The world's most trusted source in collecting
Posted on November 13, 2013 – 10:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013 Fall Expo, 2013 Toronto Fall Expo, hockey, In The Game, NHL, Panini America, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
The 2013 Fall Sportscard & Memorabilia show wrapped up this weekend.
Upper Deck, Panini America and In The Game were in attendance, giving away prizes to collectors and showing off their products.
With more than 100 hundred dealers on, there was something there for just about everyone.
Check out the photo gallery below of highlights from the 2013 Fall Expo.
Read More »
Posted on November 12, 2013 – 5:07 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Gaming, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | Beckett Media survey, Beckett Updates | Comments (12)
Please help us learn about your collecting habits by taking this 18-question survey.
1. Where do you buy trading cards (pick all that apply)
2. Where do you get your hobby news from? (pick all that apply)
See the rest of the questions … after the jump.
Posted on November 12, 2013 – 10:52 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Beckett Updates, Chatter Up, Facebook chat | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds for this week’s Chatter Up over on the Beckett Media Facebook page on Wednesday night at 8:30 Central. Thanks to Upper Deck for this week’s prizes, which will go out to active chatters during the two-hour session.
Click here to find the image above and leave an early comment there if you can’t make it — also look for the early bird question now for a shot at a prize.
If you can’t make the chat, be back on the page next week.
Posted on November 12, 2013 – 10:29 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2013 Fall Expo, 2013-14 Panini Select Hockey, Beckett Updates, Cardboard Connection Radio, Panini America | Comments (3)
Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013-14 Panini Select Hockey with special guest, David Wright from Cardboard Connection Radio. Look for cameos made by Panini America folks while at the 2013 Fall Expo in Toronto.
Posted on November 11, 2013 – 11:31 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | 50 cards, 50 states, Alabama, Bear Bryant, Nick Saban | Comments (13)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
It seemed like a simple idea — pick a sports card that is symbolic for each of the 50 states, a star who is known as the best of the best for that area when it comes to collecting.
It turned out to be a bigger challenge than I thought. Do you choose who is most collectable? Most memorable? Who comes to mind first? You know, it’s pretty hard picking cardboard icons.
Take Alabama, for example. Do you pick a coaching icon who still defines plenty in the football-crazed state — a Paul “Bear” Bryant? Or do you pick his modern-day equivalent in Nick Saban? Or do you pick one of the Crimson Tide’s star players – a list that includes a who’s who of NFL greats such as Joe Namath, Bart Starr, Ken Stabler, Ozzie Newsome, Don Hutson, John Hannah, Dwight Stephenson, Cornelius Bennett, Derrick Thomas, Shaun Alexander … and that’s just pre-Saban. (And that’s just the Crimson Tide.) Or, do you look at Bo Jackson or Frank Thomas at Auburn? Or maybe Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Satchel Paige and many others who don’t have school ties — but are all-time greats and from the state?
For the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly, The Collecting USA Issue, we’ll present our picks for a card representing every state. But, for now, it’s your turn to choose right here — pick from the greatest (focus on sports with cardboard) athletes with ties to each of the 50 states.
Picking a cool or memorable card after you pick a player? Well, that’s another story.
Make your picks … after the jump. (And be sure to add any comments you may have below, too.)
Posted on November 11, 2013 – 3:18 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Boxing, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Soccer | Amy Purdy, Broder, Dream Team, Impel, Jim Abbott, Jim McKay, Lindsey Vonn, Lolo Jones, Mark McGwire, Michael Jordan, Muhammad Ali, Olympics, Panini America, Sochi, Topps, Upper Deck, USA Baseball, USA Basketball, USA Football, USA Hockey, USA Soccer, Winter Olympics, WWE | Comments (8)
The Winter Olympics are less than 100 days away and those waiting for the arrival of the only fully licensed Olympic trading cards have an even shorter wait.
And that means the latest batch of athletes aspiring to become medal winners and household names will have their first autographs and trading cards — cards that may resonate well with non-collectors and generate cash for some savvy wheelers and dealers once things heat up this February in Sochi, Russia.
Topps‘ 2014 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Team & Hopefuls arrives on Nov. 20 including some of the big names you likely know from past years and others you might not such as Amy Purdy, a member of the US Paralympic Snowboarding Team. Purdy, above and seen holding her upcoming Topps card, lost both of her legs below the knee at age 19. (Check out her story here.)
With all of the collecting potential to be found with the latest arrival sporting the Red, White and Blue, we figured the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly would be a good chance to examine a bit more about Collecting USA — the hot spots, the interesting cards and more from Olympic-focused sets and other releases that are of note or touch on the stars from all 50 states. As part of that, here’s the latest 20 Questions with a focus on Olympic cards of all types.
1. Which sports have you bought Team USA cards for? (select all that apply)
2. Which past or present Winter Olympians' autos from the new Topps set interest you the most? (Pick your top five)
See the rest of this month’s questions … after the jump.
Posted on November 11, 2013 – 12:02 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | Defending the Blue Line, DTBL, hockey, hockey charity, NHL, Upper Deck, Veterans Day | Comments (1)
One thing I’ve noticed as a collector is how much military personnel and veterans enjoy trading cards.
I’ve been to hobby shops where military members come home from being overseas and love opening cards. Perhaps it’s the first time they are opening cards in a decade, or they’re taking a free moment while on leave to do enjoy their hobby.
This Veterans Day, Upper Deck has donated 6,000 packs of new NHL cards to Defending the Blue Line, a charity that helps children of military members participate in hockey.
Posted on November 9, 2013 – 11:00 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Golf, Hockey | 2013 Fall Expo, Fall Sports Expo, Mel Wolff, Upper Decl | Comments (2)
Upper Deck gathered fans at its booth on Friday night at the Fall Sports Expo.
It was ready to give away prizes for a free raffle, which included uncut sheets, hobby boxes and autograph cards. But in the few moments before the raffle, Upper Deck recognized a longtime dealer Mel Wolff who passed away recently.
Upper Deck did it by what it does best – making a trading card of him.
Posted on November 9, 2013 – 9:04 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2013 Fall Expo, Panini America | Comments (45)
Beckett Hockey editor Susan Lulgjuraj opened several Panini America Fall Expo wrapper redemption packs. She pulled some nice cards, including an autograph.
Watch the video to see how you can win the autograph!
Posted on November 8, 2013 – 10:03 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013 Fall Expo, NHL, Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, Toronto Fall Expo | Comments (0)
I attended my first Fall Expo a year ago, essentially standing in hockey card heaven.
However, I was told by many Expo veterans that it was a light show. The NHL Lockout was in full swing and no one knew at the time when the NHL would be back.
I heard how much fun the Expo would be and just how crazy it will get. And if you love hockey, this is the place to be.
But this Fall Expo should be crazier.