Monthly Archives: August 2014

National Treasures Hockey Packs a Stanley Cup Surprise

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Last week’s release of 2013-14 National Treasures from Panini America marked the end of an era for the company, but they are still making waves with hockey card collectors as the product flies off store shelves and delivers some monster hits along they way. One of the craziest […]

Trading Card Industry Tackles ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Individuals from throughout the trading card industry – and even groups of staff members from Upper Deck and Topps – have invested in the wildly successful ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the past few weeks. As you would expect, the videos are priceless. The highlight so from an engagement perspective has been a head-to-head challenge […]

First Look: 2013-14 Upper Deck The Cup

First Look: 2013-14 Upper Deck The Cup By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor For hockey card collectors, the 2013-14 season saw many great releases from manufacturers that featured a strong double rookie class and plenty of eye-catching cards that have created plenty of buzz in the hobby. With the highly-anticipated release of 2013-14 The […]

Pete Frates, the man behind the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, gets his own Topps baseball cards

Employees of Topps took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday in New York City and the former college baseball player who inspired the viral video movement as part of his own battle with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis now has something he never had before.

First Look: 2015 Topps MLB Sticker Collection

New year, new stickers.

Upper Deck Announces Return of O-Pee-Chee Wrapper Redemption Program

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor For Canadian hockey card collectors, the annual O-Pee-Chee issue is a tradition with deep roots that speaks to generations of fans that have fond memories of breaking packs and putting sets together. Since Upper Deck took over the brand in 2006-07, the product has evolved with each passing […]

Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Platinum baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Bowman Platinum in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Finest baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Finest in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2014 Topps football cards

Join Beckett Football’s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

Box Busters 2014 Topps Chrome MLS Soccer

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Chrome MLS soccer cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Inception football

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

Box Busters: 2013-14 Upper Deck Edmonton Oilers Collection

Join Beckett Hockey editor Stephen Laroche as he breaks open a box of 2013-14 Edmonton Oilers Collection from Upper Deck. What will he find inside? Let’s find out…

A half-day where the magic happens … visiting Panini America’s headquarters

There were no first-day jitters, there was no daydreaming at what was going on outside in the 100-degree Texas heat. There was plenty inside that was piquing my collecting interest as some of the company’s plans, products and strategies were discussed for future pieces and the collectibles ideas flowed like water.

Box Busters: 2013-14 Upper Deck AHL Boxed Set

Join Beckett Hockey editor Stephen Laroche as he breaks open the 2013-14 AHL Boxed Set from Upper Deck. What will he find inside? Let’s find out…

First Look: 2014 Panini Immaculate baseball

Panini America is going high-end on its next baseball card set — and it’s coming soon.

First look: 2015 Topps Heritage baseball cards

Next year’s Topps Heritage baseball set means it’s 1966 all over again.

Stars of Tomorrow Shine at 2014 NHLPA Rookie Showcase

  By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor For a single day, over 30 of hockey’s brightest young prospects returned to the site of some of the game’s greatest moments as the 2014 NHLPA Rookie Showcase took place at the site of the former Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto on Saturday. In recent years, the […]

What’s the impact of Panini America’s NFL Players exclusive? Check back with us in 2020 …

This month, the “winner” is Panini America, courtesy of its recently announced exclusive NFLPI deal.

Box Busters: 2014 Rookies & Stars football

Join Beckett Football’s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Rookies & Stars in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2014 Elite football cards

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

Box Busters: 2013-14 Ultimate Collection hockey

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

Box Busters: 2013-14 Panini Prime Hockey

Join Beckett Hockey editor Stephen Laroche as he breaks open a pack of 2013-14 Panini Prime Hockey. What will he find inside? Let’s find out…

First look: 2015 Topps MLB Chipz

The Chipz will fall where they may in the spring.

First look: 2014 Bowman Chrome Mini baseball sets

The Bowman Chrome Mini factory sets are back.

First Look: 2015 Topps Tribute baseball cards

The first high-end line of 2015 will be Tribute.

Beckett Media hiring fantasy sports business leader

The Business Lead for Beckett Fantasy Sports Products will define and develop innovative sports games for fans and enthusiasts of NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, NASCAR, college sports, Premier League and other top leagues world-wide.

Randy Johnson SuperCollector adds a more personal item to his stash at the National

Rod Lawrence is a serious collector of The Big Unit and at the recent National Sports Collectors Convention he added perhaps his biggest piece of personal memorabilia of them all.

First Look: 2014 Topps Star Wars Masterwork trading cards

It’s Museum Collection meets sci-fi with an autograph, Relic, sketch card or manufactured Relic in every five-card pack.

First Look: 2013-14 Panini Flawless Basketball

Back for another year, 2013-14 Panini Flawless will once again offer up 10 cards per pack and the results are expected to be jaw-dropping once again.

Upper Deck, GTS and Universal Bring Back Overtime Packs for 2014-15

Back again for 2014-15, the upcoming release of 2014-15 Overtime from Upper Deck will be taking things to a whole new level and both collectors and dealers are ready to reap the benefits.

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Expected to arrive just in time for the holidays, 2014-15 Black Diamond from Upper Deck should be one of this season’s most talked-about releases. Since the 1996-97 season, the brand has been quite popular with collectors and in recent years, it has delivered the hottest rookies along with […]

First look: 2015 Topps baseball cards

The new year is here.

NHLPA Announces 2014 Rookie Showcase Participants

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor In recent years, the National Hockey League Players’ Association has held an annual event that shows off the game’s young stars that are expected to make an impact during the upcoming season. The 2014 NHLPA Rookie Showcase is set to take place on August 23 at the Mattamy […]

Box Busters: 2014 Marvel Premier trading cards

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2014 Marvel Premier cards from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

At the National: Talking Wax and vintage cards with Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange

Have you ever seen a $30,000 box of cards? You can if you visited the Baseball Card Exchange booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention.