2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball aims to end the season in fine fashion

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Even with the 2017-18 NBA season on the horizon, Panini America still has at least one more release from the current campaign on its schedule and 2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball is set to debut in mid-September.

A premium product with a hefty price tag expected to be in the $500 range, 2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball will have five hard-signed autographs per box on average along with two base cards and a parallel. However, there is one box in each case that is expected to sub out one of those parallels for a precious metal card which will house a generous piece of gold or silver. Read More…

Unannounced 2017-18 Upper Deck MVP Postseason Inserts Found

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

As some collectors and dealers may have expected, the release of 2017-18 Upper Deck MVP Hockey has seen an unannounced insert set surface.

The simply titled 2017-18 Upper Deck MVP Postseason cards appear to have a focus on members of the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the runner-up Nashville Predators. Read More…

2017 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 2 Trading Cards Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 2 trading cards see more time travel, romance, autographs and memorabilia cards. The follow-up to the wildly popular Season 1 set may not have the widespread appeal of, say, a Star Wars or Star Trek release, but there’s a core fandom with Outlander that is extremely passionate.

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2017 Leaf Signature Series Tennis Checklist Includes Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Leaf Signature Series Tennis brings autographs from some of the game’s greats, past and present. And while the product as a whole is limited, several of the biggest names are included as case hits.

Every box of the signature-only product has ten autographs.

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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?

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2017 Topps Chrome Baseball Refractor Cheat Sheet

Need help identifying or keeping track of all the 2017 Topps Chrome Baseball Refractor types?

If you’re chasing a particular player or team, there are enough of them that a handy catch-all reference would probably be helpful. Well, you’re in luck because here’s just the thing.

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2017 Panini Gold Standard Football Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017 Panini Gold Standard Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 4 Lands Line’s First Stephen Amell Autographs

2017 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 4 Stephen Amell Autograph

We knew Stephen Amell Arrow autograph cards were coming. What wasn’t official was where they would land. Consider it official now. 2017 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 4 trading cards includes signatures from the show’s lead star.

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2017 Bowman Platinum Baseball Box Busters

Join Beckett Baseball’s Dave Sliepka and Brian Fleischer as they open some 2017 Bowman Platinum Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Tier One Baseball Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Dave Sliepka and Brian FLeischer as they open some 2017 Topps Tier One Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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661 and Beyond: 2012 Topps Bryce Harper Rookie Card Variations

Bryce Harper was a late addition to the 2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball checklist. With not a lot of wiggle room to get him into the regular part of the base set, he was tacked on to the end. But there were some other repercussions as the regular 2012 Topps Bryce Harper #661 is a tough short print.

Further complicating matters is the fact that the card has a few different variations available elsewhere. So unless you know what to look for, it can be a little confusing.

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2017 Topps Star Wars High Tek Brings Back Acetate, Patterns Galore, One Autograph Per Box

2017 Topps Star Wars High Tek marks the third year that the acetate brand has headed to a galaxy far, far away. While the basic premise of abundant pattern variations and one autograph per box remains, there are some new additions in both the visuals and the configuration.

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2017 Non-Sport and Entertainment Trading Card Release Dates and Info

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Looking for 2017 non-sport and entertainment trading card release dates, checklists and set information?

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2017 Topps Allen & Ginter X Baseball Is Back in Black

2017 Topps Allen & Ginter X Baseball marks the third year in a row that the brand received a black overhaul. And, once again, it was available only as an online exclusive — one that sold out extremely quickly upon its launch on the Topps website.

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2017 Panini Absolute Football Mixes Memorabilia and More

2017 Panini Absolute Football goes beyond the usual jersey swatches when it comes to memorabilia. If it can be worn or used and is visible on the field, there’s a good chance it’s somewhere on the checklist.

Not surprisingly, the product’s configuration is focused heavily on memorabilia and autographs. Each three-pack 2017 Panini Absolute Football box has at least three signed cards and two with swatches or game gear. At least one of the hits comes in the form of a Rookie Premiere Material Autograph.

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2017 Upper Deck Alien Trading Cards Blend New- and Old-School for Fresh Look at the Classic Movie

In space, no one can hear you scream. But can they hear you bust a pack of cards? It’s unlikely that 2017 Upper Deck Alien trading cards are going to be given the chance, but people can here on Earth. A follow-up to 2016 Upper Deck Alien Anthology, this set focuses only on the original 1979 film.

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2017 Rittenhouse Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collector’s Set 3 Finally Gets Seth Green to Sign Autographs

Over the last 20 years, virtually every major actor from Buffy the Vampire Slayer has signed autograph cards for the series. 2017 Rittenhouse Buffy the Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collector’s Set 3 knocks another one off the list with Seth Green finally agreeing to lend his signature to trading cards.

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2017-18 Upper Deck MVP Hockey Checklist and Team Set Lists

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The current regular hockey schedule is just coming to a close and the playoffs are upon us, but Upper Deck is already looking toward the future as details have arrived regarding the company’s first release of the next campaign – 2017-18 Upper Deck MVP Hockey.

A summer staple in recent years, this edition of MVP offers up some of the aspects collectors have come to appreciate along with some new ideas and changes. Read More…

2017 Panini Unparalleled Football Is Bold, Checklist Highlights Several Overlooked Players

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Unparalleled Football is home to many things: bright and bold designs, autographs and memorabilia, and a checklist featuring lots of veteran players who haven’t had cards before.

Boxes come with eight packs of eight cards. Across that box are a pair of autographs, a memorabilia card, eight inserts and more than 20 parallels.

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2017 Funko Pop NFL Legends Field a Roster of Gold Jacket Greats

If the Golden Girls can get the POP treatment, some of football’s all-time greats should be able to as well. And they are. 2017 Funko POP NFL Legends depicts nearly a dozen Hall of Famer players, plus a couple of coaches, as the distinct vinyl figures.

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1980-81 Topps Larry Bird, Magic Johnson Rookie Card Sells for Over $74,000

Traditionally, when time passes and the dust settles, Rookie Cards with multiple players are anchored by one superstar (if any). The 1980-81 Topps Larry Bird and Magic Johnson Rookie Card (which also has Julius Erving) is probably the most notable exception. One of the most iconic basketball cards of all-time, a PSA 10 copy of the card went for almost $75,000.

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2017 Donruss Optic Baseball White Sparkle Parallels Arrive on Panini Rewards

If you’re working on a 2017 Donruss Optic Baseball rainbow — or chasing Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger — some of the toughest parallels in the product have landed. But the White Sparkle cards aren’t in regular hobby or retail packs.

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2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Kicks Off the Company’s 67th Year of Flagship

The flagship 2018 Topps Baseball is sticking with a streamlined, modern design. Configuration wise, it keeps with many of the traditions established and carved out over the last few years. It starts with 2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball, which is scheduled to release on January 31.

2018 marks the 67th consecutive year for the flagship release dating back to 1952.

What does that look like? Here’s a detailed breakdown.

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2017-18 Upper Deck Overtime Hockey offers a fun bonus for collectors

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For the past few seasons, collectors that have purchased hobby boxes of hockey products produced by Upper Deck have been able to obtain special Overtime bonus packs from retailers affiliated with Universal Distribution in Canada and GTS Distribution in the United States.

Back again for another year, packs of 2017-18 Upper Deck Overtime Hockey will be given out over the course of the upcoming season with the purchase of as of yet undetermined releases from the company. The packs will come out in three waves and will yield a mix of cards that includes parallels, inserts, and autographs. Read More…

Sweet Product Has The Babe’s Blessing

By Mike Payne

One of the many people that stopped by the Beckett booth at the 38th National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago was Andre Chiavelli, whose new Babe Ruth’s Long Ball Black Licorice is set to launch to the market in just a few weeks.

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2017 Topps Dynasty Baseball Is Near the Top of the High-End Scale with Low-Numbered Autographs

2017 Topps Dynasty Baseball may no longer be the most expensive product in the company’s portfolio. But it’s still far from cheap. The brand returns for another year of single-card boxes where everything is an autograph numbered to 10 or less.

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2017 Panini Immaculate Soccer Features Brand’s Trademark High-End Memorabilia Focus

Last year Flawless. Now Panini is bringing another of its ultra high-end brands to the pitch. Just like the brand has in other sports, 2017 Panini Immaculate Soccer focuses primarily on memorabilia and autographs. Five out of the six cards in each box include such additions.

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2017 Topps Star Wars Stellar Signatures Landing at $10,000 Per Box

With a suggested price tag of $10,000, Boba Fett probably could have collected his bounty on Han Solo with a box of 2017 Topps Star Wars Stellar Signatures.

The product, which was first revealed at the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention, takes high-end to the extreme corners of the galaxy, especially for a license that has never topped out at higher than $300 per box at its time of release.

So what does $10,000 get a hardcore Star Wars collector?

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2017 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Gallery and How to Spot Them

In case you were wondering, yes, there are 2017 Topps Chrome Baseball variations.

A total of 25 cards have received the SSP treatment. However, things are also different than most sets. Instead of base cards being featured on variations, it’s only Refractors in 2017 Topps Chrome Baseball.

Here are some tips and a detailed gallery on how to spot them.

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2017 Donruss Football Checklist Has a Retro Vibe with an Eye for the New

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

At first glance, the nostalgia is apparent in 2017 Donruss Football. And while there’s a retro vibe that runs through much of the checklist, there are several new additions as well.

Hobby boxes have both an autograph and a memorabilia card to go along with nearly two inserts per pack.

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2017 Topps Chrome Baseball Checklist Includes Cody Bellinger, Aaron Judge Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Chrome Baseball fills that chromium space for collectors who prefer major leaguers versus the large prospect focus that Bowman sets feature. Refractors are back in a full rainbow of colors. Multiple autographs — mostly rookies — are in both hobby boxes, and a few new inserts have been thrown in as well.

2017 Topps Chrome Baseball has both regular hobby and hobby jumbo boxes. Regular hobby boxes come with two autographs while jumbo have five total signed cards and the promise of a Refractor in every pack.

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2017 Panini Select Racing Highlighted by Prizms Galore, On-Card Autographs

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Select Racing isn’t new to NASCAR, but you have to go back to the days when Pinnacle was still around as its own company to when it was last released. 2017 Panini Select Racing sees the chromium brand return with a modern spin that includes two autographs and three memorabilia cards per box plus plenty of color.

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2017 Topps Heritage WWE Turns Back the Clock to 1987

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Heritage WWE takes things back to one of the biggest years in wrestling history — 1987. That was the year Hulk Hogan bodyslammed Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III. In the hobby, it was the year Topps brought back the woodgrain borders.

Put the two together, give it a modern spin and you’ve got 2017 Topps Heritage WWE.

Each hobby box has two hits, one of which is guaranteed to be an autograph.

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National Sports Collector Convention Locations and Dates for 2018, 2019, 2020

The 2020 National Sports Collectors Convention is returning to Atlantic City. It joins Cleveland (2018) and Chicago (2019) as confirmed upcoming cities for the biggest sports card and memorabilia show in the world.

Confirmation of the 2020 National’s location came via Twitter:

 

The 2018 National in Cleveland and 2019 show in Chicago were previously announced several years ago.

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Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards and Other Important Early Cards

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

After making a quick and dramatic impact, interest in Cody Bellinger Rookie Cards and anything with his name on it is rising. That’s what happens when you start setting some impressive home run records during your first couple of months in the majors.

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