Category Archives: Soccer

First Look: 2015 Donruss soccer cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Sports fans around the world have a new card set to collect.

Panini America revealed this week the first glimpses at 2015 Donruss Soccer, a follow-up release to the popular World Cup set last year. This time around, it’s the Donruss aesthetic that gets its chance at the action on the pitch with one autograph and a healthy selection of inserts inside every 24-pack hobby box.

Set to arrive on April 15, the base set will include more than 100 cards with the stars in their respective clubs. Each card will have seven parallels to chase, including Bronze Press Proofs (/299), Silver (/199) and Golds (/99). There will be three parallels per box. Also to be chased are 25 photo variations in the basic set where players are seen in their national team uniforms.

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Box Busters: 2014-15 Topps Premiere Gold soccer

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Topps Premiere Gold soccer in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett 20 Questions … on autographs

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Our next Beckett Sports Card Monthly is one of our favorites — and apparently one of yours, too — The Autograph Issue.

It’s the one time a year where we aim to explore the one thing that seemingly every collector can appreciate and a subject that can generate a lot of opinions at times, too.

How? Just bring up these two words … sticker autographs.

Here is our latest batch of 20 Questions — tell us what you think with the questions below and raise a few of your own at the end if you’d like. The results here will appear in the next magazine as they do in every month.

1. Did you like the way Topps distributed its 2013 Kris Bryant autos this year?

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UDA launches Lionel Messi Collection

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Autographs from one of soccer’s biggest stars can now be found with Upper Deck Authenticated.

The company revealed its line of Lionel Messi autographed memorabilia on Wednesday with all items featuring the 27-year-old Argentina and FC Barcelona striker — a four-time winner of the FIFA Ballon d’Or, which goes to the world’s best player.

“Upper Deck Authenticated has a reputation of providing fans with the world’s greatest memorabilia, and we are thrilled to add products signed by the world’s greatest fútbol star to that portfolio,” said Jason Masherah, president of Upper Deck, in a prepared statement.

Five of the items in the line are limited to less than 50 copies. The cheapest is a $999 “Colors of the Game” photo limited to just 50 pieces, while his Barcelona autographed Tegata handprint is limited to just 20 and sells for $7,499. All five pieces can be seen at www.upperdeckstore.com/Messi.

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First look: 2015 Topps MLS soccer

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Topps‘ next season of Major League Soccer kicks off on March 25 when 2015 Topps MLS arrives in stores.

It’s the third year of Topps’ MLS deal and the latest version will include two autographs and two Relics in every hobby box along with a selection of cards from the 200-card base set and a smattering of insert cards, too.

Oh, and every hobby box will include a fifth hit — an autographed Relic — too.

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AT THE NATIONAL: A post-show mega-gallery

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A week has gone by since the close of this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention and there’s plenty that could be said, that could be written, about what could be found under one roof during the hobby’s showcase event.

From “extra” DNA Relics found in the bottom of one collector’s Allen & Ginter box (a Texas lizard in the wrong place at the wrong time at the printing plant) to countless vintage gems, from vintage wax to priceless auction items, from kids sorting soccer cards with their grandmas to kids walking the show floor in movie-used Jack Parkman jerseys, there was plenty to see.

If you followed me on Twitter during the show, you’ve undoubtedly seen a few of these already. But with the deadline clock ticking and more to do for your next magazines, this chapter of the NSCC — all except for some video still to come — is closing with a massive 97-image gallery after the jump.

It’s just a small glimpse at much of what was seen at the show — check them out and let us know what you think. After all, a picture’s worth a thousand words — so there’s plenty that could be said.

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Your Turn (BSCM 331): Show your school colors … who do you collect?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

In an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to explore the world of college collecting.

While we haven’t yet ironed out all of the items we’ll have inside The College Issue — there are lots of options — one thing we know we do want is to hear from you. We want to know a few things about how your school ties tie into what you collect and how you collect.

I finished my college days at the University of Alabama — a school that has produced many Hall of Famers on the gridrion (both college and pro), produced quite a few MLB and NBA stars, and even some stars in the literary and media world. My collection is all over the map from my days down there — and it’s a collection with plenty of variety beyond just the football greats. (I’ll have plenty to potentially write about in that issue.)

But that’s for later. We want to know about your college collecting habits.

Give us your name and location and answer the following questions … we’ll run a selection of the most-interesting answers in the issue.

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AT THE NATIONAL: Your Beckett starter kit

If you’re heading to the National Sports Collectors Convention tonight, this week or this weekend, one thing’s for certain — there will be plenty to see.

To help, we suggest picking up a copy of the August issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly for more about the show — available now at hobby shops and selected bookstores or available at the Beckett booth. (If you attend using a VIP package, look inside your bag for exclusive discounts on grading, books, magazines, OPGs and more from Beckett while at the show.)

To help you even more, you can see all of our previous stories about this year’s show after the jump — and be sure to look for more right here on Beckett.com and via our editors’ Twitter accounts @chrisolds2009, @yanxchick as well as contributors @cardboardicons and @dgood73 during the show.

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Box Busters: 2012 Upper Deck Soccer

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a box of 2012 Upper Deck Soccer in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Upper Deck readies NSCC wrapper redemption

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck unveiled its wrapper redemption program for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention set for Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore and the custom-designed set will include changes at autographs from some of the biggest names on the company’s roster.

Collectors who buy five brands from a Certified Diamond Dealer at the show will receive an UD voucher that is good for a single NSCC pack after those five are opened at the company’s booth.

The eligible products include 2011-12 SP Game-Used, SP Authentic and SPx hockey along with 2011 College Football Legends as well as these 2012 products: Upper Deck football, SPx football, SP Signature Edition baseball and Upper Deck Soccer.

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Upper Deck unveils its NSCC VIP card set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck is headed to Baltimore for the National Sports Collectors Convention and it’s bringing along some cards for you.

Well, if you’re a VIP that is.

The company will produce a six-card show-exclusive set for the event set for Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore, and it showcases some of the biggest names in the company’s athlete spokesman stable.

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Are you a SuperCollector? We want your info!

 

Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re going to dedicate an entire issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to SuperCollectors soon — and we want to see your collections.

We’ll pick the most interesting and most outrageous submissions for that issue of the magazine just like the 15 we showcased last summer, but first we need to hear about your stash. Some will make the special issue, while others will appear in the magazines leading up to that issue. (We run SuperCollectors every month.)

As a bonus, all collectors who submit information between now and July 15 will be entered in a drawing for a Mike Trout autographed baseball as well as a hefty six-autograph card seen here. Follow the instructions and submit your stats and story today. We’re showing you all of last year’s submissions so you can see who — and what — made the cut.

We hope you can top them.  You don’t have to have the most-expensive collection on the block but it needs to be unique — downright crazy — in some way that it stands out.

Here are your instructions …

Send in an email to beckettsupercollector@gmail.com the following information:

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Will you take the $10 Card Shop Challenge?

 

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s time for another version of the $10 Card Shop Challenge Are you ready? The deadline is Friday, June 15 …

Here is the back story — and the instructions are after the jump.

An after-work card shop visit long ago prompted a challenge to one of my Twitter followers, so I sent another message to the masses curious few who enjoy hearing not much from me 140 characters a time on my Twitter feed. I issued a collecting challenge. It’s time to do it again.

A few replied seeking details, but this time I’m taking it a step further as I want to see what many of you can come up with by hitting your local card shop. (If you don’t have an LCS, hit a retail store.) Call it the $10 Card Shop Challenge.

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How did your dad pass the trading card torch?

By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Unlike many collectors I’ve heard from, my dad and I never had that “passing the torch” moment with a single sports card — or any sports cards for that matter. In fact, short of a microscope, a rock cleaning kit and an army-issued shovel (which may or may not be street legal), he never really gave me any of his personal relics at all.

Do I resent him for that? Absolutely not. How could I?

As much as I’d like to talk about some *Pulp Fiction-esque moment when a Christopher Walken-like figure handed over my father’s cardboard bequest, I just can’t. Even though he never dusted off some old shoebox and handed me some dog-eared heirloom, my dad still helped me find my way as a young collector. (*Explicit language)

With Father’s Day coming up, I’d like to invite collectors to share their dad-related hobby memories, with or without the Hallmark moment. I’ll kick things off with a few of my own. Read More »

If you’re a SuperCollector, we want your story!

Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION

Summer 2012 update: All collectors who submit information between now and July 15 will be entered in a drawing for a Mike Trout autographed baseball and a hefty six-autograph card seen here. Follow the instructions and submit your stats and story today! (Click on the page above to read the sample submission.)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re going to dedicate an issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to SuperCollectors this summer and we want to see your collections.

We’ll pick the most interesting and most outrageous collections for that issue of the magazine, but first we need to hear about your stash. Some will make the special issue, while others will appear in the magazines leading up to that issue. (We run SuperCollectors every month.)

You don’t have to have the most-expensive collection on the block but it needs to be unique — downright crazy — in some way that it stands out.

Here are your instructions …

Send in an email to BeckettSuperCollector@gmail.com the following information:

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Box Busters: 2012 Upper Deck World of Sports

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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds, Bryan Hornbeck and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a pair of 2012 Upper Deck World of Sports boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Hobby Challenge: Make fun of your collection

 

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By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Why so serious?

Poking around our hockey forums yesterday afternoon, I stumbled across a thread entitled “HILARIOUS hockey cards! Post em here!” Member tha penguin opened the online floodgates and encouraged fellow collectors to join in on the fun by posting scans of their favorite funny cards with interpretive commentary.

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Your Turn: What’s your favorite autograph?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re preparing this year’s edition of The Autograph Issue for Beckett Sports Card Monthly and want to know just one thing from you at the moment.

What’s your favorite autograph (and why)?

Maybe it’s a signed ball or a signed piece of scrap paper from a random meeting. Maybe it’s a certified autograph of a superstar — or maybe not even a sports autograph at all.

Tell us — and be sure to include your name and location, which will appear with your answer in the next issue.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Collector Challenge: Create a Super Bowl Commercial for the Hobby

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By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Let’s face it. Trading cards have been pushed to the back burner in the wake of the internet, video games, and many, many other advancements in the entertainment revolution. It’s been quite some time since the world has seen a sports card commercial on prime-time television, and there’s a good chance that we won’t see one on Super Bowl Sunday.

But it’s time to take a stand.

A stand against what though?  Technology? The internet? Of course not. It’s not really a matter of opposing the obstacles that have decreased hobby popularity, but an opportunity to use what we now have our disposal. Tons of collectors have caught on, started blogs,  created websites and started posting video breaks for the world to see. But there’s still room to grow.

Big picture, card collecting isn’t in quite in the limelight. But with a little DIY creativity  it could be.

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Product preview: Upper Deck World of Sports

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s wide world of sports out there and Upper Deck is aiming to get it all down on cardboard.

Where? In its  latest World of Sports release that’s set to arrive on Feb 21, a 2011-branded product that will include stars from baseball, football, basketball, hockey soccer and beyond.

Oh, and it will include three autographs and memorabilia cards per 24-pack box, too.

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Your Turn (BSCM): What’s your favorite type of game-used memorabilia card?

By Chris  Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It seems like everything has been made into a memorabilia card through the years — though some items moreso than others.

Now, we want to know which ones stand out to you … which types of cards you’d want to see in future card sets?

We’re not wanting a dream list or a who’s who of sports legends. We simply want to know …

What types of game-used memorabilia cards would you like to see more of (in any sport)?

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Numbers crunching: Memorabilia cards have made their mark on hobby

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

The first memorabilia cards arrived 15 years ago with the novel idea that a smaller piece of something big and valuable could still be a pretty big deal.

Turns out they were right.

Since 1996, memorabilia cards might have built a bit more of a love-hate relationship with some collectors as the once-treasured cards have become a bit of a mainstay — almost an unexciting expectation — in today’s products. While jerseys make up most memorabilia cards these days, countless kinds of items have been chopped up and placed into cardboard. Everything from jerseys to stadium walls, towels, artificial turf and even game-used dirt have found their way into cards for fans to caress, obsess about and collect as a way to get closer to the sports that they follow.

While we’ll use a bit more time and space elsewhere — in the February 2012 Beckett Sports Card Monthly — to focus more on game-used memorabilia and items, we took time today to do some digging in the Beckett database to crunch the numbers and discover a bit more about game-used memorabilia cards.

The statistics? Well, they are quite telling …

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Would you, could you actually destroy a card?

By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Media | Commentary

Among the cheesy holiday cards I’ve received (and sent out) over these past few weeks, one not-so-cheesy piece of mail from Beckett Facebook contest winner Lee Patton continues to make me think the most.

Patton, who won the opportunity to destroy my very own Vince Young card after a lopsided Red River Rivalry game, sent me a thank you card and explained his position. “I watched your heartfelt video and decided to send your card back. Which I really don’t like destroying cards. Just goes against my collecting nature.”

To my surprise, he included not only the original Young card I kissed goodbye, but another single to add to my collection.

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Box Busters: 2011 SP Game-Used Soccer

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Join Beckett Media’s soccer gurus Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a pair of 2011 SP Game-Used in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out … it’s worth the wait.

Oh, and if you want a chance to win a box — and more — watch the video.

Voices from the Expo: Upper Deck and Cards2Kids

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By Andrew Tolentino | Editor

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‘s Chris Carlin gives us the rundown on the company’s wrapper redemption program and introduces us to John Makowiec, the extraordinary young man behind the Cards2Kids charity.

Thanks to the partnership with Upper Deck and the good nature of collectors at the show, Makowiec is already making massive headway with the cardboard donations on the first day of the event. Contributions made at the Fall Expo will have a local impact, as singles will be re-packaged, donated and pulled by children at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.

Compelled collectors and other humanitarians can visit www.Cards2Kids.org to donate and learn more about this charitable initiative.

Photos from the 2011 Toronto Expo: Day one

From setup to sundown and beyond (the show ends at 10 p.m. on Friday), this is the ongoing gallery from day one at the 2011 Toronto Fall Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo. If you came out to the show today, check here and you might just find your face in one of these photos. And if you’re feeling left out, by all means, park it here or on our Facebook page for your fill of Expo expositions.

The 2011 Toronto Fall Expo: It has begun

By Andrew Tolentino | Editor

With a slightly shaky internet connection and the bitter cold moving in, a few folks from Beckett Media have arrived at the 2011 Toronto Fall Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo. Stay tuned to Beckett.com/news and our Facebook page for exclusive footage, photos, interviews and more. In the meantime, feel free to check out a few photos from our first night out on the town.

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First look: 2011 SP Game-Used Soccer

By Andrew Tolentino | BSCM Editor

Upper Deck is taking its familiar SP Game-Used brand name to a different kind of football next month.

Yesterday the company leaked a few images and product information about its 2011 SP Game-Used Soccer line, which is scheduled for a November arrival. This comes as big news for fans whose card options are typically limited to the major manufacturer’s once-a-year release.

Living up to the brand legacy and the stated hit-heavy box breakdown, SP Game-Used is a GOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLL that soccer collectors have been waiting for.

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Blowout Cards’ parent company sues Upper Deck over distribution policy

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Blowout Cards‘ parent company, Frontline Collectibles Inc., counter-sued Upper Deck in a U.S. District Court on Wednesday, alleging that the Carlsbad, Calif.-based card company’s distribution policies introduced earlier this year are illegal under antitrust laws and have “manipulated the pricing of its products” and “have harmed and continue to harm competition for the sale of hobby sports trading cards.”

Frontline claims that Upper Deck’s limited selection of distributors in the United States and Canada — which does not include it, despite an 18-year history of selling in the industry — is an “unlawful campaign to erect artificial barriers to entry, restrict output and maintain its monopoly power” with a select few licenses (NCAA, MLS) and a roster of exclusive athletes whose autographs can only be found in Upper Deck products such as Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, LeBron James and Landon Donovan.

In March, Upper Deck Sports Marketing and Social Media Manager Chris Carlin wrote on UD’s blog about the genesis of its program, saying “this course of action was important in order to strengthen and protect the company’s brands, while also streamlining and better-defining the company’s channels of distribution. UD crafted this program by working in collaboration with our Certified Diamond Dealers (hobby shops), Authorized Distributors and legal team.”

On Thursday, Carlin said Upper Deck declined to comment on the case.

“We cannot comment on any ongoing litigation,” he said, “[nor] can I share information regarding how we select our business partners.”

Frontline, which in its court filing readily admits its business strategy is to sell more volume at a lower profit as “of one of the largest volume and the lowest-cost providers of hobby sports trading cards,” cannot purchase UD products from any other authorized dealers, who aren’t allowed to sell to those who would re-sell the products, as part of its agreement.  Specifically, it contends that “Upper Deck intended to specifically exclude or reduce competition from Frontline because Frontline was engaged in price-cutting to offer the best prices to its customers.”

Specifically, Frontline contends that Upper Deck is in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Antitrust Act and Section 3 of the Clayton Act with its policy.

Previously, Frontline had been a direct buyer of product from Upper Deck since it opened for business, according to the court filing. In an April meeting between Frontline’s Thomas Fish and Upper Deck, Fish was told, according to the filing, that Upper Deck would not recognize its Virginia retail location as a storefront and that enhancements would not help.

Furthermore, Frontline claims that “for pretextural and factually unsupportable reasons” Upper Deck refused to grant it status as an authorized Internet retailer, which has “severely damaged Frontline through lost sales and profits.” Frontline has been an online seller since at least 2004.

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Upper Deck announces plans for the National filled with autographs and giveaways

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

VIPs and other collectors can land some great exclusive Upper Deck products at the National Sports Collectors Convention from August 3-7.

First up, collectors who come to the VIP sneak peek on Wednesday will be able to get a special card set found only in Chicago. The set six-card set features superstars with Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Sidney Crosby, LeBron James, Bobby Orr and Landon Donovan.

After that, Upper Deck will have something for every collector. There will be four different five-card pack in its wrapper redemption program.

Fans need to purchase five packs of specified Upper Deck products from Certified Diamond Dealers. They will receive a voucher to bring to the Upper Deck booth where they will receive one of four 2011 National event-exclusive packs. Each day there will be a different five-card collection redeemed and they will be available while supplies last. Cards must be opened at the Upper Deck booth. To find out which Upper Deck products are eligible, visit the booth at the show.

“We are pulling out all the stops to make Upper Deck’s presence at the 32nd National Sports Collectors Convention a memorable one for our fans in attendance,” said Mike Phillips, Upper Deck’s director of hobby sales in a release. “By creating promotions that help support the efforts of our Certified Diamond Dealers, we can help create a situation where fans are seeing real value in purchasing through the right channels. Being able to provide so many unique giveaways and promotions during this show is also a great way to give back to our fans who have always been very engaged with our brand and products. We can’t wait to get out there and have the chance to interact more with them.”

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U.S. Women’s National Team kicks it into high gear

By Brian Fleischer | Beckett Senior Market Analyst

Pressure Makes Us. Nike Soccer’s tag line for the United States Women’s National Team was on display on Sunday morning when the U.S. Women took the field in their Women’s World Cup quarterfinal match against mighty Brazil.

Down a man (or woman) and down 2-1, in the final minutes of extra time, Abby Wambach headed a pinpoint cross from Megan Rapinoe into the back of the net. The goal – and ensuing celebration – brought back memories of Landon Donovan’s miraculous goal against Algeria in last year’s World Cup. Goalkeeper Hope Solo came up huge in the subsequent penalty shootout, stopping Daiane’s shot, while the U.S. Women coolly put each of their five penalty kicks in the back of the net, setting up a semifinal match between the United States and France.

The U.S. women don’t appear on many trading cards, but thanks to some foresight by Donruss in 2008 and Upper Deck’s push to add cards from the Women’s Professional Soccer to its MLS products, they’ve got more than you might think. Buyer beware. There are several sellers on eBay selling unlicensed “custom” or “homemade” cards. While they may be nice collectibles, they’re not something that we would ever catalog or price in our database.

Abby Wambach – Sunday’s hero has appeared on 29 different cards, with her first being in the 2003 Sports Illustrated for Kids release. She’s got seven certified autographs, with her 2004 Leather and Lumber Fans of the Game Autographs ($50) and 2011 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Autographs ($40) being the hottest on the secondary market. She’s got seven different memorabilia cards with her 2011 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Memorabilia ($15) and 2011 Upper Deck MLS WPS Materials ($15) cards fast becoming collector favorites.

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Upper Deck to send a collector to MLS All-Star Game

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

With soccer taking the forefront in the sports world right now with the Women’s World Cup underway and Major League Soccer’s All-Star game drawing near, Upper Deck is taking the opportunity to reward one lucky fan.

On the line: a trip to the 2011 MLS All-Star Game, which is hosted by the New York/New Jersey Red Bulls in the New York metropolitan area.

For those of you who have been collecting 2011 MLS cards since the 200-card exclusive Upper Deck set was released in April, this contest could be close at hand.

To win, collect all 20 MLS Materials game-used jersey insert cards. Then, contact Upper Deck at upperdeckmarketing@upperdeck.com to learn how and where to submit your entry.

See a full checklist after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2011 Upper Deck MLS Soccer cards

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Join Beckett Media’s Dave Sliepka, Andrew Tolentino and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Upper Deck Soccer boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?

Watch and find out …

Upper Deck Authenticated lands Landon Donovan


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

One of the most widely known American soccer stars is coming to Upper Deck.

Landon Donovan has signed to be a spokesperson with the company. Donovan already has game-used memorabilia and autographs cards in soccer products, but his signature is coming to Upper Deck Authenticated.

And it looks like these pieces could be picked up in the very near future.

Donovan has already had his first signing session with Upper Deck, which include a number of autographed products such as posters, soccer balls and jerseys.

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Could Ochocinco appear on a soccer card?

By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

In a cardboard universe that’s soon to include video trading cards, the answer to this question is “definitely maybe.”

According to a recently-released ESPN.com news item and the following video from the foxsports YouTube channel, the loud-mouthed Bengals receiver started a four-day trial with Major League Soccer team Sporting Kansas City earlier this week. Obviously better known for the other foot-named game, Chad Ochocinco apparently played soccer during his youth — and this tryout could (but likely won’t) spark a new career.

In the case that he just happens to make the roster — and if he’s willing to take a massive salary cut — collectors might just be able to see a different kind of Ochocinco football cards.

Despite the fact that April Fool’s Day is one week from today, the  footage below is very, very real.

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