2017 Donruss Baseball Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Nicknames, alternate photos, award notations — the 2017 Donruss Baseball Variations cover a lot of ground. Some cross a couple of streams. And while that may sound a little tricky, they’re not.

As with the past couple of years, the 2017 Donruss Baseball Variations can be seen more as fun than a seemingly impossible challenge both to spot and to track down. Instead, they’re relatively easy in both regards.

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McFarlane Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team Series 1 Figures Are a Rush

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By Ryan Cracknell Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Bypassing the traditional Sports Picks line for the second consecutive year, McFarlane Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team Series 1 figures feature the same hyper-detailed molds the company is known for.

But the partnership with the Madden video game brings another element to the mix. Each figure also includes a code for in-game content in the Madden NFL 18 video game.

It doesn’t take much to notice how the McFarlane Madden NFL 18 Ultimate Team Series 1 figures don’t have players in their traditional home or away jerseys. That’s by design. Instead, all six figures in the wave are done with Color Rush jerseys.

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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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2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football 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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2017 National Sports Collectors Convention Tickets Go on Sale

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The end of July may seem like a long way off, but it comes up fast. Tickets are now available for the 2017 National Sports Collectors Convention, that biggest sports card and memorabilia show of the year.

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2016 Panini Instant Football Cards Offer Quick Turnaround as NFL Season Unfolds and Beyond

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Instant Football marks the first set of print-on-demand cards from the company where the launch coincided with the start of a pro season.

Like other Panini Instant products and ones like it, the main idea is to capture events and storylines on cards as they happen with a turnaround time of days rather than months.

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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?

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Wacky Packages, Underground Comix Pioneer Jay Lynch Passes Away

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Jay Lynch, a hobby legend and pioneering figure in satirical trading cards, has passed away.

He worked in the hobby for decades, not only as an artist but as a mentor and friend to others in the industry.

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1968 Topps Baseball Combines Classic Look with Memorable Rookie Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Some sets are memorable for their design. Others gain prominence for their Rookie Cards and other checklist gems. 1968 Topps Baseball achieves both. Its burlap borders seem like an unlikely choice. And yet they work.

Add to that Rookies of a couple of beloved Hall of Famers and it’s not hard to understand why 1968 Topps Baseball isn’t just one of the most popular sets of the 1960s, but of all-time.

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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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2016-17 Topps Now UFC Brings On-Demand Trading Card Model to the Octagon

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps Now started in baseball before moving to episodic television with Preacher. The on-demand brand’s third stop is the Octagon with 2016-17 Topps Now UFC.

Beginning with the milestone UFC 200, 2016 Topps Now UFC produces cards for key fights within hours of the events themselves. Available exclusively on the Topps website, print runs are limited to what’s ordered.

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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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Holy, Snikt! 18 Awesome Wolverine Trading Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Wolverine is the superhero anti-hero with a heart of gold (if you’re on his good side). He’s among the elite not only when it comes to the X-Men, but all comic heroes. It shouldn’t be surprising then that there are a lot of Wolverine trading cards out there.

From comic interpretations to high-art, from the animated X-Men TV series to the live-action movies, Wolverine cards cover a broad spectrum of styles. Simple base cards and inserts are just the beginning.

Wolverine was a focal point of Marvel products during the mid-1990s, which can be seen as a Golden Age for comic trading cards as far as quality and variety go.

Once the X-Men hit the big screen, this opened up another avenue including costume cards and autographs. Hugh Jackman signed for multiple Topps and Rittenhouse sets.

With so many to choose from, we’ve picked out 18 wonderful Wolverine trading cards. Don’t take this as a ranking of his best cards. Rather, it’s a celebration of a classic characters and a selection of cards that are just plain cool.

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2016 Panini Select Football Checklist Has Plenty of Colorful Tiers

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Select Football marks the return of the chromium brand to the gridiron after skipping a year. The trademark tiers Select has adopted in other sports are here along with lots of colorful Prizm parallels.

Autographs and memorabilia cards combine to land three per 12-pack hobby box.

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2017 Topps Heritage Baseball Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It shouldn’t be a surprise that the 2017 Topps Heritage Baseball variations come in a few different forms. It’s tradition. And with the set starting to show up at retail, so too are some of the variations.

Some of the 2017 Topps Heritage variations are easy to spot. Others require a closer look and a familiarity with the original 1968 Topps Baseball set.

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2017 Fright-Rags Re-Animator Trading Cards Tackle the ’80s Horror Classic

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

After making a name for themselves primarily through horror T-shirts and clothing, Fright-Rags has gotten into the card business. 2017 Fright-Rags Re-Animator trading cards delve into the 1985 horror film in a way that mixes both the classic and modern versions of the hobby.

On the one hand, it tackles an old film and cards are designed to look like those Topps and other companies might release for movies at the time. On the other, the configuration includes things like inserts, sketch cards and autographs.

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2016-17 SPx Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open two boxes of 2016-17 SPx Hockey.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Donruss Racing Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017 Donruss Racing.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Star Wars Sugar-Free Gum Offers Cards Based on 1978 Candy Wrappers

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As card collectors, sometimes it’s easy to forget that Topps still has a major stake in the candy market. And that history goes back decades. The online-exclusive 2017 Topps Star Wars Sugar-Free Gum is a nod to the past in several regards. The premium-style box set offers trading card reproductions based on wrappers from special Star Wars-themed gum that came out nearly four decades earlier.

Each 2017 Topps Star Wars Sugar-Free Gum box has a complete base set plus a pair of autographs. Some sets also come with additional bonus cards.

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2016-17 Fleer Showcase Hockey Checklist Goes Retro

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With each year that we put the 1990s behind us, there seems to be a growing nostalgia among hockey card collectors for some of the brands of yesteryear. Each season, Upper Deck looks to satisfy that yen for the past and 2016-17 Fleer Showcase Hockey delivers plenty of retro fun..

Reconfigured and with a lower box price, Showcase averages a hit of some sort in each pack. The roster includes hobby favorites such as the iconic Precious Metal Gems plus lots of rookie ink. Read More…

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Network Spews Make Light of What’s Happening in the News

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Network Spews take an irreverent look at what’s happening in the world. It’s another print-on-demand line that has not definite finish in sight. As long as things are happening, you can expect the checklist to grow.

They’re a spin out of sorts from the strictly political 2016-17 Topps GPK Disg-race to the White House, albeit with more than just Donald Trump, his friends and adversaries. The news reach also touches on 2005 Topps Chronicles, one of the company’s earlier online-exclusive attempts that had a new card each week based on a major event.

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This Is a Test: What’s the Deal with 1968 Topps 3-D Baseball?

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By Mike Payne | Beckett Media Editorial Director

If you were a baseball fan in the Brooklyn, New York area in 1968, you saw Mickey Mantle lead the Yankees with 18 home runs as he limped through his final season in the big leagues and you saw a kid named Nolan Ryan in his first full season with the rising New York Mets.

And you also might have seen some kind of interesting baseball card that was sold in a plain white wrapper, with only a sticker identifying it.

Such was the low-profile life of the set known as 1968 Topps 3-D Baseball, among the most famous “test” issues ever released by Topps – even if the release was restricted to areas of New York City.

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2017 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 3 Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 3 trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Donruss Baseball Checklist Lets the Nostalgia Run Deep Once Again

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Nostalgia continues to be the running theme in 2017 Donruss Baseball. It really shouldn’t be a surprise as this is the angle the brand has used since Panini dusted it off in 2014.

Coming in on the more affordable end of Panini’s baseball offerings, the product has a lot going on between the base set, parallels, inserts a plenty, autographs and memorabilia cards. Hobby boxes come with three hits.

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2016-17 Upper Deck AHL Hockey Checklist Gives the Minor Leagues a Pro Effort

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Many of today’s NHL players spend a little time developing in the American Hockey League and collectors can get a look at some of them before their big break with 2016-17 Upper Deck AHL Hockey.

With this being the fourth season of Upper Deck producing cards of minor league stars, there have been some small tweaks to the brand which should appeal to prospectors and local fans alike once it arrives in stores and via Upper Deck e-Pack in March.

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2017 Topps Chrome Baseball Has Elements Old and New, Refractors Red and Blue (and Lots More)

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Chrome Baseball fills that chromium space for collectors who prefer major leaguers versus the large prospect focus that Bowman sets feature. Refractors are back in a full rainbow of colors. Multiple autographs — mostly rookies — are in both hobby boxes, and a few new inserts have been thrown in as well.

2017 Topps Chrome Baseball has both regular hobby and hobby jumbo boxes. Regular hobby boxes come with two autographs while jumbo have five total signed cards and the promise of a Refractor in every pack.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Biography of a Season sees a hobby favorite return with a new twist

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Trading cards have chronicled the events of an NHL season for decades and collectors are about to get a good look at some recent accomplishments from this year’s best rookies very soon with next week’s release of the first installment of 2016-17 Upper Deck Biography of a Season.

Offered via Upper Deck‘s Authorized Internet Retailers and Group Breakers, one card from the 10-card collection will be handed out as a gift with purchase for every $20.00 spent. Read More…

2017 Topps UFC Chrome Brings Brand to the Octagon for the First Time

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s hard to imagine that despite having the UFC license for close to a decade, Topps has never done a Chrome MMA set. 2017 Topps UFC Chrome changes that. And with it comes many of the family elements collectors may recognize from Topps Chrome sets in other sports and even entertainment licenses like Star Wars.

Refractors and autographs all play a big part in 2017 Topps UFC Chrome.

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Get ready to celebrate 100 years of hockey history with 2017 Upper Deck Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Early details about the hotly-anticipated 2017 Upper Deck Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial release are slowly leaking out and there is little doubt that it will be one of this year’s hottest products once it officially releases in September.

A few months ago, Upper Deck teased some extremely preliminary information along with some images, but some more facts are popping up as the company solicits the tins which will are likely to be available in hobby shops and retail outlets. More information should surface in the near future about configuration for hobby boxes.

Back in the 2009-10 campaign, Upper Deck struck gold with a set focused on the centennial season for the Montreal Canadiens. In addition to a loaded base set that perfectly covered the club’s history to that point, there were some heavily-desired hits coming out of boxes and tins that still perform exceedingly well when offered for sale.

While it is too early to definitively tell if the 2017 Upper Deck Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial product will achieve the same heights on the secondary market, there is certainly a good chance that it does. Read More…

Before Magic and Pokémon, There Was 1968 Topps Game Baseball

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Today, Pokémon and Magic: The Gathering are two hobby heavyweights. But they’re far from the first products to combine trading cards and gaming. 1968 Topps Game Baseball is one vintage example for the sporting crowd. Also known as Batter Up, the card game may not take a lot of strategy, but the cards do make for some extremely affordable vintage for many of the era’s greats.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Premier Hockey returns with lots of patches and autographs

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Acetate Rookie Autograph Patches are back, but there is much more to be found in tins of 2016-17 Upper Deck Premier Hockey once it arrives in hobby shops at the end of July.

Loaded up with seven premium cards per tin, expect to find four autograph or memorabilia cards in addition to the Rookie Autograph Patch and two base cards. Read More…

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Not-Scars Head to LOL Land

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Not-Scars poke fun at the Academy Awards and some of the wackiness that came with Warren Beatty’s homage to Steve Harvey, accidentally giving the Best Picture trophy to the wrong movie.

And while Moonlight‘s big moment was immortalized with a card, much of the checklist is dedicated to acting nominees and some other high-profile films that were up for Oscars in other areas.

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Bill Paxton 2016 Upper Deck Alien Anthology Autograph Giveaway

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Sunday was planned to be a celebration of Hollywood’s best from the past year at the Academy Awards. And while that was still the case, things took a more somber turn with the sudden passing of Bill Paxton.

The actor has appeared in several high-profile films and franchises over the years including Titanic, Twister, Apollo 13, The Terminator, Predator 2, Weird Science and A Simple Plan.

When it comes to trading cards, there aren’t many. Twister was the subject of a relatively simple release from Donruss that is actually quite tough to find now. Inkworks made a small factory set for Titanic but Paxton isn’t featured on any of the cards.

The actor’s appearances on cardboard have grown in the past couple of years, though. This includes autographs in both Rittenhouse’s Marvel Agents of SHIELD Season 1 and Alien Anthology from Upper Deck.

We pulled a Bill Paxton autograph a few months ago. We’ve been holding onto it for a giveaway and now seems fitting.

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2017 Topps Heritage WWE Turns Back the Clock to 1987

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Heritage WWE takes things back to one of the biggest years in wrestling history — 1987. That was the year Hulk Hogan bodyslammed Andre the Giant at WrestleMania III. In the hobby, it was the year Topps brought back the woodgrain borders.

Put the two together, give it a modern spin and you’ve got 2017 Topps Heritage WWE.

Each hobby box has two hits, one of which is guaranteed to be an autograph.

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Beckett Authentication Services Is Ramping Up

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By Jeromy Murray | Vice President, Beckett Grading and Authentication

I am really proud to finally get a chance to formally announce Beckett’s new autograph authentication service! In my 16+ years with the company, this new venture is one of the most exciting, challenging, and rewarding ventures I have ever experienced — and we are only a few months in. The new Beckett Authentication Services division gives you a premium one-stop shop for all your grading, autograph and authentication needs. It is exciting for Beckett to have this division and I hope you give us a shot to look at your prized items.

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