2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Low Series Football Box Busters

2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Low Series Football Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Low Series Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016-17 Upper Deck AHL Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016-17 Upper Deck AHL Hockey.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Sports Crate Subscription Box Launching with 10 MLB Teams

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Subscription services are all the rage right now. Loot Crate, Funko and plenty more deliver themed boxes of goodies and collectibles to thousands of fans and collectors each month. The sports card world has a couple as well like Loot Locker, which highlights sport-specific packs. Now comes Sports Crate.

From the makers of Loot Crate, Sports Crate is a fan-centered box launching with items targeting ten MLB teams. It’s also the league’s exclusive licensed subscription box.

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Panini America, USA Baseball Extend Exclusive Trading Card Deal

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Panini America and USA Baseball are continuing to work together. Under the deal, Panini maintains exclusive rights to produce cards of past and present members of the United States national team.

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2017 Topps Opening Day Stadium Signatures, National Anthem Among Surprisingly Tough Chases

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Opening Day Baseball has no shortage of inserts. Collectors should expect to find at least one per pack. That said, some are more easy to find than others — much easier. As far as short prints go, we’re not just talking autographs, memorabilia cards or variations, which have always been hard to pull in the $1-per-pack product. 2017 Topps Opening Day Stadium Signatures and National Anthem are a couple of inserts that push the limits of extreme rarity for the entry-level brand.

How rare? Enough that collectors should be watching closely for them as they bust packs. Also, if you’re chasing them, expect to pay a lot more than you’re used to for Opening Day inserts that don’t have an autograph or swatch attached to them.

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Chicken Scratch: 2017 Donruss San Diego Chicken Autographs Include Subtle Variations

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The chicken strikes again in 2017 Donruss Baseball. After returning to the world of baseball cards last year in 2016 Donruss and 2016 Donruss Optic, the San Diego Chicken is back.

This time Panini is upping the ante, though. While last year’s sets included Silhouette-style memorabilia and autographed memorabilia cards, the 2017 Donruss San Diego Chicken memorabilia cards have three swatches of material. But there’s a bit of a variant twist when it comes to the small number of signed versions.

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2017 Panini Stars and Stripes Baseball Checklist Showcases Past and Present National Team Stars

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Stars and Stripes Baseball marks the brand’s return after a one-year absence. Still a pack-based product, it’s taking more of a streamlined approach this time around with fewer packs. That said, each pack now includes either an autograph or memorabilia card.

The checklist is also simplified. It’s limited to base cards, parallels and hits. 2017 Panini Stars and Stripes Baseball doesn’t have any other inserts.

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2017 Imports Dragon MLB Figures Introduce New Names to Lineup

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Imports Dragon MLB figures are the company’s sophomore effort since taking over the license from McFarlane. The basic premise remains the same as 2016, only with a lot of new names.

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2017 Topps Opening Day Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Topps Opening Day variations mark the fifth consecutive year for the short prints. Like flagship Topps and a handful of other sets each year, the focus is on offering alternate photos for select base cards.

Opening Day variations may not gain quite the same level of traction as comparable SSPs in the main Topps release or Topps Heritage, but they do offer a hunt that are usually most popular with team and player collectors.

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Breaking Down the 2016 Select Football Prizm Parallel Rainbow

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Over the past couple of years, the Select brand has carved out its niche. Yes, it’s chromium-based like Prizm, which also means lots of Prizm parallels. But it’s a little more than that. Select combines that distinct design element with a tiered structure. And within each tier, there’s a different rainbow to chase. For the 2016 Select Football parallels, that means a large master rainbow but it also opens things up to customizable combinations as big or as small that appeals to the individual collector.

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Patrik Laine Signs Exclusive Memorabilia Deal with Fanatics Authentic

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Fanatics Authentic has added Winnipeg Jets rookie sniper Patrik Laine to its extensive list of exclusive athletes. The deal makes Fanatics the only place collectors will be able to get signed and game-used memorabilia.

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2016 Panini Select Football Box Busters

2016 Select Football Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Panini Select Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Now MLS Soccer Sees On-Demand Line Return for a Second Season

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps Now is back in MLS for a second season. 2017 Topps Now MLS Soccer sees the print-on-demand line continue, telling the story of the season as it plays out.

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2016-17 Panini Instant Basketball Checklist, Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

It was only a matter of time before Panini America was able to produce its first cards of Kevin Durant in a Golden State Warriors uniform and the company chose to utilize its exclusive athlete to kick off its 2016-17 Panini Instant Basketball collection.

Available for just a short 24-hour window, the new set of on-demand cards have several numbered variations, including a facsimile signature option, which is a new concept for the brand. Read More…

2017 Leaf Draft Football Checklist and Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Leaf has several premium products aimed at the hobby market. 2017 Leaf Draft Football is one for retail.

Instead of autograph-only premium boxes, this product comes in blaster boxes that have plenty of base cards. But that doesn’t mean that autographs are absent. Each blaster has a pair of signed cards.

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2017 Topps Stadium Club MLS Soccer Cards Are Big on Photos, Small on Frills

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Stadium Club MLS isn’t the brand’s first set on the soccer pitch but it is for the expanding North American league. With it comes the photography focal point. And while there are other inserts, including two autographs per hobby box, the images are the attraction.

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2016-17 Topps Now Premier League Soccer Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016-17 Topps Now Premier League Soccer follows in the print-on-demand footsteps of MLS and several other Topps releases. Focusing on the big events of the season, it’s near-instant gratification for collectors. And while the overall concept is the same as other Topps Now releases, its delivery has been tweaked a little to appeal to global audiences.

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Big hits are on the way with 2016-17 Panini National Treasures Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

When a trading card manufacturer develops a premium or high-end brand, it does require a bit of regular innovation and change to remain fresh with collectors as time goes on. In the case of Panini America‘s National Treasures, the 2016-17 edition has a few new ideas in store along with the stuff that makes it a hobby favorite.

Expected to be released on April 19, each 10-card box of 2016-17 Panini National Treasures Basketball will be loaded up with a whopping eight autograph or memorabilia cards featuring cool swatches of game-worn and player-worn material and on-card signatures. Read More…

Top 20 Buffy the Vampire Slayer Trading Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When it comes to entertainment, there was a time when Buffy the Vampire Slayer trading cards ruled the hobby. The iconic comedy-horror struck an honest nerve. Despite its weekly onslaught of suave vampires, ghoulish monsters and other Hellmouth denizens, Buffy felt more real than just about anything on TV at the time.

That realness translated into a wildly popular line of cards that remains strong today. Inkworks introduced the show to North American collectors. Debuting their Season 1 set in 1998, it remains a benchmark release.

But the non-sport hobby was in a different place then. But that didn’t stop the show from creating many popular and valuable cards.

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2017 World Baseball Classic Game-Used Gear Up for Auction

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps has 2017 World Baseball Classic memorabilia cards on the way. But what if you want a full piece of game-used gear? Enter MLB Auctions.

Among their current online offerings are pieces from the tournament.

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2017 Panini Instant Nascar Racing Cards Checklist and Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With the launch of a new season comes 2017 Panini Instant Nascar racing cards, the sophomore set for the print-on-demand line.

Sold exclusively through Panini’s online store, cards chart the 2017 racing season. Look for winners and other notable highlights to be showcased as the checklist takes shape and the year unfolds.

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2017 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Makes New from Old

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Throwback Thursday makes new cards from old designs. Not that the concept is a new one from the card maker.

Like last year, the idea is to mash up recognizable elements from their large library of products and give them a different spin. Each week, a new mini set is released with a new theme and a different design.

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Pittsburgh Steelers prospect Valerian Ume-Ezeoke enjoying NFLPA Externship with Panini America

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Preparing for life after pro sports can be a daunting thing for many athletes. Lifestyle changes are in the mix, and more often than not, the money and perks begin to dry up as well.

Some players, however, are able to prepare for such a drastic alterations to their lives and can often rely on their educational background to break into a new field. The National Football League Players Association is at the forefront of helping its athletes adjust with the NFLPA Externship program and for the second year in a row, a player is getting some valuable work experience related to the world of trading cards at Panini America.

Valerian Ume-Ezeoke, who is on the edge of catching on the offensive line of the Pittsburgh Steelers, has spent the past three weeks in the company’s Dallas office and spoke with Beckett Media about why he chose to get some experience there.

“I was actually at the NFLPA headquarters back in the Fall and it was an event for some of the guys that got injured. We had a discussion about life after football, as a player you don’t usually think about it. They were telling us a little bit about the opportunities and brought up the externship. I thought it was great because as a player, playing football does not last forever. Being able to get the experience outside of the football field, I thought that would be good for me.” Read More…

Who’s Signing for 2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series is the first set for the franchise to include an autograph in every pack.

And when that’s the case, a large autograph checklist should be expected. And that’s exactly the way the product is.

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1952 Topps Willie Mays PSA 9 Soars Past $150,000 on eBay

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A 1952 Topps Willie Mays graded PSA 9 has found its way to eBay. And with several days remaining, it has already topped $150,000.

But if recent sales are any indication, the final price should end up much, much higher.

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Where to Find 2017 Topps World Baseball Classic Memorabilia Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

World Baseball Classic memorabilia cards are coming to select 2017 Topps products. The company has announced some initial plans for relic cards and noted other products where pieces will show up in the months ahead.

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2016-17 Panini Prestige Basketball Checklist

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

After two seasons as a retail-only release, 2016-17 Panini Prestige Basketball is heading back to hobby shops with plenty of hits expected inside every box.

In fact, each pack of Prestige will contain either and insert of parallel in addition to the possibility of pulling an autograph or memorabilia card. The ink lands twice per box along with one card featuring game-used or player-worn material. Panini America is attempting to offer a high-end feel at an affordable price with his release and it will tie in perfect with the company’s upcoming Player of the Day promotion. Read More…

2016 Panini Honors Football Box Busters

2016 Panni Honors Football Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016 Panini Honors Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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How to Tell the 2017 Topps Heritage Baseball Parallels Apart

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Sometimes parallels can be a little tricky. Telltale signs like serial numbers and brightly colored borders can give way to more subtle differences. Such is the case with the 2017 Topps Heritage Baseball parallels where some of the rarest — and potentially most valuable — can require a close look on the back.

Let’s break down the differences between them all and hopefully make things a little easier to tell apart.

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2017 Panini Instant Football Debuts at the NFL Combine with On-Demand Cards, Early Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The NFL doesn’t take much of a break. Shortly after the last pieces of confetti fall at the Super Bowl, it’s time for teams to start prepping for the draft. 2017 Panini Instant Football sees the online-exclusive, print-on-demand line return for a second season.

But this season, it gets a head start, debuting at the NFL Combine. That means not only the first NFL cards for players, but early autographs as well.

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Thon Maker helps promote Panini America’s NBA Player of the Day program at Milwaukee card store

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America‘s 2017 NBA Player of the Day program is now in full swing, but it was kicked off in a perfect fashion on March 2 as rookie standout Thon Maker of the Milwaukee Bucks made a special appearance at local card store, Name That Card.

Braving the cold to meet his fans, Maker signed plenty of autographs on over-sized promotional cards from Panini and gave visitors an experience that many of them will never forget. Beckett Basketball caught up with the 20-year-old sensation after the event.

“It was awesome,” he said. “It was pretty easy. It was a pretty big crowd, but the weather dropped here. It’s a little chilly, so we had to get it done quick.” Read More…

2017 Topps Twitster Trading Cards Let Loose on a Certain Twitter Account

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Donald Trump’s Twitter posts have become a source for much news and controversy — enough to inspire a set of satirical trading cards, 2017 Topps Twitster.

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2016 Panini Encased Football Includes a Graded Autograph Per Box

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Encased Football cards represent another new high-end line from the card maker. The configuration resembles a smaller National Treasures box but several of the designs and portrait-style photography suggest a bit of a Studio twist.

Another aspect of the product is the fact that every five-card box comes with a BGS-graded autograph, hence the Encased name.

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2017 Topps Opening Day Baseball Checklist Digs Into Ballpark Eats and Baseball Fun

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The game might be the draw, but there’s an experience to going to the ballpark. That’s a big part of the focus of 2017 Topps Opening Day Baseball when it comes to inserts. The low-end brand returns with a base set that’s almost déja vu to the main 2017 Topps Baseball release. But it’s in those inserts — and cheap price tag — that Opening Day gets its identity.

Among the additions to the 2017 Topps Opening Day Baseball insert lineup are sets dedicated to stadium food and other ballpark fun.

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2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Low Series Football Has 15 Autographs Per Hobby Box

2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Low Series Football Autograph Tyrone Swoopes

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Low Series Football pushes the autographs as far as quantity goes. Each hobby box comes with a total of 15 signed cards.

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