The Beckett Blog

Former Dallas Cowboys QB, Monday Night Football Commentator Don Meredith Dies by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

The Associated Press and other sources reported that “Dandy” Don Meredith died of a brain hemorrhage on Sunday evening in Santa Fe, N.M.

The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and beloved Monday Night Football color commentator lapsed into a coma last night, before leaving his legacy to loyal fans, friends and family.

Although Meredith never won the big game for Dallas, his leadership and charismatic presence garnered a breadth of admiration on and off the field. Bringing small-town humility and charm to the big stage, the professionally successful Meredith ultimately retired  and became a color commentator on Monday Night Football in 1970. With an amicable approach, Meredith brought a balance of entertainment and insider analysis to the viewing audience.

Described as “warm and funny” by his wife, the often overlooked Cowboys quarterback offered his likeness on 149 cards (in the Beckett database), including his 1961 Fleer Rookie Card. His most recent cardboard appearance came in 2010 Certified (memorabilia only). Meredith also was known for having a tough-to-get signature. Continue reading

Collecting Coach Garrett by tolentinotown


By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

With only 33 Jason Garrett cards in the Beckett database, the recently appointed Cowboys interim head coach has never held the matches for a hobby fire. Even with his new title, he isn’t carrying collecting kerosene. His limited modicum of memorabilia, however, is something to keep an eye on as he is tested in his new role.

After conducting a quick “Jason Garrett” search on eBay, I didn’t quite break the internet, but I did spot a slight (still statistically negligible) influx of collectibles bearing his name over the past couple of days. After Sunday’s Packer pummeling, these listings could have come from nostalgic Cowboys fans remembering Garrett’s heroic performance against Green Bay in 1994. On the other hand, speculative sellers might be trying to cash in on the latest league spotlight. One eBayer in particular even draws attention to Garrett as the “new Cowboys coach” in an auction for a 1999 Official Cowboys Bluebook. Continue reading

Dez’s Dirty Laundry by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Sometimes it’s perfectly acceptable to air your dirty laundry in public. Especially when the stinky stuff was worn by an NFL athlete.

With the sharp stench of the gridiron still lingering, Dez Bryant’s first Cowboys jersey arrived at the Panini America offices on Monday. Hopefully, hobby brand manager Tracy Hackler wore gloves and clothespinned his nose as he provided the inside scoop on Dez’s dirty laundry.

The yet-to-be-febreezed football jersey arrived with game used battle scares, galore. From an authenticity standpoint though, it’s a pungently pristine piece of memorabilia, ripe for the picking. Hackler notes, “You can enjoy it now in its entirety…and in a few months on some highly collectible Panini America football card.” Continue reading

Hobby stories: Topps CEO talks to New York Times; Johnny Cash items for auction; Eli Manning auto painted over by Susan Lulgjuraj
November 2, 2010, 4:35 pm
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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Ryan O’Hara, the CEO of Topps, got his start in the trading card world when he was in the sixth grade. His father, Mike, offered him a junior partnership in a new company to sell cards. O’Hara’s talk about that beginning and moving to New York City with The New York Times. … LINK

Want a piece of Johnny Cash? More than 1,000 items once owned by the star will go to auction on Nov. 19. Some of the items include a Martin D-28 acoustic guitar — signed by Cash and inscribed with the first four lines of “I Walk the Line” and the blue denim jumpsuit depicted in Jim Marshall’s legendary photo of Cash flashing his middle finger. … LINK

Here’s one Eli Manning autograph that won’t ever make it to the public. After the New York Giants beat the Dallas Cowboys 33-31 last year in the first game at the new stadium, the Giants QB signed a wall with the message “9-20-09 First win in the new stadium.”

The autograph has since been painted over despite Manning maintaining it’s a tradition around the league and he didn’t mean any disrespect. … LINK

Susan Lulgjuraj is a contributing editor for Beckett Media. You can email Susan here. Follow her on Twitter here.

An Exclusive Interview with Dallas Cowboys Receiver Dez Bryant by Tracy Hackler


By Tracy Hackler and Jon Gold

Most pre-draft buzz pegged Dez Bryant as a guy with top-five skills and a Mr. Insignificant attitude. Still, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made no bones about wanting him. That Jones got his man – he seemingly always does – means that Bryant landed on football’s most collected team. That, of course, sent Bryant immediately ascending to the top of the rookie hobby heap.

But then he goes and suffers the dreaded high ankle sprain early in training camp and essentially goes undetected all summer by all but the most astute collectors or Cowboys fans.

That’s all about to change in a big way.

Bryant is ridiculously talented and really, really good. Certainly he’s too good to be lugging Roy Williams’ shoulder pads around and at some point sooner rather than later, he’ll be too good not to be in Dallas’ starting lineup.

The former Oklahoma State standout only improves an already-stacked offense that also includes Tony Romo, Miles Austin, Jason Witten, Felix Jones and Marion Barber.

Even without the benefit of a full training camp, Bryant is an early favorite – along with San Diego’s Ryan Mathews – for Offensive Rookie of the Year honors. Hot List appearances later this season are virtually guaranteed.

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At The National: As Cool as Iceman by Chris Olds

A limited edition McFarlane Toys figure of San Antonio Spurs icon George “Iceman” Gervin was for sale at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.

It could be the first of a few charitable memorabilia projects coming from Babaie Promotions Inc. and Chris Olds caught up with its president, Alix Babaie to get all the details.

First Impressions: 2010 Classics Football by Tracy Hackler

I managed to get my grubby paws on an early box of 2010 Classics Football earlier today. Stay tuned tomorrow for another riveting episode of Box Busters. Until then, here are some random observations — and an interest-piquing preview gallery — from one box.

* While Classics’ overall base design likely won’t overwhelm you, the looks of Membership, Team Colors and Flashback Fabrics probably will. The attention to detail on Membership will make you think your card has a crease on it.

* Flashback Fabrics, the insert provides a nice, tidy opportunity to incorporate dated game-worn inventory without looking way out of place. The Terrell Owens we pulled included a rather juicy patch from one of TO’s old Eagles jerseys; seems like forever ago that Owens was flying high in Philly.

* Many of the cards in this set seem particularly susceptible to chipping. Handle with care.

* All four RCs and both Significant Signatures autographed parallels feature photography of the respective rookies in their NFL uniforms. That’s a good thing.

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