Author Archives: Stephen Laroche

2015-16 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey First Look

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Sometimes, even a well-established brand with a strong following needs to be rebuilt in order to remain fresh with collectors and Upper Deck has decided to make some radical changes to Black Diamond after several years of remaining on a tried-and-true course. Releasing on November 26, 2015-16 Upper […]

2015-16 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball First Look

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor A hobby favorite is back again as Panini America has dropped details about 2015-16 NBA Hoops and collectors can get an early look at next season’s hottest rookie talents once it is released to the public on October 14. With each hobby box loaded up with two autograph […]

2015-16 Leaf In The Game Stickwork First Look

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor One of the hobby’s most unexpected hits during the 2013-14 season was In The Game’s first Stickwork product and since their assets fell under the umbrella of Leaf Trading Cards, many collectors have been wondering if a sequel was in the “works”. Returning to store shelves in October, […]

2015-16 Upper Deck Team Canada Master Collection First Look

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The success of Canada on the international hockey scene is undeniable and some of the game’s greatest talents have proudly led their country to success over the years. Collectors have been able to track down fantastic cards of their heroes over the years, but Upper Deck has just […]

2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase participants announced

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor On September 1, hockey’s brightest prospects will be heading to Toronto for the 2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase and for the past seven years, this event has seen many of today’s top stars pose for their first NHL and NHLPA-licensed trading cards. This year’s edition will feature 40 big […]

Autograph Hound Seeking Stephen Curry Signature Crossed the Line

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary There is no doubt that Stephen Curry is a player who experiences a higher-than-normal demand for his time and autograph. Last night, the star talent for the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors took to Twitter to offer up some advice to aggressive autograph seekers after […]

2014-15 Panini Flawless Basketball First Look

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Panini America revolutionized the game when it comes to high-end trading cards with its first Flawless release back in 2012-13 and it is back once again this season with even more jaw-dropping cards and some new concepts that are bound to get some attention from collectors once it […]

Connor McDavid puzzle promotion added to 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor With less than two months left until his NHL debut, the mania for cards of Connor McDavid is picking up further momentum as Upper Deck has just announced it will be adding a special #1 Draft Pick puzzle promotion to 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee. In order to receive this card, […]

Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame shutting its doors

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Fans of the Montreal Canadiens only have a few days left for a chance to explore the team’s lush history as the team’s Hall of Fame and museum will be shutting its doors on Aug. 30. Opened to the public back in 2010 as a means to cap […]

Hobby Q&A: Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground talks 2015-16 MVP

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The new hockey season is less than two months away, but that is not stopping collectors from rushing to their local card store to grab a box or some packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP. The company’s first release of the year, it has already grabbed some headlines […]

2015 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot Recap: Panini’s Tracy Hackler

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Panini America was quite busy over the weekend with both the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies and the 2015 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, but it still managed to deliver plenty of excitement to dedicated collectors through its social media feeds. At the NBA Rookie Photo Shoot, nearly […]

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Noir

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor As the parade of high-end basketball releases makes its way to store shelves before the 2015-16 NBA campaign begins, Panini America had just officially announced a late addition to its roster in the form of 2014-15 Panini Noir. With seven autograph or memorabilia cards in each 12-card box, […]

Panini prepared for 2015 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Staff from Panini America expect to busy over the next three days at the 2015 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot as the annual event gives the company an opportunity to get plenty of shots of the Class of 2015 in addition to having them autograph cards that will be […]

John Gibson replaces teammate in 2013-14 SP Authentic

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Collectors that had redeemed their 2013-14 SP Authentic Future Watch autograph cards of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen had been waiting quite a while for the young star to sign and Upper Deck has decided to replace these cards with one of goaltender John Gibson instead. While secondary […]

Lidstrom, Pronger, Housley to sign at Fall Expo

  By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey The Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 will be represented at the 50th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo this November as legendary defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger, and Phil Housley are set to meet their fans and sign autographs just days before they are inducted. Held from November […]

Hockey has strong presence at the National

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor For hockey collectors, the National Sports Collectors Convention can be a great opportunity to pick up a few bargains and there are plenty of rare and obscure pieces of memorabilia to be found on the floor. Whether it is the latest release from Upper Deck or Leaf Trading […]

Big Red Machine and more cap off National auto guests

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Several of the greatest names in baseball history will be helping close down the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention today in Chicago and fans in attendance are excited to meet their heroes. Many of them are Hall of Famers and there will be four prominent members of the Cincinnati […]

Iconic cards headed for auction appear at Beckett booth

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Collectors that stopped by the Beckett Media booth at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention had an opportunity to get an up-close look at some of the hobby’s most coveted cards that will soon be available for bidding in upcoming events from Beckett Auctions and Goodwin & Co. These […]

Star-studded Saturday autograph lineup has something for everyone

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The TRISTAR Autograph Pavilion has been extremely busy thus far this week at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago and the demand for some of the world’s most iconic athletes will be strong on Saturday. While recent Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Pedro Martinez had to cancel […]

Jim Craig partners with Lelands to sell Miracle On Ice collection

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey To American hockey fans, there are few home-grown players as beloved as Jim Craig and the goaltender for the national team which defied the odds to defeat the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The game, known as the Miracle On Ice, changed the game forever as it […]

Local Legends Shine As Part of Friday’s National Auto Lineup

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media There will be many familiar faces making an appearance at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago on Friday and local sports enthusiasts will have an opportunity to reconnect with many of their heroes from the past and present. Standout shortstop Luis Aparicio, base stealing master Tim Raines […]

BGS Vintage Challenge: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media During the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, Beckett Media’s editorial staff were asked to hit the floor and bring back a vintage card to be graded. Each staff member participating in the project will present the results of their hunt to readers during the show. The Card: […]

Case Breakers: Leaf Trading Cards Edition

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Boxes are being cracked open at a fast and furious pace in the Rippingwax.com Breakers Pavilion at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago this week and trading card manufacturers are taking to the Amazon Sports Collectibles Main Stage to show off their latest releases. This morning, collectors […]

Olympians, Buckner and Mookie Highlight Thursday’s National Auto Lineup

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention is in full swing and the long lineups for autographs at the TRISTAR Autograph Pavilion from sports legends will continue on Thursday as over 30 athletes, including several members of the United States hockey team that won gold at the 1980 Winter Olympics […]

Promotions To Keep Collectors Busy At The National

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention opens today in Chicago and hobbyists from all over the world are about to convene on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Whether they are breaking boxes or hunting for a great item for their personal collections, there are plenty of opportunities to […]

Memorabilia from historic Jordan game up for auction

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Heritage Auctions has put a major piece of NBA history up for bidding as the backboard and rim from Michael Jordan‘s final game as a member of the Chicago Bulls can be owned by a lucky collector. This item is the net upon which one of the most […]

SCP Auctions partners with Basketball Hall of Fame

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor SCP Auctions has been named the new official auction and appraisal partner for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. As part of their multi-year partnership, fans and collectors will be able to experience an annual auction where the Hoop Hall will benefit from the proceeds. In addition […]

First Look: 2015 Sportkings Vault

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Last year, Leaf Trading Cards purchased the Sportkings brand from In The Game and as the hobby awaits the next release of the iconic multi-sport product, there is a special release hitting card stores in late August in the form of 2015 Sportkings Vault. In recent months, older In […]

Panini To Host Breaking Events At The National

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Panini America‘s corporate booth is regarded as one of the top destinations for those attending the National each year and in 2015, they have added some new elements that will appeal to collectors of all ages. In a positive move that helps promote the hobby to youth, Panini will […]

The National Launches Mobile App

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Collectors planning to attend the upcoming 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago later this month now have all the information they need at their fingertips as the show approaches. Organizers have partnered up with the Whova app to let the hobby convene and create connections before the world’s […]

First Look: 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The countdown to Connor McDavid rookie cards has officially begun as details have surfaced on what collectors can expect to find in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One. While all products are certain to have their sales driven by the presence of the young phenom’s cards, his […]

Upper Deck unveils 2015-16 Young Guns design

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The release of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One is still nearly four months away, but collectors are already buzzing about the rookie card content expected next season, especially with the anticipated of Connor McDavid on the NHL scene. The first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, […]

Gallery: 2014-15 UD Premier hockey cards

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Even though the NHL’s regular season ended a month ago, hockey card season is still in full swing throughout the summer months. Next week, Upper Deck‘s hotly anticipated 2014-15 UD Premier set is expected to reach dealer shelves and the company gave collectors a loaded sneak peek of […]

Leaf announces National redemption program plans

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Leaf Trading Cards will once again have a solid presence in the corporate section at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention later this month and it has announced it will once again hold a redemption program for hobbyists in attendance. Those coming to the Leaf booth and breaking a […]

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Excalibur

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Panini America has tried something new with some of its NBA releases this season and partnered up with Target to ensure that three of them were going to be exclusive to the retail giant. With Prestige and Threads getting new life brought into them in recent months by […]