Monthly Archives: November 2011

Ashley Judd, Kelsey Grammer autographs in Rittenhouse’s next Star Trek series

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Star Trek: The Next Generation is, well, on to its next generation of trading cards. Rittenhouse Archives announced the addition of Star Trek: The Complete TNG (1991-1994) Series 2 to its assortment of non-sports cards.

Your Turn: Which Topps baseball cards (old or new) would you have Ken Griffey Jr. sign?

The biggest hobby news of this week was Topps landing Ken Griffey Jr. to an autograph deal beginning next year, and instantly after hearing that the idea of the card above — an autographed 1989 Topps Traded buyback card — came to my mind.

First Look: 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia

Press Pass’ 2012 schedule is full of new trading card lines. The first of Press Pass’ new NASCAR product comes out in February with Total Memorabilia. This high-end release will feature a memorabilia or an autographed memorabilia card in every nine-card pack.

Ripping Retail: A 1990s baseball gem

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds rips into a box of baseball cards that’s more than 20 years old in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

Autographs, patches highlight Walking Dead set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor The Walking Dead are getting closer. Cryptozoic Entertainment is bringing the show about zombies closer to its fans as only the entertainment company knows how – through trading cards. The Walking Dead Trading Cards is scheduled to come out in mid-December. Packs should cost around $3.50 with five cards […]

Michael Jordan continues to command cash

The latest example of Michael Jordan’s power was seen Sunday on eBay of all places where a 1997-98 Upper Deck Game Jerseys Autograph card — one of just 23 in existence — sold for five figures after 44 bids.

First Look: 2011-12 Panini Contenders Hockey

As the second installment of Panini Contenders Hockey nears its release, a closer look at the product seems as though there is something for every type of collector.

Box Busters: 2011-12 UD Series One Hockey

Join Beckett Hockey’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they tear into two boxes of 2011-12 Upper Deck Series One Hockey.

Topps signs Ken Griffey Jr. to autograph deal

Topps announced Monday morning that Ken Griffey Jr. has signed an autograph deal with the longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards to appear in its products starting in 2012.

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 12

Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt makes his hobby selections for NFL Week 12.

Leaf offers a look into Vince Lombardi Legacy

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Vince Lombardi’s legacy will forever be remembered by football fans – no matter what team you root for. Three league titles and winning Super Bowls I and II are really just the tip when it comes to Lombardi. The Green Bay Packers coach affected many lives. Some of those […]

TOTALLY FAKE BASEBALL CARDS II: 29 Albert Pujols cards you won’t see in 2012 … and one you might

This year’s biggest question in baseball is “Where will Albert Pujols go?” and it’s one that has ramifications for the game, its salary records and, of course, for many a collectors’ baseball cards.

Box Busters: 2011 Bowman Draft Picks baseball

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

Yankees grand slam jerseys join Chris Chambliss relic in 8D Network’s debut auction

A trio of game-used New York Yankees jerseys from one memorable game this season — and one from a rather memorable game from 35 years ago — have hit the auction block through the 8D Network’s first auction, which launched today.

In hobby, Black Friday isn’t just about prices

Some retailers — those known for low prices and high volume — will make Black Friday, the No. 1 sales day of the year, not only one about deals — but also one about luck and added promotion.

Voices from the Expo: Extra Meaty Edition

After sampling our fair share of his product, Panini America’s Chris Reed and I had the pleasure of ripping into a few packs with the 15-year Expo veteran.

Box Busters: 2011 SP Game-Used Soccer

Join Beckett Media’s soccer gurus Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a pair of 2011 SP Game-Used in this latest edition of Box Busters.

The Hobby Hand Turkey Returns: Name five things you’re thankful for

If you have a moment, feel free to join us and other collectors in sharing five (mostly) hobby-related things you’re grateful for.

Box Busters: 2011 Certified football cards

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011 Certified football card boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass racing cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2012 Press Pass racing in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011-12 Certified hockey cards

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

Three memorabilia dealers plead guilty to mail fraud in sales of fake game-used jerseys

The New York Daily News reported on Monday night that three sports memorabilia dealers pleaded guilty to mail fraud on Monday as part of a long-running investigation conducted by the FBI and other federal agencies.

Derek Stepan only a parallel in 2011-12 Certified

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor As you put together a base set of 2011-12 Panini Certified Hockey, don’t go crazy looking for card No. 150. In the base version, Derek Stepan doesn’t exist.

Mariners outfielder Greg Halman dead at 24

Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman was found dead at a home in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on Monday, the victim of a stabbing wound. He was 24.

In The Game highlights NHL Enforcers in new set

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor When it comes to hockey, fans loves scorers. Guys who swish around the ice and have that uncanny way of finding the back of the net. When it comes to a second favorite type – you can surely expect enforcers to be at the top of the list. In […]

Panini America releases Black Friday shop list

Panini America has given you information about its Black Friday extravaganza with Super Bowl pylon cards to its first MLBPA baseball cards, but Sunday is when the big news came rolling in.

Julius Erving auction nets $3.5 million

One of the most iconic basketball figures sold off his entire collection in auction that ended Sunday.

Upper Deck surprises with “A Day with the Cup”

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor The Stanley Cup could show up in some crazy places. On top of a mountain, on a joy ride, or even used to give a child a bubble bath (Remember that ESPN commercial?). Upper Deck created an unannounced insert set in this year’s 2011-12 NHL Upper Deck Series 1 […]

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Tier One baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into not one but two boxes of 2011 Topps Tier One baseball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Vampire Diaries autographs jump off pages

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor The Vampire Diaries is everyone’s (almost) favorite group of bloodsuckers. The CW hit became popular when it premiered in 2009, grabbing the attention of supernatural drama fans. Cryptozoic Entertainment added another element for fans – a set of trading cards with autographs and memorabilia cards.

University of Wisconsin aims to stop sales of star quarterback’s baseball cards

Russell Wilson baseball card owners might get a letter from the University of Wisconsin if they have his cards for sale.

Topps’ 2011 UFC Moment of Truth weeks away

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor MMA collectors are just two weeks away from a new product release: 2011 Topps UFC Moment of Truth. This looks to be one of the most comprehensive sets Topps has put out when it comes to UFC.

Random Question II: What single card would you want to own as a perfect BGS 10?

What one card would you want as a perfect BGS 10?

FIRST LOOK: 2011 Totally Certified Football

Totally Certified will have 236 cards in the set: 100 base cards, 50 Immortals, 50 Freshman Phenoms and 36 Freshman Fabric rookies with on-card autographs.

Box Busters: 2011 UD Oklahoma & Texas football

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of new Upper Deck football boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.