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Sunday Conversation: Card artist Mike James




By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Mike James is a veteran sports card artist who has had his work appear in several different card sets through the years. We caught up with him for a brief Q&A for our latest Sunday Conversation

mug-MikeJamesHow long have you done sketch cards and what is your art background?
The first set that I worked on for a card company was for Be A Player back in 2003-04. It was an insert set called Brush With Greatness — not exactly sketch cards — they were a series of paintings that were made into a card set, but still a very cool thrill for me. I have been doing on-card art for various sets for the past three or four years now. Up until the past six months or so, the sets that I worked on were for In The Game and Famous Fabrics. Some of the coolest original art cards I did for them were for Ultimate Memorabilia (starting with Ultimate 11), Sportkings and Famous Fabrics’ Music, Music, Music. I also got to do some really unique 1/1 cards for the Industry Summit. I have degrees in both fine arts and graphic design — both of which have served me very well.

How would you describe your style or your approach — and what makes you different than the next artist?
For the most part, I try to make my art as realistic as possible. I have always been very particular about trying to get in as much detail as I can with the portraits that I do. As for what makes my work different than any other artist — I think it all comes down to style. I’m sure every artist has a different approach to their own work, but there are so many fantastic artists creating work with so many different styles. It’s pretty amazing to me, really, how much good solid work is out there now … especially given the small format required for the finished pieces — 2.5 by 3.5 is not a lot of space to capture the details, especially where there are other graphic elements on the cards!

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NHL Hobby Stars Of The Week: Marian Hossa, Tyler Toffoli, Pekka Rinne

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Wednesday, 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.

Marian Hossa, F, Chicago Blackhawks
The Blackhawks forward led the league with five goals last week and was tied for second with six points. Early in the week Hossa netted two goals each in a shootout loss to the Coyotes and in an overtime loss to the Canucks. Later in the week he posted another multi-point game against the Devils where he had an assist and put one in the back of the net as well (1-1-2) as the Blackhawks cruised to a 3-1 victory in New Jersey. On the collecting front it’s interesting to note that he only has six Rookie Cards in the Beckett database and 313 autographs, and given that he has been in the NHL since the 97-98 season that seems surprising. He does however have a following on the secondary market and can be had at a reasonable price point.

Cards to Grab:
1997-98 Donruss Preferred #162 RC, $30
1998-99 SP Authentic Sign of the Times #MH AU, $20
2010-11 Dominion All Decade Autographs #16 AU/50, $20

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Your Oscar-winning autograph options are …

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

And the Oscar goes to…

On Sunday, that phrase will be heard many times as Hollywood’s elite gather to honor those who have cranked out the best film performances of the year. Yes, it’s that time of year again as the  87th Academy Awards will commence from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Oh, the glitz, the glamor, and the star power of that night. And, hopefully, not a Kanye appearance in sight.

This year, an eclectic group of nominees will compete for the four best-acting categories. There are first-time nominees, such as Emma Stone and Eddie Redmayne, and seasoned Oscar veterans like Meryl Streep, who has racked up an impressive 19 nominations and three wins during her legendary career. From the youngest nominee, Emma Stone (26), and the oldest, Robert Duvall (84), we have a 40-year old virgin, Khan Noonien Singh, June Carter-Cash, and an American sniper. And, as Tony Stark would say, “We have a Hulk.” Well, two actually. All in all, among these 20 nominees, there are 59 nominations and six wins.

However, the most-impressive statistic in this analyst’s eyes is the number of nominees who have portrayed or will portray characters in superhero films. There are nine actors and actresses on this list: Michael Keaton (Batman, Batman Returns), Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange), Bradley Cooper (Guardians of the Galaxy), Ed Norton (The Incredible Hulk) , Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers), J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man 1-3), Felicity Jones (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), Marion Cotillard (The Dark Knight Rises), and Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man 1 & 2). Needless to say, Marvel and DC Comics are very well represented at these Oscars.

And, one doesn’t have to look too far before finding a few key non-sports issues of these talented nominees. In no particular order, here are the top examples …

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Beckett Auctions All-Star February Auction Now Open


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Beckett Auctions began its All-Star February Auction yesterday and the bids are steadily coming in for some fantastic hobby treasures that can become a part of your collection.

As mentioned in a previous article, Beckett Auctions is tremendously pleased to be offering up a jaw-dropping 1986-87 Fleer Basketball set where each and every one of the 132 cards has been deemed a 9.5 by Beckett Grading Services. This landmark set includes rookie cards of several Hall of Fame talents, including the highly-coveted Michael Jordan.

Hobbyists will also be pleased to see that they can acquires some rare cards from such scarce modern insert sets such as 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems (red and green), 1997-98 E-X2001 Jambalaya, 1997-98 Finest Gold Embossed Refractors, 1996-97 Fleer Showcase Legacy Collection and 1998 Aurora Pennant Fever Copper. For those who are looking for a fine piece of memorabilia, there is a large assortment of autographed mini-helmets, helmets, jerseys, baseballs, footballs and photographs from the biggest stars of the past and present that can be bid upon before the auction closes on Sunday, February 22.

What else will collectors be able to bid on this month? Find out after the jump.

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NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Corey Perry, David Desharnais & Nick Foligno

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Wednesday, 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.

Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Ducks
Perry was stellar on the ice last week as he shared the lead in scoring with four goals and six points as the Ducks gained five of the possible eight points available in the standings. He reached the 20-goal mark on the season with his performance in Carolina early in the week, tying Paul Kariya for second place in franchise history with seven such seasons. The rest of the week saw Perry netting goals against the Predators and Capitals and closing with an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Lightning. In the Beckett database collectors will find that Perry has 17 rookies and 296 autographs, all of which are still affordable on the secondary market.  For a guy in the middle of solid career his cards are priced right were they should be.

Cards to Grab:
2005-06 Upper Deck #204 YG RC, $25
2005-06 Hot Prospects #217 JSY AU RC/199, $60
2005-06 The Cup #173 JSY AU RC/199, $400

Read More » by the numbers: 2015 Topps Series 1


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The auctions have ended, the numbers have been crunched. The ranges have been tabulated and the prices have been posted.

The 2015 Topps Series 1 baseball set from Topps has arrived on Let’s take a look inside the numbers crunched by Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst Brian Fleischer — and see even more — after the jump.

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What’s it worth? Final 2015 Topps mystery gets answer Wednesday


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

It’s been out less than a week, but not all of the mysteries out of 2015 Topps have been solved.

You’ve seen the Derek Jeter farewells, you’ve seen the celebrity First Pitches. You’ve seen the photo variations and you’ve seen the sparkles. But there’s one remaining mystery and one million-dollar question, though.

What’s it worth?

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Sunday Conversation: Adam “Edge” Copeland

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For millions of wrestling fans, the world champion known as Edge is truly one of sports entertainment’s greatest superstars as he held multiple World Wrestling Entertainment titles throughout a Hall of Fame career.

Before he thrilled arenas full of screaming fans and wrestled on countless pay-per-view events, he was a Canadian youth named Adam Copeland growing up in Orangeville, Ontario. Like many kids of his generation, he grew up with an addiction to O-Pee-Chee hockey cards.

Now retired from in-ring action, he has transitioned into an acting career and has appeared in many episodes of the television series, Haven. He recently reconnected with his hobby following a hiatus of over 20 years and shared his memories with Beckett Hockey.

You recently Tweeted about some of your childhood hockey cards. Where were they all these years?

They were up at my Mom’s since the last time I bought a pack of cards, maybe 1991 or 1992, and then I basically hit the road. I knew they were around somewhere, I just didn’t know where. My Mom was moving last year and I was helping her and I went ‘holy crap, here’s all my cards!’ Just boxes and boxes of loose cards and comics and everything I collected as a kid. So, I had to get these down to Syracuse at least and once I finished Haven this year, eight months from now, I’ll be able to get to them – that was my thought.

When we got home a couple of weeks ago, we got the holidays done and I earmarked the time until we leave for North Carolina to get this done. It was pretty cool and all day and all night just sitting here and saying ‘whoa, I forgot about that guy’ and getting a complete reminder. It took me back to even where I got the some of them.

It’s interesting, when you get so involved in something, I think that sometimes it can make you cynical and what’s great about this for me is that because it has been so long, I have no cynicism attached at all. It’s just fun and cool. I just now found a Wayne Gretzky Second Team All-Star from 1980-81 O-Pee-Chee. That’s the first one I really remember being my set, where up until that point, it was my uncles’ cards. I’d look at theirs and get some, but that was the first year I remember truly liking collecting. Read More »

Win this Odell Beckham Jr. auto in the April BSCM


If you’re plugged in online, then you might have heard about Odell Beckham Jr.‘s recent #SignMyTweet session.

If not, you should have been on last week where we told everybody about the free promotional signing by XFinity Sports where he signed a number of tweets sent to him as part of the event. If you saw it, you could have tweeted the Offensive Rookie of the Year award-winner and maybe, just maybe, received some ink.

@BeckettMedia tweeted him and got lucky. Now, one reader of Beckett Sports Card Monthly will be a winner when the tweet Beckham signed above will be given away in a future issue. Look for details in the April 2015 issue in stores next month. — Chris Olds

Sunday Conversation: Group-breaker Michael Hodges


Michael Hodges is a 26-year-old group-breaker based in Kansas City, Mo., where he has built STL Sports Cards for about five years. He was among the breakers we talked to for our group-breaking issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly and here is a bit more from that for our latest Sunday Conversation.

How important do you feel group-breaking is in today’s card landscape?
To me group-breaking is today’s card landscape. More and more brick-and-mortars close each month/year and the online group-break community is the glue that keeps collectors in the hobby.

How important has it been for you?
Group-breaking is what kept me in the hobby while I was a poor college student making $3,000 a year as a minister. It allowed me to try out some higher-end products without breaking the bank. The friends I have created in this community are truly some of the best friends I have. It sounds lame, but goes to show the commitment to relationships that is a necessity for success in this landscape.

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Win Topps football cards with #BeckettBigGame during Super Bowl XLIX … and right now, too


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

If you’re a football fan, odds are you probably know exactly where you will be on Sunday as Super Bowl XLIX kicks off. We’re aiming to be right there with you.

Thirty minutes before the game — at 5 p.m. Central time — we’re kicking off #BeckettBigGame where we’ll be giving collectors a chance to land free football cards thanks to Topps. We’ll be running the #BeckettBigGame all game long and also for 30 minutes after the game ends, getting prizes into the hands of 20 collectors who participate.

How? All you have to do is follow us on the @BeckettMedia Twitter account during the game where we’ll have multiple winners of pack lots, wax boxes, factory sets and Topps autographed rookie cards and Relics up for grabs during the pre-game show, during every quarter, during halftime, and even during a 30-minute post-game session.

In fact, we have so much to give away there that it starts right here, right now. Get the details and our breakdown of #BeckettBigGame … after the jump.

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First Pricing: 2014 Elite Extra Edition

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By Brian Fleischer | Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst

First pricing for 2014 Elite Extra Edition baseball is now live for all subscribers to the Beckett Online Price Guide.

Loaded with prospect autographs and parallels, collectors have been clamoring for Kyle Schwarber, Alex Jackson and Rusney Castillo’s cards, all of which have the potential to be Hot List candidates in the coming months. For the third year in a row, USA Baseball jersey and autographs have been included in the product. A top prospect in the 2015 draft and son of former Major-Leaguer Mike Cameron, Daz Cameron‘s USA Baseball 18U Signatures card — limited to just 199 copies — is priced at an impressive $40.

For complete Elite Extra Edition baseball pricing, access your Beckett OPG account or sign-up here for a new subscription:

Contest: The Walking Dead Mid-Season Premiere


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

Season 5 of The Walking Dead has been a huge roller coaster ride thus far. The trials and tribulations that the post-apocalyptic family of Rick Grimes deal with are becoming more grueling and disparaging. The walkers are more disgusting and rotted than ever, resources and food are scarce, and the outsiders are more sadistic and violent. When the series returns on Feb. 8, the fate of Rick, Michonne, Daryl, and everyone else looks very grim. The characters will most likely face some very emotionally draining situations. This begs the question: What have been the most emotionally draining, shocking, or tragic moments in the history of the series? Well, fear not, Walking Dead-heads! After fan feedback and in-depth research, I have listed the top 5.

**Warning: Spoilers ahead**

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Top 5: Early Max Scherzer cards to own


By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

Baseball’s $210-million man officially has his contract — and his baseball cards remain affordable.

Max Scherzer’s deal with the Washington Nationals will last seven years. In seven big-league seasons with the Diamondbacks and Tigers, Scherzer has gone 91-50 with a 3.58 ERA and 1,321 strikeouts in 1,239-plus innings pitched. He’s been an All-Star the last two seasons and was the American League MVP in 2013 when he went 21-3.

Collectors have known about the righty even longer as he made his cardboard debut back in 2005 as a member of the USA Baseball National Team. Here are my picks for five early and affordable Scherzer cards to track down first.

2005-06 USA Baseball National Team Signature Black #MS /475, $25 (above)
He appears on 19 cards in the USA Baseball boxed set — and 17 of those are autographed cards of some sort. This one is his main signed card and a shockingly affordable option considering it predates most of his other ink by a notable amount of time.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Conference Championships

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Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we selected our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provided a run down on why collectors should take notice. For the Conference Championship round, we’ve selected three top performers who could make a hobby impact.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
(157 yards rushing, 1 touchdown)
During the Seahawk’s stunning come-from-behind win in the NFC Championship game, few Seahawk offensive players performed well for the entire game. Russell Wilson was rattled for more than three quarters and the receiving corps had more than their fair share of drops and missed opportunities. But Lynch was strong all game long and came through with a number of huge plays late in the game when it counted most. Lynch has been a top back in the league for years, recording his fourth 1000+ yard rushing season in 2014 and scoring a career season high in touchdowns. Collectors have made Lynch’s cards some of the hottest in the hobby off and on during that period but never have his best cards reached the level of fellow 2007 rookie Adrian Peterson. That may all change now with Peterson cards on the down slide and Lynch playing the best football of his career.

 Cards to Grab
2007 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs #BC66 ($50)
2007 Playoff Contenders #194 AU/533* RC ($50)
2007 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #TC182 ($40) 

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Beckett Media is hiring


Get your resume ready. Beckett Media is hiring full-time staff members — both in its Dallas office and in regional locations throughout the United States.

Among the positions currently available:

– Card Grading:  The grading submissions are pouring into BGS, so we need more graders. If working with sports cards on a daily basis is something you have always dreamed of doing, consider becoming a grader for the No. 1 service in the industry.

– Price Guide: If you enjoy tracking secondary-market values for trading cards, then a career as a Beckett price guide analyst may be right for you. We’re accepting applications right now for our Dallas office from serious collectors and dealers of modern sports and non-sports cards.

– Sales: Do you get thrilled watching your customers’ business grow? We are seeking experienced sales-team members across the Beckett business – work out of our Dallas office, or your home.

Full-time positions at Beckett Media offer a very competitive salary, bonus structure and benefit package.  If you are interested in joining the Beckett team, send us a resume ASAP at!

Sunday Conversation: BlowoutTV’s Matthew Thomas


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Matthew Thomas is the Director of Retail Operations for BlowoutCards’ The Fantastic Store as well as a host on BlowoutTV, the group-breaks division of the Internet superseller.

thomas We caught up with him for a brief Q&A about group-breaking for the issue of Beckett   Sports Card Monthly that is in shops now, and here’s a part of that chat for our latest   Sunday Conversation. 


How important is group-breaking today?
Group-breaking has become an integral part of the hobby over the past few years. Its growing popularity can be found through both an influx of online group-breaking hosts, and through increased participation by collectors and hobby enthusiasts. One of the biggest benefits to online group-breaking is that it provides collectors with immediate access to various types of products. Many of our customers do not have access to a local hobby shop and/or the ability to purchase entire boxes/cases of product by themselves. Group-breaking has made the hobby once again affordable as collectors are able to purchase specific teams and players from desirable products without having to break the bank.

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Fab 5: Interesting Press Pass sets from the past


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

It’s the end of an era.

Although some collectors may know Press Pass as merely the lone maker of NASCAR cards, the company had an influential run in other sports and helped change the game when it comes to cardboard.

The company is now finished creating cards after a run that included revolutionary game-used releases, historic college brands, memorable non-traditional sports releases and unique non-sports lineups that included Elvis Presley right alongside Yo Gabba Gabba.

Press Pass did plenty during its cardboard run that began back in 1992 — and it did plenty for the world of NASCAR cards — here is a look at a few key sets from the company that you might not remember.

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McDavid leading pack in Hockey Canada auction

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship will be heading into its final matchup on Monday evening as Canada is set to face Russia in what could prove to be a fine conclusion to the annual tournament. The Canadians, led by already-drafted talent like Sam Reinhart, Curtis Lazar and Zach Fucale along with potential first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Connor McDavid, are looking to end their gold medal drought on home ice and will have a nation’s eyes upon them. Hockey Canada, in partnership with eBay Canada, is auctioning off a wide selection of game-used jerseys and equipment and the action for these items has been quite intense in recent days.

Leading the pack, as expected, is a game-used sweater from McDavid which was worn during a pre-competition game against Sweden on December 21 and a round robin battle with Germany six days later. On Sunday evening, bidding had reached an impressive $17,800 CDN with over three days left before the hammer drops. Read More »

Sunday Conversation: Panini’s D.J. Kazmierczak


D.J. Kazmierczak, right, with Joe Namath during Panini’s NSCC VIP Party last year.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

D.J. Kazmierczak is Panini America‘s Vice President of Sales and we recently caught up with him for a chat about group-breaking for an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

He is also the subject of this week’s Sunday Conversation …

How important has group-breaking been for your company?
We were the first company to recognize the opportunity that group-breaking provides the industry. It has been a methodical process figuring out the management of that part of the category. But it is important to our business.

Do you have any estimates about product volume or revenue increases you could attribute to the trends?
We have a lot of quantifiable data. But I don’t want to share specifics because it can always be taken out of context. Let’s just say that group breaking certainly accelerates the velocity of sales on certain products.

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First Pricing: 2014 Select Football

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By Dan Hitt | Beckett Football Senior Market Analyst

Beckett first pricing for 2014 Select football is now live to all subscribers to the Beckett Football Online Price Guide.

The Online Price Guide allows subscribers to access complete and full pricing for all cards cataloged and priced in our football database. This not only includes full checklists and all pricing for all mainstream products, but also every ancillary or regional set, old and new, that we catalog. The OPG is also the first place that Beckett pricing will appear for new products and the first place price changes on older cards are published.

2014 Select football is a continuation of last year’s successful relaunch of the brand produced on foilboard with a variety of Prizm parallels. This year, Select has been beefed-up to include a much wider range of inserts and parallels (14 in all) as well as predictor-type cards for teams competing for the Super Bowl title and players competing for the MVP and offensive and defensive Rookie of the Year Awards. These exchange cards are reminiscent of the 1990s-era Stadium Club and Upper Deck predictor cards and have bee garnering plenty of secondary market interest. For example, Odell Beckham Jr., the odds on favorite to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, is trading at $30-$60 while the Super Bowl favorite Seahawks card is valued at $15.

Access or purchase your Online price Guide subscription now to view complete 2014 Select football pricing.

Second Chance Contest: The Year of DBZ!


Since its re-release, the momentum of Dragon Ball Z has been nothing short of phenomenal. We’ve had a few successful giveaways and we aren’t stopping.

Our most recent giveaway was a Facebook exclusive in which we served up five booster boxes and two starter decks to seven lucky winners. Now, we are having a second chance drawing and we are giving away five more booster boxes.

Just leave a comment below and tell us anything about Dragon Ball Z. A triumphant come-from-behind win at a DBZ tournament perhaps? Or, maybe just fond memories of playing with family members and/or friends? We want to hear them and we will select five lucky winners to receive a booster box of Panini America’s 2014 DBZ.

All comments must be made before January 16. Good luck!

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 (Jan. 3) for collectors who are interested in professional grading or need items examined and/or slabbed.

The Saturday event is, of course, 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 Baseball Best of 2014 Awards: Vote now!



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s time for us to make our selections for the best baseball cards of the year, and we want your help.

While we’ll continue to argue about the highlights of 2014 — with a couple brands still to come in the next week or so — we want your votes for your highlights. We’ve prepared ballots for the notable categories below — and offered your chance to write-in votes on other categories, too.

Your picks for the Best of 2014 will appear alongside ours in the next issue of Beckett Baseball.

Product of the Year (excludes repack/buyback-based brands)

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Player of the Year (a force in the field and in hobby)

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BGS Black sparks added interest in perfect 10s



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s been nearly a month since Beckett Grading Services launched BGS Black — a simple new label that notes perfect BGS 10 Pristine cards that have four perfect 10 subgrades with a striking black flip.

The new label has sparked a premium for sales of perfect cards, a move that BGS Director Jeromy Murray said has also prompted a number of previously graded perfect cards to be re-submitted for the new label and a number of other cards that came up just .5 short on one subgrade to be sent in for re-examination.

“[Our] feedback is that the label is demanding a premium over the standard 10s, which is good news,” Murray said.

One real-world example of this can be seen with the perfect 2014 Bowman Chrome Kris Bryant card above. It sold on eBay for $3,000. That’s more than double the amount of three previous BGS 10 copies of the same Blue Refractor have sold for on eBay. One sold for $1,406 in late-August, another sold for $1,130 in November and one went for $1,028 — also in August.

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Sunday Conversation: Dave Reid


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Beckett Hockey recently had the chance to speak with NHL Network analyst and retired player Dave Reid at a recent NHL Alumni Tour stop in Belleville, Ontario. During his playing days, the former Stanley Cup champion was known for his passion for hockey cards and offered some of his thoughts on the hobby. Be sure to look for a complete profile of him that will be published in an upcoming issue.

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Beckett Media acquires auction leader Goodwin & Co.


DALLAS (Dec. 16, 2014) – Beckett Media, the collectible industry’s most-trusted brand, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Goodwin & Co., a leading sports auction house. As part of the transaction announced today, Bill Goodwin, president of St. Louis-based Goodwin & Co., will join the Beckett management team under a long-term agreement.

“We are thrilled to welcome Bill Goodwin and Goodwin & Co. Auctions to the Beckett family,’’ said Sandeep Dua, president of Beckett Media. “This is an important step forward for Beckett, and expands our unparalleled commitment to the industries we serve.’’

Goodwin & Co. ( has conducted more than 50 highly successful “Masterpieces and Uncommon Commons’’ auctions during the past 15 years. Bill Goodwin, one of the industry’s most respected vintage card experts, has sold more than $100 million in sports cards in his incomparable career. He also served as co-host of the landmark 1995 National Convention.

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Panini Teases 2014 Immaculate Football


Panini teased it’s upcoming debut release of 2014 Immaculate Football with 11 autographed card images that arrived this week. No other information was given for the product. From the looks of the cards, it will be pretty high-end in the league, at least in quality, with Flawless and National Treasures. More information will be posted as soon as we learn more. For now, enjoy this sneak peek.

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Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Draft baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Bowman Draft in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

BVG 5.5 1952 Topps Mantle Variant Highlights December Auction


This year, Beckett Auctions has gone to great lengths to bring collectors some incredible and rare treasures and for their December event, one of the hobby’s most coveted cards is up for bids and the action on the BVG 5.5 1952 Mickey Mantle “B” version is expected to be intense when it starts at 12:00 CST on Sunday afternoon.

“When it comes to our hobby, this is truly one of the most iconic cards and is held in a very high regard,” said Beckett Auctions Acquisitions Manager Rob Springs. “This particular copy has the highest BGS/BVG grade ever given for this variation and we are very excited to be able to present it to our auction customers. We anticipate the card to bring somewhere in the range of $25,000 to $30,000.”

For collectors unaware of why this card is so unique, it is a small variation where the stitching on the number circle on the back of the card points right instead of left and last “E” in Mantle’s facsimile signature on the front stops instead of curling up.

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Top 5: Baseball players on new teams … so far




By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

The MLB Hot Stove is quite warm this week with several moves that could spark interest in the baseball cards of a few key players.

Believe it or not, that’s not as easily done as it is said with a collecting landscape that often hinges upon rookies and key guys collectors can bank on. In other words, key moves might not resonate as much on cardboard as they might in the standings for players who aren’t seen as The Next Big Thing.

But, that said, here are five players whose change of scenery might spark some new interest in their cardboard.

1. Yoenis Cespedes — traded to Detroit Tigers
Top5CespedesBouncing from team to team typically doesn’t help the demand for a player’s cardboard, but Cesepedes has gone from Oakland to Boston to Detroit in less than a year. Some might say he’s now in a better location — though the Tigers did give up a decent name (Rick Porcello) to get him.

He has plenty of cardboard for Tigers fans to now consider — also a plus — but most of it shows him in green.

If Cespedes performs well, they might not care. Or, it could be a scenario much like Miguel Cabrera where his current-team autographed cards are more in-demand than those from the past.

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Contest: Win more Dragon Ball Z!


Buckle up, gamers, because we are giving away more Dragon Ball Z.

The relaunch of this product by Panini America has been a huge hit and to celebrate this wonderful occasion, we are going to select two more lucky winners to each receive a booster box and a pre-constructed starter deck of 2014 Dragon Ball Z.

All you have to do in order to win is write a comment in the section below. Please tell us your Dragon Ball Z stories. Why did you start collecting DBZ? Have you been an avid collector of DBZ since the beginning? Have you had a chance to buy the new version of DBZ? What do you like about the new DBZ? We want to hear it all!

Winners will be selected before Monday, Dec. 15. Good luck!

Sunday Conversation: Chris Chelios

Chelios Overtime

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Beckett Hockey recently had the chance to speak with Hockey Hall of Fame member and author Chris Chelios about his career and thoughts about collecting sports memorabilia. Be sure to look for a complete feature on him that will be published in the February, 2015 issue.

You have recently released your autobiography with respected hockey writer Kevin Allen, which has been titled Made In America (Triumph Books) in the United States and Overtime (HarperCollins) in Canada. What spurred you to make the decision to tell your story?

“The biggest reason that I wanted to do it was, after the Hall of Fame, I had abut 100 people up there. It was pretty much as many tickets as I was able to get. The book was a way of acknowledging people and thanking them for helping me along the way, from basically my childhood and through hockey and everything. From what I have heard so far, the feedback has been good. People that I have mentioned in it have contacted me and said how grateful they were and for them, it was exciting to be a part of it.”
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Detailing Topps Tek’s patterns

Topps High Tek Box


By Brian Fleischer | Beckett Baseball Senior Market Analyst

After examining thousands of images on eBay, we believe that some of the patterns found in 2014 Topps High Tek are exclusive to  the American League players, others are exclusive to the National League players, while others feature players from both leagues. Multiple email requests for confirmation from Topps have gone unanswered, so we’re reaching out to the Beckett community to confirm or dispute our findings.

Now, it’s only been a few days since the product went live, so it’s possible for some of our conclusions to be found untrue, but there are hundreds of examples of some of these patterns on the secondary market and we’ve yet to find one that disputes what we’ve found.

Please note that it appears the Wave and Spiral Bricks patterns are widely available and are likely to be combined into one base set in the Beckett Online Price Guide, as will the parallels. Also, based on how they are pictured on their base cards, Topps has considered Robin Yount, Jon Singleton and George Springer AL players, while Craig Biggio, Jeff Bagwell, Jean Segura and Ryan Braun are considered NL players. Taking into account what league they were in during their careers, this would make sense.

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Breaking down the 2014 Topps High Tek patterns

Topps High Tek - Wave

By Brian Fleischer | Senior Market Analyst

The newest edition of Topps Tek released today in the form of 2014 Topps High Tek and with it comes a base set featuring 12 different background patterns — some more difficult to find than others.

While secondary market information is still sparse, we’ve scoured eBay and have been able to determine 11 of the 12 background patterns. Please note that the descriptions listed below are subject to change. The cards are printed on clear acetate, so the blue and black colors shown are the background of the scans, and not printed on the actual card. We will update this post as more information becomes available.

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