Monthly Archives: May 2011

Players’ use of social media at NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere might change things for the hobby

In the days of instant gratification, the NFL PLAYERS Rookie Premiere autograph and photo shoot weekend is a must as collectors demand to see the players in their uniforms on their Rookie Cards as soon as possible.

Topps announces 2011 Bowman Mystery Autograph Redemptions

Collectors who ripped into boxes of 2011 Bowman may have found an autograph redemption with no name attached but Topps cleared that mystery up today.

First look: Topps unveils MLB Sticker Collection

Topps unveiled its plans for its 2011 MLB Sticker Collection, a 300-plus sticker release that just might entice collectors of all ages — ok, maybe younger ones — to peel and fill up an album full of today’s stars, yesterday’s legends and more.

Topps, Majestic land Joe Dimaggio licensing deals

Joe DiMaggio LLC has announced that two companies have been selected as licensees thus far: Majestic Athletic/VF Corp for jerseys and T-shirts and Topps for trading cards.

Latest from UDA has LeBron James’ right-hand stuff

Upper Deck Authenticated would like you to give LeBron James a hand.

Soon-to-shelve slideshow: 2011 Prestige Football

A slideshow featuring Panini America’s soon-to-release 2011 Prestige Football cards

Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew loses cancer battle

Baseball Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew lost an ongoing battle with esophageal cancer on Tuesday. He was 74.

First 2011 Bowman Harper autograph sale tops $1,000

There will be plenty of big pricetags attached to the autograph cards of 18-year-old Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper in the coming days as his highly sought-after first Nationals autographs are found in 2011 Bowman.

Ripping Retail: 2011 Bowman baseball blaster boxes

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into some 2011 Bowman baseball blaster boxes in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps UFC Title Shot

Join Beckett Media’s Andrew Tolentino and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps UFC Title Shot boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Collecting 101: Get your questions about the hobby answered in the next BSCM

Do you have any questions about the hobby — easy or hard — that you’d like answered in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly?

Weekly Highlights (May 9 – May 13)’s weekly highlights from May 9 – May 13.

ITG offers two Emerald Masked Men redemptions

Following In The Game’s announcement and apology about incorrectly-serial-numbered Masked Men III Emerald cards, the company announced a redemption program this week.

Press Pass reveals wrapper opportunity, other ready redemptions in 2011 Legends

Not that its latest football line lacks redeeming qualities, Press Pass recently unveiled its wrapper redemption program and some significant signature news for 2011 Legends collectors.

Low-condition classic comics become cut cards in new Upper Deck Marvel Beginnings set

Ultimate Panel Focus cards can be found in packs of 2011 Marvel Beginnings and they include panels cut from classic comic books.

Steiner Sports unveils deal with Amar’e Stoudemire and first Madison Square Garden memorabilia offerings

Steiner Sports unveiled its latest partnership with a high-profile athlete on Thursday when it announced that New York Knicks star Amar’e Stoudemire will be working with the company.

Remembering Cartoonist Bill Gallo in his own medium

Bill Gallo, long time sports cartoonist for the New York Daily News passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

First (in-depth) Look: 2010-11 Dominion Hockey

Panini America just supplemented its product tease with more information and eye candy.

Short Punch Cards pack hits inside greeting cards

But Short Punch Cards just might make pleasing that collector of yours happy — or at least offer a pack-like busting fix as a smaller gift while perhaps offering up a greeting along with some cold, hard cash or a gift card.

Question of the day: Would you want to meet your favorite player?

We’ve probably all heard the stories about an autograph experience gone wrong — i.e. no ink was signed — and the sour grapes that come with that. That’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about the experience of meeting that childhood icon — dare we say hero — and finding out that the player isn’t as invested in what fans think as much as the fans are invested in him.

Panini America sues The Art of the Game alleging trademark infringement, autograph counterfeiting

Panini America sued a Los Angeles-based company on Monday in a U.S. District Court alleging that its sales of unauthenticated and counterfeited Kobe Bryant autographed merchandise are in violation of its exclusive contract with the NBA superstar.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Attax baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2011 Topps Attax baseball gaming cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010-11 Pinnacle Hockey

Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Pinnacle Hockey from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Leaf U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Join Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they host Leaf’s Scott Jordan and bust a pair of 2011 U.S. Army All-American boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Blake Griffin’s Rookie of Year award adds to allure

In one of the least surprising postseason award votes, Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin won this year’s NBA Rookie of the Year. It almost seemed as though he was a lock for the award after his first game in the NBA.

Weekly highlights (May 2 – May 6)’s weekly highlights from May 2 – May 6.

Box Busters preview gallery: 2011 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football

After busting two boxes of soon-to-release 2011 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football, I’m beginning to wonder if Alan Thicke is getting a cut.

Box Busters: 2011 Leaf Ultimate Draft football

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they host Leaf’s Scott Jordan as they rip into a pair of 2011 Leaf Ultimate Draft boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Original Batman “The Dark Knight Returns” page fetches nearly half-million dollars

A single page of original art from a 198n0s Batman comic book sold for nearly a record half-million dollars Thursday night during a Heritage Auctions sale.

Collectors pick subject of Panini set, but there is still more work

If you haven’t given Panini your opinion, what are you waiting for?

Box Busters: 2010-11 SP Authentic basketball cards

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

Box Busters preview gallery: 2010-11 SP Authentic

By Chris Olds | Basketball Editor This year’s SP Authentic basketball set from Upper Deck has a slightly different feel than most releases in the past — that makes sense when college logos replace NBA logos as part of its exclusive deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company — but the essence of what is always […]

Organize FAQ’s for users

Today, Beckett Media announced some changes it will make for some users on Here are the basics and answers to some frequently asked questions about the adjustments made to its service.

Box Busters: 2011 Upper Deck MLS Soccer cards

Join Beckett Media’s Dave Sliepka, Andrew Tolentino and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Upper Deck Soccer boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.