2016 Topps Series 2 Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2016 Topps Series 2 Baseball.

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2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Factory Set Combines Three Releases

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Factory sets used to be fairly common in the trading card world. Now, they are limited to select sports releases or as premium sets driven by chase elements. The 2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens factory set takes a simple approach. They actually combine the base sets from three recent releases for the seventh film in the Star Wars franchise: 2015’s Journey to the Force Awakens, TFA Series 1, and 2016’s TFA Series 2.

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Goldin Auctions puts basketball treasures up for bids at the National

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Basketball collectors attending the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City next month will be able to see some incredible pieces of memorabilia up close and have a chance to bid on them in person during the 2016 Premium Live Auction from Goldin Auctions on August 4.

Among the legendary pieces on the block are game-used jerseys from Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Shaquille O’Neal which have strong provenance and should draw heavy bidding.

“There is no doubt that that NBA memorabilia from legendary players like Bird, Shaq and Jordan is on the rise, as over the past year we have had many such items far exceed their pre-auction estimates and set new records,” said Ken Goldin, Founder of Goldin Auctions via a press release. “These great NBA players are to the current generation what Mantle, Mays and Jim Brown were to the previous one.” Read More…

2016-17 Panini NBA Sticker Collection preview

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Among basketball fans and collectors, the excitement is already building for next season and while Panini America has yet to give a preview of its trading card releases that begin to hit stores this fall, there is something to look forward to with the 2016-17 Panini NBA Sticker Collection. Read More…

2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Trading Cards Are All About Variety

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In the wise words of the great Fatboy Slim (and interpreted through dance by the even greater Christopher Walken), “You can go with this, or you can go with that.” 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions goes with this, that and everywhere in between. The product’s eclectic mix returns covering many areas of sports and beyond — including the other side of the looking glass.

Each 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions hobby box has three premium inserts. These are a mix of autographs, memorabilia, World War II relics, manufactured patch cards, audio cards and more.

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2016 Topps Premier Gold EPL Soccer Forgoes Some Hits for a Cheaper Price Tag

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

While a lot of the specifics are still under wraps, one thing about 2016 Topps Premier Gold EPL Soccer is clear. While it still focuses on autographs and memorabilia cards, it’s not nearly the same level as the past couple of years. It’s going from a hit-per-pack product to one that has three per ten-pack box.

But with that drop in premium elements comes a lower suggested price tag. Each 2016 Topps Premier Gold hobby box should cost around $100, at least when the product first releases.

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2016 Topps Stadium Club Variations Highlight Pitchers Who Bat, Royals on Parade and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Welcome to the world of 2016 Topps Stadium Club variations. For the first time since the brand was revived in 2014, select cards come with variation short prints featuring separate photos.

All told, there are 25 different 2016 Topps Stadium Club variations. They’re not easy to find with reports indicating they’re about two per hobby case.

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2016 Donruss Elite Football Box Busters

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

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2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As the world prepares to descend on Rio for the 2016 Summer Olympics, Topps is highlighting many of the top Americans hoping to bring home the gold. 2016 Topps US Olympic and Paralympic Team Hopefuls trading cards spotlight many of the athletes that are already household names in America as well as some who will likely emerge as heroes.

The overall structure of the product is similar to the past couple of Topps Olympic products from 2014 and 2012. Hobby boxes come with an autograph, a relic and a manufactured relic.

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1963 Topps Pete Rose Rookie Card Approaching $150,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

He might not have a place in Cooperstown but a 1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie card looks to be headed to Hall of Fame territory. A copy of the card graded PSA 9 Mint is approaching $150,000 in an eBay auction.

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2016 Topps Doctor Who Timeless Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Topps Doctor Who Timeless.

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Matt Wieters Cards Finally Coming to Topps Packs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re looking for Topps baseball cards of Matt Wieters in a Baltimore Orioles uniform, you’re pretty much out of luck. Other than a couple of oddball offerings and online exclusives, he has nothing. But that’s about to change. Soon you’ll be able to find cards of the Baltimore catcher in packs of Topps cards for the first time.

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2016 Cryptozoic DC Comics Justice League Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Matt Bible as they open some 2016 Cryptozoic DC Comics Justice League.

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Beckett Radio This Week: Ben Simmons, Interview with Jason Crosby

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This week on Beckett Radio we discuss the Ben Simmons Upper Deck exclusive and what it means for collectors. Also, artist Jason Crosby joins us to talk about what it’s like to create sketch cards for Upper Deck and Topps, and pulling his own card from a product.

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Of course, we’ve got lots of giveaways as well! Give the show a listen to find out how.

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14 2016 Topps Stadium Club Cards Worthy of a Stare Down

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Some of us like our baseball cards loaded with layers of premium things like autographs, jumbo patches and low print runs. Some of us prefer a simpler path where base cards shine. 2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball is definitely one of the latter.

As has been the case with the brand since its earliest days, photography is a focal point. A lot of effort goes into the image selection, trying to make them unique from other releases. Generic poses are kept to a minimum while emotion and drama are brought to the forefront.

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Black Gold Ink Future Watch Autographs Among Surprises in 2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Not everything on the 2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey checklist was noted up front. As has been the case for the past couple of seasons, Upper Deck has slipped a couple of surprises into the mix.

While one isn’t unexpected as it sticks with what they’ve done in previous years, a new level of Future Watch autographs are new.

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Here’s Why Kids Matter to the Hobby

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary

Don’t think kids are important to the hobby? You’re wrong.

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2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey Inscriptions List

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Several of the 2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey autographs have a parallel that offers something a little extra beyond a serial number. Both rookies and veterans added small inscriptions to their signatures, making them a little different from your standard autograph card.

The 2015-16 SP Authentic Inscriptions start with the Future Watch autographs. The first 50 cards for select rookies come with the added bit of ink. However, they are numbered as part of the full full of 999 copies.

Sign of the Times and Sign of the Times Rookies each have Inscriptions versions as well. These are more like tradition parallels and have varied print runs.

The inscriptions themselves aren’t overly complex. Most are a nickname. In the case of the Future Watch cards, NHL debut dates are heavily featured.

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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids 4th of July Attempts Its Own Kind of Fireworks

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids 4th of July trading cards are about as patriotic as the GPK gang get. There have been plenty of past Presidents and politicians as well as an abundance of current hopefuls. This set, another online exclusive mini collection, adds to that list.

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2016 Topps Star Wars Evolution Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Topps Star Wars Evolution trading cards.

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2016 Bowman Inception Baseball Card Checklist and Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Bowman Inception Baseball is focused primarily on three things: young players, autographs and abstract designs. Actually, this has been the brand’s niche since it debuted. Although the spotlight is still on rookies and prospects, more veterans have been added to the product compared to past years.

Every card in the product has an autograph. Five-card boxes deliver four regular autographs and one autographed memorabilia card.

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2016 Upper Deck Finding Dory Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and a special guest as they open some 2016 Upper Deck Finding Dory sticker cards.

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Free Dragon Ball Z Tournament

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If you’re a fan of the Dragon Ball Z game living in the Grand Prairie, Texas area (or are looking for a reason to travel), there’s a free box tournament on Saturday, July 2 for the launch of the new Vengeance set.

Prizes include boxes, playmats and more.

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2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey Checklist Deliver the Game’s Hottest Ink

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of this season’s most-anticipated releases, 2015-16 SP Authentic Hockey is ready to offer up a strong selection of signatures from the biggest names in the game along with the hottest rookies.

With an expected release date of May 11, 2015-16 SP Authentic is expected to have a hit or short printed base card in every pack. On average, there are three autographs per box and at least one serial-numbered chase card. Upper Deck has added a few new autograph concepts, including signed booklets, and each case is expected to yield a pair of hard-signed patch autographs.

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Ranking the Kris Bryant Rookie Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In a year of big-time rookies, Kris Bryant was been one of the biggest in 2015. Even if it wasn’t clutch plays and walk-off home runs every night, he’s lived up to a lot of the lofty expectations that come with being a second overall draft pick. And he’s still very young. Not surprisingly, Kris Bryant rookie cards have garnered plenty of attention from both buyers and sellers from the moment they were released.

If you look to just base sets, there are more than 15 Kris Bryant rookie cards to go alongside with hundreds of parallels, inserts, autographs and memorabilia cards. Simply put, there’s lots of choice out there for various budgets and baseball card preferences.

The cheapest Kris Bryant rookie cards come from basic sets that don’t have a lot of added frills or premium enhancements. Despite Bryant’s popularity, these lower-tier rookies can still be found for reasonable amounts equivalent to a pack or two.

A couple of cards that give off this no-frills appearance are actually some of the most valuable Kris Bryant rookie cards. His base cards in both 2015 Topps Archives and 2015 Topps Finest are short prints. And we’re not talking the fairly common short prints like the ones found in sets like Topps Heritage. These are legitimately scarce and the price tags reflect this. In particular, expect the 2015 Topps Archives Kris Bryant SP to cost more than a lot of his signed cards.

Speaking of autographs, some of Bryant’s are considered rookie cards as they’re part of the product’s main set. While there is a range within these, understandably, all are among the most valuable Kris Bryant rookie cards. These are topped by his five autographed patch cards in 2015 Topps Dynasty. Each is numbered to just 10 copies. Like most players in the product, Bryant has multiple cards, each with a different photo.

So what are the most valuable Kris Bryant rookie cards? We’re counting them down according to the Beckett Baseball Price Guide.

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2016-17 Panini NHL Stickers preview

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of the best ways to introduce youth to the world of hockey cards and related collectibles is through the annual hockey sticker collection produced by Panini America. With a wide selection of players, coverage of key moments, and the perpetual appeal of foil, 2016-17 Panini NHL Stickers come out this Fall and carry on a fantastic tradition that simply has to be shared.

Naturally, stickers can be carefully placed inside of a colorful 72-page album and each of the NHL’s 30 teams that played last season will have 14 stickers apiece – with four of them being foil. There are a whopping 503 total stickers to track down and each pack will contain seven of them. Needless to say, it is a gargantuan effort to finish, but collectors are able to order the stickers they need directly from Panini at a nominal cost. Read More…

Rookies and history the focus of Leaf’s National redemption program

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Leaf Trading Cards plans to have a multi-faceted redemption program at the 37th National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City in early August and the fun begins with case breakers.

Cracking open a case of 2016 releases like Pop Century, In The Game Used or Genesis Hockey and Metal Tennis, or any year of Leaf US Army All-American Football  between 2010 and 2016 will receive a special Best of the National box. Inside, collectors may find big graded rookie cards, buyback autographs, premium memorabilia cards, and other surprises. Read More…

Nomar Mazara, Trevor Story, Blake Snell Get Their First MLB Rookie Cards in 2016 Topps Stadium Club

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball checklist has no shortage of rookie cards. 34 to be exact. Of those three are bound to get a little added attention as they’re the first pack-inserted MLB rookie cards for a trio of standouts: Nomar Mazara, Trevor Story and Blake Snell.

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2016 Topps Star Wars Card Trader Trading Cards Make the Digital Physical

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just like Bunt is getting for baseball, Topps’ Star Wars digital trading card app is getting a physical release. 2016 Topps Star Wars Card Trader trading cards take many of the elements and designs of the app’s cards and give them a more traditional spin. That said, the product still attempts to work in both realms with code cards that unlock digital exclusives. In fact, every pack of 2016 Topps Star Wars Card Trader includes a digital code of some sort.

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2016 Topps Now Ichiro Autographs Surface

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Add Ichiro to the list of 2016 Topps Now Baseball autographs. The card arrives just a few weeks after the first surprise autograph, Brandon Crawford, in the on-demand line surfaced.

Like Crawford, the card is in very short supply and shipped without notice to those who ordered the original Ichiro card.

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2016 Panini Instant COPA America Centenario Soccer Cards Arrive On-Demand

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Instant COPA America Centenario Soccer is the first on-demand set from the card maker. Covering the tournament, cards will focus on specific matches during the month-long tournament. Very similar to Topps Now, cards are available for just one day. But Panini has added a couple of twists to their program.

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2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Isn’t Changing Much Up and That’s Probably a Good Thing

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball isn’t likely to wow you with its hits — at least as far as quantity goes. It doesn’t have a lot of ground-breaking technology either. As a matter of fact, little has changed over last year. And that set only had a few tweaks from 2013. That said, this is a product that is one of the most focused you’ll likely find in baseball all year. The reason is simple.

Every card uses photography to try and tell a story. That’s the bell and the whistle.

Being that it’s the modern hobby and premium content is expected, 2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball hobby boxes have two autographs. Additional inserts are also included, most of which have been used with the brand in the past.

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2015-16 Leaf In The Game Used Hockey preview

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

One of last year’s surprise hits will be back in time for the 37th National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City and fans of the fastest game on ice are about to get their hands on some seriously limited vintage memorabilia with the release of 2015-16 Leaf In The Game Used Hockey.

With five memorabilia cards per pack and the potential to find pieces of history that date back to the early days of the sport, collectors can expect to find up to eight swatches of material on each card.

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2016 Topps All-Star FanFest Baseball Card Exclusives Unveiled

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps is heading to the 2016 MLB All-Star Game in San Diego and they’re bringing some exclusive baseball cards with them. The 2016 Topps All-Star FanFest cards cover a handful of different promotions for various aspects of the nearly week-long event.

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2016 Topps Doctor Who Extraterrestrial Encounters Trading Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When a show has been around for more than 50 years and it’s all about travels through space and time, there are going to be aliens and lots of them. 2016 Topps Doctor Who Extraterrestrial Encounters uses those aliens and the ensuing adventures as an anchor.

Each hobby box comes with a pair of autographs or relic cards.

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