Monthly Archives: June 2011

Friday is Canada Day and Canadiana is on its way

In The Game Canadiana will include a 100-card base set comprised of notable Canadians while the insert lineups will include autographs and memorabilia cards from notable athletes from all sports as well as celebrities from the country.

Preview gallery: Panini Americana Prime Time Stars

The latest Americana release from Panini America is roughly three weeks away but us fans of the non-sport staple of the last few years can’t help but wonder about what’s about to arrive.

In The Game readies second helping of baseball line

This time, it’s 2011 Heroes & Prospects Baseball Series 2 Low Numbers, and it will arrive on Aug. 3 — the opening day of the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

Are YOU a Supercollector? We want YOU in Beckett Sports Card Monthly …

We’re going to dedicate an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to showcasing SuperCollectors — and we want to see your collections.

Box Busters: 2011 Dallas Mavericks NBA Champs set

Beckett Basketball Editor Chris Olds recruits Dallas Mavericks fan and Beckett Basketball Art Director Eric Knagg to break open a set of the 2011 Panini Mavericks NBA Champs cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Decade of Documentation: MLB Authentication program hits milestone

Beckett Baseball recently caught up with Michael Posner, the MLB Authentication Program Manager, for a trip down Memory Lane and to revisit some of the basics of the program for newcomers to the hobby.

**CONTEST CLOSED** Box Busters: 2011 Panini Michael Jackson cards + contest

Join Beckett Media’s Andrew Tolentino and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2011 Panini Michael Jackson cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Readers Write: Six autographs instead of one

Every once in a while, a letter in the ol’ mailbag stands out … this is one of those letters.

USA Baseball isn’t messing around with its Nine Innings of Summer promotion — game-used items up for grabs

By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor | Commentary Perhaps it’s just a personal bias toward the Red, White and Blue uniforms worn by some of the best baseball players in the country long before they become pros, but the Nine Innings of Summer promotion currently under way from the USA Baseball organization is one that […]

Box Busters & Contest: 2011 Donruss Elite Football

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011 Donruss Elite football boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters Preview Gallery: 2011 Donruss Elite Football

Now available at trading card retailers everywhere, 2011 Donruss Elite is reminding football fans that the 2011 NFL season really may or may not be on the horizon.

Beckett Media hosts James Spence for authentication & grading open house on Saturday

Dallas-area collectors can have their autographed items authenticated and/or slabbed by James Spence Authentication this Saturday (July 2) at the Beckett Media headquarters.

Weekly Highlights (June 20 – June 24)’s weekly highlights from June 20 – June 24.

First look: 2011 TRISTAR TNA Signature Impact wrestling

Signature Impact will be the rarest TRISTAR wrestling product ever released as there will be a mere 90 24-box cases made with each 20-pack hobby box packing three autograph cards, one memorabilia card, two parallels and one short-printed card of Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair or Sting.

Panini signs Kyrie Irving to exclusive deal

On Thursday night, Kyrie Irving became a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. On Friday morning he became a member of the Panini America team.

First Look: 2011 Absolute Memorabilia Football

Panini previews 2011 Absolute Memorabilia Football.

Chris Olds’ Collecting Mailday — June 23

Just what does Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds collect? A bit of everything … here’s a box of a few months’ of purchases off of ….

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Series 2 baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2011 Topps Series 2 in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Rising Rookies football cards

Join Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2011 Topps Rising Rookies in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Panini America signs NBA prospect Derrick Williams to exclusive deal

Panini America didn’t wait to see where Derrick Williams would be drafted in Thursday’s 2011 NBA Draft. It feels University of Arizona star will be taken with one of the first two picks.

Upper Deck’s next stop for collectors – this weekend’s NHL Entry Draft

Upper Deck is making its way around the hockey world, popping up at a number of NHL events.

Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor Raffle site is live

The hard part is over with — and now you can have a chance to own one of the most talked-about baseball cards ever made while helping raise money for a charity and some Little League and softball organizations.

The National: Plans are starting to come together

While The Show Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly is still in production, an A-List autograph guest was announced by TRISTAR on Tuesday — one that prompted an immediate re-write of the five autographs to get rundown of guests at the show.

UD partners with Marvel for Captain America card set

While the summer blockbuster isn’t scheduled to premiere until July 22, Captain America: The First Avenger — on cardboard — arrived this week at comic book stores and other superhero-conscious retailers.

New USA Baseball event gets prospects more exposure

Now, USA Baseball has yet another date to mark on the calendar, July 1-2 — the Prospect Classic.

Win original Diamond Kings art! Did you miss this contest in Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Art Issue?

The Art Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly has perhaps been replaced on shelves already by the latest issue, but we wanted to make sure that everyone has a chance at this one.

Onyx Authenticated readies two more Preferred Players Collection baseball products

Onyx Authenticated’s debut release of Preferred Players Collection, a boxed memorabilia product, has been well-received — so much so it’s now getting the Ernie Banks treatment. As in “let’s play two.”

Weekly Highlights (June 13 – June 17)’s weekly highlights for June 13 – June 17.

Weekend Wonder: The Looming Lockout

How will the looming lockout impact the industry?

First Look: 2011 Topps Gridiron Legends Football

Slated to hit shelves in mid October, Gridiron Legends will stand as a blast from the past, even if there isn’t a present by then.

Stanley Cup coaches inscribe for 2010-11 Zenith

Apparently coaching a team through the rigorous NHL Playoffs isn’t a factor that interferes with the inking process.

Upper Deck commemorates Bru-win with 31-‘cahd’ set

Now that several bearded Bruins are doing basically whatever the heck they want to do with Lord Stanley’s multifunctional trophy, the card maker has officially announced production plans for a commemorative box set.

Football finds a home in Panini’s Timeless Treasures

Continuing to assert the fact that football cards — if not football itself — will be around in 2011, Panini America announced yesterday that the greats of the gridiron will have a home in one of its most beloved brands.

Showoff opportunity: The best of Beantown

To celebrate the latest team to lift Lord Stanley’s Cup, we’ll definitely be featuring the Bru-win in the next issue of Beckett Hockey. But we also wanted to give Bru crew collectors a chance to commemorate their favorite hockey team in the coming magazine.

Hobby Q&A: California collector builds BGS 9.5 1986-87 Fleer set, opts to auction

One of the impressive basketball card collections ever amassed — a 1986-87 Fleer Basketball set all in 9.5 Gem Mint grade by Beckett Grading Services — has hit the auction block.