The Rockets Traded For Chris Paul, You Should Trade For This Paul RC

Chris Paul RC


Chris Paul appears to be headed to the Houston Rockets to team up with James Harden (and maybe some other superstars). Paul’s most valuable Rookie Card is the 2005-06 Exquisite Collection #46 Chris Paul JSY AU/99 RC.

Though Harden and Paul haven’t played together, they did both play in Oklahoma City before joining the Rockets. Paul was on the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets when they played home games in OKC as New Orleans recovered from Hurricane Katrina, while Harden played on the Thunder for the first three seasons of his career.

If you want to know how much CP3’s cards are worth, check them out in the Online Price Guide.

2017-18 Topps UEFA Champions League Match Attax Combines Collecting, Play


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017-18 Topps UEFA Champions League Match Attax is what happens when you mix sports cards with Pokémon or a more simplified version of Magic: The Gathering. They’re cards that can be collected, but they’re also a game. And an easy on to pick up and learn at that.

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2017 Donruss Football Factory Set Brings It All Together and a Little More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In case the designs and themes weren’t retro enough, there’s a 2017 Donruss Football factory set that brings together the base set and a little bit more.

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

2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Base Rookie Autographs Patrik Laine

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 Topps Now Baseball Cards Tell Season’s Story


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 Donruss Elite Football Checklist Has Lots of Colorful Rookies, Autographs


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In 2016, the Elite Football brand evolved as far as design goes, adopting a brighter, more modern look. 2017 Donruss Elite Football sticks with the idea, brining with it plenty of rookies, colorful parallels and signatures.

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2017 Panini Torque Racing Checklist


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…

How Not To Protect Your Autographed Baseball

Dirk Nowitzki

I love Dirk Nowitzki. Having grown up in East Texas, all my favorite pro sports teams are Dallas-based, so my childhood sports idols include Pudge Rodriguez, Michael Young, Tony Romo, Jason Witten, and Jason Terry. But Dirk stands head-and-shoulders above them all, literally and figuratively.

For one, he brought this city a championship, something only the Stars have done in my memory (the Cowboys’ ’90s Super Bowls were when I was too young). And, two, his outsized personality, his humility, and his goofy sense of humor have endeared him to fans in Dallas and across the country.

Simply put, he’s the best. Even NBA fans who hate the Mavs have to love Dirk. So, when I heard about his Heroes Celebrity Baseball game a few years ago I made it my goal to go.

It’s an event that is quintessentially Dirk. He gathers all the famous current and former Dallas athletes, like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot, Dez Bryant, Michael Young, David Murphy, and basically every Mavs player, splits them up into teams and plays a six-inning baseball game.

Imagine a 7-foot tall German basketball player attempting to play one of the hardest sports. It’s a sight to behold. Couple that with Salah Mejri, a 7-foot tall Tunisian with no apparent grasp of the rules, Zaza Pachulia, a 7-foot tall Georgian fresh off his NBA Championship with Golden State, and the rowdy crew of Dez, Zeke, and Dak, and you get one of the most fun events of the year.

With all that star power in one place, it seemed like the perfect place to get some autographs. I grew up going to Rangers Spring Training and have lots of autographs from my childhood of former Rangers players.

But it’s been years since I have gotten autographs at baseball games. I can’t get to Rangers games early enough these days and there’s no guarantee that anyone major will be signing. So, needless to say, my auto game was a little rusty.

Let my mistakes be a lesson to some and a chance to laugh for the autograph experts.

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1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb Hits $260,000


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s not on quite the level of a million-dollar T206 Honus Wagner, but a 1915 Cracker Jack Ty Cobb has topped the $260,000 mark through Heritage Auctions. And there are still a couple of days left in bidding.

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2017 Bowman Chrome National Convention Baseball Cards Available Through Topps Wrapper Redemption


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Topps 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention wrapper redemption is taking on a familiar theme. The 2017 Bowman Chrome National Convention set is exclusive to the show and available only to collectors opening select products on site.

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2016-17 Panini Spectra Basketball Checklist Offers Plenty of Hits — and Shine


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Fans of Panini America‘s Optichrome technology have come to appreciate the dazzling designs that are the hallmark of the company’s Spectra brand. 2016-17 Panini Spectra Basketball is no different.

With 10 cards per box, breakers get at least seven autograph or memorabilia cards inside. Be warned, though, it may be a good idea to put on some sunglasses before opening as these cards are going to shine with a rainbow of parallels that is tough to beat. Read More…

The Verdict on Aaron Judge Rookie Cards


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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2017 Topps Pro Debut Baseball Box Busters

2017 Topps Pro Debut Hobby Box

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Is This 2011 Topps Finest Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph a Deal?

2011 Topps Finest Superfractor Autograph Mike Trout

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The $35,200 sale of a 2011 Topps Update Authentic Diamond Mike Trout one-of-one over the weekend didn’t only bring a huge price tag. It brought a lot of attention, which is understandable given the fact that it might be a while before it shows up again — if ever.

But what does this mean for other top-line early Mike Trout cards as they surface? And could this 2011 Topps Finest Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph be a bargain?

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2017 Panini Prestige Football Box Busters

2017 Panini Prestige Football Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Sam Zimmer and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017 Panini Prestige Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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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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2016-17 Upper Deck EuroLeague Basketball is an e-Pack exclusive


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Basketball is truly a global game and while the biggest talent always seems to end up in the NBA, there are still hundreds of pro players around the world who play hard and have yet to give up on their hoop dreams.

Upper Deck has yet to give up on its hoop dreams, either, as the company has released a product exclusive to its e-Pack platform which looks at some of the game’s best from overseas. Last week, collectors were surprised to see the arrival of 2016-17 Upper Deck EuroLeague Basketball and it provides an affordable break with a decent shot at autographs as well. Read More…

Beckett Football Bonus: 2017 Rookies Talkin’ Cards

August bonus Content

If you picked up the August issue of Beckett Football and read the behind-the-scenes coverage of the 2017 NFLPA Rookie Premiere, you no doubt saw the link at the end to this bonus content.

Click the image below to download the rest of the rookie interviews including Leonard Foutnette, D’Onta Foreman, Jamaal Williams, Samaje Perine, John Ross and O.J. Howard.

And if you haven’t picked up your copy of the August edition featuring Dak Prescott, you can get it here: Beckett Football August 2017


On-card autos and booklets drive 2016-17 Panini Preferred Basketball to the hoop


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Collectors have come to love the booklet card in recent years and hoops enthusiasts will soon discover that there is no better place to find them than the upcoming release of 2016-17 Panini Preferred Basketball.

Scheduled to be a late-August release, each box of Preferred will be loaded up with two hard-signed autographs along with a pair of the coveted booklet cards. Essentially, there are two packs inside those boxes and they should have one of each type of card inside. Read More…

Crack some wax with 2017 Leaf Best of Basketball Unopened Edition


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Many collectors dream of breaking open a classic or rare box of basketball cards with the hope of pulling an iconic Rookie Card or rare autograph. Leaf Trading Cards is helping make this dream a reality by bringing a repackaged product concept to hoops hobbyists for the first time with 2017 Leaf Best of Basketball Unopened Edition.

Collectors will have the opportunity to uncover a sealed box of popular releases that have hit the market over the past 20 years. Among the boxes to look for are those that came Panini America brands such as National Treasures and Immaculate or Upper Deck issues like Exquisite that are not always easy to find at your local card shop or preferred online retailer. Read More…

Awesome Inserts: 1996 Pinnacle Skylines

1 Ken Griffey Jr.

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


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


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

2017 Topps Finest Baseball Hobby Box

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


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


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


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


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 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


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


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


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 Sells for Over $35,000

2011 Topps Update Mike Trout Diamond Anniversary Diamond Embedded

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. The final price was $35,200 with more than 100 total bids.

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


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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