Boxes or Binders? Choosing the Right Way to Store Your Sports Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Finding the cards for your personal collection is the easy part. Getting them at a price that you’re happy with can be a little harder. But once you get that rookie card, autograph or last card for that pesky set, how are you going to store it?

The cluttered desk may be the default option for many of us, but that’s probably not the best choice. If you have a shoebox full of loose cards from when your grandparents were kids, you might want to revisit that, too.

The options for sports card storage are numerous, each with their own pros and cons. So what to choose? Here are some things to consider when you’re deciding which sports cards supplies to get.

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2016 Topps Star Wars Card Trader Trading Cards Make the Digital Physical

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just like Bunt got for baseball, Topps’ Star Wars digital trading card app is getting a physical release. 2016 Topps Star Wars Card Trader trading cards take many of the elements and designs of the app’s cards and give them a more traditional spin. That said, the product still attempts to work in both realms with code cards that unlock digital exclusives. In fact, every pack of 2016 Topps Star Wars Card Trader includes a digital code of some sort.

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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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2017 Topps Inception Baseball Pivots the Brand from Prospects to Rookies and Veterans

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Baseball has had Bowman Inception for a few years now. But like other Bowman products, the focus has been primarily on prospects. 2017 Topps Inception Baseball sees that focus shift a little. There’s still the similar look and attention to autographs but the checklist is centered on veterans and rookies rather than those working their way up through the minors.

Like Bowman Inception, each box has just one pack. In it is either an autograph or an autographed relic card.

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Forest Whitaker Headlines Early List of Topps Star Wars: Rogue One Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Star Wars: Rogue One Series 1 Autographs checklist is just starting to take shape. And an Oscar winner leads the list of confirmed signers so far.

Forest Whitaker, who plays Saw Gerrera in the film, has been announced by the card maker. Not only will his signature appear in Rogue One Series 1, but other sets into 2017 as well.

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Art and Sport Converge on the 2016-17 Panini Court Kings Basketball Checklist

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The intersection of art and sports can be a great thing and when it comes together on trading cards, you end up with 2016-17 Panini Court Kings Basketball.

Each box is jam-packed with hits and cuts right to the chase with an autograph and a memorabilia card to go along with a pair of rookies, an insert, and an oversized box topper that is suitable for framing. Read More…

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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Plenty of parallels and autographs coming in 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey, one of last year’s critically-acclaimed releases is back and it is loaded up with a virtual rainbow of parallels plus plenty of autographs and inserts.

Coming to stores and Upper Deck ePack starting in March, this product is a shiny update to the conventional O-Pee-Chee set and will include members of this season’s impressive rookie class.

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2016 Topps Now MLS Soccer Features Cards in Near Real-Time

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Now MLS is the first set of on-demand soccer cards from the company. Joining a growing roster that also includes baseball, UFC and more, the cards are intended to highlight major games, events and achievements in near real-time.

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2016 Upper Deck Captain America 75th Anniversary Trading Cards Arrive Exclusively on e-Pack

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Upper Deck Captain America 75th Anniversary is the card maker’s first Marvel product made exclusively for their e-Pack platform. That means that while there are packs and boxes, they’re not available through traditional means. In fact, you open them by clicking your mouse of phone screen.

Like all of Upper Deck’s e-Pack products, there are both digital and physical elements. Among the physical items are a variety of inserts that include sketch, metal and Comic Cuts, which have pieces and panels from vintage issues.

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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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Titanic Turkeys: 10 of the Biggest Sports Card Busts

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Sometimes we get it wrong. Sometime we get it horribly wrong.

A big part of the hobby is spotting future stars. In doing so, some get a “can’t miss” label or start racking up the magazine covers. But there are times when a can’t-miss prospect misses spectacularly. They go from the top of the hot list to a footnote in history.

We joke about what their Rookie Cards used to be worth, probably avoiding the fact that we have a couple tucked away ourselves. Maybe we were lucky and managed to dodge the proverbial bullet, either selling high or avoiding them all together.

But this is a hobby rooted in nostalgia. So even when players go bust and prices bottom out, there can still be some fun in looking back and playfully lamenting our bad choices and poor judgement.

So let’s look back on ten of the biggest sports cards busts — players who ruled the hobby for a time but failed miserably in the end.

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2016-17 Parkhurst Hockey to be Canadian retail exclusive

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A familiar name is making its way back to hockey card collectors thanks to Upper Deck and it will only be found at Canadian Walmart locations. With the roots of the brand going back to the 1950s and sporadic appearances over the last decade, 2016-17 Parkhurst Hockey marks a new era with a release that is friendly to both kids and wallets alike.

Available in gravity feed or fat packs in addition to blaster boxes, it hits in mid-December and could make the perfect stocking stuffer for a lapsed collector, hardcore fan, or new faces to the world of hockey cards. It is old school collecting with some of the modern features that hobbyists appreciate.

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2016 Historic Autographs Art of Football Series 2 Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Historic Autographs Art of Football Series 2 isn’t a complicated product. It doesn’t need to be. It’s all autographs and it’s all Hall of Famers.

Like Series 1, cards are created from Goal Line art cards.

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2016 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Baseball Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini National Treasures Collegiate Baseball is the second release for the brand over the course of the card season. And while the main release focuses on players as pros, depicts players from when they were in school.

This being National Treasures, the focus is on the super premium. That translates into six total autographs and memorabilia cards per eight-card box.

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2016 Topps High Tek Baseball Pattern Decoder

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Tek is back for a third year since the brand was revived in 2014. And like the previous two years, there is lots to keep track of. The 2016 Topps High Tek Baseball pattern variations offer different backgrounds for the same players. These aren’t just parallels (although, there are those, too). Rather, they offer a slightly different kind of chase that ties directly into the brand’s original run in the late 1990s.

Some of the pattern variations in 2016 Topps High Tek Baseball are new. Others were used in 2015, although not necessarily at the same rarity.

Sounds kind of tricky, doesn’t it? It is. And that’s probably by design.

And that’s why this piece is here to make sense of it all.

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2016 Topps Santa Claus Holiday Set Isn’t Just St. Nick

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Even Santa’s going online exclusive. The 2016 Topps Santa Claus Holiday Set is a tribute to the chimney magician and a couple of his friends.

Each set includes a full nine-card base set plus one of eight different autograph parallels.

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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Thanksgiving Riffs on Turkey, Trump and Tradition

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As much of America readies to spend time with family and gorge on turkey and football, 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Thanksgiving is a more hobby-centric reminder of the season. It’s also a reason to get yet another set of online exclusives into the mix.

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2015-16 Upper Deck The Cup Hockey Checklist

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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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Rookie redemptions revealed for 2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts and more

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

No matter what the sport, the wait for rookie redemption cards can be an excruciating and arduous one filled with speculation and wishes for the best possible outcome. Luckily, those holding cards from early 2016-17 hockey products from Upper Deck now have a little bit of good news and relief as the company has announced which players are going to be on a few of them.

In the coming weeks, expect to hear more from Upper Deck in terms of confirming what cards are coming to those that have redeemed them. Among the products being part of this early announcement are 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio, 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP, and 2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts.

What many collectors have been chasing as of late are the rookie redemptions from 2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts. Split into those that extend the base set and those that are part of a group of 20 that were assigned roman numerals, there is often quite a bit of speculation as to which players are picked. Read More…

Win a 2016 Panini Prizm Michael Irvin Autograph

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Want to win a 2016 Panini Prizm Patented Penmanship Michael Irvin autograph?

Keep reading to find out how you can win one courtesy of 2Bros Sports Collectibles.

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2016 Topps Update Series Baseball Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Update Series Baseball variations bring a close to a long season of flagship short prints. As with Series 1 and Series 2 before it, collectors are kept in the dark about what to expect in advance. But collectors have also come to know that they’re part of the modern flagship Topps Baseball configuration. This includes 2016 Topps Update Series Baseball.

So what do the 2016 Topps Update Series Baseball variations look like and how do you spot them? You’ve come to the right place.

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2016 Historic Autographs Friends ‘N Foes Holiday Edition Baseball Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The idea behind 2016 Historic Autographs Friends ‘N Foes Holiday Edition Baseball is a relatively simple one. Each box comes with one card — a dual cut signature book.

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Look What Beckett Authentication Saw Today

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Beckett Authentication Services is launching this weekend at the 2016 Fanatics Sports Spectacular in Chicago.

And it was a spectacular beginning for the first item getting a full letter of authenticity and is registered as A00001.

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Exclusive Topps Star Wars: Rogue One Mission Briefing Promo Card in Non-Sport Update Variant Issue

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Non-Sport Update Magazine has a limited edition variant issue of its new December/January issue that’s being offered initially at the MCM Birmingham Comic Con in England. Not only does the special issue have a different Rogue One cover but it also has an exclusive 2016 Topps Star Wars: Rogue One Mission Briefing promo card. The card is not available anywhere else.

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20 Cards Top $50,000 in Heritage Auctions Sale

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It wasn’t just the million-dollar Mantle that brought big bids at Heritage’s 2016 November Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction. A total 20 cards passed the $50,000. Of those, 13 topped the $100,000 mark.

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1952 Topps Mickey Mantle Sells for Over $1 Million

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The elusive list of million-dollar baseball cards has a new member — the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. A PSA 8.5 copy of the card sold for $1,135,250 (including buyer’s premium) through Heritage Auctions.

This is just the second baseball card to top the milestone, although the T206 Honus Wagner has achieved that mark several times, most recently hitting $3 million for the first time.

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2016 Topps Archives 65th Anniversary Baseball Is Another Walmart Exclusive

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Archives 65th Anniversary Baseball is another Walmart-exclusive joining 2016 Topps Holiday Baseball. The checklist highlights the various designs and many of the company’s historic cards over the years.

The product comes as 16-card boxes. An autograph is guaranteed in each.

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2016 Panini Plates and Patches Football Has a Printing Plate and Patch in Every Box

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Plates and Patches Football is one of those sets that can be taken literally based on its name. One could also add ink in there as every box has one signed card, a prime memorabilia card and a printing plate.

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Strange Space Jam Collectibles That Would Even Scare the Monstars

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When Space Jam came out in 1996, it was much more than a movie with Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. It was shoes. It was toys. It was full on marketing assault that brought together Hollywood, sports and many other companies. For a time, Space Jam was everywhere.

Looking back now, though, maybe it would have been better if some of those companies had stepped back a bit because some of those Space Jam collectibles are downright weird.

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Beckett Authentication Services Debut at 2016 Fanatics Sports Spectacular

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Beckett Authentication Services will be making its first official show appearance at the 2016 Fanatics Authentics Sports Spectacular this weekend. The show is scheduled Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center.

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2016 Topps Walking Dead Survival Box Trading Cards Skewer to the High End

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Walking Dead Survival Box trading cards don’t have any major elements that are entirely new for the show. However, there is a big change in that it’s the series’ first high-end set from either Topps or Cryptozoic. Done in a format that’s similar to Star Wars Masterwork and Topps Museum Collection, packs come as mini boxes. In each is either an autograph, memorabilia card or sketch card.

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2016 Upper Deck Marvel Annual Trading Cards Summarize the Year That Was in Comics

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Movies aside, 2016 was a big year for the Marvel Universe. And that’s the focus of 2016 Upper Deck Marvel Annual, a trading card recap of sorts highlighting the major events from the comic pages.

New heroes emerged while others met untimely deaths. Captain America showed some nefarious colors and Doctor Doom found himself on the side of good.

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2016-17 Panini Revolution Basketball offers both flash and sizzle

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Back for a sophomore season, 2016-17 Panini Revolution Basketball is ready to dazzle collectors with some of the shiniest cards around.

For a trading card product to be a success, it has to have some sizzle to go along with the flash and Panini America‘s product development team has come up with concepts which should make an impact with those breaking packs and boxes. Read More…

McFarlane NBA 30 Lineup Includes Debuts Figures for Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016-17 NBA season has its share of notable rookies. Two of them are among the highlights of the 2016-17 McFarlane NBA 30 Sports Picks lineup. And although the remaining figures have been well represented with figures over the years, new uniforms take away some of the potential monotony.

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