1963 Topps Pete Rose Rookie Card Approaching $150,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

He might not have a place in Cooperstown but a 1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie card looks to be headed to Hall of Fame territory. A copy of the card graded PSA 9 Mint is approaching $150,000 in an eBay auction.

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2016 Topps Stadium Club Variations Highlight Pitchers Who Bat, Royals on Parade and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Welcome to the world of 2016 Topps Stadium Club variations. For the first time since the brand was revived in 2014, select cards come with variation short prints featuring separate photos.

All told, there are 25 different 2016 Topps Stadium Club variations. They’re not easy to find with early reports indicating they’re about two per hobby case.

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2016 Topps Doctor Who Timeless Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Topps Doctor Who Timeless.

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Matt Wieters Cards Finally Coming to Topps Packs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re looking for Topps baseball cards of Matt Wieters in a Baltimore Orioles uniform, you’re pretty much out of luck. Other than a couple of oddball offerings and online exclusives, he has nothing. But that’s about to change. Soon you’ll be able to find cards of the Baltimore catcher in packs of Topps cards for the first time.

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2016 Cryptozoic DC Comics Justice League Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Matt Bible as they open some 2016 Cryptozoic DC Comics Justice League.

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Beckett Radio This Week: Ben Simmons, Interview with Jason Crosby

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This week on Beckett Radio we discuss the Ben Simmons Upper Deck exclusive and what it means for collectors. Also, artist Jason Crosby joins us to talk about what it’s like to create sketch cards for Upper Deck and Topps, and pulling his own card from a product.

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Of course, we’ve got lots of giveaways as well! Give the show a listen to find out how.

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14 2016 Topps Stadium Club Cards Worthy of a Stare Down

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Some of us like our baseball cards loaded with layers of premium things like autographs, jumbo patches and low print runs. Some of us prefer a simpler path where base cards shine. 2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball is definitely one of the latter.

As has been the case with the brand since its earliest days, photography is a focal point. A lot of effort goes into the image selection, trying to make them unique from other releases. Generic poses are kept to a minimum while emotion and drama are brought to the forefront.

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2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Combines On-Demand Printing and Old Designs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball sees the card maker continue to branch out with their online offerings. It’s not an over-sized set either. Rather, it’s an entirely new release of traditionally sized cards that mixes on-demand printing with a more familiar and less timely themes than 2016 Topps Now Baseball.

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Black Gold Ink Future Watch Autographs Among Surprises in 2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Not everything on the 2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey checklist was noted up front. As has been the case for the past couple of seasons, Upper Deck has slipped a couple of surprises into the mix.

While one isn’t unexpected as it sticks with what they’ve done in previous years, a new level of Future Watch autographs are new.

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Here’s Why Kids Matter to the Hobby

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary

Don’t think kids are important to the hobby? You’re wrong.

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2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey Inscriptions List

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Several of the 2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey autographs have a parallel that offers something a little extra beyond a serial number. Both rookies and veterans added small inscriptions to their signatures, making them a little different from your standard autograph card.

The 2015-16 SP Authentic Inscriptions start with the Future Watch autographs. The first 50 cards for select rookies come with the added bit of ink. However, they are numbered as part of the full full of 999 copies.

Sign of the Times and Sign of the Times Rookies each have Inscriptions versions as well. These are more like tradition parallels and have varied print runs.

The inscriptions themselves aren’t overly complex. Most are a nickname. In the case of the Future Watch cards, NHL debut dates are heavily featured.

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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids 4th of July Attempts Its Own Kind of Fireworks

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids 4th of July trading cards are about as patriotic as the GPK gang get. There have been plenty of past Presidents and politicians as well as an abundance of current hopefuls. This set, another online exclusive mini collection, adds to that list.

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2016 Topps Star Wars Evolution Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Topps Star Wars Evolution trading cards.

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2016 Bowman Inception Baseball Card Checklist and Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Bowman Inception Baseball is focused primarily on three things: young players, autographs and abstract designs. Actually, this has been the brand’s niche since it debuted. Although the spotlight is still on rookies and prospects, more veterans have been added to the product compared to past years.

Every card in the product has an autograph. Five-card boxes deliver four regular autographs and one autographed memorabilia card.

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2016 Upper Deck Finding Dory Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and a special guest as they open some 2016 Upper Deck Finding Dory sticker cards.

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Free Dragon Ball Z Tournament

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If you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball Z game living in the Grand Prairie, Texas area (or are looking for a reason to travel), there’s a free box tournament on Saturday, July 2 for the launch of the new Vengeance set.

Prizes include boxes, playmats and more.

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2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey Checklist Deliver the Game’s Hottest Ink

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of this season’s most-anticipated releases, 2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey is ready to offer up a strong selection of signatures from the biggest names in the game along with the hottest rookies.

With an expected release date of May 11, 2015-16 SP Authentic is expected to have a hit or short printed base card in every pack. On average, there are three autographs per box and at least one serial-numbered chase card. Upper Deck has added a few new autograph concepts, including signed booklets, and each case is expected to yield a pair of hard-signed patch autographs. Read More…

Ranking the Kris Bryant Rookie Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In a year of big-time rookies, Kris Bryant was been one of the biggest in 2015. Even if it wasn’t clutch plays and walk-off home runs every night, he’s lived up to a lot of the lofty expectations that come with being a second overall draft pick. And he’s still very young. Not surprisingly, Kris Bryant rookie cards have garnered plenty of attention from both buyers and sellers from the moment they were released.

If you look to just base sets, there are more than 15 Kris Bryant rookie cards to go alongside with hundreds of parallels, inserts, autographs and memorabilia cards. Simply put, there’s lots of choice out there for various budgets and baseball card preferences.

The cheapest Kris Bryant rookie cards come from basic sets that don’t have a lot of added frills or premium enhancements. Despite Bryant’s popularity, these lower-tier rookies can still be found for reasonable amounts equivalent to a pack or two.

A couple of cards that give off this no-frills appearance are actually some of the most valuable Kris Bryant rookie cards. His base cards in both 2015 Topps Archives and 2015 Topps Finest are short prints. And we’re not talking the fairly common short prints like the ones found in sets like Topps Heritage. These are legitimately scarce and the price tags reflect this. In particular, expect the 2015 Topps Archives Kris Bryant SP to cost more than a lot of his signed cards.

Speaking of autographs, some of Bryant’s are considered rookie cards as they’re part of the product’s main set. While there is a range within these, understandably, all are among the most valuable Kris Bryant rookie cards. These are topped by his five autographed patch cards in 2015 Topps Dynasty. Each is numbered to just 10 copies. Like most players in the product, Bryant has multiple cards, each with a different photo.

So what are the most valuable Kris Bryant rookie cards? We’re counting them down according to the Beckett Baseball Price Guide.

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2016-17 Panini NHL Stickers preview

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the best ways to introduce youth to the world of hockey cards and related collectibles is through the annual hockey sticker collection produced by Panini America. With a wide selection of players, coverage of key moments, and the perpetual appeal of foil, 2016-17 Panini NHL Stickers come out this Fall and carry on a fantastic tradition that simply has to be shared.

Naturally, stickers can be carefully placed inside of a colorful 72-page album and each of the NHL’s 30 teams that played last season will have 14 stickers apiece – with four of them being foil. There are a whopping 503 total stickers to track down and each pack will contain seven of them. Needless to say, it is a gargantuan effort to finish, but collectors are able to order the stickers they need directly from Panini at a nominal cost. Read More…

Rookies and history the focus of Leaf’s National redemption program

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Leaf Trading Cards plans to have a multi-faceted redemption program at the 37th National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City in early August and the fun begins with case breakers.

Cracking open a case of 2016 releases like Pop Century, In The Game Used or Genesis Hockey and Metal Tennis, or any year of Leaf US Army All-American Football  between 2010 and 2016 will receive a special Best of the National box. Inside, collectors may find big graded rookie cards, buyback autographs, premium memorabilia cards, and other surprises. Read More…

Nomar Mazara, Trevor Story, Blake Snell Get Their First MLB Rookie Cards in 2016 Topps Stadium Club

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball checklist has no shortage of rookie cards. 34 to be exact. Of those three are bound to get a little added attention as they’re the first pack-inserted MLB rookie cards for a trio of standouts: Nomar Mazara, Trevor Story and Blake Snell.

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2016 Topps Star Wars Card Trader Trading Cards Make the Digital Physical

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just like Bunt is getting for baseball, Topps’ Star Wars digital trading card app is getting a physical release. 2016 Topps Star Wars Card Trader trading cards take many of the elements and designs of the app’s cards and give them a more traditional spin. That said, the product still attempts to work in both realms with code cards that unlock digital exclusives. In fact, every pack of 2016 Topps Star Wars Card Trader includes a digital code of some sort.

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Here’s Who Has 2016 The Flash Season 1 Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Between all of its central characters and ever-changing (and expanding) gallery of villainous rogues, there’s no shortage of potential for the 2016 Cryptozoic The Flash Season 1 Autographs checklist.

But while it can be easy to come up with a dream lineup, things don’t always work out that way. Rather than speculate, Cryptozoic has started to unveil exactly who is signing for the release.

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2016 Topps Now Ichiro Autographs Surface

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Add Ichiro to the list of 2016 Topps Now Baseball autographs. The card arrives just a few weeks after the first surprise autograph, Brandon Crawford, in the on-demand line surfaced.

Like Crawford, the card is in very short supply and shipped without notice to those who ordered the original Ichiro card.

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2016 Topps Now Baseball Details, Checklist, Print Runs — Everything You’re Looking For

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Now Baseball is bringing cards into real-time. These aren’t digital cards. Rather, they’re highlight cards that are being printed as events and achievements happen over the course of the season.

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2016 Topps Now Preacher Trading Cards Arriving Weekly

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Fresh off its series premiere, Preacher already has trading cards on the way. And unlike other shows that usually take a year or more to make the transition to cardboard, signs point to the turnaround here being much sooner. As in right away. New 2016 Topps Now Preacher trading cards arrive weekly, the day after each episode.

But you can’t drag your feet on ordering them, as each episode’s card are available for only 24 hours.

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2016 Panini Instant COPA America Centenario Soccer Cards Arrive On-Demand

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Instant COPA America Centenario Soccer is the first on-demand set from the card maker. Covering the tournament, cards will focus on specific matches during the month-long tournament. Very similar to Topps Now, cards are available for just one day. But Panini has added a couple of twists to their program.

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2016 Panini Instant UEFA Euro 2016 Soccer Continues the On-Demand Trend

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Panini is moving fast into on-demand trading cards. 2016 Panini Instant UEFA Euro 2016 comes less than a couple of weeks after the launch of the similar 2016 Panini Instant COPA America Centenario.

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2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Isn’t Changing Much Up and That’s Probably a Good Thing

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball isn’t likely to wow you with its hits — at least as far as quantity goes. It doesn’t have a lot of ground-breaking technology either. As a matter of fact, little has changed over last year. And that set only had a few tweaks from 2013. That said, this is a product that is one of the most focused you’ll likely find in baseball all year. The reason is simple.

Every card uses photography to try and tell a story. That’s the bell and the whistle.

Being that it’s the modern hobby and premium content is expected, 2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball hobby boxes have two autographs. Additional inserts are also included, most of which have been used with the brand in the past.

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2015-16 Leaf In The Game Used Hockey preview

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of last year’s surprise hits will be back in time for the 37th National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City and fans of the fastest game on ice are about to get their hands on some seriously limited vintage memorabilia with the release of 2015-16 Leaf In The Game Used Hockey.

With five memorabilia cards per pack and the potential to find pieces of history that date back to the early days of the sport, collectors can expect to find up to eight swatches of material on each card.

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2016 Topps All-Star FanFest Baseball Card Exclusives Unveiled

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps is heading to the 2016 MLB All-Star Game in San Diego and they’re bringing some exclusive baseball cards with them. The 2016 Topps All-Star FanFest cards cover a handful of different promotions for various aspects of the nearly week-long event.

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2016 Topps Doctor Who Extraterrestrial Encounters Trading Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When a show has been around for more than 50 years and it’s all about travels through space and time, there are going to be aliens and lots of them. 2016 Topps Doctor Who Extraterrestrial Encounters uses those aliens and the ensuing adventures as an anchor.

Each hobby box comes with a pair of autographs or relic cards.

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1984 Fleer Glenn Hubbard Snake Card Gets a Bobblehead

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Of the millions of baseball cards that are out there, a handful stand out for being just plain strange. And not in a bad way. One of those is the 1984 Fleer Glenn Hubbard. If it doesn’t ring a bell, how about if I described it as, “that ’80s baseball card with the snake draped around his neck.”

For even casual collectors, bells are probably ringing.

The minor league Lexington Legends are paying tribute to one of the most bizarre baseball cards of all-time tonight with a 1984 Fleer Glenn Hubbard snake card bobblehead giveaway.

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Upper Deck signs top NBA pick Ben Simmons to exclusive deal

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Ben Simmons, the first overall selection in the 2016 NBA Draft, has signed an exclusive multi-year deal with Upper Deck which covers both trading cards and autographed memorabilia.

“We are pleased to welcome Ben Simmons to Upper Deck’s world-renowned roster of NBA greats and look forward to providing his fans around the world with the most innovative and authentic collectibles available on the market,” said Upper Deck’s President, Jason Masherah, via a press release on the company’s website. Read More…

How the 2016 Panini Flawless Soccer Box Breaks

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Flawless Soccer is here. While there have been several premium products for the sport in the past couple of years, it hasn’t been anything close to this. At the time of its release, two-box cases have been selling for $3,500 and up, or $1,750 per box. For many, that price point is hard to fathom. But they cards do look nice and the checklist is loaded with top soccer superstars from around the world. And there’s something to being the first ultra-premium soccer product as well.

Seeing as how most of us aren’t going to get to bust a 2016 Panini Flawless Soccer briefcase, let’s live vicariously through some breakers and see how a sampling of the product breaks down.

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