2016-17 Upper Deck Ceremonial Puck Drop Is a Series 1 Surprise

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Upper Deck Hockey is about a lot more than Young Guns and great photography. Every year, the flagship release seems to bring a new surprise. 2016-17 Upper Deck Ceremonial Puck Drop fits the bill for Series 1.

The tough short prints feature several all time legends caught on camera during a pre-game ceremony.

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Expect few limits for the hits in 2016-17 Panini Limited Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

A product that seeks to live up to its name, 2016-17 Panini Limited Basketball is loaded up with plenty of memorabilia and autographed memorabilia hits of stars from the past, present, and future of the NBA.

In fact, each of those cards feature cloth, and possibly, ink and are numbered to 99 copies or less. Boxes will have two of them inside along with six other cards. Releasing in January, it also has a ton of freshman content which includes Rookie Jersey Autographs. Read More…

President’s Choice Trading Cards pushes the envelope with limited releases

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last week, hockey card collectors received word that Dr. Brian Price was returning to the market with a venture called President’s Choice Trading Cards and details about the company’s first releases have surfaced.

Sold on a first-come, first-served basis via the company’s website, Price unveiled a trio of concepts which are as limited as it can get. Each card is a one-of-one and will start being sold as early as December 1. Read More…

2016-17 Upper Deck Young Guns Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The legacy of Upper Deck Young Guns goes back more than two decades. Those who collect hockey cards know all about them. Their audience is big, the subset’s history is rich. Outside of the extreme high-end that limits the number of collectors who can chase them, Young Guns are typically a modern player’s most recognizable Rookie Card. So how do the 2016 Upper Deck Young Guns stack up?

It all begins with Auston Matthews.

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Get ready to go retro with 2016-17 Fleer Showcase Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With each year that we put the 1990s behind us, there seems to be a growing nostalgia among hockey card collectors for some of the brands of yesteryear. Each season, Upper Deck looks to satisfy that yen for the past and 2016-17 Fleer Showcase Hockey is expected to deliver plenty of retro fun once it comes out in March.

Reconfigured and with a lower box price, Showcase averages a hit of some sort in each pack and the roster includes hobby favorites such as the iconic Precious Metal Gems plus lots of rookie ink. Read More…

Beckett Grading Heads to China

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It can be easy to forgot that card collecting is global. It might look different in some countries and continents, but it happens. Three members from the Beckett Grading team witnessed this firsthand with a recent trip to China. There, the BGS team was able to see what’s happening in the industry there and some of the ways it hopes to grow in the years ahead.

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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…

Frameworth offers up signed Auston Matthews memorabilia

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Collectors are genuinely excited about Auston Matthews during his rookie season with Toronto Maple Leafs and there is certainly a great demand for his autograph.

While Matthews has yet to have a certified autograph on a trading card inside of packs, the void can be filled for the moment by Toronto-based Frameworth Sports Marketing with a collection of signed framed photos, pucks, jerseys, and more. Read More…

2016 Topps Now Election Trading Cards Jump Into the Debate

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Presidential Election gave us plenty of soundbites and a shocking finish. You know what else it’s provided? Trading cards. 2016 Topps Now Election cards follow in the footsteps of their other print-on-demand products, offering cards of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump for just 24 hours.

The first three cards all center on their first debate. Others followed for ensuing debates as well as Trump becoming the President-elect.

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2016 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Dave Sliepka and Brian Fleishcer as they open some 2016 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball.

Check out what they pulled.

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Look back at the past and torward the future in 2015-16 Panini Replay Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Just when basketball collectors thought the hobby had moved on to a new season, Panini America drops news of a new release with a bit of an old feel to it in 2015-16 Panini Replay Basketball.

With just three cards per box, this product is cutting right to the chase once it releases on December 7. There will be two encased autographed buyback cards along with a rookie from last year’s class that included young stars like Karl-Anthony Towns and Kristaps Porzinigis. Read More…

2016-17 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016-17 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Basketball.

What will they find?

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2017 Topps MLS Soccer Has First Atlanta and Minnesota United FC Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps MLS Soccer is mostly new — new design, first cards for new teams and the checklist has the first MLS cards of new players. And then 1987 Topps Baseball came along.

Each 2017 Topps MLS Soccer hobby box has a pair of autographs and one memorabilia card.

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Decision 2016 Series 2 Box Busters — WIN a Cut Signature Card

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Matt Bible as they open a quarter case with four boxes of Decision 2016 Series 2.

Make sure you keep reading as there’s a contest for the Jeb Bush Cut Signature card that was pulled during the break.

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Monday Morning Collector: Week 9

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By: Paul Wirth

Veteran of the Week:

Matt Ryan., QB, Falcons

(344 yards passing, 4 Touchdowns, QBR 144.7)

There is a reason that fans call him “Matty Ice”, he is cool as a cucumber on the road. The Atlanta Falcons are now 4-1 away from home this year! Ryan hooked with 4 different Falcons for touchdown passes. Matty Ice easily handled the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 43-28, and honestly a couple of 4th quarter scores made it seem closer than it really was. Falcons are sitting 2 games up in the NFC South Division and in large part to their QB. Here are a few cards below that are on the top of my list for him go grab yourself one if you are “Cool” enough too!!!

Cards to Grab:

2008 Exquisite Collection JSY AU/99* RC#168 RC ($500)

2008 Playoff Contenders AU/246* RC #179 RC ($150)

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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Disgrace to the White House Brings the Election to the Home Stretch and Beyond

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The lead-up to the U.S. Presidential election had its share of jokes, memes and gags. And the GPK gang didn’t let up. 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids disg-Race to the White House is yet another online exclusive, print-on-demand series to make light of the people who were looking to run the world’s most powerful nation.

Switching gears from previous primary and political GPK sets released this year, disg-Race to the White House focuses more on single cards sold on their own at separate times rather than small sets. When multiple cards are available at the same time, bundles are offered, though.

Events of the election were covered, but with an obvious parody spin. For example, within a couple of days of the first debate, the infamous “400 lb. hacker” as mentioned in one of the many soundbites had a card in the GPK Universe. Following that, it took only a short time for the controversy surrounding Donald Trump and former Miss Universe, Alicia Machado, to be immortalized on a card.

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2016 Topps Walking Dead Season 5 Trading Cards Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Walking Dead Season 5 trading cards mark the biggest licensing change on this side of the hobby in some time. For the past five years, Cryptozoic has been making cards for the show. It was one of their earliest licenses. But this set marks a new beginning of sorts for Rick, Darryl, Carol and company.

Similar to a lot of recent Star Wars and Doctor Who sets from Topps, each box of 2016 Topps Walking Dead Season 5 has a pair of premium inserts from a list that includes autographs, costume and sketch cards.

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2016 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1 Trading Cards Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Looking for something that might bring your significant other into the hobby? 2016 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 1 trading cards adapt the buzz-worthy cable show and its original mix of historical drama, passion and science fiction.

Boxes promise one autograph and one costume card.

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Connor McDavid Rookie Card Countdown

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The hype is real with Connor McDavid Rookie Cards. He burst into the NHL with lofty expectations that were further fuelled by comparisons to another member of the Edmonton Oilers, Wayne Gretzky. Others have had that label with varying results. Still, Connor McDavid seems different. It’s still early in his career but mentions of Gretzky and Sidney Crosby don’t seem too far-fetched. They might even be fair.

Upper Deck recognized this, signing McDavid to an exclusive deal. They proceeded to make him a focal point of a deep 2015-16 rookie crop. Even an extended injury didn’t derail things much as Connor McDavid Rookie Cards took on the same phenom status as the player.

What are the best and most valuable Connor McDavid Rookie Cards? We’ve ranked them all.

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Heading to the Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo? Check out what Beckett Media has to offer!

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Media

The excitement among hockey collectors for the Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo in Toronto is starting to reach a feverish pitch and Beckett Media will be in the thick of things as we plan to offer all of our latest titles along with an opportunity to get your cards examined for Raw Card Review by Beckett Grading Services.

Beckett Media will be split into two distinct areas in the corporate area at the Expo, with each one offering great deals and excitement for collectors. Those that wish to pick up copies of our publications can visit staff in the Universal Distribution booth and those looking for Beckett Grading Services can stop by the Grosnor Distribution booth. Additionally, representatives from Beckett Authentication Services will be available to speak with collectors in advance of our exciting new service being offered, but they will not be able to provide any authentication at this particular show. Read More…

2016 Panini Prizm Football Box Busters

2016 Panini Prizm Football Hobby Box

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

What did they find? Plenty of color for starters.

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2016 Topps Doctor Who Extraterrestrial Encounters Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When a show has been around for more than 50 years and it’s all about travels through space and time, there are going to be aliens and lots of them. 2016 Topps Doctor Who Extraterrestrial Encounters uses those aliens and the ensuing adventures as an anchor.

Each hobby box comes with a pair of autographs or relic cards.

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And the 2016 Topps Stadium Club Mystery Redemption Is — Julio Urias

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps has named the 2016 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Mystery Redemption Autograph. And it’s not their latest exclusive, Kris Bryant.

It’s Julio Urias.

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2016 Panini USA Soccer Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they open a 2016 Panini USA Soccer box set.

What will they find?

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2016 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives: Spectre Edition Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives: Spectre Edition arrives just over one year after the 24th (official) film for the franchise hit the big screen. And while Spectre gets much of the attention, like other recent Bond sets, there’s significant content for other movies in the series as well.

Autographs are inserted two per box. Among those on the checklist are the first signed James Bond cards from several key members of the Spectre cast.

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2016 Topps Chrome Update Baseball Checklist Is Small, And Exclusive to Target

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Chrome Update Baseball marks the fourth year in a row that the small expansion set of sorts has been an exclusive to special Holiday Mega Boxes. And to get them, you’re going to have to plan a trip to Target.

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2016 Topps Now Baseball Details, Checklist, Print Runs — Everything You’re Looking For

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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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2016 Topps Five Star Baseball Box Busters

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

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2016 Panini Torque Racing Box Busters

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

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Imports Dragon releases NHL two-packs exclusive to Clark Toys

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Heading into its sophomore season of making Premium Sports Action figures of NHL stars, Imports Dragon has combined the 3″ and 6″ formats into a single packaged piece for some of the sport’s biggest names.

What makes these Signature Edition two-packs so special as opposed to buying individual figures? First off, they have a limited run and feature different paint jobs and poses than figures that were released last season. Exclusively available via Clark Toys, the base for the 6″ figure also includes a facsimile autograph not seen on the mass-market figures. Read More…

Decision 2016 Series 2 Trading Cards Delve Deeper Into the Election

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As the election rolls on, more stories have emerged (and more controversies). Decision 2016 Series 2 builds off of those. Releasing close to voting time, this time around the product is taking a more limited approach. While the first set had a wide reach in retail, Series 2 is a hobby-only release with a smaller print run. It also focuses more on inserts and premium cards than the first set.

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Dr. Brian Price returns to the hobby with President’s Choice Trading Cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

After two years of sitting on the sidelines, Dr. Brian Price is ready to get back into the hockey card game.

While details of his new company, President’s Choice Trading Cards are scant at this point, the hobby veteran briefly spoke with Beckett Hockey to confirm that new cards are on the way soon and more information will be release to the public once the Fall 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo opens next week. Read More…

2016 Topps Chicago Cubs World Series Champions Card Set Isn’t Getting Cancelled

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Looking at who won, there will be no cancelling the 2016 Topps Chicago Cubs World Series Champions box set. A cheaper alternative to the Topps Now 2016 World Series set, it features key players from the team plus a couple of cards that help tell the story of the 2016 postseason.

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Kris Bryant Signs Exclusive Autograph Deal with Topps

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

They’re probably still celebrating down at Wrigleyville and the endorsements for Kris Bryant are already coming in. The super star has signed an exclusive autograph deal with Topps.

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This Article Won’t Tell You How to Get Rich Off of Chicago Cubs Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary

Here’s to Ernie Banks. Here’s to Ron Santo. Here’s to Harry Caray and Jack Brickhouse. Here’s to your mothers and fathers, grandpas and grandmas who waited their entire lives. Here’s to those who dedicated their summers to the bleachers of Wrigley Field.

Here’s to the children who will never understand what was meant by the lovable Cubbies — you know, the team with lots of personality and heart but never seemed to have the pieces to win it all.

The Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions. Next year has finally arrived.

While there’s bound to be plenty of intrigue as to what this all means for prices of Kris Bryant rookie cards, this isn’t that piece. This is a love song to baseball and how the 2016 World Series is going to make me appreciate some of my cards a little more.

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