Monthly Archives: June 2010

First Look: 2010 SPx Football

Upper Deck officials on Wednesday offered first glimpses of the history-making 2010 SPx Football release, the first in the brand’s 15-year history not to include NFL logos. Like all of the company’s 2010 football products, SPx will carry exclusive licensing from the Collegiate Licensing Company and an NFL Players license when it arrives in October.

2010 Score: A Football Lover's Gallery

The retail-oriented, venerable entry-level gem known as Score Football is hitting store shelves this week. You can get our first look at the product here. But if you want a cool and exhaustive gallery full of fun, variety, updated images of the top rookies from the 2010 NFL Players Rookie Premiere and just a few autographs, well, keep reading . . .

Stephen Strasburg is Topps’ sixth Finest Rookie Redemption

Topps revealed its sixth 2010 Finest Rookie Redemption card on Tuesday, and it’s Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg.

Card Gallery: 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Relics and Autographs

The empty wrappers are piling up around the country — and beyond — as Topps’ always-popular Allen & Ginter baseball card set has arrived.

Here’s a look at some of the autograph and memorabilia cards that collectors have found so far … after the jump.

Signed Stephen Strasburg 1/1 baseball card heads to Auction House

The Red 1/1 autograph of Stephen Strasburg from 2010 Bowman struck out on eBay and is now headed to an auction house.

So, have you landed an Allen & Ginter Strasburg card yet?

“Strasburg is NOT in Ginter,” Arkansas-based dealer Brent Williams insisted early Wednesday morning. “I have done 25 cases — another guy 13, and another 15. Zero Strasburgs.”

Box Busters: Star Wars Empire Strikes Back 3D

Beckett Media’s Keith Hower, Brian Fleischer and Bryan Hornbeck rip into a box of the latest Star Wars product from Topps in this rather Forceful edition of Box Busters.

Ubaldo Jimenez’s 2007 SuperFractor sells for $4,200

One day after the Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor from 2010 Bowman re-sold for $25,000, another 1/1 of a successful pitcher has sold. This time, it’s a $4,200 copy of Ubaldo Jimenez’s card from 2007.

First look: Stephen Strasburg’s 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter card

This year’s rendition of Allen & Ginter baseball cards from Topps arrives on Wednesday and this will be the card that everyone is seeking — Stephen Strasburg’s first in-pack Rookie Card.

Cut-Signature Gallery: Ringside Boxing, Sportkings Series D, Famous Fabrics

Officials from Creative Cardboard Concepts recently released an interest-piquing ensemble of cut-signature card images from its three newest products — Ringside Boxing (live last week), Sportkings Series D (live July 15) and Famous Fabrics Second Edition (due out in early August).

Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor re-sells for $25,000

The Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor from 2010 Bowman has set yet another sales record.

NHL Entry Draft Recap: Taylor Hall Steals The Spotlight

When it was all said and done, I – along with many others – had correctly predicted that Taylor Hall would be the first overall pick of the Edmonton Oilers during the 2010 NHL Entry Draft over the weekend.

Some specifics on 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards

We’re a couple days away from the official Allen & Ginter release date, but here are some basics about the set…

Were you a winner on Free Stuff Friday?

This past week’s Free Stuff Friday took a slightly different twist as we had you guys guess exactly how many sales of Stephen Strasburg’s 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects card had been tracked in the last month or so by Beckett Baseball.

Hobby Q&A: The latest Allen & Ginter codebreaker, Nick Jacoby

This year’s edition of Allen & Ginter is trickling into the marketplace in advance of its Wednesday release and 28-year-old Nick Jacoby is already at work examining the nuances of every card he can find, trying to discover the next big thing on cardboard.

Rojo Johnson gets another baseball card; Will Ferrell autographs coming, too

Rojo Johnson made a memorable debut for the Round Rock Express not long ago here in Texas, which meant he also would likely appear on a baseball card.

UD Signs Nine Top NBA Draft Picks for 2010-11 Ultimate Collection Basketball

Upper Deck officials on Friday announced that they have signed nine of the top 16 picks from last night’s 2010 NBA Draft to appear in the late-September release of 2010-11 Ultimate Collection Basketball, an 81-card set featuring autographs from the likes of company spokesmen LeBron James and Michael Jordan as well as basketball legends such as Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, Larry Bird and Julius Erving.

Panini America Honors Michael Jackson with New Card Set

For the first time in more than 25 years — and for just the second time ever — Michael Jackson will be the subject of a stand-alone trading card release. And according to tentative information the company released to distributors late last month, the set will include the first Michael Jackson memorabilia cards ever produced.

Get a closer look at the Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor

While it left Beckett Grading Services not long after filming on Wednesday, the Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor from 2010 Bowman did make one other stop.

Box Busters: 2010 Allen & Ginter baseball (with gallery)

We’ve busted the world’s first two boxes of 2010 Allen & Ginter baseball cards from Topps about a week before its official release and, as always, they were absolutely loaded with eccentric inclusions in the style of the 1880s tobacco set of “World’s Champions.”

Congrats to this year’s Allen & Ginter code winner, Nick Jacoby

We’ve busted our first boxes of this year’s version of Allen & Ginter and we found the latest code winner immediately, Nick Jacoby of Louisville, Ky.

Fedor's First Cards Give Razor's Foray into MMA a Powerful Punch

Razor officials on Wednesday formally and definitively declared their presence in the mixed martial arts trading card arena with a stunning blow: The company’s premiere product, 2010 Razor MMA, will feature the first-ever trading cards and autographs of Strikeforce heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, regarded by many as the greatest fighter in the world.

Beckett Grading Services discusses Strasburg SuperFractor

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds discusses the $16,400 Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor found in a pack of 2010 Bowman along with Beckett Grading Service’s Mark Anderson and David Poole.

Bustin’ a Box: 2010 Donruss Elite football cards

He’s not the football guy — and he’s not a big Tim Tebow fan like Tracy Hackler — but that’s not going to stop Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds from busting a box of 2010 Donruss Elite football cards for you to check out.

Landon Donovan Scores Big for Country, Collectors

Landon Donovan’s shot heard ‘round the world (and World Cup) less than one minute into extra time Wednesday gave the U.S. national team a stirring 1-0 victory over Algeria, a win in Group C and entry into the round of 16 for just the fourth time since 1930.

Topps offers Stephen Strasburg MCG holders chance for an autograph — for $350

And now, the day of Strasburg’s fourth big-league start, Topps is allowing the first 300 holders of that card to have it personally signed — for $350.

Guest Commentary: What might Topps have in store for Bryce Harper and Bowman?

The real big question will be how Topps handles Bryce Harper as far as when he will go into other Bowman checklists and how (regular card, autograph card, Relic card in Sterling). I wonder how far they will go to fully leverage the potential value his name can bring any Bowman-branded product.

Box Busters: 2009-10 SP Authentic hockey cards

Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Tim Trout rip into a box of 2009-10 SP Authentic hockey cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Which New York Islanders rookie autograph will they find?

Pirates OF Jose Tabata is the second 2010 Topps Red Hot Rookie

Topps unveiled the second of its 2010 Red Hot Rookies on Tuesday morning and this one’s Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Jose Tabata.

First Look: 2010 Rookies & Stars Football

Panini America officials on Tuesday morning released preliminary product information and images for 2010 Rookies & Stars Football, the venerable brand that closely mimics last year’s rather radical design departure while focusing largely on 2010 rookies, their autographs and NFL Players Rookie Premiere-worn memorabilia.

Strasburg SuperFractor owner tries for “Hail Mary” in wake of Red 1/1 auction

Robert J. Power, the owner of the Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor from 2010 Bowman, confirmed to Beckett Media on Tuesday morning that it is, indeed, his card and his auction legitimately on eBay.

Strasburg SuperFractor buyer talks about card on ESPN’s First Take

Robert J. Power appeared on ESPN’s “First Take” show to talk about buying the Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor.

Were you the winner on Free Stuff Friday?

Another Free Stuff Friday has come and gone — this week we awarded a box of the not-even-out-yet 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards courtesy of

Like many past NBA players, Manute Bol is easy to collect — because he has so few basketball cards

Manute Bol’s lack of basketball cards is indicative of a trend that Panini America is starting to change as it’s now the exclusive manufacturer of NBA cards — that there are plenty of players who are under-represented on cardboard, despite having a memorable place in the game.

It’s deja vu all over again: Stephen Strasburg 2010 Bowman Red 1/1 autograph surpasses $100,000

It’s deja vu all over again as another one-of-a-kind baseball card of Washington Nationals sensation Stephen Strasburg has been re-listed on eBay and is already in brand-new-car territory.