Category Archives: Industry News

Leaf Trading Cards signs exclusive deal with NHL prospect Nico Hischier

Posted on Friday May 19th, 2017 – 04:47 PM Author: Stephen Laroche

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 phenomenal […]

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

Posted on Monday May 15th, 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 National Sports Collectors Convention Autograph Signers

Posted on Thursday May 11th, 2017 – 12:35 PM 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.

2017 Summit Awards Spotlight: GTS Distribution, Excellence In Communication

Posted on Friday May 5th, 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 Wednesday May 3rd, 2017 – 08:58 PM Author: Stephen Laroche

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. In […]

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

Posted on Monday May 1st, 2017 – 01:36 PM Author: Stephen Laroche

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 the […]

Data Breach at Blowout Cards

Posted on Tuesday April 25th, 2017 – 06:11 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 Friday April 14th, 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 Thursday April 13th, 2017 – 06:12 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 Wednesday April 12th, 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 Wednesday April 5th, 2017 – 04:42 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 Tuesday April 4th, 2017 – 03:07 PM Author: Ryan Cracknell

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 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.