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

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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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2016 Historic Autographs Art of Football Series 1 Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Historic Autographs Art of Football Series 1 features only autographs and only Hall of Famers. The first of two planned releases for the year, each box has one signature on a Goal Line art card.

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Topps Produces Exclusive Card for Carlos Correa Charity Program

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps has made an exclusive card for one of their spokesmen that won’t be offered in packs or through some sort of special promotion. Rather, the special 2016 Topps Restless for a Cause Carlos Correa is only available to those who donate to the shortstop’s season-long charitable campaign.

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No April Fool’s joke – Upper Deck to produce All-Star Skills Competition Tribute cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

When the news dropped early on April Fool’s Day, some collectors may have been a bit skeptical about the news that Upper Deck was producing a special set of All-Star Skills Competition Tribute cards. The company has been known for sharing a tall tale on April 1 in recent years, but it has confirmed that the set is indeed real and coming soon to its Authorized Internet Retailers, Authorized Group Breakers, and online stores.

Since the All-Star Skills Competition has provided hockey fans with great memories in recent years, it was only natural that Upper Deck eventually produce a set of this nature. This six-card collection covers All-Star Games going back to 2009 and some of the sport’s best and most creative are depicted in key moments that thrilled millions of fans. Read More…

NECA to Produce Premium 8-Inch MLB Figures in 2016

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s not just Imports Dragon that are making MLB figures in 2016. NECA is joining in with a line of action figures of their own.

NECA’s come with several differences that should give them a slightly more premium appeal over the ones put out by Imports Dragon and McFarlane before them.

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Remember the Time Topps Did a Long-Play April Fools’ Joke with Kazuo Uzuki?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The prospecting game is filled with plenty of casualties. But when it comes to baseball cards, perhaps none are as disappointing as Kazuo Uzuki, but for totally different reasons than, say, Brien Taylor.

Appearing out of nowhere in 2008 Topps Baseball, the mysterious Japanese teenager had some impressive numbers — at least according to his card. Fast forward a couple of months and it turned out that Uzuki was merely a long-play April Fools’ gag from Topps.

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Beckett Gaming Preview: Magic The Gathering Shadows over Innistrad

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Shadows over Innistrad Pre-Release is nearly upon us. Starting April 2, gamers will have a chance to crack in to the new and exciting Magic the Gathering set. The set includes 297 new cards and is the first set in the Shadows over Innistrad block. Today we will look at some of the popular Mythic Rare cards you could get in your pre-release kit.

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5 Changes in Topps BUNT 2016

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just like a traditional set of cards, digital cards get tweaks along the way. And as Topps rolls out BUNT 2016, there are a handful of changes that are noticeable to both new and returning users.

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2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek: The Next Generation Portfolio Prints Series 2 Trading Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek: The Next Generation Portfolio Prints Series 2 trading cards offer up the second half of Juan Ortiz’s exploration of the popular spinoff. Filling in the gaps from 2015’s Series 1, missing episodes get their shot in the base set.

And while artwork may dominate the main part of the product and several inserts, that’s not the case with the primary premium inserts, autographs. They land three per box and come in a couple of different forms.

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2016 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Finishes the Job

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball has your rookies, your traded players and a little bit more. One of the Heritage brand’s drawbacks as an early release is that it misses some of the early-season debuts. Checklists can be roughed in and assets gathered when some free agent stragglers make up their minds. High Number changes that.

Sticking with a lot of similar elements as 2016 Topps Heritage release, it maintains the look of 1967. Also like the main release, autographs and memorabilia cards combine to land one per hobby box.

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Beckett Media announces Spring 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo plans

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the Spring 2016 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo just a week away, Beckett Media is proud to announce some of the special deals it will have for collectors attending the show. Held at the International Centre in Mississauga, Ontario from April 8 to 10, thousands of hobbyists will be coming through the door and to finish sets, meet trading card company representatives, and more.

Beckett Media’s booth will be in the corporate area near Grosnor Distribution and in addition to the May issue of Beckett Hockey that is fresh off the press, there will be a large selection of books and magazines in addition to the opportunity to have your cards examined for Raw Card Review from Beckett Grading Services. Read More…

Panini reveals NBA Player of the Day autographs

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America‘s NBA Player of the Day promotion starts when the playoffs begin, but the excitement is already in the air among basketball collectors as the autograph card prizes for each participating shop have been revealed.

Used as a grand prize drawn at the end of the 30-day collecting marathon, these cards have been encased by Beckett Grading Services and are limited to 50 copies or less. The lineup boasts a solid lineup of rookies and veterans and a complete set is made up of 18 cards. Read More…

2016 Panini Spring Training Road Trip Is Business Casual for Baseball’s Young Stars

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Spring Training is all about getting ready for the season ahead. It sets the tone for the rest of the year. And that line of thought doesn’t have to limit itself to just the game of baseball. It seeps into other parts of the sport, like baseball cards.

The 2016 Panini Spring Training Road Trip, which included stops in both Florida and Phoenix, helped set the company up for the year ahead. And if all works out according to plan, the impact could reach even further.

Running around and gathering autographs, photos and other assets from individual players is tough. Held for the third consecutive year, Panini’s spring event makes it more efficient. And the concept makes a lot of sense. Head to a place where many players are and connect with them as a group. It still requires a lot to pull together, but things are definitely more streamlined.

Over the span of a couple of evenings, Panini staff meet with a couple dozen rookies and prospects, have them sign a bunch of autographs and collect some player-worn memorabilia.

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Harrison Ford’s Screen-Worn Star Wars: The Force Awakens Leather Jacket Up for Bid

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Star Wars props and costumes don’t come around often. And when they do, they sell for massive amounts, no matter what they are. One of the most recognizable wardrobe pieces from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Han Solo’s leather jacket, is up for bid in an online charity auction.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Hockey details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last season, Upper Deck brought back a familiar name to the hobby and generated some positive buzz and 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Hockey looks to build on that excitement once it comes to card shops this summer.

Packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Premier Hockey are going to be loaded up with seven cards once again and the highlights include Rookie Auto Patches and Rookie Jerseys along with three additional hits which will feature ink, cloth, or both. Read More…

Box Busters: 2015 16 Panini Revolution Basketball

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Join Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they rip into a box of 2015-16 Panini Revolution Basketball in this latest edition of Box Busters. What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks

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Join Beckett Football’s Justin Grunert and editor David Lee (who makes his first Box Busters appearance in years) as they rip into a box of 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks Football in this latest edition of Box Busters. What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015-16 SPx Hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they rip into a box of 2015-16 SPx in this latest edition of Box Busters. What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Checklist

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The 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball checklist has that familiar feel from previous years. There’s the antique look and feel to capture stars, rookies and legends in both the main set and the inserts. Minis rule the parallels. Autographs are all on-card (and there are no redemptions).

Basically, save for a couple of tweaks — primarily in the big-time rarities — 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball hits the similar notes it has since the tobacco brand was revived.

The checklist for every part of the set is below.

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Box Busters: MTG Beta Booster Pack – Part 1

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Join Beckett guest analyst, Ian McDaries, and Magic The Gathering experts, Adam Cai and Todd West, for a monumental opening: 1993 Magic The Gathering Beta Booster Pack. Could they pull a Black Lotus or an Ancestral Recall? Be a part of their journey and check out the video…

Check back next week for Part 2 of the break!

2016 Upper Deck Alien Anthology Checklist

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The Alien movie franchise has seen a few trading card releases over the years. That said, most have been on the simple side. The 2016 Upper Deck Alien Anthology checklist brings a more modern spin, complete with autographs, sketch cards and other things many collectors look for in today’s sets.

Another reason that makes this set different from its predecessors is the all-art approach the base set and most of the inserts take. Instead of simple studio stills, it’s interpretations from a variety of artists.

This is the first set of Alien trading cards (if you don’t count the Alien vs. Predator movies as canon) to have autographs. And the lineup is strong. Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton and Paul Reiser are among the more than a dozen actors to have signatures in the product. In addition to single-signed cards, there are dual autographs and dog tag autographs featuring the movies’ stars.

The full 2016 Upper Deck Alien Anthology checklist is below.

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2016 Topps Fire Baseball Fans the Online-Exclusive Flames

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps Fire is back on the baseball diamond, although not as traditional cards. Like last year’s set, 2016 Topps Fire Baseball is limited to online-exclusive status with an initial offering of over-sized cards and posters.

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2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Checklist

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The 2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball checklist is one that freely mixes in the old with the new. The brand and much of the set’s feel reflect the past. However, much of the premium content has a modern touch. That’s not to say there aren’t some legends in here. There are — Babe Ruth and Roberto Clemente just to name a couple.

As with past years with the product, 2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball draws out the base design with lots of parallels, autographs and memorabilia cards. These are joined by several additional inserts that take on totally different designs. The result? A bulky checklist with lots on it.

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2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Trading Cards Are All About Variety

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In the wise words of the great Fatboy Slim (and interpreted through dance by the even greater Christopher Walken), “You can go with this, or you can go with that.” 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions goes with this, that and everywhere in between. The product’s eclectic mix returns covering many areas of sports and beyond — including the other side of the looking glass.

Each 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions hobby box has three premium inserts. These are a mix of autographs, memorabilia, World War II relics, manufactured patch cards, audio cards and more.

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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 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome Autographs Include Mark Hamill, John Boyega

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Some familiar faces are making their way onto the 2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome Autographs checklist. While most of the initial lineup have appeared in earlier sets for the film, one of the biggest hasn’t — Mark Hamill.

The actor looks a lot different now than when the original trilogy wrapped up. Although Hamill is hardly new to signing Star Wars autograph cards, this is his first for the new trilogy.

Others signing for the set include John Boyega (Finn), Carrie Fisher (Leia) and Anthony Daniels (C-3P0). Andy Serkis (Supreme Leader Snoke) and Yayan Ruhian (Tassu Leech) are two signers who did not appear in either of The Force Awakens Series 1 or Series 2 sets.

2016 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome is scheduled to release in July. Each hobby box has a premium insert but not all of those are autographs. Sketch and Medallion cards are also in that mix.

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2015-16 Fleer Showcase Hockey Checklist

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The 2015-16 Flair Showcase Hockey checklist covers lots of ground. Rookies cover the majority of the overall content, whether that’s with numbered cards in the main set (including autographed patches of key standouts) or in several of the set’s inserts. At the same time, there’s the retro elements in the form of the various inserts like Flair, Metal Universe, Ultra and Precious Metal Gems.

And while there are multiple autographs and memorabilia cards per 2015-16 Fleer Showcase Hockey hobby box, most are either base set parallels or the high-profile rookies.

It’s in the inserts that much of the variety (and ’90s nostalgia) are found.

You can see for yourself with the full 2015-16 Fleer Showcase Hockey checklist below.

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2015 Panini National Treasures Football Rookie Autograph Patch RPS Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When you get into National Treasures, you’re getting into the hobby’s big guns. The 2015 Panini National Treasures Football Rookie Autograph Patch RPS cards represent some of the year’s top rookie cards. They bring tradition, on-card signatures and some big patch pieces. Factor in their limited supply (99 copies each) and you it’s easy to see why the subset has such a history.

The hobby has evolved and there are more brands on the top tier with it now like Immaculate and Flawless, not to mention 2015 Topps Definitive. But none of these have the past and brand affinity that National Treasures has.

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