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Upper Deck to Make a 2011 NHL All-Star Appearance by tolentinotown
January 20, 2011, 5:51 pm
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By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

For the past two decades, Upper Deck has made an effort to promote hockey-card collecting at various NHL All-Star festivities. This year, the major manufacturer will make a three-day appearance at the 2011 NHL All-Star Fan Fair in Raleigh, N.C.

“We’re anticipating a great turnout, so we’ve come up with a highly sought-after lineup of All-Star redemption card sets to hand out each day of the show,” said Jodi Wasserman, Upper Deck’s Director of Marketing.

From Friday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Jan. 30, thousands of fans can enjoy various programs organized by Upper Deck and other hockey advocates.

Bringing its wrapper redemption program to the booth, Upper Deck will offer one commemorative 2011 three-card All-Star pack to fans who open three packs of any 2010-11 Upper Deck hockey product (excluding Victory). These tribute packs come in three different versions, as listed below: Continue reading

How much would you pay for Josh Hamilton’s MLB-authenticated ginger ale bottle? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Generally speaking, the value of an autograph often rests with what type of item was signed — the more appealing the item, the more money one would expect to pay.

In this case, maybe not.

Among the items on the auction block as part of Major League Baseball’s “2010: The Year in Review Auction” is an MLB-authenticated autographed ginger ale bottle.

It’s signed by American League MVP Josh Hamilton.

It’s just the latest in unusual memorabilia to have an MLB authentication sticker on it as everything from dirt to on-deck circles have been examined, described stickered and sold.

While it’s actually been customary for MLB to note empty champagne bottles from World Series celebrations, Hamilton’s case is different. This is perhaps one of the more unique items out there for a Texas Rangers fan who holds Hamilton’s life story and his struggles with sobriety close to them.

What’s the story? After the Rangers won Game 6 of the ALCS, knocking off the Yankees, they celebrated in a fashion that included their star slugger’s lifestyle concerns, eschewing the typical champagne showers for one that included ginger ale.

The rest, as they say, is MLB-authenticated history.

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Auction Watch: Signed game-issued 2010 All-Star jerseys hit block for charity by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

You might be accustomed to seeing the Major League Baseball All-Star Game workout jerseys in small pieces in packs of Topps baseball cards, but if you pay attention to the auction block and have the funds then you just might see one in your collection.

A second complete set of the 2010 Workout Day/Home Run Derby jerseys — each signed by the player it was issued to — is available on the auction block through Hunt Auctions and all 80 jerseys will be sold on Saturday during the company’s Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory Auction in Louisville, Ky.

The proceeds from the sale benefit the Baseball Assistance Team, which helps pay expenses of former players who have fallen on hard times.

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Card gallery: 2009 Topps Triple Threads by Chris Olds


The arrival of 2009 Topps Triple Threads has seen an influx of impressive Relic and autograph cards arrive on the auction block as the high-end product apparently remains one of the more popular releases.

Here’s a glimpse at some of the cards that collectors have landed … so far.

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Upper Deck announces three baseball short-prints by Chris Olds

Jeter Hit King

Upper Deck announced on Friday that it has included three short-printed cards in its recently released 2009 baseball products.

They are:

SP1 – Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game’ — 2009 Ballpark Collection

SP2 – 1st Pitch at All-Star Game between Barack Obama and Albert Pujols — in 2009 Ballpark Collection

SP3 – Derek Jeter – Yankees All-Time Hit King — in 2009 SP Authentic

Barack Obama’s All-Star first pitch lands on baseball card by Chris Olds


President Barack Obama‘s first pitch before the MLB All-Star Game earlier this month is highlighted on an eTopps card that’s available to collectors this week.

A maximum of 999 cards will be made as part of the initial public offering at The cards carry a price of $5. Once allocated, collectors can sell them on eBay as part of their eTopps account or request that the card be sent to them. The card is on sale until July 27.

Obamaetopps2Obama’s only other previous eTopps card, which shows him throwing out a pitch before a Chicago White Sox game, was released as part of the presidential candidates set last year.

That card, according to the eTopps statistics, is valued at $85.36.

Like this week’s offering, only 999 copies of that card were produced.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at

Barack Obama Cut Autograph Added to Sportkings Series C by Tracy Hackler


Less than two weeks before the product hits, Sportkings officials announced late Friday afternoon that they have added a Barack Obama cut autograph to Sportkings Series C’s First Pitch Cut insert that honors American presidents who have thrown out ceremonial first pitches.

Obama’s highly publicized heave to Albert Pujols in Tuesday’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game provided Sportkings with the photograph it needed to add the country’s 44th president to an already-loaded insert set. Obama joins an absolutely history-drenched First Pitch Cuts checklist that also includes Lyndon Johnson, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, Dwight Eisenhower, Harry Truman, Franklin Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover, Calvin Coolidge, Warren Harding, Woodrow Wilson, George H. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and the originator of the first pitch, William Taft.

First Pitch is one of five cut signature sets in Series C (the others are PaperCuts, Vintage PaperCuts, Eight Men Out and Owners’ Box). Sportkings Series C releases July 29 at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland.

— Tracy Hackler