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Posted on October 31, 2011 – 3:31 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2011 Fall Toronto Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, 2011-12 Parkhurst Champions, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, featured, Ray Bourque, Wayne Gretzky | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Hockey‘s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011-12 Parkhurst Champions hockey cards. What did they find in this happy hobby Halloween edition of Box Busters? Watch and find out.
Posted on October 31, 2011 – 1:21 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Football | Coca-Cola, Coke, Emmitt Smith, featured, Halloween, Monsters of the Gridiron, nfl, Randall Cunningham, Steve Atwater, Tom Brady | Comments (9)
By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor
The following ran as an editor’s note in Beckett Football No. 250, but it’s worth another look, considering all the ghouls, goblins, and other strange creatures roaming the streets tonight.
I just couldn’t sleep at night if I didn’t make my annual push for the return of the seasonally sensational Monsters of the Gridiron cards.
During the early ‘90s, Coca-Cola partnered with the NFL to “monsterize” some of football’s brightest stars on cardboard. Unfortunately, the frightful fun came to an end after Classic (Scoreboard) released the gridiron ghouls in pinhead form at the 1995 NFL Experience show.
Requiring players to don elaborate skill-themed monster costumes, the process was presumably pretty pricy, to say the least. But now with Photoshop and other digital trickery at our fingertips, wouldn’t it be nice to see some company, any company revisiting this treat? Read More »
Posted on October 31, 2011 – 9:42 am | Author: tolentinotown
Football | Ben Roethlisberger, Christian Ponder, featured, Fred Davis, Monday Morning Collector, nfl, NFL Week 8 | Comments (0)
By Dan Hitt | Sports Data Publishing Manager
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. Christian Ponder, Fred Davis and Ben Roethlisberger round out our selections for NFL Week 8. Here’s why… Read More »
Posted on October 29, 2011 – 1:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Beckett Updates | Albert Pujols, Beckett Updates, Chris Carpenter, David Freese, featured, Jason Motte, Jon Jay, St. Louis Cardinals | Comments (16)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
If it’s been a little quiet around here on Beckett.com/news, we have a reason … we just put another print project to bed.
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 100-page, full-color recap of the team’s World Series run that ended with a win in Game 7 on Friday night.
Inside, you’ll find a spread for every game the Cardinals played this postseason en route to their 11th championship in franchise history. You’ll also find spreads with bios and basic information for all of the team’s starters along with their regular-season stats, their baseball card values and more.
See a hint of what’s inside the magazine after the jump …
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Posted on October 28, 2011 – 11:34 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2009 Topps Chrome, David Freese, featured, MLB, St. Louis Cardinals, Topps, Upper Deck, World Series | Comments (5)
David Freese's Game 6 World Series jersey. (MLB Public Relations photo)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
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.
According to the Beckett.com database, Freese appears on just 148 cards with a total value of just $1,337.55 for those not too scarce to track and price. He appears on just 11 Rookie cards and has just 14 certified autographs.
Oh, and memorabilia cards? He’s got none — but his teammates might have thought they were helping out Topps or Panini by starting the shredding on his jersey during his home run celebration at home plate. The jersey, above, has been authenticated by MLB with one employee joking that “It’ll just need more than one sticker.” Meanwhile, the bat — and the jersey — are headed to Cooperstown.
Posted on October 28, 2011 – 4:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition, autographs, baseball cards, featured, Panini America, Trevor Bauer | Comments (3)
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.
Set to arrive on Dec. 21, each 20-pack box will include six autographs. Meanwhile, four Hot Boxes per 20-box case will include 10 autographs. For those not quick enough to do the math, that’s 136 autographs per case.
Posted on October 27, 2011 – 5:46 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | bugs, entomology, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on October 27, 2011 – 1:05 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | autographs, Derek Holland, Elvis Andrus, featured, Ian Kinsler, Mike Napoli, MLB, Nelson Cruz, Nolan Ryan, Steiner Sports, Texas Rangers, Topps, World Series | Comments (8)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary
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.
While a win tonight in Game 6 of the World Series just might change that for the long-term — and we’ve seen signs of success with some of the team’s younger stars’ cards and memorabilia of late — there was another sign that the Rangers are still a team with more potential hobby stars than established ones when Steiner Sports offered a Texas Rangers autographed baseball to the masses on Thursday.
It wasn’t an autograph of All-Star second baseman and 30-30 Club member Ian Kinsler. It wasn’t an autograph of slick-fielding All-Star shortstop Elvis Andrus. It wasn’t a ball signed by ALCS MVP Nelson Cruz because of his countless home runs. It was an autograph of team CEO and president Nolan Ryan.
Posted on October 27, 2011 – 10:55 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Topps, 2011 Topps Update, Diamond Giveaway, Dustin Ackley, Eric Hosmer, Michael Pineda, mike trout, MLB, Topps | Comments (1)
Topps has added 40 new 1/1 diamond cards to its Diamond Giveaway site, according to a company announcement on Thursday.
The diamond-embedded cards will be from 2011 Topps Update and can be found using Diamond Giveaway codes found in packs of Update as well as 2011 Topps Series 1 and 2.
Among the players added? Notable rookies Dustin Ackley, Mike Trout, Eric Hosmer and Michael Pineda. See them all — after the jump.
Posted on October 27, 2011 – 10:26 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2007 Topps Update, 2012 Topps, @BuschSquirrel, baseball cards, Busch Squirrel, featured, Just For Fun, Poley Walnuts, Rally Squirrel, St. Louis Cardinals, Texas Rangers, Topps, World Series | Comments (13)
It’s now or never for the Rally Squirrel as the St. Louis Cardinals must win Game 6 of the World Series tonight at Busch Stadium in St. Louis to stay alive and force a final game against the Texas Rangers.
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? We’ve imagined it above … We can think of a few collectors — and maybe some tweeters — who would squirrel these cards away faster than you can say “Rocky & Bullwinkle.” And, well, we can think of others who might not.
But this card could happen … a squirrel has had a baseball card before, and the Poley Walnuts 2007 Topps Update card is still a winner. See it — and take our Rally Squirrel poll — after the jump.