Posted on August 31, 2011 – 4:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2011 The Complete Star Trek TNG 1st Series, featured, Gene Roddenberry, Patrick Stewart, Star Trek | Comments (4)
Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2011 The Complete Star Trek: The Next Generation First Series cards from Rittenhouse Archives in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What four autographs will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on August 31, 2011 – 3:05 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2011 Limited, 2011 Limited Football, Material Phenoms Rookie Card, Michael Vick, Rookie Lettermen | Comments (5)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
In today’s “Panini Peek,” the Texas-based card company offered a limited look at 2011 Limited Football — a product that proudly boasts a checklist of cards numbered to 499 or less.
Confirming a late-November release, Panini detailed the seven-card-per-pack product with high hit counts, subsets and brand enhancements. Among those improvements, Material Phenoms Rookie Cards and other freshmen-focused features take center stage.
Material Phenoms offers what the company explains as its “most extensive and star-studded lineup of Draft-Day-worn hats and jerseys ever.” According to the manufacturer, these wanted rookies are made even more desirable with on-card autographs, prime memorabilia and a limited print run. To seal the deal, each one will be numbered to 299 or less.
Draft Day Lids & Jerseys is an aptly named insert set, headlined by hats and jerseys actually worn by players on their respective draft dates. This set spans 13 top NFL Draft picks and each card here will be numbered to 199 or less. And, in even even rarer territory, limited-to-10-or-less Rookie Lettermen inserts will resurface with letter patches inked by the biggest names in the 2011 draft class.
Now of course, Limited isn’t limited to newcomer cardboard.
Playing with its words, Panini’s Limitless inserts are said to include “scarce autographs from the NFL’s most dynamic players.” These cards are numbered to 199 or less and feature the likes of Michael Vick, Adrian Peterson, Sam Bradford and other gridiron dominators.
Check out the visuals and see what each pack is packing after the jump.
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Posted on August 31, 2011 – 11:50 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | baseball cards, Scams | Comments (7)
Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds shows you one scam that recently got a Beckett employee when he bought a box at retail.
Inside his box of 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards he finds … 1991 Stadium Club.
Needless to say, it didn’t come this way from Topps.
Watch it so it doesn’t happen to you …
Posted on August 31, 2011 – 8:40 am | Author: tolentinotown
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Non-Sports | Chicago, featured, Graphic Tees, Interview, NSCC, Online Businesses, Pulling with everyday people, Tees, Threadless | Comments (6)
By Andrew Tolentino | Editor
Renowned for having the world’s best and biggest array of unique graphic tees, community-committed Threadless.com provides a hip parallel to the trading card industry.
Offering something that stretches well beyond the buzzverb “crowdsourcing,” Threadless has built an opportunistic empire of user-submitted, user-chosen designs — all the while rewarding artists with cold, hard cash for their awesome designs. As in the story of sports cards, an international network of devoted fanatics has become obsessed (in a good way) with collecting and discussing every print that the company produces.
Luckily located in Chicago (the site of this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention), the affable operation was kind enough to entertain my request to film an episode of “Pulling with Everyday People” at its headquarters.
There, I cozied up in a sweet Airstream trailer with Social Media Coordinator Kristen Studard, Warehouse Manager Bryan Schaefer, Designer Joe Van Wetering and Multimedia specialist Craig Shimala to talk about the collecability of T-shirts over a few boxes of trading cards.
Be sure to take the three-question poll and check out a gallery of images from the visit after the jump.
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Posted on August 30, 2011 – 4:28 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps Tribute, featured, Hank Aaron, MLB, Sandy Koufax, Willie Mays | Comments (11)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Topps unveiled its first high-end product of the 2012 baseball card season Tuesday evening, and it’s the newest edition of the product that might have been the runaway hit of the high-end offerings this year.
It’s Topps Tribute.
Back for its fourth straight year, Tribute will include an autograph or Relic card in every $50 pack with every six-pack box of this hobby-only line including three on-card autographs. Every autograph and Relic card will be limited to 99 or fewer copies, and there will be a parallel card also found in every pack when it arrives on Feb. 7.
The base set will consist of 100 cards mixed between active and retired players with seven parallels and printing plates for each card, while seven Relic insert sets and an additional set of autograph cards — Tribute to the Stars (signed on stickers) will also be found.
Posted on August 30, 2011 – 4:01 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | 2010-11 The Cup, featured, Release Date, the cup, Upper Deck | Comments (3)
By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor
Tomorrow is Aug. 31.
As any puck-inclined collector can tell you, tomorrow is a special day for the hockey hobby. Wednesday marks the official release date for Upper Deck‘s yearly opus — 2010-11 The Cup.
Built for whale-chasers and spectators alike, the manufacturer’s top-of-the-line brand needs no introduction. Since its inception, it’s been a self-fueled steam engine — barreling toward the hobby year after year with some of the most coveted cards of the season.
In the coming days, we’ll surely see box breaking, case cracking and other online banter about the latest incarnation, but we wanted to give readers one last chance to comment on what they’ve seen so far. Read More »
Posted on August 30, 2011 – 4:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Beckett Baseball, MLB, Nickelodeon, Nicktoons MLB, SpongeBob Squarepants, Video Games | Comments (10)
The postseason will be here before we know it, meaning that the MLB awards voting will be, too, but there’s another vote that’s perhaps as red-hot as the trio of Boston Red Sox on the cover of the latest issue of Beckett Baseball.
And that’s the voting for “The Showdown” taking place in advance of the arrival of the Nicktoons MLB video game, which you can have a chance to win a copy of if you pick up the magazine thanks to 2K Sports — or if you keep reading. (Click the link above for a look at our recent sneak peek at the game.)
As part of the video game’s promotion — and an overall push by MLB to get kids more involved with the game and its merchandise (sound familiar, card collectors?) — fans online can vote until Sept. 7 on which 11 MLB stars they want to see in The Showdown as well as which park and, of course, which Nicktoons they want to see take them on in a simulated game on Sept. 13, the day the game arrives.
The current voting (click here) looks like a who’s who of MLB All-Stars right now with Albert Pujols, Jose Bautista and Roy Halladay in the mix but it’s also a world where the done-for-the-year Buster Posey can play injury-free, too. (He’s the leading vote-getter at catcher.)
How can you win a copy of the game? Pick up the magazine for instructions on how to win one — and leave a comment below to a chance to win another.
We’ll give one of our games to one of you at random once they arrive.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on August 29, 2011 – 8:35 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | baseball cards, Bowman, Donruss, featured, Fleer, Leaf, MLB, Score, Sportflics, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (55)
This Jim Kavourias 2002 Bowman card just barely gets Chris Olds' nod as perhaps the worst single card ever for some rather-forced Photoshop work. What's yours?
By Chris Olds | Baseball Editor
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.
Here’s the next Your Turn question for the November issue:
What one single (real) card is, in your mind, the worst ever made — 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.
My three leading candidates — though there would be others if given more time — are:
Posted on August 26, 2011 – 6:20 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | basketball, basketball cards, featured, NBA, NBA lockout, panini, Panini America | Comments (16)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary
The silence is deafening … and it says plenty so far.
While the NFL’s lockout robbed us of some meaningless training camp reports while the football card printing presses kept on a rolling with all the veterans and the newest rookies, the NBA is quite a different story.
How different? There have been zero officially licensed 2011-12 NBA products offered for pre-sale by Panini America, the league’s exclusive trading card licensee.
That shouldn’t be surprising considering that NBA.com has stripped players of their ability to appear on their own profile pages but it might be to some. It’s looking like the labor woes also could mean that collectors – fans – could be stripped of those same players’ appearances on NBA-approved basketball cards, too.
It’s all a bit circumstantial right now, obviously, but consider that a nearly 12 months ago, Prestige arrived on Sept. 29, 2010. It’s almost September. One should also consider that some of us were eagerly awaiting the return of NBA Hoops, a long-running staple of the basketball card market’s revival in 1989 and into the 1990s that hasn’t been around recently. That nostalgia kick housed in mylar had been teased for a late-September release.
Posted on August 26, 2011 – 3:59 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates | Bowman Draft Autographs, Charlie Sheen, featured, Kelly Kelly, Major League, Mickey Mantle, Obak football, Panini Americana, Press Pass Fanfare, Sports Card Commercial, Weekly Highlights, Wonderboy, WWE | Comments (0)
Contest of the week
Posted on August 26, 2011 – 2:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Babe Ruth, Bowman, Eddie Plank, featured, Honus Wagner, Joe Jackson, Memory Lane Inc., Mickey Mantle, Nap Lajoie, PSA, Topps | Comments (6)
Memory Lane Inc. has acquired a collection consisting of more than 20,000 PSA-graded vintage cards from a long-time collector in the northeast — a million-dollar-plus highlight reel of cardboard history.
Among the sets included are 1887 and 1888 Allen & Ginter releases to a T206 set that ranks a 5.74 on the PSA Set Registry and, of course, iconic Topps and Bowman sets from the 1950s and beyond into the 1970s. Memory Lane is touting it as perhaps “the largest such collection ever to come to market at one time.”
Among the notable singles that will be sold are a PSA 2 T206 Honus Wagner, a PSA 5 T206 Eddie Plank, a PSA 4 1909 American Caramel Joe Jackson, a PSA 8 1915 Cracker Jack Joe Jackson, a PSA 6 1916 Sporting News Babe Ruth, a PSA 9 1933 Goudey Nap Lajoie and a PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle.
“We are honored that this gentleman entrusted us to sell what is one of the hobby’s greatest collections,” said Memory Lane’s J.P. Cohen. “We’ve enjoyed helping him acquire many of these same cards over the years and it’s a thrill to see them together in one place.
Posted on August 26, 2011 – 8:44 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Football | Eric Hosmer, featured, Kansas City Royals, Oakland Raiders, Terrelle Pryor, Tier One, Topps | Comments (1)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
The Topps acquisitions team has apparently been busy of late as the company officially announced a pair of signings for upcoming baseball and football products while also noting some Hall of Fame-caliber changes to another forthcoming baseball release.
On Friday, Topps confirmed news that Kansas City Royals rookie Eric Hosmer, who had been locked up in an exclusive autograph contract with another company, will be among the signers for 2011 Topps Chrome, arriving on Sept. 7. He also will appear in the upcoming Triple Threads, Finest and Topps Update sets. These are his first MLB cards to be found in packs. The company had previously discussed that Hosmer would be in some of its forthcoming products during its National Sports Collectors Convention Q&A session.
Posted on August 25, 2011 – 1:32 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter, Allen & Ginter, box breaks, featured, MLB, Topps | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a retail box of 2007 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards in this latest Ripping Retail video.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on August 24, 2011 – 8:36 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 TRISTAR Obak football, box breaks, football cards, NCAA football, nfl, Ripping Retail, TRISTAR | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into three packs of 2011 TRISTAR Obak football cards in this latest Ripping Retail video. (Stay tuned for our Box Busters video to come soon.)
Posted on August 24, 2011 – 8:28 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Pro Wrestling | 2011 Topps WWE PowerChipz, CM Punk, Kelly Kelly, Shawn Michaels, Undertaker | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a starter kit of 2011 Topps WWE PowerChipz to see what’s up with this new release in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.
What will he find? Watch and find out …
Posted on August 24, 2011 – 3:51 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Racing | 2011 Press Pass FanFare, auto racing, featured, NASCAR, press pass | Comments (19)
Join Beckett Media’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a box of 2011 Press Pass Fanfare NASCAR cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on August 24, 2011 – 1:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Beckett Sports Card Monthly, featured, Hollywood memorabilia, movies, ReelBats.com, Robert Redford, The Natural | Comments (7)
Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he reveals the contest prize for the upcoming Sports Movies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. It can be yours by picking up the issue and following the instructions found inside.
What is it exactly? Watch and find out …
Posted on August 23, 2011 – 7:41 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | 2009-10 Hall of Fame Famed Signatures, featured, Lady Vols, Panini America, Pat Summitt, Tennessee | Comments (2)
A coaching legend’s sad news announced Tuesday may not spark any pity parties — she won’t allow it — but there will certainly be more than a few fans who are prompted to pick up a piece of her memorabilia.
Basketball Hall of Famer and Tennessee Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt has been diagnosed with early onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type, but plans to remain as coach this season. The 59-year-old has coached the Lady Vols for 37 years, winning 1,071 games and eight national championships.
“She’s our John Wooden. If you are a Tennessee fan or not, there’s no denying her place in women’s basketball,” Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey told The Associated Press. “I played for the woman. She’s as tough as nails. People think I’m tough. I’m a pussycat compared to Pat Summitt …. Pat Summitt will fight. Pat Summitt will be on a crusade to help people with dementia.”
Summit has won more games than any other coach in college basketball history, yet, despite her accolades, she’s signed just one certified trading card for any manufacturer — Panini America last year — and appears on just 21 cards total in the Beckett.com database.
Posted on August 23, 2011 – 7:40 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Charlie Sheen, Cleveland Indians, Major League, Major League 2, sports movies | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he opens some Major League mail … an example of one of the 10 ways you can collect your favorite sports movie as found in the upcoming special issue of BSCM.
What is it? WHat will he find? Watch and find out …
Posted on August 23, 2011 – 2:52 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Bowman Draft Picks, Brandon Nimmo, featured, MLB, Topps, Trevor Bauer | Comments (5)
This year’s MLB draft picks have finished committing to their teams, so now it’s time to see who committed to Topps and sign on for their first baseball cards and truly turn pro.
The official MLB card licensee announced on Tuesday that it has signed 20 first-round picks out of 21 total players so far who will have autograph cards found in the previously announced 2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects slated to arrive in November.
The signers — so far as it promises more — include former UCLA star Trevor Bauer and Mets first-rounder Brandon Nimmo, the highest draft pick in the history of the state of Wyoming among others.
See the full list after the jump …