Posted on July 29, 2011 – 4:40 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates | 2011 In The Game Heroes & Prospects Baseball Hits, 2011 Topps Diamond Giveaway, Allen & Ginter, Avengers, Bryce Harper, Bubby Johanson, dacardworld, Dave and Adam's Cardworld, featured, Hank Aaron, Honus Wagner, Kobe Bryant, Kree-Skrull war, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Mickey Mantle, milb, National Sports Collectors Convention, Nicktoons, NSCC, Oldspice, Panini America, Racing prayer, Rookies & Stars, Score Hockey, Topps, Ultimate Collection Hockey, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
Last chance to make use of the MEGA-HUGE, IMPORTANT news of the week
First looks and sneak peeks of the week
Q&A of the week
This week in National Sports Collectors Convention news
Posted on July 29, 2011 – 3:47 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | 2011-12 Score, 2011-12 Score Hockey, Beginner brands, Black Ice, featured, Gold Rush, Hot Rookies, Mark Messier, Panini America, SPs, Winnipeg Jets | Comments (5)
By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor
After a full year of being back on the ice, Panini’s hockey brands are ready for another round.
Wrapping up with high-end Dominion, the manufacturer will begin the new cycle with value-focused 2011-12 Score. Hockey fans will see the beginner level brand hit shelves in late October — just a few weeks after the revived Winnipeg Jets and the rest of the league takes off again.
Each 36-pack box brandishes high-percentage promises for completing the 500-card base set bolstered by the coveted Recollection Collection — a series of hard-signed cards bought back and autographed by legends like Mark Messier, Steve Yzerman, Patrick Roy and Ray Borque. Hits from current players can be found in the form of Hot Rookies and Score Signatures autographs.
Beyond the rare, but value-enhancing inclusions, 2011-12 Score features four familiar subsets … Read More »
Posted on July 29, 2011 – 2:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 In The Game Heroes & Prospects Baseball Hits Series 2, baseball cards, box breaks, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, In The Game, prospects | Comments (1)
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.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on July 29, 2011 – 1:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Chum Chum, Cliff Lee, MLB, New York Yankees, Nickelodeon, Nicktoons, Nicktoons MLB, Nintendo, Philadelphia Phillies, Ren and Stimpy, Robinson Cano, SpongeBob Squarepants, Wii, XBox 360 | Comments (2)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
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.
SpongeBob Squarepants, Ren and Stimpy, Chum Chum and Danny Phantom to name a few.
These rookies — and more Nicktoons – will be competing against actual MLB players in actual MLB stadiums in 2K Play‘s Nicktoons MLB for the Xbox 360 with support for Kinect along with versions for the Wii and Nintendo DS. The game arrives on Sept. 13.
Just think, SpongeBob in Wrigley Field … and who wins in a showdown between him and Cliff Lee?
Read More »
Posted on July 29, 2011 – 12:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | box breaks, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, featured, football, football cards, nfl, Panini America | Comments (4)
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.
Posted on July 29, 2011 – 11:28 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Topps Diamond Giveaway, baseball, baseball cards, MLB, Ripping Retail, Topps | Comments (5)
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 loaded for reaction. Meanwhile, UPS made it extra special … and scenty!
What did he get? What made it more special? Watch and find out …
Posted on July 29, 2011 – 11:08 am | Author: tolentinotown
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 Rookies and Stars Football, Andy Dalton, Bilal Powell, Blaine Gabbert, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Colin Kaepernick, Danny Woodhead, Eli Manning, Rookies & Stars | Comments (0)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor | Commentary
The first post-lockout product of the season, 2011 Rookies & Stars Football is now live and leaving a lasting impression on hobby history.
Containing the usual blend of early studio-shot Rookie Cards, this year’s release in particular is also marked by a wide array of older-than-usual newcomer photography. Without the luxury of training camp snapshots and other pro uniform pictures, Panini’s preseason brand reflects the NFL year that almost wasn’t.
Delivered by a deep checklist featuring the incoming class in combine gear, the Rookie Cards in Rookies & Stars are arguable artifacts. Probably not reason for a spike in value, they serve to document the impact of the NFL lockout in the hobby.
With that being said, praise the pigskin! Football is back!
Below are some of the no-longer-locked-out sensations from our forthcoming Box Busters break of 2011 Rookies & Stars. Read More »
Posted on July 29, 2011 – 9:39 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | collecting, USA Today | Comments (0)
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.
As it turns out, he was a serious collector and all that’s largely left of the memories are bits and pieces of items in baggies — as they were once collected as debris and potential evidence in the accident’s investigation.
The story was posted Thursday night and you can read it here.
It’s worth a look.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on July 28, 2011 – 7:23 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Bowman Platinum, baseball cards, Bowman Platinum, box breaks, Bryce Harper, MLB, Topps | Comments (0)
Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds stopped by Nick’s Sports Cards in Dallas and caught one collector ripping 2011 Bowman Platinum.
What will he find inside?
Watch and find out …
Posted on July 28, 2011 – 4:22 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | basketball, high school basketball, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, NBA, NCAA basketball, Upper Deck | Comments (3)
By Chris Olds | Basketball Editor
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.
As previously reported, the product will include a melded version of Letterman and UD Glass cards with a strong crop of autographs in the product, but the real allure is the autograph checklist that includes just 20 players.
That means there’s a pretty solid chance at finding a Michael Jordan or LeBron James autograph inside the boxes, which will contain just four cards. The catch? Each four-card box will contain three base cards and one autograph — each of the same player.
Posted on July 28, 2011 – 4:04 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2011 Topps Triple Threads Football, cam newton, featured, Joe Montana, Joe Namath, Relic Cards, Triple Relics, Triple Threads Unity Autograph | Comments (7)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
Again causing a not-too-uncommon pre-weekend hobby frenzy, Topps unveiled details today about its 2011 Triple Threads Football brand.
Scheduled for a late-November arrival (thankfully, actually during an NFL season), the hobby exclusive set comes with a one-per-pack autograph guarantee and a handful of other choice chase factors.
Each pack (in this case, “mini box”), collectors can expect to land three numbered base cards, two numbered parallels, one Triple Relic card and one Triple Threads Unity Autograph single Relic card. Autographed Triple Relic Cards fall one per box and replace Triple Relics.
The low-quantity, high-quality box (comprised of two packs) should yield a total of four hits … Read More »
Posted on July 28, 2011 – 3:51 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | baseball, baseball cards, Hank Aaron, In The Game, ITG Heroes and Prospects Baseball Hits | Comments (0)
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.
The next installment of ITG Heroes and Prospects Baseball Hits will include some impressive 1/1 patch cards when it arrives on Aug. 3 at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago as well as some impressive cuts and a whole lot of prospects.
We should have our Box Busters boxes in hand on Friday — but here’s a teaser of what we’re not likely to pull … the biggest memorabilia hits of them all, a crop that includes the likes of this Hank Aaron Milwaukee Brewers patch and a whole lot more.
See more of the patches after the jump.
Posted on July 28, 2011 – 3:22 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates, Hockey | Buffalo, dacardworld, Dave and Adam's Card World, Gilbert Perreault, Gordie Howe, Hockey Fest 2011, HockeyFest, Niagra Falls, Tony Esposito | Comments (2)
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 its first Hockey Fest.
Just in time to include its fourth store in Niagra Falls, N.Y., Dave and Adam’s late-summer fling is filled with promotions player signings and other perks. From Aug. 11 – Aug. 14, all four of the company’s Buffalo area stores will collectively host the hockey hullabaloo.
“Buffalo and the Southern Ontario Region is home to passionate hockey fans and we wanted to celebrate our 20th anniversary along with the opening of our new store by bringing in some of the biggest names in hockey”, said D&A Card World CEO Adam Martin.
Some such names from the roster include legends Gordie Howe, Tony Esposito, Gilbert Perreault and legend in the making Steven Stamkos. All of whom will be signing various items on respective dates and at different locations:
Either staying parked at one store or making the four-day pilgrimage, collectors can take advantage of on-site services from the Upper Deck Authenticated crew and stock up on sale-marked merchandise. D&A announced that there will be “massive sales” on hockey cards, apparel as well as giveaway goodies from Upper Deck, Fathead and yours truly (no, not me specifically) Beckett Media. Read More »
Posted on July 27, 2011 – 8:37 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Bowman Platinum, autographs, baseball cards, Bowman Platinum, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Bryce Harper, featured, MLB, Topps | Comments (12)
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.
What will he find inside? Will he land a Bryce Harper?
Watch and find out.
Posted on July 27, 2011 – 4:44 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Allen & Ginter, 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter, Allen & Ginter, baseball cards, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, featured, Topps | Comments (15)
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.
What will they find inside? Well, one box over-delivers … but you’ll have to watch to find out how.
Posted on July 27, 2011 – 4:15 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Non-Sports | Bubby Johanson, Captain America, comic cards, featured, Interviews, Iron Man, Marvel, Marvel Entertainment, Spiderman, Stan Lee, The Avengers, The Avengers: Kree-Skrull War, THOR, Upper Deck, Vision | Comments (1)
By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor
Having been on shelves for a full week now, Upper Deck’s The Avengers: Kree-Skrull War comic card set has had ample time to speak for itself. A unique endeavor that challenges the notion of how a comic book should be read, it’s the kind of product that’s bound to cause buzz in the Marvel Universe and beyond.
As a followup to last week’s preview and yesterday’s Box Busters video, we turned the mic to Upper Deck’s Marvel product manager Bubby Johanson for a Q&A on the comic book(s) told by way of trading cards. After the jump, Johanson gives the lowdown on hit counts, free binders, production challenges, and what other superheroes (cough, Spiderman) might be found in future releases along these lines.
Posted on July 26, 2011 – 4:49 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Babe Ruth, baseball cards, Brooklyn Dodgers, Casey Stengel, Jackie Robinson, Memory Lane Inc., New York Yankees, Pee Wee Reese, PSA, Roy Campanella, Vintage cards | Comments (0)
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.
The Tustin, Calif.-based auction house will have several items from the auction on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention next week. Among the highlights from the collection of Steve Ross are chairs from Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, items from Babe Ruth‘s brief turn as a Dodgers coach — including a team-signed ball in 1938 — and high-grade PSA-slabbed specimens of several key cards.
Posted on July 26, 2011 – 3:32 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | Chicago, Jordan Eberle, National Exclusives, National Redemptions, NSCC, Panini America, Taylor Hall, The National, Tyler Seguin | Comments (0)
Fear not, National-going hockey collectors. There’s something special in store for you, too.
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. Inside special silver packs found only at the show, puck-inclined pullers can find autographed patch cards signed by several of the top 2010-11 NHL prospects.
Headlined by Taylor Hall, Tyler Seguin and Jordan Eberle, the roster of NSCC-specific phenoms also includes …
Posted on July 26, 2011 – 3:30 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | Captain America, comic cards, Marvel Comics, non-sports cards, The Avengers, THOR, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on July 26, 2011 – 3:21 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | box breaks, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, featured, hockey, hockey cards, NHL, Ultimate Collection, Upper Deck | Comments (27)
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.