2015 Topps All-Star Rookie Team includes Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Fresh off their Rookie of the Year honors, Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa are among the players named to the 2015 Topps All-Star Rookie Team.

With such a strong year for rookies, there are several other notable names on the roster as well.

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2015 Panini Luxe Football features all on-card autographs

2015 Panini Luxe Football Memorabilia Auto Prime

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

After debuting in basketball last season, football is getting the Luxe treatment. 2015 Panini Luxe Football is a high-end release with three autographs — all on-card — and one jumbo memorabilia card per hobby box.

Every card in 2015 Panini Luxe Football is serial numbered to 99 copies or less.

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Stormtrooper makes the ultimate sacrifice for 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens trading cards

Star Wars Force Awakens Stormtroopers

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 1 already had a bunch of hits planned when it was originally announced. Autographs, sketch cards and some manufactured relics have long been in the works. Now, there are costume cards.

Screen-used Stormtrooper armor has been added to the product.

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Dansby Swanson, Brendan Rodgers lead 2015 Bowman Draft autograph signers


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps has named the first couple of signers for 2015 Bowman Draft Baseball, and they’re some biggies.

Dansby Swanson and Brendan Rodgers will have Chrome Prospect Autographs in the product releases on December 9. Both were among the top picks in the 2015 MLB Draft this past June. Read More »

Joe DiMaggio game-worn New York Yankees uniform could fetch over $400K

Joe DiMaggio 1951 Game-Worn Yankees Road Uniform SCP Auctions

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Ever had grandiose dreams of the ultimate Joe DiMaggio Halloween costume or National cosplay? A full game-worn uniform of the Yankees legend is up for bid in SCP Auctions’ 2015 Fall Premier online auction.

SCP estimates the jersey and pants could sell for more than $400,000.

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2015 Topps Chrome Carlos Correa Superfractor Autograph goes big in size and price


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When you’re in the market for high-end Superfractors, you’re already thinking big. An online-exclusive 2015 Topps Chrome Carlos Correa Superfractor Autograph takes the big to heart.

This isn’t your traditional Superfractor. Like the majority of Topps’ online offerings, it’s an over-sized card measuring 8×10.

But the card doesn’t just live large with its dimensions. It’s got a lofty price tag to go with it. Read More »

5 Firsts in 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed

2015 Topps WWE Undisputed Fistographs Bruno Sammartino

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As far as wrestling cards go, 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed is a new type of product. Until now, the vast majority of WWE sets have been on the low-end of the hobby. Only a couple of brands have ventured into a more upscale feel. But even then, Topps Chrome and Platinum are about as fancy as it gets.

That’s great for many types of collectors. But in the last decade, high-end has taken a more prominent role in the hobby as a whole and WWE products have yet to fully embrace it. Until now.

Here are five firsts for 2015 Topps WWE Undisputed as it applies to wrestling cards.

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Win a BGS 9 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Kris Bryant Autograph — for your friend

2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Kris Bryant Autograph BGS 9

If you’re a fan or not, 2015 has been the year of Kris Bryant as far as baseball rookies go. And now you can win one of Bryant’s top cards, complete with BGS slab, for one of your friends.

We’re giving away a BGS 9 2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Kris Bryant autograph to a deserving individual. But in the spirit of generosity and thanksgiving, we want to pass it along to someone (not yourself) you think would love to own it.

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2015 Panini Prizm Football parallel rainbow has new patterns, fewer exclusives


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Chase the 2015 Panini Prizm Football rainbow and you’re going to find some gold. And some tye-dye. And you better not forget the mojo. Just like any modern chromium-based set, there’s a ton of color. But something that Panini continues to emphasize on top of strictly colors is a mix of patterns for several of them.

And as strange as it sounds when there are more than a dozen parallels for each of the base cards, you should have an easier time keeping track of them as there are fewer exclusives this year.

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Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa kick off line of 2015 Topps Baseball Award Winners prints

2015 Topps Award Winners AL ROY Carlos Correa

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Fresh off being named the American League and National League Rookies of the Year, Carlos Correa and Kris Bryant have a couple of limited edition prints available on the Topps website.

They also signal the launch of a full line of MLB Award Winners wall art.

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Ranking the Kris Bryant Rookie Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In a year of big-time rookies, Kris Bryant has been one of the biggest. Even if it hasn’t been clutch plays and walk-off home runs every night, he’s lived up to a lot of the lofty expectations that come with being a second overall draft pick. And he’s still very young. Not surprisingly, Kris Bryant rookie cards have garnered plenty of attention from both buyers and sellers.

The first few Kris Bryant rookie cards offer a fair bit of variety. The first two on the market, 2015 Topps Archives and 2015 Finest, may not look overly flashy. However, they’re tough short prints, which have added a lot of value to them. With Topps often shying away from autographs in their base sets today, most of their high-end Kris Bryant cards will be inserts.

Panini has a mix. Elite is very much your standard, no-frills kind of rookie card. However, 2015 Immaculate Collection has a pair of autographed rookie cards that take things to the other extreme.

Another autograph that’s considered a Kris Bryant RC comes from 2015 Topps Five Star. It doesn’t have a traditionally numbered base set but the Five Star Autographs are the main part of the release. Bryant’s card is a redemption.

What are the most valuable Kris Bryant rookie cards? We’re counting them down according to the Beckett Baseball Price Guide.

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2016 Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Seasons 6 and 7 Trading Cards First Look

2016 Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Seasons 6 and 7 Box

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Seasons 6 and 7 trading cards continue the course of the previous three releases. They summarize the show also with several extras like autographs, costume cards and other inserts.

Perhaps the biggest thing for this release is the addition of prop cards.

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Funko Mystery Box Pop! figures a Black Friday exclusive at GameStop

2015 Funko Mystery Box Pop Figures

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Dark days are ahead for Funko Pop! collectors. But if you’re into exclusive figures, it’s not as ominous as it sounds. The 2015 Funko Mystery Box debuts on Black Friday complete with exclusive Black Friday Pop! figures.

And the mystery leads exclusively to GameStop locations.

Each of the 2015 Funko Mystery Boxes comes with a variety of items including a Pop! vinyl figure not available anywhere else.

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2016 Cryptozoic Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1 Trading Card Details

2016 Cryptozoic Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1 Box

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.

A lot of details still need to be fleshed out, but autographs, memorabilia cards and sketch cards are are part of the plans.

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2015 Topps Tribute Baseball Special Edition sees return of recalled product with new additions

2015 Topps Tribute Baseball Special Edition Kris Bryant Autograph

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When 2015 Topps Tribute Baseball released early in the year, there were widespread issues with autographs. This led to an unprecedented recall and much of the product disappeared. It’s coming back in the form of 2015 Topps Tribute Baseball Special Edition with a configuration aimed at case breaks.

To remedy the earlier issue with the autographs, they’ve been inspected, treated and resigned. They’ve also been put into slabs. These cards come from returned stock so it won’t interfere with the original print runs.

Besides the original cards, new Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa autographs have been added to the checklist.

Every pack of 2015 Topps Tribute Baseball Special Edition has two autographs and at least two relic cards. With 12 packs in a box, that translates into 24 autographs. There are actually 30 memorabilia cards per box as some packs have more than the promised two. Hot boxes come with as many as 36 relics.

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2015 Leaf 25th Baseball recalls memorable 1990 set

2015 Leaf 25th Buyback Autographs

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

1990 Leaf Baseball is one of those sets that helped guide the hobby into premium territory. Although it might not hold as much monetary value as it used to, it’s still a modern classic. While the set has been commemorated a few times in the last couple of years, it hasn’t been quite like 2015 Leaf 25th Baseball.

The all-autograph release mixes new spins on the old design as well as signed buybacks from the original release.

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Michael Jordan’s final regular season Chicago Bulls jersey sells for over $173,000

Michael Jordan Final Chicago Bulls Regular Season Game-Used Jersey

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The jersey Michael Jordan wore in his last regular season game for the Chicago Bulls sold for $173,240 over the weekend. In doing so, it set a record for game-used Michael Jordan memorabilia.

The previous record was set in December, 2013 for the shoes Jordan wore in the infamous Flu Game in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals. They went for $104,765.

Goldin Auctions sold the jersey, which is also signed, to an unnamed buyer.

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Holly Holm cards skyrocket following upset over Ronda Rousey. But will they stay that way?

Holly Holm Cards - 2015 Topps UFC Knockout

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A new sports star was born at UFC 193 and her name is Holly Holm. She did the unthinkable, not only defeating Ronda Rousey, but knocking her out in spectacular fashion. Not surprisingly, Holly Holm cards gained a lot of attention and live prices spiked.

But before you go spending a lot of money to get in on the action, you may want to sit back for a bit.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 10

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 10.


By Justin Grunert and Dan Hitt


Veteran of the Week:

Week 10 peterson

Adrian Peterson, RB, Vikings

(203 yards rushing, 1 touchdown)

Adrian Peterson is the primary reason the Minnesota Vikings are alone in first place in their division. He also leads the NFL in rushing by a hefty margin with 961. A year ago, Peterson’s career appeared to be in jeopardy and collectors fled from buying anything with Peterson pictured. This makes for a great buying opportunity to assemble a nice Adrian Peterson collection before his, almost inevitable, Hall of Fame induction.


Cards to Grab:

2007 Donruss Elite #105 RC/599 ($40)

2007 Leaf Rookies and Stars #206 AU/99 RC ($200)

2007 Playoff National Treasures #101 JSY AU/99 RC ($500)



Rookie of the Week:

Week 10 jones

Matt Jones, RB, Redskins

(131 yards receiving, 56 yards rushing, 1 touchdown)

In the second week of the season Matt Jones recorded a 100+ yard rushing game, but has done little since. However, he, Kirk Cousins, and Alfred Morris torched the Saints defense for more than 500 total yards on offense. Jones is likely to continue to split time with Morris but keep an eye on this young running back as he shows signs of the big play ability that might grab collector’s attention.


Cards to grab:

2015 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Refractors #RCRAMJ ($20)

2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks #125A AU RC ($20)

2015 Topps ’63 Mini Autographs #63AMJ ($25)



Breakout Player of the Week:


Week 10 langford

Jeremy Langford, RB, Bears

(109 yards receiving, 73 yards rushing, 2 touchdowns)

For two straight weeks Jeremy Langford has helped the Bears to a win. Last week he logged 142 yards from scrimmage in a road win against the Chargers and this week Langford bested those efforts with more than 200 total yards on the road against a very tough Rams defense. The Bears have the collector base in place that’s likely to allow for upside in interest in Langford cards.


Cards to Grab:

2015 Bowman Chrome Rookie Autographs Refractors #RCRAJL ($15)

2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks #223 AU RC ($20)

2015 Topps Rookie Premiere Autographs/150 #RPAJL ($30)


2015 Panini Cyber Monday promo set created for online breakers

2015 Panini Cyber Monday

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Black Friday is the day many brave the cooling weather to wait in long lines to land all sorts of retail deals. Cyber Monday is the day people get up, pour a cup of coffee and find similar deals from the comfort of their own pajamas. Looking to compliment their traditional Black Friday set, 2015 Panini Cyber Monday is a new promo set aimed at adding an online-exclusive wrinkle.

The separate set is going to only be available from select online breakers similar to how only shops in the Panini Roundtable program qualify for 2015 Panini Black Friday packs.

While 2015 Panini Cyber Monday is a lot simpler in structure to its Black Friday counterpart, there is still original content to be found — particularly for rookie collectors.

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2015 Panini Prizm Football Rookie Photo Variations Gallery


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re ripping through some packs of 2015 Panini Prizm Football and come across a base card that doesn’t have the usual action shot, you probably don’t have a usual base card. Rather, it could be one of the 2015 Panini Prizm Football Rookie Photo Variations.

Unlike a lot of other football variations, these ones go a little further than switching the ball between the left and right hands. Rather, they come with a posed portrait. Well, all except Phillip Dorsett who has a more typical ball-no ball difference between his two cards.

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If you’re looking for Friday the 13th trading cards, you don’t have much to collect

2003 Friday the 13th Legend of Jason Preview Base

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Friday the 13th is one of the most iconic horror franchises of all-time. And while most of the sequels aren’t as good as the original, they’ve helped keep the series out there. And who isn’t more than a little creeped out by a plain hockey mask?

If you’re looking to collect Friday the 13th trading cards, you don’t have much to chase as far as mainstream releases go. But if you want to go all-in, be prepared to cross over into comics as well.

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Feeling overlooked in the redemption card waiting game


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary

Redemption cards stink. Ask just about any collector, including Josh Donaldson, and they’ll agree. And while the past year or so has seen improvements and fewer of them out there, that doesn’t help those still waiting. They can leave a bad taste, especially if they’re left outstanding for an extended period of time. It’s even worse when you notice the player has live autographs in newer products from the same manufacturer.

Last October — as in 2014 — I submitted a redemption for an autograph. I’m still waiting on it. I’d pretty much forgotten about it until recently when I noticed a 2015 autograph of the same player from the same manufacturer inserted live in packs.

I could call out the company and the player, but I don’t really see the point as I’ve heard of similar things happening to collectors from multiple manufacturers.

And even when the players aren’t top-tier stars, like the outstanding autograph I’m waiting on, it still feels like a cup full of vinegar being poured on a fresh wound. I doubt I’m alone in the feeling.

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2015-16 Fleer Showcase Hockey First Look

2015-16 Fleer Showcase Hockey McDavid

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collectors who love old school inserts are about to get their annual fix from Upper Deck with 2015-16 Fleer Showcase Hockey as it is set to deliver today’s biggest stars and rookies on classic designs.

The brand is swiftly becoming an annual tradition as it offers autographed rookie patch cards plus more freshman content than any other hockey card release. This is the place to find rookies that may have only played a handful of games and each box will contain three autograph or memorabilia hits.

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Return of the Mini: 2015 Topps Mini Baseball factory sets include parallels, 1975 bonus cards

2015 Topps Mini Baseball Set

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015 Topps Mini Baseball hasn’t been forgotten. It’s returning as an online exclusive, only as a factory set instead of a more traditional pack-based product.

And unlike the just-released 2015 Topps Limited Baseball factory set, the minis include a couple of exclusive bonus cards.

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Topps bringing back Star Wars Evolution in 2016

2001 Star Wars Evolution Evolution B

By Ryan Cracknell

Following a busy 2015 where there has several sets of Star Wars trading cards (with a couple more still to come), it’s a safe bet that momentum will continue into next year. Nothing has been formally announced for the year outside of 2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 2 in March.

However, a post on the Topps Star Wars Facebook page revealed the planned return of a line from a somewhat distant past — Star Wars Evolution.

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The wonder years and 2015 Panini Contenders Baseball Old School Colors

2015 Panini Contenders Old School Colors Dave Winfield

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Time is a funny thing. Just as we age, so do those around us. Yet, when we sift through our collections, we’re met by something that’s timeless. Our heroes and those that we root against are frozen in time. For many, these cards take us back to another time. Stats come back to us and moments are relived.

We usually see them when they’re already pros. At least that was the way it was until not long ago when cards started coming out earlier and earlier. But for those of us who grew up in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s and even ’90s, we haven’t seen much of players from before they reached the big leagues. There are some minor league cards, but they’re not prevalent like today’s prospect releases.

2015 Panini Contenders Baseball Old School Colors offer glimpses at a handful of Hall of Famers and greats from the previous couple of generations. And we’re not even talking minor leagues. These cards show stars from their college years.

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2015 Epoch IPTL Tennis features top autographs, some key debuts

2015 Epoch IPTL Tennis Autographed Memorabilia Serena Williams

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

All of a sudden there’s a fair bit of action in the tennis side of the hobby. After going a couple of years without a major release, 2015 Epoch IPTL Tennis is one of two products released around the same time. It joins 2015 Leaf Ultimate Tennis.

Rather than traditional packs and boxes, 2015 Epoch IPTL Tennis is going the premium factory set route. For starters, there’s a 36-card base set. Hobby sets have either an autograph or an autographed memorabilia card to go with a basic relic. Retail sets the same base set and a Retail Foil Signature card.

Some of the game’s biggest names like Serena Williams, Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal all have cards and autographs in the product. There are also several early card from some of the sport’s young standouts.

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Autographs galore highlight 2015 Upper Deck USA Football

2015 Upper Deck USA Football Box

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Prospects and prospect ink are on display in 2015 Upper Deck USA Football. As with previous years, it’s something you go through now, probably tuck away for a few years and revisit down the road to see what sorts of fruit it bears.

Besides boasting the first cards of players in the USA Football and Canada Football programs, each 18-pack box comes with ten autographs and two memorabilia cards.

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2015 Panini Black Gold Football First Look


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s not just black. It’s not just gold. 2015 Panini Black Gold Football is the sophomore effort for the brands formally known as Gold Standard and Black. Once again, it’s a high-end product with an autograph and an additional hit or Gold Disc card in every pack.

2015 Panini Black Gold Football hobby boxes have a pair of five-card packs. This is up from four cards per pack in 2014.

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Win cards and memorabilia with Beckett Fantasy Collector’s Contests

Beckett Fantasy Collectors Contests Header

A lot of the Beckett Fantasy games have cash prizes of varying levels. But new Collector’s Contests look to bridge traditional daily fantasy sports with the hobby.

Instead of playing for cash prizes, you can vie for things like cards, signed memorabilia or spots in case breaks.

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2015 Topps Football 50th Super Bowl added to factory set mix

2015 Topps Football Super Bowl 50th Anniversary Factory Set

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Still haven’t gotten a 2015 Topps Football factory set but considering? Topps has added yet another option. Joining the mix is the 2015 Topps Football 50th Super Bowl set.

Available exclusively on their website, cards come with a foil stamp not found in any other release. Read More »

Bring on the rookie cards! 2015-16 NHL rookie debut tracker


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

One of the nice things about hockey is that there isn’t a lot of confusion when it comes to NHL rookie cards. Simply put, players don’t get to appear in an NHL set before they debut with their big club.

Even though many knew heading into the year, the list of 2015-16 NHL rookies is still shaping up to be a strong one.

Connor McDavid is the obvious big name. An NHL rookie hasn’t had this much hype since Sidney Crosby. And while the future looks bright in Edmonton, Jack Eichel, the second pick in the 2015 draft, is off to a hot start in Buffalo. Other rookies making their presence known early in the season include Dylan Larkin (Detroit), Nikolaj Ehlers (Winnipeg) and Artemi Panarin (Chicago).

In an effort to help you keep tabs on who is now eligible for rookie cards in 2015-16 NHL products, here’s a list of players who have made their debuts this season.

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Foil and old school fun is the focus of 2015-16 Panini Revolution Basketball


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

An old hobby favorite is returning to card stores on January 20 with 2015-16 Panini Revolution Basketball. With a focus on foil and somewhat of an old school approach, it may appeal to a new generation of collectors.

Nearly 20 years ago, Pacific Trading Cards attempted to push the limits of flashy foil technology with Revolution releases in three different sports. Since Panini owns the old Pacific brands, it was only a matter of time before the concept was dusted off and given a modern update for its roundball debut. With a greater emphasis on traditional collecting, collectors will manage to find plenty of parallels and inserts with autographs being a long-odds chase. Read More »

Are Jeffrey Dean Morgan autographs about to get a boost thanks to The Walking Dead?

2014 Supernatural Seasons 1-3 Autographs Jeffrey Dean Morgan

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Even if you’re not overly familiar with Jeffrey Dean Morgan, you would probably recognize the actor if you saw his picture. And if you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, his profile is about to get a lot bigger.

So what will that mean to his autograph cards?

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