Monthly Archives: June 2010

Stephen Strasburg keeps on racking up the strikeouts …

Stephen Strasburg set a new MLB record for the most strikeouts in his first three games on Friday night.

Win a Goodwin Champions Entomology card & more …

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds gives you a sneak peek at three cards from Upper Deck that can be yours by reading us online here at The Beckett Blog and on as well as in a future issue of Beckett Baseball.

Stephen Strasburg sells out Uncirculateds, too

It’s been about a year since Beckett Grading Services launched its SI Uncirculated program with Sports Illustrated, which takes a limited quantity of the long-collected magazine and slabs the copies in a permanent holder in their condition as found directly from the printing plant.

Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is red hot … but are his baseball cards?

Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is in the midst of a season for the ages, sporting a 13-1 record with a 1.15 ERA for the season — made all the more impressive when you consider that he pitches in Denver’s Coors Field, the launching pad of all launching pads in MLB.

A Kobe Kind of Year

For those counting at home, the Los Angeles Lakers’ just-won 16th NBA championship gives transcendent superstar Kobe Bryant five titles for his career. That’s five more than LeBron James, one more than Shaquille O’Neal and just one shy of Michael Jordan.

Massive Gallery: 2010 Donruss Elite Football Autographs

2010 Donruss Elite Football went live yesterday with the product’s first on-card autographs since 2001. Elite’s NFL Shield and Team Logo rookie-based insert includes limited signed versions that the company acquired during last month’s NFL Players Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles.

THREE OF A KIND: A Coach & A Catcher

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds brings to you a quick story about three pieces of memorabilia he keeps in his office in yet another “Three of a Kind” video.

First look: 2010 Bowman Chrome baseball cards

Topps released the basic set information and preview images for 2010 Bowman Chrome baseball cards on Wednesday, a set that will include a Chrome autograph of Washington Nationals rookie Stephen Strasburg.

Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana is the first 2010 Topps Red Hot Rookie

Topps announced the first 2010 Red Hot Rookie redemption subject of the season on Wednesday, and it’s Cleveland Indians catcher Carlos Santana.

Coming Tomorrow: 2009-10 SP Authentic Hockey

One of most anticipated hockey products of the season, 2009-10 SP Authentic, skates into hobby shops tomorrow packing three autographs in every 24-pack box.

THREE OF A KIND: Random memorabilia in the office

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds brings to you a quick story about three random pieces of memorabilia he keeps in his office — probably because he doesn’t know where else to put them. What are they? Watch and find out in this first “Three of a Kind” video …

Goodwin Entomology Cards bugging out on secondary market

The long-awaited Goodwin Champions Entomology Cards have finally arrived and they’ve got collectors buzzing now that they’ve finally seen those creepy crawlies inside cardboard.

EXCLUSIVE — Stephen Strasburg SuperFractor buyer: “A card like this is just what the industry needs”

Beckett Media learned a bit about the buyer of the $16,000 Stephen Strasburg card — Robert J. Power, a 37-year-old accountant from Michigan — on Monday.

Florida Marlins OF Mike Stanton is Topps’ 5th Finest Rookie Redemption

Topps revealed its fifth 2010 Finest Rookie Redemption card on Tuesday, and it’s Florida Marlins outfielder Mike Stanton.

Revisiting Billy Ripken & other memorable errors in next Beckett Baseball

His name is Donovan Ryan and he lives in Bakersfield, Calif., and he’s the brains behind, a repository for everything Ripken.

First look: 2010 Topps Chrome football cards

Topps released the basic preview images and product information for its 2010 Chrome football set on Monday, a rookie-laden product that will arrive in mid-October.

Tim Tebow Knows baseball?

Tim Tebow hits 12 home runs on 15 pitches during a batting practice?

Stephen Strasburg makes eTopps appearance

Topps announced on Monday that Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is one of two eTopps IPOs this week.

Were you a winner on Free Stuff Friday?

Another Free Stuff Friday — has come and gone, but it was a small but strong offering for the baseball collectors who paid attention to the Washington Nationals this week.

Panini America Announces Tim Tebow Autograph Card Winner

As further testament to just how scorching-hot Tim Tebow is with football collectors right now, we present example No. 3,987: The special on-location 2010 Prestige Box Busters episode.

Topps unveils Avatar trading card set

Topps unviled on Monday its plans for an Avatar 3D trading card set that will arrive in September to coincide with the release of the extended version of the movie on Blu-Ray.

Guest Commentary: Kane & Toews will be forever linked in hockey, hobby

00000By Russ Cohen They are sometimes linemates but always teammates and now the two young men had a chance to hoist Lord Stanley in Philadelphia. Then they basked in a parade in Chicago and if you thought you’ve seen a lot of combination cards of Patrick Kane and captain Jonathan Toews then think again – […]

Stephen Strasburg baseball cards — the hottest thing in the hobby

There’s no question that Stephen Strasburg is the hottest thing in baseball — and baseball cards — right now.

FREE STUFF FRIDAY (6-11) — A red hot and not-even-out-yet edition

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and it’s a small but strong offering for the baseball collectors who paid attention to the Washington Nationals this week.

Box Busters: 2010 Donruss Elite Football (and A Closer Look)

Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Tracy Hackler have their way with an early box of 2010 Donruss Elite Football. What did they pull? Watch and find out.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake is Topps’ fourth Finest Rookie Redemption

Topps revealed its fourth 2010 Finest Rookie Redemption card on Thursday, and it’s Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mike Leake.

Colorado Collector Completes Rare Patrick Kane Trifecta

Editor’s Note: In honor of Patrick Kane’s Stanley Cup-winning goal Wednesday night in overtime of Game 6, we have this little gem . . .

Details are Sketchy for 2010 Topps Football . . . But You Could Win

Equip an NFL superstar rookie with nothing more than a pen, a 2 1/2-by-by-3 1/2-inch blank cardboard canvas and his own imagination and the results can be amazing, amusing and absolutely revealing.

Beckett Baseball: How artistic are you?

Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds gives you the basics on a contest in the latest issue of the magazine — one that will test the artistic skill of baseball collectors.

Game-used Stephen Strasburg memorabilia hits auction block

Less than a day after his dazzling major league debut, game-used memorabilia from Stephen Strasburg’s 14-strikeout night as well as items from his pro debut in the minor leagues in April have hit the auction block at

Timberwolves star to sign at California card shop

Minnesota Timberwolves center Kevin Love will be signing autographs for free at a California card shop this Saturday.

Stephen Strasburg proves his worth in MLB debut

But Stephen Strasburg showed precisely what he was made of Tuesday night — enough to make one wonder what a 2010 Bowman SuperFractor might go for now.

First Look: 2010 Topps Finest Football

It seems like forever ago, but there was a time late last year when it appeared that Topps was out of the football card business and, as a result, the company temporarily suspended its football operations. Of course, then it was announced in late April that Topps was in fact not out of the football card business.

Old Beckett Baseball cover aids in solving Pete Rose mystery

Have you heard the one where an old issue of Beckett Baseball Card Monthly (Issue No. 11 from September 1985) helps solve a mystery about corked bats reportedly used by Pete Rose?

Topps launches Stephen Strasburg autographed memorabilia line

Just hours before Stephen Strasburg takes the hill for the Washington Nationals in his big-league debut, Topps has launched its line of autographed memorabilia featuring the budding young star and former No. 1 overall draft pick.