The Beckett Blog


Preview Grows, Anticipation Swells over Panini Plates & Patches by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Teasing collectors with a recently fast leak of 2010 Plates & Patches  Football preview images, Panini America is building anticipation over next week’s launch.

As previously mentioned, the brand new Panini brand will carry a $150-per-pack price tag with high-end bells and whistles galore. Collectors willing to drop the coin can expect four hits in total: one prime-piece memorabilia autographed Rookie Card, two more autographs and either an autograph or a memorabilia card. Surely far from shabby, the other per-pack pulls (two base cards, one parallel and one insert) are designed to compel as well.

Until hobbyists can get their hands on the product, this growing collection of digital eye candy will have to do. Continue reading



NFL Players Get Creative on Topps Five Star Sketch Cards by tolentinotown
January 13, 2011, 11:48 am
Filed under: Beckett Media, NFL, Topps | Tags: , , , , , , ,

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

Topps announced today that collectors will be able to see the creative sides of pro football players in the upcoming Five Star product.

Lending their artistic talent (sometimes better referred to as “effort”) on player sketch cards, athletes like Tony Romo (whose effort is pictured above), LaDainian Tomlinson and Tim Tebow add a unique allure to the high-end line. Hand drawn by NFL standouts, each one of one illustration is signed on the back by the respective footbartist.

This makes for an interesting means of getting more than just autographs from Romo, Tomlinson, Tebow, Reggie Wayne, Vincent Jackson, Maurice Jones-Drew, Roddy White, Matthew Stafford, C.J. Spiller, Matt Ryan, Mike Williams, Aaron Hernandez and more.

Set to release in late February, Topps Five Star Football is loaded with high-end hits, some of which might even end up at The Met.



Beckett Tip Sheet: Where can you land an autograph? by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

It’s no secret that the autograph is key to many a sports products these days as those certified authentic slips of the pen turn cardboard into collecting gold.

But the certified autograph is not the only way a collector can land a treasured item.

In fact, many a signer of certified autographs actually signs in other ways — ways that collectors may not always think about in a world of commodified, short-print chases and dreaming of winning mylar-wrapped lotteries. It may sound like common sense, but there are other ways to track down signatures besides ripping packs and buying singles at the card shop or online.

Here’s a rundown of ways that collectors — beginners through the long-time hobby veterans — should always consider trying to land an autograph without hitting up a pack of cards or buying a certified signature straight from a trusted dealer.

OFFICIAL WEBSITES
These days, it’s pretty common for athletes and celebrities to have their own websites where they sell autographed items directly to the public. The signed copy of WWE Magazine above, for example, was purchased on Trish Stratus‘ website, www.trishstratus.com. There, the former multi-time women’s champion sells signed magazines, books, photos, posters and more. If you have your own particular item you want signed, she’ll ink it up for a $10 fee.

Continue reading



Tim Tebow Media Mix Tape: ‘Gator-Bronco Man’ by tolentinotown

By Andrew Tolentino | Assistant Editor

In case  you missed it, Panini America’s Tracy Hackler assembled somewhat of a “greatest hits on cardboard” gallery for the recently reaffirmed Tim Tebow.

Hackler took a preemptive maneuver to celebrate the rookie icon’s first NFL start; and thankfully for the quarterback, the Broncos and the hobby, Tebow shined in the face of scrutiny. Despite a Denver loss, the widely touted rookie lived up to his hype with 8 of 16 completed passes for 138 yards and a 40-yard touchdown run. Since Tebow has been named starting quarterback for the rest of the season, he has plenty of time to dispel doubt and rise even higher in the hobby.

Continue reading



A look at 2010 National Treasures Football’s memorabilia by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Panini America released more than just a sneak peek today. They provided images that practically have Sirens singing in the backgrounds.

They released a gallery of photos of the some of the game-used memorabilia that will become part of 2010 National Treasures Football.

And the expectations will be high after this.

Some of the swatches are from the league’s top players. Others are from some of the most sought after football stars. Either way, the product is on its way to becoming something football die-hard fans are going to chase after.

See a gallery of game-used swatches after the jump.

Continue reading



Preview Gallery: 2010 Panini Gridiron Gear RG Gems autographs by Chris Olds

By Chris Olds | Editor

Panini America released a handful of preview images to tease what’s coming in 2010 Gridiron Gear, which arrives this week with some hidden surprises.

What kinds of surprises?

Well, for starters there are the Rookie Gridiron Gems cards that have an autograph on a jersey swatch that is concealed inside the card. Collectors can pull out its inner panel to see the entire signature.

You’ll see more of the cards after the jump, and you see the rest of the cards from the set online starting with a batch right here and you’ll have the chance to win one of these cards from a top running back in the class in the next issue of Beckett Football. (That’ll be in hobby shops and chain stores around the country by next month … )

Until then, you can see five cards — before and after autograph reveals — after the jump.

Continue reading



2010 National Treasures Pen Pal Autographs get an upgrade by Susan Lulgjuraj

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Panini America really took advantage of the 2010 NFL Rookies Premiere in May. With all the rookies in one spot, officials from the company got on-card autographs for some of its sets.

One of these includes the 2010 National Treasure Football Pen Pal Autographs subset.

2010 National Treasures is Panini’s final and most expensive product of the year and it looks like they aren’t holding anything back. Besides on-card autographs, which we all love, the product also features the rookies in their NFL helmet.

Last year’s set only had the guys in their college uniform.

Pen Pal Autographs offer so many different combinations of rookies, you’re bound to find your favorite grouped together. Pen Pal Autographs will come with two to eight signatures on the card.

The set it is scheduled to be released in early March with a $400 price tag.

See a gallery of Pen Pal Autographs inside.

Continue reading