Monthly Archives: May 2012

First look: 2012-13 NBA Hoops

Arriving in August, 2012-13 Hoops will include a 300-card base set which will include Rookie Cards for the 2011-12 and 2012-13 NBA Draft classes.

Your Turn (Beckett Baseball No. 77): Who’s your hobby Rookie of the Year?

We want to know … Who is your hobby Rookie of the Year so far?

A baseball card with a story to tell

The story found on Eddie Waitkus’ 1955 Bowman card is one that would likely never happen today. By the Numbers: 2011-12 Past & Present

The 2011-12 Panini Past & Present basketball OPG has arrived on

Cardboard Awards: The best of 2011 Football

We need your help in picking the best of the best 2011 football products.

Canseco, Larsen on ESPN “Mint Condition”

The latest ESPN “Mint Condition” segment talks Jose Canseco, hot/cold players, Don Larsen and more.

Panini reveals short prints and even shorter short prints for 2011-12 Elite, Contenders Hockey

Panini America recently confirmed the rare and rarest of rare short prints in 2011-12 Elite and Contenders Hockey.

Box Busters: 2012 Topps Archives baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a pair of 2012 Topps Archives boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2012 Press Pass Showcase

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2012 Press Pass Showcase boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2011-12 Panini Contenders + SuperCollector contest

Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2011-12 Panini Contenders in this latest edition of Box Busters.

First look: 2012 Topps Chrome Football

On the heels of the NFL Players Rookie Premiere, Topps is readying one of its most popular football products.

Olds’ Hobby Mailday: May 25 edition

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds for a mailday video … just for fun.

First look: 2012 Topps Heritage Minor League

If you’ve ever wanted to play professional baseball, now’s your chance. launches sports memorabilia segment’s Playbook has launched a weekly video segment called Mint Condition which will focus on the hobby. Check it out.

Panini America set to celebrate Father’s Day

Panini America is bringing its hobby-shop holiday formula that it launched last November to the spring — June 17 to be exact.

What would you do if you pulled the big hit?

I slowly scanned the cards and saw one with Rangers written across the top in block letters. I realized the card was signed and then it hit me. This wasn’t a Fan Favorite auto, but Texas Rangers rookie Yu Darvish.

Box Busters: 2011-12 Panini Past & Present

Join Beckett Basketball’s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into boxes of 2011-12 Panini Past & Present in this latest edition of Box Busters.

2012 Showcase Football hits hobby shops today

Press Pass’ Showcase made its football debut today. I’ll just go ahead and put words in the manufacturer’s mouth by saying, “you’re welcome.” By the Numbers: 2012 Bowman baseball

The 2012 Bowman baseball card set from Topps has arrived on with the newest prospects, some of baseball’s hottest rookies and more. Let’s take a look inside the numbers …

Ripping Retail: 2012 Topps Archives baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into some of the newly released 2012 Topps Archives baseball cards in this latest Ripping Retail video.

Box Busters: 2011 UD College Football Legends

Join Beckett Football’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends in this latest edition of Box Busters.

First Look: 2012 Topps Five Star (with polls)

The company pulled back the curtain on 2012 Topps Five Star Baseball on Monday, a new high-end brand that will pack two autographs, one autographed Relic one autographed booklet or extra autograph and a jumbo Relic, bat nameplate or bat knob card in every single box.

Box Busters: 2011-12 Upper Deck USA Football

Join Beckett Football’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of Upper Deck USA Football sets in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Game of Thrones cards arrive next month

One of the hottest television shows in the last year has been HBO’s Game of Thrones, a television adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s books.

NFL Players Rookie Premiere wraps up at Rose Bowl

The NFL Players Rookie Premiere wrapped up Saturday with players running around the field at the Rose Bowl while getting their photos taken.

Rookie Premiere: Topps goes oldschool with 1984 set

Sure seems like Topps is into its oldschool designs this football season.

Cal Ripken Jr. documents Archives print card process

When 2012 Topps Archives arrives in hobby shops on Wednesday, some collectors will start getting their hands on a unique card that someone else already laid a hand on.

Babe Ruth game-used jersey sells for $4.4 million

A circa 1920 New York Yankees road jersey worn by Babe Ruth sold for a record $4.4 million early this morning through SCP Auctions.

Rookie Premiere: Topps revives tallboys … sort of

Topps has brought tallboys back, the nickname given to the 1965 Topps oversized football card set.

Rookie Premiere: Panini bringing back acetate

The 2012 NFL Players Rookie Premiere is a great way to preview the upcoming football card season.

Cryptozoic celebrates Tarzan’s 100th anniversary

Tarzan is remembered for his unique pets and hearty yell while banging on his chest. We still remember him and can mimic his mannerisms. By The Numbers: 2011 Limited

The 2011 Limited baseball card set from Panini America has arrived on with the prospects, legends and more all in tow.

Box Busters: 2011-12 Between the Pipes Hockey

Beckett Hockey’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into a box of goalie-centric 2011-12 Between the Pipes.

Ripping Retail: A 1990s retro rip

With The 1990s Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly out now, editor Chris Olds decided to rip into some 1990s packs for a Ripping Retro video.

NBA Rookie Cards finally arrive … well, sort of

With the arrival of 2011-12 Past & Present from Panini America today, the hobby finally has its first Rookie Cards for this season’s young stars. Well, sort of.