Monthly Archives: February 2010

Behind the Scenes: A Beckett Magazine Planning Meeting

Ever wonder what goes on in a Beckett magazine planning meeting?

McFarlane Toys Reveals First Signed Hockey Figures

In NHL news, McFarlane Toys made a pretty big splash at Toy Fair over the weekend by following up last September’s announcement of autographed chase figures with a sneak preview of the first signed hockey figures.

Sneak Preview Gallery: 2010 Famous Fabrics First Edition

Dr. Brian Price — the Canadian sports card manufacturer who’s delivered memorable products from such memorable brands as In The Game, Be A Player and Sportkings — recently unveiled a whole host of images from Famous Fabrics First Edition, the newest product from his newest company, Creative Cardboard Concepts.

First Look: Upper Deck's 2010 NCAA Sweet Spot Football

Upper Deck officials on Monday released preliminary information and images on 2010 NCAA Sweet Spot Football, a brand new product releasing in June that takes full advantage of the company’s exclusive agreement with the Collegiate Licensing Company.

Inside the Topps Million Card Giveaway …

So Topps launched its Million Card Giveaway on Monday at, where slowly but surely collectors who found one of the contest cards in packs of 2010 Topps baseball cards could enter their code and win a card from the past.

Box Busters: 2010 Upper Deck baseball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they bust a box of 2010 Upper Deck baseball cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Is it a Hot Box? You watch and decide…

The NFL's Biggest Surprises . . . Continued

In the March 2010 issue of Beckett Football that’s on newsstands and in hobby shops now, we profile seven of the 2009 NFL season’s biggest surprise players. That is, players who enjoyed breakout performances on the field and in the hobby in 2009 that forced collectors to stand up and take notice.

Sights and Sounds from the 2010 NBA All-Star Jam Session

Equipped with a wandering eye and a nifty, Dallas Mavericks-branded Flip Mino Camcorder, Beckett Basketball Senior Market Analyst Keith Hower spent the better part of three days documenting quality time at 2010 NBA All-Star Weekend in downtown Dallas.

World's largest basketball card is ready for pack out …

It turns out that there is one collection large enough for the world’s largest autographed and game-used basketball card, which was unveiled on Saturday at the NBA Jam Session.

Box Busters: 2009-10 USA Baseball box set

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they open two sets of 2009-10 USA Baseball cards.

What will they find inside?

Triple H at Toy Fair? That just screams "caption me" …

That’s what happened when I spotted the above photo of Triple H (Paul Levesque) showing off his action figure Friday in advance of the American International Toy Fair that starts Sunday in New York.

Panini America sets Guinness world record with Kobe Bryant basketball card at NBA Jam Session

Panini America set a Guinness Record for the world’ largest signed game-used jersey card on Saturday in Arlington, Texas, at the NBA Jam Session.

A Brief Beckett Discussion . . . and Snow

An impromptu trading card discussion between Beckett’s Brett Robertson, Keith Hower, Tim Trout and Brian Fleischer turns into a closer look at a rare Dallas snowfall.

Major League Baseball Properties vs. Upper Deck heads to court on April 19

Major League Baseball Properties’ lawsuit against Upper Deck regarding alleged misuse of MLB trademarks in three recently released baseball card sets will hit the courtroom not long after Opening Day, according to a statement issued Thursday evening to Beckett Media.

Press Pass Reveals Joe Montana Autograph Error

Press Pass officials recently announced that a production error on Joe Montana’s run of Semester Signature Onyx autograph cards from 2009 Press Pass Fusion led to the creation of four cards bearing identical “2/5” serial numbering.

Exclusive Interview: What Does Kobe Collect?

Here’s how you know the folks at Panini America are doing something right: They managed to give Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant goose bumps.

Contest Update: 2009 Card Investment NFL Season Preview

You may recall that in September on (and on The Beckett Blog and in Beckett Football), we solicited submissions for a special 2009 NFL Season Preview card-investment contest. Essentially, we asked Beckett visitors how they would invest an imaginary $1,000 in at least five football cards for the 2009 season.

Upper Deck Honors Saints with Boxed Set

Upper Deck is honoring the Super Bowl XLIV champion New Orleans Saints with a 51-card commemorative boxed set that includes 40 player cards, five Season Highlight cards, four Postseason Memorable Moments cards, one Super Bowl MVP card and one oversized 3 x 5 celebration card.

Say it ain't so… not all retail packs are made alike, Part III

Recently, you might have read items here on The Beckett Blog where we examined how some recent Topps retail packs and Blaster Boxes may not deliver the kinds of blasts collectors might expect.

Topps appoints Ryan O’Hara new CEO

Topps announced Tuesday that it appointed Ryan O’Hara as president and chief executive officer beginning March 1.

Upper Deck aims to make collectors do a double take with baseball card promotion

Upper Deck unveiled on Tuesday a variation card promotion contest that will award prizes to collectors who can spot all 25 variations in 2010 Upper Deck and collect all of the cards.

Topps announces National Chicle Football short-prints

Topps is confirming that there are 25 short printed base cards seeded 1 in 6 packs in the recently-released all-painted 2009 Topps National Chicle Football. The short prints are as follows:

Box Busters: 2009 Topps Sterling baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into a pair of 2009 Topps Sterling Baseball boxes in this episode of Box Busters.

A sneak peek inside Beckett Media's New Orleans Saints Super Bowl champions commemorative issue

Now that the New Orleans Saints have won their first Super Bowl, Beckett Media will be working throughout the night to bring to you an 80-page full-color commemorative issue that highlights their run to a championship — a magazine that will arrive on newsstands later this week.(It will be available here soon.)

Inside the Steiner Sports warehouse with MLB & New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher

Ever wondered what treasures are hidden inside the multi-million-dollar inventory of a major sports memorabilia dealer like Steiner Sports?

Topps details pie surprise in 2010 baseball card set

Collectors have been spotting some New York Yankees variant cards in packs of the recently released 2010 Topps baseball card set — and the company detailed precisely which players have “pie cards” in the set on Friday.

Preview Gallery: Topps Star Wars Galaxy Series 5 Sketch Cards

Topps released on Thursday a sneak peek at some of the Sketch Cards that will be found in its forthcoming Star Wars Galaxy trading card set, the latest in a long line of sets focused on the sci-fi franchise.

Press Pass ready to unleash Legends of KISS set

Up next on the Press Pass setlist is Legends of KISS, a 100-card themed set that tells the story of the band through their own words — a set that, when placed in pages, tells the story from card to card.

Product Preview: 2009-10 Be A Player hockey cards

Upper Deck recently released the basic product breakdown and preview images for its 2009-10 Be A Player hockey card set that will arrive in May packing plenty of autographs and a few rookies hockey fans might have heard of.

Box Busters preview gallery: 2009 Topps Sterling

We’ve cracked a pair of 2009 Topps Sterling boxes for an upcoming episode of Box Busters but wanted to make sure you could see some of what’s to be found while the video is in the famous Beckett microwave.

Konami blasts Upper Deck in statement on settled Yu-Gi-Oh! counterfeiting case

Konami issued its first public statement on Wednesday following the settlement of its long-running dispute with Upper Deck over the Carlsbad, Calif.-based trading card company’s unauthorized production of more than 600,000 Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards.

Figure skaters take center ice in new Upper Deck set

With the Winter Olympics not long away, Upper Deck revealed on Wednesday that it’s added a twist to the insert card lineup in its upcoming second series of 2009-10 Hockey cards.

Someone's done some cleaning at Beckett HQ

Someone’s done some cleaning at Beckett HQ — and Tracy Hackler gets all the gifts.

First look: 2010 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection basketball cards

Upper Deck may be done producing NBA-licensed basketball cards, but it’s not done trying to put high-end basketball cards into the hands of collectors.

Box Busters: 2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars baseball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they dig into a box of 2009 Signature Stars baseball cards from Upper Deck in this latest episode of Box Busters.