Monthly Archives: December 2011

McQueary card reveals eerie tie to Sandusky

Beyond the shock and dismay brought on by today’s key testimony in the Sandusky case, we managed to find a few Mike McQueary cards in the Beckett database.

First look: 2012 Topps Archives Fan Favorites

The company teased the release of a new — but old — line of cards for 2012 as it appears it is readying Fan Favorites for a return of sorts after a seven-year hiatus.

Did you know? … Jose Cano has a story

It’s a 1990 Bowman Jose Cano Rookie Card — card No. 68 — and it’s generously valued at a nickel. But the story part? Did you know that this once 27-year-old pitcher with six games in the big leagues in 1989 has a pretty famous son?

Ripping Retail: 10 Japanese baseball card packs

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into 10 random packs of Japanese baseball cards from BBM and Konami in this latest edition of Ripping Retail.

Prime Cuts returns in March with MLB legends

Panini America announced on Thursday that one of the most-popular high-end releases from the Donruss-Playoff days, Prime Cuts, will return in March with some of baseball’s most legendary names in tow.

UD’s National Hockey Card Day coming to USA

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor For three years, hockey fans in the United States have been shut out from Upper Deck’s National Hockey Card Day where collectors can get free packs from select hobby shops. The event was only held in Canada. Well, get ready. This year, Upper Deck is extending the trading card […]

The Hunger Games offers digital cards to fans

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor The Hunger Games became a sensational literary hit last year. A dark tale about redemption, freedom and an unlikely hero. The books were such a success that the story has been created into a movie, which will premiere in March. And these days, any good movie has a trading […]

Topps’ new American Pie card set an absolute time capsule of pop culture (updated with video)

The return of Topps’ American Pie line after a decade on the sidelines was a slightly surprising one, but after just glimpsing at some of the cards in the newly released set it’s clear that it has done its job.

A not-so-common collecting challenge arises

We all have our “common” players who we collect for varying reasons. We all have our local stars who made it or a college player who defied the odds and made it to pro sports from Smalltown USA.

Box Busters: 2011 Gridiron Gear

Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into a box of Panini’s 2011 Gridiron Gear release. Did they pull a pull-out autograph from the break?

In the Game’s Brian Price speaks out over Enforcers controversy

Dr. Brian Price and In The Game have spent nearly a year working on its Enforcers hockey trading card set. As a fan of hockey, Price said he was looking for a way to honor a part of the game that doesn’t get enough credit in the daily box score.

Box Busters: 2011 Gold Standard Football

Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into a box (or a bar, or a brick, or whatever you want to call it) of Panini’s 2011 Gold Standard football product.
Did they land a diamond card or a piece of the precious metal? Watch and find out.

Press Pass’ Rising Stars set full of fresh faces

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor If you ever wondered who the next up-and-coming racers were, Press Pass is making it easier for collectors with its Rising Stars insert set in 2012 Total Memorabilia. The hit-laden set is due out in February and is a brand new product on Press Pass’ 2012 trading card line […]

Tim Tebow tops latest eTopps offering

Love him or hate him, NFL fans cannot stop talking about Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow.

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 14

Ben Roethlisberger, Jake Locker and Rob Gronkowski round out our selections for NFL Week 14. Here’s why…

Big Bang Theory autographs coming soon

Cryptozoic Entertainment has been working on the Big Bang Theory set for quite a while, but the company is ready to release the product on Feb. 14 – perhaps a nice Valentine’s Day gift for the big fans out there.

Brandon Roy’s career is latest to end abruptly

When a player retires, card collectors check out their stash to see what they own of the guy calling it quits.

Baylor sends potential Robert Griffin III collectibles to Heisman Trophy voters

Baylor sent me a trading card of Robert Griffin III. This was just the first of five the school would send me – and I’m assuming other Heisman voters got them throughout the year, too.

Product preview: 2011-12 Crown Royale Hockey

When a card design is successful, it’s difficult to replicate that idea without getting stale.

EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK: Topps prepares 2012 Gold Rush wrapper redemption program

Next year’s Topps baseball card set will be all about gold, and the company unveiled another aspect of its flagship product line’s hued focus exclusively to Beckett Media on Wednesday.

Panini America halts production to add first Albert Pujols Los Angeles baseball cards

Panini America will have the first Los Angeles baseball card of Albert Pujols, who signed a 10-year, $254-million deal with the Angels on Thursday morning, on the market as it stopped the presses to make the changes to Pujols’ card which will be found in a product arriving later this month.

The world is officially crazy about Cam Newton

As the bidding closed at $7,956 for a one-of-one autographed Superfractor, one thing became very clear to me. The world has officially gone bonkers for Cam Newton.

Albert Pujols signs with Los Angeles Angels

Several media outlets are reporting this morning that Albert Pujols — the most-coveted free agent this year and the best hitter in baseball — has signed a 10-year, $250-million-plus contract with the Los Angeles Angels.

Box Busters Preview: 2011 Gold Standard

Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino took a break from holiday decorating only to find a box of 2011 Panini Gold Standard Football underneath the company’s Christmas tree.

Panini America hires new VP of Operations

Panini America has hired a new Vice President of Operations, the company announced Wednesday, and it’s an individual with substantial industry experience.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Triple Threads football

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps Triple Threads boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps UFC Moment of Truth

Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps UFC Moment of Truth boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Retro Box Busters: 2006-07 USA Baseball box set

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a 2006-07 USA Baseball boxed set in this latest retro ripping edition of Box Busters.

UD hockey roundup: Four new products coming

Hockey collectors looking for news have come to the right place. Upper Deck has released a slew of information on upcoming 2011-12 products.

Updated: Massive stash of 2001 Donruss Elite Pujols RCs hits auction block via Heritage

A massive stash of 2001 Donruss Elite Albert Pujols RCs have hit the block via Heritage Auctions. The lot of 315 cards is pretty outrageous … considering just 1,000 serial-numbered copies of the card were produced — 900 standard cards and 100 autographed Turn of the Century versions.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 13

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.

Guest column: Santo is right for Cooperstown

Ron Santo’s “Golden Era” ticket into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Monday morning had been a long time coming for one of the greatest ambassadors the game has ever known.

Topps makes good on Aflac numbering miscue

Topps announced Monday a free authentication and grading program for some new baseball autographed cards that were released recently without a key way to assure that they are real and not unsigned cards that have had fake autographs added to them.

Moneyball coming to DVD in early January

Opening Day might be a few months away, but there’s another chance to examine more baseball soon as Moneyball arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on Jan. 10, according to Sony Home Pictures Entertainment, which announced the news on Friday.