Awesome Inserts: 1996 Pinnacle Skylines

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

1996 Pinnacle Skylines turns stars of the day into de facto kaiju, making them into Godzilla-sized behemoths towering over the local downtown core.

This is an insert set that has maintained its popularity over the years. Not the easiest pulls to begin with, 1996 Pinnacle Skylines remains a favorite with both set and player collectors.

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2017 Topps Now Preacher Season 2 Trading Cards Offer Episode-by-Episode Recaps, Add Costume Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Now Preacher Season 2 trading cards are sticking with the same general concept as Season 1 — delivering small batches of new limited editioncards each week after every episode.

But there’s a new wrinkle this time around — costume cards.

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2017 Topps Tier One Baseball Checklist Sticks with What It Knows — Autographs and Memorabilia

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Tier One Baseball isn’t going to give you any traditional base cards. Depending on where you stand on the collecting spectrum and what you’re interests are, that could be a good thing or a not-so-good thing. Instead, the product aims for the high-end as it has for a few years now with a checklist that’s strictly autographs and memorabilia cards.

Hobby-exclusive 2017 Topps Tier One Baseball boxes have three cards. Two are signed and one’s a relic. Randomly inserted hot boxes also appear with an extra memorabilia card.

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2017-18 Panini Instant Basketball Kicks Off at the NBA Draft

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017-18 Panini Instant Basketball marks the second full season of NBA action and event brought to the print-on-demand program.

Kicking things off, 2017-18 Panini Instant Basketball features the first NBA cards of Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and many other top 2017 draft picks.

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2017 Topps Finest Baseball Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Panini Unparalleled Football Is Bold, Bright and Highlights Several Overlooked Players

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Unparalleled Football is home to many things: bright and bold designs, autographs and memorabilia, and a checklist featuring lots of veteran players who haven’t had cards before.

Boxes come with eight packs of eight cards. Across that box are a pair of autographs, a memorabilia card, eight inserts and more than 20 parallels.

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2017 Topps Luminaries Baseball Is All Autographs, All Low-Numbered

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It might not be quite on the level of Dynasty, but 2017 Topps Luminaries Baseball is close. The ultra high-end product has just one card per box. Not only is everything autographed, but every card is numbered to 15 or less.

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2017 National Sports Collectors Convention Exclusive Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The National never has a shortage of cards. The rows upon rows of dealers are one of the big draws each year. Collectors will also have a chance to get lots of 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention exclusive cards not available anywhere else.

Some require special purchases. Others are given out simply for attending the show with the right ticket package. And you might even find some just for being somewhere at the right place at the right time.

In the weeks leading up to the 2017 National, manufacturers will be announcing their various programs and how to get their particular exclusives. We’ll keep a running list here as things are announced for easy reference.

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Ian Happ Pre-Rookie Card and Prospect Card Highlights

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just when you think the Chicago Cubs are loaded with plenty of strong, young players, another one comes along. Ian Happ Rookie Cards may not be out just yet, but that’s doesn’t mean he doesn’t have cards.

Within a few months of being drafted by the Cubs with the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft, the first Ian Happ cards were on the market. However, these early cards fall under a couple of categories. They’re either cards from prospect-only or minor league sets or they’re inserts.

But there are plenty of collectors that treat these cards similar to traditional Rookie Cards. The 2015 Bowman Chrome Ian Happ is particularly popular.

Ian Happ Rookie Cards will start showing up later in the 2017 season. Once he made his MLB in mid-May, he became eligible for regular base sets. However, it usually takes a few months for this to trickle down into products as the checklists are often settled far in advance. At any rate, Ian Happ Rookie Cards are on the way. In the meantime, here are some of his key early cards.

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2017 Panini Torque Racing Checklist

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The brand that helped launch a new age of premium NASCAR cards is back for a second straight year with 2017 Panini Torque Racing.

With at least one hit in every pack, expect to find an average of three autographs and two memorabilia cards from your favorite drivers inside each five-pack hobby box. Read More…

2017 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Finds Comfort in the High-End of the Hobby — See the Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Museum Collection Baseball isn’t changing things up from recent years. The hits are largely the same mix, the configuration is the same. The design — well, those are similar too. So what should that mean? A lot of that won’t be nailed down until there’s a final checklist. But, likely, your feelings towards the brand aren’t likely to change with this release.

From a content perspective, 2017 Topps Museum Collection Baseball hobby boxes stick with four packs, each with a different kind of hit. Spread over a box, that means an autograph, an autographed memorabilia card, a premium-swatch relic and a quad memorabilia card.

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Money in the Bank: Floyd Mayweather Autographs Coming from Topps and Leaf

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Floyd “Money” Mayweather is boxing’s biggest draw. He has been for some time, racking up a career record of 49-0 in the process. However, with the sport outside of the hobby’s mainstream, there aren’t many Mayweather cards out there, period. Except for a couple of cut signature cards, he has no autographs.

But that’s about to change.

Both Topps and Leaf have Floyd Mayweather autograph cards on the way.

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Orange Is the New Wack: 2017 Topps GPK/Wacky Packages Summer TV

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Summer television has evolved a few trends: endless reality TV and Netflix and premium cable rolling out many of their big guns. 2017 Topps GPK/Wacky Packages Summer TV takes aim and a handful of these shows, offering a satirical look at their characters and stories.

Another in an ever-expanding line of mini sets, it’s an exclusive to the Topps website.

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2017 National Sports Collectors Convention Autograph Signers

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Every year, the National features dozens of autograph signers spanning several sports. The 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention autograph list is no different.

Organized by TRISTAR, baseball legends make up the largest chunk of signers. Hall of Famers on tap to attend the show in Chicago include Cal Ripken, Frank Robinson, Reggie Jackson, Johnny Bench and Andre Dawson. The recently retired Alex Rodriguez is making his National debut.

Football also has several players scheduled to appear. Among them are Barry Sanders, Jim Kelly, Bob Griese, Jerome Bettis and Deion Sanders.

The 2017 National autograph pavilion will have more hockey players than recent years including Ray Bourque, Brett Hull and Guy Lafleur. Bobby Hull, Chris Chelios, Ed Belfour and Jeremy Roenick are among the one-time Chicago Blackhawks.

Highlights from other sports include Mike Tyson, Julius Erving, Lenny Wilkens, and WrestleMania 33 headliner Bill Goldberg. There’s also cyclist Lance Armstrong making his first National appearance.

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2011 Topps Update Mike Trout Diamond 1/1 Lands on eBay

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s not quite the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Superfractor Autograph, but one of the biggest Mike Trout cards has found its way to eBay. The 2011 Topps Update Diamond Anniversary Authentic Diamond Mike Trout carries a long name, but the card itself is one-of-a-kind.

And the price of the Rookie Card parallel reflects it.

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McFarlane Kobe Bryant Limited Edition Championship Series Figures Showcase the Evolution of Mamba

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Kobe Bryant has his fans and he has his detractors. But what’s universal is respect for his level of play and competitiveness. A line of McFarlane Kobe Bryant Limited Edition Championship Series figures look back on the pinnacle moments of his career. At the same time, it shows how he changed, both in appearance and age, as well as through his play and accomplishments.

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

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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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Literally, the Buggiest Mike Trout Baseball Card Ever

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When you’re printing thousands of sports cards at a time, mistakes happen. Mis-cuts, missing foil, blank backs — these are production errors that have popped up in the hobby over the years.

But what about bugs?

That’s exactly what John Ehler discovered doing a break of 2016 Bowman’s Best Baseball.

A somewhat large bug was getting a close-up look at the back of a Mike Trout card. However, the bug didn’t live to talk about it. Instead, it has become one of the strangest “relics” ever in the hobby.

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While You Wait for Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards, Here’s What You Can Collect Right Now

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

After making a quick and dramatic impact, interest in Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards is rising. It will be a little bit before the Dodger phenom’s first base cards are found in packs. Who knows, by then maybe he’ll have cooled off. In the meantime, there are several Cody Bellinger cards out there already.

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2017 Panini Father’s Day Cards > Socks — See the Full Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Panini Father’s Day promo set has arrived, bringing with it a fairly expansive checklist covering football, basketball, baseball, NASCAR, soccer and more.

This year, it is available in two pack types — football and multi-sport. The set designs are generally the same, however, the checklists are different.

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National Baseball Card Day Back in 2017

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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.

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

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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 Garbage Pail Kids: A Comedy of Comey Wants an Oath of Loyalty

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Garbage Pail Kids have been taking on politics for months now. 2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: A Comedy of Comey is a limited edition mini set taking on fired FBI Director, James Comey.

Like the many political GPK sets of the last year or so, this is another online exclusive sold through the Topps website.

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2017 Leaf Signature Series Tennis Includes Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Leaf Signature Series Tennis brings autographs from some of the game’s greats, past and present. And while the product as a whole is limited, several of the biggest names are included as case hits.

Every box of the signature-only product has ten autographs.

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2016-17 Panini Studio Basketball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Sam Zimmer and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016-17 Panini Studio Basketball cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Signed Kelsey Plum cards lead the way for 2017 Rittenhouse WNBA

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

One of the best-kept secrets in the hobby, the 2017 Rittenhouse WNBA factory set features the league’s top stars and rookies – including the cardboard debut of first overall pick Kelsey Plum of the San Antonio Stars.

Each 2017 Rittenhouse WNBA factory set contains 110 cards, with a minimum seven players from each member club expected to be on the checklist. On top of that, there will be two autographed cards inside to provide additional value. Read More…

1948 Bowman Baseball Box Tops $520,000 and More Big Vintage Box Prices from Attic Find

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

$521,180.33 — that was the final price for a near-complete 1948 Bowman Baseball box. This was one of more than a dozen pieces of vintage sports cards boxes found in an attic beer case sold at auction through Mile High Card Company. Breaking the price down, it works out to more than $27,400 per pack.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Checklists Highlights High-End Memorabilia, Autographs

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

High-end memorabilia inserts and plenty of ink from hockey’s biggest names highlight 2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey.

Reconfigured into a four-card pack that contains at least one hard-signed rookie autograph plus two additional hits and a lower price point. Read More…

2017 Bowman Draft Baseball Goes Jumbo with Year’s MLB Draft Picks

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Bowman Draft Baseball marks the first MLB cards featuring picks from the year’s draft. And it’s going at things big — at least from a configuration perspective.

Jumbo is the box format of choice for the product. These come in two forms. Regular 2017 Bowman Draft Baseball hobby boxes have three autographs. Super Jumbo boxes come with five.

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2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variation Short Prints Visual Cheat Sheet

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Need some help identifying the 2017 Topps Series 2 variation short prints? Here you go.

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2017 Topps UFC Knockout Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Panini Prestige Football Draft Day Signatures Short Prints

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Normally, parallels are determined by the color of a border or the foil used for the player’s name. 2017 Panini Prestige Football has several elements that take that approach. However, the 2017 Panini Prestige Draft Day Signatures ink colors make parallels from the autographs themselves.

While none of the versions are particularly common, some autograph colors are rarer than others.

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2016-17 SP Authentic Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Priscilla Torres as they open some 2016-17 SP Authentic Hockey.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Of Whales and Other Rarities: 2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball sticks closely to the niche the brand has carved out for itself over the years. Centered on autographs and memorabilia cards, the checklist is a big one but there’s also a certain sense of rarity about much of it.

Once again, boxes come with two packs. Both have three base cards, a couple of parallels and two hits. One pack’s premium content consists of an autographed triple relic and a jumbo relic card. The other has either an autographed relic or rookie autograph plus a triple relic. So spread across the box, you get a pair of autographs (many of which have memorabilia) plus a couple of relics.

All autographs and memorabilia cards are serial numbered to 99 or less.

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