Author Archives: Stephen Laroche

Hockey has strong presence at the National

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor For hockey collectors, the National Sports Collectors Convention can be a great opportunity to pick up a few bargains and there are plenty of rare and obscure pieces of memorabilia to be found on the floor. Whether it is the latest release from Upper Deck or Leaf Trading […]

Big Red Machine and more cap off National auto guests

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Several of the greatest names in baseball history will be helping close down the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention today in Chicago and fans in attendance are excited to meet their heroes. Many of them are Hall of Famers and there will be four prominent members of the Cincinnati […]

Iconic Cards Headed For Auction Appear at Beckett Booth

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Collectors that stopped by the Beckett Media booth at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention had an opportunity to get an up-close look at some of the hobby’s most coveted cards that will soon be available for bidding in upcoming events from Beckett Auctions and Goodwin & Co. These […]

Star-Studded Saturday Autograph Lineup Has Something For Everyone

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The TRISTAR Autograph Pavilion has been extremely busy thus far this week at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago and the demand for some of the world’s most iconic athletes will be strong on Saturday. While recent Baseball Hall of Fame inductee Pedro Martinez had to cancel […]

Jim Craig Partners With Lelands To Sell Miracle On Ice Collection

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey To American hockey fans, there are few home-grown players as beloved as Jim Craig and the goaltender for the national team which defied the odds to defeat the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The game, known as the Miracle On Ice, changed the game forever as it […]

Local Legends Shine As Part of Friday’s National Auto Lineup

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media There will be many familiar faces making an appearance at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago on Friday and local sports enthusiasts will have an opportunity to reconnect with many of their heroes from the past and present. Standout shortstop Luis Aparicio, base stealing master Tim Raines […]

BGS Vintage Challenge: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media During the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, Beckett Media’s editorial staff were asked to hit the floor and bring back a vintage card to be graded. Each staff member participating in the project will present the results of their hunt to readers during the show. The Card: […]

Case Breakers: Leaf Trading Cards Edition

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Boxes are being cracked open at a fast and furious pace in the Rippingwax.com Breakers Pavilion at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago this week and trading card manufacturers are taking to the Amazon Sports Collectibles Main Stage to show off their latest releases. This morning, collectors […]

Olympians, Buckner and Mookie Highlight Thursday’s National Auto Lineup

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention is in full swing and the long lineups for autographs at the TRISTAR Autograph Pavilion from sports legends will continue on Thursday as over 30 athletes, including several members of the United States hockey team that won gold at the 1980 Winter Olympics […]

Promotions To Keep Collectors Busy At The National

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention opens today in Chicago and hobbyists from all over the world are about to convene on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Whether they are breaking boxes or hunting for a great item for their personal collections, there are plenty of opportunities to […]

Memorabilia from historic Jordan game up for auction

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Heritage Auctions has put a major piece of NBA history up for bidding as the backboard and rim from Michael Jordan‘s final game as a member of the Chicago Bulls can be owned by a lucky collector. This item is the net upon which one of the most […]

SCP Auctions partners with Basketball Hall of Fame

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor SCP Auctions has been named the new official auction and appraisal partner for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. As part of their multi-year partnership, fans and collectors will be able to experience an annual auction where the Hoop Hall will benefit from the proceeds. In addition […]

First Look: 2015 Sportkings Vault

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Last year, Leaf Trading Cards purchased the Sportkings brand from In The Game and as the hobby awaits the next release of the iconic multi-sport product, there is a special release hitting card stores in late August in the form of 2015 Sportkings Vault. In recent months, older In […]

Panini To Host Breaking Events At The National

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Panini America‘s corporate booth is regarded as one of the top destinations for those attending the National each year and in 2015, they have added some new elements that will appeal to collectors of all ages. In a positive move that helps promote the hobby to youth, Panini will […]

The National Launches Mobile App

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Collectors planning to attend the upcoming 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago later this month now have all the information they need at their fingertips as the show approaches. Organizers have partnered up with the Whova app to let the hobby convene and create connections before the world’s […]

First Look: 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The countdown to Connor McDavid rookie cards has officially begun as details have surfaced on what collectors can expect to find in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One. While all products are certain to have their sales driven by the presence of the young phenom’s cards, his […]

Upper Deck unveils 2015-16 Young Guns design

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The release of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One is still nearly four months away, but collectors are already buzzing about the rookie card content expected next season, especially with the anticipated of Connor McDavid on the NHL scene. The first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, […]

Gallery: 2014-15 UD Premier hockey cards

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Even though the NHL’s regular season ended a month ago, hockey card season is still in full swing throughout the summer months. Next week, Upper Deck‘s hotly anticipated 2014-15 UD Premier set is expected to reach dealer shelves and the company gave collectors a loaded sneak peek of […]

Leaf announces National redemption program plans

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Leaf Trading Cards will once again have a solid presence in the corporate section at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention later this month and it has announced it will once again hold a redemption program for hobbyists in attendance. Those coming to the Leaf booth and breaking a […]

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Excalibur

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Panini America has tried something new with some of its NBA releases this season and partnered up with Target to ensure that three of them were going to be exclusive to the retail giant. With Prestige and Threads getting new life brought into them in recent months by […]

First Look: Rittenhouse Marvel Avengers Silver Age

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Millions of comic book movie fans flocked to see Avengers: Age Of Ultron and while it was one of this summer’s hottest releases, it should not be forgotten that the original comics have become increasingly valuable and coveted in recent years. While it is cost prohibitive for many to […]

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 […]