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Surprise NCAA Young Guns in Upper Deck Series 1

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collectors breaking open boxes and packs of 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 1 may have received a special and rare 1990-91 Young Guns tribute card of one of three collegiate hockey legends and the company has confirmed that they were a special unannounced addition to the product.

Since Upper Deck presently holds a Collegiate Licensing Company license along with its exclusive on NHL and NHLPA-licensed trading cards, it was only natural that the properties intersect at some point. Savvy hobbyists noticed that there were some cards in 2013-14 The Cup showing some players in their collegiate uniforms and the inclusion of these tribute cards in their flagship product has generated a small buzz.

What players were included in this rare insert set? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Expert Opinion: Too Many Cooks

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

At the recent Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto, I was walking by one of the many booths with showcases full of vintage hockey cards and noticed an anomaly that needed to be investigated once the show was over. Sitting among the dealer’s cardboard treasures was a 1924-25 Maple Crispette card depicting an original member of the Boston Bruins, but something seemed off.

A few days later, I received a message from collector Hart Stoffman which confirmed my suspicions. For many years, the hobby had incorrectly assumed that the card of “Cook, Boston” was of Hockey Hall of Fame member Bill Cook. However, it instead depicted a man named Lloyd Cook who played four games for the first-year club that season after a lengthy career with Vancouver and Spokane in the old Pacific Coast Hockey League.

How did this confusion arise? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 2

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Even though the first series has barely hit store shelves, plans for 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 2 have just been released and hockey collectors can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that a Young Guns card of Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin is on the way.

Hitting the hobby in February, this release will also be bolstered by the presence of several other top freshmen which should include Andre Burakovsky of the Washington Capitals and recent debut Bo Horvat of the Vancouver Canucks. The popular Rookie Materials cards are set to return as well along with O-Pee-Chee Update Rookies that will help finish off that well-loved set.

There is much more than just rookie content expected in packs, however. Find out more after the jump. Read More »

Upper Deck Brings Gretzky To Private Expo Function

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Throughout this year, Upper Deck has been celebrating its 25th anniversary in fine fashion and the company has gone to great lengths to ensure that collectors have been a part of the festivities. During their recent visit to the 48th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto, they held a small private function which served to thank some of their supporters in a memorable way – by bringing them a rare chance to meet and interact with the legendary Wayne Gretzky.

For nearly a quarter of a century, the man known as “The Great One” has been a spokesperson for Upper Deck and a true constant throughout their run to date. When they decided to enter the hockey card market for the 1990-91 season, his endorsement gave their brand a major edge in a suddenly crowded market and collectors still love pulling his cards today. Read More »

Show Recap: Toronto Expo Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Another successful Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo came to a close Sunday evening and thousands of hockey collectors from all over have gone home after three days of hunting for cards and collectibles at the International Centre in Toronto.

Beckett Media was once again on hand for this semi-annual extravaganza and in addition to offering the latest issues of our price guides and annuals along with raw card grading services, managed to bring a lot of folks to our booth on Friday evening with a special appearance by World Wrestling Entertainment Hall of Famer Trish Stratus.

What else was going on at the Expo? Read on after the jump for an extensive recap. Read More »

Ripping Retro with Author Ken Reid

YouTube Preview ImageJoin Beckett Hockey editor Stephen Laroche and Ken Reid, author of Hockey Card Stories as they break open packs of 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee Hockey. Will they try to eat 30-year-old pieces of gum? Find out at the end of this video!

Upper Deck Brings CFL Players, Author to Toronto Expo

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 48th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo is less than 48 hours away, but Upper Deck has added even more to attract collectors to their booth by announcing that three CFL players and Ken Reid, author of Hockey Card Stories, will be making appearances during the three-day extravaganza in Toronto.

There will be plenty of collectors at the show who are fans of the Canadian Football League and due to the response from hobbyists to the set, it makes sense that they bring in a member of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and two players from the Toronto Argonauts to participate in free signing sessions.

Which players will be appearing at the Expo? Find out after the jump. Read More »

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.

For a complete checklist and gallery, please read more after the jump. Read More »

Upper Deck Reveals 2014-15 Young Guns Checklist

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the release of 2014-15 Upper Deck Series One barely a week away, hockey collectors everywhere have been wondering about which players are going to make the cut for the Young Guns subset as many of these cards will be the first of some of the game’s biggest rookies in their NHL uniforms.

The company released this hotly-anticipated information this afternoon and as expected, there are some big names like 2014 draftees Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart and Leon Draisaitl included along with 46 other prospects that are poised to make an impact in the future. Seeded at a rate of 1:4 packs, Young Guns have been highly collected for many years and this release marks the 25th straight season that Upper Deck has produced hockey cards.

Who will collectors be pulling out of packs next week? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Leaf Releases Expo Redemption Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the 48th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo just a little over a week away, hockey collectors are fervently preparing for the semi-annual show and many of them will be taking advantage of the redemption program that will be held at the In The GameLand section of the corporate area.

For the past 15 seasons, In The Game has held a redemption program at their booth for their customers and the tradition will continue following their amalgamation with Leaf Trading Cards. This time, they will be undertaking their largest redemption ever and there will be some additional surprises as well.

What can collectors expect at In The GameLand? Find out after the jump. Read More »

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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Upper Deck Reveals Complete Fall Expo Plans

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 48th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo is just two weeks away and Upper Deck has just revealed their elaborate plans for this semi-annual event that draws in hockey collectors from all over the world.

Recently, Beckett delivered news about the company’s tried-and-true Priority Signings promotion and these 25th Anniversary Young Guns Tribute cards share the same design as those that were found in high series packs back in 1990-91. The lineup for signers is quite impressive and the redemption program will be running all three days of the show (November 7 to 9, 2014).

What cards could collectors potentially receive and what else does Upper Deck have planned? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Leaf Announces ITG Draft Prospects Redemption

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Leaf Trading Cards has released details regarding a special redemption set targeted to collectors of 2014-15 In The Game Draft Prospects, the first product released after they began producing hockey cards under the In The Game banner.

Once a collector mails in five barcodes that can be found of the bottom of boxes, they will receive a complete set of 15 cards depicting the brightest young stars taken in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Some of these players have already made their professional debuts, including Aaron Ekblad, Sam Reinhart and Leon Draisaitl.

“I think that it’s an interesting thing and will allow collectors, especially those who want to revisit Draft Prospects now that it’s more affordable in the marketplace, a new entry point and I think it gives them an encouraging reason to revist that product,” said Leaf’s President Brian Gray.

For a complete gallery and further information on this program, please read on after the jump. Read More »

Hot Prospect Drouin Makes NHL Debut

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

As the saying goes, good things come to those who wait, and in the case of Tampa Bay Lightning rookie Jonathan Drouin, there are a lot of good things coming his way.

The third overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, he took a longer road than expected to the pro level as he spent last season back in junior with the QMJHL’s Halifax Mooseheads and a thumb injury caused him to miss some action and have a late start this year with the AHL’s Syracuse Crunch.

Promoted on Sunday following a short but successful two-game stint in the minors which saw him score his first professional goal, he hit NHL ice for the first time last night as the Lightning surprisingly fell to the Edmonton Oilers by a score of 3-2. Drouin managed to fire one shot on net during 16:10 of playing time and is expected to be in the lineup again tonight in Calgary. Read More »

Sneak Peek: 2013-14 The Cup

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The highly-anticipated release of the 2013-14 edition of The Cup from Upper Deck is almost upon us and the company has been busy on social media showing off some of the pulls collectors could potentially find in tins.

While Beckett provided a First Look at the product several weeks ago, the images provided at that time were merely a tease compared to what has been revealed as of late.

Stay with us after the jump for an extensive gallery featuring autograph, memorabilia and booklet cards of some of the biggest names from the past and present. Read More »

Introducing … the game-used wallet?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

“What’s in your wallet?” has a very different meaning now.

Thanks to Berkeley, Calif.-based Tokens & Icons, there is a whole new line of game-used memorabilia out there with the practical in mind for the sports collector with everything from stadium seats to game-used jerseys making their way into high-end everyday objects that can be used.

Or should we save them to be collected?

Either way, the creativity from the company goes far beyond the $150 Alabama Crimson Tide game-used football jersey wallet seen above — in fact, Tokens & Icons is producing items for MLB, the NHL, selected college football and basketball teams, golf, tennis, the PGA Tour, vintage arenas and even the famed horse-racing venue Churchill Downs.

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck SPx Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the hobby’s flashiest sets is back again in action as preliminary details about 2014-15 SPx Hockey from Upper Deck have surfaced. For many years, this has been a huge release for many collectors as it offers up autographed memorabilia cards of the hottest rookies along with many other eye-catching hits.

This year, the new class of prospects will be appearing on Light FX Precious Metal Gems-style cards and the 60-card subset is tiered to ensure long-term interest. There will be 18 Top Prospects autos that are numbered to 249 and the remainder are Auto Jersey cards which have 30 players limited to 499 copies while the other 12 will be limited to just 249. To top it all off, there will be Blue (numbered to 50) and Green (limited to 10) parallels that will include some inscriptions.

Set to arrive in January, 2015, this product is expected to make some waves once again and you can find more information after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2014-15 Upper Deck Artifacts hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Upper Deck Artifacts in this edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

 

Upper Deck Reveals Fall Expo Priority Signings Plans

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 48th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto is less than a month away and Upper Deck has delivered some early details regarding what collectors can expect from their popular Priority Signings program at the latest installment of the long-running show.

Since 2014-15 Upper Deck Series One will be released that weekend, hobbyists in attendance will have an opportunity to open boxes at the company’s booth and receive a special Priority Signings card that pays tribute to the Young Guns cards from their landmark 1990-91 release.

“For the semi-annual Sportcard & Memorabilia Expos we have the opportunity to say, ‘thank you’, to our most savvy collectors and also to engage some new fans,” said Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager, Chris Carlin. “The best way to do that has been to share autograph cards with them through an experience that provides the same thrill of opening a pack. Upper Deck has been running the Priority Signings autograph redemption program for years at the show and it remains a major reason for attendance. It’s not every day you can buy a box of cards for less than $100 and get a free autograph card of top NHL players and legends.” Read More »

Canada Post Issues Collectibles of Legendary Defensemen

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collecting stamps and hockey cards may seem like vastly different hobbies on some levels, but the two will occasionally intersect and create a small buzz in both markets.

This season, Canada Post has released a new series of stamps featuring a legendary defenseman from each of the Original Six clubs – Doug Harvey, Tim Horton, Harry Howell, Red Kelly, Pierre Pilote and Bobby Orr. All of these players skated during the six-team era and their accomplishments on the ice eventually took them to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Issued on October 3, these souvenir sheets are almost the same size as conventional trading cards and prominently feature an oversized version of each stamp on the front. Due to the presence of NHL logos, it is possible that they avoided dubbing them cards for legal and licensing reasons, but hobbyists are likely to accept them in their collections.

How can you obtain these new collectibles? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: Leaf In The Game Ultimate Memorabilia 14th Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the hobby’s original premium brands, Ultimate Memorabilia was originally released at the end of the 2000-01 season and gathered a loyal following over the years due to its offering of a limited base set, desirable autographs and pieces of game-used memorabilia from the past and present.

Many collectors hoped that the product was going to carry forward following the merger between Leaf Trading Cards and In The Game and preliminary details have come to light showing that Ultimate Memorabilia 14th Edition is going in a much more limited direction than ever before.

For a gallery of pre-release images and more information on this highly-anticipated release, read on after the jump. Read More »

Upper Deck Announces Limited Rookie Cards For The Cup

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Each year, Upper Deck ensures that there are several limited Autographed Rookie Patch cards for collectors to track down and since the product debuted in 2005-06, the lineup has boasted such stars as Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, John Tavares, Taylor Hall and many more.

In tins of 2013-14 The Cup, the hunt will be on for six of last season’s biggest names from the Dual Rookie Class and the Level Two cards will once again be limited to 99 copies each. The chase for these cards will be intense and command serious attention on the secondary market.

Who made the cut this season? Find out after the jump. Read More »

New Fleer Ultra Hockey Release Features Surprise Parallel Cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Sometimes a redemption card can be a bit of a disappointment for a collector. After pulling one from a pack, there is often a wait associated with it and what is ultimately received might not live up to expectations.

In the case of the redemption cards for Ultra Violet parallels coming out of 2014-15 Fleer Ultra Hockey packs from Upper Deck, the cards collectors will receive will certainly be worth the temporary inconvenience. These flashy pieces of cardboard are limited to one copy each and are going to be highly coveted by player collectors.

“We made the Ultra Violet one-of-one parallels as a component of the group of high end chase cards that are available in Ultra,” said Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing and Social Media Manager Chris Carlin. “We strategically fashioned this product to highlight an array of chase cards that more often than not, are devoid of autographs and memorabilia. We offer plenty of those cards in other brands and we wanted to give Ultra a distinct profile in our hockey calendar lineup. The Ultra Violet cards help contribute to that effort.” Read More »

Upper Deck Becomes Exclusive American Hockey League Licensee

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Back in July, Upper Deck released its first product featuring players from the American Hockey League and the boxed set was the precursor to a new exclusive deal between the NHL’s top development league and its lone licensed trading card producer.

Over the years, a mind-boggling number of future stars have played at the AHL level and were able to develop their skills before making the transition to the NHL game. With a current membership of 30 teams located throughout North America, there are strong regional followings which have supported clubs for decades.

“The AHL is thrilled to be able to bring the excitement of our league to fans though AHL trading cards and collectibles,” said David Andrews, the league’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I know Upper Deck will be a great licensee to work with both now and in the future.” Read More »

Box Busters: 2014 Upper Deck Canada Junior hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Upper Deck Canada Junior in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …