5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Redemption Card

2016 Topps Strata Clearly Authentic Autograph Kris Bryant Redemption

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary

I’m not a fan of redemption cards. Exceptions exist why they might be used — like when something is too big to fit in a pack of cards — but they often end up being a headache for all involved. Even in a best-case scenario, there’s a letdown when a promised autograph becomes an IOU.

Because I don’t like redemption cards, I try to avoid them. But it’s not a hard-and-fast rule. Sometimes I will go out and buy one and wait. But I run it through some rough criteria first to minimize the risk on my end.

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Contest: Win a 2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1 Camren Bicondova Autograph


If you recall, Cryptozoic received their autographs from Camren Bicondova too late to include in packs of 2016 Gotham Season 1. Rather than hold the card back or include it in a future product, they opted to get them out there through a variety of promotions and giveaways.

Guess what? We’ve got one of the exclusive autographs to pass along to a reader. In fact, it’s the very one you see in the picture above (the card is still in the sealed Cryptozoic top loader, hence the gold).

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2017 Topps Wacky Packages 50th Anniversary Celebrates Five Decades of Satire


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The past five decades have seen a lot of trends come and go. And when it comes to commercial products we eat, use, enjoy and indulge in, Wacky Packages have been there to spoof them. 2017 Topps Wacky Packages 50th Anniversary mixes new gags with a nostalgic trip back to the satirical product’s roots.

One of those modern angles is the continued use of two separate hobby configurations. There’s basic Hobby, which is more for the traditional set builders, and Hobby Collector that has more inserts and the promise of one premium insert per box.

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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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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Disgrace 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 Panini Instant Football Cards Offer Quick Turnaround as NFL Season Unfolds


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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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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Auston Matthews leads the 2016-17 Upper Deck Series One Young Guns roster


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With an impressive four-goal debut, Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs made an instant impression with hockey card collectors. The demand for his first pack-inserted cards in an NHL uniform is expected to be strong and they are coming in 2016-17 Upper Deck Series One.

This season’s rookie class is deeper than just the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, though, and the always-popular Young Guns subset (found 1:4 hobby packs) has many other freshman performers that are expected to make an impact in the hobby over the coming months and years. Read More…

Patrik Laine Rookie Card Primer


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Patrik Laine rookie cards will be a major part of Upper Deck’s 2016-17 plans. However, with the season still in its early stages, exactly what that looks like remains to be seen. That said, by the time the final release of the year comes along, there will be plenty to choose from.

The Winnipeg Jets took the talented and confident Finnish winger with the second overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Some pondered whether Laine should have gone first, but it appears to have worked out just fine for the Jets.

Having developed his skills in Finland, very few Patrik Laine cards were available to North American audiences prior to his arrival in the NHL. He appeared in European sets but those can be tricky to find. Even his first mainstream cards to come out following his arrival with the Jets aren’t actually all that mainstream.

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Adam Driver Autographs Land in 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

First it was John Boyega. Then it was Daisy Ridley. Now you can add another one of the major actors from Star Wars: The Force Awakens to the list of Topps autograph signers. Adam Driver, who played Kylo Ren, is slated to have his signature appear in 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere Celebration



By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports Analyst

Eeny, meeny, miny, moe…

Come Sunday night, viewers will tune in for the Season 7 premiere of The Walking Dead and finally find out who met their fate at the hands of Negan and his trusty, barb-wired friend, Lucille. To celebrate this occasion, Beckett has released a special PDF collectible price guide that celebrates all things The Walking Dead.

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2016 Panini Prizm Football Hobby Shifts to Jumbo Format, Checklist Has No Shortage of Parallels

2016 Panini Prizm Base Camo

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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Monday Morning Collector Week 7 Giveaway


Tonight is a going to be the start to another great week. We get the Packers taking on their most hated rival the Chicago Bears in Lambeau. Other games that are going to be ones to watch are the Steelers against the Patriots and how they can cope without Big Ben at the helm. The Rams and the Giants are playing in London which will be played early for us on the other side of the Atlantic. The game that I am most excited for is the Sunday night game between the Cardinal and the Seahawks. There are plenty of opportunities for players to shine this week. This week we are giving away a booklet jersey card of Russell Wilson from 2016 Panini Playbook. This card is numbered 20/49. I am going to be out of the office until Tuesday so this week we will count the Monday Night Football game towards your picks and post our choices on Tuesday afternoon. Good luck everyone. Read More…

2016 Topps Update First Pitch Inserts Include Craig Sager and Other Inspirational Heroes

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Update Series First Pitch checklist isn’t a big one. Compared to some of it predecessors, it doesn’t have the same level of celebrity glitz either. But when you look a little closer at who is in the insert set, a theme emerges. Heroes.

No, Jake Gyllenhaal saving the world in The Day After Tomorrow doesn’t count.

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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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Upper Deck produces Heritage Classic promo sets for Winnipeg and Edmonton collectors


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

This weekend, the 2016 NHL Heritage Classic takes place in Winnipeg and before the visting Edmonton Oilers take on the hometown Jets, Upper Deck is going to be part of the action as it is visiting both local card stores and the hotly-anticipated outdoor game.

Heading into the Heritage Classic, the Jets are on a high as they came back  from a 4-0 deficit last night to defeat Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 in overtime. The win was capped by Patrik Laine‘s third goal of the night, which was also the first career hat trick for the second pick in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

Jets fans visiting area card stores today and tomorrow can get a 10-card set featuring veteran stars like Mark Scheifele, Dustin Byfuglien, and Blake Wheeler with a $20.00 purchase. Even better than that is the first card of Laine in his NHL uniform, which can be obtained only by purchasing a box of 2016-17 Upper Deck hockey cards. Read More…

2016 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Baseball Produced for Online Breakers Only

2016 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Baseball Premium Patches Autographs

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Following in the footsteps of football and basketball, Immaculate is expanding into another NCAA realm. 2016 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Baseball might have a lot of the same elements as similar releases from other sports, there’s a major difference in how it’s being distributed. Rather than going the traditional distribution route, 2016 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Baseball is available exclusively to online case breakers.

Of the six cards in each box, five are autographs or memorabilia cards.

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Pawn Stars’ Steve Grad Joins Beckett, Launches Beckett Authentication Services


Beckett Media has launched an autograph authentication company, led by renowned expert Steve Grad of Pawn Stars fame.

The new company, Beckett Authentication Services, is immediately positioned as a leader in the $500 million authentic autograph industry. Led by Grad and authenticator Brian Sobrero, BAS is accepting online submissions effective today at the Beckett Authentication Services website.

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2016 Panini Black Friday Gets a Brand Split

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Black Friday sees the return of the popular hobby shop promotion, albeit with a twist. This time around, it has been split into two parts, each with their own packs. The first is strictly football while the other covers all of the other sports in Panini’s portfolio. The content in each has similar elements and setups, but they exist separately. Packs are also allotted to dealers based on what types of boxes they order for the promotion.

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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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2016 Panini Cyber Monday Promo Cards Are for Breakers Only

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Cyber Monday is like the online equivalent of Black Friday. The promo set, which is only available through Internet breakers, covers all of the sports in Panini’s portfolio.

The content doesn’t run as deep as 2016 Panini Cyber Monday, but it reach beyond just its base set.

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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. The follow-up came with the first Vice Presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence.

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Woooooo! “Nature Boy” Ric Flair is ready for the Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto is just a few weeks away, but the show is ready to bring fans in attendance the opportunity to meet one of professional wrestling’s greatest legends – a limousine-ridin’, jet-flyin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ dealin’, son-of-a-gun known as “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

A frequent autograph guest at trading card shows and wrestling fan conventions in recent years, Flair is giving his fans north of the border their first chance to get his signature through a public signing in over a decade and the chance to meet with such and rabid and knowledgeable group on November 13 has him excited.

“I don’t think I’ve done an autograph signing in Toronto since I did one for my book in 2005 or 2006,” he told Beckett Sports Card Monthly. “I think the interaction with fans that have been watching me for four decades and to see the young kids. YouTube has kept us all alive, way past our years, and the WWE Network has been great, so I think it’s the interaction with the fans and just having fun. They’ve been fun to do!” Read More…

2016 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Update Series Baseball variations bring a close to a long season of flagship short prints. As with Series 1 and Series 2 before it, collectors are kept in the dark about what to expect in advance. But collectors have also come to know that they’re part of the modern flagship Topps Baseball configuration. This includes 2016 Topps Update Series Baseball.

So what do the 2016 Topps Update Series Baseball variations look like and how do you spot them? You’ve come to the right place.

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2016 Panini Black Gold Soccer Details

2016 Panini Black Gold Soccer Autographs

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Black Gold Soccer brings over another of the card maker’s high-end brands to the pitch. Highlighting autographs and different design styles not found in their other soccer lines, Black Gold takes a global approach to its checklist.

Boxes come with just two packs, each of which includes a signed card and a medallion insert.

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Win an Autographed Yogi Berra Baseball from Steiner Sports

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Want a chance at a signed Yogi Berra baseball?

In conjunction with their Fall Classic Auction, we’ve teamed with Steiner Sports to give away an autographed ball from the Yankee legend.

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Braden Holtby’s Tragically Hip-themed mask raises over $27,000 for charity

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

While Braden Holtby was not able to get into game action for Canada’s winning squad at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, the mask he wore during warm-ups and practices has accomplished something even greater as it has raised over $27,000.00 at auction.

With a design that meshed Canadian pride with one of the nation’s greatest musical icons, The Tragically Hip, proceeds were to benefit the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research and the Gord Downie Secret Path Fund for Truth and Reconciliation. Read More…

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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The Varied Path of the Best Bill Goldberg Cards

1999 Topps WCW nWo Nitro Goldberg Autograph

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

For someone who doesn’t have a deep checklist, Bill Goldberg cards are all over the place. His time at the top of the wrestling world was relatively short but it certainly made an impact.

The chants were deafening.

“Goldberg! Goldberg! Goldberg!”

The flames burned bright.

“Goldberg! Goldberg! Goldberg!”

The faces, well, let’s just leave it at intimidating and that he was getting into the moment.

For a time, Bill Goldberg was a wrestling phenom. His brute strength and quick path of destruction came at a time when the battle between WCW and WWF were at its peak. And while that meant being a focal point in Topps’ stellar run with the WCW license in the late 1990s, it flamed out after just a few sets when WCW lost the Monday Night Wars and was absorbed by Vince McMahon and his empire. Combine that with the fact that the Topps WCW sets didn’t have deep checklists and you can understand why there aren’t many Bill Goldberg cards out there.

But for his first cards, you have to look to football.

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Steiner Sports auctioning off more Don Larsen memorabilia

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Steiner Sports has had a long relationship with Don Larsen, the New York Yankees pitcher long remembered for throwing the only perfect game in World Series history back in 1956 and the two parties have partnered up once again to sell some treasures from the former big leaguer’s career.

With over 300 items on the block, this auction offers up a strong variety of personal items which include awards, documents, and some impressive autographed items from Larsen and his peers.

“It was stuff that I had just saved for a long time and it was about time to get rid of it because once we’re gone, nobody will know what to do with it, even our kids,” Larsen recently told Beckett Sports Card Monthly. “So, I thought it was an opportune time to take advantage of it. With the proceeds, I plan to take all of us on a week’s vacation, maybe up to Alaska fishing or something like that.” Read More…

2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Box Busters

2015-16 Upper Deck Artifacts Hobby Box

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

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2016 Topps Gold Label Baseball Sees the Return of Another Dormant Brand

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Gold Label Baseball marks the return of another brand from the card maker’s recent past. Like Topps Tek, which made its return in 2014 after more than a decade on the shelf, Gold Label comes back with a mix of familiar elements as well as some new ones.

Each 2016 Topps Gold Label Baseball box is kept on the small side with just seven packs. However, within each of those boxes is the promise of a framed autograph.

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Monday Morning Collector Week 6

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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 6.

By Justin Grunert and Paul Wirth

Veteran of the Week:

Odell Beckham, Jr., WR, Giants

(8 receptions, 222 yards receiving, 2 Touchdowns.)

Odell Beckham, Jr. almost single handedly took care of the Baltimore Ravens this weekend. His 66-yard touchdown catch and run on fourth and 1, with only 1:24 left in the game was the difference in this game. Beckham, Jr. had a 75-yard touchdown earlier in the game as well from Eli Manning. OBJ has had a somewhat quieter year than most expected so far but this game will clearly remind the Hobby that he is here to stay! Here are a few cards below that are on the top of my list for him!

Cards to Grab:

2014 Panini Flawless #106 AU RC ($300)

2014 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs #117 AU RC ($120)

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Ezekiel Elliott Rookie Card Countdown


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Jared Goff and Carson Wentz may have been the first two players taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, but it was Ezekiel Elliott Rookie Cards that had some of the most buzz once the season started. The fourth pick in the draft, Elliott’s garnered this status for a couple of reasons. Typically, running backs are second to quarterbacks in terms of popularity in hobby circles. The bigger reason? The fact that he’s on the Dallas Cowboys.

Even after a few games, Ezekiel Elliott and fellow rookie, Dak Prescott have created for a hopeful future in Dallas. It’s a unique situation in that both the starting running back and quarterback are rookies on the same team. The fact that they’re both Cowboys magnifies the situation. But at the end of the day, it comes down to play. And through their first handful of games, both were exceeding expectations. Needless to say, their cards have followed suit.

While 2016 might be his rookie year, his first cards came out several years earlier. 2013 Leaf Army All-American Bowl includes Ezekiel Elliott autographs throughout the checklist. These cards were done prior to the running back starting college while he was still in high school. Although these are his first cards, and certainly worth checking out, they’re considered prospect cards, kind of like minor league cards are in baseball. It’s not a knock against them, they’re just not Rookie Cards.

But what about Ezekiel Elliott Rookie Cards? There are lots of them with plenty more on the way. Whether you want something affordable or looking for the most valuable, get a full breakdown and ranking of all of them.

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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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