2017 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Gallery and What to Look For

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Topps Archives variations are a bit of a change for the brand. While surprises are nothing new for the line, the variant spin hasn’t been used much.

But Topps gave the heads up they’d be coming as soon as the set was announced with a mention on the marketing material.

For the most part, the 2017 Topps Archives Baseball variation short prints take a familiar path, which generally requires a closer look at the card fronts (and backs). That said, some are easier to find than others.

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Surprise 2017 Topps Archives Parallels Will Have You Seeing Gold Winners, Grey and a Little Less Black

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Archives Baseball is taking a bit of a page from Heritage, adding some surprise parallels that mimic the original set the card designs are based on.

The base set has 300 cards, which is split up into three equal sections. One hundred cards boast the look of 1960 Topps Baseball. The middle 100 look to 1982 for inspiration while the final third of the set uses 1992.

How does that translate into the unannounced parallel short prints? Each group of 100 cards has their own version: 1960 Grey Back, 1982 Blackless/No Name and 1992 Gold Winner.

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Back to the Beach: 1995 Sports Time Baywatch Trading Cards

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Before the Rock, there was David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Erika Eleniak and plenty of other beautiful people. Baywatch was must-watch TV around the world for years. And being must-watch television in the 1990s made trading cards inevitable. 1995 Sports Time Baywatch trading cards are filled with all of pretty bodies from the show as well as some of the cheese.

It’s also a product that’s filled with several hobby trends from the era, some of which were short-lived.

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2017 Panini Pantheon Football Features Metal, Memorabilia and Autographs

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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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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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All About Tim Tebow Baseball Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Tim Tebow cards have had a certain level of popularity since the first ones came out. Until recently, that only meant football. But it’s not stopping there. Although still very much a long shot to make the majors, Tim Tebow baseball cards don’t share the same underdog status.

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Outlander Non-Sport Update Issue Sells Out in Less Than a Week

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The June/July 2017 issue of Non-Sport Update has sold out.

The issue, which features Outlander on the cover and includes one of three collectible Outlander Season 2 promo cards from Cryptozoic as well as a Cryptozoic DC Comics Bombshells promo card, sold out of its print run in less than a week.

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2017 Topps Archives Baseball Parties Like It’s 1959 (And 1960, 1982 and 1992)

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Archives Baseball embraces the past. It brings a sense of familiarity while offering new cards. Just like other recent editions of the brand, the goal is to trigger memories of old-time baseball, wads of pink gum and bike rides to the corner store — no matter what generation you’re from.

But no matter how rooted in the “good old days” the product is, it’s still a modern release. That means autographs and several chase elements to go along with the main set.

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Reminiscing with Vintage Topps Star Wars Wrappers

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

An oft-muttered phrase talks about one person’s junk. Make no mistake about it, vintage Topps Star Wars wrappers are just that (unless you were sending one in with $2.50 for an uncut sheet of cards). At least, that was the intention.

Today, those same wrappers are also iconic pieces of pop art.

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2017 Topps High Tek Baseball Gets New Configuration with More Cards, Autographs Per Box

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Things are getting bigger with 2017 Topps High Tek Baseball. Boxes are jumping from eight cards to 40. Now there are two autographs instead of one. Topps is promising more patterns to chase. And the price tag? With more cards, that’s gone up, too.

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Celebrate the classic black & white look with 2016-17 Panini Noir Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

For the past couple of seasons, Panini America has put together an aesthetically-pleasing summer release which serves as a nod to the film noir genre and it is back again with the impending arrival of 2016-17 Panini Noir Basketball.

With a slightly-altered configuration that goes from 12 to 10 cards per box, collectors can still expect to find seven autograph or memorabilia cards inside along with the possibility of all-new framed cards when it comes out on July 12. Read More…

2017 Bowman Mega Box Includes Exclusive Refractors, First English Shohei Otani Baseball Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Looking for more Refractors? Exclusive cards? The Target-exclusive 2017 Bowman Mega Box has them both.

Few will argue against the dramatics of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. But as great as it was, an ill-timed injury kept the game’s biggest international player out. Inevitably, there were no 2017 Bowman Shohei Otani.

Not so fast.

The Japanese phenom may not be in regular packs, but there are Otani cards among the exclusives.

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2017 Baseball Card Release Dates and Set Information

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Looking for 2017 baseball card release dates, checklists and set information?

You’ve come to the right place.

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2017 Upper Deck Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trading Cards Are a Hobby Mixtape

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket and the rest of the gang are back with 2017 Upper Deck Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trading cards. Like the set based on the original film, there’s a cardboard mixtape including more autographs from the movie’s stars and a pair of memorabilia cards per hobby box.

While the product does lean towards a more high-end configuration with regards to three premium inserts per hobby box, it’s not to quite the same extent as some of Upper Deck’s other recent Marvel products like Doctor Strange.

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Glenallen Hill + Spider = Baseball Card Awesomeness

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Baseball has seen its share of strange injuries over the years. And then there’s the nightmare situation Glenallen Hill got into — literally.

In 1990 while with the Toronto Blue Jays, he was deep in slumber when, in his unconscious state, he began to be chased by spiders. It was one of those dreams that feel so real that you wake up in  a mixed-up reality.

So when one’s chased by spiders, you run.

And that’s what Hill did — until he fell through a glass table, hurt his leg, was put on the disabled list and etched his place in weird baseball history.

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2017 Topps Pro Debut Variation Short Prints Gallery, Tim Tebow’s First MiLB Card

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

For the most part, the 2017 Topps Pro Debut variations short prints offer up the traditional second-photo alternate. But one of the cards isn’t a variation. Rather, it’s the first MiLB-licensed Tim Tebow baseball card.

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2017 Cryptozoic DC Comics Bombshells Mix Trading Cards, Figures and ’40s-Style Pin-Up Art

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Cryptozoic DC Comics Bombshells trading cards are more than just trading cards. They mix in another element from the manufacturer’s pop culture portfolio — vinyl figures.

Each box comes with a familiar card configuration plus a Golden Goddess Lil Bombshells figure not available anywhere else.

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2017 Cryptozoic The Flash Season 2 Trading Card Details, Autograph Signers

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Cryptozoic The Flash Season 2 trading cards follow in the footsteps of the show’s debut release with a large roster of autographs and complimentary memorabilia cards. Among the signers are some familiar names — including one you might not recognize right away by his given name.

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2017 Panini Classics Football Offers a Nostalgic Take on the Past, Present and Future

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Classics Football is a product that targets nostalgia with both its look and construction. That said, the checklist has eyes towards the past, present and future.

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McFarlane Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team Series 2 Has First Figures of Derek Carr, Dak Prescott

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The McFarlane Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team Series 2 may not have the color rush angle like Series 1, but it does have some big-name debut figures as well as some variations and exclusives to chase.

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2017 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives: Final Edition Trading Cards Include Big-Name Signatures

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives: Final Edition wraps up the card maker’s multi-year look back at the various films in the franchise in the form of large retro-style inserts. The product also includes a deep autograph checklist that includes multiple Bonds, big-name stars and iconic characters.

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Dak Prescott Rookie Cards Ranked

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Heading into his first training camp, Dak Prescott Rookie Cards were pretty quiet. All the talk with the Dallas Cowboys was focused on Ezekiel Elliott. And for good reason. Elliott had the potential to be an exciting player with lots of personality at a key position — which he has lived up to himself.

As far as the card collecting world was concerned, Dak Prescott cards were a consolation prize if you had the Cowboys in a break and got skunked on Elliott.

It’s amazing how quickly things changed.

After a couple of strong games, Prescott started to get people to take notice. And then it kept going Understandably, Dak Prescott Rookie Cards have exploded. Combine that with the stellar play of Elliott and the Cowboys had an unprecedented rookie double-whammy in 2016 products.

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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 President’s Choice Best In Net pays tribute to hockey’s greatest goalies

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

If there is one thing that collectors can generally agree upon, it is the fact that goalie cards have always been special. President’s Choice Trading Cards realizes this and has given Beckett Hockey an exclusive first look at an all-new release which could prove to be a must-have for goalie collectors.

Over 15 years ago, the first set exclusively dedicated to goaltenders, Between The Pipes, was created by Dr. Brian Price and his staff at In The Game and now that he is out on his own once again making cards, he has a new brand that debuts this Summer – 2017 President’s Choice Best In Net. Read More…

2017 Topps Pro Debut Baseball Checklist Highlights MiLB Players and Hijinks

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Pro Debut Baseball continues with the tradition of putting a minor league spin of the flagship set. That means a checklist of top prospects as well as other cards that highlight the atmosphere and quirks of life leading to the majors.

Hobby boxes come with two autographs and two memorabilia or manufactured relic cards.

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2017 Panini Instant Football Debuts at the NFL Combine with On-Demand Cards, Early Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The NFL doesn’t take much of a break. Shortly after the last pieces of confetti fall at the Super Bowl, it’s time for teams to start prepping for the draft. 2017 Panini Instant Football sees the online-exclusive, print-on-demand line return for a second season.

But this season, it gets a head start, debuting at the NFL Combine. That means not only the first NFL cards for players, but early autographs as well.

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A 17-Year Search Comes to an End

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As collectors, the thrill of the hunt can sometimes be more exciting than actually landing that coveted cardboard treasure. But in this online age, it’s usually not too hard to find something within a few days or, maybe, weeks unless it’s ridiculously low-numbered.

How about 17 years?

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2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution Trading Cards Chart Growth, Loss and Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Life comes at you fast when you’re in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Save for a handful of people, you can’t really plan ahead for one. So when it happens, things change. You change. That’s the focus of 2017 Topps Walking Dead Evolution, a character-driven release that centers on how people have grown over seven seasons.

And, no, that doesn’t include an insert set dedicated to how Carl’s hair has grown over the years.

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

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2017 Topps WWE Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Matt Bible as they open some 2017 Topps WWE trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016-17 Topps Now WWE Checklist, Gallery and Everything Else About the Print-on-Demand Set

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016-17 Topps Now WWE sees the continued expansion of the on-demand line. Starting with SummerSlam, the online-exclusive will feature big matches and key events.

Like baseball, UFC and other Topps Now products, the cards are offered for a limited time. When that sales window closes, those that are ordered are the only ones printed.

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2017 Topps Now MLS Soccer Checklist and Everything You Need to Know

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps Now is back in MLS for a second season. 2017 Topps Now MLS Soccer sees the print-on-demand line continue, telling the story of the season as it plays out.

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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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Deshaun Watson Talkin’ Cards at NFLPA Rookie Premiere

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by David Lee, Beckett Football Editor

The 2017 NFLPA Rookie Premiere Presented by Panini is well underway, and Friday brought seemingly countless card signings, photos and appearances from the best of the best in this new NFL rookie class. Cards for Prestige Draft Day, Origins, National Treasures Collegiate, Immaculate Collegiate and, yes, Flawless Collegiate were signed at the event.

Plenty of other materials were signed as well, including Panini Instant Impressions (framed hand prints with autographs) cut materials, eye black, stickers, football swatches and even memorabilia. See the gallery at the end for some scenes from Friday. Saturday will be the big day of a full photo shoot at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.

I had a chance to sit down with National Champion and new Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson and show him his Beckett Football cover while he was signing autographs for up-coming Panini products. Here’s what he had to say:

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Barry Bonds’ 716th Home Run Uniform and Bat Up for Auction

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Game-used jerseys are a staple at high-end memorabilia auctions. But how about the complete uniform from a significant game? The uniform Barry Bonds wore when he hit his 716th career home run is up for sale through Goldin Auctions.

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Leaf Trading Cards signs exclusive deal with NHL prospect Nico Hischier

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Another salvo has been fired by Leaf Trading Cards as the company has just announced an exclusive multi-year autographed trading card pact with prospect Nico Hischier, who is regarded as the potential second overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

The Halifax Mooseheads star had a phenomenal 2016-17 season as he led all QMJHL rookie performers in goals (38), assists (48), and points. He captained a side at the 2017 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game and was named his league’s Rookie of the Year and Best Professional Prospect. Read More…