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Box Busters: 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One Hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Eric Norton and Dan Hitt as they rip into boxes of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One Hockey in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

We will be giving away the Connor McDavid which is now graded at a BGS 9.5. To enter the giveaway leave a comment below and state your opinion on whether or not you think that McDavid is going to pan out, or will he be another Oilers draft bust.  You need to state your case, a simple short answer will not suffice. A winner will be selected at random on Tuesday, December 24th.

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2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey to focus on rookies and parallels

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2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum McDavid

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Back for a sophomore effort this season, 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey is out to build on its intriguing debut release with even more rookie and parallel power inside of packs.

Essentially a souped-up and shiny version of the traditional O-Pee-Chee set, there have been some minor changes made in order to satisfy collectors and certainly attract those who may have been reluctant to break some packs last year. With a strong freshman crop in 2015-16 and on-card autographs from many of the best rookies, 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey is going to be in serious demand once it is unleashed on the hobby in March. Read More »

Exclusive 2015-16 Upper Deck Hockey Parkhurst Rookies land in special Walmart blasters

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re brave enough to venture into a Walmart on Black Friday, congratulations. You deserve an award for your bravery. Some cards, perhaps? Special 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Black Friday blaster boxes include a special set of Parkhurst Rookies inserts not available elsewhere.

Yes, Connor McDavid is on the checklist.

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Upper Deck allows fans to vote on Series Two Young Guns photos

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck staff members are hard at work putting together the second series of the company’s flagship set and it has once again allowed collectors to vote on photos that will appear on its regular and canvas Young Guns cards.

Set to be released in February, 2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey is going to include hotly-anticipated rookie cards from Buffalo Sabres freshman Jack Eichel along with prime young talents such as Jake Virtanen of the Vancouver Canucks and Noah Hanifin of the Carolina Hurricanes.

By going to Upper Deck’s official voting page before midnight on Monday, November 30, votes can be cast for these three cards. Additionally, collectors may cast their ballot for their favorite option for UD Canvas Young Guns cards of Detroit Red Wings rookie Andreas Athanasiou and the hottest young star on the hockey card market, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. Finally, Arizona Coyotes rookie sensation Max Domi will be receiving a special Team Canada UD Canvas card where the photo is up for voting.

To see the options you can vote on, read on after the jump.

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2015-16 Fleer Showcase Hockey First Look

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collectors who love old school inserts are about to get their annual fix from Upper Deck with 2015-16 Fleer Showcase Hockey as it is set to deliver today’s biggest stars and rookies on classic designs.

The brand is swiftly becoming an annual tradition as it offers autographed rookie patch cards plus more freshman content than any other hockey card release. This is the place to find rookies that may have only played a handful of games and each box will contain three autograph or memorabilia hits.

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The first Jack Eichel autograph cards have arrived

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2015 Leaf Fall Expo Autographed Patch Jack Eichel

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Jack Eichel autograph cards have arrived.

In this era, it’s hard to believe that it has taken this long for super a major prospect to have a certified autograph card. But with an exclusive deal with Leaf in place, more are on the way. Read More »

2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With the arrival of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey comes another batch of Young Guns rookie cards. Even in the slowest of seasons, these are, traditionally, some of the most popular rookies of the season.

This isn’t the slowest of seasons and the 2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns are anything but average.

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How do early Connor McDavid sales stack up against other top Upper Deck Young Guns?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Injured or not, the 2015-16 Upper Deck Connor McDavid Young Guns rookie card is drawing tons of attention. Pre-sale prices went as high as $250. Even in the wake of him getting hurt, they were still moving at $225 or so.

If you’ve followed hockey, you’ve heard the story. It’s more likely that he’s going to be great than he is going to be really good. A flop isn’t even part of the equation. Parallels have been drawn to Sidney Crosby and even Wayne Gretzky. That Oilers jersey certainly helps that connection.

The hype surrounding McDavid and his cards has brought in a lot of people who might not collect a lot of hockey in an “average” year. He’s probably brought in more than a few who don’t collect hockey cards at all.

Before going down with a broken clavicle, McDavid was doing a good job living up to the hype. He was starting to build some momentum and racking up the points. And while it’s disappointing to see anyone get hurt, let’s not forget that in most parts of North America, he’s still just a kid. At just 18 years, he’s got a lot of years left ahead of him. And the potential is astronomical.

But let’s look past potential. Instead, let’s compare McDavid’s first NHL rookie card with some recent sales of Upper Deck Young Guns from other top players. From the NHL’s elite to rare versions of hockey’s younger stars, they’ve all logged at least a year or two already. Some have put together Hall of Fame careers.

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Will Connor McDavid’s Young Guns card be impacted by injury?

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary

On Wednesday night, Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid went down with a broken left clavicle during his team’s victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a major blow to the young phenom and his club, but there is little doubt that it could not have come at a worse time for both Upper Deck and card dealers alike.

Pegged as a generational talent and the centerpiece of the Young Guns subset in 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One Hockey, the buzz on McDavid’s first NHL and NHLPA-licensed trading card had been growing to a feverish pitch in the weeks and months leading up to Thursday’s release date. Sales for this product are expected to be incredibly strong as the first overall selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft had a fantastic start to his professional career and was named the league’s Rookie of the Month for October.

Several dealers were pre-selling the Young Guns card online at unprecedented prices and many buyers may be wondering if they may have overpaid for the card. The news is not all bad, though, as the Oilers have reported that McDavid’s surgery was successful. However, there is no specific timeline for his return and it is estimated to be in months rather than weeks.

What could all of this mean for the hobby? Read on after the jump to find out. Read More »

Hobby Stars of the Week: Marchand, Allen, Hall

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Analyst

It’s Tuesday and that means we run down the players that collectors should be making note of.

Brad Marchand, LW, Boston Bruins:
Marchand shared first billing in the NHL last week with four goals to go along with his two assists as he and the Bruins tallied three wins. Their week opened when the Coyotes came calling to Boston, but the boys from Beantown made quick work of the Desert Dogs ousting them in a 6-0 win that saw Marchand netting a goal and adding an assist (1-1-2) for good measure. Flordia played host in Boston’s next outing and Marchand continue to roll netting two more goals (2-0-2) in a 3-1 win. He closed the week with another goal and assist (1-1-2) in Tampa as the Bruins won 3-1 for the second time in as many games. Marchand is a fan favorite in Boston and that has carried over to cardboard well. In the Beckett Database he is listed on 647 cards and just 16 of them are rookies making the autographed versions of those highly sought after.

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2015-16 Artifacts Honoured Members kick off a three-year set of hockey’s immortals

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Every once in a while a set comes along that captures your attention. As far as early hockey sets go, 2015-16 Artifacts Honoured Members fits that bill. It’s attractive, tough to find, has a strong checklist and features all autographs and memorabilia.

And it’s going to continue for a couple more years.

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Upper Deck Fall Expo promotional pack to feature autos, parallels, and more

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With only a few days left until the 2015 Fall Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto, Upper Deck has released final details about its checklist for its redemption program held exclusively at the show from November 6 to 8. Collectors that come to the company’s corporate booth to break open specific boxes of 2015-16 NHL trading cards will receive a two-card Upper Deck Fall Expo promotional pack which is set to contain limited parallels, autographs, and more.

As a bonus, the first 300 collectors in line and breaking boxes each day will also receive one of six different limited Connor McDavid NHLPA Rookie Showcase Moments cards. There will also be a program specific to case breakers.

What cards can collectors expect to see as part of the Upper Deck redemption program at the Expo? Find out after the jump. Read More »

New Beckett Covers collection to be offered at the 2015 Fall Expo

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

After its success at the National Sports Collectors Convention in recent years, Beckett Media is proud to reveal that is has created a set exclusive to attendees of next weekend’s Fall 2015 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo held at the International Centre near Toronto.

The Beckett Covers 2015 Fall Expo 25th Anniversary Collection will focus on some of our hottest issues from recent months which feature rookie phenom Connor McDavid along with several other players that changed the game forever.

“For three years the Beckett Covers sets have been a success at the National Sports Collectors Convention in the United States,” said Beckett Media’s Advertising Director, Bill Dumas. “It is our pleasure to bring this unique collector and family friendly experience to the 2015 Fall Toronto Expo. Beckett is proud and excited to support this show and the enthusiastic collectors in Canada.”

How will collectors be able to get these cards? Find out after the jump. Read More »

2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey First Look

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

While collectors await the release of the first series of Upper Deck’s flagship product for this season, the company has revealed several details regarding its follow-up, 2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey that is expected to hit card stores in February.

The big draw for this product for many collectors will be the Jack Eichel Young Guns rookie card, but there will also be plenty of strong content to be found inside packs as usual. Read More »

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Kuznetsov, Markov, Quick

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Analyst

It’s Tuesday and that means we run down the players that collectors should be making note of.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, C, Washington Capitals:
Kuznetsov was the standard for scoring last week posting three goals and six assists (3-6-9) helping the Caps to wins in all three of their outings. He opened the week with three assists in a 6-2 victory over the Flames. In their next outing, he had a lone assist, but it was to Alex Ovechkin for the game winner in a hard fought 3-2 win over Vancouver. He closed the week with a hat-trick and two more helpers (3-2-5) setting career marks for goals, points, and plus/minus in a single game in a 7-4 win over the Oilers.  Kuznetsov is no stranger to the fan base in Washington nor to collectors either. He had a stellar rookie season and the secondary market is a reflection of that. The Caps are off to a hot start and Kuznetsov figures to be a big part of any future success that Washington may have. Picking up some key singles may not be a bad idea.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Young Guns checklist announced

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The wait is over.

With the November 5 release of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One, the hobby can finally get its hands on a fully-NHL and NHLPA-licensed Connor McDavid card, the most-anticipated Young Guns rookie card since the debut of Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby a decade ago.

After McDavid’s NHL debut on October 8, Upper Deck decided to solicit input from collectors in order to choose the photo that will appear on what is expected to be an expensive piece of cardboard. The subset itself is once again made up of 50 cards and it will also feature a checklist card depicting the Edmonton Oilers rookie with Sam Bennett of the rival Calgary Flames.

Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager, Chris Carlin, spoke of the effort that his design team and photographers went to in order to get the Young Guns cards ready in time for their early-November release.

“Our team works from opening night through the weekend to acquire imagery and copy to incorporate into 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One Hockey. For the Young Guns and Young Guns Canvas cards we have a window of just a few days to get everything done so these cards can be included in the release. It is by far one of the craziest time schedules we have all year long and requires all the rest of the work on the product to have been completed well in advance.”

Who else appears on the checklist? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters: 2015-16 Artifacts

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Eric Norton and Dan Hitt as they rip into boxes of 2015-16 Artifacts in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014-15 The Cup Plus Giveaway

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Eric Norton and Dan Hitt as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Alexander Ovechkin was drafted #1 overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, but the 2005 draft class was one of the strongest in recent memory. To enter to win this Ovechkin nameplate card comment below and let us know what you think the best draft class in the modern era of hockey has been and why. A winner will be selected at random on November 2nd. We will also be giving away the Theo Fleury on Instagram. Follow us on Instagram @beckettmediallc for further information.

Upper Deck officially reveals Connor McDavid Young Guns rookie card

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Not long after one of the hottest prospects in hockey made his NHL debut, Upper Deck gave collectors a chance to vote on the photo that would appear on the Connor McDavid Young Guns rookie card that will be available in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One Hockey.

The results are in and the company has revealed which one of the three photos were selected. Shown during his first game of the season as he took on the St. Louis Blues, the Connor McDavid Young Guns card is expected to be a hot commodity at the Fall 2015 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto. The buzz on this card has been growing in intensity over the past few weeks and it has the potential to become an instant hobby classic. Read More »

Leaf announces 2015 Fall Expo redemption program plans

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Leaf Trading Cards will be catering to collectors breaking open packs of 2015-16 Leaf In The Game Superlative Hockey at the 2015 Fall Expo from November 6 to 8 at the International Centre near Toronto, Ontario and will offer up two options at its booth – one of which will feature the company’s exclusive signer, Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel.

Those opting to break a single box of 2015-16 Leaf In The Game Superlative Hockey will receive a two-card pack that contains specially-stamped cards from previous Superlative releases. For those ready to break cases instead, they will not only receive five of the Expo-only packs, but also an additional bonus pack which will yield either a Jumbo Patch card or an Autographed Jumbo Patch card of Eichel.

“Leaf is extremely excited to be a part of the 2015 Toronto Sportcard and Memorabilia Fall Expo,” said Leaf’s Director of Product Development, Gregg Kohn. “We are equally excited to introduce 2015 ITG Superlative Hockey at this premier event and wanted to have a redemption program that would have a huge impact. What better way to make that impact than make Jack Eichel the cornerstone of the program!” Read More »

2015-16 Upper Deck SPx Hockey First Look

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A hobby favorite returns in February with 2015-16 Upper Deck SPx Hockey and collectors will have a chance to check out what Upper Deck has done to take the brand to a new level. For starters, it has made some changes to the look of its rookie cards and has also made a few tweaks which could help it become a success.

Now featuring 10 packs per box, collectors can expect to find at least one Autographed Jersey Rookie or Retro Autographed Jersey Rookie inside along with two additional autograph, memorabilia, or premium insert hits. Considering the loaded freshman class this season, the action has the potential to be hot and heavy for limited cards of Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Max Domi, Dylan Larkin, and more. Read More »

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Price, Seguin, Tarasenko

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Analyst

It’s Tuesday and that means we run down the players that collectors should be making note of.

Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens:
Price and the Canadiens have started the 2015-16 campaign absolutely on fire. Last week behind his goaltending they were a perfect 3-0-0 and he posted a .963 save percentage and very nice one goals-against average as well. He opened the week with 31 saves on the road in Pittsburgh as Montreal skated to 3-2 win. In their next outing, Price notched the 35th shutout of his career in a 3-0 win over the Rangers. Montreal closed the week with a 4-1 win over the Red Wings as Price turned away 21 of the 22 shots taken by Detroit. Price is no stranger to this list at all, and collectors are well aware of the price the tag that can come along with cards. With that being said, there are a few options from the 2014-15 season that won’t break the bank.

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Generations come together with 2015-16 Upper Deck Biography of a Season set

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2015-16 Upper Deck Biography of a Season

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The parallels between Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid and Wayne Gretzky have been drawn by fans and media alike for quite some time, so it is only natural that Upper Deck has announced that its Authorized Internet Retailers will soon be offering a special 2015-16 Upper Deck Biography of a Season series to their customers as a bonus for buying boxes.

Scheduled to be released in two waves, the 2015-16 Upper Deck Biography of a Season set will cover McDavid’s journey to the pro ranks while Gretzky’s first NHL campaign is remembered. The first wave will consist of six cards of each player.

“This Biography of the Season program was developed in collaboration with our Authorized Internet Retailers coming out of the Industry Summit where we wanted to do something that hadn’t really been done before, by chronicling the first season of two of Upper Deck’s most prominent hockey spokesmen. We all know how memorable Gretzky’s first season was, but it will be exciting to watch what happens with Connor as he develops this season. To have these memorable seasons on a collectible card is a very cool way to bring fans closer to the game,” noted Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager, Chris Carlin.

Look for a gallery of the first 12 cards in the 2015-16 Upper Deck Biography of a Season collection after the jump. Read More »

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Abdelkader, Lindberg, and Smith

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Analyst

It’s Tuesday, hockey is back, and that means we run down the players that collectors should be making note of.

Justin Abdelkader, LW, Detroit Red Wings:
Abdelkader was tied for the league lead in goals this last week as his netted four of them and added an assist (4-1-5) to help the Red Wings open the season 2-0-0. He came out of the gates firing on all cylinders Friday night against Leafs and racked up his second career hat trick (3-0-3) becoming just the third player in franchise history to net three goals in Detroit’s season opener. The next night in Carolina, Abdelkader added to his point total with another goal and an assist (1-1-2) scoring the go-ahead goal in a fierce 4-3 comeback win for the Motor City. Abdelkader is a hometown kid who has spent the entirety of his career with the Red Wings. With that being said his cards don’t exactly command a premium on secondary markets, however, if the opening week was any indicator, that might not be the case for long.

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Fans to pick image for the Connor McDavid Young Guns rookie card

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The job of a photo editor for a trading card company can sometimes be a stressful one, but Upper Deck is seeking out the help of hockey card collectors and the public can vote on the photo that will be used on the Connor McDavid Young Guns rookie card that will be found in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One Hockey.

The first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, McDavid made his NHL debut on October 8 against the St. Louis Blues and while he did not make it onto the score sheet, he did earn some cheers for his speed and agility. Upper Deck had photographers in the building to capture the action and the company has selected three options that collectors can consider.  Fans only have a small window in which to go to http://upperdeckstore.com/collectconnor and vote for the image they would like to see on the Connor McDavid Young Guns rookie card.

“We are excited to be able to bring fans into the creative process and give them the opportunity to make the final decision on such a significant card in the upcoming release of 2015-16 Upper Deck NHL Series One,” said Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager Chris Carlin. “We are also encouraging fans to use the hashtag #CollectConnor to share their votes and comments on their favorite image.”

What are the other options collectors can vote on to appear on this historic card? Find out after the jump. Read More »

O-Pee-Chee Connor McDavid puzzle redemption program closes in time for NHL debut

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Connor McDavid era has officially started as he hit the ice for his first official NHL game in St. Louis against the Blues this evening. As the hockey world awaited the arrival of its newest generational talent, Upper Deck announced that the window is now closed for its redemption program for a special and limited card featuring the top selection in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

The first 97 collectors that were savvy enough to quickly put together the nine-piece puzzle found in packs of 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Hockey and send them in to Upper Deck are now set to receive a special First Overall Pick card of the young phenom in the coming months. This card has the potential to be a hot commodity on the secondary market once they are in the hands of hobbyists.

“It has been a lot of fun to watch collectors use a variety of resources to complete their O-Pee-Chee Draft Pick puzzles,” said Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager Chris Carlin. “We noticed a lot of fathers completing puzzles with their children which is awesome as they likely forged memories that will last for some time. Connor is a polarizing player and with his debut, we can officially share he will be the player depicted on this card. The cards can now move forward with the production process and we look forward to getting them to fans in early December.” Read More »

2015-16 Leaf In The Game Superlative Hockey First Look

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Following months of hinting of its return, Leaf Trading Cards is officially giving collectors their take on one of In The Game‘s most enduring premium releases and 2015-16 Leaf In The Game Superlative Hockey will be released in time for the Fall 2015 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in November.

Since its debut in 2007-08, Superlative managed to carve out a strong reputation for itself while it was produced by In The Game by offering up a strong mix of limited memorabilia and autograph cards. Each box of 2015-16 Leaf In The Game Superlative Hockey will yield seven cards and production has been limited to just 200 five-box cases. This is a dramatic reduction when compared to previous Superlative releases. Every card has been placed inside of a magnetic one-touch holder, which is a nice change for collectors who want the security of their cards having extra protection before they open their packs.

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2015-16 Upper Deck SP Game Used Hockey Card Details

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2015-16 Upper Deck SP Game-Used Crawford

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last season, Upper Deck transformed one of its tried-and-true brands from what had become a somewhat tired formula to a hits-focused entity with some success and 2015-16 Upper Deck SP Game Used Hockey looks to keep moving in the same direction.

With five premium autograph or memorabilia cards in each pack where the twist has the base as a chase element, there is little doubt that this edition is going to have its fair share of fans and Upper Deck has also made an effort to once again connect the collector with pieces of memorabilia from some of the NHL’s major events. 2015-16 Upper Deck SP Game Used Hockey not only includes swatches from outdoor games, but also the 2015 All-Star Skills competition.

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Hits & Misses: Remembering the original Upper Deck Young Guns

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the release of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One a little over a month away, the hype for today’s hottest young talents like Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel is about to hit amazing heights. The excitement for the new class of Young Guns cards has been an annual tradition for many years, but how did the original class fare?

The Young Guns concept was added to the high number series of 1990-91 Upper Deck and that update set created a huge splash when it was released toward the end of that season. It included many of the game’s top rookies at the the time and featured members of Team Canada that were fresh off a gold medal victory, but a select few were placed in a new subset which became an annual trading as time went on.

The hottest member on the Young Guns checklist at the time was Sergei Fedorov of the Detroit Red Wings and he was a serious contender for the Calder Trophy after arriving from the Soviet Union. Coming in at a close second, though, was Pavel Bure, whose arrival was nervously anticipated by fans of the Vancouver Canucks. The other 13 players in this new subset all had their respective merits at the time and we can reflect on what they accomplished nearly 25 years later.

Was every selection a hit? No, but there were plenty of solid NHL talents among that original cast of Young Guns. Today, these cards are much more affordable than they were, but that does not diminish their importance to the hobby. Read More »

Canada Post and NHL partner up for Great Canadian Goalies stamps

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Canada Post and the NHL have joined forces to pay tribute to some of the most memorable netminders in hockey history and fans throughout the country are now able to send letters and packages with NHL Great Canadian Goalies stamps.

Earlier this afternoon, the lineup for this set of stamps was revealed at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Enshrined members Johnny Bower, Ken Dryden, Tony Esposito, Bernie Parent, and Gump Worsley and future member Martin Brodeur all received recognition for their achievements and will make up the six-stamp collection.

“These six goalies will forever remain relevant and real in a country that embraces its stars,” said Canada Post President and CEO Deepak Chopra in a press release. “They wore their hearts on their sleeves while they played, and captured ours in the process. Their on-ice brilliance left an indelible impression on a nation. They are an important part of our country’s rich history, and we are proud to immortalize these players on our stamps.” Read More »

Leaf Trading Cards signs 2016 draft prospect Jesse Puljujarvi

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Leaf Trading Cards has announced that it has come to terms on an agreement with prominent 2016 NHL Entry Draft prospect Jesse Puljujarvi, who caught the attention of many hockey fans while playing for Finland’s silver medal-winning squad at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Slated to appear in the company’s upcoming hockey releases, Puljujarvi will make his North American trading card debut in the coming months. He is regarded as a potential high selection and currently plays for Karpat while preparing for the draft.

“We are extremely excited to offer the first authentic signature cards of Jesse Puljujarvi,” said Leaf’s Director of Product Development, Gregg Kohn. “As a probable top three pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, Jesse is a huge addition to the Leaf/In The Game product portfolio. Along with the 2015 second overall pick Jack Eichel, whose signatures will be featured exclusively in Leaf products, this is a formidable one-two signature punch! Look for Puljujarvi’s first signature cards in 2015 Leaf Ultimate Hockey, scheduled for release in December of this year.”

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2015-16 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey Details

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2015-16 Upper Deck Trilogy

 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

2015-16 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey is out to prove that good things come in threes as the long-standing brand returns to card shops once again with premium rookie cards and autographs from members of the newest freshman class.

After making some noted improvements to the product in recent years, Upper Deck is once again out to prove that Trilogy can deliver strong content and offers up a little bit of everything to help justify its premium price point. Each box of 2015-16 Upper Deck Trilogy will contain eight packs and there is a something of note to be expected in each one. According to preliminary product information provided by Upper Deck, boxes are expected to have four numbered cards, one Rookie Autograph, one relic, one premium autograph card, and an additional hit.

What can collectors expect to find in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Trilogy? Find out after the jump.
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2015-16 Upper Deck Tim Hortons hockey cards to arrive next week

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Tim Hortons Tim Horton card

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The rumors of a 2015-16 Upper Deck Tim Hortons hockey card release via the Canadian doughnut chain’s stores were officially confirmed this morning and starting on September 30, collectors will be able to purchase a pack of cards with their morning coffee.

The three-card packs will retail for just a dollar each with each purchase of a beverage, but those not wanting a drink can pay $1.99 each instead. There will be a 100-card set to collect which features 99 current players along with the Hockey Hall of Fame member Tim Horton, who started the company during his days as a defenseman with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Collectors can also expect to find an assortment of insert and redemption cards inside of packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Tim Hortons, including 15 different autographs and 17 different game-worn jersey cards. The non-memorabilia inserts include Platinum Profiles, Die-Cuts, Shining Futures, Above the Ice, Season Highlights checklists, and Franchise Force. There are also major hits in the form of seven Autograph Jersey Relic cards and a #1 Draft Pick Rookie Redemption card that will be released and features Connor McDavid after he makes his NHL debut.

Look for a complete checklist of players and additional information after the jump.

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The tale of two players named John Henderson – a hockey card mystery

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1951-52 Parkhurst John Henderson

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary

For years, vintage hockey card collectors have been puzzled as to why the 1951-52 Parkhurst hockey card of Boston Bruins defenseman named John Henderson, otherwise known as “Moe”, had a premium over other common cards in the set.

In reality, the John Henderson on the card is listed in the NHL record books as Murray Henderson as he seemed to prefer to be addressed by his middle name or nickname. A veteran of seven seasons, all of them played in Beantown, he was a dependable defender that was not a big scorer. The nephew of Roy, Lionel, and Charlie Conacher, he served in World War II before making his big league debut at the end of the 1944-45 campaign. By the time his first hockey card was released, his NHL career was winding down and he was destined for the AHL’s Hershey Bears. Eventually, he moved on to coaching in the minors and passed away in 2013 at the age of 91.

However, during the 1954-55 season, a lanky 6’4″ goaltender named “Long” John Henderson joined the Bruins. This is where some of the hobby’s confusion likely stems from and may answer why this card has a premium since cards of common goalies tend to be worth more than common skaters.  Read More »

Upper Deck announces preliminary 2015 Fall Expo plans

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2015 Fall Expo Parkhurst Priority Signings Crosby

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 2015 Fall Expo is less than two months away, but Upper Deck is already busy with their plans to create one of their most exciting redemption programs ever to coincide with the release of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One. The first product where collectors will be able to find Young Guns rookie cards of Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, and many others will release on November 6 and it factors heavily into their plans.

Collectors attending the 2015 Fall Expo at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario from November 6 to 8 will be able to participate in a revamped redemption program where they will receive special packs for opening certain Upper Deck hockey products. While the official list of eligible releases is expected soon, the company did reveal that each two card pack will contain one of 200 different 2015-16 Upper Deck Midnight parallel cards that are numbered to 25 copies each and the second card in the pack will either be another Midnight parallel, a limited Victory Black rookie card, a Parkhurst Priority Signings cards limited to 75 copies or less, or an instant redemption card good for an autographed Upper Deck Authenticated memorabilia piece.

The promotion is expected to last all weekend while supplies last.

What else does Upper Deck have planned for the Expo and fans in Edmonton? Find out after the jump. Read More »