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Lord Stanley cut autograph coming to ITG’s Superlative Hockey 3

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Punching in “Lord Stanley” in the Beckett database reveals just 41 cards with his name on it.

By the end of the year, there should at least one more. In The Game will release Superlative Hockey 3 in November in time for the Fall Expo with a cut autograph of Lord Stanley of Preston.

It will be the 10th cut auto to hit the market since 2001-02 SP Game Used.

However, the cut autograph is just one of the highlights in Superlative Hockey 3, which has been two years in the making.

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FIRST LOOK: 2012-13 Upper Deck Hockey Series 1

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hockey fans are gearing up for another installment of Young Guns.

Upper Deck Series 1 hits the shelves in November with one of the most popular series for Rookie Cards in the sport.

Young Guns will fall at an average rate of six cards per 24-pack hobby box. Each eight-card pack will have two to three inserts. Some other items collectors can get include parallels, jersey cards and canvas cards.

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Your Turn (HK 242): Who do you think is a future hockey legend?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

In an upcoming issue of Beckett Hockey, we’re looking at legends of the game.

All the notables will be there with Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and Bobby Orr.

However, there are few things we want to know from you – the collector.

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Your Turn (BSCM 331): Show your school colors … who do you collect?

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

In an upcoming issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re going to explore the world of college collecting.

While we haven’t yet ironed out all of the items we’ll have inside The College Issue — there are lots of options — one thing we know we do want is to hear from you. We want to know a few things about how your school ties tie into what you collect and how you collect.

I finished my college days at the University of Alabama — a school that has produced many Hall of Famers on the gridrion (both college and pro), produced quite a few MLB and NBA stars, and even some stars in the literary and media world. My collection is all over the map from my days down there — and it’s a collection with plenty of variety beyond just the football greats. (I’ll have plenty to potentially write about in that issue.)

But that’s for later. We want to know about your college collecting habits.

Give us your name and location and answer the following questions … we’ll run a selection of the most-interesting answers in the issue.

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Upper Deck offers wrapper redemption program for O-Pee-Chee hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hockey card season is here, and Upper Deck’s first product is 2012-13 O-Pee-Chee, which comes out in just a week.

Canadian collectors get a special surprise for grabbing the newest product, which happens to have a 600-card base set. Upper Deck is having a wrapper redemption program for OPC.

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Prime Hockey shows off its patches

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Panini America had a unique way of showing off cards from one of its newest products. The company strategically placed patches together from 2011-12 Prime Hockey to make them look like one big patch.

But they aren’t. It’s anywhere from six to 16 cards put together.

For those out there who are completists, try to control the urge.

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AT THE NATIONAL: Forget me not … tales from the bargain bins

 By Ben Aguirre Jr. | Contributing Writer | Commentary

BALTIMORE | “Everything over here is $1 or $2, and everything over there is 50 cents,” one dealer says.

“And if you pick out a lot, I’ll give you a good deal.”

That was an actual selling point one dealer was shouting Friday as he was drawing customers to his booth to dig through the various so-called bargain boxes.

In reality, words to this effect are fairly common place at sports card shows such as the National Sports Collectors Convention.  There are bargain bins at just about every other dealer booth.

And to me, those selling points are music to my ears.

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The National can be overwhelming to first-timers

By Ben Aguirre | Contributing Writer | Commentary

BALTIMORE — Where do I start?

No, seriously. Where do I start?

That’s the question I asked myself Thursday when I walked into the Baltimore Convention Center for my first day of the 33rd National Sports Collectors Convention.

I walked through the door, saw one booth and then another, and then a dozen more. And the room kept going like this several times over like some sort of funny carnival mirror.

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AT THE NATIONAL: Your Beckett starter kit

If you’re heading to the National Sports Collectors Convention tonight, this week or this weekend, one thing’s for certain — there will be plenty to see.

To help, we suggest picking up a copy of the August issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly for more about the show — available now at hobby shops and selected bookstores or available at the Beckett booth. (If you attend using a VIP package, look inside your bag for exclusive discounts on grading, books, magazines, OPGs and more from Beckett while at the show.)

To help you even more, you can see all of our previous stories about this year’s show after the jump — and be sure to look for more right here on Beckett.com and via our editors’ Twitter accounts @chrisolds2009, @yanxchick as well as contributors @cardboardicons and @dgood73 during the show.

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First look: In The Game’s History of Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

In The Game’s hockey products have been around for more than a decade. Now, Dr. Brian Price is bringing together a product that highlights its past with History of Hockey.

There are just four cards in each box: a memorabilia card, a PSA/DNA certified autograph, a Rookie Card and a buyback.

ITG hasn’t released dates or pricing yet, but there are plenty of pictures and early information about History of Hockey for hockey collectors.

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Get your hands on Tracy Hackler at the NSCC

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

From the Tongue-Firmly-in-Cheek File …

Just in case you’ve ever wanted to get your hands on Panini America‘s Tracy Hackler, you now have your chance at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

No, he’s not auditioning opponents for inside the Octagon. No, he’s not holding arm-wrestling contests at the company booth (that we know of) — but watch out, he’ll test positive for Monster and Jack Links beef jerky so if you want to take your chances on a reversed decision …

Instead? Well …

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Hockey’s turn for Ultimate’s 1997 Legends autos

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Over the last several years, Upper Deck’s Ultimate Collection has been inserted with the 1997 Legends autograph subset. The checklist is filled with some of the great players in the respective sports.

Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson in basketball. Brett Favre and Dan Marino in football – just to name a few.

This year’s Ultimate Collection kicks off a three-year cycle with hockey of the 1997 Legends autographs with 30 players in each release. The product comes out next week.

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Newest Ultimate Collection arrives next week

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Even during the dead heat of this summer, there are many collectors looking forward to the days when the air cools and ice arenas become a popular hang out.

Upper Deck is getting hockey fans in the mood when its latest release comes out next week – 2011-12 Ultimate Collection.

While on the high-end scale, Ultimate is a favorite among collectors with high-caliber autographs and sharp designs. Ultimate is scheduled to arrive on Aug. 7 with pre-orders around $100 a box.

Collectors will get one pack per box with four cards including an autograph, a Rookie Card, a base card and a memorabilia card, on average.

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ESPN’s Mint Condition talks The National


ESPN’s “Mint Condition” catches up with Mike Berkus of the National Sports Collectors Convention to discuss next week’s show in Baltimore.

Mastro, Allen indicted on fraud charges

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Sports auction house executives Bill Mastro and Doug Allen were indicted by a federal grand jury in Chicago on Wednesday on charges of fraud for allegations that include auction manipulation and, in the case of Mastro, altering one of the hobby’s most-famous baseball cards, the PSA 8 T206 Honus Wagner that has sold for $2.8 million.

Mastro, the founder of defunct Mastro Auctions which closed in 2009, faces one count of mail fraud. Allen, who was the president of Mastro before it closed and is now president of Legendary Auctions, faces 14 counts. Another former Mastro executive now with Legendary, Mark Theotikos, faces six. According to a New York Daily News report, the maximum penalty for the charges is 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

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Panini America NSCC wrapper redemption to include plates, cracked ice … and Bryce Harper



By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Panini America‘s plans for its wrapper redemption program for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention have not yet been fully revealed with the start of the event just 10 days away.

What’s known so far? The Texas-based company is bringing printing plates and cracked ice to the show as part of its show at the show in Baltimore Aug. 1-5.

While the company is promising more info later today, its first offering will be printing plates from various box designs from its products this year. These items will be found via instant-win redemption cards in the bonus packs opened at the show. (Collectors who open a certain number of standard Panini packs will receive a show pack in return, which will have exclusive show-only cards along with other bonuses.)

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Box Busters: 2011-12 SP Authentic hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dan Hitt and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2011-12 SP Authentic cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

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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