Bowman Chrome Autograph Guide to Baseball America’s 2017 Top 100 Prospects

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Collectors have no shortage of resources when it comes to tracking prospects as they make their way to the majors. Depending on the amount of time you want to dedicate, there are sites that dig deep into stats on a daily basis. Others are merely casual prospectors. That’s where Baseball America‘s annual list of the top 100 prospects comes into play. And while the rankings are nice, collectors may want to take the next step and start gathering up some early cards.

Baseball America‘s  2017 Top 100 Prospects has some names that are already big ones in the hobby like Yoan Moncada, Dansby Swanson and the top-rated prospect, Andrew Benintendi. Some of the names on the deep list might not be quite so well known.

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2016-17 Donruss Optic Basketball ready to dazzle and deliver

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America‘s Optichrome technology has gained a great deal of momentum within the hobby in recent years and a big serving of it is coming to card stores and retail outlets soon with the arrival of 2016-17 Donruss Optic Basketball.

A brand that has seen some success so far in other sports, Optic will make its highly-anticipated basketball debut in early April. Each hobby box is expected to yield a single autograph along with 20 inserts or parallels. However, there are also multiple retail formats like blasters, fat packs, gravity feed packs, and hanger boxes which will have cards exclusive to those packaging formats. Read More…

2016 Panini Flawless Football Highlights Familiar Mix of Autographs, Patches and Gems

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

There’s high-end, there’s super high-end and then there’s products like 2016 Panini Flawless Football that take content (and price tags) into a totally different place. As with past versions of the product, the focus is on premium content in all regards like on-card autographs, patches and gems.

Each 2016 Panini Flawless Football box has ten cards, which breaks down to six autographs, a pair of memorabilia cards and two base cards or parallels.

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2017 Historic Autographs Friends-n-Foes Football Features Dual Cut Book Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Following the same path as baseball, 2017 Historic Autographs Friends-n-Foes Football is a product where everything is a cut signature. Actually, every card is a dual cut book card.

The product’s name comes from the pairings. Some highlight rivalries whereas others are focused on teammates.

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2017 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day Checklist and Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collecting hockey cards is a pastime that stretches back over a century and generations of fans have been able to bring home their favorite players from the days of pioneers such as Cyclone Taylor to modern superstars like Connor McDavid and Auston Matthews. Upper Deck has a strong understanding of how important it is to promote the hobby to a mainstream audience. With that in mind, 2017 Upper Deck National Hockey Card Day takes February 18, 2017.

New collectors or seasoned hobbyists, can visit their local card store in both Canada and the United States to get their hands on an exclusive set and celebrate the joy that comes from breaking open a pack of hockey cards. Read More…

Auston Matthews Rookie Cards and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Now that he’s made his NHL debut, Auston Matthews Rookie Cards are here. It started officially with his 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Young Guns card and will continue throughout the season.

But even before that, there were a few options for Auston Matthews cards in the form of promo sets and redemptions.

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Panini America announces 2017 NBA All-Star plans

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

This weekend’s 2017 NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans is offering up plenty of fun for fans with a wide variety of events outside of the big game, but basketball collectors also have the chance to pick up some exclusive cards from Panini America as well.

The fun starts with a set of 2017 NBA All-Star Game cards featuring the 2016-17 NBA Hoops design and a special event logo that can be obtained at the company’s booths inside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center. Read More…

Who Are the 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Mystery Redemptions?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In most instances, mystery redemptions are for autographs of players to-be-named-later. The 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Mystery Redemptions took a simpler approach, offering short print updates for a pair of base cards.

And now the names have been unveiled.

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2017 Panini Aficionado Soccer Brings Back Short-Lived 1990s Brand

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Along with basketball, 2017 Panini Aficionado Soccer brings back a short-lived baseball brand from the mid 1990s. Like most of Panini’s other soccer sets, cards combine international pro leagues and various national teams.

Ten-pack 2017 Panini Aficionado Soccer boxes include both an autograph and a memorabilia card along with a handful of inserts. Parallels work out to one per pack.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Matt Bible as they open some 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Now Road to Opening Day Baseball Previews Season with Lots of Team Sets

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Now Road to Opening Day Baseball is a preview of sorts for the season ahead. Offered as team sets for every team in the majors, it’s a bit of a departure from most other Topps Now offerings.

Each team set is sold separately through the Topps website and comes with 15 cards. Some teams also have the option of buying an autographed edition that also includes a signed card.

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2017 Upper Deck Marvel Annual Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Upper Deck Marvel Annual trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Upper Deck arena promotions continue with Blackhawks, Gulls, and Moose – Oh my!

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Each season, Upper Deck holds several giveaways at a few NHL rinks, but the 2016-17 campaign marks the start of similar promotions at American Hockey League arenas and it all began earlier this week with the San Diego Gulls.

In addition to the farm team for the Anaheim Ducks getting a six-card collection and witnessing a 4-0 blanking of the rival Bakersfield Condors, fans of the Manitoba Moose will get some free cards of their local heroes when they play the San Antonio Rampage at the MTS Centre in Winnipeg on February 23.

Just three days later, the Windy City be the site of a trading card night as the Chicago Blackhawks host the Arizona Coyotes. While there is a basic six-card pack for the first 10,000 fans in attendance, a seventh card of Patrick Kane will be available through the team shop as a bonus with purchase of an Upper Deck product. Read More…

Beckett Radio This Week: Ty Wilson of Breaker Culture, the Enduring Legacy of Zubaz

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This week the guys are joined by Ty Wilson of Breaker Culture to learn about the platform that he has created to help collectors become more informed about the breakers they use. It’s complete with a user-friendly rating system, links to breakers, and even a complimentary podcast to help learn a little more about the breakers themselves.

Next, David Wright returns to the show to talk about Zubaz, players’ wives, and Orenthal James Simpson as he breaks down 1991 Proline Portraits Football.

All that, plus winners, National Hockey Card Day, Eric Lindros and much more.

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2017 Topps Jay Lynch Tribute Set to Help a GPK, Wacky Packages Legend

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Topps Jay Lynch Tribute set has Topps and several of their artists honoring one of their own. All of the profits from the set, which is being sold on the Topps website, will go to support Lynch and his health bills.

The 11-card checklist highlights some of Lynch’s past Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages jokes, which have new paintings from artists currently working with the lines.

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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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2016-17 Leaf Metal Hockey shows off the past – and the future

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Even though the 2017 NHL Draft is still a few months away, excitement is starting to build among collectors for the players that are eligible to be selected. Leaf Trading Cards is looking to keep building that hype with the release of 2016-17 Leaf Metal Hockey – which focuses on the game’s future along with its illustrious past.

Limited to just 200 cases, there is bound to be plenty of buzz around prime prospects like Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings, who happens to be under a long-term autograph exclusive with Leaf. There are seven cards per box and all are printed using the company’s patented metal technology. Read More…

2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Dave Sliepka and Brian Fleischer as they open some 2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Eric Lindros sells personal memorabilia through Classic Auctions

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

To many hockey card and memorabilia collectors, Eric Lindros is a name that ranks among the all-time greats in the hobby. A little over 25 years ago, he burst onto the scene as a highly-touted prospect and had a remarkable career that ultimately took him to induction in the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Recently, Classic Auctions announced that Lindros would be selling off part of his collection of personal memorabilia in the company’s Winter 2017 auction. With over 50 lots that cover his evolution from youth star to NHL legend, there are some treasures which his fans are bound to appreciate. Beckett Hockey spoke with Lindros today and spoke with him about the reason why he has chosen to part with these items.

“Well, it was moving,” he laughed. “I’ve got a family. We’ve got three kids under three and we’re moving. There’s that and the Hall of Fame kind of brought on a few things when they ask you to donate some items that are personal to you that they keep at the Hall for display. I got looking at what I had and with the dust really that was on much of it, I just thought it would be a good time to set something up where someone could enjoy these items.” Read More…

High-end memorabilia and rookie ink coming in 2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Around the time the Stanley Cup is hoisted later this season, high-end memorabilia inserts and plenty of ink from hockey’s biggest names will also be on the mind of collectors with the release of 2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey.

Reconfigured into a four-card pack that contains at least one hard-signed rookie autograph plus two additional hits and a lower price point. Collectors will also have a chance at purchasing these cards via Upper Deck e-Pack in early July. Read More…

2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns Gallery — Now with Series 2

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The legacy of Upper Deck Young Guns goes back more than two decades. Those who collect hockey cards know all about them. Their audience is big, the subset’s history is rich. Outside of the extreme high-end that limits the number of collectors who can chase them, Young Guns are typically a modern player’s most recognizable Rookie Card. So how do the 2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns stack up?

It all begins with Auston Matthews.

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Most Valuable Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Cards Ranked

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When it comes to hobby superstars, the Milwaukee Bucks aren’t exactly a hotbed of history. Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Cards are looking to change that. The Athens-born star is quickly emerging as one of the NBA’s best. His dominant style and exciting play is getting him a lot of attention in both basketball and collecting circles.

Collectors have no shortage of Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Cards to choose from. From low-end to high-priced rarities, there are several points to jump in whether you’re looking to spend a few dollars or thousands.

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2017 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season 6 Trading Cards See Winter Draw Near

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When it comes to Game of Thrones trading cards, there are two certainties, death and autographs. Both are at the forefront with 2017 Rittenhouse Games of Thrones Season 6.

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2017 Donruss Racing Checklist Brings Brand to NASCAR for the First Time

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2017 Donruss Racing may be the first time for the brand to cover NASCAR, but that’s not stopping it from arriving with a similar retro vibe that’s used in other sports.

Cheaper than Panini’s other NASCAR products, boxes still come with an autograph and two memorabilia cards — not to mention lots of other inserts and parallels.

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2016 Panini Black Gold Football Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Elusive 1997-98 SP Authentic Sign of the Time Michael Jordan Autograph Being Sold

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A 1997-98 SP Authentic Sign of the Times Stars and Rookies Michael Jordan autograph is currently up for sale on eBay through a Beckett consignment. The card is widely considered to be one of the top Michael Jordan autograph cards ever produced.

And this just so happens one of the best copies of the rare card.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey Checklist Includes Patrik Laine, Mitch Marner Young Guns

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

While the hobby buzzes about the upcoming release of this season’s Young Guns rookie cards featuring some of the NHL’s hottest prospects, Upper Deck is giving collectors a glance of what is to come in February with the release of 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey.

Led by the must-have card of Winnipeg Jets rookie Patrik Laine, there is already a lot to be excited about with this product as it continues on from where the first series leaves off.

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2016-17 Panini Select Basketball lets collectors chase the rainbow

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Player collectors often love to track down parallels for their favorite stars and one of the best products to do that this season is going to be 2016-17 Panini Select Basketball.

Select has a long history in the hobby and has had a reputation as a challenging project for those willing to take it on. With three autograph or memorabilia cards per box, this spring release is loaded up with plenty of prismatic goodness with a dozen parallels as well. Read More…

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Shammys Highlight the Best and Worst of Music

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Grammys are one of the biggest nights of the year for the music industry. 2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Shammys poke fun at the awards ceremony as well as some of the big-name nominees. In a couple of instances, the limited edition set actually deviates from the GPK norm, paying their respects to some late music icons.

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

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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 Garbage Pail Kids Network Spews Make Light of What’s Happening in the News

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Network Spews take an irreverent look at what’s happening in the world. It’s another print-on-demand line that has not definite finish in sight. As long as things are happening, you can expect the checklist to grow.

They’re a spin out of sorts from the strictly political 2016-17 Topps GPK Disg-race to the White House, albeit with more than just Donald Trump, his friends and adversaries. The news reach also touches on 2005 Topps Chronicles, one of the company’s earlier online-exclusive attempts that had a new card each week based on a major event.

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2017 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball Abides

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball isn’t going to be confused with something from another brand. Keeping what makes it one of the biggest releases each year, it’s all about old-fashioned designs, quirky inserts and the other predictable surprises.

Autographs, memorabilia cards and rip cards continue to fall three per hobby box. Each pack also promises one mini card.

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1977 Topps Cloth Stickers Baseball Make for a Cheap, Sticky Situation

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

1977 Topps Cloth Stickers Baseball arrived as a test issue, offering something a little different outside of the year’s main release. The look may be familiar but the feel is definitely different. And like the flagship 1977 Topps Baseball, the majority of these stickers remain extremely affordable.

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Top Bray Wyatt Cards (And Husky Harris, Too)

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Every so often, a wrestler comes along that captures the audience’s imagination. The concepts of good guys and bad guys are tossed aside for compelling action, memorable promos and goosebump-inducing entrances. Enter Bray Wyatt and his army of fireflies. While it has taken the third-generation star a while to ascend to the top of the wrestling world, he’s made it, winning the WWE Championship at the 2017 Elimination Chamber. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the key Bray Wyatt cards, including a couple that have the superstar under earlier personas.

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2016-17 Imports Dragon NHL Figures offer both physical and digital play

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Following the release of the NHL Figures League app earlier this season, collectors were awaiting a new series of 2.5″ scale toys from Imports Dragon that they could virtually add to their lineups and display on their shelves.

Information has surfaced confirming the company’s lineup for the 2016-17 Imports Dragon NHL Figures series. There are 54 players to collect that can be shown off or played with as part of a physical game or within the app thanks to a scratch-off code that appears on each player’s game card. Read More…