2017 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the 2017 Topps Heritage Baseball variations come in a few different forms. It’s tradition. And with the set starting to show up at retail, so too are some of the variations.

Some are easy to spot. Others equire a closer look and a familiarity with the original 1968 Topps Baseball set.

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2016-17 Upper Deck AHL Hockey Checklist 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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2017 Topps Chrome Baseball Has Elements Old and New, Refractors Red and Blue (and Lots More)

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Chrome Baseball fills that chromium space for collectors who prefer major leaguers versus the large prospect focus that Bowman sets feature. Refractors are back in a full rainbow of colors. Multiple autographs — mostly rookies — are in both hobby boxes, and a few new inserts have been thrown in as well.

2017 Topps Chrome Baseball has both regular hobby and hobby jumbo boxes. Regular hobby boxes come with two autographs while jumbo have five total signed cards and the promise of a Refractor in every pack.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Biography of a Season sees a hobby favorite return with a new twist

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Trading cards have chronicled the events of an NHL season for decades and collectors are about to get a good look at some recent accomplishments from this year’s best rookies very soon with next week’s release of the first installment of 2016-17 Upper Deck Biography of a Season.

Offered via Upper Deck‘s Authorized Internet Retailers and Group Breakers, one card from the 10-card collection will be handed out as a gift with purchase for every $20.00 spent. Read More…

2017 Topps UFC Chrome Brings Brand to the Octagon for the First Time

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s hard to imagine that despite having the UFC license for close to a decade, Topps has never done a Chrome MMA set. 2017 Topps UFC Chrome changes that. And with it comes many of the family elements collectors may recognize from Topps Chrome sets in other sports and even entertainment licenses like Star Wars.

Refractors and autographs all play a big part in 2017 Topps UFC Chrome.

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Get ready to celebrate 100 years of hockey history with 2017 Upper Deck Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Early details about the hotly-anticipated 2017 Upper Deck Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial release are slowly leaking out and there is little doubt that it will be one of this year’s hottest products once it officially releases in September.

A few months ago, Upper Deck teased some extremely preliminary information along with some images, but some more facts are popping up as the company solicits the tins which will are likely to be available in hobby shops and retail outlets. More information should surface in the near future about configuration for hobby boxes.

Back in the 2009-10 campaign, Upper Deck struck gold with a set focused on the centennial season for the Montreal Canadiens. In addition to a loaded base set that perfectly covered the club’s history to that point, there were some heavily-desired hits coming out of boxes and tins that still perform exceedingly well when offered for sale.

While it is too early to definitively tell if the 2017 Upper Deck Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial product will achieve the same heights on the secondary market, there is certainly a good chance that it does. Read More…

2017 Topps Now Spring Training Baseball Highlights Moments from MLB’s Preseason

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As the Topps Now program enters its second year, things continue to evolve. 2017 Topps Now Spring Training Baseball highlights in-game action leading up to the main season.

Cards are sold individually through the Topps website and, like regular Topps Now cards, available for just 24 hours.

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Before Magic and Pokémon, There Was 1968 Topps Game Baseball

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Today, Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering and two hobby heavyweights. But they’re far from the first products to combine trading cards and gaming. 1968 Topps Game Baseball is one vintage example for the sporting crowd. Also known as Batter Up, the card game may not take a lot of strategy, but the cards do make for some extremely affordable vintage for many of the era’s greats.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Premier Hockey returns with lots of patches and autographs

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Acetate Rookie Autograph Patches are back, but there is much more to be found in tins of 2016-17 Upper Deck Premier Hockey once it arrives in hobby shops at the end of July.

Loaded up with seven premium cards per tin, expect to find four autograph or memorabilia cards in addition to the Rookie Autograph Patch and two base cards. Read More…

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Not-Scars Head to LOL Land

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Not-Scars poke fun at the Academy Awards and some of the wackiness that came with Warren Beatty’s homage to Steve Harvey, accidentally giving the Best Picture trophy to the wrong movie.

And while Moonlight‘s big moment was immortalized with a card, much of the checklist is dedicated to acting nominees and some other high-profile films that were up for Oscars in other areas.

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Bill Paxton 2016 Upper Deck Alien Anthology Autograph Giveaway

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Sunday was planned to be a celebration of Hollywood’s best from the past year at the Academy Awards. And while that was still the case, things took a more somber turn with the sudden passing of Bill Paxton.

The actor has appeared in several high-profile films and franchises over the years including Titanic, Twister, Apollo 13, The Terminator, Predator 2, Weird Science and A Simple Plan.

When it comes to trading cards, there aren’t many. Twister was the subject of a relatively simple release from Donruss that is actually quite tough to find now. Inkworks made a small factory set for Titanic but Paxton isn’t featured on any of the cards.

The actor’s appearances on cardboard have grown in the past couple of years, though. This includes autographs in both Rittenhouse’s Marvel Agents of SHIELD Season 1 and Alien Anthology from Upper Deck.

We pulled a Bill Paxton autograph a few months ago. We’ve been holding onto it for a giveaway and now seems fitting.

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2017 Topps Heritage WWE Turns Back the Clock to 1987

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Heritage WWE takes things back to one of the biggest years in wrestling history — 1987. That was the year Hulk Hogan bodyslammed Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III. In the hobby, it was the year Topps brought back the woodgrain borders.

Put the two together, give it a modern spin and you’ve got 2017 Topps Heritage WWE.

Each hobby box has two hits, one of which is guaranteed to be an autograph.

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Beckett Authentication Services Is Ramping Up

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By Jeromy Murray | Vice President, Beckett Grading and Authentication

I am really proud to finally get a chance to formally announce Beckett’s new autograph authentication service! In my 16+ years with the company, this new venture is one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding ventures I have ever experienced — and we are only a few months in. The new Beckett Authentication Services division gives you a premium one-stop shop for all your grading, autograph and authentication needs. It is exciting for Beckett to have this division and I hope you give us a shot to look at your prized items.

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2017 Welcome to the Show Series 1 Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they dig through a 2017 Welcome to the Show Series 1 set.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016 Leaf Trinity Baseball Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Leaf Trinity Baseball goes with the idea that three’s company. As with other releases for the brand in both baseball and football, it’s an all-autograph affair with cards coming in three different styles.

The checklist highlights draft picks and key prospects.

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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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Panini NBA Player of the Day promotion returns for 2017

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

After many successful years in other sports, Panini America’s NBA Player of the Day promotion proved to be a big hit with both retailers and basketball card collectors last season and it is back again in 2017.

“First of all, the Player of the Day concept, which Panini has been doing on the football side for nearly 20 years is a proven program for hobby retailers,” said Doug Drotman, Program Administrator for the Panini NBA Player of the Day program. “It’s proven to sell more packs, which is goal number one, and two, it’s fun, enjoyable, and their customers like it.”

With a chance to win one of over 50,000 prizes, collectors everywhere will be breaking packs at their local card store between February 27 and April 5 for a daily chance to win a promotional pack of trading cards for pulling one featuring the Player of the Day or wild card company spokesmen Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant starting in March. Read More…

1916 Standard Biscuit Babe Ruth Baseball Card Approaching $250,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

One of the rarest Babe Ruth cards is closing in on $250,000. A 1916 Standard Biscuit Babe Ruth baseball card, graded PSA 4, currently sits at $240,000 in Heritage Auctions’ Platinum Sports Night sale. And when bids close on Saturday, February 25, it’s possible the card could go for more than double what a PSA 2 copy sold for just a few months ago.

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2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection Includes Two Bat Cards Per Box

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection Baseball follows in the footsteps of other releases under the Immortals name for the likes of Ichiro, Muhammad Ali and Pelé. Centering exclusively on the Sultan of Swat, this set takes Babe Ruth to the high-end.

Highlighting each six-card 2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection box is a pair of bat cards.

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Could These Autograph Cards Get a Boost with a 2017 Academy Award?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Whether it’s the World Series, Super Bowl, Olympic Gold, the Stanley Cup, an NBA Championship or any other trophy, the hobby loves winners. And with the Oscars being Hollywood’s answer to the Super Bowl, it’s possible there could be some cardboard implications.

A total of six acting nominees for the 2017 Academy Awards have autograph cards already. They range from big names in big sets to lesser-known faces still outside of the movie mainstream.

Of the six nominated actors and actresses with autograph cards, the one that’s most likely to win is also the cheapest.

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2016 Panini Plates and Patches Football Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps MLB Sticker Collection — One for the Kids

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps MLB Sticker Collection is the polar opposite of Dynasty, Triple Threads and every other high-end product. It’s about the players and an affordable price tag aimed at getting kids into baseball and collecting.

And if you don’t think kids can get excited about simple stickers, here’s young Eli to change that.

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2017 Historic Autographs HOF Inductees Combine Baseball and Football Signatures

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Historic Autographs HOF Inductees is all about Hall of Fame signatures. And it doesn’t hold itself to just one sport. Each box promises three signed cards: one from baseball, one from football and a third that could be either.

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2017 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Makes New from Old

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Throwback Thursday makes new cards from old designs. Not that the concept is a new one from the card maker.

Like last year, the idea is to mash up recognizable elements from their large library of products and give them a different spin. Each week, a new mini set is released with a new theme and a different design.

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2016 Panini Plates and Patches Football Has a Printing Plate and Patch in Every Box

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Plates and Patches Football is one of those sets that can be taken literally based on its name. One could also add ink in there as every box has one signed card, a prime memorabilia card and a printing plate.

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2017 Donruss Racing Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

“Million Dollar Bill,” “Iceman,” “The Biff” — like any sport, NASCAR has its share of fun and memorable nicknames. Several of them take center stage with the 2017 Donruss Racing variations.

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2016 Panini Honors Football Is a Mix of New and Old

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Honors Football is a mix of new cards, old ones and upgraded ones. While it has a standalone base set, the product includes autographs from past products and some that have had autographs added to them.

Each 2016 Panini Honors Football box comes with three cards, two of which are signed.

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2016 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 3 Trading Cards Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Arrow isn’t only one of the most popular shows on the CW Network, in a short time that popularity has transferred over to entertainment trading cards. 2017 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 3 follows a similar pattern as the first two sets including an autograph and memorabilia card per box.

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2017 Topps Heritage Baseball Checklist Takes It Back to ’68

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Heritage Baseball takes things back to 1968, the year cross weave influenced card design and Nolan Ryan got a rookie card. All the cornerstones of the retro brand are still here but there are some cosmetic changes beyond the shift from 1967 to 1968 as far as design goes.

Although hits aren’t a major focus, hobby boxes continue to deliver one autograph or memorabilia card.

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2017 Rittenhouse Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collectors Set Series 2 Has First Alyson Hannigan Autographs in Almost 20 Years

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Rittenhouse Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collectors Set Series 2 features autographs from the show’s two biggest — and toughest — signatures.

But they come at a price.

Each factory set, which carries a suggested price of $399.99, comes with one of three signed cards, a set of Season Montage cards and one Metal card.

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2017 Topps Now Baseball Poised to 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 we await the start of the regular season, some changes and expansion of the program are already evident.

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2016-17 Upper Deck SPx Hockey Gets a Super-Premium Makeover

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Change is in the air with 2016-17 Upper Deck SPx Hockey. The brand is getting a major overhaul, perhaps its biggest since changing over from being an all-hologram product in its early days nearly two decades ago. Similar to Black Diamond last year, SPx moves from a premium brand to something even more high-end. Boxes now come with just four cards spread over four packs. Everything is either an autograph, memorabilia card or a “technology card,” a term Upper Deck uses for the premium-style base cards and other inserts.

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You’ve Never Seen Rocky Figures Like These Before

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Rocky franchise has been featured on multiple lines of figures over the years. NECA is the current license holder. And while most of their figures for the movie have been more on the traditional side, an upcoming piece is anything but.

In fact, the toy maker is going outside the movies. Instead, NECA is looking to an old iced tea commercial.

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Did Topps Just Unveil an Early Card of the Year Contender?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

We’re a week out from the release of 2017 Topps Heritage Baseball. And Topps has previewed what’s likely to be one of the most coveted cards in the product, particularly those into the set’s vintage leanings.

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Topps Comics Imprint Returns with Online-Exclusive Garbage Pail Kids Series

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps Comics are back. The card maker has gotten back into printing them with the release of a weekly Garbage Pail Kids comic.

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