Steve Grad’s Twitter Q&A Promotes 2017 National

Steve Grad of Beckett Authentication recently answered some questions on The National Sports Card Collector’s Convention Twitter account. Grad talks about his career in authentication, The National, and his favorite Star Wars movie. Check our our Storify of the event below.

 

Reconfigured 2017-18 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball gives an early look at incoming rookies

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With a new configuration that boasts an autograph in every pack on average, 2017-18 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball is going to burst on the scene just before the new NBA season begins.

Collectors can once again expect some early cardboard from the latest draft picks and the Class of 2017 is loaded up with some prime prospects that includes one of the most heavily-hyped young stars today – Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers. Read More…

Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards and Other Important Early Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

After making a quick and dramatic impact, interest in Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards and anything with his name on it is rising. That’s what happens when you start setting some impressive home run records during your first couple of months in the majors.

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2017 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Widevision Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open a set of 2017 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Widevision trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Decision 2016 Series 2 Update Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Matt Bible as they open some 2017 Decision 2016 Series 2 trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps National Baseball Card Day Checklist and Details on How to Score Free Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

August 12, 2017 — save the date. Topps, MLB and the MLBPA are bringing back National Baseball Card Day for the second consecutive year. And while the overall draw remains the same — free baseball cards — pieces are evolving to make 2017 National Baseball Card Day bigger and better for both collectors and participating shops.

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2017 Topps GPK/Wacky Packages Summer Comic Convention Set Aims at ’80s Pop Culture

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San Diego Comic-Con is upon us. That means tens of thousands of people descending on the city to celebrate comics and the much larger realm of pop culture. Of course, there’s expected the usual mix of big-name panels, trailers and other geek-centric news. The 2017 Topps GPK/Wacky Packages Summer Comic Convention mini set spoofs some of the geek chic, particularly to those who grew up in the 1980s.

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Stephen Amell Autograph Cards Coming to Cryptozoic’s Arrow Line

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Cryptozoic’s run with the Arrow trading card line has been a good one thus far. They’ve managed to include autographs from much of the main cast. However, there’s been one major holdout — lead star Stephen Amell.

But that’s about to change. Stephen Amell autographs are on the way.

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2017 Topps On-Demand Checklist and Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps On-Demand is another extension of the card maker’s online exclusives. Similar to their Throwback Thursday line, it isn’t specific to one sport or license. But unlike Throwback Thrusday and others like it, the checklists are more expansive. They’re still on the small side, but each offering has a little more to it like parallels and inserts.

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2017 Leaf Pop Century Checklist Includes Autographs from Hollywood Stars, Recently Passed Icons

2017 Leaf Pop Century continues with the brand’s long-standing tradition of focusing on autographs from across the pop culture realm. Actors, singers, athletes and more are featured on the checklist.

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Putting a Smile on Classic Baseball Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Smiles aren’t something you see on a lot of baseball cards. But, really, how many players are beaming while they’re in the batter’s box? How many pitchers have a big grin when they’re throwing off the mound?

With action shots being the norm on most cards, there’s more intensity on them than looks of delight.

Even when there are portraits, happy faces aren’t always on display. Many people prefer a more stoic look.

How would some classic baseball cards change if the players were smiling? I used FaceApp to find out.

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2017 Topps Now Doctor Who Trading Cards Offered for a Limited Time at an Exclusive Online Space

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Now Doctor Who trading cards bring the international hit to the print-on-demand realm.

Available exclusively through the Topps website, the set didn’t launch with an episode recap. Instead it was a special card commemorating the announcement of Jodie Whittaker as the 13th Doctor.

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Running List of 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Surprises and Things to Watch Out For

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s summer. That means a lot of network TV switches over to reality show mode. Big Brother is one of those summer staples, going with the slogan, “Expect the unexpected.” Allen & Ginter, another summer staple, follows a similar path. Every year there are some surprises out there to be found. 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter follows a similar path.

With that in mind, here’s a quick running list of checklist additions, set surprises and things you might have originally missed. This is by no means an exhaustive list as of yet, but we’ll be updating in the days ahead to make sure you know what to look for.

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Steve Grad Appearing On CNN HLN To Discuss OJ Simpson Memorabilia

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OJ Simpson, the former NFL running back, actor, and subject of arguably the biggest trial in American history, has a parole hearing Thursday to determine whether he will be released after serving nine years of his 33-year sentence. Simpson was convicted of armed robbery in 2008 after he and his accomplices stole sports memorabilia at gunpoint.

Grad, whose authentication expertise can be seen on History Channel’s Pawn Stars, will discuss the ways that Simpson’s release from prison may affect the market for memorabilia from his career.

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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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2017 Donruss Optic Baseball Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re familiar with how things worked in 2017 Donruss Baseball, the 2017 Donruss Optic Baseball variations shouldn’t be tough to spot. Even if this is a new brand, they’re not tough to spot.

Still, let’s take a look and make it even easier.

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Top 10 Topps Allen & Ginter Non-Baseball Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps Allen & Ginter autographs aren’t just about baseball. In the years since its revival, non-baseball has played a big role in the brand’s eclectic and often quirky nature. It has also made for a natural fit for some impressive (and valuable) signatures over the years.

So what are the most valuable Topps Allen & Ginter non-baseball autographs? Let’s count them down.

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2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Checklist Abides

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball isn’t going to be confused with something from another brand. Keeping what makes it one of the biggest releases each year, it’s all about old-fashioned designs, quirky inserts and the other predictable surprises.

Autographs, memorabilia cards and rip cards continue to fall three per hobby box. Each pack also promises one mini card.

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2017 Donruss Optic Baseball Blends Old-School with Chrome

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Donruss Optic Baseball blends two schools of collecting. First is the old-school themes and general look of Donruss. Specifically, 1980s and early ’90s Donruss. There’s also the new school with the application of chromium stock, autographs and a rainbow of colorful parallels.

2017 Donruss Optic Baseball also brings Mickey Mantle cards back to packs for the first time since 2012.

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1982 O-Pee-Chee E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 1982 O-Pee-Chee E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016-17 Panini Grand Reserve Basketball Checklist, Team Set Lists

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

2016-17 Panini Grand Reserve Basketball is a new premium release brand bringing lots of autographs, memorabilia and inserts that use lots of technology.

With three packs per box and lots of hard-signed ink, the early details on this product tease the potential to pull some major hits along with coveted inserts that utilize a variety of printing technologies. With a name like Grand Reserve, can we expect anything less? Read More…

2017 Topps Now Baseball Cards Tell Season’s Story

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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 National Sports Collectors Convention Exclusive Cards

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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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Awesome Inserts: 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars Crusade

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When it comes to card design, there’s a fine line between being classy and gaudy. 1998 Leaf Rookies and Stars Crusade navigates it nicely, resulting in one of football’s more popular inserts of the late 1990s.

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2017 Onyx Platinum Elite Baseball Highlights Top Prospects, Reasonably Priced Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Onyx Platinum Elite Baseball takes a streamlined approach to prospects and autographs. The checklist isn’t nearly as big as you’ll find in a Bowman product or Elite Extra Edition, but that’s intentional.

The product does have base cards but it’s likely to be the autographs that get most of the attention. These land two per box.

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2017 Panini National Convention Wrapper Redemption Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Panini National Convention Wrapper Redemption showcases the many sports under the company’s umbrella. Football, basketball, baseball, NASCAR and soccer are all included in the wide-reaching promo set.

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2017 Panini Pantheon Football Features Metal, Memorabilia and Autographs – Checklist, Team Set Lists Are Up

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Pantheon Football marks the brand’s gridiron debut following a kickoff in baseball last year. And while football keeps the overall high-end, hits focus, there are some differences.

Six out of the seven cards in each box have either autographs or memorabilia.

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A smashing good time: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dominic Moore on Smashfest and hockey cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

This Thursday evening, over 20 members of the National Hockey League Players’ Association will be in attendance at the Steam Whistle Brewery in Toronto and participating in a table tennis tournament as part of SmashfestVI.

The annual event, which was created by Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dominic Moore, is set to raise funds for charity and allows fans in attendance to mingle with players and even take part in a Pro-Am Doubles Tournament in addition to enjoying food and drink as part of a fun evening. There is also an exclusive set of trading cards produced by Upper Deck that will be given out to guests as well.

“We’re pumped! It’s hard to believe it’s been six years,” Moore told Beckett Hockey earlier today. “Our goal from day one was to make it first-rate and have everybody come away saying, ‘hey, that was a blast!’ We’ve hopefully succeeded in doing that, but it’s always a work in progress.” Read More…

2002 Inkworks Men In Black II Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2002 Inkworks Men In Black II trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Topps Now Platinum Member Cody Bellinger Autograph Among 2017 MLB All-Star Exclusives

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps Platinum membership has its privileges. At the start of the year, Topps surprised some of the biggest 2016 Topps Now buyers with a package that included several big-name autographs. The letter that came with it said that they’d also receive some other opportunities over the course of the season. As it turns out, some more exclusive cards came from it at a special event held in conjunction with the 2017 MLB All-Star Game.

Among the cards? Autographs from Cody Bellinger, Ian Happ, Eric Thames and Adam Jones.

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2017 Topps Stadium Club Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re digging into 2017 Stadium Club Baseball, you’re probably going to spend a lot of time looking at photos. And for good reason. But now the 2017 Topps Stadium Club variation short prints are probably going to have you go back and look again.

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2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Dave Sliepka and Brian Fleischer as they open some 2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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The Fantastic Photos of 2017 Topps Stadium Club Baseball

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

I love great photos. Whether they’re hung on a wall, printed in a book or on my screen, I like looking at the stories and emotion behind them, even if that means imagining them. Needless to say, I’m into card sets that focus on photos. When you’re talking baseball cards today, that means Topps Stadium Club.

2017 Topps Stadium Club Baseball keeps with the brand’s tradition of standout images. Even with a big list of autographs and other inserts, my attention goes right to the base set to see what sorts of images found their way onto cards.

It’s not just action shots, either. There are plenty of cards that are posed portraits or capture softer moments of the game.

I’ve picked 11 of my favorite images from the 2017 Stadium Club base set (the variations have plenty more). I could easily pick 50 more but a lot of the fun is going through and discovering the shots for yourself.

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2017 Panini Revolution Soccer Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2017 Panini Revolution Soccer.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Rittenhouse Women of Star Trek 50th Anniversary Trading Cards Include First Vanessa Williams Autograph Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Star Trek may have celebrated its golden anniversary in 2016, but five decades is a big deal. So much so, the celebration carries on to 2017 Rittenhouse Women of Star Trek 50th Anniversary. Besides, 51st Anniversary sounds strange.

The product delves into the ladies from all five of the shows.

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