The baseball card market just got a jolt with the announcement that Panini has acquired a license with the MLBPA.
Sandy Koufax is 2011 Topps Baseball Prime 9 redemption #9, completing the checklist. Collectors with the corresponding redemption can take it to their nearest participating hobby shop and exchange it for an exclusive Koufax card.
Willie Mays is back with Topps. His first autographs under the deal will be in 2012 Topps Series 1 Baseball and 2012 Topps Tribute Baseball.
2011 Just Minors Mystery Balls is a reasonably priced option for autographed baseball collectors. Each box includes one signed ball from a solid checklist of current veterans, some choice prospects and a couple of Hall of Famers.
Press Pass has announced several short prints for the recently 2011 FanFare Racing.
Check out the entire set of the new 2011 Topps WWE Wrestling Autographs. Signers include John Cena, Alberto Del Rio, Sin Cara and Mark Henry.
2011 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball details, card gallery, highlights, hot auctions, price comparisons and other information. Packs include six on-card signatures from some of the game’s top prospects. It’s also the first baseball card set to include Ichiro autographs in several years.
2011 Ace Authentic Match Point 2 Tennis offers five autographs and a memorabilia card in every box. The checklist pays particular attention to the game’s biggest stars: Novak Djokovic, Maria Sharapova, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
Keeping the Craigslist Idiots in check and sharing his own custom dream cards, Mike Levine celebrates the four-year anniversary of Bad Wax in January.
It’s been eight years since new Troy Polamalu autograph cards have been produced. Panini has announced they’ve come to terms with the recognizable star to have his signature in several 2011 products.
2011 Leaf Sports Icons Cut Signature Edition continues with the company’s popular concept. Every pack includes a cut signature autograph. As always, the checklist has lots of legends. Collectors can also find intriguing dual signatures.
Retail giants like Target are increasingly driving the hobby. Rob Bertrand looks at why this is and offers traditional card shops practical tips on how they can compete and be relevant in today’s hobby.
Stale Gum is one of the first blogs to focus on the hobby. It’s also one of the funniest and most honest. Written by Chris Harris, Stale Gum doesn’t shy from the tough questions and happily calls out bad gimmicks.
The Cardboard Connection has acquired Card Collectors World, one of the leading sports card forums on the net. The forum has been relocated to the cardboardconnection.com domain where it will serve as the site’s online community.
Leaf recently took down any mention of 2011 Best of Baseball from their website. In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko analyzes whether this is any indication of where the Topps v. Leaf lawsuit is headed.
The Winnipeg Jets finally unveiled their new jerseys today, which are bound to be among the hottest in the NHL. It also means that Upper Deck and Panini will be hard at work to incorporate them into their upcoming hockey card sets.
Canadian police recently intercepted 40 fake Winnipeg Jets jerseys coming from China. The big tip-off: the hockey team hasn’t unveiled their new jerseys yet.
San Francisco Giants fans celebrated Star Wars Day on Sunday with costumes, a screening of The Empire Strikes Back and one of the coolest giveaways ever: Brian Wilson in Carbonite.