Posted on September 16, 2014 – 12:04 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball | 2014-15 NBA Hoops, Panini America | Comments (0)
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor
A quarter of a century ago, Basketball card collectors rejoiced when they were finally able to collect more than one set during a season and it is only fitting that 2014-15 NBA Hoops from Panini America will be kicking off the upcoming campaign.
An affordable entry-level release that is loaded with hits that even advanced collectors can appreciate, Hoops is expected to deliver two autographs and one memorabilia card in every box along with a wide array of rookies, inserts and parallels.
What else can hobbyists expect to find in packs? Find out after the jump. Read More »
Posted on September 16, 2014 – 10:07 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball | 2014 Panini NBA Hoops, 2014-15 Panini Certified, 2014-15 Panini Court Kings, 2014-15 Panini Paramount, 2014-15 Panini Prestige, Andrew Wiggins, Panini America | Comments (0)
The 2014-15 NBA season is already receiving a ton of hype due to a strong rookie class and the off-season moves by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but trading card collectors have been patiently waiting for further details on what to expect from Panini America.
With some new products coming and many established favorites returning, Panini hopes to build on a strong 2013-14 season and will actually be slightly reducing the number of brands to help the market grow. Beckett Basketball recently received a chance to pose some questions to the company’s Product Development Director, David Porter, and he gave an indication about what is anticipated on store shelves in the next few months.
“We’re very excited about the 2014-15 NBA calendar,” he said “We’re going to lead off with our Hoops release on October 15th. Prestige will follow shortly, available only at Target. Next, we have a revamped Totally Certified releasing November 5, 2014. December will contain two releases, Court Kings and a brand new offering in Paramount. The bulk of the products will be released by the end of April, 2015. Stay tuned for release schedules on National Treasures Basketball, Immaculate Basketball, and Flawless Basketball.” Read More »
Posted on September 15, 2014 – 10:33 am | Author: Derek Ficken
Basketball, Beckett Updates | auctions, autographs, basketball, Beckett Auctions, memorabilia, Michael Jordan, unc | Comments (0)
By Derek Ficken | Beckett Market Analyst & Auctions Coordinator
Beckett Auction Services (www.auctions.beckett.com) has been able to consign many items of sports hobby history since its inception earlier this year. A common theme for the current September auction is showcasing items from “His Airness”, Michael Jordan. One item in particular that caught my eye was a UNC team-signed basketball from the 1983-84 season. Some call it one of the greatest teams to be labeled as underachievers, but others just call it a solid squad with some Hall of Famers.
Signatures from this baby blue and white colored basketball with a retro Tarheel logo have the entire roster of players including Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Brad Daughtery, Kenny Smith, Cliff Morris, Buzz Peterson, Cecil Exum, Matt Doherty, and more. Read More »
Posted on September 12, 2014 – 6:17 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Football, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports | Charlie Sheen, derek jeter, game-used, game-used cards, game-used dirt, Major League, memorabilia cards, Mickey Mantle, MLB, MLB authentication, Non-Sports, Panini America, patch card, Relics, Ricky Vaughn, Sneak Peek, Topps, Upper Deck, Zoe Saldana | Comments (13)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
It’s all memorabilia cards all the time as we prep The Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, so it’s all that right here, too.
Here is the latest installment of 20 Questions — all about memorabilia cards.
1. How would you grade Panini's Sneak Peek cards?
2. Do you want to see more jumbo and three-dimensional types of memorabilia cards?
See the rest of the questions and offer your take on it all … after the jump.
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Posted on September 11, 2014 – 12:54 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Beckett Updates | Adidas, BGS, John Wall, NBA, Panini America, Washington Wizards | Comments (1)
It’s a global game — and BGS is a part of it.
Dongwoon Lee is Beckett Grading Services‘ Asia/Pacific Sales Manager based in Seoul, South Korea and he’s a collector, too.
When Washington Wizards star John Wall recently toured South Korea and Japan, he was there to greet the star like anyone else — and he brought some BGS-slabbed Panini America Rookie Cards to show the star, too.
Check out the scene in a few images … after the jump.
Posted on September 9, 2014 – 2:47 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Racing, Your Turn | Beckett Sports Card Monthly, game-used memorabilia, memorabilia cards, Your Turn | Comments (57)
What hasn’t made its way into a memorabilia card?
That’s a big question that may not have many answers if you’re talking about the four major sports, but the possibilities elsewhere in the sports world — and beyond — are a bit more vast.
We’ve seen plenty make its way into cardboard in the past but for the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, The Game-used Issue, we’d like to know what you’d want to see cut up and put into a memorabilia card. Maybe you’d want to see more non-traditional but historically significant pieces such as the Hindenburg from 2013 Panini Golden Age above — or maybe you’d want to see more movie props or simple things such as game-used baseballs with stitching. Tell us.
Do some thinking, get creative, and perhaps we’ll award something interesting with some memorabilia in it to one or two of our creative responders.
Q: What would you want to see in a memorabilia card? It could be anything … sports or not.
Let us know in the comments below — and we’ll run a selection of the answers in the upcoming magazine.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on September 9, 2014 – 12:33 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Pro Wrestling, Racing | game-used, game-used cards, game-used memorabilia cards, itg, Panini America, Relic, Topps, Triple Threads, Upper Deck | Comments (4)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Analysis & Commentary
You might think that we’re seeing fewer game-used memorabilia cards in our packs these days as collector tastes continue to evolve and new creations capture our attention.
You’d be wrong.
A basic examination of the Beckett.com database shows that there are 1,001,558 different memorabilia cards of the game-used (or event-used) variety out there for collectors to chase.
It’s an impressive number (and the total volume of cards would be much higher), but what’s more impressive is that it’s a dramatic increase in less than three years, the last time we revisited these stats for a Game-used Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. In the February 2012 issue, which was prepped at the end of 2011, there were 738,395 unique memorabilia cards. That’s a 35.6 percent increase. (That surprise does come with a caveat — it’s possible that we’re seeing fewer total memorabilia cards but with more unique cards made having smaller serial-numbering … but I doubt it.)
Posted on September 2, 2014 – 12:00 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball | 2013-14 Panini Immaculate, LeBron James, Panini America, Sneak Peek | Comments (2)
The release of 2013-14 Panini Immaculate is just around the corner and Panini America has given Beckett Basketball an exclusive preview of some of its all-new Sneak Peek cards that are certainly going to capture the attention of collectors once the product hits store shelves this Friday.
With an oversized piece of game-worn sneakers from many of the greatest names from the past and present, this collection of 1/1 cards is perhaps the largest of its kind in the history of the trading card hobby. The roster includes such stars and legends as Kobe Bryant, Scottie Pippen, Shaquille O’Neal and Kyrie Irving.
Take a look at the Beckett-exclusive images after the jump. Read More »
Posted on September 2, 2014 – 8:44 am | Author: Stephen Laroche
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey | Tiger Woods, Upper Deck, Upper Deck 25th Anniversary, Upper Deck 25th Anniversary Promo Set | Comments (1)
By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor
This week, collectors heading to their local card store or particiating in an authorized group break featuring Upper Deck products are in for a surprise treat coming in the form of special 25th Anniversary Promo Packs.
The five-card packs will contain a special 110-card base set from several sports designed in the same manner as the landmark 1989 Upper Deck Baseball release. Seeded once per pack is one of 40 different additional 1989 Themed Rookie Cards that include such young talents as Byron Buxton, Nathan MacKinnon and Johnny Manziel.
If that was not enough, there are over 70 different Autograph Parallel cards to track down and they are limited to between 25 and 125 copies each. Combined with the ever-popular Printing Plates, they will be coming out of packs at an attainable 1:17 rate. Read More »
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 (1)
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
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Multisport, Non-Sports, Soccer | Andrew Wiggins, MLBPA, NBA, nfl, Panini America, Peyton Manning | Comments (11)
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.
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)
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)
Posted on August 18, 2014 – 2:05 pm | Author: Stephen Laroche
Basketball | 2013-14 Panini Flawless, Kobe Bryant, Panini America | Comments (2)
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
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Your Turn | Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel, MLB, NBA, nfl, NFL draft, NHL, prospects, rookies, Teddy Bridgewater | Comments (13)
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.