The Perfect Jose Fernandez Card to Remember Him By

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary

Like many, I woke to the tragic news of a boating accident that killed Jose Fernandez and two others. My feelings are still raw and they will be for a while.

I didn’t know Jose Fernandez and because he played in Miami, not many of his games made aired over here on the West Coast. A lot of what I knew about the young pitcher came from highlights and baseball cards.

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2016 Topps Heritage High Number Variations Include Throwbacks, Errors

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

We knew there was going to be 2016 Topps Heritage High Number variations. Topps announced Action Image and Color Swap versions up front in the initial sales material. Plus, it’s Heritage. It turns out, there’s actually a couple of surprises as well. Just like the earlier main 2016 Topps Heritage Baseball release, the High Numbers come with Throwback Jersey and Error variations as well.

And here’s how you can spot them.

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FREE Star Trek Trading Cards and Action Figure Price Guide

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When it comes to trading cards and collectibles, Star Trek has few equals. It’s an undisputed classic that has captured the imagination and passion of multiple generations of collectors. And as the franchise celebrates its 50th anniversary, we thought we’d get in on the celebration by putting together a Star Trek trading cards and action figure price guide.

And it’s free.

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2017 Topps Rediscover Ultimate Card Giveaway Expands, Revamps Buybacks

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By Ryan Cracknell

Stamped buybacks are returning and expanding in 2017 Topps baseball products. But it’s also being given some minor tweaks dubbed the 2017 Topps Rediscover Ultimate Card Giveaway.

Over the course of the year, Topps plans to insert two million cards from the past.

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Art and sport converge with 2016-17 Panini Court Kings Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The intersection of art and sports can be a great thing and when it comes together on trading cards, you end up with 2016-17 Panini Court Kings Basketball.

Each box is jam-packed with hits and cuts right to the chase with an autograph and a memorabilia card to go along with a pair of rookies, an insert, and an oversized box topper that is suitable for framing. Read More…

2016 Leaf Pelé Immortal Collection Pays Tribute to One of Soccer’s All-Time Greats

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Leaf Pelé Immortal Collection is all about one of soccer’s most iconic superstars. It’s a high-end release with a limited print run and a configuration that includes a Pelé autograph in every box.

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2016 Panini Spectra Football Box Busters

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

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Canada Post announces Great Canadian Forwards hockey stamps

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hockey players on postage stamps are back again as Canada Post has just released a new collection called NHL Great Canadian Forwards that features some of the greatest players from the past 50 years.

Collectors will be interested to see that they are offered in packs of six trading card-sized stamps and they will get a complete set inside. The checklist is strong with legends such as Phil Esposito, Guy Lafleur, Darryl Sittler, Mark Messier, and Steve Yzerman along with active star Sidney Crosby. All six players were in attendance at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto today for the unveiling of their stamps. Read More…

Exclusive 2017 Topps Baseball Silver Packs a New Incentive for Buying Hobby Boxes

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In case you were wondering where to buy your 2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball boxes, the card maker has created an incentive for hobby shops and other outlets selling hobby boxes. They can now get exclusive Silver packs with 1987 Topps Chrome cards.

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2016 Panini Infinity Football Box Busters

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

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Monday Morning Collector Week 3 Giveaway

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Week 2 was the week of the injury in the NFL. Adrian Peterson done for the season, Danny Woodhead gone as well, even our Week 2 Rookie of the Week Cory Coleman is gone for up to 6 weeks! The list goes on and on but that just gives others the spotlight. Looking ahead to Week 3, we have some awesome match ups. It all starts tonight with New England going against Houston. There is the battle for Pennsylvania with the Steelers and the Eagles. The potential offensive shootout of the week is the Colts against the Chargers. On to week 3 and our next giveaway… Read More…

Beckett Radio This Week: Top Shelf Breaks, T206, Funko NYCC Exclusives

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We have another loaded show this week on Beckett Radio that covers tons of topics and a handful of interviews.

Are vintage, breaks, fantasy football, entertainment sets and previews of some big, freshly announced products enough for you?

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2016 Panini Instant Football Cards Offer Quick Turnaround as NFL Season Unfolds

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Instant Football marks the first set of print-on-demand cards from the company where the launch coincided with the start of a pro season.

Like other Panini Instant products and ones like it, the main idea is to capture events and storylines on cards as they happen with a turnaround time of days rather than months.

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2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey.

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How Card Shops Can Capitalize from 2016-17 Tim Hortons Hockey Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell

Upper Deck’s 2016-17 Tim Hortons Hockey cards are here. The promotion will expose tens of thousands of Canadians, if not hundreds, to sports cards. And even though the promotion centers on the coffee chain, hobby shops can easily capitalize on the set to drive traffic into their own stores.

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2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Checklist Includes On-Card Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Finally, on-card autographs. 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball marks the first MiLB set since the card maker landed the exclusive license in 2010 to feature signatures directly on the card. Falling under the Heritage banner, it also lends itself to being a throwback release.

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2016 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball Brings Lots of Changes

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball marks the biggest shakeup for the brand in years. Perhaps ever. The focus is still on prospects and autographs remain a major draw. But the configuration has been shaken up with smaller boxes and a larger number of hits. Similar to 2016 Panini Elite Football, the base design also sees a major shift.

2016 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball hobby boxes come with just five packs, which is way down from last year’s 20. But instead of six autographs, there’s at least seven including one Silhouettes autographed memorabilia card. Factor in the memorabilia cards and each pack should have at least two hits.

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2017 Topps Tribute Baseball Is a Mix of New and Old Players and Content

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Overall, not a lot has changed with 2017 Topps Tribute Baseball from a configuration perspective. The biggest thing that’s likely to be noticed is the fact that it’s back to an early-in-the year release date. But the high-end, hits-focused checklist that features one of the broader mixes of current and retired players returns.

As has been the case for several years, each pack of 2017 Topps Tribute Baseball includes either an autograph or a memorabilia card. Spread over a six-pack hobby box, and there are three of each. All hits are numbered to 199 or less.

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2016 Upper Deck Employee Exclusive Cards Include Ben Simmons, Michael Jordan

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Upper Deck has a long history of rewarding its staff with exclusive cards. Their spokesmen usually take center stage in these sets, and understandably so. The 2016 Upper Deck Employee Exclusive cards are no different, highlighting the trifecta of Michael Jordan, LeBron James and their latest rep, Ben Simmons.

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2015-16 Upper Deck The Cup Hockey brings a close to a memorable season

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Year of Connor McDavid was a memorable one for many card collectors and the rookie card that the hobby has been waiting for is on the way in 2015-16 Upper Deck The Cup Hockey.

This super-premium release is about much more than just the biggest rookie card of the Edmonton Oilers phenom and there will be plenty of autographs, patches, and booklets to be found inside tins. Releasing on October 26, it is a fine way to cap off the season – even if the next one has already begun!

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2016-17 Leaf Ultimate Hockey continues a high-end tradition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The brand that revolutionized the premium trading card market over 15 years ago is back and 2016-17 Leaf Ultimate Hockey has a few new twists in addition to being more limited than ever.

Released this November at the Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto, those busting boxes at the show will likely be able to participate in a redemption program at the Leaf Trading Cards booth. Just 175 six-box cases are being produced and Leaf Trading Cards has noted that there will be no unsigned single-swatch jerseys in this product along with new signers and more jumbo patch cards than before – including the company’s first double-sided versions. Read More…

2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Prime Slime Awards Lampoon the Emmys

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Game of Thrones may have set records at the 68th Emmy Awards, but 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Prime Slime Awards are trying for the last laugh.

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2016-17 Panini Totally Certified Basketball preview

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Back for another season, 2016-17 Panini Totally Certified Basketball is ready to offer collectors a strong mix of hits with solid designs on metallic stock.

Each eight-pack box is loaded up with an average of one autograph and two memorabilia cards plus four parallels and nine inserts.

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Monday Morning Collector Week 2

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Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for NFL Week 2.

By Justin Grunert and Paul Wirth

Veteran of the Week:

Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

(353 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, 111.8 QB Rating)

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers avenged their Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos by destroying the 49ers 46-27. Newton was responsible for all of the Panthers offensive touchdowns. He threw two touchdowns to Kelvin Benjamin and one each to Greg Olsen and Devin Funchess. Last year saw Cam Newton’s value really take off but he also cooled in the offseason. If he can perform like he did in Sunday’s victory collectors can expect to see his values rise again.

Cards to Grab:

2011 Exquisite Collection #11 JSY AU/99 ($800)

2011 Playoff Contenders #228A AU RC ($300)

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2016 Topps Now Baseball Details, Checklist, Print Runs — Everything You’re Looking For

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Now Baseball is bringing cards into real-time. These aren’t digital cards. Rather, they’re highlight cards that are being printed as events and achievements happen over the course of the season.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Tim Hortons Hockey Cards Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

After the success of last year’s set, it shouldn’t be a shock that 2016-17 Upper Deck Tim Hortons Hockey cards arrived as an encore. The sophomore release features many of the same elements but with new designs and some new inserts. There’s also an augmented reality twist for collectors with smart phones.

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2016 Donruss Signature Series Football Is All Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Donruss Signature Series Football takes a bulk approach to autographs. Every card in the product comes signed, including all 300 cards in the base set.

Boxes have four autographed cards, one of which is a parallel numbered to 50 or less.

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2016 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1 Trading Cards Info

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Looking for something that might bring your significant other into the hobby? 2016 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1 trading cards adapt the buzz-worthy cable show and its original mix of historical drama, passion and science fiction.

Boxes promise one autograph.

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2016 Topps Now MLS Soccer Features Cards in Near Real-Time

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Now MLS is the first set of on-demand soccer cards from the company. Joining a growing roster that also includes baseball, UFC and more, the cards are intended to highlight major games, events and achievements in near real-time.

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Anthony Rizzo Rookie Card Countdown (And Other Early Cards of Note)

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Sports has its share of breakout stars. But that doesn’t always line up with the hobby world. Anthony Rizzo rookie cards have been on collectors’ radars for a while now. But before 2016, they were still fairly quiet. But with the Cubs in place as legitimate World Series contenders, potentially for years to come, Rizzo’s profile has increased greatly.

And while he is on the cusp of hobby superstardom, his place is still a big step behind Kris Bryant and a lot of baseball’s core of young big names.

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2016-17 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase Soccer Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016-17 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase soccer cards draw from the large number of players and teams made available through the expansive license. While the product isn’t overly expensive or particularly high-end, it does have a pair of autographs in every hobby box.

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2016 Panini Pantheon Baseball Is All Retired Players, All Hits

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Pantheon Baseball, a new super high-end product, is all about two things — retired players and hits. The checklist consists entirely of former players. Every card is also either an autograph or memorabilia card.

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2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One: Mission Briefing Trading Card Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One: Mission Briefing trading cards delve into the background of how the first in a planned series of films that delve into side stories for the expansive franchise. Like Journey to the Force Awakens, the set is done with nostalgia in mind, borrowing from Original Trilogy card designs. The old-school Topps Heritage-style card stock is also being used for the release.

Hobby boxes fall in line with a lot of other recent Star Wars sets, delivering a pair of premium inserts from a selection that includes autographs, sketch cards, patch cards and printing plates.

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2016-17 Donruss Basketball Basks in a Retro Glow

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Without a long history to draw from like baseball, one could argue that 2016-17 Donruss Basketball has more of a retro vibe than a nostalgic one. Much of the content comes from the brand’s past, primarily from other sports. And the design lacks a lot of the flash found in many other sets.

Each 2016-17 Donruss Basketball hobby box, which should be one of the cheaper ones of the season, comes with both an autograph and a memorabilia card.

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Monday Morning Collector Week 2 Giveaway

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Week 1 is in the books and it was a crazy weekend of football! A lot of close calls, a gutsy 2-point conversion for a win and an incredible comeback for an overtime win. Let’s hope the rest of the season is as good as week 1. A rarity happened with MMC, a player on a losing team was our veteran of the week. It was just too hard to ignore how awesome Drew Brees played. On to week 2 and our next giveaway… Read More…