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Category Archives: Hockey

The NSCC: Who’s signing in Baltimore this year?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

We’re presently prepping The Show Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, which will include all the pertinent details about this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention set for Aug. 1-5  in Baltimore, Md.

There will be more than 80 former sports stars will be on hand at this year’s NSCC to sign for fans during the week. Here’s the rundown of who and when and their starting autograph fees for a basic item. (All times are p.m. unless noted with *)

On Friday, the NSCC and TRISTAR, the organizer of the autograph pavilion at the show, announced that New York Yankees relief pitcher and MLB career saves leader Mariano Rivera has been added to the lineup.

See all the signers — and see their starting fees — after the jump.

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Will you take the $10 Card Shop Challenge?

 

 

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s time for another version of the $10 Card Shop Challenge Are you ready? The deadline is Friday, June 15 …

Here is the back story — and the instructions are after the jump.

An after-work card shop visit long ago prompted a challenge to one of my Twitter followers, so I sent another message to the masses curious few who enjoy hearing not much from me 140 characters a time on my Twitter feed. I issued a collecting challenge. It’s time to do it again.

A few replied seeking details, but this time I’m taking it a step further as I want to see what many of you can come up with by hitting your local card shop. (If you don’t have an LCS, hit a retail store.) Call it the $10 Card Shop Challenge.

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Kings claim The Cup: New royalty by the numbers

By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Hockey Editor

For the first time in franchise history, the Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup champions.

As the Staples Center in Los Angeles continues to echo from Monday’s history-maker, the hobby tips its hat to the newly crowned Kings. Under the leadership of head coach and hockey great Darryl Sutter, the Kings dominated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in Game 6. A major victory for a major media market team — a potentially powerful popularity booster for the sport itself.

Using the Beckett.com OPG, let’s take a look at where the latest Cup kissers stand in the hobby right this second. Expect some spikes in the weeks to come.

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How did your dad pass the trading card torch?

By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Unlike many collectors I’ve heard from, my dad and I never had that “passing the torch” moment with a single sports card — or any sports cards for that matter. In fact, short of a microscope, a rock cleaning kit and an army-issued shovel (which may or may not be street legal), he never really gave me any of his personal relics at all.

Do I resent him for that? Absolutely not. How could I?

As much as I’d like to talk about some *Pulp Fiction-esque moment when a Christopher Walken-like figure handed over my father’s cardboard bequest, I just can’t. Even though he never dusted off some old shoebox and handed me some dog-eared heirloom, my dad still helped me find my way as a young collector. (*Explicit language)

With Father’s Day coming up, I’d like to invite collectors to share their dad-related hobby memories, with or without the Hallmark moment. I’ll kick things off with a few of my own. Read More »

Canseco, Larsen on ESPN “Mint Condition”

The latest ESPN “Mint Condition” segment talks Jose Canseco, hot/cold players, Don Larsen and more.

Panini reveals short prints and even shorter short prints for 2011-12 Elite, Contenders Hockey

By Andrew Tolentino

By way of a two-post unveiling, Panini America recently confirmed the rare and rarest of rare short prints in two fan favorites — 2011-12 Elite and Contenders Hockey. The company wrapped up the reveal today  by identifying the SSPs (Super Short Prints)  for both brands, but we’re happy to bring the information to you in one tidy (and lengthy) list.

May the chase continue — but at higher speeds. Be sure to check the Beckett OPG for complete checklists and pricing when it becomes available:

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Panini Contenders + SuperCollector contest

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2011-12 Panini Contenders in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Oh, and how can you win a huge card? Watch the video and follow the instructions at the link below.

Click here to read how to submit your SuperCollector information (any sport).   (You can also find the same info in upcoming issues.)

Olds’ Hobby Mailday: May 25 edition

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If you’re out there exploring the world of collecting online, then there’s one non-traditional — but not unusual — type of video out there you’ll discover.

The “mailday video” where a collector just wants to show off a new find.

With that said, join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds for just that where he shows some of the stuff he’s bought in the last few months of buying on one sports card site.

Why? Just for fun … and, besides, we noticed many of you watched them before.

Panini America set to celebrate Father’s Day

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

First there was Black Friday, now there’s Father’s Day.

Panini America is bringing its hobby-shop holiday formula that it launched last November to the spring — June 17 to be exact.

Father’s Day.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Between the Pipes Hockey

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Beckett Hockey‘s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino tear into a box of goalie-centric 2011-12 Between the Pipes from In The Game. What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

Your turn: The Goalies Issue

We’re focusing on goalies for the upcoming issue of Beckett Hockey and we have a few opportunities for collector participation.

Here’s how you can weigh in and how you might just get to see your name in print:

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Elite Hockey

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Beckett Media’s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino tear into a box of 2011-12 Elite Hockey from Panini America. Watch to see what they get from the rip.

Also, be sure to check out 2011-12 Elite on the Beckett Online Price Guide for a complete checklist and pricing when it becomes available.

Box Busters: 2011-12 SPx Hockey

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Beckett Hockey’s Dan Hitt and Andrew Tolentino rip open a box of 2011-12 SPx Hockey from Upper Deck. What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

Also, be sure to check out 2011-12 SPx on the Beckett Online Price Guide for a complete checklist and pricing when it becomes available.

Broad Street Bullies get their own set from ITG

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

One of the most popular hockey franchises is getting its own trading card set from In The Game.

The Philadelphia Flyers will get a set aptly named set Broad Street Boys – The History of the Philadelphia Flyers Hockey Franchise.

It is scheduled to arrive on June 15.

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A look at Upper Deck’s summer hockey line

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

Lots of things are heating  up this time of year. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are steaming right along in the semifinals. People are firing up their grills for late-spring burger flipping. And the oppressive summer heat is already starting to spike temperatures in Texas.

But in the spirit of keeping cool, Upper Deck hit the hobby with details about its upcoming summer releases, 2011-12 Ultimate Collection and 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee. Put on those Ray Bans, hockey collectors. It’s bright out there.
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TRISTAR will open retail store in Las Vegas

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

TRISTAR is hoping a new venture in Vegas is a jackpot.

The long-running show-promotion and autographed memorabilia company announced on Sunday that it will be opening a new retail store in Las Vegas on May 1 — the TRISTAR Sports Memorabilia Store. It will be located at the Planet Hollywood Resort and will be the largest memorabilia shop on the Strip, according to the company.

“When TRISTAR does something, we do it big and first class,” said Jeffrey Rosenberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of TRISTAR, in a prepared statement. “It will be like walking into a sports Hall of Fame, but instead of just looking, you can take pieces of the experience home with you.”

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Blowout Cards settles court case with Upper Deck

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Blowout Cards has settled its lawsuit against Upper Deck that had alleged that the Carlsbad, Calif.-based card company’s distribution policies introduced last year were illegal under antitrust laws and “manipulated the pricing of its products.”

As a result, The Fantastic Store, Blowout’s retail storefront in Chantilly, Va., has been granted Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer status and can sell the company’s products. Meanwhile, the long-running BlowoutCards.com online storefront does not sell current Upper Deck products at this time.

Beckett Media caught up with Blowout owner Thomas Fish for a quick Q&A about the case and what it might mean for collectors.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 SP Game-Used hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Dan Hitt as they rip into a pair of 2011-12 SP Game-Used boxes from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Need an SP Game-Used Checklist or OPG? Click here.

Your Turn: What are your best memories of collecting in the 1990s? (with polls)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Last year in the pages of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we took a look back at the decade when the hobby as we know it today was born, the 1980s.

This year, we’re taking a look at the decade where the hobby grew up and got complicated … the 1990s.

As part of the upcoming issue, we want to know what you think of the decade — from the 1980s-style overproduced trainwreck sets of the first few years, to the post-strike re-organizing and hobby-revitalizing inclusions such as game-used and certified ink in the later years.

We want to know what your favorites are from that time — any sport, any player, any team. We want to know what you miss. We want to know what you loathe.

We want to know … which players define the 1990s in your mind? We want to know all of that … and more. Tell us what you think and take our polls about the 1990s after the jump.

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First Look: 2011-12 Prime Hockey

 


By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

When the folks at Panini America launch a brand with the word “prime” in the title, they mean it.

On Tuesday, the company gave collectors a look at 2011-12 Prime Hockey. Delivering the industry’s first game-worn helmet decal pieces (Collision Course inserts), sweater lace cards (Prime Ties) and other choice materials, this  product is chock-full of, you guessed it, prime memorabilia.

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