2017 Panini Flawless Baseball Highlights High-End Hits Throughout

2017 Panini Flawless Baseball

2017 Panini Flawless Baseball marks to top end of the company’s portfolio. That means low print runs throughout, on-card autographs, lots of big names and premium swatches. As one might expect, it also means a premium price tag to match.

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Industry Veterans Ted Barker, Al Muir Return to Beckett Media

DALLAS – Industry veterans Ted Barker and Al Muir have rejoined the Beckett Media team as Senior Sales Executive and Hockey Editor, respectively.

Barker has built a stellar reputation of success and integrity during his career in the trading card industry that began in 1998 when he joined Upper Deck as Retail Channel Sales Manager. He also had successful stints at UDA, Donruss, Panini America and Beckett (2006-08) during a 30-year career in the licensed products industry. Barker and his wife, Deb, reside in Carrollton TX. He is a proud graduate of Ouachita Baptist University, an avid Texas Rangers fan and golfer.

“Our industry is built on passion and a love of sports. Helping our partners and clients bring that enjoyment to hobbyists in fresh and exciting ways makes us all want to run to work,” Barker said. “I’m proud and excited to once again be a member of the Beckett Media team.” 

Muir’s first stint with Beckett Hockey came in 1991, where he was a price guide analyst during Beckett Hockey’s inaugural season. By the time he left in 2008, he was the assistant managing editor overseeing the company’s basketball and racing titles in addition to hockey.

“Al was a force behind the creation of Beckett Hockey more than 25 years ago,” said Beckett Editorial Director Mike Payne. “He brings a great deal of knowledge and passion for the sport and the industry. It’s great to have him back again.”

Post-Beckett, Muir moved on to Sports Illustrated where he covered the NHL for SI.com before joining Panini America in 2011 to guide their entry into the hockey market. He returned to SI in 2012 before venturing into social media in 2016. Along the way Muir worked 17 years as an NHL off-ice official and coached several levels of youth hockey.

While he’s thrilled to be back in the editor’s chair, he’s not returning to play his greatest hits.
”The hobby may be steeped in nostalgia, but I’m not here to look back,” Muir said. “I’m excited by the potential to contribute to the growth of both the community and the magazine and I’m looking forward to engaging the passion of collectors for the benefit of both.
”Plus I get paid to have fun with cards again. How can you beat that?”

2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Baseball Box Busters

2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Baseball Hobby Box

Join Dave Sliepka and Brian Fleischer as they open some 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Now Baseball Cards Tell Season’s Story

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Jump directly to the 2017 Topps Now Baseball checklist.

2017 Topps Now Baseball sees print-on-demand cards return for a second season. And while much of the concept remains the same, some changes show the line is evolving.

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2017 Topps Update Series Variations Bring Back Retired Legends, Rookies and All-Stars — See Them All

2017 Topps Update Series Variations

Yes, 2017 Topps Update Series variations exist. Actually, there are a lot of them. And if you’re looking for info on how to spot the SP and SSP cards, you’ll find a ton of information here.

The 2017 Topps Update Series variation short prints include some familiar faces. Although rookies and All-Stars get the make up the majority of the massive checklist, retired legends are once again part of the SP mix once again.

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Signed Slabbed Rookie Cards Becoming Newest Trend in the Hobby

Sports card collectors have been investing heavily into rookie cards for about as long as collecting has been around. Rookie cards are regarded as some of the most sought out and collectible cards in the hobby. Signed slabbed versions of these premier rookie cards are arguably three times harder to find than the standard un-signed versions. These rare signed rookie card slabbed editions are quickly becoming very sought out by collectors as the newest trend in the hobby.

Signed slabbed rookie cards are very hard to come by in comparison to just a standard un-signed card. The reasoning being because these signed rookie cards have to be obtained in person. For example, you would have to take a 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr Rookie Card with you to have Ken Griffey Jr. himself to sign that exact card. Once that copy is signed you then would have to have it authenticated by Beckett Authentication Services (BAS) from Beckett and have that card slabbed. These versions are either authenticated only or have both the card and autograph itself graded separately. There were over two-million 1989 Upper Deck Griffey rookies printed by Upper Deck, but how many signed versions are out there? That’s the key. There is no exact number, which is causing a lot of collectors to start investing heavily into these signed slabbed rookie cards like the Griffey.

One known signed slabbed version of a Griffey Upper Deck certified by BAS sold at eBay auction sold for $320 this month, and only the autograph itself was authenticated. A BGS 9.5 standard un-signed Griffey rookie sold at eBay auction in the $220-275 range depending on the higher sub-grades. According to eBay within the last couple of months there are over a hundred BGS 9.5’s listed and sold, however there are less than ten listed slabbed signed BAS versions of the Griffey Upper Deck rookie. In terms of a collecting stand point the regular un-signed BGS 9.5 version of the Griffey rookie is still a great card, but a signed slabbed version seems highly underrated and a lot harder to obtain.

The scarcity of these signed slabbed rookie cards are becoming very sought out by collectors due to the fact of how rare they are and how hard they are to obtain in person as an autograph chaser. Supply and demand is what is causing prices to continue to grow on these signed slabbed rookie cards. This past summer Derek Jeter’s 1993 Upper Deck SP rookie cards signed and slabbed were selling in the $400-500 range. Three months later similar versions are now selling at eBay auction for $800-1000. The only listed example of Kobe Bryant Topps Chrome signed and slabbed rookie by BAS graded a 8.5 and 10 autograph sold at eBay auction for $1,800! Kobe’s un-signed version of that card in a BGS 8.5 sold for $355, this comparison shows you how rare and sought out these signed rookie card slabbed versions are.

One of the 2017 AL MVP candidates this baseball season is Jose Altuve, his first known rookie card is featured from the 2010 Bowman Chrome set. Unlike other star players like Gary Sanchez and Nolan Arenado who have certified autographs from that set through Bowman, Altuve doesn’t. The 2010 Bowman or Bowman Chrome card of Altuve would be a perfect card to have Altuve sign in person and have it slabbed by BAS. If you’re lucky enough to obtain one of these in person you have something really rare. There was only one sale from an eBay listing within the month that resembles this rare example of an Altuve signed slabbed rookie card from 2010 Bowman Chrome. This particular example sold for $350 at eBay auction which shows you the supply and demand of these rare signed slabbed rookie cards. These signed examples are not only becoming a new trend for current players in the hobby. Vintage and Hall of Famers are even harder to find!

Many vintage collectors are also even beginning to invest in signed slabbed rookie cards. The reasoning being that there aren’t that many available. Hall of Fame players who have signed slabbed rookie cards are very sought out and very difficult to find. Autographs are a big part of the sports card hobby and many vintage card collectors have just begun to invest in these rare rookie card signed slabbed examples.

One of the premier basketball rookie cards is the 1980 Topps Larry Bird/Magic Johnson rookie (which also features Julius Erving). Last month a rare eBay auction featured this particular card signed by all three Hall of Fame players and slabbed by BAS as an 8 based on the condition and a 10 autograph. The listing sold for $1,500, which is three times the amount of a standard BGS 8 rookie featured with no autographs. These premier rookie cards signed and in near mint condition are very hard to obtain, another recent example is a 1986 Fleer Rookie signed Charles Barkley. This particular Barkley rookie signed and slabbed was a BAS 8.5 featured with a 10 autograph and sold at eBay auction for $520. To compare and understand how much more value the autograph on the card adds the non-autograph version of the card in a BGS 8.5 is only valued in the $70 range at eBay auction. These are just a few examples of signed slabbed rookie cards. Signed versions are these premier rookie cards are very limited and extremely hard to find.

Signed slabbed rookie cards are often viewed as one of a kind. Collectors are paying a premium for these rare examples and the scary thought is this is just the beginning of what’s to come. Rookie cards have always been one of the most sought out collectibles in the hobby. These rare signed slabbed rookie card versions are drawing huge interest from collectors. I would expect to see this trend to continue because collectors are just starting to learn about how unique these signed slabbed rookie cards are.

Jersey Aaron Judge Wore to Hit His 52nd Home Run of Record-Setting 2017 Could Be Yours

Aaron Judge Game-Used Jersey 52nd Home Run of 2017

Steiner Auctions has another key game-used jersey from Aaron Judge’s record-breaking rookie season up for sale. This time it’s the one Judge wore to hit his 52nd home run of the regular season.

That set the new home run mark for a rookie, leaving Mark McGwire’s 1987 mark of 49 in the dust.

It also set a franchise record for most homers at home in a single season. In 2017, Judge hit 33 in the confines of Yankee Stadium.

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2017 Panini Nobility Soccer Box Busters

Join Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2017 Panini Nobility Soccer.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Archives Snapshots Baseball Raids the Vault for Another Online-Exclusive

2017 Topps Archives Snapshots Baseball

Remember the days when we had to get our photographs developed? Or maybe you got some instant gratification when company came thanks to a Polaroid camera. That’s the vibe that 2017 Topps Archives Snapshots Baseball gives off.

The line’s sophomore release returns as an online exclusive, and a relatively straightforward one at that.

Boxes, which run $24.99 on the Topps website, come with a dozen cards, one of which is an autograph.

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2017 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball Brings a Briefcase to Class

2017 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball

Let’s be honest. When you went to school and one of your classmates walked in carrying a briefcase, you probably thought it was a little odd. Backpacks were both perfectly practical and had a certain sense of fashion. 2017 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball brings the ultra-premium line–and its briefcase packaging–to NCAA hoops for the first time as a standalone set. For once, the school-bound briefcase may be better than that backpack.

As with everything Flawless, virtually all of the product is dedicated to premium autographs and memorabilia. Those cards that don’t? They have gems embedded in them.

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2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Box Busters

Join Dave Sliepka and Brian Fleischer as they open some 2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Heritage Minors Variations Gallery, Checklist and Guide

2017 Topps Heritage Minors variations come in a couple of different forms, Facsimile Signatures and Errors.

Both are on the rare side in 2017 Topps Heritage Minors packs and can be easy to miss. But if you know what to look for, they’re actually quite simple.

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2017 Panini Instant Football Debuts at the NFL Combine, Carries on as Season Unfolds

The NFL doesn’t take much of a break. Shortly after the last pieces of confetti fall at the Super Bowl, it’s time for teams to start prepping for the draft. 2017 Panini Instant Football sees the online-exclusive, print-on-demand line return for a second season.

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TBT: Kansas City Chiefs vs Oakland Raiders

The Chiefs and Raiders renew their rivalry tonight on Thursday Night Football. Several members of each team have graced the cover of Beckett Football over the years.

“Chief of Cards” Larry Johnson was on the cover of the September 2006 cover of Beckett Football. The Penn State graduate would spend seven of his 10 NFL seasons with Kansas City. The running back finished the 2006 season playing all 16 games and rushed for a total of 1,789 yards.

 


Teammates Ronnie Lott and Roger Craig appear on the November 1991 edition of Football Card Monthly. While the pair had short-lived tenures with the then Los Angeles Raiders, the Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott left a lasting impression with 8 interceptions on the season.


Chiefs linebacker Derrick Thomas, played his whole 11 year career in the NFL with Kansas City. Pictured on the August 1991 Football Card Monthly, the 1989 first round draft pick would win Defensive Rookie of the Year in his first season, he would also earn a Pro Bowl selection. Thomas died tragically in 2000 as a result of a car accident. 

 

“Offensive Thieves” Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Tim Brown steal the February 2002 cover spot of Football Card Monthly. Rice, who played two years with the Raiders would complete the 2002 season with 1,211 yards in 16 games. While Tim Brown, who spent a total of 9 years with the franchise, would average 11.5 yards per carry that season.

2017 Bowman High Tek Baseball Checklist Combines Prospecting and Patterns

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In 2017, Topps is re-configuring some of its brands. Bowman Inception became Topps Inception. Now Tek is going the other way with 2017 Bowman High Tek.

Acetate and patterns remain the focal point. However, instead of just one autograph per box, 2017 Bowman High Tek Baseball has four.

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2017 Topps Diamond Icons Baseball Checklist Continues with Ultra High-End Trend

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Jump to the 2017 Topps Diamond Icons Baseball checklist and team set lists.

2017 Topps Diamond Icons Baseball joins a growing list of ultra high-end products from the card maker. While boxes come with nine autographs and a relic, they also arrive with a price tag over $1,000.

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2017 Topps Update Series Baseball Checklist Wraps the Flagship Set with Rookies, Traded Players

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Jump directly to the 2017 Topps Update Series Baseball checklist and team set lists.

2017 Topps Update Series Baseball marks the end of the season when it comes to the flagship line. As is the tradition, rookies who debuted early in the year and traded players are focal points for the checklist.

While many elements from 2017 Topps Series 1 and Series 2 carry over to the de facto third set, there are some new angles as well.

One of the carry overs is the number of hits in boxes. Regular hobby boxes have either an autograph, memorabilia or manufactured relic. Hobby jumbo boxes have an autograph plus a pair of memorabilia or manu-relics.

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2017 Panini Phoenix Football Checklist Has Bold Designs, New Color Burst Parallels

2017 Panini Phoenix Football

Phoenix is rising once again. 2017 Panini Phoenix Football marks the sophomore effort for the brand. Once again, bold designs, autographs and memorabilia cards are among the draws. It’s also a little bit cheaper than many of Panini’s high-end releases, which should help give it a bit broader base of entry for some collectors.

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2017 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball Checklist Uses the Past to Look to the Future

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Jump directly to the 2017 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball checklist.

2017 Topps Heritage Minors Baseball may have young prospects in their MiLB threads, but there’s definitely a feeling of the past with the designs. Like its MLB cousin, 1968 Topps Baseball and all of its burlap glory are the inspiration for the look of much of the product.

The hobby-only product includes one autograph and one relic per box.

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2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: Battle of the Bands Sticks It to Pop Music

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: Battle of the Bands sets its sights on a half-century of popular music. The release focuses on singers and bands current and from the past.

As has been the case for the past couple of years, it comes with a couple of different hobby configuration types. One is straightforward in its approach and costs less. The other has more inserts and premium potential, but it’s also more expensive.

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Who are the Best Players on Bad NBA Teams?

Everyone is expecting another meeting between the Cavs and Warriors in this year’s Finals. It’s almost an inevitability unless something drastic happens in either conference. What we can say for sure is that none of the teams in this article will be there come playoff time. We take a look at some of the best players on teams with slightly lower expectations going into the new season. They may not have a Lebron James or Kevin Durant on their rosters but there’s certainly still plenty of talent at each of these franchises.

Brooklyn Nets: Jeremy Lin

 

The Nets were a completely different team last season when Jeremy Lin was on the floor. The problem was that injuries prevented that from happening on a regular basis. Going into the new season he’s healthy and has an even better supporting cast around him, despite the loss of their star center, Brook Lopez. Lin will be sharing floor general duties with up-and-coming guard, D’Angelo Russell, but with experience on Lin’s side, his importance to Brooklyn outweighs that of his new backcourt teammate. His quickness, underrated passing ability and improved shooting from the perimeter make him the best player on a developing Brooklyn squad.

 

Atlanta Hawks: Dennis Schröder

 

With the loss of perennial All-Star, Paul Millsap, Dennis Schröder has become the focal point of this new-look Hawks team. Despite the naysayers, Schröder has shown glimpses of brilliance in his short career, namely in last year’s playoff series against the Washington Wizards where he really competed hard against one of the league’s best point guards in John Wall. His youth and immaturity has been a constant knock on him but the talent of the German can’t be denied. Expect some big numbers from Schröder as Atlanta are quite weak in terms of offensive talent.

 

Chicago Bulls: Zach LaVine & Robin Lopez

 

It’s only right that two players are picked instead of one for this rebuilding Bulls team. Lopez provides great leadership and continuity for a team that really lacks in those two areas. While he may not have the skills of some of the league’s best big men, he makes up for it as a mentor to a young team. Zach LaVine is the team’s franchise player. He’s got with extreme talent and upside. Yes, he’s coming off a serious knee injury but all reports are that he’s set to come back stronger than ever. One thing that should comfort Bulls fans is that LaVine became a serious threat from the perimeter shooting 38.7% last season before his ACL injury. Even if he loses a step in terms of athleticism, it’s more than made up for with his improved shooting.

 

Sacramento Kings: George Hill

The Kings are loaded with young talent at all spots on the floor and with the front office acquiring some veterans to pair with them, there’s an interesting blend of youth and experience on this roster. At the head of that is former Utah Jazz point guard, George Hill. Hill was an excellent complimentary piece to Gordon Hayward last season with his ability to space the floor and defend his position. Those skills will be essential to a team that’s brought in a heap of new faces from the draft and opposing teams. His skillset, leadership and experience are going to be keys to whether the Kings can find success throughout the season.

 

Phoenix Suns: Eric Bledsoe

Devin Booker is a scoring machine. He has unlimited upside on the offensive side of the floor but he’s still a negative on the defensive side. Eric Bledsoe is a more proven and well-rounded performer. This is a player who averaged over 20 points, over 6 assists and a touch under 5 rebounds before being shut down by the front office to tank and improve their lottery odds. He also possesses an above 20 PER while his young backcourt teammate Devin Booker is at 14.6. By the end of the 2017-18 season Booker may overtake Bledsoe as the team’s best player especially if he can improve his defense and passing. If that’s the case expect the Suns to trade Bledsoe and turn their attention even more to their budding star in Devin Booker.

Los Angeles Lakers: Brook Lopez

Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma are great but let’s be real, they haven’t even played any meaningful NBA games yet. Like with Bledsoe, it’s likely that Lopez’s position as the team’s best player will be overtaken by one of the team’s rising stars. For now though Brook Lopez is the team’s leading player. This was a guy who took his game to a new level last year adding the 3-point shot to his offensive arsenal. You can count on Lopez for a solid 20 points and 8 rebounds on most nights, combined with some decent rim protection. Like his brother, he’ll also provide some quality experience and leadership that this team lacked last year.

2017 Topps Chrome Sapphire Box Sets Now Include 5 Rookie Autographs

2017 Topps Chrome Sapphire Baseball Factory Set

The 2017 Topps Chrome Sapphire Baseball factory set marks the second year in a row that the full flagship release has been given the premium-style treatment. The price tag for the online-exclusive release is steep ($1,500) and the production run is low (250 sets).

Like 2016, each box set has a pair of Superfractors. This time, they also come with five Rookie Autographs.

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2017 Cryptozoic DC Comics Bombshells Box Busters

2017 Cryptozoic DC Comics Bombshells Box

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Cryptozoic DC Comics Bombshells trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Famed Bronze Rocky Statue by A. Thomas Schomberg Expected to Top $1 Million at Auction

The Rocky statue is one of Philadelphia’s most iconic sights. People line up everyday, often fresh off a run up the Philadelphia Art Museum steps to pose with the bronze behemoth.

A second Rocky statue, made by A. Thomas Schomberg at the same time as the original, is about to be sold by SCP Auctions as part of their 2017 Fall Premier Auction.

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2017 Cryptozoic Supergirl Cat Quotes Preview Set Available at Philly Non-Sports Show

2017 Cryptozoic Supergirl Season 1 Cat Quotes Preview Set

Those heading to the Philly Non-Sports Show in Allentown, PA on October 21 and 22 will have a chance at some of the first cards from Cryptozoic’s upcoming Supergirl set. The 2017 Cryptozoic Supergirl Season 1 Cat Quotes Preview set comes with ten cards plus the possibility of autographs and more.

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5 Weird and Wonderful Topps Baseball Test Issues and Oddball Sets from the 1990s

The 1990s were a wild time in the world of baseball cards. But even when things are good, companies should be looking to add customers and boost the bottom line. For Topps, that meant several products during both the boom and downturn years that featured baseball players but weren’t necessarily cards.

Looking back some of these are strange. Actually, some were odd back then. But that doesn’t mean they’re not fun. Here are five wonderfully strange Topps baseball test issue and oddball releases from the 1990s to take you back to the days of when the Braves always made the postseason, Bo knew and Griffey just did it.

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2017 Leaf Clear Football Rookie Box Set Offers a Small Checklist, Tiny Print Run

2017 Leaf Clear Football

2017 Leaf Clear Football is a small box set highlighting some of the season’s key rookies. It’s also on the limited side with just 100 total sets produced — including parallels.

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2017 Panini Absolute Racing Box Busters

2017 Panini Absolute Racing Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Panini Absolute Racing.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Adam Bomb: Cast of The Goldbergs Get Starring Role, Autographs in Garbage Pail Kids: We Hate the ’80s

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The Goldbergs, one of TV’s top comedies, takes place in 1980-something. That’s right in the Garbage Pail Kids wheelhouse. Now comes word that the show’s stars, along with creator Adam F. Goldberg, have cards and autographs coming to 2018 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 1: We Hate the ’80s.

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2017 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Makes New from Old

Jump directly to the 2017 Topps Throwback Thursday checklist.

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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Which NBA Teams Will Surprise People This Season?

It seems fait accompli that the Warriors are going to win this season’s Larry O’Brien trophy once again. Barring any major injury to one of their stars, the other 29 teams are just in it to make some noise and ruffle some feathers.

Houston, Minnesota and OKC all made big free-agency and trade moves out West, while out East the Celtics elevated their roster by adding Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, though this article isn’t about those teams. This is about the under-the-radar teams that didn’t make splashy moves this off-season and may not challenge for a title but could still make some noise throughout the 2017-18 season.

Dallas Mavericks

 

The Mavs got the steal of the draft in Dennis Smith Jr. Last year’s Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Year is the favorite for NBA Rookie of the Year among his peers and with good reason. Plenty of teams passed on Smith and they are going to pay for that decision. He fits perfectly in Rick Carlisle’s system alongside Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes. Plus, Mark Cuban was able to secure the services of young big man Nerlens Noel on a mere qualifying offer. The Mavs aren’t going to be world-beaters by any stretch but with an intriguing roster mixed with youth, talent and experience this team is going to be a lot of fun.

Milwaukee Bucks

Giannis Antetokounmpo, the man whose name nobody can spell, is the player everybody is going to be watching this season, and not just because Kobe Bryant challenged him to win MVP this year. Last season the Greek Freak became the first player in NBA history to finish in the top 20 in the league in each of the five major categories; that is an accomplishment that boggles the mind. Going into next season Antetokounmpo will be 22, we are yet to even see the best this phenomenal young talent has to offer. An MVP season isn’t that far out of reach. The Bucks have some other players too that will make an impact. Kris Middleton, Jabari Parker (if he can get himself healthy), Malcolm Brogdon and Thon Maker all have tremendous upside. In a weakened Eastern Conference the Bucks are certain to make a playoff run.

Detroit Pistons

Stan Van Gundy is a heck of a coach but as the president of basketball operations his moves leave a lot to be desired. However, a lot of things have worked against Van Gundy and the Pistons. Firstly, the health of Reggie Jackson was a major factor in preventing the team from making the post-season. When he returned he was a shell of himself, struggling to fit into the Pistons system. Secondly, Andre Drummond regressed massively last season. Drummond has the tools to be a highly effective center in today’s NBA. Yes he can’t make a free throw to save his life but neither can DeAndre Jordan and he’s a beast out in LA. That’s exactly what Drummond needs to do, become more like Jordan, and start engaging on the defensive end. If Van Gundy can get the most out of his two franchise cornerstones then don’t be surprised to see the Pistons return to the playoffs in 2018.

New Orleans Pelicans

Team Fire and Ice (Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins) are going to surprise some Western Conference teams this season. You can’t write off a team that has the two best big men in the league on one roster. They aren’t traditional big men either; both possess a varied skillset suited to today’s pace and space game. The injury of Solomon Hill hurts their depth but with Jrue Holiday signing a big contract extension and the addition of point guard maestro Rajon Rondo, there’ll be plenty to like watching this Pelicans team throughout the season. The chemistry between Davis, Cousins, Holiday and Rondo is key to the Pelicans’ success this season. Coach Alvin Gentry has a significant role to play in how he gets this roster to mesh together. George R.R. Martin’s hit novel series A Song of Fire and Ice (Game of Thrones) throws a heap of surprises at you; expect more of the same from the duo out in New Orleans.

1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth Rookie at $400,000 and Rising

1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth

One of the top-condition copies of one of the most important Babe Ruth cards is off and running at Robert Edwards Auctions’ Fall 2017 Auction. A 1916 M101-4 Sporting News Babe Ruth, seen by many as his Rookie Card, is already at $400,000 early into bidding.

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2017 Panini Kickoff Football Cards Offer a Box-Buying Bonus

2017 Panini Kickoff Football

The 2017 Panini Kickoff Football promotion is an incentive of sorts offering for those buying hobby boxes of specific products. It’s like free cards for those who were going to by the products anyway. For others, the bonus might be enough to get them to bust a box of something they might have otherwise been on the fence about.

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TBT: Philadelphia Eagles vs Carolina Panthers

 

The Eagles and the Panthers play tonight in Thursday Night Football so we took a look back at some old Beckett Football Card Monthly covers for this week’s Throwback Thursday.

The top photo is Quarterback Randall Cunningham in the 1991 season. A seven year veteran with the Philadelphia Eagles, he appeared on the cover of the February edition of Football Card Monthly. 

 

 

Kerry Collins, the then Carolina Panthers starting quarterback, snatches the cover page of the October 1997 Football Card Monthly issue. Although never quite reaching Troy Aikman levels, Collins did have a 17 year career in the NFL that peaked with a Super Bowl appearance with the New York Giants in 2001.

 

 

Running back Ricky Watters claims the back cover of the 1997 April Football Card Monthly, he would play all 16 games for the Eagles that season bringing Philadelphia to a 6-9 season. Watters was a 5X Pro Bowler in his career and won Super Bowl XXIX with the San Francisco 49ers. 

2018 Topps Wacky Packages Go to the Movies and Take on Blockbusters Along the Way

2018 Topps Wacky Packages Go to the Movies

Traditionally, Wacky Packages spoof popular products found on store shelves. 2018 Topps Wacky Packages Go to the Movies are taking it to popular films.

This concept has been done in other sets over the years, but with single cards and small subsets within a larger product. Now movies are the anchor.

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