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Get your NFL Draft Preview now

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Don’t be the one who’s unprepared for the NFL Draft.

Beckett Media’s 2015 NFL DRAFT PREVIEW magazine has everything you need to impress your friends April 30-May 2.

— Player Rankings and analysis of every position. Who’s better, Mariota or Winston? Gordon and Gurley are great, but will a running back go in the first round?
— Biggest draft-day steals and busts
— Best drafts in NFL history
— Best and worst draft teams today
— Draft reports for every NFL team: Who will your team pick?

And there’s much more. Check out 120-plus pages of outstanding stories and photos on the 2015 NFL rookie class.

The magazine is on newsstands and at local hobby shops now or you can order direct from Beckett by calling 866-866-5146, ext. 2754; emailing dealers@beckett.com; or going to http://www.beckettmedia.com/special-issues

First Look: 2015 Leaf Metal Draft Footballl

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

One of the early 2015 draft picks products, Leaf Metal Draft returns with the top prospects in next month’s draft. Each hobby box includes four autographed cards. The product focuses heavily on the draft’s top quarterbacks, running backs and receivers. Inserts feature several parallel levels numbered to as low as one.

State Pride Autographs features a flag design of the state in which the featured player played college ball. Touchdown Kings Autographs has a crown-shaped die-cut design and features some of the top touchdown scorers in the 2015 rookie class. More info and images after the jump.

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Top 5: Cards of WWE Diva Paige

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

When it comes to this year’s wrestling cards, this is her house.

The night after WrestleMania 30 last year, Paige made her WWE debut by winning the Divas Championship from AJ Lee on Raw. Ever since, she has ridden a wave of massive popularity among wrestling fans.

Now, a star of Total Divas and a two-time champion, her popularity is soaring with collectors of cardboard. The release of 2015 Topps WWE has opened the floodgates for Paige collectors, as it includes her “Rookie Card” and many firsts, including autographs, Relics and kiss cards. In a very strong product with many superstars from the past and present, such as John Cena, Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair, Paige is the hottest seller among all of them. While she doesn’t have many cards yet, here is a list of her all-time top five … after the jump.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Tampa Bay Rays

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

Today, we’re launching 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days.

Each MLB team will have a contest and a winner on that team’s Opening Day. How can you find out more? How can you enter? Click “read more” below for all your instructions.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Kansas City Royals

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

Today, we’re launching 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days.

Each MLB team will have a contest and a winner on that team’s Opening Day. How can you find out more? How can you enter? Click “read more” below for all your instructions.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Seattle Mariners

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

Today, we’re launching 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days.

Each MLB team will have a contest and a winner on that team’s Opening Day. How can you find out more? How can you enter? Click “read more” below for all your instructions.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Minnesota Twins

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

Today, we’re launching 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days.

Each MLB team will have a contest and a winner on that team’s Opening Day. How can you find out more? How can you enter? Click “read more” below for all your instructions.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Toronto Blue Jays

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

Today, we’re launching 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days.

Each MLB team will have a contest and a winner on that team’s Opening Day. How can you find out more? How can you enter? Click “read more” below for all your instructions.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Detroit Tigers

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

Today, we’re launching 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days.

Each MLB team will have a contest and a winner on that team’s Opening Day. How can you find out more? How can you enter? Click “read more” below for all your instructions.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Chicago White Sox

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

Today, we’re launching 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days.

Each MLB team will have a contest and a winner on that team’s Opening Day. How can you find out more? How can you enter? Click “read more” below for all your instructions.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Miami Marlins

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

Today, we’re launching 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days.

Each MLB team will have a contest and a winner on that team’s Opening Day. How can you find out more? How can you enter? Click “read more” below for all your instructions.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Houston Astros

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

Today, we’re launching 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days.

Each MLB team will have a contest and a winner on that team’s Opening Day. How can you find out more? How can you enter? Click “read more” below for all your instructions.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Colorado Rockies

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

Today, we’re launching 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days.

Each MLB team will have a contest and a winner on that team’s Opening Day. How can you find out more? How can you enter? Click “read more” below for all your instructions.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Cleveland Indians

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

Today, we’re launching 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days.

Each MLB team will have a contest and a winner on that team’s Opening Day. How can you find out more? How can you enter? Click “read more” below for all your instructions.

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30 days, 30 teams, 30 contests: Los Angeles Angels

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The start of a new baseball season is not far away and we wanted to add some march madness of the MLB variety to collectors’ routines leading up to the new season.

Today, we’re launching 30 contests for 30 teams that will last for 30 days.

Each MLB team will have a contest and a winner on that team’s Opening Day. How can you find out more? How can you enter? Click “read more” below for all your instructions.

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Sunday Conversation: Card artist Mike James

 

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Mike James is a veteran sports card artist who has had his work appear in several different card sets through the years. We caught up with him for a brief Q&A for our latest Sunday Conversation

mug-MikeJamesHow long have you done sketch cards and what is your art background?
The first set that I worked on for a card company was for Be A Player back in 2003-04. It was an insert set called Brush With Greatness — not exactly sketch cards — they were a series of paintings that were made into a card set, but still a very cool thrill for me. I have been doing on-card art for various sets for the past three or four years now. Up until the past six months or so, the sets that I worked on were for In The Game and Famous Fabrics. Some of the coolest original art cards I did for them were for Ultimate Memorabilia (starting with Ultimate 11), Sportkings and Famous Fabrics’ Music, Music, Music. I also got to do some really unique 1/1 cards for the Industry Summit. I have degrees in both fine arts and graphic design — both of which have served me very well.

How would you describe your style or your approach — and what makes you different than the next artist?
For the most part, I try to make my art as realistic as possible. I have always been very particular about trying to get in as much detail as I can with the portraits that I do. As for what makes my work different than any other artist — I think it all comes down to style. I’m sure every artist has a different approach to their own work, but there are so many fantastic artists creating work with so many different styles. It’s pretty amazing to me, really, how much good solid work is out there now … especially given the small format required for the finished pieces — 2.5 by 3.5 is not a lot of space to capture the details, especially where there are other graphic elements on the cards!

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NHL Hobby Stars Of The Week: Marian Hossa, Tyler Toffoli, Pekka Rinne

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Wednesday, and that means we run down the three Hobby Stars of the Week and let collectors know why they should take notice of their cards. Below are the three stars of last week.

Marian Hossa, F, Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks forward led the league with five goals last week and was tied for second with six points. Early in the week Hossa netted two goals each in a shootout loss to the Coyotes and in an overtime loss to the Canucks. Later in the week he posted another multi-point game against the Devils where he had an assist and put one in the back of the net as well (1-1-2) as the Blackhawks cruised to a 3-1 victory in New Jersey. On the collecting front it’s interesting to note that he only has six Rookie Cards in the Beckett database and 313 autographs, and given that he has been in the NHL since the 97-98 season that seems surprising. He does however have a following on the secondary market and can be had at a reasonable price point.

Cards to Grab:
1997-98 Donruss Preferred #162 RC, $30
1998-99 SP Authentic Sign of the Times #MH AU, $20
2010-11 Dominion All Decade Autographs #16 AU/50, $20

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Your Oscar-winning autograph options are …

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

And the Oscar goes to…

On Sunday, that phrase will be heard many times as Hollywood’s elite gather to honor those who have cranked out the best film performances of the year. Yes, it’s that time of year again as the  87th Academy Awards will commence from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Oh, the glitz, the glamor, and the star power of that night. And, hopefully, not a Kanye appearance in sight.

This year, an eclectic group of nominees will compete for the four best-acting categories. There are first-time nominees, such as Emma Stone and Eddie Redmayne, and seasoned Oscar veterans like Meryl Streep, who has racked up an impressive 19 nominations and three wins during her legendary career. From the youngest nominee, Emma Stone (26), and the oldest, Robert Duvall (84), we have a 40-year old virgin, Khan Noonien Singh, June Carter-Cash, and an American sniper. And, as Tony Stark would say, “We have a Hulk.” Well, two actually. All in all, among these 20 nominees, there are 59 nominations and six wins.

However, the most-impressive statistic in this analyst’s eyes is the number of nominees who have portrayed or will portray characters in superhero films. There are nine actors and actresses on this list: Michael Keaton (Batman, Batman Returns), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Bradley Cooper (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ed Norton (The Incredible Hulk) , Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man 1-3), Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises), and Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2). Needless to say, Marvel and DC Comics are very well represented at these Oscars.

And, one doesn’t have to look too far before finding a few key non-sports issues of these talented nominees. In no particular order, here are the top examples …

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Beckett Auctions All-Star February Auction Now Open

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Beckett Auctions began its All-Star February Auction yesterday and the bids are steadily coming in for some fantastic hobby treasures that can become a part of your collection.

As mentioned in a previous article, Beckett Auctions is tremendously pleased to be offering up a jaw-dropping 1986-87 Fleer Basketball set where each and every one of the 132 cards has been deemed a 9.5 by Beckett Grading Services. This landmark set includes rookie cards of several Hall of Fame talents, including the highly-coveted Michael Jordan.

Hobbyists will also be pleased to see that they can acquires some rare cards from such scarce modern insert sets such as 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems (red and green), 1997-98 E-X2001 Jambalaya, 1997-98 Finest Gold Embossed Refractors, 1996-97 Fleer Showcase Legacy Collection and 1998 Aurora Pennant Fever Copper. For those who are looking for a fine piece of memorabilia, there is a large assortment of autographed mini-helmets, helmets, jerseys, baseballs, footballs and photographs from the biggest stars of the past and present that can be bid upon before the auction closes on Sunday, February 22.

What else will collectors be able to bid on this month? Find out after the jump.

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NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Corey Perry, David Desharnais & Nick Foligno

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Wednesday, and that means we run down the three Hobby Stars of the Week and let collectors know why they should take notice of their cards. Below are the three stars of last week.

Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Ducks
Perry was stellar on the ice last week as he shared the lead in scoring with four goals and six points as the Ducks gained five of the possible eight points available in the standings. He reached the 20-goal mark on the season with his performance in Carolina early in the week, tying Paul Kariya for second place in franchise history with seven such seasons. The rest of the week saw Perry netting goals against the Predators and Capitals and closing with an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Lightning. In the Beckett database collectors will find that Perry has 17 rookies and 296 autographs, all of which are still affordable on the secondary market.  For a guy in the middle of solid career his cards are priced right were they should be.

Cards to Grab:
2005-06 Upper Deck #204 YG RC, $25
2005-06 Hot Prospects #217 JSY AU RC/199, $60
2005-06 The Cup #173 JSY AU RC/199, $400

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Beckett.com by the numbers: 2015 Topps Series 1

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the prices have been posted.

The 2015 Topps Series 1 baseball set from Topps has arrived on Beckett.com. Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst Brian Fleischer — and see even more — after the jump.

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Marvel Films and Spider-Man together at last

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

It’s official. Spidey is coming home.

Late yesterday, Marvel.com announced that they have reached an agreement with Sony Films to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is a momentous merger that will greatly impact superhero films for years to come.

The basic outline of the agreement will allow Marvel Films to use Spider-Man in their film franchises, such as The Avengers, Captain America, and Iron Man. This “new Spider-Man” will first appear in a Marvel Films production, which will be followed up by a Sony-produced Spider-Man film. While Marvel is granted access to Spider-Man for cameo and ensemble appearances, Sony still maintains all property rights and final creative control over the character.

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What’s it worth? Final 2015 Topps mystery gets answer Wednesday

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

It’s been out less than a week, but not all of the mysteries out of 2015 Topps have been solved.

You’ve seen the Derek Jeter farewells, you’ve seen the celebrity First Pitches. You’ve seen the photo variations and you’ve seen the sparkles. But there’s one remaining mystery and one million-dollar question, though.

What’s it worth?

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Sunday Conversation: Adam “Edge” Copeland

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For millions of wrestling fans, the world champion known as Edge is truly one of sports entertainment’s greatest superstars as he held multiple World Wrestling Entertainment titles throughout a Hall of Fame career.

Before he thrilled arenas full of screaming fans and wrestled on countless pay-per-view events, he was a Canadian youth named Adam Copeland growing up in Orangeville, Ontario. Like many kids of his generation, he grew up with an addiction to O-Pee-Chee hockey cards.

Now retired from in-ring action, he has transitioned into an acting career and has appeared in many episodes of the television series, Haven. He recently reconnected with his hobby following a hiatus of over 20 years and shared his memories with Beckett Hockey.

You recently Tweeted about some of your childhood hockey cards. Where were they all these years?

They were up at my Mom’s since the last time I bought a pack of cards, maybe 1991 or 1992, and then I basically hit the road. I knew they were around somewhere, I just didn’t know where. My Mom was moving last year and I was helping her and I went ‘holy crap, here’s all my cards!’ Just boxes and boxes of loose cards and comics and everything I collected as a kid. So, I had to get these down to Syracuse at least and once I finished Haven this year, eight months from now, I’ll be able to get to them – that was my thought.

When we got home a couple of weeks ago, we got the holidays done and I earmarked the time until we leave for North Carolina to get this done. It was pretty cool and all day and all night just sitting here and saying ‘whoa, I forgot about that guy’ and getting a complete reminder. It took me back to even where I got the some of them.

It’s interesting, when you get so involved in something, I think that sometimes it can make you cynical and what’s great about this for me is that because it has been so long, I have no cynicism attached at all. It’s just fun and cool. I just now found a Wayne Gretzky Second Team All-Star from 1980-81 O-Pee-Chee. That’s the first one I really remember being my set, where up until that point, it was my uncles’ cards. I’d look at theirs and get some, but that was the first year I remember truly liking collecting. Read More »

Win this Odell Beckham Jr. auto in the April BSCM

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If you’re plugged in online, then you might have heard about Odell Beckham Jr.‘s recent #SignMyTweet session.

If not, you should have been on Beckett.com/news last week where we told everybody about the free promotional signing by XFinity Sports where he signed a number of tweets sent to him as part of the event. If you saw it, you could have tweeted the Offensive Rookie of the Year award-winner and maybe, just maybe, received some ink.

@BeckettMedia tweeted him and got lucky. Now, one reader of Beckett Sports Card Monthly will be a winner when the tweet Beckham signed above will be given away in a future issue. Look for details in the April 2015 issue in stores next month. — Chris Olds

Sunday Conversation: Group-breaker Michael Hodges

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Michael Hodges is a 26-year-old group-breaker based in Kansas City, Mo., where he has built STL Sports Cards for about five years. He was among the breakers we talked to for our group-breaking issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and here is a bit more from that for our latest Sunday Conversation.

How important do you feel group-breaking is in today’s card landscape?
To me group-breaking is today’s card landscape. More and more brick-and-mortars close each month/year and the online group-break community is the glue that keeps collectors in the hobby.

How important has it been for you?
Group-breaking is what kept me in the hobby while I was a poor college student making $3,000 a year as a minister. It allowed me to try out some higher-end products without breaking the bank. The friends I have created in this community are truly some of the best friends I have. It sounds lame, but goes to show the commitment to relationships that is a necessity for success in this landscape.

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Win Topps football cards with #BeckettBigGame during Super Bowl XLIX … and right now, too

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’re a football fan, odds are you probably know exactly where you will be on Sunday as Super Bowl XLIX kicks off. We’re aiming to be right there with you.

Thirty minutes before the game — at 5 p.m. Central time — we’re kicking off #BeckettBigGame where we’ll be giving collectors a chance to land free football cards thanks to Topps. We’ll be running the #BeckettBigGame all game long and also for 30 minutes after the game ends, getting prizes into the hands of 20 collectors who participate.

How? All you have to do is follow us on the @BeckettMedia Twitter account during the game where we’ll have multiple winners of pack lots, wax boxes, factory sets and Topps autographed rookie cards and Relics up for grabs during the pre-game show, during every quarter, during halftime, and even during a 30-minute post-game session.

In fact, we have so much to give away there that it starts right here, right now. Get the details and our breakdown of #BeckettBigGame … after the jump.

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First Pricing: 2014 Elite Extra Edition

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By Brian Fleischer | Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst

First pricing for 2014 Elite Extra Edition baseball is now live for all subscribers to the Beckett Online Price Guide.

Loaded with prospect autographs and parallels, collectors have been clamoring for Kyle Schwarber, Alex Jackson and Rusney Castillo’s cards, all of which have the potential to be Hot List candidates in the coming months. For the third year in a row, USA Baseball jersey and autographs have been included in the product. A top prospect in the 2015 draft and son of former Major-Leaguer Mike Cameron, Daz Cameron‘s USA Baseball 18U Signatures card — limited to just 199 copies — is priced at an impressive $40.

For complete Elite Extra Edition baseball pricing, access your Beckett OPG account or sign-up here for a new subscription:

http://www.beckett.com/price-guides/baseball

Contest: The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

Season 5 of The Walking Dead has been a huge roller coaster ride thus far. The trials and tribulations that the post-apocalyptic family of Rick Grimes deal with are becoming more grueling and disparaging. The walkers are more disgusting and rotted than ever, resources and food are scarce, and the outsiders are more sadistic and violent. When the series returns on Feb. 8, the fate of Rick, Michonne, Daryl, and everyone else looks very grim. The characters will most likely face some very emotionally draining situations. This begs the question: What have been the most emotionally draining, shocking, or tragic moments in the history of the series? Well, fear not, Walking Dead-heads! After fan feedback and in-depth research, I have listed the top 5.

**Warning: Spoilers ahead**

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Top 5: Early Max Scherzer cards to own

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Baseball’s $210-million man officially has his contract — and his baseball cards remain affordable.

Max Scherzer’s deal with the Washington Nationals will last seven years. In seven big-league seasons with the Diamondbacks and Tigers, Scherzer has gone 91-50 with a 3.58 ERA and 1,321 strikeouts in 1,239-plus innings pitched. He’s been an All-Star the last two seasons and was the American League MVP in 2013 when he went 21-3.

Collectors have known about the righty even longer as he made his cardboard debut back in 2005 as a member of the USA Baseball National Team. Here are my picks for five early and affordable Scherzer cards to track down first.

2005-06 USA Baseball National Team Signature Black #MS /475, $25 (above)
He appears on 19 cards in the USA Baseball boxed set — and 17 of those are autographed cards of some sort. This one is his main signed card and a shockingly affordable option considering it predates most of his other ink by a notable amount of time.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Conference Championships

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Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we selected our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provided a run down on why collectors should take notice. For the Conference Championship round, we’ve selected three top performers who could make a hobby impact.

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Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
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During the Seahawk’s stunning come-from-behind win in the NFC Championship game, few Seahawk offensive players performed well for the entire game. Russell Wilson was rattled for more than three quarters and the receiving corps had more than their fair share of drops and missed opportunities. But Lynch was strong all game long and came through with a number of huge plays late in the game when it counted most. Lynch has been a top back in the league for years, recording his fourth 1000+ yard rushing season in 2014 and scoring a career season high in touchdowns. Collectors have made Lynch’s cards some of the hottest in the hobby off and on during that period but never have his best cards reached the level of fellow 2007 rookie Adrian Peterson. That may all change now with Peterson cards on the down slide and Lynch playing the best football of his career.

 Cards to Grab
2007 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs #BC66 ($50)
2007 Playoff Contenders #194 AU/533* RC ($50)
2007 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #TC182 ($40) 

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Beckett Media is hiring

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Get your resume ready. Beckett Media is hiring full-time staff members — both in its Dallas office and in regional locations throughout the United States.

Among the positions currently available:

– Card Grading:  The grading submissions are pouring into BGS, so we need more graders. If working with sports cards on a daily basis is something you have always dreamed of doing, consider becoming a grader for the No. 1 service in the industry.

– Price Guide: If you enjoy tracking secondary-market values for trading cards, then a career as a Beckett price guide analyst may be right for you. We’re accepting applications right now for our Dallas office from serious collectors and dealers of modern sports and non-sports cards.

– Sales: Do you get thrilled watching your customers’ business grow? We are seeking experienced sales-team members across the Beckett business – work out of our Dallas office, or your home.

Full-time positions at Beckett Media offer a very competitive salary, bonus structure and benefit package.  If you are interested in joining the Beckett team, send us a resume ASAP at careers@beckett.com!

Sunday Conversation: BlowoutTV’s Matthew Thomas

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Matthew Thomas is the Director of Retail Operations for BlowoutCards’ The Fantastic Store as well as a host on BlowoutTV, the group-breaks division of the Internet superseller.

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How important is group-breaking today?
Group-breaking has become an integral part of the hobby over the past few years. Its growing popularity can be found through both an influx of online group-breaking hosts, and through increased participation by collectors and hobby enthusiasts. One of the biggest benefits to online group-breaking is that it provides collectors with immediate access to various types of products. Many of our customers do not have access to a local hobby shop and/or the ability to purchase entire boxes/cases of product by themselves. Group-breaking has made the hobby once again affordable as collectors are able to purchase specific teams and players from desirable products without having to break the bank.

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Fab 5: Interesting Press Pass sets from the past

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

It’s the end of an era.

Although some collectors may know Press Pass as merely the lone maker of NASCAR cards, the company had an influential run in other sports and helped change the game when it comes to cardboard.

The company is now finished creating cards after a run that included revolutionary game-used releases, historic college brands, memorable non-traditional sports releases and unique non-sports lineups that included Elvis Presley right alongside Yo Gabba Gabba.

Press Pass did plenty during its cardboard run that began back in 1992 — and it did plenty for the world of NASCAR cards — here is a look at a few key sets from the company that you might not remember.

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McDavid leading pack in Hockey Canada auction

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship will be heading into its final matchup on Monday evening as Canada is set to face Russia in what could prove to be a fine conclusion to the annual tournament. The Canadians, led by already-drafted talent like Sam Reinhart, Curtis Lazar and Zach Fucale along with potential first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Connor McDavid, are looking to end their gold medal drought on home ice and will have a nation’s eyes upon them. Hockey Canada, in partnership with eBay Canada, is auctioning off a wide selection of game-used jerseys and equipment and the action for these items has been quite intense in recent days.

Leading the pack, as expected, is a game-used sweater from McDavid which was worn during a pre-competition game against Sweden on December 21 and a round robin battle with Germany six days later. On Sunday evening, bidding had reached an impressive $17,800 CDN with over three days left before the hammer drops. Read More »