Category Archives: Non-Sports

BGS Vintage Challenge: Ryan Cracknell

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During the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, Beckett Media’s editorial staff were asked to hit the floor and bring back a vintage card to be graded. Each staff member participating in the project will present the results of their hunt to readers during the show.

The Card: 1962 Mars Attacks #50

Name: Smashing the Enemy

The Cost: $35

The Cost to Grade: $15 at show

Find out more about the card and its final grade after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2015 Fleer Retro Marvel cards

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2015 Fleer Retro Marvel cards in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out.

Plus, answer the following question and you could win the Ant-Man sketch card from the video: What would you do or where would you go if you could make yourself small? Leave a comment below. A winner will be selected before Aug. 1.

First Look: Rittenhouse Marvel Avengers Silver Age

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Millions of comic book movie fans flocked to see Avengers: Age Of Ultron and while it was one of this summer’s hottest releases, it should not be forgotten that the original comics have become increasingly valuable and coveted in recent years. While it is cost prohibitive for many to go out and track them down, Rittenhouse Archives has brought them to the trading card market through its latest Marvel Comics-themed collection.

Released to hobby stores on July 22, comic and card enthusiasts will be able to relive the first 100 issues of The Avengers that began back in 1963 and Rittenhouse has even meticulously cut out panels and embedded them into trading cards at a 1:12 rate, making for a truly unique collectible. Throw in favorites such as sketch cards and this potentially becomes one of this year’s hottest non-sports issues.

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Look for a historic Box Busters — 1993 MTG Alpha — soon

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

On Monday, Beckett Media will bear witness to a monumental occasion.

Magic The Gathering super collector Adam Cai will be breaking open a starter deck from the 1993 MTG Alpha series on a special edition of Box Busters. He will be doing so on behalf of Preston Cordy of Cardhaus Games (check out the official website here).

Magic The Gathering cards debuted in 1993 with three separate series: Alpha, Beta and Unlimited. The three sets paralleled each other and maintain their own distinctive appearance and value.

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First Pitch celebs get jumbo treatment from Topps

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

The celebs are going jumbo.

Topps revealed its First Pitch: Complete Oversized baseball card sets and there are three new ways to get your hands on some of the most-unique cards made this year.

Each of the 25 cards found in the first two series of 2015 Topps are now available as 5×7 creations that are part of three limited-edition sets found only on Topps.com.

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Final Update: Funko readies for Comic Con

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

San Diego Comic Con is a little less than a month away and all the hype surrounding Funko and its exclusives has the vinyl collectors in a frenzy. There will be plenty of variety as Funko has been announcing SDCC releases. The ten waves have finally been revealed and fanboys  and con-goers alike will be pleased.

Just about every major licensee is represented. DC, Marvel, Star Wars, Disney and Doctor Who will all have a presence in this year’s exclusives. They will be released in these major lines of Funko collectibles: Pop Vinyls, Hikari, ReAction, Dorbz and Vinyl Idolz. With the 10th wave also came the announcement that Funko will begin producing official Pop Tees (the official T-shirt of Funko). Each shirt will come in its very own Pop Vinyl style box and they will depict all the favorite Pop Vinyl figures, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Black Widow from The Avengers.

Some of the pieces reflect this season’s summer blockbusters such as Avengers Age of Ultron, Inside Out and Ant-Man. Others pay homage to the classics such as Ghostbusters, T2 and Jaws.

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Promo sets are only Jurassic World card options

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

Jurassic World opened last night to much fanfare among moviegoers. I was there and it was two hours of amazing dino action. However, one thing you won’t find much of is Jurassic World cardboard. None of the major card companies acquired a license to produce the ultimate Jurassic World product.

But, as Jeff Goldblum so blatantly put it in the original Jurassic Park … life finds a way. And sometimes, so do cards.

Jurassic World collectors will not go home empty handed this summer as there are a couple nifty little sets out there that feature everyone’s favorite dinosaurs.

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First Look: 2015 Leaf Pop Century

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Celebrity trading card products have seen tremendous market growth in recent years and Leaf Trading Cards has brought back its Pop Century brand once again in 2015.

With its deepest checklist to date , 2015 Leaf Pop Century will be loaded up with tons of new signers which span the worlds of sports and entertainment. The company has put together a roster of strong signers that include Hollywood icons such as Al Pacino and Gene Wilder, Frozen’s Kristen Bell and Josh Gad, along with rock legend Roger Daltrey. Each box will contain four autographed card and there are several new concepts that collectors can enjoy once it releases on July 29.

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Box Busters: 2015 DC Comics Super Villains

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Matt Bible and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 DC Comics Super Villains in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 The Hobbit Desolation of Smaug

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Matt Bible and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Star Wars Illustrated Empire Strikes Back + win a box

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Matt Bible and Chris Olds as they rip into boxes of 2015 Topps Star Wars Illustrated Empire Strikes Back in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

How can you win a box? Watch and comment below. A winner will be selected before July 1.

Box Busters: 2015 Avengers: Age of Ultron

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2015 Upper Deck Avengers: Age of Ultron cards in this latest episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Want to win one of the cards mentioned in the video? Tell us what you think of the movie in a comment below and we’ll pick a winner at random to receive the Vision sketch card. A winner will be selected before July 1.

First Look: Cryptozoic DC Comics Super-Villains

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

In the DC Comics universe, it seems that for every super hero, there is a super villain waiting in the wings to create havoc. Whether they are robbing a bank or committing some elaborate and crazy prank, many of these mayhem makers have gained a huge following among readers and they are now getting a trading card product of their own thanks to the team at Cryptozoic Entertainment.

Scheduled for release this week, Cryptozoic DC Comics Super-Villains is loaded up top quality art focusing on these characters and collectors busting boxes will have an opportunity to pull some memorable cards – including sketch cards from top artists.

What else will be coming out of boxes? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2015 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Rittenhouse Archives has been the home of trading cards based on the long-running series of James Bond films in recent years and the world’s greatest spy will be returning for another cardboard retrospective next month with 2015 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives.

Featuring a look back at several different Bond adventures from different eras, this product will be loaded up with two autograph cards per box and the lineup of signers is rather impressive. In addition to former leading men Roger Moore and George Lazenby, collectors could also potentially pull autographed cards of such notables as Christopher Lee (The Man With The Golden Gun), Teri Hatcher (Tomorrow Never Dies) and Dolph Lundgren (A View To A Kill).

What Bond films are covered in this release? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Americana trading cards + win a box

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Matt Bible as they rip into boxes of 2015 Americana from Panini America in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

How can you win a box? Tell us what you think of the product in a comment below. We’ll pick a winner from all entries received between now and July 1.

Mars Attacks Kickstarter surpasses $100,000 mark

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

When Topps decided to hold a Kickstarter for its Mars Attacks: Occupation release, some collectors may have questioned whether or not the company would be able to reach their goal of raising $50,000 in order to create this product.

Those doubts have been quickly erased thanks to support from the brand’s fan base.

Hitting the target soon after the opening day of May 5, supporters have generated more than twice that amount since thanks to several stretch goals which undoubtedly motivated them to make a contribution. Among the items added in recent days include the addition of a Dinosaurs Attack vs. Mars Attacks chase subset, a free digital novella, Dinosaurs Attacks sketch cards to certain pledge bundles, foil stamped logos on all hobby boxes, randomly inserted Dinosaurs Attack metal cards, and the ability to purchase do-it-yourself sketch card packs.

What else will backers get as the Kickstarter gains even more support? Read More »

Your Turn: What makes the hobby fun?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

What makes the hobby fun?

It’s not an easy question to answer because so many different people collect for different reasons. It’s also a challenge because there are so many perspectives on what’s cool and what’s not when it comes to cardboard.

A simple card like that of the Rally Squirrel, a short-printed variation found in packs of 2012 Topps showing something that actually happened on an MLB field during an MLB game, can cause just as many groans as it does chuckles. But there’s no doubting that, no matter where you stand, it’s a fun card.

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Peeking inside Panini Americana’s auto checklist

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Panini America‘s top non-sports/celebrity brand, Americana, is back tomorrow after a three-year hiatus with a new crop of celebrity signers and that means one thing — another chance to work on those oddball autograph collections based on your favorite films, TV shows or other non-traditional niches.

I got my first peek at the checklist for this one on Tuesday and here’s a rundown of some notable names that stood out to me on the autograph checklist for non-traditional reasons.

There’s a former Laker Girl, several memorable TV stars and even some sports stars from the reel world to be found here. Check ‘em out …

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Cryptozoic ends direct consumer sales

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Earlier this week, Cryptozoic Entertainment implemented changes to the way their cards are sold and distributed by eliminating direct to consumer sales for the company’s trading card releases and their binders through its online store.

The decision was made following requests from retailers to drive the purchases of these products to retail stores.

“We recognized the overall need to support our retailers and distributors, we listened to their concerns, and want to show them support by changing the way consumers purchase product” said the company’s co-Founder and co-CEO, John Sepenuk in a statement issued on their website. “Our overall sales strategy calls for increased support of our retailers and distributors. It makes sense to transition sales from our E-store to thousands of retailers and a larger distribution network.”

How can collectors find their closest store carrying Cryptozoic products? Read More »

BGS Diary Predictor (May): What will Olds submit?

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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.

He’s prepared his five cards for grading in March and we want to see if you can predict which of his cards will end up slabbed. Of the 10 cards listed below, a few are headed to Beckett Grading Services today for his next BGS Diary.

Can you predict which ones they will be?

May BGS Diary Predictor: Which cards will Olds submit?

  • 1965 Topps #122 Joe Namath SP RC, $1,800 (62%, 105 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps WWE Black #46 Lana, $30 (45%, 77 Votes)
  • 2008 USA Baseball National Team Starting Lineup Signatures #SL9 Danks, Forsythe, Alvarez, Smoak, Wallace, Paramore, Flaherty, Mercer, Kieschnick, Matusz, $N/A (35%, 60 Votes)
  • 1975 Topps Mini #63 Steve Swisher RC, 75 cents (34%, 58 Votes)
  • 1994 Fun Pack #170 Michael Jordan RC, $10 (34%, 57 Votes)
  • 1987 Topps Tiffany #620 Jose Canseco, $6 (32%, 55 Votes)
  • 1986-87 Fleer #120 Spud Webb RC, $15 (26%, 45 Votes)
  • 2002 Bowman Chrome Draft Gold Refractors #71 Curtis Granderson, $125 (24%, 40 Votes)
  • 2013 Bowman Draft Draft Picks Purple Ice #BDPP19 Aaron Judge, $N/A (18%, 31 Votes)
  • 1992 Star Pics Autographs #27 Robert Horry, $80 (16%, 28 Votes)

Total Voters: 170

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PAST BGS DIARY POSTS

– October: Rookie Cards, Moneyball & Watergate

 November: Vintage, booklets Dr. Beckett & more

– December: Saban, Cerrano, Hawk, Animal & practice

– January: Bull Durham, Star hoops, “Macho Man” … and Bill Murray’s baseball card?

– February: Chasing Amy, metal minis, USA Baseball green and, of course, Crimson Tide

– March: WWE Divas, The Killer, Koufax and a cardboard icon 

– April Seeing gold, stickers … and furry autographs?

Box Busters: Marvel Collector Corps

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly’s Matt Bible and Chris Olds as they rip into a Marvel Collector Corps box in this episode of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

First Look: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The second installment of Peter Jackson’s three-part film adaptation of the J. R. R. Tolkien classic, The Hobbit, was a box office smash back in 2013 and Cryptozoic is bringing all of its adventure and excitement to trading card collectors on May 13.

Coming out nearly a year after the previous card set, Cryptozoic The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug offers up a strong assortment of inserts, autographs and one-of-a-kind pieces of art to go along with a base set that relives all of the action of the movie.

Read on after the jump for an extensive gallery of cards that can be found in packs. Read More »

Gallery: Topps Mars Attacks: Occupation Sketch Cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The Kickstarter for Topps Mars Attacks: Occupation is still a week away, but the company recently shared a large group of images featuring the sketch cards that are slated to be a part of this innovative new crowd-funded release.

Drawing from an impressive pool of artists, these one-of-one cardboard treasures will definitely appeal to the brand’s hardcore fans. Based on the landmark 1960s trading card issue, Mars Attacks has a long hobby tradition which Topps has done a great job of building upon over the years.

Look for a list of artists and gallery of sketch cards after the jump. Read More »

First Look: Cryptozoic Sons of Anarchy Seasons 4 & 5

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

While the phenomenally popular Sons of Anarchy series drew to a close a few months ago, fans and collectors have been celebrating the show’s first three seasons through a series of trading cards which was a strong hit for Cryptozoic last year.

All of the action and intrigue of the two chaotic and mayhem-filled seasons that followed can be relived starting on April 29 with the release of Cryptozoic Sons of Anarchy Seasons 4 & 5 and each 24-pack box is loaded up with plenty of hits.

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Topps readies new wave of Star Wars wall art

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Looking for some incredible wall art of your favorite Star Wars character? Well, you don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to find it.

Star Wars Masterwork Wall Art is back and this time there is more to go around. In February, Topps produced and distributed quantities of this product when it released a 10-by-14 version that was limited to just one copy per print.

This new release will have 99 copies of the entire 75-card base set and select insert sets such as Scum & Villainy, Companions, and Defining Moments.

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First Look: Rittenhouse Game Of Thrones: Season 4

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

One of the most successful non-sports trading card franchises in recent years is based off of HBO’s phenomenally popular Game of Thrones and while fans of the show are enjoying new episodes, they can also sit and bust packs of Rittenhouse Archives Game of Thrones: Season 4 once it hits card store shelves on May 13.

Once again, collectors will be able to obtain two autographs inside each hobby box and the lineup includes stars such as Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), Kit Harrington (Jon Snow), Lena Headey (Queen Cersei Lannister) and Sean Bean (Ned Stark).

What else can be found inside boxes? Read More »

Beckett Contest: Star Wars Second Chance Giveaway

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

This past weekend, Star Wars Celebration VII in Anaheim was a huge hit with dealers, collectors, and Star Wars fan boys and girls. Beckett even got in on the action by giving away a box of Star Wars Rebels and a limited edition Star Wars Funko figure.

Now, we are offering everyone a second chance. We have one more box of Rebels to give away and it could have your name on it. All you have to do is answer the following question: What are you looking forward to the most about the upcoming Star Wars film, The Force Awakens?

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First Look: 2015 Topps Star Wars Journey To The Force Awakens

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The recent Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim gave fans the opportunity to enjoy their favorite film franchise and while the unveiling of the next installment’s latest trailer grabbed its fair share of headlines, there was also some information unveiled about a major set coming from Topps just in time for its release later this year.

Since the beginning, Star Wars trading cards have been a mainstay in the hobby and 2015 Topps Star Wars Journey To The Force Awakens looks to be a product loaded up with retro styling and the features that card collectors have come to expect in recent years such as sketch cards and autographs.

What can Star Wars fans expect to find in packs?  Read More »

Star Wars Celebration Giveaway

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

This weekend is a celebration. Or, as Yoda would say: “A celebration this weekend is.”

As everyone knows by now, Star Wars Celebration is enjoying huge success this weekend. A little bit of everything for the passionate Star Wars aficionado. Celebrities, panels, cosplaying, and more merchandise than Watto‘s junkyard.

Now, Beckett is going to get in on the action. We are giving away a prize package to celebrate the Celebration. All you have to do is answer the following questions: 1) Who is your favorite Star Wars character? 2) What is your favorite Star Wars film? 3) Who shot first: Han or Greedo?

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Opening Day: Star Wars Celebration 2015

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Today, the Force is awakening in Anaheim, California.

Star Wars Celebration kicks off today at the Anaheim Convention Center with all the fanfare and hype that you would expect in the Star Wars Universe. Actors, producers, artists, cosplayers, and collectors alike will partake in this glorious event over the next four days. Guests include Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Ray Park, Billy Dee Williams, Jeremy Bulloch, Ian McDiarmid, Kenny Baker, and many more of the actors and actresses who have portrayed beloved Stars Wars characters over the years. However, the actors aren’t the only esteemed members of an already impressive guest list. Some of the industry’s biggest companies will be there to offer some pretty nifty exclusives to fans and collectors.

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Beckett Non-Sport Profile: Vision

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

The list is powerful. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Wolverine, and Spider-Man.

All of these Marvel heroes at one time have belonged to the superhero fraternity known as The Avengers. However, there are many other heroes in this club who sometimes get overlooked. One of those heroes is Vision.

So, why is Vision significant to the Marvel Universe? For starters he is a key character in the Age of Ultron story line. Last week, Marvel finally revealed the first image of Vision for the upcoming Avengers sequel (above). And, if you’re not an avid comic book reader or fan boy, you probably had no idea this character even existed. Well, here is the low down on Vision, including some key collectibles and cards that collectors might want to keep an eye on…

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Box Busters: 2015 Upper Deck Marvel 3D

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Matt Bible and Chris Olds as they rip into a box of 2015 Upper Deck Marvel 3D in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Contest: How can you win a box? Tell us what you think about this brand in the comments below. A winner will be selected from all entries received before May 15.

Contest: DBZ Heroes and Villains

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

It’s contest time once again, and we are celebrating the release of 2015 Dragon Ball Z Heroes and Villains.

But, we’re not just giving away one box of DBZ. We’re in such a great mood that we’re not only going to give away a box of Heroes and Villains, but also a box of 2014 DBZ. That’s right, two boxes.

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First Look: Rittenhouse Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

One of last season’s most-anticipated television shows, Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. took fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe beyond what they saw at the movies and tied in its stories seamlessly to other comic book-themed projects. Now, Rittenhouse Archives has attempted to recapture the magic of this series on cardboard for fans with a look back the the program’s early episodes.

Packing at least one Autograph and one Relic in each box, Rittenhouse Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One hits store shelves next week and is expected to deliver strong value to collectors in addtion to carrying on the strong tradition of trading card sets based off Marvel’s movies.

What can be found in boxes of Rittenhouse Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season One? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Mars Attacks: Occupation Sketch Cards Revealed

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The next chapter for one of the most iconic non-sports trading card brands will begin next month with the release of the Kickstarter-exclusive Mars Attacks: Occupation product and Topps has revealed some key details about the hotly-anticipated sketch cards that collectors will be chasing.

Seeded once per box on average, there will be multiple levels of art-infused cards to track down and they are on a thick 24-point stock. The artwork is in color and the roster of talent that Topps brought in is also impressive with names like Peter Santamaria, Dwayne Biddix, Dan Brereton, Chris Hamer, Jason Crosby, Mary Bellamy and more giving their vision of the Mars Attacks universe.

How will collectors be able to tell the levels of scarcity for these sketch cards apart? Find out after the jump. Read More »