Author Archives: Stephen Laroche

Hot Rookie Hammond Heads Upper Deck Update Checklist

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor While many collectors are aware that Upper Deck was planning to update its flagship set with a special insert placed into packs of their upcoming 2014-15 SP Authentic Hockey release, there has been a great deal of speculation and discussion in regard to who would end up making […]

Quad Rookie Gems Draft To Be Held On April 9

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Last season saw the debut of some of the most eye-catching hockey cards ever made as Upper Deck debuted their Quad Rookie Gems cards featuring a solid cast of freshmen and they are back once again in 2014-15. Collectors and dealers that attended the recent 2015 Industry Summit […]

Liam Fitzgerald Receives Upper Deck Card

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Sometimes there’s more to life than hockey cards or even the game itself, yet there are occasions when the things that are truly important intersect with the hobby and create positive feelings for everyone involved. A perfect case of this recently took place when the team at Upper […]

First Look: 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The 2014-15 regular schedule has just a few games left, but hockey card enthusiasts are already getting a glimpse of next season’s first offering as details have come to light on 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP. Last year, the long-established brand returned as a stand-alone product and it is […]

Gallery: 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Earlier today, Upper Deck revealed several quality control images for their upcoming 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum release via their Facebook page and collectors caught an early glimpse at some big cards from the hotly-anticipated product that releases next week. Loaded up with tons of parallels and plenty of hard-signed […]

Unannounced Cards In Upper Deck Series 2

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Collectors breaking boxes of 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 2 may have noticed that they have found some cards that were not officially listed on any checklists or sales materials and the company has confirmed the existence of these tough pulls. One of the most important of all of […]

Upper Deck Extends Jordan Exclusive

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Upper Deck has just announced that their exclusive agreement with Michael Jordan has been renewed on a long-term basis. The announcement came earlier today during their address at the 2015 Industry Summit in Las Vegas and maintains the company’s status as the lone producers of trading cards, memorabilia […]

First Look: 2014-15 In The Game Superlative Vault

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Hockey card collectors are about to get another chance to own some of the most coveted cards produced over the past few years as In The Game will be offering them a special release that draws from the archives of one of the most popular brands it produced […]

Sunday Conversation: Leaf’s Gregg Kohn

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Hobby veteran Gregg Kohn is the Director of Product Development for Leaf Trading Cards and Beckett Hockey recently caught up with him to discuss some of the upcoming changes collectors can expect to see in 2014-15 In The Game Heroes & Prospects in addition to some of the […]

BGS 9.5 Star Jordan Sells For Record Price

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Back in November, Beckett Auction Services put the only 1984-85 Star Company #101 Michael Jordan to ever achieve a 9.5 grade up on the auction block and vintage basketball collectors dreamed about adding it to their collections. While the card itself did not garner any bids, it was […]

Saying Goodbye To The Belleville Bulls

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary Seeing a hockey team leave a city is never easy for its fans. Whether it was one on the cusp of big things or performing poorly on the ice, there are always economic realities which are usually the root cause for taking them away. Over the years, […]

First Look: 2015 Leaf Greatest Hits Basketball

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor With the ongoing success of its other repack products issued in recent years, Leaf Trading Cards has added another one to their lineup and 2015 Leaf Greatest Hits Basketball will be hitting the shelves next month. Loaded up with some incredible cards in each box, the company went […]

Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Panini America has just revealed more images of cards slated to appear in packs of 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball. Soon appearing exclusively at Target stores, packs and boxes are expected to contain some compelling content that focuses on the best names from the past, present and future of […]

Tarasenko Signs For Earlier Upper Deck Releases

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The wait is over for collectors that have redeemed or held on to several different Vladimir Tarasenko autograph cards produced by Upper Deck last season. As announced via company’s blog yesterday, the St. Louis Blues sniper finally sat down for a signing session and those that have sent […]

Panini Previews Industry Summit Black Boxes

   By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The 2015 Industry Summit is just days away and Panini America will once again be providing attendees with their popular Black Boxes which have been a show staple for over a decade. Once the company finishes its corporate address to the crowd next Tuesday, they will be handing […]

Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Threads Voices of the Game

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor The upcoming release of 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball will be exclusive to Target stores and it will be the only place where collectors will be able to pull Voices of the Game cards that are going to feature autographs from many of the sport’s most popular announcers. With […]

Gallery: 2014-15 Fleer Showcase Hockey

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor With the release of 2014-15 Fleer Showcase Hockey being pushed to next week, Upper Deck has offered some consolation to collectors that were waiting to break packs in the form of a sneak preview of some of the product’s big hits through their Facebook page. Now scheduled to […]

Henderson Heads Spring Expo Autograph Lineup

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The 49th edition of the Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo is just a few short weeks away and hockey collectors from all over the globe will be congregating at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario to enjoy the world’s largest show focusing on hockey cards and collectibles. In addition […]

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Immaculate Basketball

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor For the past two seasons, Panini America‘s Immaculate release has swiftly become a favorite among basketball card collectors and it will be back once again in 2014-15 with a selection of compelling content that is set to include eye-catching memorabilia cards and a top-notch autographs from the stars […]

First Look: 2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media A quirky collector favorite is back again this year as early details have surfaced regarding 2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions. Known as the place to find truly unique pieces of memorabilia along with a strong mix of athletes from a variety of sports, this brand has established a reputation […]

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor The relationship between Panini America and Target continues on with the upcoming release of 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball, which is expected to hit the shelves later this month. This is the second of three exclusive releases the chain will see this season and it will once again have […]

Lauren Hill Receives Heroic Inspirations Card

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Upper Deck has announced that they are creating a Heroic Inspirations card for Mount St. Joseph freshman player Lauren Hill, who overcame tremendous adversity to play collegiate basketball. While making her dream come true, she has battled an inoperable brain tumor and has served as an inspiration for […]

Gallery: 2014-15 Donruss Basketball Trade-In

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Last week, Panini America provided the hobby with early information regarding plans for a wrapper trade-in program that was being held for collectors that were busting packs of their 2014-15 Donruss Basketball product. As a quick refresher, those that choose to send in 24 wrappers from this release […]

First Look: 2014-15 In The Game Heroes & Prospects

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Heroes & Prospects is back again this season, but the hobby is in for a bit of a shock as the longest-running brand of CHL-licensed trading cards has undergone a major transformation since being moved over to Leaf Trading Cards. 2014-15 In The Game Heroes & Prospects has […]

Miracle On Ice Comes To The National

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor While members of the 1980 United States Olympic Team recently held a reunion in Lake Placid celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Miracle On Ice, collectors will get an opportunity to meet many of them this summer at the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago. This will […]

Wizards Hold Panini Trading Card Giveaway

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor The Washington Wizards are the latest basketball team to hold a trading card giveaway courtesy of Panini America and fans who made their way into the Verizon Center on Saturday night were treated to a seven-card NBA Hoops set featuring their hometown heroes. Well, six of them anyway, […]

Upper Deck Confirms Chris Osgood Error Card

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor With National Hockey Card Day taking place throughout the United States tomorrow, collectors will be busting plenty of special promotional packs containing 25th Anniversary Retro Young Guns – but there will be one card that will look a bit strange to anyone that remembers watching Chris Osgood during […]

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor This June, hockey fans will be watching the 2014-15 NHL season wind down with the Stanley Cup Final, but those that collect cards will have something new to bust while watching the action on the ice as Upper Deck is set to release its latest edition of Ultimate […]

Upper Deck Reveals Series 2 Young Guns

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor With 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 2 slated to hit the hobby next week, many collectors have been discussing the players that they are hoping to see as a part of its popular Young Guns subset. This afternoon, Upper Deck revealed its list of the rookies that made the […]

Upper Deck and Basketball – Where Do They Go From Here?

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor The recent announcement that Panini America was taking over as the sole and exclusive trading card licensee for the Collegiate Licensing Company has sent shockwaves throughout the hobby and immediately collectors wondered: How would this announcement impact Upper Deck? Just before press time for the next issue of […]

Carolina Hurricanes To Hold Trading Card Giveaway

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Fans of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes are in for a treat tomorrow evening as the team is holding a trading card giveaway that comes compliments of Upper Deck. While the Hurricanes currently reside at the bottom of the Metropolitan Division, they will be facing the Toronto Maple Leafs, […]

Sunday Conversation: Theoren Fleury

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor While many hockey fans fondly recall the on-ice accomplishments of Theoren Fleury, his impact on people off the ice has been even more impressive. In 2009, he revealed that he had been sexually abused by his junior hockey coach in his autobiography, Playing With Fire, and by sharing […]

Beckett Auctions All-Star February Auction Now Open

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Beckett Auctions began its All-Star February Auction yesterday and the bids are steadily coming in for some fantastic hobby treasures that can become a part of your collection. As mentioned in a previous article, Beckett Auctions is tremendously pleased to be offering up a jaw-dropping 1986-87 Fleer Basketball set […]

Brooks’ Miracle On Ice Memorabilia Up For Bids

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor As we approach the 35th anniversary on one of the most monumental upsets in hockey history, the Miracle On Ice, Heritage Auctions is bringing some key pieces of memorabilia from Team USA coach Herb Brooks. Among the treasures going up on the auction block are Brooks’ personal whistle, […]

Leaf Cuts Production On Next Hockey Releases

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Leaf Trading Cards recently announced that it will be cutting back on production of its upcoming 2014-15 In The Game Leaf Metal Hockey release, but the move will come as a welcome surprise to collectors as they will be seeding at least one Connor McDavid autograph in each […]