Collectors Corner #9 – April 12, 2019

Case Breaks & Beckett Online Autograph Review (Player not working? Listen to Collectors Corner on SoundCloud.) Did you miss Collectors Corner last week? No worries, because you can listen to it here. Ron Barr and I talk about online case breaks, what makes them great, and not-so-great. We also discuss the new Beckett Online Autograph Review … Continue reading “Collectors Corner #9 – April 12, 2019”

Collectors Corner #3 – March 1, 2019

After a week off (due to the passing of my beloved basset hound Gomez), Collectors Corner was back. In the third episode, Ron Barr and I talk about graded cards, and grading companies like PSA (Professional Sports Authenticator) and BGS (Beckett Grading Services). We also discuss the Michael Jordan Fleer Metal Universe card that sold … Continue reading “Collectors Corner #3 – March 1, 2019”

Top 10 Hockey Collectible Stories of 2018

On the surface, the 2018 calendar year may have seemed a bit slow when it came to hockey cards and collectibles. Only one company makes licensed NHL hockey cards, so there is no real head-to-head competition. Still, that didn’t stop one card company from foiling the plans of another. Plus, there was plenty of competition … Continue reading “Top 10 Hockey Collectible Stories of 2018”

Fall 2018 Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo Recap

This weekend marked the latest entry for the Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo, which was held the weekend of November 9 to 11 in Toronto.  The show is fully stocked, from top-to-bottom, with exceptional memorabilia, unique autograph and VIP experiences, and of course cards. The show provides something for just about every type of collector … Continue reading “Fall 2018 Sport Card & Memorabilia Expo Recap”

Pat Falloon & Scott Niedermayer: The Case of the Missing Pro Set Insert Cards

1991-92 Pro Set #Cc3 – Pat Falloon 1991-92 Pro Set #CC4 – Scott Niedermayer Longtime collectors will no doubt remember the 1991-92 Pro Set cards of Pat Falloon and Scott Niedermayer that were inserted into packs of 1991-92 Pro Set Hockey Series One, only to be pulled early on in production for reasons unknown. This … Continue reading “Pat Falloon & Scott Niedermayer: The Case of the Missing Pro Set Insert Cards”

1996-97 Upper Deck Game Jerseys

Remembering Hockey’s First Jersey Cards It’s a brisk, early morning in September of 1997. I’m sitting at a picnic table at an elementary school playground, just north of Pittsburgh. My nine-year old self is huddled up with a few friends, rummaging through the new cards we had acquired over the summer. We were all in … Continue reading “1996-97 Upper Deck Game Jerseys”

Interview: Jeremy Roenick on NHL ’94

NOTE: This interview with Jeremy Roenick was originally published in the October 2013 issue of Beckett Hockey Magazine. Because very few of you probably saw it, and it was five years ago, I am reprinting it here, just in time for the 25th Anniversary of NHL ’94.  Jeremy Roenick electrified crowds during his 20 seasons … Continue reading “Interview: Jeremy Roenick on NHL ’94”

Collecting the NHL Entry Draft

It’s too expensive. I don’t know where to start. What should my collecting focus be each season? Do I collect just one team, or just one specific player? These are all valid questions anyone should ask themselves if they are just getting into, or are already collecting hockey cards. I have one simple answer for … Continue reading “Collecting the NHL Entry Draft”

Rookie Cards of Every NHL Head Coach for the 2018-19 Season

Becoming a coach in the NHL may arguably be harder than becoming a player in the NHL. While the NHL has roughly 700 jobs for players — not counting call-ups from the minors — there are only 31 jobs for head coaches. Making the task even more daunting is that there is no clear path to … Continue reading “Rookie Cards of Every NHL Head Coach for the 2018-19 Season”

Speculating on Athletes is a Bad Idea

Recently, I saw a brief write up on “success” of Upper Deck’s 2017-18 SP Authentic, in part because collectors are chasing Upper Deck’s buyback of Connor McHockeyJesus’ Young Guns rookie card. Not just because it’s his rookie card, but because they have also been autographed and numbered only to 97. Aren’t we lucky that McDavid … Continue reading “Speculating on Athletes is a Bad Idea”