Posted on June 12, 2014 – 10:15 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 Upper Deck MVP, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Sam Tageson, San Jose Sharks, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Hockey Editor
When the San Jose Sharks signed Sam Tageson to a one-day contract in March, people took notice. He was just 17 years old, but he wasn’t a superstar.
Tageson has hypoplastic left heart syndrome, congenital heart defect in which the left ventricle of the heart is severely underdeveloped, and he may need a heart transplant one day. The Sharks signed Tageson with help from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
As though skating out of the huge Shark Head and standing with San Jose during the national anthem in a March game wasn’t enough, Tageson got his own Young Guns card from Upper Deck. The company recently revealed the card to Tageson during a charity event, and a limited number of cards will be placed in 2014-15 MVP Hockey, which is scheduled to come out in August.
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Posted on June 4, 2014 – 9:28 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | Father's Day, Johnny Manziel, Kobe Bryant, Panini America, Panini America Father's Day | Comments (0)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
Panini America’s Father’s Day Promotion is back.
The program began in 2012 with collectors heading to hobby shops to buy Panini products and getting free Father’s Day packs in return. The packs featured exclusive cards and rare parallels.
This year’s offerings include Diamond-embedded cards, Cracked Ice parallels, Green Prizm parallels from 2013 Select Football (numbered to 15), memorabilia and autographs cards.
Posted on June 3, 2014 – 11:47 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Multisport | Beckett Updates, graphic design, jobs, magazine design | Comments (0)
Are you a seasoned publications designer?
Beckett Media is seeking a design editor with extensive deadline experience to design covers, interior features and departments for all five of its monthly titles — Beckett Baseball, Beckett Football, Beckett Basketball, Beckett Hockey and Beckett Sports Card Monthly.
Candidates will need to be able to meet deadlines, handle prepress responsibilities and work flow as they work in conjunction with editors on these five titles.
Please send cover letter, resume, link to work samples and salary requirements to email@example.com.
Posted on June 3, 2014 – 9:26 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Hockey, hockey cards, NHL, O-Pee-Chee, Upper Deck | Comments (4)
O-Pee-Chee is the release for set collectors.
The 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Hockey release will feature a 600-card base set with 32 packs of eight cards in every box.
Each pack will include a Regular Retro Variation card. Every box should have eight Marquee Rookies, eight Marquee Legends, eight Rainbow Foil parallels, 10 OPC Stickers and two OPC V Series A inserts. There will be random Black Border cards (numbered to 100) randomly inserted.
Posted on May 22, 2014 – 12:36 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2014 Draft Prospects, In The Game, Leaf Trading Cards, NHL | Comments (0)
The first product from the joint venture between In The Game and Leaf is getting closer. The companies released preview information on 2014 Draft Prospects, clearly showing off the influences from both companies.
The 2014 NHL Draft will feature many top-rated players such as Sam Reinhart, Sam Bennett, Aaron Ekblad and more. This product should contain most of the top 20-rated prospects for this year’s draft.
Each box will contain just 12 cards with seven base cards, three autographs and two memorabilia cards.
Posted on May 19, 2014 – 10:47 am | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey | 1980 Topps, MLB, Rickey Henderson, Rookie Cards | Comments (36)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary
Do you have one Rookie Card that you just find more interesting than all of the rest? If so, tell us why and we might showcase your answers as part of the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly that’s all about rookies.
For myself, the 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson RC has taken on that spot for me after it being held by the 1986 Donruss Jose Canseco Rated Rookie or his 1983 Fritsch Madison Muskies first minor-league issue for years.
Posted on May 15, 2014 – 11:52 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey | Shadow box, Tiger Woods, UDA, Upper Deck, Upper Deck Authenticated, Wayne Gretzky | Comments (1)
Upper Deck created shadowbox inserts in 2009 SPx Football. The cards incorporated three layers of acetate to create a 3-D look.
It has used these shadowboxes in several products incorporating autographs into the design as well. UD is bringing this element to Upper Deck Authenticated, its autographed memorabilia arm.
The new collectible pieces will measure 16-by-20 inches with a large base that it could be displayed standing up or hung on a wall. Upper Deck will continue with the 3-D look and add an autograph to the middle layer.
Posted on May 14, 2014 – 4:00 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Multisport, Non-Sports | 2014 Industry Summit, group breaks, The Industry Summit | Comments (27)
Want a chance at a hit from a high-end product? Collectors have turned to online group breaks as a way to satisfy that craving.
It may be tough for some collectors to spend $500 on a box of cards, but a $50 slot in a group break is a more affordable gamble. Group break collectors can walk away with big-money cards or get “skunked,” the term collectors use when they wind up with nothing from a break.
Despite opposition from some hobby shops and manufacturers, group breaks are gaining appeal. The explosion of group breaks started a couple of years ago. It has become part of the National Sports Collectors Convention and The Industry Summit, with breaks happening live on camera.
Group breaks occur every night at various price points as the cards are shown off on camera.
While group breaks have become another collecting option, they have also become a place of concern for longtime hobby shop owners. Group breaks are often streamed online, showing breakers opening cases on YouTube or BreakersTV. This means a collector with a PayPal account doesn’t have to leave the house and can watch their breaks online. A few days later, their cards are in the mailbox.
The topic of group breaks was addressed at The Industry Summit in Las Vegas in March with representatives from Panini America, Topps and Upper Deck discussing the craze with a room full of hobby shop owners.
“Obviously, group breaks in general are a positive in terms of being able to expose people to products they wouldn’t normally see,” said Topps’ Vice President of Sales, David Reel. “It’s something that is going to continue to grow.”
Posted on May 12, 2014 – 1:44 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 Panini Playbook Hockey, 2013-14 Upper Deck Series 1, Anaheim Ducks, John Gibson | Comments (1)
The Anaheim Ducks shook up their goalie situation this weekend, putting 20-year-old John Gibson between the pipes in Game 4 against the Los Angeles Kings.
The Ducks were rewarded with a shutout with Gibson making 28 saves. It was his first playoff appearance and just the fourth NHL start of this season. Gibson will now get the start in Game 5 against the Kings tonight at 10 p.m. with the best-of-seven series tied at two games apiece.
Posted on May 12, 2014 – 1:13 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Football, Hockey, Your Turn | MLB, NBA, nfl, NFL Dratf, NHL, Rookie Cards, rookies, Your Turn | Comments (7)
By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor
With a new crop of NFL rookies aligned with their teams, a new MLB season under way and both the NBA and NHL drafts coming soon, there’s a lot of potential brewing for collectors of rookies and prospects.
For the upcoming Rookies Issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly, we’re curious about who you are going to collect — in any sport.
Tell us in the comments below … which rookies are getting your hobby dollars?
We’ll showcase a selection of the most-interesting answers left here in the issue.
Which NFL rookie is most-worthy of the next Beckett Sports Card Monthly cover?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.
Posted on May 12, 2014 – 12:27 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Football, Hockey | Bip Roberts, Brady Quinn, Brien Taylor, Classic, Cleveland Browns, college football, Colt McCoy, Draft busts, Eric Lindros, Harold Miner, Jadeveon Clowney, Johnny Manziel, Ken Griffey Jr, Matt Bush, Matt Leinart, Michael Sam, minor league baseball, MLB draft, NFL draft, NXT, Paige, Panini America, Rick Monday, Rookie Cards, rookies, Steve Emtman, Tim Couch, Tim Tebow, Topps, Trevor Gretzky, Upper Deck, USA Baseball, USC | Comments (6)
When Johnny Manziel slid all the way to the 22nd pick in this year’s NFL Draft, some collectors had to wonder what was up with their red-hot pre-draft cards of Johnny Football.
Well, so far, they’re still hot — even though he’s headed to the quarterback blender called the Cleveland Browns.
Johnny Football’s story got us thinking about rookies who just couldn’t miss in the past — and many of those who did miss, too. We’re curious as to what you’re thinking about Manziel and more about rookies of today and yesterday.
Here are our latest 20 Questions …
1. Would you put your money into a Johnny Manziel autograph?
See the rest of the questions … after the jump. (Click on “read more.”)
Posted on May 8, 2014 – 11:41 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2014-15 Upper Deck MVP Hockey, hockey cards, NHL, Upper Deck | Comments (1)
Upper Deck’s first product for the 2014-15 season features a return of a former mainstay.
2014-15 MVP Hockey cards is a set that is intended for all. Hobby boxes will be affordable and feature retail packs for around $1.
Each hobby box will have eight cards per pack with 24 packs in every box.
Posted on May 8, 2014 – 10:50 am | Author: Beckett Updates
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett Updates, Football, Hockey | Beckett Auctions, Michael Jordan, Robert Griffin III | Comments (0)
Beckett Auction’s May event kicks off today at noon CT.
This month’s collection features hundreds of lots with more than 50 autographed sports jerseys including Robert Griffin III, Barry Sanders and Terry Bradshaw.
There are also dozens of sports cards with autographs from Joe Namath, Michael Jordan, Kirby Puckett, and memorabilia cards of Red Grange and Lou Gehrig.
Two of Michael Jordan’s earliest cards are featured with his iconic 1986-87 Fleer #57 (7.5 BGS) and 1984-85 Star #101 XRC (BGS 6.5) up for grabs.
Click here for more information on this month’s Beckett Auctions.
Posted on May 7, 2014 – 2:30 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 2013-14 Prime Hockey, hockey cards, NHL, Panini America | Comments (0)
Panini is gearing up for 2013-14 Prime Hockey, its third – and final – installment of the popular high-end product. Prime will be one of the final products from Panini under the current NHL and NHLPA licenses agreement.
Each box will hold seven cards with one Prime Rookies Quad Autograph and four more hits.
Posted on May 7, 2014 – 11:30 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | 1962-63 Parkhurst, 1971-72 O-Pee-Chee hockey, Hockey checklists | Comments (0)
Collectors from the 1960 and ‘70s had a personal checklist style.
Some used check marks, others used Xs, while still others would color the entire box.
Before spreadsheets and software, checklist cards – issued in a regular series – helped collectors keep track of the cards they needed to complete a set.
The different checklist techniques make cards unique all this time later, but marking up these cards also did something else – it added value to unblemished checklists from vintage sets.
Current collectors don’t need to know how far along collectors of yesteryear got in their collection. No, collectors now want these cards unmarked, nearly untouched after 40 or more years. But it’s difficult to find cards that weren’t defaced since so many collectors used the checklists for their intended purpose.
Posted on May 3, 2014 – 7:27 pm | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Hockey, Non-Sports | In The Game Trading Cards, itg, Leaf Trading Cards | Comments (10)
By Susan Lulgjuraj | Editor
Leaf Trading Cards and In The Game Trading Cards have formed a partnership, the companies announced on Saturday at an event at the Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo.
New products will come out with the two companies working together, adding elements from each to make new products.
“This is just what the hobby needs,” said Leaf CEO Brian Gray in a telephone interview. “One license is not enough. Me and Brian (Price) both feel it’s right to work together and take on what we think is an unfair monopoly for collectors.”
Posted on May 1, 2014 – 9:51 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Baseball, Hockey | 2014 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, 2014 Spring Expo, Beckett Updates, In The Game, Panini America, Sportcard & Memorabilia, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
The 2014 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo kicks off Friday at the Toronto International Centre.
In The Game, Upper Deck and Panini America will all be represented at the show, featuring giveaways and prizes for attendees.
Here’s a look what each company is doing and how you can get your hands on all the swag.
Posted on April 21, 2014 – 11:55 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Hockey | In The Game, Nathan MacKinnon, NHL, nhl double rookie class, Panini America, Upper Deck | Comments (5)
You may not realize Nathan MacKinnon was 18 years old by watching him play hockey.
He moves across the ice with the presence of someone who has played on this level for years. He sees the ice well, finding intricate ways to get the puck on his teammates’ sticks. MacKinnon can score too.
In two games in the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Colorado Avalanche rookie already has seven points, tying the record for the most points in the first two playoff games of a career. MacKinnon had three assists in Game 1 against the Minnesota Wild, and a goal and three assists in Game 2. Game 3 is tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
Posted on April 16, 2014 – 2:14 pm | Author: chrisolds
Baseball, Basketball, Beckett 20 Questions, Football, Hockey | 1991 Topps Desert Storm, 20 Questions, Air Force, Army, Bill Clinton, Camo parallels, Coast Guard, Dan Hinote, Heisman Trophy, Hobey Baker, Joe DiMaggio, Leaf Trading Cards, Marines, National Guard, Navy, Panini America, Pat Tillman, Presidential memorabilia, press pass, Pro Set, Roy Gleason, Sgt. Slaughter, Ted Williams, Topps, Topps Bunt, TRISTAR, TRISTAR Obak, Upper Deck | Comments (0)
Plenty of metaphors and cliches get tossed around when it comes to the sports world, and many of them parallel military action — referring to our pastimes as battles, combat and so much more.
For some players on the field in the past and present, the comparisons might be ironic as there are many sports stars who also served in the military or have military ties of some sort. There are far more out there than Pat Tillman, Roger Staubach or David Robinson. We see it on our cardboard and collectibles from time to time — enough that we’ve opted to dedicate an entire issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly to exploring what’s out there for the niche and one that those collectors serving in the military might find interesting, too.
Heck, even virtual collectibles like Topps‘ Bunt cards found in virtual packs on its popular app have military subsets. There, it’s a 10-card Hall of Fame Heroes set that notes Hall of Famers’ military service, including Marine fighter pilot Ted Williams. It seems the military nods — whether its camo parallels or cards from military backed athletes or events — are everywhere.
As part of the issue, we want to hear what you think of a few things when it comes to creative cards and more with a new set of 20 Questions … after the jump.
Posted on April 16, 2014 – 11:32 am | Author: Susan Lulgjuraj
Box Busters & Ripping Retail, Hockey | 2013-14 Between the Pipes, hockey cards, In The Game, Masked Men | Comments (0)
Join Beckett Hockey Editor Susan Lulgjuraj as she opens a box of 2013-14 In The Game’s Between the Pipes.