Category Archives: Commentary

4 Reasons NOT to Use Tape on Top Loaders

Posted on May 16, 2017 – 4:01 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Tips on why use tape on top loaders is a bad idea when shipping sports cards. Includes suggestions on other safe and easy mailing methods.

Alexa Bliss: Five Cards of Fury

Posted on May 9, 2017 – 10:00 am Author: Matt Bible

00000 By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports Analyst | Commentary Move over, Charlotte Flair. Monday night has a new queen. Alexa Bliss is known as the Wicked Witch of WWE and she is currently one of the hottest wrestlers in the industry. A top heel in the company, she recently made the switch to the […]

This Is One of the Greatest Photos Ever Put on a Baseball Card

Posted on March 17, 2017 – 11:21 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

Breaking down why the photo on the 2017 Topps Opening Day Baseball Hanley Ramirez variation is so beautiful and whether it’s enough to make it a classic card.

This Article Won’t Tell You How to Get Rich Off of Chicago Cubs Cards

Posted on November 3, 2016 – 3:57 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

The Chicago Cubs are the 2016 World Series Champions. And the innocence and enjoyment of the moment reminded me how easy it is to enjoy baseball cards.

Death and Trading Cards: Is There a Right Way to Address It?

Posted on August 31, 2016 – 6:58 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.

Here’s Why Kids Matter to the Hobby

Posted on June 30, 2016 – 10:30 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

Commentary on the importance of getting kids to collect sports cards and why it’s key to the hobby’s future.

What’s More Important, the Cards or Who Makes Them?

Posted on May 24, 2016 – 5:08 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Panini has teased a new football line called Origins. And it looks an awful lot like Topps Inception. Will collectors be willing to go for a similar product? Have your say.

These Two Photos Show a Big Difference Between On-Card and Sticker Autographs

Posted on May 18, 2016 – 12:45 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Here are two images that tell two very different stories when it comes to on-card and sticker autographs.

Do Brawls Belong on Baseball Cards?

Posted on May 16, 2016 – 4:41 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Commentary on whether fights should be shown on baseball cards following the brawl between Rougned Odor and Jose Bautista.

The eBay 1-of-1 Needs to Die

Posted on May 13, 2016 – 5:08 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

The eBay 1-of-1 is a myth. It’s a term that hurts the hobby more than it helps. Here’s why it needs to go away forever.

Beckett Gaming Preview: Bushiroad Spring Lineup

Posted on April 20, 2016 – 10:08 am Author: Matt Bible

00000 By Ian McDaries Hey, TCG Players! The next couple of weeks are something to be extremely excited about. Bushiroad, the company who brings us titles like Cardfight Vanguard, Weiss Schwarz, and Future Card Buddyfight, will be releasing some great new products. Today we are going to take a quick look at what is to […]

Beckett Gaming Preview: 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh Millennium Pack

Posted on April 7, 2016 – 11:18 am Author: Matt Bible

00000 By Ian McDaries Greetings, Duelists! We are only a few short days away from the next exciting premium Yu-Gi-Oh! set — Millennium. The set releases on April 15th and will have a similar format to Duelist Packs: 5 cards per pack, priced at $1.99 each. Here is a look at the set breakdown…

Beckett Gaming Preview: Magic The Gathering Shadows over Innistrad

Posted on April 1, 2016 – 12:58 pm Author: Matt Bible

00000 By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary Shadows over Innistrad Pre-Release is nearly upon us. Starting April 2, gamers will have a chance to crack in to the new and exciting Magic the Gathering set. The set includes 297 new cards and is the first set in the Shadows over Innistrad block. Today we will look […]

Beckett Gaming Profile: Yu-Gi-Oh Premium Gold Infinite Gold

Posted on March 23, 2016 – 10:21 am Author: Matt Bible

00000 By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary Greetings fellow duelists! Ready for some exciting new set information? Yu-Gi-Oh Premium Gold Infinite Gold is the newest release and it is full of great and powerful cards.

Yu-gi-oh! News and Notes

Posted on February 15, 2016 – 10:25 am Author: Matt Bible

00000 By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary This week we saw a few crazy and exciting things happen with the Yu-Gi-Oh! trading card game. Take a peek inside for more details.

Top Five: Daniel Bryan Cards

Posted on February 9, 2016 – 12:32 pm Author: Matt Bible

00000 By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary NO! NO! NO! NO! NO! That was the reaction of millions of wrestling fans worldwide yesterday as they received the news — WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan is retiring. Bryan, also known throughout the wrestling community as Bryan Danielson, had been suffering from continuous […]

Yu-Gi-Oh! Emperor of Darkness has arrived

Posted on February 2, 2016 – 6:29 pm Author: Matt Bible

00000 By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary Greetings fellow duelists! On January 29, we saw the release of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Structure Deck, Emperor of Darkness. This deck caters to all players who are fans of the Monarch card types. The deck comes with 41 Cards broken down as follows: 2 Ultra Rares, 3 Super Rares, 36 Commons and 1 Token card. Today we […]

5 Iconic 1980s and ’90s Baseball Cards That Left Us Disappointed

Posted on January 12, 2016 – 6:37 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

The careers of athletes have ups and downs. So do their cards. Here are 5 iconic baseball cards from the 1980s and 1990 that have become disappointments.

Are you setting any collecting goals for 2016? You should.

Posted on January 4, 2016 – 4:24 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

With a new year upon us, it’s a great time to set some collecting goals for the year ahead. If you don’t, you might find yourself wasting money or feeling down about your collection.

Kobe Bryant announces retirement – but will it impact his cards?

Posted on November 30, 2015 – 9:52 am Author: Stephen Laroche

00000 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary At the end of the 2015-16 NBA schedule, an era will come to a close as the legendary Kobe Bryant will step away from the game after nearly 20 successful years with the Los Angeles Lakers. The announcement, which came in the form of a […]

5 simple things sports card collectors can be thankful for

Posted on November 26, 2015 – 2:43 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Sports card collectors have lots to be thankful for. Here are 5 simple ideas that help put things into perspective.

Feeling overlooked in the redemption card waiting game

Posted on November 13, 2015 – 1:58 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Is it fair that some collectors be left waiting more than a year for a redemption, especially when newer autographs have been released from the same player?

Beckett Gaming: Dragonball Z Evolution Top 5

Posted on November 9, 2015 – 2:34 pm Author: Matt Bible

00000 By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary Dragonball Z Evolution launched on October 30th, and with it came some highly competitive and exciting cards. This week I want to touch on 5 cards from the set that I feel will help many players improve their decks.

Will Connor McDavid’s Young Guns card be impacted by injury?

Posted on November 4, 2015 – 10:54 pm Author: Stephen Laroche

00000 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary On Wednesday night, Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid went down with a broken left clavicle during his team’s victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. It was a major blow to the young phenom and his club, but there is little doubt that it could not have […]

Why the term True Collector is dangerous to the hobby

Posted on October 5, 2015 – 4:49 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

The sports card landscape may not be as big as it used to be but it’s more diverse than ever. Here’s how a seemingly simple term can tear collectors apart.

Why Tim Hortons hockey cards are a big deal

Posted on September 29, 2015 – 2:40 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary We often lament the loss of bubble gum and sports cards. But what about cereal, Twinkees, hamburgers and fries? Once upon a time, collectors were enticed to indulge in foods we might not normally eat or hit the drive thru a couple of times a week […]

The tale of two players named John Henderson – a hockey card mystery

Posted on September 24, 2015 – 10:44 am Author: Stephen Laroche

00000 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor | Commentary For years, vintage hockey card collectors have been puzzled as to why the 1951-52 Parkhurst hockey card of Boston Bruins defenseman named John Henderson, otherwise known as “Moe”, had a premium over other common cards in the set. In reality, the John Henderson on the […]

Commentary: Maybe it’s just me, but … weird cards, rare vintage, tough ink & a Tom Yawkey gamer?

Posted on September 11, 2015 – 2:21 pm Author: chrisolds

Maybe it’s just me, but …

Autograph Hound Seeking Stephen Curry Signature Crossed the Line

Posted on August 19, 2015 – 10:19 am Author: Stephen Laroche

00000 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor | Commentary There is no doubt that Stephen Curry is a player who experiences a higher-than-normal demand for his time and autograph. Last night, the star talent for the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors took to Twitter to offer up some advice to aggressive autograph seekers […]