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Panini announces NSCC event for high-rollers

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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Upper Deck reveals more in SP Authentic

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.

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Panini offers trades for redemptions at NSCC

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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First look: In the Game’s Forever Rivals

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

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.

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ITG’s Price talks Broad Street Boys

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

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.

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Panini teases its National VIP set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Upper Deck readies NSCC wrapper redemption

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Panini releases auto SPs in 2011-12 Titanium hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

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)

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First look: 2011-12 Panini America Dominion Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

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.

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Upper Deck unveils its NSCC VIP card set

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 Panini Rookie Anthology

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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 …

First Look: 2012-13 Score Hockey

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 …

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Panini previews 2012 NHL Draft Swag

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

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.

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Are you a SuperCollector? We want your info!



By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

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 beckettsupercollector@gmail.com the following information:

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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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