Yoan Moncada Rookie Cards and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Since making his MLB debut, the prospect of Yoan Moncada Rookie Cards became reality. Not only is he a player with tons of potential, but he was going to rise to stardom playing for one of the most high profile teams in baseball, the Boston Red Sox.

And then Yoan Moncada was traded.

Now a member of the Chicago White Sox and a cornerstone of their future, that doesn’t change the outlook on Moncada’s potential. He’s still touted as a future star. And as far as Yoan Moncada Rookie Cards and other early cards go, the change in teams shouldn’t alter his hobby outlook too much. Granted, the White Sox aren’t quite as popular as Boston on a global scale but they’re not exactly a small market team, either.

Moncada’s first cards came out in 2015 courtesy of Panini and Leaf. Topps held off until 2016 for his first MLB cards. Rookie Cards can be found in 2017 products.

We’ve got a full breakdown of the Yoan Moncada Rookie Cards as well as details on many of his other important early cards.

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Panini America and Cleveland Cavaliers to hold arena promotion

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

There is a special treat in store for folks attending Saturday’s game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and visiting Washington Wizards as Panini America will be giving away a pack of trading cards to every fan in the house. Read More…

Remember Upper Deck’s Multiple Exposure Baseball Cards?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Upper Deck’s early sets were marked with several innovations like holograms, foil packs and pushy glossy card stock as a sports card norm. But there’s another thing that stood out to me — multiple exposure cards.

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Top 30 Topps Tiffany Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you collected Topps cards from the mid-1980s through the early part of the ’90s, chances are you have at least one of you favorite star’s Rookie Cards if not a small stack. There’s a good chance you have their other non-Rookies too. And if you don’t now, a few dollars (at the most) would be all it’d probably take to land them today. But now that you’re a little older and maybe want to rekindle or stoke that love for 1980s baseball cards with something a little bit fancier, what do you do? Enter, Topps Tiffany, a premium take on the era’s cards that carry significantly more value.

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2016-17 Leaf Best of Basketball to deliver premium buybacks

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

One of the most popular repack products in the hobby is back again for this season and collectors should expect some major hits when breaking open 2016-17 Leaf Best of Basketball.

Expected to be released later this Spring, each pack will contain one premium buyback card along with a specially-created commemorative card that looks back at the career of the legendary Magic Johnson. Read More…

Kickstarter Spotlight: 2017 Sidekick Labs Creeping Flesh Trading Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Sidekick Labs Creeping Flesh trading cards spotlight the monster artwork of Dan Brereton. Packaged as a premium pack-style factory set, there are both retro and modern elements.

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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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2017 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Checklist Channels the Art of the Game

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just as it has from its debut as a subset in 1982 Donruss, 2017 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball takes an artful look at the game. It offers a distinct look, a far-reaching checklist and plenty of parallels and inserts.

Twelve-pack hobby boxes come with a pair of autographs or memorabilia.

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2017 Topps Heritage Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Topps Heritage Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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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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2016-17 Panini Aficionado Basketball Checklist Looks to Capitalize on 90s Nostalgia

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

A little over 20 years ago, trading card maker Pinnacle put out a premium baseball product that truly stood out at the time due to its use of neat printing techniques and other gimmicks. It lasted just a season, though, but aspects of it left a lasting impression with collectors.

Flash forward to today, and basketball collectors are about to get a taste of that same nostalgia with a few modern twists. While 2016-17 Panini Aficionado Basketball is not likely to have a box scented like bubble gum like the original release, there is certainly plenty of retro-syle fun featuring the NBA’s best and new textured print technology, too. Read More…

2017 Topps Mars Attacks: The Revenge! Trading Cards Strike in Factory Set Form

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

You’d think one day the Martians would learn. But they keep coming back, even after 55 years. 2017 Topps Mars Attacks: The Revenge! brings back the iconic trading card franchise as a premium factory set.

Each box set of the hobby-only product has a full base set, a bunch of parallels, a sketch card and an additional premium insert.

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Undertaker Autograph Cards Coming from Topps

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In some major regards, The Undertaker is a model of consistency. So when he breaks from his norm, you notice it.

Remember when Brock Lesnar finally broke The Streak?

Another place where The Undertaker has made few exceptions is with autograph cards. During his long career, the wrestling legend has signed cards twice.

But that’s about to change. Topps has Undertaker autograph cards on the way.

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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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Upper Deck announces Spring Expo redemption plans

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Spring 2017 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo is just a few weeks away and collectors from around the world are heading to the show with box breaking on their mind. Luckily for them, Upper Deck is once again holding a massive redemption program at its booth along with many of the fun activities and interactions they have come to expect.

It all starts on Friday, May 5 at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario and runs through the weekend. There will be promotions for those breaking boxes or those brave enough to crack a case of certain 2016-17 Upper Deck products and there are plenty of Parkhurst Priority Signings autographs to be found inside. Read More…

Auston Matthews Rookie Cards and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Now that he’s made his NHL debut, Auston Matthews Rookie Cards are here. It started officially with his 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Young Guns card and will continue throughout the season.

But even before that, there were a few options for Auston Matthews cards in the form of promo sets and redemptions.

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Upper Deck continues NHL arena promotions as season winds down

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The playoff race is in full swing, but hockey card collectors at certain NHL rinks are getting a special bonus as they come through the gates in the form of a pack of trading cards produced by Upper Deck.

While Beckett Hockey has reported on some of these promotions thus far this season, the company has provided further details and images for the most recent and upcoming giveaways. Read More…

2017 Score Football Features a Big Checklist with Lots of Rookies

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With a couple of college-centered draft products coming before it, 2017 Score Football kicks off the new NFL card season as far as packs and boxes go. The long-standing brand returns with another big checklist and a hobby configuration that emphasizes jumbo packs.

Hobby boxes come with four autographs plus a bunch of inserts and Rookie Cards.

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2017 Topps Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trading Cards Lay Groundwork for Episode VIII

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi trading cards set the stage for the eighth film in the saga’s main timeline. While collectors can expect some early elements from The Last Jedi, the focus is more on putting together the puzzle of the many characters and events influencing the story.

Each hobby box promises at least one autograph plus one additional premium insert such as sketch cards and new Plastic Emblem cards.

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2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft High Series Football Continues Where the First Set Left Off

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft High Series Football is a Series 2 of sorts, expanding on where Low Series left off. Once again driven by prospects, each hobby box has 15 cards. Each pack also includes an inserts and a parallel, totalling 20 of each per box.

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2017 Leaf History of Baseball Cut Signature Edition Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As you might expect from the title, 2017 Leaf History of Baseball Cut Signature Edition is an all-autograph product. It’s a straightforward approach, albeit one that includes cuts from every current player in the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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2017 Topps Now World Baseball Classic Ins and Outs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Now World Baseball Classic is a natural extension of the print-on-demand line. And while much of the format and delivery is the same as other sets under the Topps Now brand, there are a couple of new spins as well.

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2017 Topps Now Spring Training Baseball Highlights Moments from MLB’s Preseason

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As the Topps Now program enters its second year, things continue to evolve. 2017 Topps Now Spring Training Baseball highlights in-game action leading up to the main season.

Cards are sold individually through the Topps website and, like regular Topps Now cards, available for just 24 hours.

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2017 Upper Deck Goon: Last of the Enforcers Trading Cards Offer Up a Doug Glatt “Rookie Card”

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By Ryan Cracknell and Stephen Laroche

As Goon: Last of the Enforcers opens in theatres across Canada, the comedy sequel has received a set of hockey cards. 2017 Upper Deck Goon: Last of the Enforcers arrives as a promo set that’s being distributed a couple of different ways throughout Canada in the weeks ahead.

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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’ll be included throughout 2017. On top of regular base cards, expect there to be plenty of inserts as well, including autographs and other premium offerings.

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2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball Shifts Focus to Active Players

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

For the past couple of years, Topps Archives Signature Series has offered autographed buybacks of retired players. 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball takes a similar approach with regards to signed original cards. However, the checklist consists of active players this time around.

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2016-17 Fleer Showcase Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016-17 Fleer Showcase Hockey.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016-17 Panini Select Basketball Checklist Lets Collectors Chase the Rainbow

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Player collectors often love to track down parallels for their favorite stars and one of the best products to do that this season is going to be 2016-17 Panini Select Basketball.

Select has a long history in the hobby and has had a reputation as a challenging project for those willing to take it on. With three autograph or memorabilia cards per box, this release is loaded up with plenty of prismatic goodness with a dozen parallels as well. Read More…

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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2016-17 Panini Threads Basketball returns to hobby shops

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Fans of one of Panini America’s long-running brands are about to find it at their hobby shop once again with the upcoming release of 2016-17 Panini Threads Basketball.

Last year, Threads was exclusive to Target stores and its return to traditional card stores will include one autograph and one memorabilia card per box along with a pair of Leather Rookies that are exclusive to hobby packs. Read More…

This Is One of the Greatest Photos Ever Put on a Baseball Card

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary

Close your eyes for a second and imagine your favorite card of all-time. Chances are you can see it vividly. You probably don’t even need to close your eyes to see every line, movement and facial gesture.

Great sports cards are a dance of design, image and time. When all three work in unison, they become classics, even iconic.

Design is the foundation of a great set. Without a nice border or design elements, it’s hard to make any card stand out. Images are a card’s personality. They present the moment. Time is that nostalgic piece that cement’s a card’s place in history. This is personal. While many baseball cards have universal appeal, if you do a personal inventory of your collection, there are likely to be plenty that you connect deeply with that you rarely here about.

I’m not going to call the 2017 Topps Opening Day Hanley Ramirez variation short print a classic card. I saw it for the first time last night on a computer screen. I don’t have a copy and given how rare it is, I doubt I ever will. But I will say that it’s one of the most beautiful photos ever committed to a baseball card.

Here’s why.

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2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Heads to Oz, Outer Space and Beyond

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions knows no bounds. In addition to a variety of sports, big and small, various aspects in the product travel the world, explore space and even the wonderful world of Oz.

Just like the themes it covers, the types of cards in 2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions are just as eclectic. Proof of that can be found in the hobby box hits. Each has three total from a list that includes autographs, memorabilia cards, art cards, relics, 3D cards and embroidered patch cards.

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2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey Checklist Has Plenty of Parallels and Autographs

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey, one of last year’s critically-acclaimed releases is back and it is loaded up with a virtual rainbow of parallels plus plenty of autographs and inserts.

Coming to stores and Upper Deck ePack starting in March, this product is a shiny update to the conventional O-Pee-Chee set and will include members of this season’s impressive rookie class.

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2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Low Series Football Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Low Series Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016-17 Upper Deck AHL Hockey Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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