Category Archives: Multisport

2015 Panini UCLA Trading Cards First Look

2015 Panini UCLA Box Set 450

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When Panini went all-in with their various exclusive NCAA deals, part of the plan was to produce several school-specific sets. 2015 Panini UCLA is one such release. Delving into baseball, basketball and football, the product covers a broad history of the school’s athletics.

In addition to traditional boxes, blasters are also available. Both come with either an autograph or memorabilia card plus three parallels.

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Five-card tribute to “Rowdy” Roddy Piper


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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First Look: 2015 Sportkings Vault

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Last year, Leaf Trading Cards purchased the Sportkings brand from In The Game and as the hobby awaits the next release of the iconic multi-sport product, there is a special release hitting card stores in late August in the form of 2015 Sportkings Vault.

In recent months, older In The Game hockey cards were stamped and released as a Vault edition and sold out at the factory level. This time, each box will contain one previously-released and specially-stamped Sportkings autographed card or autographed memorabilia card from a sporting legend along with four memorabilia cards. Drawn from the previous six releases, there is the potential to pull cards from such prominent names as Muhammad Ali, Cristiano Ronaldo, Mario Lemieux, and Pete Rose.

The production run for 2015 Sportkings Vault will be limited to just 140 10-box cards, making for a total of 1,400 stamped autographed or autographed memorabilia cards and 7,000 stamped memorabilia cards. Each card will also be hand-numbered. Read More »

Leaf announces National redemption program plans


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Leaf Trading Cards will once again have a solid presence in the corporate section at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention later this month and it has announced it will once again hold a redemption program for hobbyists in attendance.

Those coming to the Leaf booth and breaking a box of either 2015 Leaf Legends of Sport, 2015 Leaf Clear Football, 2015 Leaf Pop Century, 2014-15 Leaf In The Game Used, or 2015 Leaf Masterworks: Sports Edition will receive a seven-card bonus pack containing exclusive cards featuring the iconic 1990 Leaf Baseball design. As an additional bonus, one in every seven packs will contain an autographed card.

Read on after the jump for autograph card images and more information about incentives Leaf has planned for case breakers. Read More »

Box Busters: 2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Justin Grunert as they rip into boxes of 2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Panini’s National VIP cards focus on freshmen


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Panini America has revealed details about its plans for collectors that have purchased VIP admission packages for the upcoming 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

Every bag handed out to those opting to buy the show’s VIP package is set to receive a coupon they can take to the company’s booth to exchange for a six-card set featuring some of this year’s top rookie performers from the worlds of baseball, basketball and football.

What players will be included in this special collection?  Read More »

First Look: 2015 Leaf Legends of Sport


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

After a three-year absence, Leaf Trading Cards is bringing back its Legends of Sport brand back to hobby store shelves in 2015 and the company has touted it as spanning “the widest range of the greatest athletes in their respective sports.”

Collectors will get to make that judgment for themselves once it releases at the 36th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago, but with seven autograph cards per box, the odds of pulling a significant signature are quite strong. The lineup will feature many global sporting icons with a particular focus on some of the top soccer players from the past and present, including Cristiano Ronaldo, Pele, and Lionel Messi.

Some of the other athletes taking part in this release include Hulk Hogan, Cal Ripken, Jr., Mike Tyson, Andrew Wiggins, Jameis Winston, Jerry Rice, Troy Aikman, Ric Flair, Roger Federer, Marcus Mariota, and Damian Lillard.

What else will be coming out of boxes of 2015 Leaf Legends of Sport? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Sunday Conversation: Super Break’s Scott Allen


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Super Break Sports has gained a following among high-rolling hobbyists for their premium releases and the company made waves in 2013 with the creation of “The Bar” – a jumbo original art card featuring cut signatures or other items connected to legends in the sports, entertainment and political worlds.

Recently, Super Break president Scott Allen spoke with Beckett Media about how these cards have been received by collectors and where they might be headed in the future.

Could you let our readers know about the origins of “The Bar” and how these oversized cut signature cards went from concept to collectible?

We came up with a concept that crosses one of one original art on an over size piece for several reasons. We wanted to produce a transparent piece that you can see the picture of your item on the back. A piece that is large enough to fit the whole autograph, multiple autographs and or the entire piece with out cutting anything down to a small size. We preserve many original pieces this way buy inserting the whole item. A larger piece works for us because we have so many different and wonderful things happening on it. Read More »

Gallery: 2015 Panini Father’s Day autos and parallels


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Next week, Panini America‘s annual Father’s Day promotional packs will be released to card shops and baseball, basketball, and football card collectors will be busting packs hoping to find an autograph or a low-numbered base set parallel.

After reaching out to hobbyists via social media on Friday, Panini granted their wishes to preview these cards through their official blog and the autograph selection shown was as impressive as expected since it drew from the base set and conventional insert sets. Collectors were also given a sneak peak at the Cracked Ice (numbered to 25) and the all-new Pyramid cards (limited to 10 copies each) which may end up on more than a few want lists.

Look for an extensive gallery of these autograph and parallel cards after the jump. Read More »

Upper Deck divulges plans for National


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

As we get closer to the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention, trading card companies are getting ready to reveal details about their redemption programs and booth activities and Upper Deck has beat them all to the punch in letting collectors know what they can expect in Chicago from July 29 to August 2.

For their redemption program, the company is bringing back Prominent Cuts and the set will focus on sports and entertainment personalities. Participating collectors will not only be able to easily finish the set due to its availability throughout the show, but they could pull some limited autograph cards or even one of six one-of-one cut signature cards depicting a deceased Chicago sports legend.

What else does Upper Deck have planned for the National? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2015 Leaf Memorabilia Vault


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Repacked memorabilia products have been growing in popularity as of late and Leaf Trading Cards is about to get in on the action with 2015 Leaf Memorabilia Vault.

Loaded up with a strong and broad selection of memorabilia from a variety of genres, there will be 10 items inside each box and it has a suggested retail price of $1,250. Releasing in August, some of the pulls could include actual worn wardrobe pieces from movies and televisions shows, signed jerseys and even autographed trading cards.

What other types of items can be found in 2015 Leaf Memorabilia Vault? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2015 Super Break Box Breakers Edition


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

One of the most wonderful things about collecting trading cards, autographs and memorabilia are those rare moments when a collector uncovers an incredible jaw-dropping treasure.

With next week’s release of 2015 Super Break Box Breakers Edition, the thrill and chase for some of the hobby’s most coveted items can be found in one place as there will be at least 10 premium items in each box, including “The Bar” – a one-of-one piece of original artwork coupled with rare signatures which have been graded, slabbed and secured by Beckett Grading Services and James Spence Authentication.

Only 120 total boxes are available to the hobby and Super Break has confirmed that nearly 90 of them will contain one of these remarkable pieces. Each one features a genuine Gold Bar logo on the front and a picture of the actual autograph item is found on the reverse side. Additionally, the precious metal or gem content is listed on the back along with biographical information about the depicted historical figure. Some pieces will have multiple subjects as well.

What else can die-hard collectors expect to find in these boxes? Find out after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2015 Leaf Rookie Retro


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

Returning after a one-year hiatus, Leaf Rookie Retro is poised to hit store shelves in the coming days and the company has managed to combine some of today’s hottest young stars with many of the best rookie cards the hobby has ever seen inside of each pack.

Since Leaf Trading Cards has become known for delivering early cards of up-and-coming talent, they managed to dig back into their recent releases and the first half of each pack will have a Rookie Retro Proof card that is hand-numbered to five copies or less. Instead of a signature on these cards, there will be a gold foil stamp instead noting that it is a proof version and hobbyists can look for names like Kris Bryant, Johnny Manziel, Odell Beckham, Jr. and Connor McDavid.

What else will collectors find in packs of 2015 Leaf Rookie Retro? Look for a gallery and find out more after the jump. Read More »

First Look: 2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

A quirky collector favorite is back again this year as early details have surfaced regarding 2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions. Known as the place to find truly unique pieces of memorabilia along with a strong mix of athletes from a variety of sports, this brand has established a reputation all of its own for delivering the kind of cards you simply will not find in other releases.

With three hits in every box, the potential of finding a strong card is always present and the company noted that all of the Autograph cards will be hard-signed. There are plenty of other interesting concepts returning once again and some new ones that may gather a following as well.

What can collectors expect to find in boxes of 2015 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions? Find out after the jump. Read More »

ESPN’s Stuart Scott loses cancer battle


By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Long-time ESPN anchor Stuart Scott who helped bring personality and non-traditional approaches to broadcasting and SportsCenter lost his long-time battle with cancer on Sunday. He was 49.

“I don’t think enough people appreciate what Stuart did when he did it,” said former colleague Dan Patrick in an ESPN tribute video. “He took a lot of chances but he never wavered. So he was so committed to that style, that personality, that demeanor. He wanted to have an impact on the business. And he did.”

Among Scott’s memorable phrases in play-by-play recap were “Booyah!” and “Cooler than the other side of the pillow”  — a repertoire that began on-air at ESPN in 1993.

Scott appeared on 22 different trading cards through the years (click here for a checklist or OPG) with six of those being certified autographs from Upper Deck‘s brief cardboard ties with ESPN and then an appearance in the 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter product.

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First Look: 2014 Leaf Q


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

This year, Leaf Trading Cards has been busy putting out products that cater to a variety of collectors and with their upcoming release, 2014 Leaf Q, they are seeking to make a serious impact in the super-premium market once it hits store shelves in early January.

Featuring some of the biggest names in the sporting world, Q is an intriguing new effort that attempts to deliver nothing but significant hits thanks to a roster that includes such legends as Nolan Ryan, Magic Johnson, Mario Lemieux and Mike Tyson along with active stars and prospects like Ichiro, Roger Federer, Andrew Wiggins and Johnny Manziel. Each pack will contain 11 or 12 cards and at least 10 of them will be autographed.

What can collectors expect to find in packs of 2014 Leaf Q? Find out after the jump. Read More »

Lance Armstrong has eluded major cardboard

 By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Seven-time Tour de France winner and noted cancer survivor Lance Armstrong has decided he’s not going to fight steroid charges from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, a move that could strip him of his record seven titles and bar him from cycling in any capacity for the rest of his life.

The news announced on Thursday night won’t have an immense impact on cardboard, but Armstrong, 40, does appear on a total of eight cards in the database. He’s never appeared on a certified autograph — standard or cut sig — and has just two scarce and unpriced memorabilia cards, a pair of 1/1s from Sportkings in 2008 and earlier this year.

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Box Busters: 2012 Goodwin Champions

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Join Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Chris Olds and Bryan Hornbeck as they rip into a pair of 2012 Goodwin Champions boxes from Upper Deck in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find? Watch and find out …

Upper Deck adds Civil War items to Goodwin

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Athletes are usually the focus of the trading cards we collect. Basketball and baseball stars. Football and hockey legends.

Upper Deck is taking a different approach to 2012 Goodwin Champions – which still showcases athletes – by taking a look at America’s history. One of the highlights in this year’s product are the Museum Relics, but this time with a Civil War theme.

Goodwin Champions released today, and collectors have a chance to obtain relics from the Civil War era. Some of the artifacts are buttons, hat insignias and Confederate currency.

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AT THE NATIONAL: A post-show mega-gallery

By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

A week has gone by since the close of this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention and there’s plenty that could be said, that could be written, about what could be found under one roof during the hobby’s showcase event.

From “extra” DNA Relics found in the bottom of one collector’s Allen & Ginter box (a Texas lizard in the wrong place at the wrong time at the printing plant) to countless vintage gems, from vintage wax to priceless auction items, from kids sorting soccer cards with their grandmas to kids walking the show floor in movie-used Jack Parkman jerseys, there was plenty to see.

If you followed me on Twitter during the show, you’ve undoubtedly seen a few of these already. But with the deadline clock ticking and more to do for your next magazines, this chapter of the NSCC — all except for some video still to come — is closing with a massive 97-image gallery after the jump.

It’s just a small glimpse at much of what was seen at the show — check them out and let us know what you think. After all, a picture’s worth a thousand words — so there’s plenty that could be said.

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Do you have Olympic fever? Check out what everything is worth right here …

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

The world’s showcase event, The Olympics, are nearing their close on Sunday but there’s little doubt that one shade can be used to describe the meteoric movement on some of the key autographs from this year’s Topps Olympic card set.


We’ve seen it already with the autographs of emerging stars such as American swimmer Missy Franklin — the world’s spotlight and those watching can make what had been an affordable autograph one that’s suddenly not — and with the 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team set the only place to find autographs of many Olympic stars? Well, it means those cards can fluctuate wildly.

At the link below, you can download a price guide for the entirety of the product, a sampling of what you’ll find for everything here on for everything that’s there every single day if you have an Online Price Guide.

Click here to download a free comprehensive 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic price guide.

Chris Olds is the editor of Beckett Sports Card Monthly magazine. Have a comment, question or idea? Send an email to him at Follow him on Twitter by clicking here.

AT THE NATIONAL: Dick Perez attends his first NSCC

By Dan Good | Contributing Editor

All those Diamond Kings and Turkey Reds later, and  Dick Perez  has finally attended his first National.

“I’ve been to other card shows and signings, but never the National before,” the iconic artist said Friday, during an autograph signing at the Legendary Auctions booth.

Perez signed autographs and shared stories, with his work displayed around him. One book showed a  Roberto Clemente  painting that was inserted – in jigsaw puzzle form – in packs of 1987 Donruss.

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AT THE NATIONAL: VIP packages sell out

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

For the first time in the 33 years of the National Sports Collectors Convention the Super VIP and VIP packages have sold out, said NSCC organizer Mike Berkus on Friday.

Part of the reason is the special giveaways only available to VIPs, which includes promos cards and free autographs.

“Our customers are very loyal,” Berkus said. “If you look at other elite programs around the country they reward their customers. It’s OK to sell out.”

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AT THE NATIONAL: Upper Deck rewards casebreakers with prizes

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

BALTIMORE – Casebreakers are big fans of the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention. They get their fair share of redemption packs with the amount of product they open.

Upper Deck is making redemptions worthwhile for these big spenders by giving away prizes for collectors breaking select 2012 Upper Deck cases.

Prizes range from autograph cards and memorabilia to hobby boxes of 2012 products.

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AT THE NATIONAL: Group case breakers open more nearly 200 Panini redemption packs


By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

BALTIMORE – Not everyone can make it to the National Sports Collectors Convention. Money, distance and work are all things that can get in the way.

But a community of collectors on YouTube and BlogTV have found a way to be here without actually being here.

About 125 collectors have joined a group break to get as many Panini America redemptions as possible. Only about 30 or so of the group will make it out this weekend, but as of Thursday afternoon, they have ripped 180 wrapper redemption packs after buying two cases of 2011 Prime Cuts.

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AT THE NATIONAL: Palmer, Schoendienst, Youngblood, Finch, Robinson unavailable for autos

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

There is a slight change to the autograph schedule at the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention.

Jim Palmer, Red SchoendienstJack Youngblood, Jennie Finch and Frank Robinson will not be signing, according to tweets by TRISTAR Productions’ official account.

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AT THE NATIONAL: Your Beckett starter kit

If you’re heading to the National Sports Collectors Convention tonight, this week or this weekend, one thing’s for certain — there will be plenty to see.

To help, we suggest picking up a copy of the August issue of Beckett Sports Card Monthly for more about the show — available now at hobby shops and selected bookstores or available at the Beckett booth. (If you attend using a VIP package, look inside your bag for exclusive discounts on grading, books, magazines, OPGs and more from Beckett while at the show.)

To help you even more, you can see all of our previous stories about this year’s show after the jump — and be sure to look for more right here on and via our editors’ Twitter accounts @chrisolds2009, @yanxchick as well as contributors @cardboardicons and @dgood73 during the show.

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Missy Franklin’s ink tops Justin Bieber’s

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Missy Franklin stands an imposing 6-foot-1 but she’s just 17 years old and a fan of Justin Bieber.

Oh, and she’s also an Olympic gold medalist, winning the 100-meter backstroke on Monday, who might be looking for another possible medal tonight during the London Games.

And that has meant added attention to her autographed cards in the 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team product that is the place of all places to find certified autographs of the stars of this year’s games (as long as they wear red, white and blue).

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A look at Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s cards

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

When Ryan Lochte beat out the field in the 400 individual medley, which included Olympic swimming Golden Boy Michael Phelps, he became The Guy. Essentially Lochte became a household name and not a commercial break goes by without seeing him swimming to London.

Sure, Phelps is the most popular and his sponsorships with Subway probably won’t go away anytime soon. However, Lochte won the first gold of the Olympics for the Americans. While Phelps took fourth in the same race.

Collectors looking to snag a couple of Lochte’s cards are in luck. Lochte is featured in 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team, but his first card came in 2007.

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UD offers redemption pick up and raffle at NSCC

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

Getting a redemption cards is probably one of the least favorite things of the hobby. Having to hold on to it for months, even years, is even worse. But they are part of the business.

However, maybe collectors can do something about it.

Upper Deck is including a program for redemptions at its booth at the National Sports Collectors Convention from Aug. 2-6 at the Baltimore Convention Center. This isn’t the first time UD has offered this service. It started at the 2012 Sports Cards & Collectibles Expo in Toronto.

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Sportkings announces NSCC VIP and redemption programs

By Susan Lulgjuraj | Contributing Editor

If you like games, the Sportkings booth may be the spot for collectors at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Each VIP bag will have a redemption card that can be exchanged for the Sportkings’ Corporate Booth for nine random Sportkings Puzzle cards from nine subjects. These National exclusives won’t be the only thing Sportkings is giving away as the company will also include a product redemption program.

Want to know who is included in the program? You can read more after the jump.

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Box Busters: 2012 Marvel Beginnings II

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Beckett Sports Card Monthly‘s Bryan Hornbeck and Andrew Tolentino tear into two boxes of 2012 Marvel Beginnings II by Upper Deck. Watch to see two grown men nerd out over the Marvel Universe. Oh, and the cards are awesome, too.

Will you take the $10 Card Shop Challenge?



By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor

It’s time for another version of the $10 Card Shop Challenge Are you ready? The deadline is Friday, June 15 …

Here is the back story — and the instructions are after the jump.

An after-work card shop visit long ago prompted a challenge to one of my Twitter followers, so I sent another message to the masses curious few who enjoy hearing not much from me 140 characters a time on my Twitter feed. I issued a collecting challenge. It’s time to do it again.

A few replied seeking details, but this time I’m taking it a step further as I want to see what many of you can come up with by hitting your local card shop. (If you don’t have an LCS, hit a retail store.) Call it the $10 Card Shop Challenge.

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How did your dad pass the trading card torch?

By Andrew Tolentino | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Unlike many collectors I’ve heard from, my dad and I never had that “passing the torch” moment with a single sports card — or any sports cards for that matter. In fact, short of a microscope, a rock cleaning kit and an army-issued shovel (which may or may not be street legal), he never really gave me any of his personal relics at all.

Do I resent him for that? Absolutely not. How could I?

As much as I’d like to talk about some *Pulp Fiction-esque moment when a Christopher Walken-like figure handed over my father’s cardboard bequest, I just can’t. Even though he never dusted off some old shoebox and handed me some dog-eared heirloom, my dad still helped me find my way as a young collector. (*Explicit language)

With Father’s Day coming up, I’d like to invite collectors to share their dad-related hobby memories, with or without the Hallmark moment. I’ll kick things off with a few of my own. Read More »

Some Topps Olympic autos already look golden

By Chris Olds | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor | Commentary

A half-dozen or so U. S. Olympians featured on Topps cards already have captured the hearts of more than a few Americans more than two months before the opening of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

How do we know? They’re already going for gold.

It’s apparent just by looking at the values of their autograph cards found in packs of 2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team as the basic autographs for seven cards (showcasing six athletes) have reached or topped the $100 plateau since the product’s release. (Need a checklist or OPG to find out what your cards are worth? Click here.) And that’s not including rarer parallel cards.

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