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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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2016 Topps WWE Undisputed is Autograph-a-mania

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps WWE Undisputed is sticking with the high-end concept and configuration it brought with it in the brand’s debut. Once again there’s a hit per pack and everything is done with a premium feel.

Each box has six autographs plus a pair of autographed relics.

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2015 Topps WWE Undisputed transformed into limited edition metal signs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015 Topps WWE Undisputed will probably best best known as the first WWE product to have an autograph per pack. Although the hits get most of the attention, a given for almost every product that comes with a higher price tag, WWE Undisputed also came with one of the more distinct base sets in a while. Those base cards (and a couple basic insert sets) have been released as over-sized metal signs.

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Box Busters: 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed

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Join Beckett non-sports and gaming analyst Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed.

In honor of John Cena‘s return to RAW next Monday night, we will be giving away the Cena signature relic seen in the video. Just leave a comment about anything WWE related and we will randomly select a winner on December 31. Good luck!

Pop! goes the WWE with Ultimate Warrior, John Cena and Paige vinyl figures

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Taken in its entirety, the Funko Pop! WWE roster might not fill out a Royal Rumble, but it’s approaching classic Battle Royal proportions. Slowly but steadily, the line continues to expand, this time with a current star, an early ’90s icon and one of the company’s youngest superstars.

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2016 Topps WWE focuses on wrestling’s past, present and future

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Most sports and trading card lines have their version of a flagship release. These usually have a comprehensive checklist, plenty of extras and are more affordable than a lot of other releases. 2016 Topps WWE fits that definition.

Focusing on the current roster of WWE and NXT stars as well as several WWE Legends, there’s lots happening in the product. Some of it will seem familiar while others parts are either new or heavily revamped.

Sticking with a configuration that’s been used in the past, 2016 Topps WWE hobby boxes come with two autographs, memorabilia cards or manufactured relics.

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5 Firsts in 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As far as wrestling cards go, 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed is a new type of product. Until now, the vast majority of WWE sets have been on the low-end of the hobby. Only a couple of brands have ventured into a more upscale feel. But even then, Topps Chrome and Platinum are about as fancy as it gets.

That’s great for many types of collectors. But in the last decade, high-end has taken a more prominent role in the hobby as a whole and WWE products have yet to fully embrace it. Until now.

Here are five firsts for 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed as it applies to wrestling cards.

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2015 Topps Heritage WWE Autographs Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

1985 was a big year for pop culture. “We Are the World” was a movement. Madonna ascended the throne as queen of pop. Marty McFly went back in time. Garbage Pail Kids came to be. If you’re a child of the ’80s, you could probably go on and on about Goonies, the Pinapple Sticker Club and much more. As far as sports cards go, 1985 Topps Baseball is one of the decade’s top designs.

So much so that it’s the basis for many parts of 2015 Topps Heritage WWE including its main autograph lineup. In a sign of the quickly passing times, several of the signers were either not even born or not old enough for school when Mark McGwire’s rookie card hit.

A total of 13 signers make up the 2015 Topps Heritage WWE Autographs checklist. While the autographs in the last WWE Heritage release in 2012 focused heavily on retired stars, this time around it’s the opposite. Most are currently active with a couple of Legends sprinkled in.

Highlights include Roman Reigns, Daniel Bryan, John Cena, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose.

A trio of autograph debuts are also in the set: Finn Bálor, Sasha Banks and Hideo Itami. All three are NXT standouts (or, in Banks’ instance, was until recently). Early on, these three have been some of the most popular cards in the set.

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Pete Rose finally get a Topps autograph card — but it’s not in an MLB set

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It has been a while since a Pete Rose autograph has been particularly noteworthy. But since his ban from MLB, he hasn’t had a signed card produced with the league’s blessing. That means that the all-time hits leader hasn’t played much of a role in any Topps products in close to 25 years.

But that’s about to change. Pete Rose is getting his first Topps autograph cards in 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed, the card maker’s first high-end wrestling set. Read More »

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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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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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.

Slam-O-Ween Weekly Giveaway #1

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

Here we go, everyone!

We’re a tad late to the party for the first Slam-O-Ween giveaway, but we promise it’s a good one.

In honor of their surprise return to WWE, we have a 2009 Tristar TNA Autographs Blue of The Dudley Boys #14/60 (known in TNA as Team 3-D).

The question is simple: Who is the greatest tag team in wrestling history? From The Legion of Doom to Team Hell No, there are so many great teams from which to choose. So, who is the absolute greatest? Leave your comment below and a winner will be randomly selected on Monday, October 12. Good luck!

Also, be sure to check out our daily Slam-O-Ween giveaways on Instagram and our wrestling online price guide for all your wrestling pricing needs.

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.

Beckett Slam-O-Ween 2015

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

As the non-sports and gaming analyst, it’s always fun to collaborate with my fellow analysts about future projects and giveaways. We are always brainstorming to come up with fun and exciting contests and giveaways for the collector.

Beckett most recently promoted our inaugural Month of Marvel in which we held daily giveaways on our Instagram page and weekly ones on our homepage. Now, we’ve come up with another great giveaway to cover the month of October — Beckett Slam-O-Ween!

From October 5 to November 2, we will be having daily Instagram giveaways and weekly homepage giveaways of nothing but UFC/MMA and WWE/TNA cards and prizes. Whether you’re a fan of John Cena or Ronda Rousey, we’ll have something for everyone. Check back for more updates as we get closer to the start-up date.

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.

 

 

2016 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania Trading Cards First Look

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania trading cards tell the stories of what happened at WrestleMania 31 through the lead up to the 32nd edition of wrestling’s biggest event. And for the first time, its release coincides with the final push before WrestleMania. In the past, the product has come out mid-way between one WrestleMania and the next.

Hobby boxes deliver lots of inserts as well as a pair of autographs or memorabilia cards.

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Commentary: Maybe it’s just me, but … weird cards, rare vintage, tough ink & a Tom Yawkey gamer?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

Maybe it’s just me, but …

— Unusual memorabilia cards keep capturing my attention. In recent months, I’ve not gone mad with the new editions of the typical collecting standbys in wax box form. Instead, I’ve been picking up unusual cards that just aren’t easy to find and don’t break the bank. They’re the kinds of cards you can’t just walk into a Walmart or a card shop and find — and they can cost a lot less than you might think. The Rod Carew Leaf card above has a piece of cornstalk from the Field of Dreams in Iowa. It’s easily one of the weirdest cards in my collection — and it cost about the price of two low-end wax packs. (Actually, it was less once you add in sales tax.)

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— Vintage cards aren’t as easy to find as you might think … at least not in baseball. Walk into a typical card shop these days and you might not find much vintage cardboard at all. After all, it’s often new wax that helps pay the rent — or the good old stuff that could has already come and gone. Find a good shop, and you’ll probably find a pretty good amount of vintage for baseball. The other sports? That’s just not as easy. The card you see above — and that’s scanned in a standard top-loader so you can see how small it is — is one you might not have seen before. (Heck, I’ll admit I haven’t seen any of the cards in that set before in-person in a few decades of collecting.) It’s from the 1948 Topps Magic Photos set and it’s of Ed “The Strangler” Lewis, a six-time world champion in pro wrestling in the 1920s and 1930s. There are more than 250 cards in that multi-sport and non-sport release and it’s one that includes Topps’ first baseball cards. This one cost me a whopping $4.

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Tweeting Retail: 2015 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds picked up another 2015 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania blaster box … here are the results. Read More »

Bret Hart, Sting, Canadian Superstars highlighted in 2015 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania exclusives

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania has several exclusives depending on where you’re buying it and what kinds of packs you’re busting.

The first continues to pay tribute to Sting, a modern professional wrestling legend but one who has fought in a WWE ring only once so far. Bret “Hit Man” Hart and a group of Canadian stars are featured in another crop of exclusives. Among them are the first certified autograph cards from Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn.

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Tweeting Retail: 2015 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania

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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? Check it all out … after the jump.  Read More »

Ripping Retail: 2015 Topps Chrome WWE

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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.

What will he find inside? Watch and find out …

Signature City: Brock Lesnar gets his first WWE autograph card

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2015 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania Autographs Brock Lesnar

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Brock Lesnar has been one of the most intimidating athletes in sports (and sports entertainment) for more than a decade. And while collectors have been able to snag his signature on cardboard for years, it has been limited to MMA cards stemming from his time in UFC.

For wrestling card collectors, there haven’t been an WWE Brock Lesnar autographs — until now.

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Beckett readies new non-sports book

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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 is producing gaming and non-sports books as their own standalone releases. The non-sports book is due in August, while the gaming book is due in November.

With this, Beckett is going to give the non-sports collector access to more checklists — more base sets, inserts, autographs, memorabilia cards and sketch cards.

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Five-card tribute to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper

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

Just when you thought you had the answers, he changed the questions.

The world of professional wrestling suffered another loss last Friday as “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, the legendary icon who headlined the first Wrestlemania, died at the age of 61.

For the last 30 years, Piper had cemented his legacy in professional wrestling as one of the greatest “bad guys” the business had ever seen. He was also a pretty good actor, having starred in several feature films, most notably John Carpenter‘s cult sci-fi classic, They Live.

However, it was the main event match at ‘Mania that changed the game for Piper. He, along with “Mr. Wonderful” Paul Orndorff, challenged Hulk Hogan and Mr. T in a tag team showdown for the ages. Piper’s feud with Hogan established a new generation of wrestling fans and put sports entertainment into the national spotlight like never before.

And, with great popularity come great collectibles. Between cards and action figures, there are currently 345 Piper pieces in the Beckett database and the following five cards serve as a tribute to an incredible career.

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BGS Diary Predictor (July): 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 June 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?

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

  • 2015 USA Baseball Stars & Stripes Jersey Signatures #56 Kris Bryant (55%, 91 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Heritage Gum Stained Back #377 Nick Swisher (44%, 72 Votes)
  • 2012 Bowman Chrome Prospects Refractors #104 Joc Pederson (41%, 67 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps #616 Kris Bryant (38%, 63 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps WWE Blue #32 Maryse (29%, 47 Votes)
  • 2012 Topps Mini #661 Bryce Harper (27%, 44 Votes)
  • 1988 Pacific Eight Men Out #13 D.B. Sweeney as Joe Jackson (23%, 37 Votes)
  • 1969 Topps #4 NL Leaders (McCovey, Santo, Williams) (21%, 34 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps First Pitch #1 Jeff Bridges (20%, 33 Votes)
  • 1987 Donruss #46 Mark McGwire (20%, 32 Votes)
  • 2014 Panini Prizm Gold Prizms #293 A.J. McCarron (13%, 21 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter Mini Minis #147 Clay Buchholz (9%, 15 Votes)

Total Voters: 164

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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?

— May: A lone BGS 10 Michael Jordan, another Lana, a rare Yankee & one USA Baseball lineup

— June:  Vintage Pudge, Atomic Paige, Cooperstown autographs, Canseco & more

First Look: 2015 Topps Heritage WWE

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

World Wrestling Entertainment is turning back the clock for the next release with the return of Topps Heritage wrestling cards in November.

When 2015 Topps Heritage WWE arrives on Nov. 11, it will showcase the 1985 Topps baseball design with the stars of the squared circle. There will be two hits per box and a $3.49 suggested retail price per hobby pack.

The basic set will consist of 110 cards showcasing stars of the past and present with Superstars, Divas, NXT talents and WWE Legends found. After that, there will be a 30-card Rookie of the Year set, a 30-card NXT Called Up set, a 30-card Then & Now insert set and a 10-card Hulk Hogan Tribute installment.

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BGS Diary (June): Vintage Pudge, Atomic Paige, Cooperstown autographs, Canseco & more

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for June — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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“The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes dies at 69

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Professional wrestling lost one of its greatest performers and influential minds behind the scenes on Thursday with the passing of “The American Dream” Dusty Rhodes. He was 69.

A member of the WWE Hall of Fame and a three-time NWA champion, Rhodes (aka Virgil Runnels) turned his ability to talk people into arenas into a lengthy in-ring career that began in 1968 and continued for 40 more years as a performer, booker and producer for several wrestling organizations. He had continuously worked behind the scenes in WWE since 2005.

His working-man persona and non-traditional physique added to his unique package that captivated fans around the world.

“I admit I don’t look like the athlete of the day is supposed to look. My belly’s just a little big, my hiney’s just a little big, but, brother, I am bad and they know I am bad,” Rhodes said in his famous “Hard Times” promo from 1985 advancing a match with “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

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Topps adds Thunderlips autos to Allen & Ginter

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

First there was Rocky Balboa, now there’s Thunderlips.

Hulk Hogan is signing autographs for the 10th edition of Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards, according to tweets from Celebzdirect, the Florida-based agency that handled Hogan’s signing.

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2015 Topps WWE Undisputed Wrestling Cards

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By Chris Olds

World Wrestling Entertainment cards have officially gone high-end. 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed is a hit-based product that packs ten hits — seven autographs and three autographed Relics — per box. Because the product is so different from past Topps WWE products, there’s no shortage of firsts.

Each pack contains three base cards, one parallel and one auto or auto Relic. Cases have eight boxes.

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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?

Wrestling loses a legend: Verne Gagne dies at 89

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

He was a prep star in three sports, a college football standout, a two-time NCAA wrestling champion, an Olympic team alternate, an NFL draft pick and even a U.S. Marine.

But Verne Gagne dedicated his life to the world of professional wrestling — a career that spanned five decades in the ring and even more time beyond as a promoter and owner of the American Wrestling Association. He died Monday at age 89.

As the AWA owner, trainer and even a 10-time champion, he helped create wrestling stars such as Ric Flair, Hulk Hogan, The Iron Sheik, Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Curt Henning and many more. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2006 for his contributions to wrestling as a whole.

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BGS Diary: Seeing gold, stickers … and furry autos?

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

For the last few months, I’ve submitted a few cards a month to Beckett Grading Services to finally get some of the cards I like into slabs. Selecting which cards to submit has been easier said than done — and the results can be interesting, too.

Here is the batch I got back from BGS for April — so here is my latest BGS Diary entry. See which cards I decided to submit … after the jump.

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First Look: 2015 Topps WWE Road To WrestleMania

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By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The Road to WrestleMania next year in Dallas begins now.

Topps revealed the first looks at 2015 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania on Monday, a step-by-step recap of the year that was and sets the stage for WWE‘s biggest event of the year. While this year’s WrestleMania took place last month, next year’s will be in JerryWorld — aka the home of the Dallas Cowboys — next spring. The card set will be among the earlier milestones as it’s set to arrive on Aug. 12 packing two hits per hobby box.

Among the firsts in this one will be the first Relics of NXT performers — stars and Divas who might be on the card next year in Dallas — while Turnbuckle Relics and Jerry Lawler sketch cards are new to the brand.

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BGS Diary Predictor (April): 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?

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

  • 1975 Topps Mini #228 George Brett (58%, 70 Votes)
  • 1959 Topps #415 Bill Mazeroski (48%, 58 Votes)
  • 2013 Topps Opening Day Mascot Autographs #MA2 Phillie Phanatic (46%, 55 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps WWE #56 Paige (43%, 52 Votes)
  • 2014 Topps #1B Mike Trout (Gatorade) (33%, 40 Votes)
  • 2010 Bowman Chrome #BCP1 Stephen Strasburg (29%, 35 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Heritage #377 Nick Swisher (24%, 29 Votes)
  • 2015 Donruss #176B Bryce Harper SP/Mohawk (24%, 29 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Heritage #500 Mike Trout (20%, 24 Votes)
  • 2015 Topps Stickers #57 Nick Swisher (20%, 24 Votes)

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Top 5: Brock Lesnar trading cards to chase

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

Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Matt Bible. And, I’m the one … bringing some news on the one … in 21-1.

WWE champion Brock Lesnar is not going anywhere. Tuesday night, Lesnar told ESPN that he has signed a contract extension with the WWE, effectively ending his MMA career. So, get ready to see more of The Beast Incarnate and his human microphone, Paul Heyman. Well, at least more of Heyman and an occasional Lesnar sighting. The contract is for a part-time schedule similar to the one Lesnar has enjoyed the past three years. More than likely that means sporadic appearances on RAW and every third PPV.

What does this mean for Wrestlemania and Roman Reigns? Who knows? Initially, the rumors were that Lesnar would drop the belt to either Reigns or Seth Rollins (Money-in-the-Bank cash in) and sign a contract with UFC. Now that Lesnar has dropped the ball, the main event at Wrestlemania has regained a bit of mystery. However, something that isn’t mysterious is that Lesnar has some seriously unique cardboard out there on the secondary market. Here are five of his best:

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