2016-17 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey Checklist Brings Bling

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last season, Upper Deck took a brand which had grown quite set in its ways and revamped it as a premium release which offered up some big hits from a strong rookie class and many NHL stars and legends. The experiment appears to have been a success and 2016-17 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey is back again later this year with a few new twists.

With a name like Black Diamond, collectors are looking for high-value hits and there are five cards per pack along with a bonus 2016-17 Upper Deck Exquisite Hockey card, which are spread across multiple releases throughout the season. Each case is also expected to yield one card with a diamond on average.

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2016-17 Parkhurst Hockey Arrives as Canadian Retail Exclusive, Get the Checklist Now

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A familiar name is making its way back to hockey card collectors thanks to Upper Deck and it will only be found at Canadian Walmart locations. With the roots of the brand going back to the 1950s and sporadic appearances over the last decade, 2016-17 Parkhurst Hockey marks a new era with a release that is friendly to both kids and wallets alike.

Available in gravity feed or fat packs in addition to blaster boxes, it hits in mid-December and could make the perfect stocking stuffer for a lapsed collector, hardcore fan, or new faces to the world of hockey cards. It is old school collecting with some of the modern features that hobbyists appreciate.

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Who Wants to Win a Rickey Henderson Autograph Card?

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2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek Checklist Features New Characters, More Pattern Variations

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Yes, there was a High Tek Star Wars in 2015. But with such an expansive and evolving mix of characters to draw from, it’s a concept that can be revisited. And that’s exactly what 2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek does. Acetate and bold foil patterns are still the major drawing point. The one on-card autograph per box also sets it apart from a lot of other current Star Wars sets.

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A Tale of Two Jeters: Getting to the Origins of a Couple of 2016 Topps Dynasty Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With 2016 Topps Dynasty Baseball marking the third instalment for the brand, it’s Derek Jeter who has some of the most intrigue on the checklist.

It’s his first new MLB autograph cards in more than five years and his first from Topps since 2001. Combine that with the ultra high-end nature of Topps Dynasty and you’ve got a recipe for some expensive cards.

While there aren’t many to begin with, a couple of these cards have some added background.

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

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Throwback Thursday 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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2016 Cryptozoic Orphan Black Season 1 Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Cryptozoic Orphan Black Season 1 trading cards.

Check out what they found.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey.

What Young Guns and other cards will they find?

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2016 Topps Now Off-Season Baseball Keeps Things Going, Even When Games Are Not

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just because the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, baseball didn’t disappear. 2016 Topps Now Off-Season Baseball cards are an extension of sorts for the main set. But without any games to focus on, cards have shifted to award winners and major roster moves.

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About That 2016 Topps Transcendent Party — Kris Bryant’s Going to Be There

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

$25,000 — that’s the price tag for a box of 2016 Topps Transcendent Baseball. But it’s not just cards that are included. In addition to the ample autographs that come with the product, there’s an invite to a special Topps 65th Anniversary party.

It turns out that it features an appearance by Kris Bryant. And it’s in Las Vegas, Bryant’s home town.

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Sights from the Shop: Tennessee Collector Finds Signed Babe Ruth Ball

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When Wesley Blissard recently visited Eddie’s Sports Treasures in Knoxville, Tennessee, he bought a box of 2016 Tristar Hidden Treasures Baseball with the idea that he might find something for his kids to save and enjoy.

Did he ever.

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A Pair of 2016 Topps Now Baseball Variations Surface

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s not very often in today’s hobby where errors get corrected after the fact. It’s even more rare that errors are created after the fact. Both have surfaced recently with a couple of 2016 Topps Now Baseball variations.

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2016 Topps Transcendent Baseball Is Ready to Break the Bank

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Transcendent Baseball probably isn’t for you. It might be, but it’s doubtful. The product has a print run of just 65 total box set cases. That’s it. It’s not intended for the masses. The configuration reflects the limited nature and to call it high-end would be an understatement.

Done in conjunction with the company’s 65 years in the business of baseball cards, each set comes with 52 total autographs, three of which are one-of-ones. And we’re not talking scrubs, either.

2016 Topps Transcendent Baseball goes beyond cards. It also comes with an invitation to a special anniversary event that will have a yet-to-be-announced guest.

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2016-17 Upper Deck AHL Hockey gives the minor leagues a pro effort

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Many of today’s NHL players spend a little time developing in the American Hockey League and collectors can get a look at some of them before their big break with 2016-17 Upper Deck AHL Hockey.

With this being the fourth season of Upper Deck producing cards of minor league stars, there have been some small tweaks to the brand which should appeal to prospectors and local fans alike once it arrives in stores and via Upper Deck e-Pack in March.

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2015-16 Upper Deck The Cup Connor McDavid Showcase

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

He may not have won the Calder Trophy for the NHL’s top rookie, but 2015-16 was still the year of Connor McDavid when it comes to hockey cards. With the release of 2015-16 Upper Deck The Cup, it closes the chapter on that season as far as the hobby goes. But with The Cup comes plenty of high-end cards.

And with Connor McDavid being an Upper Deck exclusive, The Cup means lots of autographs for the Oilers superstar.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Compendium Hockey aims to be a rewarding marathon for collectors

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Old school hockey card collectors fondly recall the larger sets of yesteryear where getting every card was part of a marathon. The quest to get them all was often a long one and completing the mission felt incredibly rewarding due to both the emotional and financial investment into it.

Starting on December 7, those old emotions could be on their way back for them and a new generation of collectors with the release of 2016-17 Upper Deck Compendium Series One Hockey. A 900-card set unlike anything hockey fans have ever seen, it will be released in three series over the coming months and will only be available via Upper Deck e-Pack.

Packs of eight cards will retail for $0.99 each via the e-Pack website and boxes containing 24 packs are also going to be available. Read More…

2016 Panini Instant Football Cards Offer Quick Turnaround as NFL Season Unfolds

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Instant Football marks the first set of print-on-demand cards from the company where the launch coincided with the start of a pro season.

Like other Panini Instant products and ones like it, the main idea is to capture events and storylines on cards as they happen with a turnaround time of days rather than months.

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2016-17 Panini Instant NBA Basketball Checklist, Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

It was only a matter of time before Panini America was able to produce its first cards of Kevin Durant in a Golden State Warriors uniform and the company chose to utilize its exclusive athlete to kick off its 2016-17 Panini Instant NBA Basketball collection.

Available for just a short 24-hour window, the new set of on-demand cards have several numbered variations, including a facsimile signature option, which is a new concept for the brand. Read More…

2016 Panini Spectra Soccer Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2016 Panini Spectra Soccer.

Check out what they found.

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2016 Topps Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures Widevision Trading Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Taking a page from a trio of online-exclusive Star Wars sets, 2016 Topps Doctor Who: The Tenth Doctor Adventures Widescreen trading cards come as a limited edition factory set done in an over-sized, tall boy format.

Available only through the Topps website, each set also includes a pair of autographs.

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2017 Leaf Best of Baseball Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’ve checked out or even contemplated the brand before, you know the drill with 2017 Leaf Best of Baseball. It presents a shot at a vintage card, Rookie Card, autograph or some other card that’s considered to be high-end.

Everything from a graded 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle to gem mint Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs are possible in the product’s varied offerings.

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2016 Donruss Signature Series Football Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Justin Grunert and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016 Donruss Signature Series Football.

Here’s what they got.

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2016-17 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Basketball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2016-17 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Basketball.

How does the college version of the high-end brand stand up?

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2016 Panini Rookies and Stars Football Is Another Target-Exclusive

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Rookies and Stars Football is another of the card maker’s Target-exclusive products. It’s a product that takes a relatively simple approach, albeit with lots of parallels.

And the Action Packed brand is back, even if only as an insert.

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Acetate rules the roost once again with 2016-17 Upper Deck ICE Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Reconfigured last season as a product that comes incredibly close to cutting to the chase, 2016-17 Upper Deck ICE Hockey is heading to stores in late March. The brand first burst out in the hobby 20 years ago and earned collector love for its cards printed on acetate stock and they are back once again, of course.

Each pack is slated to have at least one hit inside, including cards from 2016-17 Upper Deck Exquisite Hockey, which will be spread across several of the company’s brands this season. Boxes should yield at least one hard-signed autographs, a pair of rookie cards, and one or more non-memorabilia insert cards.

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2016 Panini Encased Football Includes a Graded Autograph Per Box

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Encased Football cards represent another new high-end line from the card maker. The configuration resembles a smaller National Treasures box but several of the designs and portrait-style photography suggest a bit of a Studio twist.

Another aspect of the product is the fact that every five-card box comes with a graded autograph, which explains the Encased branding.

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Unauthorized Outlander Season 1 Tim McInnerny Autographs Surface

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and Kris Bryant aren’t the only autographs on fire in the hobby at the moment. A handful of key signers in the recently released 2016 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1 are fetching a lot more than you might expect. This is likely the result of the product tapping into an audience of passionate fans who aren’t traditionally card collectors.

However, there’s one card that’s surfaced that’s not on the checklist. And it wasn’t officially issued by the card maker either.

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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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Star Wars: Rogue One Mission Briefing Monday Takes On-Demand Cards to a Far-Away Galaxy

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Star Wars: Rogue One Mission Briefing Monday is a spinoff of sorts for the recently released main set. However, there’s a bit of a twist in that it’s another one of Topps’ online-exclusive, print-on-demand products.

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

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 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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This Week on Beckett Radio: Dak and Zeke, 2016 Topps Transcendent Breaks

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It’s time for another installment of Beckett Radio. This week, several guests cover a variety of topics including the Cowboys rookie studs and a looming $25,000+ baseball product. And if you listen, you can find out how to win some cool stuff as well.

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2016 Donruss Signature Series Football Is All Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Donruss Signature Series Football takes a bulk approach to autographs. Every card in the product comes signed, including all 300 cards in the base set.

Boxes have four autographed cards, one of which is a parallel numbered to 50 or less.

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2017 Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary Trading Cards Might Make You Feel Older

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Certain benchmarks in life bring our mortality to the forefront: kids head off to college, the athletes you grew up watching retire, the “home” where you were raised all of a sudden looks different, you lament about what things used to cost. Here’s another — 2017 marks four decades of Star Wars. Of course, being Star Wars, the celebration is bound to be big and it’s likely to be drawn out. Part of that is the release of 2017 Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary trading cards.

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2016 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1 Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1.

Check out what they pulled.

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2016 Panini Instant NASCAR Brings Racing Into the World of Print-on-Demand Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The print-on-demand Panini Instant line is growing. 2016 Panini Instant NASCAR joins the ranks of basketball, football and soccer.

Like its real-time brethren, the idea is to offer cards shortly after races, giving collectors something timely to chase.

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