Posted on August 29, 2014 – 6:44 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey | ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Beckett, GTS Distribution, Lou Gehrig, Magazine Exchange, panini, Pete Frates, Topps, Universal Distribution, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
Magazine Exchange owner Roger Barry is doused Thursday by his sales staff. Barry’s Ice Bucket Challenge came from Panini’s Vice President of Sales, D.J. Kazmierczak.
Individuals from throughout the trading card industry – and even groups of staff members from Upper Deck and Topps – have invested in the wildly successful ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the past few weeks.
As you would expect, the videos are priceless.
The highlight so from an engagement perspective has been a head-to-head challenge from Upper Deck that was accepted by The Topps Company. Take a moment after the jump to watch and consider making a donation of your own as the post ice-bath expressions from Topps Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Sports & Entertainment, Doug Kruep and Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager Chris Carlin are incredible. Read More »
Posted on August 26, 2014 – 5:39 pm | Author: chrisolds
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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary
IRVING, Texas | Monday marked the first day of school for many down here in The Lone Star State, and on Tuesday I felt the exact same way by setting foot in a place I hadn’t been before to learn a thing or two.
I spent a half-day at Panini America‘s headquarters.
There were no first-day jitters, there was no daydreaming at what was going on outside in the 100-degree Texas heat. There was plenty inside that was piquing my collecting interest as some of the company’s plans, products and strategies were discussed for future pieces and the collectibles ideas flowed like water. My teacher list included names I had known from years of ripping packs and writing about the hobby — and a few of them were mentioned on the backs of cards that can be found in my stash. (They’re probably on yours, too.)
From the outside, the simple white building in an industrial park adjacent to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport could be easily missed with some simple signage that blends in well with its neighbors — companies perhaps without the kind of magic among their inventory and readied on their own loading docks nearby. But with just a quick walking tour of Panini’s place, though, it was apparent that this spot has perhaps the perfect combination of collecting and commerce, a blend of bold ideas and brash business sense — you know, something strong, something energetic and also something intangible in the mix — to make it all happen.
It’s a place where collecting comes to life daily.
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Posted on August 19, 2014 – 1:30 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, National Sports Collectors Convention | Beckett Baseball, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Randy Johnson, Rod Lawrence, supercollector | Comments (1)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Rod Lawrence is a serious collector of The Big Unit and at the recent National Sports Collectors Convention he added perhaps his biggest piece of personal memorabilia of them all.
He got Randy Johnson to sign Page 32 of the July issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.
Why? That’s the spot where Lawrence was picked as a SuperCollector.
“I wanted to let you know that I met Randy Johnson today at the National Card Show in Cleveland and had him sign the Beckett article,” Lawrence wrote in an email. “I thought you’d like to see the pictures … This was awesome and very special. Thank you very much.”
On the page in the issue, which has been authenticated with a TRISTAR sticker, Johnson wrote “To Rod, My SuperCollector. Best Wishes, Randy Johnson.”
In all, Lawrence owns more than 7,700 Johnson cards including more than 3,900 unique cards and more than 700 memorabilia cards of the future Hall of Famer.
While we showcase a SuperCollector nearly every month in BSCM, our annual SuperCollector showcase is coming up later this year.
How can you be showcased in the issue for your collection of any kind or sport? See below.
CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION (click a second time for a larger view)
Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on August 18, 2014 – 2:05 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball | 2013-14 Panini Flawless, Kobe Bryant, Panini America | Comments (2)
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor
For decades, collectors have been hunting tirelessly for the perfect card. The quest has taken them from cigarette packs to wax packs and from convenience stores to card stores and, in time, the online marketplace.
The quest has been a long a challenging one, but last year, Panini America did their best to make it an easier one with the release of their landmark basketball card product, Flawless.
Back for another year, 2013-14 Panini Flawless will once again offer up 10 cards per pack and the results are expected to be jaw-dropping once again – and so, of course, is the price they are expected to sell for. Each pack is actually a small padded briefcase that will contain six autographed cards, two Jumbo Prime memorabilia cards and two Jewel base cards. Every single card is numbered to 25 or less and they are expected to be chased heavily. Read More »
Posted on August 12, 2014 – 4:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, National Sports Collectors Convention | 1981 Topps, 1986-87 Fleer, baseball cards, basketball cards, MLB, NBA, nfl, Reed Kasaoka, Vintage cards, wax boxes, wax packs | Comments (1)
Have you ever seen a $49,000 case of baseball cards? You can if you visited the Baseball Card Exchange booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention.
Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds caught up with BBCE Director of Acquisitions Reed Kasaoka to talk about vintage wax and more on the show floor.
Posted on August 12, 2014 – 12:50 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball | 2014-15 Upper Deck Lettermen, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Shabazz Napier, Upper Deck | Comments (2)
Upper Deck is ready for another exciting season of collegiate-themed basketball card products and they will kick things off in November with the release of 2014-15 Upper Deck Lettermen.
Boasting an average of two autographs per box, at least one of the signatures pulled will be a highly-coveted Lettermen Auto featuring either an up-and-coming rookie such as Doug McDermott or Shabazz Napier or an established veteran from a lineup boasting such legends as Michael Jordan or LeBron James.
Let’s learn more about this highly-anticipated product after the jump. Read More »
Posted on August 11, 2014 – 3:06 pm | Author: chrisolds
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With a new NFL season coming quickly, we’re getting our first glimpses of the latest players in their new threads on the field.
Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, Teddy Bridgewater and more newcomers from this year’s draft have taken their first plays against exhibition opponents, giving us our first chances to gauge their cardboard superiority against something concrete. Some might have wowed us, some might not.
For the upcoming second-helping of a Rookies Issue of BSCM this year (the first was just a few months ago), we want to know who you’re collecting for newcomers in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.
Tell us which rookies you’re collecting in the comments below … we’ll run a selection of your answers in the upcoming issue.
Posted on August 10, 2014 – 12:43 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Box Busters & Ripping Retail | 2012-13 Panini Brilliance, Panini America, Ripping Retro | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Basketball Editor Stephen Laroche as he wraps up his trip to the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention with a post-show retro rip of 2012-13 Panini Brilliance.
Posted on August 8, 2014 – 11:17 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball, Beckett Updates | 2013-14 Panini Flawless, 2013-14 Panini Immaculate, 2013-14 Panini National Treasures Basketball, Carmelo Anthony, Oscar Robertson, Panini America | Comments (0)
Trading card companies are always looking for a way to out-do themselves with each passing release and one tried-and-true method to capture the interest of hardcore collectors is to obtain autographs from the toughest of signers.
Panini America has definitely raised some eyebrows with some of their most recent signees as many of them have not had cards bearing their autograph appear in products for several years. The company recently announced that current stars Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Manu Ginobili will all have hard-signed cards in late season releases such as 2013-14 Immaculate, 2013-14 National Treasures and 2013-14 Flawless. Wade and Ginobili are actually signing physical cards for the first time with the company and Anthony will be doing so for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
Posted on August 6, 2014 – 3:09 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Auction Services, Beckett Updates, Football | 1986-87 Fleer, Babe Ruth, Beckett Auction Services, Michael Jordan | Comments (6)
With each passing month, Beckett Auctions continues to pick up momentum as many major pieces of hobby history are on the block and ready to go to the highest bidder.
The August 2014 Sportscards & Memorabilia Auction is loaded up with some true treasures that are sure to get some serious attention from collectors around the world. Among the highlights are 21 different bat barrel relic cards that have been consigned and each card is a one-of-one. Unique memorabilia cards of some of baseball’s greatest names are up for grabs, including a dazzling 2006 Upper Deck Epic Four Barrel featuring Hall of Fame home run hitters Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews.
After the jump, we’ll learn more about some of the tremendous items collectors may bid on starting at noon Central on Aug. 10.
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Posted on August 5, 2014 – 1:33 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball, Beckett Updates | 2013-14 Panini Preferred, 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Panini America | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Basketball‘s Stephen Laroche and Panini America’s Hobby Marketing Manager Tracy Hackler as they bust open a fresh box of 2013-14 Panini Preferred Basketball live at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention.
Posted on August 4, 2014 – 8:36 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
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With another National Sports Collectors Convention coming to an end, most attendees are hopefully returning home with items that they have desired for years.
The quest for the perfect collectible is a challenge most hobbyists embrace and there is a good chance that many walked away with positive feelings about their experiences over the past few days in Cleveland. The Beckett Media team certainly enjoyed meeting with collectors from all over the world and hearing about their experiences.
The 2014 National Treasure Hunt closes with five more unique items and you can read more about them after the jump.
Posted on August 3, 2014 – 8:37 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Grading Services, Beckett Updates, Golf, Hockey, Pro Wrestling | 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, Gordie Howe, Mickey Mantle, O-Pee-Chee, Rory McIlroy, Topps, Upper Deck | Comments (3)
As the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention keeps rolling along, many great items are turning up on the show floor and commanding the attention of the crowd.
One of the greatest things about the National is the diversity of collectibles that can be bought, sold or even traded for. Since the beginning, it has always been about baseball items, but fans of other sports are well-represented as well.
Let’s take another look at some of the treasures that popped up over the course of the show on Saturday after the jump.
Posted on August 2, 2014 – 7:48 am | Author: chrisolds
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By Ben Aguirre | Contributing Writer
CLEVELAND | When one thinks of the most-iconic basketball card of the last decade, there is likely one that comes to mind — the 2003-04 Upper Deck Exquisite LeBron James, an autographed patch Rookie Card. Only 99 copies exist, but with the help of Tim Carroll, an elementary school teacher from South Carolina, there soon will be a 100th of sorts.
Carroll, the man who famously cut up 1989 Upper Deck baseball cards to create a giant tribute of the famed Ken Griffey Jr. RC, has been at the National Sports Collectors Convention this week making his latest creation, his version of the famed James card.
“I’m using nothing but Upper Deck brand Cleveland Cavaliers cards to recreate the modern Holy Grail of basketball cards,” Carroll said as he held a glue stick in one hand preparing to place a shiny piece of 1995-96 SP card into the area that surrounds the head of James on his creation.
Posted on August 1, 2014 – 9:42 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Hockey, National Sports Collectors Convention | 2014 National Collectors Convention, Cleveland Barons, Dr. James Beckett, Larry Bird, Pete Maravich | Comments (0)
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor
With another day at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention drawing to a close, the thousands of collectors coming through the doors are undoubtedly relaxing and taking a good look at the amazing items they purchased today.
Once again, Beckett Media has taken to the show floor to look out for some unique collectibles and share them with readers. While many dealers are carrying a large amount of baseball and football-related items, there are some compelling hockey and basketball pieces that could be found with a little bit of digging.
Posted on August 1, 2014 – 12:07 am | Author: chrisolds
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By Ben Aguirre | Contributing Writer | Commentary
CLEVELAND | The pointed end of a box-cutter slices through the packing tape on a case of 2014 Bowman Platinum. The master box is turned upside down and out tumble 12 brand-new sealed boxes of the latest baseball product to hit the shelves.
The hands that will be handling these cards for the first time are held in front of a camera and, pack after pack, the contents of each wrapper are revealed — the names of some of the players celebrated, others merely mentioned. The shiniest cards are often held in front of the lens for extended periods to show the people in audience in person, and those watching around the world, what has just been pulled.
The idea of the live case and box break is one that has been around for years. For at least a decade, collectors have filmed themselves opening their boxes to document their pulls. But in recent years the notion of box and case breaks has skyrocketed across the web and new breakers are popping up everywhere.
Posted on July 31, 2014 – 10:53 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, National Sports Collectors Convention | National Sports Collectors Convention, NSCC | Comments (0)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
CLEVELAND | Day 2 of the National Sports Collectors Convention — the first full day — was a whirlwind of showmanship, enjoyment, shredding of wax and wheeling and dealing between dealers and collectors that is the show of all shows for sports fans.
From Panini America‘s pack wars for kids (above) to the live case-breakers pavilion or the constant hustle and bustle of booths such as Beckett Grading Services, there was plenty to see and do for many at the show, which continues through Sunday at the IX Center.
We’ll have plenty more to see and watch here in the coming days as we explore the show floor with you.
Until then, here’s a small gallery of scenes from today from the show.
Posted on July 31, 2014 – 1:28 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, National Sports Collectors Convention | 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, Hulk Hogan, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sidney Crosby, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
No matter what sport you collect, there is a very good chance that you will be able to find something that appeals to your particular tastes at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
Over the next few days, Beckett Media will be going on a treasure hunt on the show floor to track down some items that will run the gamut from obscure to drool-inducing.
Let’s take a look at five of these great collectibles after the jump.
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Posted on July 30, 2014 – 5:16 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey, National Sports Collectors Convention | Beckett Covers, National Sports Collectors Convention | Comments (0)
Beckett Media has it covered — and it all starts today.
Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention can 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 28, 2014 – 10:04 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball, Beckett Updates | 2013-14 Immaculate Basketball, Panini America | Comments (1)
Panini America made a major splash among collectors with the debut edition of Immaculate Basketball last season and due to its tremendous success, it will be back on store shelves yet again in 2013-14.
With each six-card box being loaded with five autograph or memorabilia cards, there are plenty of big hits to go around and many popular collections are set to be a part of the encore. One type of card that is sure to be getting some serious attention are from the Sole of the Game insert collection which will be featuring the tread from the game-used sneakers of many top stars.
That is only just a taste, however, as some of the other memorabilia highlights teased by Panini are Autographed NBA Logoman cards and Rookie Patch Autographs. Fans of the company’s prime swatches are also in for a treat with big pieces to be found in such sets as Nameplate, Team Logo, Patches, Jersey Number and Insignias.