Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Be prepared to hear a fair bit about Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards as his first full season in the majors plays out. His cards have been that way since the first ones debuted in 2015.

But now the Red Sox super prospect sits atop Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects. The fact that he plays in Boston certainly adds to the attention as well. It’s not like it’s coming out of nowhere, though.

Having appeared in 34 games last year, Benintendi already has a taste of MLB play. The sample size was a small one, but so far, so good. Combine that with his couple of seasons in the minors and there are more reasons to see a future star versus an overrated bust.

The first Andrew Benintendi cards came out in 2015, not long after the Red Sox selected him with the seventh overall pick in the draft. Among those first cards are autographs in several prospect-driven sets including 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft.

His MLB debut came late in 2016. That was too late for Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards in 2016 products. Instead, they’re  included throughout 2017 sets. On top of regular base cards, there to be plenty of inserts, including autographs and other premium offerings.

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2017 SAGE Autographed Football Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Justin Grunert as they open some 2017 SAGE Autographed Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Detroit Tigers Foundation Autographs for a Cause Support Several Charities

The Detroit Tigers Foundation and several of the team’s players are teaming up to raise money for charity. Why might this be of interest to collectors (other than simply doing good)? It involves exclusive Topps cards and autographs. The fact that the Autographs for a Cause prices are reasonable is the cherry.

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2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Donruss Football Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Matt Bible as they open some 2017 Donruss Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Awesome Inserts: 1997 E-X2000 A Cut Above

Baseball cards or flying ninja stars? One could argue the lines are blurred with 1997 E-X2000 A Cut Above.

And that’s a big reason why these inserts are awesome.

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2017 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Football Heads to High-End School

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As a brand, National Treasures covers several sports. No matter which one, it’s always on the upper side of the high end. In recent years, since Panini landed the NCAA exclusive, the brand has expanded into college sports as well. 2017 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Football heads to class with another hits-focused configuration.

Both recent alumni and players from the past are included with each seven-card box boasting six total autographs and memorabilia cards.

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2017 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Makes New from Old

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

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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Triple H, Stephanie McMahon Autographs Coming from Topps

As far as wrestling cards go, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon autographs are some of the most elusive. With just two certified autograph cards between them, neither has signed for a set in well over a decade.

But that’s about to change.

Topps has partnered with the couple to not only bring autographs to future WWE trading card products but to support Connor’s Cure, a charitable fund focused on pediatric cancer research.

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Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card Rankings and Other Key Early Cards

A couple of name changes and a whole lot of home runs later, the Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card roster is starting to gain more attention. Injuries and playing for a small-market team has kept the slugger’s profile somewhat smaller than one might expect given his numbers and explosive style of play.

But one can only stay overlooked for so long before collectors start to notice.

Curious about what Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Cards are out there? Keep reading and you’ll not only get detailed rankings, but highlights from many of the other top early Giancarlo Stanton cards.

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2017 Topps New Era Baseball Combines Cards and Caps

2017 Topps New Era Baseball marks the second consecutive year that the card and hat makers have teamed up to make a small set of cards. However, the partnership has expanded to also include some special edition MLB caps that bring in Topps elements.

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2016-17 Panini Noir Basketball Checklist, Team Set Lists and All You Need to Know

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

For the past couple of seasons, Panini America has put together an aesthetically-pleasing summer release which serves as a nod to the film noir genre and it is back again with the arrival of 2016-17 Panini Noir Basketball.

With a slightly-altered configuration that goes from 12 to 10 cards per box, collectors will still find seven autograph or memorabilia cards inside along with the possibility of all-new framed cards. Read More…

2017 Panini Immaculate Baseball Checklist Brings Unique Memorabilia, More On-Card Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Some things may change, but 2017 Panini Immaculate Baseball remains focused on the sport’s high-end. All but one of the cards in each six-card box come with autographs or memorabilia pieces.

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2017 Topps Clearly Authentic Baseball Checklist Is All Autographs, All Acetate

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Topps Clearly Authentic Baseball checklist has an air of familiarity to it. It’s also fairly straightforward in its approach. That’s because everything in the product is an autograph card done on acetate, putting a different spin on a 2017 Topps Baseball card or one from the company’s past.

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2017 Upper Deck Spider-Man Homecoming Checklist Includes Michael Keaton Autographs

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It has been a while since there has been a full set of trading cards for a Spider-Man movie. 2017 Upper Deck Spider-Man Homecoming breaks that streak.

The configuration is in line with a lot of the company’s other recent releases stemming from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hobby boxes have ten packs and come with a pair of memorabilia cards as well as either an autograph or sketch card.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Checklist and Team Set Lists

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Acetate Rookie Autograph Patches are back, but there is much more to be found in tins of 2016-17 Upper Deck Premier Hockey.

Loaded up with seven premium cards per tin, expect to find four autograph or memorabilia cards in addition to the Rookie Autograph Patch and two base cards. Read More…

2018 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 1: We Hate the ’80s Proves What’s Old Is New Again

Garbage Pail Kids were born in the 1980s. If you grew up during the decade of Just Say No, wore acid wash jeans and can name the two Coreys are, you know who Adam Bomb and New Wave Dave are. Even those who aren’t card collectors today probably had a few GPKs stuck to their Trapper Keeper or bedpost. 2018 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 1: We Hate the ’80s comes full-circle, spoofing the very nostalgia that Goonies hold dear.

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Vintage memorabilia takes the spotlight with 2017-18 Leaf In The Game Superlative Hockey

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Releasing just in time for the start of the new hockey season, 2017-18 Leaf In The Game Superlative Hockey aims to pay tribute to the sport’s illustrious history while also managing to keep an eye on the future as well.

Loaded up with four autograph or memorabilia cards per box, this release is going to get some strong attention from collectors due to the presence of signatures from the two top picks in the 2017 NHL Draft – Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick – that are exclusive signers for Leaf Trading Cards. Throw in an incredible array of vintage memorabilia pieces and Superlative could prove to be a quick seller indeed. Read More…

Exclusive Aaron Judge Latest 2017 Topps Now Platinum Autograph

The extra autographs keep coming for the small number of Topps Now Platinum members. This time it’s a special Aaron Judge autograph.

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2017 Panini Pantheon Football Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Notron and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017 Panini Pantheon Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Topps Stadium Club 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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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 Panini Spectra Football Has the Neon, the Ink and the Memorabilia

If you were to compare 2017 Panini Spectra Football to a city, it might very well be Las Vegas. For starters, its configuration lends itself to the high-end glitz of autographs and memorabilia cards. And like Vegas, Spectra uses neon to make its already colorful elements stand out even further.

Each four-pack hobby box comes with a total of four signed cards and another seven with memorabilia.

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2017 Topps Warcraft Trading Cards Reemerge as a Hits-Only Online-Exclusive

The original plan was for Topps to put out a set of Warcraft trading cards to coincide with the film’s theatrical release — in 2016.

That didn’t happen.

The original release was cancelled shortly before it was slated to come out. Domestically, the movie went on to be relatively poorly received although it was a big international hit.

Fast forward a year and the cancelled set has reemerged, albeit in a much more abbreviated form. 2017 Topps Warcraft trading cards are an online-exclusive focusing solely on premium cards.

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2017 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Sam Zimmer and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Topps Museum Collection Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2018 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania Trading Cards Recap the Year That Was

2018 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania is the first set of the year for the world’s largest wrestling sports entertainment company. Releasing as the lead up to WrestleMania 34 picks up, the product focuses on recapping the past year’s storylines and major events.

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2017 Topps National Baseball Card Day Checklist and Details on How to Score Free Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

August 12, 2017 — save the date. Topps, MLB and the MLBPA are bringing back National Baseball Card Day for the second consecutive year. And while the overall draw remains the same — free baseball cards — pieces are evolving to make 2017 National Baseball Card Day bigger and better for both collectors and participating shops.

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Crack Kills and Other 1991 Pro Set Football Life Lessons

Growing up in the 1980s meant a lot of overt life lessons in cartoons and TV shows. G.I. Joe taught us that knowing was half the battle. After his epic battles, He-Man and friends preached love and humanity. Punky Brewster drilled home the dangers of hiding in a fridge. Diff’rent Strokes had all sorts of weirdos, freaks, kidnappers. And The Gooch.

And who could forget about the sizzle of a fried egg instilling the fear of God into a generation of kids?

As the ’80s gave way to the 1990s, the number of moral messages shrunk. But they didn’t disappear entirely.

Enter the life lessons of 1991 Pro Set Football.

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2017-18 Hockey Card Release Dates, Checklists and Set Information

Looking for 2017-18 hockey card release dates, checklists and set information? What if we told you that all that was just one click away?

You’ve come to the right place because it is.

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2017 Topps On-Demand Checklist and Details, New Release: 3,000 Hit Club

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps On-Demand is another extension of the card maker’s online exclusives. Similar to their Throwback Thursday line, it isn’t specific to one sport or license. But unlike Throwback Thrusday and others like it, the checklists are more expansive. They’re still on the small side, but each offering has a little more to it like parallels and inserts.

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Awesome Inserts: 1992-93 SkyBox Olympic Team

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In 1992, many of the greatest athletes in the world met in Barcelona to duke it out for Olympic glory. But let’s be honest, some of those athletes never stood a chance, particularly if there thing was men’s basketball. That’s because 11 of the game’s all-time greats teamed up with Christian Laettner to form the Dream Team.

The 1992-93 SkyBox Olympic Team inserts might not have a lot of flash from a design perspective, they are a simple showcase of the squad and their journey to Olympic gold.

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Check out the NBA’s new freshman class with 2017-18 Panini Instant RPS First Look

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With the 2017 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot in full swing, employees from Panini America are working hard to get what they need from the new crop of prospects for the company’s upcoming basketball card releases.

Part of this process is getting photography of the young stars and collectors will be able to get their hands on the first cards of them where they are in their NBA uniforms soon thanks to the Panini Instant program.

The 2017-18 Panini Instant RPS First Look set will feature all 40 players participating in the 2017 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot. At present, Panini is taking the photos and designing the cards and the final cards will likely be shown off via the Panini Instant website on Friday. Read More…

Beckett Authenticates Babe Ruth Autographs From 1933

Beckett Authentication’s Steve Grad was recently able to authenticate two separate Babe Ruth autographed baseballs from 1933.

“It’s pretty amazing that both of these items were genuine,” says Grad.

They were submitted at Mill Creek Sports for authentication. One ball is an American League All-Star signed baseball and the other is a New York Yankees signed ball.

Check out Beckett Authentication’s website to submit your own items for authentication.

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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2017 Donruss Optic Baseball Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Donruss Optic Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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