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Views from the floor: Simple sights from the National Sports Collectors Convention

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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.

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2014 National Treasure Hunt: Thursday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

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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Beckett Covers cards: Get ‘em while you can at the National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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First Look: 2013-14 Panini Immaculate Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

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.

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Upper Deck Adds More Exclusive Autographs to National Redemption

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Even with all of the events and activities that Upper Deck announced last week for the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, they have added more excitement to their redemption packs.

Partnering up with Amazon.com, they have created four extremely limited autograph cards from their four core sports. Numbered to 25 copies each, collectors that pull them are bound to be pleased.

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Panini Reveals Tools of the Trade Update Memorabilia Cards For Release at The National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

It didn’t take them long.

Panini America has made their first new cards of LeBron James in a Cavaliers uniform and, fittingly enough, they will be released in Cleveland at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention later this month.

What makes this card that much more special is the fact that it will feature a piece of a game-used jersey he wore during his previous tenure with the club.

The 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention Tools of the Trade Update set will be made up of six different players. The rest of the roster is quite impressive as it features Tim Duncan, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo.
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First look: 2014 Beckett Covers NSCC cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Beckett Media has it covered.

Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention will be able to 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.

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Box Busters Live — A break in the Steel City Collectibles 100-box giveaway (watch the replay + win our Major League movie auto)

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he breaks five boxes of cards from several sports as part of the Steel City Collectibles 100-Box Giveaway that starts today.

Beginning right here at 2 p.m. Central time (3 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, he’ll be breaking five boxes and for predetermined winners as part of the 100-box event — but there will be a box of 2014 Topps Archives baseball cards broken that will be up for grabs for all of our viewers at the end of the event.

How can you win? Watch the video and leave a comment as is requested. We’ll pick a winner randomly from all received before Aug. 15.

He’ll be fielding your questions during the break on Twitter — so send your questions to him @chrisolds2009.

Upper Deck Ready To Celebrate 25th Anniversary at The National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck has released some early details about the exciting events and activities that will be taking place at their booth at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and it will be a celebration fit for marking the company’s 25th anniversary.

From July 30 to August 5, Upper Deck will be keeping collectors in attendance busy. For those hitting the show floor on the opening day, there will be a special party to show appreciation to dealers in attendance, but VIP attendees aren’t left out of the fun as there will be a special six-card VIP set available. They will also have a chance to win one of three packs of 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Golf.

An anniversary celebration would be nothing without cake and Upper Deck takes things up a notch afterward by holding a free giveaway.

Naturally, Upper Deck will also be holding a wrapper redemption that will see collectors receive special packs made just for the National. Autographs of many big names like Michael Jordan, Johnny Manziel and Wayne Gretzky will be randomly inserted. Read More »

Leaf Trading Cards Reveals Big Plans for the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Attendees of the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio are sure to take notice of the Leaf Trading Cards booth as the company looks to make a major impact at this year’s event.

The excitement begins with their 5,000 square foot store (located at booth 569) which will feature over 1,000 unique items for sale, including many that are exclusive to the National. Collectors that break one of the boxes listed below will receive a $5.00 gift card that can be used in the store.

The eligible boxes cover a wide variety of sports and non-sports releases and include:

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Panini Unveils Multi-Sport Redemption Program and VIP Set for the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America has given collectors a small glimpse into their plans for the upcoming 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and they will be focusing on the hottest rookies around in addition to today’s brightest stars.

It all begins with a special treat for VIP attendees as they will open up their bags to find a coupon they can take to the company’s booth and exchange it for a special six-card set. This loaded collection features recent NFL draftees Johnny Manziel and Blake Bortles, NBA picks Andrew Wiggins and Dante Exum, along with MLB freshmen Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Select basketball cards

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

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini Gives NBA Fans a Virtual Look at the 2014 Draft Class

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The first cards of next season’s freshman class will hit store shelves with the release of 2014-15 NBA Hoops in October and one of the product’s designs was previewed in virtual trading cards revealed recently over the course of the 2014 NBA Draft via their Twitter feed.

Panini America’s Hobby Marketing Manager, Tracy Hackler, recently spoke with Beckett Basketball regarding what spurred the company to undertake a project which required their design and marketing teams to produce something so quickly.

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LeBron James Leads NBA Free Agent Frenzy

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Free agent season has officially opened in the NBA and over the next few days, players and teams began negotiating on deals that are sure to make headlines.

Eligible players are able to negotiate with prospective new teams at this point, but they are unable to officially sign a contract until the league sets next year’s salary cap on July 10.

The biggest name that could be on the move is LeBron James of the Miami Heat. When he last declared free agency in 2010, there was a great deal of spectacle leading up to his coming to terms with Miami and he played a key role in back-to-back championships. No matter where King James ends up, he will continue to be a dominant force on the hardcourt and in the hobby.

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Stephen Laroche joins Beckett Media as editor for Beckett Hockey and Beckett Basketball

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Beckett Media is pleased to announce that Stephen Laroche has joined its editorial team and will take the helm of two of its monthly magazines today.

Some collectors may recognize him as being a former brand manager for In The Game, where he spent the past 10 years working on numerous projects ranging from its extensive hockey lines to Sportkings and Ringside boxing. Earlier in 2014, Laroche began contributing content to Beckett Hockey and he will be replacing the outgoing Susan Lulgjuraj as editor for that publication as well as Beckett Basketball.

“I am incredibly thrilled by this new opportunity with Beckett,” he said, “and believe that I can continue to move these titles in a positive direction.”

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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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