Auston Matthews, Fanatics Sign Exclusive Memorabilia Deal

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Auston Matthews has signed an exclusive memorabilia and collectibles deal with Fanatics Authentic. Under the agreement, Fanatics is the only place collectors will find the young Maple Leafs star’s game-used gear as well as other pieces of memorabilia.

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2017 Topps WWE Then, Now, Forever Finishes What the Main Set Started

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If 2017 Topps WWE Then, Now, Forever looks a lot like the main 2017 Topps WWE set, it’s intentional. Although not named as such officially, this is like Series 2. It’s aim is to fill out the WWE roster with stars not included in the first set, recent call-ups and more.

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Ultimate LeBron James Rookie Card Rankings

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re looking for LeBron James Rookie Cards, there is no shortage of options out there. He has more than 60 cards that carry RC status. Sixty-two if you want to be exact. And that’s not including all the other inserts, parallels and special edition cards released in 2003-04.

With so many to choose from, it shouldn’t come at a surprise that there’s plenty of variety out there. And, yes, some are still very much affordable. Others? Have your bank account ready. And with his status as one of basketball’s all-time greats already cemented, it’s only a question of how far up that list he goes.

Upper Deck, Topps and Fleer are responsible for all of the LeBron James Rookie Cards. Upper Deck had an advantage as they signed him to an exclusive deal that ensured they were the only company that could include LeBron James autographs.

Keeping track every LeBron James rookie card isn’t an easy task. Put side-by-side, some brands can blend together. The shear number of choices is daunting. So we’ve wrangled them all up and ranked them according to their value.

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2017 Upper Deck Marvel Premier Takes Comic Cards to the Top Tier Once More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Upper Deck Marvel Premier trading cards represent the top end of what this side of the hobby has to offer. Think of it as the comic card equivalent to something like Exquisite.

Returning for a third set under the Premier banner, the first since 2014, each box has a pair of sketch cards, a premium insert and two limited base cards.

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2017 Panini Certified Football Brings Back Freshman Fabrics Signatures, Familiar Configuration

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Certified brand has been around for a while. It has found its foothold in the hobby. So 2017 Panini Certified Football doesn’t change things up too drastically.

It brings with it a similar configuration as last year, which translates into four total autographs or memorabilia cards per box.

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2017 Upper Deck Spider-Man Homecoming Marks a New Trading Card Beginning

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It has been a while since there has been a full set of trading cards for a Spider-Man movie. 2017 Upper Deck Spider-Man Homecoming breaks that streak.

The configuration is in line with a lot of the company’s other recent releases stemming from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hobby boxes have ten packs and come with a pair of memorabilia cards as well as either an autograph or sketch card.

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Ezekiel Elliott Becomes a Fanatics Memorabilia Exclusive

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Ezekiel Elliott memorabilia has a new home. The Dallas Cowboys running back has signed an exclusive deal with Fanatics Authentic.

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2016-17 Hockey Card Release Dates and Set Information

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Looking for 2016-17 hockey card release dates, checklists and set information?

You’ve come to the right place.

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Panini, NBA Extend Exclusive Basketball Card and Sticker License

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The NBA license isn’t going anywhere. Panini and the league have announced an extension to their exclusive.

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2017 Cryptozoic Orphan Black Season 2 Trading Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Following a full release for the show’s first season, 2017 Cryptozoic Orphan Black Season 2 trading cards are streamlining things.

2017 Cryptozoic Orphan Black Season 2 Autographs Tatiana Maslany as Sarah Manning

This time, it’s an autograph focus done in a premium pack format. Each pack comes with three autographs plus one Crytomium insert.

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2017 Cryptozoic Orphan Black Season 3 Trading Cards Opt for Premium Release

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Following traditional releases for Seasons 1, 2017 Cryptozoic Orphan Black Season 3 trading cards take a premium approach where nearly every card is an autograph. This is similar to what they’re doing with Season 2.

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2016-17 Panini Studio Basketball marks the brand’s NBA return to after seven years

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

After a seven-year absence, 2016-17 Panini Studio Basketball marks the return of one of the most iconic trading card brands of the 1990s.

There is one autograph and one memorabilia card per box, but there have been some interesting tweaks made to the brand’s format and configuration since it last released in 2009-10. Read More…

2017 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Widevision Bring Depth, Exclusivity

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With The Last Jedi looming, 2017 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Widevision trading cards look back at Rey and Finn’s introductions with added depth and online exclusivity.

The premium-style factory set joins to ranks of six earlier sets, the last few of which have been available only through the Topps website.

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Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Be prepared to hear a fair bit about Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards as his first full season in the majors plays out. His cards have been that way since the first ones debuted in 2015.

But now the Red Sox super prospect sits atop Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects. The fact that he plays in Boston certainly adds to the attention as well. It’s not like it’s coming out of nowhere, though.

Having appeared in 34 games last year, Benintendi already has a taste of MLB play. The sample size was a small one, but so far, so good. Combine that with his couple of seasons in the minors and there are more reasons to see a future star versus an overrated bust.

The first Andrew Benintendi cards came out in 2015, not long after the Red Sox selected him with the seventh overall pick in the draft. Among those first cards are autographs in several prospect-driven sets including 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft.

His MLB debut came late in 2016. That was too late for Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards in 2016 products. Instead, they’ll be included throughout 2017. On top of regular base cards, expect there to be plenty of inserts as well, including autographs and other premium offerings.

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Funko Pop WWE Series 6 Makes the List with Chris Jericho, Sasha Banks and the Million Dollar Man

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Funko Pop WWE Series 6 lineup made the list. As with previous waves, this one mixes past and present stars. A handful of exclusives and chase figures, exclusives and variants are also included.

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2017 Topps Archives Baseball Variations Gallery and What to Look For

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Topps Archives variations are a bit of a change for the brand. While surprises are nothing new for the line, the variant spin hasn’t been used much.

But Topps gave the heads up they’d be coming as soon as the set was announced with a mention on the marketing material.

For the most part, the 2017 Topps Archives Baseball variation short prints take a familiar path, which generally requires a closer look at the card fronts (and backs). That said, some are easier to find than others.

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2017 Topps Archives Baseball Parties Like It’s 1959 (And 1960, 1982 and 1992)

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Archives Baseball embraces the past. It brings a sense of familiarity while offering new cards. Just like other recent editions of the brand, the goal is to trigger memories of old-time baseball, wads of pink gum and bike rides to the corner store — no matter what generation you’re from.

But no matter how rooted in the “good old days” the product is, it’s still a modern release. That means autographs and several chase elements to go along with the main set.

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2017 Topps Update Series Baseball Wraps the Flagship Set with Rookies and Traded Players

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Update Series Baseball marks the end of the season when it comes to the flagship line. As is the tradition, rookies who debuted early in the year and traded players are focal points for the checklist.

While many elements from 2017 Topps Series 1 and Series 2 carry over to the de facto third set, there are some new angles as well.

One of the carry overs is the number of hits in boxes. Regular hobby boxes have either an autograph, memorabilia or manufactured relic. Hobby jumbo boxes have an autograph plus a pair of memorabilia or manu-relics.

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Kickstarter Spotlight: 2017 Monsterwax Urban Legends/Shock Stories

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Monsterwax Urban Legends/Shock Stories is launching as a two-sets-in-one Kickstarter release. Not only that, but the story-focus brings a separate book with it.

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2017 Topps WWE Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A general design isn’t the only thing that 2017 Topps WWE shares with its baseball counterpart. For the first time in five years, the main set has variants. We’re not just talking a couple, either. The 2017 Topps WWE variations are much more ambitious in size than the rare instances they’ve been used before.

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2016-17 Panini Instant 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 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…

2017 Panini Instant Nascar Racing Cards Checklist and Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With the launch of a new season comes 2017 Panini Instant Nascar racing cards, the sophomore set for the print-on-demand line.

Sold exclusively through Panini’s online store, cards chart the 2017 racing season. Look for winners and other notable highlights to be showcased as the checklist takes shape and the year unfolds.

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Surprise 2017 Topps Archives Parallels Will Have You Seeing Gold Winners, Grey and a Little Less Black

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Archives Baseball is taking a bit of a page from Heritage, adding some surprise parallels that mimic the original set the card designs are based on.

The base set has 300 cards, which is split up into three equal sections. One hundred cards boast the look of 1960 Topps Baseball. The middle 100 look to 1982 for inspiration while the final third of the set uses 1992.

How does that translate into the unannounced parallel short prints? Each group of 100 cards has their own version: 1960 Grey Back, 1982 Blackless/No Name and 1992 Gold Winner.

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Back to the Beach: 1995 Sports Time Baywatch Trading Cards

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Before the Rock, there was David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Erika Eleniak and plenty of other beautiful people. Baywatch was must-watch TV around the world for years. And being must-watch television in the 1990s made trading cards inevitable. 1995 Sports Time Baywatch trading cards are filled with all of pretty bodies from the show as well as some of the cheese.

It’s also a product that’s filled with several hobby trends from the era, some of which were short-lived.

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2017 Panini Pantheon Football Features Metal, Memorabilia and Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Pantheon Football marks the brand’s gridiron debut following a kickoff in baseball last year. And while football keeps the overall high-end, hits focus, there are some differences.

Six out of the seven cards in each box have either autographs or memorabilia.

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2017 Donruss Optic Baseball Blends Old-School with Chrome

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Donruss Optic Baseball blends two schools of collecting. First is the old-school themes and general look of Donruss. Specifically, 1980s and early ’90s Donruss. There’s also the new school with the application of chromium stock, autographs and a rainbow of colorful parallels.

2017 Donruss Optic Baseball also brings Mickey Mantle cards back to packs for the first time since 2012.

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All About Tim Tebow Baseball Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Tim Tebow cards have had a certain level of popularity since the first ones came out. Until recently, that only meant football. But it’s not stopping there. Although still very much a long shot to make the majors, Tim Tebow baseball cards don’t share the same underdog status.

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Outlander Non-Sport Update Issue Sells Out in Less Than a Week

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The June/July 2017 issue of Non-Sport Update has sold out.

The issue, which features Outlander on the cover and includes one of three collectible Outlander Season 2 promo cards from Cryptozoic as well as a Cryptozoic DC Comics Bombshells promo card, sold out of its print run in less than a week.

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Reminiscing with Vintage Topps Star Wars Wrappers

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

An oft-muttered phrase talks about one person’s junk. Make no mistake about it, vintage Topps Star Wars wrappers are just that (unless you were sending one in with $2.50 for an uncut sheet of cards). At least, that was the intention.

Today, those same wrappers are also iconic pieces of pop art.

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2017 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Makes New from Old

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Throwback Thursday makes new cards from old designs. Not that the concept is a new one from the card maker.

Like last year, the idea is to mash up recognizable elements from their large library of products and give them a different spin. Each week, a new mini set is released with a new theme and a different design.

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2017 Topps High Tek Baseball Gets New Configuration with More Cards, Autographs Per Box

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Things are getting bigger with 2017 Topps High Tek Baseball. Boxes are jumping from eight cards to 40. Now there are two autographs instead of one. Topps is promising more patterns to chase. And the price tag? With more cards, that’s gone up, too.

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Celebrate the classic black & white look with 2016-17 Panini Noir Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

For the past couple of seasons, Panini America has put together an aesthetically-pleasing summer release which serves as a nod to the film noir genre and it is back again with the impending arrival of 2016-17 Panini Noir Basketball.

With a slightly-altered configuration that goes from 12 to 10 cards per box, collectors can still expect to find seven autograph or memorabilia cards inside along with the possibility of all-new framed cards when it comes out on July 12. Read More…

2017 Bowman Mega Box Includes Exclusive Refractors, First English Shohei Otani Baseball Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Looking for more Refractors? Exclusive cards? The Target-exclusive 2017 Bowman Mega Box has them both.

Few will argue against the dramatics of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. But as great as it was, an ill-timed injury kept the game’s biggest international player out. Inevitably, there were no 2017 Bowman Shohei Otani.

Not so fast.

The Japanese phenom may not be in regular packs, but there are Otani cards among the exclusives.

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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 Upper Deck Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trading Cards Are a Hobby Mixtape

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket and the rest of the gang are back with 2017 Upper Deck Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trading cards. Like the set based on the original film, there’s a cardboard mixtape including more autographs from the movie’s stars and a pair of memorabilia cards per hobby box.

While the product does lean towards a more high-end configuration with regards to three premium inserts per hobby box, it’s not to quite the same extent as some of Upper Deck’s other recent Marvel products like Doctor Strange.

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