Category Archives: Basketball

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 »

Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Yesterday, Panini America gave collectors a look at the contents of a case of their soon-to-be-released 2014-15 Panini Gold Standard product via their official blog.

For those that love shiny pieces of cardboard, this collection is bound to please and there is the potential for plenty of strong hits in each 10-card pack. Panini made several enhancements this year and every pack is set to contain four or five autographs, a micro-etched parallel and a memorabilia card to go along with numbered base cards.

Now on its way to distributors, Gold Standard should be in stores very soon. Please enjoy the extensive gallery after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 SP Authentic Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With Upper Deck‘s agreement with the Collegiate Licensing Company coming to a close, the company is looking to go out in a strong fashion with a 2014-15 SP Authentic Basketball.

Expected to arrive on card shop shelves on March 31, the main focus of this release will be all about prospects and autographs. Among the confirmed signers are Upper Deck mainstays Michael Jordan and LeBron James along with active talents like Stephen Curry, legendary stars such as Julius Erving and Shaquille O’Neal, and rookie sensations Nikola Mirotic and Aaron Gordon.

What else can collectors find in packs of 2014-15 SP Authentic Basketball? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Hardcourt Hobby Heroes: Andrew Wiggins, Draymond Green & Jimmy Butler

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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

Andrew Wiggins – SF, Minnesota Timberwolves
(Last 5 Games: 19.6 pts, 4.4 reb, .429 3-point percentage)
The No. 1 pick of this year’s draft has certainly had his ups and downs throughout the first half of the season, not to mention changing teams. Wiggins has not disappointed NBA fans the least bit, most notably dropping a career-high 31 points in Saturday’s win against the Denver Nuggets. He has finally come into his own in his rookie year and continues to impress fans and collectors alike. He is the obvious frontrunner to the Rookie of the Year, and we haven’t even hit the half way point in the season yet. You would be lucky to find an autograph of his below $100, and signs are pointing up for this young kid. His average autograph is around $120, so if you really want to collect Wiggins, the time would be now to buy up and invest.

Key Cards To Collect
2014-15 Hoops Hot Signatures #66 ($200)
2014-15 Prestige Prestigious Premieres Signatures #PPAW ($150)
2014-15 Totally Certified Rookie Roll Call Autographs #RRCAW ($200)

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Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Court Kings Retail

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

While Panini America kicked off the new year with the hobby release of 2014-15 Court Kings, some collectors may be in for a surprise when they see a retail edition that is ready to hit some Walmart shelves in the coming days.

Earlier today, the company posted an extensive look at some of the cards that could be found inside the special 15-card packs and the content is all about this season’s rookie class. Each pack breaks down to 10 Remarkable Rookie base cards, a pair of Sapphire parallels (#’d to 499) and a Rookie Royalty insert along with two Remarkable Rookies hits – one autograph and one memorabilia. The Rookie Royalty cards are particularly since they depict veteran players during their freshman campaigns.

Read on after the jump for a 2014-15 Panini Court Kings gallery. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Select

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Preliminary details about the upcoming 2014-15 Panini Select release from Panini America and the hobby is bracing itself for the arrival of a revamped product that will include a psychedelic new parallel concept and in addition to an exciting tiered base set that is expected to be a challenge to build.

Hitting store shelves in early March, 2014-15 marks the third season that Panini has produced Select and there should be plenty of content that will appeal to a broad base of basketball card collectors. The chase for the extremely limited Tie Dye parallel cards made for the base set, all memorabilia collections and some of the autographs are almost like a trip back to the 1960s and are sure to generate some discussion in the hobby.

What else can be found in 2014-15 Panini Select? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Court Kings

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini America confirms Collegiate Licensing Company exclusive with nearly 200 schools

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America has deals with nearly 200 more major colleges and universities under the Collegiate Licensing Company in place for products beginning this spring the company officially announced Thursday, confirming previous reports that it had signed a large number of deals.

PaniniNCAAAmong the notable schools covered by the new deal are Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, TCU and Texas A&M.

“Since entering the U.S. market in 2009, Panini has quickly become a leader in the trading card category in understanding consumers and developing unique programs for its partners. Panini’s management team is committed to growing the college category and using their resources and distribution capabilities to benefit our partner institutions,” said Dave Kirkpatrick, Vice President of Non-Apparel Brand Management for CLC, in a prepared statement.

This deal ups Panini’s presence in the college landscape immensely with Upper Deck only holding claim to Notre Dame after signing an exclusive in NovemberUpper Deck had held an exclusive CLC license for the past five years.

In all, nearly 500 schools — not just those covered by the CLC — have signed multi-year deals with Panini and the college memorabilia market is a significant business. According to the CLC, more than $4.59 billion in overall licensed college goods were sold last year, while Upper Deck ranked 19th on the CLC’s Top 25 non-apparel licensees list as the sole card-maker.

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Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Paramount basketball

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Nowitzki Moves Up All-Time Scoring List

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Last night, Dallas Mavericks veteran Dirk Nowitzki strengthened his case for eventual Hall of Fame enshrinement as he moved into seventh place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list with 27,412 points.

During the 96-88 road victory for the Mavs over the Brooklyn Nets, Nowitzki posted 15 points and the 17-year veteran moved ahead of Moses Malone on a three-point shot that came with 34.8 seconds left in overtime. He needs less that 1,200 points to surpass Shaquille O’Neal and move into sixth place and was already the all-time leader in scoring among foreign-born NBA players. Read More »