Monthly Archives: July 2011

Weekly Highlights (July 25 – July 29)

Beckett.com’s weekly highlights from July 25 – July 29.

Panini gives us a gander at 2011-12 Score Hockey

Wrapping up with high-end Dominion, the manufacturer will begin the new cycle with value-focused 2011-12 Score.

Box Busters: 2011 In The Game Heroes & Prospects Baseball Hits Series 2

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 In The Game Heroes & Prospects Baseball Hits Series 2 boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Nicktoons invade MLB in upcoming video game

The stars of Major League Baseball have a few new rookies to deal with — guys who are pretty well-known in their own right — in a forthcoming video game release.

Box Busters: 2011 Panini Rookies & Stars football

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 Panini Rookies & Stars football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Ripping Retail: Olds’ 2011 Topps Diamond Giveaway haul (so far)

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he opens his mail from a 2011 Topps Diamond Giveaway shipment. It wasn’t his first, but this one was done for gags — and UPS made it extra special.

Box Busters Preview: 2011 Rookies & Stars Football

The first post-lockout product of the season, 2011 Rookies & Stars Football is now live and leaving a lasting impression on hobby history.

USA Today cover story looks at loss of a collector

Today’s issue of USA Today features a cover story that’s got quite a large collecting tie — the death of a man who was at home when a plane crashed two years ago, killing him and the 49 people on board.

COLLECTOR Box Busters: 2011 Bowman Platinum

Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds stopped by Nick’s Sports Cards in Dallas and caught one collector ripping 2011 Bowman Platinum.

UD’s All-Time Greats packs plenty of, well, greats

Upper Deck’s latest high-end line of college basketball cards arrives on Friday packing a player-centric configuration and some big names in every box of 2011 All-Time Greats.

Topps trumpets 2011 Triple Threads Football

Topps unveiled details today about its 2011 Triple Threads Football brand.

Box Busters Preview gallery: 2011 ITG Heroes & Prospects Hits Series 2

If you’re a fan of big hits and prospects — and that’s it — you just might find what you’re looking for in the second installment of In The Game’s baseball line.

Dave and Adam’s Card World celebrates 20 years and a whole lot more with its first ‘Hockey Fest’

Throwing its own birthday bash, major trading card dealer Dave and Adams Card World will celebrate 20 years of being in business and a store opening with the first Hockey Fest.

Box Busters Warmup: 2011 Bowman Platinum

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds picked up a box of 2011 Bowman Platinum on Wednesday, its street date, in advance of our Box Busters episode to come.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball

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

Comic Card Q&A: UD’s Bubby Johanson on ‘The Avengers: Kree-Skrull War’ Set

Upper Deck’s Marvel Product Manager Bubby Johanson talks about ‘The Avengers: Kree-Skrull War’ set.

Dem Bums take center stage in Memory Lane auction

A long-time collector of the Brooklyn Dodgers has decided to part ways with his 30-year stash of Dodger Blue treasures and Memory Lane Inc. will be the place for fans to look in its 2011 Summer Classics Auction which starts on Saturday and runs until Aug. 30.

Panini presents puck-lover prizes for the National

Panini recently stepped up to show off its event-exclusive hockey cards for those making the trek to next week’s National Sports Collectors Convention. I

Box Busters: 2011 The Avengers: Kree-Skrull War

Join Beckett Media’s Andrew Tolentino and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2011 The Avengers: Kree-Skrull War trading cards from Upper Deck in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010-11 Ultimate Collection hockey cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2010-11 Ultimate Collection boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Topps acquires digital currency card publisher

Topps’ focus on social media platforms and virtual trading cards online took another step on Tuesday as it announced the acquisition of GMG Entertainment, a leading publisher of “digital currency cards.”

First look: 2010-11 Elite Black Box basketball cards

Panini America unveiled its newest high-end product line for NBA cards on Monday with 2010-11 Elite Black Box Basketball, a high-end release that’s fast-tracked for an Aug. 31 release.

Bryce Harper headlines this week’s eTopps MiLB cards

The first eTopps Minor League card of the most-watched Class AA player on the planet, Washington Nationals prospect Bryce Harper, was launched as an initial public offering today as part of the online portfolio trading card program.

Topps plans collector Q&A at The National

The company is planning a Q&A session with 100 collectors next Thursday beginning at 4 p.m. Those who want to attend need to stop by the Topps booth and reserve a seat as they will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.

Box Busters: 2011 Press Pass Showcase racing cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011 Press Pass Showcase boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Memory Lane showcases million-dollar Mickey Mantle collection at National Sports Collectors Convention

A big-time auction house like Memory Lane Inc. may not have something for everyone in its booth at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention which begins next week in Chicago.

Colorado-based dealer raises hobby’s profile through publicity stunt purchase

But if you live in Colorado, where the Balloon Boy case happened, it might resonate more — and if you’re a Colorado-based sports card dealer like Mike Fruitman it’s resonating quite well as a publicity stunt to get people into his shop.

COLLECTOR BOX BUSTERS: 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard

Beckett Basketball Editor Chris Olds stopped by Nick’s Sports Cards in Dallas (for supplies!) and caught one collector ripping 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard.

Ripping Retail Retro Edition: A lesson in collation that only a Houston Astros fan could love

Join Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds as he rips into a box of a once-popular 1990s baseball card set in this episode of Ripping Retail.

Weekly Highlights (July 18 – July 22)

Beckett.com’s weekly highlights for July 18 – July 22.

Box Busters: 2010-11 Panini Season Update basketball

Join Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into a pair of 2010-11 Panini Season Update basketball boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

Join Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into a pair of 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Coming soon … Moneyball and its memorabilia

With any new release, there will be marketing campaigns, which in the past meant materials that ultimately become memorabilia.

First look: 2011 TRISTAR Obak baseball cards

TRISTAR will have plenty of things in store at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention just two weeks away in Chicago and one of them is the debut of its latest baseball card set, 2011 Obak, which also is known as “A History of the Game.”

Blowout Cards’ parent company sues Upper Deck over distribution policy

Blowout Cards’ parent company, Frontline Collectibles, counter-sued Upper Deck in a U.S. District Court on Wednesday, alleging that the Carlsbad, Calif.-based card company’s distribution policies introduced earlier this year are illegal under antitrust laws and have “manipulated the pricing of its products” and “have harmed and continue to harm competition for the sale of hobby sports trading cards.”