Category Archives: Hockey

Oyo Sportstoys heads to national with new figures

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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 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 Beckett.com database? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Beckett giveaway pays off big for young collector

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

 

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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 »

First Look: 2015-16 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the biggest hits of the 2014-15 season was Upper Deck‘s debuting Team Canada Juniors product which focused on some of the best young players in the game and delivered plenty of value to collectors with a strong mix of autographs and memorabilia. The release truly began to heat up during the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship as Canada returned to glory with a long-awaited gold medal victory and several members of the squad became hot commodities within the hobby.

Due to that success, it was only natural that the set return for another season and Upper Deck appears to be adding some more concepts to the mix to ensure that it maintains its status as a collector favorite. Boasting a strong lineup of future stars like Connor McDavid, Sam Reinhart, and Max Domi, 2015-16 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors has the potential to be an early-season smash. Those cracking boxes will get a combination of six autograph, memorabilia or printing plate hits and one of them is a patch card numbered to 199 or less.

What else can collectors expect to find in boxes? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 In The Game Ultimate Vault

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

On the heels of a well-received Superlative Vault release, In The Game has decided to once again dig deep into its archives for another archival collection loaded up with some of the most memorable cards it produced under the guidance of Dr. Brian Price.

2014-15 In The Game Ultimate Vault draws from the first 12 editions of its innovative Ultimate Memorabilia line, which revolutionized the high-end hockey card market back in 2000-01. In the years that followed, the brand evolved as new challenges came up and on April 30, collectors will be busting packs containing stamped versions of some iconic pieces of cardboard.

What will be inside of boxes of 2014-15 In The Game Ultimate Vault? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Gaudreau Goes First In Rookie Gems Draft

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The wait was over for 11 lucky hockey card collectors on Tuesday as Upper Deck held their Black Diamond Rookie Gems Draft for the second straight year. Redemption cards were found in packs of 2014-15 Black Diamond and each one ensured that the owner would end up getting something shiny.

Selected first overall was Calgary Flames freshman Johnny Gaudreau, who was also the overwhelming premier choice of Beckett Hockey readers that voted in a poll prior to the event. A favorite for the Calder Trophy, the young phenom tied for the lead among all NHL rookies in points during the regular season and was a major force behind his team’s return to playoff contention.

Which cards were taken in the draft? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Leaf Offers In The Game CHL Top Prospect Set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

This weekend, the hockey world will find out which team will get the right to select first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft and there is little doubt that they will pick Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters. Leaf Trading Cards is giving collectors another opportunity to put some cards of the young phenom into their collection with a special In The Game-branded set that focuses on the brightest prospects in the Canadian Hockey League.

There are 30 different cards in the 2014-15 In The Game CHL Top Prospect collection, which is broken down into three subsets – a base version, Canada’s Best, and Young Stars. Besides McDavid, the checklist features other budding stars that are eligible for the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, including Dylan Strome, Mitchell Marner, Jeremy Roy, Mathew Barzal, Travis Konecny, Daniel Sprong, Lawson Crouse, Nick Merkley, and Pavel Zacha.

How can a collector obtain this set? Look for a complete gallery and ordering information after the jump. Read More »

Upper Deck Announces Spring Expo Priority Signings

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

While Upper Deck had recently announced plans for special promotional cards of Connor McDavid and Andrew Hammond along with the final installment of 25th Anniversary Retro Young Guns being offered to collectors at the 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto, hockey card enthusiasts have been patiently waiting for full information about the company’s popular Priority Signings offering at next month’s show.

In order to get in on the action, collectors need to visit a Certified Diamond Dealer at the show and purchase a box of either 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 2, 2014-15 Fleer Showcase, 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum, or 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE. They will be given a voucher to take to the company’s booth and they can break their box in front of a staff member in order to receive one of these limited signed cards.

Which players will be available in the Priority Signings program this time? Find out after the jump. Read More »

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Jamie Benn, Ondrej Pavelec, Mark Stone

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Tuesday, 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.

Jamie Benn, LW, Dallas Stars
Despite the Stars having been eliminated from playoff contention there was still plenty on the line for their left winger Benn as he was in race for the Art Ross Trophy. All Benn did was snatch the trophy away from John Tavares in the waning moments of the Stars final game of the season. He led the league with 10 points, including five goals, in a week that saw Benn record at least three points in each of the Stars outings. He opened the week by scoring two goals and adding a helper (2-1-3) in a 5-1 rout of the Sharks. In the Stars next game, Benn added three more assist (0-3-3) as Stars defeated the conference rivals Anaheim Ducks. Benn then closed the week with his second career hat-trick, and an assist, to clinch the Art Ross Trophy (3-1-4), against the Predators, in front of the hometown fans in Dallas. For a fifth round draft pick Benn has quietly become the best left winger in the game.That may be a little hometown bias, but the numbers are hard to argue. Since he entered the league in the 2009-10 season he has played in 426 games, scored over 150 goals, and has added over 200 assist (151-208-359). Collectors know who he is as well, especially in the Dallas market. While the asking prices for his cards are not astronomical on the secondary markets some of his high-end Rookie Cards can come with a premium.

Cards to Grab:
2009-10 The Cup #130 JSY AU RC/249, $250
2009-10 SP Authentic #223 AU RC/999, $50
2009-10 Be A Player #281 RC/99, $30

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Leaf Announces Spring Expo Redemption Plans

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Attendees of the 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto are already buzzing about junior hockey phenom Connor McDavid and Leaf Trading Cards has made him and some of his peers the focal point of their highly-anticipated redemption program, which will be held from May 1 to May 3.

With the release of 2014-15 Leaf In The Game Heroes and Prospects coming just in time for the opening day of the show, those in attendance can bust their boxes of this hits-only release and will receive a special emerald parallel card that is numbered to 10 copies or less.

What else can collectors expect to see from Leaf at the Expo? Find out more and check out the gallery after the jump. Read More »

Your Turn: Which 2014-15 NHL Rookie Will Win the Calder Trophy

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

As the 2014-15 regular season NHL campaign draws to an end, and the playoffs lie in wait, Calder Trophy contenders are making their final bids for the hardware. Past winners of the award read like a who’s who of the NHL. Names like Bobby Orr, Ken Drayden, Ray Bourque, Mario Lemieux, Peter Forsberg, Alexander Ovechkin, and Patrick Kane just to name a few. The contenders this season are first rounders, mid-rounders, and late bloomers, but they all have a case to be made for winning.

Johnny Gaudreau, LW, Calgary Flames – 2011 NHL Entry Draft (104th overall)
Through 80 games Gaudreau has 24 goals and 40 assist (24-40-64) which leads all rookies in scoring. The left winger from Calgary has absolutely set the NHL on fire (no pun intended) and may be the odds on favorite to win.

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Molson Stanley Cup ring replicas a hit with fans

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the greatest treasures for many hockey collectors is a Stanley Cup ring, which are traditionally presented to players, management and team staff in recognition for bringing home the sport’s ultimate prize. They are coveted by many, but earned by few.

Now, hockey fans of legal drinking age have a chance to own a replica Stanley Cup ring of their own when they purchase specially-marked cases of Molson Canadian. Beer promotions have been extremely springtime promotions for some of Canada’s big breweries over the years and there are 20 different rings to collect bearing logos of championship teams from different eras. Each ring is also blind-bagged and comes in a special presentation box.

What teams are a part of this promotion? Find out by viewing a complete gallery after the jump. Read More »

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Andrew Hammond, Brayden Schenn, Nick Foligno

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Tuesday, 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.

Andrew Hammond, G, Ottawa Senators
The Senators’ push for a playoff berth was helped by the play of Hammond as he posted a 3-0-1 record, with a 1.63 goals-against average and .940 save percentage, bringing Ottawa within two points of each of the Wild Card spots in the East. In a 2-1 shootout win against the Red Wings Hammond made 16 saves to open the week. 2-1 was the score again against the Lightning as the Senators outlasted Tampa in overtime behind 28 saves from Hammond. He then made 29 saves in a 4-3 overtime win versus the Caps, and then added another 36 saves through overtime, and five more in a shootout loss, to the Maple Leafs on the back-end of a back-to-back. Hammond was used earlier this season on this list just as he started his NHL career. As much as I have wanted to place him on the list several times since, I just simply could not as he only has a handful of cards. Thankfully with the release of Fleer Showcase and Upper Deck AHL there are a few more offerings to be found. If the Sens make the Playoffs it will be largely on the back of the of Hamburglar then who knows what the asking price for cards would be then. Invest now if you have not already.

Cards to Grab:
2014-15 Fleer Showcase #102 Anton Forsberg RC/Troy Grosenick RC, $40
2014-15 Fleer Showcase Red Glow #102 Anton Forsberg RC/Troy Grosenick RC, $60
2014-15 Upper Deck AHL Autographs #100, n/a

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Gallery: 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the most-loved hockey card brands is back again as a stand-alone release once again this season and 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE reaches store shelves on April 15.

Earlier today, Upper Deck provided collectors with an extensive look at some of the big hits that will be found inside, including the returning UD Black content that are seeded once in every box.  There are also five different tiers of serial-numbered Ice Premieres rookie cards limited to as little as 99 copies each for big names like Johnny Gaudreau, Aaron Ekblad and Jonathan Drouin.

Read on after the jump to view an extensive gallery of cards that can be pulled from packs of 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE. Read More »

Upper Deck Creates Hammond Spring Expo Promo

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last week, Upper Deck announced some of their preliminary plans for the upcoming 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, and their schedule of activities has been bolstered by the presence of an additional special promotional card featuring Andrew Hammond, who is one of the hottest goaltenders during the second half of the 2014-15 season.

While the previously-revealed special promo card of Connor McDavid in his Team Canada gear is expected to be a hot commodity, the option will be there to select the Hammond card instead. The Ottawa Senators netminder was just named one of the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week after going 3-0-1 to keep his club in the playoff picture with just a few games left in the schedule.

How can a collector receive one of these cards at the Expo? Find out after the jump. Read More »