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Author Archives: Stephen Laroche

Leaf Announces ITG Draft Prospects Redemption

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Leaf Trading Cards has released details regarding a special redemption set targeted to collectors of 2014-15 In The Game Draft Prospects, the first product released after they began producing hockey cards under the In The Game banner. Once a collector mails in five barcodes that can be found […]

Hot Prospect Drouin Makes NHL Debut

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait, and in the case of Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin, there are a lot of good things coming his way. The third overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, he took a longer road than […]

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Prestige Basketball

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor A change for a long-standing trading card product can occasionally be a good thing and in the case of 2014-15 Panini Prestige Basketball, the move to becoming a retail exclusive could prove to be a smart move – especially with a variety of methods for purchasing them at […]

Sneak Peek: 2013-14 The Cup

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The highly-anticipated release of the 2013-14 edition of The Cup from Upper Deck is almost upon us and the company has been busy on social media showing off some of the pulls collectors could potentially find in tins. While Beckett provided a First Look at the product several […]

Upper Deck Adds Euroleague License

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor The presence of European players with their pre-NBA teams in North American card sets is something that has not been utilized to its fullest potential over the years, but Upper Deck is looking to change things up as they announced today that they have entered an exclusive trading […]

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Prizm Basketball

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Panini America has released early details about their always-popular Prizm release and this season, it should soar to new heights thanks to a fantastic rookie class and plenty of the parallels that have made the brand a hit in recent years. Scheduled to arrive in stores on December […]

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck SPx Hockey

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor One of the hobby’s flashiest sets is back again in action as preliminary details about 2014-15 SPx Hockey from Upper Deck have surfaced. For many years, this has been a huge release for many collectors as it offers up autographed memorabilia cards of the hottest rookies along with […]

Upper Deck Reveals Fall Expo Priority Signings Plans

The 48th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto is less than a month away and Upper Deck has delivered some early details regarding what collectors can expect from their popular Priority Signings program at the latest installment of the long-running show.

First Look: 2013-14 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor The passage of time can have an interesting impact on even the most valuable and coveted of trading cards and Upper Deck created something special a little over a decade ago when they released their Exquisite Basketball product for the first time. Today, that issue is regarded with […]

Canada Post Issues Collectibles of Legendary Defensemen

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Collecting stamps and hockey cards may seem like vastly different hobbies on some levels, but the two will occasionally intersect and create a small buzz in both markets. This season, Canada Post has released a new series of stamps featuring a legendary defenseman from each of the Original […]

First Look: Leaf In The Game Ultimate Memorabilia 14th Edition

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor One of the hobby’s original premium brands, Ultimate Memorabilia was originally released at the end of the 2000-01 season and gathered a loyal following over the years due to its offering of a limited base set, desirable autographs and pieces of game-used memorabilia from the past and present. […]

Upper Deck Announces Limited Rookie Cards For The Cup

  By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Each year, Upper Deck ensures that there are several limited Autographed Rookie Patch cards for collectors to track down and since the product debuted in 2005-06, the lineup has boasted such stars as Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, John Tavares, Taylor Hall and many more. In tins of […]

Beckett Auctions Celebrates Legends of Baseball in October

For enthusiasts of fine sports memorabilia, there is nothing to get one’s blood flowing like a chance to own something rare and special. Beckett Auctions is almost ready to let the bidding begin on its October event and there will be something for everyone to consider.

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Totally Certified Basketball

It is not going to take long for the first premium basketball card brand to hit the shelves this season and at a first glance, 2014-15 Panini Totally Certified looks to be loaded with plenty of hits.

Beckett Update: O-Pee-Chee 3-D Insert Checklist Revealed

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor A few weeks ago, Beckett reported on the special 3-D inserts that were popping out of packs of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Hockey from Upper Deck and there was a great deal of mystery surrounding the cards. Seeded at long and unpublished odds, the cards have performed well on the […]

New Fleer Ultra Hockey Release Features Surprise Parallel Cards

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Sometimes a redemption card can be a bit of a disappointment for a collector. After pulling one from a pack, there is often a wait associated with it and what is ultimately received might not live up to expectations. In the case of the redemption cards for Ultra […]

Upper Deck Becomes Exclusive American Hockey League Licensee

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Back in July, Upper Deck released its first product featuring players from the American Hockey League and the boxed set was the precursor to a new exclusive deal between the NHL’s top development league and its lone licensed trading card producer. Over the years, a mind-boggling number of […]

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck SP Game-Used Hockey

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Back in 2000-01, Upper Deck was one of the first hockey card manufacturers to embrace the concept of having a game-used memorabilia card included in every pack of a product. Their debut SP Game Used release hit store shelves that season and it was an instant smash hit. […]

First Look: 2014-15 Panini NBA Hoops

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor A quarter of a century ago, Basketball card collectors rejoiced when they were finally able to collect more than one set during a season and it is only fitting that 2014-15 NBA Hoops from Panini America will be kicking off the upcoming campaign. An affordable entry-level release that […]

Panini America Reveals Early Details on 2014-15 NBA Releases

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor The 2014-15 NBA season is already receiving a ton of hype due to a strong rookie class and the off-season moves by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but trading card collectors have been patiently waiting for further details on what to expect from Panini America. With some new products coming […]