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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Prestige football cards

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

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey

 

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

When it comes to making cards of members of Canada’s national junior team, Upper Deck has a long tradition that goes back to their first season of making hockey cards back in 1990-91.

At that time, collectors busting packs and boxes were on the hunt for the first trading cards of future stars like Scott Niedermayer and Felix Potvin and especially for the coveted Canada’s Captains card featuring the then-white hot Eric Lindros.

Over the years, the rules on licensing changed and in time, the company was not allowed to continue the practice. However, they have been able to get back to featuring some members of Team Canada in their products in recent years. This fall, collectors can finally expect them to finally put together a set dedicated to World Junior participants and by early indications, 2014-15 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors has the potential to be a winner.

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Panini Reveals Tools of the Trade Update Memorabilia Cards For Release at The National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

It didn’t take them long.

Panini America has made their first new cards of LeBron James in a Cavaliers uniform and, fittingly enough, they will be released in Cleveland at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention later this month.

What makes this card that much more special is the fact that it will feature a piece of a game-used jersey he wore during his previous tenure with the club.

The 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention Tools of the Trade Update set will be made up of six different players. The rest of the roster is quite impressive as it features Tim Duncan, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo.
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First look: 2014 Beckett Covers NSCC cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Beckett Media has it covered.

Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention will be able to revisit 16 past and present covers of Beckett magazines in a different way — collectible reprints of covers found at trading card size at several locations on the show floor.

A selection of Hall of Famers and other notable names make up this year’s Beckett Covers set, a collection that can begin with a card found at the entrance to the show.

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First look: 2014 Donruss Series 2 baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Donruss is back — again.

Panini America is readying a second series of Donruss baseball cards in the year of its return to the baseball field and it will arrive soon — Aug. 6 to be exact.

Series 2 will include two autographs per box as well as a Bat King or a Jersey King memorabilia card along with a selection of inserts and base cards capping the first release.

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Box Busters Live — A break in the Steel City Collectibles 100-box giveaway (watch the replay + win our Major League movie auto)

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he breaks five boxes of cards from several sports as part of the Steel City Collectibles 100-Box Giveaway that starts today.

Beginning right here at 2 p.m. Central time (3 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, he’ll be breaking five boxes and for predetermined winners as part of the 100-box event — but there will be a box of 2014 Topps Archives baseball cards broken that will be up for grabs for all of our viewers at the end of the event.

How can you win? Watch the video and leave a comment as is requested. We’ll pick a winner randomly from all received before Aug. 15.

He’ll be fielding your questions during the break on Twitter — so send your questions to him @chrisolds2009.

Upper Deck Ready To Celebrate 25th Anniversary at The National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck has released some early details about the exciting events and activities that will be taking place at their booth at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and it will be a celebration fit for marking the company’s 25th anniversary.

From July 30 to August 5, Upper Deck will be keeping collectors in attendance busy. For those hitting the show floor on the opening day, there will be a special party to show appreciation to dealers in attendance, but VIP attendees aren’t left out of the fun as there will be a special six-card VIP set available. They will also have a chance to win one of three packs of 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Golf.

An anniversary celebration would be nothing without cake and Upper Deck takes things up a notch afterward by holding a free giveaway.

Naturally, Upper Deck will also be holding a wrapper redemption that will see collectors receive special packs made just for the National. Autographs of many big names like Michael Jordan, Johnny Manziel and Wayne Gretzky will be randomly inserted. Read More »

MLB’s All-Stars get their due in latest Topps wall art line — and so does every Series 1 player

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Somebody got a 1/1 Derek Jeter oversized baseball card straight from Topps for $99.

How?

Probably right place, right time as it was part of Topps’ latest wall art line that highlights the rosters of this year’s Midsummer Classic, which is Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. Each player is captured on the memorable 1958 Topps All-Star subset design.

Every All-Star appears on a 10-by-14 oversized card print limited to just 99 serial-numbered copies with each available for $34.99.

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Upper Deck to Produce an American Hockey League Boxed Set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Prospects from the American Hockey League rarely get much hobby love during their time in the minors, despite the fact that some of them are just a step away from making an impact at the NHL level.

In fact, 87 percent of current NHL players have made an appearance at the AHL level and the league itself has been around for 78 seasons.

While the league was represented on cardboard through the Heroes & Prospects brand from In The Game for many years, trading card licensing from the Professional Hockey Players’ Association went into a virtual state of limbo before the 2012-13 season began. Luckily for AHL fans, there will be a mainstream release from Upper Deck hitting store shelves in a just a few weeks.

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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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First Look: 2014-15 NHL Artifacts hockey cards

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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).

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Box Busters: 2014 Bowman football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Bowman in this edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Inception baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Bowman Inception in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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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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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions in this episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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.

Axl Rose has signed. How did you react?

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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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