Monthly Archives: February 2012

Prolific Patriots: Team Legends on Cardboard

 

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Calm down, chowda heads. We wouldn’t dare just run a franchise retrospective on the Giants  without paying homage to Pats of the past. That would be wicked dumb. Below is a cardboard tribute to the most beloved names in New England’s pro football history.

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Giant Giants: New York’s Legends on Cardboard

EMLEN TUNNELL | KEY CARD: 1951 BOWMAN #91 ($100)

 

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Looking forward to this Sunday’s epic battle between the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, we thought we’d take a look back at some of the most legendary names from each team. First up, the New York Football Giants.

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Upper Deck gets political in World of Sports

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The race for the Republican Party nomination for President of the United States is on its way with primaries and caucuses already held in several states. Every week, there’s a new debate with candidates are stumping across the nation looking for support.

Upper Deck has joined the political fray with trading cards featuring many of the Republican candidates such as Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum. In addition, UD also created a Barack Obama card to be included in this insert set that will be found in World of Sports.

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Move over Bert and Ernie … here are the Bleacher Creatures

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Just think if Sesame Street came to your street — or maybe Lansdowne Street, Blake Street or any other street with a major sports arena to be found.

That’s just what you get with the Bleacher Creatures, a fully licensed manufacturer of licensed hand puppets, plush and other fun pieces of oddball memorabilia for baseball, football, basketball and hockey fans.

Several stars from the sports world are captured as 14- and 7-inch plush toys, while others are found as hand puppets from the Plymouth Meeting, Pa.-based company. Founded in 2010, Bleacher Creatures aims to create “toys that inspire love for sports teams and players” obviously between the appeal of sports to young children.

In other words, who needs a teddy bear when you have a Blake Griffin, right?

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Panini on location at Super Bowl XLVI Media Day

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Panini America‘s Tracy Hackler took the field (you know, the one in Indianapolis where that game is being played this Sunday) for Super Bowl XLVI Media Day earlier this week. Undoubtedly enjoying some of the perks of Panini’s NFL licenser, the hobby hype man interviewed a number of pro football stars — including a few members from the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.

Watch to see this Sunday’s stars reviewing some of their very own trading cards (Patriots video after the break).
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Collector Challenge: Create a Super Bowl Commercial for the Hobby

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By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Let’s face it. Trading cards have been pushed to the back burner in the wake of the internet, video games, and many, many other advancements in the entertainment revolution. It’s been quite some time since the world has seen a sports card commercial on prime-time television, and there’s a good chance that we won’t see one on Super Bowl Sunday.

But it’s time to take a stand.

A stand against what though?  Technology? The internet? Of course not. It’s not really a matter of opposing the obstacles that have decreased hobby popularity, but an opportunity to use what we now have our disposal. Tons of collectors have caught on, started blogs,  created websites and started posting video breaks for the world to see. But there’s still room to grow.

Big picture, card collecting isn’t in quite in the limelight. But with a little DIY creativity  it could be.

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Quick look at Press Pass’ 2012 Ignite Racing

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Racing collections will really heat up in May when Press Pass releases Ignite racing – no pun intended.

With several races on the docket by the time this set will be released, Ignite will be the first set to feature pictures from the new racing season, including Danica Patrick’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie Card.

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PSA/DNA tags Super Bowl items to prevent fakes

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Once the Super Bowl is over, sports fanatics will scour the Internet and auction houses for pieces from Super Bowl XLVI — especially if their team wins.

Officials from the NFL and PSA/DNA Authentication Services are teaming up to ensure collectors get exactly what they pay for.

More than 100 footballs will used in the match-up between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants on Sunday and every one will be marked with invisible ink. The pylons and coins will also be tagged. The markings can only be seen when illuminated by a special laser frequency.

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Product preview: Upper Deck World of Sports

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s wide world of sports out there and Upper Deck is aiming to get it all down on cardboard.

Where? In its  latest World of Sports release that’s set to arrive on Feb 21, a 2011-branded product that will include stars from baseball, football, basketball, hockey soccer and beyond.

Oh, and it will include three autographs and memorabilia cards per 24-pack box, too.

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Preview Gallery: 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia (base & inserts)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass‘ next NASCAR release is headed around turn three for the finish line, and it’s 2012 Total Memorabilia.

While this one will be all about the memorabilia, as the name indicates, when it arrives on Feb. 15 (11 days before the season-opening Daytona 500) that’s not what we have for you today.

After the jump, you will find a selection of cards from the base set and the Memory Lane insert set.

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