Monthly Archives: August 2009

Panini Makes First Favre Vikings Card a Walmart Exclusive

Panini America officials had the rare opportunity to stop the presses over the weekend, doing so on the retail version of 2009 Donruss Threads in an effort to include what promises to be Brett Favre’s first Minnesota Vikings card.

Examining Bart Giamatti's baseball cards

Bart Giamatti died just eight days after banning Pete Rose, which led to a memorial card produced in a handful of 1990 sets — Donruss (No. 716) as seen here and in Topps (No. 396), its O-Pee-Chee counterpart, the 1990 Score Rookie Dream Team set and in the1990 T/ M Umpires release.

Topps announces mistake on Will Venable Blue Refractors

Topps announces that because of a mistake during the manufacturing process, Wil Venable’s UNISGNED Blue Refractor Autograph cards (#’d to 199) were inadvertently inserted into packs of 2009 Topps Chrome Baseball. Topps is urging collectors to send their UNSIGNED Venable cards to the following address no later than Monday, Nov. 30. Topps will return the cards once they are signed by Venable and re-certified for authenticity.

Box Busters: 2008-09 Exquisite Collection basketball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Keith Hower, Tracy Hackler and Chris Olds as they each open a $600 box of 2008-09 Exquisite Collection Basketball cards from Upper Deck. Win a free box!

Heritage set to auction million-dollar vintage collection

An impressive collection of rare and high-grade key vintage baseball cards is set to hit the auction block through Heritage Auctions in September, led by a PSA 8 Ty Cobb 1911 D304 Brunners card estimated at $200,000.

San Diego Padres OF Kyle Blanks is Topps' sixth Finest Rookie Redemption

Topps announced the sixth player in its 2009 Finest Rookie Redemption set on Friday and it’s San Diego Padre Kyle Blanks.

First look: 2009 Topps T206 Baseball 100th Anniversary Edition

The 2009 T206 Baseball 100th Anniversary Edition arrives in October with eight cards per pack ($5 suggested retail price), 20 packs per box and 10 boxes per hobby case. Each hobby box will include one autograph card and one Relic.

First look: 2009-10 Panini Rookies & Stars Basketball

Panini America released basic preview images and product information on Friday for its 2009-10 Rookies & Stars Basketball set, which carries over the modern design found in its football counterpart.

Upper Deck's first Brett Favre Vikings football card

Upper Deck released a preview image on Friday of what Brett Favre’s first Minnesota Vikings card will look like.

TRISTAR brings tobacco card aesthetic to minors with Obak set coming soon

TRISTAR’s foray into the genre of tobacco card styled baseball card sets begins later this month as its Obak set is now scheduled for an Aug. 31 release.

Topps offers factory sets with custom card toppers

And that’s the hope with three new products available at the Topps Online Store as Topps is allowing buyers to get their own 2009 Baseball factory set with a special box-topper — a custom card of their choice — along with an optional customized message.

Brett Favre's Finest: His First Vikings Card

00000 Topps this afternoon revealed a card from the forthcoming 2009 Topps Finest Football, due out Sept. 15, sure to have a certain sect of purple people eating it up: Brett Favre’s first Minnesota Vikings card. It’s a card destined to be one of the most sought after football cards of the early season. “New York Jets fans last year […]

First Look: 2009 Topps Heritage High Number Edition

00000 Topps officials on Thursday afternoon released preliminary images and product details on 2009 Topps Heritage High Number Edition, an update to the basic 2009 Topps Heritage set that includes 220 new cards numbered 501-720, including 75 rookies. In addition, Topps has confirmed that every autograph in the product will be signed on-card and every […]

NHL Rookies will be center of attention at Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut

Fourteen of the top prospects in the National Hockey League will gather in Mississauga, Ontario, next Wednesday (Aug. 26) for the Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut.

Preview Gallery: 2009 Topps Unique baseball cards

Topps released preview images for a forthcoming 2009 product on Thursday called Unique, which appears to be loaded with high-end memorabilia and autograph cards despite being what promises to a lower- to mid-range product price-wise.

Sports Illustrated examines baseball card industry

The latest issue of Sports Illustrated examines the baseball card industry in the wake of the MLB decision to grant exclusive rights to Topps beginning in 2010. While it’s a piece heavily focused on Upper Deck — and isn’t even touted on the cover — it’s worth a read.

Topps Rushes Kimbo Slice into 2009 Topps UFC

00000 Topps announced on Thursday morning that the delay in getting the highly anticipated 2009 Topps UFC to market is for a very good, very sizable reason: Kimbo Slice. Slice, the street fighting sensation turned pop culture phenomenon thanks to YouTube, will be one of the featured attractions on the Spike TV reality show “The […]

Sneak Peek: In The Game's Ultimate Memorabilia 9

00000 In The Game officials pulled the curtain back ever so slightly on the eagerly anticipated ninth installment of Ultimate Memorabilia, a product due out in November packing three slabbed cards per pack — one Ultimate Autograph, one Ultimate Authentic Game-Used Memorabilia card and one Ultimate Base card. Here’s an early look :

First Look: 2009 Topps Triple Threads Football

00000 Topps officials today released preliminary product information and images of 2009 Triple Threads Football, a product that has become one of the most popular in Topps’ entire sports portfolio. This season, Topps is guaranteeing that every Relic card in the hobby-exclusive product – seeded one per pack – will be a Triple Relic card; in addition, […]

Upper Deck signs Detroit Red Wings legend Steve Yzerman to autograph deal

Upper Deck announced on Wednesday that it has signed Hall of Famer Steve Yzerman to an autograph deal for its 2009-10 product lines.

Michael Vick’s Return to Football Cards

Now comes word from Topps and Upper Deck that Vick will also be returning to packs of football cards beginning next month. Upper Deck will include a short-printed Vick card into 2009 SPx, set to release Sept. 15. The card will be numbered as part of the 2009 Upper Deck set, which launches Sept. 1.

Revealed: 2009 Press Pass Legends Blue Ink Inscriptions

00000 Press Pass officials on Tuesday released quantities for the company’s 2009 Press Pass Legends Red Ink and Inscriptions varations. What follows is the complete list of Blue Ink Inscriptions. You can find the Red Ink variations list here.

Revealed: 2009 Press Pass Legends Red Ink Variations

Press Pass officials on Tuesday released quantities for the company’s 2009 Press Pass Legends Red and Inscriptions varations. What follows is the complete list of Red Ink variations.

Readers Write: Check out this historic pull

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By the box: 2009 Press Pass Premium NASCAR cards

Here’s the data from a randomly selected hobby box of 2009 Press Pass Premium NASCAR cards …

NASCAR cards: My how they've changed

I recently had the chance to bust open a couple of hobby boxes of Press Pass NASCAR cards (for the first time since the earlier days of Dale Earnhardt Jr. wearing black and red … or maybe even further back) and I can say that it seems the cards are getting better all the time.

Brett Favre as a Viking: What it Means for His Cards

Brett Favre, the 39-year-old gunslinger who has unsuccessfully retired from the Green Bay Packers and the New York Jets in the last two years, is reportedly one successful physical away from joining the Minnesota Vikings for the princely sum of between $10 and $12 million.

San Diego Padres pitcher Mat Latos is 7th Topps Red Hot Rookie

Topps announced its seventh Red Hot Rookie for 2009, and it’s San Diego Padres pitcher Mat Latos.

What will Bryce Harper's Topps Aflac Classic card go for?

The Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic has come and gone — and that means one thing to collectors.

Y.E. Yang is another of golf's cardless stars

Upper Deck hasn’t produced a PGA/LPGA licensed set of golf cards since 2004, so Y.E. Yang’s edging of Tiger Woods in the PGA Championship on Sunday means that fans seeking a piece of memorabilia featuring the South Korean who turned pro in 2004.

Usain Bolt: Too fast for a trading card?

Usain Bolt set a new world record in the 100-meter dash in Berlin on Sunday with a run of 9.58 seconds.

Random card image of the day…

Just a random card image for a Sunday.

It’s 2007 Donruss Americana card No. 62.

Who’s Richard Kiel? Click here.

Photo gallery: Topps Aflac All-American autograph session

Beckett’s Edward Lewis went behind the scenes at Topps’ autograph session where the stars of the Aflac High School All-American High School Baseball Classic signed cards which will be included in packs of Topps baseball cards once the players sign professional contracts and deals with the card company. In most cases that could be a year or two (or more) from now.

Behind the scenes: Bryce Harper at The Aflac High School All-American game

SAN DIEGO – As 40 Aflac High School All-Americans scribbled their names onto more than 5,000 brand new Topps baseball cards, Chris Holmes, Topps’ Senior Baseball Brand Manager, was asked a question about Bryce Harper.

Upper Deck readies more Tiger Woods memorabilia pieces

Upper Deck revealed to Beckett Media on Friday a pair of Tiger Woods items to come from Upper Deck Authenticated in September — and indicated that there will be “a full line of PGA Championship products” to come if Woods wins this weekend’s PGA Championship.