Author Archives: Stephen Laroche

Panini’s National VIP cards focus on freshmen

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Panini America has revealed details about its plans for collectors that have purchased VIP admission packages for the upcoming 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago. Every bag handed out to those opting to buy the show’s VIP package is set to receive a coupon they can take to […]

Lidstrom heads 2015 Hall of Fame class

   By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2015 and while many expected to see Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Chris Pronger become members, there were some other surprise enshrinements as well. Veteran defenseman Phil Housley was the other player welcomed along with former Team USA […]

Panini gives a virtual look at NBA draftees

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor The 2015 NBA Draft saw 60 up-and-coming players chosen by the league’s clubs and in a matter of months, several of them will be making an impact with basketball card collectors in next season’s trading card releases from Panini America which start hitting store shelves in October with […]

First Look: 2015 Leaf Legends of Sport

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media After a three-year absence, Leaf Trading Cards is bringing back its Legends of Sport brand back to hobby store shelves in 2015 and the company has touted it as spanning “the widest range of the greatest athletes in their respective sports.” Collectors will get to make that judgment for […]

Connor McDavid signs exclusive with Upper Deck

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Moments after the Edmonton Oilers officially announced that they were selecting Connor McDavid with the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Upper Deck made an announcement of their own and revealed that it would be the sole source for autographed trading cards of the league’s newest […]

Panini Signs Five Top NBA Draft Prospects

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor The 2015 NBA Draft will take place tonight, but Panini America has already been busy inking exclusive trading card deals with five prospects that are projects to be selected in the first round. Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns, Emmanuel Mudiay, D’Angelo Russell, and Jerian Grant will be a big […]

Upper Deck Overtime returns for 2015-16

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor One of the best-kept secrets among hockey card collectors in recent years has been the Overtime promotional packs that Upper Deck has created for GTS Distribution in the United States and Universal Distribution in Canada. Not only are they a perfect promotional tool for dealers to utilize, but […]

Vintage Break added to the National

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention is a little over a month away and collectors from all over the world are expected to come to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois to enjoy the world’s largest trading card show. It is an event that has continually […]

Upper Deck produces Blackhawks set

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The Chicago Blackhawks and their fans have been celebrating in the wake of their third Stanley Cup championship over the past six seasons, but Upper Deck has been busy putting together a commemorative set featuring the team’s top stars. With only 1,000 copies of the 18-card set available […]

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Gala

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Basketball is truly a global game and collectors outside of North America are often a serious and dedicated group. In recognition of the NBA’s presence on the international scene, Panini America has developed a high-end product which will be heading exclusively to those markets this summer and it […]

First Look: 2015-16 Upper Deck Artifacts

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor A decade ago, Upper Deck introduced its Artifacts brand to the hockey card market and in the time since then, it has evolved into an early-season standard which delivers a mix of autographs, rookies, and memorabilia with a ton of parallels which have either generated praise or cries […]

Gallery: 2014-15 SP Authentic Hockey

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor In two weeks, hockey card collectors will be on the hunt for boxes of 2014-15 SP Authentic and Upper Deck has given them a small preview of the inked treasures of the game’s brightest prospects and revered legends and stars that will be popping out of packs. In […]

First Look: 2015-16 Upper Deck Buybacks

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The hobby has seen its fair share of products where classic hockey cards are repackaged and sent out into the hands of collectors once again and the results have generated both positive and negative reactions from collectors. Upper Deck has decided to step into this part of the […]

First Look: 2014-15 Leaf In The Game Used

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor When Leaf Trading Cards merged with In The Game, it ended up acquiring a strong library of vintage hockey memorabilia that could possibly only be matched by the Hockey Hall of Fame itself and the company will be putting some pieces of it in the hands of collector […]

Sunday Conversation: Super Break’s Scott Allen

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Super Break Sports has gained a following among high-rolling hobbyists for their premium releases and the company made waves in 2013 with the creation of “The Bar” – a jumbo original art card featuring cut signatures or other items connected to legends in the sports, entertainment and political worlds. […]

Upper Deck gives collectors second shot at promos

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Collectors in Edmonton and Ottawa that were unable to make it to last month’s Spring 2015 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto will soon receive a chance to own the one of the special Memorable Moments promotional cards that Upper Deck produced exclusively for the show. In Edmonton, […]

Gallery: 2015 Panini Father’s Day autos and parallels

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Next week, Panini America‘s annual Father’s Day promotional packs will be released to card shops and baseball, basketball, and football card collectors will be busting packs hoping to find an autograph or a low-numbered base set parallel. After reaching out to hobbyists via social media on Friday, Panini granted […]

First Look: 2015 Topps Platinum football cards

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media November will see the upcoming NFL season in full swing as teams race for division titles and the hottest rookies will be vying for collector attention, but it also marks the release of 2015 Topps Platinum Football – which is a perfect place to find those freshmen and much […]

Upper Deck heads to 2015 NHL Entry Draft

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The 2015 NHL Entry Draft is still a little over two weeks away, but Upper Deck is preparing to be a part of the annual event and will be offering fans and collectors an opportunity to win some prizes and appear on their own official trading card. Held […]

First Look: 2015 Leaf Pop Century

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Celebrity trading card products have seen tremendous market growth in recent years and Leaf Trading Cards has brought back its Pop Century brand once again in 2015. With its deepest checklist to date , 2015 Leaf Pop Century will be loaded up with tons of new signers which span […]

First Look: 2015 Topps Diamond football cards

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Another high-end release is coming to the football market in December with the debut of 2015 Topps Diamond and it is expected to bring collectors plenty of limited autograph and patch cards from the game’s best stars and rookies. Topps has taken things to a new level as the […]

Shaq signs new deal with Upper Deck

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor One of the best-loved players in NBA history, Shaquille O’Neal gathered a legion of fans throughout his 19 NBA seasons and Upper Deck has signed a new autographed memorabilia deal which sees the creation of several premium pieces from Upper Deck Authenticated. “Shaquille O’Neal’s charisma and fun-loving personality […]

Gallery: 2015 Panini Father’s Day inserts

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The release of 2015 Panini Father’s Day promotional packs is coming this week and in addition to a strong mix of autograph and memorabilia cards from multiple sports, collectors will also be treated to a pair of insert sets featuring some of today’s biggest names. The first, Panini Portraits, […]

Burbank Sportscards hits eBay milestone

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media For buyers of single cards, Burbank Sportscards has long been one of the most popular and well-stocked dealers in the hobby to pick up an elusive item from. With an inventory of more than 40 million cards, its staff spends long hours scanning and uploading card images to their […]

First Look: 2015 Topps Premier Gold

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media All of the top talent from the Barclay’s Premier League is back again in a premium trading card release this December as Topps produces the sophomore edition of its high-end Premier Gold product, which saw a successful debut last year. As a special new twist for 2015, legends have […]

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Luxe

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Even though the current NBA season is in its final days, Panini America will still be busy in the coming weeks and months finishing out their production schedule with several high-end releases. This year, they have added an all-new product to the mix and 2014-15 Panini Luxe promises […]

Panini prepares NBA Finals promotion

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor While basketball fans around the world prepare to watch the opening game of the 2015 NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, collectors will be able to enjoy a special bonus courtesy of Panini America in the form of special promotional packs that will […]

Panini Father’s Day promo returns

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Now in its fourth straight year, Panini America‘s Father’s Day promotion has been a solid success for retailers and the company has released early details regarding what will be coming out of these popular packs once they start to hit local card stores next week. Drawing from three different […]

Panini announces Contenders Draft Picks auto SPs

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Football card collectors have eagerly awaited the big reveal from Panini America regarding which autograph cards are short printed in 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks – the first product produced under its recent deal with Collegiate Licensing Company. Panini has declared that over 500 cards from 11 different autograph […]

First Look: 2015 Panini Clear Vision

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media An all-new football release, 2015 Panini Clear Vision is all about the acetate and Panini America is going to make some waves in the hobby since it will include the first rookie cards of this year’s freshman class where they are pictured with their pro clubs. Each three-card pack […]

Topps blows up its 2014 Premier Gold set

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media A few months ago, Topps released its sophomore Premier Gold Soccer effort and the stars of the Barclay’s Premier League are back once again with a special oversized edition that may generate some excitement among fans and collectors. There will be four different types of set available and it […]

Upper Deck divulges plans for National

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media As we get closer to the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention, trading card companies are getting ready to reveal details about their redemption programs and booth activities and Upper Deck has beat them all to the punch in letting collectors know what they can expect in Chicago from July […]

Your Turn: Pick The NHL Award Winners

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Once the Stanley Cup Final draws to a close next month, the best players in the game will convene on Las Vegas as the NHL prepares to hand out the hardware to those who have put forth a fantastic effort during the 2014-15 season. Readers of Beckett Hockey […]

First Look: 2015 Topps Chrome Mini Football

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Football collectors will bidding a fond farewell to Topps this season, but that does not mean that the company is holding back by any stretch with the announcement that they are once again producing a special mini edition of their ever-popular Chrome product. Set for release on December 18, […]

First Look: Cryptozoic DC Comics Super-Villains

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media In the DC Comics universe, it seems that for every super hero, there is a super villain waiting in the wings to create havoc. Whether they are robbing a bank or committing some elaborate and crazy prank, many of these mayhem makers have gained a huge following among readers […]