2017 Topps Rediscover Ultimate Card Giveaway Expands, Revamps Buybacks

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By Ryan Cracknell

Stamped buybacks are returning and expanding in 2017 Topps baseball products. But they’re also being given some minor tweaks in a program dubbed the 2017 Topps Ultimate Card Giveaway.

Over the course of the year, Topps plans to insert two million cards from the past back into packs.

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2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variation Short Prints Gallery and How to Spot Them

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball variation short prints are likely going to keep you looking and taking second glances. This has become a tradition over the past several years.

Want to know what you should be looking for?

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Leonard Fournette Signs Exclusive Autograph, Memorabilia Deal with Panini

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Leonard Fournette, projected to be one of the top offensive players in the 2017 NFL Draft, has signed an exclusive deal with Panini covering both autographs and memorabilia.

And while the running back will be featured throughout Panini’s traditional 2017 football products, it didn’t take them long to release their first. Fournette already has cards available through the card maker’s online-exclusive Panini Instant program.

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Beckett Auctions Selling 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork Daisy Ridley Autograph for Charity

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A not so long, long time ago, Daisy Ridley made an appearance in a Box Busters video break of 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork. It came in the form of a silver-framed autograph numbered to 10. It’s safe to say that it’s one of the best Star Wars trading cards ever produced.

That card is now available through Beckett Auctions with 100% of the proceeds going to charity.

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2017 Topps First Pitch Features Stars and an Incognito Wrigley Field Hot Dog Vendor

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Some collectors aren’t fans of celebrities and non-baseball people appearing in their packs because they’re not baseball. The 2017 Topps First Pitch inserts find a way to branch the sport and pop culture.

Entering it’s third year, the 2017 Topps First Pitch checklist features a mix of actors, singers, athletes from other areas and even a Miss USA.

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Super Bowl LI Spotlight: Tom Brady

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Tom Brady will play in his seventh Super Bowl Sunday, and is aiming for his record fifth title.

He faces an underrated Atlanta defense that had the NFL’s top pass rusher this season in defensive end Vic Beasley (15.5 sacks). He will also have to keep up with the game’s top-scoring offense. Not an easy task, but he’s faced and defeated elite competition before.

Just when you thought his top card values couldn’t get any higher… well they are getting higher. Even the lower-end cards, which would be just a few dollars for a regular star, can command $40-$60. It’s no surprise that there is a lot of focus on the mid to lower-end cards that most collectors can still afford.

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2016-17 Panini Aficionado Basketball looks to capitalize on 90s nostalgia

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

A little over 20 years ago, trading card maker Pinnacle put out a premium baseball product that truly stood out at the time due to its use of neat printing techniques and other gimmicks. It lasted just a season, though, but aspects of it left a lasting impression with collectors.

Flash forward to today, and basketball collectors are about to get a taste of that same nostalgia with a few modern twists. While 2016-17 Panini Aficionado Basketball is not likely to have a box scented like bubble gum like the original release, there is certainly plenty of retro-syle fun featuring the NBA’s best and new textured print technology, too. Read More…

2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series Is Show’s First Autograph-Per-Pack Product

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series trading cards live up to their name with a fairly streamlined checklist. The key draw?

An autograph in every pack, a first for a Topps Doctor Who product.

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Early details surface for 2016-17 Panini Day program

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America appears to be trying something new and collectors are the ones that are going to benefit from the 2016-17 Panini Day program.

While complete details are not yet public, the company has dropped some preliminary details regarding what is planned for the two-card promotional packs that are expected to hit card stores starting in March. Read More…

Tom Brady Gets Emotional About Panini Kid Reporter Question

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Yesterday was the first official Super Bowl “Opening Night” in Houston, Texas.

Originally known as Media Day, the event makes coaches and players accessible to the media for interviews and mini-press conferences. You may have caught what is shaping up to the story of Super Bowl LI Opening Night.

An unlikely reporter asked Tom Brady who his hero was.

The four-time champion answered, “That’s a great question. I think my dad is my hero, because he’s someone I look up to every day.”

Brady then paused and began to choke up with emotion. He looked back up to the reporter and again said, “My dad.” He then gave a thumbs-up sign, acknowledging the good question. Brady was then given one of his Super Bowl LI exclusive cards to check out.

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Super Bowl LI Spotlight: Matt Ryan

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Check every NFL MVP candidate list and you’ll see Matt Ryan at the top of most. The nine-year veteran has started all but two games of his career, and has had just two losing seasons. Now he finally has his team in the Super Bowl.

This season was his best, completing 69.9 percent of his passes for 4,944 yards, 38 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. His 117.1 passer rating led the entire league. Even with such success, his standing in the hobby hasn’t changed much. That could be due to the focus on rookies, or the fact that he entered the NFL as a No. 3 overall draft pick. So, there has always been high expectation for him.

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2016-17 Panini Prestige Basketball returns to hobby shops

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

After two seasons as a retail-only release, 2016-17 Panini Prestige Basketball is heading to hobby shops in early March with plenty of hits expected inside every box.

In fact, each pack of Prestige will contain either and insert of parallel in addition to the possibility of pulling an autograph or memorabilia card. The ink is coming twice per box along with one card featuring game-used or player-worn material. Panini America is attempting to offer a high-end feel at an affordable price with his release and it will tie in perfect with the company’s upcoming Player of the Day promotion. Read More…

Panini and Dallas Mavericks start 2016-17 arena promotion

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With the Dallas Mavericks getting ready to face the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers last night, the crowd was prepared to see their local heroes take on LeBron James and Kyrie Irving – but fans also got a special bonus as they came through the gates.

Arena promotions have always been a great way for trading card manufacturers to reach an audience that may not have thought about cards for years, or even collected at all. Panini America was in the house for the first of several trading card nights expected this season and this year’s promotion has two-card packs of cards featuring the 2016-17 Donruss design. There is also a new twist in the form of Illustrated cards that are available to those stopping by the company’s booth at each of the five games where cards are available. Read More…

Joseph Perez, Panini Super Bowl Kid Reporter, Makes Tom Brady Well Up

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Joseph Perez’s busy week has just gotten under way. The seven-year-old is representing Panini at Super Bowl LI as the company’s Super Bowl Kid Reporter.

And with one simple question at the Super Bowl opening night media gathering, Perez left New England Patriots quarterback almost speechless and with a hint of a tear in his eyes.

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Ronald Reagan Signed Presidential Oath, Tupac Shakur Letter Fetch Big Bids at Goldin Auctions Sale

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A handful of items vetted by Beckett Authentication Services were among the items garnering strong prices at Goldin Auctions‘ Winter 2017 sale, which closed on January 29.

Among them was an inscribed Presidential Oath from Ronald Reagan dated January 20th, 1981 — the day he was sworn in as the 40th President of the United States. The document, which included photos of the signing and an affidavit, went for $34,300 including the buyer’s premium. BAS’ Steve Grad authenticated the signature.

The same price was realized for a graphic letter written by Tupac Shakur. He wrote the “love letter” to one of his lady friends and we’ll just leave it at that. This document, which is signed by Shakur, was also authenticated by Grad and BAS.

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2017 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Fancies Photos with Hints of Chrome

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Stadium Club Baseball isn’t all about the photography, but that’s the major focal point. That’s the brand’s niche and identity. That said, there are several other elements, including new inserts, guaranteed autographs and the return of Stadium Club Chrome.

Each 2017 Topps Stadium Club Baseball hobby box has a pair of signed cards.

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2017 Topps Finest Baseball Sees Brand Return to Hobby Shops

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Finest Baseball sees the brand go back to being a hobby-only product after flirting with being one that was primarily online in 2016. As with the past, the designs are bright, the colors are many and autographs are a major focus in the insert department.

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Exclusive 2017 Topps Baseball Silver Packs a New Incentive for Buying Hobby Boxes

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In case you were wondering where to buy your 2017 Topps Series 1 Baseball boxes, the card maker has created an incentive for hobby shops and other outlets selling hobby boxes. They can now get exclusive Silver packs with 1987 Topps Chrome cards.

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2017 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania Checklist Goes 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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Gary Sanchez Rookie Cards and Prospects Cards Round-Up

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

At the start of the 2016 season, Gary Sanchez was one of the top prospects in the Yankees system. Still, there wasn’t a lot of mainstream buzz surrounding him. Even at the All-Star Break, the catcher wasn’t generating a ton of chatter. But then a funny thing happened and home runs started ripping off the rookie’s bat at a record pace. And interest in Gary Sanchez Rookie Cards grew.

So what are his rookies and cards to watch? We’ve got you covered.

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Super Bowl LI Spotlight: Chris Hogan

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The 51st Super Bowl is a little more than a week away. Although the Patriots are familiar participants, they do have some unfamiliar faces. They continue to set records with players unwanted by other teams. One of those is receiver Chris Hogan, who entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent.

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2016 Leaf Clear Multi-Sport Trading Cards Highlights Rookies, Prospects and Legends

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Leaf Clear Multi-Sport is a straightforward release that covers prospects, young stars and retired greats from several sports. Packaged as a factory set, it includes baseball, hockey, football, soccer and boxing.

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2017 Topps Baseball Brings #7 Out of Retirement (And It’s Not Mickey Mantle)

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The flagship Topps baseball set is one that’s rooted in tradition. Even as hallmarks evolve, any bit of change in the set is met with scrutiny because it changes that tradition.

With that, 2017 Topps Baseball is changing course on something that has been in place for two decades. To honor Mickey Mantle following his passing, #7 on the base set checklist (Mantle’s jersey number) has belonged to the Yankees legend — or nobody — since 1996.

Although Topps doesn’t have a deal in place with Mantle’s estate, the card maker has unretired the number. Gary Sanchez becomes the first player other than Mantle to be #7 since 1995 Topps Baseball.

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2016 Panini Contenders Football Short Prints

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The 2016 Panini Contenders Football short prints have started to be unveiled. While not a full list yet, it does confirm that some of the product’s unnumbered Rookie Ticket Autographs are available in smaller numbers than others.

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2016 Bowman’s Best Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Dave Sliepka and Brian Fleischer as they open some 2016 Bowman’s Best Baseball. They’re also joined by Rob Veres, owner of Burbank Sportscards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016 Topps Premier Gold EPL Soccer Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2016 Topps Premier Gold EPL Soccer.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Alan “Mr. Mint” Rosen Passes Away

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By Dave Sliepka | Beckett Baseball Editor

The sports card industry has lost another icon. Alan “Mr. Mint” Rosen passed away Thursday, Jan. 26, after a battle with leukemia. He was 70-years old.

If you were a collector in the 1980s and ’90s, you knew Alan Rosen. Or at least knew of him. It was hard not to know the self-proclaimed Mr. Mint. From his trademark front-page buying ads in Sports Collectors Digest, to his premium locations at every major show, Al was bigger than life, bigger than the hobby. And he loved it that way. As Mr. Mint, Rosen promoted himself as “The world’s largest buyer of baseball cards and sports cards.”

Before auction houses became commonplace on the industry horizon, Al Rosen – or Mr. Mint – was the industry’s largest buyer of high-end cards and whole collections. His focus was mainly vintage, but he was not afraid to make money on anything. He even dabbled in toys, going by the high-grade moniker, “Mr. C-10.”

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Is That a Gene Hackman Hoosiers Autograph in 2017 Topps Series 1?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As you’re busy scouring the 2017 Topps Series 1 checklist for your favorite team and players, there’s a good chance you might miss something — especially if you’re not looking for it in the first place. And unless you were looking for Hoosiers autographs in a baseball card product, you probably weren’t looking for it.

It looks as though Series 1 has a Gene Hackman autograph is part of the product.

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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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2017 Topps Diamond Icons Baseball Continues with the Ultra High-End Trend

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Diamond Icons Baseball joins a growing list of ultra high-end products from the card maker. While boxes come with nine autographs and a relic, they also arrive with a price tag over $1,000.

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2017 Historic Autographs Kings Baseball Cards Have Two Cut Signatures Per Box

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Historic Autographs Kings Baseball is an all-cut signature release. The checklist covers a broad scope of time, reaching back to the game’s early days all the way up to the present.

Each box comes with a pair of cut signature cards, one from a set list of Gold players and another from a separate Silver list.

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2017 Topps Twitster Trading Cards Let Loose on a Certain Twitter Account

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Donald Trump’s Twitter posts have become a source for much news and controversy — enough to inspire a set of satirical trading cards, 2017 Topps Twitster.

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Wayne Gretzky added to NHL Figures League app

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The NHL Figures League app from Imports Dragon has been running for several weeks and players from around the world have been able to compete head-to-head using their collection of figurines featuring the best current pro talent.

Well, it looks like there is a hockey legend joining that lineup as well as the company has revealed a digital figure of the Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

How can the Gretzky figure become a part of your lineup? There are two options currently available for players and
one involves visiting the Imports Dragon booth at the 2017 NHL Fan Fair in Los Angeles. Starting today until the
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2017 Topps Wacky Packages Alternative Facts Trading Cards Are Reality

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Alternative facts are not just something you’d expect to read about in a George Orwell. They’re already inspired a set of trading cards. 2017 Topps Wacky Packages Alternative Facts add a little more spin and satire to some of the controversial perspectives coming from the White House.

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That’s One Way to Ruin a 2008 Upper Deck Exquisite Matt Ryan Rookie Patch Autograph

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just before signing off last night, I did a quick scroll down Facebook. A picture of a 2008 Upper Deck Exquisite Matt Ryan Rookie Autograph Patch card jumped out among the various cat videos and other ramblings. At first I was in awe. That feeling quickly turned to disgust.

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