And the 2015 Topps Tribute Mystery Redemption Autograph Is…

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

…Francisco Lindor.

Topps has confirmed that the second-year Cleveland Indians shortstop gets a retroactive rookie autograph from the high-end product.

And from the looks of it, not a lot of them are out there.

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Do Brawls Belong on Baseball Cards?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary

Less than 24 hours after the fact, Rougned Odor versus Jose Bautista is already one of the most famous baseball fights in history. The jury’s still out on whether it will supplant Nolan Ryan teaching Robin Ventura a lesson back in 1993, but the visual of Odor’s fist connecting with Bautista’s face is a one that’s tough to forget. Plus there’s the history that comes with the backstory of the Bautista batflip against the Rangers in the 2015 postseason.

It didn’t take long for people call on Topps to add the moment to their ongoing 2016 Topps Now Baseball set that creates cards the day after an event happens. I freely admit I’d buy one. And I have a hunch that I’d be far from the only one. Given the nature of the event and the buzz such a card would create, it’d stand a good chance of leaving Bartolo Colon’s home run card in the dust as far as print runs go.

Instead, the Topps Now offerings for Sunday’s games highlight Carlos Beltran, Danny Valencia and Kendrys Morales and their notable home runs.

Despite the obvious demand for an Odor-Bautista base-brawl card (at least in my Twitter feed), it never happened. It begs the question, should we be putting scraps and unsavory behavior on cards, no matter how in the moment they are?

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Funko Pop Hot Topic Mystery Box Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some Hot Top-Exclusive Funko Pop Mystery Boxes.

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Ronda Rousey Sold a 2012 Finest UFC Ronda Rousey Autograph for $3,575

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When it comes to UFC cards, the 2012 Topps Finest UFC Ronda Rousey is one of the best ever. It’s the first signed card from the former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion and, arguably, the biggest name in all of MMA. Rousey auctioned off one of the cards for charity in May, 2016 for $3,575. And it came with something a little extra beyond the fact that it comes from the fighter.

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How to Kill the Non-Auto and Get the eBay Search Results You Really Want

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The eBay 1/1 is annoying search clutter that’s hard to avoid when you’re looking for cards of your favorite player. But something that’s even harder to avoid is the dreaded non-auto, a card that is defined by what it isn’t. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to kill these sorts of spammy listings dead in their tracks.

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2016 NFLPA Rookie Premiere Attendees Highlight Many of the Autographs, Relics You’ll Find This Year

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The list of 2016 NFLPA Rookie Premiere attendees has been released. A total of 41 first-year players are scheduled to meet in Los Angeles from May 19 to 21 where they will take part in photo shoots and other events that will have a direct impact on 2016 football cards.

With Panini America having an exclusive trading card license with both the NFL and NFLPA now, it should come as no surprise that they’re the official presenter of the event.

In addition to doing their first photo shoots in their new NFL jerseys, participating players will sign autographs. Panini officials will also gather memorabilia from player-used and player-worn gear that will be used in products throughout the season.

The roster of 2016 NFLPA Rookie Premiere attendees also offers a glimpse at many of the rookies who will be featured most prominently in products this year. If you have a favorite team or participate in group breaks, it’s easy to see which teams have the most representation and which have the least. This might not count for much when it comes to player quality but it does speak to likely quantities.

Below is the full list of 2016 NFLPA attendees and the teams they were drafted by. You’ll notice it’s mostly quarterbacks, wide receivers and running backs as they are the positions that have the greatest hobby followings. There are a couple of players from other positions but not many.

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2016 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season 5 Trading Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Game of Thrones can be counted on for several things: epic plotlines, sudden death, dragons and sets of seasonal trading cards recapping the episodes that were. 2016 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season 5 trading cards continue with the tradition, once again promising two autographs and a handful of inserts in every box.

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The eBay 1-of-1 Needs to Die

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary

I don’t know when the term was coined. I don’t care. The eBay 1-of-1 is something that needs to go away. Now. Forever.

If you’ve never heard the term before, consider yourself lucky. It’s used at an alarming rate on the site to describe a card that has something the seller considers unique. That might be a serial number that’s the first in the run, the last one or some sort of patch.

But here’s the thing, anything can be an eBay 1-of-1. No criteria exists. It’s all just smoke and mirrors to make something seem better than it actually is.

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2016 Walking Dead Season 4 Autographs Checklist Includes Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With both the 2016 Cryptozoic Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1 and Part 2 sets slated to arrive a short time apart, the autograph checklists for both have some overlap. But, like all of their previous lineups for the show, they both include key players among the show’s leads. Exactly how many remains to be seen.

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2016 Leaf Autographed Football Mini Helmet Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Leaf Autographed Football Mini Helmets aren’t much different from 2015. Or 2014. Or 2013. You get the picture. But that doesn’t matter much as the product deals strictly with memorabilia and not cards that need updating on an annual basis.

They’re like a high-end blind box product. While a box guarantees you a signed mini helmet, you won’t know which signature you get until it’s opened.

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2016 McFarlane Madden Ultimate Team NFL Figures Combine Collectible Toys and Video Games

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Skylanders, Amiibos, Disney Infinity (RIP) and a couple of others have bridged the gap between action figures and video games. 2016 McFarlane Madden Ultimate Team NFL figures are taking a different approach, but the idea of getting a collectible toy and enhancing your gamer status (in this case, Madden 17) is still there. And there’s no annoying portal required that clutters up the front of the TV and needs replacing every year.

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2016 Upper Deck Captain America: Civil War Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Upper Deck Captain America: Civil War.

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2016 Bowman Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016 Bowman Baseball.

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One Set to Hyrule Them All: 2016 Enterplay Legend of Zelda Trading Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Enterplay Legend of Zelda trading cards tackle one of the most iconic video game franchises of all-time. It may not start at the beginning of Link’s journey through 8-bit worlds, but it does cover more than just one game. Like all Enterplay trading cards, the set is geared more towards kids with a simple formula where the toughest chase cards come with foil instead of autographs and memorabilia.

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2015-16 National Treasures Rookie Patch Autographs Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2015-16 National Treasures Rookie Patch Autographs join the ranks of one of the most expensive rookie card lines ever seen in hoops. What capped Panini’s first year as the NBA exclusive in 2009-10 has continued every year since with a mix of on-card autographs, jumbo patch swatches and extremely low numbering. It’s a combination that can’t really be changed. 2015-16 National Treasures Basketball is no different.

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2016 Topps WWE Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Topps WWE.

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Topps Walking Dead Card Trader App Launches

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Topps digital trading card portfolio continues to expand. But it’s not with another sports league or professional wrestling. Instead, it’s zombies. Topps Walking Dead Card Trader covers both the top-rated AMC show and its spinoff prequel, Fear the Walking Dead. It’s also the start of a bigger licensing deal that includes physical trading cards as well.

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2016 Topps Update Series Baseball Features Rookies, Traded Players and Fire

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

No, 2016 Topps Update Series Baseball is not returning to those brightly colored factory sets. Sorry, if it got more than nostalgia running for a second. But what the product does do, like old-school Topps Traded, is offer players in new uniforms and rookies who made their debuts too late for the 2016 Topps Series 2 Baseball checklist. It also has a mix of new and ongoing inserts as well as some Update Series continuity of its own in the form of All-Star-themed memorabilia cards.

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2016 Score Football Box Busters

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Join Justin Grunert and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Score Football.

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2016 BBM 1st Version Baseball Box Busters

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We’ve got something a little different for us. Join Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 BBM 1st Version baseball cards brought over from Japan.

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So What Are These Ghostbusters Animation Cel Cards?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Cryptozoic’s Ghostbusters trading cards cover a lot of ground. Although the base set is dedicated entirely to the original film, the inserts reach out into the sequel, comics and even The Real Ghostbusters, the Saturday morning cartoon spinoff. It’s tough to make a memorabilia card from an animated series but the product does something similar with original Ghostbusters Animation Cel cards.

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2016 Topps High Tek Baseball Asia Includes a Couple of Exclusives

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As with the past couple of years, 2016 Topps High Tek Baseball is getting an edition exclusive to Japan and the rest of the Asian market. And that means a couple of exclusives not available in regular boxes and cases.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The NHL is in full playoff mode at the moment, but collectors have been getting a sneak peek at next year’s early products as of late. The road leading up to Upper Deck‘s flagship release in November continues with 2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey and it has the traditional selection of autographs and memorabilia along with a broad selection of parallels and Rookie Redemption cards.

Releasing just before the start of the 2016-17 season, each eight-pack box has a hit per pack on average and the set will have many members of a strong carryover rookie class. It should also be noted that this release will be eligible for the first wave of 2016-17 Upper Deck Overtime cards, so check with your local card shop to confirm that you will receive some packs with purchase.

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Bartolo Colon-o-mania Is Here — 2016 Topps Now Home Run Card Selling for $50+

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s amazing what happens when a 42-year-old pitcher hits his first career home run. It’s almost magical. And when there’s magic involved, strange things can happen. And some strange and illogical things are happening with the 2016 Topps Now Bartolo Colon card commemorating the pitcher’s unlikely moon shot.

First, nearly 9,000 copies of the on-demand card were sold. And right when you think supply might hinder it’s place as a cardboard novelty, a second wave of strangeness emerges with some crazy secondary market prices to the tune of $50 and up — for now.

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2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey Box Busters

2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey Hobby Box

Join Beckett Hockey’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey.

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2016 Topps Star Wars Galactic Connexions Series 3 Adds More Characters, Exclusives

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Part game, part blind bag collectible, related to cards and reminiscent of both pogs and dominoes, 2016 Topps Star Wars Galactic Connexions Series 3 has a lot going on.

The third set in the Walmart-exclusive line adds some new characters and parallel styles but the basic structure of the earlier releases is still there.

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Topps Unveils Plans for Trevor Story Rookie Cards and Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It takes time to get a player into a baseball card product. That window may have shortened by months with the introduction of Topps Now, but the hobby is still currently driven by the traditional pack-based products. So while it has been about a month since Trevor Story made his MLB debut with the Colorado Rockies, there’s still a bit of a wait for his first pack-inserted rookie cards. They take planning, preparation, multiple rounds of approvals, production and distribution. But they are coming and Topps has unveiled their plans for the first Trevor Story rookie cards.

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Original 1966 Topps Batman Art by Norman Saunders, Bob Powell Up for Auction

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A little bit of trading card history has hit the auction block. Four pieces of 1966 Topps Batman original art by Norman Saunders and Bob Powell are being sold by Heritage Auctions.

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Topps Produces Star Wars: The Force Awakens Binders

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’ve got your cards of Rey, Finn, Poe and BB-8 resting in a box or a generic binder from the shelf at Staples, you might want to dig them out. Topps has released a trio of Star Wars: The Force Awakens binders through their website.

The binders come with different artwork, providing options for those with a favorite character. One could also make a case for the need for multiple binders for those chasing master sets of the main two Series based on the film plus the expanded Topps Chrome set that’s slated for release this summer.

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2016 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Covers Several Sports Using Familiar Designs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Black Gold Collegiate trading cards are the first under the brand that branches out into the multi-sport NCAA format. Despite the switch, not much has changed from a thematic or configuration standpoint.

Boxes have a pair of packs. Inside of each is an autograph or autographed memorabilia card, a second hit, something with a manufactured metal in it and either a base card or parallel.

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2016 Topps Gold Label Baseball Sees the Return of Another Dormant Brand

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Gold Label Baseball marks the return of another brand from the card maker’s recent past. Like Topps Tek, which made its return in 2014 after more than a decade on the shelf, Gold Label comes back with a mix of familiar elements as well as some new ones.

Each 2016 Topps Gold Label Baseball box is kept on the small side with just seven packs. However, within each of those boxes is the promise of a framed autograph.

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2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters Trading Cards Details, Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters trading cards look to right a hobby wrong — make the original 1984 classic a focal point in a set. Although it takes on the franchise as a whole and not just the one movie, it’s still an important part. And given the evolution of the hobby in the three-plus decades since Slimer and friends first graced the big screen, there’s a lot of modern things that wouldn’t have happened even if a set was made back in the 1980s.

In addition to both of the original films, 2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters delves into the expanded worlds created by the Real Ghostbusters cartoon and the more recent comics from IDW.

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Autographs, sketch cards and cartoon cel cards are all part of the release, falling two total per box.

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The Best Nomar Mazara Pre-Rookie Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Trevor Story isn’t the only breakout rookie early in the 2016 baseball season. Nomar Mazara made his debut in grand fashion with the Texas Rangers on April 10. At the age of just 20, he went 3-4 with a home run to kick off his career. He’s remained one of the team’s top hitters thus far. But what about Nomar Mazara rookie cards?

His first pack-inserted MLB card is slated for 2016 Topps Stadium Club. But we live in a very different hobby world than we had 20 years ago. Even without traditional rookie cards, there are plenty of Nomar Mazara cards out there already. Here are the best of the earliest.

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2016 Panini Certified Football Includes Tribute to Peyton Manning

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Certifed Football hasn’t changed much. It stays course with a foil design and some of the first autographed memorabilia cards of the year’s rookie class. Perhaps the biggest addition is a tribute to the freshly retired Peyton Manning.

Autographs and memorabilia cards are a major focal point once again with four per ten-pack hobby box.

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2016 Leaf Signature Series Wrestling Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Leaf Signature Series Wrestling checklist delves deep into wrestling’s past. The present is also there, but it’s with wrestlers and personalities who have hung around the profession for some time.

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