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Upper Deck, GTS and Universal Bring Back Overtime Packs for 2014-15

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Back again for 2014-15, the upcoming release of 2014-15 Overtime from Upper Deck will be taking things to a whole new level and both collectors and dealers are ready to reap the benefits.

In recent years, Upper Deck has combined with distributors to offer up a special bonus in the form of the Overtime packs. They have been met with great acclaim and give a little extra to hobbyists, case breakers and stores in appreciation of their continued support.

This year, dealers wanting to get in on the Overtime action can do so by ordering boxes of 2014-15 NHL Artifacts, 2014-15 Upper Deck Series One or 2014-15 Black Diamond from either Universal Distribution in Canada or GTS Distribution in the United States. There are few new twists this season as well that you can learn about after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Expected to arrive just in time for the holidays, 2014-15 Black Diamond from Upper Deck should be one of this season’s most talked-about releases.

Since the 1996-97 season, the brand has been quite popular with collectors and in recent years, it has delivered the hottest rookies along with some excellent hits that have made an impact on the secondary market.

After incredible collector response last season, Upper Deck has brought back the Golden Ticket Draft cards. These special redemption cards can be exchanged for a spot to draft from a selection of Quad Diamond Rookie Gems Relics that contain four princess cut diamonds. These one-of-one treasures are highly sought-after and coveted by many collectors. Read More »

NHLPA Announces 2014 Rookie Showcase Participants

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

In recent years, the National Hockey League Players’ Association has held an annual event that shows off the game’s young stars that are expected to make an impact during the upcoming season.

The 2014 NHLPA Rookie Showcase is set to take place on August 23 at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto and the participants will donning their NHL uniforms for this special occasion. They are hitting the ice at the same site as the former Maple Leaf Gardens and this event gives Upper Deck an exclusive opportunity to get shots of many players that are expected to make their debut in official trading card products in the near future.

The announced roster of 33 players features several elite prospects along with some that have already made the NHL debuts and still qualify as rookies. Not every player may end up hitting the ice in 2014-15, but hopes are high among scouts and fans that they will become stars.

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At the National: Talking Wax and vintage cards with Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange

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Have you ever seen a $49,000 case of baseball cards? You can if you visited the Baseball Card Exchange booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds caught up with BBCE Director of Acquisitions Reed Kasaoka to talk about vintage wax and more on the show floor.

Your Turn: Which new rookies will you collect?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With a new NFL season coming quickly, we’re getting our first glimpses of the latest players in their new threads on the field.

Johnny Manziel, Jadeveon Clowney, Teddy Bridgewater and more newcomers from this year’s draft have taken their first plays against exhibition opponents, giving us our first chances to gauge their cardboard superiority against something concrete. Some might have wowed us, some might not.

For the upcoming second-helping of a Rookies Issue of BSCM this year (the first was just a few months ago), we want to know who you’re collecting for newcomers in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.

Tell us which rookies you’re collecting in the comments below … we’ll run a selection of your answers in the upcoming issue.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

 

First Signers Named For 2014 Fall Expo

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

In the aftermath of the 2014 National sports Collectors Convention, hockey collectors from all over the world are beginning to gear up for the 47th Sportcard and Memorabilia Expo in Toronto, Ontario.

Held twice annually at the Toronto International Centre, early details have surfaced regarding some of the guests that will be appearing over the course of the three-day event which takes place from November 7 to 9, 2014.

Look for a preliminary list of signers after the jump.

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Box Busters Retro: 2012-13 Panini Classic Signatures Hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey’s Stephen Laroche as he busts a box of 2012-13 Panini Classic Signatures following the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention.

2014 National Treasure Hunt: Sunday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With another National Sports Collectors Convention coming to an end, most attendees are hopefully returning home with items that they have desired for years.

The quest for the perfect collectible is a challenge most hobbyists embrace and there is a good chance that many walked away with positive feelings about their experiences over the past few days in Cleveland. The Beckett Media team certainly enjoyed meeting with collectors from all over the world and hearing about their experiences.

The 2014 National Treasure Hunt closes with five more unique items and you can read more about them after the jump.

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2014 National Treasure Hunt: Saturday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

As the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention keeps rolling along, many great items are turning up on the show floor and commanding the attention of the crowd.

One of the greatest things about the National is the diversity of collectibles that can be bought, sold or even traded for. Since the beginning, it has always been about baseball items, but fans of other sports are well-represented as well.

Let’s take another look at some of the treasures that popped up over the course of the show on Saturday after the jump.

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2014 National Treasure Hunt: Friday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With another day at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention drawing to a close, the thousands of collectors coming through the doors are undoubtedly relaxing and taking a good look at the amazing items they purchased today.

Once again, Beckett Media has taken to the show floor to look out for some unique collectibles and share them with readers. While many dealers are carrying a large amount of baseball and football-related items, there are some compelling hockey and basketball pieces that could be found with a little bit of digging.

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On the breaker beat at the NSCC — five basics we should know

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By Ben Aguirre | Contributing Writer | Commentary

CLEVELAND | The pointed end of a box-cutter slices through the packing tape on a case of 2014 Bowman Platinum.  The master box is turned upside down and out tumble 12 brand-new sealed boxes of the latest baseball product to hit the shelves.

The hands that will be handling these cards for the first time are held in front of a camera and, pack after pack, the contents of each wrapper are revealed — the names of some of the players celebrated, others merely mentioned.  The shiniest cards are often held in front of the lens for extended periods to show the people in audience in person, and those watching around the world, what has just been pulled.

The idea of the live case and box break is one that has been around for years. For at least a decade, collectors have filmed themselves opening their boxes to document their pulls. But in recent years the notion of box and case breaks has skyrocketed across the web and new breakers are popping up everywhere.

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Views from the floor: Simple sights from the National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

CLEVELAND | Day 2 of the National Sports Collectors Convention — the first full day — was a whirlwind of showmanship, enjoyment, shredding of wax and wheeling and dealing between dealers and collectors that is the show of all shows for sports fans.

From Panini America‘s pack wars for kids (above) to the live case-breakers pavilion or the constant hustle and bustle of booths such as Beckett Grading Services, there was plenty to see and do for many at the show, which continues through Sunday at the IX Center.

We’ll have plenty more to see and watch here in the coming days as we explore the show floor with you.

Until then, here’s a small gallery of scenes from today from the show.

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2014 National Treasure Hunt: Thursday Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

No matter what sport you collect, there is a very good chance that you will be able to find something that appeals to your particular tastes at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.

Over the next few days, Beckett Media will be going on a treasure hunt on the show floor to track down some items that will run the gamut from obscure to drool-inducing.

Let’s take a look at five of these great collectibles after the jump.
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Beckett Covers cards: Get ‘em while you can at the National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Beckett Media has it covered — and it all starts today.

Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention can 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 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

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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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