Posted on March 30, 2012 – 4:35 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2011 Prime Cuts, autographs, baseball cards, featured, game-used memorabilia, MLBPA, Panini America, prime memorabilia | Comments (28)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
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 (an exclusive gallery right here on Beckett.com as well as more images here) show that it just might be worth the wait.
And these aren’t even the big cards.
Here’s a selection of prime patch and autographed cards from the product, which will arrive with a high-end pricetag — about $250 per five-card pack — with each card either an autograph or memorabilia card. Let us know what you think with our poll after the jump and be sure to leave a comment.
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Posted on March 30, 2012 – 3:46 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Triple Play, featured, MLB, MLBPA, Panini America | Comments (6)
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.
While details are still forthcoming from the company, Triple Play is scheduled for a July 23 release with seven-card packs carrying a suggested retail price of just 99 cents with 24 packs per box and 20 boxes per case.
Posted on March 30, 2012 – 1:24 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey, Pro Wrestling, Racing | 2012 Upper Deck All-Time Greats, Annika Sorenstam, Bo Jackson, Hulk Hogan, Michael Jordan, Pete Rose, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck | Comments (9)
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 made the cut.
Posted on March 30, 2012 – 1:08 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2012 Bowman Football, 2012 Bowman Signatures, Andrew Luck, Andrew Luck Autographs, Andrew Luck Rookie Cards, First look | Comments (9)
By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Football Editor
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.
This year’s Bowman is scheduled to hit shelves on May 21 with eight to 24 packs per box, depending on what the retailer carries. Blaster boxes will contain eight packs, each offering five veteran base cards and three base Rookie Cards, while 24-pack boxes have the same pack formula and might make for better odds on pulling the most coveted cards in the product.
Posted on March 30, 2012 – 12:41 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 Totally Certified, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, nfl, Panini America | Comments (1)
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.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on March 30, 2012 – 12:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012 Topps Opening Day, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, MLB, Topps | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on March 30, 2012 – 11:59 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, MMA | 2012 Topps UFC Knockout, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Miesha Tate, MMA, UFC | Comments (1)
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.
Posted on March 30, 2012 – 11:58 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2011 Prime Signatures, autographs, featured, football, nfl, Panini America | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on March 30, 2012 – 10:06 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps, 2012 Topps Prime 9, Cincinnati Reds, frank Robinson, MLB | Comments (0)
He’s the first and only player to win the MVP award in both leagues. He’s the only man who can say he was a social pioneer among MLB managers.
He’s also the only Prime 9 player for Week 8.
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.
Posted on March 30, 2012 – 10:03 am | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football | 2012 SAGE HIT High Series, autographs, college football, NFL draft, SAGE | Comments (17)
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.
Posted on March 29, 2012 – 5:23 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 1963 Topps, 2012 Topps Heritage, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, featured, MLB, Topps | Comments (2)
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.
Posted on March 29, 2012 – 4:47 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012 Topps Tribute, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Dustin Ackley, featured, MLB, Paul O'Neill, Topps, Topps Tribute | Comments (7)
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.
Posted on March 29, 2012 – 10:34 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, derek jeter, featured, Matt Kemp, McFarlane Toys, MLB, New York Yankees, Tim Lincecum | Comments (6)
McFarlane Toys is going uptown with a limited edition statue of one Bronx Bomber.
Each limited edition statue of New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will be signed by Todd McFarlane himself when they are available for pre-order to the public beginning on April 7.
The 12-inch resin statue is the first sports figure of that type made by McFarlane, though the program started in November. It will have a pair of plaques on its base (see full image after the jump) with Jeter’s achievements during his past 17 years in pinstripes noted with the figure trimmed with a facade fitting only for a Yankee.
Posted on March 28, 2012 – 4:42 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2011-12 ITG Captain-C, hockey, In The Game, itg | Comments (3)
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.
Posted on March 28, 2012 – 4:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Non-Sports | 2012 Upper Deck Avengers Assemble, Captain America, Iron Man, Upper Deck, Video | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on March 28, 2012 – 3:15 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2011-12 Between the Pipes, Bernie Parent, Dominik Hasek, featured, Henrik Lundqvist, In The Game, Mike Richter, Niklas Backstrom, Patrick Roy, Roberto Luongo | Comments (5)
In The Game is having a party where all hockey collectors are invited.
The company is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Between the Pipes, a product featuring the best goalies in the history of the game.
“This collection has always featured many of the best goaltenders around and it has evolved over time,” ITG said in a release. “It was a landmark for hobbyists as it was the first stand-alone product that was devoted to protectors of the crease and had a great mix of autographs and game-used memorabilia as well.”
Posted on March 28, 2012 – 10:52 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | Baden Axe, baseball bats, game-used, game-used memorabilia, Jimmy Rollins, Philadelphia Phillies | Comments (0)
Courtesy of Phillies Network
Sports fans are often all about the details in their card sets and their collections.
But if you’re a game-used memorabilia collector, then you know that the details are even more important — sometimes the difference between something being real and fake.
Now, though, with a new type of bat being used by some MLB players during spring training this year, there’s something new for game-used collectors to look for. It’s the Baden Axe — a model with a simple difference as its knob is skewed and tapered. That allows for less friction with the player’s hand during swings and doesn’t force a player to pay attention to which way the label is facing when he bats.
While that may not mean much to most of us, it might mean a lot more to players. And it certainly might mean something on the game-used memorabilia front.
Posted on March 28, 2012 – 10:42 am | Author: tolentinotown
Football | 2012 Topps Platinum Football, Andrew Luck, featured, First look, Paul Wall, RG3, Robert Griffin, Robert Griffin III, Topps | Comments (11)
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 even the most discerning of rap artists. Read More »
Posted on March 28, 2012 – 10:05 am | Author: chrisolds
Football | 2012 Bowman, card licensing, featured, nfl, NFL PLAYERS, Topps, Topps Strata | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Topps will continue to perform on the gridiron after signing a long-term card licensing agreement with NFL PLAYERS announced on Wednesday.
The deal with the licensing and marketing arm of the NFLPA will continue Topps’ card legacy that spans nearly 60 years.
“We are excited to continue our deep, long standing partnership with the NFLPA,” said Ryan O’Hara, CEO of The Topps Company, in a prepared statement. “For more than 50 years, these two iconic brands have continued to be at the forefront of innovation with the goal of providing the best products to our growing consumer base.”
Topps soon will announce Bowman football as its first product of the season, Bowman, which it teased with updated Peyton Manning and Tim Tebow cards last week.
Posted on March 28, 2012 – 9:51 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter, Albert Pujols, Cal Ripken Jr., Fatal1ty, featured, Hank Aaron, Ken Griffey Jr, MLB, Richard Petty, Rulon Gardner, Sandy Koufax, Stan Musial, Topps, Willie Mays, Yoenis Cespedes, Yu Darvish | Comments (2)
This year’s edition of Allen & Ginter is still a few months away but that hasn’t stopped Topps from adding even more to its lineup.
And it’s the lineup that matters most to most collectors, the autograph lineup.
The company announced on Wednesday that it will be adding two MLB newcomers and two other sports legends to the popular retro-styled card line. Added to the lineup are new Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish, new Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, NASCAR legend Richard Petty and former Olympic wrestler Rulon Gardner.
Posted on March 27, 2012 – 6:44 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Boxing | 2008 Topps Co-Signers, Bert Sugar, Boxing, featured, MLB, sportswriters, Topps | Comments (1)
Boxing fans probably know Bert Sugar as an eccentrically dressed icon, a Hall of Fame writer, a historian, a character.
But the man who died at age 75 on Sunday was far from just that, particularly when it came to cardboard, though even he appeared on a few cards himself through the years. (His 2008 Topps Co-Signers Solo Sigs card, his only certified auto, is above, complete with his name misspelled — something I’m sure he loved.)
In fact, he’s pretty important in helping shape part of what became the pop culture phenomenon of baseball card collecting beginning in the 1970s. But don’t take my word for it … watch this touching piece from noted media personality and life-long collector Keith Olbermann from his show on Monday.
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball 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 March 27, 2012 – 3:37 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | collecting, Keith Olbermann, MLB, Topps | Comments (4)
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.
His speech offered some words of encouragement to hobby shop owners — and the perspective of a life-long collector — remarks in stark contrast to the CBS News feature earlier this week that the hobby, baseball cards in particular, were part of a dying industry.
While the CBS story has created quite a bit of chatter among collectors (click here to view the segment and read comments), here’s hoping that Olbermann’s comments can generate just as much discussion.
Posted on March 26, 2012 – 8:00 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Boxing | featured, Mike Tyson, Upper Deck, Upper Deck Authenticated | Comments (16)
Mike Tyson is getting in the ring with Upper Deck.
The California-based card company has signed the famous boxer to an autograph and memorabilia deal. Tyson will appear in upcoming trading card releases, making his debut in 2012 Goodwin Champions.
Posted on March 26, 2012 – 7:01 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball | 1909-11 T206, auctions, Eddie Plank, Goodwin & Co., Honus Wagner | Comments (2)
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 handling the auction and he expects the card to bring in more than $1 million. However, it’s not the only card in the exhibit. The card is being auctioned off with a huge collection of T206 cards in individual lots.
“I believe it will bring between $1.2 million and $1.5 million,” Bill Goodwin, who runs Goodwin & Co., told the newspaper.
Posted on March 26, 2012 – 5:33 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Beckett Updates, Non-Sports | | Comments (6)
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 a quick look at what the Smallville Seasons 7-10 set is going to bring.