Ultimate Guide to Jeff Bagwell Rookie Cards and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Sorry, but you’re probably not going to get rich off of Jeff Bagwell Rookie Cards. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy what’s out there.

The slugger came into the league when the hobby was in a very different place. Sure, it came at a time when baseball cards were peaking. They were everywhere. But in order to be everywhere, you need the print runs to match. And when the speculators of the era left the hobby, supply reached much further than demand.

And that’s where we stand today. Collectors can build a full run of all nine Jeff Bagwell Rookie Cards for less than it would to treat the family to a fast food lunch.

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2017 Leaf Metal Draft Football Highlights Incoming Rookies with On-Card Signatures

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Leaf Metal Draft Football doesn’t make things complicated. It’s all autographs highlighting many of the key players looking to break into the NFL in 2017.

Everything in 2017 Leaf Metal Draft Football comes signed and they’re all on-card.

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Jim Bouton’s Ball Four archive and memorabilia up for bids through SCP Auctions

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Back in 1970, the baseball world was in furor over a book called Ball Four that was written by a journeyman pitcher named Jim Bouton.

Peeling back the curtain about life in the Major Leagues and pulling no punches, the visceral reaction from the baseball establishment to the salacious behavior described only caused millions of fans to run out and buy it. It humanized heroes and was a revelation in sports literature and it can be argued that there was nothing like it before or since.

Over 45 years after its release, Bouton has put his manuscript archive up for sale via SCP Auctions and collectors have a chance to own the source materials for a piece of baseball and pop culture history. The auction closes on January 21.

Beckett Media spoke with Bouton and his wife, Paula Kurman, about the book’s legacy as well as the decision to move such a personal piece of his life. Read More…

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Adam-geddon Checklist Offers Little Hope for the Future

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It was the best of times. It was the end of times. From the beginning, Garbage Pail Kids have been pressing the proverbial button. Go back to 1985 and even before you saw the first card, there was Adam Bomb blowing his mind. 2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Adam-geddon takes it to another level, imagining the end of the world from a GPK perspective.

And in case you were wondering, it’s also using the theme to get a little political.

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Tim Raines Cards Through the Years — Topps Edition

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Although he’s one of baseball’s greatest lead-off hitters, Tim Raines cards have never truly taken the hobby by storm. Sure, he has his fans and tremendous respect but if you’re looking to collect the Expos legend, the vast majority can be found on the cheap.

Is value all that matters? Of course not.

Raines’ career covered a time when baseball cards were still one of the most convenient way to track a player’s stats from year-to-year. It wasn’t until he was far past his prime that the Internet and its endless stream of instant data became available.

Looking back at all of the Topps Tim Raines cards from his playing days showcase the speedster’s style and swagger. From his early glory days with the Expos to his time with the White Sox through the end of Raine’s career bouncing through New York, Oakland and Florida, it can all be summed up over the span of a few nine-pocket pages.

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2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Network Spews Make Light of What’s Happening in the News

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Network Spews take an irreverent look at what’s happening in the world. It’s another print-on-demand line that has not definite finish in sight. As long as things are happening, you can expect the checklist to grow.

They’re a spin out of sorts from the strictly political 2016-17 Topps GPK Disg-race to the White House, albeit with more than just Donald Trump, his friends and adversaries. The news reach also touches on 2005 Topps Chronicles, one of the company’s earlier online-exclusive attempts that had a new card each week based on a major event.

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Anaheim Ducks and Upper Deck hold arena promotion

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Fans that went to see the game between the St. Louis Blues and the host Anaheim Ducks on January 15 got a special treat on the way into the Honda Center as sets of Upper Deck hockey cards featuring the home team were handed out.

A six-card collection with a strong checklist, it naturally featured veteran forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry along with Ryan Kesler. Blueliner Cam Fowler and goalie John Gibson made the set as well, in addition to Jakob Silfverberg, who is on pace to put up career numbers in 2016-17. Read More…

Card Prices Rising During NFL Playoffs

By David Lee | Editor, Beckett Football

The NFL postseason always brings lots of hobby reactions from collectors looking to buy up key cards of the hottest performers. After all, legends are forged in the postseason.

It’s no surprise that the four remaining teams all have elite-level quarterbacks. Three of them—Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger—already have Super Bowl rings. The fourth, Matt Ryan, may end up being named NFL MVP.

Here are some of the top performers so far and how some of their most popular cards are performing on the secondary market: Read More…

2016-17 Select Soccer Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2016-17 Select Soccer.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Fleer Ultra Spider-Man Trading Cards Mark Another Homecoming of Sorts

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

While the hype builds towards the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the iconic hero is making another homecoming. 2017 Fleer Ultra Spider-Man trading cards revive one of the most popular comic card lines of the 1990s. And while there’s certainly some nostalgia involved, stellar artwork remains a primary focus.

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2016 Panini Limited Football Marks Brand’s Return to Gridiron After One-Year Absence

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

After sitting on the bench for 2015, Limited is back on the football card scene. 2016 Panini Limited Football returns with a revamped look and a configuration that promises at least one rookie patch autograph per box.

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2016-17 Upper Deck SP Game Used Hockey Checklist Connects Fans to the Sport’s Biggest Moments

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Cutting to the chase is a big thing for many collectors and in 2016-17 Upper Deck Game Used Hockey, there is a real emphasis on connecting fans with the biggest moments from the past year through relics connected to events like the NHL All-Star Game and the Stanley Cup Final.

With a slight change in its configuration which sees a sixth card added to the box along with a lower price, there is also the guarantee of either an autograph of a premium memorabilia hit inside. The product will also be available via ePack.

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Patrick Roy signs exclusive with Upper Deck

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck has added another legend to its roster of exclusive signers in Hockey Hall of Fame member Patrick Roy.

An icon with both the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche that influenced a generation of goaltenders, Roy will now have a unique collection of signed memorabilia pieces available through Upper Deck Authenticated. The deal also extends to trading cards and his autographs will be found in upcoming 2016-17 releases.

“Patrick Roy is the epitome of a true hockey legend,” said Upper Deck’s President, Jason Masherah, via a press release. “We are honored to be able to offer fans premium collectibles that capture some of Roy’s most memorable moments with both the Avalanche and the Canadiens.” Read More…

2016 Panini National Treasures Racing Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016 Panini National Treasures Racing.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season 6 Trading Cards See Winter Draw Near

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When it comes to Game of Thrones trading cards, there are two certainties, death and autographs. Both are at the forefront with 2017 Rittenhouse Games of Thrones Season 6.

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2016-17 Panini Black Gold Soccer Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2016-17 Panini Black Gold Soccer.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

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

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

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2016-17 Panini Instant NBA Basketball Checklist, Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

It was only a matter of time before Panini America was able to produce its first cards of Kevin Durant in a Golden State Warriors uniform and the company chose to utilize its exclusive athlete to kick off its 2016-17 Panini Instant NBA Basketball collection.

Available for just a short 24-hour window, the new set of on-demand cards have several numbered variations, including a facsimile signature option, which is a new concept for the brand. Read More…

2016-17 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Topps Comics Imprint Returns with Online-Exclusive Garbage Pail Kids Series

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps Comics are back. The card maker has gotten back into printing them with the release of a weekly Garbage Pail Kids comic.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Black Hockey Highlights Hard-Signed Autographs and Rookies

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last season, one of Upper Deck‘s most celebrated premium brands made its return as a stand-alone product and 2016-17 Upper Deck Black is attempting to be a fitting sequel once it arrives on store shelves in late April.

With every signature being on-card and a new configuration, Black will have plenty of rookie content will deliver at least two autographed cards per box. Additionally, box prices are expected to be lower as there are now five cards inside instead of six – but at least four of them will be either an autograph, memorabilia card, or booklet. On top of that, at least two of them will be signed. Read More…

2016-17 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Basketball Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016 Panini Contenders Football Short Prints

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The 2016 Panini Contenders Football short prints have started to be unveiled. While not a full list yet, it does confirm that some of the product’s unnumbered Rookie Ticket Autographs are available in smaller numbers than others.

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2017 Topps Walking Dead Season 6 Trading Cards Include an Autograph Per Hobby Box

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Walking Dead Season 6 trading cards continue to push through series, catching the hobby side of things up to what’s aired. While the look and feel is similar to the fall’s Season 5 set — Topps’ first with the license — there is a major change with the configuration. An autograph is now guaranteed in each hobby box.

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2017 Topps WWE Undisputed Continues to Stress Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps WWE Undisputed marks the third time out for the only high-end brand in professional wrestling. Once again, there’s a hit in every pack with eight autographs promised in every ten-pack box.

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Tony Gwynn’s 3,000th Hit Ball, Hall of Fame Ring Among Personal Items Up for Auction

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A Hall of Fame ring, several awards and important pieces of memorabilia from milestone moments are among the personal artifacts from Tony Gwynn’s career that are currently being sold through SCP Auctions.

A total of 25 pieces of Tony Gwynn memorabilia are part of the company’s 2017 Winter Premier Auction. All come direct from the Padres legend’s widow, Alicia Gwynn.

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2017 Upper Deck Clerks Trading Cards Feature Autographs and a Deep Dive Into the Movie

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Clerks is one of those movies that changed the game. Shot on a tiny budget, in black and white no less, it helped make indie films mainstream in the 1990s. Of course, it also launched the career of Kevin Smith and introduced the world to Jay and Silent Bob. Now, more than 20 years after the movie hit the big screen, come 2017 Upper Deck Clerks trading cards, complete with autographs, sketch cards and more.

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2017 Panini Stars and Stripes Baseball Showcases Past and Present National Team Stars

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Stars and Stripes Baseball marks the brand’s return after a one-year absence. Still a pack-based product, it’s taking more of a streamlined approach this time around with fewer packs. That said, each pack now includes either an autograph or memorabilia card.

The checklist is also simplified. It’s limited to base cards, parallels and hits. 2017 Panini Stars and Stripes Baseball doesn’t have any other inserts.

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2016 Donruss Optic Football Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016 Donruss Optic Football.

What kind of rainbows and autographs await?

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2017 Panini Elite Draft Picks Football Offers a Pre-Draft Primer

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Elite Draft Picks Football offers a couple of firsts. For starters, it kicks off the manufacturer’s new season in the sport. It also marks Elite’s debut as a collegiate spinoff brand, joining Prizm, Contenders, National Treasures and others.

It also marks some of the first cards of the incoming rookie crop.

Each 2017 Panini Elite Draft Picks Football box comes with five packs. Each pack has an autograph.

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Jose Canseco offers fans a chance at landmark bat

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The opportunity to buy a piece of memorabilia directly from a player is a rare treat for collectors. Quite often, they will have to go through an auction house or simply settle for a sliver of it that has been embedded in a trading card.

Earlier today, famed baseball slugger Jose Canseco decided to go directly to collectors himself via his Twitter feed and offered up a chance to bid on a piece with some strong provenance.

“You want to know something funny? I found that probably two weeks ago with some bats that I didn’t even think I
had,” he told Beckett Media. “You know, I’ve auctioned off or sold most of my memorabilia, almost all of it. The last remaining bat, I actually found it and was trying to figure out where the bat was from because of the writing on it. I went online and actually found the video that I hit off of Graeme Lloyd. It’s on YouTube and hit the fifth deck in a game against the Blue Jays when I was with Tampa.” Read More…

2016-17 Upper Deck Series Two Young Guns revealed

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The wait is finally over for hockey collectors that have been anxious to see which players were slated to be Young Guns in 2016-17 Upper Deck Series Two. The checklist was revealed today at Upper Deck’s Certified Diamond Dealer Conference in Phoenix and posted on Twitter by Mojobreak.com.

As expected, the group of 49 prospects is led by two major holdovers from the previous release in goal scoring machine Patrik Laine of the Winnipeg Jets and budding Toronto Maple Leafs star Mitch Marner. The pair will appear together on the subset’s checklist as well.

Who else made the cut? Read on after the jump to find out. Read More…

2017 Topps Baseball Rookie Cards Include Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Not only does 2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball give collectors the sport’s first cards but it also offers the first Rookie Cards of some of last year’s late-debuting standouts. The list of 2017 Topps Baseball Rookie Cards includes a couple of high-profile draft picks and an international star who was traded in the offseason.

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Here’s Jeff Bagwell’s First Baseball Card Contract

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The first Jeff Bagwell cards came out before he had even turned pro. In 1988 he appeared on a couple of cards for the amateur Cape Cod League.

The release for one of these cards, the 1988 Cape Cod Prospects Ballpark Jeff Bagwell, was recently listed on eBay, offering a little insight and history into Bagwell’s place in the hobby.

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2016-17 Panini Limited Basketball Checklist

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

A product that seeks to live up to its name, 2016-17 Panini Limited Basketball is loaded up with plenty of memorabilia and autographed memorabilia hits of stars from the past, present, and future of the NBA.

Each eight-card box has a pair of autographs or memorabilia cards. The 2016-17 Panini Limited Basketball checklist also has a ton of freshman content like Rookie Jersey Autographs. Read More…