Monthly Archives: September 2010

First look: 2011 Topps baseball cards

Topps released the first look at its 2011 baseball card set on Thursday with the Diamond Anniversary of the set’s arrival scheduled to arrive in early 2011.

Detroit Lions RB Jahvid Best Named 'Topps Rookie of the Week'

Topps kicked off its season-long Rookie of the Week program earlier this week by naming Lions running back Jahvid Best as its Topps Rookie of the Week on the strength of Best’s debut two-touchdown performance against the Chicago Bears.

Topps fills in 2010 Bowman Draft Picks autograph checklist — but there's no Bryce Harper … yet

When Topps released its 2010 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects preliminary checklist recently, it appeared that “The Home of the Rookie Card” was populated by one not-so-popular player named TBD — To Be Determined.

First look: 2010 Topps WWE Platinum

The lone licensee of WWE trading cards revealed on Wednesday its plans for 2010 Topps WWE Platinum, which will include one autographed Relic card, one autographed card and an additional Relic in every 24-pack hobby box.

Box Busters: 2010 Topps UFC

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Bryan Hornbeck as they have their way with an early box of 2010 Topps UFC cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

This Michael Jordan basketball card remains a real gem

This Michael Jordan card, which has 49 others just like it, went for $3,716 after racking up 30 bids recently, proving that a rare card of Mr. Rare Air himself can still soar above others like one of his majestic slam dunks — or at least take it to the hole past the cards of a guy like Karl Malone.

First Impressions: 2010 Topps UFC

One of the most buzz-worthy product lines in the sports card universe over the last two years is on the verge of striking another solid blow when 2010 Topps UFC, the company’s fourth full-blown installment with the exclusive UFC license, releases to the masses next week.

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Platinum Football

Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Tracy Hackler as they have their way with an early box of 2010 Topps Platinum Football. It’s safe to say that one of them pulls one of the “Best” autographs in the product. Watch to find out which one.

Box Busters: 2009-10 Panini Hall of Fame Basketball

Join the Beckett Basketball tag team of Keith Hower and Tracy Hackler as they get handsy with two boxes of the legends-laced thrill ride known as 2009-10 Panini Hall of Fame Basketball.

Completely Random Friday Poll: Which Would You Rather Pull From a Pack of Cards . . .

Mostly because polls are just so darn easy, revealing and fun to take (and partly because it’s Friday), we figured now was as good a time as any to get your take on another hot hobby issue.

First Impressions: 2010 Topps Platinum Football

00000 Football collectors, buckle your chinstraps. It’s about to get bumpy. There’s an honest-to-goodness new-product free-for-all – you know, the thing that happens when you have more than one manufacturer in a given sport? – going on all around us, just in time for the start of football season. Some might call it “Christmas in […]

The NFL's Must-Collect Players for 2010

Man, we thought the 2010 NFL season would never get here. I mean, it seems like forever ago that Drew Brees and the Saints – yes, the Saints – were winning Super Bowl XLIV, setting off a celebration in the Gulf Coast region that still hasn’t ended.

Box Busters: 2010 Wheels Main Event Racing

00000Beckett Media‘s Tim Trout and Tracy Hackler are joined by special guest Jesse Leadbetter, Press Pass Brand Manager, to bust the first box of 2010 Wheels Main Event. What did they pull? Well, you’ll just have to watch and find out.

First Look: 2010-11 Donruss Hockey

In a hockey trading card season that promises to be full of history-making firsts and grand reintroductions, Panini America provided a sneak peek at the latest one Wednesday afternoon: 2010-11 Donruss Hockey.

Press Pass Five Star Kicks High-End NASCAR Collecting into Another Gear

NASCAR collectors just thought Press Pass Showcase was as high-end as a racing card set could get when it launched to rave reviews just two years ago. In hindsight, they haven’t seen anything yet.

First Look: 2010 Limited Football

Panini America officials recently pulled the curtain back on 2010 Limited Football, one of the company’s most-anticipated higher-end products that’s due out in mid November packing three autograph or memorabilia cards numbered to 199 or less in each seven-card, $100 box.

First Look: 2010 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Football

Packing a familiar name and an altered, all-college makeup, 2010 Ultimate Collection Football is slated to arrive in January, highlighted by the continuation of Upper Deck’s landmark 1997 Legends program, this time with on-card autographs from the college-clad likes of Dan Marino, John Elway, Drew Brees and Troy Aikman.

First Look: 2010 Upper Deck World of Sports

Upper Deck officials recently unveiled preliminary information and images for the company’s newest multisport product, Upper Deck World of Sports, due out in December.

Huge Gallery: Upcoming Basketball Gems from Panini America

Panini America officials on Tuesday afternoon provided Beckett Media with a sizable sneak peek of some of the company’s sweet hoops cards slated to debut beginning later this month.

Robert Horry finally has an NBA certified autograph

Panini America’s newly released 2009-10 Season Update basketball set includes the first certified autograph cards of Robert Horry as a pro, his only second certified autograph ever as only Star Pics landed Horry on a University of Alabama draft picks card way back in 1992.

Poll: The Sean Canfield Football Card Conundrum

Sean Canfield, it should be noted, finished his first career NFL training camp with three carries, minus-3 yards rushing and 135 different trading cards. In fact, it is Canfield’s two most recent releases – Rookie Cards in 2010 Topps and 2010 Panini Threads – that got us into a poll frame of mind.

Geeking Out on the Topps Gridiron Giveaway

I finally had the opportunity this afternoon to spend some quality time with the ballyhooed football card phenomenon known as the Topps Gridiron Giveaway. I’m a better man – and collector – for having done so.

Box Busters: 2010 Panini Threads football cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Dan Hitt as they rip into a hobby box of the not-even-out-yet Panini Threads football cards.

Box Busters: 2010 Topps football cards

Join Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler and Dan Hitt as they split a box of 2010 Topps NFL cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

First look: Pamela Anderson's baseball card

A week ago, we brought to you the news that actress and former Playboy model Pamela Anderson will appear on a baseball card in the upcoming Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball set from Panini America.

First Impressions: 2010 Panini Threads Football

Perhaps more than any other product on Panini’s pigskin roster, it is Threads that has struggled the most to gain a definitive identity with collectors, tossed about in the company’s sea of venerable brands that includes Prestige, Elite, Classics, Contenders and Certified.

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Attax football cards

Join Beckett Media’s Dan Hitt and Tracy Hackler rip into a box of 2010 Topps Attax football cards in this episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010 Topps WWE wrestling cards

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck rip into a pair of hobby boxes of 2010 Topps WWE wrestling cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Card Gallery: 2010 Topps WWE Superstar Swatches

The 2010 Topps WWE set has been out for a short while now, and there’s one set that should grab the attention of a few wrestling fans because of the energy and the uniqueness that nearly each of these cards brings to the hobby.

An Exclusive Interview with Dallas Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant

Even without the benefit of a full training camp, Dez Bryant is an early favorite – along with San Diego’s Shane Mathews – for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Hot List appearances later this season are virtually guaranteed.

Live from the Ice: An Update from the 2010 NHL Rookie Showcase

Editor’s Note: Beckett Hockey correspondent Gus Katsaros, the Pro Scouting Coordinator for McKeen’s Hockey Prospects and a writer for, is in Toronto today covering the 2010 NHLPA Rookie Showcase in Toronto. Look for his updates throughout the day.

Box Busters: 2009-10 Panini Update basketball

Beckett Media’s Tracy Hackler & Keith Hower rip into a box of 2009-10 Panini Season Update basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Topps confirms hat variations in 2010 Topps 206

Anyone who has opened a box of the new 2010 Topps 206 baseball cards likely noticed a few bald spots, shaved heads and messy haircuts on the base cards.

It was on purpose.

Real-Time Photo Gallery from the 2010 NHL Rookie Showcase

Editor’s Note: Beckett Hockey correspondent Gus Katsaros, the Pro Scouting Coordinator for McKeen’s Hockey Prospects and a writer for, is in Toronto today covering the 2010 NHLPA Rookie Showcase in Toronto. Look for his updates throughout the day.

Alabama football media guide sure is subtle, isn't it?

It’s been out for some time now, but I hadn’t tracked down a copy of the Alabama Crimson Tide’s 2010 media guide to see just how the school treated its 13th national championship and its first Heisman Trophy winner, Mark Ingram.