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Breaking: Online Price Guide Plus released

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Beckett Media is pleased to announce its most significant Price Guide development in a decade – Beckett Online Price Guide Plus.

Subscribers to Beckett Online Price Guide Plus will gain full access to our extensive raw market sales information database through their standard Online Price Guide interface. But what does this do, exactly, for the collector or dealer?

Thousands of bits of raw card sales data are accumulated every day inside the Beckett database. This raw information forms the basis for the data analyzed by pricing staff to produce and publish Beckett Price Guides. For nearly three decades, the pricing information released in our print and Online Price Guides was enough to satisfy the majority of collector and dealer demand for market pricing. While Beckett pricing data is still the best source of information for buyers and sellers, there have been an increasing number of cards released into the market that fall outside the scope of our traditional coverage — hence the need for Beckett Online Price Guide Plus.

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The Return of Dragon Ball Z Contest

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After a five year absence, Dragon Ball Z has returned.

Resurrected by Panini America, the new DBZ promises to offer smoother game play while still adhering to the same elements that made it a cult favorite.

To celebrate this occasion, we will be giving a box away to one lucky winner.

Simply leave a comment in the comments section below. Are you excited for the new DBZ product? Perhaps you’ve already purchased some packs or a box. Tell us what you think about it.

We will randomly select a winner from all entries received before Wednesday, Dec. 10. Good luck.

 

First Look: 2015 Topps WWE Chrome wrestling

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

WrestleMania 31 is set for late March, but the Topps hopes to steal the show on cardboard not long afterward.

The lone manufacturer of WWE trading cards revealed its next product in production on Wednesday and it’s 2015 Topps WWE Chrome, which arrives on May 13. Each 24-pack box will contain two hits — a mix of autographs, Relics, kiss cards and more.

The base set will consist of 100 cards with a mix of current performers, legends, Divas and NXT prospects. The Hulk Hogan Tribute insert will consist of 10 cards, each with Gold parallels (/10) and 1/1 Reds as well.

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Black Friday contest: Win our 2014 Donruss set

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Black Friday is coming and we want this limited-edition 2014 Donruss factory set from Panini America to be yours.

How can you own it?

Tell us your favorite player in the set in a comment below. (Yep, it’s that easy.)

We’ll randomly select a winner from all entries received before next Tuesday (Dec. 2).

Inside this sealed set will be an autograph or memorabilia card as well as all of the standard cards from the two-series release.

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Box Busters: 2014 James Bond Archives

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Paramount Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Once in a while, a trading card company will dust off an old brand and infuse it with new energy to help it generate interest from both new and experienced collectors. In the case of 2014-15 Panini Paramount Basketball from Panini America, we are being taken back a few years with name alone as it has been completely overhauled for modern tastes.

Having never been attempted for the sport, this Paramount release will offer up a nod to something that was previously part of the Pinnacle brand with as cards printed on Dufex stock along with many more exciting autograph and memorabilia concepts. Originally, Paramount fell under the banner of Pacific Trading Cards, but Panini owns the brand name and has chosen to resurrect it this season.

What else can collectors expect to find in packs? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Candlestick’s 16s come in handy for NSD, Montana

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Joe Montana helped fill a lot of seats in the old Candlestick Park and now ol’ No. 16 is doing something else with them.

He’s signing them — but only seats with the number 16 on them –as part of a deal that National Sports Distributors, Montana and the city set up.

The San Francisco Chronicle takes a look at the project here.

First Look: 2014-15 Fleer Showcase Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Fleer Showcase is back again for the 2014-15 season and it has brought a few old friends along in an attempt to make an impact with hockey collectors.

With more of us looking back fondly at products that were big in the mid-to-late 1990s, the March release of 2014-15 Fleer Showcase will be an interesting one as it will also contain some familiar Fleer names from that era in Flair, Metal Universe and SkyBox Premium that will be attached to supplemental sets that can be put together by busting packs.

There will also be plenty of modern twists as well and this may be the year that hockey hobbyists finally embrace the brand, which intends to deliver a hit in every pack.

What is expected to be found in boxes? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Panini Reveals Rookie X-Change Cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

There is some good news for collectors that have been anxiously waiting to receive some special redemption cards from Panini America as the company has unveiled images of their 2014 NBA Draft Rookie X-Change cards that were inside packs of 2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball and 2013-14 Panini Signatures Basketball.

Ready to be mailed out to those that have redeemed them, these cards are sure to be well-received by the hobby and highlight top members of the 2014-15 rookie class.

“Both sets stay true to some of the coolest aspects of the products from which they originated – 2013-14 Signatures Basketball and 2013-14 Intrigue Basketball, respectively,” noted Tracy Hackler, Panini America’s Hobby Marketing Manager. “As a result, the cards themselves provide for some of the most unique early cards of this season’s top NBA rookies.”

Who made the cut for these sets? Take a look at the gallery and find out more information after the jump. Read More »

Top 5: Pat Quinn Hockey Cards to Own

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary

The hockey world lost one of its greatest coaches and personalities last night as Pat Quinn passed away at Vancouver General Hospital. In recent years, Quinn had served as Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame and had been the bench boss in Philadelphia, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto and Edmonton – winning the Jack Adams Award on two occasions.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Quinn”, said Jim Gregory, Vice-Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame in a statement issued by the National Hockey League. “Pat is one of hockey’s most respected individuals whose lifetime involvement as a player, coach and executive has made an indelible mark on the game, and our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and all of Pat’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

Quinn appeared on several trading cards during and after his playing days and there are just 49 in the Beckett.com database which includes nine certified autographs with a total value of $372.25 (excluding rarities). Read on after the jump to discover five of the best. Read More »

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 12

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Josh Gordon, WR, Browns

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Josh Gordon made is return to the gridiron on Sunday, and he showed everybody that he has still got it! Even though he didn’t play a single down all season, Gordon looked ready to play. His return comes at the best time for the Browns who are fighting for the AFC North title. Josh Gordon’s 120 yards receiving helped the Browns secure a victory over the Atlanta Falcons, 26-24. Since his suspension, Gordon’s cards have taken a hit in value. A perfect example of that is his Panini Contenders rookie autograph card. Its peak value was $80 and they are now valued at $50. Now that he has shown that he is back and playing at a high level, collectors might start getting interested in picking up his cards again.

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Key BGS 10 Peyton Manning hits auction block

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of the greatest NFL quarterback’s greatest early cards is hitting the auction block.

A Pristine BGS 10 copy of Peyton Manning‘s 1998 SP Authentic Die Cuts card — one of only two cards to receive that grade — has hit the auction block via St. Louis-based Goodwin & Co. It’s a parallel of the future Hall of Famer’s top Upper Deck Rookie Card — and it’s limited to only 500 copies. The auction runs until Dec. 3.

Ungraded, the cards typically sell for as much as $800. This one is quite different with it being just a single .5 away from a perfect 10 grade.

“This card grade represents what Peyton Manning is all about — achieving perfection,” said Rob Springs, the Acquisitions Manager for Beckett Auctions. “This is an outstanding modern-day card of possibly the greatest quarterback to ever play the game and we are excited that it is a part of the Goodwin November auction.”

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Top 5: Sting wrestling cards to own

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

He’s been a professional wrestler on the national stage for more than 25 years but there was one thing that Sting had never done until Sunday night at Survivor Series.

Appear in a WWE ring.

Sting, aka Steve Borden, has held countless championships and picked up countless more honors in a highly decorated career with the NWA, WCW and TNA and now he’s in the fold with Vince McMahon‘s promotion in what could be the final run of his career.

He’s appeared on 810 cards and other items in the Beckett.com database with 327 certified autos and 149 memorabilia cards in the mix with a total value of more than $6,400 excluding rarities.

Here are my picks for five cards to track down first … after the jump.

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Sunday Conversation: Rich Layton

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Rich Layton is a major group-breaker and card shop owner in New Jersey. We caught up with him for a brief Q&A about the hobby, the business, the industry and more.

Check it out in our first Sunday Conversation. 

1. How vital do you feel group-breakers are to the card industry today?
I feel that breakers have added substantial growth to the card industry at a time when it is most needed. The idea that people can see cards pulled from new releases before going to a card store to buy them is paramount. Breakers that have added a card shop feel to their breaks and especially breakers who actually break live from their own card stores are key to this element. It may have borrowed some of the popularity away from smaller card stores, but in the long run I believe that it is an essential part of the evolution in card collecting today. Being able to experience going to the card shop without having to leave the home, in the social media/technology age, is very important to everyone involved in the card industry.

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Weekend Warriors: Alabama vs. Auburn – who wins the hobby?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

The Alabama Crimson Tide vs. the Auburn Tigers, aka The Iron Bowl, is a week away and that means the bitter rivals and their fans will be doing plenty of talking from here until the end of the fourth quarter on Nov. 29.

Oh, who are we kidding … they’re always talking each other down because that’s what rivals do.

For a new feature, we’re trying something new — Weekend Warriors — where you can assess rival teams, rival players or other combatants who have trading cards with our series of questions and our open forum for collectibles-related trash-talking in the comments below.

After the jump are nine more ways for you to assess the Alabama-Auburn rivalry and its cardboard — and you have the final say on who wins in the hobby.

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Panini’s Black Friday Starting To Shape Up

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

We are barely a week away from the biggest shopping weekend of the year and collectors are gearing up for Panini America‘s annual holiday season tradition – their ever-popular Black Friday promotion.

Over the past couple of weeks, the company has been leaking out details about their 2014 Panini America Black Friday promotional set and packs are expected to loaded with cards that are sure to be heavily chased and may even become the cornerstones of some collections.

Starting on Friday, November 28, collectors will converge on hundreds of their favorite card stores in order to participate in the program and bust some packs or they can visit iCollectPanini.com if they do not have a hobby shop that is participating in the program. Naturally, there is an opportunity to pull autographs and memorabilia along with tough parallels from the worlds of baseball, basketball and football.

What does Panini America have planned for hobbyists on Black Friday? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Upper Deck signs exclusive deal with Notre Dame

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of college football’s most-storied programs is sticking with Upper Deck.

Notre Dame has signed a multi-year deal to have its trading cards made by the Carlsbad, Calif.-based company beginning this spring.  The deal will include sports cards beyond just the gridiron.

“The University of Notre Dame boasts an impressive list of athletes as alumni and has one of the most passionate fan bases in college sports” said Jason Masherah, President of Upper Deck, in a prepared statement. “Over the last five years, we have built a strong partnership with Notre Dame and we continue to be dedicated to producing the most creative and innovative collectibles for Notre Dame fans to enjoy.”

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck NCAA March Madness

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Even though the college basketball season is in full swing, Upper Deck is looking ahead to the end of the schedule as they are ready to unleash 2014-15 NCAA March Madness Collection on February 4.

The first product of its kind to be made by the company, it will not only look back on the greatest moments in tournament history, but plans to add a compelling Bracketology interactive game feature. Collectors that receive the cards will scratch off to reveal the depicted team’s bracket seed and location. If it matches the seed the team actually received, then your card is live and ready to compete for prizes.

What else will be found in this product? Find out after the jump. Read More »

BGS Black … it’s coming soon

 

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Black Friday is the day where many of you will battle the shopping crowds for the latest and greatest deals — the one day a year where shopping becomes a sport and you become the competitor. However, we have one thing that Beckett Media want you to watch for right here on Beckett.com that Friday morning.

Black.

It arrives on Nov. 28.

Panini acknowledges additional Flawless mistakes

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Thirty-seven cards of five NFL players in 2014 Flawless have event-worn material mislabeled as game-used material on cards, according to Panini America.

The company announced the developments on Thursday as a result of its findings earlier this week that other cards in the product were mislabeled.

“This week’s experiences, while not ideal, have only strengthened our focus, our desire and our commitment to doing things the right way every time; mistakes happen, they’re part of any human process,” said a statement issued by the company. “We are truly sorry about these mistakes; but we are grateful that our collectors were able to shed the light on this issue to allow us to look deeper into what went wrong in the process. Our intent is always to get it right and properly identify whether a patch is event-worn or game-worn. We evaluated the ‘event-worn’ vs. ‘game-worn’ strategy on a number of occasions — and while this process is much more detailed — and have determined that this was a better scenario than just identifying every patch as ‘player-worn.’ As always, we are committed to making this right for consumers.”

According to the Panini announcement today, cards of Andrew Luck, Calvin Johnson Jr., Cam Newton, Joe Flacco and Ryan Tannehill were mislabeled in Flawless’ Patches insert. According to the company, they are:

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Surprise NCAA Young Guns in Upper Deck Series 1

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collectors breaking open boxes and packs of 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 1 may have received a special and rare 1990-91 Young Guns tribute card of one of three collegiate hockey legends and the company has confirmed that they were a special unannounced addition to the product.

Since Upper Deck presently holds a Collegiate Licensing Company license along with its exclusive on NHL and NHLPA-licensed trading cards, it was only natural that the properties intersect at some point. Savvy hobbyists noticed that there were some cards in 2013-14 The Cup showing some players in their collegiate uniforms and the inclusion of these tribute cards in their flagship product has generated a small buzz.

What players were included in this rare insert set? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Rittenhouse’s Star Trek Aliens delivers variety

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

Rittenhouse boldly goes where no one has gone before with the latest release in the Star Trek card universe: Star Trek Aliens. And, like the James Bond Archives product, Star Trek Aliens is poised to be another smashing success for the company. With an eclectic array of inserts, sketches, badge relics and autographs from which to choose, collectors’ attempts to resist this product will be futile.

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Box Busters: 2014 Limited football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Limited in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014-15 Totally Certified basketball

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Totally Certified in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Totally Certified football

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Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Totally Certified from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …