Monthly Archives: March 2012

Exclusive Preview Gallery: 2011 Prime Cuts

Panini America’s first high-end baseball card line under its MLBPA license has been delayed a bit — now scheduled for an April 11 release — but the newest batch of preview images for 2011 Prime Cuts released on Friday show that it just might be worth the wait.

Panini America set to revive Triple Play brand

Panini America will be reviving a short-lived, kid-focused card line of the early 1990s this summer when it brings back Triple Play as a low-end brand that just might be chock-full of fun.

First look: 2012 Upper Deck All-Time Greats Sports Edition

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor The best of the best. The greatest athletes of generations are making their way into an Upper Deck set featuring men and women at the top of their games. Upper Deck was very select in picking the athletes to appear in 2012 All-Time Great Sports Edition. Just 20 superstars […]

Retail Reveal: 2012 Bowman Football

Topps’ recently trumpeted 2012 Bowman Signatures brand left many football collectors asking one simple, reasonable question. Where the heck is basic Bowman? Today the manufacturer clarified, noting that the beloved brand will land around the same time — in retail form.

Box Busters: 2011 Totally Certified

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011 Totally Certified boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2012 Topps Opening Day

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

Box Busters: 2012 Topps UFC Knockout

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2012 Topps UFC Knockout cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Prime Signatures

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011 Prime Signatures football packs from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Frank Robinson is Topps’ eighth Prime 9 star

Topps has announced its latest HTA Prime 9 card of the year, and it’s Frank Robinson who is the newest player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.

Box Busters: 2012 SAGE HIT High Series

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2012 SAGE HIT High Series cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2012 Topps Heritage

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

Box Busters: 2012 Topps Tribute

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

McFarlane readies high-end Derek Jeter statue

McFarlane Toys is going uptown with a limited edition statue of one Bronx Bomber.

Box Busters: 2011-12 ITG Captain-C hockey cards

Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2011-12 ITG Captain-C boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2012 Upper Deck Avengers Assemble

Join Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2012 Upper Deck Avengers Assemble cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

First look: 2011-12 ITG Between the Pipes

In The Game is having a party where all hockey collectors are invited.

Game-used baseball bat collectors might have something new to look for

There’s something new for game-used collectors to look for as the Baden Axe is a model with a simple difference — its knob is skewed and tapered

First look: 2012 Topps Platinum Football

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor Come September, Paul Wall could very well be busting packs of Topps football cards to renovate that world-famous grill of his. (Is Paul Wall still relevant?) Topps Platinum football hits the streets on Sept. 3 — chock-full of hard-signed autographs, rare Refractors and plenty of shiny things to satisfy […]

NFL PLAYERS renews licensing deal with Topps

Topps will continue to perform on the gridiron after signing a long-term card licensing agreement with NFL PLAYERS announced on Wednesday.

Topps adds Yu Darvish, Richard Petty and others to 2012 Allen & Ginter autograph lineup

Topps announced on Wednesday that it will be adding two MLB newcomers and two other sports legends to the popular retro-styled card line.

Bert Sugar’s influence seen far away from just boxing … try baseball card collecting

Boxing fans know Bert Sugar as an eccentrically dressed icon, a Hall of Fame writer, a character.

Keith Olbermann’s hobby award speech notes card shops as lifeblood and future of hobby

Noted media personality and collector Keith Olbermann received the “Friend of the Card Stores” award last week during a Topps dealer seminar in Las Vegas.

Upper Deck signs Mike Tyson to autograph and memorabilia deal

Mike Tyson is getting in the ring with Upper Deck.

Rare Wagner and Plank T206 hit auction block on Tuesday

  By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Another famous Honus Wagner cards is hitting the auction block on Tuesday. The card – along with several others from the T-206 set – is being sold by a Houston businessman, who didn’t want to be identified, the St. Louis Dispatch reports. A St. Louis collectibles dealer is […]

Cryptozoic to release Smallville Seasons 7-10 trading cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Smallville has been off the air for more than a year, but 10 glorious seasons of the show has created a passionate, dedicated fan base. Cryptozoic is releasing the missing sets for those fans. Seasons 7-10 are coming out this spring after Inkworks released the individual sets. Let’s take […]

Ripping Retail Retro: 1981 Topps football racks

Join Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino as he hosts Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange (bbcexchange.com) for a retro pack break of 1981 Topps rack packs in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

Your take: CBS News segment examines ‘dying’ baseball card industry (take our polls)

CBS News examined the card industry during a four-minute, 49-second segment on Sunday.

Topps signs Yoenis Cespedes to autograph deal

Topps announced on Friday that it has signed Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to an autograph deal, meaning the promising Cuban star will appear in products beginning with 2012 Bowman.

NFL players’ groups sue Upper Deck for $1.5M in unpaid licensing, autograph fees

The NFL Players Association and NFL Players Inc. have filed a lawsuit against Upper Deck this week in the New York Supreme Court seeking $1.5 million in unpaid royalties and autograph fees for more than 220 NFL players.

Ernie Banks is Topps’ seventh Prime 9 redemption

Topps has announced its seventh HTA Prime 9 card of the year, and it’s Ernie Banks who is the newest player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.

Manning, Tebow will don new unis in 2012 Bowman

Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow will debut with their new teams in 2012 Bowman.

Travis Pastrana to appear in Press Pass Ignite

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Travis Pastrana is working with Press Pass again. The extreme sports athlete is making his way into the mainstream by competing in several Nationwide and K&N races this year. Press Pass announced the partnership on Thursday on its Facebook page, showing pictures of Pastrana with his famous thumbs up […]

Panini readies Tim Tebow’s first Jets card

Sure, it took Tim Tebow two tries to attempt a trade from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets, but Panini America was on it the first time around.

Topps will bring Five Star to baseball

Topps is taking its baseball line truly high-end with one offering to come this year.

So, what are the 2012 Topps Heritage variations?

Hope you didn’t jettison some of those 2012 Topps Heritage commons just yet — as there are some tough-to-pull variations to be found inside those packs.