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First look: 2011 Topps Series 2 Baseball & 60th Anniversary ring by Chris Olds
January 14, 2011, 3:29 pm
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By Chris Olds | Editor

Topps unveiled the first glimpses at its second series of 2011 baseball cards on Friday, marking the first public unveiling of a 60th Anniversary diamond ring that will only be produced in limited quantities and found via Topps Diamond Dig redemption code cards as part of the company’s anniversary celebration.

However, one lucky reader of Beckett Baseball will have the chance to put one of the rare rings on his or her finger, too, via a contest in the pages of our magazine coming later this spring.

While the new series will supplement Series 1, which arrives in roughly a month, new for Series 2 will be Diamond Anniversary parallels, a Before There Was Topps insert card set, a Diamond Stars insert set, Hall of Fame buybacks, Topps 60 dual Relics and a new batch of Topps Attax cards.

The Diamond dig cards will be found one in every six packs and can unlock the diamond ring, a vintage pack of cards, a card with an actual diamond embedded into the cardboard or one of a few other options. Codes found on the cards will be entered at where fans can also collect virtual rings and other anniversary-themed cards.

Each 36-pack hobby box will include one autograph or Relic, while every 10-pack HTA Jumbo box will pack an autograph and two Relics inside when it arrives on June 6.

More to come. See images after the jump.

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Sneak Peek: 2011 Upper Deck Football by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Upper Deck recently released a few (two to be exact), preview images of its 2011 football product. Set to release on April 12, the NFL newcomer-focused manufacturer announced that this set will deliver “the top 2011 rookies before the draft.”

After all, Upper Deck is the only company allowed to use NCAA team logos with its exclusive deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company.

In addition to the forthcoming football freshmen, league veterans and greats will be featured in what appears to be  a 1991 throwback design on some cards (see below). As the images indicate, Adrian Peterson and Dan Marino are amongst the many players pictured in their collegiate uniforms.

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First look: 2010 Bowman Platinum baseball cards by Chris Olds

Topps released the basic product information and preview images for its newest prospect-laden line, Bowman Platinum, on Friday, a product that carries some high-end possible hits at a lesser price point.

Set to arrive in mid-November, the new line will include two on-card autographed Refractors and one autographed patch card per 24-pack box. Each pack will include three Platinum cards and two Chrome prospect cards.

The Platinum Chrome autographs will all be signed on-card and the checklist includes 48 minor league stars, all with SuperFractors and Printing Plates as well as Red, Blue and Green Refractor parallels. (The most plentiful cards are numbered to 199, while Reds are limited to 10.)

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First look: 2009-10 Panini Hall of Fame basketball cards (updated) by Chris Olds

Panini America officials unveiled on Thursday a new addition to its basketball lineup, 2009-10 Hall of Fame Basketball, which looks to be a high-end ode to the greats of the game with offerings perhaps not seen in some time for the basketball collector.

Each $100 box will include two autographs, one memorabilia card one Black Border base card and seven other cards.

Among the notable inclusions are Famed Signatures (on-card Autographs of Hall of Famers), Hall of Fame Monikers (signed with nickname) and Dream Team Game Threads cards, which include regular and prime swatches from game-used 1992 U.S. Men’s Olympic jerseys.

Hall of Fame arrives on July 28. See more after the jump.

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First look: 2010 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection basketball cards by Chris Olds

Upper Deck may be done producing NBA-licensed basketball cards, but it’s not done trying to put high-end basketball cards into the hands of collectors.

On Wednesday, the company revealed the basic product information and a package of preview images for its upcoming 2010 Ultimate Collection basketball card set, a Collegiate Licensing Company-approved product that packs an autographed card in every four-card pack.

The standard set consists of 60 base cards and 20 Rookie Signature Redemptions, but the real highlight in the product just might be the 1997 Legends autographs — which brings the look of the landmark football set to the hardwood.

Also to be found among the autograph lineup when Ultimate Collection arrives in May are Personal Touch Inscriptions (where players write answers to questions about their lives alongside their autographs) as well as All- Time Team Signatures and  All-Time Draft Signatures among others.

The Legends autographs will be signed directly on the cards and the checklist is set to include Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Julius Erving, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Bill  Walton, Jerry West and Yao Ming among others.

See more from the set after the jump.

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First look: 2010 Topps Series 2 baseball cards by Chris Olds
January 29, 2010, 3:37 pm
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Topps released the basic set information and preview images for its second series of 2010 Baseball cards on Friday, just days after the arrival of the first series.

Scheduled to arrive on May 24, the second series will include 330 more cards with 20 more photo variation cards — those will be limited to just 3,000 copies per card.

Each 36-pack hobby box will include one autograph or Relic card, while HTA Jumbo boxes will include three.

While the set will largely continue where Series 1 started, there are a few new features, including the Topps 2020 inserts,  Topps Vintage Legends Collection, a 25-card History of the World Series set and Hall of Fame Buybacks (1:4 packs)

Also back will be 10 Red Hot Rookie cards, which have been a staple of the second series for the last few years. They will showcase players who are hot during the season but don’t yet have cards.

What else is new? The second series will include original T206 cards as well as original Topps cards as part of the Million Card Giveaway, which are code cards that can be found six per hobby box and one per jumbo pack. (The codes can only be redeemed for original Topps cards in Series 1.)

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Box Busters: 2009 Playoff National Treasures by Tracy Hackler

Beckett Football‘s overly giddy duo nervously devours two boxes of the highly anticipated 2009 Playoff National Treasures. Check out the goods — some of which will be up for grabs soon — right now.