Monthly Archives: March 2011

2011 SAGE HIT Sampler Platter

With its early-season release, SAGE is the first manufacturer to give collectors that taste of turf.

**Contest Closed** Box Busters: 2010 SP Authentic Football

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2010 SP Authentic Football in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Opening Day Baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2011 Topps Opening Day baseball cards — well in advance of Opening Day — in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011 Topps Heritage Baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2011 Topps Heritage baseball boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

First Look: Upper Deck’s 2011 Goodwin Champions

Upper Deck received a shipment last week of creepy crawlies, and the company didn’t send it back.

Topps Touts 2011 Topps Football

Topps just revealed detailed detailed information on its foundational football set for next season — 2011 Topps Football.

Dick Perez discusses Diamond Kings, the hobby & more in upcoming issues of Beckett Sports Card Monthly

A collector might best remember Dick Perez from his Diamond Kings cards made by Donruss in the 1980s — and that’s what we recently hooked up with him to discuss for the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly dedicated solely to the decade where the hobby exploded into the mainstream and started to become what it is today.

Teasing 2011 Topps Heritage …

We should have our hands on some 2011 Topps Heritage baseball cards soon — it officially arrives in hobby shops on Wednesday — but here are some observations about the set modeled after the 1962 Topps design that you should be looking for.

First look: 2011 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

Topps released the basic product information and preview images for 2011 Triple Threads on Saturday, the sixth installment of the high-end line that will pack a bit more inside this year when it arrives in late-July.

We’re headed back to the 1980s … we want to hear what YOU think

We want to know what collectors think of the 1980s when it comes to cardboard — on all sports — so, if you would, please reply to the questions below in a comment. A selection of the best and most interesting answers just might appear in the issue …

Hee-Hee Hits: Panini Previews 2011 Michael Jackson

Earlier this week, Panini America revealed a look at awaited trading card thriller 2011 Michael Jackson.

It’s not a first for Joe Namath in National Treasures … but it’s darn close

You see, Joe Willie Namath — aka “Broadway Joe” — appears on an autographed game-used jersey card in National Treasures as a Los Angeles Ram.

First look: 2011 Panini Americana

Panini America unveiled its plans for 2011 Panini Americana on Thursday, the latest installment of the long-running non-sport brand that began in 2007.

MLB Players Association restructures business group

00000By Chris Olds | Editor The Major League Baseball Players Association announced Thursday a reorganization of its business-side staffing. Evan Kaplan, the former category director for trading cards, collectibles and new business development is now the Director of Licensing and Business Development. He will oversee licensing for trading cards, apparel and other areas. The long-time […]

Upper Deck teases return of Exquisite Collection

Upper Deck teased the return of Exquisite football on Wednesday evening with a sampling of images from the brand that brought the ultra-expensive trading card to the masses in basketball

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Five Star Football

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a box of 2010 Topps Five Star Football in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2010 Topps Tribute Football

Join Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a pair of 2010 Topps Tribute boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Collector’s wife finds the ultimate prize

When Geni Chavez brought her husband a Christmas present this past year, she didn’t realize it would turn into one of the best presents Manny Chavez ever received.

Pizza Prints bring your NBA, college teams to your pie

New on the sports scene is Pizza Prints, which is exactly what it sounds like — an edible pizza decoration — which has been licensed for home and commercial (yes, delivery) use by the NBA, World Wrestling Entertainment and more than 80 NCAA schools.

Box Busters & Contest: 2010-11 Crown Royale

Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Tim Trout as they rip into a pair of 2010-11 Crown Royale hockey boxes from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

2010 Playoff Contenders Football Rookie Tickets Autographs print-runs released

00000 By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor The final list of short-prints for 2010 Playoff Contenders Football was released today, revealing the SPs for the Rookie Ticket Autographs Rookie Cards. Playoff Contenders was full of SPs throughout different subsets, but the Rookie Ticket Autographs gained the most attention especially when we learned there was also […]

Bend it … but not like David Beckham

Soccer fans who found a David Beckham autograph card in the new World of Sports set from Upper Deck might not realize they have a card with a certain twist to it.

Collectors’ votes are in … The top 60 Topps baseball cards of all time

The collectors have spoken as part of the 60th anniversary of Topps baseball cards, and they have picked the best of the best on cardboard for the last six decades.

Pricing Debut: 2010 Contenders Football

First Beckett pricing for the highly anticipated 2010 Playoff Contenders football product made its debut this morning on

2010 Playoffs Contenders – Super Bowl Ticket Black auto print runs

00000 By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Panini America knows how to keep its fans wanting for more. The company released more information on the short-prints in 2010 Playoff Contenders Football, but not all of it – yet. On Wednesday, it gave out information on the Super Bowl Ticket Black Autographs. Friday is the day […]

Panini America offers high-end with 2010-11 Luxury Suite Hockey

00000 By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Ever been to a luxury suite at a sporting event? You get a great view, fabulous seats and all the best amenities inside. When you put that name on a product, collectors are going to expect the same type of treatment. Panini America is releasing a high-end hockey […]

Charlie Sheen made his baseball card debut long, long ago … and now he’s in a galaxy far, far away

Baseball cards are a diversion for many of us — just like high-end baseball memorabilia purchases once invigorated Charlie Sheen. I pretty much chose The Plainly Docile Path of The 1980s Topps Wrapper and made it a career. Sheen? Well, we’ll get to that.

Team Canada Multiplies the chase in 2010-11 SP Authentic

Making the most of an exclusive contract with Team Canada, Upper Deck has multiplied the penmanship of a legendary roster. Today, the manufacturer recently revealed two cards with two times the signatures.

2010 Legendary Contenders short-prints revealed

Thanks to the hardcore number-crunching expertise of our pricing analysts, we were able to reveal an unconfirmed list of short-printed autographed Rookie Cards in 2010 Contenders last week.

Upper Deck World of Sports short-print autographs revealed

00000By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor Wondering where certain autographs have been when busting Upper Deck‘s Wide World of Sports? Several of the autographs in the product have been revealed as short prints. Wide World of Sports features an array of talent from just about every sport imaginable with female soccer players to figure skaters […]