Category Archives: Beckett Updates

Historic Box Busters feat. 1993 MTG Alpha


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

On Monday, July 6, Beckett Media will bear witness to a monumental occasion.

Magic The Gathering super collector, Adam Cai, will be breaking open a starter deck from the 1993 MTG Alpha series on a special edition of Box Busters. He will be doing so on behalf of Preston Cordy of Cardhaus Games (check out the official website here).

Magic The Gathering cards debuted in 1993 with three separate series: Alpha, Beta, and Unlimited. The three sets paralleled each other and maintain their own distinctive appearance and value. Adam has provided estimated print run information for each set which is listed after the jump.

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Beckett Covers cards return at National Sports Collectors Convention with autographed twist


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One part of the big-show experience is the cool stuff made only for the event — cards or memorabilia that can only be collected there. At this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, Beckett Media will once again release a Beckett Covers set that can be collected simply by visiting the booths of dealers and group-breakers on the show floor.

This year, though, there’s an added twist — an autographed prize for those who take the challenge and complete the set during the show.

If you are one of the first 200 fans to collect all 15 Covers cards and present it at the Beckett booth for documentation (all cards will be serial-numbered), we’ll have one blind-wrapped and BGS-slabbed autograph card for you. The card will be one of 10 different covers not found in the standard set and each of them will be signed by the star appearing on the past magazine cover.

Who’s in the set and whose autographs will be found during the show from July 29 to Aug. 2? Find out … after the jump.

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Panini gives a virtual look at NBA draftees

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The 2015 NBA Draft saw 60 up-and-coming players chosen by the league’s clubs and in a matter of months, several of them will be making an impact with basketball card collectors in next season’s trading card releases from Panini America which start hitting store shelves in October with 2015-16 NBA Hoops.

Earlier that day, Panini had announced that they had signed contracts with approximately 50 players that were eligible for the draft. During the event, however, the hobby received a sneak peek at that product’s design as the company’s design team was busy creating cards and communications staff went into overdrive on their social media feeds to show off the first virtual trading cards of many picks. Starting with first overall selection Karl-Anthony Towns of the Minnesota Timberwolves, the company created cards for nine of the top 10 picks and added several more throughout the night.

Look at the “first” Panini trading cards of next season’s hot rookies after the jump. Read More »

Beckett Auctions ‘Championship Quest’ ends Sunday



Beckett Auctions‘ current sale is set to close this Sunday and there are still plenty of showcase items to pick up — possibly some for a fantastic belated Father’s Day gift.

Be sure to check out great legendary baseball items like the 2014 Topps Triple Threads Dual Cut Signature Relics card featuring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, a 500 Home Run Club Autographed baseball and a 1971 Topps baseball complete set with several key cards graded by BVG. Also, be sure to check out items from the Benanti Collection including several 1968 Topps 3-D Test Proof cards, many unopened packs of 1971 Kellogg’s baseball and more. This auction ends this Sunday at 9 p.m. Central, with a 15-minute extended bidding window on certain items.

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Industry veteran Jamie Kiskis named director of Beckett Fantasy


With a diverse background that includes ownership and development in the fantasy sports business, Jamie Kiskis has been tabbed to lead the new Beckett Fantasy venture set to launch later this month.

As Director of Beckett Fantasy, Kiskis will be at the forefront of Beckett’s entrance into fantasy sports including daily online play. Kiskis started his own fantasy sports company – On The Record Sports – in 2008. He has experience in creating games and content for online play via standard web play, social networks and third-party sites.

“Jamie is the right guy to lead this new fantasy sports initiative,” said Beckett Media president Sandeep Dua. “His vision and versatility within the fantasy vertical is an asset to our big goals in fantasy sports.”

Before coming to Beckett, Kiskis spent 15 years with Upper Deck where he rose through the ranks of marketing and product development before moving to the company’s memorabilia division where he was Group Product Manager. He left Upper Deck in 2008 to start On The Record Sports. He had also been consulting for several companies in technology, game development and web development.

The new Beckett Fantasy online business under the direction of Kiskis is scheduled to launch June 25.

Upper Deck heads to 2015 NHL Entry Draft


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 2015 NHL Entry Draft is still a little over two weeks away, but Upper Deck is preparing to be a part of the annual event and will be offering fans and collectors an opportunity to win some prizes and appear on their own official trading card.

Held on June 26 and 27 at the BB&T Center in Miami, Florida, the company is also giving those in attendance a rare treat with the chance to meet one of the NHL’s top young stars in last year’s first overall pick, Aaron Ekblad of the host Florida Panthers. The young defenseman and Calder Trophy candidate will be at their booth on the second day from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and will be signing an exclusive oversized 5″ x 7″ card.

What else does Upper Deck have in store for this event? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Beckett Grading to host James Spence on Saturday


Beckett Grading Services will host James Spence Authentication for on-site autograph authentication at Beckett Media headquarters on Saturday (June 13) for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

The Saturday event is open to the public and begins at 11 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. at the Beckett Media headquarters in Dallas, Texas.

It’s located at 4635 McEwen Road just off of Interstate 635.

Among the services available will be baseball encapsulation, card grading and encapsulation of JSA-approved items. — Chris Olds

Beckett Auctions ‘Championship Quest’ opens Sunday


Beckett Auctions is proud to open its June 2015 auction titled “Championship Quest” on Sunday. There are several showcased items this month, most notably the 2014 Topps Triple Threads Dual Cut Signature Relics card featuring Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. This masterpiece is a beautiful copy of the item, which is a 1/1 and has been graded a BGS 9.5. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to own this piece of history.

This month Auctions also has more items from the highly touted Benanti Collection including several 1968 Topps 3-D Test Proof cards, many unopened packs of 1971 Kellogg’s baseball and more. This current auction runs until June 21st at 9 p.m. Central with a 15-minute extended bidding window on certain items.

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Joey Gallo shines in MLB debut

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Texas Rangers top prospect Joey Gallo did not disappoint the home fans in his Major League debut last night. The 2012 first round pick was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-4 with four RBI and a walk. Baseball America rated Gallo the 15th-best prospect in baseball entering the 2015 season, following a 2014 season in which he 42 home runs and drove in 106 runs between High-A and Double-A. In 34 games at Double-A Frisco this season, Gallo was hitting .314 with nine home runs and 31 RBI before an Adrian Beltre trip to the disabled list opened the door for his big league debut.

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Your Turn: Pick The NHL Award Winners


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Once the Stanley Cup Final draws to a close next month, the best players in the game will convene on Las Vegas as the NHL prepares to hand out the hardware to those who have put forth a fantastic effort during the 2014-15 season.

Readers of Beckett Hockey can voice their opinions as to who they think should win these prestigious awards and if they support their choices in the comment section below, they could be quoted in an upcoming issue.

Who do you think deserves to receive the sport’s major awards?

Who do you predict will win the Hart Trophy as the NHL's Most Valuable Player?

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Who do you predict will win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's Rookie of the Year?

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1986-87 Topps hockey cards

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds joins Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange to open packs of 1986-87 Topps hockey cards in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

We’ll have a series of 10 Ripping Retail Retro or Box Busters Retro videos to come in the following weeks where they rip and discuss packs from the past — packs as far back as the 1970s.

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Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Spectra


 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Basketball card collectors had better put on some shades as 2014-15 Panini Spectra is about to hit store shelves and the cards inside each box are going to dazzle thanks to the etched opti-chrome technology that Panini America used to make them.

Each box will contain eight cards and seven of them will feature autographs, memorabilia or a mixture of both. Earlier today, the company gave a sneak peek of some of the cardboard treasures headed into packs and their sample break showed a strong mix of players from the past and present along with a blast of color.

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BGS Diary (May): A lone Michael Jordan 10, another Lana, a rare Yankee & one USA Baseball lineup


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for May — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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Beckett “Hobby Legends” May auction closes Sunday


Beckett Auctions’ current “Hobby Legends” auction is in its final few days before it closes for good, but there is still time to bid on some pieces of hobby history, both sports and gaming.

There are several showcased items this month including the 1968 Topps 3-D Framed proof sheet with eight cut signature autographs authenticated by JSA, including Roberto Clemente, from the Benanti Collection.  Two notable cut signature cards up for auction also include the historical 2005 SP Legendary Cuts Dual Autograph of Babe Ruth and Harry Frazee and the 2004 Upper Deck History of the United States George Washington cut signature.

This current auction ends Sunday at 9 p.m. Central with a 15-minute extended bidding window on certain items.

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Beckett Reveals 2015 Spring Expo Plans


Collectors attending the 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto this weekend will have an opportunity to visit Beckett Media at its booth in the corporate area and take advantage of the many specials on magazines, books and raw card grading that are available for attendees.

First and foremost, all of the current issues of our core titles will be on sale for $10 US or $12 CDN. The titles included are Beckett Hockey, Beckett Baseball, Beckett Basketball, Beckett Football and Beckett Sports Card Monthly; but there is also special pricing ($5 US/$6 CDN) on several special titles like Hockey’s Greatest Goalies and Hockey’s Impact Rookies.

What else does Beckett have in store for visitors at the Expo? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Beckett Contest: Star Wars Second Chance Giveaway


By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

This past weekend, Star Wars Celebration VII in Anaheim was a huge hit with dealers, collectors, and Star Wars fan boys and girls. Beckett even got in on the action by giving away a box of Star Wars Rebels and a limited edition Star Wars Funko figure.

Now, we are offering everyone a second chance. We have one more box of Rebels to give away and it could have your name on it. All you have to do is answer the following question: What are you looking forward to the most about the upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens?

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Star Wars Celebration Giveaway


By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

This weekend is a celebration. Or, as Yoda would say: “A celebration this weekend is.”

As everyone knows by now, Star Wars Celebration is enjoying huge success this weekend. A little bit of everything for the passionate Star Wars aficionado. Celebrities, panels, cosplaying, and more merchandise than Watto‘s junkyard.

Now, Beckett is going to get in on the action. We are giving away a prize package to celebrate the Celebration. All you have to do is answer the following questions: 1) Who is your favorite Star Wars character? 2) What is your favorite Star Wars film? 3) Who shot first: Han or Greedo?

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Leaf Offers In The Game CHL Top Prospect Set


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

This weekend, the hockey world will find out which team will get the right to select first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and there is little doubt that they will pick Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters. Leaf Trading Cards is giving collectors another opportunity to put some cards of the young phenom into their collection with a special In The Game-branded set that focuses on the brightest prospects in the Canadian Hockey League.

There are 30 different cards in the 2014-15 In The Game CHL Top Prospect collection, which is broken down into three subsets – a base version, Canada’s Best, and Young Stars. Besides McDavid, the checklist features other budding stars that are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, including Dylan Strome, Mitchell Marner, Jeremy Roy, Mathew Barzal, Travis Konecny, Daniel Sprong, Lawson Crouse, Nick Merkley, and Pavel Zacha.

How can a collector obtain this set? Look for a complete gallery and ordering information after the jump. Read More »

Beckett “Baseball Returns” Auction Closes Sunday



By Derek Ficken | Beckett Media and Beckett Auction Services

Beckett Auctions’ current “Baseball Returns” auction is in its final few days before it closes for good, but there is still time to bid on some unique items such as several are uncut sheets of sets like Score Football and Kelloggs 3-D cards from the 1970s. The showcased item this month has been the Andy Warhol limited 3-D Lenticular Photograph, named ‘Daisy,’ a photo of which there are believed to be fewer than 100 copies in existence. This piece along with the uncut sheets and many more have been put into a historic find, named the Benanti Collection. Truly one-of-a-kind pieces have been discovered and many are showcased this month as well as future auctions down the road. This current auction ends Sunday, April 19th at 9pm CST, with a 15-minute extended bidding window on certain items.

Among the other highlights are some game-used memorabilia from the Texas Rangers, including lineup cards, jerseys, baseballs and bases. The Texas T-Card Find is also back with some extremely rare T206 cards that have been placed in this month’s auction.

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Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: Jordan Clarkson and Isaiah Thomas



Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

Jordan Clarkson – PG, Los Angeles Lakers
Last 5 Games: 21.6 PPG, 7.2 APG, 2.6 STLPG

The Lakers have had little to celebrate for throughout the 2014-15 season. Luckily for them, the lone bright spot has been the emergence of a young rookie from Mizzou, Jordan Clarkson. His PPG averages since February has gone up from 9.8 PPG to an astounding 19.4 in the early stages of April. Clarkson looks to be their point guard to guide them back into the promise-land and some collectors have started to take note. Because Clarkson was never a touted rookie coming out of college, he was not involved in any of the pre-draft showcasing with card companies, and it shows with only 87 total cards in the Beckett Online Price Guide with only 28 autographs. With that said, you can easily grab a key card of his and still have some money left over to get your favorite issue of Beckett Basketball Monthly! Look for his 2014-15 Donruss Rookie Autographs /199 ($30) or his 2014-15 Panini Prizm Rookie Autographs Prizms /499 ($30) to buy now and hold onto for the future. This kid has what it takes to make it in the NBA, and like I said above, some collectors are taking note, but everyone needs to get on the Clarkson bandwagon now before he becomes a potential All-Star.

Key Cards To Collect:
2014-15 Court Kings Fresh Paint Autographs #18 /260 ($30)
2014-15 Panini Threads #366 WOOD RC ($20)
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Beckett Non-Sport Profile: Vision


By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

The list is powerful. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Wolverine, and Spider-Man.

All of these Marvel heroes at one time have belonged to the superhero fraternity known as The Avengers. However, there are many other heroes in this club who sometimes get overlooked. One of those heroes is Vision.

So, why is Vision significant to the Marvel Universe? For starters he is a key character in the Age of Ultron story line. Last week, Marvel finally revealed the first image of Vision for the upcoming Avengers sequel (above). And, if you’re not an avid comic book reader or fan boy, you probably had no idea this character even existed. Well, here is the low down on Vision, including some key collectibles and cards that collectors might want to keep an eye on…

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Kentucky Derby races onto magazine shelves


With the 141st running of the Kentucky Derby set for May 2 at Churchill Downs, Beckett Sports has released a definitive magazine for Kentucky Derby followers titled, simply, The Kentucky Derby. The cover of the publication features jockey Victor Espinoza atop 2014 Derby winner California Chrome.

Espinoza is scheduled to be the jockey on 2015 Kentucky Derby favorite American Pharoah, having ridden the 3-year-old to a lopsided win in Saturday’s Arkansas Derby — the final tune-up before the Kentucky Derby, which remains the first leg of the Triple Crown series.

No horse has won the Triple Crown — the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes in a period of six weeks — since Affirmed did so in the spring of 1978.

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Eight-time Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu retires


By Denis Dougherty | Beckett Media

He was one of the game’s great defensive playmakers, a clutch performer and leader on one of football’s most successful teams.

But eight-time Pro Bowl safety Troy Polamalu has made his last big play in the NFL. The Uniontown (Pa.) Herald-Standard reported Thursday night that he will retire after 12 seasons.

Collectors have been actively pursuing Polamalu’s cards for well over a decade and his rookie issues first appeared during the 2003 season. At present, he has 2,093 cards in the database and they have a combined book value of $22,058.69, excluding rarities.  Read More »

What’s on your want list? Tell us right here …

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

I’ve had a collecting void for nearly seven years now, and I was reminded of it this past weekend when I dug out one of my many Nick Swisher boxes to snap a few photos and make a feeble attempt at organizing my collection.

It’s not something I have lost any sleep over, but it’s a challenge that I’d like to finish. It’s been on hold since I found two of the four cards I need within the same week or two back in 2008.

And then nothing since.

My lone card that has gone missing is one of the four printing plates of my favorite player from the 2006 Topps Allen & Ginter set, a brand that probably established itself as one of my favorites upon its arrival all those years ago.

My missing card? The magenta printing plate.

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Beckett Auctions lands Benanti Collection


Beckett Auctions is pleased to announce the acquisition of items from The Benanti Collection. This collection comes from a former employee of Xograph, the lenticular printing company who was responsible for the three-dimensional items released by Topps and Kellogg’s throughout the 1970s and 1980s.  He later worked for Sportflics and also did photography for Topps.  The collection includes everything from uncut sheets to prototype cards and signed baseballs. It also includes an authenticated Andy Warhol “Daisy” three-dimensional print.

“This is a massive and incredibly significant collection”, said Rob Springs, Business Lead for the Auction Division.  “Many of the items we will be offering over the next few months have never been seen in the hobby. We are very pleased to be able to offer these items up for auction in both our Goodwin and Beckett Monthly auction houses.”

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Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Marresse Speights


Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

Kawhi Leonard – SF, San Antonio Spurs
Last 5 Games: 20.6 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 3 STLPG

The San Antonio Spurs have flown under the radar this entire season, and some have them bowing out early in the NBA Playoffs. Fortunately for Spurs fans, Kawhi Leonard is not going to let that happen. Yes, the magical Big 3 (Parker, Duncan, Ginobli) are literally on their last leg, as their production and playing time have dwindled as their careers look to be going towards the light. Leonard has stepped into the role as the star of this team, and he proving that he is here to stay. Since the Spurs are not the most collectible team, Leonard’s values are not as pricey as some collectors might think. Out of 489 total cards priced in the Beckett Online Price Guide, only 32 are at $100 or higher. His key rookie cards range anywhere from $3 for a base RC, to $500 for a JSY AU RC serially numbered. If you want to invest, invest now in Kawhi. Look for his 2012-13 Absolute AU RC ($40) or his 2012-13 Elite RC ($25)to grab now and hopefully return a massive profit in a few years. The big question mark for Leonard is how many years will coach Gregg Popovich continue coaching with the Spurs. Leonard seems to fit well within Pop’s system, but he has said his years are numbered as is Duncan’s, and I could see Popovich retiring in a few years. Just keep that in mind when looking to invest deeply in Kawhi, but all signs are pointing up for his young man’s future in the NBA.

Key Cards To Collect:
2012-13 Select #250 JSY AU/249 RC ($60)
2012-13 Panini Prizm #209 RC ($6)
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NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Andrew Hammond, Brayden Schenn, Nick Foligno


By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Tuesday, 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.

Andrew Hammond, G, Ottawa Senators
The Senators’ push for a playoff berth was helped by the play of Hammond as he posted a 3-0-1 record, with a 1.63 goals-against average and .940 save percentage, bringing Ottawa within two points of each of the Wild Card spots in the East. In a 2-1 shootout win against the Red Wings Hammond made 16 saves to open the week. 2-1 was the score again against the Lightning as the Senators outlasted Tampa in overtime behind 28 saves from Hammond. He then made 29 saves in a 4-3 overtime win versus the Caps, and then added another 36 saves through overtime, and five more in a shootout loss, to the Maple Leafs on the back-end of a back-to-back. Hammond was used earlier this season on this list just as he started his NHL career. As much as I have wanted to place him on the list several times since, I just simply could not as he only has a handful of cards. Thankfully with the release of Fleer Showcase and Upper Deck AHL there are a few more offerings to be found. If the Sens make the Playoffs it will be largely on the back of the of Hamburglar then who knows what the asking price for cards would be then. Invest now if you have not already.

Cards to Grab:
2014-15 Fleer Showcase #102 Anton Forsberg RC/Troy Grosenick RC, $40
2014-15 Fleer Showcase Red Glow #102 Anton Forsberg RC/Troy Grosenick RC, $60
2014-15 Upper Deck AHL Autographs #100, n/a

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Beckett TBT: 1996 Amalgam



By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Nearly 20 years ago, the writers and artists of both DC and Marvel came together to give comic book collectors something special: Amalgam Comics.

The basic idea was to create a series of comic books that merged two characters, one each from the  Marvel and DC universes, into one unique uber-hero or uber-villain. Therefore, heroes such as Dark Claw (Batman/Wolverine), Super Soldier (Superman/Captain America), and Spider-Boy (Spider-Man/Superboy) were born to try and stop the exploits of such villains as the Hyena (Joker/Sabretooth), Green Skull (Lex Luthor/Red Skull), and Bizarnage (Carnage/Bizarro). This was an historic collaboration that exposed collectors and readers to dream comic hybrids  that would leave them hungry for more.  Read More »

Hardcourt Heroes of the Week: Stephen Curry, Nikola Mirotic, & Blake Griffin


Each week, we will take a look inside the NBA and will give you the top three players of the week and provide a rundown on why collectors should take notice. Please feel free to leave your comments for a healthy debate.

By Derek Ficken | Beckett Basketball Analyst

Stephen Curry – PG, Golden State Warriors
Last 5 Games: 28.8 PPG, 7.0 APG, 2.0 STLPG

Fresh off clinching the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference, “Baby Faced Assassin” Stephen Curry has shown collectors and NBA fans alike that he should now be considered in the top tier of collectible athletes.  As Golden State has emerged as a perennial force in the West,  Curry’s total card value has skyrocketed.  What put him over the top was the Warriors red-hot start to the 2014-15 NBA season and the constant “pedal to the metal” attitude throughout the year to a franchise record 60 wins (and counting).  His Rookie Cards are selling for roughly 1700% more than a common RC. Bargains on Curry’s cards are few and far between these days, especially for his certified autographs. . If you can find some cards that are selling lower than book price, grab it and do not ask questions! Look for cards like his 2009 Press Pass Fusion Autographs Silver ($20) or even his 2010-11 Panini Season Update Signatures /99 ($40) to buy low and hopefully sell high while the Warriors roll into the playoffs on a high note.

Key Cards To Collect:
2009-10 Donruss Elite AU/499 RC #166 ($80)
2010-11 Rookies and Stars Signatures /99 #9 ($60)
2009-10 Panini Threads AU/625 RC #107 ($100) Read More »

Order your Legends of Boxing magazine now


By Denis Dougherty | Beckett Media

Boxing is the undisputed champion of fascinating sports stories.

There is no other sport that can match the drama of these athletes in and out of the ring. Hollywood is so captivated by the sweet science that boxing has knocked out any other pretender in the sports movies category.

Beckett Media is captivated by the sport as well. Our Legends of Boxing magazine tells the hard-hitting stories of the 25 Greatest Legends in boxing history.

Also highlighted in the publication:

– Best punches ever thrown

– Top fights of all-time

– Biggest upsets ever

– Strange moments in boxing history

– Our favorite boxing movies

And there’s much more. Check out 120-plus pages of outstanding stories and photos on your favorite boxing legends. You’ll want to read this right up to the final bell.

The magazine will be on newsstands and at local hobby shops April 21 or you can order direct from Beckett by calling 866-866-5146, ext. 2754; emailing; or going to

Funko Pop readies Star Wars Celebration exclusives


By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Wookies, droids, stormtroopers and Carrie Fisher.

Fans have many things to look forward to at this year’s Star Wars Celebration. However, collectors and dealers attending the event also have plenty of reasons to be excited. For the first time ever, Funko will be offering Pop Vinyls that are exclusive to the show. With an unmasked Vader variant leading the way, some of the lesser known characters in the Star Wars Universe will be getting immortalized into Pop Vinyl form.

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Sunday Conversation: Philadelphia Eagles Guard Evan Mathis


By Derek Ficken | Beckett Radio Host

The Philadelphia Eagles have been in the news recently for all of their Free Agent signings, but I was able to catch up with Offensive Guard and two time Pro Bowl-er Evan Mathis. Evan is an avid collector of all sports, vintage and modern, and we sat down to chat about the hobby, his personal collection, and much more!

Q: What are your thoughts on the decline in the amount of hobby shops around the country?
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Box Busters with MLB All-Star Josh Donaldson on Day 2 of the Panini America Spring Training Road Trip

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Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds catches up with MLB All-Star and serious card collector Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays for this episode of Box Busters — with some 2015 Donruss Pack Wars — during Day 2 of the Panini America Spring Training Road Trip in Tampa, Fla.

PaniniRoadTripWhat will they rip? Who will win? What can you win? Find out by watching the video …

To enter the contest, tell us in a comment below who you think wins the Alabama-Auburn rivalry — Donaldson’s Auburn Tigers or Olds’ Alabama Crimson Tide. We’ll pick a winner at random from all entries received by May 1.

Sunday is a travel day for the Road Trip with Monday’s signing location being Orlando. We’ll have plenty more coming soon right here on and in the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Contest: Legendary Fear Itself


By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

The only thing we have to fear…

Upper Deck‘s newest Marvel deck-building game is an expansion of the current Legendary series, which has included titles devoted to such franchises such as Guardians of the Galaxy and The Fantastic 4. However, Fear Itself follows the Marvel story line of the same name and casts you as the villains. Lead such baddies as Kuurth, Breaker of Stone and Greithoth, Breaker of Wills, into battle against your adversaries, which includes heroes such as Iron Man, Dr. Strange, and Spider-Man. The deck includes 100 playable cards, 6 allies, 1 commander, 1 adversary group, 3 new plots and a rule sheet.

Want to win a deck? Simply leave a comment below and tell us what you think of deck-building games. Perhaps you have all of the Legendary series and would like to share your playing experiences. Or, maybe you’re new DBG and would like to know more. We will select three winners before April 1.

Matt Bible is the non-sports and gaming analyst for Beckett Media. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at

Panini teases Contenders Draft Picks football


By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

During the 2015 Industry Summit this week in Las Vegas, Panini America announced the upcoming 2015 Contenders Draft Picks football card set. This will be the company’s first licensed collegiate trading card product.

Each hobby box will contain 24 packs with eight cards per pack. Boxes will deliver, on average, six autographs and 48 inserts or parallels. The product promises to feature autographs from the top players included in the 2015 NFL Draft as well as autographs from several NFL players featured in their college uniforms.

There is an extensive gallery below, showcasing the 2014 Contenders design. The product is scheduled to release in late April.

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