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Distributor Sports Images discontinues sports card portion of business

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

After more than two decades as a distributor of sports cards, Woburn, Mass.-based distributor Sports Images is getting out of the game.

The company will continue to sell sports memorabilia to hobby shops and other companies, just not sports cards. Its accounts will now be handled by GTS Distribution, according to an email sent by Sports Images President Matt Lane on Monday.

Lane cited expanding opportunities in the other areas.

“Sports Images has transitioned the hobby trading card segment of their business to GTS Distribution,” he wrote. “After 25 years in the hobby trading card industry, we have decided to focus our efforts on our retail, novelty, memorabilia and other aspects of our business. As these opportunities continue to expand, the demand for more resources, time and attention also increases and a choice was inevitable.”

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First look: 2013-14 Panini National Treasures Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Logoman, RPAs and Prime Patches. That’s what 2013-14 Panini National Treasures Basketball is all about.

Each box of National Treasures will contain 10 cards with eight autographs or memorabilia cards, one printing plate and one base card or parallel.

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First look: 2013-14 Panini Spectra Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini debuted the Spectra brand in last season’s football releases. It’s making the move to basketball in July when 2013-14 Spectra hits the market.

Each box will contain four autographed memorabilia cards and one memorabilia card. Each box will have just eight cards. All the cards will be showcased on Optimchrome printing technology, according to Panini.

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Beckett Media seeks experienced magazine and online editor

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Are you a seasoned editor who can report and write for online as well as plan and execute print projects, too?

Beckett Media is seeking an editor with extensive deadline experience who can do it all for print and the Web — following beat responsibilities on a daily basis, while also overseeing all aspects of multiple monthly publications from start to finish. Throw in maintaining a strong social media presence, too.

Candidates should have a firm journalism background as well as strong knowledge of sports cards and memorabilia. Contributing to and planning/editing for all publications would be expected.

Candidates will need to be able to meet weekly deadlines, handle editing and overseeing other responsibilities and work flow as they work in conjunction with other editors and designers on their titles.

Please send cover letter, resume, link to work samples and salary requirements to bdumas@beckett.com. 

Kawhi Leonard NBA Finals MVP adds surge to card values

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

With all the big names in the NBA Finals, the one that emerged as the series MVP didn’t overtake the bulk of the conversation. Nope, instead LeBron James, Tim Duncan, Dwyane Wade were the ones always mentioned.

Perhaps someone should have been watching the 22-year-old small forward because Kawhi Leonard gave one of his best basketball performances in the NBA Finals to help the San Antonio Spurs defeat the Miami Heat.

Leonard was selected 15th in the 2011 NBA Draft. Some teams that passed over him probably wish they could have the developing star on their team. Instead, the Spurs drafted the player they hope could replace Duncan one day.

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Box Busters: 2014 Panini America Father’s Day promo packs + Timeless Treasures basketball cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2013-14 Timeless Treasures basketball and the eight Panini America Father’s Day promo packs that came with his purchase.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett 20 Questions on … Cleveland and the National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Cleveland will become the center of the collecting universe for five days beginning on July 30 as the 35th edition of the National Sports Collectors Convention takes place with all of the major manufacturers, dealers and thousands of collectors under one roof.

We’re curious about what you know about Cleveland, so here are the latest 20 questions all with an NSCC or Cleveland-centric twist.

1. Which of these cities is the host of next year's NSCC?

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2. Who is the priciest signer (starting fee) at this year's NSCC?

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See the rest of our questions … after the jump.

 

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Panini Innovation basketball

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Panini Innovation basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013-14 Panini Preferred Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Only autographs and memorabilia cards will be included in 2013-14 Panini Preferred.

Each box will have just four cards with three autographs and one booklet card. The set will include 600 on-card autographs.

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First look: 2014 WNBA Trading Cards

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

The yearly release of WNBA trading cards is coming in August from Rittenhouse Archives.

This year’s set will be limited to just 500 factory sets of 100 base cards.

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Panini brings back Father’s Day promotion

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America’s Father’s Day Promotion is back.

The program began in 2012 with collectors heading to hobby shops to buy Panini products and getting free Father’s Day packs in return. The packs featured exclusive cards and rare parallels.

This year’s offerings include Diamond-embedded cards, Cracked Ice parallels, Green Prizm parallels from 2013 Select Football (numbered to 15), memorabilia and autographs cards.

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Panini offers incentive packs for case purchases of 2013-14 Innovation Basketball

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America is offering an incentive for distributors who purchase cases of 2013-14 Innovation Basketball.

Suppliers will receive two free five-card bonus packs for each ordered case. Often the cards from these packs are passed on to dealers and/or collectors as prizes or incentives.

The packs will contain exclusive parallels of Purple View, Purple Rookie, All Purple Views, Light Blue Stained Glass, Light Blue Rookie Stained Glass and All Light Blue Stained Glass.

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Beckett Media seeks experienced magazine designer for sports titles

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Are you a seasoned publications designer?

Beckett Media is seeking a design editor with extensive deadline experience to design covers, interior features and departments for all five of its monthly titles — Beckett Baseball, Beckett Football, Beckett Basketball, Beckett Hockey and Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Candidates will need to be able to meet deadlines, handle prepress responsibilities and work flow as they work in conjunction with editors on these five titles.

Please send cover letter, resume, link to work samples and salary requirements to bdumas@beckett.com. 

Panini’s FIFA World Cup Prizm set includes more than soccer stars

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Collectors aren’t the only ones in the soccer mood. With the FIFA World Cup ready to begin next month, athletes are enjoying the global event too.

Panini released 2014 FIFA World Cup Prizm soccer cards this year. The cards featured dozens of soccer players from across the globe. But one interesting subset has caught collectors’ attention – Fans of the Game.

This autograph subset included just two names: football’s Andrew Luck and basketball’s Kobe Bryant.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Panini Crusade basketball cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Derek Ficken and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Panini Crusade basketball cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2013-14 Panini Select Basketball cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Select basketball is coming back for another go-around from Panini.

The second year 2013-14 Select Basketball will feature new Purple and Blue Prizm parallels and a chance at autographs.

Each box will come with 14 packs with six cards in each pack. Each box will have two autographs, two memorabilia cards and six Prizm parallels.

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First look: 2013-14 Innovation Basketball

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini is adding a few extra elements to 2013-14 Innovation Basketball with new inserts and subsets.

Each six-card pack will have two autographs and one memorabilia card. In addition, there will be one View cards, a Stained Glass insert and an additional insert.

The autographs include Top Notch Autographs (numbered to 325 or less) and Foundations Ink (numbered to 199 or less), both with Gold parallels (numbered to 25 or less). New autograph subsets to Innovation include Main Exhibit Signatures and Main Exhibit Signature Rookies, which have a shadowbox design.

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Which Rookie Card have you always found interesting — and why?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Do you have one Rookie Card that you just find more interesting than all of the rest? If so, tell us why and we might showcase your answers as part of the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly that’s all about rookies.

For myself, the 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson RC has taken on that spot for me after it being held by the 1986 Donruss Jose Canseco Rated Rookie or his 1983 Fritsch Madison Muskies first minor-league issue for years.

Why?

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Upper Deck supersizing shadowboxes for UDA

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck created shadowbox inserts in 2009 SPx Football. The cards incorporated three layers of acetate to create a 3-D look.

It has used these shadowboxes in several products incorporating autographs into the design as well. UD is bringing this element to Upper Deck Authenticated, its autographed memorabilia arm.

The new collectible pieces will measure 16-by-20 inches with a large base that it could be displayed standing up or hung on a wall. Upper Deck will continue with the 3-D look and add an autograph to the middle layer.

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Manufacturers looking for ways to handle growing group breakers

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Want a chance at a hit from a high-end product? Collectors have turned to online group breaks as a way to satisfy that craving.

It may be tough for some collectors to spend $500 on a box of cards, but a $50 slot in a group break is a more affordable gamble. Group break collectors can walk away with big-money cards or get “skunked,” the term collectors use when they wind up with nothing from a break.

Despite opposition from some hobby shops and manufacturers, group breaks are gaining appeal. The explosion of group breaks started a couple of years ago. It has become part of the National Sports Collectors Convention and The Industry Summit, with breaks happening live on camera.

Group breaks occur every night at various price points as the cards are shown off on camera.

While group breaks have become another collecting option, they have also become a place of concern for longtime hobby shop owners. Group breaks are often streamed online, showing breakers opening cases on YouTube or BreakersTV. This means a collector with a PayPal account doesn’t have to leave the house and can watch their breaks online. A few days later, their cards are in the mailbox.

The topic of group breaks was addressed at The Industry Summit in Las Vegas in March with representatives from Panini America, Topps and Upper Deck discussing the craze with a room full of hobby shop owners.

“Obviously, group breaks in general are a positive in terms of being able to expose people to products they wouldn’t normally see,” said Topps’ Vice President of Sales, David Reel. “It’s something that is going to continue to grow.”

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