Category Archives: Hockey

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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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

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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.

For a complete list of rookie redemption cards, please read on after the jump. Read More »

NHL 3 Hobby Stars: Midseason Rookie Review

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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

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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

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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

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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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Gallery: 2014-15 Upper Deck Trilogy

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Earlier today, hockey collectors were given a quick tease of some of the hits they can potentially pull in packs of 2014-15 Upper Deck Trilogy on the company’s Facebook page.

Scheduled to arrive in hobby shops next week, the product features some new twists like Triptych relic and autograph cards in addition to some of the autograph and rookie concepts that have been a part of it in recent years, such as Signature Pucks.

On average, each nine-pack box is expected to deliver four numbered chase cards (three of those should be rookies) along with a Crystal plexiglass card, a Rookie Auto, a Triptych relic in addition to another hit.

Please read on after the jump for the teaser gallery. Read More »

NHL hobby stars of the week: Tomas Tatar, Kyle Okposo & Dustin Byfuglien

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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.

Tomas Tatar, LW, Detroit Red Wings
Of the budding young stars currently playing for the Red Wings,  Tatar may be the brightest of them all and last week he stood out on the ice again as he shared first place in scoring in the league with five goals and seven points. He scored in both of the Detroit’s early games last week against Buffalo and St. Louis, respectively. As the week rolled on, so did Tatar as he set a career-high against the Predators, with three points (2-1-3). The Red Wings ended the week with another win over the Sabres that saw Tatar rack up his seventh multi-point game this season. Tatar’s presence in the hobby is not going overlooked, either, despite only having 120 cards, nine of which are Rookie Cards. Collectors should set their eyes on him, as his potential is starting to come to fruition.

Cards to Grab:
2010-11 The Cup #118 JSY AU RC/249 ($100)
2010-11 Dominion #236 JSY AU RC/99 ($100)
2010-11 SP Authentic #214 RC/999 ($12)

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2015 NHL Fan Fair Provides Fun For Collectors

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 2015 NHL All-Star Game will take place in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday and thousands of fans will have the opportunity to celebrate the game at the 2015 NHL Fan Fair at the Greater Columbus Convention Center starting this Friday.

Collectors that choose to participate in the festivities will be pleased to find Upper Deck among the exhibitors in attendance and the company recently revealed their plans for three special redemption programs.

Fans purchasing qualifying Upper Deck products at the Dave & Adam’s Cardworld or Cardiacs booths can bring their wrappers to a company representative and participate in the redemption programs. Find out what products you will need to buy after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Premier

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A hobby favorite is coming back again later this season after a long hiatus as 2014-15 Upper Deck Premier is set to make its way to card shops and deliver some memorable hits.

Scheduled for a mid-May release, Premier will be issued in seven-card tins that breaks down into one Acetate Rookie Auto Patch, two base cards and four autograph or memorabilia cards. The company recently released details regarding what collectors can expect to find in packs and there will be a lot of excitement over the Mega Patches with jumbo 1.75″ X 2.75″ game-worn patch pieces and the throwback Super Rookie Premier Collection Rookie Auto Patches that utilize a popular design from the 2002-03 season.

With plenty of strong rookie, patch and autograph content, this may be a big hit with those that love super-premium products and you can find out more about 2014-15 Upper Deck Premier after the jump. Read More »

Upper Deck Gets Funny In New Packs To The People

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Packs To The People is back again and going where it has never been before.

In the newest episode, Upper Deck pays a visit to the Spectacles Improv Engine, an Orange County-based comedy theatre company, and makes the cards part of the show. Host Andrew Long gets the troop members to check out 2014-15 Upper Deck Hockey Series One and the audience members also have a chance to bust some packs.

Upper Deck posted the video last night on their YouTube channel and collectors can now see some of the highlights of what was pulled by some members of the crowd that evening.

First Look: 2015 Leaf Best of Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Buyback products have gathered a strong following in the hobby in recent years and Leaf Trading Cards has been one of the leaders among manufacturers in bringing these releases to store shelves. Back in 2013, the company issued its first Best of Hockey effort and it is back again with a new twist for 2015.

Instead of a one-of-one sketch card being placed into packs this time, Leaf has decided to make the most of its partnership with In The Game and will be putting one card from a past release into packs of 2015 Leaf Best of Hockey instead. Considering the vast array of memorabilia cards that the company produced over the years, the odds are strong of pulling an excellent piece featuring some of biggest names from the past and present. The foil stamp will indicate that these are one-of-one cards as well. Read More »

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

Every Wednesday throughout the rest of the NHL season we will select our three Hobby Stars of the Week and provide a run down of why collectors should notice them. Below are the hobby stars for the past week.

David Backes, C, St. Louis Blues
Last week, Backes was on fire as he led the league with five goals and eight points in three games to help push the Blues to wins in each of the games. His week started strong in the desert where he netted four straight goals against the Coyotes making a bit of history as no player has done that against any team since Ilya Kovalchuk accomplished the feat in November 2005. The Blues center then went on to finish the week with two more strong performances against the Sharks and Hurricanes racking up multi-points in both of those games as well. Important to note that Backes only has three rookies to be had and 129 autos, so if he continues to heat up sellers may be seeking a premium soon.

Cards to Grab:
2006-07 Ultimate Collection #93 RC/699 ($15)
2006-07 Hot Prospects #186 RC/1999 ($10)
2011-12 SP Game Used Significance/25 #XSIGBS ($30)

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Slated to be hitting your local card store in April, 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces marks the return of a hobby favorite that many feared had become a one-hit wonder since it had not returned since its impressive 2008-09 debut. The original issue was lauded for its strong selection of autographs and eye-catching parallels and collectors were expecting it to become a regular part of the company’s roster of releases.

Now loaded up with plenty of original artwork and the guarantee that every autograph is signed on-card and each memorabilia piece is game-used, Masterpieces has the potential to be a major hit.

What will collectors find in 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Second Wave Of Upper Deck Overtime Coming Soon

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

There’s nothing like receiving a bonus pack of cards when purchasing a box from your local dealer and hockey collectors have been able to once again Upper Deck‘s Overtime program once again this season. Split up into three waves, the second group of packs is almost ready to hit the hobby.

Only available from GTS in the United States and Universal Distribution in Canada, dealers that pre-ordered boxes of 2014-15 Upper Deck Trilogy, 2014-15 SP Game-Used and 2014-15 SPx will get special four-card early bird packs to distribute to their customers when they purchase one of these products. One of the cards in the pack will be a Rookie Review insert exclusive to advance buyers. Those that order after the product is released will receive a different version has three cards inside instead. Read More »

Upper Deck To Make Rob Zepp Young Guns Card

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Even though he is not truly considered a rookie by NHL standards, Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Rob Zepp will be receiving a Young Guns card in 2014-15 Upper Deck Series 2 once it hits store shelves in late February.

On December 21, Zepp took to the ice for the first time as the Flyers visited the Winnipeg Jets. At the age of 33, he became the oldest freshman NHL netminder to earn their first victory in their debut. His odyssey to the pro ranks was certainly a lengthy one – but this card won’t be the first that the company has put him on. Back in 2000-01, he was heavily featured in that year’s Upper Deck CHL Prospects set as a member of the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. Read More »

Gallery: 2014-15 Upper Deck SP Game-Used Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Expected on store shelves in a little over a week, 2014-15 Upper Deck SP Game-Used Hockey has an all-new configuration this season that may prove to be a success with collectors. With five cards in each box which includes four or five autograph or memorabilia hits.

Upper Deck gave hobbyists an extensive preview of what they can expect to find yesterday via social media. One of the biggest changes to the product is the fact that each veteran and rookie base card is limited to the depicted player’s jersey number and the last one in that run will be a one-of-one autograph for over 100 different NHL stars or prospects. The presence of significant game-used memorabilia pieces from such league events as outdoor games and the Stanley Cup Finals also provides collectors with a direct connection to when the memorabilia on the card was used.

What else can be found in boxes of 2014-15 Upper Deck SP Game-Used Hockey? Read on after the jump. Read More »

McDavid leading pack in Hockey Canada auction

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship will be heading into its final matchup on Monday evening as Canada is set to face Russia in what could prove to be a fine conclusion to the annual tournament. The Canadians, led by already-drafted talent like Sam Reinhart, Curtis Lazar and Zach Fucale along with potential first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Connor McDavid, are looking to end their gold medal drought on home ice and will have a nation’s eyes upon them. Hockey Canada, in partnership with eBay Canada, is auctioning off a wide selection of game-used jerseys and equipment and the action for these items has been quite intense in recent days.

Leading the pack, as expected, is a game-used sweater from McDavid which was worn during a pre-competition game against Sweden on December 21 and a round robin battle with Germany six days later. On Sunday evening, bidding had reached an impressive $17,800 CDN with over three days left before the hammer drops. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the most popular hockey card releases each season has traditionally come under the O-Pee-Chee banner and Upper Deck is taking the collector favorite to a new level in April with the debut of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum.

With every card printed on chromium stock, this product will certainly evoke memories of when Topps owned the brand in years past and issued their Chrome version that was well-received by collectors. The company has also stated that every autograph in the product is signed on-card and the presence of strong rookie and veteran autograph content along with compelling inserts and parallels is bound to help this one become a hit.

What can be found in packs of 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey? Find out after the jump. Read More »

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

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

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

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

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

Sunday Conversation: Dave Reid

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

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

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck ICE

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

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

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

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

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck AHL Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

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

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

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

Beckett Gift Guide: Hockey Books

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

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

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

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

Panini Reveals Boxing Day Promo Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

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

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

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

First Pricing: 2014-15 Black Diamond Hockey

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

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

For complete first pricing for 2014-15 Black Diamond, access your Beckett OPG account or sign-up here for a new subscription:

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Sunday Conversation: Upper Deck’s Grant Sandground

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

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

National Hockey Card Day Is Back Again In 2015

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

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

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

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

Sunday Conversation: Chris Chelios

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

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

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

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