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Tweeting Retail: 2015 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania

What did Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds find when he ripped into a blaster box of 2015 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania cards?

Totally Fake Rookie Cards: 1969 Topps Kenny Stabler

The late Kenny “Snake” Stabler might be best-known for his legendary days as a member of the Oakland Raiders — a Hall of Fame caliber career that included 15 years in the NFL, more than 27,000 yards and 194 touchdowns.

Box Busters: 2014-15 Ultimate Collection hockey

Join Beckett Hockey’s Eric Norton and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Ultimate Collection in this latest episode of Box Busters.

2016 Topps baseball cards: New approach is apparent with first look at set

Topps released the basics and even more images for 2016 Topps baseball card set on Friday, and it’s clear that the forthcoming release of the hobby’s longest-running and most-popular brand is a departure from the norm.

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Prestige football cards

Join Beckett Football’s Chris Olds and Dan Hitt as they rip into a box of 2015 Panini Prestige in this latest episode of Box Busters.

Panini revives baseball brand with 2015 Contenders coming in October

With a college license in hand, Panini America is reviving a popular brand from the past with the NCAA logos at the forefront.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose … sometimes you get Peanuts Lowrey

It’s no secret to most of us that the online world has changed how we collect our cardboard.

Topps offers a behind-the-scenes look at process of making our trading cards

Ever wondered the steps that go into making trading cards? Topps offers a glimpse …

Topps adds another variable to wall art … autographs

A dozen new pieces with six new signers are now available on wall art found only on with a selection of rookies and legends all found on 10-by-14 pieces in the style of past Bowman and Museum Collection cards.

Ripping Retail: 2015 Topps Chrome WWE

Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Chris Olds as he rips into a pair of 2015 Topps WWE Chrome blaster boxes in this latest Ripping Retail video.

Ripping Retail Retro: 1991 Topps baseball cards

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1991 Topps in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

First look: 2016 Topps MLB Sticker Collection

Topps’ latest reveal for a 2016 baseball product is one that’s clearly aimed at kids — with the hopes that the collecting bug will stick.

Your Turn: Who’s your Rookie of the Year?

Your next issue of Beckett Baseball will examine 10 notable rookies from this season, and, as part of the issue. we’re curious who your picks for the American League and National League Rookie of the Year winners might be. Tell us in our polls (or the comments) below …

Box Busters Retro: 2012 Panini Cooperstown baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he turns back the clock three years to rip a box of 2012 Panini Cooperstown in this latest Box Busters Retro video.

Changing places: Trades are part of collecting life

Trades are a part of the life for some players as they come and go, working their way through their paths called careers with a hopeful final destination — beyond the stat sheets and databases — being Cooperstown and the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Mighty-affordable Micks: Five vintage Mickey Mantles that won’t break the bank

Mickey Mantle is one of the most-popular baseball players ever, and his prices on key cards reflect that even as we approach the 20-year anniversary of his death.

Box Busters: 2015-16 Upper Deck MVP hockey cards

Join Beckett Hockey’s Eric Norton and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 Upper Deck MVP in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Box Busters: 2014-15 UD Premier hockey cards

Join Beckett Hockey’s Eric Norton and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2014-15 UD Premier in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Ripping Retail Retro: 1993 Topps Series 1 baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Chris Olds as he rips into a box of 1993 Topps Series 1 — home of the Derek Jeter Rookie Card — in this latest Ripping Retail Retro video.

Beckett 20 Questions on … vintage baseball cards

800000 By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor Here is our latest batch of 20 Questions … all about vintage baseball cards. — — —

Topps adds new MLB rookies to wall art line

Topps added seven new MLB rookies to its 2015 MLB Call-ups wall art line on Wednesday, a brand of 10- by 14-inch prints of their debut Bowman cards printed on quarter-inch acrylic for an added three-dimensional effect when placed onto a wall.

BGS Diary Predictor (Aug.): What will Olds submit?

We recently introduced the BGS Diary and it seems like a few of you liked hearing about what — and why — Beckett Baseball Editor Chris Olds submitted what he did for grading.

Topps reveals Finest Mystery Redemptions

Card No. 1 is Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton. Card No. 2 is Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Joc Pederson and card No. 3 is Cleveland Indians infielder Francisco Lindor.

Scenes From the Show: A massive NSCC image gallery

500000   Wander the floor of the National Sports Collectors Convention and you’ll see things you wouldn’t imagine finding from both the past and the present. Here’s just one small sampling of items seen at the NSCC and some of the other related events. Check out more than 100 images after the jump.  — Chris Olds

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball

Join Beckett Baseball’s Brian Fleischer and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Allen & Ginter in this latest edition of Box Busters.

Ripping Retail: What’s inside a 1986-87 Fleer basketball pack?

Beckett Media’s Chris Olds caught up with a collector named Dylan to rip a pack of the iconic 1986-87 Fleer basketball set — home of the Michael Jordan Rookie Card.

My $123,750 Bud Selig autograph

One of my goals every time I set foot on the floor of a National Sports Collectors Convention is to find a single interesting item that could serve as a single memorable souvenir of the trip. It’s not that easy on a smaller budget or if you don’t have an organized want list, but I managed to do that in the final hours of the show.

Topps releases remaining NSCC sets online

300000  By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor If you missed the show of all shows, Topps has two show-only releases that you can still get — at least for a limited time. Three limited sets of 5-by-7 baseball cards — one featuring notable Chicago icons and the other featuring game’s biggest young stars on High […]

Competitive eating champ Matt Stonie coming to cardboard after NSCC appearance

Competitive eater and 2015 Nathan’s Hot Dog champ Matt Stonie visited the National Sports Collectors Convention as a guest of Blowout Cards and landed a trading card deal before talking to Beckett Media’s Chris Olds.

Panini VIP Party creates moments before memorabilia

Each of them had the chance to create some moments with some of the biggest names in the sports world — and on this evening selfies and snapshots were clearly in demand. In fact, they were priceless.

BGS Vintage Challenge: Chris Olds

Frank Robinson is easily one of the most-overlooked Hall of Famers in terms of value and this is his third-year card. I’d argue that it’s undervalued from the start.

Panini adds Mike Tyson to VIP Party guest roster

100000 By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor He’s been the world heavyweight champ, had a Hangover, joined the WWE Hall of Fame, a man who forever changed video games and is “the baddest man on the planet.” But now Mike Tyson is a Panini America VIP Party guest. Tyson is the latest addition to […]

First Look: 2016 Topps Tribute baseball cards

The first baseball card set revealed for 2016 is a high-end brand that was a bit of an enigma this year.

First look: 2015 Topps Vault Originals

An upcoming Topps baseball card set will go big while focusing on photography from the past.

John Smoltz, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar join Panini America VIP party guest list

1000000 By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor One of the newest Baseball Hall of Famers, a hardcourt legend and two more young NBA stars have been added to the Panini America VIP Party guest list for Saturday night. Former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz and Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar headline the latest […]