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Top Five: Daniel Bryan Cards

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

NO! NO! NO! NO! NO!

That was the reaction of millions of wrestling fans worldwide yesterday as they received the news — WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan is retiring. Bryan, also known throughout the wrestling community as Bryan Danielson, had been suffering from continuous injuries over the past couple of years.

Last night on WWE RAW, Bryan made it official with a very heartfelt speech thanking colleagues and fans alike for their support over the years. Daniel’s popularity with fans spawned into a full-blown life form known as The Yes Movement and it would carry him to the WWE Championship on two occasions.

As usual, with great athletes and entertainers comes great cardboard and Daniel Bryan has quite the selection. Here is a look at five of The Goat’s best releases.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Emperor of Darkness has arrived

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Greetings fellow duelists! On January 29, we saw the release of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Structure Deck, Emperor of Darkness. This deck caters to all players who are fans of the Monarch card types. The deck comes with 41 Cards broken down as follows: 2 Ultra Rares, 3 Super Rares, 36 Commons and 1 Token card.

Today we will cover some of the highlights of this deck that make it worth getting.

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Order 66 Toys To Discuss Star Wars Publication on KVCE Radio

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Attention Star Wars fans! Tomorrow from 7:00 to 9:00 am CT, Order 66 Toys will be appearing on the KVCE radio program, DFW Business Today, to discuss the Complete Guide to Star Wars Collectibles, as well as Beckett’s plans for future publications devoted to collectibles of characters you know and love from a galaxy far, far away. Be sure to tune in and check it out!

Beckett Gaming Preview: Magic The Gathering Oath of the Gatewatch

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Hey all you Magic the Gathering Fans! Today is the day Oath of the Gatewatch hits stores. Oath is the 2nd set to release in the Battle for Zendikar block, and it brings 184 cards into the Magic the Gathering universe. The set brings on an onslaught of new Eldrazi, the new Wastelands, and new versions of popular Planeswalkers. Today we will take a look at some of the more powerful cards that are sure to make a splash in the current Standard format.

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Box Busters: 2015 Bowman’s Best Baseball

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Join Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a box of 2015 Bowman’s Best Baseball in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Tomorrow’s prospects to be found in 2015-16 Upper Deck AHL Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Many of the NHL’s big names experience an apprenticeship in the American Hockey League and hockey card collectors have a chance to collect tomorrow’s stars before they get their official rookie cards with 2015-16 Upper Deck AHL Hockey.

Coming to card stores in March, each 20-pack box will be loaded with inserts and autographs. Traditionally, products like this have a strong following among prospectors and while Upper Deck has yet to incorporate a game-used memorabilia component, there are plenty of signed cards to appeal to those busting packs.

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Jim Beckett to serve as honorary co-host of 2016 Industry Summit

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After a 10-year hiatus from industry trade conferences, Dr. Jim Beckett will serve as honorary co-host of the 2016 Industry Summit.

Dr. Beckett annually attended and sponsored events during the first 20 industry conferences, but after selling Beckett Media in 2005, has prioritized family life and community interests during the past decade. This year’s conference – held Feb 21-25 in Honolulu – marks the 30th anniversary of Kit Young’s iconic event, providing a unique re-engagement opportunity.

Dr. Beckett will serve along with Young as an honorary co-host, and will formally open the 2016 Summit with a morning address on Monday, Feb 22.

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Beckett Gaming Profile: Force of Will The Twilight Wanderer

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

This past Friday, the latest expansion for the Force of Will was released — The Twilight Wanderer. Today we are going to look over some of the impactful cards in the set and how they may change the meta-game.

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Hobby pioneer Kit Young to co-host 2016 Industry Summit

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Kit Young is a familiar name to many within the trading card world and his influence on the hobby is felt every year with the industry trade show he founded nearly 30 years ago.

In preparation for the Industry Summit‘s return to Hawaii after a decade on the mainland, we spoke with Young about his thoughts on 30 years of industry trade shows and his role as honorary co-host of this year’s event (www.theindustrysummit.com), hosted by Beckett Media.

Beckett Media: Congratulations on the 30th anniversary of your trade show. A remarkable feat. How did this all come about?

Kit Young: “We gave up the ghost and sold it 15 years ago, but it’s been maintained. Back in that time, in ’86, I was wintering in Hawaii and it was suggested that we throw an old-fashioned baseball card show in Honolulu. At that time, I thought, well, why don’t we do something a little different to incorporate that? I suggested doing something like an ABA, which is the American Bar Association, convention or an AMA, which is the American Medical Association, where you try to bring the various elements of the industry together for an annual conference. You have social events, roundtable discussions, and speakers. Other industries do this, whether you’re an optician or whatever it is, and I said, ‘why don’t we do it in sports collectibles?’

“That’s where the idea germinated from. It just started with that in mind Year One and my vision at that time was to bring together the publishers, the distributors, wholesalers, and hobby dealers. Honestly, one thing I omitted from that was the licensors. At the time, bubble gum card dealers had virtually no contact with the companies, other than buying wholesale. There was very little interaction between the publications, they were all disparate parts of the industry. I had this idea that what was good for one was likely to be good for the others. That is, we all go forward together. We called it the Partners in Progress, which is something I think had been used before. I really believed and felt that if manufacturers and distributors did a better job and communicated with each other, we’d all prosper. The stronger the industry got, we’d all share in the goodies. I was out to make a living at this at the time and this is where it all came from.’’ Read More »

2015 DBZ World Championship

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Attention DBZ fans! With the final DBZ TCG regional coming to an end, December is bringing us the DBZ World Championship. 32 of the world’s greatest players will battle it out for glory and prize money! What surprising and new decks will we see?

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Beckett Non-Sports: Holiday Retro Busters Preview

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

It is once again that time of year. A time to spread good tidings and cheer to our fellow man and what better way to do that here at Beckett than have special holiday editions of Retro Busters?

While there aren’t many holiday releases from which to choose, I was able to find a couple that I think will be fun for all the collectors out there to see. So, without further ado, here is the holiday lineup for Retro Busters…

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National founder Mike Berkus passes away

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

National Sports Collectors Convention co-founder Mike Berkus, who is regarded by many as being one of the most influential forces in the history of the hobby, passed away yesterday.

A longtime collector that transitioned into a show promoter in the 1970s, he played a key role in making the National into the world’s most prominent trading card show and an institution among collectors.

According to a Net54 message board announcement from Ken Goldin, Berkus died as a result of brain cancer. Over the next few days, Beckett Media will collect memories from many of those whose lives he touched and share them here.

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Contenders Baseball

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Join Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a box of 2015 Panini Contenders in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Beckett Gaming: Yu-Gi-Oh Yugi’s Legendary Decks

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

This last week Konami released a very special product for all Yu-Gi-Oh players and collectors: Yugi’s Legendary Decks. This exciting new product appeals to many fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh series and brings a majority of the main protagonist cards in one product. You can find fan favorites such as Exodia, Dark Magician, and Dark Magician Girl. Below is a quick break down of what you can expect to find in this fantastic collector’s product.

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Beckett Gaming: Dragonball Z Evolution Top 5

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Dragonball Z Evolution launched on October 30th, and with it came some highly competitive and exciting cards. This week I want to touch on 5 cards from the set that I feel will help many players improve their decks.

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2015 Upper Deck Marvel Dossier combines cards and dog tags

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015 Upper Deck Marvel Dossier is kind of like a trading card product with a surprise inside every pack. Think a box of Cracker Jacks or an old-school box of cereal.

Every pack is going to give you a trio of cards as well as a collectible dog tag.

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NFL Mid-Season Awards: MVP, ROY, POY

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We are already through Week 8 of the NFL season, and already we have seen some incredible performances, breakout players and huge disappointments.  We present our picks for mid-season MVP, Players of the (Mid) Year and Rookies of the (Mid) Year. Comment below with your choices.

By David Lee
Editor, Beckett Football

NFL MVP
Tom Brady, QB, Patriots

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Twenty touchdowns to just one interception. Apparently the psi of a football isn’t the sole determining factor of where you want to throw it. Just a few months ago everyone thought Tom Brady wasn’t even going to play in the first four games. Heck, he didn’t even know for sure. But he has been spectacular, and the Patriots continue to roll along undefeated. He’s the best in the game at the most important position on the best team.

Right now Brady narrowly edges Philip Rivers for first in yards per game. His 115.8 QB rating is nearly flawless and his best among starting quarterbacks. Ever since his fourth Super Bowl title, the most action on his cards has been with his lower-end options. When a basic Bowman RC tops out at around $80, you know that many collectors are scooping up whatever Brady cards they can still afford.

Offensive Player of the (Mid) Year
Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons

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It would be easy to pick Tom Brady for this award, considering the yardage and touchdowns alone. But a deeper look into what surprise newcomer Devonta Freeman has done in eight games (just six starts), shows an even more impressive feat. The second-year running back has already amassed more than 1,000 yards of total offense, including an NFL-best 709 rushing yards.

Freeman has reached the end one 10 total times—by far more than any other player. He’s on pace for one of the best offensive performances of all time. Very Marshall Faulk-esque. Of course, his cards were totally overlooked last year, but have since gained a ton of attention and Hot List appearances. His top options are 2014 Immaculate Collection #131 JSY AU RC, 2014 Panini Playbook #161 JSY AU RC and 2014 Panini Contenders #215A AU RC.

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Beckett Media announces 2015 Fall Expo plans

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This weekend, collectors from all over the world are congregating at the Fall 2015 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo at Toronto’s International Centre and Beckett Media will be in attendance as well with plenty of books, magazines, and opportunities for card grading.

In addition to the Beckett Covers cards that were announced last week, collectors visiting Beckett Media in the corporate area have a great opportunity to pick up the newest December issues of Beckett Hockey, Beckett Basketball, and Beckett Sports Card Monthly before they are available in stores. In addition to the magazines listed above, collectors can also pick up the latest issues of Beckett Baseball and Beckett Football. All magazines will be on sale for $10 US/$12 CDN.

The chase for the Beckett Covers cards will be intense and those obtaining all four cards that are available on the floor will be able to receive an addition five-cards from the set, which pay tribute to hockey players that changed the game.

Those looking to submit their cards Beckett Grading Services for Raw Card Review or Graded Card Review are able to do so at the booth. We will have both modern and vintage graders on hand to evaluate your cards and dealers can start to submit their orders before the show opens on Friday morning.

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Box Busters: 2015-16 Upper Deck Buybacks Giveaway

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Eric Norton and Dan Hitt as they rip into boxes of 2015-16 Upper Deck Buybacks in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

To enter to win the Patrick Roy auto comment below and let us know what you think about Upper Deck Buybacks. A winner will be selected at random next Monday, November 9th.

New Beckett Covers collection to be offered at the 2015 Fall Expo

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

After its success at the National Sports Collectors Convention in recent years, Beckett Media is proud to reveal that is has created a set exclusive to attendees of next weekend’s Fall 2015 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo held at the International Centre near Toronto.

The Beckett Covers 2015 Fall Expo 25th Anniversary Collection will focus on some of our hottest issues from recent months which feature rookie phenom Connor McDavid along with several other players that changed the game forever.

“For three years the Beckett Covers sets have been a success at the National Sports Collectors Convention in the United States,” said Beckett Media’s Advertising Director, Bill Dumas. “It is our pleasure to bring this unique collector and family friendly experience to the 2015 Fall Toronto Expo. Beckett is proud and excited to support this show and the enthusiastic collectors in Canada.”

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Slam-O-Ween Weekly Giveaway #4

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

The time has come for the final giveaway in our first annual Slam-O-Ween. We hope everyone has enjoyed it thus far. Be sure to check out our Instagram page for our final week of daily giveaways. There are always some great prizes over there.

Now, for the finale…

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Magic The Gathering Pro-Tour Battle for Zendikar Results

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

This past weekend Magic The Gathering players witnessed another historical event take place; the kick off of the Battle for Zendikar Pro-Tour. The tournament is filled with some of the most skilled players throughout the world, and at the end of the tournament, Kazuyuki Takimura was crowned the winner. Takimura won the final match in the 5th game against Ryoichi Tamada, in what was the first all-Japanese players final, since 2006.

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Halloween Retro Busters Preview: 1991 Addams Family

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

It’s almost time once again for a pack of ghouls and ghosts to rise from the grave, for black cats to cross everyone’s path, and millions of trick-or-treaters to run around like chickens with their heads cut off and suffer from a gluttonous candy hangover. 

Yes, Halloween is fast approaching and it is the perfect opportunity for us to do a special Halloween Retro Busters.

Our selection this year? 1991 Topps Addams Family.

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NHL Hobby Stars of the Week: Price, Seguin, Tarasenko

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By Eric Norton | Beckett Analyst

It’s Tuesday and that means we run down the players that collectors should be making note of.

Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens:
Price and the Canadiens have started the 2015-16 campaign absolutely on fire. Last week behind his goaltending they were a perfect 3-0-0 and he posted a .963 save percentage and very nice one goals-against average as well. He opened the week with 31 saves on the road in Pittsburgh as Montreal skated to 3-2 win. In their next outing, Price notched the 35th shutout of his career in a 3-0 win over the Rangers. Montreal closed the week with a 4-1 win over the Red Wings as Price turned away 21 of the 22 shots taken by Detroit. Price is no stranger to this list at all, and collectors are well aware of the price the tag that can come along with cards. With that being said, there are a few options from the 2014-15 season that won’t break the bank.

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Slam-O-Ween Weekly Giveaway #3

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

As hard as it is to believe, Slam-O-Ween is half over. We’ve given away some great stuff over the past two weeks and aren’t done yet. So, without further ado, here is this week’s question…

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Magic The Gathering: A New Standard

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

This past weekend was the 2nd Star City Games Standard Open of the Battle for Zendikar format, and the meta is beginning to take shape. The top 8 decks consisted of 4 Jeskai decks, 3 Green-White Megamorph and 1 Bant Megamorph. The final match came down to a Green-White Megamorph mirror match with Jacob Lively winning in best of 3 games due to a combination of Warden of the First Tree and Hangarback Walker. Take a look below to check out Lively’s entire deck list.

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Beckett Non-Sports: Retro Busters Preview

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

One of the fun things about working for Beckett is coming up with ideas to be more interactive with collectors. Some of the ways we’ve been doing that in the non-sports and gaming department is having special monthly promotions, such as Month of Marvel and the ongoing Slam-O-Ween.

The newest idea is sort of a spin on the retro box busters that we have done with sports card products in the past. However, for non-sports we will offer something a bit different. We will go with a current theme or idea that is relevant to the product we break. And, if we manage somehow to get a full base set of the product (or possibly more), we will give it away to one lucky collector. Welcome to Retro Busters!

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Slam-O-Ween Weekly Giveaway #2

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Our second weekly Slam-O-Ween Giveaway is for the card pictured above: 2015 Topps UFC Knockout Thoughts from the Boss Autographs #TFTBRM Rory MacDonald/Dana White. This card is #2/50.

The question this week: Between the two major promoters, who is better? WWE‘s Vince McMahon or UFC‘s Dana White. Please leave a detailed comment below and you will be entered to win. A winner will be selected before Oct. 19. Good luck.

Matt Bible is the non-sports and gaming analyst for Beckett Media. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at mbible@beckett.com.

2015 Topps Football Retail Factory Set Variations look at key rookies

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2015 Topps Football factory sets come in a couple of different versions. Sets aimed for hobby shops have the complete set plus exclusive Orange parallels. Retail factory sets include five new photo variations for key members of this year’s rookie class.

The 2015 Topps Football Retail Factory Set Variations are different from the short prints inserted in packs. All five come with the set. The regular base versions are also part of the 500-card set.

Like the main variations, the differences in the cards are somewhat subtle. Players are featured in slightly different poses. Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Todd Gurley, Amari Cooper and Melvin Gordon are featured on the 2015 Topps Football Retail Factory Set variations.

Boxes for the hobby and retail sets are similar so be sure to look closely if you’re buying from a dealer who has both. The images are color schemes are identical on the top panel. However, hobby sets mention the Orange parallels at the top while retail sets mention the photo variations.

We’ve compiled a gallery of all five of the 2015 Topps Football Retail Factory Set Variations in case you come across one or want to go hunting for one.

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2015 Topps Star Wars 5X7 NYCC Exclusives

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

This weekend at New York Comic Con, Topps will once again entice collectors with an all-new series of oversized Star Wars exclusives.

Becoming quite the convention tradition, this will be the third series of oversized cards devoted to a galaxy far, far away that Topps has released this year (Star Wars Celebration and San Diego Comic Con also had releases).

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2015 New York Comic Con Funko Exclusives

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst | Commentary

New York City Comic Con will take place October 8 – 11 and Funko will once again be there to release an entire new line of exclusives for collectors and dealers to enjoy.

Take a peak inside to see what wonderful surprises await the Pop! Vinyl world with a full look at all the 2015 New York Comic Con Funko exclusives…

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 4

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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 4.

By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt

Veteran of the Week:

Drew Brees, QB, Saints

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Drew Brees became a member of the 400-touchdown club in Sunday’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys. The milestone touchdown came on the game-winning 80-yard touchdown pass to C.J. Spiller in overtime. Brees has had a rough start to the season, starting with an 0-3 record. This has caused some collectors to look the other way on some of his cards. His autograph sales have taken a hit in value lately. If he can figure out how to get back to the Drew Brees we are all used to seeing his values could rise back to the level collectors have become accustomed to.

Cards to Grab:

2001 Bowman Chrome Autographs #BCDB ($700)

2001 Playoff Contenders #124 AU/500* RC ($800)

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Battle for Zendikar Pre-release Report

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Hello fellow spell slingers! Today I am coming to you with my tournament report from the Battle for Zendikar Pre-Release! In this article I will cover the rare cards I pulled, provide a deck list of what I ran, and a quick synopsis of each round. Before I get started, I wanted to say that this limited format is very fun to play and I look forward to playing it again once the set has officially released.

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Beckett Preview: 2016 Gaming Almanac

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

For the past five years, Beckett Media has produced its annual Gaming Almanac, which provides detailed checklists and pricing of collectible card games and non-sports cards for collectors and dealers alike.

This year, Beckett has produced gaming and non-sports almanacs as their own standalone releases. The non-sports almanac was printed and released in August.

Now, the 2016 Beckett Gaming Almanac is set for release and it could be our best effort to date.

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2015 Panini University of Texas Trading Cards Info

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Earl Campbell, Roger Clemens, Ricky Williams — these are just a few of the great players to represent the Longhorns in college. 2015 Panini University of Texas delves into the school’s athletic history with multiple generations of standouts.

Blaster boxes both have one autograph or memorabilia card and larger retail boxes have two.

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