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My fantasy football swagger is just like Nick Foles — mediocre

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Nick Foles Fumble

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Last week was all quarterbacks for me in fantasy football as Cracktus League play took on a Magnificent 7 challenge. The simple format  of using only quarterbacks bode well for me, at least compared to a weak Week 1 showing. I was firmly mediocre. Still losing, but not in the sense that nobody’s going to notice.

As with most any fantasy football lineup, I was looking for a couple of bargains and dark horses to bring me through. Some did. Nick Foles didn’t.

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Getting started collecting Blake Snell cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015 was a big year for baseball prospects. Not only did several key players make their way up to the majors but they made significant impacts with their big league clubs. Blake Snell is one top prospect who stayed in the minors. That’s not a knock on his play. In fact, he had a stellar 2015 that culminated in his being named Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America. Despite this, collectors have yet to fully embrace Blake Snell cards like they have other recent top picks like Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa or even Mark Appel.

Tampa took Snell in the first round of the 2011 draft with the 52nd overall pick. He spent the first four years of his pro career in Rookie and A-League ball but made big strides in 2015. Snell started the season with the Charlotte Stone Crabs of the High-A Florida State League. After four games, he was promoted to Double-A’s Montgomery Biscuits. His progression didn’t stop there. With a 6-2 record and a 1.57 ERA in 12 games, Snell has called up to Triple-A and the Durham Bulls where he continued to dominate. Over the course of 2015, Snell went 15-4 with a 1.41 ERA. He also struck out 163 batters in 134 innings pitched versus 53 walks.

So if he’s playing so well and winning major accolades, why aren’t Blake Snell cards hot?

He’s a pitcher.

If history has shown us anything, it’s that pitchers come with a lot of risk. One injury and they could be out of the game. A few wild pitches and their career could be defined by a severe case of the yips. Typically pitchers don’t get the same appreciation that sluggers do. And more often than not, those that arrive with hype often fizzle.

Will Blake Snell be another? Maybe, maybe not. However, a lot are taking a more reserved approach with his cards at the moment.

If you’re curious about some of the key Blake Snell cards, we’ve compiled a list of some of his most popular early releases. You can also find a comprehensive selection of his cards in the Beckett Marketplace.

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Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Noir Basketball

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a box of 2014-15 Panini Noir in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

2015 Panini University of Michigan trading cards showcase top Wolverines alumni

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2015 Panini University of Michigan Blaster

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Over the decades, many great players have worn the maize and blue of the Wolverines. Even a U.S. President went there back in the day. 2015 Panini University of Michigan maps the history of the school’s sports teams.

Football, basketball and baseball are all included in the moderately sized set.

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2015 Force of Will World Championships

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Over the last few days, this radical and exciting new trading card game has been hosting their very first world championship tournament in Japan! Force of Will was released in North America earlier this year and it has become a huge success. Over the weekend, 24 members of Team USA traveled to Tokyo to participate in the tournament. Today is the final round as Team USA squares off against Italy.

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Beckett Slam-O-Ween 2015

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

As the non-sports and gaming analyst, it’s always fun to collaborate with my fellow analysts about future projects and giveaways. We are always brainstorming to come up with fun and exciting contests and giveaways for the collector.

Beckett most recently promoted our inaugural Month of Marvel in which we held daily giveaways on our Instagram page and weekly ones on our homepage. Now, we’ve come up with another great giveaway to cover the month of October — Beckett Slam-O-Ween!

From October 5 to November 2, we will be having daily Instagram giveaways and weekly homepage giveaways of nothing but UFC/MMA and WWE/TNA cards and prizes. Whether you’re a fan of John Cena or Ronda Rousey, we’ll have something for everyone. Check back for more updates as we get closer to the start-up date.

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

 

 

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 1

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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 17.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Carson Palmer

(307-yards passing, 3 TD passes, 122.8 QB Rating)

The Arizona Cardinals are a different team when Carson Palmer is at the helm. They were 6-0 in 2014 when Palmer played a full game and they easily handled the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. Palmer’s three touchdown passes went to three different receivers and, surprisingly, none of them were named Larry Fitzgerald. We can expect the Cardinals to be excellent again this season, and as long as Carson Palmer remains healthy he should put up solid passing stats nearly every week.

The collecting window may be over essentially for Carson Palmer being at the tail end of his career without big statistics, lots of playoff wins, or championships on his resume. However, his 2003 Rookie Cards have experienced serious reductions in value in recent years, so much so that they could be considered bargains now should Palmer finally deliver to his full potential.

Cards to Grab:

2003 Bowman Chrome #237 AU RC ($80)

2003 Finest #119 AU/399 RC ($40)

2003 SPx #210 JSY AU/250 RC ($50) Read More »

Magic The Gathering Preview 2: Battle for Zendikar

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Spoiler season is in full swing for Magic the Gathering’s new set Battle for Zendikar! Last week, Ulamog, the Ceaseless Hunger and Gideon, Ally of Zendikar were the primary focus. This week, the focus will be on the remaining two Planeswalkers and some new lands being released.

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Month of Marvel Final Giveaway

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

This is the moment everyone has been waiting for. The grand finale to Beckett’s first Month of Marvel giveaway extravaganza.

So, rather than draw it out, we shall make it short and sweet.

The prizes this week? A BGS 9.0 Mint 2014 Captain America The Winter Soldier autographed card of Cobie Smulders (aka Maria Hill). A runner-up will receive a copy of the 2015 Beckett Non-Sports Almanac 1st Edition.

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Beckett Auction Services September Auction now open

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Beckett Auctions is proud to open its September 2015 auction and there are plenty of collectible items to whet your appetite. There are several amazing items up for sale this month, most notably a triple-signed baseball from the Ruth’s, which includes Babe Ruth (very strong auto grade 7) and both his wife and daughter.

We also have several complete sets in this auction, including a 1953 Topps baseball set (with 28 key cards graded) as well as several complete sets in different grades from the landmark 1986-87 Fleer basketball set. Finally, we have “that” 2010 Bowman Chrome Prospects Superfractor of Stephen Strasburg — BGS 9.5 — up for sale this month, with the winning bid amount being donated to charity by the consignor.

The current auction runs from Sunday, September 6th at 12pm CDT through Sunday, September 20th at 9pm CDT, with a 15-minute extended bidding window on certain items.

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Magic The Gathering Preview: Battle for Zendikar

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

The Eldrazi are back, and this time they are ready to win the Battle for Zendikar! This last week Wizards of the Coast has allowed a few spoilers to be let out to the public, and man is the hype real! For this Labor Day weekend I wanted to recap on a few of the major cards coming out in the new Zendikar block.

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Your Turn: 2015-16 NHL Rookies

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Upper Deck’s photography team prepares to capture images of the 39 players participating in the 2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase.

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Today, 39 of the NHL’s brightest prospects have come together in Toronto at the 2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase and many of them are expected to appear on their first fully-licensed hockey cards in a few months.

Leading the pack are Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres and they were the first two selections in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Thus far today, Upper Deck has had them and the other players in attendance sign labels and memorabilia in addition to interacting with young fans in attendance who were not expecting to meet a future NHL player.

In honor of the 2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase, Beckett Hockey is conducting a short collector poll to see who you think will be this season’s hottest freshmen. Make your voice heard after the jump! Read More »

Month of Marvel Giveaway No. 3

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

The Month of Marvel is unstoppable!

Week 2 of our giveaways has come and gone and another collector walks away with a great prize.

This week we have another question and it’s a doozy.

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Month of Marvel Giveaway No. 2

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Last Monday, Beckett’s Month of Marvel started off with a huge bang.

This week is no different as we have a new question and a new prize — 2015 Upper Deck Legendary Marvel Secret Wars deck building expansion kit. Read More »

Pokemon: Gotta Grade ‘Em All

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

They may be hiding in an old shoe box, or in an old binder sporting stickers of some of your favorite pocket monsters. Yes, I am talking about the craze that took over the late 90’s into the early 2000’s — Pokemon. To this day the craze continues and the hunt for the original cards grows at an astounding rate. Many collectors have flocked to gather the best quality condition cards of the original Wizards of the Coast product in hopes of finding a Charizard in a sea of Magikarp.

Even upon release, Charizard was a highly sought after card and reached prices of $50-$100. These days if you want to get your hands on a 1st Edition version, it will set you back at least $300. Taking it a step further, the grading market for all Pokemon cards has grown just as much within the last few years. Last month the only PRISTINE 10 1999 1st Edition Charizard sold for almost $11,000!

Think you may have some old cards? Maybe it is time to break out the old collection or go treasure hunting in the garage. Perhaps you will come across a few gems! Or if you have found your cards and don’t know what they are worth check out our Online Price Guide.

What Pokemon card has always been your favorite? Reply in the comments below!

Autograph Hound Seeking Stephen Curry Signature Crossed the Line

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary

There is no doubt that Stephen Curry is a player who experiences a higher-than-normal demand for his time and autograph. Last night, the star talent for the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors took to Twitter to offer up some advice to aggressive autograph seekers after he was intensely stalked by someone hoping to get him to sign.

The behavior of this person purporting to be a fan was in no way acceptable. Following an athlete in their vehicle in order to spend a moment with them is seriously crossing a line and is viewed as dangerous no matter what the reason. While Curry did not state if he indeed gave the fan the autograph they were looking for, one would hope that he politely declined the seeker.

For the past 25 years, athletes in all sports have seen a greatly increased demand for their autographs. Some players receive thousands of letters a year from collectors seeking a signature and the in-person autograph hounds often stake themselves outside of hotels and arenas hoping for the chance to get one. Some of these hounds are, in reality, true fans who are simply looking for an autograph from their heroes. Others, however, demand multiple signatures and attempt to mislead athletes and capitalize on their kindness in order to turn a profit. It is a sad by-product of the collectibles industry and many high-profile athletes have been known to simply ignore the crowds as they grow disenchanted by their demands. Read More »

English Teen Chases Vintage Baseball Cards

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Owen Randell, a native of England, with his American grandfather Joe Kroes.

By Mike Payne

Of the thousands who attended the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago recently, it’s likely few travelled as far as 13-year-old Owen Randell.

It’s a long way from England to Chicago.

Randell was attending his first National with his grandfather, Joe Kroes, a resident of upstate New York. The 13-year-old from West Sussex, England, was visiting his grandfather in the States (Joe’s daughter is Owen’s mother) and, since Owen wanted to add to his vintage baseball card collection, Kroes thought it would be a great opportunity to head to Chicago and attend the industry’s biggest event.

Besides, Owen had already taken the tour of Fenway Park – home to his beloved Boston Red Sox. So while the two made the trip from New York to Chicago, Owen’s adventure began when he left his hometown south of London to fly to America.

So how does a kid smack in the middle of England’s Premier League soccer fan base come to checking out daily MLB highlights online – which Owen does through ESPN, MLB and YouTube? “I just started watching baseball when I would come over and visit family in the U.S.,” says Owen. “I really like it.”

A typical day for Owen consists of all the things kids his age do – school, sports, family. The big difference is while his friends are talking about the latest exploits of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, Owen is checking to see how Big Papi fared the night before or looking into baseball’s rich history to get a better understanding of how the game itself has become so much a part of American history.

“Yeah, they’re not all that interested,” he says about his friends back home.

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2015 Topps Inception Football Cards First Look

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015 Topps Inception Football really gets the NFL card season going for the card maker. While Bowman came before it, rookies are in nondescript uniforms. Inception is the first full football release from Topps to feature Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and the rest of the 2015 draft class in their NFL uniforms.

As with past years for the brand, 2015 Topps Inception Football hobby boxes focus largely on autographs. Each has just one pack that comes with two autographs or autographed memorabilia cards, a jumbo relic, two base cards and a pair of parallels.

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And the 2015 Bowman Baseball Lucky Redemption is…

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2015 Bowman Lucky Redemption

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

For the second year in a year, the Bowman Baseball Lucky Redemption is a member of the Chicago Cubs.

But it’s not Kris Bryant and it’s not a Refractor of an existing card like last year.

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John Gibson replaces teammate in 2013-14 SP Authentic

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collectors that had redeemed their 2013-14 SP Authentic Future Watch autograph cards of Anaheim Ducks defenseman Sami Vatanen had been waiting quite a while for the young star to sign and Upper Deck has decided to replace these cards with one of goaltender John Gibson instead.

While secondary market action on the Vatanen redemption card has been surprisingly hot in recent months, the switch to Gibson could have a serious impact on its value. In a post on their online blog, Upper Deck stated that once issues arose with the Vatanen cards, it chose to replace him with Gibson, who was not in the original release.

Now heading into his fourth NHL season, Vatanen is a rising force on the Anaheim blue line and has plenty of options available for collectors wishing to obtain a certified autograph card. Gibson made his Ducks debut in 2013-14 and became a hobby sensation for a brief period following a strong playoff performance. In 2014-15, he proved to be a very capable backup to starter Frederik Andersen and went 13-8-0 over 23 appearances.

What other redemption news does Upper Deck have for collectors? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Lidstrom, Pronger, Housley to sign at Fall Expo

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey

The Hockey Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 will be represented at the 50th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo this November as legendary defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger, and Phil Housley are set to meet their fans and sign autographs just days before they are inducted.

Held from November 6 to 8, 2015 at the International Centre in Mississauga, ON, this edition of the Expo is expected to be a memorable one as A.J. Sportsworld has put together a solid lineup of signers to date from the worlds of hockey, wrestling, and entertainment. The show also coincides with the release of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One, which should contain the Young Guns card of Connor McDavid, and crowds may be larger than usual due to the interest in this card.

Who else will be a guest at the Expo? Look for a current schedule after the jump. Read More »

Beckett readies new non-sports book

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

For the past five years, Beckett Media has produced its annual Gaming Almanac, which provides detailed checklists and pricing of collectible card games and non-sports cards for collectors and dealers alike.

This year, Beckett is producing gaming and non-sports books as their own standalone releases. The non-sports book is due in August, while the gaming book is due in November.

With this, Beckett is going to give the non-sports collector access to more checklists — more base sets, inserts, autographs, memorabilia cards and sketch cards.

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Five-card tribute to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

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

Just when you thought you had the answers, he changed the questions.

The world of professional wrestling suffered another loss last Friday as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the legendary icon who headlined the first Wrestlemania, died at the age of 61.

For the last 30 years, Piper had cemented his legacy in professional wrestling as one of the greatest “bad guys” the business had ever seen. He was also a pretty good actor, having starred in several feature films, most notably John Carpenter‘s cult sci-fi classic, They Live.

However, it was the main event match at ‘Mania that changed the game for Piper. He, along with “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, challenged Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in a tag team showdown for the ages. Piper’s feud with Hogan established a new generation of wrestling fans and put sports entertainment into the national spotlight like never before.

And, with great popularity come great collectibles. Between cards and action figures, there are currently 345 Piper pieces in the Beckett database and the following five cards serve as a tribute to an incredible career.

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Competitive eating champ Matt Stonie coming to cardboard after NSCC appearance

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Competitive eater and 2015 Nathan’s Hot Dog champ Matt Stonie visited the National Sports Collectors Convention as a guest of Blowout Cards and landed a trading card deal before talking to Beckett Media’s Chris Olds.

For a sampling of his skills, check this out …

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Panini VIP Party creates moments before memorabilia

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Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar waits for a photo to be taken with those in attendance at the Panini VIP Party Saturday night in Chicago’s Soldier Field.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Gather a crowd of high-spending collectors, group-breakers, dealers, distributors and other industry executives in Chicago’s Soldier Field on a Saturday night and you’ll see a sea of backpacks, plenty of pack-ripping, some impressive cardboard and plenty of smiles. Even some tears.

Fathers and sons, husbands and wives — they were all in on the fast and furious frenzy that was ripping packs at the Panini America VIP Party. But all of those in attendance also had the chance to create moments of their own that didn’t involve handling a single card or a single autograph once they entered the home of the Chicago Bears.

Each of them had the chance to create some moments with some of the biggest names in the sports world — and on this evening selfies and snapshots were clearly in demand.

In fact, they were priceless.

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Pete Rose, Ricky Williams among first Panini VIP Party guests revealed

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A hit king and a gridiron legend will be among those on hand to meet guests at the Panini America VIP party in Chicago on Saturday during the National Sports Collectors Convention weekend.

Baseball’s career hits leader Pete Rose and former NFL and Texas Longhorns star Ricky Williams were revealed as the first two guests — with more to come — for a party for those who spend $7,500 on a list of selected products on the show floor from a selected list of dealers.

Eligible attendees will receive 500 silver VIP packs after they sign up for the event and then gold VIP packs at the event with cards made just for the program. The guests will sign photographs noting the event for attendees as well.

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At the National: Exploring Japanese baseball cards

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Florida-based Prestige Collectibles is one of the more-unusual stops at the National Sports Collectors Convention and they sell nothing but Japanese baseball cards and memorabilia. Here’s a short interview with Robert Klevens (above) and a gallery of images below.

 

Promotions To Keep Collectors Busy At The National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The 36th National Sports Collectors Convention opens today in Chicago and hobbyists from all over the world are about to convene on the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Whether they are breaking boxes or hunting for a great item for their personal collections, there are plenty of opportunities to participate in some of the exciting promotions offered by trading card manufacturers and other key hobby figures.

In addition to offering show attendees great prices on its latest print publications, Beckett Media staff will be in attendance to talk about the hobby. Beckett Auctions will be present as well and is offering up opportunities to consign collectibles for future events while Beckett Grading Services expects to have a very busy show and those wishing to have their cards can take advantage of special rates.

Beckett will also be offering up an epic treasure hunt which can bring up to 200 lucky collectors a special limited Cover Card signed by a sports legend. After tracking down the 15 cards exclusively released for this year’s National from a variety of locations on the floor, they can bring the cards to the booth to receive a random autograph from past cover subjects Emmitt Smith, Bo Jackson, Frank Thomas, Cal Ripken Jr., Pete Rose, Stan Musial, Mike Modano, Jose Canseco, Dennis Rodman, or Mike Tyson. Only 50 cards will be handed out each day.

What is in store from the card companies in attendance? Find out after the jump. Read More »

At the National … on Twitter (Tuesday)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Show of all Shows began with a group-breaker evening Tuesday night inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill., and that’s just one example of how there’s even more action online than ever before for the National Sports Collectors Convention. 

Thanks to technology and group-breakers, you can buy new cards straight from the show floor. Thanks to Twitter, you can already go behind the scenes with insiders as they prepare their booths for the biggest show of the year, which opens Wednesday evening with a VIP reception.

Highlights from Tuesday (and before) included breakers breaking, collectors traveling and, it seems, many more readying themselves for the 36th-annual show event while tweeting with #NSCC15 and #NSCCshow. (Look for even more here on Beckett.com/news as the show unfolds in the coming days and be sure document your own journey if you’re there with those hashtags. You might see yourself right here, too.)

See plenty of the preparation and some of the breaker highlights … after the jump.

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Beckett Media, Beckett Grading focus on vintage at National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It seems that booth after booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention is lined with cardboard memories from the distant past of baseball cards and beyond, the era where the bubble gum was as vital as the statistics on the backs of former childhood treasures.

With this year’s NSCC set to start on Wednesday at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in suburban Chicago, Beckett Media‘s focus will be on the sports cards, trading cards, autographs and memorabilia of 1980 and before.

How? With the launch of a new magazine, a debut of a new book and a Beckett Grading Services special where those classic cards can get service like no other found at the show.

“Vintage is a strong market. Maybe the strongest in our industry,” said Andy Broome, BGS’ senior vintage card grader. “Prewar continues to grow. I think this National will be stronger than last year’s. And last year’s was a near-record for us.”

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Ryan Cracknell joins Beckett Media team

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Beckett Media welcomes a major addition to its collectibles team with the hiring of Online Hobby Editor Ryan Cracknell, who will produce hobby-related content for Beckett.com as well as some of its print titles.

Cracknell has spent the last several years as Managing Editor of Cardboard Connection, and also has served as a columnist for Non-Sport Update magazine for nearly a decade. In addition, he also was a regular contributor to Canadian Sports Collector. He begins his work for Beckett at The National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

“Ryan is a significant addition to our team and will play a big role in our online news initiatives,” said Beckett Editorial Director Mike Payne. “He knows the business and how it operates, and has proven himself a motivated news gatherer.”

Cracknell will be covering all aspects of the hobby including daily news and product information for Beckett.com.

“The Beckett name has a longstanding history in the hobby,” Cracknell said. “I look forward to joining this team, connecting with collectors and helping them get the hobby information they need. Just as the hobby continues to evolve, I’m excited to be working with a group committed to being at the forefront of that evolution.”

NSCC Notebook: What’s in store at the National?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The National Sports Collectors Convention is about a week away … here’s a rundown of some of the promotional events planned for the biggest show for sports cards and memorabilia.

Beckett Covers program
Memorable Beckett Media covers from the past have been reproduced in trading card form and can be found at 15 different booths on the show floor (click for info). This year, there’s a new twist for those who take on the challenge and collect them all — the first 200 collectors who do so (limit 50 per day) will receive an autographed and BGS-slabbed card from a set of 10 different signers. Those memorable covers will include Bo Jackson, Emmitt Smith and Cal Ripken Jr. to name a few. (Details at the link above.) Beckett Media and Beckett Grading Services will have new products available and specials at the show, which will mark the debut of Beckett Vintage Collector.

Card company wrapper redemption programs
Each of the card companies in attendance will have programs for collectors. Check out the links below for the basics from each company:
Topps — VIP set and wrapper redemptions plus collector Q&A on July 30 Aug. 1
Panini America — VIP set and wrapper redemptions plus VIP Party on Aug. 1 
Upper Deck — VIP set and wrapper redemptions plus case break on July 31 and Diamond Club event on Aug. 1. The company also will have a scavenger hunt during the show.
Leaf Trading Cards — VIP set and wrapper redemptions. The company also will have “double box redemptions” for those who are recorded talking about Leaf. 
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will have a free bag for any who buy a packaged product and bring it to the company’s booth. That will also enter that person into autographed memorabilia drawings.

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

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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.

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Beckett Auctions ‘Championship Quest’ ends Sunday

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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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