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First Look: 2014-15 NHL Artifacts hockey cards

15 NHL Artifacts Stick to Stick

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Believe it or not, but 2014-15 marks the 10th season that Upper Deck’s NHL Artifacts brand will be on store shelves and some collectors may find that more value has been jammed into packs.

Traditionally released early in the season, Artifacts once again will offer up a strong mix of autographs, memorabilia and rookie cards along with an extensive array of parallels that are sure to have player collectors on the hunt.

According to the company’s recently-released product information sheet, the average 10-pack box is set to include one Auto or Auto-Mem card, one multi-player memorabilia card, two single memorabilia cards, one Rookie Redemption card, one parallel numbered to 99 copies or less and four subset cards (numbered to 999) or a Ruby Parallel (numbered to 499).

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Upper Deck Gives Collectors a Sneak Peek at 2014-15 Young Guns

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Now heading into its 25th season, the traditional hockey set from Upper Deck has a long and storied tradition which is rarely matched in the trading card industry.

Traditionally released in early November, 2014-15 Upper Deck Hockey Series One is set to feature many top rookie performers on shortprinted Young Guns cards. Two members of this year’s crop have been revealed through a post on the company’s blog.

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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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Beckett Auctions readies its first case break

Beckett Auctions is proud to announce its first case break auction, which will take place this Wednesday (July 9) and will feature 2014 Prestige football cards from Panini America. Beckett Auctions is currently auctioning off the case break by team through its eBay store at http://stores.ebay.com/Beckett-Media-Store

The case break is scheduled to be broadcast on cardworldtv.com at 2 p.m. Central time on July 9. Additional breaks will be announced soon and Beckett Auctions is expected to cover all four sports during the coming months.

For more info on case breaks by Beckett Auctions, please visit www.beckett.com/auctions/casebreaks

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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Press Pass preps wrapper redemption program, VIP card set for this year’s National


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Press Pass will have something to rev the engines of racing collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

The only licensee of NASCAR cards is producing a five-card set for show-goers who buy a VIP ticket package for the five-day show beginning at the I-X Center on July 30. The set will include Dale Earnhardt Jr. as seen above along with Danica Patrick, Tony Stewart, Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson.

The company also will have a wrapper-redemption program for collectors who buy a hobby box of 2014 NASCAR cards on the show floor.

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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. 

Note to our readers: We’re listening … pre-2001 pricing to return in issue No. 101

The 100th issue of Beckett Baseball marked the start of a three-month experiment in an effort to give more of you what you say you want.

You’ll see in the next issue, No. 101 coming later this month, that we’re continuing to adjust and evolve with what’s inside the covers of Beckett Baseball. You’ll see new brighter and whiter paper to help make our colors and photos more lively and energetic — and also help make those small price guide fonts more readable.

That’s our newest change, and it’s one we hope you’ll like in addition to more space for more photos, more stories and even more color pages.

Last month’s reduction in the price guide has been adjusted back to where it was in previous issues. While issue No. 100 started with pricing for cards from 2001-forward only, you’ll see another change in the next issue.

All the years we took out is coming back.

Repeat, they’re coming back.

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First look: 2014 Prestige Football cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Panini is set to release 2014 Prestige Football this summer.

Each box of 2014 Prestige Football will have three autographs and one memorabilia card on average, and a box topper.

Prestige will also have a 200-card base set with 100 Rookie Cards with a chance at short-printed Rookie Photo Variations. Each box will contain 24 packs with a Rookie Card in each, and eight cards in every pack.

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Beckett acquires industry-leading COINage and Rock & Gem publications from Trimbach Media


Beckett Media takes another key step solidifying its commitment to serve specialized interests of the collector community.

Since 1964, COINage has been a leading name in numismatics publications and serves both experienced and the novice readers to keep them engaged by providing the most relevant information and riveting content while keeping the prime interest of a broader group in mind.

RockGemSince 1971, Rock & Gem has been the leading magazine for the lapidary and mineral hobbyist. It speaks to the average rockhound, providing just the right blend of entertainment and information. Armchair hobbyists and diehard diggers alike will find something to enjoy in each issue.

“This acquisition connects deep into our ecosystem and our goal to diversify into other specialized hobby verticals. This helps serve our existing web traffic for coin collectors while attracting new users to savor both the offline and online mediums making it an all-encompassing experience” said Sandeep Dua, Beckett President.

“Our rich experience and strategic focus in the publication community helps us in serving the current readership and expand our offerings to reach out to new audience by keeping the core interests of our hobby subscribers in mind while offering them unparalleled service.”

For more information visit www.coinagemag.com and www.rockngem.com

Beckett Auctions features iconic cards, autographs, memorabilia and more


Beckett Auction’s May event kicks off today at noon CT.

This month’s collection features hundreds of lots with more than 50 autographed sports jerseys including Robert Griffin III, Barry Sanders and Terry Bradshaw.

There are also dozens of sports cards with autographs from Joe Namath, Michael Jordan, Kirby Puckett, and memorabilia cards of Red Grange and Lou Gehrig.

Two of Michael Jordan’s earliest cards are featured with his iconic 1986-87 Fleer #57 (7.5 BGS) and 1984-85 Star #101 XRC (BGS 6.5) up for grabs.

Click here for more information on this month’s Beckett Auctions.

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Beckett Media acquires The Industry Summit, launches conferences division

DALLAS (May 6, 2014) – The sports collectible industry’s trade conference has a new owner.

Beckett Media today announced it has acquired The Industry Summit, the ultimate trade event for sports collectible executives and insiders, from Wisconsin-based Isaacson Consulting Group, LLC. Summit founder Kevin Isaacson will continue to host the March 2015 Summit and additional events under a newly-formed Beckett Conferences division.

“This important acquisition reinforces Beckett’s unparalleled commitment to the sports collectibles category,’’ said Sandeep Dua, Beckett president. “The Summit has emerged as an essential event for our industry’s best and brightest retailers, manufacturers, licensors and service providers. We look forward to working with Kevin Isaacson to expand the Summit’s positive impact for many years to come.’’

The Summit’s rapid growth – paid attendance has increased 300 percent over the past five years – created a significant need for expanded event management expertise, Isaacson noted.

“Pairing Beckett’s incredibly talented staff and significant assets with the Summit’s family-operated approach to customer service is a positive step for our industry,’’ Isaacson said. “This acquisition will help the Summit deliver even more value to our partners next March and into the future.’’

In addition to hosting the Summit, Isaacson will also serve Beckett as an Executive Consultant, supporting the company’s growth initiatives for Beckett Business Solutions and additional product lines.

For more information on the 2015 Industry Summit (March 15-18 in Las Vegas), contact Isaacson at kisaacson@beckett.com. Corporate sponsorship packets and early-bird registration for retailers and service providers will be available in coming weeks at www.theindustrysummit.com.

Beckett Business Solutions featured on ESPN’s Mint Condition

Beckett Business Solutions’ Rob Veres spoke to ESPN’s Mint Condition about BBS and its partnership with eBay.

Watch the video and to read more about BBS, click here.

Box Busters: 2014 Upper Deck football cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Upper Deck football cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett acquires fantasy sports platform


Beckett Media is entering the fantasy sports world, bringing fans closer to the game.

Beckett has announced the acquisition of WPS Fantasy, an online and mobile platform for fantasy sports based in Lexington, Ken., on Friday.

“Our mission is to facilitate trade and lead the collectibles industry with our dynamic products and services, keeping the core interests of our valued customers in mind,” said Sandeep Dua, President of Beckett Collectibles. “With this acquisition, we move one step forward in getting the collector community together to engage with another brilliant piece of technology, all on one unified platform.”

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First Beckett Auction Services monthly auction launches Sunday


Beckett Media is proud to announce the launch of its first online auction on Sunday, April 13.

Based in Dallas, Texas, Beckett Auction Services will offer monthly online consignment auctions, as well as eBay consignment services. Monthly auctions begin April 13 and a preview can be seen at http://auctions.beckett.com/catalog.aspx

Featured items in the first auction include an autographed Ronda Rousey UFC Championship belt, a Derek Jeter game-used batting glove, a Dallas Cowboys triple-signed seat back from Texas Stadium autographed by Roger Staubach, Troy Aikman and Tony Romo, a Yu Darvish 2012 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autograph Gold Refractor, a Pee Wee Reese cut signature, a UFC No. 1 poster, three Panini Gold Standard Solid Gold 1/1 cards and much more.

The monthly online auctions will include sports cards, non-sports cards, graded cards, memorabilia and more, with a focus on high grade modern/vintage cards as well as low print run modern cards and sports memorabilia.

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Panini entertains Dallas crowd with college basketball favorites

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Radio & Market Analyst

The NCAA National Championship wraps up today with the University of Kentucky against the University of Connecticut. Panini America got sports fans ready for the national title game with Panini March Memories Brunch, a roundtable discussion with six college basketball favorites at the House of Blues in Dallas.

The company also announced an exclusive agreement with NBA prospect Dante Exum, who attended the Sunday event. Exum’s basketball cards will only appear Panini products, and he agreed to sign a number of memorabilia items for Panini Authentic.

Panini gathered many former players, including Danny Manning, Ralph Sampson, Christian Laettner, Clyde Drexler, and coaches Jim Boeheim and Nolan Richardson as the panelists. The hour-long discussions ranged from great NCAA moments to game-time preparation to advice for Exum.

One of the topics hit on the University of Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison who sank a 3-pointer with 5 seconds left in Saturday’s national semifinal to send the Wildcats to the championship game.

“Those big shots coming from a freshman are remarkable and I was lucky enough to hit some shots like that maybe in my career, but it was when I was a sophomore and a senior, and I missed some big shots as a freshman,” said Laettner, who is no stranger to big shots during his days with Duke.

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Chatter Up: Your chance to discuss collecting and win a Bowman Chrome Mini team set Wednesday night


This week’s Chatter Up Facebook chat session with Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds is a bit different this week as there will be 15 winners of some unique cardboard as well as an hour-long Q&A about collecting.

And you can get your shot to win all 15 team sets right here, right now.

We’re giving away 15 team sets — one for all National League team — in the recently released 2013 Bowman Chrome Mini test set. (Some of the team sets will include bonus Refractors, too.)

Yep, that means Yasiel Puig will go out with the Dodgers — and any other player in each set, too.

Stay tuned for the AL teams, which will be given away on April 16 (Olds is off next week).


Beckett Business Solutions and eBay open the 2014 Industry Summit

LAS VEGAS – Beckett Business Solutions and eBay opened the 2014 Las Vegas Industry Summit by showing off their newly formed partnership with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

Beckett Business Solutions is a new company to help dealers sell their inventory on eBay, collaborating in a way the online auction company hasn’t done before with sports collectibles. Beckett Business Solutions will utilize Beckett’s comprehensive database, card values and incorporate a massive image repository.

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