2016 Topps Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Series 1 Trading Cards Info

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Series 1 trading cards follow the saga’s first spinoff film. Taking a path similar to The Force Awakens, characters and early story details take the spotlight on the checklist. For those chasing premium elements, hobby boxes have two total autographs, sketch cards or medallions.

Releasing the same day that the film hits theaters, some elements for 2016 Topps Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are still under wraps. This includes the general design for much of the product.

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Grumpy Cat “Rookie Cards” Debut at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A certain Internet star turned multimedia icon is getting some trading cards. If you’re looking for a Grumpy Cat rookie card (yes, we’re using that term loosely), the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con is the place to be.

The frowning feline  is a new license for Breygent and they’ll be launching the line at the event.

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2016 Donruss Optic Baseball Chromes Out Retro Designs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Donruss Optic Baseball takes a Chrome approach to the season’s earlier Donruss release. The company first announced the new brand name at the 2016 Industry Summit in Hawaii. More than strictly reprinting the retro-themed release on shiny card stock, the checklist has been tweaked to add some new players to the mix. Like Panini Prizm and Topps Chrome sets, parallels are plentiful and a focal point of the release.

Autographs lead the premium elements in 2016 Donruss Optic Baseball with two per hobby box.

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This Week on Beckett Radio: Super-Collecting and Through-the-Mail Autographs with Kin Kinsley

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From through-the-mail autographs to exclusive cards at the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention to Pokémon Go, Beckett Radio’s covering a lot of ground this week.

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Exclusive Cards to Be Had at 2016 Star Wars Celebration Europe

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Star Wars Celebration has become the ultimate convention for that far, far away galaxy. And for good reason. It brings together not only fans, but a major creative and corporate presence. And with that comes exclusives. For 2016 Star Wars Celebration Europe, that means cards.

Here’s a look at what Topps’ UK operations have planned for the event in the way of trading cards made specifically for the event.

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Magic: The Gathering Alpha Starter Deck Box Busters

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Curious what a $10,000+ Magic: The Gathering Alpha starter deck looks like? Watch and find out as Beckett Media’s Ian McDaries is joined by special guests Todd West and Adam Cai. You can also get tips on how you can tell that an MTG Alpha starter deck is authentic as well as how to spot the differences from the similar Beta decks.

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Topps WWE Slam App Takes Digital Trading Cards to the Wrestling Ring

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Topps digital trading card app portfolio continues to grow, this time into the world of professional wrestling with WWE Slam. Like their other card apps, Topps WWE Slam lets collectors open digital packs and collect cards of WWE superstars from today and the past. The initial roster includes a broad mix of faces from Smackdown, Raw, NXT as well as retired WWE Legends.

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2016 Upper Deck CFL Football Card Checklist, Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Upper Deck CFL Football marks the third set the card maker has done for the Canadian league. Although neither of their previous sets were overly complicated, things are streamlined here a little with a couple of minor tweaks.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the promise of two memorabilia cards in every hobby box.

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2016 Topps Now Gets Its First Relic Card

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The timely nature of 2016 Topps Now Baseball makes game-specific a natural fit. Usually that’s not possible, at least in a way that would deliver such cards quickly. The All-Star Game made for the right circumstances, though, to give it a try. To commemorate the Midsummer Classic, the first Topps Now relic card was created.

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Dragon Ball Z: Vengeance Tournament Video Diary

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On July 2, Beckett Media helped host a Dragon Ball Z tournament at the Miniature Exchange in Grand Prairie, Texas. It coincided with the launch of the latest expansion to Panini America’s trading card game.

Here’s a video diary of how the tournament played out.

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2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Autograph Inscriptions List

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Some of the 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions autographs come with something a little extra, inscriptions. In addition to the regular signature, athletes and other pop culture personalities added a small note like an accomplishment, nickname or shout out to their school.

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Yes, Virginia, Aledmys Diaz Rookie Cards Are Coming

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Aledmys Diaz rookie cards are on the way. After getting off to a stellar start to his career, he earned a spot on the 2016 National League All-Star roster. Despite all this, collectors have yet to uncover Diaz in regular packs of baseball cards, rookies or otherwise.

But that’s going to change.

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Max Domi discusses diabetes, signing autographs, and a successful rookie season

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Sometimes, an athlete has to work through tremendous adversity in order to make it to the professional level. There are major sacrifices to make along the way, but the struggle can become even greater when that athlete is also a Type 1 diabetic and needs to manage their illness while putting forth an almost super-human effort to fulfill their dreams.

In the case of Arizona Coyotes left winger Max Domi, he has not only managed to make it to the NHL as one of last season’s top rookie performers, but he is also focused on helping raise funds and awareness along the way. Scheduled to make an autograph appearance at Frameworth in Toronto on July 19, the affable and gregarious sophomore is ready to meet with his fans and connect with those who share the same battle with diabetes.

“Other than hockey, that’s the rest of my life right now,” he told Beckett Hockey. “I’m trying to reach out and have an easy way of communicating with many people and diabetics, but mainly kids dealing with the disease. I’m just trying to tell my story and show them what I did to get where I am now and how I didn’t let diabetes get in my way one bit. I’m just trying to show that there’s nothing wrong and there’s nothing that’s going to hold you back in terms of your disease and it’s very manageable. It may be complex, but myself and there’s all kinds of professional athletes that are living proof that it’s not going to stop you from accomplishing your dreams.” Read More…

The 2016 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball checklist is all over the map — literally

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Allen and Ginter is known for covering the world beyond just a single sport. 2016 Topps Allen and Ginter Baseball takes that theme even more to heart, with key components coming from ancient Rome and others based in a famous cornfield.

For the most part though, this is the Allen and Ginter you expect: quirky, old-fashioned, odd and varied. Basically, you could say it’s intentionally all over the map.

Hobby boxes continue to promise three total hits coming from any combination of autographs, memorabilia cards, Rip cards or original Allen & Ginter cards.

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2016 Panini Football Cards Opt for Regal Retail Release

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Football and all of its regal themes are headed straight for retail. Exclusive to places like WalMart, Target and other major chains, the product goes all-in by focusing its design and inserts on medieval themes.

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Topps Star Wars Exclusives at 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s not just Preacher that Topps is bringing to the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. There’s a Star Wars component to their presence as well but it’s only loosely based on cards.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Series One Hockey preview

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For hockey card collectors, there are but a few staples that they have come to count on, year in and year out. The annual arrival of Upper Deck’s flagship product in card stores is one of those things and this November, there is little doubt that 2016-17 Upper Deck Series One Hockey is going to be a hot commodity.

The early November arrival of 2016-17 Upper Deck Series One Hockey will coincide with the Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto and local fans are sure to be interested since the marquee Young Guns rookie card found inside is likely to be that of Auston Matthews, who is viewed as a potential savior for the Toronto Maple Leafs franchise. However, there is much more than rookie cards to be found inside of packs.

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Here’s the Exclusive 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention VIP Set

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Getting a VIP ticket to the National comes with several perks including early entry and the opportunity to snag some autographs. It also means cards. Sticking with tradition, the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention VIP set includes cards from several manufacturers.

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In Case You Were Wondering Where the Topps Redemptions Site Went

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you went online to enter a Topps redemption recently, you might be wondering where the redemptions went. Going to redeem.topps.com, the address on the front of their redemption cards, redirects you to the company’s home page.

Sorry, it’s not a sign that redemptions are a thing of the past.

Rather, Topps has merged their old redemption system into their main site. That means new places to go, a new way of doing things and new places to enter and track outstanding cards. In case you’re wondering where to start, here’s a step-by-step walkthrough on exactly what to do.

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2016 Topps Now UFC Brings On-Demand Trading Card Model to the Octagon

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps Now started in baseball before moving to episodic television with Preacher. The on-demand brand’s third stop is the Octagon with 2016 Topps Now UFC.

Beginning with the milestone UFC 200, 2016 Topps Now UFC produces cards for key fights within hours of the events themselves. Available exclusively on the Topps website, print runs are limited to what’s ordered.

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2016 Panini Instant UEFA Euro 2016 Soccer Continues the On-Demand Trend

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Panini is moving fast into on-demand trading cards. 2016 Panini Instant UEFA Euro 2016 comes less than a couple of weeks after the launch of the similar 2016 Panini Instant COPA America Centenario.

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Digging Into Early Alex Bregman Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Don’t let the Houston Astros’ struggles early in 2016 fool you. The franchise has a huge cache of talented young players both on their major league roster and working their way through the minors like Alex Bregman. The second overall pick in the 2015 draft, the shortstop’s bat has got people talking of a possible big league call-up in the not-too-distant future. When that happens, it’ll take a bit for his rookie cards to start appearing. But collectors already have hundreds of Alex Bregman cards to look for dating as far back as 2010.

We’ve broken down that list to showcase the key Alex Bregman cards from his time in USA Baseball and additional prospect cards after being drafted.

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16 Times Shaquille O’Neal Cards Got Weird

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Shaquille O’Neal is one unique cat. Not only did his size and skill make him imposing on the court (except when at the free throw line), but he has a personality that’s bigger than his shoes. He has that x-factor that makes him larger than life, even when life stands over seven-feet tall. Most of the thousands of Shaquille O’Neal cards out there are your standard action fare — shooting, rebounding, dunking.

But some are anything but. Looking back, some are downright odd, capturing both the spirit of Shaq as well as the colorful era known as the 1990s. So strap in and get ready for a cardboard Shaq Attaq that’s weird, wild and wonderful.

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2016 ComiXology Comic Book All Stars Trading Cards Highlight Creators

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Believe it or not, beyond all glitzy blockbuster panels, celebrity surprises and trailer debuts, San Diego Comic-Con is still a celebration of comics and their creators. ComiXology is putting a trading card spin on it with a small set of promo cards highlighting some of the top writers and artists in the industry. 2016 ComiXology Comic Book All Stars features 26 cards, each one of a different creator.

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This Week on Beckett Radio — NSCC Autographs, Shop Talk with LCS Owner

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This week on Beckett Radio the guys jump into NSCC talk as they review the TriStar Autograph list. Also, they introduce a new segment “From the Shop” as new LCS owner Eric Burks joins the show to talk about opening a shop in today market.

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2016 MLB Bobbleheads and Other Stadium Giveaways for Collectors

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 MLB bobblehead stadium giveaway schedule is filled with current stars, tributes to Hall of Famers, mascots, Star Wars mash-ups and even an infamous rescue. But they’re not the only promotions of note for collectors. Teams are also handing out things like replica rings, statues, pins and other novelties.

The gnome continues to rise as well. The Mets couldn’t resist the obvious Noah Syndergaard-en Gnome. Even though it doesn’t have the catchy name to go with it, Oakland’s Sean Doolittle gnome is likely to garner more attention thanks to his Metallica shirt and rock-friendly hand gesture.

The majority of 2016 MLB bobbleheads being handed out at games are of your standard variety. Some teams have themes, like Kansas City’s postseason run and Miami’s All-Stars from the past. The Atlanta Braves have one of the more original bobbleheads of the year with one highlighting Chipper Jones’ rescue of a stranded Freddie Freeman, complete with an ATV.

With many teams now doing Star Wars nights, several promotional items are coming from them. The Reds have two different Star Wars bobbleheads in 2016 including one of their mascot, Mr. Redlegs, flying an X-Wing. The Red Sox have a BB-8 baseball for those buying a special ticket for their Star Wars promotion.

Topps has promotions with every MLB team this season, giving away special over-sized cards throughout June and July.

We’ve gone through all the promotional calendars and put together a list of all the 2016 MLB bobblehead stadium giveaways as well as other collector-friendly giveaways you might want to keep a look out for in the months ahead.

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Who’s Signing 2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1 Autographs?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

From flawed heroes to villains we can somehow relate to, there’s a deep shade of grey that resides in TV’s Gotham. There’s one place this doesn’t hold true and that’s on the 2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1 Autographs checklist. Once the names are announced, it’s black and white. They’re in the set. While the roster continues to take shape, all signs point towards a deep checklist of both regular and recurring characters.

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Here’s Who Has 2016 The Flash Season 1 Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Between all of its central characters and ever-changing (and expanding) gallery of villainous rogues, there’s no shortage of potential for the 2016 Cryptozoic The Flash Season 1 Autographs checklist.

But while it can be easy to come up with a dream lineup, things don’t always work out that way. Rather than speculate, Cryptozoic has started to unveil exactly who is signing for the release.

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2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek: The Next Generation Portfolio Prints Series 2 Trading Cards Checklist, Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek: The Next Generation Portfolio Prints Series 2 trading cards offer up the second half of Juan Ortiz’s exploration of the popular spinoff. Filling in the gaps from 2015’s Series 1, missing episodes get their shot in the base set.

And while artwork may dominate the main part of the product and several inserts, that’s not the case with the primary premium inserts, autographs. They land three per box and come in a couple of different forms.

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2016 Topps Tribute Baseball Checklist and Details

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By Chris Olds

2016 Topps Tribute Baseball is a hit-based continuation of the brand that faced printing issues last year that led to a recall of the product as autographs arrived out of packs with ink concerns. But that’s in the past. 2016 Topps Tribute Baseball marks the arrival of Superfractors and Chromax printing technology to offer a new twist for the brand.

The rest of the Tribute model also returns with three autographs, three relics and six parallels in every hobby-only box.

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2015-16 Upper Deck e-Pack Fusion Hockey Debuts as a Platform-Exclusive

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

After testing the waters with digital versions of its earlier releases, Upper Deck has created a product exclusively for e-Pack, 2015-16 Upper Deck e-Pack Fusion Hockey. Not only does it offer up affordable packs to collectors using the platform, but there are still be inserts and parallels to combine and chase. Read More…

Topps Has Preacher Promo Cards Slated for 2016 San Diego Comic-Con

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Topps website isn’t the only place to find Preacher trading cards. A trio of promo cards are headed to the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con. And they don’t only promote the first season’s on-demand Topps Now set but they hint at what’s to come from Topps for the show in the future.

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2016 Topps Baseball Retail Factory Set Rookie Variations Include Seager, Schwarber

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The list of 2016 Topps Baseball variations isn’t limited to just what’s in Series 1 and Series 2 packs. The 2016 Topps Baseball retail factory set Rookie Variations feature new cards of five of the key players with rookie cards in the product.

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2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey.

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