Monthly Archives: October 2011

Box Busters: 2011-12 Parkhurst Champions Hockey

Join Beckett Hockey’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011-12 Parkhurst Champions hockey cards.

Lack of terrifying trading cards haunts the hobby

Beckett revisits Coca-Cola’s Monsters of the Gridiron trading cards.

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 8

Christian Ponder, Fred Davis and Ben Roethlisberger round out our selections for NFL Week 8. Here’s why…

We hope St. Louis Cardinals fans enjoy this one … Beckett’s World Series commemorative issue

In the printer’s hands now — and sure to be in yours soon — is the latest Beckett Presents title, Cardinals: 2011 World Champs. It’s a 96-page full-color recap of the team’s World Series run that ended with Game 7 on Friday night.

David Freese’s autographs aren’t plentiful

Cardinals third baseman David Freese’s jersey may have been left in tatters after his game-winning home run in the bottom of the 11th Thursday night in St. Louis but interest in his baseball cards have to be at an all-time high.

Panini teases more info on Donruss Elite Extra Edition

Panini America’s return to MLBPA-approved baseball cards got a little closer to reality on Friday as the company released the basic product information for its first product under its new deal, 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition.

A buggy surprise: Upper Deck reveals short-prints for Entomology cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor As Halloween draws near, so many things can give you creepy crawlies. How about a bunch of bugs? Just in time for the holiday, Upper Deck revealed the Entomology short-prints from 2011 Goodwin Champions.

Commentary: Rangers might not be lone-star team after World Series win tonight

It’s no secret that, on cardboard, the Texas Rangers have one player who stands out from the rest in the hobby and on the national stage — that’s Josh Hamilton.

Topps adds top rookies’ 1/1s to Diamond Giveaway site

Topps has added 40 new 1/1 diamond cards to its Diamond Giveaway site, according to a company announcement on Thursday.

Nutty question: Should the rally squirrel get a 2012 Topps baseball card?

We may be nuts, but we have to wonder … will the famed rodent with more than 28,300 followers on Twitter end up having a baseball card in the 2012 Topps set?

Can’t get enough Bryce Harper? Find a value box …

For those of you who have chased Bryce Harper cards this year but have come up short in your quest to find a card of the Washington Nationals’ teenage prospect, there’s another shot out there with some pretty good odds.

First Look: 2011-12 SPx Hockey

Leaking more details about its upcoming lineup, Upper Deck recently divulged details about2011-12 SPx Hockey.

A belated apology to an Adrian Peterson card

Beckett Football editor Andrew Tolentino recently found himself on the losing end of a friendly wager he made on the Beckett Media Facebook page, and this is his comeuppance.

A&E’s Yankeeography set impresses in packaging alone

The 16-DVD Yankeeography megaset from A&E is a collection that highlights the 27-time World Series champs and their greatest players.

Box Busters: 2011 Bowman Chrome

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Bowman Chrome boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

The road to the ‘Road to the NHL Winter Classic’ DVD

Come December, hockey fans will be looking forward to the 2012 NHL Winter Classic, but HBO will be offering a look back at last year’s ride.

Ron Washington’s personal redemption comes with yet another World Series appearance … maybe more

With Ron Washington’s Texas Rangers primed to potentially win the World Series, it’s interesting to think about the fact that, not long ago his future as the team’s manager was in question.

Monday Morning Collector: Week 7

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice.

First impressions: 2012 Topps Marquee baseball cards

Topps has teased what its Topps Marquee baseball set will look like next year by releasing a few mocked up card images for the high-end set coming in 2012.

Theo Epstein’s deal is done … is The Curse of the Billy Goat next?

Theo Epstein, the man who built the Boston Red Sox into a World Series winner, has traded one former curse for another.

First look: 2012 Topps Opening Day baseball cards

Opening Day is 165 days away but if you can’t wait that long, you can pick up Opening Day — from Topps — on March 7.

2012 UFC Knockout going beyond the cardboard

By SUSAN LULGJURAJ | Contributing Editor When you open 2012 UFC Knockout, don’t cringe at the redemption card. Read the fine print. Because there are redemptions in 2012 UFC Knockout for whole memorabilia pieces – not cards.

Do you own Alexi Ogando’s first baseball card and not even know it?

The Alexi Ogando card that caught my attention Wednesday night when he was on the mound during Game 1 actually came from way back in 2004 when he was still an outfield prospect for the Oakland A’s known as Alexis Ogano.

Topps readies World Series commemorative card set

The lone fully licensed manufacturer of MLB trading cards unveiled its plans for a World Series commemorative team set on Wednesday, just hours before the first pitch of Game 1 between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Texas Rangers.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Finest baseball cards

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

Box Busters: 2011-12 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards

Join Beckett Hockey’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011-12 O-Pee-Chee hockey cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Case Busters: 2011 Onyx Authenticated Preferred Players Collection 2nd Edition

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a case of 2011 Onyx Authenticated Preferred Players Collection 2nd Edition baseballs in this latest installment of Case Busters.

Name the nominees: The best of 2010-11 hockey cards

Beckett Hockey editor Andrew Tolentino invites readers to name the nominees for the best of 2010-11 hockey cards on Beckett.com.

Panini readies high-end cut autograph product

Panini America’s Americana line has been a hit-per-product before — but with this new line the goal is to be a cut above the rest.

Monday Morning Collector: Week 6

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for Week 6, which include Andy Dalton, John Beck and Ahmad Bradshaw.

Dan Wheldon appears on few cards, diecasts

Former IRL IndyCar champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dan Wheldon died in a crash at the IndyCar season finale in Las Vegas on Sunday. He was 33.

What’s on your Hobby Holiday Wish List?

By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor Want to see your name in the coming Holiday Gift Guide issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly? Without the trouble of sitting in the lap of some stranger at the mall, this is an opportunity to share what you’re hoping to get (or give) this holiday season. Sure, it’s […]

First look: 2012 Topps Heritage (with poll)

Topps’ next 2012 baseball card announcement will likely be one that takes us all back to 1963 as the company offered up the first glimpses at next year’s Topps Heritage baseball card set on Monday.

Ripping Retail Retro: A 1990s basketball break

Join Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds as he rips into six packs of a favorite brand of many NBA collectors back in 1992-93 in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

LeBron James’ first football cards are here … sort of

Panini produces LeBron James’ first football cards.