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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2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome Checklist, Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Rey, Finn, Kylo and the rest of Episode VII are getting shinier. 2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome puts the company’s signature chromium spin on the film.

Hobby boxes comes with one premium card from a list that includes autographs, sketch cards, medallions, costume cards and printing plates.

This being Topps Chrome, there are also several types of Refractors.

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2016 Panini Prizm Racing Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just like any sport, NASCAR has a select group of legends. They’re the focus of the 2016 Panini Prizm Racing variations. Eight Hall of Famers are included on cards that look like regular base cards. However, they’re short print versions that are a little tougher to find.

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2017 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania Wrestling Cards Go 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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Relive the early days of the stars with 2016-17 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The new class of NBA freshmen is close to making its arrival and Panini America is bringing them to collectors mere weeks before they officially debut with the release of 2016-17 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball.

Loaded up with five autographs per box and tons of inserts, this release is not only looking at the newest players, but also examines what today’s stars and yesterday’s legends accomplished before they turned pro. Slated for an early October arrival in stores, it could prove to be a solid sophomore effort for this product. Read More…

How to Find Out What Game Your Topps Strata Baseball Relic Came From

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015 Topps Strata Baseball helped change a problem many collectors have with modern memorabilia cards. Now, the followup 2016 Topps Strata has continued it. You can actually track where they’re from.

When game-used cards first came out, things were somewhat clear. We were usually told that it was a bat or jersey used by a specific player. The exact date or game may not have been included but the wording was clear. Over the years, things have gotten more vague. Lawyers may like it, but it can be hard for collectors to get excited about pieces of fabric that don’t come from any specific game or event. Even the type of material or player has been muddled.

A handful of sets over the years have gone the game-dated route. But they’re definitely the exception for game-used cards.

A seemingly simple addition to the Clearly Authentic game-used relics in both 2015 and 2016 Topps Strata Baseball lets collectors look up exactly what game the swatch came from. Topps worked with MLB Authentication for the cards to create about as much provenance as one can expect from a memorabilia card. The cards have a hologram anyone can use to look up who used the jersey (or other gear), when and more.

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2016 Panini Certified Racing Paves a Foil Trail

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’ve collected Certified in other sports, you can expect a lot of the same with 2016 Panini Certified Racing. It starts with the look, which is heavy on foil and color, and carries over to the checklist and its steady stream of autographs and memorabilia cards.

Each ten-pack box includes a pair of signed cards and two memorabilia cards featuring race-used items.

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2016 Donruss Optic Baseball Box Busters

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

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1981 Topps Superman II Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they take it old-school, busting a box of 1981 Topps Superman II. No teeth were broken trying to eat the 35-year-old gum, though.

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2016-17 Panini Instant NBA Basketball Checklist, Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

It was only a matter of time before Panini America was able to produce its first cards of Kevin Durant in a Golden State Warriors uniform and the company chose to utilize its exclusive athlete to kick off its 2016-17 Panini Instant NBA Basketball collection.

Available for just a short 24-hour window, the new set of on-demand cards have several numbered variations, including a facsimile signature option, which is a new concept for the brand. Read More…

Beckett’s Essential Guide to Funko Pop! Coming in September

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Over the past couple of years, Funko Pop! figures have become one of the biggest lines of entertainment collectibles. Covering an enormous amount of properties from movies, TV, video games, sports and more, its reach is enormous.

Beckett’s Essential Guide to Funko Pop! will cover them all with feature stories, a history of the line and a massive price guide.

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2016 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Football Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Justin Grunert and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Football.

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Super Piece in Auction

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One of the more interesting pieces on the show floor at the National Sports Collectors Convention last week in Atlantic City was truly a piece of Americana – a cape worn by actor George Reeves in “The Adventures of Superman” television series that ran from 1952-1958.

The cape is part of the BidAMI.com auction that closes August 13, and carries a $5,000 reserve. It measures 53 x 55 inches at its widest dimensions.

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NHLPA Smashfest gets a cardboard treatment from Upper Deck

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Each summer, several members of the National Hockey League Players’ Association get together in Toronto for Smashfest – an event where hundreds of fans get up close to their heroes as they play in a ping-pong tournament to raise funds for charity.

Those lucky enough to attend enjoyed a fun evening, but select attendees and sponsors also came away with a special pack of promotional cards produced specially for Smashfest by Upper Deck. The 11-card collection contains a mixture of active and retired players that have participated in the event, plus international tennis superstar Milos Raonic, who made a surprise appearance in 2015. Read More…

2016 Rittenhouse WNBA Basketball Cards Come with Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Rittenhouse WNBA basketball cards coincide with the league’s 20th anniversary. As with other Rittenhouse WNBA sets, don’t expect to find cards in the traditional pack format. Rather, it sticks with the limited edition factory set mold.

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2016 Upper Deck Doctor Strange Trading Cards Cast a High-End Spell

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Upper Deck Doctor Strange trading cards are going fully high-end. And not just with inserts. Each hobby box has just seven cards.

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2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek 50 for 50 Trading Cards Celebrate with Style

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Fifty years is a long time for a franchise to remain relevant. Star Trek has a seemingly endless supply of content. Yet, the original series continues to resonate, perhaps even more so when the show first aired. 2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek 50 for 50 takes an all-art approach to the show with a small factory set.

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2016 Topps Strata Baseball Checklist Stays the Course

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Strata Baseball looks to be a lot like last year. From the design to the configuration, not much has changed for the sophomore release of the brand as a standalone set.

Every card in 2016 Topps Strata Baseball is either an autograph or game-used memorabilia card with one of each per box. And like last year, the layered card constructions and swatches that can be traced back to the game they were used help make it different from other baseball products.

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2016 Panini Certified Football Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Justin Grunert as they open some 2016 Panini Certified Football.

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Daisy Ridley Star Wars Autographs Finally Coming from Topps

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The card collecting world has gone from no Daisy Ridley autographs to several with the promise of more on the way all in the span of a few days. Topps has finally confirmed that they will have Daisy Ridley autographs in their Star Wars products.

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Ichiro Suzuki Rookie Cards Ranked

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Ichiro Suzuki rookie cards came out at a time that the world of sports cards was undergoing some big changes. Print runs were shrinking, memorabilia cards were quickly becoming the norm and premium products were growing. But a lot of traditional elements and lower-tier products still existed. The result: collectors have a lot of variety to choose from when it comes to Ichiro rookie cards.

When he arrived with the Mariners in 2001, Ichiro was already a superstar in Japan. It didn’t take long for him to become a sensation in both baseball and the hobby. Combine that with the out-of-nowhere emergence of Albert Pujols at the same time and its easy to see why a lot of 2001 baseball card products have such an endearing quality.

The Beckett Baseball Card Database has nearly 50 Ichiro rookie cards listed. Today, in raw form, they range in value from a few dollars all the way up to the thousands. Although production values and print runs vary greatly, the majority are basic cards without a lot of frills outside of a serial number. A few have memorabilia but only a couple are autographed.

So what are the most valuable Ichiro Suzuki rookie cards? This detailed guide counts down all 48 of them and then some.

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2016 NSCC Podcast: Farewell from Atlantic City

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Farewell from the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention. Ryan Cracknell offers his thoughts from the show, shares some of the treasures he found and highlights from the Upper Deck and Panini parties.

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Sights from the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention

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With the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention in the books, here’s some shots from this year’s show. From vintage to modern, Mantle to Jordan and everywhere in between, there was plenty to see, take in and drool over (although if you actually did drool, that’d be bad).

In case you couldn’t make it to Atlantic City or you want to reminisce, here are some of the sights from the show.

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Kids and the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Fair or not, there’s a perception out there that sports cards is an industry dominated by grown men. Even if this is the case, it’s far the only demographic in the hobby.

The National is one of the places that embraces families and kids. They may not be the largest group on the show floor or even close. But they are around. Some are tagging along for the ride, others are right in there with their parents, complete with the collecting bug.

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2016 NSCC Podcast: The Most Important Thing About the National

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Friday at the National is done and we’re past the half-way point. In this podcast, Ryan Cracknell offers his observations from the show floor and a remarkable person who has been working hard and doing great things. Ryan also shares what he thinks is the most important thing about the show.

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Brady Kahle Gets a Heroic Inspirations Card

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The hobby of collecting trading cards and memorabilia can sometimes be filled with negative experiences and emotions, but there are still plenty of collectors around who love a great story and are willing to help out others in a time of need.

In the case of 10-year-old Brady Kahle, he is learning about the positive side of the hobby early on in addition to seeing that good deeds are often rewarded. Over the past few months, he and his family have been running Cards for a Cause to help raise funds for other kids, including his best friend, who had been battling battling brain cancer.

By offering to sell his own cards to raise money, Brady made headlines all over the world and he was invited by Upper Deck to the 37th National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City to set up shop in its corporate booth. Upper Deck’s Senior Marketing & Social Media Manager Chris Carlin had another surprise for him today as he was presented with a jumbo-sized copy of his very own Heroic Inspirations card.

“It was really, really, amazing,” noted Brady when contacted after the presentation. “I was surprised!” Read More…

Topps Creates Mike Berkus Tribute Card, 2016 Allen & Ginter NSCC 1/1s

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 NSCC Topps Q&A not only provided some insight from the company as to how things work and feedback from collectors, but also some exclusive cards not available anywhere else.

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National Attendees Can Help Support Cards for a Cause

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Facing with the reality of his friend Landen Palatino battling brain cancer, young collector Brady Kahle has stepped up to help out and raise funds by selling his cards – and collectors attending the 37th National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City can help him out as he sets up shop at Upper Deck‘s corporate booth.

“I thought that it was the right thing to do to sell some of my cards,” he told Beckett Sports Card Monthly earlier this year. “I’ve got thousands of them, so I thought it would be a good idea to sell some of them to try to raise money.”

His parents could not be prouder. Read More…

PSA 10 Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card Sets Record Price for a Hockey Card

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A new record price for a hockey card has been established and it is only fitting that it is for the only 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee rookie card of the Great One, Wayne Gretzky.

Last night, the intense bidding for the PSA 10 card reached its culmination and sold via Goldin Auctions for an incredible $465,000.00 during the company’s 2016 Premium Live Auction which ended at the 37th National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City. While there was initial speculation that it could have reached the $500,000.00 level, it fell just short of that mark. Read More…

2016 NSCC Podcast: Thursday Traffic Report, Topps Q&A

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Day 2, Thursday, of the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention is done. In today’s podcast Ryan Cracknell gives an early traffic report, highlights from the Topps Q&A and some of the first Panini VIP guests.

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Here’s What You Get for Completing the 2016 National Beckett Cover Set

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Through the first couple of days at the 2016 National, dozens of collectors have been going through the show floor and gathering the full 2016 NSCC Beckett Cover Set.

It’s a relatively simple task that requires you to visit eight booths. Once the set is complete, you return to the Beckett booth for some exclusives. What are those exclusives? Take a look.

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2016 NSCC Topps Q&A Live Blog

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The annual Topps Q&A at the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention took place today. Here are the highlights from how the event played out minus various giveaways. Read More…

National Founder, Mike Berkus, Remembered in NSCC Main Stage Dedication

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When Mike Berkus passed away in November, he left behind a massive legacy. Founder of the National, he brought the hobby its biggest show. Over the years, he helped it evolve into what it is today. One of the more recent additions was a main stage where big things could happen at the show and be put on display. Seeing as how Mike was such an outgoing person, it was fitting that the stage carry on in his memory.

A ceremony was held on Wednesday, the first official day of the 2016 National, dedicating the main stage in Mike’s honor.

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1 Equals 3 for the 2016 Topps Finest Mystery Redemption Rookie Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Normally, when you pull a redemption, it’s good for one card. This has always been the case with the Mystery Redemption Rookie Autographs in Topps Finest over the years. But things are different this time around. If you get a 2016 Topps Finest Baseball Mystery Redemption, it’s good for three signed cards from three different rookies.

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2016 NSCC Podcast: Day 1 Impressions and Highlights

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Day 1 of the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention is in the books. Ryan Cracknell talks briefly about his initial impressions of the show floor and a couple of the day’s major events, the VIP Party to kick things off and the touching dedication of the main stage to Mike Berkus.

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