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ITG auctions uncut sheets for charity
February 1, 2011, 12:01 pm
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The first of three In The Game uncut sheet auctions is under way.

A trio of eBay auctions of sheets from ITG: Heroes & Prospects “Hits” Series 1 will benefit charity.

The first auction — a sheet of autographed prospect cards from the set — benefits Special Olympics and is at $635 with a week remaining.

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NBA’s Starting Five promotion starts today
February 1, 2011, 11:23 am
Filed under: Beckett Media

By Chris Olds | Editor

The NBA‘s long-running Starting Five promotion — one that gets exclusive stuff into the hands of collectors just for visiting hobby shops and buying cards — starts today.

In its fourth season, the program is once again led by NBA exclusive card licensee Panini America, which has produced the special cards for the program. There will be 10 exclusive cards to be collected at participating shops. (Find that list here.)

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New Beckett.com data migration under way
February 1, 2011, 11:08 am
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Dear Beckett User,

As many of you know, we have had our dose of Murphy’s Law in the last week.  We suffered a severe network outage at our old host provider.  That was fun.  In addition, Dallas is under a few inches of ice, sleet and snow, which has our office closed.

We expected to launch the new site this last weekend – as it stands we are doing so now.  Yep, currently we are importing your data and the massive database (have been since Monday) into our new hosting location.

Due to the extremely slow nature of the data migration, it is hard to say exactly when it will be complete.  Likely by 48 to 72 hours.

So the time is here.  Once the data migration is complete, the main components of the new site will be live.  This will be followed shortly by an update to both our Grading and Marketplace sites.

Thanks,

Brian

Brian D. Gulledge
President
Beckett Media LLC



Upper Deck takes aim at fairway with new releases
January 31, 2011, 8:59 pm
Filed under: Golf, NHL, Upper Deck | Tags: , , , ,

By Chris Olds | Editor

Upper Deck has its sights set on a return to the golf world sometime soon and a pair of future products will include a golf card first and a big batch of Tiger Woods.

Those are things that golf fans — who have been without a set of their own since 2005 — will undoubtedly appreciate.

Up first, is a first — Bubba Watson‘s first Upper Deck golf card. It will appear in 2011 Goodwin Champions, which will arrive later this year.

Upper Deck’s Sports Marketing and Social Media Manager Chris Carlin had additional details.

“We’ve reached a deal with the 2011 Farmers Insurance Open winner for image rights and autographs,” he said. “That’s kind of big news as many were wondering if we would ever produce Goodwin Champions again. The last Goodwin Champions set had a lot of very unique and innovative trading card inserts sets, so we are very excited to bring that product back with even more bells and whistles that will be announced in the coming months.

“Watson’s first autograph cards will appear in 2011 Upper Deck Ultimate Champions, a cross-sport product with a high-end look and feel.”

The second item — a whole lot of Tiger — can be seen after the jump.

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Prince William, Kate Middleton will appear in baseball card set
January 28, 2011, 2:56 pm
Filed under: Beckett Media, MLB, Topps | Tags: , , ,

By Chris Olds | Editor

The Queen will now include some royalty.

Topps unveiled its plans for a new baseball card set styled in the fashion of an 1887 release some time ago, but on Friday the longest-running manufacturer of baseball cards announced a little something extra in packs of the forthcoming 2011 Gypsy Queen baseball cards.

Prince William and Kate Middleton — two members of Britain’s Royal Family — will appear on a card.

Building on the product’s “jewels” theme — which includes bonus cards of various gypsys (yeah, we’re mystified, too) —  a  “Royal Jewels” card can also be found in packs.

No word on a card of Enrico Palazzo, though.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



A closer (early) look at the Topps 60th anniversary ring
January 27, 2011, 1:10 pm
Filed under: MLB, Topps | Tags: , , ,

By Chris Olds | Editor

Topps‘ 60th anniversary ring (the quick image here does it no justice) features 50 diamonds and will only be owned by a select few.

How rare will they be? Topps’ order has not been finalized — one could speculate perhaps 60 rings? Maybe more, maybe less …

What’s it worth? We’ll let the market take care of that when they arrive.

But what we do know is this:

— One Beckett Baseball reader will own the ring seen here. (Details to come in upcoming issues.)

— Ten randomly selected hobby shops will receive a ring as part of their Diamond Anniversary Kit to promote the product in stores.

— The remainder of the rings will be given away as part of the Diamond Anniversary program’s online codes found beginning in 2011 Topps Series 1 — the company’s anniversary product — that arrives soon. Code cards are found one in every four packs.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.



Message to Beckett users
January 27, 2011, 12:44 pm
Filed under: Beckett Media

Late Wednesday afternoon, Beckett.com experienced a major server failure at our old server facility. We have pooled all available resources to work on this issue, and hope to update you on our progress real soon.

Our new site is scheduled to launch on Monday, Jan.31, and we are working to have the old site restored as soon as possible. We thank you for your understanding as we work through this issue.