Monthly Archives: March 2010

Honest Abe's 2010 Topps cameo comes courtesy of Milton Bradley's card

Earlier this year, Topps teased the fact that a short-printed variation in its 2010 Baseball set included Abraham Lincoln.

And thanks to a 33-year-old New York collector the card has been confirmed.

Tim Tebow's First Public Signing Attracts 1,500 Fans, Press Pass' Interest

Press Pass officials were watching intently last weekend when Tim Tebow, the superstar quarterback the company signed to a “draft picks” trading card exclusive just days earlier, conducted his first public signing.

Merlin Olsen's career remembered on TV as well as cards

Pro Football Hall of Famer Merlin Olsen, who many might remember from the “Little House on the Prairie” and “Father Murphy” television shows, died after a battle with cancer on Wednesday night. He was 69.

MLBP settlement with Upper Deck settles RC tag issue

After following the secondary market and considering input on the subject from dealers and collectors, a determination has been made regarding the Beckett designation of “RC” for applicable cards in the 2009 Ultimate Collection, 2009 Upper Deck Signature Stars and 2010 Upper Deck Series 1 baseball releases.

Long-running legal feud over memorabilia cards ends

A long-running battle over patent infringement for memorabilia cards ended in a federal court this week as a case that had touched upon all of the major trading card companies, most recently Upper Deck, was dismissed.

Corey Haim's career also reflected on cardboard

Actor Corey Haim, who was found dead of an accidental overdose on Wednesday, appeared in a pair of Upper Deck sports card sets last year as a tribute to his role in “Lucas” — a film where he played an unlikely football player.

Upper Deck Cancels 2010 Draft Edition Football

Citing time constraints and an inability to execute the product the way it wanted to, Upper Deck officials on Wednesday confirmed that the company will not produce 2010 Draft Edition Football, an NFL Draft-centered product originally slated to release in April.

Calling all supercollectors … Beckett Baseball wants you!

It’s been awhile since we last dedicated an issue of Beckett Baseball to the player collector — in fact it was April 2007 — but we’re confident that there are supercollectors out there who haven’t been found.

Box Busters: 2009-10 Panini Studio Basketball

Join the ballyhooed Beckett Basketball team of Keith Hower and an allergy-riddled Tracy Hackler as they ravage a box of 2009-10 Panini Studio Basketball.

Topps readies Cabinet Relics for 2010 Allen & Ginter

Just when you think that you’ve seen it all in Topps’ popular Allen & Ginter baseball card set comes this.

Diamond Kings take to the basketball court in June

Panini America unveiled on Monday plans for 2009-10 Court Kings, a high-end art-driven basketball set that will arrive on June 2 packing 11 cards per pack and a $100-per pack suggested retail price.

TRISTAR reaps the rewards of new Monday-night "wrestling wars"

Some big names will be in the next TRISTAR TNA wrestling card set, which the Houston-based exclusive licensee of TNA cards announced on Monday morning.

Dallas Collector Wins a Day with the Cowboys' Patrick Crayton

Fourteen-year-old Dallas collector Ryan Wolfson turned one lucky pack of NFL trading cards into a fantastic grand prize. Wolfson and his friends and family will spend a day with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Patrick Crayton on March 20.

Guest commentary: Spotlighting 1980 Topps baseball cards

Each of us has a trigger that trips a memory or perhaps a measuring point. I knew I was old when all of a sudden I was older than all of the ballplayers. Around 1980, I became a vintage fan.

Guest Commentary: Steven Judd Examines the Buy/Sell Psyche

Regardless of what you think you might know about Steven Judd (and depending on how long you’ve been in the industry, that might be a lot or a little), what you might not know is that buying and selling sports cards has always been his true passion in the hobby.

First Look: 2009-10 Absolute Memorabilia basketball cards

Panini America unveiled on Thursday one of its first high-end basketball cards releases to arrive in its rookie season as the NBA’s sole licensee of basketball cards in 2009-10 Absolute Memorabilia, a familiar high-end brand for baseball and football fans through the years.

COMMENTARY: MLB Properties vs. Upper Deck — Examining the settlement

In short, Upper Deck gave up nearly everything that it held to be vital in its defense of its infringing products, according to its own statements in its court documents.

Topps details its USA Baseball plans

Topps detailed its plans on Thursday for the USA Baseball cards to be included in 2010 Bowman — just a day after its licensing acquisition was publicly announced.

Upper Deck comments on MLB Properties settlement

Upper Deck issued the following statement on Wednesday evening after it settled its trademark infringement lawsuit with Major League Baseball Properties:

MLB Properties settles trademark lawsuit with Upper Deck

Major League Baseball Properties settled its trademark infringement lawsuit against Upper Deck on Wednesday.

Breaking news: Topps lands license for USA Baseball cards

Topps announced on Wednesday that it will be the official card of USA Baseball.

Is a Derek Jeter autograph really all that rare?

How rare is a Derek Jeter autograph?

New Images Released: 2010 Upper Deck Legacy Collection Football

Upper Deck officials on Wednesday released the first images and preliminary product information for the brand new 2010 Legacy Collection, a 300-card set that strives to honor the complete history of the NFL dating back to 1920.

Dick Vitale set to star in debut of first talking Fathead

Just when you thought you had heard it all from Dick Vitale, Fathead unleashes this.

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Opening Day baseball cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler, Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2010 Topps Opening Day baseball cards in this episode of Box Busters.

Cop Out's collecting ties — or at least one baseball card's demise — might make some cry

The latest Bruce Willis film Cop Out — a comedic ode to buddy cop flicks from the 1980s and 1990s — came in a close second at the box office during the weekend, grossing $18.2 million with a storyline that prominently involves a notable baseball card.

Breaking News: Tim Tebow Signs Exclusive Agreement with Press Pass

On the heels of a resoundingly impressive performance over the weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine, Tim Tebow was still making headlines Tuesday morning. That’s when Press Pass revealed to Beckett Media that it has reached an exclusive autograph and trading card agreement with the former Heisman Trophy winner and Florida Gators national champion.

Preview Gallery: 2009 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Entomology cards

Upper Deck has continued to release images of its forthcoming Goodwin Champions Entomology Cards, which will be bugging many a collector when the redemptions begin shipping soon.

Topps reveals 2010 Heritage Baseball short-prints & variations

Topps detailed the oddities that can be found in its 2010 Heritage Baseball set on Monday, announcing the following…

First Look Gallery: 2010 Panini Prestige Football

Panini Prestige, formerly Playoff Prestige and annually the first football product on the market with updated draft information, is set to release May 13 packing its usually solid array of impact, including four autograph or memorabilia cards and 24 Rookie Cards per box.

Official Super Bowl portrait lets Saints fans relive moment

The Super Bowl has come and gone — but New Orleans Saints fans still can’t seem to get enough of their championship team’s memorabilia.