Author Archives: Stephen Laroche

First Look: 2015 Leaf Memorabilia Vault

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Repacked memorabilia products have been growing in popularity as of late and Leaf Trading Cards is about to get in on the action with 2015 Leaf Memorabilia Vault. Loaded up with a strong and broad selection of memorabilia from a variety of genres, there will be 10 items inside […]

Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Spectra

 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Basketball card collectors had better put on some shades as 2014-15 Panini Spectra is about to hit store shelves and the cards inside each box are going to dazzle thanks to the etched opti-chrome technology that Panini America used to make them. Each box will contain eight cards […]

Topps Unleashes UFC Knockout Wall Art

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Collectors of mixed martial arts cards and fans of the sport can now display loyalty to their favorite fighters at home as Topps has issued limited wall art for their 2015 UFC Knockout base set exclusively through their online store. With all 100 cards being faithfully reproduced in a […]

First Look: 2014-15 Panini National Treasures

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Expected to be a hot summer release once it hits the market in July, 2014-15 Panini National Treasures is back once again and it will be delivering a few new twists to an already-solid formula this time around. Containing 10 cards per pack, there is a heavy focus […]

GTS Helps Group Breaking Go Global

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media GTS Distribution has sent some of the hobby’s most prominent professional breakers to the Asia-Pacific region to help trading card shops build their business through group breaking utilizing some new Topps products that are exclusive to that market. The wholesaler has partnered up with the Ripping Wax team and […]

Classic Auctions Highlights Historic Hockey Jerseys

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The jersey worn during one of the most controversial moments in Stanley Cup history is up for bidding as Classic Auctions gives collectors an opportunity to purchase the Dallas Stars sweater worn by Brett Hull when he scored in triple overtime to give the franchise its only championship […]

First Look: 2015 Topps UFC Champions

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Following a first round knockout in 2014, Topps is bringing back their popular UFC Champions brand back once again this fall and there is an excellent chance that this release will make an even greater impact with mixed martial arts fans and collectors. Now loaded up with four autographs […]

Leaf reveals 2015 Greatest Hits original content

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor With 2015 Leaf Greatest Hits basketball expected to hit store shelves in June, collectors were not only anticipating a fantastic shot at pulling either a Michael Jordan autograph or 1986-87 Fleer Rookie Card, but there was also the promise of some original content to add more value to packs. […]

First Look: 2015 Rittenhouse WNBA

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Rittenhouse Archives has produced one of the longest-running brands in the hobby over the past few years and their annual WNBA release has gathered a cult following which is known for delivering autographs from some of the best prospects in the game. With 2015 Rittenhouse WNBA expected to […]

Mars Attacks Kickstarter surpasses $100,000 mark

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media When Topps decided to hold a Kickstarter for its Mars Attacks: Occupation release, some collectors may have questioned whether or not the company would be able to reach their goal of raising $50,000 in order to create this product. Those doubts have been quickly erased thanks to support from […]

Collecting becomes a family affair

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Marcus Antoniuk may only be three years old, but he is already a seasoned collector – and a budding math expert thanks to trading cards. At the recent 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, he came to the Beckett Media booth along with his family and showed off his […]

First Look: 2015 Super Break Box Breakers Edition

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media One of the most wonderful things about collecting trading cards, autographs and memorabilia are those rare moments when a collector uncovers an incredible jaw-dropping treasure. With next week’s release of 2015 Super Break Box Breakers Edition, the thrill and chase for some of the hobby’s most coveted items can […]

Gallery: 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media One week from today, a fan favorite returns to card store shelves with the release of 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces. While many collectors are excited about seeing new artistic renditions of some of the biggest names from hockey’s past, present, and future. Through its Facebook page, Upper Deck has […]

Topps creates oversized Bowman 2015 NFL Draft set

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media In the wake of last week’s excitement about the 2015 NFL Draft, Topps has worked diligently to create a special oversized Bowman set featuring some of the talents that will be hitting the gridiron this fall. Measuring 5-by-7 and made up of 25 young stars that are ready to […]

Cryptozoic ends direct consumer sales

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Earlier this week, Cryptozoic Entertainment implemented changes to the way their cards are sold and distributed by eliminating direct to consumer sales for the company’s trading card releases and their binders through its online store. The decision was made following requests from retailers to drive the purchases of these […]

First Look: 2014-15 Leaf Signature Series Hockey

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The Signature Series brand was once a staple for In The Game a decade ago, but Leaf Trading Cards is now reviving it for today’s hockey hobbyists. Releasing in late June, 2014-15 Leaf Signature Series gives collectors their last shot at Connor McDavid autographs before the young phenom […]

First Look: 2015 Panini FIFA Women’s World Cup Stickers

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media In June, the world will be sending its best to Canada as the nation hosts the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and collectors from around the globe are set to seek out their idols through a highly-anticipated sticker collection coming from Panini. For decades, the company has produced stickers […]

First Look: 2015 Topps Valor football cards

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media There are many qualities that make an NFL player a star or legend as their contributions on the field, in the locker room, or to their fans sets them apart from the crowd. Words such as speed, strength, discipline, courage, glory, valor, and heart are used to describe these […]

First Look: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The second installment of Peter Jackson’s three-part film adaptation of the J. R. R. Tolkien classic, The Hobbit, was a box office smash back in 2013 and Cryptozoic is bringing all of its adventure and excitement to trading card collectors on May 13. Coming out nearly a year after […]

Topps Creates Oversized Sets For All MLS Teams

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The 2015 season is in full swing for the stars of Major League Soccer and on the heels of their popular flagship product, Topps has taken those cards and created special oversized team sets. Priced at just $14.99 each, the team sets will include each respective base set card […]

Michael Jordan’s rookie shoes top $70,000 at auction

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media As a rookie with the Chicago Bulls in 1984-85, Michael Jordan swiftly proved to be a superstar and while Nike had the foresight to sign him to a deal early on, his iconic Air Jordan shoes were not ready for game action until he had a few games under […]

Beckett Reveals 2015 Spring Expo Plans

Collectors attending the 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto this weekend will have an opportunity to visit Beckett Media at its booth in the corporate area and take advantage of the many specials on magazines, books and raw card grading that are available for attendees. First and foremost, all of the current issues of […]

Gallery: Topps Mars Attacks: Occupation Sketch Cards

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The Kickstarter for Topps Mars Attacks: Occupation is still a week away, but the company recently shared a large group of images featuring the sketch cards that are slated to be a part of this innovative new crowd-funded release. Drawing from an impressive pool of artists, these one-of-one cardboard […]

Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Immaculate Basketball

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The release of 2014-15 Panini Immaculate Basketball is only a few days away, but Panini America could not wait to let collectors have a closer look at some of its jaw-dropping cards through its official blog earlier today. In addition to the Sneak Peek cards we were able to […]

First Look: Cryptozoic Sons of Anarchy Seasons 4 & 5

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media While the phenomenally popular Sons of Anarchy series drew to a close a few months ago, fans and collectors have been celebrating the show’s first three seasons through a series of trading cards which was a strong hit for Cryptozoic last year. All of the action and intrigue of […]

First Look: Rittenhouse Game Of Thrones: Season 4

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media One of the most successful non-sports trading card franchises in recent years is based off of HBO’s phenomenally popular Game of Thrones and while fans of the show are enjoying new episodes, they can also sit and bust packs of Rittenhouse Archives Game of Thrones: Season 4 once it hits […]

Topps offers oversized Sounders cards and prints

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Fans of Major League Soccer’s Seattle Sounders have much to cheer about this season with a respectable 3-2-1 record after their first six games this season, but they can also can bring the excitement of the game home with them through some special oversized offerings that have recently been […]

Jim Brown’s Rookie Contract Up For Auction

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media One of the most historically significant player contracts in NFL history is on the block and thanks to SCP Auctions, a lucky collector will soon walk away with a written record of Jim Brown‘s rookie deal with the Cleveland Browns that was signed before the 1957 season began. With […]

First Look: 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee

  By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor For many that grew up appreciating hockey cards, there were few childhood moments more exciting than the arrival of the latest set and 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee is a great entry-level release that adult hobbyists can share with younger collectors and introduce them to the joys of collecting when […]

First Look: 2015-16 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor One of the biggest hits of the 2014-15 season was Upper Deck‘s debuting Team Canada Juniors product which focused on some of the best young players in the game and delivered plenty of value to collectors with a strong mix of autographs and memorabilia. The release truly began […]

First Look: 2015 Topps Star Wars Journey To The Force Awakens

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The recent Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim gave fans the opportunity to enjoy their favorite film franchise and while the unveiling of the next installment’s latest trailer grabbed its fair share of headlines, there was also some information unveiled about a major set coming from Topps just in […]

Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Immaculate Sneak Peek

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media One of the most intriguing innovations in the hobby last season, Panini America‘s Sneak Peek cards brought collectors giant and unique pieces of game-used shoes from the game’s biggest stars. Today, the company released some new images for the coveted pieces that are slated to be dropped into packs […]

First Look: 2014-15 In The Game Ultimate Vault

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor On the heels of a well-received Superlative Vault release, In The Game has decided to once again dig deep into its archives for another archival collection loaded up with some of the most memorable cards it produced under the guidance of Dr. Brian Price. 2014-15 In The Game […]

Gaudreau Goes First In Rookie Gems Draft

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The wait was over for 11 lucky hockey card collectors on Tuesday as Upper Deck held their Black Diamond Rookie Gems Draft for the second straight year. Redemption cards were found in packs of 2014-15 Black Diamond and each one ensured that the owner would end up getting […]

Leaf Offers In The Game CHL Top Prospect Set

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor This weekend, the hockey world will find out which team will get the right to select first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and there is little doubt that they will pick Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters. Leaf Trading Cards is giving collectors another opportunity to […]