2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Shammys Highlight the Best and Worst of Music

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Grammys are one of the biggest nights of the year for the music industry. 2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Shammys poke fun at the awards ceremony as well as some of the big-name nominees. In a couple of instances, the limited edition set actually deviates from the GPK norm, paying their respects to some late music icons.

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

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

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 Network Spews Make Light of What’s Happening in the News

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Network Spews take an irreverent look at what’s happening in the world. It’s another print-on-demand line that has not definite finish in sight. As long as things are happening, you can expect the checklist to grow.

They’re a spin out of sorts from the strictly political 2016-17 Topps GPK Disg-race to the White House, albeit with more than just Donald Trump, his friends and adversaries. The news reach also touches on 2005 Topps Chronicles, one of the company’s earlier online-exclusive attempts that had a new card each week based on a major event.

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2017 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball Abides

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball isn’t going to be confused with something from another brand. Keeping what makes it one of the biggest releases each year, it’s all about old-fashioned designs, quirky inserts and the other predictable surprises.

Autographs, memorabilia cards and rip cards continue to fall three per hobby box. Each pack also promises one mini card.

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1977 Topps Cloth Stickers Baseball Make for a Cheap, Sticky Situation

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

1977 Topps Cloth Stickers Baseball arrived as a test issue, offering something a little different outside of the year’s main release. The look may be familiar but the feel is definitely different. And like the flagship 1977 Topps Baseball, the majority of these stickers remain extremely affordable.

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Top Bray Wyatt Cards (And Husky Harris, Too)

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Every so often, a wrestler comes along that captures the audience’s imagination. The concepts of good guys and bad guys are tossed aside for compelling action, memorable promos and goosebump-inducing entrances. Enter Bray Wyatt and his army of fireflies. While it has taken the third-generation star a while to ascend to the top of the wrestling world, he’s made it, winning the WWE Championship at the 2017 Elimination Chamber. With that in mind, here’s a look at some of the key Bray Wyatt cards, including a couple that have the superstar under earlier personas.

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2016-17 Imports Dragon NHL Figures offer both physical and digital play

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Following the release of the NHL Figures League app earlier this season, collectors were awaiting a new series of 2.5″ scale toys from Imports Dragon that they could virtually add to their lineups and display on their shelves.

Information has surfaced confirming the company’s lineup for the 2016-17 Imports Dragon NHL Figures series. There are 54 players to collect that can be shown off or played with as part of a physical game or within the app thanks to a scratch-off code that appears on each player’s game card. Read More…

2017 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football Revisits ’90s Leaf Designs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football may feature new names to the hobby but there’s definitely a sense of familiarity that comes with the all-autograph product.

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2017 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016 Football Card Release Dates, Checklist and Set Information

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Looking for 2016 football card release dates, checklists, price guide access and set information? Want to buy some boxes or check out box breaks?

You’ve come to the right place.

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Hobby Edition of the 2017 Topps Baseball Complete Set Includes Exclusive Parallels

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Life is filled with cycles and patterns. Every summer brings the heat. In most parts of the world, winter means snow or cooler temperatures. Spring means the stars of baseball season. And taxes. For many, particularly casual collectors, the annual Topps Baseball factory set is another tradition. It’s a way to keep up with the hobby without any excess beyond the flagship release. Keeping with tradition, the hobby take on the 2017 Topps Baseball Complete Set includes something a little extra in the form of exclusive parallels.

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Beckett Media Is Hiring

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Turn your love of collectibles into a career!

Beckett Media is looking for talented people to join our team of passionate collectibles fans in several positions: Sports/Non-sports Grader, Advertising Sales Representative, and Market Analyst.

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1998 Playoff Contenders Peyton Manning Autograph PSA 10 Tops $40,000 in Early Bidding

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 1998 Playoff Contenders Peyton Manning autograph is a classic among modern sports cards. Like other classic cards, it can fetch some astounding prices.

With more than two weeks to go, a PSA 10 1998 Playoff Contenders Peyton Manning autograph has already topped $40,000 through Hertiage Auctions’ Platinum Night sale.

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2017 Topps Archives Baseball Parties Like It’s 1959 (And 1960, 1982 and 1992)

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Archives Baseball embraces the past. It brings a sense of familiarity while offering new cards. Just like other recent editions of the brand, the goal is to trigger memories of old-time baseball, wads of pink gum and bike rides to the corner store — no matter what generation you’re from.

But no matter how rooted in the “good old days” the product is, it’s still a modern release. That means autographs and several chase elements to go along with the main set.

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Beckett Radio This Week: Mike James, Beckett Authentication’s Steve Grad

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This week Eric and Paul are joined by Mike James, the creator of the new Welcome to the Show set that features some of the most popular talents in sideshows. Dedicate to the peculiar, the set also brings his art and their talents to the forefront of the hobby with a new twist, no pun intended, on collecting.

Later, the guys are joined by Steve Grad of Beckett Authentication Services who dives deep in on Star Wars, Batman and the different aspects that go into the cost of collecting autographs from celebrities and athlete.

All that, plus Charles Oakley gets the boot from MSG, Tom Brady talk, and much more.

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Here Are Two Prospects Kris Bryant Says You Should Be Watching

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Two years ago, we were talking about Kris Bryant the prospect. Now he’s a big reason why the Cubs are World Series Champions. He’s also the reigning National League MVP.

Still, at just 25-years of age, Bryant is aware of who’s making their way up through the minors.

When asked which prospects and young players collectors should watch out for, Bryant was quick to give two names.

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2017 Baseball Card Release Dates and Set Information

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Looking for 2017 baseball card release dates, checklists and set information?

You’ve come to the right place.

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2017 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Reborn Trading Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

One of Topps’ most comprehensive Star Wars lines is returning after a nearly four-year absence. With new movies, TV shows and more to draw from, 2017 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Reborn covers all corners of the expansive fictional universe.

The large checklist delves deep into characters with other areas of the product digging even further.

Hobby boxes come with two total autographs or premium inserts.

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2016-17 Panini Revolution Basketball Parallels and How to Spot Them

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016-17 Panini Revolution Basketball is a rare modern product that doesn’t autographs and memorabilia cards in every hobby box. It’s also not a product that limits itself largely to color for its parallels.

Revolution is still big on offering different versions of base cards and inserts. They’re just a lot more distinct — you might even say wild. Actually, the 2016-17 Panini Revolution Basketball parallels are totally wild.

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All 2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts, MVP Rookie Redemptions revealed

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Wondering what 2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Rookie Redemption you have? The card maker has started to release the names of the players that will fill in the checklist as well as some of their other planned redemptions from 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio and 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP.

What many collectors have been chasing as of late are the rookie redemptions from 2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts. Split into those that extend the base set and those that are part of a group of 20 that were assigned roman numerals, there is often quite a bit of speculation as to which players are picked. Read More…

2017 Topps UFC Fire Has Big Designs and Online Exclusivity

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps UFC Fire aims to convey the same intensity showcased inside the Octagon.

The latest extension of the brand, once again featuring the designs of Tyson Beck, is an online-exclusive. Each box, which carries a $24.99 price tag on the Topps website, comes with 20 cards including an autograph.

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2016-17 Panini Revolution Basketball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016-17 Panini Revolution Basketball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Channels the Art of the Game

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just as it has from its debut as a subset in 1982 Donruss, 2017 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball takes an artful look at the game. It offers a distinct look, a far-reaching checklist and plenty of parallels and inserts.

Twelve-pack hobby boxes come with a pair of autographs or memorabilia.

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What It Takes to Build a 2017 Topps Baseball Parallel Rainbow

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re chasing a full 2017 Topps Baseball parallel rainbow of your favorite player, you’ve got your work cut out for you. Each card has more than a dozen different versions that factor in not only color but card stock as well.

Some are found only in certain packs sold at certain stores, others are available in all pack types. Some have serial numbers, others aren’t.

This is standard for the flagship release and around the same as how it has been for several years. There may be a couple tweaks here and there, but nothing major.

Some of the 2017 Topps parallels are easier to spot than others. For example, the Rainbow Foil and Clear cards come with a totally different surface. The Negatives make images look like molten metal, so they’re easy too. But the color-based cards may require a second look. The places to spot the color are two pennant-shaped triangles on the top half of the card and the space below the name plate. Of course, if they’re serial numbered, that’s another way. But sometimes these can be subtle enough that you may miss them if you blow quickly through packs.

While it may seem like a lot of parallels, most of them could prove to be fairly tough to track down with 50 copies or less in circulation.

To help you keep tabs on all of the 2017 Topps Baseball parallels, here’s a gallery showing what they look like and, when applicable, notes one where they’re exclusive to.

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2016 Panini Instant Football Cards Offer Quick Turnaround as NFL Season Unfolds

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Instant Football marks the first set of print-on-demand cards from the company where the launch coincided with the start of a pro season.

Like other Panini Instant products and ones like it, the main idea is to capture events and storylines on cards as they happen with a turnaround time of days rather than months.

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Tom Brady Autograph Signing Set for March with TRISTAR — Here’s the Price List

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Fresh off his fifth Super Bowl win — in dramatic fashion, no less — Tom Brady has a private autograph signing set for March with TRISTAR. And when you’re a five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback, those signatures don’t come cheap.

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Tom Brady Rookie Card Countdown

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Here’s the story, of a man named Brady, who has lots of early football cards. While all are good, they’re not necessarily equal so let’s count down all the Tom Brady Rookie Cards and find out which are the most valuable.

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2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy Trading Cards Continue the Satire

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Donald Trump and his ascension to the White House have been fodder for many Garbage Pail Kids. Cards for the primaries were followed by GPK DisgRace for the White House, which topped more than 150 cards. The latter included Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but Trump and company took the majority of the checklist seeing as how it continued well after the November election. It continues with 2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy, a similar line of online offerings that satirize the 45th President’s first 100 days in the White House.

Despite there being a separate set of online Wacky Packages released at the same time, it didn’t take long for these to be added to Trumpocracy as well.

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Super Bowl LI Spotlight: LeGarrette Blount

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The running back carousel throughout Tom Brady’s career has been mind-boggling. It’s also a testament to his greatness, hardly ever having consistence at running back. Corey Dillon was probably Brady’s best backfield weapon. Now he has LaGarrette Blount, who’s contributed since the 2013 season. In 2016, he totaled more than 1,100 rushing yards and scored an NFL-leading 18 touchdowns.

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2016-17 Panini Limited Basketball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016-17 Panini Limited Basketball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016 Panini National Treasures Football Marks the Brand’s 10th Anniversary

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini National Treasures Football marks the tenth anniversary of the ultra-premium brand. Although the hobby continues to evolve and other sets have surpassed National Treasures as far as initial price tag goes, there’s something to be said for history.

As you’d expect, a lot of the high-end, low-numbered autographs and memorabilia elements return. There are also some nods to the past and themes around the anniversary.

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2017 Panini Super Bowl Private Signings Football Offers Autograph Incentives for Buying Boxes Direct

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Super Bowl Private Signings cards are promos available through Panini’s online shop. Available for a limited time, collectors get an exclusive autograph card that’s not available anywhere else.

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Super Bowl LI Spotlight: Julio Jones

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Julio Jones narrowly missed leading the NFL in receiving yards this season, even missing two games. Still, he is the No. 1 offensive weapon on the league’s top-scoring offense.

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2001 Topps XFL Football Cards Are a Reminder of the Short-Lived League

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps’ football history has covered many pro leagues. Their run with the NFL was a long one. Their early days also included the AFL. The Canadian Football League got a few sets from the American manufacturer in the late 1950s and early ’60s. 1984 Topps USFL remains one of the sport’s most popular and valuable sets of the decade. And then there’s 2001 Topps XFL, a one-and-done product showcasing the short-lived league.

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This Week on Beckett Radio: Evan Mathis, Custom Cards from Tanner Jones, 2017 Topps Series 1

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This week on Eric and Paul are bringing you a loaded show with a little something for everyone.

First up is the mustache himself, Tanner Jones, who has a pretty sweet way to help you create your very own one of a kind collectible.

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Next, Ryan Cracknell joins the guys to talk all things Topps Series 1 Baseball. He breaks down all the variations, silver packs, and buybacks that you can handle.

Finally, All-SEC First Teamer, two-time Pro Bowler, and World Champion Evan Mathis jumps on to talk a little bit about his PSA 10 collecting project, and give some great insight to what prepping for the Super Bowl is like.

All this, plus giveaways, auctions, and fantasy talk and more.

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