Monthly Archives: November 2009

Card gallery: 2009 Topps 206 baseball cards (updated)

While a Box Busters episode for 2009 Topps 206 is in negotiations for Friday or Monday, we’ve already busted a box for a card gallery right here.

Here’s a sneak peek at what you can find in your boxes when they arrive starting next week …

First look: 2010 Topps Opening Day baseball cards

Topps released the basic product information and additional preview images for its 2010 Opening Day baseball card set, which will arrive well ahead of Opening Day on Feb. 15.

Topps joins forces with mobile phone application company

Topps and GetFugu have joined forces to create an interactive partnership that will allow collectors to use their baseball cards to obtain more information about the player through their portable phones.

Preview images: 2010 Topps Opening Day

Topps released a handful of preview images for a pair of upcoming baseball sets on Thursday morning.

Upper Deck signs New York Yankees pitchers Mariano Rivera & Andy Pettitte to autograph deals

Upper Deck announced on Wednesday evening that it has signed veteran New York Yankees pitchers Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera to non-exclusive autograph deals to include their signatures in the company’s 2010 baseball sets.

First look: 2010 Press Pass Trackside Autographs and Four Wide memorabilia cards

Press Pass has unveiled its Track Edition Autographs and the new format of its Four Wide memorabilia cards that will be found in its first 2010 NASCAR set, Press Pass 2010 and in Press Pass Eclipse.

Now on the auction block: An authentic Yankee Stadium media room telephone

Just in case you know one of those New York Yankees fan who has everything, there’s a new item on the auction block that just might be right for them as the holiday season is upon us.

Busted! 2009-10 Donruss Elite Basketball

We were lucky enough on Tuesday to receive two early boxes of 2009-10 Donruss Elite Basketball, due out everywhere beginning Nov. 25. We’ll open one box on Wednesday for an episode of Box Busters; as for the other one, well, we just couldn’t wait.

Card gallery: 2009-10 Rookies & Stars basketball cards

The 2009-10 Rookies & Stars basketball set from Panini America arrives on Wednesday with four autograph or memorabilia cards per hobby box — and one of this writer’s favorite card designs of the year in the Dress for Success inserts (above).

First Look: 2010 Upper Deck Draft Edition Football

Here’s how we know the NFL’s 2010 Draft Class is going to be one of the most talent rich in recent memory: Upper Deck officials on Tuesday began soliciting orders for 2010 Draft Edition Football, the company’s first football product of next season slated to be live roughly five months from now.

The five finalists for The Face of 2010 SPx Baseball are …

If you hadn’t heard about Beckett Media’s promotion with Upper Deck to find The Face of 2010 SPx Baseball, then that’s too bad.

It’s too late for you to enter.

However, here are the five finalists in the contest, one of which will appear in the company’s upcoming advertisement for the baseball set and win free cards.

Box Busters: 2009 Press Pass Fusion

Box Busters Bryan Hornbeck, Dan Hitt and Tracy Hackler get jiggy with three boxes of the multisport marvel known as 2009 Press Pass Fusion. What will they pull? What can you win? Watch and find out.

Press Pass goes green with 2010 Wheels Element set

In an industry full of mylar wrappers and plenty of cardboard, going green is near impossible, but Press Pass is doing the next-best thing.

They’re going green with their 2010 Wheels Element NASCAR set.

Another look: 2010 Topps baseball cards

Just in case you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard all about 2010 Topps Baseball, here’s the latest from the company as released on Monday.

There’s not much new here in the product breakdown, but, hey, it’s a light news day when it comes to baseball cards as we await the remainder of the 2009 card schedule and move ever so closer to 2010.

Topps Unveils WWE Slam Attax TCG

00000Topps officials have publicly acknowledged the importance of the company’s Attax trading card games in the ongoing effort to re-engage kids into trading cards and collecting. The company, which recently launched its NHL Puck Attax game, started soliciting orders Friday for the WWE version of the game, Slam Attax Evolution. The TCG, which, according to […]

Blowoutcards' Thomas Fish steps up for Operation Gratitude owner Thomas Fish is working with Operation Gratitude to help expand its program announced on Wednesday in conjunction with Upper Deck that will get packs of trading cards into the hands of U.S. military members serving overseas.

Box Busters Gallery: 2009 Press Pass Fusion

Dan Hitt, Bryan Hornbeck and Tracy Hackler on Thursday morning had the opportunity to bust three early boxes of 2009 Press Pass Fusion, the company’s first foray into the multisport arena.

Beckett Exquisite Winner Busts His Box

Mild-mannered Michigan native and IT professional Carl Seabold was beside himself when we notified him that he’d won one of the 2008-09 Exquisite Collection boxes from our widely embraced Box Busters contest.

Box Busters: 2009 SP Signature Edition Football

Dan Hitt and Tracy Hackler, two guys who know a thing or two about commons, open four boxes of 2009 SP Signature Edition Football. What did they find? Well, that’s a good question . . .

Box Busters: 2009-10 Rookies & Stars Basketball

00000 Beckett Box Busters Keith Hower and Tracy Hackler double-team 24 packs of 2009-10 Rookies & Stars Basketball. Find out what they pulled — and what you can win — by watching their pack-ripping antics.  

First Look: 2010 Topps UFC Uncaged

Topps’ UFC product development team earlier this week released several preview images from the company’s 2010 UFC Uncaged product, due out some time early next year.

2009 Press Pass Fusion: Box Busting Begins Thursday Morning

You’re looking at the first three boxes of Press Pass’ new multisport endeavor known as Fusion. Hot off the presses Wednesday evening, they’ll be fodder for the Beckett Box Busters crew Thursday morning.

Upper Deck aims to make two Canadian hobby shops "Hockey Card Heaven"

Upper Deck unveiled its latest promotional sports program on Wednesday — “Hockey Card Heaven” – which will tab two Canadian hobby shops as divine destinations.

Upper Deck launches Million Pack March for U.S. military

Upper Deck has joined forces with Operation Gratitude, a non-profit organization that sends 100,000-plus “care packages” annually to U.S. service members, to launch a campaign to get trading cards — a little piece of home — into the hands of military troops serving overseas.

Box Busters: 2009 Sweet Spot baseball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2009 Sweet Spot baseball cards from Upper Deck.

Topps: The Odd One Out?

Wow! I didn’t see that coming. Topps without a football license? That just seems . . . odd. After all, the New York-based trading card giant has produced at least one football product a year since 1955. For those counting at home, that’s 55 consecutive seasons.

War veterans can be found on countless cards from past

With Wednesday being Veterans Day, we figured it to be no better time than now to revisit some sports cards from the past that have obvious military ties.

Box Busters Preview: 2009-10 Rookies & Stars Basketball

The good news: The Beckett Basketball team busted one of the first boxes of 2009-10 Panini Rookies & Stars Basketball on the market Tuesday afternoon.

Upper Deck releases Sweet Spot green ink quantities

Upper Deck released the production numbers on Tuesday for its 2009 Sweet Spot Signatures autographs that were signed in green ink.

Licensing decisions impact all collectors

Topps has never survived on cards alone. In 2007, before the company went private, net sales of the company’s entertainment products totaled $38.3 million in the first quarter. In that same period, the company’s confectionary sales (that’s right, candy) totaled $42.7 million — and Ringpops are a lot cheaper to make than baseball cards.

First Look: 2009 Topps Platinum Football

Topps on Tuesday afternoon released preliminary images and product information on what very well could be the company’s last football product in some time. If , indeed, that is the case, the company appears to be going out with something of a bang.

Box Busters: 2009-10 UD Black Hockey

What’s better than one 12-piece memorabilia card? Two 12-piece memorabilia cards, of course. And that’s not all that Beckett’s played-out Box Busters pulled from two boxes of 2009-10 UD Black Hockey.

Box Busters: 2009-10 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey

Check out Beckett Hockey’s two-man power play as they rip through two boxes of 2009-10 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey? What will they pull? How many names will they mispronounce? What can you win? Watch and find out.

The Morning After: Collectors React to Players Inc Decision

00000 In a year absolutely crammed with jaw-dropping, stagger-inducing hobby headlines, yesterday’s announcement that Topps would not be granted a 2010 trading card license from Players Inc, the marketing and licensing arm of the NFL Players Association, was one of the biggest. Reaction to the news from the collecting community has been fast, furious and […]

Spitball releases finalists for baseball book of year

If not, Spitball: The Literary Baseball Magazine has a few you might need to check out as its editors have released their list of finalists for the 2009 CASEY Award, which goes to the best baseball book of the year.