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Upper Deck Adds More Exclusive Autographs to National Redemption

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Even with all of the events and activities that Upper Deck announced last week for the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, they have added more excitement to their redemption packs.

Partnering up with Amazon.com, they have created four extremely limited autograph cards from their four core sports. Numbered to 25 copies each, collectors that pull them are bound to be pleased.

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey


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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

When it comes to making cards of members of Canada’s national junior team, Upper Deck has a long tradition that goes back to their first season of making hockey cards back in 1990-91.

At that time, collectors busting packs and boxes were on the hunt for the first trading cards of future stars like Scott Niedermayer and Felix Potvin and especially for the coveted Canada’s Captains card featuring the then-white hot Eric Lindros.

Over the years, the rules on licensing changed and in time, the company was not allowed to continue the practice. However, they have been able to get back to featuring some members of Team Canada in their products in recent years. This fall, collectors can finally expect them to finally put together a set dedicated to World Junior participants and by early indications, 2014-15 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors has the potential to be a winner.

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First look: 2014 Beckett Covers NSCC cards


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Beckett Media has it covered.

Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention will be able to revisit 16 past and present covers of Beckett magazines in a different way — collectible reprints of covers found at trading card size at several locations on the show floor.

A selection of Hall of Famers and other notable names make up this year’s Beckett Covers set, a collection that can begin with a card found at the entrance to the show.

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Upper Deck Ready To Celebrate 25th Anniversary at The National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck has released some early details about the exciting events and activities that will be taking place at their booth at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and it will be a celebration fit for marking the company’s 25th anniversary.

From July 30 to August 5, Upper Deck will be keeping collectors in attendance busy. For those hitting the show floor on the opening day, there will be a special party to show appreciation to dealers in attendance, but VIP attendees aren’t left out of the fun as there will be a special six-card VIP set available. They will also have a chance to win one of three packs of 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Golf.

An anniversary celebration would be nothing without cake and Upper Deck takes things up a notch afterward by holding a free giveaway.

Naturally, Upper Deck will also be holding a wrapper redemption that will see collectors receive special packs made just for the National. Autographs of many big names like Michael Jordan, Johnny Manziel and Wayne Gretzky will be randomly inserted. Read More »

Upper Deck to Produce an American Hockey League Boxed Set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Prospects from the American Hockey League rarely get much hobby love during their time in the minors, despite the fact that some of them are just a step away from making an impact at the NHL level.

In fact, 87 percent of current NHL players have made an appearance at the AHL level and the league itself has been around for 78 seasons.

While the league was represented on cardboard through the Heroes & Prospects brand from In The Game for many years, trading card licensing from the Professional Hockey Players’ Association went into a virtual state of limbo before the 2012-13 season began. Luckily for AHL fans, there will be a mainstream release from Upper Deck hitting store shelves in a just a few weeks.

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First Look: 2013-14 Panini National Treasures Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the end of their hockey line looming, Panini America is looking to go out with a bang instead of a whimper.

The highly-touted release of 2013-14 National Treasures Hockey has already created some buzz in collector circles due to the line’s success in other sports. Set to release on August 27, 2014, each pack will contain eight cards and it breaks down into two base cards or parallels, one booklet card, one printing plate, one Rookie Autograph Patch card, one Autographed Memorabilia card and two additional hits that are sure to capture the attention of hobbyists.

Over the past few weeks, savvy collectors have taken note of the Treasured Steel cards (look for a feature story coming soon in Beckett Hockey #265) that have large pieces of game-used skate blades and the dazzling Buried Treasure Autographs featuring a metal Stanley Cup embedded into the card.

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First Look: 2014-15 NHL Artifacts hockey cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Believe it or not, but 2014-15 marks the 10th season that Upper Deck’s NHL Artifacts brand will be on store shelves and some collectors may find that more value has been jammed into packs.

Traditionally released early in the season, Artifacts once again will offer up a strong mix of autographs, memorabilia and rookie cards along with an extensive array of parallels that are sure to have player collectors on the hunt.

According to the company’s recently-released product information sheet, the average 10-pack box is set to include one Auto or Auto-Mem card, one multi-player memorabilia card, two single memorabilia cards, one Rookie Redemption card, one parallel numbered to 99 copies or less and four subset cards (numbered to 999) or a Ruby Parallel (numbered to 499).

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Upper Deck Gives Collectors a Sneak Peek at 2014-15 Young Guns

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Now heading into its 25th season, the traditional hockey set from Upper Deck has a long and storied tradition which is rarely matched in the trading card industry.

Traditionally released in early November, 2014-15 Upper Deck Hockey Series One is set to feature many top rookie performers on shortprinted Young Guns cards. Two members of this year’s crop have been revealed through a post on the company’s blog.

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Leaf Trading Cards Reveals Big Plans for the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Attendees of the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio are sure to take notice of the Leaf Trading Cards booth as the company looks to make a major impact at this year’s event.

The excitement begins with their 5,000 square foot store (located at booth 569) which will feature over 1,000 unique items for sale, including many that are exclusive to the National. Collectors that break one of the boxes listed below will receive a $5.00 gift card that can be used in the store.

The eligible boxes cover a wide variety of sports and non-sports releases and include:

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Upper Deck and Hockey Hall of Fame Combine for Cool Summer Promotion


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Visiting the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto is on the bucket list of most fans as it gives them a chance to look at many of the game’s priceless artifacts and potentially have an opportunity to get up close and personal with the Stanley Cup.

During this summer, however, there is yet another reason to make this pilgrimage as Upper Deck has combined with them during their NHL Team Days to offer up special game-used memorabilia cards featuring many of the best goaltenders in the sport today. There will be one for each team. Naturally, treasures like these will not be available in packs and instead are given out to the first 1,000 paid guests each specific day during the promotion.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Panini Contenders hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 Panini Contenders in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Ekblad Leads the Pack at the 2014 NHL Entry Draft

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The annual NHL Entry Draft took place in Philadelphia recently and collectors throughout the world are now ready to track down cards of many young players that are on their way to becoming household names.

Despite rumors that the Florida Panthers were about to trade the coveted first overall pick in order to quickly return to playoff contention, General Manager Dale Tallon chose to spurn some serious offers and bring the franchise a much-needed elite defenseman in the form of Aaron Ekblad.

For the past three seasons, Ekblad managed to make a lasting impression with pro scouts and was touted as a potential star from the outset of his junior career with the Barrie Colts of the Ontario Hockey League. Respected for his all-around play and ability to take over a game, he was named the OHL’s Rookie of the Year in 2011-12 and earned the Max Kaminsky Trophy in 2013-14 as the league’s Most Outstanding Defenseman. Many are expecting him to debut with the Panthers this fall as his skill set is already comparable to many pro blueliners.

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Stephen Laroche joins Beckett Media as editor for Beckett Hockey and Beckett Basketball

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Beckett Media is pleased to announce that Stephen Laroche has joined its editorial team and will take the helm of two of its monthly magazines today.

Some collectors may recognize him as being a former brand manager for In The Game, where he spent the past 10 years working on numerous projects ranging from its extensive hockey lines to Sportkings and Ringside boxing. Earlier in 2014, Laroche began contributing content to Beckett Hockey and he will be replacing the outgoing Susan Lulgjuraj as editor for that publication as well as Beckett Basketball.

“I am incredibly thrilled by this new opportunity with Beckett,” he said, “and believe that I can continue to move these titles in a positive direction.”

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Box Busters: 2013-14 SP Authentic hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2013-14 SP Authentic in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Distributor Sports Images discontinues sports card portion of business


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

After more than two decades as a distributor of sports cards, Woburn, Mass.-based distributor Sports Images is getting out of the game.

The company will continue to sell sports memorabilia to hobby shops and other companies, just not sports cards. Its accounts will now be handled by GTS Distribution, according to an email sent by Sports Images President Matt Lane on Monday.

Lane cited expanding opportunities in the other areas.

“Sports Images has transitioned the hobby trading card segment of their business to GTS Distribution,” he wrote. “After 25 years in the hobby trading card industry, we have decided to focus our efforts on our retail, novelty, memorabilia and other aspects of our business. As these opportunities continue to expand, the demand for more resources, time and attention also increases and a choice was inevitable.”

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Beckett Media seeks experienced magazine and online editor

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Are you a seasoned editor who can report and write for online as well as plan and execute print projects, too?

Beckett Media is seeking an editor with extensive deadline experience who can do it all for print and the Web — following beat responsibilities on a daily basis, while also overseeing all aspects of multiple monthly publications from start to finish. Throw in maintaining a strong social media presence, too.

Candidates should have a firm journalism background as well as strong knowledge of sports cards and memorabilia. Contributing to and planning/editing for all publications would be expected.

Candidates will need to be able to meet weekly deadlines, handle editing and overseeing other responsibilities and work flow as they work in conjunction with other editors and designers on their titles.

Please send cover letter, resume, link to work samples and salary requirements to bdumas@beckett.com. 

Box Busters: 2014 Panini America Father’s Day promo packs + Timeless Treasures basketball cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 2013-14 Timeless Treasures basketball and the eight Panini America Father’s Day promo packs that came with his purchase.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Kings of Hockey: Los Angeles wins the Stanley Cup

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

This year’s Stanley Cup Final may not look like a hard-fought contest between the Los Angeles Kings and New York Rangers in years to come, but this series was close with three of the five games going into overtime. In the end, the Los Angeles Kings came out on top winning their second Stanley Cup in three years.

Only one game didn’t have suspense, but it doesn’t matter now. The Kings managed to get that magic goal when it counted, winning each of the three overtime games in the Stanley Cup Final.

Some players shined, others will find new life in the hobby.

Here are the players who might be getting a bit more cardboard love this offseason:

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Quick became popular after Los Angeles’ first Stanley Cup win. His Rookie Cards sky rocketed in value and collectors wanted to own a piece of the Kings netminder. A second title in just three years may give his cards another boost. He even managed a shutout in Game 3 in the Final.

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First look: 2014-15 Fleer Ultra Hockey cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck is bringing back an old name into the hockey market.

In September, 2014-15 Fleer Ultra Hockey will release as a standalone product after five years. Each box will come with 18 packs with six cards per pack.

Fleer debuted Ultra during the 1992-93 season for hockey. Upper Deck produced an Ultra set in 2009-10, and included Ultra cards in its Fleer Showcase and Retro revivals over the past couple of years.

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Upper Deck creates Young Guns card for Make-A-Wish Foundation recipient

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

When the San Jose Sharks signed Sam Tageson to a one-day contract in March, people took notice. He was just 17 years old, but he wasn’t a superstar.

Tageson has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, congenital heart defect in which the left ventricle of the heart is severely underdeveloped, and he may need a heart transplant one day. The Sharks signed Tageson with help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

As though skating out of the huge Shark Head and standing with San Jose during the national anthem in a March game wasn’t enough, Tageson got his own Young Guns card from Upper Deck. The company recently revealed the card to Tageson during a charity event, and a limited number of cards will be placed in 2014-15 MVP Hockey, which is scheduled to come out in August.

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