayne Gretzky and basketball’s Michael Jordan to the controversial in ex-baseball star Jose Canseco – on Friday evening.

The initial release of Goodwin in 2009 included some of the most unusual cards ever made — insects, pieces of the Golden Gate Bridge, thoroughbred horse hair and more were found in packs along with autographs of some of the biggest names in sports. Based on this selection, looks like the autograph side just might be covered once again this year.

Here’s a sampling of the signatures to be found … after the jump.

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Weekend Wonder: Upper Deck’s Video Trading Card

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

This weekend’s Weekend Wonder is:  Upper Deck’s Evolution — soon to be the market’s first video trading card.

Because this innovation has already received its fair share of knee-jerk reactions — positive and negative — we’re hoping for a little more elaboration here. Considering both sides of the coin, tell us why you love it, hate it, or even explain why you’re entirely indifferent about it.

If you’re really feeling adventurous, feel free to respond to part or all of this long-winded prompt, specifically:

Despite previous attempts by Upper Deck — and other industry leaders — to create tech-based collectibles, many of these concepts seem to have flopped in the hobby. What then, is the significance or motivation for moving beyond the basics? Why would a manufacturer expand with modern technology when the core of its existence is something as simple as cardboard? How do future generations of collectors benefit or suffer from these efforts?

No matter your stance, your voice is crucial to the collecting world. Tell us and other hobbyists what you’re thinking this weekend. Who knows? Your words might end up in the next issue of Beckett Football.

Andrew Tolentino is the editor of Beckett Football and Beckett Hockey. Ask him a question, send him a rant or spark a dialogue via e-mail at or tweet him @tolentinotweets

Weekly Highlight Reel (March 28 – April 1)

Because knowledge is power, we thought it would be nice to offer a few bits of hobby brain food from this week.

In case you missed it …

Box Busters

First Pricing

Auction Action

Real Encounters with Upper Deck’s Evolution

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Making an appearance at the Bracket Town festivities, Upper Deck unveiled its video cards to a concentrated audience of sports fans in Houston.

At this point, you’ve probably come to conclusion that our prototype was a practical joke — inspired by the leg-pulling joy of April Fool’s Day. The video below, however, offers a real glimpse of real people (not that I’m not real) getting some hands-on experience with Evolution.

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Box Busters: 2011 SAGE HIT High Series football cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 SAGE HIT High Series football cards in this episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? What can you win? Watch to find out …

Exclusive first look: Video card prototype leaked

By Andrew Tolentino | Editor

While most of the hobby will have to wait until mid-April or longer to handle the market’s first video trading cards, we managed to land a prototype yesterday afternoon. And since this is a potentially paradigm-shifting product, we made sure to film the debut for the world to see.

Many collectors have already expressed a mixed bag of opinions on the industry’s tech-crossover initiatives. But the proof is in the prototype — as seen live and in further detail in the following video.

Please keep in mind that this is just a prototype, but it should give collectors a decent representation of the pending product. After you’ve watched the video, please feel free to share the news with fellow collectors to continue the discussion.

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