The Beckett Blog


EA Sports’ Madden 11 Hype Includes Limited-Edition Panini Card by Tracy Hackler
August 13, 2010, 11:03 pm
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Panini America and EA Sports will begin teaming up next week to generate a little football card awareness among some of the most respected and read sports business and videogame writers in the country. To help celebrate the August 10 release of Madden 11, the latest installment of the most popular videogame franchise in the world, Panini created a limited-edition card inspired by the game’s box art and the man on it – Madden 11 cover boy Drew Brees.

Brees, the New Orleans Saints quarterback and Super Bowl XLIV champion, signed each of the 50 cards – with on-card signatures, by the way. In the coming days, those cards are sure to be making lasting impressions on folks who may be exposed to the thrill of an autographed football card for the first time in a long time, or perhaps for the first time ever.

For Panini officials, ever eager to spread the football card gospel by any means possible, the promotion was a no-brainer.

“Given our relationships with EA and Drew Brees, we thought this would be a memorable way to commemorate the release of Madden 11 while help build hype for football cards on a potentially much larger platform,” says Scott Prusha, Panini America’s Director of Marketing. “Through the Madden 11 launch we’re able to provide significant exposure for our trading cards in particular and for the entire category in general.”

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First Look: 2010 Donruss Elite Football by Tracy Hackler

Panini America officials today released images and preliminary product information on 2010 Donruss Elite Football, a longtime portfolio staple slated to release in June 16 packing four hits  (with at least one autograph guaranteed), four Rookies and 10 other inserts or parallels per box.

Elite loyalists can rest easy knowing that the product’s calling cards — Throwback Threads memorabilia cards and Passing the Torch Autographs — return in full force. The company also has secured autographs and memorabilia from some of the key contributors of New Orleans Saints’ Super Bowl XLIV victory over the Indianapolis Colts.

Each case of the product should deliver at least one autograph from a group that includes Peyton Manning, Joe Namath, Brett Favre, Emmitt Smith, Drew Brees, Jimmy Clausen, Sam Bradford, Colt McCoy, Tim Tebow, C.J. Spiller, Ryan Mathews and Jonathan Dwyer.

Check out the preview images after the jump.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (2-12) Contest No. 6 — A New Orleans Saints game-used jersey/patch card lot (w/ Beckett Media Saints Super Bowl commemorative magazine) by Chris Olds

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We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and it starts now.

We’re launching several contests tonight and we’re starting off big because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? We’re running them all weekend.

logoHow 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 — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

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A sneak peek inside Beckett Media’s New Orleans Saints Super Bowl champions commemorative issue by Chris Olds

Now that the New Orleans Saints have won their first Super Bowl, Beckett Media will be working throughout the night to bring to you an 80-page full-color commemorative issue that highlights their run to a championship — a magazine that will arrive on newsstands later this week. (It also will be available by clicking here soon.)

Inside, fans will find more than a dozen pages devoted to Sunday night’s game — while each contest during the rest of the season gets full-spread display treatment. We’ll also examine the team’s most notable players and their football cards.

We have a behind-the-scenes video look at the proofs of the magazine as it’s still coming together and a quick sampling — excerpts from the magazine’s Meet The Stars section — after the jump.

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***NOW CLOSED*** FREE STUFF FRIDAY (2-5) Contest No. 13 — A Super Bowl game-used jersey card lot including Joe Namath (only 10 exist), Hines Ward, Donald Brown, Terry Bradshaw & Drew Brees by Chris Olds

***NOW CLOSED***
We’re back with another Free Stuff Friday — and it starts now.

We’re launching a dozen contests tonight — but look for a few more possibly on Friday afternoon — because we know that plenty of you are fans of  Free Stuff Friday, our weekly contests that let you have a chance at landing cool stuff. What make them cooler? We’re running them all weekend.

logoHow 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 — we’ll check IP addresses — and make sure to include your name and email address so you can be contacted if you win. (Also note that you will see your comment on your screen after posting but that does not indicate its order of posting as it has not yet been approved. WordPress’ time-stamping of comments once all are approved will determine the winner.)

Get the question(s) after the jump …

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Florida Collector Finds Panini’s Manning/Brees Bounty Card by Tracy Hackler
February 3, 2010, 11:07 am
Filed under: Beckett Media, NFL, Panini | Tags: , , ,

Panini America struck a chord with collectors last week – and sent many of them across the country scrambling to scour their collections – by announcing a bounty for the 2009 Limited Pro Bowl Combo Materials card featuring Peyton Manning, Drew Brees and sequential number 44/100.

There was speculation in the collecting community at the time that the card would never be discovered. Well, the card has been discovered, from the personal collection of a Peyton Manning super collector.

Dawn McNew, a physical education teacher at Lehigh (Fla.) High School, contacted the Panini offices just a week prior the contest deadline to let company officials know that the winning card was part of her Manning collection that’s more than 1,000 cards strong.

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Panini Offering $1,500+ Bounty for One Special $20 Card by Tracy Hackler

You can add 44 to the list of the most meaningful serial numbers in the sports card universe.

Panini is offering a substantial reward to the one collector either already holding or pulling the 2009 Limited Pro Bowl Combo Materials card featuring Super Bowl XLIV passers Peyton Manning and Drew Brees and, most importantly, also bearing sequential number 44/100.

The lucky collector holding that card and revealing it to Panini officials prior to the kickoff of Super Bowl XLIV on Feb. 7 will have the chance to trade that card for an exclusive Manning-Brees card sequentially numbered 1/1 and one box of every 2010 NFL product Panini produces.

Based on the company’s current 2010 production schedule, that prize haul amounts to between 10 and 15 unopened boxes with a combined suggested retail value of more than $1,500. For those wondering, the current Beckett value for the card is $20.

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