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Posted on December 20, 2011 – 7:59 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | Absolute Memorabilia, Certified, featured, Fleer, game-used memorabilia, In The Game, memorabilia cards, Panini America, press pass, Topps, Triple Threads, Upper Deck | Comments (9)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary
The first memorabilia cards arrived 15 years ago with the novel idea that a smaller piece of something big and valuable could still be a pretty big deal.
Turns out they were right.
Since 1996, memorabilia cards might have built a bit more of a love-hate relationship with some collectors as the once-treasured cards have become a bit of a mainstay — almost an unexciting expectation — in today’s products. While jerseys make up most memorabilia cards these days, countless kinds of items have been chopped up and placed into cardboard. Everything from jerseys to stadium walls, towels, artificial turf and even game-used dirt have found their way into cards for fans to caress, obsess about and collect as a way to get closer to the sports that they follow.
While we’ll use a bit more time and space elsewhere — in the February 2012 Beckett Sports Card Monthly — to focus more on game-used memorabilia and items, we took time today to do some digging in the Beckett database to crunch the numbers and discover a bit more about game-used memorabilia cards.
The statistics? Well, they are quite telling …
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Posted on December 20, 2011 – 12:36 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | 2011 Preferred, 2011-12 Gold Standard, 2011-12 Limited, 2011-12 NBA Hoops, 2011-12 Past & Present, featured, NBA, Panini America | Comments (16)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
NBA fans, your wait for trading cards is officially almost over.
Panini America announced its plans for the 2011-12 NBA card season on Tuesday with what it calls a “completely overhauled roster” of products.
The company, which is the lone NBA card licensee, will launch its offerings with the high-end 2011 Preferred coming in late-February. That high-end product will include three autographs and one six- or eight-swatch booklet card in every pack. Its price — $200 a pop.
“We are excited by the return of the NBA and look forward to delivering NBA trading cards to basketball fans around the world with the release of our 2011-12 NBA products,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop. “There was so much excitement for the NBA and its players last season and we are looking forward to picking up where we left off. The time away has only strengthened the demand for Panini NBA trading card products and we’re confident that our new product roster will be well-received.”
Posted on December 20, 2011 – 11:16 am | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | 2011-12 Elite Hockey, featured, First look, Panini America, Ryan Nugent Hopkins | Comments (1)
By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor
Behold, hockey collectors. Elite is back.
As explained in Panini America‘s announcement this morning, “For the first time since the 1997-98 season, passionate NHL collectors will have a stand-alone Elite product to call their own.”
Scheduled for a late-February release, Panini’s latest brand resurrection looks to land with hints of the past and hits of the now. More on what makes Elite so elite after the jump. Read More »
Posted on December 20, 2011 – 10:43 am | Author: tolentinotown
Non-Sports | Brobee, DJ Lance, featured, Kids, Kids cards, Muno, Nick Jr., Party in my Tummy, Plex, press pass, Toodee, Yo Gabba Gabba! | Comments (6)
By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor
For those of you who just face-palmed had to Google the whimsical, nonsensical phrase “Yo Gabba Gabba,” there’s probably no need to read any further. But for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and other individuals in the know, this Press Pass product could very well be the best kid-friendly hobby find in quite some time.
DJ Lance, Foofa, Muno, Brobee, Toodee, Plex and others from the hit Nick Jr. show are coming to cardboard in mid February with a wide array of special inserts.
If you just started singing, “There’s a party in my tummy,” read on to see what’s “so yummy, so yummy” about this set. Read More »
Posted on December 20, 2011 – 9:56 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 Bowman Sterling Football, Bowman Sterling, nfl, Topps, Von Miller | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 Bowman Sterling football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out.
Posted on December 19, 2011 – 9:14 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Al Kaline, Eddie Plank, Honus Wagner, Stan Musial, T206, tobacco cards, Topps, Ty Cobb, Vintage cards, Willie Mays | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
A PSA 5 specimen of one of the hobby’s more sought-after pre-war cards sold for more than $100,000 as had been expected in Memory Lane Inc.‘s Winter Classics Auction that closed on Saturday night.
The Eddie Plank T206 card, which featured a Sweet Caporal back, sold for $107,100 after 16 bids and buyer’s premium as part of an event that generated $1.6 million in sales.
“The auction again showed the strength of rare and high grade material,” said Memory Lane’s J.P. Cohen. “Collectors are willing to invest in items that either exist only in small quantities or carry a grade that makes them desirable to those who want the best they can find.”
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Posted on December 19, 2011 – 8:38 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Non-Sports | Elvis Presley, Mary Tyler Moore, Nancy Sinatra | Comments (4)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor
Almost 35 years after his death, Elvis Presley remains one of the most iconic cultural icons. Imagine if was still around today, the companies would be clamoring for exclusive autograph deals with The King.
Press Pass, however, is still doing what it can to bring fans close to Presley with its forthcoming set Essential Elvis, which is due out in February.
Posted on December 19, 2011 – 4:37 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 Bowman Sterling Football, A.J. Green, Andy Dalton, Bowman Sterling, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Facebook, Patrick Peterson, randall cobb, Topps | Comments (3)
Behold the beauty of our 2011 Bowman Sterling Football break. These are just six cards from the entire rip, but they should give you a decent idea of what’s to come in our soon-to-post Box Busters episode.
While you’re waiting for the video, make sure to visit our Facebook page to see 12 more highlights from the break. Read More »
Posted on December 19, 2011 – 4:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2011 Topps USA Baseball, featured, pre-rookie cards, prospecting cards, Topps, USA Baseball | Comments (4)
Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps USA Baseball box sets in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on December 19, 2011 – 10:37 am | Author: tolentinotown
Football | Donald Brown, featured, Greg Little, Matthew Stafford, NFL Week 15, Rookie Cards | 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. Matt Stafford, Greg Little and Donald Brown round our selections for NFL Week 15. Here’s why… Read More »