Posted on April 15, 2011 – 11:33 am | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | 2010-11 Between the Pipes, Cam Ward, featured, Goalies, In The Game, Kari Lehtonen, Keith Hamilton, Masked Men, Netminders, Sami Jo, Women of the Nets | Comments (1)
By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor
In a forthcoming Box Busters episode, collectors will be able to watch the entire video break for In The Game’s recently released netminder-minded brand. However, we couldn’t resist firing up the scanner to show off a sample of what’s in store.
Be sure to read the manufacturer’s statement on incorrectly labeled 1/1 Masked Men cards and behold the 20-card co-ed goalie gallery after the jump.
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Posted on April 15, 2011 – 10:28 am | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | featured, federal tax forms, IRS, Irwin R. Schyster, pro wrestling, taxes, Topps, wrestling memorabilia, WWE | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | BSCM Editor
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.
His name is Irwin R. Schyster, and he’s a former superstar with World Wrestling Entertainment.
The taxman cometh to the ring in the past for each and every match wearing what you see above, save for the glasses. He wrestled in dress clothes, suspenders and necktie under that moniker from roughly 1991 to 1995. Fittingly, he also teamed with “The Million-Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase, a team titled “Money, Inc.”
Posted on April 15, 2011 – 9:29 am | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates, Football | 2011 Inscriptions, 2011 Press Pass Football, 2011 Press Pass Inscriptions, Blaine Gabbert, Blue Ink, cam newton, Cammy Cam, featured, Geaux Tigers, Jake Locker, Mark Ingram, Press Pass Blue Ink Inscriptions | Comments (2)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
As previously promised, below is a list of quantities for players who signed Blue Ink inscriptions for 2011 Press Pass Football.
Broken down by variation and subset, his should clear up any questions on the respective penmanship of this year’s draft class.
Blue Ink Bronze
Darvin Adams – 20 “Smoove”
Prince Amukamara – 24 “Go Big Red”
Armon Binns – 15 “Bizzle”
Ahmad Black – 23 “A.B.”
Brandon Burton – 25 “Bam Bam”
Delone Carter – 26 “DC3 = MVP”
John Clay – 18 “Big Play Clay”
Randall Cobb – 10 “‘Wild’ Cobb 18″
Marcell Dareus – 25 “Roll Tide”
Nick Fairley- 11 “N.F. Big Nick”
Mark Herzlich – 25 “Stay Up”
Cameron Heyward – 25 “#97; 2 “Go Bucks!”
Kendall Hunter – 22 “Spud”
Jerrel Jernigan – 25 “JJ”
Julio Jones – 4 “Roll Tide” Read More »
Posted on April 14, 2011 – 5:22 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates, Football | 2011 Press Pass, 2011 Press Pass Football, cam newton, featured, Jake Locker, Mark Ingram, quantities., Red Ink Autographs, Red Ink Inscriptions | Comments (4)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
Delivering a familiar product to early-season collectors, Press Pass has made its presence loud and clear with 2011 Press Pass Football. By now, the hits have surfaced and sold on the secondary market — garnering the attention of prospectors and flat-out college football enthusiasts.
To add some more substance to these preseason pulls, the manufacturer provided us — and in turn, collectors — with all-important information on many of the most desirable cards in the set. After the almighty jump, 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.
Stay tuned for more information — landing tomorrow — on Blue Ink autographs and Blue Ink inscriptions.
Red Ink Bronze
Darvin Adams – 31
Prince Amukamara – 50
Armon Binns – 25
Ahmad Black – 99
Da’Quan Bowers – 50
Brandon Burton – 47
Delone Carter – 49
John Clay – 45
Randall Cobb – 18 Read More »
Posted on April 14, 2011 – 9:32 am | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2011 Upper Deck Football, cam newton, Card Gallery, Evolution, featured, Jerry Rice, Mark Ingram, Paul Hornung, Upper Deck Evolution, Video Cards | Comments (7)
In yesterday’s somewhat dramatic episode of Box Busters, we tore into a box of 2011 Upper Deck Football — and ultimately landed the product’s most mystifying hit. Safely tucked away at the bottom of the box and underneath 20 packs of veteran-heavy, collegiate-focused cards, the contentious collectible — EVOLUTION — awaited our review.
While the video card naturally became the main attraction of our break, the brand’s bread and butter — the cards themselves — merit a closer look. As the following gallery should reveal, 2011 Upper Deck Football offers a good depth of photography and seasoned veterans in their college uniforms. Beyond the nuance and potential for pulling the latest hobby innovation, the set offers collectors a solid start to another year of football card collecting.
Check out the sans-EVOLUTION gallery after the jump and stay tuned for more on our video card hit.
Posted on April 13, 2011 – 7:45 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | hockey, itg | Comments (1)
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 perfect” said Dr. Brian H. Price, President of In The Game, Inc., “but we sure try to be and this bothers me a great deal. I personally apologize to all collectors for this error.”
The gold version is limited to 10, silver 100 and emerald 340.
Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.
Posted on April 13, 2011 – 7:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Non-Sports | @charliesheen, baseball, baseball movies, Charlie Sheen, featured, Lake Elsinore Storm, Major League, Major League 2, milb, Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn | Comments (3)
By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor
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.
Big business for memorabilia hunters and memorabilia companies.
First, on Tuesday, Leaf announced that it had signed the Major Leaguer for an upcoming non-sports card set. Then, on Wednesday, SportsMemorabilia.com unveiled its line of Sheen-signed photos, baseballs and baseball jerseys. Those items feature him in scenes from a few of his movies and include signed Cleveland Indians jerseys.
But the most controversial piece of new Sheen memorabilia is yet to come — and it can’t be found in a pack of cards or in a fancy webstore. It can only be found down on the farm.
What might it be?
Posted on April 13, 2011 – 4:25 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates, Football | 2011 Topps Finest, 2011 Topps Finest Football, Blaine Gabbert, featured, Finest, Five Star, Mini Boxes, nfl, Preview, Topps Finest Football | Comments (6)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
While Topps gave the hobby a certain Five Star product in 2010, the trading card icon just released information on another superlatively named set. Packed out in protective mini boxes, 2011 Topps Finest Football promises a high-quality rip for turf-loving collectors in mid-August.
The base cards set is comprised of 35 rookies from the forthcoming NFL draft and 90 proven veterans. Collectors can expect to land five cards per pack in two-per-box-six-pack mini-boxes. Was that as confusing as it was to type it?
Behold the breakdown and a seven-card gallery after the jump. Read More »
Posted on April 13, 2011 – 2:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 Upper Deck, college football, Evolution, featured, football cards, Upper Deck, Video Cards | Comments (13)
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.
What will they find inside? Will it be an Evolution in cards?
Watch and find out …
Posted on April 13, 2011 – 12:28 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | hockey, NHL, panini, pinnacle | Comments (4)
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 Museum Collection parallels, one artist’s proof parallel, one Tough Times insert and four autograph or memorabilia hits on average.
See a full gallery of images after the jump.
Posted on April 12, 2011 – 3:30 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football | featured, Panini America, Panini America HRX, Panini HRX, Panini Video Card, Poll, Survey, Upper Deck, Upper Deck Evolution, Upper Deck Video Card, Video Cards, Video Trading Cards | Comments (20)
At this point, collectors have been exposed to images, videos and articles on the industry’s first video trading cards. Through their own marketing campaigns, Panini America and Upper Deck have made sure to keep consumers and media outlets in the know about their respective innovations.
Knowing what we know (and what we know you know), we dreamed up a quick poll to wrangle up some collector opinions. After you’ve reviewed the following images and mulled over the concept, please take a minute to respond to our six-question survey.
Also, feel free to weigh in with additional thoughts and commentary below.
Which video card would you rather have?
How do you feel about this hobby innovation?
Do you think that Topps will create a competing video card?
(Three more questions after the jump.)
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Posted on April 12, 2011 – 2:25 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Non-Sports | 2011 Pop Century, Charlie Sheen, featured, Leaf, sports movies | Comments (6)
Leaf announced Tuesday that it has added an extra celebrity autograph to the fold for its upcoming 2011 Pop Century non-sports set.
The eccentric star of Major League and several other movies completed a signing with the company on Saturday, according to company owner Brian Gray.
“We are confident that demand for Charlie’s signature is at an all-time high,” Gray said, “and customers will be excited for this awesome checklist improvement at no additional cost.”
Sheen’s only other autographed card is his 2004 Playoff Honors Fans of the Game card. Sheen signed just 250 copies and it checks in at No. 11 on this month’s Beckett Sports Card Monthly Hot List at $300. The standard card, above, is $3.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on April 12, 2011 – 11:26 am | Author: tolentinotown
Basketball | Blake Griffin, Box Break, box breaks, Dallas Mavericks, featured, HRX, HRX Video Card, Los Angeles Clippers, Panini America, Video Card | Comments (4)
By Andrew Tolentino | Editor
While Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers lost to the Mavericks last week, the superstar’s trip to the Big D was far from being a bust in the hobby. As previously mentioned, Griffin made a pit stop at Panini America headquarters to do some quality controlling on his soon-to-release HRX video card.
The NBA’s hottest rookie — a self-identified former collector — also took some time to sit down and break some boxes with Panini America CEO Mark Warsop.
Posted on April 12, 2011 – 10:37 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Topps Pro Debut, baseball cards, Bryce Harper, featured, milb, Topps | Comments (3)
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.
Topps unveiled Tuesday that teen-age Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper will appear on his first minor league card in the forthcoming 2011 Topps Pro Debut set, which arrives on June 1. Topps, the exclusive licensee for Minor League Baseball, also will include a 1/1 Cut Signature into packs. That card will include a piece of a baseball used in his first pro game in the Arizona Fall League.
See that card after the jump.
Posted on April 11, 2011 – 1:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Football | 2011 Upper Deck Evolution, basketball cards, Evolution, featured, football cards, NBA, nfl, Panini America, Panini HRX, Upper Deck | Comments (17)
By Chris Olds | Basketball Editor | Commentary
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.
The return shot in what is the war of words over video trading cards arrived from Panini on Monday as it took on Upper Deck‘s forthcoming NCAA football line, continuing the shots that first came from California a couple weeks ago.
“To be sure, this is no ‘concept,’” read the Panini blog on Monday afternoon. “It’s Panini HRX – and it’s revolutionary. It will take the trading card category to new heights by providing up to 30 minutes of HD-quality video content. It will also bring collectors and sports fans in basketball, football, hockey and every other sport Panini has a presence in their very own Highlight Reel Xperience, beginning with limited Panini HRX autographed versions of Blake Griffin, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant and John Wall inserted into 2010-11 Totally Certified Basketball (or should we call it “Totally Licensed?”).
Or, should we call it Totally Licensed? Clearly, the gloves are off.
Panini was the first company to unveil plans for a video card at a recent industry event in Las Vegas. Two days after Panini’s news, Upper Deck pulled back the curtain on a project that it had been teasing, Evolution. That turned out to be a line of video cards set to arrive starting tomorrow in packs of 2011 Upper Deck Football.
Perhaps it was that sting that prompted the following on the Upper Deck blog:
“No. 1, they have a concept, we have a card,” wrote Upper Deck Customer Care Manager Nick Leslie. “That is very important. We didn’t share anything about the Upper Deck Evolution cards until we had the actual cards in-house to show off. The reason why is because these are not easy to make. What Panini has shared is a concept for what they think their video card will be along with a mock-up. They have not shared an actual card. We could mock-up a flying trading card, that doesn’t mean we have one ready to go. From concept to final product is a long distance.”
And Leslie wasn’t done there.
Posted on April 11, 2011 – 11:53 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball | auctions, Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Joe Namath, LeBron James, Memory Lane Inc., Michael Jordan, Mickey Mantle, Pete Maravich, Pete Rose, Rookie Cards, Sandy Koufax | Comments (0)
They’re not quite vintage, but they’re still impressive and they’re available in one fell swoop.
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.
Among the other notable items up for grabs — particularly for the baseball crowd — are a game-used Babe Ruth bat ordered from the factory in August 1920, a baseball signed by both Ruth and Lou Gehrig in 1927 and game-used baseball bats from Ty Cobb, Joe DiMaggio and Roger Maris.
Back to hoops, Memory Lane also has for sale several lots of Michael Jordan memorabilia — basketballs, jerseys, photos, shoes, cards and even some baseball items.
Also up for grabs are several high-grade vintage cards, including a 1933 Goudey Ruth and a PSA 5 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle along with several notable Rookie Cards: 1955 Topps Sandy Koufax, 1954 Topps Hank Aaron, 1963 Topps Pete Rose, 1948 Bowman George Mikan, 1965 Topps Joe Namath, 1969-70 Topps Lew Alcindor, 1970-71 Topps Pete Maravich and a 1979-80 Topps Wayne Gretzky.
For more on the auction, or merely to browse, click the link above.
Posted on April 11, 2011 – 8:51 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | featured, Topps | Comments (8)
Topps announced that it has a new Vice President and General Manager of its sports and entertainment divisions on Monday.
Doug Kruep, who previously worked for the Jarden Corporation where he served as Vice President and General Manager for its games and crafts division, will manage the company’s lines in the United States. He will oversee brand management, product development, operations, finance and more, according to the company.
He will report to Topps CEO and President Ryan O’Hara.
“Doug brings a mix of core management and marketing skills, energy and innovation to Topps,” O’Hara said. “His background and experience is ideally suited for the job and we’re excited about his joining Topps at the ideal juncture.”
Kruep previously worked for Sanford Brands and the Tommy Armour Golf Company.
Posted on April 8, 2011 – 8:02 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball | CNN, nick charles, sports journalists, Topps | Comments (0)
Nick Charles was known for his smooth delivery and bushy black hair when he announced sporting events on television. He was iconic figure for many of us growing up, especially when it came to memorable boxing matches.
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.
Maybe now more than ever.
This is a great piece and well worth the read. In it, there is also a mention of Charles’ lone appearance on a trading card.
Posted on April 8, 2011 – 5:03 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates | BSCM, Cardboard Canvas, Cards as art, Dick Perez, featured, Monty Sheldon, Weekend Wonder | Comments (12)
This week’s Weekend Wonder is an invitation to explore cardboard as a canvas.
Earlier this week, artist Monty Sheldon gave his fans a glimpse of the creative process he used to execute his work for 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen. Sheldon — among other great sports artists — offer another layer to collecting.
Lending their unique styles and strokes to card sets, legends like Dick Perez (whose work is featured above) commemorate players beyond purchased photography and digital enhancements. Their handmade creations redefine one-of-kind.
In the 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, cards, sports artists and — most importantly — why you’re a fan.
Also, just as a bonus prompt — from which famous artist(s) (dead or alive) would you like to see a cardboard creation?
Posted on April 8, 2011 – 3:24 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates | 2011 Topps baseball, Blake Griffin, featured, Highlight Reel, LeBron James, Monty Sheldon, Muhammad Ali, Panini HRX, sports cards, The LeBrons, Topps Gypsy Queen | Comments (1)
Interview of the week