Category Archives: Industry News

Landen Palatino Passes Away

Posted on August 28, 2017 – 10:13 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Young Landen Palatino has passed away. When he was diagnosed with brain cancer, his friend, Brady Kahle, established Cards4ACause sell cards and help.

Panini 1st Off the Line Program Offers Collectors Early Access, Exclusive Cards

Posted on August 22, 2017 – 2:01 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Panini 1st Off the Line program details, how it works, planned products and more. The program has exclusive cards offered direct to collectors.

Sweet Product Has The Babe’s Blessing

Posted on August 4, 2017 – 11:10 am Author: Mike Payne

Details on the launch of Babe Ruth’s Long Ball Black Licorice including background on the project and how it has the blessing of Ruth’s family.

National Sports Collector Convention Locations and Dates for 2018, 2019, 2020

Posted on August 1, 2017 – 1:42 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Planning to go to the National Sports Collectors Convention in 2018, 2019 or 2020? Here are the dates, locations and venues for the upcoming shows.

2017 Topps National Q&A Live Blog

Posted on July 28, 2017 – 5:52 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 It’s a packed house at the annual Topps Q&A at the 2017 National Collectors Convention. Follow along.

The National Isn’t Just Cards, It’s a Sports Museum

Posted on July 28, 2017 – 4:08 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Even if you’re not a collector but love sports, there are plenty of pieces on display to connect with the past delve deep into history.

12 Things to Do at the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention This Weekend

Posted on July 28, 2017 – 10:34 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

Get the most out of your 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention experience. Here are 12 ideas on what to do this weekend at the show.

2017 Beckett National Convention Scavenger Hunt Is On

Posted on July 27, 2017 – 8:25 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

2017 Beckett National Convention Scavenger Hunt details and checklist. Find out how to get exclusive promos and a set of special metal promos.

2017 National Sports Collectors Convention Autograph Signers

Posted on July 26, 2017 – 6:09 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

Find out who the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention autograph signers are for every sport. The show takes place July 26-30 in Chicago.

Seattle Seahawks star K.J. Wright ready to make Panini NFL Player of the Day appearance

Posted on July 21, 2017 – 9:42 pm Author: Stephen Laroche

00000 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor For most NFL collectors, the opportunity to meet one of their favorite players is a rare and treasured experience. The thrill of seeing someone you cheer on every week can be just a fleeting moment, but for a lucky collector named Tommy Dickerson, it will […]

2017 National Sports Collectors Convention Exclusive Cards

Posted on July 18, 2017 – 10:03 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

Detailed breakdown of the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention exclusive cards. Includes wrapper redemption programs, VIP promos and more.

2017 Panini National Convention Wrapper Redemption Details

Posted on July 17, 2017 – 4:56 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

The 2017 Panini National Convention Wrapper Redemption checklist covers several sports. Get details on how to get them, players in the set and more.

Panini Responds to Prizm Dak Prescott Autograph Issue

Posted on July 7, 2017 – 10:56 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Panini has addressed questionable 2016 Prizm Dak Prescott autographs sent to collectors. Find out what they’re doing about it and their plans with Prescott going forward.

See a Loving Wife Make a Life-Changing Announcement with Baseball Cards

Posted on July 7, 2017 – 10:30 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

See how Heather Winfree made a life-changing announcement to her husband Steve through a custom baseball card.

2017 Panini Father’s Day Cards > Socks — See the Full Checklist

Posted on June 19, 2017 – 3:19 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

The 2017 Panini Father’s Day checklist covers football, basketball, baseball and more. Get details on the promo set, what to expect and more.

Panini, NBA Extend Exclusive Basketball Card and Sticker License

Posted on June 1, 2017 – 12:09 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Panini and the NBA have once again extended their exclusive basketball card and sticker license.

Leaf Trading Cards signs exclusive deal with NHL prospect Nico Hischier

Posted on May 19, 2017 – 4:47 pm Author: Stephen Laroche

00800 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Another salvo has been fired by Leaf Trading Cards as the company has just announced an exclusive multi-year autographed trading card pact with prospect Nico Hischier, who is regarded as the potential second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. The Halifax Mooseheads star had a […]

2017 Summit Award Spotlight: Ultimate Box Breaks’ Bryan Gavin – Best Customer Communication

Posted on May 15, 2017 – 12:45 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Interview with Bryan Gavin of Ultimate Box Breaks on the importance of strong customer communication within the breaking community.

2017 Summit Awards Spotlight: GTS Distribution, Excellence In Communication

Posted on May 5, 2017 – 12:59 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Interview with Joe Fallon, Director of Business Management for GTS Distribution, discussing his company’s 2017 Industry Summit Award.

Upper Deck Bounty program to start with 2016-17 SP Authentic Hockey

Posted on May 3, 2017 – 8:58 pm Author: Stephen Laroche

00000 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor Upper Deck recently took a long look at the growing impact of online group breaks and other influencing factors on collecting and the impact they were having on the secondary market values of cards and the long-term impact they were having on the practice of building sets. […]

Damian Lillard signs exclusive autograph and trading card deal with Panini America

Posted on May 1, 2017 – 1:36 pm Author: Stephen Laroche

00000 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor The wait for regularly finding Damian Lillard‘s signature in NBA trading card releases from Panini America is finally over as the company has just announced an exclusive agreement for autographs and trading cards with the Portland Trail Blazers superstar. Most of Lillard’s certified autograph cards come from […]

Data Breach at Blowout Cards

Posted on April 25, 2017 – 6:11 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Details on a security breach at Blowout Cards in which customer information was compromised and how the company is working to prevent it from happening again.

2017 Summit Awards Spotlight: Southern Hobby Supply, Excellence in Logistics

Posted on April 14, 2017 – 10:25 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

Interview with Southern Hobby Supply’s Brad Wagoner discussing his company’s 2017 Summit Award sponsored by Amazon for Excellence in Logistics.

2017 Industry Summit Trading Card Exclusives

Posted on April 13, 2017 – 6:12 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Highlights of the various exclusive cards handed out at the 2017 Industry Summit in Las Vegas.

Jeff Fritsch Passes Away

Posted on April 12, 2017 – 11:55 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Jeff Fritsch, head of Larry Fritsch Cards, one of the oldest companies in the sports card industry, has passed away at the age of 58.

Product of the Year Among Panini’s 10 Industry Summit Awards

Posted on April 5, 2017 – 4:42 pm Author: Stephen Laroche

Panini America won a category-leading ten Industry Summit Awards, presented Wednesday at the sports collectible industry’s annual trade conference.

Industry Summit Live Blog: Leaf’s Brian Gray

Posted on April 4, 2017 – 3:07 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 Leaf’s Brian Gray is giving his annual address at the Industry Summit. Follow along for highlights and announcements, live blog style.

Sports Crate Subscription Box Launching with 10 MLB Teams

Posted on March 15, 2017 – 6:12 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 March 7, 2017 – 9:57 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 March 6, 2017 – 4:41 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 February 26, 2017 – 11:05 am Author: Stephen Laroche

00000 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 […]

Alan “Mr. Mint” Rosen Passes Away

Posted on January 26, 2017 – 7:45 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 December 29, 2016 – 1:32 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 November 29, 2016 – 4:18 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 November 14, 2016 – 3:48 pm Author: Stephen Laroche

00000 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 […]