2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Combines Baseball, Entertainment, On-Demand Printing and Old Designs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Throwback Thursday sees the card maker continue to branch out with their online offerings. It’s not an over-sized set either. Rather, it’s an entirely new release of traditionally sized cards that mixes on-demand printing with a more familiar and less timely themes than 2016 Topps Now Baseball.

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2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution Wrestling Cards Head to Walmart

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution is a set dedicated to the ladies of wrestling’s biggest organization. The product, which is Topps’ first all-female wrestling release, is exclusive to Walmart.

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New rookie autographs shine in 2016-17 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Following a strong debut for the brand in the NBA market, Panini America is bringing its premium Black Gold product to fans of NCAA basketball this fall and the timing could not be more perfect as many of the players found inside will be making a strong impression at the pro level.

Boxes of 2016-17 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Basketball are loaded up with hits and have the first on-card autographs from the 2016 draft class. In fact, each box is slated to deliver two to three signed cards and at least two of them will be hard-signed. Throw in an attractive base set, limited memorabilia cards and the increasingly popular manufactured Metal Logo cards and this could be an early-season smash. Read More…

2016 Panini Gala Football Box Busters

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

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2017 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Reborn Trading Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

One of Topps’ most comprehensive Star Wars lines is returning after a nearly four-year absence. With new movies, TV shows and more to draw from, 2017 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Reborn covers all corners of the expansive fictional universe.

The large checklist delves deep into characters with other areas of the product digging even further.

Hobby boxes come with two total autographs or premium inserts.

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Gary Sanchez Rookie Cards and Prospects Cards Round-Up

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

At the start of the 2016 season, Gary Sanchez was one of the top prospects in the Yankees system. Still, there wasn’t a lot of mainstream buzz surrounding him. Even at the All-Star Break, the catcher wasn’t generating a ton of chatter. But then a funny thing happened and home runs started ripping off the rookie’s bat at a record pace. Now interest in Gary Sanchez rookie cards and his early prospect cards is growing.

So what are his rookies and cards to watch? We’ve got you covered.

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Panini Box Busters Special Edition with Slipknot’s Chris Fehn (AKA No. 3)

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Chris from Slipknot (also known as No. 3) stopped by the Beckett offices today to bust some 2016 Panini Immaculate Baseball, 2016 Panini Gala Football and 2016 Panini Origins Football with Beckett Media’s Derek Ficken.

Check out what Chris pulls and find out what he collects on his own and why. You can also win some 2016 Gala Football.

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2016 Panini Prizm Football Hobby Shifts to Jumbo Format

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Prizm Football is still all about the shine and color that comes with virtually every chromium release in every sport. However, Panini is shifting things up a little with its configuration, making regular hobby boxes something more like the brand’s jumbo boxes have been in the past. That means fewer packs per box (12 versus last year’s 20) but those packs come with 12 cards each instead of four.

As far as what’s expected in a box, 2016 Panini Prizm Football averages three autographs and ten Prizm parallels numbered to 299 or less.

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2016 Topps Star Wars Attack of the Clones 3D Widevision Trading Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Attack of the Clones isn’t regarded by many as a classic. Too many conversations between Anakin and Padmé ensured that didn’t happen. Still, it’s Star Wars and that means something. 2016 Topps Star Wars Attack of the Clones 3D Widevision wraps up the prequel trilogy in the over-sized lenticular format.

Like the previous couple of 3D Widevision sets, it’s also an online-exclusive.

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Here’s How Stranger Things Defines Friends (Hint: It Involves Cards)

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

You’re watching Stranger Things on Netflix, right? If not, you should be. It’s probably the most ’80s thing since 1987 Topps Baseball.

The theme of friendship plays a key role in the show as a group of 12-year-olds search for their missing pal who mysteriously vanishes. It’s a lot more complicated than that, but there’s BMX rides, Steven Spielberg references and unironic wearing of trucker hats.

And when it comes to defining exactly what friendship is, they tie it right into collecting.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio Hockey.

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2016 Topps Crossover Crosses the Physical, Digital Streams

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Crossover combines two things the card maker has been experimenting with in recent years — digital and on-demand cards. The set’s cards are released simultaneously on a corresponding app as digital cards and as physical cards on the Topps website.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey returns with new configuration and hot rookies

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With an all-new configuration, 2016-17 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey is looking to step a bit outside of its normal method of delivering collectors some of the first rookie autograph cards of the season and an impressive array of signed cards and memorabilia hits.

This season, the product moves into a new packaging format with eight packs in each box with the chance to pull two autographs on average. Expected to be an early January release, it promises a greater focus on rookie content and the return of the increasingly popular Signature Pucks cards Trilogy has become known for. Read More…

2016 Panini Prime Cuts Baseball Features Autographs, Memorabilia and a Tiered Structure

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It has been four years since Prime Cuts last appeared. For its return, 2016 Panini Prime Cuts Baseball centers on autographs and memorabilia cards. In fact, it’s all autographs and memorabilia cards with five per box.

If you collect certain players or teams, many of the elements within the set are going to prove to be challenging with several versions of similar cards being done in addition to the traditional parallels.

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Special Edition 2016 Topps Chrome Baseball Factory Set Includes 2 Superfractors

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Chrome Baseball is getting a special edition factory set. Well, 2016 Topps Baseball is getting a Topps Chrome factory set. And each one comes with a pair of Superfractors.

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2016 Panini Origins Football Might Be a New Brand But It’s Definitely Familiar

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With Topps not making physical football cards for the foreseeable future, that means no Topps Inception. But if you were a fan of the brand, 2016 Panini Origins Football should seem familiar. It has a similar look, configuration and even name to Topps’ defunct brand.

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2016 Topps Now UFC Brings On-Demand Trading Card Model to the Octagon

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps Now started in baseball before moving to episodic television with Preacher. The on-demand brand’s third stop is the Octagon with 2016 Topps Now UFC.

Beginning with the milestone UFC 200, 2016 Topps Now UFC produces cards for key fights within hours of the events themselves. Available exclusively on the Topps website, print runs are limited to what’s ordered.

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PSA 10 1979-80 Topps Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card Sells for $200,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It has been a big month for Wayne Gretzky rookie cards. First, the lone PSA 10 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee Wayne Gretzky rookie went for $465,000 during Goldin Auctions’ 2016 Premium Live Auction at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City. Now a PSA 10 Topps Wayne Gretzky rookie reached $200,976 in Memory Lane Inc’s Summer Vintage Rarities 2016 sale.

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2016 Topps Now WWE Debuts with Key SummerSlam Matches

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Now WWE sees the continued expansion of the on-demand line. Starting with SummerSlam, the online-exclusive will feature big matches and key events.

Like baseball, UFC and other Topps Now products, the cards are offered for a limited time. When that sales window closes, those that are ordered are the only ones printed.

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2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball.

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1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson Tops $667,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Not a lot of “Shoeless” Joe Jackson cards were released during his playing days. Of those that were, the 1909 E90-1 American Caramel Joe Jackson ranks among his best and most valuable. Need proof? A copy of the card sold for $667,149 on Sunday, August 21.

Graded PSA 8 NM-MT, it was the top-selling item in SCP’s Mid Summer Classic Auction 2016.

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2016 Topps Now Baseball Details, Checklist, Print Runs — Everything You’re Looking For

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Now Baseball is bringing cards into real-time. These aren’t digital cards. Rather, they’re highlight cards that are being printed as events and achievements happen over the course of the season.

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$15K for the Star Wars: Force Awakens Chrome Daisy Ridley Superfractor Autograph?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It only took a few hours. What’s likely to be the top card in 2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome — and probably the biggest Star Wars trading card in almost a decade — the Daisy Ridley Superfractor autograph has already been pulled and found its way to eBay with a hefty price tag.

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Here’s Who Has 2016 The Flash Season 1 Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Between all of its central characters and ever-changing (and expanding) gallery of villainous rogues, there’s no shortage of potential for the 2016 Cryptozoic The Flash Season 1 Autographs checklist.

But while it can be easy to come up with a dream lineup, things don’t always work out that way. Rather than speculate, Cryptozoic has started to unveil exactly who is signing for the release.

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2016 Topps Now MLS Soccer Features Cards in Near Real-Time

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Now MLS is the first set of on-demand soccer cards from the company. Joining a growing roster that also includes baseball, UFC and more, the cards are intended to highlight major games, events and achievements in near real-time.

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2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek 50th Anniversary Includes Autographs from All 5 TV Captains

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek 50th Anniversary trading cards take on the entirety of the TV franchise. That means it goes well beyond the Original Series, which was the focus of its own release earlier in 2016. This time around, Captain Kirk and his crew are joined by the characters of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and more.

Although more premium than the typical set of Star Trek trading cards, autographs are still a major focal point with two per box. Each box also has a relic book card.

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2016 Bowman Platinum Baseball Confirmed as Walmart-Exclusive, Checklist Inside

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Bowman Platinum Baseball marks the return of the prospecting brand after a one-year absence. The set is exclusive to Walmart. Sticking with past incarnations, there’s plenty of color in the form of parallels. Autographs are also a big focus.

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2016-17 Upper Deck MVP Hockey Box Busters

2016-17 Upper Deck MVP Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP Hockey.

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2016 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives: Spectre Edition Trading Cards Info

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives: Spectre Edition arrives just over one year after the 24th (official) film for the franchise hit the big screen. And while Spectre gets much of the attention, like other recent Bond sets, there’s significant content for other movies in the series as well.

Autographs are inserted two per box. Among those on the checklist are the first signed James Bond cards from several key members of the Spectre cast.

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2016 Topps WWE Undisputed Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Topps WWE Undisputed.

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2016 Topps US Olympic Team Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Matt Bible as they open some 2016 Topps US Olympic Team trading cards.

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2016 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Justin Grunert as they open some 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Baseball.

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2016 Panini Phoenix Football Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Phoenix Football is not a product dedicated to the Arizona Cardinals. The name evokes images of something rising from the ashes. But this is a new brand. What about fire? Panini showed with 2016 Origins Football that they can be inspired directly by their competitors. But 2016 Phoenix Football isn’t Topps Fire Redux, either. Rather, it’s a line centers on abstract backgrounds and lots of color — kind of like a mash-up of Panini’s Totally Certified, Elite and Momentum lines.

Big colors aside, 2016 Panini Phoenix Football has three total autographs and memorabilia cards per box.

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2016 Topps Stadium Club Premier League Soccer Highlights Action and Photography

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Stadium Club Premier League Soccer marks the first time the sport has been portrayed in the photography-centric brand in more than 20 years. The set aims to capture the action and emotion from the pitch of one of soccer’s top league’s.

Although the base set is the main focus, autographs and other inserts are also included in the product. Each hobby box comes with a pair of signed cards.

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Who’s Signing 2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1 Autographs?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

From flawed heroes to villains we can somehow relate to, there’s a deep shade of grey that resides in TV’s Gotham. There’s one place this doesn’t hold true and that’s on the 2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1 Autographs checklist. Once the names are announced, it’s black and white. They’re in the set. While the roster continues to take shape, all signs point towards a deep checklist of both regular and recurring characters.

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