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This Michael Jordan jersey auction is out of this world by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

You’ve probably seen a few Michael Jordan game-used jerseys through the years, but this one’s out of this world.

Forget Jordan’s Chicago Bulls threads — or his somewhat-forgettable-anyway Washington Wizards gear — this one has to be one of the rarer Jordan jerseys around. It’s a jersey that was prepped for his use in the 1996 movie, Space Jam, where His Airness co-starred with Bugs Bunny.

Think what you want about the Warner Bros. film, but it made $90.4 million at the box office after it was released in late 1996. And for all those kids out there that undoubtedly saw the movie  — and their parents, of course — the jersey might be an interesting piece of basketball, film or MJ history for them.

After all, many of those 1996 kiddos and pre-teens are likely in their 20s now — and they have spending power, right?

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Three NBA rookies you might want to collect – soon by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The NBA season is in full swing and all eyes have been on rookies John Wall and Blake Griffin. These two will likely go to the wire when it comes to the Rookie of the Year vote, but the cardboard world doesn’t just revolve around these two guys when it comes to NBA rookies.

You may have been caught up in the dazzling moves of Wall or the strong-arm play of Griffin, but here are three rookies who also deserve your attention.

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Images from 2010-11 SP Authentic Basketball by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Earlier this week, Upper Deck announced it was moving forward with 2010-11 SP Authentic Basketball with big news that every 12-box case will include autographs from one of a couple of pretty big names.

It’s a college- and high school-themed set under the Collegiate Licensing Company.

Each box will have two SP By the Letter Autographs or one By the Letter Autograph and an additional autograph OR a Michael Jordan North Carolina Supreme Court floor card.

Upper Deck released images of the set with some of the biggest stars, including the Jordon Supreme Court card. The Supreme Court card is a 1.5’’x2’’ piece of the floor that Jordan played on while at North Carolina.

See more photos after the jump.

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Upper Deck scraps 2010 Ultimate Collection Football; ups ante in 2010-11 SP Authentic Basketball by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Upper Deck released a pair of statements to distributors about two forthcoming products on Monday, with one product getting the red light and the other one getting a green light for some higher-end autograph additions.

First, the company has decided to scrap its plans for a 2010 Ultimate Collection Football set, which would have been a college release under its exclusive deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company. The company cited the present state of the industry, which is crowded with many slow-moving, perhaps overproduced products at this time.

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***NOW CLOSED *** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-19) — Win a box of 2010-11 Panini Rookies & Stars basketball cards by Chris Olds
November 19, 2010, 5:40 pm
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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 — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Box Busters: 2010-11 Panini Rookies & Stars basketball cards by Chris Olds
November 19, 2010, 5:23 pm
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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into a box of 2010-11 Panini Rookies & Stars Basketball in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out…

Want to win a box of Rookies & Stars in our Free Stuff Friday contest? Click here to find out.



Up for Discussion: Kobe and “Call of Duty” by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

In case you missed it, NBA superstar and hobby highlight Kobe Bryant appears in a potentially controversial commercial for “Call of Duty: Black Ops.” Woven into a montage of everyday people in a war scene, Bryant and Jimmy Kimmel dodge explosions and fire serious military weapons at unidentified (to the audience) targets.

Celebrity endorsements are key in our pop-culture-crazed society, and, yes, this is an advertisement for a “Mature” video game. However, at the risk of opening Pandora’s box I ask the collecting community, should stars stray away from appearances that could be interpreted as promotion of violence? What would you think if your next pull featured Bryant brandishing an assault rifle, or Jordan dual-wielding Glocks?

The hobby definitely doesn’t exist in a vacuum, so we’re curious to hear the collector’s take on Kobe’s armed answer to the “Call of Duty.” Chime in with your thoughts and see what others are saying on the Beckett.com thread.



Rippin’ Retail: Basketball value box by Chris Olds
November 16, 2010, 1:26 pm
Filed under: NBA, Press Pass, Rippin Retail, Topps, Upper Deck | Tags: , , , , ,

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds as he rips into a repackage box of random basketball card packs as found at a retail store in this Rippin’ Retail video.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …



Southern California family completes 1,170 monster Michael Jordan set by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Josh Rosen has always loved Michael Jordan – even though he never saw him play.

Jordan has that effect on people even long after he retired from the Chicago Bulls in 1998, the year before Josh was born. Jordan came back and played for the Washington Wizards from 2001-03, but he was never the player he was while in Chicago.

That doesn’t matter to basketball fans. We all remember Jordan shooting over defenders, scoring whenever he wanted and celebrating with a cigar in his mouth.

That’s No. 23. That’s what Josh knows about — arguably the greatest basketball player ever.

Josh is a huge basketball fan and began heavily collecting Jordan’s cards five years ago when he was 7 years old. His mother, Karen, picked up different Jordan pieces for him here and there, but the two decided to go after the ultimate Jordan collection almost two years ago.

They chased the 2008-09 Upper Deck Michael Jordan Legacy Collection, which chronicles every game Jordan played with the Chicago Bulls including the postseason.

The Rosens began their card hunt almost two years ago and finally completed the set last week. Josh found the last card he needed after he made a post on Upper Deck’s Facebook wall.

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Panini Gallery: 2010-11 Rookies & Stars Basketball by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj|Contributing Editor

Panini America is getting geared up for its releases next week. In the basketball realm, 2010-11 Rookies & Stars is set to hit shelves on Wednesday.

Panini decided to whet collectors’ appetites today when it released this extensive gallery.

A 24-pack box of 2010-11 Panini Rookies & Stars comes with five cards in a pack. Collectors can expect one patch auto and three autos or memorabilia cards (numbered to 499 or less) per box. In addition, collectors should find two parallels and 12 inserts.

See the pictures after the jump.

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***NOW CLOSED*** Can’t make it to The Toronto Expo? You can with Free Stuff Friday 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.

But this week’s contest has an extra-special “north of the border” twist courtesy of Panini America as the prizes are just like lucky collectors at the Toronto Expo will be getting.

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 — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

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Steiner Sports offers unique items in company’s first catalogue auction by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Imagine sitting in a seat from the original Yankee Stadium while watching a baseball game in the comforts of your own home.

You can think about everything that seat witnessed as it was part of a history that spans back into the 1920s.

No, not one of those hard blue seats that makes you numb after sitting for two hours.

You could own a huge fielding replica glove couch that sits six to eight people. The couch is 86 inches high and 115 inches across.

Hope you have room for this thing.

Just for good measure, you will also get a Yogi Berra signed game-model glove.

This is one of the lots up for bidding in Steiner Sports Collectibles first catalog auction, which ends November 17 and 18. The items can be viewed at SteinerSports.com.

See more photos  from various auctions after the jump.

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First look: Panini’s 2010-11 Playoff Contenders Basketball by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Playoff Contenders Basketball is getting an upgrade. Panini America is changing the product to Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball.

The 2010-11 installment is set to be released in February.

So, what the big change and why did they add a word to the title?

Each product will still have Rookie Ticket Autographs, but each of those cards will also have a manufactured prime patch. The Rookie Ticket Autographs will be three of the four autos in the 20-pack box, one of which will be a draft lottery pick.

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Box Busters: 2010 Ultimate Collection Basketball by Chris Olds

Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into not one, not two …  but four packs of 2010 Ultimate Collection basketball cards from Upper Deck in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



Rippin’ Retail: Random retail packs by Chris Olds
November 5, 2010, 4:17 pm
Filed under: NBA, NFL, Panini, Pro wrestling, Topps, WWE | Tags: , , , ,

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he busts into a few random packs of football, basketball and wrestling cards picked up at a retail store.

What will he find inside?

Watch and find out …



Box Busters: 2010-11 Panini Limited basketball cards by Chris Olds
November 4, 2010, 7:20 pm
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Join Beckett Media’s Chris Olds and Rob Springs as they rip into boxes of 2010-11 Panini Limited basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …



FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-5) — Win San Francisco Giants stuff & more! by Chris Olds

We’re back with another batch of Free Stuff Friday contests where we get cool stuff into collectors’ hands just for answering card-related trivia, which can be found on Beckett.com. (You don’t need a subscription to look up the answers.)

It’s as easy as answering via a comment at the links below. Here’s a rundown of this week’s contests…

No. 1 — A 2010 Topps National Chicle Madison Bumgarner autograph

No. 2 — A lot of four San Francisco Giants game-used memorabilia baseball cards

No. 3 — A lot of three TRISTAR Ken Anderson TNA Wrestling cards (autograph match-used and rare /5 insert)

No. 4 — A John Wall Sports Illustrated Uncirculated (first cover appearance) issue

No. 5 — A 2007 Press Pass Legends Dan Majerle autograph card

No. 6 — A 2010 Topps Finest Madison Bumgarner autographed patch (only 25 exist)

No. 7 — A Chris Bosh autographed Topps Echelon game-used jersey card



***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (11-5) Contest No. 7 — A Chris Bosh autographed Topps Echelon game-used jersey card by Chris Olds
November 4, 2010, 5:28 pm
Filed under: Free Stuff Friday, NBA, Topps | Tags: , , , , , ,

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 — it’s one try per person per contest and we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win.

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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