Category Archives: Hockey

2015-16 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey First Look


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Sometimes, even a well-established brand with a strong following needs to be rebuilt in order to remain fresh with collectors and Upper Deck has decided to make some radical changes to Black Diamond after several years of remaining on a tried-and-true course.

Releasing on November 26, 2015-16 Upper Deck Black Diamond will be coming fresh on the heels of their flagship series and it marks the first time a product at its intended price level will release so early in the season. Each box will contain just five premium trading cards and with one of the most-anticipated rookie classes in a decade, the demand is expected to be high with the presence of Diamond Rookie Relics that fall once per case on average and contain one to four actual diamonds in them.

“We are excited to see the potential impact and secondary market value of the Diamond Relic Rookie Cards,” noted Upper Deck Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager Chris Carlin. “How much will Connor McDavid’s Quad Diamond Rookie Cards, limited to 99 numbered copies per, sell for? These cards will be the first super-premium rookie cards on the market. And the market has also been starving for an early high-end product from UD – so we’re really excited to deliver premium content so early in the release calendar schedule.”

What other changes has Upper Deck made to this popular brand? Find out after the jump. Read More »

2015-16 Leaf In The Game Stickwork First Look


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the hobby’s most unexpected hits during the 2013-14 season was In The Game’s first Stickwork product and since their assets fell under the umbrella of Leaf Trading Cards, many collectors have been wondering if a sequel was in the “works”.

Returning to store shelves in October, Leaf has taken some of the concepts from the first release and has added some new twists to the mix for 2015-16 Leaf In The Game Stickwork, which could garner some attention. Expected to be a very limited release, each box will contain three cards and draws from a large pool of game-used sticks from some of the greatest players in hockey history.

What can collectors expect to find in boxes of 2015-16 Leaf In The Game Stickwork? Find out after the jump.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Team Canada Master Collection First Look


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The success of Canada on the international hockey scene is undeniable and some of the game’s greatest talents have proudly led their country to success over the years. Collectors have been able to track down fantastic cards of their heroes over the years, but Upper Deck has just announced a monumental high-end limited set in 2015-16 Upper Deck Team Canada Master Collection which looks to set the gold standard for Team Canada on cardboard.

Limited to just 499 sets and exclusive to Canadian card stores, it has been revealed that Upper Deck has spent several years planning and making this product and it will release with no autograph redemptions. It is geared toward high-end collectors and hits the shelves on August 26.

What can collectors expect to find inside boxes of 2015-16 Upper Deck Team Canada Master Collection? Find out after the jump. Read More »

2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase participants announced

McDavid Draft

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

On September 1, hockey’s brightest prospects will be heading to Toronto for the 2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase and for the past seven years, this event has seen many of today’s top stars pose for their first NHL and NHLPA-licensed trading cards. This year’s edition will feature 40 big names with Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres leading the pack.

The players will take to the ice at the Mattamy Athletic Centre, which fans will recognize as being the site of the former Maple Leaf Gardens. They will pose in their NHL jerseys for photographers from Upper Deck and participate in some unique activities which aim to keep the event fun for the players. It serves as an opportunity for them to learn about the world of trading cards as they sign for future releases.

“In what is being called the best rookie class in a decade, Upper Deck is pulling out all the stops to make the 2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase event an incredible experience for players and fans,” said Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing and Social Media Manager, Chris Carlin. “On the player side we are looking to treat the guys to some memorable private events where they can get to know each other and the expectations that will be placed on them from the collectibles category during the season. It is also an incredible opportunity for us to acquire photography of the players in their new uniforms, autographs for early season products, promotional signed items for upcoming events, video interviews and photo shoot-worn memorabilia. For the fans we will be hosting a variety of online interactive events where fans can ask players questions through Twitter & Facebook, get to know the players with live online breaks and for some lucky fans, get to see the players in action at the Rookie Photo Shoot. It is going to be an incredible start to a very memorable season.”

What other prospects will be attending the 2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters: 2014-15 Ultimate Collection hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Eric Norton and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Ultimate Collection in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Connor McDavid puzzle promotion added to 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With less than two months left until his NHL debut, the mania for cards of Connor McDavid is picking up further momentum as Upper Deck has just announced it will be adding a special #1 Draft Pick puzzle promotion to 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee.

In order to receive this card, collectors must purchase packs of 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee and put together a complete set of all nine puzzle cards. The first 97 hobbyists to send all nine cards to Upper Deck will then receive an exclusive #1 Draft Pick card of McDavid that will be numbered and limited to just 97 copies. The specific odds for pulling a puzzle piece from a pack were not released.

“Puzzle pieces will not be too difficult to find,” said Chris Carlin, Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager. “We want fans to get them, trade them and race to get their sets in. They will be available in equal levels across hobby and retail and none of the puzzle pieces will be short-printed.”

When will the hunt for this card officially begin? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame shutting its doors

Habs Hall

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Fans of the Montreal Canadiens only have a few days left for a chance to explore the team’s lush history as the team’s Hall of Fame and museum will be shutting its doors on Aug. 30.

Opened to the public back in 2010 as a means to cap off the franchise’s centennial year, it is a 10,000 square foot facility which contains some of the team’s greatest treasures for fans to see when they visited the Bell Centre. The museum is closing due to arena renovations, but according to a report in the Montreal Gazette, the pieces of memorabilia on display will be returned to the Hockey Hall of Fame, former players, and fans that shared items from their collections unless they are being moved to another part of the arena.

“In the coming months, as the real estate development projects around the Bell Centre move forward, we will be in a position to proceed with a number of new initiatives, including the redeployment of Centennial Plaza,” said Kevin Gilmore, the Canadiens’ Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer in a statement found on its official website. “This beautiful new site will serve as a permanent gathering place for years to come that celebrates the history of our team, from its greatest legends to its unforgettable conquests and unparalleled legacy.  The Hall of Fame will close in order to offer new amenities to fans and clients during games, though we will be redistributing certain of its displays and assets throughout the building so that they can continue to be enjoyed.  For those who have never visited the Hall, we invite them through the end of the month to experience it at no cost.” Read More »

Hobby Q&A: Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground talks 2015-16 MVP


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The new hockey season is less than two months away, but that is not stopping collectors from rushing to their local card store to grab a box or some packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP. The company’s first release of the year, it has already grabbed some headlines due to the presence of a #1 Draft Pick redemption card which will feature Connor McDavid and be released once he hits the ice for the first time this fall.

Grant Sandground, Upper Deck’s product development guru, recently took some questions from Beckett Hockey and offered his insights on this release and the hobby’s positive reaction to it.

It was recently announced the 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP was a factory sellout. What do you attribute to the hobby’s reaction to this release and was it produced in smaller quantities that last year?

We don’t publicly discuss print run numbers for our products, so we can’t provide info comparing 2014-15 MVP vs. 2015-16. We can, however, share with readers that we were surprised that MVP sold out within 24 hours of release. One of the reasons for the quick sell out is that although we anticipate significantly more demand this year, we are still making a collectible product. We will not mass produce our releases, rather produce what we think is best for the market that allows us to deliver the best value to our customers. Given that, we expect to see several sellouts during the 15-16 NHL season. Read More »

John Gibson replaces teammate in 2013-14 SP Authentic


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

 SR Lidstrom

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 »

Hockey has strong presence at the National


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For hockey collectors, the National Sports Collectors Convention can be a great opportunity to pick up a few bargains and there are plenty of rare and obscure pieces of memorabilia to be found on the floor. Whether it is the latest release from Upper Deck or Leaf Trading Cards, a vintage publication or game-used jersey, there is potentially something for everyone.

While hockey does not have the presence that baseball and football do at the National, Chicago is a strong hockey town in the wake of a Stanley Cup victory and several former Blackhawks signed on Wednesday before most of the Miracle On Ice team made an appearance the following day. The Upper Deck and Leaf corporate booths have seen plenty of hobbyists breaking boxes in order to receive redemption cards.

Want to take a peek at some of the hockey items that were available at the National? Read on after the jump. Read More »

Jim Craig partners with Lelands to sell Miracle On Ice collection

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey

To American hockey fans, there are few home-grown players as beloved as Jim Craig and the goaltender for the national team which defied the odds to defeat the Soviet Union at the 1980 Winter Olympics. The game, known as the Miracle On Ice, changed the game forever as it helped the sport grow and a group of college kids went on to win the gold medal by defeating Finland.

Craig has partnered up with Lelands to sell off his collection of personal memorabilia. Among the items presented for sale are his gold medal, the white jersey and stick from the Miracle On Ice, the blue gold medal game jersey and flag that was draped over his shoulders afterward, along with his mask. The price for all of these treasures is a lofty $5.7-million and he spoke with Beckett Hockey at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago as most members of the team appeared for a public autograph signing. His decision to bring these items to the collector’s market came in recent months.

“I think the biggest thing was when one of my teammates (Bob Suter) passed away,” he said. “I saw the reality that as you get older, there’s different things you have to think about. I had thought about different items over time that had been shown in the Hockey Hall of Fame, the Sports Museum of Boston, and all these other places. Now, they’re at home. So when they were appraised, they gave a really high value and I learned that collectors really love these types of things and they really take care of them. In my mind, I was ‘mine are in my closet, is someone going to steal them? What am I going to do?’ It was also time to take care of the family. I have two children. My son is getting married and hopefully we’ll have grandkids. When you look around here, you see how people love these things, so it’s not an auction – it’s a collection.” Read More »

Oyo Sportstoys heads to national with new figures


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Oyo SportsToys hopes it can build a little fun into the National Sports Collectors Convention.

The Acton, Mass.-based company will be at the show starting Wednesday in Chicago with a limited edition NSCC-branded figure for some collectors to pick up. The first 100 collectors — 40 adults, 60 kids — who visit Booth No. 616P each day of the show will receive one of the miniature NSCC figures. There will only be 400 released.

From Thursday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be 45-minute sessions for kids — 10 kids per session — to build on field sets and Zamboni kits with gift bags afterward from Never Enough Cards.

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First Look: 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One

Forsberg Base Card

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The countdown to Connor McDavid rookie cards has officially begun as details have surfaced on what collectors can expect to find in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One. While all products are certain to have their sales driven by the presence of the young phenom’s cards, his Young Guns card will be the first in an Edmonton Oilers uniform that can be pulled from packs.

Once it is released this November, Upper Deck establishes a new hobby record by becoming the longest continually-running hockey card brand – a standard once held by O-Pee-Chee, which had a memorable 25-year run from 1968-69 to 1992-93. For many longtime collectors, this has been a perennial must-have and the Young Guns have become a hobby institution that no other hockey card manufacturer has been able to match.

What else can collectors expect to find in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Upper Deck unveils 2015-16 Young Guns design


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The release of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One is still nearly four months away, but collectors are already buzzing about the rookie card content expected next season, especially with the anticipated of Connor McDavid on the NHL scene. The first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, he is regarded as a generational talent and the market is expected to be incredibly hot for this card once it is released.

Upper Deck‘s flagship release has long been a hobby institution and earlier today, the company unveiled the design for their newest Young Guns cards. It also revealed that this always-popular product will feature Sam Bennett of the Calgary Flames and Boston Bruins goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban, who are two rookies that are already expected to drive early-season sales.

What other players could also be a part of the Young Guns subset? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Gallery: 2014-15 UD Premier hockey cards


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Even though the NHL’s regular season ended a month ago, hockey card season is still in full swing throughout the summer months. Next week, Upper Deck‘s hotly anticipated 2014-15 UD Premier set is expected to reach dealer shelves and the company gave collectors a loaded sneak peek of some of the high-end content through their official Facebook page.

Premier Mega Patches are certainly among the biggest highlights and they have Chest Logo, Sleeve Number, and Commemorative Logo variants. There is also plenty of rookie content that will include hard-signed autographs from the current freshman class.

What are some of the big hit is 2014-15 UD Premier? Look for an extensive gallery after the jump. Read More »

2015 NHL Draft: Beyond Connor McDavid


By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst | Commentary

The beginning of the Connor McDavid era was launched last Friday night when he was selected first overall in the NHL Draft by the Edmonton Oilers. That was not surprising to anyone who follows the sport, and neither are the price tags on his cards in the secondary market.

Beyond McDavid, there is a bevy of other players that were selected  in the first round that collectors should be aware of as well. Some are no-brainers, then there are those whose asking price may be less than expected and worth investing in.

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Lidstrom heads 2015 Hall of Fame class


 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Hockey Hall of Fame has announced its Class of 2015 and while many expected to see Nicklas Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov and Chris Pronger become members, there were some other surprise enshrinements as well.

Veteran defenseman Phil Housley was the other player welcomed along with former Team USA star and gold medal Olympian Angela Ruggiero in the women’s category and Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr. and former Hall of Fame Chairman and Chicago Blackhawks star Bill “Red” Hay as builders.

Induction ceremonies will be held in November.

How many cards of these players are listed in the database? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Beckett giveaway pays off big for young collector


By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst | Commentary

A couple of weeks ago over on the Beckett Media Instagram page, we gave away for a box of 2014-15 Upper Deck Ice. In order to be eligible to win, participants were to like and repost the contest and tell us why they thought they should take home the box. Skye Gillespie, the young collector who was chosen at random, wasn’t exactly a hockey collector and was looking to get into the sport. In fact, he is fairly new to collecting altogether as he has only been involved in the hobby since Christmas.

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Connor McDavid signs exclusive with Upper Deck

McDavid Draft

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Moments after the Edmonton Oilers officially announced that they were selecting Connor McDavid with the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Upper Deck made an announcement of their own and revealed that it would be the sole source for autographed trading cards of the league’s newest star.

“Connor McDavid has been on our radar for a long time and we are thrilled to be able to add him as one of Upper Deck’s exclusive trading card signers,” said Upper Deck’s president, Jason Masherah. “The sky is the limit with a player of his caliber, and to be able to deliver exclusive content of this sensational talent is a thrill for us here at Upper Deck. We are excited to watch his career begin with a historic franchise like the Edmonton Oilers, and we look forward to delivering hockey fans the best of the best in terms of licensed trading card content for McDavid.”

The deal between Upper Deck and McDavid will also give the company the option to feature him on product packaging and have the ability to partner with each other on promotional opportunities related to trading cards.

When can collectors expect to find the first NHL-licensed trading cards of McDavid? Find out after the jump. Read More »

On the Rise: Tyler Johnson


By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst | Commentary

We are about a week removed from the Stanley Cup, but that does not mean that the secondary market is going to be cooling off anytime soon. In fact, we have been watching things closely and have noticed a few names heating up. Over the course of the next few days, we will be highlighting some of those names for you to help you get a jump on the market. Call it a sneak peek of notable names that you may want to add to your collection soon.

Tyler Johnson, C, Tampa Bay Lightning
Johnson wasn’t exactly an unknown before the playoffs started, he was tied with Steven Stamkos for 14th place in the NHL with 72 points, but it was in the postseason where his star shined the brightest. At one point during the Lightning’s run, he led all players in goals and points, which is a far cry from the undrafted player he was coming out of the junior level. This, of course, made collectors notice and his sales on the secondary market reflected it, too.

On the Rise:
2013-14 Dominion #120 AU RC/299, $50
2013-14 Crown Royale #225 AU RC/499, $30
2013-14 Panini National Treasures Gold #125 AU/25, $200

Be sure to subscribe to Beckett’s Hockey OPG to get all the latest pricing on Johnson and the rest of the NHL.

Upper Deck Overtime returns for 2015-16


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the best-kept secrets among hockey card collectors in recent years has been the Overtime promotional packs that Upper Deck has created for GTS Distribution in the United States and Universal Distribution in Canada. Not only are they a perfect promotional tool for dealers to utilize, but they also offer hobbyists some limited cards and autographs as a special bonus.

Heading into its third season, 2015-16 Upper Deck Overtime will once again be offered in three waves and allocation is tied to how much dealers order of specific products from the two distributors. For the first offering, those staking their claim on boxes and cases of 2015-16 Upper Deck Artifacts, 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One, and 2015-16 Upper Deck Buybacks will receive packs. Each wave will have 60 base cards along with compelling insert and autograph content.

Back in 2012-13, Upper Deck worked with GTS and Universal on a promotion that was a precursor to Overtime and it started as a bonus pack that was relatively basic and moderately successful. It was meant to help support dealers during the last NHL labor stoppage and has constantly evolved since then.

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On the Rise: Vladimir Tarasenko


By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst | Commentary

We are about a week removed from the Stanley Cup, but that does not mean that the secondary market is going to be cooling off anytime soon. In fact, we have been watching the market closely and have noticed a few names heating up as of late. Over the course of the next few days, we will be highlighting some of those names for you to help you get a jump on the market. Call it a sneak peek of notable names that you may want to add to your collection soon.

Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, St. Louis Blues
Tarasenko was one of the hottest players in the 2013-14 dual rookie class, and his play during this past season helped collectors ask for a premium in trades and sells alike.  Below are three cards that we recently gave up arrows to and we thought you would like to know about. Note that all three of these cards are redemptions but are still doing very well on the secondary market.

On the Rise:
2013-14 Panini Contenders #272A AU SP1 RC EXCH, $100
2013-14 Panini Contenders Patch Autographs #272 /100, $150
2013-14 SP Authentic #276 AU RC EXCH, $150

Upper Deck produces Blackhawks set


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Chicago Blackhawks and their fans have been celebrating in the wake of their third Stanley Cup championship over the past six seasons, but Upper Deck has been busy putting together a commemorative set featuring the team’s top stars.

With only 1,000 copies of the 18-card set available as a gift with purchase, this collection could sell out quickly.

How can fans and collectors get this set?  Read More »

Blackhawks score championship hat trick


By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst | Commentary

Three Stanley Cups in six seasons speaks volumes to the quality of the Chicago Blackhawks franchise. As the team celebrates its latest victory, let’s take a look at the key players that contributed to this season’s success and what the future may hold for each of them.

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First Look: 2015-16 Upper Deck Artifacts


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A decade ago, Upper Deck introduced its Artifacts brand to the hockey card market and in the time since then, it has evolved into an early-season standard which delivers a mix of autographs, rookies, and memorabilia with a ton of parallels which have either generated praise or cries of frustration from player collectors.

Scheduled for release on October 7, the 2015-16 season sees Artifacts at a slightly lower price point and it has been reconfigured to eight four-card packs per box. The good news for collectors is that each box will contain three autograph or memorabilia cards and there are some new concepts that will breathe more life into the long-running brand..

What will collectors see in boxes of 2015-16 Upper Deck Artifacts? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Gallery: 2014-15 SP Authentic Hockey


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

In two weeks, hockey card collectors will be on the hunt for boxes of 2014-15 SP Authentic and Upper Deck has given them a small preview of the inked treasures of the game’s brightest prospects and revered legends and stars that will be popping out of packs.

In addition to hobby favorites like Future Watch Patches and All-Time Moments, the other highlights for this season include a tribute to the company’s 1994-95 SP set with a die-cut autograph collection which could generate some buzz.

Check out the 2014-15 SP Authentic autograph gallery after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2015-16 Upper Deck Buybacks


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The hobby has seen its fair share of products where classic hockey cards are repackaged and sent out into the hands of collectors once again and the results have generated both positive and negative reactions from collectors. Upper Deck has decided to step into this part of the market with its own concept and the results could generate plenty of praise once 2015-16 Upper Deck Buybacks hits card stores in September.

Each pack will contain two cards and one of them will be a buyback from a previously-released Upper Deck product. Many of these hits will be hard-signed autographs, including signed Young Guns cards of the best freshmen from the past two seasons that are either limited to the player’s jersey number or a gold version that celebrates the company’s 25th anniversary and fittingly numbered to 25. It has been revealed that all non-rookie buyback cards featuring current and retired stars are numbered to five copies or less and there is also an opportunity to find hot boxes where every pack has a card signed by Wayne Gretzky.

What else will be in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Buybacks? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Leaf In The Game Used


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

When Leaf Trading Cards merged with In The Game, it ended up acquiring a strong library of vintage hockey memorabilia that could possibly only be matched by the Hockey Hall of Fame itself and the company will be putting some pieces of it in the hands of collector with 2014-15 Leaf In The Game Used when it hits the market in time for the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago on July 29.

Last season, In The Game-Used was one of the last products that Dr. Brian Price and his team produced before the merger and it contained four game-used memorabilia cards in each pack with between one to four pieces in each of them. With this release, however, Leaf has decided to add a fifth card to bring more value to collectors and there will also be some cards with up to eight swatches to be found.

“It was very exciting to be able to work on a project like this featuring so many one of a kind memorabilia pieces that represent hockey history,” said Leaf’s Director of Product Development, Gregg Kohn. “No other company can deliver these kind of museum like memorabilia pieces! Hockey history, in my opinion, has never been shown like this before!”

What will collectors find in boxes of 2014-15 Leaf In The Game-Used? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Upper Deck gives collectors second shot at promos

McDavid Expo

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collectors in Edmonton and Ottawa that were unable to make it to last month’s Spring 2015 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto will soon receive a chance to own the one of the special Memorable Moments promotional cards that Upper Deck produced exclusively for the show.

In Edmonton, several local card stores will be giving out the Connor McDavid card that features him in a Team Canada uniform. Almost certain to be the first overall pick by the Oilers in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, he has been one of the hottest players this season and his rookie cards will be a hot commodity this fall. Some dealers in the Ottawa region are set to hand out a card of surprising Senators rookie Andrew Hammond and “The Hamburglar” is fittingly picking up a hamburger that a fan had thrown on the ice during his undefeated streak that took Ottawa to the playoffs.

What dealers are offering these cards as a gift-with-purchase? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Upper Deck heads to 2015 NHL Entry Draft


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 2015 NHL Entry Draft is still a little over two weeks away, but Upper Deck is preparing to be a part of the annual event and will be offering fans and collectors an opportunity to win some prizes and appear on their own official trading card.

Held on June 26 and 27 at the BB&T Center in Miami, Florida, the company is also giving those in attendance a rare treat with the chance to meet one of the NHL’s top young stars in last year’s first overall pick, Aaron Ekblad of the host Florida Panthers. The young defenseman and Calder Trophy candidate will be at their booth on the second day from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. and will be signing an exclusive oversized 5″ x 7″ card.

What else does Upper Deck have in store for this event? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Classic Auctions Highlights Historic Hockey Jerseys


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The jersey worn during one of the most controversial moments in Stanley Cup history is up for bidding as Classic Auctions gives collectors an opportunity to purchase the Dallas Stars sweater worn by Brett Hull when he scored in triple overtime to give the franchise its only championship to date back in 1999 in their June 2015 event.

While Buffalo Sabres fans are still understandably bitter that the goal still counted even though the Hockey Hall of Famer’s skate was in the crease, this is but one of the incredible hockey treasures that will be finding new homes once the auction closes on June 16.

A portion of Hull’s personal collection had been auctioned off in the past, but this time, his items are joined by prominent items from the estate of former Detroit Red Wings and 1972 Team Canada defenseman Gary Bergman and several other historical items that are truly one-of-a-kind – including a Bill Barilko Toronto Maple Leafs jersey from his final season and the last sweater ever worn by the legendary Tim Horton.

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Gallery: 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

One week from today, a fan favorite returns to card store shelves with the release of 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces. While many collectors are excited about seeing new artistic renditions of some of the biggest names from hockey’s past, present, and future.

Through its Facebook page, Upper Deck has come through with a preview of some of the big hits to be found inside packs and with every piece of memorabilia being game-used and every autograph being hard-signed, Masterpieces may once again become a hobby sensation.

What are some of the big hit that can be pulled from packs of 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces? Check out the gallery after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Leaf Signature Series Hockey

McDavid 90

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Signature Series brand was once a staple for In The Game a decade ago, but Leaf Trading Cards is now reviving it for today’s hockey hobbyists.

Releasing in late June, 2014-15 Leaf Signature Series gives collectors their last shot at Connor McDavid autographs before the young phenom heads to the NHL level. Each box will contain eight autographed cards and production is slated to be a low run of 250 12-box cases.

“We are very exited to add a signature product to the Leaf portfolio that delivers a fantastic variety of autographs from future Phenoms such as Connor McDavid to iconic legends like Gordie Howe,” noted Gregg Kohn, Director of Product Development for Leaf. “The mixture of top prospects and legendary stars signatures is sure to please hardcore hockey fans!” Read More »

First Look: 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee



By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For many that grew up appreciating hockey cards, there were few childhood moments more exciting than the arrival of the latest set and 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee is a great entry-level release that adult hobbyists can share with younger collectors and introduce them to the joys of collecting when it hits the shelves on September 2.

Now heading into its 10th consecutive season of being produced by Upper Deck, O-Pee-Chee has been a hobby mainstay for decades and the tradition continues with some new twists in addition to many of qualities that have long made it a favorite of collectors everywhere.

What will collectors find in packs of O-Pee-Chee this season? Find out more after the jump. Read More »