“I am better than Jordan!” and 24 Other Leaf LaVar Ball Autograph Inscriptions

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

LaVar Ball is one of the most polarizing figures to enter the sports scene in some time. Father of top NBA prospect, Lonzo Ball, LaVar has made it a habit of dropping a wide range of controversy and controversial remarks in his path. Now, many of his most quotable moments have been captured in a limited edition series of Leaf Inscriptions LaVar Ball autograph cards.

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2017 Panini Revolution Soccer Shoots for the Stars – Get the Checklist Here

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Different sports card lines exist for different reasons. They’re all intended to appeal to collectors with different preferences. Some are centered on autographs and memorabilia card. Others might take a nostalgic approach. 2017 Panini Revolution Basketball is about bold designs, offering several avenues for player, team and set collectors to chase.

While there are autographs, they’re not guaranteed in every box. This is a similar approach that 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup took. The soccer market has evolved in the couple of years since, but there’s plenty of content to ensure a mix of cards whether busting by the pack or the box.

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2017 Topps Walking Dead Season 6 Trading Cards Include an Autograph Per Hobby Box, See the Checklist Now

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Walking Dead Season 6 trading cards continue to push through series, catching the hobby side of things up to what’s aired. While the look and feel is similar to the fall’s Season 5 set — Topps’ first with the license — there is a major change with the configuration. An autograph is now guaranteed in each hobby box.

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Exclusive 2017 Topps Silver Packs Checklist and Details — Now with 100% More Series 2

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In case you were wondering where to buy your 2017 Topps Series 1 and Series 2 Baseball boxes, the card maker has created an incentive for hobby shops and other outlets selling hobby boxes. They can now get exclusive Silver packs with 1987 Topps Chrome cards.

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Did You Get the 2017 Topps Now Card of the Month?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As the Topps Now program evolves, the card maker is adding new spins and incentives to help entice collectors to buy. A big one is the Topps Now Loyalty Program that offers discounts. Those who reach certain levels also receive the exclusive 2017 Topps Now Card of the Month.

And one of the first 2017 Topps Now Card of the Month is proving to be a popular one with those who weren’t able to take advantage.

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2017 Donruss Football 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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No Waiting on Baseball Cards of the 2017 MLB Draft 1st Round Picks

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The hobby’s in an age where some players make their baseball card debuts before they can drive, vote, take a swig of Budweiser, smoke or enter certain establishments. That means that when the draft rolls around, there’s lots to chase from a good chunk of the top picks. The 2017 MLB Draft is no different.

One needs to look back on Panini’s USA Baseball releases and Leaf’s Perfect Game sets to find cards of 2017 first round draft picks. Some of these cards go back as far as 2013 when they were on the USA Baseball 15U team.

Many of these early cards feature autographs and swatches of national team jerseys. Basic base cards and other inserts do exist, but these are often overshadowed by their premium counterparts.

The first cards of 2017 MLB draft picks can be expected later in the year in 2017 Bowman Draft Baseball. It wouldn’t be surprising to find many of the players in future Panini and Leaf sets as well.

In the meantime, here’s what baseball cards are already out there for the 2017 MLB 1st round draft picks.

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2017 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Football Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If patches and autographs are your thing, 2017 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Football has a lot of both of them. Just like other iterations of the brand, whether that’s on the gridiron, in basketball or in baseball, it’s a high-end release that includes several signed and memorabilia-focused combinations.

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The “Original” T206 Honus Wagner Sells for Over $609,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A handful of baseball cards have transcended the hobby over the years. However, none have reached the levels as the T206 Honus Wagner. It draws attention in and out of the hobby whenever one comes up for sale. It’s a card surrounded in history, intrigue and a long list of massive sales.

But where does this popularity track back to?

It’s hard to pinpoint it, but it’s believed the card’s first mention in a mainstream news publication came in November, 1930 in the Newark Evening News. The specific card mentioned in that story, now dubbed the “Original Wagner,” topped SCP Auctions‘ 2017 Spring Premier Auction. It closed on Saturday, June 11 at $609,294 including the buyer’s premium.

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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. While the name Kevin Maas will invariably come up at some point, that’s not always the case. 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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Michael Jordan’s Converse Sneakers from 1984 Olympics Gold Medal Game Top $190,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Peanut butter and jelly, thunder and lightning, mac and cheese, Michael Jordan and Nike — some things just belong together. When it comes to sneakers, the Air Jordan line is as iconic as they come. And that’s part of what makes the $190,372.80 paid for the Converse shoes Michael Jordan wore in the gold medal game at the 1984 Olympics so intriguing.

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Kevin Durant Rookie Card Countdown

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Kevin Durant Rookie Cards come in many varieties. Some are basic and, even today, don’t cost a lot. Others highlight autographs and memorabilia and can cost thousands. The market for these might be limited but so are the print runs.

The Kevin Durant Rookie Card choices are numerous, totaling more than 30. Many factors can be taken into consideration when it comes to choosing the one that’s best for you. Design, brand and availability are just some of the things to think about.

Upper Deck and Topps shared the NBA license in 2007-08, Kevin Durant‘s rookie season. However, Upper Deck signed the second overall pick to an exclusive autograph and memorabilia deal. This meant that while Topps could include Durant in their products, only Upper Deck could use his signature and swatches.

Although Kevin Durant Rookie Cards came out in 2007-08 products, he has some that are older. The 2006 Topps McDonald’s All-American set showcases the superstar as a high schooler. This includes some autographs that were signed and handed out at the event, much like the AFLAC line included in Bowman Baseball. However, with Durant’s exclusive Upper Deck deal, none were included in packs. Some of the autographs still exist on the secondary market and are among the most coveted Kevin Durant cards of all-time. Because of potential counterfeiting issues, professionally authenticated autographs may be the route to go for these, though.

2006-07 Topps Finest and 2006-07 Upper Deck Chronology also included XRC redemptions for Kevin Durant cards (and other draft picks). The final cards, including autographed versions for Chronology, came out the following year.

But which are the most valuable? Take a deep-dive into all the choices that are out there as we count down all of the Kevin Durant Rookie Cards.

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A Word of Caution About the 2017 Topps Archives Gene Hackman Buyback Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Some collectors busting packs and boxes of 2017 Topps Archives Baseball are finding surprise Gene Hackman autographs. These are done as signed buybacks using Superman cards from the 1978 film where the Hollywood legend played Lex Luthor alongside Christopher Reeve.

If you pull one of these from a pack and are holding onto it, be proud. Hackman’s signature is not easy to come by.

However, if you’re looking to the secondary market, be careful.

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2017 Upper Deck Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Upper Deck Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Chain of Custody: The Original Wagner’s Owner Speaks

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

For decades, the Honus Wagner card from the landmark T206 set that was issued between 1909 and 1911 has been regarded as the hobby’s holy grail. Countless collectors have dreamed of owning one, but very few have even laid their hands upon it or seen it with their own eyes.

It is more special than the perhaps 70 of them that have been known to surface over the past century. It is the Original Wagner – one which has incredible provenance and sold for $609,000 Read More…

2017 Topps Archives Signatures Series Postseason Edition Focuses on Retired Players

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Archives Signatures Series Postseason Edition Baseball is the second set of autographed buybacks of the year. Arriving not too long after the release of an active player product, this one revolves around retired players who were standouts in October and November.

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2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series Is Show’s First Autograph-Per-Pack Product

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series trading cards live up to their name with a fairly streamlined checklist. The key draw?

An autograph in every pack, a first for a Topps Doctor Who product.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns Gallery — Now with SP Authentic Updates

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The legacy of Upper Deck Young Guns goes back more than two decades. Those who collect hockey cards know all about them. Their audience is big, the subset’s history is rich. Outside of the extreme high-end that limits the number of collectors who can chase them, Young Guns are typically a modern player’s most recognizable Rookie Card. So how do the 2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns stack up?

It all begins with Auston Matthews.

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“I Don’t Want to Be a Pirate!” Seinfeld’s Puffy Shirt Up for Auction

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Jerry Seinfeld didn’t want to be a pirate, but someone else can. The memorable Seinfeld puffy shirt is being sold at auction through Profiles in History.

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2017 Cryptozoic Flash Season 2 Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Matt Bible as they open some 2017 Cryptozoic Flash Season 2 trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017-18 Leaf In The Game Used Hockey delivers memorabilia from the game’s past and future

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Since diving into the hockey market three years ago, Leaf Trading Cards has occasionally utilized some of the brands that were established by In The Game – especially those that focus on vintage memorabilia. One of those releases is going to help kick off the next collecting season as 2017-18 Leaf In The Game Used Hockey is arriving in time for the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

With five game-used memorabilia cards and the possibility of autographed memorabilia cards in every box, expect production to be limited. Read More…

Jake Guentzel Rookie Card Rankings

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016-17 NHL season was more than half done by the time the first Jake Guentzel Rookie Card arrived. Debuting more than a month into the season — and not with a ton of fanfare — several checklists had already been set.

Simply put, there won’t be the same number of Jake Guntzel Rookie Cards as the likes of Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine and Mitch Marner. But that should create a little more interest and clout in those that do exist.

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Christian Pulisic Signs Exclusive Autograph and Memorabilia Deal with Panini

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

While most of their exclusive athletes are from basketball and football, Panini is branching out into soccer. They have signed young Christian Pulisic to an exclusive deal covering autographs and memorabilia.

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2017 Topps Finest Baseball Sees Brand Return to Hobby Shops, See the Checklist Now

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Finest Baseball sees the brand go back to being a hobby-only product after flirting with being one that was primarily online in 2016. As with the past, the designs are bright, the colors are many and autographs are a major focus in the insert department.

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2017 Upper Deck SkyBox Clerks Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Upper Deck SkyBox Clerks trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Newly Discovered 1948 Bowman Baseball Box Shows We Still Love a Good Treasure Story

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Whether it’s Jim Hawkins following a map to Captain Flint’s riches, Mikey and the Goonies searching for One-Eyed Willy’s stolen gold or Robert Ballard discovering the Titanic at the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean, the hunt for treasure is timeless. It’s something we dream of but don’t necessarily expect to fall in our laps.

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Throughout history, the possibilities of new lands, new resources, new knowledge — new treasure — have driven exploration and innovation. The riches that usually come with it are pretty good motivation, too.

As collectors, we’re pushed by the hunt as well. Though, our finds are normally in forgotten dusty chests sitting in the attic rather than at the bottom of the sea or in a secret location marked by an ‘X’ on a tattered map.

Still, when the treasure glimmers enough, people pay attention.

The recent discovery of an almost full box of 1948 Bowman Baseball has thrust the hobby back into the spotlight. Because who doesn’t love a good baseball card attic find or something like it?

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2017 Leaf Pop Century Includes Autographs from Hollywood Stars, Recently Passed Icons

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Leaf Pop Century continues with the brand’s long-standing tradition of focusing on autographs from across the pop culture realm. Actors, singers, athletes and more are featured on the checklist.

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2017 Football Card Release Dates and Set Information

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

You’ve come to the right place.

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2016-17 Basketball Card Release Dates, Checklists and Set Information

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Looking for 2016-17 basketball card release dates, checklists and set information?

You’ve come to the right place.

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2017 Topps Inception Baseball Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Panini Classics Football Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps UFC Museum Collection Kicks It with Autographs and Memorabilia

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps UFC Museum Collection has the brand return for a rematch inside the Octagon. As it has always been since Museum debuted in baseball several years ago, the focus is on a high-end configuration emphasizing autographs and memorabilia.

Each eight-card box has three hits: an autograph, an autographed memorabilia card and a relic card.

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2017 Bowman Lucky Redemption Revealed

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

And the 2017 Bowman Lucky Redemption is…

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…Ian Happ.

Topps has announced that the Chicago Cubs rookie is the subject of the tough mystery redemption.

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2017 Panini Prestige Football Checklist and Details

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David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

2017 Panini Prestige Football offers some of the first cards to highlight the incoming rookie class and their pro teams. The early-season release aims to be a more affordable option for a wider range of collectors.

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2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball Checklist Focuses on Summer and Continuity

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball has an air of continuation about it. And so it should. But there’s also an added focus on mid-season events that just so happen to coincide with the product’s release. For those carrying on from Series 1, there aren’t any major surprises. That said, other than the base set starting at number 352, 2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball is the kind of product that can also stand on its own.

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