2017 Topps Opening Day Baseball Digs Into Ballpark Eats and Bobblehead Giveaways

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The game might be the draw, but there’s an experience to going to the ballpark. That’s a big part of the focus of 2017 Topps Opening Day Baseball when it comes to inserts. The low-end brand returns with a base set that’s almost déja vu to the main 2017 Topps Baseball release. But it’s in those inserts — and cheap price tag — that Opening Day gets its identity.

Among the additions to the 2017 Topps Opening Day Baseball insert lineup are sets dedicated to bobbleheads and stadium food.

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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids disg-Race to the White House Brings the Election to the Home Stretch

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The lead-up to the U.S. Presidential election has had its share of jokes, memes and gags. And the GPK gang aren’t letting up just yet. 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids disg-Race to the White House is yet another online exclusive, print-on-demand series to make light of the people looking to run the world’s most powerful nation.

Switching gears from previous primary and political GPK sets released this year, disg-Race to the White House focuses more on single cards sold on their own at separate times rather than small sets. When multiple cards are available at the same time, bundles are offered, though.

The plan is to cover events in a timely fashion, but with an obvious parody spin. For example, within a couple of days of the first debate, the infamous “400 lb. hacker” as mentioned in one of the many soundbites had a card in the GPK Universe. Following that, it took only a short time for the controversy surrounding Donald Trump and former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, to be immortalized on a card.

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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 Star Wars Rogue One: Mission Briefing Trading Card Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One: Mission Briefing trading cards delve into the background of how the first in a planned series of films that delve into side stories for the expansive franchise. Like Journey to the Force Awakens, the set is done with nostalgia in mind, borrowing from Original Trilogy card designs. The old-school Topps Heritage-style card stock is also being used for the release.

Hobby boxes fall in line with a lot of other recent Star Wars sets, delivering a pair of premium inserts from a selection that includes autographs, sketch cards, patch cards and printing plates.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Tim Hortons Hockey Cards Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

After the success of last year’s set, it shouldn’t be a shock that 2016-17 Upper Deck Tim Hortons Hockey cards arrived as an encore. The sophomore release features many of the same elements but with new designs and some new inserts. There’s also an augmented reality twist for collectors with smart phones.

Looking for 2016-17 Upper Deck Tim Horton’s Hockey card values? They’re now listed in the Beckett price guide.

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2016 Panini Instant NASCAR Brings Racing Into the World of Print-on-Demand Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The print-on-demand Panini Instant line is growing. 2016 Panini Instant NASCAR joins the ranks of basketball, football and soccer.

Like its real-time brethren, the idea is to offer cards shortly after races, giving collectors something timely to chase.

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Mookie Betts Rookie Card Countdown

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Although he has been a key piece for the Boston Red Sox since his debut in 2014, it wasn’t until a couple of years later that Mookie Betts broke out both on the field and in the hobby. And as he excels in all areas of the game — while playing for one of baseball’s most high-profile teams — Mookie Betts rookie cards and other key cards in his portfolio are gaining more attention.

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2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek TNG Portfolio Prints Series 2 Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek TNG Portfolio Prints Series 2.

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2016 Topps Now Postseason Baseball Features Team Sets, Extra Cards for Winning Teams

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Now Baseball has been about the moments and stories of the season. 2016 Topps Now Postseason Baseball takes a slightly different approach. While there’s still the story element, in some ways, it’s more of a cumulative approach. But there is still a timely element as more cards get added with every postseason series.

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2015 Rittenhouse Star Trek TNG Portfolio Prints Series 1 Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2015 Rittenhouse Star Trek TNG Portfolio Prints Series 1.

What will they find? Keep reading, watch and find out.

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Contest — Enter to Win a 2016 Absolute Brett Favre Auto Jersey and a 1/1 Emmitt Smith

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Our recent 2016 Panini Absolute Football Box Busters yielded a couple of really big cards — a HOF Jersey Autograph Brett Favre and a one-of-one Emmitt Smith Purple parallel.

2016 Panini Absolute Football Base Black Emmitt Smith

And we’re giving them away.

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Goldin Auctions puts rookie year LeBron James Logoman on the block

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

For many player collectors, there is always one card that proves to be incredibly desirable and elusive at the same time. One wonders if it is stashed away in someone’s personal collection or still sitting inside of a pack, but for those that chase key cards of LeBron James, one of those holy grail-level items is up for auction and the eventual winner will have a true cardboard treasure in their hands.

The 2003-04 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Logos autographed patch card is regarded as one of those treasured cards and it is up for bidding now via The Great American Trading Card Auction from Goldin Auctions. Read More…

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League variations take a couple of routes. For the most part, they’re not nearly as complicated and exhaustive as their MLB counterparts in both the main 2016 Heritage and High Number sets. That said, that doesn’t mean that 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League doesn’t have some surprises.

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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 2 Prime Slime Trashy TV Checklist

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It’s a good time to be a fan of TV right now. Not only are a lot of the shows among the best ever produced, but we can watch them almost anytime we want thanks to the miracle of technology. Another sign the television landscape is good? It’s getting spoofed. 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 2, which comes with the sub name Prime Slime Trashy TV, takes on the best and worst of the small screen.

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2016 Topps Now Election Trading Cards Jump Into the Debate

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Presidential Election is giving us plenty of soundbites. You know what else it’s providing? Trading cards. 2016 Topps Now Election cards follow in the footsteps of their other print-on-demand products, offering cards of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for just 24 hours.

The first three cards all center on their first debate.

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2016 Panini Absolute Football Box Busters — Win a Brett Favre Autograph, Emmitt Smith 1/1

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

And you’ll want to read through to the end if you’d like a chance at the one-of-one Emmitt Smith or the jersey autograph from a former Green Bay quarterback. What’s his name? Oh, yeah — Brett Favre.

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2016 Panini Instant Football Cards Offer Quick Turnaround as NFL Season Unfolds

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Instant Football marks the first set of print-on-demand cards from the company where the launch coincided with the start of a pro season.

Like other Panini Instant products and ones like it, the main idea is to capture events and storylines on cards as they happen with a turnaround time of days rather than months.

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Leaf gives collectors a shot a Jack Eichel autographs via private signings

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

As most hockey card collectors know, Jack Eichel has an exclusive autograph deal with Leaf Trading Cards – but there is now a chance for them to get their cards produced by other companies of the Buffalo Sabres sophomore inked through an upcoming private signing.

Collectors will have the option to have a autographed sticker applied to their card or can wait until the event is completed to receive a hard-signed autograph. Read More…

2016 Historic Autographs Originals 1970s Baseball Combines Cut Signatures, Buyback Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Historic Autographs Originals 1970s Baseball mixes original cards from the decade with cut signatures. The two are combined to create something new. A total of 100 players are featured in the limited edition release, over half of which are Hall of Famers.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 3

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Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for NFL Week 3.

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Sorry for the delay guys, I was out sick yesterday. I am back today though and ready to give away some cards!

Veteran of the Week:

Aaron Rodgers, QB, Packers

(205 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, 129.3 QB Rating)

Aaron Rodgers says he is back and with numbers like he posted in Sunday’s win over the Lions it is hard to argue with him. He hit Jordy Nelson for two of his four scores while Richard Rodgers and Davante Adams got the other two. Rodgers had been in a slump going back to last season and his card prices reflected that. While his prices didn’t drop they were selling closer to low column values. If he can lead the Packers to more wins and put up big numbers his value should climb back to the hi column quickly.

Cards to Grab:

2005 Bowman Chrome #221 AU/199 RC ($750)

2005 Exquisite Collection #106 JSY AU/199 RC ($1500)

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Decision 2016 Series 2 Trading Cards Delve Deeper Into the Election

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As the election rolls on, more stories have emerged (and more controversies). Decision 2016 Series 2 builds off of those. Releasing close to voting time, this time around the product is taking a more limited approach. While the first set had a wide reach in retail, Series 2 is a hobby-only release with a smaller print run. It also focuses more on inserts and premium cards than the first set.

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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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Is Your 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Tin Signed by Connor McDavid?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re ripping into 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Hockey, you’re likely looking for high-end autographs and low-numbered memorabilia cards from hockey’s finest.

But that first autograph might arrive before you even get to the cards.

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Carson Wentz Rookie Cards Ranked

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Heading into the 2016 NFL Draft, it was a toss up as to whether Carson Wentz or Jared Goff would go first overall. The Rams ended up going for Goff. But that appears to have worked out nicely for the Philadelphia Eagles who ended up with the North Dakota State alum. And while there was little doubt whether Carson Wentz rookie cards would be hot heading into the season, a tremendous start has made him the front runner over Goff in the hobby.

And while the season ahead is long and there are plenty more Carson Wentz rookie cards to come, his portfolio is already large. The mix covers both basic cards and premium autographs, plentiful print runs and the extremely scarce.

Want to know which are the best? We’ve ranked the most valuable Carson Wentz rookie cards so you can find the one that’s right for you.

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2016 Topps Now WWE Checklist, Gallery and Everything Else About the Print-on-Demand Set

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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 Leaf Live Features Print-on-Demand Multi-Sport, News and Entertainment Focus

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Leaf Live is live. The card maker follows in the footsteps of Topps Now and Panini Instant to offer trading cards with on-demand print runs.

To launch the line, Leaf offered a Gene Wilder memorial card. The legendary actor passed away yesterday at the age of 83. But the eclectic nature of the set seemed to take shape a little more a couple of days later with the addition of Yoan Moncada, a prospect called up by the Boston Red Sox. A few days after that, Leaf added Dak Prescott to commemorate the rookie’s spot as the Dallas Cowboys’ Week 1 starting quarterback.

Things soon got political with a card commemorating the September 26 debate between Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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2016-17 Panini Eternal Trading Cards Take a Print-on-Demand Approach to Classic Events

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016-17 Panini Eternal is taking a different approach to print-on-demand trading cards. We’re still in the early days of such products but those that do exist, like Panini Instant, Topps Now and Leaf Live, have used time to their advantage. They’ve all relied on quick turnovers to create cards of recent events quickly.

Panini Eternal is flipping that with cards of big moments in sports from the past and including memorabilia from these games and events.

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2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek TOS 50th Anniversary Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Matt Bible as they open some 2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek TOS 50th Anniversary.

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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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The Perfect Jose Fernandez Card to Remember Him By

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary

Like many, I woke to the tragic news of a boating accident that killed Jose Fernandez and two others. My feelings are still raw and they will be for a while.

I didn’t know Jose Fernandez and because he played in Miami, not many of his games made aired over here on the West Coast. A lot of what I knew about the young pitcher came from highlights and baseball cards.

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2016 Topps Heritage High Number Variations Include Throwbacks, Errors

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

We knew there was going to be 2016 Topps Heritage High Number variations. Topps announced Action Image and Color Swap versions up front in the initial sales material. Plus, it’s Heritage. It turns out, there’s actually a couple of surprises as well. Just like the earlier main 2016 Topps Heritage Baseball release, the High Numbers come with Throwback Jersey and Error variations as well.

And here’s how you can spot them.

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FREE Star Trek Trading Cards and Action Figure Price Guide

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When it comes to trading cards and collectibles, Star Trek has few equals. It’s an undisputed classic that has captured the imagination and passion of multiple generations of collectors. And as the franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary, we thought we’d get in on the celebration by putting together a Star Trek trading cards and action figure price guide.

And it’s free.

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2017 Topps Rediscover Ultimate Card Giveaway Expands, Revamps Buybacks

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By Ryan Cracknell

Stamped buybacks are returning and expanding in 2017 Topps baseball products. But it’s also being given some minor tweaks dubbed the 2017 Topps Rediscover Ultimate Card Giveaway.

Over the course of the year, Topps plans to insert two million cards from the past.

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Art and sport converge with 2016-17 Panini Court Kings Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The intersection of art and sports can be a great thing and when it comes together on trading cards, you end up with 2016-17 Panini Court Kings Basketball.

Each box is jam-packed with hits and cuts right to the chase with an autograph and a memorabilia card to go along with a pair of rookies, an insert, and an oversized box topper that is suitable for framing. Read More…

2016 Leaf Pelé Immortal Collection Pays Tribute to One of Soccer’s All-Time Greats

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Leaf Pelé Immortal Collection is all about one of soccer’s most iconic superstars. It’s a high-end release with a limited print run and a configuration that includes a Pelé autograph in every box.

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