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2015 NHL Fan Fair Provides Fun For Collectors

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 2015 NHL All-Star Game will take place in Columbus, Ohio on Sunday and thousands of fans will have the opportunity to celebrate the game at the 2015 NHL Fan Fair at the Greater Columbus Convention Center starting this Friday.

Collectors that choose to participate in the festivities will be pleased to find Upper Deck among the exhibitors in attendance and the company recently revealed their plans for three special redemption programs.

Fans purchasing qualifying Upper Deck products at the Dave & Adam’s Cardworld or Cardiacs booths can bring their wrappers to a company representative and participate in the redemption programs. Find out what products you will need to buy after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Premier

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A hobby favorite is coming back again later this season after a long hiatus as 2014-15 Upper Deck Premier is set to make its way to card shops and deliver some memorable hits.

Scheduled for a mid-May release, Premier will be issued in seven-card tins that breaks down into one Acetate Rookie Auto Patch, two base cards and four autograph or memorabilia cards. The company recently released details regarding what collectors can expect to find in packs and there will be a lot of excitement over the Mega Patches with jumbo 1.75″ X 2.75″ game-worn patch pieces and the throwback Super Rookie Premier Collection Rookie Auto Patches that utilize a popular design from the 2002-03 season.

With plenty of strong rookie, patch and autograph content, this may be a big hit with those that love super-premium products and you can find out more about 2014-15 Upper Deck Premier after the jump. Read More »

Gallery: 2014-15 Panini Court Kings Retail

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

While Panini America kicked off the new year with the hobby release of 2014-15 Court Kings, some collectors may be in for a surprise when they see a retail edition that is ready to hit some Walmart shelves in the coming days.

Earlier today, the company posted an extensive look at some of the cards that could be found inside the special 15-card packs and the content is all about this season’s rookie class. Each pack breaks down to 10 Remarkable Rookie base cards, a pair of Sapphire parallels (#’d to 499) and a Rookie Royalty insert along with two Remarkable Rookies hits – one autograph and one memorabilia. The Rookie Royalty cards are particularly since they depict veteran players during their freshman campaigns.

Read on after the jump for a 2014-15 Panini Court Kings gallery. Read More »

Monday Morning Collector: NFL Conference Championships

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Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we selected our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provided a run down on why collectors should take notice. For the Conference Championship round, we’ve selected three top performers who could make a hobby impact.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks
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During the Seahawk’s stunning come-from-behind win in the NFC Championship game, few Seahawk offensive players performed well for the entire game. Russell Wilson was rattled for more than three quarters and the receiving corps had more than their fair share of drops and missed opportunities. But Lynch was strong all game long and came through with a number of huge plays late in the game when it counted most. Lynch has been a top back in the league for years, recording his fourth 1000+ yard rushing season in 2014 and scoring a career season high in touchdowns. Collectors have made Lynch’s cards some of the hottest in the hobby off and on during that period but never have his best cards reached the level of fellow 2007 rookie Adrian Peterson. That may all change now with Peterson cards on the down slide and Lynch playing the best football of his career.

 Cards to Grab
2007 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs #BC66 ($50)
2007 Playoff Contenders #194 AU/533* RC ($50)
2007 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #TC182 ($40) 

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Beckett By the Numbers: Martin Luther King Jr.

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How many cut-autograph cards — or for that matter how many trading cards in general — does Martin Luther King Jr. appear on?

Find out by clicking here.

Upper Deck Gets Funny In New Packs To The People

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Packs To The People is back again and going where it has never been before.

In the newest episode, Upper Deck pays a visit to the Spectacles Improv Engine, an Orange County-based comedy theatre company, and makes the cards part of the show. Host Andrew Long gets the troop members to check out 2014-15 Upper Deck Hockey Series One and the audience members also have a chance to bust some packs.

Upper Deck posted the video last night on their YouTube channel and collectors can now see some of the highlights of what was pulled by some members of the crowd that evening.

Beckett Media is hiring

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Get your resume ready. Beckett Media is hiring full-time staff members — both in its Dallas office and in regional locations throughout the United States.

Among the positions currently available:

– Card Grading:  The grading submissions are pouring into BGS, so we need more graders. If working with sports cards on a daily basis is something you have always dreamed of doing, consider becoming a grader for the No. 1 service in the industry.

– Price Guide: If you enjoy tracking secondary-market values for trading cards, then a career as a Beckett price guide analyst may be right for you. We’re accepting applications right now for our Dallas office from serious collectors and dealers of modern sports and non-sports cards.

– Sales: Do you get thrilled watching your customers’ business grow? We are seeking experienced sales-team members across the Beckett business – work out of our Dallas office, or your home.

Full-time positions at Beckett Media offer a very competitive salary, bonus structure and benefit package.  If you are interested in joining the Beckett team, send us a resume ASAP at careers@beckett.com!

Beckett Auctions Secures Selanne Retirement Night Warm-ups

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Beckett Auctions has extended its long-standing relationship with the Anaheim Ducks and is proud to be selling their game-used memorabilia to collectors and fans.

The team recently paid tribute to the on-ice accomplishments of the legendary Teemu Selanne and retired his number prior to a matchup with the current version his original NHL club, the Winnipeg Jets. As the players took to the ice for the pre-game skate that night, they wore special throwback sweaters to recognize his contributions to the game and Beckett is pleased to announce that it will be auctioning these commemorative warm-up jerseys that both teams wore that evening through its Ebay store.

“We are very excited to be able to offer some of the game-worn items from the Teemu Selanne Tribute Night on January 11th,” noted Rob Springs of Beckett Auction Services. “These are some unique throwback jerseys and the fact they have been signed by both Selanne and the player that wore the jersey, makes them a truly one of a kind collectible. Our continued relationship with the Anaheim Ducks allows us to be able to offer unique items like these, as well as other game-worn and game-used items from current players.” Read More »

Sunday Conversation: BlowoutTV’s Matthew Thomas

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Matthew Thomas is the Director of Retail Operations for BlowoutCards’ The Fantastic Store as well as a host on BlowoutTV, the group-breaks division of the Internet superseller.

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How important is group-breaking today?
Group-breaking has become an integral part of the hobby over the past few years. Its growing popularity can be found through both an influx of online group-breaking hosts, and through increased participation by collectors and hobby enthusiasts. One of the biggest benefits to online group-breaking is that it provides collectors with immediate access to various types of products. Many of our customers do not have access to a local hobby shop and/or the ability to purchase entire boxes/cases of product by themselves. Group-breaking has made the hobby once again affordable as collectors are able to purchase specific teams and players from desirable products without having to break the bank.

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First Look: 2015 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Once again, Topps will let many minor leaguers make their pro debut in Pro Debut

That’s 2015 Topps Pro Debut, the first release of the year for Minor League Baseball — a brand where we get the look and feel of the big leagues with the logos and players still down on the farm.

Set to arrive on May 27, Pro Debut will include two autographs and two Relics as well as a 200-card base set with four parallels per card — Gold, Orange (/25), Red (/5) and 1/1 Blacks. Also to be found are printing plates.

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First Look: 2015 Bowman Inception baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

One box, five hits — that’s the Bowman Inception model for this year.

Topps revealed the first glimpses and basic product information for 2015 Bowman Inception on Friday, the third installment of the hit-driven brand that will arrive on July 8.

Each pack will include four on-card autographs and one autographed Relic — a mix of rookies and prospects. There also will be one Bowman Inception auto — an “Inceptioned” version of the player’s 2015 Bowman card — per eight-box case. Those will be found with new parallels this year — Orange (/25), Red (/5) and 1/1 Black versions.

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Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans talks cards, signs for Panini

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Panini America and several elite 2014 NFL rookies are in attendance at the 2015 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this weekend in Carson, Calif. Panini is capitalizing on the event to gather autographs for cards in some of the final football products of the year, including Immaculate Collection, Spectra and Black Gold. The company is also partnering with these top rookies to serve as ambassadors for the participants in the Collegiate Bowl.

The Collegiate Bowl puts aspiring NFL rookies in front of team evaluators, giving them a chance to draw attention they may not otherwise receive. Among the 2014 rookies attending are Teddy Bridgewater, Mike Evans, Jordan Matthews, Tre Mason, Jarvis Landry, John Brown, Martavis Bryant, Bishop Sankey, Brandin Cooks and others. They signed several cards for the aforementioned upcoming products. Panini shared some photos with us (see below) and we were able to chat with Tampa Bay receiver Mike Evans about his incredible season, his Michael Jordan card collection that he lost, and his advice for upcoming rookies. Evans ranked second among rookie receivers with 1,051 yards. His 12 touchdowns tied Odell Beckham, Jr. for most among rookies.

Have you had a chance to check out some of your Panini cards?
Mike Evans: “Yes. They look really nice—a lot better than the ones I used to collect when I was younger. They’ve come a long way.”

Looking back at your rookie season, what’s it like to see things come full-circle from the Draft and the Rookie Premiere, and now this event at the Collegiate Bowl?
ME: “It’s a blessing. The Rookie Premiere was great. My rookie year, I thought I played well. As a team we didn’t do what we hoped to do, but we laid down our foundation. I’m looking forward to 2015.

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Topps brings Tek technology to wall art line

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Just call this one Big Tek.

Topps‘ latest line of wall art is one that a few collectors might appreciate as the company’s popular 2014 Topps High Tek brand has gotten the jumbo treatment.

A total of 84 different cards from the offering have been reproduced as 1/1 creations at 10-by-14 inches on quarter-inch thick acrylic.

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First Look: 2015 Bowman Football

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

A hobby favorite is back again as 2015 Bowman Football kicks off a big season for Topps with plenty of rookie and autograph content from the upcoming freshman class. With it being the final season that the company can feature members of the NFL Players’ Association on cards, expect the company to put their best foot forward and this product is looking like a perfect place for them to start.

Scheduled for a June 17 release, Bowman will live up to its reputation as the Home of the Rookie Card with 110 new players making their Topps debut in this set. Of that group, at least 80 of them are expected to sign autographs and provide some potentially solid content in each hobby box.

What can collectors expect to find in packs of 2015 Bowman Football? Find out more after the jump. Read More »

Gridiron Greats Auction Starts Today

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As you sit back and enjoy this weekend’s NFL playoff action and root for the team you want to see head to the Super Bowl, it will be worth your while to head over to Beckett Auctions and check out the amazing cards and memorabilia up for bidding in our Gridiron Greats auction that starts today.

Among the football-themed highlights this time are a 2014 Panini Flawless Greats Autograph Emerald parallel card of Tom Brady that is limited to five copies and a fantastic 2013 Topps Triple Threads Autographed Relic Trios card of Jerry Rice, Joe Montana and Steve Young. Only 15 copies of that card were made and this one is slabbed by Beckett Grading Services with a 9.5/Auto 10 grade.

Beckett Auctions is also pleased to announce that the length of time to bid has been shortened from 15 days to 11. Gridiron Greats begins later today and will run until Sunday, January 25.

What other hobby treasures are up for bid? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters: 2014 Upper Deck USA Football

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Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014 Upper Deck USA Football in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2015 Leaf Best of Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Buyback products have gathered a strong following in the hobby in recent years and Leaf Trading Cards has been one of the leaders among manufacturers in bringing these releases to store shelves. Back in 2013, the company issued its first Best of Hockey effort and it is back again with a new twist for 2015.

Instead of a one-of-one sketch card being placed into packs this time, Leaf has decided to make the most of its partnership with In The Game and will be putting one card from a past release into packs of 2015 Leaf Best of Hockey instead. Considering the vast array of memorabilia cards that the company produced over the years, the odds are strong of pulling an excellent piece featuring some of biggest names from the past and present. The foil stamp will indicate that these are one-of-one cards as well. Read More »

NHL Hobby Stars of the Week

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Hockey Analyst

Every Wednesday throughout the rest of the NHL season we will select our three Hobby Stars of the Week and provide a run down of why collectors should notice them. Below are the hobby stars for the past week.

David Backes, C, St. Louis Blues
Last week, Backes was on fire as he led the league with five goals and eight points in three games to help push the Blues to wins in each of the games. His week started strong in the desert where he netted four straight goals against the Coyotes making a bit of history as no player has done that against any team since Ilya Kovalchuk accomplished the feat in November 2005. The Blues center then went on to finish the week with two more strong performances against the Sharks and Hurricanes racking up multi-points in both of those games as well. Important to note that Backes only has three rookies to be had and 129 autos, so if he continues to heat up sellers may be seeking a premium soon.

Cards to Grab:
2006-07 Ultimate Collection #93 RC/699 ($15)
2006-07 Hot Prospects #186 RC/1999 ($10)
2011-12 SP Game Used Significance/25 #XSIGBS ($30)

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First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Slated to be hitting your local card store in April, 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces marks the return of a hobby favorite that many feared had become a one-hit wonder since it had not returned since its impressive 2008-09 debut. The original issue was lauded for its strong selection of autographs and eye-catching parallels and collectors were expecting it to become a regular part of the company’s roster of releases.

Now loaded up with plenty of original artwork and the guarantee that every autograph is signed on-card and each memorabilia piece is game-used, Masterpieces has the potential to be a major hit.

What will collectors find in 2014-15 Upper Deck Masterpieces? Find out after the jump. Read More »

The List: Vintage Dealers to Know

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Vintage cardboard is the foundation today’s hobby was built on, and the high-graded specimens of the past are continuously redefining the stratosphere when it comes to dominating sales of single cards.

We’ve let collectors speak here at Beckett.com/news about which vintage dealers they use and trust to help compile The List — 50 Vintage Dealers to Know for the next issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly.

Here are our first 35 entries for This list — and dealers are listed in no particular order. Explore The List and see if you think there’s one that’s right for you. We’ll continue to shape this work in progress and get to our final list of 50 in the days to come before the magazine heads to print.

See them all … after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2014-15 SP Game-used Edition hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Eric Norton and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 SP Game-used Edition in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Bowman Sterling baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Bowman Sterling in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2014-15 Panini Select

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Preliminary details about the upcoming 2014-15 Panini Select release from Panini America and the hobby is bracing itself for the arrival of a revamped product that will include a psychedelic new parallel concept and in addition to an exciting tiered base set that is expected to be a challenge to build.

Hitting store shelves in early March, 2014-15 marks the third season that Panini has produced Select and there should be plenty of content that will appeal to a broad base of basketball card collectors. The chase for the extremely limited Tie Dye parallel cards made for the base set, all memorabilia collections and some of the autographs are almost like a trip back to the 1960s and are sure to generate some discussion in the hobby.

What else can be found in 2014-15 Panini Select? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters: 2014 Leaf Pop Century Masterworks

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into a box of 2014 Leaf Pop Century Masterworks in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Top 5: Top “Macho Man” Randy Savage cards to own

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

After years off of the company’s radar, one of wrestling’s biggest legends is getting World Wrestling Entertainment‘s biggest honor.

“Macho Man” Randy Savage is headed to the WWE Hall of Fame on March 28 — nearly four years after his death from a heart attack at age 58 — the company officially announced Monday night during Raw.

Savage, born Randy Poffo, was a two-time WWE heavyweight champ, and his match with Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat for the Intercontinental title at WrestleMania III is considered one of the greatest matches in the history of wrestling’s premiere event. He was a high-flying main event performer alongside Hulk Hogan in the late 1980s glory days of the WWE (then WWF) with his wife and ringside valet Miss Elizabeth, often by his side. Hogan will be inducting him into the Hall on the evening before WrestleMania 31 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. She died of a drug overdose at age 42 in 2003.

Savage briefly played minor league baseball in the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds organizations before he turned to his family’s business after an injury. His father, Angelo Poffo, was a wrestler and his brother, Lanny, also was a WWE performer best remembered as “The Genius.” Savage never appeared on a baseball card in the Beckett.com database, but he does appear on 105 different cards as a wrestler.

Here are my picks for the four key cards to own …  after the jump.

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