Archive for March, 2007

Topps Issues McDonald’s All American Cards

Auto Date Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

Topps distributed cards to attendees at the 2007 McDonald’s All-American Games being held in Louisville, Kentucky.  There will be 24 cards for the boys teams and 24 cards for the girls teams.  The set includes cards of hoops stars O.J. Mayo and Eric Gordon.


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Upper Deck includes 2 Rookie Cards of Hockey Player

Auto Date Friday, March 23rd, 2007

Upper Deck inadvertently issued 2 rookie cards of Minnesota Wild first round pick Benoit Pouliot in it’s 2006-07 Hot Prospects hockey set.

Upper Deck came to an agreement on a signature deal with Pouliot late in the process and added an autograph patch rookie card (#126) which is numbered to 599.  They forgot to pull his non-autographed card from the set (#163), which is numbered to 1,999.

Since both cards are part of the base set, they are both considered to be rookie cards.

Note: The card on the right is not from the Hot Prospect set.  It is a 2006-07 Upper Deck Young Guns #475

[tags]Upper Deck, Rookie, Error, Benoit Pouliot[/tags]

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Football Product of the Year: Playoff National Treasures

Auto Date Thursday, March 22nd, 2007

First year product Playoff National Treasures has been chosen by the readers of Beckett Football as the 2006 Football Product of the Year. 

“For years Donruss Playoff has done a phenomenal job delivering rare retired player memorabilia cards to the hobby, but what we saw in Playoff National Treasures blew us away,” says Beckett Football editor David Lee. “With memorabilia and/or autographs from just about every vintage player that matters, National Treasures is the most comprehensive retired player product ever produced, and it shows with the awards it claimed. Congratulations to Donruss Playoff on a well-deserved Readers’ Choice Product of the Year Award.”

[tags]Donruss, Playoff National Treasures, Beckett[/tags]

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The Rookie Card Debate

Auto Date Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

There are many different opinions as to what criteria should be used to determine what is a players rookie card.  Is it the first card ever issued for the player, the first card in a professional uniform or the first card by a major, licensed trading card company?

Take for example Mark McGwire, his 1985 Topps Olympic card is not considered a true rookie card and many of his cards issued in 1987 are.

A great discussion of this topic has been posted on the blog.

[tags]Rookie Card, Rookie[/tags]

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Collector Releases Indoor Football Card Guide

Auto Date Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

It started with a $2 card of Portland Forest Dragon Oronde Gadsden and now has evolved into the publication of the 2nd edition of the Official Indoor and Arena Football Trading Card Guide.

Bob Garcia’s book focuses on nationally-issued Upper Deck Arena Football League trading card sets familiar to most football card collectors and over 100 regional sets distributed over past 15 years.

For more information, Bristol Press Article.

[tags]Arena League, Upper Deck, Price Guide[/tags]

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The Making of a Baseball Card

Auto Date Monday, March 19th, 2007

Topps has added a new video to their new Topps TV section.  It is a report done by Fox News reporter Brian Kilmeade.  The video is also found on YouTube.

Kilmeade visits Topps and they create a “Used Suit” card. 

[tags]Topps, Topps TV, YouTube[/tags]

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Topps Launches Online Video Channel – Topps TV

Auto Date Friday, March 16th, 2007

Topps has launched an online video section on their website titled TOPPS TV.  According to Topps, the objective of TOPPS TV is to deliver interesting, engaging and up-to-date video that will educate and excite sports fans and collectors.

Currently listed videos include:

  • Topps Case Breaks
  • Atlanta Braves Photo day featuring Topps Photographer Mikey Palmer

Keeping inline with the Web’s movement towards social, sharing sites, Topps will allow visitors to submit their own videos.

In the future, they plan to show monthly hobby reports and footage of major sporting/hobby events such as the 2007 MLB All-Star Fanfest.

[tags]Topps, Topps TV[/tags]

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Donruss to Produce Set for Arena League Desperados

Auto Date Thursday, March 15th, 2007

Donruss has announced that they will be teaming up with the Dallas Desperados of the Arena Football League to produce an 8 card set that will be available at Desperado home games.

One card will be available at each of the 8 home games to the first 5,000 attendees at the American Airlines Center.

The first card, picutred, will be of Clint Dolezel who is the starting quarterback.

Some of the other cards to be distributed include:

  • March 10th – Clint Dolezel
  • March 31st – Will Pettis
  • April 5th – Colston Weatherington
  • April 16th – Devin Wyman
  • [tags]Donruss, Arena League, Dallas Desperados[/tags]

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    Topps sold for $385 Million

    Auto Date Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

     It was announed today that Topps, which has been run by the Shorin family for nearly 60 years, is in the process of being sold to Tornante Company LLC and Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC.  Michael Eisner, former CEO of Disney, is the head of Tornante.

    Topps which is publicly traded on the NASDAQ exchange is being sold for $385.4 million.  Each Topps stockholder will receive $9.75 in cash per share of  stock they own.

    Michael Eisner said, “Topps is a wonderful company with a powerful brand portfolio and a rich history. Topps’ management team and employees are the best in the business, and we look forward to working with all of them to grow the company in new and exciting ways.”

    The transaction is subject to the approval of stockholders and is scheduled to be completed later in 2007.  It is not a sure thing though as Topps intends to solicit higher bids over the next month or two.


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    2007 Topps Heritage Baseball Short Prints Revealed

    Auto Date Monday, March 5th, 2007

    Topps has released the list of variations and shortprints to Beckett.  The list is as follows:

    4 Ronny Paulino
    5 Derek Jeter
    13 Wilfredo Ledezma
    14 Bobby Abreu
    22 Jason Kendall
    23 Mark Kotsay
    31 Beltran Perez
    32 Brad Hawpe
    40 Francisco Cordero
    41 Anthony Reyes
    49 Willy Taveras
    50 Mark Buehrle
    58 Nick Swisher
    59 Kevin Millwood
    67 Melvin Mora
    68 Jason Jennings
    76 Cole Hamels
    77 Rafael Furcal
    85 Omar Vizquel
    86 Fred Lewis
    94 Xavier Nady
    95 Bill Hall
    103 Carl Crawford
    104 Mike Lamb
    112 Marcus Thames
    113 Brian Burres
    121 Jay Payton
    122 Jacque Jones
    130 Manny Ramirez
    131 Howie Kendrick
    139 Ryan Braun
    140 Johnny Damon
    149 Jose Vidro
    150 Alex Rodriguez
    158 Cleveland Indians
    159 Chris Ray
    167 Brian Stokes
    168 Albert Pujols
    176 David Weathers
    177 Jermaine Dye
    185 Aaron Hill
    186 Scot Shields
    194 Derek Lowe
    195 Russell Branyan
    203 Kendry Morales
    204 Rafael Soriano
    212 Ty Wigginton
    213 Brandon Inge
    221 Josh Fields
    222 Pat Neshek
    230 Chase Utley
    231 John Nelson
    239 Doug Davis
    240 Jason Giambi
    248 Adam Wainwright
    249 Matt Thornton
    257 Aaron Cook
    258 Cliff Lee
    266 Andy Pettitte
    267 A.J. Pierzynski
    275 Jorge Posada
    276 Jeff Conine
    284 Doug Mientkiewicz
    285 Ken Griffey Jr.
    293 Ryan Garko
    294 Miguel Batista
    302 Angel Sanchez
    303 Freddy Sanchez
    311 Aaron Harang
    312 Boston Red Sox
    320 Kenny Lofton
    321 Vladmir Guerrero/Ivan Rodriguez
    329 Craig Monroe
    330 Paul Lo Duca
    338 Todd Walker
    339 Jarrod Washburn
    347 Boone Logan
    348 Jimmy Rollins
    356 Bernie Castro
    357 Eric Stults
    365 Fernando Rodney
    366 Chris Duncan
    374 Jose Mesa
    375 Michael Young
    383 Eduardo Perez
    384 Scott Moore
    392 Shane Youman
    393 Melky Cabrera
    401 Jose Reyes
    402 Juan Encarnacion
    410 Francisco Rodriguez
    411 Ian Kinsler
    419 Scott Kazmir
    420 Norris Hopper
    428 Cincinnati Reds
    429 Ramon Hernandez
    437 Vernon Wells
    438 Vladimir Guerrero
    446 Franklin Gutierrez
    447 Mark Redman
    455 Chien-Ming Wang
    456 Shawn Riggans
    464 Jose Garcia
    465 Pedro Martinez
    473 Lastings Milledge
    474 Brian Sanches
    482 Edgar Renteria
    483 Derek Jeter
    491 Ivan Rodriguez
    492 Brad Penny


    8 David Eckstein
    23 Mark Kotsay
    24 Yadier Molina
    30 Ichiro
    46 Joel Zumaya
    53 Jose Valentin
    57 Kelvim Escobar
    60 Preston Wilson
    61 Mariano Rivera
    65 Chris Narveson
    70 Magglio Ordonez
    78 Ryan Theriot
    87 Shawn Chacon
    92 David Wright
    97 Jeff Suppan
    98 Ryan Zimmerman
    101 Miguel Cairo



    2 Roger Clemens
    11 Rob Mackowiak
    13 Wilfredo Ledezma
    20 Robinson Cano
    33 Jim Thome
    35 Woody Williams
    50 Mark Buehrle
    52 Jason Bay
    58 Nick Swisher
    76 Cole Hamels
    77 Rafael Furcal
    79 Corey Patterson
    81 Stephen Drew
    85 Omar Vizquel
    100 Jose Contreras
    108 Hanley Ramirez

    [tags]Topps, Heritage, SP, Short Print[/tags]

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    Upper Deck Obtains Rights to O-Pee-Chee Brand

    Auto Date Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

    Upper Deck has secured the rights to the O-Pee-Chee brand name and will release a 700 card set later in the hockey season.

    O-Pee-Chee cards dates back to 1933 and over the years contained some of the most sought after rookie cards including the 1979-80 Wayne Gretzky rookie card.

    The 2006-07 set will consist of the following:

    • Industry’s most comprehensive hockey set
    • An average of one themed subset card in every pack
    • One memorabilia card per box
    • O-Pee-Chee autograph cards

    Signature and Memorabilia Cards

    • O-Pee-Chee Swatches – game-used jersey cards – inserted 1:36
    • O-Pee-Chee Autographs – signature cards – inserted 1:36

    Parallel cards and inserts

    • Regular Cards – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
    • Hall Worthy – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
    • Team Checklist – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
    • Stat Leaders – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
    • Rookie/Sophomore Showdown – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)
    • Marquee Rookies – Rainbow Parallel (#’d to 100)

    Regular Set

    • 500 Regular Cards
    • 25 Hall Worthy
    • 30 Team Checklists
    • 15 Stat Leaders
    • 30 Rookie/Sophomore Showdown
    • Marquee Rookies

    1979-80 Wayne Gretzky O-Pee-Chee Rookie Card

    [tags]O-Pee-Chee, Upper Deck[/tags]

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    Reggie Bush Exquisite RC: Highest Priced Modern Card

    Auto Date Friday, March 2nd, 2007

    According to Beckett’s latest pricing release, the 2006 Reggie Bush Exquisite Autographed Jersey Rookie Card which is numbered to 99 is now the highest priced modern card in Beckett.  The card lists for $4500.

    The card is also has the second highest book price of any Rookie Card, just behind the 1935 National Chicle Bronko Nagurski rookie which books for $5000.

    Other High-Priced Rookie Cards:

    1998 SP Authentic Peyton Manning (Non-Autograph – $800)
    2001 SP Authentic Ladainian Tomlinson (Non-Autograph – $800)
    1969 Topps Joe Namath (Non-Autograph – $1600)
    2004 SP Authentic Ben Roethlisberger (Autograph, Jersey – $600)
    2005 Exquisite Cadillac Williams (Autograph, Jersey – $1500)

    [tags]Reggie Bush, Exquisite, Upper Deck[/tags]

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