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Posted on August 23, 2011 – 1:25 pm | Author: chrisolds
Pro Wrestling | 2011 Topps WWE Classics, CM Punk, featured, Jack Swagger, John Cena, Kelly Kelly | Comments (15)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Topps unveiled its newest WWE trading card line on Tuesday, 2011 WWE Classics, a line that will be an all-foil series including an insert set dedicated solely to the forthcoming WrestleMania clash between John Cena and The Rock.
Scheduled to arrive in mid-December, Classics will consist of 90 base cards of Superstars, Legends and Divas, each found with gold parallels. The base set’s design is one that was tested in Topps’ 2011 Target baseball value boxes as Chrome bonus cards.
Here, we’ve traded The Mick for The Miz and gone with foilboard.
Some of the highlights from the base set’s checklist include card No. 1 being the debut for newcomer A.J., while, interestingly, also on the checklist is Eden Stiles, who has yet to make her TV debut on either Smackdown or Raw, and even a card for Batista.
There will be a 10-card Cena-Rock insert set, meanwhile the autograph and Relic checklists — 16 cards for each — are all TBDs at this time. There will be 24 packs per box and eight boxes per case when Classics arrives in hobby shops.
See more images from the set … after the jump.
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Posted on August 23, 2011 – 10:21 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2011 Panini Americana, autographs, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, featured, Jane Russell, Justin Bieber, Marilyn Monroe, Pam Anderson, Ric Flair | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2011 Panini Americana boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on August 22, 2011 – 11:27 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Non-Sports | 1989 Major League Movie, Charlie Sheen, Cleveland Indians, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert, featured, Jake Taylor, James Gammon, Lou Brown, Major League, Pedro Cerrano, Roger Dorn, Tom Berenger, Wesley Snipes | Comments (15)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
We’re coming down the home stretch in preparations for the Sports Movie Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and we’re now at the point where we know what won’t be making the cut for print because of real estate.
You know, space.
While its story will briefly be told as part of my admitting I have one big-league obsession, I wanted to ensure that some recently received scans of what remains my biggest baseball card collecting nemesis — the 1989 Major League Movie set — could be seen by many.
It’s not an expensive set at all but it’s one that I have never seen in-person, let alone had a chance to own. It’s a real 11-card set of slightly over-sized photos featuring the stars of David S. Ward’s first baseball movie.
How obscure are they?
“I had lunch with [writer and director] David Ward a few years back and brought in a set,” said Miles Levy, who represents Corbin Bernsen aka Roger Dorn, “and he didn’t even own one.”
No wonder I can’t find one …
See all 11 cards — and learn a little more about the set — after the jump.
Posted on August 22, 2011 – 9:05 am | Author: tolentinotown
Baseball | baseball cards, featured, Mickey Mantle, Mickey Mantle Commercial, Monday Matinee, Post Cereal, Post Cereal Commercial, Trading Card Commercial, Vintage Commercial | Comments (0)
By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor
“You’re goofy. Why don’t you have your mother buy you some Post Cereal and get your own tradin’ cards?”
Even reading from a script, the young actor in this ’60s-era commercial was in the right for being protective of his cereal-box treasures. Little did he know that the Mickey Mantle cutout from this set would be worth as much as $2,000 some 50-odd years later.
Little did we know that a talking trading card was also on its way.
Posted on August 20, 2011 – 8:23 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Billings Mustangs, Bull Durham, Carolina League, Durham Bulls, featured, Kevin Costner | Comments (12)
We’ve been busy prepping the Sports Movies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, which means I’ve taken some time to re-watch a few memorable DVDs to soak up some of the nuances one last time before we put it all down on paper.
And there was one film — one that’s quite highly regarded — that I struggle with at times.
It’s Bull Durham.
You see, while the intermingling tale of Crash Davis, Nuke LaLoosh and Annie Savoy definitely is a classic, some of us look at sports films in different ways. As a memorabilia and card collector, I sometimes watch films to soak up details beyond story, greatness of performances and profanity-laced perfection found in many a memorable quote.
Instead, I watch them for accuracy — and to see what kinds of uniforms and equipment are used. (Yeah, I know, it’s weird … but you’ll see in the magazine one instance where it’s pretty cool. I hope … )
Posted on August 19, 2011 – 11:14 pm | Author: chrisolds
Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling | 2011 Panini Americana, Christina Applegate, Corey Haim, Emanuelle Chriqui, Justin Bieber, Leslie Nielsen, Margot Kidder, Michelle Beadle, Pamela Anderson, Ric Flair, Selma Blair | Comments (5)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary
One of the reasons I look forward to non-sport, celebrity-laden sets such as 2011 Panini Americana each time they arrive is the fact that the boxes are just so full of surprises.
While some of this year’s pre-hyped additions are nowhere to be found — Michael J. Fox failed to make pack-out, for example, what would have been his first certified autograph card — there are always fun things to be found in sets that have so much variety in them because they simply aren’t like anything else.
Sometimes, they’re just one of a few cards — or no previous cards — for a signer. Sometimes it’s just the latest way to get an autograph that might have been tough in the past like Pamela Anderson here. (She’s had a couple previous Panini cards but this brand might be your best bet at landing one at a reasonable price.)
Here’s a rundown of cards already pulled from packs that caught my eye — with some one-liners and factoids where worthy. Read More »
Posted on August 19, 2011 – 9:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | Mark Ingram, Ripping Retail, stickers | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he talks stickers and rips into new offerings from Topps in MLB and Panini America in the NFL in this rather sticky ediiton of Ripping Retail.
What will he say about stickers? What will he find inside the sticker packs? Will he actually stick them? Watch and find out …
Posted on August 19, 2011 – 9:10 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | Allen & Ginter, MLB, nfl, Ripping Retail, sports cards, Topps, Topps Football, Topps Lineage | Comments (7)
Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into some random packs of cards from Target in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.
What will he find? Watch and find out …
Posted on August 19, 2011 – 3:24 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Beckett Updates | 2011 NHL Black Diamond, 2011 Topps Football, 2011 Topps Inception Football, 2012 Topps baseball, Bill Murray, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, featured, Nick Matijevich, press pass | Comments (0)
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Posted on August 19, 2011 – 1:45 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2010-11 National Treasures, box breaks, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, NBA, Panini America | Comments (6)
Join Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2010-11 National Treasures basketball cards from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …