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Box Busters: 2010 Panini Century Collection by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2010 Panini Century Collection boxes in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …





Justin Bieber can’t play hockey, so he did the next best thing to get on a card by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Justin Bieber dreamed of being a hockey player with his own trading card when he grew up.

While the pop sensation didn’t fulfill his first dream, the Canadian singer is living out his second at 16 years old.

Panini America released the official Justin Bieber trading card set – just in time for Christmas for his millions of fans worldwide. The collection features 150 unique trading cards with 30 stickers. Inserts in the set include 12 Spellbound cards, nine puzzle pieces that form a poster, 18 Download cards and 10 XXOO cards.

The Bieber set will also have 500 autograph cards randomly inserted. Even if you aren’t a Bieber fan (and quite possibly are not if you are part of our typical audience here), these autographs could sell for a decent amount of money on eBay. Maybe enough to get a baseball or football card you’ve been eying as a self-Christmas present.

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Cardboard Tribute: The Late Leslie Nielsen by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

With only six cards in the Beckett database, the late Leslie Nielsen never hit the hobby as hard as he struck the universal funny bone. Taking hyperbolic leaps in humor, the frequently absurd actor died on Sunday, leaving a legacy of comedic characters and cult classics.

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Box Busters: Dexter Season Three by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Media

Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Brad Grmela tore open a box of the highly anticipated Dexter Season Three cards. Watch to see their blood-splattered pulls.

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Box Busters: 2010 Press Pass Elvis Milestones cards by Chris Olds

Join Beckett’s Tracy “Hunka Hunka Burnin'” Hackler and Bryan “Hunka Hunka Burnin'” Hornbeck as they rip into a box of 2010 Elvis Milestones cards from Press Pass in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside?

Watch and find out …



Artist Kevin John produces sketch cards for Pop Century set by Chris Olds

Phoenix-based sports artist Kevin John created 800 full-color sketch cards for the newly released Razor Pop Century set, which makes its debut this week at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

The line, now part of the Leaf Trading Cards label, includes three autographed cards and three memorabilia cards per box.

Among the sketches done by John are William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Stan Lee, Kim Kardashian, Davy Jones, Bo Derek and others.

“This really takes my work in an entirely new direction,” said the artist. “It allows the average collector to obtain original artwork that is usually reserved for my celebrity and athlete clients. Razor is an industry leader in collectible card products, and it’s an honor to be chosen as their solo artist for this series.”



Box Busters: Star Wars Empire Strikes Back 3D by Chris Olds
June 29, 2010, 4:58 pm
Filed under: non-sports sets, Topps | Tags: , , ,

Beckett Media’s Keith Hower, Brian Fleischer and Bryan Hornbeck rip into a box of the latest Star Wars product from Topps in this rather Forceful edition of Box Busters.

What will they find?

Watch and find out …



Panini America Honors Michael Jackson with New Card Set by Tracy Hackler

Michael Jackson is dead.”

It was one of those “remember exactly where you were” bombshell bits of news that seemed somewhere between implausible and impossible. My parents had the John F. Kennedy assassination. I had this.

Completely different circumstances, I know, but both were tragic, shocking and left a heavy-hearted world to mourn the loss of a true American icon.  All this time later, there are those all over the globe grieving both monumental losses still.

Frankly, it doesn’t seem like an entire year has passed since the King of Pop passed away so unexpectedly at the age of 50 in his California home. But that’s the alarming revelation that stunned us all some 365 days ago.

In the hours, days, weeks and months that followed Jackson’s death, there were countless tributes paid to one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever known. And those tributes, in concert with the passage of time, have helped the forevermore memories – the music, the moves, the transcendent artistry – prevail.

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Talkin’ bout Gary Coleman autographed cards by Chris Olds

Whatchu talkin’ bout, Willis?”

Those who grew up in the 1980s fondly remember the line that Gary Coleman aka “Arnold” would deliver to his brother on the NBC sitcom Diff’rent Strokes that ran from 1978 to 1986.

After Coleman died at age 42 on Friday afternoon in Provo, Utah, after suffering an aneurysm and falling into a coma, there will be plenty of people seeking out his autographs. It’s a natural reaction in the hobby for collectors or fans who put off tracking down a piece of memorabilia for something they remember so well.

Coleman appeared on just four certified autograph cards — all in the 2008 Donruss Americana II set. He signed a total of just 360 autographs spread over four cards —  Co-Stars Signature No. 18  with Todd Bridges (aka Willis), Private Signings No. 149, TV Stars Signature No. GC and TV Stars Signature Directors Cut.

The rarest card is the dual with Bridges, which is limited to just 50 cards. It’s also the most expensive at $60. The others typically sell for $20 to $30. The Cut signature also includes an inscription.

See images of the cards after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2010 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures World Stars by Chris Olds

Update: Deadline extended to JULY 1.

If you follow Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds on Twitter, you got a sneak peak at one of these baseballs earlier this week, but we’re here with a very different episode of Box Busters with Olds, Tracy Hackler and Brian Fleischer that also doubles as a unique contest for our readers.

The 2010 World Stars edition of TRISTAR Hidden Treasures includes a baseball in every box and autographs from Japanese baseball greats like Ichiro Suzuki and Hideki Matsui. But what makes the product really unique?

Thirty Japanese artists and manga-ka stars have created works of art also to be found in the product, one being the TokyoGuns-created Frankenstein-style baseball seen here.

We want to see what kind of artistic skills you have — and we’re going to award the three baseballs found in the boxes above — one being a Motoki Yoshihara artball (they’ve sold for as much as $1,000 apiece) — to winners.

What do you need to do? Watch the video above for the inspiration and decorate a baseball in any way you want and send it to us at the address below by July 1.

Beckett Baseball Artball Contest
4635 McEwen Road
Dallas, TX 75244

Curious about finding these boxes? Try here.



Interview with Non Sport Update’s Roxanne Toser by Andy Broome

Next weekend (May 1-2) is the 52nd Philly Non-Sport Show in Allentown, Pa.  Beckett Grading Services will be at the show accepting submissions and answering your questions on both days of the show.

BGS has two exclusive graded promo cards created for the show that we will be giving away today in the “Free Stuff Friday” giveaway. Thanks to Breygent and Rittenhouse for allowing us to give away these cool cards before anyone else!

Beckett Grading’s Andy Broome got a chance to chat with Roxanne Toser, publisher of Non-Sport Update, about the upcoming show.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-23) Contest No. 6 — A BGS 9.5 Rittenhouse Archives 2010 Heroes Philly Non-Sport Show promo card (courtesy of Rittenhouse; only available at next week’s show) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (4-9) Contest No. 1 — An eight-pack lot of The Legend of KISS hobby packs (three winners) by Chris Olds

We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday our weekly ritual where we try and get some cool stuff into the hands of our readers just for answering some simple card-related trivia.

How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here …  it’s that simple.

Tips: Don’t try stuffing the comments box — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Topps goes 3D with next Star Wars trading card set by Chris Olds
March 15, 2010, 2:22 pm
Filed under: First look, non-sports sets, Topps | Tags: , , ,

Topps is marking the 30th anniversary of Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back with a new 48-card 3D trading card set.

The company has released a promo card for the set featuring Luke Skywalker in his Snowspeeder, which is in the size of Topps’ previous Widevision cards and has a plastic surface. (The scan above does the card no justice, by the way…) On the card’s back? Well, you know you that is if you know Star Wars …

The set is scheduled to arrive in May, but if you can’t wait to get your hands on one of these promo cards, be one of the people to comment here. We’ll randomly select a few of you and send you a card.

If you miss out on that, be sure to stop by for Free Stuff Friday, too …



Ozzy Osbourne: An absolute Iron Man when signing autographs by Chris Olds

By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball Editor

My Saturday morning started off like few others — my alarm clock went off at 7:30.

Why? Heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne was in town to sign copies of his new book I am Ozzy — currently charting on The New York Times Best-Seller List — at a Dallas Barnes & Noble, and I had to be at the store by 9 a.m. to get a wristband and assure myself of a chance at an autograph.

Here’s where I’d quote lyrics from one of Osbourne’s favorite bands, The Beatles“Woke up, fell out of bed/Dragged a comb across my head/Found my way downstairs and drank a cup/And looking up I noticed I was late” — but that didn’t even happen. I was in too much of a hurry.

It takes a pretty big-name celeb for me to go hounding these days — or in this case standing in line for the book-signing cattle-call — but in my mind Osbourne is hands down one of the most iconic figures in the history of heavy metal, so this event was a must.

I braved the cold Dallas morning (only slowed by having to scrape a light layer of ice off my car’s windows) and ventured forth in search of the signature of The Prince of *@¢*!$% Darkness.

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Preview Gallery: Topps Star Wars Galaxy Series 5 Sketch Cards by Chris Olds

Topps released on Thursday a sneak peek at some of the Sketch Cards that will be found in its forthcoming Star Wars Galaxy trading card set, the latest in a long line of sets focused on the sci-fi franchise.

The Sketch Cards will be found one per hobby box and there are more than 100 artists whose work can be found inside the packs of the art-based brand when it arrives later this month. (See a bit more here.)

Among the artists whose work is seen here are Gabe Farber, Russ Walks, Katie Cook-Wilcox, Tim Proctor, Mark McHaley, Nina Edlund, Nolan Woodard and Joe Corroney.

See more of the cards after the jump.

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Konami blasts Upper Deck in statement on settled Yu-Gi-Oh! counterfeiting case by Chris Olds

By CHRIS OLDS | Beckett Baseball Editor

Konami issued its first public statement on Wednesday following the settlement of its long-running dispute with Upper Deck over the Carlsbad, Calif.-based trading card company’s unauthorized production of more than 600,000 Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards.

The case was settled before the second day of a trial could begin in a U.S. District Court in Los Angeles last week. Konami was seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages after a judge found that Upper Deck did, indeed, make unauthorized counterfeit cards that were distributed via repackaged products.

Upper Deck opted to settle and was due to make its first multi-million-dollar payment (specifics of the settlement were confidential) on Friday. It’s a case in which a New York Post story says has fueled “widespread speculation that this case could severely hurt its financial health. Some believe [Upper Deck] is on the brink of bankruptcy.”

Konami’s release on Wednesday included both comments from Upper Deck’s attorney as well as its company officials — a sharp contrast to UD’s statement issued last Friday.

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Checklist: 2009 Playoff National Treasures Souvenir Cuts by Chris Olds

With the 2009 Playoff National Treasures football card set little over a week away from release, we’ve gotten a look at what the checklist will be packing.

It’s got plenty of what one would expect — but it’s also got a deep checklist of Souvenir Cuts autographs, a checklist that includes several important figures in U.S. history and pop culture as well as football greats like Sammy Baugh (above on his Century insert) and even coaching legends like Paul Brown, Paul “Bear” Bryant and Vince Lombardi.

See the Souvenir Cuts checklist after the jump.

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