2016 Donruss NFL Draft Football Cards Coming to Draft Town

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Donruss NFL Draft football cards are available to those attending the festivities surrounding the event in Chicago. The small promo set highlights some of the key players expected to have their names called.

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2016 Donruss Elite Football Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Donruss Elite Football looks to be changing things up. A brand that’s long been known for its heavy use of foil — and not always the colorful kind — it looks to be shifting more to a rainbow approach.

Hobby boxes have three hits including a pair of autographs.

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2015-16 Panini Limited Basketball Box Busters

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Join Beckett’s Justin Grunert and Eric Norton as they open some 2015-16 Panini Limited Basketball.

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Just Keep Sticking: 2016 Panini Finding Dory Stickers

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In case you were wondering why Finding Dory exists, one doesn’t need to look further than the world of collecting. Upper Deck has a set of sticker cards for the Pixar film. Now there’s the 2016 Panini Finding Dory Sticker Collection. While both products have their differences, the fact that there are now two sticker products for the same film should be a sign that Disney has big hopes for the surprising sequels, and it’s not just at the box office.

But it’s Dory, Nemo plus lots of other underwater friends. And it’s stickers.

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2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football Box Busters

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Join Beckett Football’s Justin Grunert and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Panini Prizm Draft Picks Football.

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CM Punk Hockey Cards Outselling His Wrestling Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In the wrestling ring, he was the best in the world. When it comes to hockey, CM Punk is simply a big-time fan of the Chicago Blackhawks. Yet, it’s the first CM Punk hockey cards that are getting much of the attention right now.

Punk is one of a handful of celebrities included on the 2015-16 Upper Deck Contours High-Profile Fans checklist, an insert set that bridges pop culture with the sport. Similar to Panini’s Fans of the Game line and Upper Deck’s own Spectrum of Stars, the cards are focal points in the hockey product, complete with autographs and memorabilia.

It turns out that, from a strictly pricing standpoint, CM Punk hockey cards might worth more than his wrestling cards.

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Jeremy Langford to Hang Out with 2015 Panini NFL Player of the Day Grand Prize Winner

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With the 2015 Panini NFL Player of the Day promotion reaching a conclusion, the grand prize winner has been announced. Not only did Illinois collector Rick Brodsky win the whole thing, but he’s also found out who he’s getting to hang out with — projected Chicago Bears starting running back Jeremy Langford.

The prize is a culmination of the season-long hobby shop promotion that rewarded collectors for pulling specific players on certain dates. While there were exclusive cards, autographs and other items along the way, it’s the big prize that is likely to leave the biggest impression for not only Brodsky but Chicago-based collectors in general.

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2015-16 Panini Spectra Basketball details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Optichrome technology is back once again and collectors breaking boxes of 2015-16 Panini Spectra Basketball are going to need to shield their eyes from the brilliant flash and array of colors each card has. Now in its third season, every autograph will be accompanied by a piece of memorabilia and that should once again help ensure this brand is going to be around for years to come.

Each pack of 2015-16 Panini Spectra Basketball is going to yield 10 cards and a whopping seven of them will be regarded as strong autograph or memorabilia hits. It will release card stores in early June and has the added advantage of delivering on-card autographs from rookies, stars, and legends.

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Beckett Gaming Preview: Bushiroad Spring Lineup

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By Ian McDaries

Hey, TCG Players! The next couple of weeks are something to be extremely excited about. Bushiroad, the company who brings us titles like Cardfight Vanguard, Weiss Schwarz, and Future Card Buddyfight, will be releasing some great new products. Today we are going to take a quick look at what is to come…

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2016 Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces Returns to the Brand’s Roots

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

More than 20 years later, 2016 Upper Deck Marvel Masterpieces is getting back to the brand’s origins. What does that mean? For starters, it means that the legendary Joe Jusko has painted the entire base set. Upper Deck is also shifting the brand back as a more high-end release.

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Donald Trump, Ted Cruz Lead Early Decision 2016 Trading Card Results

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s not only on the Republican ballot that Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are duking it out. It’s happening in the hobby as well. Both Presidential hopefuls are garnering some of the biggest prices in early Decision 2016 trading card sales.

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Trevor Story Signs Exclusive Autographed Memorabilia Deal with Topps

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Following his record-breaking start to the 2016 season, there’s been a surge in interest in Trevor Story. Now the Colorado Rockies rookie has transformed that success into an exclusive autographed deal with Topps Authentics.

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Rare PSA 10 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson Rookie Card Up for Auction

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When you think of 1980s baseball cards, you don’t normally think of cards that are worth thousands, let alone tens of thousands. But the 1980 Topps Rickey Henderson rookie card isn’t just any 1980s baseball card. A PSA 10 copy of the card, an extremely tough grade for the set, is currently up for bid through SCP Auctions.

The price tag? Over $14,000 with plenty of time remaining.

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2016 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania Base Set Grows with DVD-Exclusive Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you thought the 2016 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania base set stopped at #110 with Finn Balor capturing the NXT Championship, it doesn’t. Some DVD-exclusives have expanded the checklist with three additional cards.

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2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball.

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Four 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth Cards Top a Combined $500,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Four different 1933 Goudey Babe Ruth cards, each graded PSA 8, sold for $501,900 via Heritage Auctions. The sales, which were some of the cornerstones of a set break for the iconic release, all set new records.

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This Week in MLB Bobblehead Giveaways and Other Important Promotions

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Nine — that’s the number of bobbleheads being handed out at MLB ballparks this week. Plush dolls, replica trophies and even a window cling featuring a mascot-ized President are among the other giveaways slated for over the next seven days.

Boston and Texas are kicking things off on Tuesday. The Red Sox have a Mookie Betts bobblehead for the first 15,000 fans. Those heading to see the Rangers take on the Houston Astros can get a bobblehead of skipper Jeff Banister commemorating his 2015 AL Manager of the Year Award.

Saturday’s a big day for giveaways with six bobbleheads scheduled. Babe Ruth (Yankees), “Super” Joey Votto (Cincinnati) and Matt Duffy (San Francisco) are among the highlights. The Atlanta Braves are handing out a commemorative dual figure of broadcasters Skip Caray and Pete van Wieren featuring some of their most memorable calls.

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The weekend has a couple of other notable promotions as well. The Kansas City Royals are celebrating their World Series with replica trophies for the first 20,000 through the gates. The White Sox are handing out Jose Abreu Bleacher Creatures.

On Sunday, the Blue Jays have Josh Donaldson bobbleheads while kids in Detroit get a set of Tigers baseball cards.

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2016 SAGE Autographed Football Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 SAGE Autographed Football bypasses base card and even regular inserts. Instead it goes right for its namesake with an all-autograph checklist. Each pack has a pair of signed cards. Hobby boxes have 24 total autographed cards.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For the past three seasons, the best junior talent in Canada has been celebrated with a trading card release and collectors will be able to get an in-depth look at some players that will have an impact on the game in the near future with 2016-17 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey.

Scheduled to arrive in stores on August 24, each box is expected to contain four strong hits that could be autographs, memorabilia, or even manufactured logo patches in addition to at least seven parallel cards. This will be an early look at players such as Mitch Marner, Dylan Strome, and Mathew Barzal that are expected to crack their respective NHL lineups in the fall. Read More…

2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball.

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2016 Topps Opening Day Baseball Canadian Blister Packs Have Exclusives — Or Do They?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When it comes to baseball cards, retail exclusives in Canada are a rarity. With the market largely dominated by hockey, baseball collectors north of the 49th Parallel don’t often see much baseball at mass retail, let alone any with cards made specifically for Canadians.

But check out this Canadian 2016 Topps Opening Day Baseball blister packs. More specifically, take a look at the top corner — exclusive Blue Jays cards.

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As fun as it was to watch their run last year, I don’t consider myself a Jays fan. But I do love me some exclusives. At about $5 (Canadian) for three packs, I bought a couple primarily with the allure of something those in the U.S. might not be able to find.

What I found still has me scratching my head a couple of weeks later.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Contours Hockey Short Prints

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Most of the autographs and jersey cards in 2015-16 Upper Deck Contours Hockey are serial numbered. For those that aren’t, Upper Deck has released groupings and odds so you can still get an idea on how tough specific cards are.

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Decision 2016 Box Busters

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Join Beckett non-sports and gaming analyst Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some Decision 2016 trading cards.

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1947 Jackie Robinson Bond Bread Baseball Cards Tough But Important Set

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When it comes to Jackie Robinson cards, his 1949 Bowman and 1949 Leaf cards are considered by most to be his rookie cards. However, there’s another set that debuted a couple of years earlier that carries a lot of significance beyond just baseball cards. 1947 Jackie Robinson Bond Bread is a small but tough set that is just as important culturally as it is to the hobby, perhaps even more so.

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1993 Magic: The Gathering Beta Starter Deck Box Busters

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Join Ian McDaries and special guest Adam Cai and Todd West as they open a 1993 Magic: The Gathering Beta Starter Deck.

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2015-16 Fleer Showcase Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Hockey’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2015-16 Fleer Showcase Hockey.

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2016 Topps Star Wars Road to Rogue One Trading Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Star Wars Road to Rogue One trading cards delve into the background of how the first in a planned series of films that delve into side stories for the expansive franchise. Like Journey to the Force Awakens, the set is done with nostalgia in mind, borrowing from Original Trilogy card designs. The old-school Topps Heritage-style card stock is also being used for the release.

Hobby boxes fall in line with a lot of other recent Star Wars sets, delivering a pair of premium inserts from a selection that includes autographs, sketch cards, patch cards and printing plates.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio Hockey details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Since its inception, Upper Deck has long been respected within the hobby for its uncanny ability to select strong photos for many of its sets and with 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio Hockey, collectors are going to be able to build a large set with an emphasis on game action photography.

Releasing on August 10, this will be one of the last products of the 2015-16 campaign and it is expected to be an affordable option that yields an autograph and a memorabilia card in each hobby box. Read More…

2016 Leaf Great Moments Trading Cards Cover Prospects and Legends from Several Sports

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Combining past and future stars, 2016 Leaf Great Moments is a multi-sport set you’re not going to find in any packs. Rather, it’s starting as an eBay exclusive produced in limited quantities.

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2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball 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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Mike Moustakas Bobblehead Giveaway Transforms Slugger Into a Moose — Really

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Things are getting literal with Mike Moustakas and his nickname this summer for a minor league bobblehead giveaway.

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2016 Leaf Signature Series Wrestling Cut Signatures Checklist Revealed

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Although cut signature cards have taken hold in many parts of the hobby for the better part of a decade, wrestling isn’t one of them. They exist but only in very limited numbers. 2016 Leaf Signature Series Wrestling is one of the first to offer something that could be considered even remotely comprehensive. But even then, don’t expect them to flood the market.

The 2016 Leaf Signature Series Wrestling Cut Signatures checklist includes lots of late greats. Among them is the first cut signature card of pro wrestling icon Andre the Giant. Many other late-greats from the 1980s and ’90s are also in the set like Randy Savage, Rick Rude, Owen Hart, Earthquake, Bam Bam Bigelow, Dino Bravo and Lord Alfred Hayes.

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Who’s Signing 2016 Bowman Baseball Autographs? Find Out Here.

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Bowman Baseball checklist has been unveiled. With that comes the full roster of Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs.

The list includes more than 30 players. Among the notables are Alex Bregman, the second overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft. He’s joined by the first pick, Dansby Swanson, who was also in 2015 Bowman Draft. In an odd twist of hobby fate, Dansby Swanson was traded from Arizona to Atlanta the day before his MLB autograph debut came in the set. So Topps is doing a rare thing and giving him a second Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph. His 2016 Bowman Baseball card features him in an Atlanta Braves uniform.

Anderson Espinoza and Yoan Moncada, a pair of Red Sox prospects were also teased to be part of the 2016 Bowman Baseball Chrome. Images of their signed cards showed up online, however Topps didn’t confirm whether they’d be inserted here or somewhere else — until now. They’re definitely part of 2016 Bowman Baseball.

2016 Bowman Baseball is scheduled to release on April 27. Chrome Prospect Autographs are inserted one per hobby box.

Here’s a full list of all the prospects and some background info and links to help you decipher whether they’re going to blossom into MLB stars.

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2016 Topps Archives Signature Series All-Star Edition Baseball Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Archives Signature Series All-Star Edition Baseball is a mouthful to read or say out loud. But the concept couldn’t be simpler. Like last year’s similar release, every card is an autographed buyback.

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2016 Bowman Baseball Checklist

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The 2016 Bowman Baseball checklist offers prospectors their first taste of MLB cards for many young players. While the main part of the set mixes rookies and veterans, it’s the prospect inserts and autographs that are likely to get the majority of the attention.

MLB cardboard debuts, Chrome Prospect Autographs and Superfractors are among the things that make Bowman a cornerstone prospecting product each year, including 2016.

The full 2016 Bowman Baseball checklist awaits including autographs, parallels and where to find both hobby and retail exclusives.

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