Monthly Archives: August 2009

Texas Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz is Topps' sixth Red Hot Rookie

Topps announced its sixth Red Hot Rookie for 2009 and it’s Texas Rangers pitcher Neftali Feliz.

Upper Deck signs Alexander Ovechkin to exclusive autograph deal

Upper Deck announced on Friday that it signed reigning NHL MVP Alexander Ovechkin to an exclusive autograph deal that will begin with the 2009-10 season.

So Michael Vick is a Philadelphia Eagle …

When searching the jersey section of the Philadelphia Eagles’ site, there was another painful reminder of the controversy that will dog Michael Vick for the rest of his career. And it will only cost a fan $34.99 — a fraction of his jersey.

Preview Gallery: 2009-10 Panini Pen Pals autographs

Panini America released several preview images of its Pen Pals insert cards, which feature on-card autographs of several top NBA rookies — sometimes together on the same card — this week.

Bird of a Different Feather: Michael Vick Signs with Philadelphia

Look, I’m not even going to get into whether or not Michael Vick is still public enemy No. 1 for his role in the dog-fighting scandal that many thought ruined his career.

First look: 2009-10 Upper Deck Black Diamond hockey cards

Upper Deck released basic set information and preview images for its 2009-10 Black Diamond hockey set this week, a product that looks to be rich in its Rookie Cards and insert lineup.

Yes, even music legend Les Paul has a trading card

Les Paul, the inventor of the electric guitar, dies on Thursday in White Plains, N.Y., at age 94.

ESPN video: In search of Ken Griffey Jr.'s Rookie Card

ESPN’s Jim Caple wants a 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card — and he wants it the old-fashioned way by opening packs.

First look: 2009-10 Prestige Draft Picks autographs

Panini America released the following images of its Draft Picks Autographs that will be found in packs of 2009-10 Prestige basketball when it arrives on Oct. 7.

Press Pass focuses on logos in VIP 2009

Press Pass’ VIP 2009 NASCAR set arrives next week with some interesting memorabilia cards that focus on logo patches, which are synonymous with auto racing.

ESPN Video: NBA Rookies focus on their cards at Panini shoot

ESPN caught up with this year’s NBA rookie class at the 2009 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot recently in Tarrytown, N.Y. Check it out …

It's Official: CLC, Upper Deck Announce Multi-Year Exclusive

00000 As first reported by Beckett Media, the Collegiate Licensing Company officially announced Thursday morning that it has reached an exclusive multiyear agreement with Upper Deck. The agreement, which goes into effect April 1, 2010,  gives Upper Deck exclusive rights in the trading card category to the team and word marks for more than 200 […]

CLC, Upper Deck to Announce Exclusive Agreement

According to a sports collectibles industry source close to the situation, The Collegiate Licensing Company today is expected to announce that it has reached an exclusive multi-year trading card agreement with Upper Deck.

New Images Released: 2009 UD Ballpark Collection

00000 Upper Deck officials on Wednesday unveiled almost 30 new images from the company’s forthcoming 2009 Ballpark Collection product, including some released exclusively to Beckett Media. For more information on the product, slated to release Aug. 25, click here. To feast your eyes on the images, stay tuned after the jump.

NBA cards need to give collectors more kicks

And while I’ll be the first to say that I don’t collect much basketball these days, there seems to be one signature piece of memorabilia that’s seriously under-appreciated when it comes to basketball cards.

Derrick Rose signs video game deal with 2K Sports

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose will be the featured spokesman for an upcoming download-only video game from 2K Sports that the company announced this week.

Hobby stories: Mike Schmidt on autographs, Topps' deal & more

Here are a few recent hobby-related stories from mainstream media outlets. Check ’em out …

Recapping baseball's 2009 rookie redemptions (so far)

This year’s three major rookie redemption programs from Topps Finest, Topps Series 2 and SPx are still under way as well. Here’s a recap of what’s been announced thus far.

Preview Gallery: 2009-10 UD Black hockey cards

Upper Deck released additional preview images of cards that will be found in packs of its 2009-10 UD Black hockey set when it arrives in early September.

Preview gallery: 2009 UD Black football cards

Upper Deck released addtional images of cards from its upcoming UD Black football set this week in advance of the product’s release in late October.

Rare Michael Jordan Jersey Highlights Grey Flannel Hall of Fame Auction

A game-worn jersey from Michael Jordan’s rookie season and the backboard in play when MJ made the game-winning shot for the Bulls’ sixth NBA title 13 years later highlight Grey Flannel’s Fourth Annual Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction slated for Sept. 12.

Exclusive first look: 2009-10 Panini Same Day Rookie Card Autographs

Panini America released some additional images of its Same Day Rookie Cards from the 2009 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot on Tuesday.

Reel Bats focuses on Major League baseball players

But now there’s some much bigger news out of Florida as is selling baseball bats of the most-feared slugger in Major League history as well as a few other stars from that famed Cleveland Indians squad.

And the Matt Stafford autograph winners are …

We’ve decided who the final five winners of Matt Stafford autographed cards (courtesy of Panini America) are based on their selections of the greatest player in Detroit Lions history.

Ever wonder what Tiger Woods thinks about his memorabilia?

Ever wanted to see what an athlete says about what he signs? Upper Deck did just that with Tiger Woods as he recaps some of the situations from his career as he signed items for UDA recently.

Exclusive first look: Topps T206 100th Anniversary Edition

Want an exclusive first look at the forthcoming Topps T206 100th Anniversary Edition baseball set? It’s only found in Beckett Baseball No. 46, which will begin shipping this week.

Collector brings packs to the people

Ever wonder what everyday people think of sports card collectors? That’s where Packs to The People comes in. Watch and see how one collector serves up some basketball goodness to a few non-collectors — and a couple of NBA players.

Exclusive Interview: UD Executive Aims to ‘Set the Record Straight’

Speculation about what exactly MLB’s new exclusive trading card agreement with Topps means to the future of Upper Deck’s baseball card products has been the topic of many a heated conversation in the days since the agreement was announced last week.

First look: 2009-10 Upper Deck MVP hockey

Upper Deck released the basic product information and preview images for its 2009-10 MVP hockey card set on Monday.

First Look: 2009-10 Panini America Same-Day Cards

00000 One of the myriad niceties about yesterday’s 2009 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot? Panini Amercia‘s Same Day Rookie Cards made on-site at the New York Knicks‘ practice facility in Tarrytown, N.Y. Click for an exclusive first look at some of those cards:

Readers Write: Fan meets Heisman Trophy winners

We know that Readers Write is one of the most popular departments in our magazines. From time to time, we’ll share a letter or two right here. Send us your mail at

Panini America Takes the Court at the 2009 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

Much like head coach Mike D’Antoni did so often last season, Panini America officials hit the Knicks’ practice facility in Tarrytown, N.Y., on Sunday looking to impress. Unlike D’Antoni, who finished 32-50 during his first year in New York last season, Panini America succeeded.

UFC 101 Headliners Anderson Silva, BJ Penn Pack Heavyweight Hobby Punch

Saturday’s UFC 101 pay-per-view in Philadelphia hasn’t been nearly as ballyhooed as last month’s history-making UFC 100 that featured Brock Lesnar, Georges St-Pierre and tons of mainstream media coverage.
That’s OK. What tonight’s card lacks in hype it more than makes up for with, well, cards.

Collect Call: Thomas Fish,

In this week’s installment of Collect Call, we catch up with Thomas Fish — president and co-owner of — to discuss the recently completed National Sports Collectors Convention, UFC superstar Rich Franklin, President Obama and just where exactly the industry is headed.

First Look: Press Pass Kiss 360°

In a concept not at all foreign to the KISS Army, Press Pass recently released preview images from its encore KISS product, Kiss 360°, due out next week and packing way more bells and whistles than the company’s February release of KISS Ikons.