Get a hobby spin of a Christmas classic. You’ll never look at Derrek Lee cards the same.
Sports Card, Entertainment Trading Card and Memorabilia Industry News Stories and Press Releases.
1948 Leaf Williams PSA 9, 53 Topps Mantle PSA 8, 52 Topps Mays PSA 8 and more, Highlight PWCC Premier Auction #3
Another exciting auction is underway with PWCC Premier Auction #3. In addition to the top three huge items mentioned in the title, bidders will also find a 55 Topps Sandy Koufax PSA 8.5 and a 52 Topps Mantle with amazing eye appeal for only being graded 2.5 GD+.
The 2010 Topps VIP set continues a long-standing tradition of creating a 50th anniversary version of cards for National VIP’s. The 5 card set will be numbered consecutively from card #573-577 as a continuation of the original 1960 Topps set. As in the past, VIP’s will get 4 card packs as part of their VIP […]
2009 Playoff Prestige Football Hits Per Box: 4 Box Configuration: 24 Packs / 8 Cards Per Pack Product Information Every Hobby Box Contains: (4) Autograph and/or Game Used Memorabilia Cards (1 Autograph Guaranteed) (24) Rookie Cards (1) Insert or Parallel (3) Draft Picks Light Blue (1) Extra Points Gold (1) NFL Draft Insert (1) Prestigious […]
Topps has announced the official list of short printed base cards in 2009 Topps Heritage Baseball. The set features a total of 75 different short prints (#426 – #500). 2009 Topps Heritage Short Prints were seeded at a rate of 1:3 packs: Card # Player Team 426 Scott Rolen Toronto Blue Jays 427 Ben Francisco […]
Upper Deck has announced the inclusion of three short printed cards in their recently released 2009 Upper Deck Series One Baseball Card Product. The short prints are as follows: Joe DiMaggio (#0) showing the “Yankee Clipper” smiling after he tied the then-MLB consecutive games hit streak at 44. Ken Griffey Jr. and Michael Jordan. Both […]
Last night, the second chapter of 2010 Bowman Stephen Strasburg Red Auto came to a close. Last month, the rare 1/1 Strasburg Red Auto nearly hit the $1,000,000 mark on eBay, which later turned out to be fraudulent bids from people with no intent on purchasing the card. The seller then decided to take his […]
Tom Brady, Ray Lewis, Michael Vick, Adrian Peterson, Devin McCourty, Calvin Johnson, Ndamukong Suh, Brian Urlacher, Clay Matthews highlight the 2011 Pro Bowl roster which was announced earlier today by the NFL.
Kevin Isaacson’s top 10 highlights (so far), Upper Deck’s upcoming trading card evolution, Panini’s new distribution plan, Knight’s Lance Black Box contest and the latest news, notes, press releases and updates from the 2011 Sports Collectibles Industry Summit in Las Vegas.
While jerseys get all the credit in the sports world of today, it’s the baseball cap that is baseball’s most popular and identifiable article of sports wear. Below is a look at one man’s opinion of each Major League Baseball hat.
Exclusive cards, hobby networking, giveaways and deals were among the many highlights of the 2011 National.
UDA Michael Jordan jersey raffle, Babe Ruth laptop skins and the latest news, notes and updates from the upcoming 2011 Sports Collectibles Industry Summit, which takes place in Las Vegas from March 20-23.
Rick Klein goes to Baltimore to tackle the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention. Get his view of the show for Thursday, August 2nd as he gets lost in quarter boxes, ogles at the Black Swamp Find and eats some really old gum.
Find out the winner of our 2012 Topps Prime Football contest.
Couldn’t make the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention? Here’s a detailed look at the show including plenty of pictures and videos.
Topps has announced the autograph redemptions that will be found in 2013 Topps Chrome Baseball. They also revealed that they will start making weekly signing updates.
As far as sports card and memorabilia shows go, none are bigger than the National. Get full details on the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention, which runs July 29 to August 2 in Chicago.
The 2015 Topps Football Road to Victory promo allows collectors to submit special team-specific inserts for a chance to win exclusive card sets. View full details on the promotion geared around the Super Bowl 50 champion.
They did it! The Chicago Cubs are the 2016 World Series champs! Celebrate the occasion with some championship apparel or memorabilia.
The biggest card show of the year, the National is an annual highlight for many collectors. Check out the details for the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention, including scheduled signers and exclusive cards. The event runs from August 3 to August 7 in Atlantic City.
2017 Topps Rediscover Ultimate Card Giveaway brings collectors over 2 million bonus buybacks in 2017 baseball products. See full details on the multi-set program.
With the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in the books, here are the biggest highlights and observations from a first-time attendee.
Paul Lesko interviews Sweepstakes Law Blog author and attorney Dale Joerling on the legal issues involved with sports card box breaks.
Cardboard Connection writer Chris Stufflestreet died of a heart attack earlier this week. Chris was a crucial member of The Cardboard Connection team who will not not be forgotten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris’ daughter and mother.
The Air Jordan 1 Retro BRED is one of the last Air Jordan releases of the year and pays homage to the original signature sneaker for Michael Jordan. View shoe images and information about the popular release.
Artist Brad Utterstrom talks 2012 Topps UFC Bloodlines and much more in an in-depth interview. Find out what it’s like to work on sketch cards, being an MMA artist and more.
University of Auburn is currently pre-selling freeze-dried pieces of game-used turf from the Tigers 22-19 victory over the Oregon Ducks in the 2011 BCS Championship Game. The turf also serves as a unique collectible from Cam Newton’s final college game, as the Heisman winning quarterback has declared for the 2011 NFL Draft.
Ball Boys is a new sports memorabilia-themed reality show on ABC that follows a similar formula to Pawn Stars. Rob Bertrand reviews the first two episodes.
Beckett Media LLC. and several other companies have been named in a lawsuit that alleges the defendants were involved in a fraudulent membership scheme.
Since debuting in 2006, Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball has offered some of the most unique and diverse cards in the hobby. Whether it’s the classical designs, wild inserts, massive amounts of mini cards, the interactive Ginter Code, the expansive autograph checklists, this is one set where it could be said there really is something […]
Blake Griffin National Treasures 1/1 NBA Logoman Autograph nears $20,000 with 4 days remaining on eBay. Stephen Strasburg’s Superfractor fears his time is running out, hopes for sale of less than $21,403.
Blowout Cards has brought suit against Upper Deck in connection with the company’s new distribution model that, the online retailer claims, limits competition.
Mark Davis, a baseball card collector from Sonora, California was sitting at his computer on September 16th redeeming a stack of Topps Million Card Giveaway code cards when the screen unveiled one of the most coveted cards in trading card history, that card, a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. Davis, a collector of both vintage and […]
Decorated college QB signs NFL rookie record endorsement deal with Under Armour. The deal will finally make Cecil Newton a rich man, or at least the father of one. Nike and Under Armour reportedly went toe to toe for the projected top 10 pick.
As the FBI continues to make arrests for fake game-used memorabilia, some of the details are starting to surface. Paul Lesko looks at an interview the FBI had with Brad Wells, a defendant in the case, in which Wells names Donruss, Topps and Upper Deck.
What does the upcoming baseball season have in store from a hobby perspective? Cardboard Connection’s Ryan Cracknell appears on ESPN Mint Condition to offer a couple of highlights of who to watch.
Watch Cardboard Connection editor Ryan Cracknell and TriStar Productions president Jeff Rosenberg as they discuss fake autographs on ESPN’s Mint Condition.
Watch Cardboard Connection editor Ryan Cracknell discuss wrestling trading cards on ESPN Mint Condition.
Cardboard Connection’s Interview with Dale Murphy in which we talk baseball cards, the Hall of Fame , and much more.
Topps has announced they will be the only place to find Carlos Correa autograph cards and memorabilia for several years. View full details on the agreement and which products will inlcude his autographs.
Today, Topps announced the latest 3 additions to their 2010 eTopps set. This week’s releases are highlighted by Indians Rookie back-stop Carlos Santana, Cecil Fielder’s alienated son Prince, and the Yankees’ Curtis Granderson!
Get a detailed look at the 2013 National Sports Collectors Convention guide. Includes autograph signers, schedule, promo card details and much more.
Get a detailed look at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention guide. Includes autograph signers, schedule, promo card details and much more.
The National Sports Collectors Convention has long been the hobby’s premier event. But rather than rest on the past, Rick Klein offers some suggestions on how to make the National even better.
Cryptozoic autograph policy change and signer update. Includes updated autograph info for The Big Bang Theory, Archer, Sons of Anarchy, The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and more.
David Wright, Ryan Kalish RRO among this weeks additions to 2010 eTopps Baseball. Kalish joins Strasburg, Santana, Stanton, Heyward, Domonic Brown on the 2010 eTopps rookie checklist.
As several dealers face impending sentencing for selling fake sports memorabilia, including pieces to card companies, a few details from the case emerge.
Panini is looking to change the way collectors look at redemptions. Find out about the Panini Rewards program, how it will work and what it could mean in both the short- and long-term.
Drew Brees, the Manning Brothers, Brett Favre, Terrell Owens, Julius Peppers, Anquan Boldin, Ndamukong Suh, Tim Tebow among the Top 10 hottest old, new, and t-shirt jerseys according to the official shop of the NFL, NFLShop.com.
Do you have a bunch of cards and memorabilia cluttering up your house? eBay is offering free sports card and memorabilia listings through the end of December. Find out how you can free up space, save money and make some extra cash.
Upper Deck has been thrown another legal loss, this time against insurance company Endurance. Find out how this case connects to the Konami Yu-Gi-Oh case and why Upper Deck could be out a lot more money in the future.
Extremely Rare NM-MT PSA Graded 1957 Topps Baseball Card Set Hits eBay; One of the Highest Graded ’57 Sets Ever Assembled
1957 Topps Baseball card checklist, detailed set analysis, key cards, shopping guide & more. It is one of the most sought after post-war vintage baseball card sets thanks to the inclusion of rookie cards of Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Don Drysdale, Bill Mazeroski, Jim Bunning, and Whitey Herzog. 1957 Topps also features a rock solid lineup of Hall of Famers, including Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Roberto Clemente and many more.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko gazes into his crystal ball to predict what he sees happening in several ongoing legal issues involving trading card companies.
The sports cards of 2010 have taken for granted things like player stats, photography, and organization. We look at five easy fixes that would drastically improve the future of baseball, basketball, football, and hockey cards.
The former owner of Mastro Auctions and two of its executives are facing several fraud charges after an FBI investigation. Get a full summary of the charges from legal expert Paul Lesko.
Another person has pleaded guilty to mail fraud charges connected to fake sports memorabilia. Mitchell Schumacher of MS Auction is the fourth person to enter a guilty plea this week.
Stickers and sports have a long and loving relationship. Emerging social media site, GetGlue, offers collectors several free sports-related stickers for checking in to the things they’re watching or thinking about.
The Yankees enjoyed a modern dynasty near the end of the the 1990s. Steiner Sports Yankees Dynasty Collection celebrates that team with several limited pieces signed by key names, including Derek Jeter and Mariano Rivera.
Grey Flannel’s Basketball Hall of Fame Induction Auction brought in 1.48 Million this year, with an average lot price of $6,671.
Its been said that the first three-quarters of the 20th Century were the golden age for collecting autographs. Back then it was still possible to get a signature from a famous athlete in person, without paying a fee for the privilege, and even feel a bit of a bond with the man holding the pen. […]
Big Hurt and Hammerin Hank become pitchmen for Topps’ 60th Diamond Anniversary tour. The highlight of the promotional tour will be Hank’s appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on Wednesday night.
If you haven’t been directly affected by multiple sclerosis, chances are someone you know has been. Help fight the horrible disease by sponsoring the Cardboard Connection’s AC Malin.
2012 Upper Deck Infinite is a new line of cards available only to tech-savvy credit card users. Get full details on the set and how to get them.
Collectors headed to the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention have a chance to score a bunch of exclusive cards. We’ve got details on all of them, including redemptions and promos from the VIP package.
The Topps Five Star Club aims to offer a small group of collectors with exclusive cards and company access. Get full details on the program and how to apply.
As a collector, one of the most daunting undertakings you can face is relocating your precious accumulation of cardboard and memorabilia treasures to a new address. While some of what is detailed below might seem rudimentary, it’s often the simple and obvious details that make the difference between a successful move and a painful headache. […]
Guessing new trading card sets and products can be fun. But there’s information available to the public that can make the search more reliable. In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko describes how to use trademarks and patents to get hints at new products.
Following in the footsteps of popular shows like Pawn Stars, Storage Wars and American Pickers, comes Discovery Channel’s All-Star Dealers. We take a peek at the program’s first episode and look at how it reflects the hobby.
The Cardboard Connection’s own Jay Ghazaleh sat down with sketch card super artist Brian Kong to find out more about the man behind the masterpieces.
On a yearly basis, Allen & Ginter introduces collectors to a host of interesting and intriguing world champions outside the realm of baseball. One of 2010’s most interesting inclusions was that of world Disc Golf Champ Avery Jenkins. For those unfamiliar with Disc Golf, you may have heard it called by a different name, Frisbee Golf. We […]
The Cardboard Connection’s Jay Ghazaleh sat down with legendary Comic Book and Sketch Card artist Joe Rubenstein to talk about life, art, and the pursuit of Triple D’s.
Topps may be expanding more into the mobile app market as evidenced by a pair of recent trademark applications. We’ve got the full details of the filings.
A pair of trademark applications from Leaf may point toward new retro-themed lines from the card maker. The registered for trading card trademarks for Peck & Snyder and Maxx, both of which have hobby roots.
Leaf has been busy, filing for two more trademarks. One, ‘Greats of the Game,’ may be familiar to collectors as it has been used by both Fleer and Upper Deck. Leaf also filed a trademark application for ‘Rookies Inc.’
With a new trademark filing, it appears Panini is gearing up to bring back the Pacific name to the hobby.
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.
Sports cards are dying? That’s news to Leaf’s Brian Gray and Panini, both of whom had strong reactions to a March 25, 2012 CBS Sunday Morning story by Armen Keteyian.
Leaf Trading Cards has officially revealed their exclusive trading card autograph deal with Jack Eichel. The number two overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Jack Eichel is one of the top young talents in hockey and plays for the Buffalo Sabres.
On friday basketball’s version of the declaration of independence sold for $4.3 million dollars, which made Naismith’s yellowish pieces of hoops history the highest selling article of sports memorabilia in history, topping Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball from 1998 by $1.3 million dollars.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Upper Deck have reached a settlement in their court battle over Upper Deck using the basketball legend’s image in a college product. Paul Lesko breaks down the details.
Kobe Bryant most popular NBA Jersey in Europe for third year in a row (3-peat). King James, D-Wade, Pau Gasol, KG and a growing number of European born NBA players make an appearance on this year’s Top 15 selling NBA Jerseys in Europe.
I love baseball cards. Not just for the anticipation of discovering the autograph in my latest Bowman hobby box, collecting my favorite prospects, or for enjoying a well put together card design. I also love to ponder the legal aspects surrounding each card and series of cards. Baseball cards, in fact all trading cards, are […]
A handful of recent trademark filings have hobby implications. Topps, Panini and USA Basketball are among those making trading card-related requests with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Attorney Paul Lesko looks back on his sports card legal predictions for 2012. He also makes predictions for ongoing cases as they roll into 2013.
The real-time card market is in the headlines with 24-hour releases from Topps Now and Panini Instant. Paul Lesko conducts a parody interview that pokes fun at the concept and explores how much further it can be taken with fictional PDQ cards.
Card companies have been filing a lot of trademarks of late. The latest is Topps filing an application for the letter V. Paul Lesko has the details and what it could mean for collectors.
A lawsuit involving Beckett Media two years in the making is finally ready to start. Beckett is one defendant in the case that also involves a company named Trilegiant that allegedly charged unauthorized membership fees. Attorney Paul Lesko breaks the case down and offers his analysis.
Catch up on all the trademark activity for card companies during the summer of 2016. Attorney Paul Lesko serves it up and breaks it down.
Having returned from the 2012 Industry Summit in Las Vegas, Paul Lesko addresses common legal questions he faced from hobby insiders and executives throughout the event.
Wildcat’s electronic trading cards patent lawsuit continues. Together with Konami, they came to an agreement over the definition of what an electronic trading card is. Paul Lesko has the details and analysis.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko breaks down the copyright infringement lawsuit filed last week by Topps against Leaf. Part one in a two-part series.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko continues to dig deeper into the Topps lawsuit against Leaf. In Part 2, he analyzes the trademark portion of the case, looking at possible arguments for both sides.
Beckett is upping the ante in its ongoing lawsuit against COMC, now accusing them of breach on contract.
The case between Andrew Luck and Leaf Trading Cards didn’t last long. Both parties walked away after reaching a settlement. Paul Lesko provides the details and legal analysis.
Paul Lesko uncovers a new patent that looks to turn traditional gift cards into collectible trading cards. Includes details, analysis and the patent documents.
A patent lawsuit against the MLB Authentication Program was settled almost as quickly as it began. Paul Lesko has the scoop and the likely reasoning behind the fast ending.
Beckett Media is suing COMC over the use of price guide and checklist data. Paul Lesko has the details on the case as well as copies of the court documents.
Beckett has responded to counterclaims raised by COMC in an on-going lawsuit over pricing data. Attorney Paul Lesko breaks down the response and shares whether he thinks it helps or hurts Beckett’s case.
Beckett Media has won its lawsuit against Miller Cards when the defendant failed to show up in court. Attorney Paul Lesko has the details, including damages as well as analysis on possible ramifications.
Beckett Media has filed a legal complaint against another company for using the Beckett name. Paul Lesko has the details and court documents.
Beckett has filed two more lawsuits against websites for allegedly scraping price guide and checklist data. Attorney Paul Lesko has the details and legal analysis.
Beckett Media is suing the website Zistle for copyright infringement over checklists. Attorney Paul Lesko has the details and legal analysis.
Beckett Media vs. COMC continues with COMC filing an opposition to a recent Beckett amendment in the case. Paul Lesko has the latest and why it reminds him of a Seinfeld episode.
After pleading guilty to criminal charges, a filing from Bill Mastro seeks leniency in his sentencing. Attorney Paul Lesko covers the topic in his latest “Law of Cards” post.
Bill Mastro is changing his tune. Early in the new year the big-time sports memorabilia dealer will enter a guilty plea stemming from fraud charges. Paul Lesko has the details and relevant court documents.
Another trading card-related lawsuit comes back to Earth after Buzz Aldrin and Topps reached a settlement. Aldrin contended that the card maker used his image without permission in 2009 Topps American Heritage: Heroes Edition.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko looks at Upper Deck’s appeal in their case against insurer, Endurance. Upper Deck isn’t happy about a court ruling that said the insurance company could stop making payments stemming from the fallout of the Yu-Gi-Oh! counterfeiting scandal.
Details on Upper Deck withdrawing its trademark application over the word, Tribe, thus ending a potential legal battle with the Cleveland Indians.
Collectors Universe, the owner of Professional Sports Authenticator, has sued MWP Software for copyright, trademark and unfair competition infringement. Paul Lesko has the full details.
With the court allowing Beckett Media to alter its claims against COMC in their ongoing lawsuit, COMC has changed some of their allegations as well, claiming that Beckett shouldn’t have trade secret protection.
COMC has responded to Beckett’s lawsuit against them with a suit of their own. COMC is alleging a breach of contract for Beckett terminating a licensing agreement between the two.
Topps has filed a trademark application for trading cards and a trading card game called Alien Attax. Could this hint at a Mars Attacks game?
It looks as though Upper Deck v Upper Deck International could be headed for a settlement. Paul Lesko has the latest on the ongoing lawsuit, looking at how both sides are looking for an extension.
The judge in the Upper Deck v. Upper Deck International case has simplified matters by throwing out several claims that threatened to complicate the original suit. Paul Lesko has full details, legal analysis and copies of the court documents.
Cryptozoic has fired back and fired hard at Wizards of the Coast in a response to WOTC’s lawsuit over Hex. Attorney Paul Lesko has the details and analysis.
Attorney Paul Lesko breaks down the lawsuit from the Chicago Cubs and MLB alleging that vendors are selling counterfeit Cubs gear outside Wrigley Field.
Upper Deck scored a major victory in a distribution lawsuit with J&T Hobby. Paul Lesko has the details, analysis and relevant court documents.
As a patent battle wages over electronic trading cards, Paul Lesko looks at how seemingly simple language will ultimately play a crucial role in the case.
Paul Lesko has an update on a potentially important lawsuit between Wildcat and 4Kids Entertainment, which includes several high-profile hobby defendants like Topps and Panini. He also discusses why the complex case could take years to resolve.
Get the latest happenings and analysis in the Upper Deck vs. Endurance lawsuit from Law of Cards’ Paul Lesko.
Upper Deck is being countersued by Executive Trading over political trading cards. Paul Lesko has the details, legal analysis and copies of court documents.
A recent court filing by Upper Deck International alleges that Panini is looking to acquire Upper Deck. Paul Lesko dissects the documents and looks at why these allegations are being made in the ongoing UD vs Upper Deck International case.
Who needs a ball cube when you can display your memorabilia on its own chair? Paul Lesko has the details on recently registered patent for a new type of sports memorabilia holder.
A trial date has been set in the case against Bill Mastro and three of his former Mastro Auctions employees. Paul Lesko has full details.
With the Washington Redskins having their trademark revoked, does it mean open season on unlicensed cards and collectibles? Absolutely not. Attorney Paul Lesko looks at the reasons why.
Upper Deck is facing another lawsuit. Joseph Pirozzi and J&T Hobby filed fraud charges against the company, alleging Upper Deck violated a distribution agreement.
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.
Despite his attempt for leniency in sentencing, the government has proposed 20 months for Bill Mastro. Attorney Paul Lesko covers the topic in his latest “Law of Cards” post.
A recent court ruling against video game maker EA Sports could actually help those looking to make unlicensed trading cards. Attorney Paul Lesko breaks it all down and offers his take.
The latest issue of Revolver has a rocking set of heavy metal cards honoring Metallica, Anthrax, Slayer and Megadeth. However, they might leave the magazine vulnerable to a lawsuit due to their familiar design.
Have you ever wondered just many packs of cards are sold? A Topps trademark application response reveals how many packs of Topps Chrome and Bowman Chrome sold between March, 2007 and the end of 2011.
What can you do when the post office loses you uninsured sports cards? According to attorney Paul Lesko, not much. Using a recent court case, he explains why.
Paul Lesko recounts his time at the 2014 Industry Summit and some of the legal issues he talked to dealers, collectors and manufacturers about.
Will industry battles break out now that Panini has been granted a provisional trademark for “Limited”? Paul Lesko looks at the possibilities as well as the potential hobby implications.
Collectors Universe isn’t happy with some of the functions SaintSoft is using on their coin collecting apps. Paul Lesko breaks down Collectors Universe’s complaint in the recently filed lawsuit.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko looks at a company’s new trademark filing for memorabilia cards that could be used to launch lawsuits against card manufacturers.
Topps, Panini and the other defendants in an electronic trading cards patent lawsuit are looking to have the patent overturned. Paul Lesko has the latest details.
Could an old settlement with MLB come back to hurt Upper Deck’s chances in a trademark dispute with the Cleveland Indians?
A judge is allowing J&T Hobby to continue their fraud case against Upper Deck. Paul Lesko has the latest arguments from both sides and where the lawsuit is headed next.
A judge wasn’t pleased with PSA and REA in a case involving the authentication of sports memorabilia. Paul Lesko looks at why the judge ordered additional deposition time from a lead PSA authenticator.
Bill Mastro went to court today likely expecting his plea bargain for alleged auction fraud and sports memorabilia doctoring. The judge denied the deal, though, likely setting up a full trial. Paul Lesko has a report from the courtroom.
A judge has denied Upper Deck International’s request for a six-month stay in their case with Upper Deck. Paul Lesko has full details, analysis and copies of court documents.
As the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar v. Upper Deck court case gears up for an April 12 start date, Law of Cards’ Paul Lesko breaks down the latest developments. Includes analysis of court documents and deposition excerpts.
With the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar v. Upper Deck trial about to begin, both sides in the case make a last-minute attempt to have the judge throw out the case. Paul Lesko updates what happened in the pre-trial status conference.
Actually part of the story instead of simply analyzing it, attorney Paul Lesko walks collectors through his Topps Now Josh Harrison card lawsuit.
Paul Lesko has the scoop on Leaf filing an opposition against Panini’s recently granted trademark for the term “Limited.”
A new trademark filing by Leaf for “Leaf Limited” has escalated the company’s stance over a similar “Limited” mark filed by Panini. Paul Lesko has the details.
Leaf has filed a lawsuit against the Industry Summit and ten unnamed defendants. Find out why, check out the court documents and more.
Attorney Paul Lesko looks at a recent lawsuit against Leaf and “Brain Gray” for alleged copyright infringement.
Almost as quickly as it began, Leaf has dropped its trademark lawsuit against Panini over the use of Prizm. Paul Lesko as the details and looks at the possible reasoning behind it.
While they’re not pieces of evidence in the Bill Mastro fraud lawsuit, a pair of letters to the case’s judge have been made public. Read the letters and get legal analysis from Paul Lesko.
Bill Mastro’s criminal matters might be over, but that’s not the case for some of his former Mastro Auctions colleagues. Paul Lesko has updates including some potential trial dates set for 2014.
With Miller Cards not showing up to respond to a copyright lawsuit brought against it by Beckett Media, it looks like the case might be over. Attorney Paul Lesko has the details.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko writes a satirical open letter to Topps after the card maker files a trademark application for their Chrome brands
Details and analysis of a lawsuit brought again Major League Baseball by Frederick Noyes, who alleges MLB infringed on his autograph authentication patent.
The NBA, NHL, MLB and CLC have teamed up to file a massive lawsuit against nearly 900 websites for allegedly selling fake sports memorabilia. Paul Lesko has the details and copies of the court documents.
MLB, the NBA, the NHL and CLC are among those to get a multi-billion-dollar judgment against hundreds of websites selling fake sports memorabilia. Paul Lesko has the details and why the winners shouldn’t expect the checks any time soon.
The NHL, NBA, MLB and CLC have teamed up to take on websites allegedly selling fake sports memorabilia.
Additional allegations have been raised against Beckett Media in the ongoing Trilegiant RICO action. Paul Lesko has the details.
It’s more name-calling and personal allegations in the Upper Deck v. Upper Deck International lawsuit. Paul Lesko provides the latest updates and analysis as UDI’s Nico Blauw tries to keep himself out of the suit.
With the popularity of retro-influenced sets, Paul Lesko looks at the murky waters of what is and isn’t up for grabs when a trading card company goes out of business or is swallowed up by another company.
A new trademark filing by Topps suggests that Mars Attacks, the classic entertainment card brand, is set to make a comeback with MP3, phone and tablet computer skins.
Have you ever read a patent document? Law of Cards’ Paul Lesko uses a new Upper Deck patent to show just how complex and confusing these documents can be.
The NFLPA and Upper Deck have quietly settled a lawsuit over owed payments. Paul Lesko has the details about the case that was originally filed more than a year ago.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko makes light of a case between Upper Deck and the Endurance American Specialty Insurance Company over insurance coverage from the card manufacturer’s Yu-Gi-Oh counterfeiting lawsuit.
A trademark dispute between Topps and another company over the term “Knockout” could be inching closer to an amicable resolution. Attorney Paul Lesko details why.
Just a couple months after their original filing, Panini and Leaf have settled their case over’s the use of Kevin Durant autographs in 2012 Leaf Best of Basketball. Paul Lesko has the details and legal analysis.
As Panini continues to try and trademark the term “Limited,” Paul Lesko looks at their response after the Trademark Office rejected their initial application.
With Panini continuing to battle for a trademark on Limited, attorney Paul Lesko brings us up to speed on the card maker’s latest trial brief in an attempt to help its case facing opposition from Topps.
Panini is keeping the trademark office business, filing 18 new trademark applications. These cover existing brands and inserts like Flawless, Gold Standard and Totally Certified.
Panini is suing Leaf over the Leaf Valiant line. Panini alleges it infringes on their copyright of their Crusade products. Paul Lesko has the case details, analysis and court documents.
Panini is one step closer to several trademarks including Intrigue, Innovation, Golden Age, Gold Standard and Masks.
Panini has filed its response to Leaf’s Limited and Prizm trademark oppositions. Paul Lesko breaks down the details and offers his opinion on the strengths of each side.
A couple of familiar names in the hobby are also its latest trademarks. Panini has been granted registrations for both Rated Rookie and National Treasures. They also applied for a couple more. Paul Lesko has the details.
Panini is facing several challenges in its quest for a trademark for Flawless. Attorney Paul Lesko looks at how one large company currently stands in its way and what that might mean going forward.
Mistakes happen all the time, even at the trademark office. That’s exactly what happened when Panini was granted, then lost, a trademark for Limited.
Panini’s trademark applications for Preferred and Classics have been rejected. Find out why this might be and what it means for the hobby.
Ever wondered where the “non auto” eBay listing came from. Paul Lesko conducts a parody interview and lets off a little steam with the imaginary inventor of the annoying listing strategy.
Details on a patent application for opening virtual packs and boxes and why the application may be more complicated than it first seems.
The ongoing case between Pokemon and the Pokellector app could soon be coming to an end. Attorney Paul Lesko breaks down why this might be the case.
Apparently a 14-hour deposition wasn’t enough for Steven Grad, PSA’s lead authenticator. He’s a witness in a sports memorabilia fraud case brought against Robert Edwards Auctions LLC.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko tells us why a sports memorabilia case in Florida could lead to better practices from appraisers.
With the trial of William Boehm on the horizon, attorney Paul Lesko looks at what recent court filings could mean for both the defendant and the prosecution. Boehm is accused of committing fraud with Mastro Auctions.
A pair of recent trademark applications from Panini and Upper Deck face some potential obstacles if they’re to go through. Attorney Paul Lesko looks at the reasons why.
Fines have been made for some of the defendants in the massive sports memorabilia case that even caught some sports cards companies. Paul Lesko has the details.
The trial is going forward. Attorney Paul Lesko looks at the release of the trial schedule in the lawsuit between Beckett and The Card Collector and what it means for the case.
Topps and Panini have settled their lawsuit over Panini’s trademark application for “Chromium.” Paul Lesko has the details and analysis.
The battle over Panini’s Limited trademark continues. Attorney Paul Lesko looks at Topps’ recent trial briefing and what it means for the case.
Although Jeremy Lin’s basketball season is over, the battle over ‘Linsanity’ is just beginning. Literally. In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko explores why a ‘Linsanity’ trademark is a complicated matter and why the early-season success of Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn could make things even messier.
The makers of The Card Collector are fighting a lawsuit brought against them by Beckett, who alleged the software maker stole Beckett’s pricing data. Attorney Paul Lesko has the details.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko looks at why Panini’s Chromium trademark battle with Topps will either end quickly or drag on, potentially, for years.
Details and legal analysis of a long-running trademark case between sports artist Daniel Moore and the University of Alabama. Although the case doesn’t touch directly on the hobby, Paul Lesko looks at how it might impact the future of unlicensed trading cards.
Ever wondered how many lawsuits there have been in the hobby? Here a list of cases involving sports card manufacturers from 2005 to 2012. Includes break downs and analysis.
Law of Cards columnist, Paul Lesko, updates a lawsuit over an electronic trading cards patent and makes sense of the arguments being made in the case.
Attorney Paul Lesko looks at why Topps is trying to get a trademark for “Knockouts and Tapouts” nixed and how it fits into their UFC plans.
The end is finally near for the Topps vs. Heath Mark Gertridge dispute about the Knockout name. Attorney Paul Lesko has the details and legal analysis.
A potential court battle looms between two card companies. Topps filed an opposition against Panini over trademark registrations for Panini Chromium and Chromium.
Topps and Wizards of the Coast are among the latest companies to settle in an electronic trading cards lawsuit. Get full details and legal analysis of the shrinking case.
Topps has abandoned its trademark application for the letter V in connection with its Valor line. Paul Lesko has the details.
Topps has filed a petition to have USA Football’s “Huddle” trademark canceled so they can use it for their smartphone app. Paul Lesko has the details and legal analysis.
A pair of recent Topps trademark filings, Finest Vintage and Topps Shelf, might hint at future products.
Topps’ battle for a trademark on Huddle, the name of their football app, continues. It now faces possible opposition from British retailer Tesco. Attorney Paul Lesko has the details.
Topps is currently involved in a lawsuit where they’re accused of not paying a software manufacturer. Now that same software company is battling its own attorneys after not paying their legal bills. Paul Lesko has the details.
Leaf has some company in its opposition over Panini’s ‘Limited’ trademark. Topps has joined the fray, filing an opposition of their own.
Ring Pops are a candy staple. Just don’t go trying to making something that might be seen as too similar. Otherwise you’ll end up in a legal tussle like Primary Colors who find themselves being sued by Topps.
Attorney Paul Lesko breaks down the challenges facing Topps in their trademark application for the letter V.
Things move slow at the trademark office. After a six-year wait, Upper Deck was finally granted a trademark for Tribe. It didn’t take long for the Cleveland Indians to swoop in. Paul Lesko looks at why the baseball team is looking to oppose the trademark.
In a strange turn of trademark events, Topps had an application rejected for the word “Topps,” at least with regards to clothing. Paul Lesko has the details in another installment of Law of Cards.
It’s taken a long time, but the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board has rejected Panini’s mark for the term Limited for when it comes to trading cards. Attorney Paul Lesko has the details.
The Upper Deck versus Upper Deck International lawsuit continues to play out in court. Paul Lesko has details on how Upper Deck is trying to get the late Richard McWilliam dropped from the lawsuit on the basis of a technicality.
The government might be shut down, but the ongoing legal dispute between Upper Deck and Executive Trading Cards over cards of politicians continues. The latest testimonies touch on card jargon, licenses and more.
Two months after MLB Properties sued Upper Deck for breach of contract, the two parties look to be headed for a settlement. Law of Cards columnist, Paul Lesko, has the details as well as notes on other pending Upper Deck cases.
At the court’s request, J&T Hobby have amended their complaint in a distribution lawsuit with Upper Deck. The new complaint goes into greater detail on the allegations.
Upper Deck is reviving a brand that’s likely known by early-90s Star Trek and comic card collectors — Impel. It’s the subject of a new Upper Deck trademark. Paul Lesko has the details and legal analysis.
Paul Lesko looks at why Upper Deck is filing for sanctions against Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his attorneys just a few days before their trial is set to begin.
Upper Deck has filed a pair of trademark applications, one for Greats of the Game and another for Legendary. Paul Lesko looks at the filings and what they could mean for the hobby.
Get details on an Upper Deck trademark application for autographed framing mats. Includes the specifics of the application.
Upper Deck is heading to court over political trading cards featuring possible presidential candidates for the 2012 election. The card maker filed a complaint against Executive Trading Cards after receiving a cease and desist letter of their own.
Upper Deck International BV has filed for Chapter 15 bankruptcy protection in New York. Paul Lesko has the details along with analysis of what it may mean for their ongoing legal battle with the American arm of Upper Deck.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko breaks down the Upper Deck family tree to make sense of the UD vs. UD International lawsuit.
Upper Deck has moved to seal publicly available testimony in its ongoing case against Executive Trading Cards. Paul Lesko not only has the details, but is allegedly partially to blame.
Upper Deck has settled a long-running legal dispute with insurance company Endurance over payments stemming from the card maker’s Yu-Gi-Oh! counterfeiting case. Paul Lesko provides details and legal analysis.
We’ve got an update in the lawsuit between Blowout Cards and Upper Deck over the card maker’s new distribution policy.
The battle over political trading cards between Upper Deck and Executive continues with both sides filing important court documents.
The Upper Deck v. Upper Deck International case is getting even nastier, with both sides making personal claims. We look at the latest testimony as both sides look like they’re headed to a nuclear war.
The long-running legal dispute between Upper Deck and Upper Deck International has come to an end as both sides have agreed to a settlement. Paul Lesko has the legal details.
Facing opposition from Upper Deck, Panini has dropped their trademark application for Masks. Attorney Paul Lesko has the details and what it means for the hobby.
Paul Lesko looks at the lessons to be learned from a lawsuit involving a Charles Lindbergh trading card that came with a questionable signature.
With Panini and Leaf settling several lawsuits and court battles against one another recently, Paul Lesko looks at what it means to collectors.
The long-running Wildcat electronic trading card lawsuit has come to a close. Paul Lesko has the details on how the patent battle wrapped up.
Wizards of the Coast, makers of Magic: The Gathering, are facing a lawsuit from Wildcat. Wildcat alleges a new Magic product infringes on their electronic trading cards patent.
Panini has settled with Wildcat Holdings in a long-standing lawsuit over electronic trading cards. Paul Lesko has the details.
The court has ordered Panini and musician Mark Durante to try and settle their lawsuit, possibly before Christmas. Durante sued the card maker over the use of the trademark Durantula.
Wizards, Magic and Hex — they’re all at the center of a new hobby lawsuit in which WOTC alleges that Cryptozoic’s Hex infringes on their Magic the Gathering game. Attorney Paul Lesko has the info, analysis and court documents.
Yahoo is trying to patent a trading card app they claim is “unprecedented.” Paul Lesko breaks down the patent and why it failed initially and why it is likely to continue to do so.
Sepia Holding, maker of ZhuZhu Pets, is the latest to be dragged into the Upper Deck v Upper Deck International case. Law of Cards columnist, Paul Lesko, has the reasons why as well as some legal analysis on the matter.
Leaf lost its motion for a temporary restraining order, which would have enabled the company to attend the Industry Summit. Paul Lesko has the latest details on the case.
Leaf is suing Panini over trademark infringement. Leaf alleges that Panini’s Prizm line is too close to their own Prismatic trademark. Paul Lesko has the full details, analysis and a copy of the complaint.
King James continues to fall behind Kobe and Air Jordan when it comes to memorabilia sales according to a recent article in written by Jonathan Berr of the website Daily Finance. According to “Antiques Roadshow” appraiser Leila Dunbar, below are the highest sales for a LeBron, Kobe, and Jordan game-used jerseys: LeBron James = $8,000 […]
Star of the decision LeBron James, Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints, the World Cup’s infamous eardrum destroyer known as the Vuvuzela, Apple’s iPhone 4 and iPad and the ever-popular Beatles highlight 2010’s most sought after items on eBay.
Last Friday, Nike in collaboration with EA Sports released a limited edition Tim Tebow version of the Nike Air Trainer 1.2 shoe. 506 pairs of the shoe were created as a promotion for the video game NCAA Football 11, which features the ex-Gator great on the cover. Along with the Florida Gators color scheme, Tebow’s “Promise” speech from September […]
Topps won a key ruling over Buzz Aldrin in a case brought on by the astronaut for his image being used in 2009 Topps American Heritage: American Heroes Edition.
Ever wonder why there’s no sports card commercials on TV? That wasn’t always the case. Here’s 23 spots with cards dating as far back as the 1960s.
For Rick Klein, Friday brought some highs and frustrations at the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention. Find out about his adventures and collecting triumphs.
The NBA, NHL, MLB, CLC and more have been awarded a massive judgement totaling more than $30 billion in a suit involving nearly 1,500 websites allegedly selling counterfeit goods. But will they see any of the money?
Full details on the extremely rare 1960 Fleer Tinker/Martin-Back #80 Cancelled card now available at auction. Includes card info, analysis, buying guide, and more.
A pair of recent Topps trademark filings hint at things to come. The first is for digital currency, while the second is for a movie based on the popular RPG Shadowrun.
Go behind-the-scenes at the taping of the first episode of A Piece of the Game, a new TV show that spotlights Chicago-are collectors and sports memorabilia.
Guide to the designer Super Bowl helmet auction from Bloomingdales and the NFL. Includes images, info, and much more.
Black Mamba, Durantula and King James’ limited edition Christmas day Nike Shoes go on sale to the public. Those for a taste for all things flashy will no doubt like the latest shoes from Nike’s big three spokesman. For those who like safe things, these shoes are probably far too overtop.
Nike CEO Phil Knight personally selects the uniforms the University of Oregon will wear during their BCS title match-up versus Cam Newton’s Auburn Tigers. The jersey will be the 13th different jersey worn by the Ducks in 13 games during the 2010 NCAA football season. Bonus gallery of every Nike uniform worn by the Ducks during the 2010 NCAA Football Season!
Upper Deck and the University of Notre Dame have signed an exclusive multi-year trading card deal. Get the details as well as initial plans for upcoming products under the license.
Was the Strasburg Superfactor Auction the end of a short-story or the beggining of a much larger story?
Coming soon, select college-themed cards in Panini basketball, football and baseball products. Get the full details here.
Panini’s portfolio of college trading card exclusives is growing once again. Their latest deal is with the University of Texas.
Panini and Leaf have settled their differences in a copyright infringement lawsuit involving their Crusade and Valiant brands. Paul Lesko has the details.
Topps and Panini are among the 12 companies being accused of infringing on a patent for electronic trading cards.
Coinciding with the release of 2010 Prestige, Panini America announced that they have come to a multi-year agreement with both the NFL and the NFL PLayer’s Association.
Get complete information on the Panini NFL and NFLPA exclusive. Topps and Panini both currently have an NFL license, but an agreement with the NFLPA will change that starting in 2016.
Panini’s near takeover of the college trading card market is complete. The manufacturer has signed an exclusive deal with the CLC, which includes nearly 150 schools.
Panini is getting into collegiate sports cards in a big way. Just a few days after announcing deals with three major universities, the card maker will have exclusive deals with more than 200 more schools starting in the spring of 2015.
Today, the NHL and NHLPA announced a multi-year trading card distribution deal with Panini and Upper Deck. The terms of the agreement are not fully known, but what is known is that for the first time since 2005-06, Upper Deck will not go un-opposed in the Hockey sector of the hobby. Panini’s first 2010-11 Hockey […]
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko looks at Panini’s recent trademark application for “Limited” and why it might be tough to get.
On the heals of Panini’s successful 2010 FIFA World Cup Stickers, the sticker and trading card manufacturer gets official license for another major world sporting event.
The pope is visiting the United States and collectors have not been forgotten. Complete details for the 2015 Philadelphia Phillies Pope Francis card giveaway during the September 16 game against the Washington Nationals.
In March, Upper Deck announced a new distribution program. Sounds boring, right? Once you look beyond the legalese, you’ll see that Upper Deck might have just declared war against the Internet. Stick with me for a bit. It’s important because it could affect prices of Upper Deck cards. And I’ll translate the legalese, so don’t […]
Press Pass is spearheading a letter-writing campaign for the troops. Collectors who participate will receive a gift certificate and free pack of cards.
Press Release: ’52 Topps Mantle & Ruth/Gehrig Signed Photo Highlight Most Valuable Vintage Group Breaks Ever
Boasting the most valuable vintage group breaks of all-time, the 2016 National is the site of the 1952 Topps set break and a loaded memorabilia group break. See full details on the event and how to acquire a spot in the break.
2Bros Sports Collectibles brings new card singles to the masses with a large inventory of recent releases and strong customer service. See full details on the family-owned business and a coupon code.
Press Release: 3rd Annual Case Break Pavilion Gives Breakers Exclusive Access to 2016 National Attendees
The Case Break Pavilion at the 2016 NSCC in Atlantic City is shaping up as the best one yet with a prime location, multiple events planned, and many opportunities for breakers to reach their customers!
Taking repackaged sports cards to the next level, AP BOOMBOX brings collectors a variety of quality cards at a moderate price. See details on how the process works and where you can find the BOOM.
W. Lopa Studios has produced two custom artwork prints in honor of the Chicago Cubs big win! See full details about the limited prints for sale and information about discounts.
Press Release: Collect Auctions Offers 1965 Topps PSA Set & 1986-87 Fleer Wax Box in Current Auction
Full details on Collect Auctions 2016 Summer Sports & Americana Auction. See highlights & information about the loaded auction that ends on August 11, 2016.
Collectibles Insurance Services offers collectors much needed protection for their valuable items. Learn about the insurance options and why it is important to be covered for unexpected losses.
What started as a bonding experience for a father and son blossomed into Team Sets and Singles — an expansive online card store. See full details on their new website and plans for the future.
Invest In Baseball is looking to buy your sports or entertainment card collection! Whether you have a valuable collection of your own, or just know of one, reach out to Invest In Baseball for a purchase offer or potential finder’s fee.
Press Release: Jaspy’s HobbyLand & Ripping Wax Announce Hockey Website, Upper Deck Authorized Group Breaking
Get the inside scoop on the launch of a new hockey website from Jaspy’s HobbyLand as well as details on their Upper Deck Authorized Group Breaker certification.
Check out complete details on the current auction from Just Collect. The group is led by a PSA 10 rookie for Luis Tiant as well as several other graded 1950s and 1960s baseball and football cards.
See full details for the latest Just Collect auction. Led by a 1960 Topps Baseball PSA 8 set break, collectors have limited time to act. Also, find out how to sell your collection to Just Collect.
A near-set of graded 1961 Topps Baseball is the latest Just Collect auction listing. See full details on the cards and find out how to sell your vintage collection to Just Collect.
Get the full details on the discovery of 1910 hockey cards from the tobacco-card era along with tips on determining the value of your vintage sports cards.
Legends Sports & Games is a hometown shop and large online retailer in one customer-friendly package. Full details on the longtime card and collectible store.
Giving collectors a fresh and exciting way to participate in group breaks, Live Box Breaks’ draft-break technology offers a fantasy sports-style draft that incorporates a whole new level of group breaking.
Full information on NastyBreaks’ month-long holiday giveaway extravaganza with opportunities for all who participate in any of their breaks during the period.
Full details on the advertising partnership between Steel City Collectibles and The Cardboard Connection. Collectors can expect upcoming giveaways and promotions.
Full details on STL Sports Cards’ sixth anniversary group break in conjunction with Super Break. The free break includes a case of 2016 Super Break Deluxe Football.
Top Shelf Breaks is an online card store that relies on quality to enhance the experience for collectors. See full details on the Chicago-area breaker and what makes the company special.
STL Sports Cards stands apart from other breakers based on their focus on values. Full interview and other details for the online group breakers and their Facebook community.
PSA has expanded to the East Coast with a new office in New Jersey. The new location will be used exclusively for in-person and on-site authentication sessions.
Paranoia (par-a-noia), noun; a tendency on the part of an individual or group toward excessive or irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others. Example: You just opened a pack of cards and your worst nightmare is realized, you’ve pulled an insanely awesome card! You become filled with anxiety as your eyes scan the front of the card, […]
In an effort to combat autograph forgeries, PSA/DNA has unveiled new letters of authenticity with added security measures.
During Super Bowl XLV, PSA/DNA will continues it’s fight against fakes and forgeries in the world of sports memorabilia by using invisible ink and lasers to certify the authenticity of game used footballs, pylons and even the coin used for the coin flip.
The Cardboard Connection Auction News: ’52 Mantle, ’71 Munson PSA 9, Bill Russell RC, Hank Aaron RC, & ’53 Mays SP PSA 8s, Highlight PWCC Premier Auction #4.
Press Pass has announced that Danica Patrick’s rookie card will be released in 2010 Press Pass Elements Racing, due to go on sale on January 20th.
Hartland LLC has announced that they will be moving their manufacturing facility and starting a new auction division. Full information regrading the changes for the popular sports figure company can be found here.
Upper Deck has announced that their CEO and chairman, Richard McWilliam, has passed away.
Derrick Rose to appear on April 18th cover of Sports Illustrated, becoming the first Chicago Bulls player to appear on an SI cover since Michael Jordan in 1999. Jordan appeared on a grand total of 49 SI covers during his career.
Leaf is looking for a quick end to its case with Panini, filing a motion for summary judgment. Panini is trying to stop Leaf from using Kevin Durant autograph stickers purchased on the secondary market.
In a case that could have huge hobby ramifications, charges have been laid against six men for selling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of fake game-used sports memorabilia. Trading card companies were apparently among the group’s customers.
Former Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver guitarist’s personal collection to hit the auction block on March 26th. Top-hats, guitars, jewelry, cars, pin ball machines, leather jackets and other unique Slash items fill out the roster of bad ass memorabilia.
From blaster boxes to rack packs, we explain some of the terminology used in the world of trading cards. In order to assist in the explanation, we enlisted the services of Cardboard Connection’s favorite rip-aholic Cornelius, who recently ripped his seventh case of 2010 Topps Unrivaled Football.
The 2016 Steiner Sports Fall Classic Auction gets underway with a strong offering from the Yogi Berra estate as well as numerous other collectibles. Check out the details on the auction and a list of highlights.
2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Stephen Strasburg Superfractor re-sold on eBay for $25,000 just weeks after it was purchased for $16,403. Meanwhile, the fate of the Red Auto remains a mystery.
Following Topps’ announcement that they’re not offering any new eTopps cards, we look at the confusion caused by the announcement as well as why the sudden program end might leave some unhappy.
Sy Berger, credited by many as the creator of the modern baseball card, has passed away at the age of 91. Learn more about the former Topps executive and his accomplishments.
The Cardboard Connection is looking to hire several new writers knowledgeable in Sports Cards, Autographs and Memorabilia, Vintage Sports Cards, Prospect Cards, Entertainment Cards, English Premier League Soccer Cards, European Soccer Cards, MLS Cards, Hockey Cards and Digital Trading Cards.
Florida man is proof that stealing sports memorabilia will catch up to you someday, as the finite nature of the items stolen makes them easily identifiable. Especially when those items include a Michael Jordan autographed jersey and LeBron James autographed shoes.
The ongoing court battle between Leaf and Topps escalates with Leaf filing a countersuit yesterday.
Three of the six men charged with mail fraud last month for selling fake game-used jerseys have entered guilty pleas. Bernard Gernay, Bradley Horne and Jarrod Oldridge each admitted to fraud and face a prison term of up to 20 years.
Survey concludes that Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, Joe Mauer, and Stephen Strasburg are among baseball’s most marketable players. The survey included corporate brand managers, marketing and branding executives, agencies, and baseball media.
Derek Jeter, Joe Mauer and Roy Halladay were the three best selling MLB jerseys from the 2010 baseball season according to the MLB, MLBPA and Majestic. Meanwhile, the New York Yankees yet again topped overall team merchandise sales.
According to a recent survey done by Street & Smith’s Erik Swanson and Brian Helfrich, Washington Nationals’ rookie hurler Stephen Strasburg is Baseball’s most marketable player under the age of 25. The survey was distributed to corporate brand managers, marketing and branding executives, agencies and baseball media, who were asked to list, in order, the top […]
Troy Polamalu, Drew Brees, Tim Tebow, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Michael Vick, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Hillis, Dallas Cowboys among the top 25 best selling jerseys from the 2010 NFL Season. Complete 25 list with bonus pictures!
The Topps Company was sued on May 20, 2011, for allegedly falsely marking its Ring Pop, Baby Bottle Pop and Bazooka Joe products with expired patents. In English, this means Topps is accused of claiming these products are protected by patents when they are not. If you don’t recall the Ring Pop, a picture from […]
Full details on Star Wars Authentics, a joint effort from Topps and Lucasfilm to bring official photographs and actor autographs to fans and collectors.
First 5,000 fans attending the 2011 Under Armour All-American Game on January 5th at Tropicana Field will receive 3 free Topps football cards featuring one of 92 different All-Americans.
The code entering phase of Topps’ Diamond Giveaway promotion officially begins. Each Diamond Giveaway code card unlocks one 1952-2009 Topps card and gives collectors one “dig point”, which is used to search for buried prizes on a virtual baseball field. Code cards are seeded in packs of 2011 Topps Series 1 Baseball.
NFL, NFLPA welcome Topps back to the NFL Family.
The lawsuit accusing Topps of marking Ring Pops with expired patents is resolved as quickly as it began. In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko speculates over the lack of drama.
Major League Baseball Properties (MLBP) and the Topps Company have just today announced a new multi-year deal that will grant Topps the exclusive trading card licensing rights to Minor League Baseball. The agreement makes Topps the Official Baseball Card of Minor League Baseball. Starting January 1, 2010, Topps will be the only trading card manufacturer […]
The Topps Company landed a decisive blow against Upper Deck earlier this week by signing an agreement with Major League Baseball that will give them exclusive rights to produce MLB baseball cards. The multi-year deal, which is expected to be officially announced later today, will take effect once the 2010 MLB Season begins next year. […]
The Walking Dead is coming to Topps! Full details on the new TWD digital app and physical cards that are on the way.
Topps continues to be showing signs they’re getting more active in the film business, filing for trademarks to Battletech and Mechwarrior movies.
Tristar’s autograph opportunity schedule for the upcoming National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore. Joe Montana, Rod Carew, Bo Jackson, Gordie Howe, Cal Ripken, Barry Sanders, and many other hobby favorites fill out the Tristar lineup card.
Group breaks are here to stay. While they come in many forms, Trophy Box Cards is putting a new, interactive spin on draft-style breaks.
Check out full details on the Trophy Box promotion that will award one case of cards to the winning participants.
After 25 years in the sports card pricing business, Tuff Stuff will release it’s final issue this February. In addition to this, Sports Collectors Digest will scale back it’s production and become a bi-monthly periodical after nearly 20 years as a weekly offering.
The USPS recently released a commemorative Negro Leagues stamp featuring the father of the Negro Leagues Andrew “Rube” Foster.
Panini continues to land more deals with major colleges and universities. The University of Oregon is the latest to signed an exclusive trading card deal with the trading card manufacturer.
Complete information about the Michael Jordan items available in the Goldin Auctions Winter Auction. Highlights include Jordan’s UNC Diploma, signed Team USA uniform and many others. Final sale prices updated.
On behalf of The Cardboard Connection, I would like to thank all of you who voted for us! Once we figure out what we’ve won, we will run some cool contests to give out the prizes!
Upper Deck has brought a countersuit against Upper Deck International. The dueling lawsuits show a battle for company control and bring to light allegations of greed and even substance abuse.
Detailed guide to the new Upper Deck e-Pack platform that combines digital cards and physical cards into one online experience.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko looks at how Upper Deck mistakenly filed a list of potential witnesses in their case versus Blowout Cards. He also looks at a timeline of how long the case may take.
Held back by bankruptcy proceeding, Upper Deck International has filed for a six-month stay in its case with the US-based Upper Deck. Paul Lesko outlines why this could lead to an early end to this heated court battle.
In what is possibly the strangest lawsuit to hit the hobby, Upper Deck is suing itself. Upper Deck International is taking legal action against Upper Deck in connection with the counterfeiting of Yu-Gi-Oh cards.
Upper Deck announced on Wednesday that they will no longer be licensed to produce Football Cards. Over the last year and a half, Upper Deck has seen it’s fortunes change drastically: January 27th, 2009- Panini secures exclusive rights to manufacture license NBA Cards November 30th, 2009- Topps secures exclusive rights to manufacture licensed MLB Cards […]
Upper Deck president Richard McWilliam allegedly showed up drunk for a deposition in Upper Deck’s case with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Paul Lesko breaks down what happened and the possible ramifications.
Upper Deck has come to a successful resolution with Konami over their year-long dispute regarding Yu-Gi-Oh!® trading cards. On the eve of trial, the court issued several rulings in Upper Deck’s favor which eliminated and gravely threatened many of Konami’s monetary claims requests. These rulings sent Konami and its attorneys into retreat as Konami’s case […]
Just when you thought Upper Deck vs. Upper Deck International couldn’t get any more bizarre, it has. The wife of UDI CEO Nico Blauw has been brought into the fight.
Upper Deck and MLL come together to produce profesional lacrosse cards.
Another day, another Upper Deck legal case. The card manufacturer has been ordered to pay nearly $4 million to Aniplex, Incorporated, an anime company, for a business deal gone bad.
Upper Deck has announced it’s starting an Authorized Group Breaker Program to offer Certified Diamond Dealers with incentives, added support and more.
After a year of relatively under the radar litigation, The Upper Deck Company’s case against Konami Entertainment appears headed for a disastrous outcome. Konami Entertainment has accused Upper Deck of copyright infringement, breach of contract and trademark counterfeiting, saying that Upper Deck illegally reproduced more than 600,000 Yu-Gi-Oh! cards. Upper Deck could face hundreds of […]
Another collecting tool just became widely available to collectors as PSA is now offering their population reports free online. They’ve also started offering their in-house PSA price guide available.
Dads, increase your odds of getting sports cards this Father’s Day by sharing this article with your partner and children. It provides full details on the 2012 Panini Father’s Day set including instructions on how to take part and a list of participating shops.
UPDATE 5/2/11 Wayne Gretzky’s PSA 10 O-Pee-Chee rookie card sold for $94,163 on Sunday. SCP Auctions claims that this is the most a hockey card single has ever sold for. Check out our full Wayne Gretzky Hockey Cards Profile. The Laguna Niguel Auction house and SCP Auctions Inc. are hosting a sports memorabilia silent auction […]
Get the highlights of the 2012 Industry Summit in Las Vegas, including several announcements from manufacturers and the key themes that came out of focused breakout sessions.
For collectors who can’t get enough of the Bowman brand, a new trademark filing suggests that Topps is looking to introduce a new line called Bowman Black.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko looks at Leaf and Topps settling their lawsuit. He looks at what happened, picks his winners and provides legal analysis about what it means for the hobby.
Looking to have a little fun with some of your cards? Maybe you want to make a connection. Maybe it’s time to pick a #WalletCard.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko helps you figure out which trading cards are in the public domain and why some are not.
2012 National Sports Collectors Convention autograph guest, schedule and prices. Get full details on who’s signing at the National in Baltimore on August 1-5. Highlights include Cal Ripken Jr, Pete Rose, Rickey Henderson, Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders.
We’re giving away a FREE hobby box of 2012 Topps Magic Football. Find out how you can enter another easy contest.
Find out how you can win a free hobby box of 2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball.
Win a rare Steve Jobs Entrepreneur Heroes trading card and more by entering The Cardboard Connection’s latest contest.
Enter to WIN a Walking Dead Season 1 Wardrobe Card that was given out exclusively at the 2013 Industry Summit in Las Vegas.
A new WWE trademark for WWE Supercharge hints at several potential new collectibles, including trading cards and temporary tattoos.