TRISTAR Bringing Obak To The National

TRISTAR announced that they will produce an exclusive 10-card Obak set for collectors attending this year’s National.  VIPs will find 5 of these cards in their VIP package, and you can obtain the other 5 by purchasing a hobby pack of TRISTAR baseball cards and/or TNA Wresting cards from a show dealer.  Each wrapper is good for one card.  The checklist includes:

  • N1- WASHINGTON T4 (2009 #1 DRAFT PICK)
  • N2- JOSH BELL
  • N3- JASON HEYWARD
  • N4- FRANK HOWARD
  • N5 – BEN MCDONALD
  • N6 – ANDY FARKAS
  • N7 – US PRESIDENTS
  • N8 – CAL RIPKEN
  • N9 – HULK HOGAN
  • N10 – THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

While at the TRISTAR booth, be sure to ask about the exclusive mini Obak T212 set.  These cards are limited to 199 copies.

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Important Info For Those 2010 National VIPs

For those 2010 National VIPs that did not receive the following e-mail, here is some helpful information that will tell you where to go and what to do when coming to Baltimore.

First things first – you will need to make sure you have your printed e-ticket with you to pick up your VIP credentials at the show. The National begins for VIPs with the Beckett Media VIP Reception at 2:30 PM on Wednesday, 8/4.  We will begin distributing VIP credentials at Noon on Wednesday. Enter the Convention Center using the Charles Street Lobby. Look for the Kiosks which say VIPS WITH E-TICKETS. At that kiosk, your ticket will be scanned and you will receive your VIP (or SUPERVIP) badge, your VIP Gift Bag, your Autograph Tickets plus an information packet which has all you need to know for the week. If you purchased the ALL ACCESS option for your VIP Package, you will also receive an additonal envelope with those instructions. If you come in on Wednesday afternoon before 3:30, you will be directed to the VIP Reception which will be held on the 3rd floor at the Center in Rooms 307-310. Your VIP badge is required for entry. There will be refreshments and Mike Boddicker & Lydell Mitchell will be signing free autographs for VIPs from 3-4PM.  At 3:30 PM, VIPs will be permitted on the Show Floor to enjoy the 31st National until 8PM.

If you are unable to pick up your VIP credentials on Wednesday, the procedure is still the same. Have your ticket scanned at the VIPS with E-TICKETS Kiosk and receive your credentials, gifts and autograph tickets. VIP Credential distribution will open Thursday-Saturday at 8:30 AM each day. VIPs will have access to the show each morning Thursday-Sunday at 9:30 AM. Signs will direct you to the VIP entrance from which you can enter the Show each day.

We know you’re going to have a great time at the National

Strasburg Is Coming To The National

Topps, which has been MIA during the last few National Sports Collectors Conventions, announced today that they will be making an exclusive Stephen Strasburg 2010 Topps Heritage rookie just for the show.  Individuals who open 10 packs of 2010 Topps/Bowman branded baseball cards (except Topps Attax, Topps Opening Day, and the $0.99 Topps Cello packs) at the Topps booth will be given this exclusive Strasburg rookie.  It is limited to 999 copies and you can get one per day.

This promotion is going to be huge.  I hope Topps has some heavy security at their booth because collectors will be lining up quickly.  If you plan on attending The National that first night, it might be a good idea to pick up your 10 packs prior to the show.  Then once the doors open up, you can head to the Topps booth and try to get at least one of the exclusive Strasburgs.

Topps will also be giving away free codes to collectors visiting the booth that can unlock actual cards on the Topps Million Card Giveaway website.  These will be given out once per day to collectors too.

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Panini’s 2010 Royale Crown Die-Cut National VIP Set

Today Panini announced they would include a card set within each VIP bag for this year’s National.  This Die-Cut Royale Crown set will feature Kobe Bryant, Evan Turner, Wesley Johnson, Derrick Rose, Carmelo Anthony, and Brandon Jennings.  Even though I’m not much of a basketball person, you can’t go wrong with the die-cut design.

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Razor’s 2010 National Redemption Promos

This morning, Brian Gray of Razor Entertainment announced some of the redemption programs that will be taking place during the 2010 National this year.  Here is what collectors can look forward to.

  • Limited edition 4-card promo set featuring FEDOR EMELIANENKO, BROCK LESNAR, DOYLE BRUNSON AND MUHAMMAD ALI will be available.  EVERY card serial numbered.  Consumers will receive 1 card from the set per box of 2010 Razor product opened at the booth (cannot be combined with below offer).
  • For opening 4 boxes combined of the below, consumers will receive a 1-card Pop Century Bonus pack containing either a BLUE AUTOGRAPH NUMBERED TO 5 OR LESS (POSSIBLE HARRISON FORD!) OR AN ORIGINIAL POP CENTURY 1 OF 1 SKETCH CARD (these are the only pop century sketches for this release).  The ONLY products available for this redemption are: 2010 RAZOR POP CENTURY, 2010 RAZOR SPORTS ICONS, 2010 RAZOR POKER, AND 2010 RAZOR CUT SIGNATURE) .  (Cannot be combined with above offer).

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FCB Adds Third Autograph Guest For The 2010 National

Baltimore Orioles prospect Josh Bell will be the third autograph signer at the FCB booth during this year’s National.  Tazawa will also have the same design as Bell.

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Here is the final card set collectors can look for.  Bell, Tazawa, and Hayhurst will also be included since they are the autograph guests.

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FCB Announces Second Autograph Guest For The National

Chris Gilmore of FCB announced last night that Blue Jays relief pitcher Dirk Hayhurst will be signing autographs at their booth Saturday afternoon during the National.

Hayhurst is part of the FCB promotional card set too.  The base set featuring the baseball diamond is limited to 1,500 copies.  The second rarest features a night scene of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and is limited to 100 copies.  The autographed version is limited to only 25 copies.

I think FCB should get into the card making business.  These things look great!

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Sportkings At The 2010 National

Sportkings plan to attend this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore.  They are bringing back their box top redemption program too.  Any collector who opens three boxes of Sportkings Series D will receive a special redemption card either numbered out of ten or a 1/1.

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I’ve never opened a box of Sportkings before, mainly because of the price.  These boxes can be quite expensive.  I do like the look of these 2010 National redemption cards.  The painted images look really nice and fit the cards much better than no image at all.

FCB 2010 National Promotional Set

Chris Gilmore of Freedom Cardboard announced today that they will have a promotional card set made for this year’s National in Baltimore.  The set will feature Red Sox top prospects Junichi Tazawa and Casey Kelley, Orioles Catcher Matt Wieters, Milwaukee Brewers infielder Brett Lawrie, Pittsburgh Pirates Third Baseman Pedro Alvarez, and Toronto Blue Jay reliever and author of “The Bullpen Gospels” Dirk Hayhurst.  The set has a bit of a twist this year, as the cards are done as tobacco style mini cards, and will all feature at least 1 background variations.

Junichi Tazawa will be signing autographs at the FCB booth for free on a first come first serve basis.  The signing is scheduled for Friday, August 6, 2010 from 4-6 p.m.

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Press Pass 2010 National Redemption Info

I just received an e-mail from Press Pass detailing their redemption programs that will be taking place at their booth during the 2010 National this year in Baltimore.  They always seem to have great stuff going on!

Open one NASCAR hobby box (all 2010 products are eligible) and get:

  • A free autograph or dual memorabilia card (blind wrapped)
  • 1 code/entry into crack the code safe.  Crack the code prizes are 1 per day.  Come back and enter your code in the safe at 8:00 PM Wednesday, 3:00 PM Thursday-Saturday, and 1:00PM on Sunday to see if you have won!

Wednesday:  Michael Waltrip Race-Used Gloves and Autographed Driver-Worn Hat

Thursday:  Dale Earnhardt Jr complete set of eight race-used spark plugs

Friday:  Dale Earnhardt Sr 2001 Optima Race-Used Lugnut Card (Driver Version)

Saturday:  Greg Biffle Firesuit

Sunday:  Juan Pablo Montoya autographed visor

  • 1 ticket to pack wars.  Pack wars occur daily!  Press Pass will provide you with 3 packs to battle with and great prizes, including an exclusive National one of one card each session!

Pack War Schedule:

Wednesday: 7:00PM

Thursday – Saturday:  1:00PM – 4:00PM

Sunday: 12:00PM

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