Hello everyone! Hope you are gearing up for another great show on March 14th. I hope you are going through all those great cards you have pulled, and selecting the ones you would like to submit to Beckett at the show.
We got in the new 2015 Donruss Basketball cards today. We will get in the 2015 Mini Chrome Football tomorrow.

National Hockey Card Day!

Sorry about the late notice, but my computer was having issues.  Today is National Hockey Card day, receive a free pack with the purchase of Hockey packs today while the supply lasts in our shop.  For more information on the cards and the promotion, you can google 2015 National Hockey card day, or here is a link to an article in Beckett http://www.beckett.com/…/12/national-hockey-card-day-is-back-again-in-2015.

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. We are gearing up for our show on March 14th. We are filling up pretty fast, but still have a few more tables. New this week, we are getting in UD SPX Hockey today, along with some more Hoops Basketball, and Topps Jumbo Baseball. Tomorrow we will get in the Panini Immaculate Football. Hope you can check it out this week.

NEW TOPPS FIRE FOOTBALL

Here’s an interesting piece we received about the art on the new Topps Fire Football
You may have seen Tyson Beck’s artwork without realizing it – at NBA games, on ESPN’s SportsCenter – and now they are on Topps® trading cards.

Topps Fire™ released last week with Beck’s stunning artwork throughout the set including the 150-card base set. Beck utilized his creativity and technique in graphic arts to create a unique, compelling football set

“Football cards are modern and progressive,” said Topps Football Brand Manager Kevin Eger. “We wanted something that captured that. When we saw Tyson Beck’s artwork on Instagram, we felt it was something we wanted to add to our product portfolio.”

Eger and football art director Jeff Zachowski reached out to Beck to see if he was interested in creating an insert or smaller set for Topps. They didn’t imagine at the time that he would spearhead an entire project.

But they got it, and 1,000 working hours later, the results speak for themselves in 2014 Topps Fire Football.

“When I started designing purely for fun at the age of 14 I had two dream projects to work on, designing an NBA All-Star uniform and the other being designing an entire set of trading cards,” said Beck, a graphic artist. “Being located in Australia I always thought the chances to tick off that dream was slim to none.”

“What else intrigued me was the opportunity to be creative with the series of cards, which ideally would bring in a new market of fans due to the loud artistic approach to the various card designs,” Beck added.

While Beck has worked on many other sports projects including baseball, soccer and basketball, this was a first for him on trading cards. He usually works on a much larger space, so creating his art and getting them on small pieces of cardboard was a bit of a challenge.

He worked in a larger space to ensure the details were right. Then scaled the images down to fit on the cards. These are like large poster-sized creations shrunk to trading-card size, which make them easy to trade and collect.

“The biggest challenges were creating something unique and creative while being compliant and to have the entire series of cards feel like a set, but not to be repetitive,” Beck said. “It was challenging but in a positive way that allowed boundaries to be pushed and concepts improve over the time of developing the subset of cards.

“The other challenge was, being my first trading card project I’ve ever worked on I wasn’t familiar with best practice for parallel printing set-up, but Topps Art Director Jeff Zachowski was an amazing help and a wealth of knowledge throughout the whole project.

Beck looked for ways to push his imagination to come up with pieces of art that scream for attention.

In the case of Topps Fire, Beck’s re-imagination of the NFL stars puts the athletes in other worlds with meteorites falling around them or running through wisps of smoke.

“The process was different throughout the subsets. Some cards I scanned in elements of paint/water color and brought it all together in Photoshop. Other subsets were more imagery/effects driven so those were a combination of creating the effects and sourcing images that would work,” Beck said. “With the concepts on hand for some of the subsets I had to think how different colors will work and possibly clash for each team once applied. ”

2014 Topps Fire Football is out now. It features four hits per box with two autographs and two relics.

2015 TOPPS BASEBALL DELAYED

For all of you who are waiting and watching for the 2015 Topps baseball, we have some not so good news.  Due to the storms in the east, both of our distributors, who are on the west coast, have not gotten their Topps product.  It will be delayed to us at least until Thursday.  Please feel free to call the shop and check Thursday, before you make a special trip, to make sure it is in.  Thanks for your patience with Mother nature.

THIS WEEK NEWS FROM THE SHOP

We are getting really excited about our upcoming show on March 14th.  As in the past it will be in the fencing gym next door, from 10am to 5pm.  Mike Gardner from Beckett Grading service will be here once again to take in your cards for grading.  It’s nice because he sits down with you, helps you with the paperwork, then packages your cards to send in for grading.
Also, we have in the Gold Standard Basketball, as well as well as the 2014-15 UD Trilogy Hockey.  For all of our baseball fans, we will have the 2015 Topps Baseball Series 1 in next Wednesday February 4th.  The Spring Fever promotion will go along with that.  We will have the redemption cards that will be given one per $20 spent on the new product.  That can be redeemed for a special Spring Fever pack.  Hope you all have a great Super Bowl weekend!

NEW MAGIC

We have the new Magic the Gathering release in the shop today. It is the Fate Reforged set. We have the Dual & Intro Packs, Booster boxes, and a limited number of the Fat packs. We also have the Topps Soccer Premier Gold, and the Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball on the shelves right now. Have a great weekend, and hope to see you in the shop.

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