$40,000 and Counting for PSA 10 1975 Topps George Brett Rookie Card

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Under normal circumstances, you can usually find a 1975 Topps George Brett rookie card for less than $100. A BGS or PSA 8 might cost you around $250. Well, a PSA 10 George Brett rookie is currently sitting at a touch over $40,000 on eBay with time remaining.

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Jimmy Kimmel, Nina Agdal Get Baseball Cards with 2016 Topps Series 2 First Pitch

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Series 2 First Pitch lineup sticks with what the flagship insert has been known for since it debuted in 2015. There’s another eclectic mix of celebrities, athletes from other sports, pop culture personalities and real-life heroes who have had their brief trips to the mound captured on baseball cards.

Highlights on the 20-card set include late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, model Nina Agdal, and Green Day frontman Billy Joe Armstrong.

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2016 Cryptozoic Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1 Trading Cards Checklist, Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Since its debut in the hobby, The Walking Dead has been a juggernaut of a trading card license. And all the elements that have made it successful return for 2016 Cryptozoic Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1.

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2016 Cryptozoic Vampire Diaries Season 4 Trading Cards Checklist, Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Cryptozoic Vampire Diaries Season 4 trading cards continue with the brooding romance and handsome mythology the show is known for. And as far as cards go, there is a sense of familiarity as well.

As with past releases, each box comes with both an autograph and a costume card.

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Upper Deck pays tribute to Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Pittsburgh Penguins have won their fourth Stanley Cup championship in franchise history and Upper Deck has fired up the presses in order to get a cardboard tribute ready for the team that is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

Made up of 18 players that battled through four rounds of playoff action for hockey’s ultimate prize, the set is limited to 5,000 copies and will be distributed as a gift with purchase through several channels. For most collectors, these methods include an order of $35.00 or more in NHL products through Upper Deck’s online store, a box purchase of 2015-16 products via the company’s authorized Internet retailers, and distribution via authorized group breakers.

For fans based in the Pittsburgh area, several local card stores will have the sets in hand as a bonus for making purchases. A complete list of participating retailers can be found on Upper Deck’s official blog. Read More…

Bret Hart, Seth Rollins and Bray Wyatt Join Funko Pop WWE Lineup

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A mix of young superstars and an industry legend are joining the master Funko Pop WWE lineup. The fourth full line of vinyl figures focuses primarily on some of today’s biggest talents, but the most notable might just be from the self-proclaimed best there is, best there was and best there ever will be — Bret Hart.

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Upper Deck reveals its plans for the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Upper Deck has announced some major plans for the 38th National Sports Collectors Convention and collectors visiting their booth at the show in Atlantic City from August 3 to 7 have a chance to obtain cards that are exclusive to the show.

Plenty of promotional packs will be handed out in addition to a special set found only in VIP bags and there will be additional bonuses for case breakers plus many of the usual activities that tend to draw a crowd to the company’s booth. Read More…

2016 Panini Prestige Football Short Prints Make the Base Set That Much Tougher

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Prestige Football is notable for fans of rookie cards. It’s the first set of the season to list rookies with their NFL teams. They still might be pictured in their college uniforms, but there’s a direct connection to their pro squad now. But if you’re looking to put together the full 300-card base set, some 2016 Panini Prestige Football short prints stand in your way.

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2016 Panini Origins Football Might Be a New Brand But It’s Definitely Familiar

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With Topps not making physical football cards for the foreseeable future, that means no Topps Inception. But if you were a fan of the brand, 2016 Panini Origins Football should seem familiar. It has a similar look, configuration and even name to Topps’ defunct brand.

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2016 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 3 Trading Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Arrow isn’t only one of the most popular shows on the CW Network, in a short time that popularity has transferred over to entertainment trading cards. 2016 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 3 follows a similar pattern as the first two sets including an autograph and memorabilia card per box.

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Walter Alston’s Personal Memorabilia Headed to Auction

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Walter Alston’s collection of personal memorabilia is being sold through SCP Auctions. The collection, which is being consigned by his estate, includes game-worn gear, championship rings and other artifacts from his career.

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2016 MLB Draft: A Baseball Card Perspective

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If the past couple years of Bowman Draft Baseball are any indication, we should see MLB baseball cards of the majority of players taken in the first round of the draft by year’s end. However, for a lot of these youngsters, you can find cards already.

Thanks to the USA Baseball license and lines like Leaf Perfect Game, baseball card prospecting can start early. We’re at a point now where it’s not only years before players make their major league debut but years before they’re even drafted.

With that in mind, here’s a brief look at available cards for the 2016 MLB Draft first round picks.

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RIP Gordie Howe

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Beckett Media would like to offer its most sincere condolences to the family and friends of the legendary Gordie Howe.

“Mr. Hockey” 1928-2016

2016-17 Donruss Soccer Card 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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2016 Topps Now Baseball Autographs — Say, Whaaat?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When 2016 Topps Now Baseball launched it looked as though the on-demand nature of the set was enough to set it apart from other sets. There weren’t any inserts, parallels or chase elements beyond maybe trying to predict who might be the under-ordered short prints.

It looks like that has changed because there are, indeed, 2016 Topps Now Baseball autographs.

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2016 Bowman Baseball Superfractor Tracker

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Superfractor has emerged as the pinnacle of modern baseball cards, particularly when it comes to a player’s first autograph. The 2016 Bowman Baseball Superfractors are topped by several new prospects. But some of the other inserts offer new Superfractors of established names and autographs of key 2016 rookies.

For those not familiar with Superfractors, they’ve been established as the top parallels in Topps products that use chromium stock. While this can carry over to Topps Chrome, Finest and others, it’s in Bowman and Bowman Chrome that it’s tops with baseball collectors. Today, Superfractors are one-of-ones. Design-wise, they look like they have gold spirals tiling in the background.

2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Brendan Rodgers Superfractor Autograph

With only one copy of each, keeping tabs on them can be tricky. With that in mind, here’s a running tally of the 2016 Bowman Baseball Superfractors we’ve spotted in the wild.

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Definitive Ranking of Sidney Crosby Rookie Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

One of the greatest players of his generation, or any generation, all Sidney Crosby rookie cards have a broad appeal. Even in a career that has been slowed by injury, he’s a legitimate superstar who has won championships in the NHL and on multiple levels of international play. Equally important, Sidney Crosby is a likable player that kids adore and hockey fans respect — even if they can’t admit it openly because they’re allegiances reside outside of Pittsburgh.

A total of 19 Sidney Crosby rookie cards exist ranging from the relatively affordable up to five figures for one in the right condition. Crosby’s rookies came out in a year that was a dream for hockey card collectors. If there was a bright spot from the lockout that cost the loss of the 2004-05 season, it was the resulting double-rookie class that followed. Even without Crosby, most of these sets have deep checklists filled with several strong rookies. But the presence of Crosby, along with rival Alexander Ovechkin, made it one of the strongest season of sports cards ever.

It also coincided with a turning point in the hobby. 2005-06 marked the launch of Upper Deck’s NHL exclusive. It was the first of the major four sports leagues to go this route. The NBA, NFL and MLB have all followed, although hockey had a short non-exclusive window when Panini made NHL cards for four years starting in 2010-11.

Although the initial mania over Sidney Crosby rookie cards has subsided somewhat, there’s still plenty of interest in his key cards. All of his rookies would be considered this. Although 19 might seem like a fairly large number, most of Crosby’s rookies come with a unique spin that makes them distinct. This might be a theme, the type of stock its printed on or whether it has any premium elements like an autograph.

Delve deep into Sidney Crosby rookie cards as we count them all down from the cheapest to the most valuable.

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2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1 Trading Cards Dig Into Classic Origins

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1 trading cards delve into the earliest episodes of the series. The set follows a similar pattern to many of the card maker’s sets. This includes autographs and costume cards.

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2016 MLB Bobbleheads and Other Stadium Giveaways for Collectors

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 MLB bobblehead stadium giveaway schedule is filled with current stars, tributes to Hall of Famers, mascots, Star Wars mash-ups and even an infamous rescue. But they’re not the only promotions of note for collectors. Teams are also handing out things like replica rings, statues, pins and other novelties.

The gnome continues to rise as well. The Mets couldn’t resist the obvious Noah Syndergaard-en Gnome. Even though it doesn’t have the catchy name to go with it, Oakland’s Sean Doolittle gnome is likely to garner more attention thanks to his Metallica shirt and rock-friendly hand gesture.

The majority of 2016 MLB bobbleheads being handed out at games are of your standard variety. Some teams have themes, like Kansas City’s postseason run and Miami’s All-Stars from the past. The Atlanta Braves have one of the more original bobbleheads of the year with one highlighting Chipper Jones’ rescue of a stranded Freddie Freeman, complete with an ATV.

With many teams now doing Star Wars nights, several promotional items are coming from them. The Reds have two different Star Wars bobbleheads in 2016 including one of their mascot, Mr. Redlegs, flying an X-Wing. The Red Sox have a BB-8 baseball for those buying a special ticket for their Star Wars promotion.

Topps has promotions with every MLB team this season, giving away special over-sized cards throughout June and July.

We’ve gone through all the promotional calendars and put together a list of all the 2016 MLB bobblehead stadium giveaways as well as other collector-friendly giveaways you might want to keep a look out for in the months ahead.

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2016 Topps Series 2 Baseball Checklist

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The 2016 Topps Series 2 Baseball checklist is, for the most part, a continuation from Series 1. The Series 2 base set adds another 350 cards, several of the insert sets get more cards and many themes are carried on.

Want to know exactly what’s in store? Continuing reading for full 2016 Topps Series 2 Baseball checklist including teams, rookie cards and the other important info you may need for hunting your favorite players, teams and sets.

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2016 Leaf Greatest Hits Basketball preview

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The opportunity to pick up some of the most memorable and revered cards in the hobby is back once again and 2016 Leaf Greatest Hits Basketball aims to deliver four strong rookie, autograph, or memorabilia cards in each box once it releases late this summer.

If the chance to pull a big card was not enough, Leaf has also provided some additional value for box breakers in the form of an original autograph card from one of the sport’s greatest names. Included in that group are legends such as Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson, Magic Johnson, and 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Allen Iverson. Read More…

2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters Trading Cards Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters.

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2016 Topps Doctor Who Timeless Trading Cards Details and Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Doctor Who Timeless trading cards know no bounds when it comes the show’s scope. Covering the many versions and eras of the long-standing BBC show, it takes a similar comprehensive approach to 2015 Topps Doctor Who.

Like the previous set, hobby boxes have two premium inserts, drawing from autographs, memorabilia and medallion cards.

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2016 Topps Finest Baseball Box Busters

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

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2016-17 Upper Deck Overtime Hockey preview

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The idea of getting an extra pack of cards when you open a box is always well-received and for the past few years, Upper Deck has partnered up with both Universal Distribution and GTS Distribution to do exactly that. The bonuses are going to be back again next season with 2016-17 Upper Deck Overtime Hockey and there have been some new twists added to the ever-evolving brand.

Starting in October, those that purchase a box of Artifacts, Upper Deck Series One, Trilogy, or Black Diamond will receive a pack of 2016-17 Upper Deck Overtime Hockey. Expected to again be split up into three waves over the course of the season, packs contain four cards which include an exclusive insert card. As a new bonus, there are Instant Win cards which can be redeemed for free boxes of certain Upper Deck hockey products. Read More…

Tatiana Maslany Autographs (and Variations) Coming to Cryptozoic’s Orphan Black Trading Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The first batch of the 2016 Cryptozoic Orphan Black autographs checklist has been revealed. For those holding their breath, yes, Tatiana Maslany is on it. More than once. In one of those rare instances where variations make perfect sense, the show’s Emmy-nominated lead star has signed cards for multiple characters.

Continue on for an exclusive look at one of them.

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2016 Topps Baseball Stadium Giveaway Cards Coming to an MLB Ballpark Near You

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Over the course of the season, there’s going to be a lot of over-sized baseball cards getting handed out at MLB stadiums across the United States (and Toronto). At select games throughout June and July, there’s a 2016 Topps Baseball stadium giveaway at every ballpark.

During these games, those in attendance receive a card measuring 5″ by 7″ highlighting a player or something else that’s important to the team. Most feature a local favorite player. However, a handful of the stadium giveaway cards have mascots on them. The Atlanta Braves are featuring Turner Field.

Among the notable names on the checklist are Mike Trout, David Ortiz and Andrew McCutchen. A couple of cards highlight retired players. For instance, the New York Mets card has Mike Piazza. The San Francisco Giants are honoring alumni from their 1986 squad.

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2015-16 Leaf Genesis Hockey preview

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The roots of the sport of hockey run deep and collectors have a strong appreciation for the legends and tales of the
game’s pioneers that have been passed down for generations. By the same token, those that collect also focus their attention to hockey’s future and Leaf Trading Cards is attempting to bring both of these worlds together in its debuting 2015-16 Leaf Genesis Hockey.

A summer release that is coming to card stores in July, each box will contain eight hits which come in the form of either autographs, memorabilia, or signed memorabilia cards. Expected to have a small run and plenty of rare pieces of game-used equipment, Genesis has the potential to live up to its name with its debut.

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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Presidential Losers Remind Us Who Got Trumped

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With the nomination process winding down, 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Presidential Losers look back on what a strange campaign it has been so far. It’s another in a long line of online-exclusive mini sets that’s charted the Presidential race thus far.

But rather than focus on more Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton gags, which are starting to grow thin, 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Presidential Losers look at who has been knocked out.

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12 Vintage Muhammad Ali Cards You Might Not Have Seen Before

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

He might be the undisputed GOAT, but when it comes to Muhammad Ali cards — especially vintage ones — he’s something of an enigma. In fact, the first “traditional” Muhammad Ali cards to be released in North America didn’t come out until almost two years after his final fight in the 1983 Topps History’s Greatest Olympians set.

But that doesn’t mean that The Greatest doesn’t have anything from his days in the ring. You just have to look in some other places, some non-traditional forms and under the name Cassius Clay to uncover some gems that are still overlooked by mainstream collecting audiences. But this also makes defining the true Muhammad Ali rookie card tough.

When it comes to vintage cards, reaching a consensus on rookies can be tough, even when those cards come from North America. Muhammad Ali’s case is an extraordinary one. As a result, his early cards come from a variety of places and sources. Some are hand-cut cards, others come from magazines and others still are stickers. Depending on where you look or who you listen to, the Muhammad Ali rookie card changes so it ultimately comes down to personal preference.

And while vintage Muhammad Ali cards certainly can command strong values and prices, they’re not as strong as other athletes of his stature (or even less). At any rate, Ali is a legend in every sense and his early cards offer both a look at the fighter and highlight how the hobby at the time could be both simple and confusing at the same time.

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RIP Muhammad Ali

Thanks, Champ!

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Want to Walk in Rocky’s Boots? You Can — While Wearing Clubber Lang’s Robe

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Several pieces of screen-used props and costumes from the Rocky films are being sold via auction on July 1. The handful of items, which are being sold by Profiles in History, cover a wide range of values, going from a few hundred up to, likely, more than $20,000. Highlighting the Rocky memorabilia is a pair of boxing boots worn by Sylvester Stallone in 1979’s Rocky II.

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2015-16 Panini Excalibur Basketball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2015-16 Panini Excalibur Basketball.

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2016 Topps Tier One Baseball Checklist

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Ever since the brand began, Tier One has been all autographs and memorabilia cards. The 2016 Topps Tier One Baseball checklist is no different. You can see it all below and know what to expect before you bust any boxes or join any breaks.

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