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Who gets your Baseball Hall of Fame vote?



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Plenty will be said and plenty will be written between now and Jan. 6 when the 2015 inductees into the National Baseball Hall of Fame are revealed.

There will be arguments, there will be debates. There will be moralists, there will be revisionists.

With the deadline for ballots being today, now is the time for us to let you guys, the collectors, do exactly as the voting members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Below is the ballot of 34 eligible players. You can pick as many as 10 players below who you feel are worthy of Cooperstown. (If you choose to submit a blank ballot, there is an option for that below, too.)

The “voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played” — there are no other parameters. Players not appearing on the ballot below are not yet eligible, have exhausted their eligibility via the writers’ vote or appear on MLB’s Ineligible List.

Players who appear 75 percent of the vote will be enshrined in Cooperstown — at least in the real world.

Do collectors have a different take on everything that surrounds this subject? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

Beckett.com 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot (vote for as many as 10)

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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.

Box Busters: 2014-15 Topps Premiere Gold soccer

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Triple Threads football

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Holiday Hockey Memories


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary

Back in 1986, I was a typical 10-year-old kid hoping to find something incredible under the Christmas tree and the man in red delivered something unexpected in my stocking that year – a complete set of 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA hockey cards!

Even at the age, I was crazy about the history of the game and to get my first-ever card of Gordie Howe was a genuine thrill as I knew of his exploits on the ice. Going through those 66 cards, it was incredible to see players from the teams I had only read about. In addition to Mr. Hockey, I was able to enjoy cards of Frank Mahovlich, Bobby Hull, Robbie Ftorek and others that starred in the Rival League.

Somewhat foolishly, I ended up trading those cards away for some older hockey cards that year. Eventually, I put a complete set together once again, but I sincerely miss that set that was tucked away in my stocking. Read More »

Card Gallery: 2014 Bowman Chrome football cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

This year’s edition of Bowman Chrome football cards arrives in hobby shops today with every 18-pack box including one autograph.

Meanwhile, every fourth box will include a second autograph.

After the jump is a selection of images released by Topps to give you a taste of what’s to be found.

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Top 10: Alabama football fans who need an auto


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

A pair of upcoming games in the college football world and one other major development on the college football trading card front has had this University of Alabama grad thinking.

Sure, there are a pair of football games to come soon that could lead to the school’s 16th national championship — its fourth since 2009 — but I’ve been thinking about all the possibilities for Crimson Tide cardboard. Why? Panini America is expected to have deals in place with nearly all of the major schools next year, creating a college-card push we may not have seen before in the hobby.

So, the company that took one of  Paul “Bear” Bryant’s iconic Houndstooth fedoras and made it into a card (above), might now be exploring the history and the tradition of Alabama football. There are plenty of possibilities — Paul W. Bryant Museum cards showing iconic pieces in its archives, Walk of Fame cards, Bowl game program cards, campus landmarks, stadium seat memorabilia cards, game-used cards and so much more. And, of course, there would be autographs.

The autograph front is one where another past creation of the company, the autographed celebrity cards launched about a decade ago called “Fans of the Game,” could truly make a school-centric card release even more interesting. Sure, we all expect the gridiron legends to appear in a card set — and Alabama has a few with the likes of Joe Namath, Bart Starr, Ozzie Newsome, Derrick Thomas and many, many more in more recent years — but a college-centric Fans of the Game inclusion could be interesting to even non-collectors.

Here’s my list of 10 iconic Alabama superfans or famous grads who would be cool certified autographs to find in packs … after the jump.

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First Look: 2014 Leaf Q


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

This year, Leaf Trading Cards has been busy putting out products that cater to a variety of collectors and with their upcoming release, 2014 Leaf Q, they are seeking to make a serious impact in the super-premium market once it hits store shelves in early January.

Featuring some of the biggest names in the sporting world, Q is an intriguing new effort that attempts to deliver nothing but significant hits thanks to a roster that includes such legends as Nolan Ryan, Magic Johnson, Mario Lemieux and Mike Tyson along with active stars and prospects like Ichiro, Roger Federer, Andrew Wiggins and Johnny Manziel. Each pack will contain 11 or 12 cards and at least 10 of them will be autographed.

What can collectors expect to find in packs of 2014 Leaf Q? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Cryptozoic to replace stamped Katie Cassidy autos


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The rubber-stamped autographs are being replaced.

Cryptozoic Entertainment announced Sunday that it will be replacing autographed cards of Katie Cassidy from its 2014 Supernatural Seasons 1-3 set that appear to have been “signed” with a rubber stamp. It’s a card that had been regularly selling for around $100 — the second-most-popular card in the 20-card set based on its value, though a few cards are too rare to price.

“We have had numerous discussions with Katie Cassidy’s agent, and we have determined that her autograph cards were mechanically produced with a stamp,” said a statement released by the company. “We are deeply sorry that we did not detect these stamped autographs ourselves and that we inserted them into our product. We are taking all the necessary steps to make sure that this type of problem does not happen again.”

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First Look: 2014-15 In The Game Leaf Metal Hockey


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The partnership between Leaf Trading Cards and In The Game is set to enter into its third release as 2014-15 In The Game Leaf Metal Hockey will hit store shelves in February. While their first two products had been previously estabilished In The Game brands, this new creation has been a strong performer for Leaf in recent years and hits the ice with licensing from the Canadian Hockey League.

As a result, many of the game’s hottest prospects will be featured here – including Connor McDavid, who many are pegging to be the first overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Each pack will contain five autographed cards and there will be some small sets that are exclusive to the American and Canadian markets.

What else can be found in packs of 2014-15 In The Game Leaf Metal Hockey? Find out after the jump. Read More »

BGS Black sparks added interest in perfect 10s



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s been nearly a month since Beckett Grading Services launched BGS Black — a simple new label that notes perfect BGS 10 Pristine cards that have four perfect 10 subgrades with a striking black flip.

The new label has sparked a premium for sales of perfect cards, a move that BGS Director Jeromy Murray said has also prompted a number of previously graded perfect cards to be re-submitted for the new label and a number of other cards that came up just .5 short on one subgrade to be sent in for re-examination.

“[Our] feedback is that the label is demanding a premium over the standard 10s, which is good news,” Murray said.

One real-world example of this can be seen with the perfect 2014 Bowman Chrome Kris Bryant card above. It sold on eBay for $3,000. That’s more than double the amount of three previous BGS 10 copies of the same Blue Refractor have sold for on eBay. One sold for $1,406 in late-August, another sold for $1,130 in November and one went for $1,028 — also in August.

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Box Busters: 2014 Select football cards

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Panini Boxing Day Autograph Content Revealed


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With participating Canadian stores giving out their special 2014 Panini Boxing Day packs with qualifying purchases this week, Panini America has revealed images of the strong autograph content that will be found inside. With a roster of carefully-selected athletes from the big four sports, collectors pulling them are sure to be pleased.

In addition to signed parallels of the base set cards, there will also be autographed rookie patches featuring team logos for NBA freshmen and special NFL logo cards with a pink background that tie in to the “A Crucial Catch” breast cancer campaign.

Look for a gallery of 2014 Panini Boxing Day autographs after the jump. Read More »

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 16

Week 16 Romo

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hit

Veteran of the Week:

Tony Romo, QB, Cowboys

(218 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, 151.7 quarterback rating)

The monkey might finally be off of Tony Romo’s back. Romo was nearly perfect in his performance in Sunday’s 42-7 victory over the Indianapolis Colts. After three straight years with 8-8 seasons, the Cowboys are 11-4, and they still have a chance for a first round bye in the playoffs. On top of a huge victory, Tony Romo also passed Troy Aikman to become the Cowboys’ all-time leading passer with 32,971 career yards. Romo’s card value has cooled off in the last few years, but collectors could see a turnaround if he can lead the Cowboys to some playoff victories.

Cards to Grab:

2003 Bowman Chrome #144 RC ($50)

2003 Playoff Contenders #156 AU/999 RC ($300)

2003 SP Authentic #217 AU/1200 RC ($250) Read More »

Sunday Conversation: Dave Reid


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Beckett Hockey recently had the chance to speak with NHL Network analyst and retired player Dave Reid at a recent NHL Alumni Tour stop in Belleville, Ontario. During his playing days, the former Stanley Cup champion was known for his passion for hockey cards and offered some of his thoughts on the hobby. Be sure to look for a complete profile of him that will be published in an upcoming issue.

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First Look: 2015 Topps UFC Knockout



By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

There’s no CM Punk sighting just yet, but Topps‘ next UFC card set will still be a knockout.

Coming sometime in 2015 will be the former WWE champion-turned MMA fighter and also coming this spring will be 2015 Topps UFC Knockout, which will pack a hit in every pack.

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A release that had been relegated to being a box topper bonus in recent years, Upper Deck ICE has long held a prominent place in the hearts of collectors and the company is finally bringing it back as a full-fledged product for the 2014-15 season.

With an all-acetate base set and plenty of strong hits, ICE is slated for a mid-March street date and will certainly be welcomed back by many. The brand has a tradition that dates back nearly 20 years and its return to shops could help it once again retain a prominent place in the hobby.

What can be found in packs of 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First look: 2015 Topps Archives baseball cards




By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Topps is dipping back into its archives once again for another edition of Archives.

That was the news Friday when the company unveiled the first looks at 2015 Topps Archives, a two-autograph-per-b0x trip through the past photos and designs in the 60-plus year history of the company. The brand is set to arrive on June 10.

Every 24-pack box will include eight cards per pack, while every case will include 10 boxes. The basic set will consist of 300 cards using the designs from 1957, 1976 and 1983. Each card also will have three parallels as well as a set of printing plates. The parallels will be Silver, Gold and 1/1 Black cards. All three will be numbered, though production amounts had not yet been finalized.

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Panini’s Boxing Day Promo Continues With Checkerboard Cards


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The slow reveal for Panini America‘s 2014 Boxing Day promotion continued on today as the company revealed some big hits that will be found inside packs in the form of a special Checkerboard design exclusive cards to with prime pieces of memorabilia.

Exclusive to Canadian Panini Roundtable dealers, packs of the 2014 Boxing Day cards will be available at participating retails and handed out as a bonus for each purchase. More details are yet to come over the next few days, but enjoy a gallery of these visually striking cards after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Donruss Basketball

Panini America 2014-15 Donruss Basketball Andrew Wiggins

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Coming back to store shelves after a five-year absence, Donruss returns to the basketball game in 2014-15 courtesy of Panini America and it is set to deliver some serious value in each box.

Releasing on February 11, this product will bring back many of the concepts that made Donruss a hobby favorite in the past along with a few new twists and old designs that collectors are fond of.

What can be found in packs of 2014-15 Donruss Basketball? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck AHL Hockey


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Over the past few months, Upper Deck became the exclusive licensee for both the American Hockey League and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association and it was announced that the company would be producing a stand-alone product this season.

Set to release in March, 2014-15 Upper Deck AHL Hockey will be loaded with the game’s best and brightest young pros that have been showing off their skills in the hope of one day becoming regulars at the NHL level. This collection will be loaded with autographs and additional content that is sure to capture not only regional interest, but garner some attention from the hobby as a whole as well.

What can collectors find in packs of 2014-15 Upper Deck AHL Hockey? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Panini Announces Two Staff Promotions


Earlier today, Panini America announced two promotions within their sales team. One of the staff members given an expanded role within the company is Kevin Haake, a former editor of Beckett Baseball who had previously worked for Topps before joining Panini back in 2009.

Now the company’s Director of Hobby Sales, Haake will be in charge of Panini’s hobby business effective immediately and he will report to Vice President of Sales, D.J. Kazmierczak, who praised his work to date through an official company statement.

“Kevin has done a tremendous job in his previous role here at Panini. His combination of brand-building experience, along with secondary-market knowledge, are intangibles that are very valuable in our industry and we are lucky to have him.” Read More »

Beckett Media acquires auction leader Goodwin & Co.


DALLAS (Dec. 16, 2014) – Beckett Media, the collectible industry’s most-trusted brand, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Goodwin & Co., a leading sports auction house. As part of the transaction announced today, Bill Goodwin, president of St. Louis-based Goodwin & Co., will join the Beckett management team under a long-term agreement.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bill Goodwin and Goodwin & Co. Auctions to the Beckett family,’’ said Sandeep Dua, president of Beckett Media. “This is an important step forward for Beckett, and expands our unparalleled commitment to the industries we serve.’’

Goodwin & Co. (www.goodwinandco.com) has conducted more than 50 highly successful “Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons’’ auctions during the past 15 years. Bill Goodwin, one of the industry’s most respected vintage card experts, has sold more than $100 million in sports cards in his incomparable career. He also served as co-host of the landmark 1995 National Convention.

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Panini Previews More Boxing Day Images


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Yesterday, Panini America gave collectors a preliminary look at its 2014 Boxing Day promotion and they have shown off even more cards from this product today in advance of next week’s release that is targeted to authorized Canadian Panini Roundtable stores.

Today, the company shared images from the regular set found in packs along with the popular Cracked Ice parallels which will be limited to 25 copies each. With four sports represented, the player selection is perfectly targeted for the Canadian market due to the presence of many athletes who have ties to the nation – including several hockey legends. In the next few days, we can expect to see even more from them as autograph and memorabilia content is expected to be shown to the masses.

For a complete gallery, please read on after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2014 SP Authentic football cards

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Beckett Gift Guide: Hockey Books


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the easiest holiday gifts to buy for a hockey fan has to be a book on the sport itself. For generations, it has been the go-to purchase for those that are die-hard enthusiasts or for the casual fan. The stories told help build the already-rich lore of the game and the subject matter can range from lighthearted to deeply intellectual.

Each year, it seems that more and more hockey books are competing for space in a very crowded market, but there are some that have truly stood out in 2014. A few of the best are recommended in this special gift guide that will hopefully help hockey collectors find something perfect for their friends and family.

What titles are getting lots of buzz this year? Find out after the jump. Read More »