Posted on July 18, 2012 – 11:10 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | NSCC, Panini America, The National | Comments (13)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Are you planning to spend some big bucks on wax at the National Sports Collectors Convention?
If so, Panini America wants to see you … in the VIP room.
The Texas-based company announced on Wednesday that it will host an exclusive event for high-rollers at the NSCC on Aug. 4. The Saturday-night event will only be open to those who receive an invitation after they redeem $6,500 worth of Panini Bucks at the company’s booth.
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Posted on July 11, 2012 – 3:19 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2011-12 NHL SP Authentic, Henrik Lundqvist, Upper Deck | Comments (6)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor
When 2011-12 NHL SP Authentic hits the streets tomorrow, some collectors might find extra autographs in their boxes – which might cause a little confusion.
In the newest SP Authentic are cards that were intended for last year’s product, but because the cards came in so late, Upper Deck removed what would have been redemption cards in an effort to reduce the amount of redemptions found in the product, according to a company spokesperson.
The company removed what are now being called 2010-11 SP Authentic Update Autographs and added them to this year’s SP Authentic.
Posted on July 10, 2012 – 5:14 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Panini America, Redemption cards | Comments (6)
If you have any outstanding older redemptions with Panini America, the National Sports Collectors Convention is where you can make a trade.
In short, in Baltimore Aug. 1-5, you can trade and maybe upgrade.
The company announced its trade program on Tuesday. For any redemptions more than four months old totaling a certain amount, a grab bag containing an autograph or memorabilia card of $50, $100 or $200 Beckett value can be obtained via trade. The bags will note which sport they are good for and there is a maximum of $400 in redemptions that can be traded in during the show.
Posted on July 10, 2012 – 4:05 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2012 ITG Forever Rivals, In The Game, Montreal Canadiens, NHL, Toronto Maple Leafs | Comments (2)
One of the greatest rivalries in sports takes place on the ice between the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
About 350 miles separate these NHL franchises, but sometimes even that doesn’t seem like enough. In the Game is celebrating this storied rivalry with a new set scheduled for October – Forever Rivals.
The 100-card base set will feature some of the best current and past players from both teams such as Howie Morenz, Ace Bailey, Carey Price and Dion Phaneuf.
“In The Game has gone to great lengths to produce the first full-out tribute to this long-running battle for the undying loyalty of hockey fans and it will be loaded with some of the most appealing cards the company has produced to date,” the company said in a release.
Posted on July 10, 2012 – 10:09 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | Broad Street Boys, Dr. Brian Price, In The Game, itg, NHL, Philadelphia Flyers | Comments (2)
In the Game’s latest hockey product focuses on a long-time franchise.
Broad Street Boys is all about the Philadelphia Flyers with many of its greatest players featured on autograph or memorabilia cards.
The product sold out from ITG’s warehouse and has had some decent sales on the secondary market. Recently, a 1/1 patch card from the Games to Remember subset with Flyers’ Bobby Clarke, Rick MacLeish, Reggie Leach against the Central Red Army’s Boris Mikhailov, Vladisov Tretiak and Valeri Kharlamov sold for $2,025 on eBay. The game represented on the card was played Jan. 11, 1976.
Some of the other players in Broad Street Boys include Rod Brind’Amour, Jeremy Roenick, Dave Schulz, John Leclair, Eric Lindros, Ron Hextall, Jeff Carter and others (Need a 2011-12 Broad Street Boys checklist or OPG? Click here).
With the success of Broad Street Boys, does ITG plan on producing other sets that focus just on teams – perhaps something from the Original Six? If that’s the case, what teams would you like to see ITG focus on next?
Read a short interview after the jump with ITG’s Dr. Brian Price.
Posted on July 9, 2012 – 4:08 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Andrew Luck, featured, Kyrie Irving, MLBPA, NBA, nfl, NHL, Panini America, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Nugent Hopkins | Comments (1)
Panini America offered the first glimpses at its plans for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention on Monday, teasing four of the six cards it will make available to collectors who purchase a VIP pass to the event.
The cards, created using the Gridiron Kings design of recent years, showcase NBA rookie Kyrie Irving, NFL rookies Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III as well as NHL newcomer Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
Posted on July 3, 2012 – 12:03 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Soccer | autographs, NSCC, The National, Upper Deck, Wrapper Redemption | Comments (5)
Upper Deck unveiled its wrapper redemption program for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention set for Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore and the custom-designed set will include changes at autographs from some of the biggest names on the company’s roster.
Collectors who buy five brands from a Certified Diamond Dealer at the show will receive an UD voucher that is good for a single NSCC pack after those five are opened at the company’s booth.
The eligible products include 2011-12 SP Game-Used, SP Authentic and SPx hockey along with 2011 College Football Legends as well as these 2012 products: Upper Deck football, SPx football, SP Signature Edition baseball and Upper Deck Soccer.
Posted on July 2, 2012 – 3:50 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2011-12 Titanium Hockey, Alexander Ovechkin, hockey, Martin Brodeur, NHL, Panini America, Sidney Crosby | Comments (0)
Have you been looking through your 2011-12 Titanium Hockey cards, trying to figure out which are short-prints.
Sure, maybe some have popped up on eBay in fewer quantities, but how you can be totally sure? Now, it’s easy. Panini America has released a list of autograph short-prints.
Just to make things fun, there are also a few super-short-prints.
See the list of short-prints after the jump (Need a 2011-12 Titanium Hockey OPG or checklist? Click here)
Posted on June 29, 2012 – 3:28 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2011-12 Dominion Hockey, featured, Felix Potvin, Gordie Howe, hockey, NHL, Panini America, Ron Hextall, Ryan Nugent Hopkins, Sidney Crosby | Comments (5)
Panini America is bringing back Dominion for a second year.
The company was impressed by the product’s debut with company spokesperson Tracy Hackler wrote on the Panini blog: “Given last season’s highly decorated debut of as the newest super-premium superstar on the sports collectibles landscape, it would be no stretch at all to call easily one of the most anticipated releases of the season.”
One of the reasons fans could get excited by the release is it marks the debut of Gordie Howe memorabilia in Panini products. Panini announced the signing of “Mr. Hockey” in January.
Posted on June 28, 2012 – 8:01 pm | Author: chrisolds
Basketball, Golf, Hockey, Soccer | landon donovan, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, NSCC, Sidney Crosby, The National, Tiger Woods, Upper Deck, USA Soccer, Wayne Gretzky | Comments (0)
Upper Deck is headed to Baltimore for the National Sports Collectors Convention and it’s bringing along some cards for you.
Well, if you’re a VIP that is.
The company will produce a six-card show-exclusive set for the event set for Aug. 1-5 in Baltimore, and it showcases some of the biggest names in the company’s athlete spokesman stable.
Posted on June 27, 2012 – 4:02 pm | Author: chrisolds
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2011-12 Panini Rookie Anthology, NHL, Panini America | Comments (1)
Join Beckett Hockey’s Dan Hitt, Dave Sliepka and Andrew Tolentino as they rip into a pair of 2011-12 Panini Rookie Anthology boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.
What will they find inside? Watch and find out …
Posted on June 20, 2012 – 11:57 am | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | 2012-13 NHL Season, 2012-13 Score, 2012-13 Score Hockey, featured, Panini America, Rookie Cards | Comments (4)
By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor
It’s official. Panini‘s best bang-for-your-buck hockey brand will hit the streets in early August.
This time around 2012-13 Score Hockey will arrive before the new season, chock full of rookies who skated after the 2012 NHL All Star Game. Here’s the deal on one of the better hobby deals on the market …
Posted on June 19, 2012 – 4:41 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | 2012 NHL Draft, draft, Evgeni Malkin, Mario Lemieux, Panini America, Pittsburgh Penguins, Promo cards, promo sets, Sidney Crosby | Comments (2)
Once again making its presence known at the NHL Draft, Panini America will appear in Pittsburgh later this week with a Penguin-themed plethora.
Yesterday the company revealed a seven-card Pittsburgh Penguins team set and two more commemorative cards that will be available as a part of the on-site wrapper redemption program.
Posted on June 19, 2012 – 12:20 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Golf, Hockey, MMA, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | autographs, Beckett Sports Card Monthly, Beckett Sports Card Monthly supercollector, collecting, featured, mike trout | Comments (3)
Update: CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STEPS ON HOW TO PREPARE YOUR SUBMISSION
We’re going to dedicate an entire issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to SuperCollectors soon — and we want to see your collections.
We’ll pick the most interesting and most outrageous submissions for that issue of the magazine just like the 15 we showcased last summer, but first we need to hear about your stash. Some will make the special issue, while others will appear in the magazines leading up to that issue. (We run SuperCollectors every month.)
As a bonus, all collectors who submit information between now and July 15 will be entered in a drawing for a Mike Trout autographed baseball as well as a hefty six-autograph card seen here. Follow the instructions and submit your stats and story today. We’re showing you all of last year’s submissions so you can see who — and what — made the cut.
We hope you can top them. You don’t have to have the most-expensive collection on the block but it needs to be unique — downright crazy — in some way that it stands out.
Here are your instructions …
Send in an email to email@example.com the following information:
Posted on June 18, 2012 – 11:57 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Boxing, Football, Golf, Hockey | autographs, featured, Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees, NSCC, The National | Comments (5)
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.
Posted on June 12, 2012 – 5:41 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | $10 Card Shop Challenge | Comments (37)
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.
Posted on June 11, 2012 – 10:19 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | 2011-12 Stanley Cup Champions, 2012 Stanley Cup Champions, Championship, Finals, Jonathan Quick, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, NHL, Stanley Cup | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on June 11, 2012 – 4:59 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Boxing, Football, Hockey, MMA, Multisport, Non-Sports, Pro Wrestling, Racing, Soccer | Alvin Harper, Dads, Daryl Johnston, Father's Day, Fathers, Memories, Samaki Walker | Comments (3)
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 »
Posted on May 30, 2012 – 11:30 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Hockey | Beckett Sports Card Monthly, ESPN Mint Condition, Jonathan Quick, Jose Canseco, Josh Hamilton, Kobe Bryant, Manny Ramirez | Comments (2)
The latest ESPN “Mint Condition” segment talks Jose Canseco, hot/cold players, Don Larsen and more.
Posted on May 30, 2012 – 11:08 am | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | 2011-12 Elite Hockey, 2011-12 Panini Contenders, Panini America, Short-Prints, Super Short Prints | Comments (3)
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:
Posted on May 29, 2012 – 3:29 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football, Hockey | 2011-12 Panin Contenders, featured, Panini Contenders, supercollector | Comments (13)
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.
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.)
Posted on May 25, 2012 – 10:50 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Football, Hockey, Pro Wrestling | BGS, COMC, Donruss, Fleer, Jose Canseco, Mailday, Nick Swisher, PSA, Topps, University of Alabama, Upper Deck | Comments (7)
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.
Posted on May 24, 2012 – 10:58 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | autographs, Father's Day, hobby shop, MLBPA, NBA, nfl, NHL, Panini America | Comments (11)
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.
Posted on May 18, 2012 – 2:05 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2011-12 Between the Pipes, 2011-12 ITG Between The Pipes, In The Game | Comments (0)
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.
Posted on May 16, 2012 – 4:11 pm | Author: tolentinotown
Hockey | Beckett Hockey, Goalies, Jonathan Quick, Reader Participation, Stanley Cup Playoffs, Your Turn | Comments (4)
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: