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Posted on May 27, 2011 – 1:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Topps Update, baseball cards, featured, MLB, Topps | Comments (14)
By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor
The baseball season isn’t even at its midpoint — and Topps Series 2 hasn’t yet arrived — but that means one thing with new product news.
It’s time for 2011 Topps Update to be unveiled.
Topps released the basic product information and preview images for its season-capping set on Friday, a 330-card set that will arrive in early October.
The first half of the 2011 season will be recapped with 55 new rookies, recently traded players and highlights from this year’s All-Star Game all among the checklist.
New this year will be Hope and Cognac Diamond Parallels with base and base variation cards from the first two series in these packs as well as Glove Leather cards, 1/1 player-produced sketches, All-Star autographs and Relics and, of course, Silks and other inserts that we have seen this season.
Each 36-pack hobby box will include one autograph or Relic, while the 10-pack HTA Jumbo boxes will include an autograph and two Relics.
Read more and see more images after the jump.
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Posted on May 27, 2011 – 12:50 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | baseball cards, Bryce Harper, MLB, prospecting | Comments (19)
You may have seen the Your Turn page in nearly every issue of Beckett Baseball where we showcase stuff that is all about you. You can see your comments on hobby topics and get chances to win cool stuff in contests all on one page. While we used to run this prompt for replies on the message board, we’re going to try it out here …
Here’s the next Your Turn question for issue No. 65, which will focus on prospecting:
Who is the player you are prospecting right now … and why? (BASEBALL ONLY)
Please include your name and location with your comment below — we will only run items with that information. A selection of your answers will appear in the next issue along with our next batch of contests and giveaways found only in the magazine.
Posted on May 27, 2011 – 10:17 am | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2011 Legends, 2011 Press Pass Legends, Bo Jackson, cam newton, Emmitt Smith, featured, Franco Harris, Mark Ingram, Past and Present, press pass, Redemptions | Comments (2)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
Following a previous announcement regarding the readiness of a few redemptions in 2011 Legends, Press Pass confirmed today that all outstanding autographs have now been signed and returned by the players in question.
“We know collectors are not fans of redemption cards, and we wanted to make sure that they were aware that if they pull one from a box of Legends, they won’t have to wait long to get the actual on-card autograph in their hands,” noted Nick Matijevich, Press Pass’ Director of Product Development.
This announcement is particularly pertinent to collectors who have already pulled and sent in redemption requests for Past & Present autographs. Read More »
Posted on May 26, 2011 – 10:19 am | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates, Football | 2011 Donruss Elite, cam newton, Elite Football, featured, Mark Ingram, New Breed, New Breed Inserts, NFL Players Rookie Premiere, Rookie Cards, Rookie Premiere | Comments (2)
Thanks to the miracle of digital photography and the convenience of the NFL Rookie Premiere, the hot-handed design team at Panini America already has a handle on some of the hobby’s newest inserts.
Set for a mid-June release with 2011 Donruss Football, “New Breed” inserts feature recently snapped shots from last week’s draftee extravaganza. This marks — electronically, at least — the first opportunity to see top draft picks on cards sporting their respective team jerseys.
Numbered or not, these uniforms offer a good glimpse at the upcoming player apparel to look out for in the hobby and on the field.
Posted on May 25, 2011 – 7:29 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball | baseball cards, cut autographs, kennedy, royal family, SP Legendary Cuts, Upper Deck | Comments (5)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor
Upper Deck isn’t out of the baseball market yet. The company teased SP Legendary Cuts Baseball on Wednesday with a product that featured more than baseball players.
SP Legendary Cuts Baseball is also coming out in June – and with no redemptions.
Each box will contain just one cut signature card. The single-player cuts are considered part of the 200-card base set. All cuts are hand-numbered to 35 or less. SP Legendary Cuts will feature 91 Hall of Famers such as Roberto Clemente, Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson and Babe Ruth.
Upper Deck unveiled photos of some of the historic cards collectors can obtain.
See a full gallery after the jump …
Posted on May 25, 2011 – 4:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Allen & Ginter, autographs, baseball cards, Dirk Hayhurst, featured, Keith Olbermann, Topps | Comments (4)
Keith Olbermann is known for a few things in the political and sports arenas but one of his newest baseball cards revisits a bit of cardboard trivia from his past.
That nugget of information has everything to do with a card seen above — a relatively worthless 1981 Topps card — something most collectors don’t know about unless they read card-related publications years ago.
“I am also on the 1981 Ken Landreaux card,” wrote Olbermann on a few of his 60th Anniversary autographs that will be placed into packs of upcoming Topps cards. “Happy birthday Topps! Keith Olbermann.”
Yep, that’s his right leg and arm …
Posted on May 25, 2011 – 3:43 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 Prestige, featured, football, football cards, nfl, Panini America | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a pair of 2011 Prestige football boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on May 25, 2011 – 3:16 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2011 Prestige Football, 2011 Rookie Cards, Da'Quan Bowers, featured, Jordy Nelson, Panini America, RCs | Comments (0)
As soon as we finish processing and posting the video, you’ll be able to watch our massive, two-box break of Panini’s 2011 Prestige.
Now live, the first fully-licensed 2011 football product delivers both quantity and quality in each 24-pack (eight cards per pack) box. It’s a lovable line, loaded — most importantly — with the earliest Rookie Cards of the season, insert variety and other hits worth showing off. Surprise players from last year, like Danny Woodhead and Jordy Nelson also supplement the nuance of the newest football cards on the market.
Since we busted not one, but two 192-card boxes on camera, we figured, “why not scan a few?” After the break is an 18-card look at the hits and some highlights from my half of the break.
Here’s one more, before the jump.
Posted on May 25, 2011 – 3:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | basketball cards, college basketball, featured, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, UNC basketball, Upper Deck | Comments (10)
By Chris Olds | Basketball Editor
Upper Deck is taking one part UD Glass and one part past letterman releases and meshing them together in its next basketball product with one name that’s pretty big in the basketball card world.
The company’s 2011 All-time Greats set will arrive on June 14 with Letterman autographs as seen above encased in PETG plastic and signed on the smooth surface instead of the fabric. Each four-card box will contain three base cards and one autograph — each of the same player — with just 20 players on the product’s checklist. Each case includes just three boxes.
The base set will consist of 200 cards, while the insert lineup will include Storybook Career booklet cards, One-on-One Dual Signatures booklets, the Lettermen autographs and All-time Nine signatures, which are 1/1s. There will be no sticker autographs in the product, according to the company.
Posted on May 25, 2011 – 8:20 am | Author: tolentinotown
Football | Interview, Keith Gordon, NFL PLAYERS, Rookie Premiere, Video | Comments (0)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
Many readers may have already seen this interview on Panini America’s blog. But at the at the Rookie Premiere, as Tracy Hackler notes, “Of all of the players [Keith Gordon, NFL PLAYERS President] is the most important.”
A primary key holder to those NFL Rookie Cards that collectors continue to crave, Gordon sat down with the major licensee to discuss the significance of the event and gush over a few of football’s newest faces.