Monthly Archives: February 2012

Box Busters: Inside another vintage baseball card grab bag

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds noticed that you noticed his vintage baseball card grab bag video, so naturally he picked up another vintage baseball card grab bag to video just for you — and he’s hoping you’ll notice.

Ripping Retail Retro: A pack from a 1980s classic

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a single pack of a 1980s classic in this Ripping Retail retro video.

Preview Gallery: 2012 Topps Heritage baseball

This year’s edition of the hobby’s annual throwback to yesteryear, Topps Heritage, isn’t set to arrive in hobby shops until March 14, but we got our hands on an early sample box and cracked it without the cameras rolling.

Davy Jones’ career can be remembered via music, television … and trading cards

Davy Jones, one of the four members of the 1960s band The Monkees, died on Wednesday at age 66, leaving a career chronicled via music, television shows and, of course, trading cards.

Box Busters Teaser: 2011-12 NBA Hoops (3 packs)

Join Chris Olds as he rips into three 2011-12 NBA Hoops hobby packs in this Box Busters teaser video.

Panini America unveils Playoff Contenders Baseball autograph short-prints

Panini America’s newest edition of Playoff Contenders baseball is barely a week old — and that’s an eternity for many collectors wondering which autographed cards are short-printed in this year’s set.

First look: 2012 Topps Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor Hold tight, football fans. There’s plenty of time before the next season starts, and we’re still more than 50 days away from the 2012 NFL draft, but Topps is already building hype with its basic football brand. The pre-preseason preview has officially begun. 2012 Topps Football hits the streets […]

Panini America reveals photo variations for 2011 Playoff Contenders Rookie Cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor If you look closely at the Rookie Tickets in 2011 Playoff Contenders Football, you might have noticed a slight difference in the photos of the same player. There are small discrepancies, but Panini America has made variations to all 36 cards in the subset. Want to know exactly what […]

Preview Gallery: 2012 Topps Opening Day

We got a chance to open some packs of 2012 Topps Opening Day baseball cards without the cameras rolling on Tuesday, well in advance of the arrival of the retail staple’s debut on March 7.

Box Busters: 2012 Upper Deck World of Sports

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds, Bryan Hornbeck and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a pair of 2012 Upper Deck World of Sports boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

2011 Topps Allen & Ginter code is cracked

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor The Ginter Code was a tough one this year. Unlike year’s past when it took days or even just a few short weeks to figure out the puzzle, the 2011 code took seven months to finally get cracked. Topps is closer to the release of 2012 Allen & Ginter […]

Does extra auto ink negate need for logos?

The ongoing saga of how collectors might react to Panini America’s MLBPA baseball cards offered its lasted chapter on Monday as it teased a number of cards yet to the signed for its forthcoming Prime Cuts product.

Box Busters: A hobby shop vintage grab bag

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into something he picked up at a hobby shop (gasp!) and found a great piece of trivia inside in this latest edition of (sorta) Box Busters.

Hank Aaron is Topps’ third Prime 9 redemption

Topps has announced its third HTA Prime 9 card, and it’s Hank Aaron who is the third player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.

Former Topps employee files multi-million dollar lawsuit over John Henry card

A former Topps employee filed a lawsuit in a New York Supreme Court last week seeking more than $4 million in damages after his image was used on a trading card without his permission.

Box Busters: 2011 Playoff Contenders Baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2011 Playoff Contenders Baseball boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Playoff Contenders Football

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

Collectors create insert set for Panini’s upcoming NBA Hoops

Almost a year ago, Panini America asked collectors to come up with an insert set for an upcoming NBA product.

Michigan family finds rare football card in old farmhouse

Attics and basements, old storage units and safe deposit boxes. These are the kind of places collectors store things away, sometimes even forgotten about.

Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia

Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011-12 ITG Heroes & Prospects

Join Beckett Hockey’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011-12 ITG Heroes and Prospects hockey cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Kyrie Irving NSCC promo card picks up steam

Kyrie Irving’s card from a six-card set given away in VIP bags at the NSCC last year in Chicago is red-hot.

Hobby Challenge: Make fun of your collection

  ———————————————————————— By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor Why so serious? Poking around our hockey forums yesterday afternoon, I stumbled across a thread entitled “HILARIOUS hockey cards! Post em here!” Member tha penguin opened the online floodgates and encouraged fellow collectors to join in on the fun by posting scans of their favorite funny cards […]

2012 UFC Finest offers more than autos, relics

When collectors get their hands on 2012 Topps UFC Finest, they should be on the lookout for Dana White autographs.

The late 1980s: The gift that keeps on giving

The re-launched NBA Hoops line of basketball cards that arrives next week from Panini America. It will have autographed buybacks of David Robinson’s second card from his rookie year in tow, and that’s a pretty impressive inclusion that might not resonate with some, but it will with many others.

Lin’s game-used jersey to benefit charity

Interest in Jeremy Lin’s meteoric rise to the biggest name in The Big Apple might be waning just a bit, but a key piece of his memorabilia is on the auction block and could change some people’s minds once again.

Panini addresses customer service concerns

Panini America addressed collector concerns about its customer service department and the long-standing, industry-wide issue of redemption cards on Monday after a number of collectors expressed frustration with an inability to get in touch with representatives for the company.

Panini’s 2011-12 Titanium Hockey marks another brand revival

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor Over the weekend Panini America gave collectors a sneak peek at the latest chapter in its hockey brand revival saga. This time, the card maker took us back to the early 2000s to reawaken Pacific Trading Cards product Titanium Hockey. Retaining original Rookie Card appeal and updated to meet […]

RG3 & friends’ first SAGE cards arrive in March

Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will appear on licensed football cards starting in March. The Baylor quarterback gained plenty of attention last season when he ran away with the Heisman voting and became known by just three characters: RG3.

NFLPA sends agents memo on unlicensed deals

The NFL Players Association recently sent a memo to agents reminding them that signing deals with non-licensed trading card companies could end up costing their players money later.

Ripping Retail: 1991 Pro Set SuperStars MusiCards (UK edition)

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1991 Pro Set SuperStars MusiCards (UK edition) in search of a Whitney Houston card or two in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Online giant Blowout Cards opens a shop

While countless hobby shops have closed their doors in recent years to focus on selling inventory online, one of the industry’s leading online sellers is doing the exact opposite. Blowout Cards is opening a card shop.

Babe Ruth is Topps’ second Prime 9 redemption

Topps announced its second HTA Prime 9 card today, and it’s Babe Ruth who is the second player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.

Hall of Famer Gary Carter loses cancer battle

Baseball Hall of Famer Gary Carter, a member of the 1986 World Series champion New York Mets, lost his battle with cancer on Thursday. He was 57.

Box Busters: 2011-12 Limited Hockey

Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into two boxes of 2011-12 Limited Hockey. Watch to find out what they found inside this limited-quantity box break.