Box Busters: 2015 Topps football cards

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Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Apex soccer cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Apex soccer cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Tweeting Retail: 2015 Topps Chrome hanger box

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds busted a hanger box of 2015 Topps Chrome … and here are the results. Read More »

Jack Eichel signs exclusive autograph card deal with Leaf Trading Cards

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 By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The world of hockey card collecting is bracing for a strong 2015-16 season due to a strong rookie class. One of the hottest young prospects around made headlines today as it was announced that Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres has signed an exclusive trading card autograph deal with Leaf Trading Cards.

Purported to be the richest rookie deal ever signed by a hockey player, it will run for multiple seasons and Leaf will be the only place where you can pull one of his signed cards from a pack. The first of these autographs are set to hit the market once 2015-16 Leaf Superlative is released in November.

“Working with Jack Eichel along with Peter Fish and Mark Witkin at Global Hockey Consultants has been an exciting process,” said Leaf’s CEO, Brian Gray, in a press release. “We are excited that we could reward Jack’s awesome talent with this record-setting deal, likely making this the most-exciting day in my career at Leaf!”

Why did Leaf pursue this landmark deal with Eichel? Find out exclusive details from Beckett Hockey‘s interview with Gray after the jump.
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Shoeless Joe Jackson reinstatement could mean more baseball cards

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor | Commentary

One of baseball’s banned legends might appear on more baseball cards soon — if a big announcement comes from Major League Baseball on Tuesday.

He’s “Shoeless Joe” Jackson and he’s one of the Black Sox players banned from the game for life — and beyond — for throwing the 1919 World Series. The “eight men out” presently will not appear on any officially licensed MLB trading cards — just like any other members of MLB’s Ineligible List.

That’s a group that includes Pete Rose, who has admitted to gambling on the game and his team. It includes Benny Kauff, who was banned in 1921 for stealing a car and receiving stolen cars. It includes “Shufflin’ Phil” Douglas, who once wrote a drunken letter offering to join the Chicago Cubs and walk out on his New York Giants because he hated manager John McGraw.

Jackson landed on the list along with Eddie Cicotte, Chick Gandil, Lefty Williams, Swede Risberg. Fred McMullin. Hap Felsch and Buck Weaver. The only baseball cards they can appear on today are made by Panini America and other non MLB-approved companies.

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New batch of Will Ferrell MLB auctions give fans all the cowbell they need — and much more

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

With Will Ferrell‘s Ferrell Takes the Field special less than two weeks away, there’s a whole new selection of signed items available via MLB Auctions on MLB.com — and there’s one thing that it won’t need.

More cowbell.

A series of 10 fully licensed and autographed MLB cowbells showing Ferrell– one for each team he played for during a single game in spring training earlier this year — are among the items up for grabs. Also in the lineup? A signed Will “Campy” Ferrell bat, three pairs of his game-used/issued pants and even a series of signed jumbo prints of his popular Topps baseball cards from 2015 Topps Archives.

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Seth Manfield becomes Magic world champ

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

On Sunday, the Magic community witnessed something incredible. Playing against the world’s best Magic players, Seth Manfield came out on top with an astounding 13-1 record to become the world champion. To tack on to Manfield’s already impressive feet, this was his first year to ever compete in the Magic World Championship, and he became the first American champion since 2000.

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Your Turn: 2015-16 NHL Rookies

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Upper Deck’s photography team prepares to capture images of the 39 players participating in the 2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase.

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Today, 39 of the NHL’s brightest prospects have come together in Toronto at the 2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase and many of them are expected to appear on their first fully-licensed hockey cards in a few months.

Leading the pack are Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers and Jack Eichel of the Buffalo Sabres and they were the first two selections in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Thus far today, Upper Deck has had them and the other players in attendance sign labels and memorabilia in addition to interacting with young fans in attendance who were not expecting to meet a future NHL player.

In honor of the 2015 NHLPA Rookie Showcase, Beckett Hockey is conducting a short collector poll to see who you think will be this season’s hottest freshmen. Make your voice heard after the jump! Read More »

Your Turn: Has NFL’s concussion problem influenced your collecting habits?

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One of the NFL’s biggest topics in recent years, the brain damage caused by repetitive head trauma while playing the game, is the subject of an upcoming movie called Concussion starring Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, the neuropathologist who linked chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, in former NFL players.

The movie arrives on Dec. 25, so we have a long time before it will be in theaters, but you can see the trailer above. It got us wondering. Have stories of past players suffering from CTE — and there have been many in recent years — affected your collecting habits?

Tell us in the comments below.

BGS Diary Predictor (Sept.): What will Olds submit?

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We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in September and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, a few are headed to Beckett Grading Services today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

– February: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

– March: WWE Divas, The Killer, Koufax and a cardboard icon 

– April: Seeing gold, stickers … and furry autographs?

– May: A lone BGS 10 Michael Jordan, another Lana, a rare Yankee & one USA Baseball lineup

– June:  Vintage Pudge, Atomic Paige, Cooperstown autographs, Canseco & more

– July: Digging vintage, Kris Bryant, “Eight Men Out,” Minis and The Dude

– August: Allen & Ginter Mini Ryp, Kris Bryant, Danica Patrick, Will Ferrell & more make grade

Month of Marvel Giveaway No. 3

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

The Month of Marvel is unstoppable!

Week 2 of our giveaways has come and gone and another collector walks away with a great prize.

This week we have another question and it’s a doozy.

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Screen-worn Michael Jordan Space Jam jersey up for bid

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

For most of us, a Michael Jordan Chicago Bulls game-used jersey is out of reach. Even most jersey cards are expensive. But how about a screen-worn Michael Jordan Space Jam jersey?

One has hit the auction block through Profiles in History. The jersey and shorts pair has a starting bid of $10,000.

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Box Busters: 2015 Panini Immaculate Collection baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2015 Panini Immaculate Collection in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Gala basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Panini Gala in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Topps addresses 2015 Allen & Ginter Code Breaker Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Shortly after 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball was released, a handful of Code Breaker Autographs popped up. These were inserted accidentally and now Topps has addressed how they’re going to rectify the matter.

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2015 Panini Immaculate Baseball Day-One Dandies

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015 Panini Immaculate Baseball is one of those products that is big on memorabilia. In many instances, it’s big on big memorabilia.

And while autographs are in abundance as well, it’s the memorabilia that’s going to get much of the attention. When swatches and patches are interesting, it takes some of the pressure off who the player is. For instance, a lot of collectors don’t get too excited about a small and plain jersey swatch unless it’s from a top-tier star or Hall of Famer. But show them something unique from almost any player and it’ll get the proverbial thumbs up.

As a brand, Immaculate has carved out a niche for that. It started in basketball before moving over to baseball and football. The set’s checklist has plenty of pieces that go beyond the basic jersey swatch. They go beyond jerseys — period. Some of the most interesting cards use other pieces of gear. Cleats, batting gloves, fielding gloves and bat barrels are among the rarer and most intriguing hits in the product.

Leading up to the release, Panini provided a glimpse at a handful of cards. And while not every box is going to have a one-of-one jumbo patch or bat barrel, it certainly adds some intrigue.

2015 Panini Immaculate Baseball also has lots of autographs, particularly from young players and rookies. It is worth noting that most autographs use stickers, even with the product’s otherwise high-end feel.

So what’s actually being pulled from boxes? We’ve compiled a gallery with some notable early pulls we’ve spotted online as well as some of the more basic cards.

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1993 Cardtoons: When baseball met Garbage Pail Kids

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Being a fan of both, I’ve always wanted to see a set that makes Garbage Pail Kids out of professional baseball players. This isn’t what I had in mind:

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Because of licensing and wanting to keep a squeaky clean public perception, I’m not expecting an all-out GPK/MLB crossover any time soon. Actually, never is the most likely scenario.

And while not quite the same, 1993 Cardtoons Baseball does enter the same sort of satirical territory. Of course, it’s totally not authorized. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not fun and, in many ways, refreshing.

And then there’s the fact that the set was part of a court battle.

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Totally Fake Rookie Cards: 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. (Old-Kid version)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The 1989 Upper Deck homage starring the real Ken Griffey Jr. in the latest video from Macklemore was a big hit on the Internet yesterday with the obvious comparisons between then and now a fun viral topic.

But, as far as we had seen, nobody had actually taken today‘s version of The Kid and put him into his famed Rookie Card frame.

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2015 Topps Football Variations Info and Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2015 Topps Football variation short prints are going to have you looking. It’s a flagship release. Were you expecting anything different?

The list of variations is big and covers a few different areas. Veterans once again come with alternate photos featuring things like big moments and celebrations. Rookies are, once again, a little tougher to see as they use different images from photo shoots where there isn’t the same variety.

The 2015 Topps Football variations checklist also includes some retired players. These are probably the easiest to find as they replaces a current player on the checklist.

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2015 Upper Deck Marvel Vibranium Trading Cards First Look

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you haven’t heard of vibranium yet, you likely will by the time the Black Panther movie arrives in 2018. It’s an important metal in the Marvel Universe, kind of like Kryptonite in the DC realm. It has been mentioned in several recent Marvel blockbusters, but it’s likely to take on greater importance in the future. 2015 Upper Deck Marvel Vibranium trading cards adopt the fictional metal as a focal point the runs through the product.

Using chromium card stock like the style used in 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey, the set brings with it a certain shine that’s been a sports staple for years but not explored much in comic cards.

Each box has 20 packs of five cards, delivering one premium insert plus several basic inserts and parallels.

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2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball: First look at new high-end hit-based brand coming in April

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A new brand of baseball cards is on the horizon for 2016 and it’s one that celebrates the stars of the past as well as today.

It’s 2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball and it’s a high-end brand set to arrive on April 13 with two autographed cards in every pack. It’s a baseball version of Valor with a touch of Fire, which we have seen in other sports in recent years.

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Yep, that’s a 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. homage in Macklemore’s music video

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Kid is back … sort of.

Yep, that’s a 45-year-old Ken Griffey Jr. dressed as seen in his iconic 1989 Upper Deck Rookie Card in the video for “Downtown” (click to watch)  by Macklemore.

The future Hall of Famer appears in the Seattle-based rapper’s video — and the rapper appeared on his own baseball card earlier this year as a First Pitch celebrity in packs of  2015 Topps Series 1.

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2015 Panini UCLA Trading Cards First Look

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When Panini went all-in with their various exclusive NCAA deals, part of the plan was to produce several school-specific sets. 2015 Panini UCLA is one such release. Delving into baseball, basketball and football, the product covers a broad history of the school’s athletics.

In addition to traditional boxes, blasters are also available. Both come with either an autograph or memorabilia card plus three parallels.

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2015 Cryptozoic Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Trading Cards First Look

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

One book, three (long) movies. Peter Jackson’s epic take on The Hobbit has long since wrapped. 2015 Cryptozoic Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies trading cards bring a sense of closure to the trilogy from a hobby perspective. Like the sets for the previous two films, the product offers a rounded look at the Middle Earth adventure.

Autographs and Fine Art cards highlight the chase elements.

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2015 Topps Football Road to Victory entry details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Remember those Stadium Club Super Team cards from the 1990s? They were an insert set that had a card for each team. If the team you pulled won the championship, you’d get some exclusive cards. The concept returns to the gridiron with 2015 Topps Football Road to Victory. However, a bit of a mix up on the cards and years of conditioning to do redemptions online may cause a bit of confusion.

But Topps has clarified how collectors can enter their Road to Victory cards and potentially win a set of exclusive parallel cards.

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2015 Topps Football Take It to the House hobby shop promo details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2015 Topps Football Take It to the House promotion gives collectors an incentive to head to their local hobby shop as the end of August gives way to the official start of football season.

The promo set is available to those who spend $20 or more on 2015 Topps Football at a participating hobby shop through September 8 will get a coupon. This coupon is good for a pack of Take It to the House cards that can be redeemed between September 9 and 20. Each pack has five cards.

The full 2015 Topps Football Take It to the House set has 100 cards. Veterans, rookies and a handful of retired legends are included on the checklist. Autographs of select players are also randomly inserted.

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Carlos Correa signs exclusive auto deal with Topps

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Houston Astros’ hot rookie has a new home.

Shortstop Carlos Correa signed an exclusive autograph and memorabilia deal with Topps, the company announced Wednesday.

As part of the deal, memorabilia autographed by Correa will be sold on Topps.com — a selection of jerseys, bats, baseballs and wall art. Terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed but it was described by the company as a “seven-figure deal.”

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2015 Select Soccer First Look

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It might not be called Prizm directly, but 2015 Select Soccer builds on a lot of the elements that made 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup one of the biggest sets in the entire hobby that year.

Using a chromium-style design similar to Prizm and an international focus, 2015 Select Soccer brings with it lots of color. Twelve-pack boxes deliver three autographs or memorabilia cards and eight Prizm parallels. Breaking it down to the pack level, each has either a hit, a serial-numbered Prizm parallel or variation.

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2015 Leaf Ultimate Draft Baseball First Look

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With its Metal and Trinity lines, Leaf takes prospecting to a place of more modern design tastes. And while firmly in the present, 2015 Leaf Ultimate Draft Baseball is more on the traditional side as far as overall look goes. But that’s not to say some changes haven’t been made.

Boxes come with seven cards, all of which are on-card autographs.

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Box Busters: 2015 Topps Chrome baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Chrome in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? How hot will their boxes be? Watch and find out …

2015 Topps Football Buybacks include foil parallel twist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Buybacks are nothing new to Topps sets. Neither is adding a foil stamp. However, the 2015 Topps Football Buybacks takes the concept to a new level with parallel versions. Much like a traditional set of parallels, the different color stamps signify rarity.

But just how rare some of these buybacks are and which cards have buybacks are still something of a mystery.

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Tweeting Retail: 2015 Bowman baseball cards

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds ripped a blaster box of 2015 Bowman baseball cards … here are the results. Read More »

Carlos Correa autographs added to 2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When Topps released the 2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball checklist, Carlos Correa was on it. But it was “only” a Rookie Card and a Prospect Profiles Mini insert. A Twitter post changed that.

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2015 Cryptozoic Arrested Development trading cards info

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

While it was originally on the air, Arrested Development won over critics but failed to find a massive audience. DVD and Netflix have been kind to the show in the ensuing years, even leading to a streaming revival season. 2015 Cryptozoic Arrested Development bring a collectible spin to the classic comedy.

The set covers all four seasons with a mix of base, insert and premium cards including an autograph in every box.

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Auction Diary: Wahoo McDaniel’s Rookie Card & Joe Willie Namath come my way

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

One of my eternal struggles as a collector is a big one — what to collect — and two recent pick-ups from an auction this past weekend are perfect examples of why that struggle continues to this day.

I know nice cards when I see them. I know nice cards when I want them. I know that, most of the time, I can’t afford them.

This time, though, I won.

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