Filed under: Beckett Media, NBA, Pro Sports | Tags: 2003-04 Finest, Basketball, Boston Celtics, Chris Bosh, Cleveland Cavaliers, Dwayne Wade, ESPN, king james, LeBron James, Miami Heat, NBA, RC, TNT
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor
The NBA season starts tonight with one of the most anticipated games of the year, and it doesn’t include the current champions.
The Miami Heat travel to the Boston Celtics at 7:30 p.m., which will air on TNT.
Even the most casual of NBA fans want to get a look at LeBron James in his first regular-season game with the Heat. Plenty of hype surrounded Miami in the off-season, which began with a few simple words this summer.
“I’m taking my talent to South Beach,” James said in an hour-long show on ESPN in July.
He signed with Miami, which already had Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.
Filed under: MLB, Three of a Kind | Tags: Alabama football, Bear Bryant, Beckett Media, ESPN, Jake Taylor, Major League, Movie Memorabilia, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Texas A&M football, The Junction Boys, Three of a Kind, Tom Berenger
Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds brings to you a quick story about three pieces of memorabilia he keeps in his office in yet another “Three of a Kind” video.
Not sure what “Three of a Kind” is? Click here to see the first one posted yesterday.
Filed under: Beckett Media, ESPN | Tags: Beckett Media, ESPN, ESPN.com, ESPN.com Page 2, Page 2, Sports Cards, sports memorabilia
It’s a busy time here at Beckett Media as we continue to prepare all of the sports card magazines and books you’ve come to expect — as well as a more than a few extra magazines here and there, too — but we’re not done there.
Beckett’s Tracy Hackler and Chris Olds have signed on to provide occasional sports card and memorabilia items to ESPN.com’s Page 2. So in case you haven’t bounced around online to see what’s going on in the hobby enough, now there’s another possible destination.
Why? It’s a chance to get the hobby some added widespread exposure, perhaps drawing back some of those collectors who’ve left cards behind and forgotten the likes of Topps, Upper Deck, Panini, Press Pass and others.
Here’s a quick rundown of what we’ve done for Page 2 so far …
We’ll update this list every so often after additional items are published.
Oct. 30 — How about a Yankee Stadium office chair?
Sept. 27 — Logan Morrison goes from card shop to majors
Sept. 26 — Topps readies for 60th anniversary
Sept. 11 — Robert Horry signs 1st NBA card
Aug. 29 — Strasburg created buzz on cards
Aug. 16 — New Obak set looks at game changers
July 29 — Tim Tebow’s name is on everything
July 20 — LeBron James’ first Heat card
July 18 — James-Wade-Bosh card surges in value
July 11 — Even Bob Sheppard had a baseball card
July 10 — Jordin Sparks, Stuart Scott in card set
June 28 — Baseball fan cracks code, gets card
June 16 — Strasburg card buyer is sold on pitcher
June 8 — Harper, Strasburg see cards rise
May 15 — Athletes marketing own memorabilia
May 5 — In NHRA, Forces to be Reckoned
April 23 — Tim Tebow’s first “card” in NFL is valuable
April 21 — Hogan, Flair autograph cards for TRISTAR
April 12 — You can have a piece of Texas Stadium
April 6 — So glad Arena League has returned
March 27 — Kobe loves trading cards … seriously
March 27 — WrestleMania winners in the cards
March 19 — Abraham Lincoln appears on a baseball card
March 17 — UFC cards are all the rage
March 1 — You’ll be bugged by these baseball cards
Tracy Hackler is the Editorial Director at Beckett Media, while Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to Hackler at firstname.lastname@example.org or Olds email@example.com. Follow Olds on Twitter by clicking here. Follow Hackler on Twitter by clicking here.
Filed under: College sports, Fathead | Tags: Basketball, college basketball, Dick Vitale, ESPN, Fathead, sports memorabilia, The V FOundation
Just when you thought you had heard it all from Dick Vitale, Fathead unleashes this.
The Livonia, Mich.-based company is set to unveil the world’s first talking vinyl wall graphics — and the mile-a-minute “Prime-Time Talker” from ESPN is the first subject.
Fathead is debuting new technology with the piece, which enables the image to “talk” with the use of a special pen. Vitale’s arsenal of phrases, like “It’s Awesome Baby,” “Diaper Dandy,” “PTP’er” and “Dipsy-doo, Dunk-a-roo” will be heard on his Fathead Jr., which will be arriving soon.
“We could not have chosen a better ambassador of collegiate basketball than Dickie V to launch and lead off our talking Fathead Line,” said Fathead CEO Patrick McInnis in a release. “We are honored and excited to be working with him again to provide these unique experiences and opportunities to both of our loyal and passionate fans.”
Fathead also is launching its “You’re A Winner Baby” Sweepstakes at Fathead.com, where fans can try to win Vitale-signed memorabilia, Fathead products and other prizes during March Madness.
Filed under: MLB, Upper Deck | Tags: baseball cards, Bugs, entomology, Entomology cards, ESPN, Goodwin Champions, Insect collecting, MLB, Upper Deck
Upper Deck has continued to release images of its forthcoming Goodwin Champions Entomology Cards, which will be bugging many a collector when the redemptions begin shipping soon.
You can see some more images that UD released on Monday after the jump — if you can handle them.
Filed under: Beckett Media, MLB, Political memorabilia, Topps | Tags: baseball cards, ESPN, Free Stuff Friday, Keith Olbermann, Keith Olbermann baseball cards, MLB, MSNBC, Political memorabilia, sports memorabilia, Topps, Topps 206
NOW CLOSED. Here’s another bonus contest since we’ve got plenty of you guys visiting today. And we’re going to let this one through the whole weekend and pick a winner on Monday morning…
We’re in the midst of Free Stuff Friday with this item that can be yours right now …
How can you win? Follow the directions below and answer the questions below in a comment right here … it’s that simple.
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Filed under: ESPN The Magazine, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, Space memorabilia | Tags: Adrian Peterson, autograph collecting, Body Issue, Carl Edwards, Dwight Howard, ESPN, ESPN cover, ESPN naked, ESPN The Magazine, Gina Carano, Ironman, Memorabilia, Minnesota Vikings, MMA, naked, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, nude athletes, Orlando Magic, Sarah Reinsertsen, Serena Williams, Tennis, The Body Issue, triathlete
ESPN The Magazine‘s “Body Issue” has been talked about for some time with its not-so-subtle approach to coverage of athletes.
We’ll make you guess what it is based on the cover above.
And now that it’s set to arrive on newsstands everywhere very, very soon (it has an Oct. 19, 2009, cover date), one more thing is apparent — whether it bombs as a concept or is widely praised and becomes an annual staple.
It should be great for autographs. (If they’ll sign them.)
Based on the clean and clear design of the six different covers, which are free of any blurbs and put the focus solely on the cover subjects — tennis star Serena Williams (above), NBA star Dwight Howard, MMA star Gina Carano, NASCAR star Carl Edwards, NFL star Adrian Peterson and triathlete Sarah Reinertsen.
As with all ESPN The Magazine covers, there already are prints available for $24.95 and up ($109.95 for a 30×36 print) on ESPN.com.
See all of the covers after the jump.