2017 Panini Classics Football Offers a Nostalgic Take on the Past, Present and Future

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Classics Football is a product that targets nostalgia with both its look and construction. That said, the checklist has eyes towards the past, present and future.

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McFarlane Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team Series 2 Has First Figures of Derek Carr, Dak Prescott

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The McFarlane Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team Series 2 may not have the color rush angle like Series 1, but it does have some big-name debut figures as well as some variations and exclusives to chase.

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Dak Prescott Rookie Cards Ranked

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Heading into his first training camp, Dak Prescott Rookie Cards were pretty quiet. All the talk with the Dallas Cowboys was focused on Ezekiel Elliott. And for good reason. Elliott had the potential to be an exciting player with lots of personality at a key position — which he has lived up to himself.

As far as the card collecting world was concerned, Dak Prescott cards were a consolation prize if you had the Cowboys in a break and got skunked on Elliott.

It’s amazing how quickly things changed.

After a couple of strong games, Prescott started to get people to take notice. And then it kept going Understandably, Dak Prescott Rookie Cards have exploded. Combine that with the stellar play of Elliott and the Cowboys had an unprecedented rookie double-whammy in 2016 products.

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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 President’s Choice Best In Net pays tribute to hockey’s greatest goalies

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

If there is one thing that collectors can generally agree upon, it is the fact that goalie cards have always been special. President’s Choice Trading Cards realizes this and has given Beckett Hockey an exclusive first look at an all-new release which could prove to be a must-have for goalie collectors.

Over 15 years ago, the first set exclusively dedicated to goaltenders, Between The Pipes, was created by Dr. Brian Price and his staff at In The Game and now that he is out on his own once again making cards, he has a new brand that debuts this Summer – 2017 President’s Choice Best In Net. Read More…

2017 Panini Instant Football Debuts at the NFL Combine with On-Demand Cards, Early Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

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.

But this season, it gets a head start, debuting at the NFL Combine. That means not only the first NFL cards for players, but early autographs as well.

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A 17-Year Search Comes to an End

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As collectors, the thrill of the hunt can sometimes be more exciting than actually landing that coveted cardboard treasure. But in this online age, it’s usually not too hard to find something within a few days or, maybe, weeks unless it’s ridiculously low-numbered.

How about 17 years?

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2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution Trading Cards Chart Growth, Loss and Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Life comes at you fast when you’re in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Save for a handful of people, you can’t really plan ahead for one. So when it happens, things change. You change. That’s the focus of 2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution, a character-driven release that centers on how people have grown over seven seasons.

And, no, that doesn’t include an insert set dedicated to how Carl’s hair has grown over the years.

Each hobby box includes two hits, one of which is guaranteed to be an autograph.

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2017 Topps WWE Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Matt Bible as they open some 2017 Topps WWE trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016-17 Topps Now WWE Checklist, Gallery and Everything Else About the Print-on-Demand Set

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016-17 Topps Now WWE sees the continued expansion of the on-demand line. Starting with SummerSlam, the online-exclusive will feature big matches and key events.

Like baseball, UFC and other Topps Now products, the cards are offered for a limited time. When that sales window closes, those that are ordered are the only ones printed.

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2017 Topps Now MLS Soccer Checklist and Everything You Need to Know

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps Now is back in MLS for a second season. 2017 Topps Now MLS Soccer sees the print-on-demand line continue, telling the story of the season as it plays out.

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2016-17 Topps Now Premier League Soccer Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016-17 Topps Now Premier League Soccer follows in the print-on-demand footsteps of MLS and several other Topps releases. Focusing on the big events of the season, it’s near-instant gratification for collectors. And while the overall concept is the same as other Topps Now releases, its delivery has been tweaked a little to appeal to global audiences.

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Deshaun Watson Talkin’ Cards at NFLPA Rookie Premiere

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by David Lee, Beckett Football Editor

The 2017 NFLPA Rookie Premiere Presented by Panini is well underway, and Friday brought seemingly countless card signings, photos and appearances from the best of the best in this new NFL rookie class. Cards for Prestige Draft Day, Origins, National Treasures Collegiate, Immaculate Collegiate and, yes, Flawless Collegiate were signed at the event.

Plenty of other materials were signed as well, including Panini Instant Impressions (framed hand prints with autographs) cut materials, eye black, stickers, football swatches and even memorabilia. See the gallery at the end for some scenes from Friday. Saturday will be the big day of a full photo shoot at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

I had a chance to sit down with National Champion and new Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and show him his Beckett Football cover while he was signing autographs for up-coming Panini products. Here’s what he had to say:

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Barry Bonds’ 716th Home Run Uniform and Bat Up for Auction

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Game-used jerseys are a staple at high-end memorabilia auctions. But how about the complete uniform from a significant game? The uniform Barry Bonds wore when he hit his 716th career home run is up for sale through Goldin Auctions.

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Leaf Trading Cards signs exclusive deal with NHL prospect Nico Hischier

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Another salvo has been fired by Leaf Trading Cards as the company has just announced an exclusive multi-year autographed trading card pact with prospect Nico Hischier, who is regarded as the potential second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Halifax Mooseheads star had a phenomenal 2016-17 season as he led all QMJHL rookie performers in goals (38), assists (48), and points. He captained a side at the 2017 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was named his league’s Rookie of the Year and Best Professional Prospect. Read More…

2017 Topps Five Star Baseball Has an Autograph-Only Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As it has been for a couple of years now, the 2017 Topps Five Star Baseball checklist is going all-in with autographs. The high-end product returns with a relatively simple set-up and lots of on-card ink.

2017 Topps Five Star Baseball boxes have a pair of signed cards.

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2017 Bowman Baseball Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Isaiah Thomas Rookie Card Rankings

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It has taken a bit of time for Isaiah Thomas Rookie Cards to find their place in the hobby. Part of the loaded double-rookie crop found in 2012-13 products, few expected the 2011 second round pick to become a marquee name. But following a breakthrough 2016-17 season, which included several clutch performances, and a move to the big-market Boston Celtics, Isaiah Thomas Rookie Cards are now some of the best . And that’s saying a lot when he’s sharing the checklist with the likes of Kyrie Irving, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard and more.

Isaiah Thomas has a total of 24 RCs in 2012-13 products. They range from the readily available and extremely affordable to a couple of high-end autograph cards that jump much higher.

Thomas made his debut in the lockout-shortened 2011 season. The decision was made to hold of putting Rookie Cards in 2011-12 products as it would be difficult to get the appropriate photos and other assets in time for a quick turnaround time. As a result, outside of a couple of redemptions, his first cards were held back until 2012-13. And even those redemptions were fulfilled until after several 2012-13 products were released.

So what are the most valuable Isaiah Thomas Rookie Cards? Let’s count them down.

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Unannounced and limited hits coming out of 2016-17 SP Authentic Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck is at it again as collectors breaking open boxes and cases of 2016-17 SP Authentic Hockey quickly noticed that some unannounced hits were showing up in packs.

Last year, Upper Deck decided to add an incredibly scarce Black Gold Ink parallel for the signed Future Watch Autograph cards and while quantities and odds of pulling one were never released by the company, they did create a bit of buzz at the time. Back again for this season, cards of several players have surfaced in the early days of the product’s release. Read More…

2017 Topps Inception Baseball Pivots the Brand from Prospects to Rookies and Veterans

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Baseball has had Bowman Inception for a few years now. But like other Bowman products, the focus has been primarily on prospects. 2017 Topps Inception Baseball sees that focus shift a little. There’s still the similar look and attention to autographs but the checklist is centered on veterans and rookies rather than those working their way up through the minors.

Like Bowman Inception, each box has just one pack. In it is either an autograph or an autographed relic card.

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2017 Topps MLS Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2017 Topps MLS soccer.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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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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2016-17 Panini Threads Basketball Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Han Solo, Spongebob and Mr. Rogers Walk Into a Set of Baseball Cards…

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Major League Baseball has its share of promo nights. But even with all the Star Wars bobbleheads, they’ve got nothing on the minors.

Whether it’s strange gimmicks, fun giveaways or bizarre menu items, MiLB teams show plenty of creativity when it comes to getting people through the gates.

One trend is wearing one-night-only jerseys that usually piggyback on a theme night. Where MLB uniforms might change up the colors for things like Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, MiLB promo jerseys can be elevated to athletic folk art.

Topps Pro Debut has started to highlight some of these with a set of inserts. And the 2016 Topps Pro Debut Promo Night Uniforms set delves deep into pop culture, offering a second-hand mash-up that is usually impossible with modern licensing agreements.

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2007 Rittenhouse Spider-Man 3 Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they take it back a few years and open some 2007 Rittenhouse Spider-Man 3 trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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NFLPA Rookie Premiere Ushers in New Rookie Class

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The 2017 NFLPA Rookie Premiere kicks off this week, capped by a full-day photo shoot this Saturday at the Los Angeles Colosseum. Beckett Football editor David Lee will be on hand taking you behind the scenes with player interviews, sneak peeks at autographs signings, and what’s in store for Panini in 2017.

Check back here for updates this Friday and Saturday, May 19-20. Also follow our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. A majority of assets, including photos, autographs and memorabilia, that will be used throughout the year are gathered at the NFLPA Rookie Premiere.

Below is the official invite list, courtesy of Panini. Two players that are noted to still be in flux for attending are Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel. Scroll down to see some scenes from last year’s Rookie Premiere.

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2017 Topps WWE Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A general design isn’t the only thing that 2017 Topps WWE shares with its baseball counterpart. For the first time in five years, the main set has variants. We’re not just talking a couple, either. The 2017 Topps WWE variations are much more ambitious in size than the rare instances they’ve been used before.

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2017 Topps Pro Debut Baseball Checklist Highlights MiLB Players and Hijinks

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Pro Debut Baseball continues with the tradition of putting a minor league spin of the flagship set. That means a checklist of top prospects as well as other cards that highlight the atmosphere and quirks of life leading to the majors.

Hobby boxes come with two autographs and two memorabilia or manufactured relic cards.

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2016-17 SP Authentic Hockey Checklist Includes Plenty of Rookie Ink

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hockey’s hottest rookies have long been the big draw for one of Upper Deck‘s most enduring brands, and 2016-17 SP Authentic Hockey is expected to deliver plenty of hard-signed autographs.

Each box delivers at least two autographs, one of which features an NHL freshman. Read More…

2017 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives: Final Edition Trading Cards Include Big-Name Signatures

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives: Final Edition wraps up the card maker’s multi-year look back at the various films in the franchise in the form of large retro-style inserts. The product also includes a deep autograph checklist that includes multiple Bonds, big-name stars and iconic characters.

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4 Reasons NOT to Use Tape on Top Loaders

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary

Taped top loaders are common. It’s what many of us do to keep cards from flopping out and getting wrecked in the mail.

But is putting tape on the end of a top loader the best and safest way to protect cards headed out in the mail?

No

Some types of tape are better than others (clear packing tape and scotch tape are the worst), but you may want to avoiding it all together. Here are four reasons why.

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2017 Upper Deck Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trading Cards Are a Hobby Mixtape

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket and the rest of the gang are back with 2017 Upper Deck Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trading cards. Like the set based on the original film, there’s a cardboard mixtape including more autographs from the movie’s stars and a pair of memorabilia cards per hobby box.

While the product does lean towards a more high-end configuration with regards to three premium inserts per hobby box, it’s not to quite the same extent as some of Upper Deck’s other recent Marvel products like Doctor Strange.

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1916 M101-5 Blank Back Babe Ruth Tops $550,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

$552,000 — that was the final price for a 1916 M101-5 Blank Back Babe Ruth card sold on May 13 by Heritage Auctions.

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2017 Panini Select Racing Highlighted by Prizms Galore, On-Card Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Select Racing isn’t new to NASCAR, but you have to go back to the days when Pinnacle was still around as its own company to when it was last released. 2017 Panini Select Racing sees the chromium brand return with a modern spin that includes two autographs and three memorabilia cards per box plus plenty of color.

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2016-17 Panini Grand Reserve Basketball to debut this summer

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

An all-new concept to help round out this season, 2016-17 Panini Grand Reserve Basketball is a premium release which could generate some buzz one it hits store shelves this summer.

With three packs per box and lots of hard-signed ink, the early details on this product tease the potential to pull some major hits along with coveted inserts that utilize a variety of printing technologies. With a name like Grand Reserve, can we expect anything less? Read More…