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Posted on February 21, 2012 – 6:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2011-12 ITG Heroes & Prospects, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, featured, In The Game | Comments (5)
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.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on February 21, 2012 – 11:04 am | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | derrick williams, featured, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, NBA, NSCC, Panini America | Comments (2)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor
What happens when a player has no regular-issue NBA cards?
It means what had been a free promo card is now a $40 in-demand commodity.
That’s exactly the case as the only card of No. 1 overall draft pick Kyrie Irving can be found in the 2011 Panini National VIP set (No. 5), a card selling so well of late that it’s been bumped up from its previous high of $6.
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Posted on February 21, 2012 – 10:37 am | Author: tolentinotown
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | Baseballcardbust, Comedic Cards, Fun with Trading Cards, Hobby Challenge, Hockey Forums | Comments (3)
I'd like the hair on my head to match my mustache, please.
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 with interpretive commentary.
For the most part, hobby hilarity has ensued and the collector challenge has been extended. (More details after the jump.) Read More »
Posted on February 20, 2012 – 7:35 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
MMA | 2012 UFC Finest, brock lesnar, Dana White, featured, Randy Couture, Topps, UFC, Uriah Faber | Comments (2)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor
When collectors get their hands on 2012 Topps UFC Finest, they should be on the lookout for Dana White autographs.
The current UFC Prez is one of the most familiar faces, but also pulling his solo autograph means a chance at winning an exclusive UFC trip.
Finest is a comprehensive set when it comes to getting hits. Of course, it has the requisite autos and relic cards, but it includes opportunities to win autographed memorabilia and a trip where a lucky fan and a guest will attend an event and meet fighters.
That all comes in one product 2012 Topps UFC Finest scheduled to be out mid-July.
Posted on February 20, 2012 – 4:46 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | 1980s, 1989-90 NBA Hoops, Beckett Basketball, David Robinson, featured, MLB, NBA, nfl, NHL, Panini America, San Antonio Spurs, The Admiral | Comments (4)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary
If you weren’t around collecting in the late 1980s, then you missed out on a whirlwind of epic proportions that shaped much of the cardboard world we know today.
But thanks to overproduction, you can relive it all over again in a few ways — but now it’s even better.
One example of that can be found — enhanced — in 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.
You see, Hoops — and 1989 in particular — was a game-changer for the hobby.
Posted on February 20, 2012 – 11:38 am | Author: chrisolds
Basketball | featured, game-used, Jeremy Lin, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, New York Knicks | Comments (1)
Update: The auction ended at $42,388 after 34 bids.
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.
Because it, too, is a bit lin-sane.
It’s his game-used New York Knicks jersey from Feb. 10 — the night he scored a career-high 38 points in a win over the Los Angeles Lakers — and it’s being sold as part of a package with four Knicks tickets and the chance to meet Lin through CharityBuzz.com.
The auction ends at noon on Tuesday and bidding presently stands at $31,388. It benefits The Garden of Dreams Foundation.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Basketball magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on February 20, 2012 – 10:30 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Panini America, Redemptions | Comments (34)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
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 had recently expressed frustration with an inability to get in touch with representatives for the company.
According to a company statement, Panini is restructuring the department to expedite deliveries as well as follow through on replacement scenarios in a more timely fashion when needed.
The full statement can be found after the jump.
Posted on February 20, 2012 – 9:32 am | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | 2011-12 Titanium, 2011-12 Titanium Hockey, Brand Revival, featured, Pacific Trading Cards, Panini America, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Steven Stamkos | Comments (8)
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 current hobby standards, 2011-12 Titanium Hockey will hit the streets in April — seven years after the brand’s last installment. Read More »
Posted on February 18, 2012 – 6:38 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2012 Sage Hit, cam newton, RG3, Robert Griffin III | Comments (4)
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.
He and many other football rookies get their faces on the first card set of the year in HIT Football – Low Series from SAGE Collectibles.
Posted on February 18, 2012 – 4:44 pm | Author: chrisolds
Football | Leaf, licensing, NFLPA, Panini America, press pass, SAGE, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (3)
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.
Presently, only Topps and Panini America are fully licensed card companies with the NFL and the NFLPA, which allows unrestricted use of NFLPA members in their products once the players sign. Meanwhile, four other card companies — Press Pass, SAGE, Upper Deck and Leaf — will produce prospect cards of the players in other uniforms (only Upper Deck has NCAA logo use rights).