Category Archives: Beckett Updates

Contest: Win more Dragon Ball Z!

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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

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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

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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

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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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Introducing Beckett SuperSeller

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Beckett Media is proud to announce the launch of Beckett SuperSeller – an industry-leading online tool that allows you to easily list cards on eBay at a fixed price, using Beckett’s online Organize tool. For as low as 10 cents per listing, you can begin using the service, or purchase a monthly package based on your individual listing needs. Included with each listing is a pre-built title, a custom description using attributes and data from the Beckett database, plus access to the Beckett stock photo system. Each listing can be customized with one user-uploaded photo.

Monthly packages are available starting at $24.99/month, which includes 500 FREE eBay fixed price listings. Need more listing power? Then consider the Beckett SuperSeller Gold package, which includes 5,000 FREE eBay fixed-price listings per month. And because of our unique relationship with eBay, we can help users with requests to raise their listing limits on eBay when using Beckett SuperSeller. During the checkout process to purchase SuperSeller, you will be asked to fill out some information about yourself that will be shared with eBay. You can start listing immediately, and any expanded listing limits can be approved in just a few days.

For more information on Beckett SuperSeller or to purchase a listing package, go to www.beckett.com/super-seller 

For questions on Beckett SuperSeller, contact Bill Sutherland at superseller@beckett.com.

The best non-sports set…that didn’t happen!

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

As collectors, most of the time we get what we want. There are a wide variety of sports and non-sports sets from which to choose. An autograph here, a relic there. A fan of collecting base sets? No problem. There are plenty out there. However, once in a great while, we anticipate the major release of a set and come up empty handed.

That happened in 2014 with the non-release of arguably the best superhero film of the year: X-Men: Days of Future Past. This is surprising since X-Men card sets (both comic and film) have been very successful in the past. Topps released sets for the first two X-Men films from 2000 to 2003 and Rittenhouse picked up the 2006 X-Men and 2009 Wolverine films. However, since then, all has been quiet on the X-Men front. No official sets were released for 2011’s X-Men: First Class or 2013’s The Wolverine.

Considering the hype behind it, it’s hard to comprehend how Days of Future Past was left off of the non-sports card industry’s to-do list. Too much star power? Maybe. Licensing issues? Perhaps. The fact is that the major card companies missed out on a winner.

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Introducing BGS Black

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BGS Black is here.

Since 1999, the search for the elusive BGS Pristine 10 has been the quest for every person that submits cards for grading or buys cards for their collection.

Beckett Grading Services is now upping the challenge.

Today, Beckett introduces the ultimate label, for the ultimate card, for the ultimate collector.

A card worthy of four “10” subgrades is worthy of a special label. Starting today, each card that reaches this quad-10 level will receive a special black label showing that the ultimate grade has been reached. The black label is for modern cards only — and not valid for any BVG cards (1980 and older).

For more information, including recasing your quad 10s, reviewing your current BGS 10s or new submissions, contact your BGS representative by clicking here.

Breaking: Online Price Guide Plus released

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Beckett Media is pleased to announce its most significant Price Guide development in a decade – Beckett Online Price Guide Plus.

Subscribers to Beckett Online Price Guide Plus will gain full access to our extensive raw market sales information database through their standard Online Price Guide interface. But what does this do, exactly, for the collector or dealer?

Thousands of bits of raw card sales data are accumulated every day inside the Beckett database. This raw information forms the basis for the data analyzed by pricing staff to produce and publish Beckett Price Guides. For nearly three decades, the pricing information released in our print and Online Price Guides was enough to satisfy the majority of collector and dealer demand for market pricing. While Beckett pricing data is still the best source of information for buyers and sellers, there have been an increasing number of cards released into the market that fall outside the scope of our traditional coverage — hence the need for Beckett Online Price Guide Plus.

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The Return of Dragon Ball Z Contest

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After a five year absence, Dragon Ball Z has returned.

Resurrected by Panini America, the new DBZ promises to offer smoother game play while still adhering to the same elements that made it a cult favorite.

To celebrate this occasion, we will be giving a box away to one lucky winner.

Simply leave a comment in the comments section below. Are you excited for the new DBZ product? Perhaps you’ve already purchased some packs or a box. Tell us what you think about it.

We will randomly select a winner from all entries received before Wednesday, Dec. 10. Good luck.

 

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 12

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By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Josh Gordon, WR, Browns

(8 receptions, 120 yards receiving, 0 touchdowns)

Josh Gordon made is return to the gridiron on Sunday, and he showed everybody that he has still got it! Even though he didn’t play a single down all season, Gordon looked ready to play. His return comes at the best time for the Browns who are fighting for the AFC North title. Josh Gordon’s 120 yards receiving helped the Browns secure a victory over the Atlanta Falcons, 26-24. Since his suspension, Gordon’s cards have taken a hit in value. A perfect example of that is his Panini Contenders rookie autograph card. Its peak value was $80 and they are now valued at $50. Now that he has shown that he is back and playing at a high level, collectors might start getting interested in picking up his cards again.

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Key BGS 10 Peyton Manning hits auction block

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

One of the greatest NFL quarterback’s greatest early cards is hitting the auction block.

A Pristine BGS 10 copy of Peyton Manning‘s 1998 SP Authentic Die Cuts card — one of only two cards to receive that grade — has hit the auction block via St. Louis-based Goodwin & Co. It’s a parallel of the future Hall of Famer’s top Upper Deck Rookie Card — and it’s limited to only 500 copies. The auction runs until Dec. 3.

Ungraded, the cards typically sell for as much as $800. This one is quite different with it being just a single .5 away from a perfect 10 grade.

“This card grade represents what Peyton Manning is all about — achieving perfection,” said Rob Springs, the Acquisitions Manager for Beckett Auctions. “This is an outstanding modern-day card of possibly the greatest quarterback to ever play the game and we are excited that it is a part of the Goodwin November auction.”

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BGS Black … it’s coming soon

 

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Black Friday is the day where many of you will battle the shopping crowds for the latest and greatest deals — the one day a year where shopping becomes a sport and you become the competitor. However, we have one thing that Beckett Media want you to watch for right here on Beckett.com that Friday morning.

Black.

It arrives on Nov. 28.

Mariano Rivera visits fans in South Korea

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Future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera visited Seoul, South Korea, as part of a promotional tour for JBL headphones and Beckett Grading Services’ Dongwoon Lee was there along with a few collectors who got to meet MLB’s career saves leader.

Check out the images … after the jump.

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First Look: 2014-15 SPx

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

SPx is back for basketball collectors and it might be better than ever – especially for those that have been enjoying Upper Deck’s roundball releases as of late.

Arriving on store shelves in January, this brand has not been a part of the company’s lineup since 2008-09 and there have been some improvements that are sure to appeal to many hobbyists. Propelled by the presence of one strong hit in every five-card pack, it looks at the latest players to make the jump to the pro level along with a rarely-matched selection of collegiate legends.

What will collectors find in packs of 2014-15 Spx? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Topps reveals 2014 All-Star Rookie Team

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Eleven baseball players have been honored — and next year their Topps baseball cards will be enhanced with a trophy.

Topps announced its 56th-annual All-Star Rookie Team on Friday, and it includes only one of the this year’s Rookie of the Year award-winners, Jose Abreu. NL Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom did not get the right-handed hobby honor as that went to New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka.

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Give us this day our Walking Dead…

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Every year, Thanksgiving brings about a childhood reminiscence that makes me crave my mom’s homemade noodles, pecan pie, and that big gobbling critter I would come to know as Tom Turkey. However, this year, I’m craving something a little different: crossbows, katanas and walkers.

This year, for the first time, The Walking Dead will drop its mid-season cliffhanger on us during Thanksgiving weekend. And, I can’t think of a better way to spend it than watching Daryl put down some walkers with arrows from his trusty quiver. Or, seeing Michonne carving up zombies like she’s slicing up the holiday’s seasonal bird.

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First look: 2014 Panini USA Baseball set

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The latest edition of Panini America‘s USA Baseball offerings is here and it’s got plenty of the Red, White and Blue.

And some Cubbie Blue, too.

The annual USA Baseball boxed set is set to arrive on Dec. 3 with top MLB prospect and future Chicago Cub Kris Bryant among the headliners as he’s a USA Baseball alum. Each set will include 77 standard cards showing the 25 members of the College National Team, 19 members of the 18-U team, 19 members of the 15-U team and 14 other basic cards. Then, of course, there will be one Red & Blue Prizm card, seven autographs and two materials cards per set for a total of 87 cards per factory set.

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Top 5: Jose Abreu Rookie Cards to own

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

It’s just a matter of time — a few hours — before Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu is named the American League Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.

The formal presentation begins at 6 p.m. Eastern on the MLB Network, but we won’t waste any time … he’s a lock to win.

The Rookie of the Year award is, arguably, the one that matters most to collectors today — moreso than the MVP or Cy Young votes because Rookie Cards (and prospect cards) are much more sought-after in today’s always-evolving cardboard landscape. After a rookie season that included 36 homers and 107 RBI along with a .317 average, Abreu is a lock for the award — no offense to the other finalists, Dellin Betances and Matt Shoemaker — they just can’t compete.

Want one statistical reason he’s a lock? His homer total was topped only by Nelson Cruz, Chris Carter and Giancarlo Stanton this season. That’s it among all major-leaguers.

With all that said, here are my picks for the top five Abreu Rookie Cards — of the 20 that he has so far — to track down. See them all … after the jump.

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Inside this year’s Gaming Almanac + Zoe Saldana contest

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

The latest Beckett Gaming Almanac is here. Released on Oct. 24, this edition has more info and more pricing — and this was my first crack at editing and developing the content for Beckett’s 5th almanac and I’m happy to give you an inside look.

This edition of the almanac was a Herculean task. We’ve never dealt with so much information in such little time. However, we’re happy to report that you can look forward to a much cleaner, more complete almanac. Some of the features are meant to be more convenient to the reader. This year, we have a much improved guidewords system on each page. It lists the year and name of the product that starts on that particular page. Therefore, it’ll be easier to leaf through and find the sets you need. We’ve also cleaned up the clutter with parallel sets by inserting multipliers in the header of their parent base sets, rather than provide an entirely separate header for said parallel set.

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CHL Cards Return to Post Cereals in 2014-15

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Over the years, Post has produced a variety of hockey-related premiums ranging from plastic marbles to trading cards. Some of these items have grown in value over time, but regardless of investment potential, there is something to be said about sitting down to watch your morning sports highlights while munching on a bowl of cereal and getting some hockey cards as well.

Last season, the company partnered with the Canadian Hockey League to create a special offer where fans could redeem a special code printed inside of the box and they would receive four trading cards in the mail. For 2014-15, the promotion has changed slightly as consumers will be able to cut out the cards off the backs of the boxes and not have to wait to get them. Naturally, this makes the cards condition-sensitive but most collectors are likely to leave the panels intact.

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Box Busters with Slipknot’s No. 3

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Before metal band Slipknot hit the stage Friday night here in Dallas for the latest stop on their “Prepare for Hell” tour, there was one thing on the minds of two members from the Grammy-winning band and one of its photographers.

They wanted to visit Beckett Media.

Why? Because when they aren’t masked musicians putting on a show Shawn Crahan (aka Clown or No. 6) and Chris Fehn (aka No. 3) are serious baseball card collectors along with their creative cohort Bobby Tongs, who helps document things along the way.

How serious? Their tour just began last week and they’d already rocked a few card shops — so much so they had an extra room at the Dallas Ritz-Carlton Thursday night purely for pack-ripping. (Rock n’ roll!)  Another example? Fehn carried four yet-to-be-scratched Topps redemption cards in his wallet, and he brought a box full of new pulls — some of which ended up in BGS slabs this afternoon. Meanwhile, Tongs got his 2014 Bowman Chrome Jose Abreu autograph slabbed — and it came back a Pristine 10. Clown brought with him a baseball signed by future Hall of Famer — and Rolling Stone photographer — Randy Johnson that will end up in a BGS balldome.

It’s not every day we get rock stars who have sold 16 million albums with a No. 1 album on the charts showing up at Beckett — and they talked cardboard, music and more for three-hours plus with everyone who was interested. We might have rocked their world — they left very happy — but they rocked ours, too, because they’re big collectors.

Here’s Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds ripping some wax and talking cards and music with No. 3 in our latest episode of Box Busters. 

BGS 9.5 1984-85 Star Jordan Highlights Next Beckett Auction

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With the 2014-15 NBA season in full swing, basketball fans are talking about their favorite stars and rookies and Beckett Auctions is ready to celebrate as well by delivering cards and collectibles featuring some of the best hoops stars from the past and present. In fact, we are offering up one of the most fantastic hobby finds ever with the only 1984-85 Star Co. Michael Jordan XRC that has been graded 9.5 by Beckett Grading Services – and no other copy has been graded higher!

The introductory bid for this cardboard treasure? A steep $50,000, but it’s a small price to pay for what could be the greatest single copy of this card to ever come to auction.

“We are very excited to add this landmark card to our November Hardwood Heroes auction,” said Rob Springs of Beckett Auctions.”The Star #101 has always had a little extra hobby mystique surrounding it and the fact this particular copy has been graded a BGS 9.5 is phenomenal. This is the only copy that has been graded a 9.5, and there is none higher. This would truly be the centerpiece of someone’s Jordan collection.”

What else is up for bid starting on November 2? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014 Topps Five Star Football

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Topps Five Star will return, fittingly, for a fifth release in 2015. Topps Five Star football debuted in 2010.

Each box will include one autographed memorabilia, multi-player autograph, Silver Signatures Autograph or a Golden Graphs Autograph. Boxes also feature four Five Star Autographed cards plus one other Five Star Autographed card, Cut Signature, Legends Relic or a 1 of 1 Relic.

The Five Star Autographs feature up to 100 veteran stars, legends and rookies. There is a Rainbow parallel numbered to 25 and a 1 of 1 parallel. Silver Signatures and Golden Ink are signed in silver and gold in, respectively and have several parallel levels: Purple, Blue, Green, Gold, Orange and Red numbered to 25 down to a 1 of 1 level. More sneak peek card images after the jump…

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Fox Sports examines Beckett Media

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Do you know all there is to know about Beckett Media? Fox Sports writer Eric Malinowski bets you don’t.

In this piece, he takes a look back at the company’s origins, its place in the hobby in the boom years of collecting and takes a stab at where Beckett Media is today.

It’s worth checking out.

Stratus Signing Leads Beckett Plans for Toronto Expo

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The Beckett Media booth will be a busy place at the 48th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto next weekend as collectors will have an opportunity to purchase a wide variety of publications, submit their cards for Beckett Raw Card Review or Graded Card Review and even meet a pro wrestling legend who will be making a special appearance.

Naturally, Beckett and its staff members in attendance will be offering the latest issues of our magazines at the booth and they can be purchased for $10 in U.S. funds or $12 in Canadian currency. In addition to the recently-released Beckett Baseball and Beckett Football publications, collectors will get an exclusive opportunity to pick up the new issues of Beckett Hockey and Beckett Basketball before they hit store shelves.

Additionally, the December issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly featuring World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Trish Stratus will be on sale in conjunction with her appearance at the booth on Friday, November 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Collectors should be reminded that this will be the only item she will be signing during her time there and her autograph and the corresponding certificate of authenticity are free when you purchase the magazine. Supplies will be limited, so it is best to come to the booth early in order to secure your opportunity to meet one of the most popular wrestlers of all-time.
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Madison Bumgarner: 5 Key Cards

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Coming as a surprise to no one, Madison Bumgarner culminated his outstanding 2014 postseason in fitting fashion – by collecting the 2014 World Series MVP trophy. Bumgarner finished the postseason with 4-1 record with 45 strikeouts and a 1.03 ERA. In the World Series, he was 2-0 with 0.43 ERA and a save in the Series clinching seventh game.

Bumgarner cards have been smoking hot for the last several weeks, as collectors have been clamoring to add some Bumgarner cardboard to their collections. But with nearly 1,500 cards in the Beckett Online Price Guide,  sifting through the secondary market looking for Bumgarner gold can be a daunting task.

Below, you’ll find five key Madison Bumgarner cards. Some are autographed, some are not. Some are expensive, some are inexpensive. All are worthy of a spot in your collection.

 

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Panini details Jeter buyback auto plans

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

As teased during the weekend, new Derek Jeter autographs are coming to baseball card packs.

Now we know more as Panini America unveiled its plans Wednesday — and it’s a multi-set and multi-year campaign that begins with buyback cards in the upcoming 2014 Classics product which arrives on Nov. 19. The cards in that one will be from the 2001 and 2002 Classics sets.

A selection of past Donruss/Playoff brand cards have been signed and authenticated with a Steiner Sports sticker. The buybacks date back to 1999. Panini promises them to be released in an “extremely limited” volume and there will be more to come in the company’s 2015 releases.

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Beckett Book Review: Hockey Card Stories

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

This fall, readers have once again been treated to another great selection of hockey books, but there is one that has been standing out for collectors and that is Ken Reid‘s Hockey Card Stories.

Delivering the tales behind some of the most iconic hockey cards from the 1970s and 1980s, the author takes his audience back to their youth in an entertaining way.

Reid, the co-anchor for Sportsnet Central, is no stranger to collecting as he avidly broke open packs of hockey cards as a youth. Even as a teen, he remained close to the industry as a part-time dealer alongside his brother in their native Nova Scotia. He talked with Beckett Hockey about his roots in the hobby and what inspired the book.

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First Look: Trish Stratus’ BSCM cover

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It’s a milestone for her, a collectable for you — one you can get signed if you attend an upcoming card show.

It’s the December issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, and she’s WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus, a seven-time women’s champ and Topps‘ Queen of WrestleMania. She’ll be signing the magazines at the Beckett Media booth in 11 days at the upcoming Toronto Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo.

The magazine makes its public debut at the show with the Toronto native featured on what is the 100th cover appearance of her career. The two-hour autograph session will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7. Fans who buy a copy will be able to get it signed and authenticated immediately afterward. Supplies will be limited and there’s no additional fee for her autograph.

“I’m so excited to finally hit cover 100,” Stratus said on her website. “To be the first from my industry to be on the cover of such a respected and well-known magazine in the sporting world is such an honor. I can’t thank the people at Beckett enough for this opportunity.”

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 8

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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 8.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Ben Roethlisberger, QB, Steelers

(40/49, 522 yards, 6 touchdowns)

Big Ben had a day for the record books. He became the first quarterback ever to throw for over 500 yards in a game twice. Roethlisberger threw six touchdowns for four different receivers on Sunday in a 51-34 domination of the Indianapolis Colts. Ben Roethlisberger has been having an off year on the field, as well as on cardboard. While he can’t be expected to throw for 500 yards every game, if he can play at an elite level again, his value could go up in the future.

Cards to Grab:

2004 Bowman Chrome #111 AU/199 RC ($250)

2004 Playoff Contenders #106 AU/541* RC ($300)

2004 Ultimate Collection #127 AU/150 RC ($300)

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College licensing deals offer glimpse into game

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

A licensing announcement from one sports card company and a subsequent statement from another this week offered collectors a peek behind the curtain about the maneuvering that helps bring their treasures to life.

In this case, it’s all about the cardboard depicting the college ranks.

On Thursday, Panini America revealed it had signed deals with three major schools — Miami, Kentucky and Georgia — with promises of more school-specific agreements to come. On Friday, Upper Deck issued a statement saying that its deal with the Collegiate Licensing Company signed back in 2010 will continue into next year while also warning that “mismanagement of the collegiate trading card license could destroy the stability that this market has come to rely on, and flood the market with an excess of products that hold little or no value.”

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Panini signs deal with three universities

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America is going back to school.

The card company has signed exclusive deals with three major universities — the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky and the University of Miami — and will use their trademarks in upcoming card products that include NBA, NFL and MLBPA releases. According to a company release, there will be more schools’ deals announced soon.

“This is a significant announcement not just for us, but for the entire trading card industry,” said Panini America CEO Mark Warsop in a prepared release. “Some of the most-collectible players that we work with across all sports are closely associated with these three universities and we’re genuinely excited to be able to honor their collegiate accomplishments in our products.”

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Trish Stratus to sign for Beckett at Expo

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

It should be a Stratusfying card show.

WWE Hall of Famer and seven-time women’s champion Trish Stratus will sign copies of the December issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly at the Beckett Media booth one night only during the upcoming Toronto Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo.

The magazine will make its public debut at the show next month with the Toronto native appearing on its cover, which is the 100th cover appearance of her career. Show attendees who buy a copy of the magazine at the booth for the two-hour session beginning at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 7, will be able to get it signed and authenticated immediately afterward. Supplies will be limited.

“I’m so excited to finally hit cover 100,” Stratus said on her website. “To be the first from my industry to be on the cover of such a respected and well-known magazine in the sporting world is such an honor. I can’t thank the people at Beckett enough for this opportunity.”

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Upper Deck Adds Euroleague License

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The presence of European players with their pre-NBA teams in North American card sets is something that has not been utilized to its fullest potential over the years, but Upper Deck is looking to change things up as they announced today that they have entered an exclusive trading card agreement with Euroleague Basketball.

“Euroleague Basketball welcomes Upper Deck to our growing family of global partners with the launch of Euroleague Basketball trading cards and game-worn memorabilia collections,” said Jordi Bertomeu, Euroleague Basketball President and CEO. “This agreement provides a unique opportunity to bring the best basketball in Europe to fans across North America, and we are looking forward to building a strong relationship with Upper Deck.”

Upper Deck plans to begin adding the Euroleague stars to all of their basketball products starting in early 2015 and the players will be featured on autograph and game-used memorabilia cards as well. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Prizm Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America has released early details about their always-popular Prizm release and this season, it should soar to new heights thanks to a fantastic rookie class and plenty of the parallels that have made the brand a hit in recent years.

Scheduled to arrive in stores on December 3, 2014-15 Panini Prizm has garnered a reputation for being a strong product and this year looks to carry on that tradition. With a new configuration that sees one hit per pack and the added challenge of shortprinted base cards, there should be something to satisfy most basketball card fans.

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