2016 Panini Spectra Football Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Justin Grunert as they open some 2016 Panini Spectra Football.

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Canada Post announces Great Canadian Forwards hockey stamps

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hockey players on postage stamps are back again as Canada Post has just released a new collection called NHL Great Canadian Forwards that features some of the greatest players from the past 50 years.

Collectors will be interested to see that they are offered in packs of six trading card-sized stamps and they will get a complete set inside. The checklist is strong with legends such as Phil Esposito, Guy Lafleur, Darryl Sittler, Mark Messier, and Steve Yzerman along with active star Sidney Crosby. All six players were in attendance at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto today for the unveiling of their stamps. Read More…

Exclusive 2017 Topps Baseball Silver Packs a New Incentive for Buying Hobby Boxes

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In case you were wondering where to buy your 2017 Topps Series 1 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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2016 Panini Infinity Football Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Justin Grunert and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016 Panini Infinity Football.

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Monday Morning Collector Week 3 Giveaway

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Week 2 was the week of the injury in the NFL. Adrian Peterson done for the season, Danny Woodhead gone as well, even our Week 2 Rookie of the Week Cory Coleman is gone for up to 6 weeks! The list goes on and on but that just gives others the spotlight. Looking ahead to Week 3, we have some awesome match ups. It all starts tonight with New England going against Houston. There is the battle for Pennsylvania with the Steelers and the Eagles. The potential offensive shootout of the week is the Colts against the Chargers. On to week 3 and our next giveaway… Read More…

Beckett Radio This Week: Top Shelf Breaks, T206, Funko NYCC Exclusives

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We have another loaded show this week on Beckett Radio that covers tons of topics and a handful of interviews.

Are vintage, breaks, fantasy football, entertainment sets and previews of some big, freshly announced products enough for you?

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2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey.

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How Card Shops Can Capitalize from 2016-17 Tim Hortons Hockey Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell

Upper Deck’s 2016-17 Tim Hortons Hockey cards are here. The promotion will expose tens of thousands of Canadians, if not hundreds, to sports cards. And even though the promotion centers on the coffee chain, hobby shops can easily capitalize on the set to drive traffic into their own stores.

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2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball Checklist Includes On-Card Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Finally, on-card autographs. 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball marks the first MiLB set since the card maker landed the exclusive license in 2010 to feature signatures directly on the card. Falling under the Heritage banner, it also lends itself to being a throwback release.

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2016 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball Brings Lots of Changes

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball marks the biggest shakeup for the brand in years. Perhaps ever. The focus is still on prospects and autographs remain a major draw. But the configuration has been shaken up with smaller boxes and a larger number of hits. Similar to 2016 Panini Elite Football, the base design also sees a major shift.

2016 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball hobby boxes come with just five packs, which is way down from last year’s 20. But instead of six autographs, there’s at least seven including one Silhouettes autographed memorabilia card. Factor in the memorabilia cards and each pack should have at least two hits.

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2017 Topps Tribute Baseball Is a Mix of New and Old Players and Content

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Overall, not a lot has changed with 2017 Topps Tribute Baseball from a configuration perspective. The biggest thing that’s likely to be noticed is the fact that it’s back to an early-in-the year release date. But the high-end, hits-focused checklist that features one of the broader mixes of current and retired players returns.

As has been the case for several years, each pack of 2017 Topps Tribute Baseball includes either an autograph or a memorabilia card. Spread over a six-pack hobby box, and there are three of each. All hits are numbered to 199 or less.

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2016 Upper Deck Employee Exclusive Cards Include Ben Simmons, Michael Jordan

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Upper Deck has a long history of rewarding its staff with exclusive cards. Their spokesmen usually take center stage in these sets, and understandably so. The 2016 Upper Deck Employee Exclusive cards are no different, highlighting the trifecta of Michael Jordan, LeBron James and their latest rep, Ben Simmons.

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2016 Topps Crossover Crosses the Physical, Digital Streams

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Crossover combines two things the card maker has been experimenting with in recent years — digital and on-demand cards. The set’s cards are released simultaneously on a corresponding app as digital cards and as physical cards on the Topps website.

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2015-16 Upper Deck The Cup Hockey brings a close to a memorable season

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Year of Connor McDavid was a memorable one for many card collectors and the rookie card that the hobby has been waiting for is on the way in 2015-16 Upper Deck The Cup Hockey.

This super-premium release is about much more than just the biggest rookie card of the Edmonton Oilers phenom and there will be plenty of autographs, patches, and booklets to be found inside tins. Releasing on October 26, it is a fine way to cap off the season – even if the next one has already begun!

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2016-17 Leaf Ultimate Hockey continues a high-end tradition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The brand that revolutionized the premium trading card market over 15 years ago is back and 2016-17 Leaf Ultimate Hockey has a few new twists in addition to being more limited than ever.

Released this November at the Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto, those busting boxes at the show will likely be able to participate in a redemption program at the Leaf Trading Cards booth. Just 175 six-box cases are being produced and Leaf Trading Cards has noted that there will be no unsigned single-swatch jerseys in this product along with new signers and more jumbo patch cards than before – including the company’s first double-sided versions. Read More…

2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Prime Slime Awards Lampoon the Emmys

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Game of Thrones may have set records at the 68th Emmy Awards, but 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Prime Slime Awards are trying for the last laugh.

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2016-17 Panini Totally Certified Basketball preview

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Back for another season, 2016-17 Panini Totally Certified Basketball is ready to offer collectors a strong mix of hits with solid designs on metallic stock.

Each eight-pack box is loaded up with an average of one autograph and two memorabilia cards plus four parallels and nine inserts.

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Monday Morning Collector Week 2

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Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for NFL Week 2.

By Justin Grunert and Paul Wirth

Veteran of the Week:

Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

(353 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, 111.8 QB Rating)

Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers avenged their Week 1 loss to the Denver Broncos by destroying the 49ers 46-27. Newton was responsible for all of the Panthers offensive touchdowns. He threw two touchdowns to Kelvin Benjamin and one each to Greg Olsen and Devin Funchess. Last year saw Cam Newton’s value really take off but he also cooled in the offseason. If he can perform like he did in Sunday’s victory collectors can expect to see his values rise again.

Cards to Grab:

2011 Exquisite Collection #11 JSY AU/99 ($800)

2011 Playoff Contenders #228A AU RC ($300)

2011 Topps Chrome Rookie Autographs # 1 ($200) Read More…

2016 Donruss Signature Series Football Is All Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Donruss Signature Series Football takes a bulk approach to autographs. Every card in the product comes signed, including all 300 cards in the base set.

Boxes have four autographed cards, one of which is a parallel numbered to 50 or less.

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2016 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1 Trading Cards Info

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Looking for something that might bring your significant other into the hobby? 2016 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1 trading cards adapt the buzz-worthy cable show and its original mix of historical drama, passion and science fiction.

Boxes promise one autograph.

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Anthony Rizzo Rookie Card Countdown (And Other Early Cards of Note)

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Sports has its share of breakout stars. But that doesn’t always line up with the hobby world. Anthony Rizzo rookie cards have been on collectors’ radars for a while now. But before 2016, they were still fairly quiet. But with the Cubs in place as legitimate World Series contenders, potentially for years to come, Rizzo’s profile has increased greatly.

And while he is on the cusp of hobby superstardom, his place is still a big step behind Kris Bryant and a lot of baseball’s core of young big names.

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2016-17 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase Soccer Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016-17 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase soccer cards draw from the large number of players and teams made available through the expansive license. While the product isn’t overly expensive or particularly high-end, it does have a pair of autographs in every hobby box.

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2016 Panini Pantheon Baseball Is All Retired Players, All Hits

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Pantheon Baseball, a new super high-end product, is all about two things — retired players and hits. The checklist consists entirely of former players. Every card is also either an autograph or memorabilia card.

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2016-17 Donruss Basketball Basks in a Retro Glow

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Without a long history to draw from like baseball, one could argue that 2016-17 Donruss Basketball has more of a retro vibe than a nostalgic one. Much of the content comes from the brand’s past, primarily from other sports. And the design lacks a lot of the flash found in many other sets.

Each 2016-17 Donruss Basketball hobby box, which should be one of the cheaper ones of the season, comes with both an autograph and a memorabilia card.

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Monday Morning Collector Week 2 Giveaway

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Week 1 is in the books and it was a crazy weekend of football! A lot of close calls, a gutsy 2-point conversion for a win and an incredible comeback for an overtime win. Let’s hope the rest of the season is as good as week 1. A rarity happened with MMC, a player on a losing team was our veteran of the week. It was just too hard to ignore how awesome Drew Brees played. On to week 2 and our next giveaway… Read More…

Beckett Radio This Week: The Art Collecting In-Person Autographs

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Last week on Beckett Radio we talked TTM (through-the-mail) autographs. This week, we’re following that up with two interview guests that specialize in in-person-autographs.

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2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1 Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1.

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2016 Funko NFL Dorbz Series 1 Bring Back the Fisher Price Little People Feels with a Football Twist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Funko isn’t just Pops. Over the past couple of years, their line of Dorbz has grown immensely. That includes 2016 Funko NFL Dorbz Series 1, the first blind bag offering for the line.

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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Prime Slime TV Fall Preview Spoofs a New Season of Shows

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

September is a time for change. School is back in full swing, the leaves start changing color and there’s a crispness in the air that wasn’t there before. It also means a new season of television shows. 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Prime Slime TV Fall Preview not only spoofs some of these shows, but it also gives a hint of what can be expected from 2016 Garbage Pail Kids Series 2, which has a major TV focus.

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2016 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Finishes the Job

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball has your rookies, your traded players and a little bit more. One of the Heritage brand’s drawbacks as an early release is that it misses some of the early-season debuts. Checklists can be roughed in and assets gathered when some free agent stragglers make up their minds. High Number changes that.

Sticking with a lot of similar elements as 2016 Topps Heritage release, it maintains the look of 1967. Also like the main release, autographs and memorabilia cards combine to land one per hobby box.

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Better Late Than Never: 2016 Gotham Season 1 Camren Bicondova Autographs Arrive

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By Ryan Cracknell

2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1 has an extensive Autographs checklist of more than 20 signers. You can add one more — Camren Bicondova.

The actress, who plays a young Selina Kyle, returned her cards too late to be included in packs. And because Cryptozoic doesn’t do redemptions unless they’re for things too big to fit in packs, the company is taking a different approach to make sure the cards get out to collectors.

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2016 Topps Chrome Baseball Box Busters

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

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2016-17 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Basketball takes NCAA hoops high-end

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The relationship between Panini America and the best college teams continues to produce some interesting high-end releases as 2016-17 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Basketball has just been announced and should deliver a strong mix of this season’s hottest prospects and the best alumni that have had success at the pro level.

Each super premium box expected to yield five hard-signed autograph or memorabilia hits along with a limited base card or parallel, it was only a matter of time that an Immaculate product was made for the NCAA hoops crowd. Read More…

2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Checklist and Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last season, Upper Deck brought back a familiar name to the hobby and generated some positive buzz and 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Hockey looks to build on that excitement once it comes to card shops this summer.

Packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Hockey are going to be loaded up with seven cards once again and the highlights include Rookie Auto Patches and Rookie Jerseys along with three additional hits which will feature ink, cloth, or both. Read More…

2015-16 Panini Immaculate Basketball Checklist

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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. Each six-card box contains five hits that could feature ink, material or both. Read More…