Panini NBA Player of the Day promotion returns for 2017

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

After many successful years in other sports, Panini America’s NBA Player of the Day promotion proved to be a big hit with both retailers and basketball card collectors last season and it is back again in 2017.

“First of all, the Player of the Day concept, which Panini has been doing on the football side for nearly 20 years is a proven program for hobby retailers,” said Doug Drotman, Program Administrator for the Panini NBA Player of the Day program. “It’s proven to sell more packs, which is goal number one, and two, it’s fun, enjoyable, and their customers like it.”

With a chance to win one of over 50,000 prizes, collectors everywhere will be breaking packs at their local card store between February 27 and April 5 for a daily chance to win a promotional pack of trading cards for pulling one featuring the Player of the Day or wild card company spokesmen Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant starting in March. Read More…

1916 Standard Biscuit Babe Ruth Baseball Card Approaching $250,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

One of the rarest Babe Ruth cards is closing in on $250,000. A 1916 Standard Biscuit Babe Ruth baseball card, graded PSA 4, currently sits at $240,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Sports Night sale. And when bids close on Saturday, February 25, it’s possible the card could go for more than double what a PSA 2 copy sold for just a few months ago.

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2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection Includes Two Bat Cards Per Box

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection Baseball follows in the footsteps of other releases under the Immortals name for the likes of Ichiro, Muhammad Ali and Pelé. Centering exclusively on the Sultan of Swat, this set takes Babe Ruth to the high-end.

Highlighting each six-card 2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection box is a pair of bat cards.

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Could These Autograph Cards Get a Boost with a 2017 Academy Award?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Whether it’s the World Series, Super Bowl, Olympic Gold, the Stanley Cup, an NBA Championship or any other trophy, the hobby loves winners. And with the Oscars being Hollywood’s answer to the Super Bowl, it’s possible there could be some cardboard implications.

A total of six acting nominees for the 2017 Academy Awards have autograph cards already. They range from big names in big sets to lesser-known faces still outside of the movie mainstream.

Of the six nominated actors and actresses with autograph cards, the one that’s most likely to win is also the cheapest.

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2016 Panini Plates and Patches Football Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Justin Grunert as they open some 2016 Panini Plates and Patches Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps MLB Sticker Collection — One for the Kids

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps MLB Sticker Collection is the polar opposite of Dynasty, Triple Threads and every other high-end product. It’s about the players and an affordable price tag aimed at getting kids into baseball and collecting.

And if you don’t think kids can get excited about simple stickers, here’s young Eli to change that.

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2017 Historic Autographs HOF Inductees Combine Baseball and Football Signatures

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Historic Autographs HOF Inductees is all about Hall of Fame signatures. And it doesn’t hold itself to just one sport. Each box promises three signed cards: one from baseball, one from football and a third that could be either.

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2017 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Makes New from Old

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Throwback Thursday makes new cards from old designs. Not that the concept is a new one from the card maker.

Like last year, the idea is to mash up recognizable elements from their large library of products and give them a different spin. Each week, a new mini set is released with a new theme and a different design.

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2016 Panini Plates and Patches Football Has a Printing Plate and Patch in Every Box

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Plates and Patches Football is one of those sets that can be taken literally based on its name. One could also add ink in there as every box has one signed card, a prime memorabilia card and a printing plate.

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2017 Donruss Racing Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

“Million Dollar Bill,” “Iceman,” “The Biff” — like any sport, NASCAR has its share of fun and memorable nicknames. Several of them take center stage with the 2017 Donruss Racing variations.

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2016 Panini Honors Football Is a Mix of New and Old

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Honors Football is a mix of new cards, old ones and upgraded ones. While it has a standalone base set, the product includes autographs from past products and some that have had autographs added to them.

Each 2016 Panini Honors Football box comes with three cards, two of which are signed.

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2016 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 3 Trading Cards Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Arrow isn’t only one of the most popular shows on the CW Network, in a short time that popularity has transferred over to entertainment trading cards. 2017 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 3 follows a similar pattern as the first two sets including an autograph and memorabilia card per box.

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2017 Topps Heritage Baseball Checklist Takes It Back to ’68

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Heritage Baseball takes things back to 1968, the year cross weave influenced card design and Nolan Ryan got a rookie card. All the cornerstones of the retro brand are still here but there are some cosmetic changes beyond the shift from 1967 to 1968 as far as design goes.

Although hits aren’t a major focus, hobby boxes continue to deliver one autograph or memorabilia card.

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2017 Rittenhouse Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collectors Set Series 2 Has First Alyson Hannigan Autographs in Almost 20 Years

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Rittenhouse Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collectors Set Series 2 features autographs from the show’s two biggest — and toughest — signatures.

But they come at a price.

Each factory set, which carries a suggested price of $399.99, comes with one of three signed cards, a set of Season Montage cards and one Metal card.

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2017 Topps Now Baseball Poised to Tell Season’s Story

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Now Baseball sees print-on-demand cards return for a second season. And while we await the start of the regular season, some changes and expansion of the program are already evident.

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2016-17 Upper Deck SPx Hockey Gets a Super-Premium Makeover

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Change is in the air with 2016-17 Upper Deck SPx Hockey. The brand is getting a major overhaul, perhaps its biggest since changing over from being an all-hologram product in its early days nearly two decades ago. Similar to Black Diamond last year, SPx moves from a premium brand to something even more high-end. Boxes now come with just four cards spread over four packs. Everything is either an autograph, memorabilia card or a “technology card,” a term Upper Deck uses for the premium-style base cards and other inserts.

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You’ve Never Seen Rocky Figures Like These Before

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Rocky franchise has been featured on multiple lines of figures over the years. NECA is the current license holder. And while most of their figures for the movie have been more on the traditional side, an upcoming piece is anything but.

In fact, the toy maker is going outside the movies. Instead, NECA is looking to an old iced tea commercial.

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Did Topps Just Unveil an Early Card of the Year Contender?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

We’re a week out from the release of 2017 Topps Heritage Baseball. And Topps has previewed what’s likely to be one of the most coveted cards in the product, particularly those into the set’s vintage leanings.

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Topps Comics Imprint Returns with Online-Exclusive Garbage Pail Kids Series

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps Comics are back. The card maker has gotten back into printing them with the release of a weekly Garbage Pail Kids comic.

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2016-17 Panini Instant NBA Basketball Checklist, Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

It was only a matter of time before Panini America was able to produce its first cards of Kevin Durant in a Golden State Warriors uniform and the company chose to utilize its exclusive athlete to kick off its 2016-17 Panini Instant NBA Basketball collection.

Available for just a short 24-hour window, the new set of on-demand cards have several numbered variations, including a facsimile signature option, which is a new concept for the brand. Read More…

Bowman Chrome Autograph Guide to Baseball America’s 2017 Top 100 Prospects

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Collectors have no shortage of resources when it comes to tracking prospects as they make their way to the majors. Depending on the amount of time you want to dedicate, there are sites that dig deep into stats on a daily basis. Others are merely casual prospectors. That’s where Baseball America‘s annual list of the top 100 prospects comes into play. And while the rankings are nice, collectors may want to take the next step and start gathering up some early cards.

Baseball America‘s  2017 Top 100 Prospects has some names that are already big ones in the hobby like Yoan Moncada, Dansby Swanson and the top-rated prospect, Andrew Benintendi. Some of the names on the deep list might not be quite so well known.

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2016-17 Donruss Optic Basketball ready to dazzle and deliver

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America‘s Optichrome technology has gained a great deal of momentum within the hobby in recent years and a big serving of it is coming to card stores and retail outlets soon with the arrival of 2016-17 Donruss Optic Basketball.

A brand that has seen some success so far in other sports, Optic will make its highly-anticipated basketball debut in early April. Each hobby box is expected to yield a single autograph along with 20 inserts or parallels. However, there are also multiple retail formats like blasters, fat packs, gravity feed packs, and hanger boxes which will have cards exclusive to those packaging formats. Read More…

2016 Panini Flawless Football Highlights Familiar Mix of Autographs, Patches and Gems

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

There’s high-end, there’s super high-end and then there’s products like 2016 Panini Flawless Football that take content (and price tags) into a totally different place. As with past versions of the product, the focus is on premium content in all regards like on-card autographs, patches and gems.

Each 2016 Panini Flawless Football box has ten cards, which breaks down to six autographs, a pair of memorabilia cards and two base cards or parallels.

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2017 Historic Autographs Friends-n-Foes Football Features Dual Cut Book Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Following the same path as baseball, 2017 Historic Autographs Friends-n-Foes Football is a product where everything is a cut signature. Actually, every card is a dual cut book card.

The product’s name comes from the pairings. Some highlight rivalries whereas others are focused on teammates.

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2017 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day Checklist and Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collecting hockey cards is a pastime that stretches back over a century and generations of fans have been able to bring home their favorite players from the days of pioneers such as Cyclone Taylor to modern superstars like Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews. Upper Deck has a strong understanding of how important it is to promote the hobby to a mainstream audience. With that in mind, 2017 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day takes February 18, 2017.

New collectors or seasoned hobbyists, can visit their local card store in both Canada and the United States to get their hands on an exclusive set and celebrate the joy that comes from breaking open a pack of hockey cards. Read More…

Auston Matthews Rookie Cards and More

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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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Panini America announces 2017 NBA All-Star plans

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

This weekend’s 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans is offering up plenty of fun for fans with a wide variety of events outside of the big game, but basketball collectors also have the chance to pick up some exclusive cards from Panini America as well.

The fun starts with a set of 2017 NBA All-Star Game cards featuring the 2016-17 NBA Hoops design and a special event logo that can be obtained at the company’s booths inside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center. Read More…

Who Are the 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Mystery Redemptions?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In most instances, mystery redemptions are for autographs of players to-be-named-later. The 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Mystery Redemptions took a simpler approach, offering short print updates for a pair of base cards.

And now the names have been unveiled.

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2017 Panini Aficionado Soccer Brings Back Short-Lived 1990s Brand

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Along with basketball, 2017 Panini Aficionado Soccer brings back a short-lived baseball brand from the mid 1990s. Like most of Panini’s other soccer sets, cards combine international pro leagues and various national teams.

Ten-pack 2017 Panini Aficionado Soccer boxes include both an autograph and a memorabilia card along with a handful of inserts. Parallels work out to one per pack.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Matt Bible as they open some 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Now Road to Opening Day Baseball Previews Season with Lots of Team Sets

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Now Road to Opening Day Baseball is a preview of sorts for the season ahead. Offered as team sets for every team in the majors, it’s a bit of a departure from most other Topps Now offerings.

Each team set is sold separately through the Topps website and comes with 15 cards. Some teams also have the option of buying an autographed edition that also includes a signed card.

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2017 Upper Deck Marvel Annual Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Upper Deck Marvel Annual trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Upper Deck arena promotions continue with Blackhawks, Gulls, and Moose – Oh my!

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Each season, Upper Deck holds several giveaways at a few NHL rinks, but the 2016-17 campaign marks the start of similar promotions at American Hockey League arenas and it all began earlier this week with the San Diego Gulls.

In addition to the farm team for the Anaheim Ducks getting a six-card collection and witnessing a 4-0 blanking of the rival Bakersfield Condors, fans of the Manitoba Moose will get some free cards of their local heroes when they play the San Antonio Rampage at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on February 23.

Just three days later, the Windy City be the site of a trading card night as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes. While there is a basic six-card pack for the first 10,000 fans in attendance, a seventh card of Patrick Kane will be available through the team shop as a bonus with purchase of an Upper Deck product. Read More…

Beckett Radio This Week: Ty Wilson of Breaker Culture, the Enduring Legacy of Zubaz

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This week the guys are joined by Ty Wilson of Breaker Culture to learn about the platform that he has created to help collectors become more informed about the breakers they use. It’s complete with a user-friendly rating system, links to breakers, and even a complimentary podcast to help learn a little more about the breakers themselves.

Next, David Wright returns to the show to talk about Zubaz, players’ wives, and Orenthal James Simpson as he breaks down 1991 Proline Portraits Football.

All that, plus winners, National Hockey Card Day, Eric Lindros and much more.

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2017 Topps Jay Lynch Tribute Set to Help a GPK, Wacky Packages Legend

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Topps Jay Lynch Tribute set has Topps and several of their artists honoring one of their own. All of the profits from the set, which is being sold on the Topps website, will go to support Lynch and his health bills.

The 11-card checklist highlights some of Lynch’s past Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages jokes, which have new paintings from artists currently working with the lines.

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