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Beckett Covers cards: Get ‘em while you can at the National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Beckett Media has it covered — and it all starts today.

Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention can revisit 16 past and present covers of Beckett magazines in a different way — collectible reprints of covers found at trading card size at several locations on the show floor.

A selection of Hall of Famers and other notable names make up this year’s Beckett Covers set, a collection that can begin with a card found at the entrance to the show.

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Playing Favorites at the NSCC … Part 1

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Chatter Up veterans Richard and Melissa Hardy are attending their first National Sports Collectors Convention and caught up with Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds to talk about their favorites and more before a session of Pack Wars on the show floor.

Look for more Playing Favorites videos during the show.

Box Busters: 2014 Exquisite Collection golf

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Exquisite Collection golf cards from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2013-14 Panini Immaculate Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America made a major splash among collectors with the debut edition of Immaculate Basketball last season and due to its tremendous success, it will be back on store shelves yet again in 2013-14.

With each six-card box being loaded with five autograph or memorabilia cards, there are plenty of big hits to go around and many popular collections are set to be a part of the encore. One type of card that is sure to be getting some serious attention are from the Sole of the Game insert collection which will be featuring the tread from the game-used sneakers of many top stars.

That is only just a taste, however, as some of the other memorabilia highlights teased by Panini are Autographed NBA Logoman cards and Rookie Patch Autographs. Fans of the company’s prime swatches are also in for a treat with big pieces to be found in such sets as Nameplate, Team Logo, Patches, Jersey Number and Insignias.

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Gallery: This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame plaques

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Coming soon to the long-collected and often-autographed Hall of Fame plaque postcards are these six players as released Sunday by the Baseball Hall of Fame …

Look for a behind-the-scenes story about how the Hall’s plaques are made in the next issue of Beckett Baseball.

MUSICAL MEMORIES: Golden Age retail exclusives capture collector attention

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Each and every blaster box of this year’s Golden Age baseball card set from Panini America includes a guaranteed memorabilia card inside — and it’s likely from one of several icons found in the product’s Legends of Music set.

There are four performers in the eight-card set — Hank Williams, Liberace, Joey Ramone and Willie Nelson — and all but Ramone appear on more than one card.

Some of Nelson’s three cards feature swatches from his famous red bandanas (but not all), while the others have swatches from clothing pieces purchased at auction.

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Bat barrel nameplates: The sweetest spot of game-used lumber and rarest of bat cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

There’s just one spot on a game-used baseball bat that says it all — and it makes for some of the most-impressive game-used cards possible.

It’s the nameplate on a bat barrel, that sweet spot of real estate on a slugger’s most-vital weapon when it comes to success in the national pastime. Aside from perhaps the bat knob, which can sometimes make for prime cards with personal touches that stand out, the barrel is, without question, the best piece of a bat to make cardboard.

And they are some of the rarest cards around, too.

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Baseball’s greats in Cooperstown are focus of latest Topps wall art line

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s time to take a trip to Cooperstown.

With Sunday’s Baseball Hall of Fame inductions, Topps‘ latest offering of wall art is one that puts the spotlight on 20 of the best players in the history of the game — it’s the Metal Cut Collection. It’s also a first for the new series of online art offerings in that these will come not only printed on metal but also diecut using the style of 1972 Topps — just without the borders.

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Box Busters: 2014 Press Pass Redline racing

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2014 Press Pass Redline racing cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Upper Deck Adds More Exclusive Autographs to National Redemption

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Even with all of the events and activities that Upper Deck announced last week for the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, they have added more excitement to their redemption packs.

Partnering up with Amazon.com, they have created four extremely limited autograph cards from their four core sports. Numbered to 25 copies each, collectors that pull them are bound to be pleased.

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Beckett Media appoints Kevin Isaacson as VP of Sales & Marketing

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DALLAS (July 23, 2014) – Beckett Media, the world’s most-trusted brand in collectibles, has hired industry expert Kevin Isaacson as its Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Founder/owner of the influential Industry Summit trade conference until it was purchased by Beckett in May 2014, Isaacson will provide Beckett and its partners with more than three decades of enthusiast media experience.  He has worked with brands as diverse as eBay, Numismatic News, Amazon, Gannett, Old Cars Weekly and Major League Baseball Players Association.

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Box Busters: 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014 Prestige football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Chris Olds and Derek Ficken as they rip into boxes of 2014 Prestige in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: 2014-15 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey

 

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

When it comes to making cards of members of Canada’s national junior team, Upper Deck has a long tradition that goes back to their first season of making hockey cards back in 1990-91.

At that time, collectors busting packs and boxes were on the hunt for the first trading cards of future stars like Scott Niedermayer and Felix Potvin and especially for the coveted Canada’s Captains card featuring the then-white hot Eric Lindros.

Over the years, the rules on licensing changed and in time, the company was not allowed to continue the practice. However, they have been able to get back to featuring some members of Team Canada in their products in recent years. This fall, collectors can finally expect them to finally put together a set dedicated to World Junior participants and by early indications, 2014-15 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors has the potential to be a winner.

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Panini Reveals Tools of the Trade Update Memorabilia Cards For Release at The National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

It didn’t take them long.

Panini America has made their first new cards of LeBron James in a Cavaliers uniform and, fittingly enough, they will be released in Cleveland at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention later this month.

What makes this card that much more special is the fact that it will feature a piece of a game-used jersey he wore during his previous tenure with the club.

The 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention Tools of the Trade Update set will be made up of six different players. The rest of the roster is quite impressive as it features Tim Duncan, Damian Lillard, Derrick Rose, Chris Paul and Rajon Rondo.
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First look: 2014 Beckett Covers NSCC cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Beckett Media has it covered.

Collectors at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention will be able to revisit 16 past and present covers of Beckett magazines in a different way — collectible reprints of covers found at trading card size at several locations on the show floor.

A selection of Hall of Famers and other notable names make up this year’s Beckett Covers set, a collection that can begin with a card found at the entrance to the show.

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First look: 2014 Donruss Series 2 baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Donruss is back — again.

Panini America is readying a second series of Donruss baseball cards in the year of its return to the baseball field and it will arrive soon — Aug. 6 to be exact.

Series 2 will include two autographs per box as well as a Bat King or a Jersey King memorabilia card along with a selection of inserts and base cards capping the first release.

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Box Busters Live — A break in the Steel City Collectibles 100-box giveaway (watch the replay + win our Major League movie auto)

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds as he breaks five boxes of cards from several sports as part of the Steel City Collectibles 100-Box Giveaway that starts today.

Beginning right here at 2 p.m. Central time (3 p.m. Eastern) on Wednesday, he’ll be breaking five boxes and for predetermined winners as part of the 100-box event — but there will be a box of 2014 Topps Archives baseball cards broken that will be up for grabs for all of our viewers at the end of the event.

How can you win? Watch the video and leave a comment as is requested. We’ll pick a winner randomly from all received before Aug. 15.

He’ll be fielding your questions during the break on Twitter — so send your questions to him @chrisolds2009.

Upper Deck Ready To Celebrate 25th Anniversary at The National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck has released some early details about the exciting events and activities that will be taking place at their booth at the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, Ohio and it will be a celebration fit for marking the company’s 25th anniversary.

From July 30 to August 5, Upper Deck will be keeping collectors in attendance busy. For those hitting the show floor on the opening day, there will be a special party to show appreciation to dealers in attendance, but VIP attendees aren’t left out of the fun as there will be a special six-card VIP set available. They will also have a chance to win one of three packs of 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Collection Golf.

An anniversary celebration would be nothing without cake and Upper Deck takes things up a notch afterward by holding a free giveaway.

Naturally, Upper Deck will also be holding a wrapper redemption that will see collectors receive special packs made just for the National. Autographs of many big names like Michael Jordan, Johnny Manziel and Wayne Gretzky will be randomly inserted. Read More »

MLB’s All-Stars get their due in latest Topps wall art line — and so does every Series 1 player

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

Somebody got a 1/1 Derek Jeter oversized baseball card straight from Topps for $99.

How?

Probably right place, right time as it was part of Topps’ latest wall art line that highlights the rosters of this year’s Midsummer Classic, which is Tuesday night at Target Field in Minneapolis. Each player is captured on the memorable 1958 Topps All-Star subset design.

Every All-Star appears on a 10-by-14 oversized card print limited to just 99 serial-numbered copies with each available for $34.99.

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