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First Look: 2014-15 In The Game Leaf Metal Hockey


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The partnership between Leaf Trading Cards and In The Game is set to enter into its third release as 2014-15 In The Game Leaf Metal Hockey will hit store shelves in February. While their first two products had been previously estabilished In The Game brands, this new creation has been a strong performer for Leaf in recent years and hits the ice with licensing from the Canadian Hockey League.

As a result, many of the game’s hottest prospects will be featured here – including Connor McDavid, who many are pegging to be the first overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Each pack will contain five autographed cards and there will be some small sets that are exclusive to the American and Canadian markets.

What else can be found in packs of 2014-15 In The Game Leaf Metal Hockey? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Sunday Conversation: Dave Reid


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Beckett Hockey recently had the chance to speak with NHL Network analyst and retired player Dave Reid at a recent NHL Alumni Tour stop in Belleville, Ontario. During his playing days, the former Stanley Cup champion was known for his passion for hockey cards and offered some of his thoughts on the hobby. Be sure to look for a complete profile of him that will be published in an upcoming issue.

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A release that had been relegated to being a box topper bonus in recent years, Upper Deck ICE has long held a prominent place in the hearts of collectors and the company is finally bringing it back as a full-fledged product for the 2014-15 season.

With an all-acetate base set and plenty of strong hits, ICE is slated for a mid-March street date and will certainly be welcomed back by many. The brand has a tradition that dates back nearly 20 years and its return to shops could help it once again retain a prominent place in the hobby.

What can be found in packs of 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck AHL Hockey


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Over the past few months, Upper Deck became the exclusive licensee for both the American Hockey League and the Professional Hockey Players’ Association and it was announced that the company would be producing a stand-alone product this season.

Set to release in March, 2014-15 Upper Deck AHL Hockey will be loaded with the game’s best and brightest young pros that have been showing off their skills in the hope of one day becoming regulars at the NHL level. This collection will be loaded with autographs and additional content that is sure to capture not only regional interest, but garner some attention from the hobby as a whole as well.

What can collectors find in packs of 2014-15 Upper Deck AHL Hockey? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Beckett Gift Guide: Hockey Books


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the easiest holiday gifts to buy for a hockey fan has to be a book on the sport itself. For generations, it has been the go-to purchase for those that are die-hard enthusiasts or for the casual fan. The stories told help build the already-rich lore of the game and the subject matter can range from lighthearted to deeply intellectual.

Each year, it seems that more and more hockey books are competing for space in a very crowded market, but there are some that have truly stood out in 2014. A few of the best are recommended in this special gift guide that will hopefully help hockey collectors find something perfect for their friends and family.

What titles are getting lots of buzz this year? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Panini Reveals Boxing Day Promo Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

In the wake of a successful Boxing Day promotion last year, Canadian collectors may have been wondering if Panini America would be bringing it back again in 2014 – especially without the presence of NHL and NHLPA licensing.

Today, they received some excellent news as the company will be distributing some special packs via authorized Canadian Panini Roundtable stores. Handed out to those that make qualifying purchases, the contents inside will include base, parallel, autograph and memorabilia cards from all four major sports with a focus on the legends of the game and other content that is strongly tied to the Canadian market.

What stores will be participating? Find out and enjoy a gallery after the jump. Read More »

First Pricing: 2014-15 Black Diamond Hockey

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By Dan Hitt | Senior Market Analyst


First pricing for 2014-15 Black Diamond hockey is now live for all subscribers to the Beckett Online Price Guide.

Black Diamond is one of the most collected hockey products each year and the 2014-15 edition continues that tradition. Consider that top hobby rookies Johnny Gaudreau ($40) and Jonathan Drouin ($30), both part of the short printed four stars Rookie Card subset, are selling for slightly less than Nathan MacKinnon’s 2013-14 Black Diamond RC ($50). MacKinnon was a once-in-a-decade type of hobby sensation, yet the RCs of the top two rookies in this year’s class are trading at very close to the same values! The Emerald autographed parallels of those two are commanding huge premiums as well.

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Sunday Conversation: Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the 2014-15 season in full swing, hockey card collectors are gearing up for some new releases featuring the hottest rookies and one of the key people behind the products they open in Grant Sandground, who is Upper Deck’s Director of Product Development. He recently took the time to answer some questions from Beckett Hockey. Read More »

National Hockey Card Day Is Back Again In 2015


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The celebration continues for Upper Deck‘s 25th season of making trading cards licensed by the NHL and NHLPA and collectors on both sides of the border will reap the benefits when they visit their local hobby shop for the 2015 editions of National Hockey Card Day.

Canadian hobbyists will get to obtain free packs first with a purchase on February 14 and the set will be comprised of 15 cards. A week later, American collectors are able to take advantage of the free packs and will have a unique group of 15 cards to track down.

Both promotions will also have a special 16th Memorable Moments card that is available as a gift with purchase and it is the only way to complete the set. As expected, there will also be random autograph cards inserted much like previous years. Read More »

Sunday Conversation: Chris Chelios

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Beckett Hockey recently had the chance to speak with Hockey Hall of Fame member and author Chris Chelios about his career and thoughts about collecting sports memorabilia. Be sure to look for a complete feature on him that will be published in the February, 2015 issue.

You have recently released your autobiography with respected hockey writer Kevin Allen, which has been titled Made In America (Triumph Books) in the United States and Overtime (HarperCollins) in Canada. What spurred you to make the decision to tell your story?

“The biggest reason that I wanted to do it was, after the Hall of Fame, I had abut 100 people up there. It was pretty much as many tickets as I was able to get. The book was a way of acknowledging people and thanking them for helping me along the way, from basically my childhood and through hockey and everything. From what I have heard so far, the feedback has been good. People that I have mentioned in it have contacted me and said how grateful they were and for them, it was exciting to be a part of it.”
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Brodeur’s Back


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last night, Martin Brodeur returned to NHL action as a member of the St. Louis Blues and while the league’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts looked a bit rusty between the pipes, fans were excited to see him back on the ice. While facing the Nashville Predators in his new mask and sweater, he made 20 saves in a tight 4-3 loss.

This afternoon, Upper Deck revealed the future Hall of Famer will be featured on his first cards with the Blues in 2014-15 SPx Hockey. They will be a part of the regular base set and also the holographic tribute to their 1997-98 SPx set.

One of the most collectible goaltenders in the hobby, Brodeur has appeared in trading card sets since the 1990-91 season and appears on over 7,000 different cards in the Beckett.com database with a total value of over $177,000 (excluding rarities). Read More »

Jean Beliveau Leaves A Cardboard Legacy

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Late last night, millions of hockey fans were shocked by the news that the legendary Jean Beliveau had passed away at the age of 83. One of the greatest players of the Original Six era, he was an iconic captain of the Montreal Canadiens for a decade and was a part of 10 Stanley Cup championships during his Hall of Fame career.

However, it was the legacy he left behind off the ice that made a greater impact with countless individuals as he carried himself with a tremendous amount of class and grace that has rarely been matched. For collectors, the loss is devastating as he was a link to one of the greatest eras in hockey history and he was praised by many for his willingness to sign autographs and often connect with his fans on a personal level.

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NHLPA Auctions Off Jerseys for Goals & Dreams


 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For the past 15 years, the National Hockey League Players’ Association has helped thousands of children worldwide have an opportunity to play hockey through its NHLPA Goals & Dreams fund. As part of this celebration, fans and collectors have a fantastic opportunity to help out through a series of special auctions featuring some historically significant game-used jerseys.

The NHLPA will be holding a multi-city tour over the next few months and the first stop took place in St. Paul, MN on November 18. Each stop of the tour includes a visit from current players and ambassadors and a donation is made to local programs. The first group of auctions, which are being held via the Frozen Pond website, will benefit Defending the Blue Line and Hastings Minor Hockey and includes memorabilia from local heroes Ryan Suter, Zach Parise and Mike Modano.

This season, the Goals & Dreams fund anticipates donating a projected $750,000 in new hockey equipment that will benefit grassroots hockey programs throughout the world. Since its inception, more that $22,000,000 in donations have played a big part in helping 70,000 children participate in the game. Read More »

Top 5: Martin St. Louis Cards To Own

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary

The New York Rangers got a big 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday and Martin St. Louis made history that day by becoming the 81st player in NHL history to reach the 1,000 point plateau with a second period goal on netminder Steve Mason.

One of the most under-appreciated and perhaps undervalued stars in the hobby, St. Louis has quietly made a case for eventual enshrinement in the Hockey Hall of Fame with a lengthy list of accomplishments that includes three Lady Byng Trophy nods, a scoring title, a Hart Trophy win and a Stanley Cup championship.

Since making his debut in the 1998-99 season, the six-time NHL All-Star Game participant has been featured on over 2,300 cards that appear in the Beckett.com database with a total value of $27,383.54 (excluding rarities). Read on after the jump to discover five of the best. Read More »

Upper Deck Offers NHL Team Patches in Blasters


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

While it has been out for a few weeks now, 2014-15 Upper Deck Series One keeps on delivering surprises as it was announced earlier this week that certain blaster boxes of the product would contain special Team Logo patches that have not only added some strong value, but they also have created a definite buzz for team collectors and those trying to make a master set.

Available only through NHL team stores, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and online through the UpperDeckStore.com website, each specially-marked blaster box will contain two patches along with packs of the recent release. No matter if you are a casual collector or an intense hobbyist, putting together a set of all 30 patches is sure to be a big challenge. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Fleer Showcase Hockey


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Fleer Showcase is back again for the 2014-15 season and it has brought a few old friends along in an attempt to make an impact with hockey collectors.

With more of us looking back fondly at products that were big in the mid-to-late 1990s, the March release of 2014-15 Fleer Showcase will be an interesting one as it will also contain some familiar Fleer names from that era in Flair, Metal Universe and SkyBox Premium that will be attached to supplemental sets that can be put together by busting packs.

There will also be plenty of modern twists as well and this may be the year that hockey hobbyists finally embrace the brand, which intends to deliver a hit in every pack.

What is expected to be found in boxes? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Top 5: Pat Quinn Hockey Cards to Own

Quinn Coach

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary

The hockey world lost one of its greatest coaches and personalities last night as Pat Quinn passed away at Vancouver General Hospital. In recent years, Quinn had served as Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame and had been the bench boss in Philadelphia, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Toronto and Edmonton – winning the Jack Adams Award on two occasions.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Pat Quinn”, said Jim Gregory, Vice-Chairman of the Hockey Hall of Fame in a statement issued by the National Hockey League. “Pat is one of hockey’s most respected individuals whose lifetime involvement as a player, coach and executive has made an indelible mark on the game, and our thoughts and prayers are with Sandra and all of Pat’s family and friends at this extremely difficult time.”

Quinn appeared on several trading cards during and after his playing days and there are just 49 in the Beckett.com database which includes nine certified autographs with a total value of $372.25 (excluding rarities). Read on after the jump to discover five of the best. Read More »

Surprise NCAA Young Guns in Upper Deck Series 1


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

Cook Lloyd

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


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


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


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 »