Posted on July 23, 2014 – 12:36 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey | 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, Bobby Orr, Magic Johnson, Peyton Manning, Reggie Jackson, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor
Even with all of the events and activities that Upper Deck announced last week for the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, they have added more excitement to their redemption packs.
Partnering up with Amazon.com, they have created four extremely limited autograph cards from their four core sports. Numbered to 25 copies each, collectors that pull them are bound to be pleased.
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Posted on July 17, 2014 – 2:32 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball, Beckett Updates | 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, LeBron James, Panini America | Comments (1)
It didn’t take them long.
Panini America has made their first new cards of LeBron James in a Cavaliers uniform and, fittingly enough, they will be released in Cleveland at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention later this month.
What makes this card that much more special is the fact that it will feature a piece of a game-used jersey he wore during his previous tenure with the club.
The 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention Tools of the Trade Update set will be made up of six different players. The rest of the roster is quite impressive as it features Tim Duncan, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo.
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Posted on July 17, 2014 – 12:12 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, National Sports Collectors Convention | Beckett Baseball, Beckett Basketball, Beckett Covers, Beckett Football, Beckett Hockey, Beckett Sports Card Monthly | Comments (1)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Beckett Media has it covered.
Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention will be able to revisit 16 past and present covers of Beckett magazines in a different way — collectible reprints of covers found at trading card size at several locations on the show floor.
A selection of Hall of Famers and other notable names make up this year’s Beckett Covers set, a collection that can begin with a card found at the entrance to the show.
Posted on July 15, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football, MMA | Box Busters Live, MLB, MMA, NBA, nfl, Panini America, Topps, UFC, Upper Deck | Comments (53)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he breaks five boxes of cards from several sports as part of the Steel City Collectibles 100-Box Giveaway that starts today.
Beginning right here at 2 p.m. Central time (3 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, he’ll be breaking five boxes and for predetermined winners as part of the 100-box event — but there will be a box of 2014 Topps Archives baseball cards broken that will be up for grabs for all of our viewers at the end of the event.
How can you win? Watch the video and leave a comment as is requested. We’ll pick a winner randomly from all received before Aug. 15.
He’ll be fielding your questions during the break on Twitter — so send your questions to him @chrisolds2009.
Posted on July 15, 2014 – 9:30 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey | 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, Upper Deck, Upper Deck 25th Anniversary | Comments (1)
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor
Upper Deck has released some early details about the exciting events and activities that will be taking place at their booth at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and it will be a celebration fit for marking the company’s 25th anniversary.
From July 30 to August 5, Upper Deck will be keeping collectors in attendance busy. For those hitting the show floor on the opening day, there will be a special party to show appreciation to dealers in attendance, but VIP attendees aren’t left out of the fun as there will be a special six-card VIP set available. They will also have a chance to win one of three packs of 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Golf.
An anniversary celebration would be nothing without cake and Upper Deck takes things up a notch afterward by holding a free giveaway.
Naturally, Upper Deck will also be holding a wrapper redemption that will see collectors receive special packs made just for the National. Autographs of many big names like Michael Jordan, Johnny Manziel and Wayne Gretzky will be randomly inserted. Read More »
Posted on July 8, 2014 – 1:58 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, Multisport, National Sports Collectors Convention, Non-Sports | 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, Bench Warmer, Damian Lillard, Famous Fabrics, In The Game, Jadaveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel, Leaf Trading Cards | Comments (0)
Attendees of the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio are sure to take notice of the Leaf Trading Cards booth as the company looks to make a major impact at this year’s event.
The excitement begins with their 5,000 square foot store (located at booth 569) which will feature over 1,000 unique items for sale, including many that are exclusive to the National. Collectors that break one of the boxes listed below will receive a $5.00 gift card that can be used in the store.
The eligible boxes cover a wide variety of sports and non-sports releases and include:
Posted on July 8, 2014 – 10:59 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, National Sports Collectors Convention | Andrew Wiggins, Blake Bortles, Cleveland, Dante Exum, Johnny Manziel, Jose Abreu, Masahiro Tanaka, National Sports Collectors Convention, Panini America, Redemption Programs | Comments (4)
Panini America has given collectors a small glimpse into their plans for the upcoming 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and they will be focusing on the hottest rookies around in addition to today’s brightest stars.
It all begins with a special treat for VIP attendees as they will open up their bags to find a coupon they can take to the company’s booth and exchange it for a special six-card set. This loaded collection features recent NFL draftees Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, NBA picks Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum, along with MLB freshmen Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka.
Posted on July 3, 2014 – 7:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2013-14 Select, NBA, Panini America | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Select cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on July 3, 2014 – 1:24 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball | 2014 NBA Draft, 2014-15 NBA Hoops, Andrew Wiggins, Dante Exum, Isaiah Austin, Panini America, Tracy Hackler | Comments (1)
The first cards of next season’s freshman class will hit store shelves with the release of 2014-15 NBA Hoops in October and one of the product’s designs was previewed in virtual trading cards revealed recently over the course of the 2014 NBA Draft via their Twitter feed.
Panini America’s Hobby Marketing Manager, Tracy Hackler, recently spoke with Beckett Basketball regarding what spurred the company to undertake a project which required their design and marketing teams to produce something so quickly.
Posted on July 2, 2014 – 1:21 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball | Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, LeBron James, Miami Heat | Comments (0)
Free agent season has officially opened in the NBA and over the next few days, players and teams began negotiating on deals that are sure to make headlines.
Eligible players are able to negotiate with prospective new teams at this point, but they are unable to officially sign a contract until the league sets next year’s salary cap on July 10.
The biggest name that could be on the move is LeBron James of the Miami Heat. When he last declared free agency in 2010, there was a great deal of spectacle leading up to his coming to terms with Miami and he played a key role in back-to-back championships. No matter where King James ends up, he will continue to be a dominant force on the hardcourt and in the hobby.
Posted on June 30, 2014 – 11:58 am | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Hockey | Beckett Basketball, Beckett Hockey, Stephen Laroche | Comments (5)
Beckett Media is pleased to announce that Stephen Laroche has joined its editorial team and will take the helm of two of its monthly magazines today.
Some collectors may recognize him as being a former brand manager for In The Game, where he spent the past 10 years working on numerous projects ranging from its extensive hockey lines to Sportkings and Ringside boxing. Earlier in 2014, Laroche began contributing content to Beckett Hockey and he will be replacing the outgoing Susan Lulgjuraj as editor for that publication as well as Beckett Basketball.
“I am incredibly thrilled by this new opportunity with Beckett,” he said, “and believe that I can continue to move these titles in a positive direction.”
Posted on June 23, 2014 – 6:52 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing | GTS Distribution, sports card distribution, Sports Images | Comments (1)
After more than two decades as a distributor of sports cards, Woburn, Mass.-based distributor Sports Images is getting out of the game.
The company will continue to sell sports memorabilia to hobby shops and other companies, just not sports cards. Its accounts will now be handled by GTS Distribution, according to an email sent by Sports Images President Matt Lane on Monday.
Lane cited expanding opportunities in the other areas.
“Sports Images has transitioned the hobby trading card segment of their business to GTS Distribution,” he wrote. “After 25 years in the hobby trading card industry, we have decided to focus our efforts on our retail, novelty, memorabilia and other aspects of our business. As these opportunities continue to expand, the demand for more resources, time and attention also increases and a choice was inevitable.”
Posted on June 19, 2014 – 12:20 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | 2013-14 National Treasures Basketball, Logoman, Panini America | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor
Logoman, RPAs and Prime Patches. That’s what 2013-14 Panini National Treasures Basketball is all about.
Each box of National Treasures will contain 10 cards with eight autographs or memorabilia cards, one printing plate and one base card or parallel.
Posted on June 18, 2014 – 8:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | 2013-14 Panini Spectra, NBA, Panini America | Comments (6)
Panini debuted the Spectra brand in last season’s football releases. It’s making the move to basketball in July when 2013-14 Spectra hits the market.
Each box will contain four autographed memorabilia cards and one memorabilia card. Each box will have just eight cards. All the cards will be showcased on Optimchrome printing technology, according to Panini.
Posted on June 17, 2014 – 3:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey | Beckett Updates, job posting | Comments (0)
Are you a seasoned editor who can report and write for online as well as plan and execute print projects, too?
Beckett Media is seeking an editor with extensive deadline experience who can do it all for print and the Web — following beat responsibilities on a daily basis, while also overseeing all aspects of multiple monthly publications from start to finish. Throw in maintaining a strong social media presence, too.
Candidates should have a firm journalism background as well as strong knowledge of sports cards and memorabilia. Contributing to and planning/editing for all publications would be expected.
Candidates will need to be able to meet weekly deadlines, handle editing and overseeing other responsibilities and work flow as they work in conjunction with other editors and designers on their titles.
Please send cover letter, resume, link to work samples and salary requirements to email@example.com.
Posted on June 17, 2014 – 10:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | basketball cards, Kawhi Leonard, NBA, San Antonio Spurs | Comments (2)
With all the big names in the NBA Finals, the one that emerged as the series MVP didn’t overtake the bulk of the conversation. Nope, instead LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Dwyane Wade were the ones always mentioned.
Perhaps someone should have been watching the 22-year-old small forward because Kawhi Leonard gave one of his best basketball performances in the NBA Finals to help the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat.
Leonard was selected 15th in the 2011 NBA Draft. Some teams that passed over him probably wish they could have the developing star on their team. Instead, the Spurs drafted the player they hope could replace Duncan one day.
Posted on June 14, 2014 – 5:38 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football, Hockey | Father's Day, MLBPA, NBA, nfl, NHL, Panini America, Panini Father's Day promo, promo | Comments (2)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2013-14 Timeless Treasures basketball and the eight Panini America Father’s Day promo packs that came with his purchase.
What will he find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on June 12, 2014 – 4:11 pm | Author: chrisolds
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Cleveland will become the center of the collecting universe for five days beginning on July 30 as the 35th edition of the National Sports Collectors Convention takes place with all of the major manufacturers, dealers and thousands of collectors under one roof.
We’re curious about what you know about Cleveland, so here are the latest 20 questions all with an NSCC or Cleveland-centric twist.
1. Which of these cities is the host of next year's NSCC?
2. Who is the priciest signer (starting fee) at this year's NSCC?
See the rest of our questions … after the jump.
Posted on June 10, 2014 – 4:10 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2013-14 Panini Innovation, NBA, Panini America, Panini Innovation | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Panini Innovation basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.
Posted on June 5, 2014 – 1:45 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball | 2013-14 Panini Preferred, basketball cards, NBA, Panini America | Comments (3)
Only autographs and memorabilia cards will be included in 2013-14 Panini Preferred.
Each box will have just four cards with three autographs and one booklet card. The set will include 600 on-card autographs.