2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football details

2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football Tie Dye Prizm

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

For the second consecutive year, Prizm is getting the pre-draft treatment. 2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football maintains the chromium style the brand is known for but focuses solely on the college game rather than the NFL. The result is many early cards of players slated for the 2016 draft and the incoming rookie class.

And while the shine might be the driving force for many, the number of autographs per box has more than doubled over last year’s Prizm Draft.

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2016 Topps Strata Baseball cards stay the course

2016 Topps Strata Baseball Clearly Authentic Autograph Relic

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Strata Baseball looks to be a lot like last year. From the design to the configuration, not much has changed for the sophomore release of the brand as a standalone set.

Every card in 2016 Topps Strata Baseball is either an autograph or game-used memorabilia card with one of each per box. And like last year, the layered card constructions and swatches that can be traced back to the game they were used help make it different from other baseball products.

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Panini announces NBA Centre Court plans

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Thousands of basketball fans will be heading to the NBA Centre Court interactive fan event this weekend at the Enercare Centre in Toronto and Panini America promises to be in the thick of the action with what it has called an “interactive basketball station” featuring both player signings and a redemption program.

Running from Friday through Sunday, company representatives will be out to meet with collectors and spread the word about the hobby at NBA Centre Court. In order to receive an eight-card exclusive set with a Donruss-inspired design, fans will need to make a qualifying purchase of Panini America trading card products at the NBA All-Star Shop at the event.

Which players are part of the promotional set and who is appearing for Panini at NBA Centre Court? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Panini Dunk releases new 2016 NBA All-Star Game packs

2016 NBA All-Star Game Lowry

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With the 2016 NBA All-Star Game coming up this weekend in Toronto, Panini America is expected to have a presence north of the border and collectors that use their Panini Dunk app now have an opportunity to collect digital cards of several players that are participating in the annual event.

Offered in five-card packs containing one 2016 NBA All-Star Game insert along with four base cards from the basic Dunk and Prestige sets, there are presently 24 players to collect. More players are expected to be added to the checklist in the coming days and packs cost a reasonable 100 coins each within the app.

Look for a checklist of the initial release of Panini Dunk 2016 NBA All-Star Game cards after the jump. Read More »

All the 2016 Topps Baseball parallels you need to build a rainbow


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Chasing a player rainbow in 2016 Topps Baseball? Although it’ll take up more than one nine-pocket page to complete a run with all the parallels, it’s not an obscene number of cards. Exclusives outside of hobby have been kept to a minimum. The majority are attainable too in the sense that they’re not limited to a handful of copies. There are those, but not many.

The largely full-bleed design of the base set presents some challenges for traditional parallels. The border is often the place where the splashes of color change. Without the borders, marks were added to the corners to create some color. The result for color-based parallels like Gold and Black is subtle.

Textured and patterned parallels are also on the rise. These use different card stock to make them not only distinct, but easy to spot as well. Among these are Clear, which use acetate, and Rainbow Foil. New to 2016 Topps Baseball are Vintage parallels. These have a more old-school feel to them, not to mention the retro Topps logo on the front.

Negative is another new parallel. Not announced initially, these are easy to spot thanks to their reverse black and white image on the front. The effect makes players look as though they’re made of metal. These fall approximately four per hobby case so they’re definitely not in huge supply but not incredibly scarce either.

Framed parallels return as a case hit in both hobby and hobby jumbo. These have metal around the outside and are numbered to just 16 copies each.

Only a couple of 2016 Topps Baseball parallels can’t be found in hobby packs. Purple cards are only found in Toys “R” Us blister packs. Over time, these can become tough to track down despite not being numbered.

You won’t be able to complete your 2016 Topps Baseball rainbow until July. That’s when hobby factory sets arrive with exclusive Foil Pattern parallels at a rate of five per set. These can also be tough to find as a lot of people either keep these sets sealed or don’t bother to break them up and get rid of the bonus cards in any sort of quantity.

We’ve compiled a gallery of all released 2016 Topps Baseball parallels so you can see the various styles, know how many of each there are (if announced) and any other important details.

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These 10 Connor McDavid cards don’t come cheap

2015-16 Upper Deck Black Diamond Connor McDavid RC

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

One could make a valid argument that virtually all Connor McDavid cards are expensive right now. And there’s good reason. Barring another injury, he has shown signs of being a difference maker for the Edmonton Oilers. It might still be early for some of the comparisons he’s drawing to the likes of Sidney Crosby and even Wayne Gretzky, but the McDavid-mania is real.

And even though there aren’t a ton of NHL products with Connor McDavid cards yet, there are plenty fetching four figures and more. We’re not talking cards limited to only a handful of copies either.

Want to see some of the most valuable Connor McDavid cards on the market?

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Box Busters: 2015 Topps Fire Football

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Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Eric Norton as they rip into a box of 2015 Topps Fire Football in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids New Hampshire Primaries Edition offer new takes on candidates

2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids New Hampshire Primaries Edition 8 Hillary Clinton

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With the run for the White House gaining momentum, there’s plenty of fodder for fun with those hoping to win the upcoming presidential election. 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids New Hampshire Primaries Edition is a set of new cards of lead Democrat and Republican candidates.

The online-exclusive set is only available for 24 hours.

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Top Five: Daniel Bryan Cards

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary


That was the reaction of millions of wrestling fans worldwide yesterday as they received the news — WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan is retiring. Bryan, also known throughout the wrestling community as Bryan Danielson, had been suffering from continuous injuries over the past couple of years.

Last night on WWE RAW, Bryan made it official with a very heartfelt speech thanking colleagues and fans alike for their support over the years. Daniel’s popularity with fans spawned into a full-blown life form known as The Yes Movement and it would carry him to the WWE Championship on two occasions.

As usual, with great athletes and entertainers comes great cardboard and Daniel Bryan has quite the selection. Here is a look at five of The Goat’s best releases.

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Deadpool autographs you can collect even without an official card set


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Barring a late release some distance down the road, it doesn’t look like Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool is going to be getting a set of trading cards. This makes collecting Deadpool autographs a little tricky. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, though, seeing as how the movie is not intended for families. Also, Fox, Marvel or a combination of the two don’t seem too keen on making cards for X-Men-related films anymore.

But even without a set, card and signature collectors can build their own sets of Deadpool autographs from several of the key cast.

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2015 Topps Football 60th Anniversary Super Bowl 50 Denver Broncos Commemorative Set Info


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2015 Topps Football 60th Anniversary Super Bowl 50 Denver Broncos commemorative set arrives fresh off the team’s win over the Carolina Panthers. The set arrives as an over-sized online exclusive. And with the card maker’s NFL license set to expire in a short time, it’s also some of their last football cards, at least for the foreseeable future.

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McFarlane Golden State Warriors Championship 3-Pack includes Curry, Iguodala, Thompson figures

McFarlane Golden State Warriors Championship 3-Pack

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Yes, they were led by Stephen Curry. But the NBA’s MVP wasn’t alone in bringing the Golden State Warriors the 2015 NBA Championship. The 2016 McFarlane Golden State Warriors Championship three-pack packages Curry alongside standout teammates Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson.

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2016 Topps Spring Fever promo card info and how to get them

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re planning on delving into 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball this week, there’s some added incentive to head down to your local hobby shop. Between February 10 and 21, if you make a qualifying purchase at a participating shop you get a redemption card good for a pack of exclusive 2016 Topps Spring Fever cards. You then return to the shop from February 22-29 to get your cards.

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Victory Black Rookies found in National Hockey Card Day packs

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collectors visiting their local card store for National Hockey Card Day on February 6 may have found a surprise inside their promotional packs as Upper Deck included 10 different Victory Black Rookies featuring the biggest names from the 2015-16 freshman class.

While insertion rates for the Victory Black cards are not available, they were seeded in equal quantities in packs distributed at participating stores in Canada and the United States. The numbering for the set continues from Victory Black Rookies that were only available at the Fall 2015 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in November.

Which rookies made the cut for the Victory Black set? Find out after the jump. Read More »

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Short Prints

2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Box

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Although a lot of the attention for 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey is on the Young Guns and the product’s set-building aspects, there is plenty going on throughout the checklist. This includes tiered short prints for the autographs and memorabilia cards that aren’t serial numbered.

We’ve broken down a full list based on their groupings and calculated just how tough some of these individual cards can be to pull.

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2016 Leaf Ultimate Draft football card details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football sticks with the all-autograph format it’s known for. But it’s doing so with a twist of nostalgia.

Each box includes five cards, all of which are signed.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Playoffs (Super Bowl)


By: Justin Grunert | Football Market Analyst

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our top players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for the Super Bowl.

Von Miller, LB, Broncos

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The Denver Bronco defense has done it again. They seemed to only improve from their win over the Patriots by holding Carolina to their lowest point total of the season. Leading the defense again is Von Miller with a Super Bowl MVP performance. His dominance started early when he stripped the ball from Cam Newton and it resulted in a Denver defensive touchdown. From there Miller seemed to have his name mentioned on almost every play. He forced another fumble that resulted in a touchdown as well as sacking Newton 2.5 times. Von Miller has shown that he is among the elite defensive players in the NFL. He is still an affordable player on cardboard, but he could gain interest after his performance in the playoffs.

Cards to Grab:

2011 Exquisite Collection #63 AU/70 ($50)

2011 Playoff Contenders #220A AU RC ($20)

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Super Bowl 50: Potential Breakout Rookie Cards

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Everyone knows the top stars for the Panthers and the Broncos, so we thought we’d present four players on each team who could stand out and surge the most in the hobby. We list each player’s top five Rookie Cards to search for.

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Peyton Manning Rookie Card Countdown

1998 SP Authentic Peyton Manning RC

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Peyton Manning is one of the best ever but you wouldn’t know it based on the prices of most of his rookies. High-end meant something very different in 1998 than it does today. As a result, the majority of Peyton Manning rookie cards are within reach of everyone, even those with a small card budget.

Of course, that is somewhat relative. Manning is an all-time great quarterback so you’re not going to find any of his rookies in quarter bins unless it’s by mistake or it’s in rough shape. But on the other end, you’re not going to have to pay thousands for the majority of his first base cards. There are a couple of extremely valuable Peyton Manning rookie cards but most can be found at reasonable prices given his place in the NFL record books.

But with more than 40 to choose from, which are the best and most valuable Peyton Manning rookie cards? We’ve ranked them all.

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McDavid bonus card available to collectors building e-Pack foil set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A week after the release of Upper Deck’s e-Pack website, collectors are starting to see the potential bonuses of upgrading their base cards and Young Guns to an exclusive foil parallel version.

Those that not only build a complete foil board set of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One Hockey, but also the soon-to-be-released 2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey will receive a bonus Connor McDavid silver foil facsimile autograph card. Read More »

Eichel leads Young Guns for 2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel is finally getting his Young Guns card, and he has plenty of company as Upper Deck has announced the lineup for the ever-popular subset’s latest installment set to come in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey.

With a photo taken following his second professional goal that came against the Columbus Blue Jackets as the second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft debuted back on October 12, this card is joined by 48 other Young Guns that include budding stars such as Jake Virtanen, Zachary Fucale, and the league’s latest Rookie of the Month, Louis Domingue.

Read on after the jump for a complete Young Guns checklist and for a look at some of the other rookie-themed inserts coming in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey. Read More »

2016 Topps Chrome Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trading Cards Info

2016 Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Chrome X-Fractor

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Rey, Finn, Kylo and the rest of Episode VII are getting shinier. 2016 Topps Chrome Star Wars: The Force Awakens puts the company’s signature chromium spin on the film.

Hobby boxes comes with one premium card from a list that includes autographs, sketch cards, medallions, costume cards and printing plates.

This being Topps Chrome, there are also several types of Refractors.

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Happy Birthday, Hank Aaron!


On the day Hank Aaron celebrates his 82nd birthday, Beckett Vintage Collector is revealing the cover of the next issue of the magazine – The Hammer himself in a vintage image circa 1957.

A feature on Aaron and his standing in the hobby, along with a gallery of virtually every one of his Topps cards from 1954 to 1976 are included in the issue. Also shown in the issue: Aaron’s first card, a 1952 postcard picturing a 17-year-old Aaron as a member of the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League.

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Box Busters: 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Brian Fleischer and Eric Norton as they rip into a box of 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

5 ways to make National Hockey Card Day a little more special, even if it’s not all for you

National Hockey Card Day Logo

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Saturday, February 6 marks 2016 National Hockey Card Day. And while some free cards are definitely a big draw, you can make it more than that. Here are five simple things you can do to make the day more memorable for you and those around you.

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Box Busters: 2015-16 SP Game Used Hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dan Hitt and Eric Norton as they rip into a box of 2015-16 SP Game Used Hockey in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Top 10 Photos in the 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball Base Set

2016 T 170 New Order

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Baseball is the closest the brand has even seen to a full-bleed design. Save for the small corner nameplate and the smoke effects coming out of two of the other corners, it’s all up to the pictures.

No pressure.

When you’ve got 350 cards, not every one of the images is going to be special to the average person. That said, 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball has plenty of shots that go beyond ordinary. Here are ten of the best.

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Retro Busters: 1996 Independence Day

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Join Beckett non-sports and gaming analyst Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open 1996 Independence Day.

2016 Panini UEFA Euro Prizm Soccer Card Details

2016 Panini UEFA Euro Prizm Autographs Harry Kane

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini UEFA Euro Prizm Soccer isn’t likely to slip under as many radars as the similarly themed World Cup set did in 2014. Or 2015 Panini Select Soccer. This is the latest set for the sport that takes a more premium (but not too much) approach.

It has a sizable base set, plenty of inserts and parallels and the promise of one autograph or Prizm parallel numbered to 20 or less per hobby box.

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2016 Topps Chrome Luis Severino Autographed Jumbo Cards land as online exclusive

2016 Topps Chrome Luis Severino Jumbo Autograph

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The first Topps Chrome baseball cards of 2016 aren’t in any packs. And the player selection is limited to one, Luis Severino.

The young Yankees pitcher has a jumbo autographed card that’s only available through the Topps website.

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2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball  brings back the artistic stylings that the name has been known for since the very beginning. Sticking largely with the formula from last year, boxes are kept on the small side. Each has 12 packs and promises two total autographs and memorabilia cards and a pair of framed parallels.

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2016 Topps Baseball Complete Set hobby versions include exclusive parallels

2016 Topps Baseball Factory Set Hobby

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball might be out, but your player rainbow isn’t done — at least it won’t be until the factory set arrives. Hobby versions of the 2016 Topps Baseball Complete Set not only have the full base sets of Series 1 and 2 but a handful of exclusive parallels that aren’t available in packs.

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What’s a buyback card?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

On the surface, sports cards seem like such simple things. To most, they’re small rectangles of cardboard with athletes on the front and some sort of write-up on the back. In reality, things are a lot more complicated than that. And with the added complexity comes the possibility of confusion as we try to figure things out. But sometimes we might be too afraid to ask what something is. Like buyback cards. What exactly are these things?

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2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Short Prints Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations are strictly based on photo selection. RIP Sparkles. So long Stat Backs. Compared to the past couple of years, it’s all straightforward and simple. And while the card backs can be helpful to confirm your suspicions, they’re not required.

Some of the 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations do have a theme. If you come across a card where the player is wearing a camo jersey, there’s a good chance it’s a variation (we haven’t had a chance to check all 350 cards yet to see if any such photos slipped into the main set).

Camo jerseys aren’t the only variations, though. Others go with an even more basic photo swap. Below is a detailed checklist of all the confirmed variations as well as a detailed gallery of the short prints alongside their base card counterparts.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Emperor of Darkness has arrived


By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Greetings fellow duelists! On January 29, we saw the release of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Structure Deck, Emperor of Darkness. This deck caters to all players who are fans of the Monarch card types. The deck comes with 41 Cards broken down as follows: 2 Ultra Rares, 3 Super Rares, 36 Commons and 1 Token card.

Today we will cover some of the highlights of this deck that make it worth getting.

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