Category Archives: Basketball

Panini teases Flawless lines for soccer, Kentucky basketball

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Flawless is coming to the pitch and the college hardcourt.

Panini America‘s most-deluxe brand will have both soccer and college basketball cards coming in the future, the company teased on Tuesday at the Industry Summit in Las Vegas.

A Kentucky Wildcats edition is likely to include stars from the past and the present for the dominating program with the likes of Anthony Davis, John Wall, Pat Riley, Dan Issel, Adolph Rupp, Frank Ramsay and Tubby Smith among the tentative inclusions.

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Upper Deck Extends Jordan Exclusive

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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 and authenticated collectibles.

“We are honored to be the exclusive provider of Michael Jordan collectibles,” said Upper Deck President, Jason Masherah in a press release. “We have worked diligently to bring the highest quality, most innovative Jordan memorabilia to collectors and we will continue to maintain the same level of service and authenticity that fans and collectors have come to expect from Upper Deck.” Read More »

BGS 9.5 Star Jordan Sells For Record Price

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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 sold to a private collector soon after for nearly $41,000, including the buyer’s premium. Beckett Basketball has learned that this one-of-a-kind card has been sold once again and the price may surprise some that held off on bidding.

“We have a new record price of $52,500 for that same BGS 9.5 that the Beckett Auctions team sold in November,” noted longtime Star Basketball card dealer and expert Steve Taft. “Myself and Jarret Kahn, we both knew the original buyer and the new buyer and we put this thing together because both of them wanted to remain anonymous and didn’t want publicity basically for security purposes. The card, in four months, went from $40,000 to $52,500, which was pretty exciting.” Read More »

First Look: 2015 Leaf Greatest Hits Basketball

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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 out of its way to find cardboard treasures that will appeal to most hobbyists.

In their sales solicitation material, Leaf noted they have listened to collector requests for a basketball repack product which had a lower per-card price point, lower box print runs, was friendly to group breakers both at the retail and online level, and guaranteed big names to be delivered in cases.

What are some of the cards that can be found in this repack release? Look for a gallery after the jump. Read More »

Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball

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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 the game.

Hitting shelves later this month, the company has done an internal case break of premium boxes for the purposes of quality control and there will be a strong assortment of rookies, autographs and memorabilia to be found inside. In addition to the Voices of the Game autos that we showed off yesterday, Panini also gave the hobby its first look at the Rookie View autographs in addition to the base set and several non-memorabilia inserts.

What can collectors find inside a case of 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball? Check out the gallery after the jump. Read More »

Panini Previews Industry Summit Black Boxes

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 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 out these hobby treasures out and the content inside is sure to generate some excitement among recipients and collectors. This afternoon, Panini previewed some of the base Private Signings cards along with some other the other content that will be popping out of boxes.

What else can attendees expect to find in their Black Boxes? Check out a gallery after the jump. Read More »

Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Threads Voices of the Game

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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 a lineup that boasts 20 broadcasters, Voices of the Game will deliver signatures from such memorable names as Ernie Johnson, Dick Vitale and Craig Sager along with former players and coaches who have stepped behind the microphone that include Shaquille O’Neal, Grant Hill, Bob Knight and Chris Webber.

Want to see a complete gallery of cards from this set? Read on after the jump. Read More »

Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: Marcus Smart, Mo Williams, Rudy Gay

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Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

Marcus Smart – PG – Boston Celtics
Last 5 Games: 8.2 PPG, 2.6 APG, 4.8 RPG

This star from Dallas, Texas, had some temper problems throughout his senior year at Oklahoma State, but was selected as the sixth pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. The Celtics were able to free up a starting spot for him by trading Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks, and ever since then, he has been proving his worth as a viable starter in the league. His production has slowly increased and his card values have done the same. If you are looking for Andrew Wiggins prices, look somewhere else, but if you are looking for a worthy investment, Smart is your man. Because he was a lottery pick, Panini did its due diligence by making him one of the showcased rookies in its 2014-15 products, so he already has 248 cards in the Beckett Online Price Guide, with 52 of them as autographs. With an average auto price of $42, you can stock up on his cards and hope to see the Celtics potentially gain a few pieces in next year’s draft to make a turnaround in the Eastern Conference. With that said, look for some key autographs under his average price including his 2014-15 Hoops Hot Signatures card ($20) or even his 2014-15 Donruss Rated Rookie Signature Patches card ($25) to stock up on before he potentially becomes a breakout star in his sophomore year.

Key Cards To Collect:
2014-15 Panini Gold Standard #207 JSY AU/199 RC ($30)
2014-15 Donruss Rookie Autographs #15 /99 ($30)
2014-15 Court Kings Fresh Paint Autographs #6 /225 ($40) Read More »

First Pricing: 2014-15 Donruss Basketball

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By Brian Fleischer | Beckett Basketball Senior Market Analyst

Beckett first pricing for 2014-15 Donruss basketball is now live to all subscribers to the Beckett Basketball Online Price Guide.

The Online Price Guide allows subscribers to access complete and full pricing for all cards cataloged and priced in our football database. This not only includes full checklists and all pricing for all mainstream products, but also every ancillary or regional set, old and new, that we catalog. The OPG is also the first place that Beckett pricing will appear for new products and the first place price changes on older cards are published.

The first Donruss brand in the basketball hobby since 2010-11, the product has been well received by collectors, who have made it one of the most heavily broken products of the year. The 2014-15 Donruss Rookie Autographs have been strong sellers with top Rookie of the Year contender Andrew Wiggins’ valued at $300.

Access or purchase your Online price Guide subscription now to view complete 2014-15 Donruss basketball pricing.

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First Look: 2014-15 Panini Immaculate Basketball

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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 of the past, present and future.

Loaded up with six cards in each box, 2014-15 Panini Immaculate Basketball will dole out five autograph or memorabilia hits inside and while there are plenty of jumbo memorabilia pieces to pull, the company has also added some major hits in the form of multi-player autograph cards. It expected to make its way to hobby shops in April and the preliminary details released by the manufacturer should generate plenty of advance excitement.

What can collectors find in boxes of 2014-15 Panini Immaculate Basketball? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball

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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 multiple pack and box configurations to appeal to a wider array of collectors. Threads is returning to the hobby after a one-year hiatus and Panini recently gave hobbyists a sneak peek of some of the cards via its blog.

What can collectors expect to find in 2014-15 Panini Threads Basketball? Find out after the jump.

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Lauren Hill Receives Heroic Inspirations Card

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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 millions of fans since she made her debut this season.

“My goal has always been to play and contribute to the Mount St. Joseph women’s basketball team, but never could I have imagined I would have my very own Upper Deck rookie card,” noted Hill in a press release provided by the company. “It is an honor to be recognized like this and I am so happy my story has inspired hope. I hope those who have been touched by my story will want to collect my Upper Deck rookie card, especially knowing that all the proceeds from the cards will go to help The Cure Starts Now Foundation.”

How can you purchase one of these cards and support The Cure Starts Now? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Gallery: 2014-15 Donruss Basketball Trade-In

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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 were going to receive a three-card pack themed around the 2015 NBA All-Star Game. These cards will feature Rising Stars Challenge MVP Andrew Wiggins, Three-Point Contest winner Stephen Curry and Zach LaVine, who won the Slam Dunk Contest.

What are the other cards that could be found in these special packs? Check out the gallery after the jump. Read More »

NBA Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: Jordan, Gobert, Mozgov

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By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

DeAndre Jordan – C – Los Angeles Clippers
Last Five Games: 13.4 PPG, 20.4 RPG, 39.6 MPG
This beast from Texas A&M has produced career-high numbers this season with the Clippers in hopes of getting into the promised land and grabbing their first NBA title in franchise history. Jordan had nine-straight games of 15-plus rebounds and continues to wow collectors and fans alike. Since Blake Griffin’s injury on Feb. 7, Jordan has stepped up his production and has helped the Clippers stay on the path for a potential No. 4 seed in the Western Conference. Within the collecting world, Jordan doesn’t have the star appeal like he does in the real world. In the Beckett Online Price Guide, we only have 136 total autographs and 56 autographs that have been priced, and only five of those autographs break the $50 mark. If the Clippers continue their run into the playoffs and a potential NBA title, Jordan might be a good reason for MVP with his unlimited amount of rebounds per game and his double-digit points per game on average. Some collectors are starting to take note of his potential with key Rookie Cards like his 2008-09 SP Authentic JSY AU RC (currently priced at $30) starting to break the $40 barrier. You have ample opportunity to grab key RCs for a bargain price, including his 2008-09 SPx JSY AU/599 RC ($20) or his 2008-09 Upper Deck Premier JSY AU/199 RC ($15), so stock up now before the home stretch comes around at the end of March.

Key Cards To Collect
2008-09 Exquisite Collection #84 JSY AU/225 RC ($120)
2008-09 SP Rookie Threads #92 JSY AU/599 RC ($15)
2008-09 Topps Chrome Refractors AU/476 ($20)

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Wizards Hold Panini Trading Card Giveaway

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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, as Andre Miller was recently traded to the Sacramento Kings. However, the six that are still on the roster were ready for action on the hardcourt as the Detroit Pistons came in to town.

Who are the other players in the set and what other special card could collectors track down? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Panini readies Donruss wrapper redemption

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’ve opened boxes of 2014-15 Donruss basketball cards, save those wrappers.

Panini America has a wrapper redemption program ready for the return of the Donruss brand, and it detailed its plans on Friday.

They include plenty of NBA All-Star Weekend notables.

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Box Busters: 2014-15 Donruss basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Donruss in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Note: Save your wrappers — Panini America has a redemption program planned.

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

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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 Beckett Basketball, we received a statement from Upper Deck’s Chris Carlin regarding their future plans for basketball cards.

“Upper Deck has no plans to abandon a category the company helped create. The basketball market is undoubtedly better with Upper Deck in it. The company continues to enjoy an exclusive relationship with LeBron James and Michael Jordan, which will not change as Upper Deck continues to find ways to deliver fans compelling basketball products. Upper Deck will continue to aggressively look at licensing opportunities that will allow the company to resume a leadership position in the category.” Read More »

NBA Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: LaVine, Whiteside, Teague

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Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

Zach LaVine – PG – Minnesota Timberwolves
Winner of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest

If you paid attention to the All Star festivities this past weekend, you knew that the rookie from UCLA stole the entire show. Zach LaVine had a lot of hype coming out of college, but fell on a bit of a cold streak with a Minnesota team that had plenty of young stars to share a limited amount of minutes. You have seen him in most, if not, all of Panini’s 2014-15 products. With Panini Gold Standard just coming out, his autographs have started out on a high note with his JSY AU/149 selling at $80 and his 2013-14 Exquisite Collection ’14-15 Rookie Autographs card, currently at $100, is now reaching prices close to $160. It’s not a big jump compared to a player like Hassan Whiteside, but the collectors who invested high in LaVine should see a slight rise in his overall value. With the exposure of of this past All Star weekend, you would be smart to jump on his lower value autographs and see where it takes him into next year with a potential repeat in the Slam Dunk contest. Look into his cards like 2014-15 Totally Certified Rookie Roll Call Autographs ($25) or his 2014-15 Hoops Hot Signatures ($25) and hopefully reap the benefits down the road.

Key Cards to Collect:
2013-14 Exquisite Collection ’14-15 Rookie Autographs #RZL ($100)
2014-15 Prestige Prestigious Premieres Signatures #PPZL ($25)
2014-15 Panini Gold Standard #219 JSY AU/199 RC ($60)

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BGS Diary: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for February — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

2006-07 USA Baseball Signatures Jersey Green #19 Todd Frazier /2, $N/A
This year’s USA Baseball set is one that I ripped in volume — as in multiple cases. I managed to track down one last case of this one recently and pulled a pretty notable card of the Cincinnati Reds infielder during what turned out to be a career year. These cards can be somewhat condition sensitive with their high-gloss and their colored edges and the inset cut autograph, so I figured this one would simply “feel” better to me if it were in a slab. It’s a rare green-ink version and the auto graded a 10.
Pop Report: Since there are only two copies of the card, this one has little competition. The pop report shows it being the lone slabbed card, though I swear I saw its twin in a BGS slab on eBay earlier this year.

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First Pricing: 14-15 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

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By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Market Analyst

Beckett first pricing for 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard basketball is now live for all subscribers to the Beckett Online Price Guide.

The Online Price Guide allows subscribers to access complete and full pricing for all cards cataloged and priced in our football database. This not only includes full checklists and all pricing for all mainstream products, but also every ancillary or regional set, old and new, that we catalog. The OPG is also the first place that Beckett pricing will appear for new products and the first place price changes on older cards are published.

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Signing habits said plenty about Dean Smith

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

When the basketball ranks lost one of its biggest legends on Saturday night, I immediately thought of one card in my collection.

It wasn’t because of potential dollar signs — it was because I hadn’t taken a moment to look at it in years.

The legend was former North Carolina coach Dean Smith, a teacher and an icon who won two national championships and 879 games in 36 seasons. His first NCAA title came in 1982 when his team topped Georgetown 63-62 with a last-second basket drawn up for his team’s third-leading scorer that season, a freshman named Michael Jordan. That, of course, is a moment that helped shape the career of one basketball legend — if not the game itself — as we know it today.

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Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: Harden, Westbrook and Wiggins

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Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

James Harden – SG – Houston Rockets
Last Five Games: 29 PPG, 6.6 APG, 5.6 RPB

To say that Harden has been the leader for the Rockets this season is a complete understatement. With Houston only six games back of Golden State for the Western Conference lead, Harden seems to be scoring like it is going out of style. In the first few games of February, Harden has an average of 35 PPG and he just tied his season-high total of 45 points against a Blazers team that has plenty of weapons. Harden is a viable option for the MVP award at the end of the season. Unfortunately for Harden collectors, his hobby value doesn’t reflect his production on the court. There has been an increase in some of his key cards though. In the middle of the 2011 season, his 2009-10 Playoff National Treasures JSY AU RC was valued at $200. Thanks to a new team and increased production, the value has soared to $800. While the time has passed to pick up many of his autographed RCs had bargain prices, 12 of his 27 RCs are valued at $10 or less. His 2009-10 Topps is a good buy at just $6.

Key Cards to Collect:
2009-10 Playoff National Treasures #203 JSY AU/99 RC ($800)
2009-10 Exquisite Collection #45 AU/225 RC ($300)
2009-10 Topps #400 RC ($6)

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Panini Reveals More 2015 NBA All-Star Plans

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With the 2015 NBA All-Star Game just a few days away, Panini America has been busy preparing for the festivities and just announced a second promotion that collectors can take advantage of.

Starting tomorrow, visitors at NBA House, located at Skylight at Manhattan’s Moynihan Station, can receive a 10-card set of NBA Hoops cards that are exclusive to this event. Those that make a purchase of Panini America’s NBA products at the NBA Shop on site just need to bring their receipt to the company’s booth in order to get one. If a collector spends at least $20, they will not only receive a set, but also get to choose one of six All-Star manufactured patch cards.

Who will be a part of these sets? Find out and enjoy a gallery after the jump. Read More »

Panini Partners With Modell’s For NBA All-Star Festivities

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Basketball fans from all over the world will be fervently watching the 2015 NBA All-Star Game and fans lucky enough to make to New York next weekend could enjoy some additional fun compliments of Panini America, who has partnered up with Modell’s Sporting Goods.

Starting on Monday, three Modell’s stores in the Big Apple (Barclays Center, Penn Station and Times Square) will be selling a special 11-card 2014-15 Donruss Basketball promotional sets that are exclusive to the All-Star festivities and it will feature 10 of the game’s top stars along with the game’s hottest rookie, Andrew Wiggins.

Even more appealing to local fans and collectors is the fact that Panini and Modell’s are bringing in some big names for in-store signings. Find out who will be making an appearance after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters: 2014-15 Upper Deck NCAA March Madness Collection

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Upper Deck NCAA March Madness Collection in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Spectra

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Last season Panini America unleashed their Spectra brand on the basketball card market and the hobby reacted positively to the high-end release that featured etched and colorful opti-chrome cards along with plenty of signatures and memorabilia.

Back again for 2014-15, each eight-card pack is expected to yield seven autograph or memorabilia cards and it is expected to hit the hobby in May. With a suggested retail price of around $350, it will certainly be an expensive proposition for some collectors, but the potential to pull something big will be a draw for those that were on the fence about the product last year.

What will be found in packs of 2014-15 Panini Spectra? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: Augustin, Irving, and Cousins

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Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

D.J. Augustin – PG – Detroit Pistons
Last five games: 17.2 PPG, 6.6 APG, 31.8 MPG
With Brandon Jennings going down for the season, the Pistons were in desperate need of a veteran point guard who could step in and continue to produce. Enter six-year journeyman, Augustin. A former ninth-overall pick, he’s yet to meet the expectations that many NBA experts had for him coming out of the University of Texas. Augustin was part of a collectible Texas team that also included Kevin Durant. For collectors who’ve stuck with Augustin through his up-and-down career, now might finally be the time that it begins to pay dividends. Over the last four games, he’s averaged 30 minutes per outing and had a double-double (28 points, 12 assists) against a Houston team that will vie for the top spot in the West. His key cards aren’t pushing high-dollar amounts as they once used to, but you might want to keep an eye on his 2008-09 Exquisite RCs, as sales have begun to approach high book value. Many of his 290 certified autographs can be found on the secondary market for less than $15, so if you’re a collector who thinks Augustin has finally found his way in the league, you might be wise to add some to your collection while they’re affordable.

Key Cards to Collect:
2008-09 Exquisite Collection #63 JSY AU/225 RC($40)
2008-09 SP Authentic #105 JSY AU/299 RC ($30)
2008-09 Bowman Chrome #159 AU ($10)

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Panini and Los Angeles Lakers Hold Card Giveaway

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America recently partnered up with the Los Angeles Lakers to offer attendees of the January 29 home game at the Staples Center an opportunity to receive a special six-card set featuring stars from this year’s club.

The arena exclusive utilizes the same design at the 2014-15 NBA Hoops base set, but Panini changed up the photos on cards of Kobe Bryant, Carlos Boozer, Jeremy Lin, Nick Young, Jordan Hill and Julius Randle. Additionally, the full-color backs of the cards have updated biographies and are numbered 1 through 6. Read More »

BGS Diary Predictor (Feb.): What will he submit?

 

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in February and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, five are headed to BGS today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

February BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 2000 Absolute #195 Tom Brady RC /3,000 (77%, 98 Votes)
  • 2014 Immaculate Collection Immaculate Ink #16 Nick Swisher /15 (57%, 73 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps Allen and Ginter Mini Metal #352 Bob Gibson (45%, 57 Votes)
  • 2006-07 USA Baseball Sig. Jersey Green #19 Todd Frazier /2 (36%, 46 Votes)
  • 2015 Country Music Signatures Blue #40 Sara Evans /299 (32%, 41 Votes)
  • 2014 Pop Century #BAJLA Joey Lauren Adams (31%, 39 Votes)
  • 2000 Playoff Contenders #113 Shaun Alexander AU RC (30%, 38 Votes)
  • 2011 Panini Gridiron Gear #243 Chris Matthews RC (27%, 34 Votes)
  • 2012 Leaf Metal Draft Army All-American Bowl Prismatic Silver #ATATJY T.J. Yeldon AU /50 (22%, 28 Votes)
  • 2005-06 Topps Style Fan Fav. Auto Chrome #JJ J.J. Johnson /10 (17%, 22 Votes)

Total Voters: 127

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Beckett Auctions To Feature BGS 9.5 1986-87 Fleer Set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Beckett Auction Services is pleased to announce that it has obtained one of the finest known 1986-87 Fleer Basketball sets in existence and it will be put up for bidding during their February event. Each of the 132 cards in the set have been slabbed by Beckett Grading Services and every one of them has received a grade of BGS 9.5.

In this hobby, there are few sets more revered than the landmark basketball collection that Fleer issued during the 1986-87 season. Loaded with rookie cards, including the iconic one of Michael Jordan, it is a challenge to receive a high grade on any of the cards due to the presence of color borders and centering issues.

“We are super excited to offer this set in our February auction because it’s not just a centerpiece of the basketball hobby, but the whole hobby,” said Rob Springs of Beckett Auction Services. “The amount of time it takes to put a set like this together and just the overall toughness to build this particular set is quite a feat. Being able to sell a complete 1986-87 Fleer Basketball BGS 9.5 set is something Beckett Auction Services are proud to do.” Read More »

Box Busters: 2014-15 SPx basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 SPx in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: Whiteside, Thompson, Noel

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Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

Hassan Whiteside – C, Miami Heat
(Last 10 Games:12.3 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 4.0 BPG)
Three months ago, this dude was playing ball in a Charlotte YMCA gym, but on Sunday, he decided to drop a triple double (14 points, 12 blocks, 13 rebounds) in a 96-84 Heat win against the Chicago Bulls. With how the roster is set up, Hassan Whiteside might be a crucial part in the success of the Heat for a potential playoff run without King James. Collectors are taking note, as his 2010-11 Panini Contenders Patches Rookie Card (previously priced at $3-$8) has several recent sales in excess of $35. Whiteside, who hasn’t been featured in any products since 2011-12, has only 118 total cards in the Beckett Online Price Guide — 61 of which are autographed. With so few cards, he has the potential to skyrocket in price if his production continues with Miami.

Key Cards to Collect:
2010-11 Panini Contenders Patches #131 AU RC ($30)
2010-11 Totally Certified #182 JSY AU/565 RC ($40)
2010-11 Classics #172 AU/699 RC ($60)

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Sunday Conversation: Panini America’s Keith Hower

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Beckett Basketball recently caught up Panini America Brand Manager Keith Hower to quickly discuss the company’s 2014-15 Select release and to get some early information about what collectors can expect with the exclusive Collegiate Licensing Company license for this edition of Sunday Conversation.

The 2014-15 edition of Select was recently announced and there will be a large array of parallels for all of the cards in the set. The latest addition to that group are the new tie-dye parallels. Could you let collectors know how the concept came about and how limited they are expected to be?

The Basketball Product Development Team has been working with Prizm technology for three years now. Each time we do a new set, we learn a little more about the technology. One of the things that really stood out to us as we tried new things was the fact that vibrant colors look incredible on Prizm card stock. In tracking the market, we noticed that player collectors were starting to chase and complete their rainbow—one of every Prizm color produced; so we began designing our Prizm products with that in mind. The Tye-Dye parallel is one of the most dynamic color combinations we’ve done, and each version is limited to just 25 copies. Read More »