Category Archives: Hockey

Gallery: 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE


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 »

Hall of Famer Joe Mullen Added To Expo Lineup


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A.J. Sports World recently revealed that Joe Mullen will be signing at the 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto on May 3, 2015 and it is a rare Canadian appearance for the Hockey Hall of Fame member.

Over the course of his career, Mullen proved to be one of the greatest American-born talents the game has ever seen and he retired at the end of the 1996-97 campaign with over 500 goals and 1,000 points. Greatly underrated, he was also a part of three Stanley Cup championship squads and won the Lady Byng Trophy twice during his time with the Calgary Flames.

Mullen’s autograph will set show attendees back $35 for regular items and premium items will be signed at a rate of $50. Personalizations are included for free, but inscriptions are an additional $20.

Check out some neat trivia about Mullen’s rookie card after the jump. Read More »

Sam Bennett Ready For NHL Debut


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Early 2015-16 hockey card releases from Upper Deck will have another big rookie card to chase as it has been announced that Sam Bennett will be joining the Calgary Flames lineup for the rest of the season instead of being sent to their AHL affiliate in Adirondack.

The fourth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Bennett was initially on track to make his pro debut early in the 2014-15 campaign before shoulder surgery put him on the injured list for five months. Back in February, he returned to action with the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs and recorded 24 points over 11 games before his team was swept in a first round playoff battle with the North Bay Battalion.

How many different cards of Bennett have been released to date? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Upper Deck Reveals OPC Platinum Variations


 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collectors break packs of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum has potentially noticed that variations for the base set have begun to pop up and Upper Deck has confirmed that 50 different cards have different photos or different players entirely.

Seeded once in every 160 hockey packs or coming once in every 320 blaster or retail packs, the chase is bound to be an exciting and challenging one for O-Pee-Chee completists and player collectors. As an added bonus, there are autographed versions of some of these cards and they are hard-signed.

How can you tell if you have pulled one of these variations? Look for a gallery and checklist after the jump. Read More »

Hobby Q&A: Crosby Collector Carlos Pinheiro

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

A couple of weeks ago, we had Sidney Crosby on listed as the second star in the NHL Hobby Stars of the Week because he was tied for second in points with Blue Jackets winger Scott Hartnell. That piece caught the eye of Beckett reader Carlos Pinheiro from Quispamsis, New Brunskick, Canada, who shared a picture of his Crosby collection which piqued our interest and we wanted to dig a little deeper. Turns out Pinheiro was featured in a small piece in the October 2013 issue of Beckett Hockey in the Readers Write section. We caught up with Pinheiro and what resulted was an eye-popping collection of Crosby and some other huge names.

newBH-2013Q: How long have you been collecting?

A: I have been collecting hockey cards for 38 years now and have heard many stories from collectors on how their parents threw out their cards when they were a kid. As for me, I was very fortunate to have saved all my cards from when I was young. The hockey card collecting started on the front porch of my best friend’s house. He would bring out a bag of hockey cards and we always sorted through them. I was instantly hooked and was determined to start a collection of my own.

Q: Of all the rookies in the class of 2005-06 what piqued your interest in Crosby?

A: Wayne Gretzky spoke highly of Crosby saying that if there is anyone who could possibly break any of his NHL records, it would be Crosby. I knew he was special, and for me as a collector, had to have his Rookie Card. When Upper Deck Series One came out I purchased a few hobby boxes and pulled two Crosby Young Guns. I was ecstatic. It was the beginning of my Crosby PC.

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Upper Deck Offers Connor McDavid Expo Redemption

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 49th Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo is just one month away, but Upper Deck has been busy solidifying their plans for the world’s biggest trade show dedicated to hockey cards and collectibles.

As part of the festivities, collectors breaking a box of certain Upper Deck releases they have purchased at the show may bring their sealed box and the voucher they receive from a Certified Diamond Dealer in order to receive a limited edition Memorable Moments promotional card of junior sensation Connor McDavid in his national team jersey. Available only on Saturday, May 2 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., this could become a hit on the secondary market as the young star’s cards have been on fire all season.

The eligible products for the McDavid card are 2014-15 Upper Deck Series Two, 2014-15 Fleer Showcase, 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum, 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE, and 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces.

What else did Upper Deck reveal about their plans for the Expo? Find out after the jump. Read More »

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Devan Dubnyk, Cam Atkinson, Ryan O’Reilly



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.

Devan Dubnyk, G, Minnesota Wild
Minnesota’s journeymen goalie has been playing like anything but as of late. In fact last week Dubnyk looked more like a perennial all-star as the Wild went 4-0-0 behind his 1.22 goals against average and .962 save percentage. Dubnyk made 35 saves to open the week against the Maple Leafs helping the Wild to a 2-1 win in Toronto. The Wild then posted another 2-1 win the next night on Long Island as they outlasted the Isles in a shootout. It was then back home to Minnesota where Dubnyk stopped 23 shots against the Flames in a 4-2 victory then stopped 31 shots in 4-1 win over the Kings on back-to-back nights. This is Dubnyk’s second time making the Hobby Stars list this season and for good reason to. Minnesota is holding on to a wild-card spot in the West as the regular season winds down much to the credit of Dubnyk net minding. He’s still affordable on the secondary markets as well, so picking up a mid-end card or two isn’t out of the question.

Cards to Grab:
2013-14 Upper Deck Team Canada Autographs #63, $30
2012-13 Limited Materials Signatures #LJDD /25, $25
2013-14 Panini Playbook Split Decisions Jersey Prime #SDDDU /25, $40

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Hot Rookie Hammond Heads Upper Deck Update Checklist


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

While many collectors are aware that Upper Deck was planning to update its flagship set with a special insert placed into packs of their upcoming 2014-15 SP Authentic Hockey release, there has been a great deal of speculation and discussion in regard to who would end up making it into this extra group of cards.

One name that came up most frequently was that of Ottawa Senators goaltender Andrew Hammond, who has only appeared in a few sets thus far this season. He missed the cut for having a Young Guns card earlier this year and as he went undefeated over the course of his first 14 starts, he became a hobby sensation. He is one of 10 supplemental Young Guns cards that will hit store shelves in a few weeks and while he did not end up setting a record for longest unbeaten streak from the start of his NHL career, this card is bound to be a popular one.

Who else made it into the set? Look for a complete checklist of 2014-15 Upper Deck Update cards and additional images after the jump. Read More »

Quad Rookie Gems Draft To Be Held On April 9


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last season saw the debut of some of the most eye-catching hockey cards ever made as Upper Deck debuted their Quad Rookie Gems cards featuring a solid cast of freshmen and they are back once again in 2014-15.

Collectors and dealers that attended the recent 2015 Industry Summit got an in-person look at all of the cards, which contain four genuine one carat diamonds. With just 25 different redemption cards seeded into packs of 2014-15 Black Diamond, those lucky enough to pull one and redeem it by April 9 will have an equal shot at having the first overall pick in the special draft event. As of last week, only 10 of the 25 entries had been redeemed.

Please be sure to vote in a special poll and check out a partial gallery of 2014-15 Upper Deck Black Diamond Quad Rookie Gems cards after the jump. Read More »

Liam Fitzgerald Receives Upper Deck Card

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Sometimes there’s more to life than hockey cards or even the game itself, yet there are occasions when the things that are truly important intersect with the hobby and create positive feelings for everyone involved.

A perfect case of this recently took place when the team at Upper Deck paid tribute to one of the sport’s greatest fans, Liam Fitzgerald. For those of you that are unfamiliar with his story, he was the star of a viral video where he fist-bumped several members of the Boston Bruins and his story should serve as an inspiration for all of us.

Just eight years old, he was born with Down Syndrome and has already defeated cancer after being diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in December, 2009. For nearly three-and-a half years, he endured tremendous adversity and finally “kicked cancer’s butt” with his final chemotherapy treatment in May, 2013. Soon after, his family began a fundraising campaign to “Bump Out Cancer” and earlier this season, the hockey world took notice of this incredible young man. Read More »

First Look: 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 2014-15 regular schedule has just a few games left, but hockey card enthusiasts are already getting a glimpse of next season’s first offering as details have come to light on 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP.

Last year, the long-established brand returned as a stand-alone product and it is back again with some of the features that made it a summertime hit. Expected to reach store shelves on August 5, it will be the first place that collectors will be able to find a redemption card (seeded 1:960 packs) depicting the top pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft – who many expect to be Connor McDavid of the OHL’s Erie Otters. There will also be an autographed version (1:10,250) that may prove to be one of the most desired pieces of cardboard on the market before the puck drops again in October.

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

Gallery: 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Earlier today, Upper Deck revealed several quality control images for their upcoming 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum release via their Facebook page and collectors caught an early glimpse at some big cards from the hotly-anticipated product that releases next week.

Loaded up with tons of parallels and plenty of hard-signed autographs, O-Pee-Chee Platinum makes its debut this year and will hit store shelves on April 1. Every pack is expected to deliver one hit on average and a box will contain at least one die-cut chase card and one Rookie Autograph.

Read on after the jump for a gallery of cards that can be found in this release. Read More »

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Ondrej Pavelec, Kyle Turris, Ben Bishop



By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

(Please note that moving forward the NHL Hobby Stars weekly post will be moved to Tuesday’s).

It’s Wednesday, and that means we run down the three Hobby Stars of the Week and let collectors know why they should examine their cards.

Ondrej Pavelec, G, Winnipeg Jets
Pavelec, apparently the NHL’s biggest Bruce Springsteen fan, was 3-0-0 last week with a 0.97 goals against average, and a save percentage of .970 as he helped the Jets cling to the final playoff spot in the West. Pavelec and the Jets played host to San Jose to open the week defeating the Sharks 5-2 behind the net minding skills of Pavelec who made 38 saves. The Blues then came calling but Pavelec denied them entry as he turned away 32 of the shots he faced as the Jets won 2-1 in shootout. The Jets closed the week hosting the Caps as Pavelec recorded his second shutout this season winning the game 3-0. This season he has spilt time with rookie standout Michael Hutchinson in net but at the playoffs approach the veteran will play a key role in the Jets success. If he continues his solid goaltending then the results could be seen on the secondary market as well. Pavelec only has 13 Rookie Cards listed in the Beckett database all of which are affordable at present time but a strong push in the post season could see those prices rise.

Oh, he also really seems to like “The Boss”, I mean just check out that mask.

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Unannounced Cards In Upper Deck Series 2


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collectors breaking boxes of 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 2 may have noticed that they have found some cards that were not officially listed on any checklists or sales materials and the company has confirmed the existence of these tough pulls.

One of the most important of all of these unannounced inserts is the Jean Beliveau Tribute card, which looks back on the career of one of the game’s greatest players. What some collectors may not realize, however, is that Upper Deck also issued a special Jean Beliveau Tribute Autograph that is limited to just 10 copies.

What other special content can be found in packs of 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 2? Find out after the jump. Read More »

NHL hobby stars of the week: Scott Hartnell, Sidney Crosby, Henrik Zetterberg



By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Wednesday, and that means we run down the three Hobby Stars of the Week and let collectors know why they should examine their cards.

Scott Hartnell, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets
Hartnell paced the league as he netted five goals (5-0-5) last week as he and the Blue Jackets picked up wins in three of their four games. He opened the week with his fifth multi-goal effort this season as he scored twice (2-0-2) in a shootout win over the Hurricanes. The Blue Jackets then traveled to Detroit where Hartnell scratched out his first game-winning goal of the season (1-0-1) in a 3-1 victory over the Red Wings. Back home against the Oilers, Hartnell reached the 20-goal mark on the season (1-0-1) as Columbus earned its third win in a row coming by way of a 5-4 shootout. The week came to a close as Hartnell added the tying goal (1-0-1) in an eventual loss to the Hurricanes on home ice. Hartnell made his debut in the 2000-01 campaign and has been a solid NHLer ever since. Collectors should note that of his 900 cards in the Beckett database he has just 69 autographs which seems low for someone who has been in the league for 14 seasons. The good news is that for a veteran of his caliber he is affordable on the secondary market and will not break the bank if you would like to start collecting his cards now.

Cards to Grab:
2000-01 Upper Deck #226 YG RC, $20
2000-01 BAP Signature Series Autographs #237, $20
2012-13 The Cup Limited Logos Autographs #LLHT JSY/50, $50

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First Look: 2014-15 In The Game Superlative Vault

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hockey card collectors are about to get another chance to own some of the most coveted cards produced over the past few years as In The Game will be offering them a special release that draws from the archives of one of the most popular brands it produced before merging with Leaf Trading Cards last year.

Superlative Vault is expected to be delivered to card stores on March 26 and it caps off the brand’s original era before Leaf produces their own version for the first time later this year. Back in 2007-08, Superlative turned some heads with its debut and gathered a strong following due to its mix of autographs and limited game-used memorabilia cards from today’s stars, hot prospects and respected legends.

What can be expected in 2014-15 In The Game Superlative Vault? Look for a gallery after the jump. Read More »

Sunday Conversation: Leaf’s Gregg Kohn


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hobby veteran Gregg Kohn is the Director of Product Development for Leaf Trading Cards and Beckett Hockey recently caught up with him to discuss some of the upcoming changes collectors can expect to see in 2014-15 In The Game Heroes & Prospects in addition to some of the other hockey card products the company has planned for release in the near future.

Leaf recently released details about their first edition of In The Game’s long-running Heroes & Prospects brand. Many collectors and dealers appear to be quite shocked by the change in configuration from a traditional wax release to a hits-only box. Could you explain the reasons behind this radical departure from the established format?

Change is always difficult to embrace but sometimes necessary. The market has changed since the inception of the brand and it needed to be reconfigured to fit within the current market. We drastically lowered production of the product, which will help keep shelf life stronger and keep the product strong. The addition of Between The Pipes inserts helps bring a more balanced “Heroes” aspect to the equation as does adding more legends autographs and Legends Complete Jersey cards, which we have done. Our goal is never to upset the loyal In The Game collector base, but the truth is, the brand needed a jump start and we feel these changes can do that, or else the brand may not have existed at all. Now, that doesn’t mean we won’t go back to a configuration people are more accustomed to seeing in the future. This year with five signatures and four memorabilia cards, new and previously popular themes, and a heavier dose of legends will jump start the brand. The designs have been updated and the checklist strengthened.

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Saying Goodbye To The Belleville Bulls


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary

Seeing a hockey team leave a city is never easy for its fans. Whether it was one on the cusp of big things or performing poorly on the ice, there are always economic realities which are usually the root cause for taking them away.

Over the years, it has happened countless times from the lowest levels of the game to the NHL itself and for communities that have thrown emotional and financial support behind a club, the moves are devastating. Need proof? Ask a fan of the Hartford Whalers, Quebec Nordiques or the original Winnipeg Jets.

Yesterday, it was announced that the Ontario Hockey League’s Belleville Bulls were on the move and a small city of around 50,000 folks lost one of the few things that mattered to local hockey fans. I have been one of those fans for as long as I can remember and the news has stung deeply. Read More »

Tarasenko Signs For Earlier Upper Deck Releases


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The wait is over for collectors that have redeemed or held on to several different Vladimir Tarasenko autograph cards produced by Upper Deck last season.

As announced via company’s blog yesterday, the St. Louis Blues sniper finally sat down for a signing session and those that have sent in redemption codes from 2013-14 products such as Trilogy, SPx and Artifacts will finally see their hotly-anticipated cards arriving in the mail.

“Our Athlete Relations team worked very hard to make some headway to get signing sessions with Vladimir and we are happy to report the first one is now in the books,” Upper Deck noted in their post. “We will have a variety of autograph exchange cards from his rookie season heading out to collectors in the coming weeks. We are pushing for more signing sessions to finish up everything we have outstanding with Vladimir and are optimistic that will happen in the near future. We appreciate fan’s patience while we work to get these cards out and get more signed.” Read More »

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Jiri Hudler, Gabriel Landeskog, Cam Talbot


By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Wednesday, and that means we run down the three Hobby Stars of the Week and let collectors know why they should examine their cards.

Jiri Hudler, C, Calgary Flames
Hudler set the NHL on fire last week as he led the league with eight points. The Flames week opened against the Flyers in a game that saw Hudler dish out an assist and net the game-winning goal (1-1-2) in overtime as Calgary outlasted Philly 3-2. Hudler had another goal and assist (1-1-2) against the Bruins as Flames won in a 4-3 shootout. The next night against his former teammates in Detroit, Hudler scored twice (2-0-0) helping Calgary to a 5-2 win, and then closed the week with two assists (0-2-2) in Ottawa where the Flames fell 5-4 in a shootout loss. If you don’t know who Hudler is, it’s probably because you don’t live in Calgary. He has quietly put together back-to-back 50-point seasons and is still going strong.  According to the Beckett database, he has 345 cards to be found, but only 35 Rookie Cards and just 23 autographs. As the Playoffs approach, Calgary is holding onto the eighth spot in the West, but the Kings are right on their heels. Stellar play from Hudler can help stave off L.A. and also drive his price on the secondary market as well.

Cards to Grab:
2003-04 Upper Deck #203 YG RC, $10
2003-04 Upper Deck Rookie Update #152 JSY RC/ Stever Yzerman JSY/999, $25
2003-04 UD Premier Collection #115 Patch Au RC/99, $250

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Gallery: 2014-15 Fleer Showcase Hockey


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the release of 2014-15 Fleer Showcase Hockey being pushed to next week, Upper Deck has offered some consolation to collectors that were waiting to break packs in the form of a sneak preview of some of the product’s big hits through their Facebook page.

Now scheduled to be on the shelves on March 19, this release will be loaded with plenty of rookie-related content and some retro concepts that have endured with fans of Fleer over the years. Each box is expect to yield one Hot Prospects Rookie Auto Patch along with two more autograph or memorabilia cards.

Check out the gallery after the jump. Read More »

Henderson Heads Spring Expo Autograph Lineup


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 49th edition of the Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo is just a few short weeks away and hockey collectors from all over the globe will be congregating at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario to enjoy the world’s largest show focusing on hockey cards and collectibles.

In addition to hosting hundreds of dealer tables and several corporate booths, the Expo has long history of bring some of the best and brightest athletes in to sign for the public. Once again, the roster of personalities will primarily be retired hockey stars, there is bound to be plenty to appeal to visitors who are willing to stand in line to meet their sporting heroes that will be brought in by A.J. Sports World.

Who will be signing at the Spring 2015 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo? Check out the current lineup after the jump. Read More »

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Andrew Hammond, P.K. Subban, Evgeni Malkin



By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Wednesday, 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.

Andrew Hammond, G, Ottawa Senators
Hammond was more than serviceable last week as he went 3-0-0 while posting a 0.67 goals against average, a .978 save percentage, and two shutouts as the Senators pulled off a trifecta of wins. His first career shutout came in a 3-0 win over the Ducks as he denied all 25 shots that Anaheim hurled at him. The next night in L.A. he shutout the Kings as he turned away the 35 shots they took as well in a 1-0 victory. This marked a bit of history as he became only the second goaltender ever to record back-to-back road shutouts since Steve Mason accomplished the feet in December 2008.  Hammond closed the week with 28 saves as the Senators defeated the Sharks 4-2, capping off their west coast swing through California.  In the collecting world, Hammond is a virtual unknown given that he has just a handful of cards but the rookie has started his career 5-0-0 and if he continues his hot play what cards he does have could see a significant increase in asking price on the secondary market, so investing now might not be a bad idea.

Cards to Grab:
2014-15 O-Pee-Chee #529 RC, $2.50
2014-15 O-Pee-Chee  Black Rainbow #529, $10
2014-15 Sp Game Used #142 RC/30, $30

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First Look: 2014-15 In The Game Heroes & Prospects


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Heroes & Prospects is back again this season, but the hobby is in for a bit of a shock as the longest-running brand of CHL-licensed trading cards has undergone a major transformation since being moved over to Leaf Trading Cards.

2014-15 In The Game Heroes & Prospects has changed from a traditional wax pack product to a hits-only box. While some could argue that this transition may have been a long time coming, those that were loyal builders of the base set featuring a wider array of young talent will undoubtedly have strong opinions regarding the new direction it has taken. Each box will contain five autograph cards in addition to four game-used memorabilia cards.

The presence of autographs from some of the game’s greatest legends along with big memorabilia and autographs from a group of prospects that includes potential first overall pick Connor McDavid will undoubtedly draw much attention. A dramatic 80 percent cut in product to a mere 200 10-box cases may also help it perform strongly on store shelves once it releases next month.

What will be found in boxes of 2014-15 In The Game Heroes & Prospects? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Miracle On Ice Comes To The National


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

While members of the 1980 United States Olympic Team recently held a reunion in Lake Placid celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Miracle On Ice, collectors will get an opportunity to meet many of them this summer at the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

This will be a rare opportunity to receive an autograph and interact with 16 of the men who were behind one of the greatest upsets in sports history along with the team’s general manager, Hockey Hall of Fame member Craig Patrick. While the prices for this experience and the date and time have yet to be published, the show will run from July 29 to August 2 at Rosemont’s Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

Which players will be signing? Find out after the jump. Read More »

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Jonathan Quick, Henrik Sedin, Max Pacioretty



By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Wednesday, 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.

Jonathan Quick, G, Los Angeles Kings
Posting a 3-0-0 record with a .959 save percent average and a 1.33 goals against average, Quick was on fire last week. He began the week with 21 saves in an outing against the Lightning as the Kings outlasted Steven Stamkos and the Bolts in a 3-2 victory. He followed that performance up by doubling his saves as the Kings beat the Avs 4-1. Quick ended the week with a victory over the rival Sharks at Levi’s Stadium in a 2015 Stadium Series game which extended the Kings winning streak to seven games. Quick is no stranger on the collecting front either. He has three Rookie Cards all of which will cost you a pretty penny on the secondary market.  The hardest to find of these is his Be A Player which is numbered to 99.

Cards to Grab:
2007-08 Be A Player #247 RC/99, $300
2007-08 SP Authentic #177 RC/999, $200
2011-12 Crown Royale Veteran Silhouette Patch Autographs #32 /25, $120

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

This June, hockey fans will be watching the 2014-15 NHL season wind down with the Stanley Cup Final, but those that collect cards will have something new to bust while watching the action on the ice as Upper Deck is set to release its latest edition of Ultimate Collection.

With an all-new configuration which sees the number of cards per pack increase from four to six, each pack of 2014-15 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection will include one base card and one 2004-05 Retro card along with four autograph or memorabilia hits.

What else can be found in packs? Find out after the jump. Read More »

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Corey Perry, David Desharnais & Nick Foligno

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Wednesday, 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.

Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Ducks
Perry was stellar on the ice last week as he shared the lead in scoring with four goals and six points as the Ducks gained five of the possible eight points available in the standings. He reached the 20-goal mark on the season with his performance in Carolina early in the week, tying Paul Kariya for second place in franchise history with seven such seasons. The rest of the week saw Perry netting goals against the Predators and Capitals and closing with an assist in a 5-3 loss to the Lightning. In the Beckett database collectors will find that Perry has 17 rookies and 296 autographs, all of which are still affordable on the secondary market.  For a guy in the middle of solid career his cards are priced right were they should be.

Cards to Grab:
2005-06 Upper Deck #204 YG RC, $25
2005-06 Hot Prospects #217 JSY AU RC/199, $60
2005-06 The Cup #173 JSY AU RC/199, $400

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NHL 3 Hobby Stars of the Week; Carey Price, Devan Dubnyk, Cedric Paquette



By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s Wednesday, 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.

Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens
Price was impressive last week as he led the Canadiens to a 3-0-0 record with a .980 save percentage, a .066 goals against average, and posting two shutouts along the way. Those two shutouts came late in the week against Eastern Conference foes New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals in which Price registered 24 and 36 saves respectively in 1-0 tallies in both outings.  Early in the week Price earned his second 40-plus-save game this season as the Canadiens topped the Dallas Stars in a 3-2 victory. Price has been a mainstay in the hobby since the 2007-08 season when his Rookie Cards hit the market. With the added benefits of a strong fan base and being a top goalie his cards have carried value since his debut.  The good news is that for the most part his cards are affordable but there are some higher-end autographs and memorabilia cards that could make the causal collector do a double take.

Cards to Grab:
2007-08 Upper Deck #227 YG RC ($80)
2007-08 OPC Premier #108 JSY AU RC/299 ($100)
2013-14 The Cup Signature Patches #SPCA JSY AU/99 ($80)

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Upper Deck Announces NHL Rookie Redemptions

Ekblad Artifacts

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hockey card collectors will be pleased to hear that Upper Deck has just announced the players that they will receive for rookie redemption cards from four different products that were released earlier this season.

Found in packs of 2014-15 Upper Deck MVP, 2014-15 Fleer Ultra and 2014-15 Artifacts, these redemption cards could be redeemed through the company’s website and Upper Deck is presently in the process of producing the cards. At present, their plan is to ship them to collectors in April or May.

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NHL 3 Hobby Stars: Midseason Rookie Review


By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

It’s safe to say that if you follow hockey then you are fairly familiar with the big-name rookies that are making in impact. Even the causal fan has had to have heard the name “Johnny Hockey” by now. But beyond Johnny Gaudreau and Aaron Ekblad there are a crop of guys just below them that collectors should be taking note of, if they haven’t already.


Jonathan Drouin, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning
There were high expectations for Drouin coming in to the season. The 19 year old seemed to have the Lighting world strapped to his back. Somehow the media just assumed because he was a 100-plus scorer in the juniors that he would match that type of success in the NHL, especially given the fact he would be alongside Steven Stamkos. Jonathan may not be running away with the Calder Trophy with only two goals in 37 games (2-16-18), but there is no denying that the talent is there, and collectors are well aware of this. Currently in the Beckett database he has 214 cards, of which two are Rookies. A large part of his autographed and memorabilia cards can be found in ITG products but there are a handful from Upper Deck that can be had as well.

Cards to Grab:
2014-15 Black Diamond #245 RC ($25)
2014-15 SP Game Used Inked Rookie Sweaters #IRSJD JSY AU/149 ($50)
2013-14 ITG Heroes and Prospects #AJD AU ($30)

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2014-15 NHL Rookie Card Deadline Announced


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck confirmed today that the cut-off date for rookie eligibility for 2014-15 trading card products has passed and any player making their debut after January 15, 2015 will have to wait until next season’s releases to appear on a card for the first time.

There are 152 players eligible for rookie cards in NHL and NHLPA-licensed products for 2014-15. This group in broken down into 90 players that have debuted this season and 62 that carried over from the 2013-14 campaign that hit the ice after last year’s deadline.

Which players are eligible to appear in this year’s hockey card sets? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Breaking News: Martin Brodeur Ready To Retire


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The hockey world is buzzing about the imminent retirement of the legendary Martin Brodeur and an official announcement is expected to come at a press conference on Thursday.

While he staged a brief comeback with the St. Louis Blues earlier this season, it was simply a last hurrah as he stepped in while starter Brian Elliott was injured. Over the course of seven appearances, he posted a 3-3-0 record which included his 125th career shutout while facing the Colorado Avalanche on December 29. His first Upper Deck cards in a Blues uniform will be found in packs of 2014-15 SPx.

Undoubtedly a first-ballot Hall of Famer once he is eligible for induction, he is the NHL’s all-time leader in wins, shutouts and games played by a goaltender. Collectors were first introduced to him through the 1990-91 Score Hockey release and since that time, he has appeared on 7,068 cards that appear in the Beckett database. The total value for them (excluding rarities) is an impressive $178,760.34 and he should hopefully continue to appear in more products in retirement.

Beckett Hockey will continue to add more information to this story as it develops. Read More »

NHL 3 Hobby Stars: All-Star Edition


By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

The 2015 NHL All-Star weekend came to a close on Sunday with a scoring frenzy that saw Team Toews post a 17-12 victory over Team Foligno. If you are doing the math at home, let me save you the effort and tell you that was 29 goals over the course of the game. Not exactly a lot of pressure being put on at the blue lines. Nonetheless, the weekend had its moments, both in the skills challenge and the game. Below, we will take a closer look at the three players that stood out in the star-filled gala.

John Tavares, C, New York Islanders
A case for the Islanders center to have won the All-Star MVP is more than strong one. He added his name to a list of now six players to have scored four goals in the game’s history. With names like Wayne Gretzky and Mario Lemieux on the list, what Tavares did was impressive to say the least. John is no stranger to collectors by now. He is constantly a hot seller on the secondary market and that’s no surprise considering the following the Islanders have and his league-leading play.

Cards to Grab:
2009-10 Upper Deck #201 YG RC ($60)
2009-10 Upper Deck #377 RC ($40)
2009-10 The Cup Honorable Numbers #HNJT/91 ($200)

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