Category Archives: Guest commentary

Yu-Gi-Oh! Emperor of Darkness has arrived

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Greetings fellow duelists! On January 29, we saw the release of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Structure Deck, Emperor of Darkness. This deck caters to all players who are fans of the Monarch card types. The deck comes with 41 Cards broken down as follows: 2 Ultra Rares, 3 Super Rares, 36 Commons and 1 Token card.

Today we will cover some of the highlights of this deck that make it worth getting.

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Beckett Gaming Preview: Magic The Gathering Oath of the Gatewatch

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Hey all you Magic the Gathering Fans! Today is the day Oath of the Gatewatch hits stores. Oath is the 2nd set to release in the Battle for Zendikar block, and it brings 184 cards into the Magic the Gathering universe. The set brings on an onslaught of new Eldrazi, the new Wastelands, and new versions of popular Planeswalkers. Today we will take a look at some of the more powerful cards that are sure to make a splash in the current Standard format.

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2015 DBZ World Championship

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Attention DBZ fans! With the final DBZ TCG regional coming to an end, December is bringing us the DBZ World Championship. 32 of the world’s greatest players will battle it out for glory and prize money! What surprising and new decks will we see?

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Beckett Gaming: Yu-Gi-Oh Yugi’s Legendary Decks

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

This last week Konami released a very special product for all Yu-Gi-Oh players and collectors: Yugi’s Legendary Decks. This exciting new product appeals to many fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh series and brings a majority of the main protagonist cards in one product. You can find fan favorites such as Exodia, Dark Magician, and Dark Magician Girl. Below is a quick break down of what you can expect to find in this fantastic collector’s product.

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Beckett Gaming: Dragonball Z Evolution Top 5

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Dragonball Z Evolution launched on October 30th, and with it came some highly competitive and exciting cards. This week I want to touch on 5 cards from the set that I feel will help many players improve their decks.

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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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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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What will 2015 bring? Hobby Predictions: Part IV

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Compiled by Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

What will the hobby hold for 2015? We’ve asked a few industry insiders and other notable collectors. Here’s what they have boldly predicted to see in the coming year.

RICH LAYTON — group-breaker and shop owner
I think online group-breaking begins to finally command the respect that it deserves as the driving force of the hobby right now. I think more people will get back into collecting than ever before. The social media platform for group-breakers is reaching out to all sports enthusiasts that either used to collect or have never collected cards before.

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What will 2015 bring? Hobby Predictions: Part III

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Compiled by Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

What will the hobby hold for 2015? We’ve asked a few industry insiders and other notable collectors. Here’s what they have boldly predicted to see in the coming year.

TRACY HACKLER — Panini America Hobby Marketing Manager
One of the truly remarkable things about this industry is that each new year brings with it new surprises along with a handful of certainties. It’s those inevitable out-of-the-blue player performances and product surprises that will continue to propel this category forward and add tremendous excitement to the weeks and months ahead. 2015 is primed to be a monster year for Panini America and, personally, I’m more excited about the coming year than any of my previous 18 years in this industry. It’s going to be a wild ride. Stay tuned.

THOMAS FISH — BlowoutCards co-owner
1. Topps releases TEK football in 2015 and perhaps a TEK entertainment brand as well.
2. Panini releases Flawless in another sport or entertainment brand.
3. 2012-13 Panini Flawless, National Treasures, Immaculate, Preferred singles of top rookies experience major price increases.
4. 2012 Topps Chrome and Panini Contenders football hobby boxes continue to skyrocket (we are buying).
5. Online box-breaker video goes viral when cat appears in break and starts playing the piano.
6. Redemptions and sticker autos continue to frustrate and anger collectors.
7. Blowoutcards hires additional staff to expand its services and retail offerings. Please submit resume to Fish@blowoutcards.com help our prediction become a reality.

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What will 2015 bring? Hobby Predictions: Part II

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Compiled by Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

What will the hobby hold for 2015? We’ve asked a few industry insiders and other notable collectors. Here’s what they have boldly predicted to see in the coming year.


CHRIS CARLIN – Upper Deck’s Sr. Marketing & Social Media Manager

“Upper Deck will continue to run collector-friendly promos like National Hockey Card Day, #UDRAK and more to remain the collector’s choice!”

BRIAN GRAY – President of Leaf Trading Cards

“A new healthier industry where manufacturer production numbers likely adjust to reflect and more accurately supply the real market demand. This is a good thing!”
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What will 2015 bring? Hobby Predictions: Part I

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Compiled by Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

 

What will the hobby hold for 2015? We’ve asked a few industry insiders and other notable collectors. Here’s what they have boldly predicted to see in the coming year.

 

REED KASAOKA — Baseball Card Exchange Director of Acquisitions
“Despite the few black eyes the industry has faced recently — highly publicized stories about failing auction houses, fake autos, lawsuits — I predict new or returning collectors entering the hobby will continue to grow, with no end to the growth in sight. Not only are the kids from the 1980s starting to buy back products from their youth, but the Baby Boomers are selling off their collections to fuel this demand, with fresh inventory that’s been locked up in collections for the last 30 to 40 years. We can’t keep up with all the requests from collectors all around the country looking to sell their collection and when we do turn around our purchases and offer items out for resale, they sell like crazy. We truly cannot satisfy the demand for the products we specialize in.”

BRAD ZIEGLER — Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher and collector
“I see more of the same from the hobby. There hasn’t been anything truly groundbreaking in several years. There are too many sets — the market is watered down. I wish they’d have less releases but put more attention into quality … oh, and filling redemptions!”

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Cards can be solemn reminder of life

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By Ben Aguirre | Guest Commentary

There are certain events in life that will never be forgotten, but rarely are those moments captured on a single baseball card.

Such was the case in the 1990 Score baseball set on card number No. 701, which has a black-and-white aerial shot of Candlestick Park, the former home of the San Francisco Giants. This card serves as a solemn reminder of the events of Oct. 17, 1989, the date that my life changed and I realized that life was indeed more than about sports and baseball cards. This was the day that a 6.9 earthquake struck Northern California, killing some 60 people and postponing a much anticipated World Series matchup of two local teams, the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants.

For much of the country, I can imagine that the natural disaster that was the Loma Prieta Earthquake was nothing more than a speed bump that delayed the conclusion of the World Series. But for myself and others in the Bay Area, this was indeed a date that will forever be remember, including this year, which marks the 25th anniversary of the events.

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