Is Your 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Tin Signed by Connor McDavid?

2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Connor McDavid Autographed Tin

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re ripping into 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Hockey, you’re likely looking for high-end autographs and low-numbered memorabilia cards from hockey’s finest.

But that first autograph might arrive before you even get to the cards.

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Carson Wentz Rookie Cards Ranked

2016 Panini Spectra Carson Wentz RC 172

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Heading into the 2016 NFL Draft, it was a toss up as to whether Carson Wentz or Jared Goff would go first overall. The Rams ended up going for Goff. But that appears to have worked out nicely for the Philadelphia Eagles who ended up with the North Dakota State alum. And while there was little doubt whether Carson Wentz rookie cards would be hot heading into the season, a tremendous start has made him the front runner over Goff in the hobby.

And while the season ahead is long and there are plenty more Carson Wentz rookie cards to come, his portfolio is already large. The mix covers both basic cards and premium autographs, plentiful print runs and the extremely scarce.

Want to know which are the best? We’ve ranked the most valuable Carson Wentz rookie cards so you can find the one that’s right for you.

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2016 Panini Instant NASCAR Brings Racing Into the World of Print-on-Demand Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The print-on-demand Panini Instant line is growing. 2016 Panini Instant NASCAR joins the ranks of basketball, football and soccer.

Like its real-time brethren, the idea is to offer cards shortly after races, giving collectors something timely to chase.

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

11 Kevin Owens

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 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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2016 Leaf Live Features Print-on-Demand Multi-Sport, News and Entertainment Focus

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Leaf Live is live. The card maker follows in the footsteps of Topps Now and Panini Instant to offer trading cards with on-demand print runs.

To launch the line, Leaf offered a Gene Wilder memorial card. The legendary actor passed away yesterday at the age of 83. But the eclectic nature of the set seemed to take shape a little more a couple of days later with the addition of Yoan Moncada, a prospect called up by the Boston Red Sox. A few days after that, Leaf added Dak Prescott to commemorate the rookie’s spot as the Dallas Cowboys’ Week 1 starting quarterback.

Things soon got political with a card commemorating the September 26 debate between Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

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2016-17 Panini Eternal Trading Cards Take a Print-on-Demand Approach to Classic Events


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016-17 Panini Eternal is taking a different approach to print-on-demand trading cards. We’re still in the early days of such products but those that do exist, like Panini Instant, Topps Now and Leaf Live, have used time to their advantage. They’ve all relied on quick turnovers to create cards of recent events quickly.

Panini Eternal is flipping that with cards of big moments in sports from the past and including memorabilia from these games and events.

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2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek TOS 50th Anniversary Box Busters

2016 Star Trek 50th Anniversary Box

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Matt Bible as they open some 2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek TOS 50th Anniversary.

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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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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


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

Star Trek 50th Anniversary

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


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


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


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


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


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

2016 Panini Infinity Football Hobby Box

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


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…

2016 Topps Throwback Thursday Combines Baseball, Entertainment, On-Demand Printing and Old Designs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Throwback Thursday sees the card maker continue to branch out with their online offerings. It’s not an over-sized set either. Rather, it’s an entirely new release of traditionally sized cards that mixes on-demand printing with a more familiar and less timely themes than 2016 Topps Now Baseball.

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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


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

2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hobby Box

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

2016-17 Tim Hortons Hockey Base Sidney Crosby

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


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


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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2016 Topps Crossover Crosses the Physical, Digital Streams

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Crossover combines two things the card maker has been experimenting with in recent years — digital and on-demand cards. The set’s cards are released simultaneously on a corresponding app as digital cards and as physical cards on the Topps website.

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


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


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

Week 2 Newton

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

2016 Topps Now

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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