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The Sports Card Bulletin





* Target Selling Exclusive 2007 Topps Factory Set

* The Stories that dominated the hobby in 2007

From Donruss - WIN a Trip to the AFC or NFC Championship Game. Just locate the 13 logos throughout the December issue of Beckett Football

* The Topps Company announces the 49th annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team

Today is "Cyber Monday" which means big sales online including 20% off everything in the shop

More charges may be coming in fraud case involving an Internet sports card dealer

Cool Papa Bell's daughter is suing the Topps Company

* Mail thief who sold items on eBay
- including sports cards -  gets 4 months in jail

How a classified ad led to a career in sports memorabilia

Upper Deck Goes Huge with the Release of The Big Aristotle in All-Star Vinyl Action Figure Form; Miami Heat Center Shaquille O’Neal is First Big Man to be Depicted in New Line of Figures

Exclusive Spokesman and Rookie of the Year Frontrunner Kevin Durant Will Sign Chronology Exchange Cards

Game-used jerseys of several top picks from the 2007 MLB First Year Player Draft have been purchased by Donruss to be used for game-used memorabilia cards in 2007 Elite Extra Edition


* Donruss Launches Americana Website

* FBI: 70% of Autographs Sold On-Line Are Fake
So, there's this news video floating around about how a reporter was able to dupe a major autograph authentication company by switching a real auto with a fake one at a live autograph signing. This story really has some collectors upset, as it should. However, we thought that the folks over on the Beckett behind the scenes blog brought up some reasonable explanations for this serious goof.

Here's a good story about a baseball card shop owner who is not only doing well with one shop, but has recently opened a second. His success is due in part to his ability to realize he needed to diversify and evolve in order to keep the doors open. We know of several former shop owners who would never do what this guy has done. Here's a relevant quote from the article: "Baseball cards are what got him into it in the first place, but it's been the steady additions along the way that have helped keep him in business."

Jackie Robinson jersey featured in auction
starting Dec 5th, the opening bid is $50,000

* to hold postseason auction
- Fans can bid on authentic items from memorable 2007 playoffs

Beckett is staying tight-lipped about the "fun changes" they have in the works for their web site. They have disclosed on their beckett behind the scenes blog that it will be in March 2008. They also are making some changes to their magazines as well. It's a big deal to change your web site and takes a lot of guts to do it. Speaking from experience, when you change your web site you can bet some people will absolutely hate whatever change that they make (some of us just don't take kindly to changes). On the other hand, we're excited that there are key sites out there like Beckett who are not afraid to push the envelope and help grow the Internet side of the hobby even more.

* Topps TV sits down with the Mantle brothers to discuss baseball cards

Celebrations to be Held for Release of 2007 SP Authentic Baseball

Dealers say Bonds merchandise already hard to sell, indictment won't help

* Pro Football Hall of Fame memorabilia donation
. Adrian Peterson donated the purple No. 28 jersey and white pants he wore earlier this month while rushing for an NFL-record 296 yards for the Vikings

* Christy Mathewson documents
headline Memory Lane auction

* Internet sports card dealer arrested

* offers an email/automated auction search of many premier auction houses, cost is $99 for a year

* GAI Founder Says Company Open for Business
, Phones Will Work on Thursday

Here's a good post from Beckett Behind the Scenes about grading company GAI and where in the heck they have vanished to. The post helps shed a little light on the mystery, but leaves a lot of questions yet unanswered

* Global Authentication customers crossing their fingers

Probably goes without saying but Red Sox autographs have increased in value since their recent World Series win

* Lou Gehrig jersey auctioned for $402,500

* Red Sox announcer visits elementary school
to display some fantastic sports memorabilia and to promote good grades and sportsmanship

* Sports memorabilia shop employee
loves to schmooze with his customers, and they love him for it

Video of ESPN's Bill Simons tour of the Upper Deck headquarters

GAI California-based sports memorabilia grading and authentication company is not shutting its doors.

* A Beckett post about investing in sports cards
and how spending $200 in 2001 would translate into $18,000 today

We're excited about Beckett right now. They've been giving us little teases here and there about their web site and how it's going to be changing into a more web 2.0 type of site. This is clearly reflected in their new Beckett behind the scenes blog (which we love) Good job Beckett! You're inspiring us to possibly finally bite-the-bullet and get our own blog rolling. We look forward to those big changes on your site!

* NAXCOM auctions kicked-off yesterday. You can read a note from their CEO here and you can go to their sports card and sports memorabilia auctions here

California MLB teams are going to have a sports memorabilia auction to help the victims of the wild fires

Minnesota Vikings Rookie Rewriting History One Yard at a Time; Adrian Peterson is a Star on the Gridiron and in the Hobby

* Company Official: GAI's Moving, Not Shutting Down

* Sports Museum of America
Opening in the Spring 2008 - A dynamic, interactive multi-media destination, the Sports Museum of America will feature one-of-a-kind experiences using leading technology as well as memorabilia and artifacts donated by individual athletes and private collectors, and more than 50 partner halls of fame, museums and associations.

The exciting future of Topps with Michael Eisner at the helm include things like Bazooka Joe Movies, baseball cards imprinted with codes, and even more bold new ways to keep the trading card hobby alive.

Here's a post about how Beckett has a growing list of counterfeit Bret Favre cards and their most recent find

Have you seen the Beckett box break of the new SportsKings trading card set? We've seen several box breaks across the Internet and overall people seem really excited about this stuff (and for good reason). The intro to this particular Beckett box break is pretty funny too. Interesting how Beckett has gone with Vimeo for their video uploading instead of Youtube, looks like a nice clean interactive video format.

Are Sports Memorabilia Dealers Cashing In On Taylor's Death?

* Plantation sports memorabilia company
, Target team up to sell NASCAR collage

* Sports artists strut their stuff

* The head sports card designer
over at Upper Deck gives a sneak peek preview of UDBlack Baseball - due out 12/12/2007

"We expect Press Pass Legends Basketball to be one of the top products released this year," says Nick Matijevich, Product Manager for Press Pass, Inc.

Here's a cool story of a gentlemen opening a vintage pack of 1952 Topps baseball at the 2007 National Sports Card Convention

A positive review of the return of SportsKings trading card set

A sports fan's kind of church - during halftime, sports-memorabilia prizes are given away!

Bonds won't go to the Hall of Fame if his homerun ball #756 is displayed with an asterisk

Donruss Interviews The NFL's Leading Rusher, Adrian Peterson

Topps Vault Auctioning Dick Perez’s Turkey Red Originals

Beckett Grading Service and Autograph Authentication service James Spence join forces

Now on DVD! The Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards: Modern Edition DVD includes every card made from 1981 to present, covering 1,250 pages.

From Upper Deck: Kids Can Play for a Chance to Interact with Michael Jordan, LeBron James or Kobe Bryant

* Mastro Auctions’ October Classic Collector Sale Surpasses $2.1 Million


More...Baseball Card News from Aug, Sept, Oct 2007


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