The Verdict on Aaron Judge Rookie Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Hitting home runs in your first two MLB games while wearing a New York Yankees jersey gets people talking. Breaking Mark McGwire’s rookie home run record cements your name in history. 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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Amed Rosario Rookie Card Primer and Prospect Card Highlights

Amed Rosario Rookie Card Guide

2017 wasn’t the greatest of seasons for the New York Mets. But looking forward, some things are looking a little brighter. This is especially true when it comes with Amed Rosario, who is widely considered on the baseball’s top hitting prospects. And while the first Amed Rosario Rookie Card won’t come out until 2018, collectors still have lots of cards of his that they can chase.

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2017-18 SP Game Used Hockey Has Historic Pieces and Limited Rookie Cards

2017-18 SP Game Used Hockey Brock Boeser Authentic Rookies

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Whenever some collectors break open a box or pack and gets a memorabilia card, thoughts often race toward the story behind the swatch that sits in their hands. Sometimes, it is easy to discover that it was simply worn by the player in a photo shoot. The description could simply say that it was worn in a game. With 2017-18 SP Game Used Hockey, many of the cards are tied to actual NHL events. This gives a certain satisfaction of knowing the origin of the material embedded within.

That is not to say that this edition of one of Upper Deck‘s longest-running brands only offers up memorabilia cards when it is released in mid-January. In fact, there is plenty to discover inside from extremely limited base cards and Rookie Cards along with lots of ink and parallels.

Once again, there is also be an e-Pack component set to arrive about a month later with some unique content and the possibility of achievement cards. Read More…

2017 Panini Origins Football Box Busters

2017 Panini Origins Football Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Panini Origins Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps WWE Women’s Division Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Topps WWE Women’s Division trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017-18 Hockey Card Release Dates, Checklists and Set Information

2017-18 Hockey Card Checklists, Release Dates

Looking for 2017-18 hockey card release dates, checklists and set information? What if we told you that all that was just one click away?

You’ve come to the right place because it is.

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Getting a Head Start Collecting Star Trek: Discovery Autographs

Star Trek: Discovery trading cards are coming in 2018. Rittenhouse, who holds the Star Trek license has a big banner proclaiming as much on their home page.

 Given Rittenhouse’s history, it’s safe to assume that autographs should be a major part of the eventual release. But no matter how that set comes together (and potential future followups), you can already chase autograph cards from many of Star Trek: Discovery‘s stars.

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2017-18 Leaf Lumber Kings gives collectors hunks of hockey history

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Releasing just in time to be part of a redemption program at the Fall 2017 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, 2017-18 Leaf Lumber Kings gives hockey collectors some of the most desirable and attractive memorabilia pieces that draw from throughout the game’s vast and rich history.

Beckett Hockey was given an early look at what to expect to find within boxes and with four game-used stick cards inside, the odds of pulling something strong are high in such a limited release. With some concepts returning from last year and a few more making their debut, Lumber Kings is a fine companion to the Stick Works product that Leaf also produces. Read More…

Funko POP Felix Hernandez Figure Set for Seattle Mariners Stadium Giveaway on September 23

Funko POP Felix Hernandez Seattle Mariners 2017 Stadium Giveaway

Bobbleheads have been the go-to stadium giveaway for many baseball teams for years. This is done to the tune of more than 100 different promotions each season just at the MLB level. The Seattle Mariners could be ushering in a new era with a Funko POP Felix Hernandez stadium giveaway on Saturday, September 23.

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2017 Panini Chronicles Baseball Tells Several Stories with a Single Product

2017 Panini Chronicles Baseball

2017 Panini Chronicles Baseball takes a storytelling approach to its base set. That idea carries throughout the entire product, offering up a Choose Your Own Adventure of sorts by folding in several other Panini brands. That means some of the most recognizable card styles from sets like Gold Standard, Prizm, Spectra that didn’t get standalone baseball sets in 2017.

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2017 Panini Spectra Football Box Busters

2017 Panini Spectra Football Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017 Panini Spectra Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017-18 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball Box Busters

2017-18 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017-18 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Class Action: How to Tell the 2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball Base Cards Apart

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2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball has three different sets. Aptly titled Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3, they all have the same general layout and identical checklists. However, Class 1 is available in greater quantities than Class 3 (Class 2 is sandwiched between them as far as rarity goes).

But it can be tricky to decipher what tier some of the cards belong in. It’s even tougher if you’re looking for cards online as the tell-tale label doesn’t always show up well in a scan.

If you know what to look for and where to direct your attention, it can be much easier.

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Awesome Inserts: 1990 Impel Marvel Universe Holograms

1990 Impel Marvel Universe Holograms

It wasn’t just comic books that used holograms and other shiny gimmicks to push super heroes in the early ’90s. Trading cards did, too. And perhaps no shiny super hero cards are more iconic than the debut 1990 Impel Mavel Universe Holgrams.

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Didi Gregorius, Steiner Sports Sign Exclusive Memorabilia Deal

Didi Gregorius Signed Photo Steiner Sports

Steiner Sports already had one Yankees shortstop, Derek Jeter, signed to an exclusive deal. Now they have two after signing Didi Gregorius that makes Steiner the exclusive place to get memorabilia from him moving forward.

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2017 Panini Absolute Football Box Busters

2017 Panini Absolute Football Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Panini Absolute Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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The Varied Cardboard Career of Bernie Casey

Bernie Casey’s legacy isn’t one with lots of name recognition. Still, his career was an impressive one, going from the football field to film and television.

That gave him a unique position in the hobby, appearing on both football cards and a few entertainment releases for some of his more memorable roles.

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Mel Ott Game-Worn Gear, Personal Memorabilia Headed to Auction

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Hall of Famer Mel Ott brought a lot of power potential every time he stepped up to the plate. Several pieces of personal Mel Ott memorabilia will be looking for some power of their own when they hit the auction block this fall.

SCP Auctions is featuring eight lots in the Mel Ott Collection as part of their 2017 Fall Premier sale.

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2017 Leaf Metal Fight of the Century Floyd Mayweather Cards Released Through eBay

2017 Leaf Metal Fight of the Century Floyd Mayweather

Leaf has a special “Money” Mayweather card and it’s not in any packs or boxes. The 2017 Leaf Metal Fight of the Century Floyd Mayweather, which commemorates his win over Conor McGregor, is an eBay exclusive.

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2017 Upper Deck Spider-Man Homecoming Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Upper Deck Spider-Man Homecoming trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball Heads to Class – Checklist and Team Sets Added

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Jump directly to the 2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball Checklist.

2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball is the brand’s follow-up release since being brought back in 2016. Its relatively small checklist creates a somewhat simple approach. That said, with three tiers of base cards, it has some complexities to it.

Similar to the previous year’s release, each box has a Framed Autograph.

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Of Whales and Other Rarities: 2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball – Checklist and Team Set Lists Are Here

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Jump directly to the 2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball checklist and team set lists.

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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2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball Checklist, Team Set Lists and Plenty More

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Jump directly to the 2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball checklist and team set lists.

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With the 2017-18 NBA season on the horizon, 2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball marks one of the final releases of the year.

A premium product with a hefty price tag in the $500-per-box range, 2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball has five hard-signed autographs per box on average along with two base cards and a parallel. However, there is one box in each case that is expected to sub out one of those parallels for a precious metal card which will house a generous piece of gold or silver. Read More…

2017 Panini XR Football Sees a New Brand Debut – Get Checklist, Team Set Lists Now

2017 Panini XR Football

Jump directly to the 2017 Panini XR Football checklist and team set lists.

2017 Panini XR Football is a new line, making its debut with some bold designs and a balance of big hits and other inserts.

Hobby boxes come with a pair of autographs including one signed memorabilia card from the 2017 rookie class. A third hit comes in the form of a memorabilia card. Other box hits include one insert and a quartet of parallels.

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Stephen Curry Signs Exclusive Autograph Deal with Steiner Sports

Stephen Curry Signed Photo Steiner Sports

Stephen Curry autographed memorabilia has a new exclusive home. The two-time NBA Champion and two-time league MVP has signed a deal with Steiner Sports.

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Stephen Vogt’s Home Robbed, Asks for Help Locating Memorabilia

2017 Stadium Club Stephen Vogt

Stephen Vogt’s home was recently robbed. And while he and his family are fine, some things were taken. Among them were pieces from his personal collection of memorabilia.

Now Vogt is asking for help in locating it.

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Jackie Robinson Game-Used Rookie Jersey Expected to Fetch Millions

Any game-used jersey is great. A gamer from a Hall of Famer is even better. But some are just special. A game-used Jackie Robinson jersey from 1947, his rookie season, is a piece of history heading for auction in October.

According to Heritage Auctions, the company selling the jersey, it could go for more than $2 million.

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2017 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball Includes Cody Bellinger, Rhys Hoskins Autographs

2017 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball

2017 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball doesn’t just stick to the year’s top picks and international signings. While they’re certainly present on the checklist, Leaf is highlighting signatures from two of the hobby’s hottest players in Cody Bellinger and Rhys Hoskins.

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2017 Panini Immaculate Football Stays the Course with Mostly Premium Autographs and Memorabilia

2017 Panini Immaculate Football

No matter the sport or set, Immaculate is a brand that has found its way and identity. To that end, 2017 Panini Immaculate Football doesn’t have any major surprises. It has some new inserts here and there, but the focus on clean designs alongside high-end autographs and memorabilia remain the anchors.

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2016-17 Panini Preferred Basketball Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016-17 Panini Preferred Basketball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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The Final Stretch: Penny Chenery, owner and breeder of Secretariat, passes away leaving a champion’s legacy

By Mike Payne

Lost somewhere behind the updated college football rankings, NFL results, the Monday Night Football preview and a story on Martin Truex Jr.’s dominance in NASCAR over the weekend, came a woefully understated news item from the world of sports.

Penny Chenery had died. She passed away September 16 at the age of 95 due to complications from a stroke, according to her family.

Even those who don’t follow horse racing likely have heard of Helen “Penny” Chenery, who owned 1973 Triple Crown Winner Secretariat, considered by many to be the greatest thoroughbred ever. Indeed, Big Red still holds track records for the three Triple Crown races: The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

If you’re doing the math at home, that’s 44 years Chenery’s horse has held the race records.

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2016-17 Basketball Card Release Dates, Checklists and Set Information

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Looking for 2016-17 basketball card release dates, checklists and set information?

You’ve come to the right place.

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1978 Topps Close Encounters of the Third Kind Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open a box of 1978 Topps Close Encounters of the Third Kind trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out, but it’s not going to be anything with Richard Dreyfuss.

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2017-18 Donruss Basketball offers up modern cards with a distinctly retro feel

2017-18 Donruss Basketball Markelle Fultz Autograph

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The new NBA season will be in full swing once 2017-18 Donruss Basketball hits store shelves and collectors will be excited for even more cards featuring a very solid class that includes names like Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, De’Aaron Fox, and Lonzo Ball.

A modern product with a decidedly retro feel, Donruss is also an affordable product that puts some power into packs. There are tons of inserts inside each hobby box, along with autographs and memorabilia at decent odds that make for a fun break for both established and novice collectors. Read More…