Category Archives: Industry News

Sports Crate Subscription Box Launching with 10 MLB Teams

Posted on Wednesday March 15th, 2017 – 06:12 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Details on Sports Crate, a fully licensed MLB subscription service from Loot Crate. Find out what the service entails and how to subscribe.

2017 National Sports Collectors Convention Tickets Go on Sale

Posted on Tuesday March 7th, 2017 – 09:57 AM Author: Ryan Cracknell

2017 National Sports Collectors Convention tickets are now on sale. Get details on the year’s biggest sports card and memorabilia show.

Wacky Packages, Underground Comix Pioneer Jay Lynch Passes Away

Posted on Monday March 6th, 2017 – 04:41 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Artist Jay Lynch has passed away. His trading card worked included Wacky Packages and Garbage Pail Kids. Lynch was also an important figure in underground comix.

Panini NBA Player of the Day promotion returns for 2017

Posted on Sunday February 26th, 2017 – 11:05 AM Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor After many successful years in other sports, Panini America’s NBA Player of the Day promotion proved to be a big hit with both retailers and basketball card collectors last season and it is back again in 2017. “First of all, the Player of the Day concept, which Panini […]

Alan “Mr. Mint” Rosen Passes Away

Posted on Thursday January 26th, 2017 – 07:45 PM Author: Dave Sliepka

Alan “Mr. Mint” Rosen, a legend in the hobby known for his flashy ads and aggressive buying, has passed away.

Topps Website Has Security Breach — Was Your Account Compromised?

Posted on Thursday December 29th, 2016 – 01:32 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Details on a security breach of the Topps website between July and October, 2016 and what users should do if their account was compromised.

Boxes or Binders? Choosing the Right Way to Store Your Sports Cards

Posted on Tuesday November 29th, 2016 – 04:18 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Simple things to consider when you’re deciding the best supplies to store your collection. Includes the pros and cons of pages, boxes and top loaders.

Upper Deck signs Auston Matthews to exclusive autographed trading card deal

Posted on Monday November 14th, 2016 – 03:48 PM Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor After months of speculation as to if he would sign an exclusive autograph deal with a trading card manufacturer, Toronto Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews has come to an agreement with Upper Deck. “The Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the most popular NHL franchises in North America […]

Beckett Media and Maple Leafs from the past and present close out the Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo

Posted on Sunday November 13th, 2016 – 07:15 AM Author: Stephen Laroche

The Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo draws to its conclusion today and fans in Toronto are excited for the chance to interact with Maple Leafs from the past and present along with other sporting legends. Held at the International Centre, the event boasts hundreds of dealer tables, opportunities to meet with representative from trading […]

Toronto legends highlight second day of Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo

Posted on Saturday November 12th, 2016 – 08:00 AM Author: Stephen Laroche

After a hectic opening on Friday where thousands of collectors made their way through the doors, the dealers at the Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo are ready for more action today. With a star-studded lineup of autograph guests, exciting redemption programs, and a mix of the latest and greatest hockey cards on the floor, […]

What to look for on Day 1 of the Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo

Posted on Friday November 11th, 2016 – 11:30 AM Author: Stephen Laroche

The Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo has finally arrived and the long-running show will open its doors this afternoon for thousands of collectors. Excitement is in the air for the first in-pack rookie cards of Auston Matthews and the newest rookies, but long-time attendees know that there is so much more to experience. Held […]

Beckett Grading Heads to China

Posted on Wednesday November 9th, 2016 – 12:08 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Details on Beckett Grading’s trip to China and their experiences over there with the hobby.

Dr. Brian Price returns to the hobby with President’s Choice Trading Cards

Posted on Thursday November 3rd, 2016 – 11:38 AM Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor After two years of sitting on the sidelines, Dr. Brian Price is ready to get back into the hockey card game. While details of his new company, President’s Choice Trading Cards are scant at this point, the hobby veteran briefly spoke with Beckett Hockey to confirm that new […]

NWHL game-used jerseys to be offered via MeiGray

Posted on Friday October 28th, 2016 – 02:12 PM Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor The National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) may not have a mainstream trading card set, but collectors can get on the ground floor when it comes to other forms of memorabilia as the MeiGray Group has become its official source for game-used jerseys. With an exclusive agreement covering both […]

5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Redemption Card

Posted on Monday October 24th, 2016 – 05:47 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Thinking about buying a redemption card for an autograph on the secondary market? Here are five tips to consider before making the plunge to help protect you.

Pawn Stars’ Steve Grad Joins Beckett, Launches Beckett Authentication Services

Posted on Wednesday October 19th, 2016 – 01:00 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Beckett Authentication Services has launched. The company will be led by Steve Grad, a long-time leader in the autograph industry. Grad is joined by Brian Sobrero.

Woooooo! “Nature Boy” Ric Flair is ready for the Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo

Posted on Tuesday October 18th, 2016 – 08:38 PM Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor The Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto is just a few weeks away, but the show is ready to bring fans in attendance the opportunity to meet one of professional wrestling’s greatest legends – a limousine-ridin’, jet-flyin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ dealin’, son-of-a-gun known as […]

Steve Grad Leaves PSA/DNA

Posted on Tuesday October 4th, 2016 – 10:19 AM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Details on Steve Grad stepping down from his position as principal authenticator at PSA/DNA.

How Card Shops Can Capitalize from 2016-17 Tim Hortons Hockey Cards

Posted on Wednesday September 21st, 2016 – 06:43 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Here are some simple tips on how card shops can capitalize off of the 2016-17 Tim Hortons Hockey cards promotion.

Death and Trading Cards: Is There a Right Way to Address It?

Posted on Wednesday August 31st, 2016 – 06:58 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Commentary looking at how death is dealt with on trading cards and whether there is a right way to address the issue.

2016 NSCC Podcast: Farewell from Atlantic City

Posted on Monday August 8th, 2016 – 02:07 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Podcast closing out the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention. Topics include an overview of the show and finding that special card at the show.

Sights from the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention

Posted on Monday August 8th, 2016 – 11:50 AM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Relive highlights from the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention with a massive gallery of pictures from the show.

Kids and the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention

Posted on Saturday August 6th, 2016 – 10:39 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Things at the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention that made it more appealing to families and suggestions for the future.

2016 NSCC Podcast: The Most Important Thing About the National

Posted on Saturday August 6th, 2016 – 01:19 AM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Friday at the National is done and we’re past the half-way point. In this podcast, Ryan Cracknell offers his observations from the show floor and a remarkable person who has been working hard and doing great things. Ryan also shares what he thinks is the most important thing about the show.

Brady Kahle Gets a Heroic Inspirations Card

Posted on Friday August 5th, 2016 – 04:03 PM Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor The hobby of collecting trading cards and memorabilia can sometimes be filled with negative experiences and emotions, but there are still plenty of collectors around who love a great story and are willing to help out others in a time of need. In the case of […]

2016 NSCC Topps Q&A Live Blog

Posted on Thursday August 4th, 2016 – 04:21 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

The annual Topps Q&A at the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention took place today. Here are the highlights from how the event played out minus various giveaways.

National Founder, Mike Berkus, Remembered in NSCC Main Stage Dedication

Posted on Thursday August 4th, 2016 – 08:15 AM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Highlights from the dedication of the main stage at the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention to the show’s founder, Mike Berkus.

2016 NSCC Podcast: Day 1 Impressions and Highlights

Posted on Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 – 10:49 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Recap of Wednesday, August 5, the opening day of the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention.

VIP Party Kicks Off the 2016 National

Posted on Wednesday August 3rd, 2016 – 06:35 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Highlights of the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention VIP Party.

2016 Panini National Sports Collectors Convention Wrapper Redemption Details

Posted on Wednesday July 20th, 2016 – 11:02 AM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Get the details and checklist info for the 2016 Panini National Sports Collectors Convention cards. The set was produced for their annual wrapper redemption.

Here’s the Exclusive 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention VIP Set

Posted on Monday July 11th, 2016 – 01:11 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

2016 National Sports Collectors Convention VIP set details, checklist and gallery. See the exclusive cards different manufacturers are giving to attendees.

In Case You Were Wondering Where the Topps Redemptions Site Went

Posted on Monday July 11th, 2016 – 12:35 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Step-by-step walkthrough on how to register for a Topps redemption account and how to merge accounts from the old system.

This Week on Beckett Radio — NSCC Autographs, Shop Talk with LCS Owner

Posted on Thursday July 7th, 2016 – 04:46 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Listen to the Beckett Radio for July 7, 2016. Topics include the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention Autograph Pavilion and the introduction of a new segment with shop owners.

Here’s Why Kids Matter to the Hobby

Posted on Thursday June 30th, 2016 – 10:30 AM Author: Ryan Cracknell

Commentary on the importance of getting kids to collect sports cards and why it’s key to the hobby’s future.

Upper Deck signs top NBA pick Ben Simmons to exclusive deal

Posted on Friday June 24th, 2016 – 06:55 AM Author: Stephen Laroche

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor Ben Simmons, the first overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Upper Deck which covers both trading cards and autographed memorabilia. “We are pleased to welcome Ben Simmons to Upper Deck’s world-renowned roster of NBA greats and look forward to providing […]