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Sports Card Album aims to be the photosharing app for card collectors

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

What happens when there isn’t an app you want?

Some people go out and create one.

That’s what Sergio Dubois did when photosharing software wasn’t what he needed for his card collection. Instead of being able to see a full card, sites were only allowing thumbnail images or cutting off pictures so users couldn’t see full cards.

Dubois decided to do something about it. He paid a friend who is a developer to create a program that suited his needs. In the end, he got Sports Card Album.

The process started nearly one year ago. It launched with a free website where users joined in a beta program to work through the glitches to get the working site ready. On Tuesday, Sports Card Album launched an iPhone app. An Android app is in the works.

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Companies prepare promo cards for 2014 Industry Summit

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The four-day 2014 Industry Summit begins on Sunday with dealers, card companies, distributors and licensors heading to Las Vegas to discuss the hobby.

There are seminars and breakout sessions and meetings. This is a chance for companies to explain what they plan on doing over the next few months, giving dealers a preview of what’s to come.

But one of the biggest things people get out of the Industry Summit is swag. Dealers get promo cards and items from different companies. Many of these items carry a premium and dealers can sell them to recoup the cost of going to the Summit or throw it in their collection.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 Totally Certified Hockey

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Beckett Hockey editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013-14 Totally Certified Hockey.

Box Busters: 2013-14 SPx Hockey cards

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Beckett Hockey editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013-14 SPx Hockey by Upper Deck.

Did Upper Deck include an unlisted parallel in Series 2 Hockey?

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Sometimes checklists don’t tell the whole story for a trading card set.

Upper Deck may have included at least one parallel in Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey that is not included on the checklist – Young Guns acetate parallels.

A few collectors and dealers found the stealthy hit on the first day of the release.

There are Young Guns Exclusives (numbered to 100), High Gloss or Spectrum (numbered to 10), Printing Plates (1-of-1) parallels, and Canvas Young Guns inserts on the CL, but no mention of the acetate cards.

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Your Turn: What’s your favorite sports card error or variation?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

People make mistakes.

If you study the entire history of sports cards, you can easy see that this simple statement holds true. From tobacco cards to today’s releases, there are often mistakes that are made as human beings prepare our cardboard.

Sometimes the mistakes are on purpose — we’ll see some of those as homages to 1965 Topps when 2014 Topps Heritage arrives later this week — but most of the time they are not. For myself, seeing two versions of the same sports card side by side have always had a kind of mystifying effect as a collector. I’m not one to hunt through 5,000-count boxes to find new mistakes, but I am one to always stop and look to see which version of a card have if I know it has an error and a variation. (Basic lesson: A variation card is created when an error is corrected — and sometimes that spawns more than two cards. Typically, the rarer version will sell for more.)

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be revisiting errors and variations as something different for collectors of all sports to chew on — something that’s partly in the past, partly in the present but completely fun. (At least to some of us.)

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First look: 2013-14 Contenders Hockey

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The last edition of Contenders Hockey will come out in late March.

Panini America announced 2013-14 Contenders Hockey over the weekend, and showed off one of its final NHL-licensed trading card sets in the last year of its NHL, NHLPA contract.

Contenders will contain 18 packs in every box with five cards in each pack. There will be at least four autographs in every box.

Contenders is known for its Rookie Tickets and Panini will ensure that is in the forefront of the last Contenders release. Up to 125 Rookie Ticket signers will be included with rare photo variations

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Upper Deck releases Young Guns checklist for Series 2

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck Series 2 is scheduled to release next week with the second half of the Young Guns Rookie Cards.

The Series 2 checklist includes Aleksander Barkov, Brendan Gallagher and Martin Jones. The checklist features 50 new Rookies Cards.

The most popular Young Guns from the first series included Nathan MacKinnon, Alex Galchenyuk, Tomas Hertl, Nail Yakupov, Seth Jones and Sean Monahan.

Here’s a complete Young Guns Series 2 checklist:

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Collectors, dealers react to exclusive hockey card agreement

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck’s exclusive trading card deal with the NHL and NHLPA, which was announced Thursday, drew a range of reactions from collectors and dealers. Some are intrigued to see what Upper Deck will do, while others enjoyed the competition in the marketplace with Panini America.

“I’m very excited to see Upper Deck back as a major card company again with an exclusive license,” said collector Mitch Kalman of Herndon, Va. “They have been an innovator of technology dating back to the early ‘90s with holograms, booklets, etc. Upper Deck brings a lot of great ideas to the industry.”

Not all collectors were as optimistic as Kalman. Upper Deck and Panini shared the marketplace over the past four years. Panini brought brands such as Score and Crown Royale back while adding Prime and Dominion.

“I don’t think an exclusive or monopoly is a good thing for consumers in any business, no matter who controls it,” said Wayne Frazer of The IceBox Cards and Collectibles in Barrie, Ontario. “I have no issue with Upper Deck ‘winning’ over Panini — I was rooting for both to continue rather than just one.”

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NHLPA’s Adam Larry discusses exclusive trading card deal with Upper Deck

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

When Upper Deck, the NHL and NHLPA announced an exclusive trading card deal on Thursday, many collectors wondered why.

The NHL has been a two-company league for the past four years with UD and Panini America.

However, one of the biggest reasons is that handling one company is easier than dealing with multiple entities, cutting the maintenance in half while still maintaining an acceptable level on cards. While years and money were not disclosed, the NHL and NHLPA likely wouldn’t cut into their revenue by 50 percent by eliminating one of their partners.

Adam Larry, NHLPA Director of Licensing, thnks that early on there will be less products after a Double Rookie Class year. However, Upper Deck will determine the exact amount of products that will be created — which Upper Deck has not yet determined.

“Of the benefits, one of the big ones is being able to control number of products a little better,” Larry told Beckett Media. “One of the things we were hearing is there was probably a little too much product out there right now.”

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Upper Deck, the NHL and NHLPA announce exclusive trading card deal


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The NHL, NHLPA and Upper Deck have entered into an exclusive trading card deal.

The deal, announced by Upper Deck today, will take effect next season for multiple years, but the length of the deal with not disclosed.

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Henrik Lundqvist’s Stadium Series helmet up for auction

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The helmet New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist wore during the Stadium Series is up for auction through Steiner Sports.

The helmet features images of New York Yankees stars Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio and Lou Gehrig.

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Leaf, ITG apparently not invited to the Industry Summit

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

With the Industry Summit less than a month away, it seems two vendors from last year’s meet up will not be in attendance.

Leaf Trading Cards and In The Game Inc., will not have booths set up.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 SeReal’s KHL hockey trading cards

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Watch as Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of KHL hockey trading cards by SeReal.

Initial Spring Expo signers include hockey favorites and WWE legend

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

Canada’s most popular sports card show announced its initial autograph signings for the Spring Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo.

Names include some of Philadelphia Flyer favorites, recent Calgary stars and a WWE Legend.

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Upper Deck releases checklist for 2013-14 NHL Artifacts rookie redemptions

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

The checklist is ready for Upper Deck’s 2013-14 NHL Artifacts Rookie Redemptions.

Upper Deck released Artifacts last September before the official Double Rookie Class could be included on cards. That means this year’s rookies such as Nathan MacKinnon and Tomas Hertl were kept out of the product – initially.

But collectors knew that the Artifact rookie redemptions would be good for those players. Sure enough the checklist includes MacKinnon, Hertl, Calgary’s Sean Monahan, Florida’s Aleksander Barkov and Winnipeg’s Jacob Trouba.

See below for a full checklist of unsigned and signed Rookie Redemptions from Artifacts.

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Your Turn: What concerns you the most about collecting vintage cards?


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

When it comes to collecting vintage cards, it’s no secret that it’s a different animal despite the simplicity of yesteryear’s cardboard.

Counterfeits, trimmed cards, awful printing and cutting jobs are among the obstacles when it comes to finding your key card — if you can find it at all. Then, of course, there are other debates — do you buy graded, do you buy high-grade cards or durable beaten-down copies that you can afford?

Of course, that’s presuming you can find the cards at all.

For the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’ll be looking at notable names as well as fun and interesting cards all of the vintage variety (by Beckett definition, that’s 1980 and before). As part of that issue, we’d like to know your thoughts on collecting vintage and we’ll share a sampling of your thoughts left here in the magazine.

So, all that said …

What concerns you the most about collecting vintage cards?

What do you like about vintage cards?

What makes vintage cards an attractive collecting niche in your mind?

Tell us what you think on those three points — and tell us whatever else is on your mind when it comes to these cards in the comments below.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazines. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at colds@beckett.com. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

First look: 2013-14 In The Game- Used

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor

In The Game is bringing back a former product. The Canadian card company is releasing 2013-14 In The Game-Used, 10 years after the original.

The product will feature four cards, all with game-used memorabilia. Each box will have four game-used memorabilia cards: a Single, Double, Triple and Quad Game-Used Memorabilia cards.

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Box Busters: 2013-14 SP Game Used Edition hockey cards

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Beckett Hockey’s Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013-14 SP Game Used Edition. Watch the video to see what she pulled.

Box Busters: 2013-14 Heroes & Prospects by In The Game

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Watch as Beckett Hockey’ Susan Lulgjuraj opens a box of 2013-14 In The Game Heroes & Prospects.