Willie Stargell Awards, World Series Rings Among Memorabilia Being Auctioned

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Willie Stargell left a massive impression on baseball, particularly in Pittsburgh where he helped the Pirates win the World Series in 1971 and 1979. Over the course of his Hall of Fame career, Stargell amassed quite the collection of trophies, rings and other awards. Many of them are coming up for sale as part of SCP Auctions‘ 2017 Spring Premier Auction that kicks off at the end of May.

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Ezekiel Elliott Rookie Card Countdown

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Jared Goff and Carson Wentz may have been the first two players taken in the 2016 NFL Draft, but it was Ezekiel Elliott Rookie Cards that had some of the most buzz once the season started. The fourth pick in the draft, Elliott’s garnered this status for a couple of reasons. Typically, running backs are second to quarterbacks in terms of popularity in hobby circles. The bigger reason? The fact that he’s on the Dallas Cowboys.

Even after a few games, Ezekiel Elliott and fellow rookie, Dak Prescott have created for a hopeful future in Dallas. It’s a unique situation in that both the starting running back and quarterback are rookies on the same team. The fact that they’re both Cowboys magnifies the situation. But at the end of the day, it comes down to play. And through their first handful of games, both were exceeding expectations. Needless to say, their cards have followed suit.

While 2016 might be his rookie year, his first cards came out several years earlier. 2013 Leaf Army All-American Bowl includes Ezekiel Elliott autographs throughout the checklist. These cards were done prior to the running back starting college while he was still in high school. Although these are his first cards, and certainly worth checking out, they’re considered prospect cards, kind of like minor league cards are in baseball. It’s not a knock against them, they’re just not Rookie Cards.

But what about Ezekiel Elliott Rookie Cards? There are lots of them with plenty more on the way. Whether you want something affordable or looking for the most valuable, get a full breakdown and ranking of all of them.

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2017 Panini Elite Draft Picks Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Panini Elite Draft Picks Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Summit Awards Spotlight: Southern Hobby Supply, Excellence in Logistics

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The 2017 Summit Awards sponsored by Amazon recognized standouts in the hobby. Selected by attendees, it wasn’t just about achievements in trading cards but the industry as a whole.

Distributor Southern Hobby Supply was honored for Excellence in Logistics. There’s a lot that goes into card shops and dealers getting the stock they need for their stores. Whether it’s cards, supplies or other items, there are a lot of moving parts. On the surface, it might seem easy, but it can actually get complex.

Beckett Media spoke with Brad Wagoner, Southern Hobby’s Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President about how they deal and excel in logistics.

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2016 Football Cards Release Dates, Checklist and Set Information

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Looking for 2016 football cards release dates, checklists, price guide access and set information? Want to buy some boxes or check out box breaks?

You’ve come to the right place.

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2017 Industry Summit Trading Card Exclusives

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Industry Summit is primarily a place for hobby shop owners and others in the industry to meet, hang out and talk business. It’s also a place to find some cards that aren’t available anywhere else. The 2017 Industry Summit was no different, offering some scarce exclusives from several companies.

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Auston Matthews Rookie Cards and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Now that he’s made his NHL debut, Auston Matthews Rookie Cards are here. It started officially with his 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Young Guns card and will continue throughout the season.

But even before that, there were a few options for Auston Matthews cards in the form of promo sets and redemptions.

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2017 Topps MLS Soccer Checklist Has First Atlanta and Minnesota United FC Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps MLS Soccer is mostly new — new design, first cards for new teams and the checklist has the first MLS cards of new players. And then 1987 Topps Baseball came along.

Each 2017 Topps MLS Soccer hobby box has a pair of autographs and one memorabilia card.

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2016-17 Panini Aficionado Basketball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016-17 Panini Aficionado Basketball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series Rings Have 108 Diamonds On Top and a Goat on the Inside

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When a team waits more than a century to win a championship, you know the rings are going to be special. The Chicago Cubs 2016 World Series rings arrived with the expected bling, plenty of team iconography and even a goat.

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Jeff Fritsch Passes Away

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Jeff Fritsch of Larry Fritsch Cards passed away on Monday, April 10 at the age of 58.

Jeff had been involved with the his family’s business for much of his life. He took over running the company prior to his father’s death in 2007.

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Important Beckett Grading Changes

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By Jeromy Murray | Vice President, Beckett Grading & Authentication Services

Here we are, four months into 2017 and the grading market continues to evolve. At the start of the year, Beckett Grading made a major change implementing a five-day grace period for all 10-, 20- and 45-day services.  At the time, we thought this plan would help us examine the cards the way we needed to, encase the cards the way you expected us to, and get the cards back to you in a reasonable time frame. I was wrong. That wasn’t the right solution.

And now we’re going to fix it.

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2017 Panini Revolution Soccer Shoots for the Stars

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Different sports card lines exist for different reasons. They’re all intended to appeal to collectors with different preferences. Some are centered on autographs and memorabilia card. Others might take a nostalgic approach. 2017 Panini Revolution Basketball is about bold designs, offering several avenues for player, team and set collectors to chase.

While there are autographs, they’re not guaranteed in every box. This is a similar approach that 2014 Panini Prizm World Cup took. The soccer market has evolved in the couple of years since, but there’s plenty of content to ensure a mix of cards whether busting by the pack or the box.

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2017 Topps Opening Day Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Dave Sliepka and Brian Fleischer as they open some 2017 Topps Opening Day Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016-17 Panini Select Basketball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Sam Zimmer as they open some 2016-17 Panini Select Basketball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016-17 Topps Now WWE Checklist, Gallery and Everything Else About the Print-on-Demand Set

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016-17 Topps Now WWE sees the continued expansion of the on-demand line. Starting with SummerSlam, the online-exclusive will feature big matches and key events.

Like baseball, UFC and other Topps Now products, the cards are offered for a limited time. When that sales window closes, those that are ordered are the only ones printed.

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2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football Checklist Includes On-Card Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football is an autograph-heavy collegiate release that showcases early signatures from the incoming rookie class.

And while it has many similar features as previous draft-focused spins for the brand, there is one major shift with the inclusion of on-card autographs.

Each six-pack 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football hobby box has six autographs.

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2016 Panini Flawless Football Checklist Highlights Familiar Mix of Autographs, Patches and Gems

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

There’s high-end, there’s super high-end and then there’s products like 2016 Panini Flawless Football that take content (and price tags) into a totally different place. As with past versions of the product, the focus is on premium content in all regards like on-card autographs, patches and gems.

Each 2016 Panini Flawless Football box has ten cards, which breaks down to six autographs, a pair of memorabilia cards and two base cards or parallels.

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2017 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football Checklist Revisits ’90s Leaf Designs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Leaf Ultimate Draft Football may feature new names to the hobby but there’s definitely a sense of familiarity that comes with the all-autograph product.

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2017 Donruss Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Justin Grunert as they open some 2017 Donruss Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Tribute Reminds Us of the Randy Johnson, John Kruk 1993 All-Star Game Showdown

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As a teenage baseball fan, Randy Johnson facing off against John Kruk in the 1993 All-Star Game was one of the most memorable moments I witnessed on TV. Not being a big Blue Jays fan but living in Canada, it even left a bigger impression on me than Toronto winning the World Series in 1992 (Joe Carter’s 1993 home run trumps them both, though).

The showdown was comedy gold. It had timing, it had emotion and it played into the personalities of both men. It was a little bit of fun that baseball isn’t always known for on a grand stage.

And now Johnson and Kruk have been brought back together with a dual Duel Autograph in 2017 Topps Tribute Baseball.

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2016-17 Upper Deck ICE Hockey Checklist and Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Reconfigured last season as a product that comes incredibly close to cutting to the chase, 2016-17 Upper Deck ICE Hockey is heading to stores in late March. The brand first burst out in the hobby 20 years ago and earned collector love for its cards printed on acetate stock and they are back once again, of course.

Each pack has at least one hit inside, including cards from 2016-17 Upper Deck Exquisite Hockey, which will be spread across several of the company’s brands this season. Boxes should yield at least one hard-signed autograph, a pair of Rookie Cards, and one or more non-memorabilia insert cards.

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2016-17 Panini Studio Basketball marks the brand’s NBA return to after seven years

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

After a seven-year absence, 2016-17 Panini Studio Basketball marks the return of one of the most iconic trading card brands of the 1990s and it hits stores at the end of May.

There will one autograph and one memorabilia card per box, but there have been some interesting tweaks made to the brand’s format and configuration since it last released in 2009-10. Read More…

2017 Panini Classics Football Offers a Nostalgic Take on the Past, Present and Future

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Classics Football is a product that targets nostalgia with both its look and construction. That said, the checklist has eyes towards the past, present and future.

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2017 Football Card Release Dates and Set Information

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Looking for 2017 football card release dates, checklists and set information?

You’ve come to the right place.

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2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball underwent some major configuration changes compared to past years. But it wasn’t only in mini cards and memorabilia cards largely being left out. The 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen variations see some changes as well.

Rather than standard photo variations, this set has them in three distinct themes, one of which brings Gypsy Queen a little closer to its tobacco roots (albeit with a more family-friendly angle).

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2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy Trading Cards Are Politics Unusual

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Donald Trump and his ascension to the White House have been fodder for many Garbage Pail Kids. Cards for the primaries were followed by GPK DisgRace for the White House, which topped more than 150 cards. The latter included Hillary Clinton’s campaign, but Trump and company took the majority of the checklist seeing as how it continued well after the November election. It continues with 2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Trumpocracy, a similar line of online offerings that satirize the 45th President’s first 100 days in the White House.

Despite there being a separate set of online Wacky Packages released at the same time, it didn’t take long for these to be added to Trumpocracy as well.

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2017 Panini Elite Draft Picks Football Autograph Short Prints

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just because they’re not all numbered, it doesn’t mean that all of the 2017 Panini Elite Draft Picks Football autographs are available in equal quantities.

Panini has released a list of names that are short prints in their first college football product of the season.

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2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Lowers Price Tag, Number of Hits

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball has some significant changes from previous years. One of the first things collectors may notice is a lower price tag. But that cheaper price comes at a cost. Whereas before hobby boxes had two autographs and two memorabilia cards, now only the autographs are guaranteed.

Also gone are the mini parallels.

Some other tweaks to the configuration have also been made including the addition of an over-sized Chrome-style box topper and a new design for the base set.

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2017 Panini Diamond Kings Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Panini Diamond Kings variations aren’t complex. They’re not particularly rare either. But they’re out there, adding 24 additional cards to the set’s checklist.

For the most part, they’re not tough to spot. However, there are a couple of exceptions where you need to look close or even take a look at the text on the back.

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2016-17 In The Game Heroes & Prospects Hockey is Leaf’s CHL swan song

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Sometimes, it is better to go out with a bang instead of a mere whimper.

At least, that is the approach Leaf Trading Cards is taking with its final product featuring a full slate of future stars from the Canadian Hockey League. It was recently revealed that the company would no longer be a CHL licensee, but that does not mean that quality is going to suffer one iota as 2016-17 In The Game Heroes & Prospects Hockey is loaded up with a jaw-dropping 15 autograph or memorabilia hits per box.

With a release date of May 31, 2017, it will hit hobby shops just after the Memorial Cup tournament and weeks before the 2017 NHL Entry Draft. Read More…

Topps Now Loyalty Program Has Its Perks, Including 9 Autographs for 25 Platinum Members

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

For those who regularly took part in the 2016 Topps Now Baseball program, they were used to mailboxes filled with cards. Twenty-five of the biggest buyers are getting a massive bonus in the mail in the form of a set of nine exclusive Topps Now Platinum Autographs.

It also appears to be the launch of the Topps Now Loyalty Program, offering discounts for buying cards, participating on social media and other actions.

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2017 Baseball Card Release Dates and Set Information

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Looking for 2017 baseball card release dates, checklists and set information?

You’ve come to the right place.

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2016 Panini Encased Football Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection Includes Two Bat Cards Per Box

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection Baseball follows in the footsteps of other releases under the Immortals name for the likes of Ichiro, Muhammad Ali and Pelé. Centering exclusively on the Sultan of Swat, this set takes Babe Ruth to the high-end.

Highlighting each six-card 2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection box is a pair of bat cards.

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