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New Images Released: 2009 UD Ballpark Collection by Tracy Hackler


Upper Deck officials on Wednesday unveiled almost 30 new images from the company’s forthcoming 2009 Ballpark Collection product, including some released exclusively to Beckett Media.

For more information on the product, slated to release Aug. 25, click here. To feast your eyes on the images, stay tuned after the jump.

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Preview Gallery: 2009 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection Rookie Autographs by Chris Olds


Upper Deck has released several preview images for the Rookie Autographs in its upcoming Ballpark Collection set, which is scheduled to arrive on Aug. 25.

Each four-pack box will contain two autograph cards while there will be three memorabilia cards or one autograph and two memorabilia cards per pack. Each pack will contain one dual memorabilia card and one quad memorabilia card, while there will be cards with as many as eight memorabilia pieces embedded into them.

For more on the set, click here.

Click on the images below for a closer look.

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

Box Busters: 2009 Goudey baseball by Chris Olds


Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they open boxes of 2009 Goudey baseball cards from Upper Deck, a set in its third year that emulates the 1933 set of the same name.

What will they find? Watch and see by clicking here.

Collecting Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover models’ autographs not so tough with certified trading cards by Chris Olds


By Chris Olds

If you watched The Late Show with David Letterman on Monday night — or if you’ve been over to Tuesday morning, you know all about the model who appears on the cover of this year’s Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, Bar Refaeli.

siprices1While she’ll be busy doing signings and personal appearances to promote the magazine staple that has printed annually since 1964, our crack staff decided rather than examine the value of the issues to examine a different niche — certified autograph cards of the cover models.

(Besides, editor Chris Olds already wrote a column on the collectible aspects of the swimsuit issue way back in 2003. The findings? Most magazine dealers say a few issues sell particularly well, but the demand is nothing like the first appearances of prominent athletes like Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods — and we won’t mention that it’s one of SI‘s most overproduced issues of the year. A list of going rates back then appears right here — values likely haven’t changed much.)

For the models, the cover is an iconic achievement that may lead to movie roles and added stardom, but that doesn’t guarantee an appearance on cardboard. In fact, only nine cover models have appeared on trading cards which they then signed for inclusion in packs (certified autographs).

In fact, only two of those nine have cards that weren’t produced for a Sports Illustrated trading card set, meaning they made it enough mainstream to appear in something beyond the four Swimsuit Issue sets made by Stellar Collectibles from 2003 to 2006.

Who are the two?

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