The Verdict on Aaron Judge Rookie Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Hitting home runs in your first two MLB games while wearing a New York Yankees jersey gets people talking. While the name Kevin Maas will invariably come up at some point, that’s not always the case. For Aaron Judge cards, it’s still too early to see what the next decade’s going to look like. But after a hot start to his career in the Bronx, it’s time to take a closer look at the Aaron Judge Rookie Cards and other early releases that are out there.

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Panini 2017 NFL Draft Mega Giveaway

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The 2017 NFL Draft is just around the corner. Beckett Media has teamed with Panini for a sweet contest with some nifty prizes.

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Babe Ruth’s Last Will and Testament Returns to the Auction Block

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Babe Ruth’s life and career on the diamond has resulted in some interesting pieces of memorabilia. And while jerseys, autographs and bats may be the cornerstones that come to mind, there are some things that fall outside that realm and offer a more personal look at the icon. Babe Ruth’s Last Will and Testament from 1933 is one such item.

It’s part of SCP Auctions‘ 2017 Spring Premier Auction, which starts May 24.

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2017 Philly Non-Sports Card Show Exclusives Include Garbage Pail Kids, Wacky Packages and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When it comes to events on the entertainment side of the hobby, the Philly Non-Sports Show is one of the biggest. It’s like the Non-Sport National. The theme for the April 22 and 23 show is Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages. That theme carries over to both artist appearances and a set of nine exclusive GPK/Wacky Packages cards.

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2017-18 O-Pee-Chee Hockey prepares to deliver old-school collecting fun

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For hockey card collectors, the annual O-Pee-Chee set is part of a tradition that goes back for decades. While its roots go back to the 1930s, it really caught on in the late 1960s during the expansion era as Canadian collectors had a set specific to that market which featured the game’s biggest names and a sweet slab of pink gum.

While the gum has been gone for 25 years now and Upper Deck took over the brand back in 2006-07, there is little doubt that 2017-18 O-Pee-Chee Hockey is going to be a hot early-season release once it hits in September thanks to the most comprehensive base set around and some fun inserts and parallels. Read More…

2017 Topps Tribute Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2017 Topps Tribute Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Panini Aficionado Soccer Brings Back Short-Lived 1990s Brand

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Along with basketball, 2017 Panini Aficionado Soccer brings back a short-lived baseball brand from the mid 1990s. Like most of Panini’s other soccer sets, cards combine international pro leagues and various national teams.

Ten-pack 2017 Panini Aficionado Soccer boxes include both an autograph and a memorabilia card along with a handful of inserts. Parallels work out to one per pack.

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2016-17 Leaf Metal Hockey Checklist Shows Off the Past – and the Future

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Releasing a couple of months prior to the 2017 NHL Draft, 2016-17 Leaf Metal Hockey looks to keep the excitement going. The product focuses on the game’s future along with its illustrious past.

Limited to just 200 cases, there is plenty of buzz around prime prospects like Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings, who happens to be under a long-term autograph exclusive with Leaf. There are seven cards per box and all are printed using the company’s patented metal technology. Read More…

2016-17 Hockey Card Release Dates and Set Information

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Looking for 2016-17 hockey card release dates, checklists and set information?

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2017 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 2 Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 2 trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football Autograph Short Prints

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Just like its NFL counterpart, Contenders Draft Picks has plenty of autographs that are more scarce than others. Panini has released a full list of 2017 Contenders Draft Picks Football short prints.

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2017-18 Panini NHL Sticker Collection to provide fun for collectors of all ages

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the most popular hobby diversions for hockey collectors is back again and the 2017-18 Panini NHL Sticker Collection is expected to hit stores once the next season is ready to begin this Fall.

Expect to find many of the best and brightest moments of the current season to be featured and every NHL team will be well-represented within the 72-page album which houses nearly 500 stickers. Read More…

2017 Leaf Metal US Army All-American Football Offers Pre-College Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Unless you follow high school football at the national level, the names in 2017 Leaf Metal US Army All-American Football may not be familiar. But that’s by design. It brings a level of prospecting to the sport that looks far into the future, something usually reserved for baseball.

The product highlights autographs from some of the top players in the country before they enter college and years before they may enter the NFL.

Each 2017 Leaf Metal US Army All-American Football hobby box comes with eight autograph cards.

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2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps MLS Variations Ins and Outs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Topps MLS variations are taking a different approach. They still show players with different photos. However, in several instances, the numbers don’t match up.

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2017 Topps Now Baseball Cards Tell Season’s Story

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

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 Bowman Baseball Checklist Celebrates 70th Anniversary of Brand’s Debut

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Bowman Baseball marks the 70th anniversary for the brand that has become synonymous with rookies and prospect cards in recent years. The focus and general configurations remain the same, however there’s also plenty that plays off the past as well.

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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 Basketball Card Release Dates, Checklists and Set Information

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Looking for 2016-17 basketball card release dates, checklists and set information?

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2017 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 2 Trading Cards Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 2 trading cards see more time travel, romance, autographs and memorabilia cards. The follow-up to the wildly popular Season 1 set may not have the widespread appeal of, say, a Star Wars or Star Trek release, but there’s a core fandom with Outlander that is extremely passionate.

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Leaf Trading Cards announces a pair of redemption programs for the Spring Expo

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Spring 2017 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo is a less than three weeks away and anticipation among hockey card collectors from around the world is high for the semi-annual event. Leaf Trading Cards will once again be set up in the corporate area at the show and it has just revealed two redemption programs that those in attendance will be able to enjoy.

Whether you are breaking a box of the soon-to-be released 2016-17 In The Game Stickwork or simply wish to acquire a specially-produced card made just for the show, there is something that should appeal to most collectors when Leaf comes to the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario from May 5-7. Read More…

Trey Mancini Rookie Cards and Other Top Early Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s still way too early to predict how Trey Mancini‘s career is going to play out. But so far, it’s safe to say that the Orioles first baseman is off to a hot start. And Trey Mancini Rookie Cards, along with his other early cards, are beginning to draw more collector attention.

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2017 Prestige Football to Feature NFL Draft Info

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David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Panini’s Prestige brand has established itself as one of the most anticipated post-draft products every year. The Rookie Cards are the first to feature NFL Daft information, such as NFL team and draft position. It’s scheduled to drop in early June.

The 2017 Prestige Football product will be no different, as Panini recently confirmed in a sneak peek of the product. Pictures, however, will still show the new rookie class in their college uniforms. Like past offerings, this year’s release will be an affordable option, aiming to reach a wide range of collectors.

(Check out the preview gallery below.)

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2017 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Dave Sliepka and Brian Fleischer as they open some 2017 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Leaf Trinity Football Brings Back the Traditional Autograph Trifecta

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’ve collected Leaf Trinity Football (or baseball, for that matter), then you probably know the drill. 2017 Leaf Trinity Football sees that brand return with an all-autograph checklist stemming from three distinct styles of high-end cards.

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2016-17 Panini Prestige Basketball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Sam Zimmer and Eric Norton as they open some 2016-17 Panini Prestige Basketball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Historic Willie O’Ree memorabilia up for bids via Goldin Auctions

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Nearly 60 years ago, Willie O’Ree broke the NHL’s color barrier as a member of the Boston Bruins and two remarkable pieces of memorabilia related to his time with the team are now on the auction block.

In addition to the letter inviting O’Ree to attend training camp with the Boston Bruins, collectors also have a chance to bid on the first puck the hockey pioneer scored a goal with. Goldin Auctions is presently holding the Jackie Robinson 70th Anniversary Auction which benefits the Jackie Robinson Foundation and in addition to these items, there are also some historically significant items related to the worlds of sports, entertainment, politics, and civil rights. Read More…

2017 Bowman Chrome Autographs and Prospect Breakdown

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Another year, another big batch of prospects getting their first MLB autographs. The 2017 Bowman Chrome autographs feature a mix of recent draft picks and international standouts. As with past years, for many of these players, it could be a few years before they become household names.

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2017 Topps Walking Dead Season 7 Trading Cards Bring Negan Out to Play

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Walking Dead Season 7 offer continuity not only for the long-running show, but the card maker’s trading card interpretation. It follows much the same path as their Season 5 and Season 6 sets as far as general configuration goes. It also catches Topps up to the show’s run on television.

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Willie Stargell Awards, World Series Rings Among Memorabilia Being Auctioned

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Willie Stargell left a massive impression on baseball, particularly in Pittsburgh where he helped the Pirates win the World Series in 1971 and 1979. Over the course of his Hall of Fame career, Stargell amassed quite the collection of trophies, rings and other awards. Many of them are coming up for sale as part of SCP Auctions‘ 2017 Spring Premier Auction that kicks off at the end of May.

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Ezekiel Elliott Rookie Card Countdown

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

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

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

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

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

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2017 Panini Elite Draft Picks Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Panini Elite Draft Picks Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Summit Awards Spotlight: Southern Hobby Supply, Excellence in Logistics

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The 2017 Summit Awards sponsored by Amazon recognized standouts in the hobby. Selected by attendees, it wasn’t just about achievements in trading cards but the industry as a whole.

Distributor Southern Hobby Supply was honored for Excellence in Logistics. There’s a lot that goes into card shops and dealers getting the stock they need for their stores. Whether it’s cards, supplies or other items, there are a lot of moving parts. On the surface, it might seem easy, but it can actually get complex.

Beckett Media spoke with Brad Wagoner, Southern Hobby’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President about how they deal and excel in logistics.

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2016 Football Cards Release Dates, Checklist and Set Information

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Looking for 2016 football cards release dates, checklists, price guide access and set information? Want to buy some boxes or check out box breaks?

You’ve come to the right place.

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2017 Industry Summit Trading Card Exclusives

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Industry Summit is primarily a place for hobby shop owners and others in the industry to meet, hang out and talk business. It’s also a place to find some cards that aren’t available anywhere else. The 2017 Industry Summit was no different, offering some scarce exclusives from several companies.

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