2016 Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Seasons 6 and 7 Trading Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Seasons 6 and 7 trading cards continue the course of the previous three releases. They summarize the show also with several extras like autographs, costume cards and other inserts.

Perhaps the biggest thing for this release is the addition of prop cards.

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Secrets of the 1989 Upper Deck Baseball Checklist and the Most Famous Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card

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By Dave Sliepka | Beckett Baseball Editor

Even the most loyal fans of the 1989 Upper Deck set have had questions about certain elements of the checklist. In our interview with the man behind that checklist, Tom Geideman, we were able to get some of those answers as well as some bonus tidbits from behind the scenes of a card maker.

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How to Spot Which 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Cards Are Worth Grading

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By David Poole | Senior Grader, Beckett Grading Services

A strong grade can make a major impact on what your 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. is worth (or any 1989 Upper Deck rookie card for that matter). Here are some tips on what to look for when choosing which cards to send in.

Hint: You may want to spend more time on the back.

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The History and Legacy of the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Card

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By Dave Sliepka | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s one of the most iconic baseball cards of all-time. It helped define a generation of collecting. Here’s the story of the 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. rookie card and its lasting impact on the hobby.

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2016 Skybound Outcast Trading Cards Info and Box Break

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Outcast has gone from comics to TV and now to trading cards. It all started in the mind of Robert Kirkman. He created another comic turned TV show you might have heard of — The Walking Dead. Despite still being in its first season, the 2016 Skybound Outcast trading cards take an old-school approach to the initial episodes with classic-style cards and even wax wrappers.

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Beckett Radio This Week: Indy Card Exchange, New BGS Service, SDCC Exclusives

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It’s amazing how much you can cram into one podcast. This week, Beckett Radio is loaded with three interviews with a range of topics including a look inside a hobby shop, a new service from Beckett Grading and some of the San Diego Comic-Con exclusives that aren’t so exclusive after all.

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Most Intriguing 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s tough to pin down the lasting appeal of Topps Allen & Ginter to one thing other than the fact that it has so much going on. However, a big part of it is the autographs. Over the years, the checklist has consistently mixed some of the top names in baseball with champions from other sports, both mainstream and far from it, and pop culture figures.

While not all of the Allen & Ginter autographs bring big values, the majority are interesting for their own reasons. The 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter Autographs are no different. The set takes a similar approach to previous years, mixing big and not-so-big names from baseball and beyond. With more than 100 signers to choose from, here are some of the most intriguing.

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Here’s the Alien Anthology Promo Card Upper Deck Is Handing Out at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Upper Deck is using the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con to help promote their e-Pack launch of their recent Alien Anthology set. Part of those plans? An exclusive promo card made specifically for the show.

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2016 Panini Clear Vision Football Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Justin Grunert as they open some 2016 Panini Clear Vision Football.

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From a Greenland Explorer to Skippers: The 2016 Allen & Ginter Surprises

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

To say that 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball has surprises is anything but surprising. The brand has a history of checklist additions that are only revealed once empty wrappers start hitting the floors.

Here’s what to be looking out for.

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Julio Urias Suspected SSP Makes 351 Cards in the 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter Base Set

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

To take the first couple of lines from a classic Buffalo Springfield song out of context, “There’s something happening here. And what it is ain’t exactly clear.” That’s the case with the 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter base set, which actually has 351 cards instead of the standard 350.

The suspected culprit? Julio Urias.

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Looking for Superstar Superfractors? You’ve Got to See the Latest MLB Baseball Card Auctions

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When you think of baseball card auctions, MLB.com might not be the first place that you think of. However, it’s a place you’re going to want to add to your list of bookmarks. Over the past few months, Beckett has been working with MLB to offer a new place to find cards. While there’s always a lot of variety, the latest MLB baseball card auctions take things to the high-end. Several modern rarities, including one-of-one Superfractors and printing plates from big-name players, are currently up for bid.

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2015-16 Panini Noir Basketball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Justin Grunert as they open some 2015-16 Panini Noir Basketball.

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2016 Funko San Diego Comic-Con Shared Exclusives

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San Diego Comic Con is this weekend and that means it is once again time for Funkomania to run wild over the summer.

Much like Black Friday and Fat Tuesday, Funko Thursday is starting to become a phenomenon all on its own.

Starting today, there will be a limited supply of 2016 San Diego Comic Con Funko shared exclusives available at various retail outlets all across the country. Keep reading to see what exclusives will be available and where.

Also, see how you can win the exclusive BB-8 Thumbs Up pictured above.

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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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Dallas Police Chief David Brown Has an Amazing Rookie Card

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Trading cards are a way of showcasing heroes. But often the greatest heroes are the ones that go about without drawing any attention to themselves, even when they do have cards. I’m not talking about athletes or movie stars. Rather, I’m referring to police officers and others who put their lives on the line for us every day.

One such hero is Dallas Police Chief David Brown. At a time when his city and the United States as a whole have experienced tremendous pain and confusion, he became a voice of reason and comfort.

It turns out that Brown has a trading card, which was released in the early years of the Dallas Police Department’s Kids and Cops Cards program about 20 years ago.

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Here’s a Sweet 2016 Topps Bazooka Todd Frazier Promo Card

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

You might have Todd Frazier’s 2016 Topps Series 1 card or his many other regular cards and inserts. But do you have the 2016 Topps Bazooka Todd Frazier promo card? Unless you’re in the candy business, you may not have even seen one. Read More…

2016 Leaf Metal Tennis Cards Include Serena Williams Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Leaf Metal Tennis marks the first time the sport has had a full chromium release. Granted, like golf, it doesn’t get several major releases each year so there might not be as much variety in card styles. Like Leaf’s previous tennis releases since acquiring Ace Authentic, the checklist is all autographs.

Among the signers? Serena Williams. This is the first time she has appeared in a Leaf product.

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2016 Panini Clear Vision Football Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

For many players, the 2016 Panini Clear Vision Football Variations are a reminder that lots of legends played elsewhere, often in the twilight of their respective careers.

The theme of the variations is different teams. While the base cards cover either the current team for active players or the iconic jerseys for retired stars, the variations look at the footnotes in other cities. For example, the Joe Namath base card has him in his iconic New York Jets gear. His variation? The Los Angeles Rams.

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2016 Panini National Sports Collectors Convention Wrapper Redemption Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just like previous years, the 2016 Panini National Sports Collectors Convention wrapper redemption set takes a multi-faceted approach like their other promo sets. That means athletes from several sports. It also means a checklist that has a sizable base set (by promo card standards), inserts, autographs and memorabilia cards.

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Doctor Who Jumbo Cards Available Exclusively at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It isn’t just a trio of Preacher promo cards that Topps has slated for the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. They’ve also made three different sets of over-sized Doctor Who cards specifically for the event.

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2016 Donruss Optic Baseball Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Donruss Optic Baseball takes a lot of its cues from the year’s main Donruss set. And it’s not just the general design either. The handful of 2016 Donruss Optic Baseball Variations bring over the same subtle but easily noticeable differences.

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Ultimate Guide to Ken Griffey Jr. Rookie Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The hobby has plenty of superstars but only a handful of icons. Ken Griffey Jr. is one of them. Rising to fame when the hobby was hitting its mainstream high, those growing up in the 1980s had plenty of opportunities to experience the thrill of pulling Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards. It starts with his 1989 Upper Deck debut, which remains a part of ’80s pop culture. But that’s not the only one. In fact, it’s far from it.

The number of Ken Griffey Jr. rookie cards isn’t all that big. But when you add in the various box sets, premium offerings and food-issue cards, there’s not shortage of choices.

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2016 Topps National Sports Collectors Convention Wrapper Redemption and Other Exclusives

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps National Sports Collectors Convention wrapper redemption is one of a couple of different exclusives the card maker has slated for the show. Other plans include some new Rocky cards, demonstrations of digital apps and face time with Topps staff.

Keep reading for specifics on the Topps cards you’ll find at the 2016 National and what you need to do to get them.

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1966 Batman-Themed Justice League Promo Cards from Cryptozoic at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Cryptozoic is focusing on a lot of things at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, not just trading cards. However, they are releasing nine exclusive promo cards at the event. Although branded under their Justice League set, the cards continue to offer foil reprints of the 1966 Batman Blue Bat series.

The nine 2016 San Diego Comic-Con Cryptozoic promo cards will take a little footwork to track down as they’re being offered at the booths of three different dealers.

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2016-17 Panini Instant NBA Basketball starts with Kevin Durant’s first Warriors card

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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…

Republican National Convention Garbage Pail Kids Cards Pair Donald Trump, Saddam Hussein

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As the Republican National Convention kicks off in Cleveland, presumptive Presidential nominee Donald Trump finds himself getting spoofed once again on trading cards. Among the 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Republican National Convention cards is one that pairs Trump with who appears to be Saddam Hussein.

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2016 Topps Now MLS Soccer Arrives

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Now MLS is the first set of on-demand soccer cards from the company. Joining a growing roster that also includes baseball, UFC and more, the cards are intended to highlight major games, events and achievements in near real-time.

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Vintage Mickey Mantle, Early Bryce Harper Memorabilia Highlight July Beckett Auctions

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A rookie card of a hobby legend and some early game-used and autographed memorabilia from one of the hobby’s current superstars are among the highlights in the July Beckett Auctions offerings.

As far as cards go, a 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle rookie cards ranks as one of the most important and valuable. The card that’s up for bid is graded BVG 3.

Other Mantle items include a BVG 2.5 1954 Dan Dee Mickey Mantle and a twice-signed copy of his autobiography, The Mick. The front cover is signed under the book’s jacket. It’s also autographed on the title page.

As far as Bryce Harper goes, several pieces of memorabilia have been consigned for the July Beckett Auctions. These include a game-used bat from 2012, his rookie season. A game-used and signed 2011 Futures Game jersey is also available. Finally, there’s a 2010 Aflac All-American West team-signed jersey. Besides Harper, the jersey is also signed by Kris Bryant, Jameson Taillon and several more.

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2016 Panini Torque Racing Cards Put NASCAR Spin on Familiar Names

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Torque Racing might be a new brand for the card maker as they roll out the first year of their NASCAR line, but it has some familiar elements for those who collect other sports. The checklist is heavy on inserts including one autograph or memorabilia card per pack.

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Beckett Grading Launches New Single Grade Service

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Beckett Grading Services recognizes that different collectors have different reasons for wanting to get their sports cards and trading cards graded. As such, BGS has launched a new single grade service that doesn’t have final sub-grades. The new BGS single grade service doesn’t replace the standard sub-grades. Rather, it’s an alternative grading option that’s a little bit cheaper.

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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 Bowman’s Best Baseball Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Like the brand did in its 2015 revival, 2016 Bowman’s Best Baseball mixes big chrome designs with a checklist that balances prospects, rookies and veterans perhaps more than any other Bowman release.

Autographs are a major focal point with four landing in every 12-pack master box. These are packaged as a pair of six-pack mini boxes.

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2016 Panini Infinity Football Cards Introduce a New Brand with a Familiar Configuration

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Infinity Football is a new brand for the card maker coming in the first season of their NFL exclusive. And while the name might be new, the configuration is a familiar one. Boxes come with one pack and focus primarily on autographs and memorabilia. Of the six cards per box, half of them are hits.

As far as an identity goes, 2016 Panini Infinity Football appears to mix elements of Spectra, Black Gold and Totally Certified.

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