Monthly Archives: October 2008

Philadelphia Phillies fans will need the World Series commemorative set

A few hundred thousand fans helped the Philadelphia Phillies celebrate their second World Series title on Friday and Upper Deck is hoping a few of them will be interested in the commemorative box set.

Preview: 2008 Leaf Rookies & Stars NFL

Here’s an advance look at what to expect in this year’s version of Leaf Rookies & Stars, which hits hobby shops on Nov. 12.

Missing a basketball Hot List? Get it here …

If you happened to notice two baseball Hot Lists in the November issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, you’re not alone. Click on the link below to see what you missed.

Updated: Cabbage Patch Kids charity auction election ends with Sarah Palin winning big

Jakks Pacific has created four custom Cabbage Patch Kids dolls — remember them? — as part of a charity fund-raiser on eBay.

The first 2008-09 UD Black NHL rookie redemptions are …

Upper Deck revealed the first group of rookie exchange cards from 2008-09 UD Black on Wednesday.

Is Billy Crystal hiding in your commons bin?

For me, one of the key moments when hitting a new card shop is finding the commons bin, the bargain bin.

It’s not that I’m looking for commons — it’s those bargains that matter, those cards that are more interesting than their lowly prices or those cards that just shouldn’t be there.

Guess who's signing for Donruss Americana …

The next Donruss Americana product arrives next year — can you name the former Baywatch actress shown here signing for the set?

Upper Deck releases Ballpark Collection short-print list

Here is a list of short-printed cards in the 2008 Ballpark Collection baseball set as released by Upper Deck on Tuesday:

Joba Chamberlain's 2007 Donruss Elite autographs ship today

Did you happen to pull a redemption card for card No. 130 in the 2007 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball set?

If so, you’ll be getting an autographed card of New York Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain in his Nebraska uniform.

Casting Moneyball — the movie

Columbia Pictures recently signed a writer and director for a possible adaptation of the best-selling baseball book Moneyball, which explores the unorthodox scouting and business procedures of the small-market Oakland A’s and General Manager Billy Beane. Who’s possibly in line to play Beane? Brad Pitt.

Upper Deck's All-Star Vinyl retail lines include plenty of star power

Upper Deck is bringing its line of All-Star Vinyl figures to the masses this fall with several series of 10-inch figures that showcase some of the sports world’s biggest names.

McFarlane Toys' latest NHL Legends series drops next month

The seventh and latest series of McFarlane Toys’ NHL Legends arrives in stores in November with the seven-figure lineup showcasing five greats from the past.

Brewers scout shares his tales from the field

Brad Del Barba is a scout for the Milwaukee Brewers who has more than a few stories to tell about players he has scouted — and he enjoys hearing stories about many of the players that he didn’t.

By the Box: 2008 Donruss Threads baseball

Here are the results from a randomly selected box I recently opened … 2008 Donruss Threads Baseball (hobby box)

Card gallery: 2008 Leaf Limited football

As promised with yesterday’s gallery of higher-end insert cards from Donruss’ 2008 Leaf Limited, here’s another gallery of cards one can expect to find in the product, which hits hobby shops next week.

Is this the ultimate Dallas Cowboys autographed item?

I know this isn’t the ultimate Dallas Cowboys autographed item, but it might only be trumped by a few things.

First look: 2008 Leaf Limited football insert cards

Check out this selection of some key cards from the upcoming 2008 Leaf Limited NFL set that hits hobby shops on Oct. 29.

Arizona's Lute Olson retires — now's the time to track down that key memorabilia

ESPN’s Dick Vitale is reporting that Arizona basketball coach Lute Olson is set to retire, which means there will probably be a bit more interest in Olson’s memorabilia in the short term.

A positive example for sticker autographs?

We all know the reasons why trading card manufacturers use stickers for autographs. And we all know the many reasons why collectors often don’t like them.

World Series: What's it worth? Can't find it? Try this tool …

If you collect World Series memorabilia or are your curious about what some specific Fall Classic items are worth, then you might want to check out the Beckett World Series page.

Jason Bartlett, World Series hero

The Tampa Bay Rays let down plenty of people with their loss (albeit close) in Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night. But there is a hero.

Card Gallery: More Donruss Sports Legends

Here’s another look at what’s coming in Donruss’ Sports Legends product, which is set for a December release. Check out the mix of these personalities and their sports.

Upper Deck unveils Pro Shots Ultimates sculptures for Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan

Upper Deck released images of its latest Pro Shots Ultimates — deluxe polyresign sculptures of memorable moments — on Wednesday with Tiger Woods’ 1997 Masters fist-pump and Michael Jordan’s final shot from the 1998 NBA Finals up for grabs. (Click on the Jordan for a closer look.)

Best way to get a (sort-of) free auto? Book signings

If you’re patient and have plenty of time to wait in line, there’s one sure-fire way to get autographs of top sports figures and celebrities — book signings.

So a dude walks into a Best Buy to buy a Kevin Smith DVD …

So a dude walks into a Best Buy to buy a Kevin Smith DVD after a hard day’s work at Beckett Media …

Dallas Cowboys team photographer set to auction historic image collection

The photographs of long-time Dallas Cowboys team photographer Ron St. Angelo — some 100,000 images — will head to the auction block next month to be sold in one lot through

By the Box: 2008 Press Pass Elvis by the Numbers

Here are the results from a randomly selected box I recently opened … 2008 Press Pass Elvis by the Numbers cards (hobby box)

More 2008 Donruss Threads preview images

Here are a few more slideshows showing inserts, autographs and memorabilia cards from 2008 Donruss Threads, which hits hobby shops this week:

Donruss unveils huge Sports Legends product set for December (updated)

Donruss announced plans Monday for a multi-sport set coming in December called Americana Sports Legends — a product that will feature more than 150 of the top athletes of all time.

Card gallery: 2008 Donruss Threads Americana

Here is the first of a few galleries for the 2008 Donruss Threads product, which hits hobby shops this week. This gallery shows off the Baseball Americana inserts, which come in standard, autographed and game-used versions where possible.

What does Evan Longoria have to do to avoid Eva?

There’s no doubt that one baseball player’s cards are hotter than anyone else’s right now — but no matter what Tampa Bay 3B Evan Longoria does, somebody somewhere will trot out a tale of the tape comparing him to ABC Desperate Housewife Eva Longoria. Who am I to disappoint?

Card Gallery: 2008 Topps Sterling football

It won’t hit hobby shops until early next year, but here’s a look at the upcoming Topps Sterling football set.

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.

Card Gallery: 2008 Donruss Threads insert cards

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the cards coming in the 2008 Donruss Threads set, which hits hobby shops later this month.

Rookie Leatherheads: Why didn't anyone think of that?

If you’ve been over to this morning you probably have seen a preview gallery for Upper Deck SP Authentic football, which arrives in hobby shops early next year.