Author Archives: Stephen Laroche

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 […]

Upper Deck Announces Spring Expo Priority Signings

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor While Upper Deck had recently announced plans for special promotional cards of Connor McDavid and Andrew Hammond along with the final installment of 25th Anniversary Retro Young Guns being offered to collectors at the 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto, hockey card enthusiasts have been patiently waiting […]

Leaf Announces Spring Expo Redemption Plans

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Attendees of the 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto are already buzzing about junior hockey phenom Connor McDavid and Leaf Trading Cards has made him and some of his peers the focal point of their highly-anticipated redemption program, which will be held from May 1 to May […]

First Look: 2015 Leaf Rookie Retro

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Returning after a one-year hiatus, Leaf Rookie Retro is poised to hit store shelves in the coming days and the company has managed to combine some of today’s hottest young stars with many of the best rookie cards the hobby has ever seen inside of each pack. Since Leaf […]

LeBron James Leads NBA All-Star Jersey Auction

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media In the wake of the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, fans were able to bid on game-worn and event-worn jerseys from the biggest names in the sport and some of the prices for them soared to impressive heights. With eight different items reaching final bids of over $10,000 over the […]

Basketball Hero Lauren Hill Passes Away

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The sporting world lost one of its most inspirational athletes this morning as Lauren Hill passed away at the age of 19. Back in November, she made headlines for stepping into an NCAA basketball game for the first time for Mount St. Joseph’s as she bravely battled an inoperable […]

Rookie Jordan shoes among SCP auction highlights

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media It is hard to imagine one of basketball’s greatest legends wearing anything on his feet other than his iconic namesake Air Jordan shoes, but early in his rookie season, Michael Jordan wore a different type of sneaker and a game-worn pair is hitting the auction block via SCP Auctions. […]

First Look: Rittenhouse Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media One of last season’s most-anticipated television shows, Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond what they saw at the movies and tied in its stories seamlessly to other comic book-themed projects. Now, Rittenhouse Archives has attempted to recapture the magic of this series on […]

Gallery: 2014-15 SP Authentic basketball cards

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The Collegiate Licensing Company era for Upper Deck comes to a close today with the arrival of 2014-15 SP Authentic Basketball, but the manufacturer is ending things in a manner that should please many collectors. Hobbyists and dealers were expecting to see plenty of strong content coming out of […]

Molson Stanley Cup ring replicas a hit with fans

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor One of the greatest treasures for many hockey collectors is a Stanley Cup ring, which are traditionally presented to players, management and team staff in recognition for bringing home the sport’s ultimate prize. They are coveted by many, but earned by few. Now, hockey fans of legal drinking […]

Mutombo, Leslie Head Hoop Hall Class of 2015

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame will be growing once again in 2015 and its newest members were announced yesterday. Among those elected were eight-time NBA All-Star and defensive standout Dikembe Mutombo and WNBA icon Lisa Leslie. For many longtime collectors, there are plenty of memories of Mutombo’s […]

Gallery: 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor One of the most-loved hockey card brands is back again as a stand-alone release once again this season and 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE reaches store shelves on April 15. Earlier today, Upper Deck provided collectors with an extensive look at some of the big hits that will be […]

Upper Deck Creates Hammond Spring Expo Promo

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Last week, Upper Deck announced some of their preliminary plans for the upcoming 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, and their schedule of activities has been bolstered by the presence of an additional special promotional card featuring Andrew Hammond, who is one of the hottest goaltenders during the second […]

Dallas Mavericks Hold Multi-Game Card Giveaway

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Fans in Dallas that have attended games in recent weeks have been treated to five special giveaway nights featuring special Panini NBA Hoops trading cards and they completed their sets on Thursday night as the Mavericks hosted the Houston Rockets. Each three card pack that was given away contained […]

Hall of Famer Joe Mullen Added To Expo Lineup

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor A.J. Sports World recently revealed that Joe Mullen will be signing at the 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto on May 3, 2015 and it is a rare Canadian appearance for the Hockey Hall of Fame member. Over the course of his career, Mullen proved to be […]

Sam Bennett Ready For NHL Debut

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Early 2015-16 hockey card releases from Upper Deck will have another big rookie card to chase as it has been announced that Sam Bennett will be joining the Calgary Flames lineup for the rest of the season instead of being sent to their AHL affiliate in Adirondack. The […]

Mars Attacks: Occupation Sketch Cards Revealed

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media The next chapter for one of the most iconic non-sports trading card brands will begin next month with the release of the Kickstarter-exclusive Mars Attacks: Occupation product and Topps has revealed some key details about the hotly-anticipated sketch cards that collectors will be chasing. Seeded once per box on […]

Upper Deck Reveals OPC Platinum Variations

   By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Collectors break packs of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum has potentially noticed that variations for the base set have begun to pop up and Upper Deck has confirmed that 50 different cards have different photos or different players entirely. Seeded once in every 160 hockey packs or coming once […]

First Look: 2015 Topps Apex Soccer

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Topps is looking to take its Major League Soccer products to a new level this year and with the release of 2015 Topps Apex Soccer, their first high-end venture into the world’s most popular sport. Scheduled for an August release, collectors will find many of the biggest MLS names […]

Upper Deck Offers Connor McDavid Expo Redemption

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo is just one month away, but Upper Deck has been busy solidifying their plans for the world’s biggest trade show dedicated to hockey cards and collectibles. As part of the festivities, collectors breaking a box of certain Upper Deck releases they have […]

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Preferred Basketball

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Collectors that love booklet cards and limited autographs have flocked to Panini America‘s Preferred releases in recent years and the popular brand will be returning to store shelves this season with plenty of ink and memorabilia from a heavily-hyped rookie class and the biggest stars from the past and […]

Topps Releases First David Villa MLS Autographs

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media David Villa is regarded as one of the world’s greatest soccer stars and his first autograph cards in a New York City FC uniform have been coming out of packs of the recently-released 2015 Topps MLS product. Now in his first year with the expansion club, Villa’s international and […]

Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Select Basketball

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media Collectors are gearing up for this week’s release of 2014-15 Panini Select Basketball and the company gave the hobby a sneak peek at some of the shiny cards that will be coming out of packs through the official Panini America blog. The company’s popular Prizm Optichrome technology comes out […]

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 […]