Get geared up for strong hits in 2017 Panini Torque Racing


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The brand that helped launch a new age of premium NASCAR cards is back for a second straight year and 2017 Panini Torque Racing pulls into hobby shops in late May.

With at least one hit in every pack, expect to find an average of three autographs and two memorabilia cards from your favorite drivers inside each five-pack hobby box. Read More…

Top 10 1980s Donruss Baseball Rookie Cards


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Donruss, along with Fleer, changed the landscape of 1980s baseball cards when they joined Topps in 1981. Over the next several years, Donruss would include many Rookie Cards in their products. Some memorable, others a little less so.

With the introduction of the Rated Rookie in 1984, it gave many Donruss Rookie Cards a little branding. This was particularly true in the latter part of the decade.

The 1980s were a big time for baseball cards. With that came several great RCs under the Donruss banner. While on-field play, awards and Hall of Fame status play big roles in where the values on these cards stand, they’re not the only factors. Print runs, condition sensitivity and basic nostalgia can also come into play.

For the most part, Donruss Rookie Cards from the 1980s remain affordable, even the biggest ones. But that’s common for most cards from the decade. Professionally graded copies can be much more valuable, although that’s still very much relative.

So what are baseball’s most valuable Donruss Rookie Cards from the 1980s? Let’s count them down.

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National Treasures Football Most Valuable RCs


In the May issue of Beckett Football (on sale now), we take a look at the incredible history and impact the National Treasures Football brand has had on the hobby. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, we examine the key cards from each year since the product debuted in 2006.

What we didn’t have room for was the list and pricing of the brand’s top 20 most valuable Rookie Cards. So, we’ve included it below as a quick reference and an interesting look at some of the RCs that have matter the most over the past decade. Which ones do you own or want to add to your collection?

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2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball captures the spirit of 1968 with Nolan Ryan, minis, and more

Heritage High Numbers

By Dave Sliepka | Beckett Baseball Editor

2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball picks up where the 500-card base set left off. In a continuing nod to 1968 Topps Baseball, this is not Series Two, it’s not Update. True to the late 1960s, it’s High Number!

Just like its base series set predecessor, look for one auto or one memorabilia card per hobby box. Plus, you will find one 1968 Style Box Loader per box. Read More…

Hot rookie autos and more coming in 2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

There are few releases more anticipated this season than 2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball and it is the best place to get autographed Rookie Cards from promising talents that are making a splash at the big league level now or in the future.

Available as either Hobby or Home Team Advantage Choice boxes, there are certain perks to purchasing either type. Hobby boxes come with a pair of autographs along with an all-new Prospect Shimmer parallel and two 2016 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars inserts. The HTA Choice option offers up three autographs in a box instead to cut right to the chase for some collectors. Read More…

1988 Starting Lineup Basketball Cards Are Worth Another Look (Or a First)


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you collected Starting Lineup figures, you probably collected cards already or didn’t care about them. Either way, the cards that came with the toys were often tossed aside — that is if they managed to survive the bending and tearing of the blister package. Today, that overlooked status and destructive attitude bodes well for the 1988 Starting Lineup Basketball card set, one that has some nice early cards from a few of the game’s legends.

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Upper Deck to issue Oilers Biography of a Season cards at Edmonton’s Summit Show


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Summit Show in Edmonton, Alberta has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years and Upper Deck is going to be in attendance at the next edition at Millennium Place on April 22 and 23.

Thanks to a partnership with Universal Distribution and Grosnor Distribution, collectors will be able to receive an exclusive 10-card Biography of a Season set featuring some of the biggest moments of the 2016-17 season that have been witnessed by Edmonton Oilers fans. Read More…

Get ready for lots of lumber with 2016-17 In The Game Stickwork Hockey


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The hockey stick can be a thing of beauty when pieces of it appear in a card, and collectors have long coveted shards from the tools used by their heroes to score and even prevent goals. Several years ago, a line dedicated to these pieces of lumber was launched and 2016-17 In The Game Stickwork Hockey from Leaf Trading Cards looks to build on that concept.

With four game-used stick cards in each box, Leaf is drawing from an impressive inventory which represents every era of the game. Naturally, there will be a heavy focus on vintage players – with up to eight of them per card. It is pegged for an early May release, which is just in time for the Spring 2017 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo. Read More…

Yoan Moncada Rookie Cards and More


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Since making his MLB debut, the prospect of Yoan Moncada Rookie Cards became reality. Not only is he a player with tons of potential, but he was going to rise to stardom playing for one of the most high profile teams in baseball, the Boston Red Sox.

And then Yoan Moncada was traded.

Now a member of the Chicago White Sox and a cornerstone of their future, that doesn’t change the outlook on Moncada’s potential. He’s still touted as a future star. And as far as Yoan Moncada Rookie Cards and other early cards go, the change in teams shouldn’t alter his hobby outlook too much. Granted, the White Sox aren’t quite as popular as Boston on a global scale but they’re not exactly a small market team, either.

Moncada’s first cards came out in 2015 courtesy of Panini and Leaf. Topps held off until 2016 for his first MLB cards. Rookie Cards can be found in 2017 products.

We’ve got a full breakdown of the Yoan Moncada Rookie Cards as well as details on many of his other important early cards.

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Panini America and Cleveland Cavaliers to hold arena promotion


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

There is a special treat in store for folks attending Saturday’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and visiting Washington Wizards as Panini America will be giving away a pack of trading cards to every fan in the house. Read More…

Remember Upper Deck’s Multiple Exposure Baseball Cards?


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Upper Deck’s early sets were marked with several innovations like holograms, foil packs and pushy glossy card stock as a sports card norm. But there’s another thing that stood out to me — multiple exposure cards.

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Top 30 Topps Tiffany Cards


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you collected Topps cards from the mid-1980s through the early part of the ’90s, chances are you have at least one of you favorite star’s Rookie Cards if not a small stack. There’s a good chance you have their other non-Rookies too. And if you don’t now, a few dollars (at the most) would be all it’d probably take to land them today. But now that you’re a little older and maybe want to rekindle or stoke that love for 1980s baseball cards with something a little bit fancier, what do you do? Enter, Topps Tiffany, a premium take on the era’s cards that carry significantly more value.

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2016-17 Leaf Best of Basketball to deliver premium buybacks


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

One of the most popular repack products in the hobby is back again for this season and collectors should expect some major hits when breaking open 2016-17 Leaf Best of Basketball.

Expected to be released later this Spring, each pack will contain one premium buyback card along with a specially-created commemorative card that looks back at the career of the legendary Magic Johnson. Read More…

Kickstarter Spotlight: 2017 Sidekick Labs Creeping Flesh Trading Cards

2017 Sidekick Labs Creeping Flesh Pack

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Sidekick Labs Creeping Flesh trading cards spotlight the monster artwork of Dan Brereton. Packaged as a premium pack-style factory set, there are both retro and modern elements.

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2017 Panini Elite Draft Picks Football Offers a Pre-Draft Primer

2017 Panini Elite Draft Picks Football Base header

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Elite Draft Picks Football offers a couple of firsts. For starters, it kicks off the manufacturer’s new season in the sport. It also marks Elite’s debut as a collegiate spinoff brand, joining Prizm, Contenders, National Treasures and others.

It also marks some of the first cards of the incoming rookie crop.

Each 2017 Panini Elite Draft Picks Football box comes with five packs. Each pack has an autograph.

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2017 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Checklist Channels the Art of the Game


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just as it has from its debut as a subset in 1982 Donruss, 2017 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball takes an artful look at the game. It offers a distinct look, a far-reaching checklist and plenty of parallels and inserts.

Twelve-pack hobby boxes come with a pair of autographs or memorabilia.

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2017 Topps Heritage Baseball Box Busters

2017 Topps Heritage Baseball Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Topps Heritage Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives: Final Edition Trading Cards Include Big-Name Signatures


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives: Final Edition wraps up the card maker’s multi-year look back at the various films in the franchise in the form of large retro-style inserts. The product also includes a deep autograph checklist that includes multiple Bonds, big-name stars and iconic characters.

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2016-17 Panini Aficionado Basketball Checklist Looks to Capitalize on 90s Nostalgia


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

A little over 20 years ago, trading card maker Pinnacle put out a premium baseball product that truly stood out at the time due to its use of neat printing techniques and other gimmicks. It lasted just a season, though, but aspects of it left a lasting impression with collectors.

Flash forward to today, and basketball collectors are about to get a taste of that same nostalgia with a few modern twists. While 2016-17 Panini Aficionado Basketball is not likely to have a box scented like bubble gum like the original release, there is certainly plenty of retro-syle fun featuring the NBA’s best and new textured print technology, too. Read More…

2017 Topps Mars Attacks: The Revenge! Trading Cards Strike in Factory Set Form


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

You’d think one day the Martians would learn. But they keep coming back, even after 55 years. 2017 Topps Mars Attacks: The Revenge! brings back the iconic trading card franchise as a premium factory set.

Each box set of the hobby-only product has a full base set, a bunch of parallels, a sketch card and an additional premium insert.

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Undertaker Autograph Cards Coming from Topps

2017 Topps WWE Autographs Undertaker

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In some major regards, The Undertaker is a model of consistency. So when he breaks from his norm, you notice it.

Remember when Brock Lesnar finally broke The Streak?

Another place where The Undertaker has made few exceptions is with autograph cards. During his long career, the wrestling legend has signed cards twice.

But that’s about to change. Topps has Undertaker autograph cards on the way.

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Dak Prescott Rookie Cards Ranked


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Heading into his first training camp, Dak Prescott Rookie Cards were pretty quiet. All the talk with the Dallas Cowboys was focused on Ezekiel Elliott. And for good reason. Elliott had the potential to be an exciting player with lots of personality at a key position — which he has lived up to himself.

As far as the card collecting world was concerned, Dak Prescott cards were a consolation prize if you had the Cowboys in a break and got skunked on Elliott.

It’s amazing how quickly things changed.

After a couple of strong games, Prescott started to get people to take notice. And then it kept going Understandably, Dak Prescott Rookie Cards have exploded. Combine that with the stellar play of Elliott and the Cowboys had an unprecedented rookie double-whammy in 2016 products.

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Upper Deck announces Spring Expo redemption plans


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Spring 2017 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo is just a few weeks away and collectors from around the world are heading to the show with box breaking on their mind. Luckily for them, Upper Deck is once again holding a massive redemption program at its booth along with many of the fun activities and interactions they have come to expect.

It all starts on Friday, May 5 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario and runs through the weekend. There will be promotions for those breaking boxes or those brave enough to crack a case of certain 2016-17 Upper Deck products and there are plenty of Parkhurst Priority Signings autographs to be found inside. Read More…

Auston Matthews Rookie Cards and More


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Now that he’s made his NHL debut, Auston Matthews Rookie Cards are here. It started officially with his 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Young Guns card and will continue throughout the season.

But even before that, there were a few options for Auston Matthews cards in the form of promo sets and redemptions.

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Upper Deck continues NHL arena promotions as season winds down


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The playoff race is in full swing, but hockey card collectors at certain NHL rinks are getting a special bonus as they come through the gates in the form of a pack of trading cards produced by Upper Deck.

While Beckett Hockey has reported on some of these promotions thus far this season, the company has provided further details and images for the most recent and upcoming giveaways. Read More…

2017 Score Football Features a Big Checklist with Lots of Rookies


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With a couple of college-centered draft products coming before it, 2017 Score Football kicks off the new NFL card season as far as packs and boxes go. The long-standing brand returns with another big checklist and a hobby configuration that emphasizes jumbo packs.

Hobby boxes come with four autographs plus a bunch of inserts and Rookie Cards.

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2017 Topps Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trading Cards Lay Groundwork for Episode VIII


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi trading cards set the stage for the eighth film in the saga’s main timeline. While collectors can expect some early elements from The Last Jedi, the focus is more on putting together the puzzle of the many characters and events influencing the story.

Each hobby box promises at least one autograph plus one additional premium insert such as sketch cards and new Plastic Emblem cards.

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2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft High Series Football Continues Where the First Set Left Off

Sage Logo

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft High Series Football is a Series 2 of sorts, expanding on where Low Series left off. Once again driven by prospects, each hobby box has 15 cards. Each pack also includes an inserts and a parallel, totalling 20 of each per box.

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2017 Leaf History of Baseball Cut Signature Edition Details

2017 Leaf History of Baseball Cut Signature Edition Box

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As you might expect from the title, 2017 Leaf History of Baseball Cut Signature Edition is an all-autograph product. It’s a straightforward approach, albeit one that includes cuts from every current player in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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2017 Topps Now World Baseball Classic Ins and Outs

W-46 Adam Jones

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Now World Baseball Classic is a natural extension of the print-on-demand line. And while much of the format and delivery is the same as other sets under the Topps Now brand, there are a couple of new spins as well.

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2017 Topps Now Spring Training Baseball Highlights Moments from MLB’s Preseason

ST-4 New York Yankees

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As the Topps Now program enters its second year, things continue to evolve. 2017 Topps Now Spring Training Baseball highlights in-game action leading up to the main season.

Cards are sold individually through the Topps website and, like regular Topps Now cards, available for just 24 hours.

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2017 Upper Deck Goon: Last of the Enforcers Trading Cards Offer Up a Doug Glatt “Rookie Card”


By Ryan Cracknell and Stephen Laroche

As Goon: Last of the Enforcers opens in theatres across Canada, the comedy sequel has received a set of hockey cards. 2017 Upper Deck Goon: Last of the Enforcers arrives as a promo set that’s being distributed a couple of different ways throughout Canada in the weeks ahead.

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Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards and More


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Be prepared to hear a fair bit about Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards as his first full season in the majors plays out. His cards have been that way since the first ones debuted in 2015.

But now the Red Sox super prospect sits atop Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects. The fact that he plays in Boston certainly adds to the attention as well. It’s not like it’s coming out of nowhere, though.

Having appeared in 34 games last year, Benintendi already has a taste of MLB play. The sample size was a small one, but so far, so good. Combine that with his couple of seasons in the minors and there are more reasons to see a future star versus an overrated bust.

The first Andrew Benintendi cards came out in 2015, not long after the Red Sox selected him with the seventh overall pick in the draft. Among those first cards are autographs in several prospect-driven sets including 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft.

His MLB debut came late in 2016. That was too late for Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards in 2016 products. Instead, they’ll be included throughout 2017. On top of regular base cards, expect there to be plenty of inserts as well, including autographs and other premium offerings.

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2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball Shifts Focus to Active Players


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

For the past couple of years, Topps Archives Signature Series has offered autographed buybacks of retired players. 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball takes a similar approach with regards to signed original cards. However, the checklist consists of active players this time around.

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2016-17 Fleer Showcase Hockey Box Busters

2016-17 Fleer Showcase Hockey Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016-17 Fleer Showcase Hockey.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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