Monthly Archives: February 2012

Gem Mint Jeremy Lin for the win?

The New York City arm of Beckett Grading Services just slabbed a piece of Linsanity.

First look: 2011 Limited baseball cards

Panini America unveiled its newest forthcoming baseball card product under its MLBPA licensing deal on Thursday, and it’s one that a few collectors might remember from the Donruss days.

Topps ups the ante in 2012 Topps Tribute with bonus Hank Aaron autos & more

Hank Aaron will be signing 100 buyback cards for inclusion in 2012 Topps Tribute — all as bonus cards in boxes where they are found beginning on March 7.

First look: 2012 Topps Chrome baseball cards

If Bowman is the home of the Rookie Card, then Topps Chrome might be the home of the diecut card.

First impressions: 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia racing cards

On Wednesday evening, in advance of our Box Busters video to come, I did just that with a box of 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia and a single word sums up my experience.

Lin-sane leaps in hobby value

According to the latest Beckett market research study, Linsanity is leading to even higher Rookie Card prices and overall collecting value.

2012 Leaf Metal Draft Football on the Horizon

Early-season manufacturer Leaf Trading Cards recently unveiled more details about its forthcoming 2012 Leaf Metal Draft release

Your Turn: What’s your favorite autograph?

What’s your favorite autograph (and why)?

Box Busters: 2011 Limited Football

Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into two eight-card packs of 2011 Limited Football. Watch to find out what they pulled in this low-quantity card break.

Jeremy Lin’s Knicks debut will come in NBA Hoops

He’s the biggest name in the Big Apple right now, but Jeremy Lin doesn’t yet have a single basketball card showing him as a member of the New York Knicks.

Whitney Houston’s legacy also seen on cards

Six-time Grammy winning singer and film star Whitney Houston died on Saturday at age 48 leaving behind an immense legacy in pop culture.

Linsanity! Supply, demand, major market attention & more drive Jeremy Lin card craze

Will Jeremy Lin’s success story continue? It’s inevitable that his streak will end at some point — they always do — but the Linsanity that is the perhipheral successes — sales of his cardboard, sales of his merch, sales of Knicks tickets, sales of Panini America wax — are all things that the NBA has needed to see right now.

Box Busters & Contest: 2012 Essential Elvis

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass Essential Elvis packs in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Panini Plates & Patches Football

000000Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into two boxes of 2011 Panini Plates & Patches. Watch to find out what they pulled from the low-quantity, high-quality brand.

Box Busters: 2011 SP Authentic Football

Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 SP Authentic football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Saturday is National Hockey Card Day (Now on both sides of the border)

000000 By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor For the fourth year in a row now, Upper Deck will kick off the Canadian National Hockey Card Day on Saturday, Feb. 11  with tons of exclusive giveaways and a special 16-card set. But this year, the other nation in North America, the United States, will also be […]

Don’t go nuts: The Rally Squirrel might not be as rare as other 2012 Topps SPs

Should it be? Is the Rally Squirrel and easy pull compared to the other short-printed variations? Our secondary market sales analysis indicates that it is.

Willie Mays is Topps’ first Prime 9 player of 2012

You can “Say Hey” to this year’s HTA Prime 9 cards beginning today as Topps has announced the first player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.

HTA Box Busters: A golden 2012 Topps jumbo box

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a jumbo box of 2012 Topps baseball cards in a rather golden episode of Box Busters.

2011 Panini Playbook Football: The Secret Set

000000 By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor You know that one track that’s never mentioned, or just subtly hinted at in the liner notes? You think the music is over and you’re about to loop back to the first song, and then — BOOM! — another song! Keep listening, collectors. Panini America‘s 2011 football product […]

First Look: 2012 Bowman Platinum baseball

Topps unveiled the basic product information and preview images for 2012 Bowman Platinum on Thursday, and new this year — the third for the brand — will be redemption cards good for full game-used items from the Arizona Fall League.

Behold: 2011 National Treasures Football

000000 By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor Perhaps Panini‘s experience at football’s premiere event  (ahem … the freaking Super Bowl) took their gridiron game to the next level — or maybe this is just the latest and greatest National Treasures release. The company recently released a jaw-dropping gallery featuring the premium pieces and dramatic details […]

Beam me up, Scotty: A number of James Doohan autos to hit the market

001000 By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor With all the different Star Trek series and movies, Trekkies have had their favorite characters over the years. But the original always seems to have a special place with fans even if they grew up watching Jean-Luc Picard running the show. Rittenhouse is releasing the second series of […]

First look: 2011 Prime Cuts baseball

Just hours after Panini America unveiled its licensing deal with the National Baseball Hall of Fame, it pulled back the curtain on the first product that will be utilizing those Hall of Famers to the Nth Degree.

Jeremy Lin’s cards soar after impressive nights on the court

000000 By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor One of the hottest NBA players right now is a guy who didn’t get noticed by many scouts. He was usually found at the bottom of reports with nothing more than a line or two. But over the span of two days, Jeremy Lin has excited basketball fans […]

Panini America signs licensing deal with National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Panini America has taken the next step toward covering all of Major League Baseball on its baseball cards as it signed a multi-year licensing deal with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Panini Silhouettes are signed, sealed … and set to be delivered

Panini America’s first NBA product of the 2011-12 card season is nearing completion — and one of the most important stages for one card type to be found has been completed.

Hobby reality show, Ball Boys, coming to ABC

Ball Boys, a reality show revolving around a suburban Baltimore hobby shop, is set to premiere on ABC on March.

Press Pass Offers Exclusive Andrew Luck Autographs

000000 By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Media The Super Bowl is over. Eli Manning‘s Giants are officially a football dynasty, and fans will have to wait until late summer before the gridiron takes center stage again. But that doesn’t mean football collectors are out of luck.  In fact, according to today’s announcement from Press Pass, […]

Box Busters: Revealing Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Art Issue cover piece

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Andrew Tolentino as they get the first look at the artwork you will find on the cover of Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Art Issue when it arrives in hobby shops later this month.

First look: 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

This year’s 2012 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions brings back the entomology cards, but also collectors will have an opportunity to find rocks from meteorites and Mars, and relics from museums, including Civil War and Presidential memorabilia.

The Martians are coming: Mars Attacks returns for 50th anniversary

Remember when the Martians invaded Earth? With their huge heads and ginormous eyes encased in a glass helmet? Fans of the Mars Attacks series remember it all too well. But it’s been 50 years since the Topps science fiction trading card set came out.

Monday Morning Collector: The Super Bowl

000000   By Dan Hitt | Sports Data Publishing Manager Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we selected our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week with a run down on why collectors should take notice. For the postseason we’ll select three standout players for each round. Here are our choices for the […]

Box Busters & contest: 2012 Topps Baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2012 Topps baseball boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Hobby Q&A: Showcasing A Masterful NBA stash

Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds caught up with a heavy collector of Flair Showcase Legacy cards (and more), Ted Yates, after he came to Dallas to get a massive haul of the cards authenticated and slabbed by Beckett Grading Services — a stash that includes two Michael Jordan Masterpiece 1/1 cards and 11 other rarities similar to it.