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Beckett Auctions “Find of the Week”

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Market Analyst & Auctions Coordinator

Beckett Auction Services (www.auctions.beckett.com) has been able to consign many items of sports hobby history since its inception earlier this year. A common theme for the current September auction is showcasing items from “His Airness”, Michael Jordan. One item in particular that caught my eye was a UNC team-signed basketball from the 1983-84 season. Some call it one of the greatest teams to be labeled as underachievers, but others just call it a solid squad with some Hall of Famers.

Signatures from this baby blue and white colored basketball with a retro Tarheel logo have the entire roster of players including Michael Jordan, Sam Perkins, Brad Daughtery, Kenny Smith, Cliff Morris, Buzz Peterson, Cecil Exum, Matt Doherty, and more.   Read More »

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 2

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for NFL Week 2.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers
(346 yards passing, 3 touchdowns)

The day started pretty rough for Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. After fumbling the first snap of the game and eventually trailing 21-3 to the New York Jets, Rodgers rallied his team to come back to win 31-24. Rodgers threw for three touchdowns, including an 80-yard score to Jordy Nelson. The other two touchdowns were to Randall Cobb. After missing much of last year to an injury, Rodgers showed everyone why he is considered one of the best, and most collected, players in the NFL. He has the potential for another MVP caliber year, which could see his card values rise.

Cards to Grab:
2005 Bowman Chrome #221 AU/199 RC ($750)
2005 Exquisite Collection #106 JSY AU/199 RC ($2000)
2005 Playoff Contenders AU/530* RC #101 ($1000)

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Good things sometimes seem to come in groups of three and the upcoming release of 2014-15 Trilogy Hockey from Upper Deck is certainly hoping to put that theory to the test once again later this year.

Arriving in time for the holiday season, Trilogy has traditionally offered up three major categories of hits since its debut back in 2003-04. This time, it’s all about autographs, rookies and memorabilia cards and there are some interesting changes that should be able to generate some interest from collectors.

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

Upper Deck Inks Exclusive Licensing Deal with CFL


By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Football licensing deals continue to dominate headlines in the collecting industry. Upper Deck has reached an exclusive, multi-year agreement with the Canadian Football League (CFL) and the Canadian Football League Players’ Association (CFLPA) to produce officially licensed trading cards.

The first Upper Deck CFL product set is slated to include a 180-card base set, autographs and game-worn jersey cards, top veterans, rookies and even past greats such as Doug Flutie and Warren Moon. It is set to release in stores across Canada in early October. It will contain six cards per pack and 24 packs per box. On average, each box will contain 2 UD Game Jersey cards, as well as 6 Star Rookies cards, 24 Defense/Special Teams SP cards, and 8 O-Pee-Chee Retro cards. Other highlights include Game Jersey Patch parallels (numbered to 15), SP1 and SP2 autographed chase cards, autographed CFL Signatures cards and Grey Cup Moments cards.

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Beckett Grading Services runs into somebody you might know … in South Korea


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s a global game — and BGS is a part of it.

Dongwoon Lee is Beckett Grading Services‘ Asia/Pacific Sales Manager based in Seoul, South Korea and he’s a collector, too.

When Washington Wizards star John Wall recently toured South Korea and Japan, he was there to greet the star like anyone else — and he brought some BGS-slabbed Panini America Rookie Cards to show the star, too.

Check out the scene in a few images … after the jump.

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Game-used memorabilia cards are still cool — if they are creative



By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

It’s no secret to many collectors that some of the mystique of game-used memorabilia cards has worn off a bit through the years — you know, the nearly two decades since pieces of game-used items started appearing inside our cardboard.

It seems like everything has made its way from a sports field or arena and into cards — well, nearly everything — but it must be said that game-used also has begun to reinvent itself in the last few years, too. Some of the best-designed and most-creative cards of the last decade have been of the game-used variety.

And that’s a promising sign for us all.

Sure, there are still plenty of plain, white swatches that count as hits in boxes from every manufacturer, but that doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, in some ways, the strategies of at least one company — fewer mem cards in some spots, more creative alternatives in others — have had me looking more intently at cards from sports that I might not have normally collected. Why? I like cool cardboard whether it be game-used, event-used or — gasp! — even a ManuRelic (though those aren’t as high on my radar, despite being more creative).

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Beckett Auctions lands Babe Ruth-Harry Frazee dual cut autograph



A one-of-a-kind autograph card linking the two principles in the sale of Babe Ruth from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees in 1920 highlights the October 2014 Beckett “Legends of Baseball’’ Auction.

The 2005 SP Legendary Dual Cuts Autograph numbered 1/1 features cut signatures of Ruth and former Red Sox owner Harry Frazee, the man who sold Ruth to the Yankees for $125,000 along with a reported $300,000 in loans that Frazee used to help finance one of his Broadway plays. The deal remains the most lopsided in baseball trade in history. The year he was sold, Ruth went on to slug 54 home runs – then a single-season record. Frazee died in 1929 and his signature remains in high demand to those wanting a piece of this unique history.

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Beckett Media seeks ad sales team member


Are you interested in working for the leading publisher in the world of collectibles?

Beckett Media is seeking someone to join our advertising sales team. Send your cover letter and resume to Bill Dumas at bdumas@beckett.com.

David Lee Returns as Beckett Football Editor

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

When I was 12 years old the Dallas Cowboys were winning Super Bowls, I was playing football and collecting football cards. It was a perfect time for football to be ingrained into my DNA.

Back then collecting was visiting my local hobby shops and weekend shows chasing down Emmitt Smith Rookie Cards, and telling myself I’d never be able to afford the Topps Nolan Ryan RC.

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In The Game’s Made To Order Program Coming To An End


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For over a decade, some of the most desired cards among hockey collectors have been from the Made To Order program that was a major part of several In The Game brands.

Made To Order was a true game-changer as it allowed collectors to submit the redemption cards to In The Game and they would receive a special 1/1 card featuring a player of their choosing. The cards began to appear in 2001-02 as part of Ultimate Memorabilia 2nd Edition and the program expanded over time to include varying themes over a wider array of products that included Between The Pipes, Heroes & Prospects and Sportkings.

“All redemption programs must come to an end and with the amalgamation between In The Game, Inc. and Leaf Trading Cards, now was the time for the Made To Order redemption program,” said In The Game’s Dr. Brian Price. “Remember, some of these cards are more than ten years old.” Read More »

National Treasures Hockey Packs a Stanley Cup Surprise

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last week’s release of 2013-14 National Treasures from Panini America marked the end of an era for the company, but they are still making waves with hockey card collectors as the product flies off store shelves and delivers some monster hits along they way.

One of the craziest hits of them all, however, was not even announced as part of the final checklist and it is a remarkable piece that will be heavily chased for years to come. The game’s greatest treasure, the Stanley Cup, is honored with a Flawless insert card limited to five copies and it has an actual diamond embedded into it. According to Panini Hockey Brand Manager Chris Barr, there is also a Platinum parallel version with a larger diamond piece that is a one-of-one.

Collector Lisa Su pulled the elusive card on the day of release and collectors almost instantly began buzzing about the unexpected treasure. Read More »

Trading Card Industry Tackles ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Magazine Exchange owner Roger Barry is doused Thursday by his sales staff. Barry’s Ice Bucket Challenge came from Panini's Vice President of Sales, D.J. Kazmierczak.

Magazine Exchange owner Roger Barry is doused Thursday by his sales staff. Barry’s Ice Bucket Challenge came from Panini’s Vice President of Sales, D.J. Kazmierczak.

Individuals from throughout the trading card industry – and even groups of staff members from Upper Deck and Topps – have invested in the wildly successful ALS Ice Bucket Challenge during the past few weeks.

As you would expect, the videos are priceless.

The highlight so from an engagement perspective has been a head-to-head challenge from Upper Deck that was accepted by The Topps Company. Take a moment after the jump to watch and consider making a donation of your own as the post ice-bath expressions from Topps Vice President and General Manager, U.S. Sports & Entertainment, Doug Kruep and Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager Chris Carlin are incredible. Read More »

Upper Deck Announces Return of O-Pee-Chee Wrapper Redemption Program


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For Canadian hockey card collectors, the annual O-Pee-Chee issue is a tradition with deep roots that speaks to generations of fans that have fond memories of breaking packs and putting sets together.

Since Upper Deck took over the brand in 2006-07, the product has evolved with each passing year and those that have broke it in mass quantities last season were able to redeem their wrappers for special limited packs containing red bordered cards and exclusive inserts.

There was a bit of an issue in 2013-14, though, as unexpected demand for the packs saw supplies run out earlier than Upper Deck anticipated. That will hopefully not be a problem this season as the company has taken steps to ensure that there is enough produced to satisfy public demand.

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Beckett Media hiring fantasy sports business leader


New Position:  Fantasy Sports Business Lead – Beckett Media

The Business Lead for Beckett Fantasy Sports Products will define and develop innovative sports games for fans and enthusiasts of NFL, MLB, NHL, NBA, NASCAR, college sports, Premier League and other top leagues world-wide.  The successful candidate will own the creation, functionality, design and customer interaction of our games and competitions, interacting with a world-class technology team to develop compelling products.  We seek an enthusiastic, motivated leader who loves Fantasy Sports to drive our engagement in this exciting marketplace.

Key Responsibilities
•       Develop Fantasy Sports Games/Products and revenue models from scratch.
•       Work with our global Marketing and Technology teams to create product roadmap and go-to-market pricing strategies.
•       Manage different product models through a unique marketing mix to attract different audience and keeping them engaged.
•       Work with the Design teams to develop prototypes of user interface which offer a simple yet feature rich user experience.
•       Regularly brainstorm on the existing product models for revenue enhancements and introduce innovative concepts in line with our overall strategy to develop Beckett Fantasy as a leading industry platform.
•       Carry out regular data analysis and prepare business dashboards to fully utilize the power of business analytics.
•       Position preferably based out of our Dallas, TX office.

•       Passion for Sports and Fantasy Sports games
•       Rich experience in staying abreast with the changing trends in the sports industry and introducing novel marketing concepts to leverage it as a growing opportunity.
•       7+ years of product management experience in Sports Industry. Fantasy Sports experience preferred.
•       Drive revenues through use of all channels – Online, offline and mobile.
•       Strong communicator and creative thinker helping turn broad ideas into workable business models.
•       Quantitative skills to forecast and measure data to analyze marketing performance.


Send your cover letter and resume to fantasycv@beckett.com.

Randy Johnson SuperCollector adds a more personal item to his stash at the National


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Rod Lawrence is a serious collector of The Big Unit and at the recent National Sports Collectors Convention he added perhaps his biggest piece of personal memorabilia of them all.

He got Randy Johnson to sign Page 32 of the July issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly. 

Why? That’s the spot where Lawrence was picked as a SuperCollector.

“I wanted to let you know that I met Randy Johnson today at the National Card Show in Cleveland and had him sign the Beckett article,” Lawrence wrote in an email. “I thought you’d like to see the pictures … This was awesome and very special. Thank you very much.”

On the page in the issue, which has been authenticated with a TRISTAR sticker, Johnson wrote “To Rod, My SuperCollector. Best Wishes, Randy Johnson.”

In all, Lawrence owns more than 7,700 Johnson cards including more than 3,900 unique cards and more than 700 memorabilia cards of the future Hall of Famer.

While we showcase a SuperCollector nearly every month in BSCM, our annual SuperCollector showcase is coming up later this year.

How can you be showcased in the issue for your collection of any kind or sport? See below.


Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.


NHLPA Announces 2014 Rookie Showcase Participants

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

In recent years, the National Hockey League Players’ Association has held an annual event that shows off the game’s young stars that are expected to make an impact during the upcoming season.

The 2014 NHLPA Rookie Showcase is set to take place on August 23 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto and the participants will donning their NHL uniforms for this special occasion. They are hitting the ice at the same site as the former Maple Leaf Gardens and this event gives Upper Deck an exclusive opportunity to get shots of many players that are expected to make their debut in official trading card products in the near future.

The announced roster of 33 players features several elite prospects along with some that have already made the NHL debuts and still qualify as rookies. Not every player may end up hitting the ice in 2014-15, but hopes are high among scouts and fans that they will become stars.

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Ripping Retro: 2012-13 Panini Brilliance

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Join Beckett Basketball Editor Stephen Laroche as he wraps up his trip to the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention with a post-show retro rip of 2012-13 Panini Brilliance.

First Signers Named For 2014 Fall Expo


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

In the aftermath of the 2014 National sports Collectors Convention, hockey collectors from all over the world are beginning to gear up for the 47th Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo in Toronto, Ontario.

Held twice annually at the Toronto International Centre, early details have surfaced regarding some of the guests that will be appearing over the course of the three-day event which takes place from November 7 to 9, 2014.

Look for a preliminary list of signers after the jump.

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Panini Adds Tough Signers To Late-Season NBA Lineup


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Trading card companies are always looking for a way to out-do themselves with each passing release and one tried-and-true method to capture the interest of hardcore collectors is to obtain autographs from the toughest of signers.

Panini America has definitely raised some eyebrows with some of their most recent signees as many of them have not had cards bearing their autograph appear in products for several years. The company recently announced that current stars Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Manu Ginobili will all have hard-signed cards in late season releases such as 2013-14 Immaculate, 2013-14 National Treasures and 2013-14 Flawless. Wade and Ginobili are actually signing physical cards for the first time with the company and Anthony will be doing so for the first time since the 2010-11 season.

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Beckett Auctions Puts Pieces of Hobby History Up For Bid in August

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With each passing month, Beckett Auctions continues to pick up momentum as many major pieces of hobby history are on the block and ready to go to the highest bidder.

The August 2014 Sportscards & Memorabilia Auction is loaded up with some true treasures that are sure to get some serious attention from collectors around the world. Among the highlights are 21 different bat barrel relic cards that have been consigned and each card is a one-of-one. Unique memorabilia cards of some of baseball’s greatest names are up for grabs, including a dazzling 2006 Upper Deck Epic Four Barrel featuring Hall of Fame home run hitters Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews.

After the jump, we’ll learn more about some of the tremendous items collectors may bid on starting at noon Central on Aug. 10.
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