2016 Panini Gala Football Checklist Puts Autographs, Memorabilia on the Marquee

2016 Panini Gala Football Silver Screen Signatures

2016 Panini Gala Football brings over the cinematic themes and high-end configuration that premiered with the brand in basketball. In addition to its focus on autographs and memorabilia, the set also features what is likely to be some of the rarest rookie cards of the year.

Each 2016 Panini Gala Football has five cards four of which are autographs or relics.

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2016 Cryptozoic Walking Dead Season 4 Part 2 Trading Cards Checklist

2016 Cryptozoic Walking Dead Season 4 Part 2 Box

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Of course the zombies are on the move once again. 2016 Cryptozoic Walking Dead Season 4 Part 2 trading cards wrap up what the first half started.

If you’ve worked on other sets based on TV version of The Walking Dead, much of the configuration will feel the same. Autographs and Wardrobe cards are both inserted one per box. Sketch cards, which have been very popular with the franchise, are also randomly inserted.

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The Verdict on Early Aaron Judge Cards

2013 Bowman Chrome Draft Aaron Judge Autograph

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Hitting home runs in your first two MLB games while wearing a New York Yankees jersey gets people talking. While the name Kevin Maas will invariably come up at some point, that’s not always the case. For Aaron Judge, it’s still too early to see what the next decade’s going to look like. But after a hot start to his career in the Bronx, it’s time to take a closer look at the Aaron Judge cards that are out there.

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2016 Topps Bunt Baseball Gets Physical


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In the world of comics, there are often different timelines that allow for the same hero to live, die and do all sorts of different things. 2016 Topps Bunt Baseball is sort of like the baseball card equivalent of a multiverse. It takes the branding of the app that lives in the digital realm and makes it a physical set.

This isn’t a high-end release by any means. From a price tag standpoint, it compares to Opening Day. Rather than focusing on hits, it’s more about blending the worlds of physical and digital baseball cards. Although these are real cards, there are code cards that bring in a separate digital element with its own set to build.

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Vin Scully Autographs in 2016 Topps The Mint Baseball

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As his 67-year broadcasting career comes to a close, there’s going to be plenty of well-deserved tributes heading Vin Scully’s way over the next couple of months. But one of those tributes that has been sparse is in the form of baseball cards. Let’s face it, save for a couple of broadcasters, there’s not a lot of widespread appeal for them in the hobby outside of hometown fans.

Vin Scully is different. He’s not just the voice of the Dodgers. He’s the voice of baseball.

As a result, don’t be surprised if one of the biggest cards in 2016 Topps The Mint Baseball belongs to the sportscaster. This is just the third time Vin Scully autographs have been included in a set of baseball cards.

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2016-17 Donruss Soccer Card Checklist, 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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The Difficult Task of Collecting Usain Bolt Cards

2008 Sports Illustrated for Kids Usain Bolt

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Olympic Men’s 100m Final is one of the marquee events in all of sports. And in that event, Usain Bolt is king. But let’s face it, track and field cards aren’t exactly hot in the hobby. Niche at best, there are about as many different Usain Bolt cards out there as the sprinter has Olympic gold medals.

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2016 Panini Spectra Football Combines Color, Ink, Memorabilia

2016 Panini Spectra Football Vested Veterans Pink

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Spectra Football combines several elements. As with other sets in the brand’s portfolio, autographs and memorabilia are the high-end pieces. Then there’s the chromium stock the product is done on, which brings with it the familiar mix of colorful (and plentiful) parallels.

All told, each 2016 Panini Spectra Football hobby box has 16 cards spread across four packs. Eleven of those cards are considered hits.

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2016 Bowman Inception Baseball Box Busters

2016 Bowman Inception Baseball Hobby Box

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

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2016 Panini USA Soccer Box Set Covers Best of Men’s and Women’s Squads

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Key players on both the women’s and men’s teams are featured in the 2016 Panini USA Soccer box set. By definition, it’s a factory set. But it also includes some chase elements like autographs and memorabilia cards.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Black Hockey Box Busters

2015-16 Upper Deck Black Hockey Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2015-16 Upper Deck Black Hockey.

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2016 Topps National Baseball Card Day Details, Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps National Baseball Card Day takes place on Saturday, August 13. In this age where everything is a special “Day,” why should this matter to card collectors? It’s simple — free cards.

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Vintage Gordie Howe jersey offered by SCP Auctions nears $70,000 mark

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With a little over a week to go before the hammer comes down, the Detroit Red Wings jersey worn by Hockey Hall of Famer Gordie Howe during the late stages of his time with the club has edged toward $70,000.00 and SCP Auctions estimates that it could reach over $100,000.00.

“In the field of game worn hockey jerseys this is a pinnacle artifact, worthy of museum exhibition,” noted Dan Imler, vice president at SCP Auctions, via a press release. Read More…

Building a Gold Medal Collection of Simone Biles Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Simone Biles is the best women’s gymnast in the world right now and she has the Olympic gold medals to prove it. That said, being a gymnast, she isn’t likely to enjoy sustained love in the hobby save for pockets of time around major championships. But thanks to Topps’ Olympic-themed sets, there are several Simone Biles cards out there. And her success at the Rio games could mean somewhat regular appearances in more products for years to come, even beyond her gymnastics career.

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COINage Magazine Sweeps 5 Categories in the 2016 Numismatic Literary Guild Awards


COINage is an award-winning monthly magazine for the coin-collecting hobbyist. This standout publication is consistently recognized for editorial excellence by the Numismatic Literary Guild.

For the second year in a row, COINage has accomplished a rare feat by sweeping the five categories in which it was nominated for the period of May, 2015 through April, 2016, winning:

• Best Article: Coins
• Best Article: Tokens & Medals
• Best Article: Paper Money
• Best Column
• Best Issue

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2016 Topps The Mint Baseball Checklist Swims in Super High-End Waters


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps The Mint Baseball jumps deeper into the high-end waters. Mixing elements of Tribute, Tier One and a few other things to make it stand on its own, it’s one of the company’s most expensive baseball releases to date.

Each box comes with five cards, all of which are serial numbered and have on-card autographs signed in metallic ink.

On a per-card basis, 2016 Topps The Mint Baseball won’t quite reach the levels of Dynasty but it’s approaching the same territory. Don’t be surprised if you find boxes come out of the gate in the $900 range.

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The Story of 2016 Panini Playbook Football

2016 Panini Playbook Football Rookie Playbook

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Once upon a time, sports cards were usually 2.5 by 3.5 inches. But then something happened. Some of these sports cards were connect with a hinge or spine and book cards were born. Usually, these are reserved for premium inserts. But Panini made them a focal point for their Playbook brand. 2016 Panini Playbook Football marks the sixth year for the line.

Each box has three cards, one of which is a booklet card that has an autograph, memorabilia or a combination of the two.

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2016 Topps Tribute Baseball Box Busters

2016 Topps Tribute Baseball Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Justin Grunert and Brian Fleischer as they open some 2016 Topps Tribute Baseball.

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2016 Upper Deck CFL Box Busters

2016 Upper Deck CFL Box

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Upper Deck CFL.

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2016 Panini Impeccable Football Adds Another High-End Brand, Different Look

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The hobby has a lot of high-end brands. And within that realm, some are more distinct than others in how they look and feel. Sometimes one release can blend into another brand in this regard. So there’s a risk in introducing new lines as they need to be different. At least that’s what they should be striving for. 2016 Panini Impeccable Football appears to be doing that. The low print run and abundant autographs and memorabilia might be similar to Immaculate, National Treasures and several other brands. But the design does bring something different to the table.

Each box of 2016 Panini Impeccable Football has eight cards. More than half are signed.

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2016-17 Panini NBA Hoops gives a first look at rookies in their new uniforms and more


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

For many basketball card collectors, they were likely first introduced to the pleasure this hobby has to offer through the long-standing Hoops brand. Since the 1989-90 season, it has been a great place to find affordable rookie cards and a base set that digs deep into team rosters.

In the case of 2016-17 Panini NBA Hoops, the treasured feeling of breaking open a pack loaded up with cards is augmented by a hit of some form along with a couple of autographs inside the box. Releasing just before the new season begins, there will be plenty of freshman content courtesy of Panini America and even some of the summer’s hottest free agents in their new uniforms.

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2016 Panini Immaculate Baseball Checklist Includes 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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2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball Has New Look, Familiar Configuration

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2017 Topps Baseball continues with the trend of the past couple of years, shaking things up in the design department. And while much of the look has a very different feel, 2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball sticks with a familiar checklist and configuration that lays the groundwork for the year ahead.

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2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome Checklist, Details

2016 Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Chrome X-Fractor

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Rey, Finn, Kylo and the rest of Episode VII are getting shinier. 2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome puts the company’s signature chromium spin on the film.

Hobby boxes comes with one premium card from a list that includes autographs, sketch cards, medallions, costume cards and printing plates.

This being Topps Chrome, there are also several types of Refractors.

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2016 Panini Prizm Racing Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just like any sport, NASCAR has a select group of legends. They’re the focus of the 2016 Panini Prizm Racing variations. Eight Hall of Famers are included on cards that look like regular base cards. However, they’re short print versions that are a little tougher to find.

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2017 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania Wrestling Cards Go Into Story Mode

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

From a brand split to the push of some new faces on the big stage, WWE has seen a lot of on-screen change since 2016’s WrestleMania. While the flagship Topps WWE line covers the “who,” 2017 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania delves into a year’s worth of action and story threads.

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Relive the early days of the stars with 2016-17 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The new class of NBA freshmen is close to making its arrival and Panini America is bringing them to collectors mere weeks before they officially debut with the release of 2016-17 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball.

Loaded up with five autographs per box and tons of inserts, this release is not only looking at the newest players, but also examines what today’s stars and yesterday’s legends accomplished before they turned pro. Slated for an early October arrival in stores, it could prove to be a solid sophomore effort for this product. Read More…

How to Find Out What Game Your Topps Strata Baseball Relic Came From

2015 Topps Strata Clearly Authentic Autograph Jose Fernandez

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015 Topps Strata Baseball helped change a problem many collectors have with modern memorabilia cards. Now, the followup 2016 Topps Strata has continued it. You can actually track where they’re from.

When game-used cards first came out, things were somewhat clear. We were usually told that it was a bat or jersey used by a specific player. The exact date or game may not have been included but the wording was clear. Over the years, things have gotten more vague. Lawyers may like it, but it can be hard for collectors to get excited about pieces of fabric that don’t come from any specific game or event. Even the type of material or player has been muddled.

A handful of sets over the years have gone the game-dated route. But they’re definitely the exception for game-used cards.

A seemingly simple addition to the Clearly Authentic game-used relics in both 2015 and 2016 Topps Strata Baseball lets collectors look up exactly what game the swatch came from. Topps worked with MLB Authentication for the cards to create about as much provenance as one can expect from a memorabilia card. The cards have a hologram anyone can use to look up who used the jersey (or other gear), when and more.

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2016 Panini Certified Racing Paves a Foil Trail

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’ve collected Certified in other sports, you can expect a lot of the same with 2016 Panini Certified Racing. It starts with the look, which is heavy on foil and color, and carries over to the checklist and its steady stream of autographs and memorabilia cards.

Each ten-pack box includes a pair of signed cards and two memorabilia cards featuring race-used items.

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2016 Donruss Optic Baseball Box Busters

2016 Donruss Optic Baseball Hobby Box

Join Beckett Baseball’s Dave Sliepka and Brian Fleischer as they open some 2016 Donruss Optic Baseball.

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1981 Topps Superman II Box Busters

1981 Topps Superman II Box

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they take it old-school, busting a box of 1981 Topps Superman II. No teeth were broken trying to eat the 35-year-old gum, though.

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2016-17 Panini Instant NBA Basketball Checklist, Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

It was only a matter of time before Panini America was able to produce its first cards of Kevin Durant in a Golden State Warriors uniform and the company chose to utilize its exclusive athlete to kick off its 2016-17 Panini Instant NBA Basketball collection.

Available for just a short 24-hour window, the new set of on-demand cards have several numbered variations, including a facsimile signature option, which is a new concept for the brand. Read More…

Beckett’s Essential Guide to Funko Pop! Coming in September


Over the past couple of years, Funko Pop! figures have become one of the biggest lines of entertainment collectibles. Covering an enormous amount of properties from movies, TV, video games, sports and more, its reach is enormous.

Beckett’s Essential Guide to Funko Pop! will cover them all with feature stories, a history of the line and a massive price guide.

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2016 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Football Box Busters

2016 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Football Hobby Box

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

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