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Author Archives: Stephen Laroche

Card Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Paramount Buyback Autographs

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Next month’s release of 2014-15 Panini Paramount Basketball marks the return of a brand that has not been seen in the hobby for over a decade. Paramount’s basketball debut is already getting some buzz for its all-Dufex base set and many of its other features, but the to […]

Holiday Hockey Memories

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary Back in 1986, I was a typical 10-year-old kid hoping to find something incredible under the Christmas tree and the man in red delivered something unexpected in my stocking that year – a complete set of 1977-78 O-Pee-Chee WHA hockey cards! Even at the age, I […]

First Look: 2014 Leaf Q

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media This year, Leaf Trading Cards has been busy putting out products that cater to a variety of collectors and with their upcoming release, 2014 Leaf Q, they are seeking to make a serious impact in the super-premium market once it hits store shelves in early January. Featuring some of […]

First Look: 2014-15 In The Game Leaf Metal Hockey

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The partnership between Leaf Trading Cards and In The Game is set to enter into its third release as 2014-15 In The Game Leaf Metal Hockey will hit store shelves in February. While their first two products had been previously estabilished In The Game brands, this new creation […]

Panini Boxing Day Autograph Content Revealed

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor With participating Canadian stores giving out their special 2014 Panini Boxing Day packs with qualifying purchases this week, Panini America has revealed images of the strong autograph content that will be found inside. With a roster of carefully-selected athletes from the big four sports, collectors pulling them are […]

Sunday Conversation: Dave Reid

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Beckett Hockey recently had the chance to speak with NHL Network analyst and retired player Dave Reid at a recent NHL Alumni Tour stop in Belleville, Ontario. During his playing days, the former Stanley Cup champion was known for his passion for hockey cards and offered some of […]

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE

  By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor A release that had been relegated to being a box topper bonus in recent years, Upper Deck ICE has long held a prominent place in the hearts of collectors and the company is finally bringing it back as a full-fledged product for the 2014-15 season. With an […]

Panini’s Boxing Day Promo Continues With Checkerboard Cards

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The slow reveal for Panini America‘s 2014 Boxing Day promotion continued on today as the company revealed some big hits that will be found inside packs in the form of a special Checkerboard design exclusive cards to with prime pieces of memorabilia. Exclusive to Canadian Panini Roundtable dealers, […]

First Look: 2014-15 Donruss Basketball

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Coming back to store shelves after a five-year absence, Donruss returns to the basketball game in 2014-15 courtesy of Panini America and it is set to deliver some serious value in each box. Releasing on February 11, this product will bring back many of the concepts that made […]

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck AHL Hockey

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Over the past few months, Upper Deck became the exclusive licensee for both the American Hockey League and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association and it was announced that the company would be producing a stand-alone product this season. Set to release in March, 2014-15 Upper Deck AHL Hockey […]

Panini Announces Two Staff Promotions

Earlier today, Panini America announced two promotions within their sales team. One of the staff members given an expanded role within the company is Kevin Haake, a former editor of Beckett Baseball who had previously worked for Topps before joining Panini back in 2009. Now the company’s Director of Hobby Sales, Haake will be in […]

Panini Previews More Boxing Day Images

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Yesterday, Panini America gave collectors a preliminary look at its 2014 Boxing Day promotion and they have shown off even more cards from this product today in advance of next week’s release that is targeted to authorized Canadian Panini Roundtable stores. Today, the company shared images from the […]

Beckett Gift Guide: Hockey Books

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor One of the easiest holiday gifts to buy for a hockey fan has to be a book on the sport itself. For generations, it has been the go-to purchase for those that are die-hard enthusiasts or for the casual fan. The stories told help build the already-rich lore […]

Panini Reveals Boxing Day Promo Details

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor In the wake of a successful Boxing Day promotion last year, Canadian collectors may have been wondering if Panini America would be bringing it back again in 2014 – especially without the presence of NHL and NHLPA licensing. Today, they received some excellent news as the company will […]

Sunday Conversation: Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor With the 2014-15 season in full swing, hockey card collectors are gearing up for some new releases featuring the hottest rookies and one of the key people behind the products they open in Grant Sandground, who is Upper Deck’s Director of Product Development. He recently took the time […]

BVG 5.5 1952 Topps Mantle Variant Highlights December Auction

This year, Beckett Auctions has gone to great lengths to bring collectors some incredible and rare treasures and for their December event, one of the hobby’s most coveted cards is up for bids and the action on the BVG 5.5 1952 Mickey Mantle “B” version is expected to be intense when it starts at 12:00 […]

National Hockey Card Day Is Back Again In 2015

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The celebration continues for Upper Deck‘s 25th season of making trading cards licensed by the NHL and NHLPA and collectors on both sides of the border will reap the benefits when they visit their local hobby shop for the 2015 editions of National Hockey Card Day. Canadian hobbyists […]

First Look: 2014 Panini Contenders Football

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Few products in the trading card world have as dedicated a following as the annual Contenders offering from Panini America. Each year, it delivers some of the most coveted rookie cards to football collectors and it is set to hit store shelves on January 7. With an average of […]

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor It’s back – and it looks like it might be even better than ever. Preliminary details about 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard were released today and basketball collectors are in for a treat with all of the improvements that Panini America has implemented this season. Releasing on January 21, […]

Sunday Conversation: Chris Chelios

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Beckett Hockey recently had the chance to speak with Hockey Hall of Fame member and author Chris Chelios about his career and thoughts about collecting sports memorabilia. Be sure to look for a complete feature on him that will be published in the February, 2015 issue. — You […]

Brodeur’s Back

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Last night, Martin Brodeur returned to NHL action as a member of the St. Louis Blues and while the league’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts looked a bit rusty between the pipes, fans were excited to see him back on the ice. While facing the Nashville Predators […]

Durant Makes His Return To NBA Action

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor After missing the first 17 games of the year, Kevin Durant made his triumphant return to the hardcourt, but the Oklahoma City Thunder fell 112-104 to the New Orleans Pelicans and their record plummeted to a disappointing 5-13. For the NBA’s reigning MVP, though, the game itself proved […]

Jean Beliveau Leaves A Cardboard Legacy

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Late last night, millions of hockey fans were shocked by the news that the legendary Jean Beliveau had passed away at the age of 83. One of the greatest players of the Original Six era, he was an iconic captain of the Montreal Canadiens for a decade and […]

NHLPA Auctions Off Jerseys for Goals & Dreams

 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor For the past 15 years, the National Hockey League Players’ Association has helped thousands of children worldwide have an opportunity to play hockey through its NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund. As part of this celebration, fans and collectors have a fantastic opportunity to help out through a series […]

Leaf Announces 2014 Holiday Pack Promotion

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor With the season of giving upon us, at least one card company is getting in on the action and spreading some goodwill to collectors, dealers and distributors with special 2014 Leaf Trading Cards Holiday Packs. Dealers and customers that purchase boxes of specific 2014 products released by Leaf […]