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2014 National Treasure Hunt: Friday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With another day at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention drawing to a close, the thousands of collectors coming through the doors are undoubtedly relaxing and taking a good look at the amazing items they purchased today.

Once again, Beckett Media has taken to the show floor to look out for some unique collectibles and share them with readers. While many dealers are carrying a large amount of baseball and football-related items, there are some compelling hockey and basketball pieces that could be found with a little bit of digging.

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Corporate Exhibitors Making Their Mark at the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Does your brand make a mark?

Beckett Media asked its Global Branding Expert, Sushmita Gulabani, to walk the 2014 National Collectors Convention show floor in Cleveland to watch collectors interact with corporate and dealer exhibits, and give a first-person perspective to share with our  readers.

We’ll share her review of The National’s corporate exhibitors after the jump.

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High-grade Johnny Manziel rarities headline another busy day for BGS

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

CLEVELAND | No surprises … Johnny Football is a hit here.

Beckett Grading Services kicked off — pun completely intended — its second day of on-site grading and encapsulation at the National Sports Collectors Convention at the IX Center and a pair of rare Johnny Manziel cards from 2014 Bowman making top grade.

One, a Rookie Autographs Xfractor limited to 10 copies, graded a BGS 10 with a 10 autograph, while a Prism Refractors card limited to just five copies also graded a 10-10.

The Prism Refractors card received all 10s on its subgrade.

 

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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Kris Bryant BGS 10 highlights huge grading day at The National

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CLEVELAND | A spectacular Kris Bryant BGS 10 2014 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autos Red Refractor highlighted a tremendous first day of Beckett grading at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Beckett Grading Services Director Jeromy Murray said Thursday’s grading total set a Beckett record for the first day of a National show.

“We’re seeing a surprising amount of LeBrons and Manziels – including many cards that might not have been graded a few weeks ago,” Murray said.

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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Beckett Media appoints Kevin Isaacson as VP of Sales & Marketing

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DALLAS (July 23, 2014) – Beckett Media, the world’s most-trusted brand in collectibles, has hired industry expert Kevin Isaacson as its Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Founder/owner of the influential Industry Summit trade conference until it was purchased by Beckett in May 2014, Isaacson will provide Beckett and its partners with more than three decades of enthusiast media experience.  He has worked with brands as diverse as eBay, Numismatic News, Amazon, Gannett, Old Cars Weekly and Major League Baseball Players Association.

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey

 

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

When it comes to making cards of members of Canada’s national junior team, Upper Deck has a long tradition that goes back to their first season of making hockey cards back in 1990-91.

At that time, collectors busting packs and boxes were on the hunt for the first trading cards of future stars like Scott Niedermayer and Felix Potvin and especially for the coveted Canada’s Captains card featuring the then-white hot Eric Lindros.

Over the years, the rules on licensing changed and in time, the company was not allowed to continue the practice. However, they have been able to get back to featuring some members of Team Canada in their products in recent years. This fall, collectors can finally expect them to finally put together a set dedicated to World Junior participants and by early indications, 2014-15 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors has the potential to be a winner.

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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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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 »

Upper Deck to Produce an American Hockey League Boxed Set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Prospects from the American Hockey League rarely get much hobby love during their time in the minors, despite the fact that some of them are just a step away from making an impact at the NHL level.

In fact, 87 percent of current NHL players have made an appearance at the AHL level and the league itself has been around for 78 seasons.

While the league was represented on cardboard through the Heroes & Prospects brand from In The Game for many years, trading card licensing from the Professional Hockey Players’ Association went into a virtual state of limbo before the 2012-13 season began. Luckily for AHL fans, there will be a mainstream release from Upper Deck hitting store shelves in a just a few weeks.

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First Look: 2013-14 Panini National Treasures Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the end of their hockey line looming, Panini America is looking to go out with a bang instead of a whimper.

The highly-touted release of 2013-14 National Treasures Hockey has already created some buzz in collector circles due to the line’s success in other sports. Set to release on August 27, 2014, each pack will contain eight cards and it breaks down into two base cards or parallels, one booklet card, one printing plate, one Rookie Autograph Patch card, one Autographed Memorabilia card and two additional hits that are sure to capture the attention of hobbyists.

Over the past few weeks, savvy collectors have taken note of the Treasured Steel cards (look for a feature story coming soon in Beckett Hockey #265) that have large pieces of game-used skate blades and the dazzling Buried Treasure Autographs featuring a metal Stanley Cup embedded into the card.

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First Look: 2014-15 NHL Artifacts hockey cards

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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