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First Look: 2013-14 Panini National Treasures Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the end of their hockey line looming, Panini America is looking to go out with a bang instead of a whimper.

The highly-touted release of 2013-14 National Treasures Hockey has already created some buzz in collector circles due to the line’s success in other sports. Set to release on August 27, 2014, each pack will contain eight cards and it breaks down into two base cards or parallels, one booklet card, one printing plate, one Rookie Autograph Patch card, one Autographed Memorabilia card and two additional hits that are sure to capture the attention of hobbyists.

Over the past few weeks, savvy collectors have taken note of the Treasured Steel cards (look for a feature story coming soon in Beckett Hockey #265) that have large pieces of game-used skate blades and the dazzling Buried Treasure Autographs featuring a metal Stanley Cup embedded into the card.

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There is a lot more to get excited about, however, when it comes to some of the booklet hits that were recently announced. The fun starts with Dual Stick Booklets that feature autographs from two players done on stick pieces and jumbo stick pieces (and potentially nameplates) are found in Treasured Twigs. It gets even better with Jumbo Quad Booklets that bear four – yes, four – NHL shields and Treasure Chest Memorabilia, a collection that has a whopping 24 pieces of memorabilia in a single booklet card.

The final Panini hockey product also puts a cap on their side of the 2013-14 Rookie Double Class in fine fashion. The Rookie Autograph Patch cards are limited to just 99 copies each and feature parallels bearing other pieces of memorabilia, including the much-loved NHL Shield.

Perhaps the most intriguing inserts, though, are the Flawless cards. Limited to just five copies each (with a one-of-one Platinum parallel), they make the transition over from Panini’s basketball brand and feature an embedded diamond.

Needless to say, National Treasures is a beautiful farewell to the hockey card market from Panini and time may certainly be kind to many of the cards that will be found in packs.

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Hockey and Beckett Basketball magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at SLaroche@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.

First Look: 2014-15 NHL Artifacts

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Believe it or not, but 2014-15 marks the 10th season that Upper Deck’s NHL Artifacts brand will be on store shelves and some collectors may find that more value has been jammed into packs.

Traditionally released early in the season, Artifacts once again will offer up a strong mix of autographs, memorabilia and rookie cards along with an extensive array of parallels that are sure to have player collectors on the hunt.

According to the company’s recently-released product information sheet, the average 10-pack box is set to include one Auto or Auto-Mem card, one multi-player memorabilia card, two single memorabilia cards, one Rookie Redemption card, one parallel numbered to 99 copies or less and four subset cards (numbered to 999) or a Ruby Parallel (numbered to 499).

Case breakers will also notice a ton of solid hits coming up once in every other box on average. These could include Auto Rookie Redemptions (numbered to 99), Memorabilia Base Set parallels (numbered to 15 or less), Auto or Auto Memorabilia Base Set parallels (numbered to 12 or less), Base Set Black parallels (numbered to just five copies), Tundra Sixes (1:160 packs), Top 12 Rookie Sigs (1:480 packs), Buyback Autos (numbered to 25 or less) and the debuting Stick-to-Stick Duos (1:480) and Stick-to-Stick Trios (1:360).

The Stick-to-Stick cards are certain to be quite coveted and there will be Tape versions limited to just seven copies.

Upper Deck has also noted that seven out of 10 boxes on average with have a card featuring either a patch, fight strap, stick, tag or even six pieces of a jersey.

Stephen Laroche is the editor of Beckett Hockey and Beckett Basketball magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an e-mail to him at SLaroche@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter @Stephen_Laroche.

Box Busters: 2014 Bowman football cards

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Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Inception baseball

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Upper Deck Gives Collectors a Sneak Peek at 2014-15 Young Guns

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Now heading into its 25th season, the traditional hockey set from Upper Deck has a long and storied tradition which is rarely matched in the trading card industry.

Traditionally released in early November, 2014-15 Upper Deck Hockey Series One is set to feature many top rookie performers on shortprinted Young Guns cards. Two members of this year’s crop have been revealed through a post on the company’s blog.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will he find inside besides a red mini pack box-topper? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

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Just a little patience … Axl Rose finally signs for Topps

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

After more than a year, some of Axl Rose‘s Topps autographs are signed, sealed and ready to be delivered.

Topps revealed on its Twitter account Tuesday afternoon the first looks at its 2013 Topps Archives Heavy Metal insert — an autographed parallel printed on metal — that the Guns N Roses frontman finally signed after the card was issued last year via a redemption.

“#BOOM! Look who signed. @axlrose,” read the post. “Heavy Metal autos will ship soon. More info to come on other autos.”

Rose’s other autos, all issued as redemptions, included his standard Heavy Metal card from Archives as well as standard and red-ink autos found in 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter. This year’s version of that set officially arrives tomorrow.

It’s worth noting that the card above is missing the set’s “Heavy Metal” logo is not shown on Rose’s card — not a stretch to guess that that’s perhaps a reason for the delay in signing.

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

 

Leaf Trading Cards Reveals Big Plans for the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Attendees of the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio are sure to take notice of the Leaf Trading Cards booth as the company looks to make a major impact at this year’s event.

The excitement begins with their 5,000 square foot store (located at booth 569) which will feature over 1,000 unique items for sale, including many that are exclusive to the National. Collectors that break one of the boxes listed below will receive a $5.00 gift card that can be used in the store.

The eligible boxes cover a wide variety of sports and non-sports releases and include:

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Panini Unveils Multi-Sport Redemption Program and VIP Set for the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America has given collectors a small glimpse into their plans for the upcoming 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and they will be focusing on the hottest rookies around in addition to today’s brightest stars.

It all begins with a special treat for VIP attendees as they will open up their bags to find a coupon they can take to the company’s booth and exchange it for a special six-card set. This loaded collection features recent NFL draftees Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, NBA picks Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum, along with MLB freshmen Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka.

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Daniel Nava’s beard becomes a Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A beard is in a baseball card.

At least one collector ripping into boxes of 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter, which officially arrives on Wednesday has found a hair-razing card.

It’s a Daniel Nava Oddity Relic — and its game-used item inside is strands of hair from his playoff beard. It’s the only Oddity Relic listed on the Topps checklist released on Monday (click here to open a copy) and it’s limited to just 25 serial-numbered copies.

The card sits at $71 after nine bids on eBay.

How much do you think it will sell for? Do you have any other thoughts?

Tell us in the comments below.

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Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

Upper Deck and Hockey Hall of Fame Combine for Cool Summer Promotion

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto is on the bucket list of most fans as it gives them a chance to look at many of the game’s priceless artifacts and potentially have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup.

During this summer, however, there is yet another reason to make this pilgrimage as Upper Deck has combined with them during their NHL Team Days to offer up special game-used memorabilia cards featuring many of the best goaltenders in the sport today. There will be one for each team. Naturally, treasures like these will not be available in packs and instead are given out to the first 1,000 paid guests each specific day during the promotion.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Select basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Select cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Box Busters: 2014 Continuum trading cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2014 Continuum cards from Rittenhouse Archives in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Panini Contenders hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Panini Contenders in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Box Busters: 2014 Panini Hot Rookies football

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Box Busters: 2014 Panini Golden Age baseball

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Panini Gives NBA Fans a Virtual Look at the 2014 Draft Class

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The first cards of next season’s freshman class will hit store shelves with the release of 2014-15 NBA Hoops in October and one of the product’s designs was previewed in virtual trading cards revealed recently over the course of the 2014 NBA Draft via their Twitter feed.

Panini America’s Hobby Marketing Manager, Tracy Hackler, recently spoke with Beckett Basketball regarding what spurred the company to undertake a project which required their design and marketing teams to produce something so quickly.

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Beckett Auctions readies its first case break

Beckett Auctions is proud to announce its first case break auction, which will take place this Wednesday (July 9) and will feature 2014 Prestige football cards from Panini America. Beckett Auctions is currently auctioning off the case break by team through its eBay store at http://stores.ebay.com/Beckett-Media-Store

The case break is scheduled to be broadcast on cardworldtv.com at 2 p.m. Central time on July 9. Additional breaks will be announced soon and Beckett Auctions is expected to cover all four sports during the coming months.

For more info on case breaks by Beckett Auctions, please visit www.beckett.com/auctions/casebreaks

LeBron James Leads NBA Free Agent Frenzy

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Free agent season has officially opened in the NBA and over the next few days, players and teams began negotiating on deals that are sure to make headlines.

Eligible players are able to negotiate with prospective new teams at this point, but they are unable to officially sign a contract until the league sets next year’s salary cap on July 10.

The biggest name that could be on the move is LeBron James of the Miami Heat. When he last declared free agency in 2010, there was a great deal of spectacle leading up to his coming to terms with Miami and he played a key role in back-to-back championships. No matter where King James ends up, he will continue to be a dominant force on the hardcourt and in the hobby.

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