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Completely Random Friday Poll: Which Would You Rather Pull From a Pack of Cards . . . by Tracy Hackler

Mostly because polls are just so darn easy, revealing and fun to take (and partly because it’s Friday), we figured now was as good a time as any to get your take on another hot hobby issue. This time, we want to know . . .

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Preview Gallery: 2010 Topps Sterling by Chris Olds

Topps released the following preview images for its forthcoming 2010 Topps Sterling baseball card set.

We’ll have more on the product when it’s available, but until then check out the images after the jump …

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Long-running legal feud over memorabilia cards ends by Chris Olds
March 10, 2010, 4:06 pm
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A long-running battle over patent infringement for memorabilia cards ended in a federal court this week as a case that had touched upon all of the major trading card companies, most recently Upper Deck, was dismissed.

How far back the do claims over memorabilia card concept go? In December of 1994, Adrian Gluck filed for a patent for a memorabilia card. At that time, the closest thing to what we know as a memorabilia card today was a trading card with a piece of a diamond embedded into it. After that a company called Media Tech, which licensed the patents, and Upper Deck have battled over the sports version of a memorabilia card.

In 2001, Media Tech accused Upper Deck of infringement, and in this, its most recent appeal, a pair of judges ruled the patents to be invalid based on the “obviousness” of the idea — the fact that someone could apply the previously established approach to other items.

Topps details stadium seat Relics, offers replacements by Chris Olds
January 28, 2010, 10:31 am
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This just in from Topps…

Topps has confirmed that the following five memorabilia cards in the recently released 2009 Tribute Baseball include pieces of stadium seat:

Babe Ruth Dual Relic — Bat/Old Yankee Stadium Seat

Babe Ruth Triple Relic — Old Yankee Stadium Seat/Uniform/Old Yankee Stadium Seat

Ty Cobb Dual Relic — Bat/Tiger Stadium Seat

Jackie Robinson Triple Relic — Ebbets Field Seat/Bat/Ebbets Field Seat

Mickey Mantle Triple Relic — Old Yankee Stadium Seat/Uniform/Old Yankee Stadium Seat

Topps will replace any of the above cards with a pack of 2009 Topps Tribute Baseball or comparable product for collectors that are not satisfied with their card(s).

In addition, every card in 2009 Topps Sterling Baseball features game-used bat and game-used uniform except for one subject — Carl Erskine, which features Erskine’s autograph with stadium seat.  Topps will replace this card with a pack of 2009 Topps Sterling Baseball for collectors not satisfied with their card.

Moving forward, to ensure no confusion, stadium seat pieces will not be used as memorabilia pieces unless it’s part of a special stadium seat-specific insert.

Please send all items intended for replacement to the address listed below.  Please allow 2-4 weeks for delivery.

The Topps Company

ATTN: Seat Relic Replacement

401 York Avenue

Duryea, PA 18642

Preview Gallery: Famous Fabrics First Edition by Chris Olds
December 16, 2009, 9:28 am
Filed under: Hall of Fame, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, non-sports sets | Tags: , , ,

Famous Fabrics First Edition is set to arrive on Feb. 24., while a few other products from Creative Cardboard Concepts are scheduled to arrive later in the year including Ringside boxing, Scoop and Famous Faces.

For more information on the product, visit the company’s website. See more images of cards from all three products after the jump.

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Revealing Pics: ITG Unwraps More Ultimate Memorabilia 9 Eye Candy by Tracy Hackler


With the ninth – and most limited – installment of In the Game’s Ultimate Memorabilia product set for release in just days, ITG revealed additional images this week of what quickly have become the product’s calling cards: The ridiculously sweet Ultimate Emblem, Number, Tag and Glove singles.

Check out the eye candy after the jump.

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2009-10 Panini Basketball: Preview and Card Gallery by Tracy Hackler


The succinctly named 2009-10 Panini Basketball, the company’s first retail-only hoops product, shipped to retailers today boasting a bevy of box-level hits intended to make a splash with new and younger collectors at the mass-market level.

At first glance, base-brand Panini looks to provide a fun-for-all-ages recipe with an old-school configuration (12 cards per pack, 36 packs per box) at a palatable $1.99 pack price.

With glow-in-the-dark stickers, decals and a massive 400-card base set, this product is clearly not intended for hardcore high-end enthusiasts, and that’s OK. One of Panini’s key initiatives is to grow the basketball category in this country, especially among the younger demographic. Products like these start that ball rolling.

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