1981 Topps Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark Box Busters

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Time to get a little retro with a classic box break of 1981 Topps Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first set of trading cards to include the snake-hating, whip-toting Indiana Jones. Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as the dive into the 35-year-old box. Will they eat the gum?

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2016 Topps UFC Museum Collection Adds Another High-End Brand to the Octagon

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps UFC Museum Collection isn’t the first time the two brands have been used together. However, it is the first time Museum Collection has headed to the Octagon as a standalone brand. While still very much a high-end release, the configuration is different from how it has been used in other sports.

Instead of four mini packs per box, 2016 Topps UFC Museum Collection has just one. However, each has three hits: an autograph, an autographed relic and an unsigned relic card.

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2016 Panini Prizm Racing Cards Mark the Return of NASCAR to the Hobby

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With 2016 Panini Prizm Racing, NASCAR trading cards are back. While there was a small number of cards in the 2016 Panini Father’s Day promo set, this marks the first full release for NASCAR since Press Pass abruptly went out of business at the start of 2015.

The set features a lot of the brand’s staples that have been used over the years in other sports, most notably lots of Refractor-like Prizm parallels. Each 2016 Panini Prizm Racing hobby box has at least ten of the parallels plus three hits, one of which is an autograph.

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Is the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph a $500K Card?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When is a trout a whale? When it’s the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph. The biggest and most valuable Mike Trout card ever produced, it has found its way to eBay with a price tag that’s half a million dollars.

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2016 Bowman Draft Baseball Ups the Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Ever busted a box of Bowman Baseball and gotten an autograph you knew was less-than-stellar and was never going to amount to much? Sure, there have been some great ones over the years, but for many, missing on the lone signature has been a letdown. While not every player is going to be a superstar, 2016 Bowman Draft Baseball is adding to the number of autographs per box to lessen the chances of a one-off skunking.

Revamped 2016 Bowman Draft Baseball hobby boxes have more of a jumbo feel to them, delivering three autographs versus the traditional one. The packs are bigger to, coming in at 32 cards each. These break down to 23 Bowman cards, seven Bowman Chrome and a pair of Refractors.

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2016 Panini Instant NBA Finals Basketball makes a timely debut

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The shocking and dramatic NBA championship victory by the Cleveland Cavaliers is making its way to collectors right away thanks to the debut of 2016 Panini Instant NBA Finals Basketball cards from Panini America.

Available for purchase via the company’s online store for just a 48-hour period, each of the 15 cards produced for this set will be printed in varying quantities. The basic version will be limited to the amount ordered, but there is a cap on those numbered to 25 and 5 copies along with the black one-of-one. Read More…

2016 Panini Immaculate Baseball to Include More On-Card Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Since the brand started, Panini Immaculate has always been centered on the high-end, particularly when it comes to memorabilia. 2016 Panini Immaculate Baseball looks a lot like past sets as far as designs and content are concerned. The biggest difference comes in the autographs, with Panini pledging to add more on-card signatures to the product than past baseball sets.

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How the Infamous 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken Inspired a Beer

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 1989 Fleer Billy Ripken and its naughty knob are a thing of hobby legend. Ask most about Cal’s younger brother and they’re probably just as likely to talk about the card rather than his career. More than a quarter of a century later, it’s a piece of hobby history that lives on in infamy. And now the lore grows a little bit further as it helped inspire a beer.

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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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2015-16 Panini Immaculate Basketball preview

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

One of the best places to find large and unique pieces of memorabilia from the NBA’s biggest stars, legends, and rookies, 2015-16 Panini Immaculate Basketball is heading to card stores this summer.

In addition to all of those big swatches, this year’s edition marks the return of multi-player autograph cards from prominent players and each six-card box will contain five hits that could feature ink, material, or both. Read More…

2016 Panini Prestige Football Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Justin Grunert and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Panini Prestige Football.

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2016 Cryptozoic Justice League Trading Cards Bring a Little Help from Some Super Friends

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Whether you’re excited for Batman v Superman or dreading it, the film is going to bring a lot of attention to the biggest heroes in the DC Comics universe. 2016 Cryptozoic Justice League trading cards are based in the comics realm, offering a look at some of the most iconic and enduring characters to ever take flight or have a cool utility belt in comics history.

The product comes with a good assortment of card types including a sketch card in every box.

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Funko Suicide Squad Mystery Minis Game Stop Exclusive Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some of the Game Stop-exclusive Funko Suicide Squad Mystery Minis.

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Magic: The Gathering Eternal Masters Box Busters

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Curious about what’s in a Magic: The Gathering Eternal Master booster box? Check out the video below and find out.

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Want to Own a Game-Used Stephen Curry Mouth Guard?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When it comes to basketball, traditional game-used memorabilia normally focuses on jerseys and other pieces of clothing. Hoops doesn’t require a lot of gear. But there is a signature piece of gear you see every time Stephen Curry steps on the court that isn’t a jersey, pair of sneakers or shorts. And one is coming up for sale this summer. SCP Auctions has a game-used Stephen Curry mouth guard that is going to be part of an online auction in August.

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Here’s What Panini’s First NASCAR Cards Look Like

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It has been more than 18 months since the last licensed NASCAR cards were released. They’re back — officially. The 2016 Panini Father’s Day promo set features the first racing cards since Press Pass went out of business in January, 2015.

And they’re here.

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Why a PSA 10 1986-87 Fleer Johnny Moore Is Worth More Than $10,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Johnny Moore’s nine seasons in the NBA weren’t exactly the thing of legend. He led the league in assists in 1982 and his number is retired by the San Antonio Spurs. But Moore was never an All-Star. He’s not a name that comes to mind when it comes to all-time greats. And yet, if you have a Gem Mint PSA 10 1986-87 Fleer Johnny Moore, you’re sitting on a card that’s sold several times for more than $10,000 in recent years.

You read that right. PSA 10 1986-87 Fleer Johnny Moore cards are worth more than $10,000.

PWCC currently has one on eBay for more than $11,000. And before you go calling shenanigans and assume that it won’t get paid for, Memory Lane Inc. sold one in May for $11,296.80. A couple of weeks later, PWCC sold another one for more than $15,100.

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2016 Panini Torque NASCAR Racing Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Torque Racing might be a new brand for the card maker as they roll out the first year of their NASCAR line, but it has some familiar elements for those who collect other sports.

Single-packs boxes come with eight cards, one of which is either an autograph or memorabilia card.

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2016 Panini Father’s Day Features Company’s First Racing Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Father’s Day marks the return of the special promo set. Available at participating hobby shops and on Panini’s website, the multi-sport checklist covers Panini’s primary sports of football, basketball, baseball and a touch of soccer. The set also marks the debut of the card maker’s latest license, NASCAR.

As always with all the Father’s Day and Black Friday releases, the card types and inserts are varied including some of the more unique memorabilia cards of the year.

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$40,000 and Counting for PSA 10 1975 Topps George Brett Rookie Card

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Under normal circumstances, you can usually find a 1975 Topps George Brett rookie card for less than $100. A BGS or PSA 8 might cost you around $250. Well, a PSA 10 George Brett rookie is currently sitting at a touch over $40,000 on eBay with time remaining.

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Jimmy Kimmel, Nina Agdal Get Baseball Cards with 2016 Topps Series 2 First Pitch

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Series 2 First Pitch lineup sticks with what the flagship insert has been known for since it debuted in 2015. There’s another eclectic mix of celebrities, athletes from other sports, pop culture personalities and real-life heroes who have had their brief trips to the mound captured on baseball cards.

Highlights on the 20-card set include late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, model Nina Agdal, and Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong.

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2016 Cryptozoic Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1 Trading Cards Checklist, Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Since its debut in the hobby, The Walking Dead has been a juggernaut of a trading card license. And all the elements that have made it successful return for 2016 Cryptozoic Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1.

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2016 Cryptozoic Vampire Diaries Season 4 Trading Cards Checklist, Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Cryptozoic Vampire Diaries Season 4 trading cards continue with the brooding romance and handsome mythology the show is known for. And as far as cards go, there is a sense of familiarity as well.

As with past releases, each box comes with both an autograph and a costume card.

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Upper Deck pays tribute to Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won their fourth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history and Upper Deck has fired up the presses in order to get a cardboard tribute ready for the team that is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Made up of 18 players that battled through four rounds of playoff action for hockey’s ultimate prize, the set is limited to 5,000 copies and will be distributed as a gift with purchase through several channels. For most collectors, these methods include an order of $35.00 or more in NHL products through Upper Deck’s online store, a box purchase of 2015-16 products via the company’s authorized Internet retailers, and distribution via authorized group breakers.

For fans based in the Pittsburgh area, several local card stores will have the sets in hand as a bonus for making purchases. A complete list of participating retailers can be found on Upper Deck’s official blog. Read More…

Bret Hart, Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt Join Funko Pop WWE Lineup

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A mix of young superstars and an industry legend are joining the master Funko Pop WWE lineup. The fourth full line of vinyl figures focuses primarily on some of today’s biggest talents, but the most notable might just be from the self-proclaimed best there is, best there was and best there ever will be — Bret Hart.

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Upper Deck reveals its plans for the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck has announced some major plans for the 38th National Sports Collectors Convention and collectors visiting their booth at the show in Atlantic City from August 3 to 7 have a chance to obtain cards that are exclusive to the show.

Plenty of promotional packs will be handed out in addition to a special set found only in VIP bags and there will be additional bonuses for case breakers plus many of the usual activities that tend to draw a crowd to the company’s booth. Read More…

2016 Panini Prestige Football Short Prints Make the Base Set That Much Tougher

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Prestige Football is notable for fans of rookie cards. It’s the first set of the season to list rookies with their NFL teams. They still might be pictured in their college uniforms, but there’s a direct connection to their pro squad now. But if you’re looking to put together the full 300-card base set, some 2016 Panini Prestige Football short prints stand in your way.

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2016 Panini Origins Football Might Be a New Brand But It’s Definitely Familiar

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With Topps not making physical football cards for the foreseeable future, that means no Topps Inception. But if you were a fan of the brand, 2016 Panini Origins Football should seem familiar. It has a similar look, configuration and even name to Topps’ defunct brand.

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2016 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 3 Trading Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Arrow isn’t only one of the most popular shows on the CW Network, in a short time that popularity has transferred over to entertainment trading cards. 2016 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 3 follows a similar pattern as the first two sets including an autograph and memorabilia card per box.

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Walter Alston’s Personal Memorabilia Headed to Auction

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Walter Alston’s collection of personal memorabilia is being sold through SCP Auctions. The collection, which is being consigned by his estate, includes game-worn gear, championship rings and other artifacts from his career.

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2016 MLB Draft: A Baseball Card Perspective

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If the past couple years of Bowman Draft Baseball are any indication, we should see MLB baseball cards of the majority of players taken in the first round of the draft by year’s end. However, for a lot of these youngsters, you can find cards already.

Thanks to the USA Baseball license and lines like Leaf Perfect Game, baseball card prospecting can start early. We’re at a point now where it’s not only years before players make their major league debut but years before they’re even drafted.

With that in mind, here’s a brief look at available cards for the 2016 MLB Draft first round picks.

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RIP Gordie Howe

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Beckett Media would like to offer its most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the legendary Gordie Howe.

“Mr. Hockey” 1928-2016

2016-17 Donruss Soccer Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016-17 Donruss Soccer cards take things global with a checklist that has players from around the world, lots of inserts and parallels plus the odd autograph for good measure. Like all recent Donruss releases across the sporting spectrum, there’s a feeling of familiarity among much of the elements.

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2016 Topps Now Baseball Autographs — Say, Whaaat?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When 2016 Topps Now Baseball launched it looked as though the on-demand nature of the set was enough to set it apart from other sets. There weren’t any inserts, parallels or chase elements beyond maybe trying to predict who might be the under-ordered short prints.

It looks like that has changed because there are, indeed, 2016 Topps Now Baseball autographs.

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