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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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Preview Gallery: Panini unveils autographed eye candy from 2011-12 Elite, Playoff Contenders

 

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor

In a two-birds-with-one-stone kind of way, Panini America revealed answers to its Guess the Autograph contest by way of a 28-image signature gallery over the weekend.

Using pieces from 2011-12 Elite and Playoff Contenders, the manufacturer provided an answer key to the NHL Playoffs-inspired promotion and previewed some soon-to-release autographed eye candy, to boot. Let’s have a look.
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Strange Brew: Panini partners with Molson for Interactive Stanley Cup set

By Andrew Tolentino | Hockey Editor | Commentary

Free hockey cards AND beer? Take off, hoser.

Koo roo koo koo koo koo koo koo! The marketing gurus at Molson Canadian have partnered with Panini America to offer a trio of Canadian classics that would make Bob and Doug McKenzie’s heads spin. Read More »

First look: 2012 Upper Deck All-Time Greats Sports Edition

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

The best of the best. The greatest athletes of generations are making their way into an Upper Deck set featuring men and women at the top of their games.

Upper Deck was very select in picking the athletes to appear in 2012 All-Time Great Sports Edition. Just 20 superstars made the cut.

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Box Busters: 2011-12 ITG Captain-C hockey cards

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Join Beckett Hockey’s Andrew Tolentino and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2011-12 ITG Captain-C boxes in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First look: 2011-12 ITG Between the Pipes

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

In The Game is having a party where all hockey collectors are invited.

The company is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of Between the Pipes, a product featuring the best goalies in the history of the game.

“This collection has always featured many of the best goaltenders around and it has evolved over time,” ITG said in a release. “It was a landmark for hobbyists as it was the first stand-alone product that was devoted to protectors of the crease and had a great mix of autographs and game-used memorabilia as well.”

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Your take: CBS News segment examines ‘dying’ baseball card industry (take our polls)

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

CBS News examined what it calls a dying baseball card industry during a four-minute, 49-second feature on Sunday.

It included interviews with an author, a show promotor, a dealer-collector and vintage dealer “Mr. Mint” Alan Rosen.

We want to know what you think after you watch it with our questions after the jump. Please leave a comment if you’d like to say more.

Update: Panini America did not take the story lightly.

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Ripping Retail Retro: 1981-82 O-Pee-Chee hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Andrew Tolentino as he hosts Reed Kasaoka of Baseball Card Exchange (bbcexchange.com) for a retro pack break of 1981-81 O-Pee-Chee hockey packs in this latest episode of Ripping Retail.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

What should they rip next week? Tell us below …

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“Day with the Cup” insert back in 2011-12 Upper Deck Hockey Series 2

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

One of the popular inserts from the first installment of 2011-12 Upper Deck Hockey is back for Series 2.

The card company worked with members of the Hockey Hall of Fame to get pictures of the Stanley-Cup winning Boston Bruins as they enjoyed their day with the Cup.

No hot tubs this time, but several of the Bruins took the Stanley Cup to interesting places. Series 2 features 11 new additions to join the 14 subjects from Series 1.

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Hobby Q&A: ‘Ball Boys’ Executive Producer Shawn Witt discusses reality show debut

Robbie's First Base is the setting for a reality TV show that debuts next Saturday afternoon on ABC.

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

While many collectors can walk into a hobby shop any day of the week, many others might get their first glimpses — at least in a long time — when Ball Boys debuts on ABC next Saturday afternoon.

Yep, it’s a reality TV show set in a hobby shop.

The location for the show is Robbie’s First Base, a shop in Timonium, Md., a suburb of Baltimore, which has been in business since 1989. It’s owned by Robbie Davis Sr., who works with his 30-year-old son, Robbie Jr., along with employees Shaggy and Sweet Lou.  The first two episodes of the show, which is from the producers of Pawn Stars, will air beginning at 3 p.m. Eastern on March 24.

Although you can read our previous story by clicking here, We caught up with Executive Producer Shawn Witt to get a few more basics about the show in this exclusive Q&A.

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