Box Busters: 2015 Panini Immaculate Collection baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2015 Panini Immaculate Collection in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2014-15 Panini Gala basketball cards

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Join Beckett Basketball‘s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Panini Gala in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Topps addresses 2015 Allen & Ginter Code Breaker Autographs

2015 Topps Allen and Ginter Michael Taylor Autograph Code Breaker Error

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Shortly after 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball was released, a handful of Code Breaker Autographs popped up. These were inserted accidentally and now Topps has addressed how they’re going to rectify the matter.

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2015 Panini Immaculate Baseball Day-One Dandies

2015 Panini Immaculate Baseball Kris Bryant Cleats

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015 Panini Immaculate Baseball is one of those products that is big on memorabilia. In many instances, it’s big on big memorabilia.

And while autographs are in abundance as well, it’s the memorabilia that’s going to get much of the attention. When swatches and patches are interesting, it takes some of the pressure off who the player is. For instance, a lot of collectors don’t get too excited about a small and plain jersey swatch unless it’s from a top-tier star or Hall of Famer. But show them something unique from almost any player and it’ll get the proverbial thumbs up.

As a brand, Immaculate has carved out a niche for that. It started in basketball before moving over to baseball and football. The set’s checklist has plenty of pieces that go beyond the basic jersey swatch. They go beyond jerseys — period. Some of the most interesting cards use other pieces of gear. Cleats, batting gloves, fielding gloves and bat barrels are among the rarer and most intriguing hits in the product.

Leading up to the release, Panini provided a glimpse at a handful of cards. And while not every box is going to have a one-of-one jumbo patch or bat barrel, it certainly adds some intrigue.

2015 Panini Immaculate Baseball also has lots of autographs, particularly from young players and rookies. It is worth noting that most autographs use stickers, even with the product’s otherwise high-end feel.

So what’s actually being pulled from boxes? We’ve compiled a gallery with some notable early pulls we’ve spotted online as well as some of the more basic cards.

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1993 Cardtoons: When baseball met Garbage Pail Kids

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Being a fan of both, I’ve always wanted to see a set that makes Garbage Pail Kids out of professional baseball players. This isn’t what I had in mind:

2015 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 1 Josh Donaldson Autograph

Because of licensing and wanting to keep a squeaky clean public perception, I’m not expecting an all-out GPK/MLB crossover any time soon. Actually, never is the most likely scenario.

And while not quite the same, 1993 Cardtoons Baseball does enter the same sort of satirical territory. Of course, it’s totally not authorized. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not fun and, in many ways, refreshing.

And then there’s the fact that the set was part of a court battle.

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Totally Fake Rookie Cards: 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. (Old-Kid version)

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The 1989 Upper Deck homage starring the real Ken Griffey Jr. in the latest video from Macklemore was a big hit on the Internet yesterday with the obvious comparisons between then and now a fun viral topic.

But, as far as we had seen, nobody had actually taken today‘s version of The Kid and put him into his famed Rookie Card frame.

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2015 Topps Football Variations Info and Gallery

2015 Topps Football Variations 1 Aaron Rogers

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2015 Topps Football variation short prints are going to have you looking. It’s a flagship release. Were you expecting anything different?

The list of variations is big and covers a few different areas. Veterans once again come with alternate photos featuring things like big moments and celebrations. Rookies are, once again, a little tougher to see as they use different images from photo shoots where there isn’t the same variety.

The 2015 Topps Football variations checklist also includes some retired players. These are probably the easiest to find as they replaces a current player on the checklist.

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2015 Upper Deck Marvel Vibranium Trading Cards First Look

2015 Upper Deck Marvel Vibranium Base

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you haven’t heard of vibranium yet, you likely will by the time the Black Panther movie arrives in 2018. It’s an important metal in the Marvel Universe, kind of like Kryptonite in the DC realm. It has been mentioned in several recent Marvel blockbusters, but it’s likely to take on greater importance in the future. 2015 Upper Deck Marvel Vibranium trading cards adopt the fictional metal as a focal point the runs through the product.

Using chromium card stock like the style used in 2014-15 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey, the set brings with it a certain shine that’s been a sports staple for years but not explored much in comic cards.

Each box has 20 packs of five cards, delivering one premium insert plus several basic inserts and parallels.

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2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball: First look at new high-end hit-based brand coming in April

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A new brand of baseball cards is on the horizon for 2016 and it’s one that celebrates the stars of the past as well as today.

It’s 2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball and it’s a high-end brand set to arrive on April 13 with two autographed cards in every pack. It’s a baseball version of Valor with a touch of Fire, which we have seen in other sports in recent years.

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Yep, that’s a 1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr. homage in Macklemore’s music video

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Kid is back … sort of.

Yep, that’s a 45-year-old Ken Griffey Jr. dressed as seen in his iconic 1989 Upper Deck Rookie Card in the video for “Downtown” (click to watch)  by Macklemore.

The future Hall of Famer appears in the Seattle-based rapper’s video — and the rapper appeared on his own baseball card earlier this year as a First Pitch celebrity in packs of  2015 Topps Series 1.

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2015 Panini UCLA Trading Cards First Look

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When Panini went all-in with their various exclusive NCAA deals, part of the plan was to produce several school-specific sets. 2015 Panini UCLA is one such release. Delving into baseball, basketball and football, the product covers a broad history of the school’s athletics.

In addition to traditional boxes, blasters are also available. Both come with either an autograph or memorabilia card plus three parallels.

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2015 Cryptozoic Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Trading Cards First Look

2015 Hobbit Battle of the Five Armies Box

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

One book, three (long) movies. Peter Jackson’s epic take on The Hobbit has long since wrapped. 2015 Cryptozoic Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies trading cards bring a sense of closure to the trilogy from a hobby perspective. Like the sets for the previous two films, the product offers a rounded look at the Middle Earth adventure.

Autographs and Fine Art cards highlight the chase elements.

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2015 Topps Football Road to Victory entry details

2015 Topps Road to Victory New England Patriots

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Remember those Stadium Club Super Team cards from the 1990s? They were an insert set that had a card for each team. If the team you pulled won the championship, you’d get some exclusive cards. The concept returns to the gridiron with 2015 Topps Football Road to Victory. However, a bit of a mix up on the cards and years of conditioning to do redemptions online may cause a bit of confusion.

But Topps has clarified how collectors can enter their Road to Victory cards and potentially win a set of exclusive parallel cards.

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2015 Topps Football Take It to the House hobby shop promo details

2015 Topps Football Take It to the House Andrew Luck

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2015 Topps Football Take It to the House promotion gives collectors an incentive to head to their local hobby shop as the end of August gives way to the official start of football season.

The promo set is available to those who spend $20 or more on 2015 Topps Football at a participating hobby shop through September 8 will get a coupon. This coupon is good for a pack of Take It to the House cards that can be redeemed between September 9 and 20. Each pack has five cards.

The full 2015 Topps Football Take It to the House set has 100 cards. Veterans, rookies and a handful of retired legends are included on the checklist. Autographs of select players are also randomly inserted.

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Carlos Correa signs exclusive auto deal with Topps

2015 Topps Chrome Carlos Correa RC

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The Houston Astros’ hot rookie has a new home.

Shortstop Carlos Correa signed an exclusive autograph and memorabilia deal with Topps, the company announced Wednesday.

As part of the deal, memorabilia autographed by Correa will be sold on Topps.com — a selection of jerseys, bats, baseballs and wall art. Terms of the multi-year deal were not disclosed but it was described by the company as a “seven-figure deal.”

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2015 Select Soccer First Look

2015 Select Base Christiano Ronaldo

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It might not be called Prizm directly, but 2015 Select Soccer builds on a lot of the elements that made 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup one of the biggest sets in the entire hobby that year.

Using a chromium-style design similar to Prizm and an international focus, 2015 Select Soccer brings with it lots of color. Twelve-pack boxes deliver three autographs or memorabilia cards and eight Prizm parallels. Breaking it down to the pack level, each has either a hit, a serial-numbered Prizm parallel or variation.

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2015 Leaf Ultimate Draft Baseball First Look

2015 Leaf Ultimate Draft Baseball

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With its Metal and Trinity lines, Leaf takes prospecting to a place of more modern design tastes. And while firmly in the present, 2015 Leaf Ultimate Draft Baseball is more on the traditional side as far as overall look goes. But that’s not to say some changes haven’t been made.

Boxes come with seven cards, all of which are on-card autographs.

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Box Busters: 2015 Topps Chrome baseball cards

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Join Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds and Brian Fleischer as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Chrome in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? How hot will their boxes be? Watch and find out …

2015 Topps Football Buybacks include foil parallel twist

2015 Topps Football Buybacks

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Buybacks are nothing new to Topps sets. Neither is adding a foil stamp. However, the 2015 Topps Football Buybacks takes the concept to a new level with parallel versions. Much like a traditional set of parallels, the different color stamps signify rarity.

But just how rare some of these buybacks are and which cards have buybacks are still something of a mystery.

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Tweeting Retail: 2015 Bowman baseball cards

Beckett Baseball‘s Chris Olds ripped a blaster box of 2015 Bowman baseball cards … here are the results. Read More »

Carlos Correa autographs added to 2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball

2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball Prime Positions Carlos Correa Autograph Superfractor

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When Topps released the 2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball checklist, Carlos Correa was on it. But it was “only” a Rookie Card and a Prospect Profiles Mini insert. A Twitter post changed that.

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2015 Cryptozoic Arrested Development trading cards info

Cryptozoic Arrested Development Box copy

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

While it was originally on the air, Arrested Development won over critics but failed to find a massive audience. DVD and Netflix have been kind to the show in the ensuing years, even leading to a streaming revival season. 2015 Cryptozoic Arrested Development bring a collectible spin to the classic comedy.

The set covers all four seasons with a mix of base, insert and premium cards including an autograph in every box.

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Auction Diary: Wahoo McDaniel’s Rookie Card & Joe Willie Namath come my way

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

One of my eternal struggles as a collector is a big one — what to collect — and two recent pick-ups from an auction this past weekend are perfect examples of why that struggle continues to this day.

I know nice cards when I see them. I know nice cards when I want them. I know that, most of the time, I can’t afford them.

This time, though, I won.

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2015 Topps Supreme Football First Look

2015 Topps Supreme Football Inscription Autograph Book Card

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As with past years, 2015 Topps Supreme Football focuses on its premium elements like autographs and memorabilia. There’s also attention to making those cards a little more distinct through designs and themes. But as with any product that delves into the high-end of the hobby, there’s a level of risk that comes with it.

Boxes of the hobby-only product have just four cards, one of which is a serial-numbered autograph, relic or autographed relic.

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Month of Marvel Giveaway No. 2

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Last Monday, Beckett’s Month of Marvel started off with a huge bang.

This week is no different as we have a new question and a new prize — 2015 Upper Deck Legendary Marvel Secret Wars deck building expansion kit. Read More »

2015 Rittenhouse Falling Skies Autograph Expansion Set info

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2015 Rittenhouse Falling Skies Autograph Expansion set likely closes the chapter for the show as far as trading cards go. Rather than going the premium pack road like it has in the past, Rittenhouse is opting for a limited edition factory set. Even then, unlike 2015 Rittenhouse Under the Dome Season 2, there are no base cards.

Living up to its name, this small release is all autographs.

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Who benefits most from three key NFL injuries?

By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

Just when you thought your fantasy football team might make it through the NFL preseason unscathed, you are reminded that many ligaments, joints and, apparently, jaws just don’t make it past the August practice rounds. There certainly have been some significant injuries so far this preseason. We look at three that could have significant implications for collectors this fall.

Funchess

Kelvin Benjamin/Devin Funchess
One of four rookie receivers to haul in 1,000 yards last year, Kelvin Benjamin was projected to be one of the most productive young receivers in the NFL on what looked to be an even more powerful Panthers offense. Many collectors jumped on Benjamin quickly last year as he led all rookie receivers early on. He tore his ACL in practice during preseason, ending his sophomore campaign.

The injury could greatly affect QB Cam Newton, who obviously had found his new favorite target. But it could open up more opportunities for rookie Devin Funchess, also a big target. Funchess is a very affordable hobby rookie right now with plenty of autographs.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey First Look

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Sometimes, even a well-established brand with a strong following needs to be rebuilt in order to remain fresh with collectors and Upper Deck has decided to make some radical changes to Black Diamond after several years of remaining on a tried-and-true course.

Releasing on November 26, 2015-16 Upper Deck Black Diamond will be coming fresh on the heels of their flagship series and it marks the first time a product at its intended price level will release so early in the season. Each box will contain just five premium trading cards and with one of the most-anticipated rookie classes in a decade, the demand is expected to be high with the presence of Diamond Rookie Relics that fall once per case on average and contain one to four actual diamonds in them.

“We are excited to see the potential impact and secondary market value of the Diamond Relic Rookie Cards,” noted Upper Deck Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager Chris Carlin. “How much will Connor McDavid’s Quad Diamond Rookie Cards, limited to 99 numbered copies per, sell for? These cards will be the first super-premium rookie cards on the market. And the market has also been starving for an early high-end product from UD – so we’re really excited to deliver premium content so early in the release calendar schedule.”

What other changes has Upper Deck made to this popular brand? Find out after the jump. Read More »

2015 Panini Rookies & Stars Football Cards First Look

2015 Panini Rookies and Stars Longevity DeMarco Murray

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

For years, Rookies & Stars has had a significant retail presence thanks to its Longevity spinoffs. However, 2015 Panini Rookies & Stars Football takes the entire brand to a full retail exclusive. The product is available only at Target.

Unlike many of Panini‘s recent basketball releases produced for the retail giant, 2015 Rookies & Stars Football has just one configuration. Boxes have six packs, each with ten cards. Every pack has either an autograph, memorabilia or manufactured patch card. The basic inserts include the return of Crusade. There’s no shortage of parallels either in any portion of the release.

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Promo Cards Popping Up in Several Places

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn’t sneaking up on anyone — except when it comes to trading cards. First was a group of four Heritage-style promo cards in 2015 Topps Star Wars Illustrated: Empire Strikes Back.

Surprise! More unannounced Star Wars: The Force Awakens promo cards have surfaced in both Chrome Perspectives 2 and 3D Widevision: Revenge of the Sith.

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2015-16 Panini NBA Hoops Basketball First Look

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

A hobby favorite is back again as Panini America has dropped details about 2015-16 NBA Hoops and collectors can get an early look at next season’s hottest rookie talents once it is released to the public on October 14.

With each hobby box loaded up with two autograph cards and at least 20 inserts or parallels, Hoops has long been an affordable entry point for those that are new to the world of basketball cards. Even grizzled veteran collectors can appreciate what this release has to offer as there are seven numbered cards to be found inside each box along with the potential of pulling a signature from a Rookie of the Year contender like Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor, or D’Angelo Russell.

What else can be found in packs of 2015-16 NBA Hoops? Find out after the jump. Read More »

2015 Topps Finest football cards info

2015 Topps Finest Football Red Atomic Refractor Die-Cut Autograph

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When Finest made its gridiron debut in the early 1990s, it was considered among the highest of high-end sets. That’s not the case anymore. Lots has changed since then, but the basic concept of chromium designs and Refractor parallels hasn’t. 2015 Topps Finest Football brings both of those along with some more modern spins.

Each hobby box comes with a Rookie Autograph Patch card, an Autographed Jumbo Relic and a handful of other inserts.

The set has a mini box configuration. Each hobby box has a pair of smaller six-pack boxes. Packs have five cards.

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And the 2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball Autographs are…

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Much like the first Bowman set of the year, the 2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball Autographs list is huge. Most are prospects appearing in the product for the first time. Collectors can expect a mix of recent draft picks, international signees and others trying to work their way through the minor league ranks.

As was started last year, 2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball hobby boxes have a pair of autographs instead of just one like in Bowman and Bowman Draft. Jumbo boxes come with five autographs.

Besides regular versions each of the 2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball Prospect Autographs comes with a variety of Refractor parallels.

For some of these prospects, this isn’t the first time they’ve appeared on autograph cards. Between USA Baseball and other prospect-driven releases, there are a few oplaces to find some of these signatures. However, it’s likely the Bowman Chrome cards will be held in the highest regard as they are their first in a MLB uniform.

In addition to prospects, rookies also have their own line of autographs in the product. Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, Joc Pederson and Jung Ho Kang are among the players on that part of the checklist

See who has autographs in 2015 Bowman Chrome Baseball after the jump. We’ve also included pertinent info like existing cards, their draft year, other autographs and more.

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Pokemon: Gotta Grade ‘Em All

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

They may be hiding in an old shoe box, or in an old binder sporting stickers of some of your favorite pocket monsters. Yes, I am talking about the craze that took over the late 90’s into the early 2000’s — Pokemon. To this day the craze continues and the hunt for the original cards grows at an astounding rate. Many collectors have flocked to gather the best quality condition cards of the original Wizards of the Coast product in hopes of finding a Charizard in a sea of Magikarp.

Even upon release, Charizard was a highly sought after card and reached prices of $50-$100. These days if you want to get your hands on a 1st Edition version, it will set you back at least $300. Taking it a step further, the grading market for all Pokemon cards has grown just as much within the last few years. Last month the only PRISTINE 10 1999 1st Edition Charizard sold for almost $11,000!

Think you may have some old cards? Maybe it is time to break out the old collection or go treasure hunting in the garage. Perhaps you will come across a few gems! Or if you have found your cards and don’t know what they are worth check out our Online Price Guide.

What Pokemon card has always been your favorite? Reply in the comments below!

Whole Lot of Nothing: Ultimate List of Seinfeld Autograph Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Seinfeld has never had a set of official trading cards. It’s unlikely it ever will. Save for a couple of singles in 2011 Topps American Pie, there isn’t much else out there for the TV classic.

But for autograph collectors, it doesn’t mean that there’s nothing for the show about nothing. You just have to look elsewhere and use a little creativity. In fact, you can build a pretty mean collection of Seinfeld autographs without a ton of effort or money. Unless, of course, you’ve got to have a Jerry Seinfeld signature. He’s yet to have a certified autograph card.

Michael Richards, who played Kramer, is the other lead cast member without one either.

But George (Jason Alexander) and Elaine (Julia-Louis Dreyfus) do. As do several notable recurring characters and notable guest stars. Lots of bit players also have signed cards.

Want to know who else? The massive list is after the jump.

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