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Posted on September 30, 2012 – 11:43 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2004 Bowman, 2004 Bowman's Best, @adamgreenberg5, @oneatbat, Adam Greenberg, Beckett.com OPG, Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
Update: Greenberg struck out on three pitches against 20-game winner R.A. Dickey during the sixth inning.
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Seven summers ago, Adam Greenberg stepped into the batters box on a Saturday afternoon in Miami.
His life would never be the same again.
The Chicago Cubs rookie was making his major league debut in the ninth inning, pinch-hitting at the end of an 8-2 win over the Marlins, a game where many of the 22,863 fans in attendance had left.
The first and only pitch he faced in the major leagues, a 92-mph fastball from reliever Valerio de los Santos, hit him in the head. He never played in the majors again, toiling in the minors and struggling with medical issues. The last four years, he’s played independent ball, capping a decade-long odyssey that has a .263 average and 43 career homers to show for it in the minor leagues and plenty of zeroes in the MLB ledger other than one game played and one plate appearance — but not an official at-bat.
But all that changes on Tuesday night in Miami.
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Posted on September 29, 2012 – 5:13 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | Beckett Football, Tim Tebow | Comments (5)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Tim Tebow heard the chants. Thousands of fans yelled his name in Denver, calling for him to quarterback the team.
Even after leading the Broncos to the playoffs and winning a game, Denver traded Tebow to the New York Jets, relegated as a backup and stuck on special teams.
Tebow is still popular among fans. Jets fans wear his jerseys on game day and plenty of them root for him to get in games with the Jets at 2-1 and tied for the top of the AFC East this season.
But his popularity hasn’t transferred to cards as of late. He was once one of the most collectible players in the NFL with autographs selling for hundreds of dollars.
Posted on September 29, 2012 – 2:33 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | Beckett Football, nfl, NFL referees | Comments (1)
By Dan Good | Contributing Editor
The biggest stars of this weekend’s NFL games aren’t the players – they’re the stripes-wearing, flag-carrying officials.
The ‘real’ referees are back, ending the league’s three-week replacement ref sideshow and bringing the officiating cause into focus, a focus that has received intermittent cardboard attention.
Posted on September 28, 2012 – 8:58 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball | 2004 Bowman Draft, 2004 SP Prospects, Cincinnati Reds, Homer Bailey, Homer Bailey no-hitter, MLB | Comments (5)
Homer painted a masterpiece against the Pirates Friday night.
While not quite perfect — the Reds had one error and he walked one — Homer Bailey did breeze through the game, winning 1-0 in Pittsburgh to up his season record to 13-10 and giving some collectors reason to examine his 2004 Rookie Cards.
He’s the 15th pitcher in Reds history to throw a no-no and it’s the first for the franchise since 1988.
Bailey appears on 544 cards valued at more than $2,600, according to Beckett.com. (Need a checklist or OPG? Click here.) He has 259 different certified autographs and just 13 game-used memorabilia cards, while 441 of his cards, or 81 percent, are serial-numbered.
Posted on September 28, 2012 – 6:22 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
MMA | 2013 Topps UFC Knockout, featured, MMA, UFC | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Fist-ographs made its debut in UFC Knockout last year. The autograph cards were so popular with collectors, it’s back again in 2013 UFC Knockout.
The unique hit features an ink fist print of an MMA fighter along with their signature.
Topps doesn’t stop there. There are two autographs, two autograph relics and four relic cards per eight-pack box. The Fist-ographs are box toppers.
Check out the extensive gallery below of 2013 UFC Knockout cards.
Posted on September 28, 2012 – 5:42 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball | 1991 Topps Archives, Eleanor Engle, featured | Comments (1)
The photograph shows Eleanor Engle sitting alone on a dugout bench, with enough room for at least two people to sit beside her.
Her Harrisburg Senators teammates grouped on an adjacent bench. They couldn’t be bothered by the skirt-wearing shortstop. Soon, professional baseball would take a similar stance.
That photo – preserved on a card in 1991 Topps Archives – is reflective of what Engle endured when she became the first woman to sign a baseball contract with an affiliated team in 1952.
Engle died on Thursday at 86 years old.
Posted on September 28, 2012 – 2:22 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey | 2012 Fall Expo, 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention, 2012 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, Redemption cards, Upper Deck | Comments (6)
No one wants to pull a redemption out of a pack of cards. Even worse is when you pull an expired one.
Upper Deck has experimented with ways to help collectors with these. It isn’t eliminating redemptions in products, that’s unrealistic for card companies that want hits with the best names in its products.
Instead, UD will continue running a raffle program it started at the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention, but for Upper Deck redemptions only. The redemption card must also be for an autographed card or signed memorabilia item.
Posted on September 28, 2012 – 12:15 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Football, Hockey | Ben Ecklar, David Porter, Karvin Cheung, Panini America | Comments (7)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Panini America announced on Friday that it has restructured its product development department.
Karvin Cheung (NHL), Ben Ecklar (NFL) and David Porter (NBA) will now be in product development director positions for their respective sports. They will report to Martin Welling, the VP of Operations.
Posted on September 28, 2012 – 11:36 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Football | 2012 Topps Prime Football, Beckett Football | Comments (2)
Topps bumped up the street date for 2012 Topps Prime Football to Friday. The product was supposed to come out next week, but why wait.
Pushing up the release date creates same-day distribution for retail and hobby. For collectors who frequent big box stores, they know cards often show up a few days earlier than hobby releases.
As fans get their hands on Prime, eBay auctions have been trickling online.
Posted on September 28, 2012 – 9:00 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Boxing, Football, Hockey, MMA, Pro Wrestling, Racing | Beckett Updates, Beckett.com, Blake Griffin, Customer Appreciation Month, featured, landon donovan, Larry Bird, Mary Tyler Moore, Muhammad Ali, New York Yankees, Shania Twain, Sting, Topps, Upper Deck, Whitey Ford | Comments (16)
While we have teased a few images of what’s up for grabs during Customer Appreciation Month via the Beckett Media Facebook page, we haven’t shown you everything that will be up for grabs starting Monday on Beckett.com.
From The Greatest, Muhammad Ali, to RGIII, from Blake Griffin to Ryne Sandberg — or even Shania Twain and Mary Tyler Moore — we’ll have a little bit of everything for everybody.
And that’s just the singles. There will be wax, Dynamic Duo subscriptions, BGS certificates and more up for grabs each and every day in October.
Here’s a sampling of what could be yours just by visiting the site, logging in, and clicking your mouse a single time. — Chris Olds