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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


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

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.