Category Archives: Racing

Press Pass’ Crystal Ball sees itself in 2011 Premium Racing

By Andrew Tolentino

Press Pass revealed today a blast from its own past — Crystal Ball inserts — slated for a return in 2011 Premium Racing.

As seen below in the first Jeff Gordon card,  previous Crystal Ball cards were produced with elaborate foil etching and high-saturation images, giving collectors a glimpse at the driver’s future. In the late-April release of Premium, racing enthusiasts can expect a toned-down version of the concept, but still coupled with a degree of mysticism. Read More »

Box Busters: 2011 Press Pass Eclipse

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Join Beckett Media’s Tim Trout and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2011 Press Pass Eclipse in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2009 Press Pass NASCAR cards

Press Pass has released images of its 2009 NASCAR set. Here is a look at a few of the insert cards — but not the basic set — for the product which arrives in hobby shops in December.

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NASCAR drivers go pink to support breast cancer research

Three NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers will drive pink cars Saturday night in the Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway in support of breast cancer research.

And, of course, you can own diecast replicas of all three. (Click on the cars for a closer look.)

Bobby Labonte will drive the No. 43 Petty Enterprises Dodge Charger in the race, a car adrorned by a pink ribbon paint scheme (or wrap if you prefer).

Kyle Busch will drive the No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota Camry in the race with several shades of pink M&M’s on his car as well as a couple of the famous characters.

Elliott Sadler will drive the No. 19 Dodge Charger for Gillett Evernham Motorsports — a predomiantly black car with pink flames.

Each of these diecasts can be found at and a portion of the proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at