Monthly Archives: April 2012

Don’t call it a comeback: Are food issues the next big retro-redo thing?

If there’s one trend of the last decade or so that we know has worked pretty well on cardboard, it’s the revamping of old brands or old niches and making them new again.

Panini turns 2011 National Treasures error into a redemption (kind of)

Making an altruistic move this morning, Panini America just gave collectors good reason to dig up inserts from last year’s National Treasures Football product.

Preview Gallery: Panini unveils autographed eye candy from 2011-12 Elite, Playoff Contenders

In a two-birds-with-one-stone kind of way, Panini America revealed answers to its Guess the Autograph contest by way of a 28-image signature gallery over the weekend.

First Look: 2012 Topps Triple Threads (updated)

Topps released the basic product information and preview images for this year’s edition of Triple Threads on Friday, and it looks like the seventh edition of the always-popular hit- and autograph-laden brand will deliver what collectors have come to expect — maybe more.

Strange Brew: Panini partners with Molson for Interactive Stanley Cup set

Free hockey cards AND beer? Take off, hoser.

Updated: Upper Deck loses case over redemptions

A Michigan man took Upper Deck to court over redemption cards that were not fulfilled and won his case back in March, a $1,329 judgment. But as of April 12, he had not been paid.

EXCLUSIVE: Topps adds Darvish, Cespedes autos to Golden Giveaway

Topps announced on Thursday that the code cards found in packs of 2012 Topps can now unlock cards of two of the most talked-about rookies in MLB so far this season — Texas Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish and Oakland A’s outfielder Yoenis Cespedes.

Rare Kobe commands crazy cash on eBay – but will it be paid for?

A Kobe Bryant 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Emerald card up for auction on eBay ended at more than $37,600 on Wednesday night.

Your Turn: How much might Bryce Harper’s SuperFractor sell for?

The Bryce Harper SuperFractor from 2011 Bowman Chrome has been found and has a $24,999 Buy It Now pricetag on eBay.

Coming soon: 2012 Upper Deck Football

  By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor Next up in the non-NFL-licensed product lineup is a college-centric showcase from a major manufacturer. 2012 Upper Deck Football is slated for an April  24 street date, and should land to the delight of NCAA football fans far and wide.

That’s My Ticket readies memorabilia line celebrating 100th anniversary of Fenway Park

Fenway Park will be hosting its 100th anniversary game on April 20 — next Friday — and Medway, Mass.-based That’s My Ticket will be there in case fans want to celebrate being there (or just mark the occasion) with a memento.

First look: 2011-12 Limited basketball (updated)

When Panini America’s 2011-12 Limited arrives in late May it won’t just be packing the latest and greatest in autographs and memorabilia.

A poll for your non-hardcore-collector friends

  If you’re  a regular here on Beckett.com with a membership and an OPG to boot, your pack-ripping frequency is much higher than the average Joe’s. For that, we admire, respect, and adore you. But we still want to know more about Joe. We recently asked our Facebook fans to pass this question along to […]

New hip-hop card set to be released in May

The hip-hop world is jumping into the trading card realm, putting 100 artists on cards and giving away millions of prizes in the process.

Fans aren’t waiting for Cespedes’ first A’s cards

Question: What happens when a highly touted Cuban prospect signs with a small-market team lacking many marquee names and he hits tape-measure home runs in three of his first five games?

A rainy night at Shea changed Lenny Steren’s life

While subsequent sluggers and tearful confessions might have changed how we view Mark McGwire’s 1998 home run chase, for 46-year-old Lenny Steren it still resonates quite well.

Ohio collector readies for his chance to meet Kobe

For Nick Gauder, sitting down with his two daughters to open a box of Panini America’s Gold Standard basketball cards was a chance to share in a moment if there was perhaps a special autograph inside.

Readers Write: Reaction to The Autograph Issue

From time to time, we’ll showcase a Readers Write letter here online before it appears in a magazine. Here’s one that arrived on Tuesday …

2012 National Treasures Double Take

Let’s be honest. 2012 National Treasures isn’t an every-man brand. But the premium price point shouldn’t prevent every collector from seeing what’s inside. Before unveiling the world’s longest trading card, Panini America delivered the first two-box preview of its highest of high-end football brands. Enjoy.

Panini unveils … and unveils longest card in history

In what seems like the card that never ends, Panini America unveiled on Monday morning a 36-player foldout booklet – the longest trading card in history, according to the company.

Topps creates baseball-centric iPhone, iPad apps

The Topps Company continues its journey into the digital world. This time, looking for ways to reach the average baseball fan, not just collectors. Topps introduced two new apps in the iTunes store bearing the company’s name.

Printing plate booklets arrive in Panini Playbook

Panini Playbook has just four cards per box, but every card is either an autograph, material card or a mixture of both. But the cards that sneaked through photo galleries and preview images could very well be an industry first – printing plate booklets.

Topps goes to low-end of bats for high-end addition

Topps is upping the ante in its forthcoming Tier One baseball release by taking one memorabilia set in the product a bit high-end.

First Look: 2012 Bowman (update w/final AU list)

Topps teased on Monday what the 2012 Bowman baseball set will look like when it arrives next year.

Panini includes Joe Jackson bat barrel in Prime Cuts

One single card teased on Thursday by Panini America shows that there’s nothing casual about the return edition of Prime Cuts, which is packing out as we speak for an arrival soon.

Opening Day is here, collectors … now you can get 10 percent off a 12-month Baseball OPG

Opening Day is here! Get 10% off of a 12-month Baseball OPG. The promo code is: OPENINGDAY2012 … code expires at 11:59 p.m. on April 8

Albert Pujols is Topps’ final Prime 9 redemption

Topps has announced its final HTA Prime 9 card of the year, and it’s Albert Pujols (get a complete Pujols checklist and OPG here) who is the newest player to be part of its hobby shop redemption card program.

Upper Deck lands golfer Ernie Els

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Ernie Els is one of the world’s top professional golfers, but for years and years of golf sets, no card company has been able to land “The Big Easy” to an autograph deal. Until now. Upper Deck announced Els is going to have trading cards, including his first licensed […]

Press Pass heats things up with Ignite

The 2012 racing season really kick off with Press Pass’ Ignite Racing. It’s the first product of the year to feature all new photography from the current racing season.

Upper Deck with another installment of Exquisite Football

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor One of Upper Deck’s most well-known high-end products is coming back for another edition in football. Exquisite is back for the 2011 season featuring five autographs in every box with new four new autograph subsets. Like all of Upper Deck’s recent football products, all the players in the set are […]

Panini America signs Andrew Luck to autograph and packaging deal

If you’re looking for NFL cards of the likely No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, you’re in luck.
Because Andrew Luck will be in Panini America packs sometime soon.

Some Circa Rave inserts seem to be all the rage

It takes a lot these days to satisfy some collectors, but sometimes some card sales just flat-out surprise. Rave and Super Rave inserts from the family of Skybox brands in the late 1990s are doing just that.

WWE legend Chief Jay Strongbow dies at 83

WWE Hall of Famer Chief Jay Strongbow, a colorful and decorated performer during his nearly 50-year-career in professional wrestling died on Tuesday. He was 83.

A BSCM Online Issue preview: 10 ways Beckett.com can help you collect

Our next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly takes a look at some of what collectors can find online, whether it’s what’s available here on Beckett.com or a directory of major destinations on the Web.
One feature in the magazine is below, a full taste of what’s inside the issue. It’s our 10 ways that Beckett.com can help your collection.

Just for fun: What might Yu Darvish’s 2012 Bowman Chrome SuperFractor sell for?

When Topps tweeted a photo of new Texas Rangers ace Yu Darvish holding a pair of freshly signed cards on Monday, it signaled that the next big thing in baseball cards is about to arrive with the message sent in the Japanese star’s left hand.