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Infographic Friday: 2012 Prestige by the numbers

The fantastic design team here at Beckett just filed away this by-the-numbers take on 2012 Prestige for the coming issue of Beckett Football. And we thought you might get a kick out of the informational sneak peek.

Andy Griffith dead at 86

Today we pay hobby homage to the lovable, deliberate southern lead on The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock.

First Look: 2012 Certified Football

As hype and hullabaloo continues to swell over today’s 2012 Prestige release, Panini made sure to add another anticipation maker to the hobby hot list.

At last, a college football playoff: What say you?

Meeting adjourned. The committee has spoken. College football will have a playoff system.

First Look: 2012-13 Score Hockey

Panini’s best bang-for-your-buck hockey brand will hit the streets in early August.

Panini previews 2012 NHL Draft Swag

Panini America will appear in Pittsburgh later this week with a Penguin-themed plethora.

Box Busters: 2012 Marvel Beginnings II

Watch to see two grown men nerd out over the Marvel Universe. Oh, and the cards are awesome, too.

First Look: 2012 Topps Strata Football

Making Monday a little more manic, Topps debuted its 2012 Strata football line.

Kings claim The Cup: New royalty by the numbers

Congrats, Los Angeles Kings. A major victory for a major media market team — a potential popularity booster for the sport itself.

How did your dad pass the trading card torch?

With Father’s Day coming up, we’d like to invite collectors to share their dad-related hobby memories

First look: 2012 Topps Prime

As usual, early fall will be a prime time for football fans.

Tebowing in 2012 Prestige

You’re going to want to take a knee when ripping certain packs of 2012 Prestige Football this year.

SuperCollector Scoop: Can you top ‘The Kosar Kid?’

Is Bernie Kosar-tattooed Christopher Lee is the greatest SuperCollector of them all?

Cardboard Awards: The best of 2011 Football

We need your help in picking the best of the best 2011 football products.

Panini reveals short prints and even shorter short prints for 2011-12 Elite, Contenders Hockey

Panini America recently confirmed the rare and rarest of rare short prints in 2011-12 Elite and Contenders Hockey.

2012 Showcase Football hits hobby shops today

Press Pass’ Showcase made its football debut today. I’ll just go ahead and put words in the manufacturer’s mouth by saying, “you’re welcome.”

Box Busters: 2011-12 Between the Pipes Hockey

Beckett Hockey’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into a box of goalie-centric 2011-12 Between the Pipes.

Your turn: The Goalies Issue

We’re focusing on goalies for the upcoming issue of Beckett Hockey and we have a few opportunities for collector participation.

First look: 2012 Elite Football

Sleep tight, football collectors. Panini’s 2012 Elite will be visiting you soon in a midsummer night’s dream.

Box Busters: 2011-12 Elite Hockey

Watch Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino tear into a box of 2011-12 Elite Hockey.

Box Busters: 2011-12 SPx Hockey

Watch Beckett Hockey’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino rip open a box of 2011-12 SPx Hockey.

Mascot mania? UD reports college patch odds

Yesterday, the manufacturer behind these intricate collegiate threads supported the chase with a detailed short-print report.

A look at Upper Deck’s summer hockey line

In the spirit of keeping cool, Upper Deck hit the hobby with details about its upcoming summer releases, 2011-12 Ultimate Collection and 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee

Newton shines in newly priced National Treasures

Hold your horses, Andrew Luck. Apparently Cam Newton isn’t done dominating football cards just yet.

Panini Prepares for NFL Draft with Prestige Preview

Panini America previously offered a subtle sneak peek at 2012 Prestige Football by showing off the first Tebow-Jets and Manning-Broncos cards. The manufacturer continued to pipe the hype today with more details regarding its June 20 release.

Penmanship Preview: 2012 Press Pass FanFare Football

If you saw last week’s Box Busters episode featuring 2012 Press Pass FanFare Football (and an Andrew Luck autograph), you pretty much get the drift. Five cards with a lot of promise.

First Look: 2011-12 Prime Hockey

Delivering the industry’s first game-worn helmet decal pieces, hockey sweater lace cards and other choice materials, this product is chock-full of, you guessed it, prime memorabilia.

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.

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

Free hockey cards AND beer? Take off, hoser.

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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 […]