2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Superfractor Autograph Pulled — 4 Years After the Redemption Expired

2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Superfractor Autograph

You know that moment in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (or Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory for those who have only seen the movie) when young Charlie Bucket unwraps the chocolate bar and discovers the Golden Ticket.

Now imagine Willy Wonka coming up from behind and whispering in Charlie’s ear, “Sorry, kid, you’re too late. I already gave my factory to Veruca Salt.”

Now imagine it’s today and you pull the 2010 Bowman Chrome Stephen Strasburg Superfractor Autograph (from 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball). Someone just did.

And it’s a redemption. That expired back in 2013.

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2018 Topps Inception Baseball Centers on Young Players, Big Designs and Autographs

2018 Topps Inception Baseball

2018 Topps Inception Baseball has the look. It has a checklist centered on rookies and young players. And it’s got either an autograph or autographed memorabilia card in every seven-card box. Basically, Inception is back, only this time in black.

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2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Checklist Heads to Oz, Outer Space and Beyond

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2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions knows no bounds. In addition to a variety of sports, big and small, various aspects in the product travel the world, explore space and even the wonderful world of Oz.

Just like the themes it covers, the types of cards in 2017 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions are just as eclectic. Proof of that can be found in the hobby box hits. Each has three total from a list that includes autographs, memorabilia cards, art cards, relics, 3D cards and embroidered patch cards.

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Love at Second Sight: 5 MLB Stars Who Could Reclaim a Hobby Hot Spot This Postseason

For most players, their cards take something of a roller coaster approach. Highs and lows come with the territory. However, unlike amusement park rides, the rise to the top of the hobby is often a fast one. Drops can come quick, too, but it’s often more gradual.

Once a player’s down for a prolonged period of time, gaining momentum again can be tough. But there is one way to kickstart things — big performances that lead to a championship (bonus points for those locking up multiple championships).

As the 2017 MLB postseason picks up momentum and the number of teams thin out, new stars could be made. Some could gain a new coat of shine as well in the eyes of collectors. Here are five players who have been in a bit (or a lot) of a downward spiral in the hobby but could see things pick up again in the weeks ahead.

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NYT Bestselling Author Shea Serrano Talks About His Hobby Beginnings

A version of this article appears in the November 2017 issue of Beckett Basketball.

Shea Serrano spent much of his childhood poring through Beckett Basketball issues trying to see if his collection of David Robinson cards would make him rich one day.

Unfortunately for Serrano, his collection of The Admiral wasn’t his ticket to success. But his passion for sports, rap music, and collecting would eventually take him to places he never dreamed.

Serrano is the bestselling author of The Rap Year Book, a book in which he discusses, debates, and breaks down the best rap song for every year from 1979-2014. In addition to being a New York Times Bestseller, it was announced in August that AMC is turning the book into a 6-part miniseries featuring The Roots.

The follow-up to TRYB is Basketball (And Other Things) a book in which he explores different hypothetical (and often hilarious) questions surrounding the game of basketball. As part of the pre-order process, Barnes & Noble offered a cardstock of four cards with drawings of fictional basketball players, most notably Jim Halpert from The Office and Will Smith from The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The cards were drawn by longtime Serrano collaborator Arturo Torres and made in the style of the 1990-91 Fleer cards.

Serrano’s popularity is attributed to his “FOH Army” of 155,000 Twitter followers who will seemingly do anything for him. From sending him money via PayPal so he can help others, to pre-ordering tens of thousands of his new book, if Serrano asks his fans to do something, they will do it.

Hobby Beginnings

Serrano grew up in San Antonio, TX as a huge fan of the Spurs and rap music. He started collecting cards as well as some unique items from a local grocery store as a kid.

“In San Antonio we have these grocery stores called HEB and for some reason they were selling 8X10 pictures of NBA players. My mom would buy them for me and hang them all up in my room in a pyramid. Those were the first things I collected,” says Serrano. “Then I learned about cards, and they were way easier to carry in my pocket.”

But his passion didn’t stop with basketball, Serrano began collecting whatever he could.

“I had football, baseball, and movie monster cards. I remember one time Looney Tunes did cards and I had those,” says Serrano. “I even had Yo! MTV Raps cards. It was a fun and cool thing to be doing.”

Like most childhood card collectors, Serrano doesn’t have much of his collection from childhood left. However he did start collecting again recently.

“I don’t like the newer stuff because it’s too complicated. I like the older stuff, specifically the stuff that has no value, like a 1992 Hoops card or something like that.”

From Teacher to Bestseller

Serrano began writing about rap as a hobby while he was a middle school teacher in Houston. After writing for a few local publications, Serrano eventually landed at Bill Simmons’ now-defunct site Grantland. It was while at Grantland that Serrano wrote The Rap Year Book.

He expected it to do fine, but he never could have predicted the reception it got. His legion of fans showed up in droves to buy the book. Serrano was able to convert his Twitter following into dedicated fans of his work, and it blew away the expectations of he and his publisher.

“I didn’t figure it would do much more than 1,000 or 2,000 in that first week. We ended up doing 1,000 in a day and I started freaking out,” says Serrano.

The publisher actually didn’t even print enough for all of the sales in the first week, but it still resulted in the book making the NYT list.

For his next book, Serrano didn’t want to explore the same topic as before so he turned to his other passion: basketball.

“I really enjoyed looking at basketball videos on YouTube and it seemed like a way to get money out of it,” joked Serrano.

Serrano describes the book as a collection of 33 different basketball-related essays exploring fun, hypothetical, and often hilarious topics.

“I took this very serious approach to things that are definitely not-so-serious. So each chapter is a basketball question that needs to be answered,” says Serrano. “For example, I debate which version of Michael Jordan is the best Michael Jordan. Since Jordan is the greatest ever, which year was he the best?”

Other chapters deal with scenarios, like a one-on-one game between Shaquille O’Neal and Hakeem Olajuwon that was supposed to have happened in the 1990s but was called off due to an injury Olajuwon suffered. So, Serrano dedicated a chapter to what would have happened if that game had taken place.

Predictions for the 2017-18 NBA Season           

Serrano is the guy who misses the NBA the day after the Finals ends, so for him the upcoming NBA season can’t start soon enough. He’s looking forward to the new-look Thunder, the continued dominance of the Warriors, and most importantly the Spurs and Rockets playing again in the playoffs.

“I’m really excited about Spurs vs Rockets again in the second round of the playoffs. Houston will have home court advantage because they will be better,” says Serrano. “I think the Thunder have a really interesting team that will either be really good or a total disaster.”

2017 Panini Impeccable Football Checklist Offers High-End Autographs, Memorabilia and Metal

Jump directly to the 2017 Panini Impeccable Football checklist and team set lists.

2017 Panini Impeccable Football is the follow-up to last season’s well-received brand debut. With that early success, not a lot has changed as far as overall focus goes. Premium autographs, premium memorabilia and precious metal cards garner much of the product’s attention.

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2017-18 Upper Deck Subway Vancouver Canucks set a treat for local collectors

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Tim Hortons is not the only restaurant chain getting in on the opportunity to give collectors a little bonus when they make a purchase as fans in Vancouver can go to their local Subway location to get their hands of packs of 2017-18 Upper Deck Subway Vancouver Canucks hockey cards.

With packs that retail for $2 each, Canucks fans can try to build a full 16-card set that features key members of the team along with their mascot, Fin. Part of the proceeds from the sale of these packs will benefit the Canucks for Kids fund. Read More…

2016-17 Topps Now WWE Checklist, Gallery and Everything Else About the Print-on-Demand Set

Jump directly to the 2016-17 Topps Now WWE checklist.

2016-17 Topps Now WWE sees the continued expansion of the on-demand line. Starting with SummerSlam, the online-exclusive will feature big matches and key events.

Like baseball, UFC and other Topps Now products, the cards are offered for a limited time. When that sales window closes, those that are ordered are the only ones printed.

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2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Fall Comic Convention Set Basks in ’80s Geekery

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Fall Comic Convention Set

The 2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Fall Comic Convention set highlights some of the most popular properties for kids growing up in the 1980s. Toys, TV shows, movies and any combination of the three are spoofed in the small set that also happens to be an online exclusive.

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Joe Orlando Named Collectors Universe CEO

Joe Orlando has been named the new CEO of Collectors Universe, Inc., the parent company of PSA.

Prior to his promotion, Orlando had been president of PSA since 2002 and PSA/DNA since 2003. He originally joined the company in 1999.

Steve Sloan, Collectors Universe marketing director, has taken the position of PSA’s vice president.

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7 Players Who Could Finally Make a Hobby Breakthrough This MLB Postseason

Major League Baseball’s 162-game regular season schedule makes plenty of heroes. But that doesn’t always make for heroes in the hobby. It’s not just the number of home runs a player hits or how many no-hitters a pitcher tosses that determines whether people start chasing their cards en masse.

Other variables also come into play like the team they play for and their age. If nobody’s around to hear a tree fall in an empty forest, how do people hear about a slugger playing in a small market without many nationally broadcast games?

When the postseason starts, the field shrinks and the spotlight is more direct. Heroes can be made over the course of a best-of-seven series, even without much coming before it. David Freese, anyone?

The 2017 MLB postseason has no shortage of great players, many of whom have already caught the attention of the hobby masses. But there are a handful of stars whose on-field achievements over the past few years hasn’t translated into similar status in the hobby.

Here are seven players who could finally breakthrough into top-tier status as the Boys of Summer give way to the Heroes of Fall. They aren’t strangers and they shouldn’t be common box fodder but they’re certainly overlooked to a certain extent. A World Series might finally make more notice how good they really are.

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2017-18 SPx Hockey Keeps the Card Counts Low, Dark Designs High

2017-18 SPx Hockey

2017-18 SPx Hockey continues with the brand’s long tradition of premium construction and bold designs. There might not be holograms like there were when the line launched in the late 1990s, but the cards are thick and come with a variety of looks that highlight things like intricate foil and Shadow Box cards.

Each 2017-18 SPx Hockey hobby box has just four cards, which are divided up into single-card packs. Each box promises both an autograph and a memorabilia card as well as one base or insert card, which Upper Deck has dubbed a “technology” card. The final pack has a second one of any of these three options.

Besides SPx-branded cards, UD Black makes the jump over to the release.

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2017 Donruss Certified Cuts Football Rookie Ink Autograph Short Prints

2017 Donruss Certifed Cuts Rookie Ink Red Ink Deshaun Watson

Most of the 2017 Donruss Certified Cuts Football Rookie Ink cards come serial numbered so you know exactly how many are out there. But there are three levels of parallels for the autograph cards that aren’t.

Panini has taken out the guesswork on how many of each of these parallels, easily identifiable by their different colored ink, exist, releasing a short prints list.

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2017 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Which MLB Prospects Surprised and Which Disappointed in 2017?

 

The 2017 baseball season was filled with exciting and impactful rookies and will be remembered as one of the best rookie classes ever. Many rookies burst onto the scene quickly this season while others didn’t live up to expectations.

As spring training came to a close and the start of the season was approaching many sports card collectors began buying into the hype on some of the top prospects in baseball which included Andrew Benintendi (who was named the #1 top prospect by MLB Network in January), Dansby Swanson (whom many predicted would win the NL Rookie of the Year). While others players flew under the radar, like Aaron Judge and Rhys Hoskins.

Here’s our breakdown of some of the biggest names in the collecting world this season.

Dansby Swanson

Swanson was a red hot prospect in spring training but quickly struggled to get anything going this season and was eventually sent down the minors in late July. One Swanson card that was real popular this season was his 2015 Bowman Chrome base autograph when he was steal with the D-Backs. BGS 9.5’s were selling as high as $200 at eBay auction early in the season. He would finish the season with just six homers and his cards also saw a steady decrease in value.

Andrew Benintendi

Benintendi’s 2015 Bowman Chrome base autograph was one of the hot cards trending up at the start of the season. Beckett graded 9.5 copies were selling for as high as $250+ on eBay, many collectors were expecting a monster rookie season from the Boston phenom. Benintendi ended up having a solid season for the Redsox, he was one of the most consistent hitters on the Redsox. He finished his season with 20 homers, 90 RBIs and a .271 batting average.

Aaron Judge

The Yankees would also be featuring a young talented rookie at the start of the 2017 season in Aaron Judge. Judge struggled mightily in his brief stint with the Yankees in 2016; he batted .179 with just four homers in 27 games played. A short sample size for sure, but many experts and scouts questioned his high strikeout rate and whether he would even make the Yankees Opening Day roster to start the 2017 season. Collectors and baseball experts were unsure how Judge would do in 2017. This un-predictability caused Judge cards to be bargain prices during the winter and up until early April. One Judge card that eventually exploded during the 2017 season was his 2013 Bowman Chrome base Autograph card. During the winter and up until spring training ungraded copies were selling on eBay for just $40-75 range and graded Beckett 9.5’s were $75-100. Judge would eventually be named the Yankees Opening Day right fielder and quickly announced himself by mashing 10 homers in the month of April.

He became the undisputed new face of baseball this season, hitting mammoth home runs that traveled nearly 500 ft, getting his own seating section in Yankee Stadium named after him called “The Judge’s Chambers” and earning the nickname “All Rise.” Judge would finish the 2017 season breaking the AL rookie home run record by hitting 52 HRs. He is one the leading candidates to win the 2017 AL MVP award. Judge’s historic season drew a huge craze for card collectors and all of his cards exploded including his 2013 Bowman Chrome Auto in a BGS 9.5. During the mid-summer this particular card would sell at eBay auction for nearly $1,100! Judge was also featured in many 2017 sets including Bowman Chrome, Topps Chrome, Bowman Platinum, Topps Finest, Topps Heritage, and more. Judge also won the Home Run Derby during the 2017 season and is had some of the most popular Topps Now cards.

Cody Bellinger

As Judge continued to mash homeruns for the Yankees early in the 2017 season another impactful rookie would soon follow in late April in the National League: Cody Bellinger. Bellinger was called up by the Dodgers and was supposed to be a short-term call up but that quickly changed because he just kept hitting homer after homer. Bellinger hit 21 homers in his first 51 games which is the fastest pace in the history of baseball. Bellinger at the start of the season was regarded as one of the Dodgers top prospects, and people throughout baseball were speculating he would be called up at some point this season but nobody saw this immediate impact coming.

Bellinger’s most sought out card by many collectors was his 2015 Bowman Chrome base Autograph. Once he was called up this particular card saw an immediate spike in value and was valued at $250 in a BGS 9.5 at eBay auction. Within a month’s time the card in a BGS 9.5 would sell for nearly $750 and is going still going strong at the $400-500 range. Bellinger would set a new National League Home Run Rookie record finishing with 39 homers. Similar to Judge, Bellinger would also be featured in many of the same 2017 products which included Topps Chrome and Bowman Chrome. Both Bellinger and Judge will be the unanimous rookie of the year choices.

Rhys Hoskins

The 2017 season did feature other rookie prospects that made an impact including Rhys Hoskins, Rafael Devers, Paul DeJong, Trey Mancini, Ian Happ, and Matt Olson. Hoskins would set a record hitting 11 home runs in his first 18 games played. His cards were red hot towards the end of the season, his most sought out being his rare parallel versions from 2014 Bowman Draft which were selling at eBay auction in the $400-600 range.

Rafael Devers

Rafael Devers would give the Red Sox a huge spark in late July when he was called up. One example being when he hit one of the more memorable home runs of the season off Aroldis Chapman to put them ahead during a Sunday night baseball telecast. This home run caused Dever’s cards to spike, one particularly was his 2015 Bowman Chrome base auto, which sold at eBay auction for $175 in mid-August and was just $50 prior to the season beginning.

Paul Dejong

In late May the Cardinals called up shortstop Paul DeJong, who finished his rookie season with 25 homers, and will most likely finish to Bellinger as runner up for the NL Rookie of the Year. DeJong was an under-the-radar type prospect who had an outstanding season. His most sought out card is his 2016 Bowman Chrome Auto, which is featured in many different color parallel versions, his base is valued at $40 eBay auction.

Ian Happ

Ian Happ was smashing Triple-A pitching in April and forced the Cubs to call him up in mid-May. Happ’s 2015 Bowman Chrome base auto was selling at eBay auction for nearly $100 ungraded. He would finish the season with 24 homers, but went through several hot and cold streaks. His 2015 Bowman Chrome auto is being valued at $40 on eBay auction.

Trey Mancini

The other AL Rookie of the Year runner up will most likely be Baltimore’s Trey Mancini. It could be argued that he outperformed Benintendi this season finishing with a .293 batting average, 24 HRs and 78 RBI’s. Mancini began the season with the Orioles as a utility player but that quickly changed once he began hitting well in the month of May. He batted .340 in that month continued that success throughout the season. His most sought out card is his 2016 Bowman Chrome Auto, which is offered in many different color parallel versions. Mancini’s is base auto was valued as high as $50 on eBay auction ungraded mid-season and now you’re able to get that same card in a BGS 9.5/10 Auto which seems like a great value considering the season he had.

Matt Olson

One of the biggest rookie surprises was the Oakland A’s power hitting 1B/RF Matt Olson who finished the season hitting 11 homers in September, including four homers in four straight games at one point. He would finish with 24 homers in just 59 games! Olson’s most sought after card is his 2013 Bowman Chrome autograph which is still very affordable; his base autograph sells at auction in the $20 range ungraded and $70-80 range in a BGS 9.5 which seems like a bargain.

Hunter Renfroe

A few other rookie prospects similar to Swanson who didn’t quite live up to the hype this season were Padres OF Hunter Renfroe and Indians OF Bradley Zimmer. Renfroe, similar to Swanson, was one of the NL Rookie of the Year favorites this season. Many baseball experts prior to the season starting said he was the one of the most polished rookies. Renfroe struggled throughout the majority of the season but did manage to hit 26 homers this season including three homers in one game. Renfroe’s most sought out card is his 2013 Bowman Chrome Auto, beginning of the season BGS 9.5s were in the $70 range at eBay auction. Ungraded versions of the card have recently sold for $20 and $25 for a refractor.

Bradley Zimmer

Despite being one of the first prospects called up in the 2017 season, Zimmer only made a small impact this season on the Indians. His average was just .241 with 8 HRs and 39 RBIs. Zimmer did have a DL stint, but even when playing he didn’t quite live up to the hype. His most sought out card this season was his 2014 Bowman Chrome Auto which sold as high as $50 ungraded at eBay auction upon his callup. This particular card is now valued at $10-20 ungraded.

The 2017 baseball season will be remembered as one of the most historic and memorable seasons for rookies. And some of the biggest prospects are now vital members of teams in the 2017 MLB Playoffs. So while we will be watching the playoffs, there’s something else on the mind of all card collectors: Who will be next year’s big surprises?

The Verdict on Aaron Judge Rookie Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Hitting home runs in your first two MLB games while wearing a New York Yankees jersey gets people talking. Breaking Mark McGwire’s rookie home run record cements your name in history. For Aaron Judge cards, it’s still too early to see what the next decade’s going to look like. But after a hot start to his career in the Bronx, it’s time to take a closer look at the Aaron Judge Rookie Cards and other early releases that are out there.

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Kareem Hunt Rookie Card Checklist and Gallery

Kareem Hunt Rookie Card Guide

The Kareem Hunt Rookie Card list is a mix of traditional cards and high-end rarities. Autographs and memorabilia player a major role as well, particularly when it comes to high-end Kareem Hunt Rookie Cards.

Entering training camp, the running back was on some collectors’ radars but not in a huge way. But once the regular season started, that changed in a hurry. Hunt has been one of the major standouts in the 2017 NFL rookie class so far. To most, he’s the standout. It’s tough to argue against the fact that Hunt led the entire league, not just first-year players, through the first quarter of the season.

He’s been a big part of the Kansas City’s offense and why the Chiefs are the league’s last undefeated team.

The hobby is starting to notice with Kareem Hunt Rookie Cards entering the top tier of 2017 football products.

When it comes to autographs and memorabilia cards, the top rookies entering each season are usually short printed. But with several quarterbacks, receivers and other running backs taken ahead of him, finding a premium Kareem Hunt Rookie Card isn’t nearly as tough as some other players. In most early-season products, his cards and autographs are more plentiful than most of his peers who were at the Rookie Premiere.

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2017 Panini Nobility Soccer Spotlights the Sport’s Retired Stars – Checklist Is Up

2017 Panini Nobility Soccer has its eyes aimed primarily at the past. The debuting brand focuses largely on retired stars from around the world.

Boxes are a quick break with two packs. However, each is on the large side with 20 cards including an autograph and an assortment of inserts, parallels and more.

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2017 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball Highlights Prospects and Autographs

2017 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball

2017 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball is taking a more hits-based approach to prospecting. How many? Each pack should have a pair of autographs or memorabilia cards with an emphasis on signatures.

Like 2016, hobby boxes are on the smaller side with just five packs.

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2017 Donruss Certified Cuts Football Box Busters

2017 Donruss Certified Cuts Football Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Donruss Certified Cuts Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Leaf Metal Sports Heroes Crosses the Spectrum, Includes McGregor, Mayweather or Messi Autograph Per Case

2017 Leaf Metal Sports Heroes Hobby Box

Jump directly to the 2017 Leaf Metal Sports Heroes checklist.

2017 Leaf Metal Sports Heroes is all-autographs, covering athletes from several sports. That means that mainstream Hall of Famers like Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Sanders are mixed in with stars from sports that have more of a niche hobby reach. Floyd Mayweather are some that fall under this category.

2017 Leaf Metal Sports Heroes is also the first set to include certified autograph cards from Lance Armstrong.

Each box comes with five cards, all autographs.

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Jose Altuve Rookie Card Countdown and Why They’re Some of the Most Overlooked in the Hobby

Most Valuable Jose Altuve Rookie Card Countdown

The Jose Altuve Rookie Card roster is a simple one. It might very well be one of the most overlooked in baseball.

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2017-18 Basketball Card Release Dates, Checklists and Set Information

2017-18 Basketball Card Release Dates, Checklists, Set Information

Looking for 2017-18 basketball card release dates, checklists and set information? What if we told you that all that was just one click away?

You’ve come to the right place because it’s all right here.

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2017 Panini Preferred Football Goes All-In with Autographs, Silhouettes and Booklets

2017 Panini Preferred Football

2017 Panini Preferred Football is all autographs and books spanning a wide number of themes and designs.

Each box comes with five cards. Four are autographs and the last one is a booklet memorabilia card.

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2017-18 Panini Court Kings Basketball Features Cardboard Works of Art

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

No other NBA release coming from Panini America this season should have the same artistic feel and spirit as 2017-18 Panini Court Kings Basketball and you do not have to be an art expert to appreciate the beauty of the cards inside each box.

Releasing on December 6, look for an autograph and a memorabilia card inside each box along with two rookies and a box topper. Read More…

2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments Hockey bring on-demand to e-Pack platform

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hockey card collectors have been waiting for Upper Deck to enter the on-demand trading card market and the company is about to do so with the arrival of 2017-18 Upper Deck Game Dated Moments Hockey on its e-Pack platform.

Every Friday morning at 9:00 PST, starting on October 13, e-Pack users will be able to start a collection of cards featuring some big moments from the previous week. Each pack will contain a single card which looks back at the newest rookies, record breaking moments, key saves, and more. Read More…

2017-18 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Box Busters

2017-18 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017-18 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017-18 Panini Totally Certified Basketball Has Hard-Signed Rookie Ink and More

2017-18 Panini Totally Certified Basketball Gold Kevin Durant

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Collectors looking for a dependable box of cards have long turned to the Totally Certified brand produced by Panini America and with 2017-18 Panini Totally Certified Basketball, there is the potential for some big pulls along with some hard-signed ink.

Releasing in time for the holiday season, Certified boxes will have one autograph and one memorabilia card inside. On top of that, there are plenty of parallels to collect along with lots of content featuring members of the hotly-anticipated 2017 rookie class. Read More…

2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball Puts Fun First

2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball

2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball is about being affordable. It’s about not have to spending hundreds of dollars to build a base set. It’s part of a brand where mascots rule. Most of all, it’s a product that stresses fun.

This is a set that is easy for kids to collect. It’s also one that other collectors who are not really into the modern high-end scene can dig into. And while autographs and memorabilia cards are in 2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball, they’re clearly not the focal point and come with no box guarantees.

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Beckett Media Appoints 2018 Industry Summit Co-Hosts

Beckett Media, the world’s most trusted brand in collectibles, announced Bill Sutherland, Beckett’s VP of Data Acquisitions and Ray Schulte, CEO / President of Schulte Sports Marketing & PR, Inc., will team up to manage and co-host the 32nd Annual 2018 Industry Summit, the ultimate    business-to-business trade event for sports collectible executives and insiders.

The Industry Summit is considered the essential event for our collectible industry’s leading retailers, manufacturers, licensors and service providers.” said Kevin Isaacson, VP Beckett Media Sales and Marketing. “With the appointment of Bill Sutherland and Ray Schulte as co-host I’m excited and confident the Summit will continue to thrive and evolve for many years to come.”

The Industry Summit conferences were previously held in Honolulu, Hawaii, in addition to locations in Arizona, Florida and most recently Las Vegas last year. The Industry Summit will be hosted by Beckett Media’s corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas, February 25th through 28th, 2018.

“The Industry Summit provides meaningful business-to-business (B2B) value benefiting our collectible industry partners.” said Bill Sutherland, VP of Data Acquisitions. “I’m looking forward to working with many of the collectible industry senior executive and industry leaders and to co-hosting the event in Dallas with Ray Schulte. He brings a diversified collectible experience and meaningful perspective concerning the collectible industry.”

For more event information visit www.theindustrysummit.com.   Corporate sponsorship packets and early-bird registration for retailers and service providers can be obtained by contacting Bill Sutherland at BSutherland@Beckett.com and/or Ray Schulte at Ray@SchulteSports.com.

For up-to-date event information be sure to follow The Industry Summit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram at @industrysummit. Hashtag #industrysummit2018.

About The Industry Summit

The Industry Summit, a Beckett Media property, is the multi-billion collectible industry’s annual business-to -business trade conference comprised of industry professionals, including manufacturers, licensors, distributors, retailers and service providers.

About Beckett Media

Beckett Media has been the voice of the collectibles industry from the time Dr. James Beckett published his first Sport Americana Baseball Card price Guide book in 1979 to the launch of the first issue of Beckett Baseball magazine five years later. In the time since that rather simplistic first issue of Beckett Baseball, the magazine – and the company itself – has grown in significant proportions, similar to the very field it covers.

With over 30 years of serving the most trusted resource for collectors, Beckett Media continues to facilitate trade and lead the collectibles industry with dynamic products and services.

 About Bill Sutherland

Bill Sutherland is a 30+ year veteran of the industry, with over twenty years at Beckett. His passion for collecting led him to open a card shop business while in college, and since then he has spent twenty plus years working in various positions at Beckett. Bill has worn many hats during those twenty years, including management roles in the price guide department, e-commerce, auctions and more. Bill currently leads the Entrust Data Services division as VP of Data Acquisitions, which includes the pricing department at Beckett.

About Ray Schulte

Ray Schulte founded his sports agency in New York City back in the early eighties. Schulte Sports Marketing, Public Relations & Social Media agency specializing in corporate and non-profit relations and representation of professional athlete’s off the field activities, including but not limited to: corporate appearances, licensing, marketing, signature management, public relations, charitable relationships, social media and evaluating and analyzing all projects including opportunities presented to the player in any business capacity.

 

 

2016-17 Panini Immaculate Collection Basketball 1st Off the Line Box Busters

2016-17 Panini Immaculate Basketball 1st Off the Line Box

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open a 1st Off the Line box of 2016-17 Panini Immaculate Collection Basketball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Donruss Certified Cuts Football Checklist Has Cut Signatures Galore

2017 Donruss Certified Cuts Football focuses heavily on the cut signature theme. And it’s not just greats from the past. Current stars and rookies also have autograph cards in the product done with a cut style.

Twelve-pack 2017 Donruss Certified Cuts Football hobby boxes come with a pair of autograph cards plus two additional signed or memorabilia cards. plus two additional signed or memorabilia cards. Each case, which has a dozen boxes, includes two cut signatures.

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1976 Topps Star Trek Box Fetches Over $7,500

1976 Topps Star Trek Box - Baseball Card Exchange, Oct 2017

A complete box of 1976 Topps Star Trek trading cards just went for some major money on eBay. The box, which was sold by Baseball Card Exchange, closed on October 1 for $7,575.

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2017 Cryptozoic DC Comics Bombshells Checklist Mixes Trading Cards, Figures and ’40s-Style Pin-Up Art

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2017 Cryptozoic DC Comics Bombshells trading cards are more than just trading cards. They mix in another element from the manufacturer’s pop culture portfolio — vinyl figures.

Each box comes with a familiar card configuration plus a Golden Goddess Lil Bombshells figure not available anywhere else.

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2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Baseball Checklist Has Top Picks, International Signings and an Autograph Per Pack

2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Baseball

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2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Baseball sees the venerable brand return to the diamond as a standalone release after taking 2016 off.
Centered largely on this year’s draft class, international signings and other prospects, hobby packs promise an autograph per pack.

The product also highlights past and current players shown from their college days.

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