2016 Yu-Gi-Oh Mega Tins Box Busters

2016 Yu-Gi-Oh Mega Tins

Join Beckett Media’s Ian McDaries and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016 Yu-Gi-Oh Mega Tins.

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Upper Deck Authenticated signs Allen Iverson

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Some of the NBA’s biggest names from the past and present have signed deals with Upper Deck Authenticated and the company’s roster has grown by one more as it has announced a deal with one of the newest Hall of Fame members, Allen Iverson.

Offering up a strong lineup of collectibles autographed by “The Answer”, the Allen Iverson Collection has launched with 12 items that include a limited edition of 30 pairs of size 10.5 Reebok Question Mid sneakers with either blue or red toes which retail for $749.99 each. There is also a Tegata piece coming in the near future which features his actual hand print. Read More…

Allen Iverson Rookie Cards Ranked

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Allen Iverson rookie cards arrived when the hobby was in a very different place. Design was king and tough inserts were the big chase. Serial-numbered cards were gaining traction but were still the exception rather than the norm. The same could be said with autographs.

So with primarily just “basic” rookie cards to choose from, Allen Iverson rookies are extremely cheap and will continue to be so even though the Hall of Famer was one of the most exciting players and biggest personalities of his era.

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Beckett’s 2nd Annual Superhero September

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By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports Analyst

This year, Month of Marvel has made like Mystique and morphed into something different (and a little bit more expansive): SUPERHERO SEPTEMBER!

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2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey High Numbers Short Prints

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Thought the 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey checklist stopped at #660? Nope. Try #678. Unannounced 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey High Numbers short prints keep things going a little longer. It looks as though 18 cards are featured, spread over three subsets.

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2016-17 Donruss Soccer Box Busters

2016-17 Donruss Soccer Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open some 2016-17 Donruss Soccer.

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Shedding Light on the 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Glo-Pee-Chee Short Prints

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey is taking a page from past years with some surprise inserts. 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Glo-Pee-Chee play off the brand name to deliver some short prints that come alive when the lights go out.

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Monday Morning Collector Giveaway!

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By: Justin Grunert Beckett Football Market Analyst

The NFL season is finally upon us and that means we are bringing back Monday Morning Collector. This year we are doing things a little differently. Every Monday you have the opportunity to win cards that we pull on our Box Busters videos. Read the full story for rules and details.

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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Riot Fest Cards Bring Line Back to Its Punk Roots

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When Garbage Pail Kids arrived in 1985, there were about as punk as trading cards could get. The gross-out gags took it to the establishment by poking fun at one of the strangest commercial fads, the Cabbage Patch Kids. Over the years, we’ve gotten used to GPK being part of a norm. They became more about fun than fighting back against something. But a special set of 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Riot Fest cards are bringing the line back to its punk roots in a very literal way.

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Are Joe Manganiello Autographs Going to Get a Deathstroke Bump?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It looks like the rumors are true and that Joe Manganiello is slated to join the DC Movie Universe as Deathstroke in the upcoming Batman film. It’s still way too early to speculate whether there will be cards for the movie, but there might be some renewed interest in a couple of existing Joe Manganiello autograph cards.

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Beckett Radio This Week: Through-the-Mail Autographs, On-Demand Cards, Bowman Autographs

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Another week, another packed show for Beckett Radio. This week, a lot of ground is covered from mailing away for autographs to getting autographs in new products to other hobby topics that have nothing to do with autographs.

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2016 Topps Bunt Baseball Box Busters

2016 Topps Bunt Baseball Hobby Box

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

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2016 Topps Apex Soccer Checklist and Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Apex Soccer is a little bit wild with its designs. But what will stand out even more for some collectors is the fact that this is the first Topps MLS product to include on-card autograph.

Like its debut release in 2015, each 2016 Topps Apex Soccer hobby box is packaged as a pair of mini-boxes. These have 32 cards each. A master box has a pair of autographs and a Crest Jumbo Relic.

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2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Wrapper Redemption Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With today’s release of 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey, collectors have been heading to their local card store to grab boxes of the traditional favorite, but those in Canada had better save their wrappers in order to participate in one of the hobby’s most popular redemption programs.

Those busting open 50 hobby packs can hand their wrappers over to an Upper Deck Certified Diamond Dealer, who will then submit them to the company’s fulfillment center in Canada. The packs will then be shipped out to the dealer, who will contact the customer to let them know they can be picked up during a return visit. Read More…

The 2016 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Checklist Is Big

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Triple Threads Baseball is taking on much the same form as it has over the last decade. As the name implies, there are plenty of relics alongside other promised autographs and rarities. As per the usual for the brand, the overall look isn’t subtle.

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2016 Upper Deck Marvel Gems Pays Tribute to Female Heroes

2016 Upper Deck Marvel Gems

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Upper Deck Marvel Gems trading cards are dedicated to the ladies of the popular comic universe. Using a format that blends the premium configurations of Upper Deck’s Marvel Premier and Masterpieces lines with the insert focus of their Retro sets, the Marvel Gems packs a lot of variety into a small box.

It’s also the Marvel debut for Upper Deck Exquisite, which is considered by many to be the pinnacle of their high-end brands.

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Everything You Need to Know About the 2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Over the past decade or so, the Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph has become the go-to card for most major leaguers. They may not fit the traditional definition of a rookie card but a lot of collectors today treat them as such. And the 2016 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs are no different.

As is the norm for several, these are spread across three releases. They started with 2016 Bowman Baseball. An even bigger chunk was added with 2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball. Things will wrap up towards the end of the year with 2016 Bowman Draft, which will focus heavily on this year’s picks.

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1980s Oddball Sets Bring a Different Nostalgia to 2016 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

No matter the set, the Topps Archives line is all about living in the past. Part of that is based on player selection. And while retired players are certainly a draw in 2016 Topps Archives Signature Series, if you look past the autographs you might find a different kind of nostalgia. The product has brought O-Pee-Chee and a handful of largely forgotten food-issue and oddball sets from the 1980s back to the forefront.

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2016-17 Panini Prizm Basketball celebrates the brand’s fifth anniversary in style

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Back in the 2012-13 season, a revolution of sorts took place in the basketball card universe as Panini America unveiled a new brand that became an instant sensation thanks to limited and eye-catching parallels. Since that time, it has evolved and maintained its status as a collector favorite and 2016-17 Panini Prizm Basketball will be its landmark fifth installment.

Loaded up with two autographs and 22 parallel cards per box, Prizm is going to also have plenty of rookie-related content as this season’s freshman class begins to heat up in addition to a broad selection of inserts that look great on foil stock. Read More…

2016 Topps Archives Snapshots Baseball Uses Images from the Company Vault

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Archives Snapshots Baseball makes use of the company’s vault for candid images of past and present players. The online-exclusive features 12 cards per box, one of which is an autograph. The price tag? $24.99.

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2016 Panini Immaculate Football Sticks with the Autographs, Memorabilia and Clean Designs

2016 Panini Immaculate Football Rookie Patch Autographs

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Immaculate Football builds off of past releases for the super-premium brand. That means more tweaks than big changes. That means a similar look and configuration as last year with five total autographs and memorabilia cards in every six-card box.

Rather than delving into some of the wild looks of other 2016 football sets, 2016 Panini Immaculate Football lets the autographs and relics speak for themselves. The overall design falls right in line with what’s been done in the past with clean lines and lots of white space.

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2016-17 Leaf Plates Hockey to deliver plenty of one-of-ones

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For some collectors, there is a certain thrill behind pulling a press plate from a pack of cards. With 2016-17 Leaf Plates Hockey, the fun is multiplied as there will be five press plates inside each box that helped create cards in several recent releases from Leaf Trading Cards. Read More…

2016 Topps Strata Baseball Box Busters

2016 Topps Strata Baseball Hobby Box

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

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2016 Panini Absolute Football Isn’t Just About Jerseys

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Absolute Football brings the memorabilia-heavy brand off the bench. After taking 2015 off, Absolute’s back with lots of memorabilia, often on the same card.

Despite having 15 cards per box, each has four hits including a Rookie Triple Memorabilia Autograph.

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NHLPA partners with Classic Auctions to benefit charity

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The National Hockey League Players’ Association has opened up its vault and have partnered up with Classic Auctions to give collectors everywhere the chance to own some pieces of hockey history. The auction, which will benefit The Hospital For Sick Children in Toronto, is live now and features memorabilia from some of the game’s greatest stars from the past and present.

With a mixture of jerseys worn in either All-Star Games, the Olympics, or warmups prior to NHL outdoor games, bidding is expected to be intense and comes to a close on September 20. There are over 200 items up for sale and each comes with a letter of authenticity from the NHLPA. Most of the All-Star Game jerseys are also autographed and date back to 1994. Read More…

2016 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey.

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Beckett Radio: Artist Brent Naughton, Stephen Laroche Talks 2016 NHLPA Rookie Showcase

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This week on Beckett Radio we are loaded with three interview guest covering topics ranging from sports art to defunct companies in the card industry.

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2016 Panini Immaculate Baseball Box Busters

2016 Panini Immaculate Baseball Hobby Box

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

And you might want to keep reading all the way to the end (hint: Ken Griffey Jr. autograph contest).

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2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball Brings New Configurations, Return of Vending Boxes

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

On the surface, 2016 Bowman Chrome Baseball has a lot of the familiar elements that the brand is known for. Prospects and autographs are the major hooks still. But, just as Topps hinted at the 2016 Industry Summit, the box configurations have been overhauled. Hobby boxes now come packaged with a pair of mini boxes. The product also marks the return of vending boxes.

Hobby boxes, which have a total of 12 packs, come with a pair of autographs. Vending boxes don’t have packs. Rather it’s a return to the fast-opening packaging that was common in the 1980s and early 1990s. These have 88 cards including three autographs, five exclusive Refractors and a few other things that aren’t available elsewhere.

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2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome Box Busters

2016 Topps Star Wars TFA Chrome Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome.

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2016 Topps Archives Signature Series All-Star Edition Baseball Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Archives Signature Series All-Star Edition Baseball is a mouthful to read or say out loud. But the concept couldn’t be simpler. Like last year’s similar release, every card is an autographed buyback.

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Death and Trading Cards: Is There a Right Way to Address It?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary

By their very nature, trading cards exist to commemorate people and events. Usually, they come in the form of celebrating achievements. Big home runs, career milestones, lasting on a big league roster long enough to be deemed worthy of a spot on a checklist — cards of achievements come in many forms. But how should we deal with death in the hobby?

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Mickey Moniak, First Pick in 2016 MLB Draft, Signs Exclusive Autograph Deal with Topps

2016 Bowman Draft Mickey Moniak Autograph

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re looking for autographs of Mickey Moniak, the first overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, you’ve basically got two options. The first is to put on a smile big smile and show your manners at the ballpark. Option two? Topps baseball cards and memorabilia.

The Phillies prospect has signed an exclusive autograph deal with Topps.

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Robin Yount 3,000 Hit Bat, Ball Among Personal Items Sold at Auction

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Robin Yount was one of the best and most beloved players of his generation. His Hall of Fame career included many accolades, awards and notable pieces of memorabilia. Many of those items were sold last week through SCP Auctions including both the bat and ball from Yount’s 3,000th hit.

Jerseys, bats, trophies and other pieces of memorabilia kept and collected by Yount over the years were among the more than 70 lots sold during SCP’s 2016 Mid-Summer Classic sale.

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2016 Panini Noir Soccer Gets Moody in the High-End Realm

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Noir Soccer is the first entry in the sport for the high-end, visually striking brand. Like many products, it’s big on autographs and memorabilia. To set itself apart, it takes a less-is-more approach to design.

Boxes come with one pack of ten cards, half of which are hits. This translates into three autographs and a pair of memorabilia cards.

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