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Monthly Archives: July 2011

July is Customer Appreciation Month at Beckett.com … a contest a day!

July is Customer Appreciation Month at Beckett Media … a contest a day beginning today!

How do you enter? Click here on Beckett.com, log in and that’s it.

Today’s prize? A 2008 Leaf Certified Materials Printing Plates Magenta #246 John Elway AU 1/1.

See a list of each day’s prizes after the jump.

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Johnny Bench is the first Topps Prime 9 player

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Cincinnati Reds legend and Hall of Famer Johnny Bench is the first Topps Prime 9 player as announced Tuesday.

Each week, Topps will announce which players can be redeemed for Prime 9 cards found in packs of 2011 Topps Series 2.

Collectors can bring their Week 1 redemption cards to their participating hobby shops to turn them in for a card and be entered for a chance to win a trip to the World Series as long as they fill out the form on the back.

Each card is a Refractor and the cards can be found two per hobby (or jumbo) box.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Topps names new Vice President for Digital

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps will have a new leader in its efforts to bring trading cards and confections to the digital world, according to an announcement made Tuesday.

It has appointed former Nokia product director Michael Bramlage as its Vice President, Digital. He will oversee and develop Topps’ digital strategy and report to CEO and President Ryan O’Hara.

“Michael’s terrific background in the mobile, Internet and social spaces combined with his innovation bent and strategies for developing online content makes him an ideal fit at Topps,” O’Hara said in a prepared statement. “We’re excited for Michael to join Topps and take us to the next level in delivering our consumers new and innovative experiences.”

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TRISTAR readies Obak promo cards for The National

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

This year’s National Sports Collectors Convention is just a couple of weeks away and TRISTAR is the latest to unveil special cards that can be found at this year’s show in Chicago.

And it’s a set that turns back the clock to the early 1900s while previewing two products set to come from the company — TRISTAR Obak Baseball 2011: History of the Game and the debut edition of Obak Football coming this fall.

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Upper Deck announces plans for the National filled with autographs and giveaways

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

VIPs and other collectors can land some great exclusive Upper Deck products at the National Sports Collectors Convention from August 3-7.

First up, collectors who come to the VIP sneak peek on Wednesday will be able to get a special card set found only in Chicago. The set six-card set features superstars with Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, LeBron James, Bobby Orr and Landon Donovan.

After that, Upper Deck will have something for every collector. There will be four different five-card pack in its wrapper redemption program.

Fans need to purchase five packs of specified Upper Deck products from Certified Diamond Dealers. They will receive a voucher to bring to the Upper Deck booth where they will receive one of four 2011 National event-exclusive packs. Each day there will be a different five-card collection redeemed and they will be available while supplies last. Cards must be opened at the Upper Deck booth. To find out which Upper Deck products are eligible, visit the booth at the show.

“We are pulling out all the stops to make Upper Deck’s presence at the 32nd National Sports Collectors Convention a memorable one for our fans in attendance,” said Mike Phillips, Upper Deck’s director of hobby sales in a release. “By creating promotions that help support the efforts of our Certified Diamond Dealers, we can help create a situation where fans are seeing real value in purchasing through the right channels. Being able to provide so many unique giveaways and promotions during this show is also a great way to give back to our fans who have always been very engaged with our brand and products. We can’t wait to get out there and have the chance to interact more with them.”

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Panini offering instant autographed prizes at NSCC

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

If you think Panini America is going to just stop at giving away cards in a wrapper redemption at The National Sports Collectors Convention, think again.

The card company is using the popular process as shows and events to give fans a way to get more goodies and prizes – instantly.

Panini is giving away nearly 2,000 autographed items at the year’s National in Chicago on August 3-7. These instant redemption cards – which is really the only way collectors like to have redemptions – will be inserted into packs that are redeemed at Panini’s corporate booth at the National.

Some of the autographed prizes include mini helmets, hockey pucks and oversize trading cards. Pictures on Panini’s blog revealed unique items such as an Adrian Peterson autographed 2007 Donruss Elite card with the Minnesota Vikings star in an Oklahoma Sooners uniform and signed banners from Scottie Pippen, Karl Malone and Cynthia Cooper, the newest inductees into the Basketball Hall of Fame.

See more of what Panini has planned in its wrapper redemptions after the jump:

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An early look at 2011 Panini Crown Royale Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Panini America is bringing back Crown Royale Football for its second installment under the re-branding of the set.

What started with Pacific in the 1990s, Panini has added new elements to make the product its own.
One of the big successes from last year’s product were the Rookie Silhouettes, which returns with all on-card autographs.

Due out in October, Crown Royale Football will have a hit – autograph or memorabilia card – in each of the four packs. In addition, there should be four Rookie Cards, one parallel numbered to 100 or less and seven inserts in each hobby-exclusive box.

“The Rookie Silhouettes design that debuted in Crown Royale Football last year really helped re-launch the brand with a huge bang,” said Ben Ecklar, Panini America’s Director of Product Development in a release. “When the 2010 product season ended, those cards stood tall as some of the most striking of the entire year – not just in football, but across all sports. This year we’ve managed to significantly improve on what many collectors thought was pretty close to perfection.”

See a complete gallery after the jump.

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Ripping Retail Retro: An oldschool baseball box break

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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.

What’s the brand? What will he find inside?

Watch and find out …

Collector Box Busters: Two Ginter boxes at the shop

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Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds was at Nick’s Sports Cards where he witnessed a collector rip open two boxes of 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball.

What did he find? Watch and find out …

Weird baseball memorabilia is everywhere … here are two of the latest items

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

There are plenty of weird baseball cards and promotions these days — and here are just two of the latest.

First, yet another oddity from 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter … it’s a tribute to Brian Wilson‘s beard via a baseball card.

The card, showcasing “The Closer” not Wilson, is one of 10 Fabulous Face Flocculence minis — a previously unannounced insert set in the product that just might give the San Francisco Giants closer’s eccentricities a run for their money. The card has sold for as much as $19.50 on eBay, while the cheapest sale was $11.61.

What other types of facial hair made the cut? Check out the checklist here on Beckett.com.

The second hobby oddity worth checking out arrives Sunday in Oakland …

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Weekly Highlights (July 11 – July 15)

Newsworthy card of the week

MEGA-HUGE, IMPORTANT thing to know of the week

Box Busters and other videos

Possibly groundbreaking news of the week

First looks and sneak peeks of the week

This week in National Sports Collectors Convention news

This week in Commander-in-Chief Ink

Auction action


This week in Derek Jeter hitting 3,000

Charles Woodson autographs to appear in Panini America NFL products

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Charles Woodson has been kind of shy when it comes to football cards. The Green Bay Packer hasn’t signed many autograph cards since his 1998 rookie season.

But all that is about to change with the new wave of football cards coming out for 2011. Panini America has signed the 1997 Heisman Trophy Award winner to an autograph deal.

“I’m still in a little bit of shock,” said Joe White, Panini’s football acquisitions specialist in a release. “Woodson has been on my hit list seemingly for forever and I’d resigned myself to the fact that we’d never get him in our sets. But I went after him again this year like I always do, because I know what the presence of his autographs in our sets would mean to the countless Woodson collectors out there. They’re going to mean the world.”

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In the Game reveals redemptions, VIP cards for NSCC

By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor

Joining the growing list of manufacturers unveiling plans for the 32nd annual National Sports Collectors Convention, In The Game just announced its on-location allure. Making its presence known at the traveling hobby Mecca, ITG will arrive at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center ready with VIP perks and other redemption programs.

ITG VIP program
Nestled among a stockpile of goodies inside VIP bags, specially-marked ITG cards can be exchanged for the company’s 10-card set. Ranging from hockey, baseball and Canadiana subjects, the VIPs for VIPs are:

  • Mario Lemieux
  • Patrick Roy
  • Steve Yzerman
  • Mark Messier
  • Tim Thomas
  • Steven Stamkos
  • Mike Trout
  • Manny Machado
  • William Shatner
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Steiner Sports signs David Price to DJ3K auto deal

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

For every yin, there’s a yang. For every hero there’s a villain.

And for Derek Jeter and the DJ3K moment, there’s David Price.

Steiner Sports announced on Thursday that the Tampa Bay Rays starter who gave up career hit No. 3,000 to the New York Yankees shortstop has signed a deal with the company to autograph items related to the home run he served up to Jeter last Saturday.

Price will be signing photos with an added inscription for the play — “I Gave Up DJ’s 3K, 7-9-11″ — which are already available on SteinerSports.com. A 16×20 photo of Jeter rounding the bases with Price in the background will cost $169.99, while an 8×10 will run $149.99. A photo signed by both Price and Jeter will run $899.99 for the 16×20.

Price also will be signing DJ3K logo baseballs with the inscription for $159.99, while a dual-signed ball will cost $799.99.

Notable duos linked with memorable home runs or hits are widely collected — Mookie Wilson and Bill Buckner, or Ralph Branca and Bobby Thomson for example — in baseball so it’s not a stretch to see memorabilia pairing these two.

For now it will be the only place that the duo will be found as Steiner has an exclusive deal with Jeter for autographs.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

There are plenty of firsts when it comes to presidential autographs …

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

First, there were cut autographs of former U.S. Presidents, but now in 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter there’s another first.

Well, sort of. Here’s what Topps had to say Wednesday about its 200 George W. Bush autographs in Ginter:

“Our 2011 Allen & Ginter product will continue Topps’ historic tradition of chronicling heroes both on and off the playing field,” said Topps VP, Mark Sapir.  “We’re thrilled to announce that this year’s set will include limited edition autographs of our country’s 43rd President, George W. Bush – marking the first time ever that a living President has made their autographs available in a trading card product.”

The first time ever that a living president has signed for a card product.

Well, maybe a baseball product, but a few collectors (and others) were quick to point out that two other presidents had signed for card companies in the past — George H.W. Bush and Gerald Ford.

Bush — and his wife, Barbara — both signed for Donruss2008 Americana II (above). Meanwhile, Ford signed for a University of Michigan football set, Michigan TK Legacy, which was released in the 2000s (below).

First card signed for Topps? Yep, and that’s what our story said (but not the quote).

First card signed by a living president for a card company’s product? Nope.

The unfortunate part of the wave of national mainstream media attention that will undoubtedly help sell some cards?

Most outlets took their word for it.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Box Busters warm-up: 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards in a warm-up for our official Box Busters video to come on A&G sometime soon.

What will he find inside the box he purchased at Nick’s Sports Cards in Dallas? Watch and find out …

First two Allen & Ginter Manny Pacquiao autograph sales pack serious punch

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

More than a few collectors might be seeking Manny Pacquiao‘s first certified autograph out of packs of 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter.

But based on the first completed sale price for the card on eBay — and a second sale for even more — it’s apparent that more than a few collectors just might not be able to afford one.

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George W. Bush becomes first President to sign for Topps; Yankees fan to get his own card

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Former President George W. Bush has done something no other president has done before.

Bush became the first living president to sign for Topps when 200 autographs were included in 2011 Allen & Ginter, released this week.

Presidents’ autographs have been in baseball cards as cut autographs, but this is the first time a former president has actually signed a card for the company, according to Topps.

Ten short-print red autograph versions are also available, some even have an inscription of “#43″ or “USA.”

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Panini Gold Standard Basketball shines through

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

In February, Panini America released its first look at 2010-11 Gold Standard Basketball. It has been five months since we had another opportunity to view the set. With it being just a week away, collectors want to see more.

This product has been put together with careful details, which started with the packaging. When you walk into a card shop, this product might be the first thing that you notice as the hobby box is actually in the shape and model of a gold brick.

Don’t blind your eyes looking directly into it.

We’ve seen what some of the hits will look like, but now it’s time to see what you will be able to find in the rest of the 12-card hobby box, which has a retail value of around $180.

One box will include three autographs, two memorabilia cards, four golds (which are commons) and three other inserts.

Also, for you Willy Wonka fans out there, there are five instant-win gold tickets. All are good for unique prizes including a one-on-one meeting with Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant.

See a full gallery after the jump. …

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Box Busters: 2010-11 Totally Certified basketball

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

What’d they find? Watch and find out …