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Seeking Cardboard Perfection: Grade this card

Is this 2014 Panini National Treasures Jose Abreu patch auto perfect? I’m actually not sure in this case — but it’s close. I’m curious about your thoughts below — both with our poll and in the comments.

Jameis Winston to NFL: Do you want his cards?

Controversial Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is headed to the NFL — and he already has trading cards made by Topps and Upper Deck.

Fab 4: Early cards of a new Hall of Fame class

Three pitchers and a member of baseball’s 3,ooo-hit club were voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday and each of them has readily attainable and affordable early cardboard that collectors can chase.

Randy Johnson is my lone pick for the Hall

In my mind, the only lock for the Hall via the Baseball Writers’ Association of America is Randy Johnson, the hard-throwing lefty who won 303 games, won five Cy Young Awards and a World Series title in 22 seasons.

Press Pass VP confirms company is finished (updated)

NASCAR’s lone trading card manufacturer, Press Pass, will be closing its doors.

Fab 5: Interesting Press Pass sets from the past

It’s the end of an era.

BGS Diary Predictor (Jan.): What will he submit?

We want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

ESPN’s Stuart Scott loses cancer battle

Long-time ESPN anchor Stuart Scott who helped bring personality and non-traditional approaches to broadcasting and SportsCenter lost his long-time battle with cancer on Sunday. He was 49.

Sunday Conversation: Panini’s D.J. Kazmierczak

D.J. Kazmierczak is Panini America’s Vice President of Sales and we recently caught up with him for a chat about group-breaking for an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

What will 2015 bring? Hobby Predictions: Part IV

What will the hobby hold for 2015? We’ve asked a few industry insiders and other notable collectors. Here’s what they have boldly predicted to see in the coming year.

What will 2015 bring? Hobby Predictions: Part III

What will the hobby hold for 2015? We’ve asked a few industry insiders and other notable collectors. Here’s what they have boldly predicted to see in the coming year.

Beckett 20 Questions: Retro sets & vintage cards

With plenty of popular retro brands, there are plenty of new options to revisit the old, and we want to ring in the new year with 20 Questions on both pieces of this collecting puzzle.

Panini America’s busy year gets a highlight reel

Panini has had a busy year — and here’s its highlight reel to prove it.

Beckett Grading to host James Spence on Saturday

Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Saturday (Jan. 3) for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

First Look: 2014 Panini Spectra football cards

One of Panini America’s high-end football card lines is back for a sophomore season.

What will 2015 bring? Hobby Predictions: Part I

What will the hobby hold for 2015? We’ve asked a few industry insiders and other notable collectors. Here’s what they have boldly predicted to see in the coming year.

Your Turn: What do you predict for cards in 2015?

What do you predict for the hobby in 2015?

Preview Gallery: 2014 National Treasures baseball

A hobby heavyweight returns to the baseball field this week with the arrival of 2014 National Treasures from Panini America.

Beckett Baseball Best of 2014 Awards: Vote now!

  By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor It’s time for us to make our selections for the best baseball cards of the year, and we want your help. While we’ll continue to argue about the highlights of 2014 — with a couple brands still to come in the next week or so¬†— we want […]

Give 2014 a grade for its baseball cards

We’re presently preparing The Awards Issue of Beckett Baseball and we simply want to know one thing while we prepare our selections and the Fans’ Vote ballots.

Sunday Conversation: Group-breaker Chad Redfern

Chad Redfern is a major group-breaker based in Encino, Calif., and owner of FireHand SportsCards. We caught up with him for a brief Q&A about group-breaking in this latest Sunday Conversation.

Who gets your Baseball Hall of Fame vote?

Who gets your Hall of Fame vote?

Box Busters: 2014-15 Topps Premiere Gold soccer

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Topps Premiere Gold soccer in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2014 Topps Triple Threads football

Join Beckett Football’s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Triple Threads in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Card Gallery: 2014 Bowman Chrome football cards

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