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PSA Paranoia: Expecting Perfection From Imperfect Pieces Of Cardboard

PSA Paranoia: Expecting Perfection From Imperfect Pieces Of Cardboard

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, […]

Upper Deck To Produce Major League Lacrosse Cards

Upper Deck To Produce Major League Lacrosse Cards

Upper Deck and MLL come together to produce profesional lacrosse cards.

Panini Announces Multi-Year Trading Card Deal With NFL and NFLPA

Panini Announces Multi-Year Trading Card Deal With NFL and NFLPA

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.

Topps Reaches Agreement With NFL To Make Football Cards in 2010

Topps Reaches Agreement With NFL To Make Football Cards in 2010

NFL, NFLPA welcome Topps back to the NFL Family.

Upper Deck Announces Winners of "Social Media" Awards

Upper Deck Announces Winners of “Social Media” Awards

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 Loses NFL License

Upper Deck Loses NFL License

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 […]

Panini Signs Multi-Year Trading Card Deal With NHL

Panini Signs Multi-Year Trading Card Deal With NHL

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 […]

Upper Deck Settles Lawsuit With Konami

Upper Deck Settles Lawsuit With Konami

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 […]

Racing Cards About to Get Welcome Boost From Danica Patrick

Racing Cards About to Get Welcome Boost From Danica Patrick

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.

Upper Deck’s Legal Battle With Konami Heats Up

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 […]

Topps Secures Exclusive Minor League Baseball Card License

Topps Secures Exclusive Minor League Baseball Card License

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 […]

Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt Weighs in on Autograph Collecting

Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt Weighs in on Autograph Collecting

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. […]

Topps Signs Exclusive Trading Card Agreement With Major League Baseball

Topps Signs Exclusive Trading Card Agreement With Major League Baseball

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. […]

Interview with Joe Rubinstein

Interview with Joe Rubinstein

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.

Interview With Brian Kong, The King of The Sketch

Interview With Brian Kong, The King of The Sketch

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.

2009 Topps Heritage Baseball Short Print Checklist

2009 Topps Heritage Baseball Short Print Checklist

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 […]

2009 Playoff Prestige Football Product Breakdown

2009 Playoff Prestige Football Product Breakdown

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 […]

2009 Upper Deck Baseball Card Short Prints Announced

2009 Upper Deck Baseball Card Short Prints Announced

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 […]