2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball Box Busters

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

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2016 Leaf Trinity Football Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Three’s company for 2016 Leaf Trinity Football. The all-autograph brand returns with a trio of distinct styles of prospect autographs, each with their own high-end angle. And while the configuration remains the same, things do look noticeably different this time around.

Each 2016 Leaf Trinity Football hobby box has five autographs.

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Funko Pop UFC Figure Lineup Includes Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It was only a matter of time before Funko entered the Octagon. The collectibles company has produced items for seemingly every brand in sports and entertainment, particularly with its Pop! lines. The Funko Pop UFC line launched with an event-exclusive Conor McGregor figure that was sold in conjunction with UFC 194.

And while the variant is hot on the secondary market, it also foreshadowed future figures. Those are coming in June, 2016 when the first wave of Funko Pop UFC figures hit retail.

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2015 Topps Diamond Football Box Busters

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Join Beckett Football’s Justin Grunert and Brian Fleischer as they open some 2015 Topps Diamond Football.

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Molson Stanley Cup Rings return for 2016

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last year, hockey fans across Canada received a substantial bonus inside of cases of various beers produced by Molson and they created quite a sensation with strong secondary market prices as collectors attempted to find all 20 Stanley Cup ring replicas.

In good news for the casual collector, the promotion returns again in 2016 and the rings are already available in stores. The bad news for those that built last year’s set and paid a hefty premium to do so? The rings are exactly the same and as a result, prices could start to soften. Read More…

Where Are the Tyler White Rookie Cards?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Trevor Story wasn’t the only rookie to have a stellar first week of the 2016 season. Tyler White might not have hit as many home runs (although he mash three), but the first baseman did hit well over .500. Sure, it’s a pace that can’t be maintained but it has folks taking notice. But if you want to translate that into Tyler White cards, you currently don’t have a lot of options.

Generally speaking, not many 33rd round draft picks get a lot of love in the hobby. That means that very few Tyler White cards existed when he made his MLB debut.

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2016 Rittenhouse James Bond Classics Trading Cards Info, Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The character of James Bond is a classic. He’s the movie spy that everyone else is compared to. So 2016 Rittenhouse James Bond Classics might be an appropriate name. Despite the new title, much of the format remains the same as recent sets of James Bond trading cards. Large vintage-style insert sets and autographs lead the way.

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2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football Short Prints

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Panini has released a full list of 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football autograph short prints. These cover cards in the product that aren’t serial numbered. While they didn’t disclose exact print runs, they gave a rough feel with SP cards boasting no more than 200 copies and SSP limited to 50 or less.

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Panini offers tribute to Kobe Bryant with HeroVillain boxed set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With just two games left in his storied NBA career, Kobe Bryant is certainly on the minds of millions of basketball fans throughout the world and Panini America is paying tribute to his long list of accomplishments with the 2015-16 Panini HeroVillain boxed set.

Available now via the company’s iCollectPanini.com and PaniniAuthentic.com websites, half of the set covers his greatest accomplishments and the other portion gives Bryant’s own persective on his career. The 42-card set is split into a pair of 21-card packs dubbed Unleash The Hero or Channel The Villain. Read More…

Pair of Rare 2014 UD Black Golf Autograph Sets Up for Bid

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A couple of tough autographed golf insert sets from Upper Deck are among the items in the latest Beckett Auctions sale.

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2016 Cryptozoic Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1 Trading Card 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.

A lot of details still need to be fleshed out, but autographs, memorabilia cards and sketch cards are are part of the plans.

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2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters trading card details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters trading cards look to right a hobby wrong — make the original 1984 classic a focal point in a set. Although it takes on the franchise as a whole and not just the one movie, it’s still an important part. And given the evolution of the hobby in the three-plus decades since Slimer and friends first graced the big screen, there’s a lot of modern things that wouldn’t have happened even if a set was made back in the 1980s.

In addition to both of the original films, 2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters delves into the expanded worlds created by the Real Ghostbusters cartoon and the more recent comics from IDW.

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Autographs, sketch cards and cartoon cel cards are all part of the plans for the release.

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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Rock & Roll Hall of Lame Takes Aim at NWA, Cheap Trick, More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Ahead of the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, Topps unleashed a series of satirical cards that lampoon those getting enshrined. 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Rock & Roll Hall of Lame is another online exclusive only available in the days leading up to the ceremony.

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2015-16 Panini Excalibur Basketball Goes on a New Crusade

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015-16 Panini Excalibur Basketball gets medieval on the hobby. After being a strictly Target exclusive in 2014-15, a couple of shifts have brought the premium boxes over to hobby. Target gets blasters and retail packs. Both versions have their own exclusives.

Six-pack hobby boxes have three total autographs and memorabilia cards, lots of inserts and one rookie per pack.

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2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Variations Gallery, Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Gypsy Queen variations come in two forms. Sticking with tradition, there are your basic short print photo variations of regular base cards. Mini cards also have a separate batch of variations that are exclusive to bonus box toppers found in hobby boxes.

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Topps Announces First Star Wars: Rogue One Trading Card Set

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Of course Rogue One trading cards are coming. Although they’re keeping mum on full details — for now — they have formally announced that Road to Rogue One is coming in the fall.

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2015-16 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase Soccer Box Busters

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Join Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2015-16 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase Soccer.

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2016 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Checklist

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The 2016 Topps Museum Collection Baseball checklist features a diverse mix of high-end elements. Much of the autographs are on-card. Relics are a variety of basic swatches and patches coming in any combination of sizes and number of pieces per card.

One of the big things that should stand out to collectors is the depth of the checklist in the most common parts of the set. Several of the memorabilia inserts and some of the autograph checklists have more card than the base set. That means that not every player is going to be a superstar, particularly when it comes to autographs. But that doesn’t mean that they’re not in here.

Each 2016 Topps Museum Collection Baseball box has four packs, which are done as mini boxes. Each has a hit. Over the span of a box, it’s an autograph, an autographed relic, a quad relic and a prime relic.

Curious to see what’s in the set and how your favorite teams are represented. Continue on for the full 2016 Topps Museum Collection Baseball checklist.

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2016 Panini Diamond Kings Variations Gallery, Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Diamond Kings variations follow the themes of the rest of the base set. A few veterans here, a handful of legends there and some standout rookies for good measure.

In total, there are 15 players on the variation checklist. They range from Ty Cobb to Lou Gehrig to Kirby Puckett to Mike Trout and Kyle Schwarber.

Not the toughest on the hobby’s variation spectrum, there’s two in every hobby box. That works out to 1:6 packs. As a result, they’re not much harder to find than their regular base counterparts. 2016 Panini Diamond Kings variations also have the same seven parallels as the base set.

No common thread exists between the variants other than offering different images. Some of these stand out immediately. Others require a bit of a closer look. The pictures are still different but the player might be posed in a similar manner with much of the difference coming from the jersey color or background.

Here’s a full list of all the variations in 2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball and how to spot them.

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2015 Panini Dragon Ball Z Evolution Box Busters

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Join Beckett non-sports and gaming analyst Matt Bible and guest commentator/gaming expert Ian McDaries as they open some 2015 Panini Dragon Ball Z Evolution.

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Unreleased cards added to In The Game Final Vault

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With In The Game Final Vault officially hitting the floor at the 2016 Spring Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo on Friday, a last-minute announcement about bonus content being added to some packs was made via Dr. Brian Price’s official blog.

Random boxes will include an 11th card to go along with the five memorabilia cards, four autograph cards, and a The Mask card which have foil stamping to differentiate themselves from those which were originally released in packs. The unreleased bonus cards are not stamped and could include pieces of memorabilia or autographs. They were not inserted in the original products they were intended for. Read More…

2016 Topps Opening Day Baseball Box Busters

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Join Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2016 Topps Opening Day Baseball.

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WrestleMania 32 Shane McMahon Prop Dollar Bills Bringing Real Money

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A lot of money changed hands at WrestleMania 32 in Arlington, Texas. In fact, more than $4.5 million in merchandise was sold for the event. And while that’s a lot of t-shirts, there was a whole lot more available for wrestling fans and collectors. However, one of the most intriguing pieces of WrestleMania 32 memorabilia wasn’t available at any stands. Instead it fell from the rafters. The WrestleMania 32 Shane McMahon dollar bills started as a prop but have quickly become a popular item.

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Beckett Gaming Preview: 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh Millennium Pack

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By Ian McDaries

Greetings, Duelists! We are only a few short days away from the next exciting premium Yu-Gi-Oh! set — Millennium. The set releases on April 15th and will have a similar format to Duelist Packs: 5 cards per pack, priced at $1.99 each. Here is a look at the set breakdown…

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The Skinny on Early Trevor Story Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 MLB season has its first out-of-nowhere rookie star. And with that, it’s time for a primer on early Trevor Story cards.

In the winter, it looked like Jose Reyes would be the starting shortstop for the Colorado Rockies. But with Reyes in some major trouble stemming from domestic abuse accusations, there was a hole that needed filling. Enter Story, who had a super spring and earned a spot on Colorado’s Opening Day roster.

The 2011 first round pick has proceeded to hit four home runs in his first three games six home runs in his first four games. Let the Kevin Maas comparisons begin. Or will Story’s story turn out differently? It’s still way too early to tell. If you’re speculating on his cards, it makes things all that much tougher.

With every home run he hits right now, the perception grows and with it, prices. The question is, how long will it last and where do things go from there. Only time is going to sort that out.

Currently, there are no Trevor Story rookie cards. Those will come later in the season now that Story has made his MLB debut. However, the shortstop does have prospect cards dating back to 2011.

In the meantime, here’s a look at some of the key Trevor Story cards you can check your stacks for, flip or go out and look for.

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2014 RRParks Chronicles of the Three Stooges Series 1 Box Busters — Win a Box!

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Join Beckett non-sports and gaming analyst Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open 2014 Chronicles of the Three Stooges Series 1 from RRParks.

Plus, keep reading and you can enter to have you chance to win a box to open yourself.

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Batman v Superman Trading Cards Available with Digital Pre-Order

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

You’ll be hard-pressed to find many Batman v Superman trading cards out in the wild. A standard release doesn’t appear to be in the works. Instead, collectors have been left to look elsewhere — like Canadian coin collections. And wouldn’t you know, it’s up in the Great White North where another small set of Batman v Superman cards have been spotted.

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2016 Upper Deck Alien Anthology Box Busters

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Join Beckett non-sports and gaming analyst Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open a couple of 2016 Upper Deck Alien Anthology boxes.

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2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Mini Variations Gallery, Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Mini Variations are the most plentiful variations in the product. And unless you’re sticking to just retail, they’re also the easiest to find.

You won’t find any of these in regular packs. Rather, they’re exclusive to special box toppers included in 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball hobby boxes. Unless there’s an insert, each of these special boxes has ten Mini Variations.

While 100 may seem like a large number, these don’t traditionally end up being all that rare or particularly valuable. Excluding duplicates or rare inserts and autograph, ten-box hobby cases have enough of the exclusive Mini Variations to build a full set.

In addition to the Mini Variations, there are also variation short prints for regular-sized base cards. These are much tougher to pull.

Want to see the 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Mini Variations? Keep reading for a full gallery and checklist.

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2016 Panini Dragon Ball Z Perfection Box Busters

2016 Panini Dragon Ball Z Perfection Box

Join Beckett non-sports and gaming analyst Matt Bible and guest commentator/gaming expert Ian McDaries as they open 2016 Panini Dragon Ball Z Perfection.

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How to Spot 2015-16 Panini Revolution Basketball Parallels

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2015-16 Panini Revolution Basketball takes its roots from a defunct Pacific brand. While its roots might not reach as deep as some of the other Pacific names, one thing about it was that it was wild. It stood out as being loud at a time when loud was the norm. For its revival, Panini has certainly kept that look.

It’s apparent in the base set, which uses both heavy foil and patterned backgrounds. And with those come several parallels, some of which are easy to discern and some that aren’t.

Let’s make it a little easier.

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2016 Leaf Sports Heroes Trading Cards Highlight Autographs from Several Sports and Eras

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As with past years, 2016 Leaf Sports Heroes doesn’t limit itself to one sport. It doesn’t stick to one era either. What is consistent throughout every card in the release, though, is autographs.

The product comes with three cards per box, all of which are signed.

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This Might Be One of the Cheapest T206 Honus Wagner Cards You’ll Ever See

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s definitely not the prettiest T206 Honus Wagner, but it is authentic. A SGC 10 copy of the card is being sold by Robert Edward Auctions.

Despite being in poor condition, the opening bid of $50,000 was quickly left in the dust. It’s now approaching the $200,000 with almost four weeks left in bidding.

It is a T206 Honus Wagner, after all.

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2016 Topps High Tek Baseball Cards Feature Patterns and Variations Galore

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By Ryan Cracknel | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps High Tek Baseball brings back the wild acetate look and long list of variations the brand has used since it was resurrected a couple of years ago. Autographs also return at a rate of one per single-pack box.

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2016 Topps Now Baseball delivers cards in real-time throughout the season

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Now Baseball is bringing cards into real-time. These aren’t digital cards. Rather, they’re highlight cards that are being printed as events and achievements happen over the course of the season.

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