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Panini aims to help fans get collecting kicks at Kids Foot Locker by Chris Olds

Panini America has teamed up with Kids Foot Locker to produce an exclusive trading card set only available at the show retailer.

For every shopper who spends $20 on NBA-licensed items, they will receive a six-card packs of 2010-11 Rookies & Stars cards. They will include cards of Panini spokesman Kobe Bryant, Rajon Rondo, John Wall, Derrick Rose, Evan Turner and Wesley Johnson.

There will be more than 100 stores around the country involved with the promotion.

“We’re thrilled to be able to partner with Kids Foot Locker to help promote, grow and strengthen the hobby of basketball-card collecting in this country,” said Jason Howarth, Panini America vice president of marketing. “This promotion represents a tremendous opportunity to turn passionate NBA fans into passionate NBA collectors.”

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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First look: 2010-11 Panini Prestige basketball cards by Chris Olds

Panini America revealed its first basketball set for 2010-11 — its sophomore season as the NBA’s lone trading card licensee — and it’s Prestige leading the way.

Set to arrive on Sept. 29, Prestige will include a rookie in every pack and each 24-pack hobby box will include one autograph, one NBA Auto Draft Class card (limited to 499 or less) and two memorabilia cards.

Oh, and perhaps Panini’s biggest selling point? There are more than 20,000 on-card autographs to be found in this product.

Eight-card packs will carry a $4 suggested retail price.

The set will mark the first cards of No. 1 overall pick John Wall as well as autographs from Panini-exclusives Evan Turner and Wesley Johnson. It also will include the first Knicks autographs of Amar’e Stoudemire as well as debut autographs of Chris Bosh and Carlos Boozer in their new uniforms.

Among the autograph checklist are Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony, Shaquille O’Neal, Derrick Rose, Steve Nash, Tyreke Evans, Rajon Rondo, Magic Johnson, Gary Payton, Elgin Baylor and Alonzo Mourning.

See more images from the set after the jump.

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Box Busters Preview: 2009-10 Exquisite Collection Basketball by Tracy Hackler


Late Friday afternoon, an over-caffeinated, extremely excited team of Keith Hower, Chris Olds and Tracy Hackler busted three boxes of 2009-10 Exquisite Collection Basketball for a forthcoming must-see episode of Box Busters.

The good news: A fourth box went unopened. The better news: You’ll have a chance to win that box, in addition to many of the sweet cards we pulled out of the other three, beginning next week.

Stay tuned to and the Beckett Blog early next week for additional details on how to win. The 2009-10 Exquisite Collection Basketball Box Busters will be up Monday morning. Until then, enjoy this sneak peek (after the jump) of just some of the sweet cards we were lucky enough to uncover late Friday afternoon.

— Tracy Hackler

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Twelve NBA players sue Topps for remainder of autograph contracts by Chris Olds


A dozen NBA players filed lawsuits against Topps in a New York County court last week citing breach of contract seeking payment for the remainder of their autograph deals agreed to beginning in early 2008.

According to the 10-page summons and complaint obtained by Beckett Media on Wednesday, Topps notified each of the players in March that it “would no longer be honoring the agreements and would not be making any further payments to the plaintiffs for the remaining number of autographs in their respective agreements, despite prior demand by plaintiffs.”

In late-January, the NBA announced that Panini will become the sole licensee of the league’s trading cards beginning this fall with the 2009-10 season. Topps has since released just two licensed 2009-10 products before its deal expired — its ’48 Bowman and standard Topps sets — and has said it has no plans to produce any additional (unlicensed) basketball sets.

Topps officials declined to comment on the case, however it’s reasonable to expect that the entirety of the autograph contracts were for a longer term of products — not one or two sets produced this year — given the quantities of signatures called for in the deals.

The twelve players — 11 of whom are listed as clients of the Wasserman Media Group — each signed approximately half of the previously agreed-to quantities on their autographs and are seeking “an amount to be determined at trial but not less than $298,560, exclusive of interest.”

Among the players with claims are:

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Derrick Rose signs video game deal with 2K Sports by Chris Olds


Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose will be the featured spokesman for an upcoming download-only video game from 2K Sports that the company announced this week.

While video game covers haven’t quite caught on as traditional collectibles — they’re more of a player-collector item at best — NBA 2K10: Draft Combine won’t as it won’t be sold in stores. So, in essence, the news only will provide Rose or Bulls fans new memorabilia in possible advertising displays, posters and other memorabilia.

maddenfitz1It’s not quite like the popular Madden line, which releases later this week, and will spawn countless potential memorabilia tie-ins.

(We all know with Arizona Cardinals star Larry Fitzgerald on the cover of Madden NFL 10 that at least one copy will make its way to the Tracy Hackler estate.)

There’s no doubt that there are collectors out there who own all of the Maddens and much of the related memorabilia as it’s been a cornerstone of the sports video game industry for years.

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2008-09 Topps Chrome Basketball Box Busters by ejahnke
Join Keith Hower, Eric Jahnke and Tim “Radio Celebrity” Trout as they open two boxes of 2008-09 Topps Chrome.
Man, this is a tough gig!

Skybox Metal Universe … Derrick Rose? by ejahnke


This is kind of cool. What do you think?

Sneak peek: 2008 Elite Extra Edition Baseball by Chris Olds

As promised in the upcoming issue of Beckett Baseball, here’s a gallery of card images from 2008 Donuss Elite Extra Edition, which will hit hobby shops next week.

Look for a Q&A with the brand managers for Elite Extra Edition in the magazine, which also hits shops next week.

Looking for some Elite? Start here.

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

The new Press Pass Legends Basketball by ejahnke

We opened two of the new Press Pass Legends Basketball boxes (3 mini-boxes per box, six 5-card packs per mini-box), and made out like bandits.  The consensus pick would be the Michael Beasley red-ink autograph, but I personally like the Dorsey patch best out of all the cards we pulled.
We were able to complete the entire base set (with plenty of inserts and parallels to boot) and picked up some great autographs besides the Michael Beasley- Stacy Augmon, Bailey Howell, Sean Elliot and Corliss Williamson to name a few.

A complete checklist of all the cards in this set can be found at :

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