Here’s a Pennant from the Last Time the Chicago Cubs Won the World Series

1908 Chicago Cubs World Champions Pennant Heritage Auctions

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The world was a very different place back in 1908. At least that’s what the pictures tell me. But even back then, people found a way to collect and display their fandom. Heritage Auctions timed things perfectly for one particular item in their current set of sports auctions — a 1908 Chicago Cubs World Champions pennant.

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Win an Ezekiel Elliott 2016 Prestige Xtra Points Red Autograph

2016 Panini Prestige Xtra Points Red Rookie Autograph Ezekiel Elliott

Ezekiel Elliott is one of the hottest rookies of the NFL season thus far, breaking records and helping the Cowboys to a strong start. We’ve got a 2016 Prestige Xtra Points Red Rookie Autographs card of the running back to give away courtesy of 2Bros Sports Collectibles. The card is numbered to 25.

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2016-17 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Basketball Box Busters

2016-17 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Basketball Box

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016-17 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Basketball.

Check out what they pulled.

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2016-17 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball Box Busters

2016-17 NBA Hoops Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016-17 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball.

Check out what they pulled.

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Vintage Mars Attacks Cards Brought to Life


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

We can do lots of things to our cards to bring them to life. Most of those involve either a good imagination or destroying cardboard in the name of art. Designer Justin Gammon did something different to some vintage Mars Attacks cards to make them come alive.

And while they may not go quite as far as Tim Burton did making a major Hollywood film, the results are fantastic.

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George Blanda Memorabilia, Awards, Championship Rings Headed to Auction

George Blanda 150 PAT Record-Breaking Ball

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Several major pieces of George Blanda memorabilia are headed to the auction block in January. Game-used pieces, championship rings and personal awards are among the items being sold by SCP Auctions.

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Yogi Berra 1953 World Series Ring Fetches Almost $160,000

Yogi Berra 1953 World Series Ring

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Over the course of his storied career, Yogi Berra earned a lot of World Series rings. Ten to be exact. One from 1953 sold for $159,720 to lead Steiner Sports Memorabilia’s Fall Classic Auction.

In total, the nearly 2,000-lot auction brought in more than $1.2 million.

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2016-17 Panini Gold Standard Basketball set to shine with on-card ink and more


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The new NBA season has begun, but card collectors are already looking well ahead and 2016-17 Panini Gold Standard Basketball is expected to shine when it comes out in December.

With seven cards per box and three of them being either memorabilia or hard-signed autograph hits, the gold rush has the potential to be intense – especially with the possibility of finding cards printed on real gold!

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The Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA Championship Rings Are Gorgeous (And Troll the Warriors)

Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA Championship Ring Top

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Cleveland Cavaliers 2016 NBA Championship rings were handed out at a ceremony before the team opened the 2016-17 season. As one would expect, the rings are beautiful and filled with both gems and symbolism.

Among the visual reminders of the championship run — a not-so-subtle trolling of the Golden State Warriors.

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2016 Cryptozoic The Flash Season 1 Box Busters

2016 Flash Season 1 Box

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Cryptozoic The Flash Season 1.

Tune in and see what they get.
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Banzai! New York Islanders Ralph Macchio Karate Kid Bobblehead Is That Good


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The New York Islanders are paying tribute to one of their most famous fans with a Ralph Macchio Karate Kid bobblehead giveaway. And it’s one of the greatest bobbleheads ever.

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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Halloween Cards Mix Trump, Clinton and Freddy Krueger

2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Halloween 5

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and Freddy Krueger walk into a bar — it sounds like the set-up for a strange and bloody punchline. Rather, the three (and other horror icons) are given a holiday send up with the online-exclusive 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Halloween cards.

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Monday Morning Collector: Week 7

2012 Contenders Luck

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 7.

By Justin Grunert and Paul Wirth

Veteran of the Week:

Andrew Luck., QB, Colts

(353 yards passing, 3 Touchdowns, QBR 123.1)

Andrew Luck just picked apart the Detroit Lions this pass Sunday. Luck threw a 7 yard touchdown to Jack Doyle to ice the game for the Colts with less than 2 minutes left on the clock! Luck hooked up with TY Hilton and Frank Gore as well to give him a total of 3 touchdowns on the day! Despite the Colts 3-4 record they are only 1 game back in their division and if Luck keeps this up they should compete in the second half of the season for the top spot. Here are a few cards below that are on the top of my list for him go grab yourself one if you are “Lucky” enough too!!!

Cards to Grab:

2012 Gridiron Andrew Luck JSY AU/149* RC#322 AU RC ($200)

2012 Panini Contenders AU/550* RC #201A AU RC ($800)

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Tim Tebow Baseball Cards Coming in 2016 Leaf Metal Draft

Leaf logo

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The moment he signed with the Mets, you knew it was going to happen. It was just a matter of where the first Tim Tebow baseball cards would show up. The answer appears to be 2016 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball.

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2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork Checklist Highlight the High-End


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork checklist takes the Force to the high-end for a second time. When the line debuted in 2015, it marked the first truly premium release for the franchise. Once again, each pack (or mini box) comes with a premium insert such as an autograph, sketch card, memorabilia card or manufactured relic.

Master boxes are made up of four packs.

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Ben Zobrist, His Bike and an Exclusive Topps Card for Charity

2016 Topps Ben Zobrist Bike

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s hard to think of a more high profile bicycle in the hobby today than the one belonging to Ben Zobrist. Already featured on a 2016 Topps Now card, it’s back on another online-exclusive.

The Cubs second baseman has teamed with Topps to offer a special card featuring him and his bike with all proceeds from the sale going to charity.

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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

2016 Topps Now

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

2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Dis-grace to the White House 32 Toddler Trump

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

36 Dominique Badji

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

2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork Adam Driver Autograph header

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

2016 Topps Update First Pitch Header

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

2016 Leaf Pele Immortal Collection Blue Autograph header

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

2016 Panini Black Friday Base

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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