Category Archives: Industry News

2017 National Sports Collectors Convention Autograph Signers

Posted on Wednesday July 26th, 2017 – 06:09 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 Friday July 21st, 2017 – 09:42 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 Tuesday July 18th, 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 Monday July 17th, 2017 – 04:56 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 Friday July 7th, 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 Friday July 7th, 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 Monday June 19th, 2017 – 03:19 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 Thursday June 1st, 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 Friday May 19th, 2017 – 04:47 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 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 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

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

50000 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 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

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 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

60000 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 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

860000 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 […]

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

10000 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 […]

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

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

00000 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 […]

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

00000 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. […]

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

00000 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 […]

NWHL game-used jerseys to be offered via MeiGray

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

00000 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 […]

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.