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Panini Boxing Day Autograph Content Revealed

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With participating Canadian stores giving out their special 2014 Panini Boxing Day packs with qualifying purchases this week, Panini America has revealed images of the strong autograph content that will be found inside. With a roster of carefully-selected athletes from the big four sports, collectors pulling them are sure to be pleased.

In addition to signed parallels of the base set cards, there will also be autographed rookie patches featuring team logos for NBA freshmen and special NFL logo cards with a pink background that tie in to the “A Crucial Catch” breast cancer campaign.

Look for a gallery of 2014 Panini Boxing Day autographs after the jump. Read More »

Panini’s Boxing Day Promo Continues With Checkerboard Cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The slow reveal for Panini America‘s 2014 Boxing Day promotion continued on today as the company revealed some big hits that will be found inside packs in the form of a special Checkerboard design exclusive cards to with prime pieces of memorabilia.

Exclusive to Canadian Panini Roundtable dealers, packs of the 2014 Boxing Day cards will be available at participating retails and handed out as a bonus for each purchase. More details are yet to come over the next few days, but enjoy a gallery of these visually striking cards after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Donruss Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Coming back to store shelves after a five-year absence, Donruss returns to the basketball game in 2014-15 courtesy of Panini America and it is set to deliver some serious value in each box.

Releasing on February 11, this product will bring back many of the concepts that made Donruss a hobby favorite in the past along with a few new twists and old designs that collectors are fond of.

What can be found in packs of 2014-15 Donruss Basketball? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Panini Previews More Boxing Day Images

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Yesterday, Panini America gave collectors a preliminary look at its 2014 Boxing Day promotion and they have shown off even more cards from this product today in advance of next week’s release that is targeted to authorized Canadian Panini Roundtable stores.

Today, the company shared images from the regular set found in packs along with the popular Cracked Ice parallels which will be limited to 25 copies each. With four sports represented, the player selection is perfectly targeted for the Canadian market due to the presence of many athletes who have ties to the nation – including several hockey legends. In the next few days, we can expect to see even more from them as autograph and memorabilia content is expected to be shown to the masses.

For a complete gallery, please read on after the jump.

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Panini Reveals Boxing Day Promo Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

In the wake of a successful Boxing Day promotion last year, Canadian collectors may have been wondering if Panini America would be bringing it back again in 2014 – especially without the presence of NHL and NHLPA licensing.

Today, they received some excellent news as the company will be distributing some special packs via authorized Canadian Panini Roundtable stores. Handed out to those that make qualifying purchases, the contents inside will include base, parallel, autograph and memorabilia cards from all four major sports with a focus on the legends of the game and other content that is strongly tied to the Canadian market.

What stores will be participating? Find out and enjoy a gallery after the jump. Read More »

BGS Diary: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted five 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 December — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2014-15 Upper Deck Lettermen

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

It’s back – and it looks like it might be even better than ever.

Preliminary details about 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard were released today and basketball collectors are in for a treat with all of the improvements that Panini America has implemented this season.

Releasing on January 21, each pack of Gold Standard will contain 10 cards and five of those will be either autographs or memorabilia cards. At least four of those cards will feature autographs, which means that this product has the potential to deliver some serious value on a consistent basis. One of the four signed cards will be an Autographed Rookie Jersey and for the first time, every card in the product is serial-numbered – a move that will satisfy many collectors.

What else can be found inside of these premium packs? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Steiner readies ‘game-changer’ autograph line

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Steiner Sports says it’s going to change the autograph game with a line that it’s unveiling on Tuesday in New York City.

The project is the In Their Own Words Collection, and it will showcase more than a dozen pieces with descriptions of memorable plays or performances inscribed onto the autographed pieces. The line will be unveiled at a news conference on Tuesday with more than a dozen athletes on hand. The Dec. 9 event will at Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C. in Grand Central Terminal. Among those in attendance will be Magic Johnson, Dennis Rodman, Dereck Whittenburg, Mookie Wilson, Bill Buckner, David Tyree, Mike Eruzione, Doug Williams and many more who have had iconic moments and are part of the line.

“Collecting is all about having a piece to recall your fondest memories,” said Brandon Steiner, the founder of the company. “‘In Their Own Words‎’ will change the business. It used to be about the moment, now it’s about the entire story. The players will describe in their own words how they felt at that magical moment.”

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Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Prizm basketball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Durant Makes His Return To NBA Action

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

After missing the first 17 games of the year, Kevin Durant made his triumphant return to the hardcourt, but the Oklahoma City Thunder fell 112-104 to the New Orleans Pelicans and their record plummeted to a disappointing 5-13.

For the NBA’s reigning MVP, though, the game itself proved to be a fairly productive one as he was eased back into the lineup and racked up 27 points in just under 30:00 of play. Coming back from a fracture in his right foot that delayed the start to his 2014-15 season, he went 9-for-18 and nailed three of his eight three-point attempts as well. Read More »

BGS Diary Predictor (Dec.): 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 December 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?

December BGS Diary Predictor: What will Olds submit?

  • 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter Autos #NS Nick Saban, $200 (57%, 81 Votes)
  • 2011 Limited Lumberjacks Bats #2 Joe Jackson /199, $100 (46%, 66 Votes)
  • 1989 Score #257 Barry Sanders RC, $30 (45%, 64 Votes)
  • 1988 Wonderama NWA #341 Road Warriors, 60 cents (37%, 53 Votes)
  • 2005 Absolute Memorabilia Tools of Trade Swatch Double #176 Roger Maris J-P/50, $60 (35%, 50 Votes)
  • 1996 Score Board Autographed BK Autos Red #1 Allen Iverson /400, $150 (32%, 46 Votes)
  • 2004 Leather & Lumber Fans of Game Autos #2 Dennis Haysbert, $30 (32%, 45 Votes)
  • 2003 Playoff Prestige Sig. Impressions #46 Barry Larkin /15, N/A (27%, 38 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #364 Ken Griffey Jr. EXT, $80 (20%, 28 Votes)
  • 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini #361 Ichiro Suzuki EXT, $80 (17%, 24 Votes)

Total Voters: 142

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Sunday Conversation: Panini’s Jason Howarth

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Jason Howarth is the Vice President of Marketing for Panini America. We caught up with him for a brief Q&A about the industry, its challenges, his New England Patriots and plenty more.

Check it out in our Sunday Conversation. 

What’s the most-interesting trend you have seen in the industry lately — and what makes that stand out?
I’d say this was a trend — but it has evolved into the creation of a whole new segment in the hobby and it’s here to stay — case-breaking. I know some people feel that case-breaking is bad for the hobby, but you have to give the guys that are doing it right their due. They open volumes of product and showcase cards in programs that previously might have been overlooked. Case-breaking also brings in lapsed collectors back into the hobby and reignites their passion to collect.

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BGS Diary: Vintage, booklets, Dr. Beckett & more

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted five 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 of five cards I got back from BGS for November — so here’s my latest BGS Diary entry. See which five cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Prestige

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Paramount Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Once in a while, a trading card company will dust off an old brand and infuse it with new energy to help it generate interest from both new and experienced collectors. In the case of 2014-15 Panini Paramount Basketball from Panini America, we are being taken back a few years with name alone as it has been completely overhauled for modern tastes.

Having never been attempted for the sport, this Paramount release will offer up a nod to something that was previously part of the Pinnacle brand with as cards printed on Dufex stock along with many more exciting autograph and memorabilia concepts. Originally, Paramount fell under the banner of Pacific Trading Cards, but Panini owns the brand name and has chosen to resurrect it this season.

What else can collectors expect to find in packs? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Panini Reveals Rookie X-Change Cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

There is some good news for collectors that have been anxiously waiting to receive some special redemption cards from Panini America as the company has unveiled images of their 2014 NBA Draft Rookie X-Change cards that were inside packs of 2013-14 Panini Intrigue Basketball and 2013-14 Panini Signatures Basketball.

Ready to be mailed out to those that have redeemed them, these cards are sure to be well-received by the hobby and highlight top members of the 2014-15 rookie class.

“Both sets stay true to some of the coolest aspects of the products from which they originated – 2013-14 Signatures Basketball and 2013-14 Intrigue Basketball, respectively,” noted Tracy Hackler, Panini America’s Hobby Marketing Manager. “As a result, the cards themselves provide for some of the most unique early cards of this season’s top NBA rookies.”

Who made the cut for these sets? Take a look at the gallery and find out more information after the jump. Read More »

Panini’s Black Friday Starting To Shape Up

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

We are barely a week away from the biggest shopping weekend of the year and collectors are gearing up for Panini America‘s annual holiday season tradition – their ever-popular Black Friday promotion.

Over the past couple of weeks, the company has been leaking out details about their 2014 Panini America Black Friday promotional set and packs are expected to loaded with cards that are sure to be heavily chased and may even become the cornerstones of some collections.

Starting on Friday, November 28, collectors will converge on hundreds of their favorite card stores in order to participate in the program and bust some packs or they can visit iCollectPanini.com if they do not have a hobby shop that is participating in the program. Naturally, there is an opportunity to pull autographs and memorabilia along with tough parallels from the worlds of baseball, basketball and football.

What does Panini America have planned for hobbyists on Black Friday? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck NCAA March Madness

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Even though the college basketball season is in full swing, Upper Deck is looking ahead to the end of the schedule as they are ready to unleash 2014-15 NCAA March Madness Collection on February 4.

The first product of its kind to be made by the company, it will not only look back on the greatest moments in tournament history, but plans to add a compelling Bracketology interactive game feature. Collectors that receive the cards will scratch off to reveal the depicted team’s bracket seed and location. If it matches the seed the team actually received, then your card is live and ready to compete for prizes.

What else will be found in this product? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters: 2014-15 Totally Certified basketball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Sources: Panini close to near-exclusive in college card market

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Analysis

The changes coming to the college trading card landscape in 2015 are going to be even more dramatic than anticipated, according to industry sources.

Panini America‘s wave of new deals signed with top schools in the last few weeks has reportedly gotten even larger. Industry sources tell Beckett Media that nearly all of the country’s 60-plus major colleges and universities — and nearly 300 schools in total — have signed multi-year deals with Panini, positioning the Dallas-based manufacturer to operate under a near-exclusive in the college-card market for the rest of the decade. That expansion would effectively end any broad collegiate engagement for Upper Deck, which has held an exclusive Collegiate Licensing Company license for the past five years.

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USA Today examines Panini America’s college push

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Panini America‘s push into the college ranks includes more than 220 schools that will allow the company to use their trademarks on rookie and prospect cards as well as produce college-specific card sets.

Panini VP of Marketing Jason Howarth offered insight on how the deal works to USA Today Fields of Green’s Nick Zobel, who took a look at the deal.

“The way the process works is that the rights we have with the school are tied to utilizing the school logos and marks,” Howarth said in the piece. “That means school insignia and mascots. The partnerships do not give us rights to players.”

That means all those college stars from those schools in football and basketball will have their first Rookie Cards arrive (once their college careers are over) with views as seen on the field or court. That means the baseball players from those schools will appear in hobby staples such as Elite Extra Edition just as they were seen on the diamond.

What that doesn’t mean is that Panini can make any card it wants of any player in the history of the school — at least not without that person’s permission and, of course, not before they are done playing.

John Wall Inks Exclusive Deal With Panini

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

One of the hottest names in the NBA has found a new home as Panini America has just announced that Washington Wizards guard John Wall has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with the company that covers trading cards, autographs and memorabilia.

This agreement is sure to pay off nicely for collectors in the near future as the former first overall pick from the 2010 NBA Draft continues to make himself one of the hottest stars in the game. For the first two seasons of his career, Wall was under an exclusive deal with Panini and the company is happy to see him return.

“John Wall is one of the most exciting young players in the NBA and we’ve been fortunate to work with him in the past; having a player of John’s stature return to our team in such a meaningful way not only adds more excitement and potential to our product offerings, it also reinforces our long-term commitment to the NBA category,” remarked Panini America CEO Mark Warsop in a statement issued late this afternoon.

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First Look: 2014-15 SPx

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

SPx is back for basketball collectors and it might be better than ever – especially for those that have been enjoying Upper Deck’s roundball releases as of late.

Arriving on store shelves in January, this brand has not been a part of the company’s lineup since 2008-09 and there have been some improvements that are sure to appeal to many hobbyists. Propelled by the presence of one strong hit in every five-card pack, it looks at the latest players to make the jump to the pro level along with a rarely-matched selection of collegiate legends.

What will collectors find in packs of 2014-15 Spx? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Court Kings

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Last season, Panini America brought back their Court Kings brand after a four-year hiatus and the overhauled product managed to deliver a visually striking look at the game’s biggest stars and rookies. Due to its success, it will be back for a second straight season and there have been some minor tweaks that may help it achieve that status of being a hobby staple.

With a fantastic freshman class already exhibiting its talents on the hardcourt, Court Kings will once again deliver strong value and each 10-card box will contain one rookie card to go along with one autograph, one memorabilia card, an oversized portrait card and two inserts. Expected to hit store shelves on December 19, it has a suggested retail price of $72 that makes it an affordable option during the holiday season.

What else can collectors expect to find in packs of 2014-15 Panini Court Kings? Find out after the jump. Read More »