Monthly Archives: September 2009

Exclusive Ken Griffey Jr. figure, NFL series 22 coming from McFarlane Toys

McFarlane Toys has plenty on tap soon with, most notably, a 6-inch Ken Griffey Jr. Seattle Mariners SportsPicks figure only available from one retailer.

Baseball artist Monty Sheldon to commemorate 90th anniversary of Black Sox with eight sketch cards

Noted baseball artist Monty Sheldon is celebrating the 90th anniversary of the Black Sox scandal with a series of eight hand-drawn sketch cards that he will complete and sell on the anniversary of each game from the 1919 World Series.

Stacy Keibler is cleaning out her closet again

Former WWE Diva and Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Stacy Keibler is one of the celebs who does just that via “Stacy Keibler’s Closet” on eBay.

Exclusive First Look: 2009 Playoff Contenders Football

Panini America officials late Thursday evening released to Beckett Media the first images of 2009 Playoff Contenders Football, annually one of the sport’s most popular releases since its groundbreaking 1998 edition first melded autographs with Rookie Cards.

A landmark autograph card in TRISTAR's new TNA's iMPACT! set?

A dual autograph card in the recently released TRISTAR TNA iMPACT! set is the first of its kind — perhaps a landmark release for both wrestling cards and trading cards as a whole.

First look: 2009-10 Upper Deck SP Game-Used hockey cards

Upper Deck has released the basic product breakdown and preview images for its 2009-10 SP Game-used Hockey set, which will arrive early next year.

Topps releases WWE sketch card preview images

One of the items in Topps’ forthcoming 2009 World Wrestling Entertainment card set are sketch cards created by the WWE stars themselves.

Box Busters: 2009 Topps UFC

00000 The formidable Beckett MMA team of Bryan Hornbeck and Tracy Hackler bust an extremely early, punch-packing box of 2009 Topps UFC. Let’s go to the tape . . .

What makes the upcoming Topps WWE set unique?

It’s been nearly a year since Topps released its last World Wrestling Entertainment card set and once this newest product arrives in October it will be one of the most unique WWE sets that Topps has released.

Thursday is Exquisite Pack-out Day and we've got a sneak peek at the six biggest cards

Thursday marks a national holiday of sorts if you’re a high-end card collector as Upper Deck’s recently announced 2009-10 Exquisite Basketball set will be packed out at the company’s printing facility.

First look: 2009 Bowman Sterling baseball cards

Topps released the basic product information and preview images for its 2009 Bowman Sterling baseball card set on Wednesday.

THREE WAYS TO WIN TNA wrestling autographs & more

We know there are a lot of dedicated wrestling fans out there and we want to draw them into collecting and Beckett Media. And here’s how we’re going to do it… with three ways to win TNA autographs & more.

First-Look Gallery: 2009 Topps UFC

At long last, the highly anticipated, twice-delayed 2009 Topps UFC product shipped to retailers on Monday packing several instantly noticeable improvements from February’s wildly successful debut release, 2009 Topps UFC Round 1.

Ever wonder what a player's autograph contract looks like?

CNBC’s Darren Rovell takes us inside the particulars of a professional athlete’s autograph contract.

First look: 2009 Panini Threads basketball

Panini America unveiled its next basketball card product of the year on Tuesday — Panini Threads — which will arrive in mid-December.

Detroit Free Press promotes newspaper sales with baseball cards

The Detroit Free Press knows the allure of baseball cards.

First look: 2009 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball (and more)

Upper Deck released preview images and basic product information on Monday for its finale in basketball cards — 2009-10 Exquisite Basketball.

And the Paul Lempa painting card winners are …

For Beckett Baseball No. 45, we had baseball artist Paul Lempa produce four baseball card-sized paintings of some memorable baseball cards to give away to our lucky readers.

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout player of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for NFL Week 2.

First Look: 2009 eTopps Football Design

Topps officials on Friday provided followers of the company’s Tweets with a sneak peek of the 2009 eTopps Football design. eTopps’ 2009 football season kicks off Monday.

UFC's Dana White, Rich Franklin Discuss 'Surreal' Trading Cards

Ultimate Fighting Championship president Dana White has no idea what his best Topps trading card is worth. When he’s informed that it’s valued at $4, the gregarious master-marketer and promoter nonpareil responds with a question of his own.

Box Busters: 2009 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia football cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Dan Hitt as they bust boxes of 2009 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia football cards in this episode of Box Busters.

MLB reaches settlement in Donruss case

Major League Baseball Properties’ suit against Donruss filed earlier this year concerning unauthorized use of MLB logos, trade dress and player likenesses has been settled out of court.

Panini America lands The Big O for Prestige Old School autographs

Panini America has been slowly unveiling its Old School autographs for its forthcoming Prestige basketball set and one of its latest announcements isn’t an easy autograph. The Big O, Oscar Robertson.

First look: 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball cards

Topps revealed basic product information and preview images for its 2009 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects baseball card set on Thursday.

Box Busters: 2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they bust a box of 2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom baseball cards about a week before its official release on Sept. 23 in this episode of Box Busters.

Card gallery: 2009 Topps Ticket to Stardom baseball cards

We’ve busted the first boxes of Topps’ 2009 Ticket to Stardom baseball cards for a forthcoming episode of Box Busters but wanted to make sure collectors got their fix while waiting for the video.

First look: 2009 Topps Sterling baseball cards

Topps released basic preview information and images for its 2009 Topps Sterling baseball product on Thursday.

Topps Releases Info on 2009 UFC 'Fighter Issue' Cards

Just days before the once-delayed ship date of Topps’ heavily anticipated 2009 Topps UFC, the company on Wednesday released information regarding the existence of “Fighter Issue” personal-use versions of the product’s Ultimate Fighter 9 and 10 certified autograph cards.

Upper Deck’s Richard McWilliam: 'We’ll Continue to Produce Cards Worth Collecting'

In a topsy-turvy year during which Upper Deck has lost its NBA and MLB Properties licenses and gained an exclusive with the CLC, all while continuing to cope with a sluggish economy, it’s understandable that company CEO Richard McWilliam would have a lot on his mind.

Little League Champs Get Royal Treatment from Upper Deck

The Park View All-Stars from Chula Vista, Calif., recently discovered that winning the Little League World Series has its advantages — especially when you call Upper Deck a neighbor.

Big League Blast promotion a hit with dealers

Major League Baseball’s Big League Blast promotion recently wrapped up with some positive comments from dealers around the country.

Press Pass focuses on family in 2009 Legends racing set

Press Pass knows this and is focusing on families in its forthcoming 2009 Press Pass Legends set, which will include cards of some of auto racing’s most famous families.

Upper Deck Authenticated unveils Shepard Fairey's Michael Jordan artwork

Upper Deck Authenticated unveiled on Tuesday three new Michael Jordan prints commissioned by Obama “Hope” artist Shephard Fairey.

Game-worn Jim Brown Syracuse helmet set to hit auction block

The Syracuse University football helmet worn by Hall of Famer Jim Brown as a senior in 1956 hits the auction block this fall and is expected to fetch $50,000 or more.