2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey Checklists Highlights High-End Memorabilia, Autographs

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

High-end memorabilia inserts and plenty of ink from hockey’s biggest names highlight 2016-17 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Hockey.

Reconfigured into a four-card pack that contains at least one hard-signed rookie autograph plus two additional hits and a lower price point. Read More…

2017 Donruss Elite Football Checklist Has Lots of Colorful Rookies, Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In 2016, the Elite Football brand evolved as far as design goes, adopting a brighter, more modern look. 2017 Donruss Elite Football sticks with the idea, brining with it plenty of rookies, colorful parallels and signatures.

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2017 Panini Torque Racing Checklist

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

The brand that helped launch a new age of premium NASCAR cards is back for a second straight year with 2017 Panini Torque Racing.

With at least one hit in every pack, expect to find an average of three autographs and two memorabilia cards from your favorite drivers inside each five-pack hobby box. Read More…

How Not To Protect Your Autographed Baseball

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I love Dirk Nowitzki. He’s one of my favorite athletes for many reasons. For one, he brought this city a championship, something only the Stars have done in my memory (the Cowboys’ ’90s Super Bowls were when I was too young). And, two, his outsized personality, his humility, and his goofy sense of humor have endeared him to fans in Dallas and across the country.

Simply put, he’s the best. Even NBA fans who hate the Mavs have to love Dirk. So, when I heard about his Heroes Celebrity Baseball game a few years ago I made it my goal to go.

It’s an event that is quintessentially Dirk. He gathers all the famous current and former Dallas athletes, like Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot, Dez Bryant, Michael Young, David Murphy, and basically every Mavs player, splits them up into teams and plays a six-inning baseball game.

Imagine a 7-foot tall German basketball player attempting to play one of the hardest sports. It’s a sight to behold. Couple that with Salah Mejri, a 7-foot tall Tunisian with no apparent grasp of the rules, Zaza Pachulia, a 7-foot tall Georgian fresh off his NBA Championship with Golden State, and the rowdy crew of Dez, Zeke, and Dak, and you get one of the most fun events of the year.

With all that star power in one place, it seemed like the perfect place to get some autographs. I grew up going to Rangers Spring Training and have lots of autographs from my childhood of former Rangers players.

But it’s been years since I have gotten autographs at baseball games. I can’t get to Rangers games early enough these days and there’s no guarantee that anyone major will be signing. So, needless to say, my auto game was a little rusty.

Let my mistakes be a lesson to some and a chance to laugh for the autograph experts.

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2016-17 Panini Spectra Basketball Checklist Offers Plenty of Hits — and Shine

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Fans of Panini America‘s Optichrome technology have come to appreciate the dazzling designs that are the hallmark of the company’s Spectra brand. 2016-17 Panini Spectra Basketball is no different.

With 10 cards per box, breakers get at least seven autograph or memorabilia cards inside. Be warned, though, it may be a good idea to put on some sunglasses before opening as these cards are going to shine with a rainbow of parallels that is tough to beat. Read More…

2017 Topps Pro Debut Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Dave Sliepka and Brian Fleischer as they open some 2017 Topps Pro Debut Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Is This 2011 Topps Finest Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph a Deal?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The $35,200 sale of a 2011 Topps Update Authentic Diamond Mike Trout one-of-one over the weekend didn’t only bring a huge price tag. It brought a lot of attention, which is understandable given the fact that it might be a while before it shows up again — if ever.

But what does this mean for other top-line early Mike Trout cards as they surface? And could this 2011 Topps Finest Mike Trout Superfractor Autograph be a bargain?

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2017 Panini Prestige Football Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Sam Zimmer and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017 Panini Prestige Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016-17 Upper Deck EuroLeague Basketball is an e-Pack exclusive

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Basketball is truly a global game and while the biggest talent always seems to end up in the NBA, there are still hundreds of pro players around the world who play hard and have yet to give up on their hoop dreams.

Upper Deck has yet to give up on its hoop dreams, either, as the company has released a product exclusive to its e-Pack platform which looks at some of the game’s best from overseas. Last week, collectors were surprised to see the arrival of 2016-17 Upper Deck EuroLeague Basketball and it provides an affordable break with a decent shot at autographs as well. Read More…

Beckett Football Bonus: 2017 Rookies Talkin’ Cards

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If you picked up the August issue of Beckett Football and read the behind-the-scenes coverage of the 2017 NFLPA Rookie Premiere, you no doubt saw the link at the end to this bonus content.

Click the image below to download the rest of the rookie interviews including Leonard Foutnette, D’Onta Foreman, Jamaal Williams, Samaje Perine, John Ross and O.J. Howard.

And if you haven’t picked up your copy of the August edition featuring Dak Prescott, you can get it here: Beckett Football August 2017

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On-card autos and booklets drive 2016-17 Panini Preferred Basketball to the hoop

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Collectors have come to love the booklet card in recent years and hoops enthusiasts will soon discover that there is no better place to find them than the upcoming release of 2016-17 Panini Preferred Basketball.

Scheduled to be a late-August release, each box of Preferred will be loaded up with two hard-signed autographs along with a pair of the coveted booklet cards. Essentially, there are two packs inside those boxes and they should have one of each type of card inside. Read More…

Crack some wax with 2017 Leaf Best of Basketball Unopened Edition

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Many collectors dream of breaking open a classic or rare box of basketball cards with the hope of pulling an iconic Rookie Card or rare autograph. Leaf Trading Cards is helping make this dream a reality by bringing a repackaged product concept to hoops hobbyists for the first time with 2017 Leaf Best of Basketball Unopened Edition.

Collectors will have the opportunity to uncover a sealed box of popular releases that have hit the market over the past 20 years. Among the boxes to look for are those that came Panini America brands such as National Treasures and Immaculate or Upper Deck issues like Exquisite that are not always easy to find at your local card shop or preferred online retailer. Read More…

Awesome Inserts: 1996 Pinnacle Skylines

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

1996 Pinnacle Skylines turns stars of the day into de facto kaiju, making them into Godzilla-sized behemoths towering over the local downtown core.

This is an insert set that has maintained its popularity over the years. Not the easiest pulls to begin with, 1996 Pinnacle Skylines remains a favorite with both set and player collectors.

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2017-18 Panini Instant Basketball Kicks Off at the NBA Draft

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017-18 Panini Instant Basketball marks the second full season of NBA action and event brought to the print-on-demand program.

Kicking things off, 2017-18 Panini Instant Basketball features the first NBA cards of Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and many other top 2017 draft picks.

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2017 Topps Finest Baseball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Dave Sliepka and Brian Fleischer as they open some 2017 Topps Finest Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Panini Unparalleled Football Is Bold, Bright and Highlights Several Overlooked Players

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Panini Unparalleled Football is home to many things: bright and bold designs, autographs and memorabilia, and a checklist featuring lots of veteran players who haven’t had cards before.

Boxes come with eight packs of eight cards. Across that box are a pair of autographs, a memorabilia card, eight inserts and more than 20 parallels.

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2017 Topps Luminaries Baseball Is All Autographs, All Low-Numbered

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It might not be quite on the level of Dynasty, but 2017 Topps Luminaries Baseball is close. The ultra high-end product has just one card per box. Not only is everything autographed, but every card is numbered to 15 or less.

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Ian Happ Pre-Rookie Card and Prospect Card Highlights

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just when you think the Chicago Cubs are loaded with plenty of strong, young players, another one comes along. Ian Happ Rookie Cards may not be out just yet, but that’s doesn’t mean he doesn’t have cards.

Within a few months of being drafted by the Cubs with the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft, the first Ian Happ cards were on the market. However, these early cards fall under a couple of categories. They’re either cards from prospect-only or minor league sets or they’re inserts.

But there are plenty of collectors that treat these cards similar to traditional Rookie Cards. The 2015 Bowman Chrome Ian Happ is particularly popular.

Ian Happ Rookie Cards will start showing up later in the 2017 season. Once he made his MLB in mid-May, he became eligible for regular base sets. However, it usually takes a few months for this to trickle down into products as the checklists are often settled far in advance. At any rate, Ian Happ Rookie Cards are on the way. In the meantime, here are some of his key early cards.

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2017 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Finds Comfort in the High-End of the Hobby — See the Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Museum Collection Baseball isn’t changing things up from recent years. The hits are largely the same mix, the configuration is the same. The design — well, those are similar too. So what should that mean? A lot of that won’t be nailed down until there’s a final checklist. But, likely, your feelings towards the brand aren’t likely to change with this release.

From a content perspective, 2017 Topps Museum Collection Baseball hobby boxes stick with four packs, each with a different kind of hit. Spread over a box, that means an autograph, an autographed memorabilia card, a premium-swatch relic and a quad memorabilia card.

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Money in the Bank: Floyd Mayweather Autographs Coming from Topps and Leaf

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Floyd “Money” Mayweather is boxing’s biggest draw. He has been for some time, racking up a career record of 49-0 in the process. However, with the sport outside of the hobby’s mainstream, there aren’t many Mayweather cards out there, period. Except for a couple of cut signature cards, he has no autographs.

But that’s about to change.

Both Topps and Leaf have Floyd Mayweather autograph cards on the way.

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Orange Is the New Wack: 2017 Topps GPK/Wacky Packages Summer TV

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Summer television has evolved a few trends: endless reality TV and Netflix and premium cable rolling out many of their big guns. 2017 Topps GPK/Wacky Packages Summer TV takes aim and a handful of these shows, offering a satirical look at their characters and stories.

Another in an ever-expanding line of mini sets, it’s an exclusive to the Topps website.

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2011 Topps Update Mike Trout Diamond 1/1 Sells for Over $35,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s not quite the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Superfractor Autograph, but one of the biggest Mike Trout cards has found its way to eBay. The 2011 Topps Update Diamond Anniversary Authentic Diamond Mike Trout carries a long name, but the card itself is one-of-a-kind.

And the price of the Rookie Card parallel reflects it. The final price was $35,200 with more than 100 total bids.

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McFarlane Kobe Bryant Limited Edition Championship Series Figures Showcase the Evolution of Mamba

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Kobe Bryant has his fans and he has his detractors. But what’s universal is respect for his level of play and competitiveness. A line of McFarlane Kobe Bryant Limited Edition Championship Series figures look back on the pinnacle moments of his career. At the same time, it shows how he changed, both in appearance and age, as well as through his play and accomplishments.

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2017 Topps Now MLS Soccer Checklist and Everything You Need to Know

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Topps Now is back in MLS for a second season. 2017 Topps Now MLS Soccer sees the print-on-demand line continue, telling the story of the season as it plays out.

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Literally, the Buggiest Mike Trout Baseball Card Ever

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When you’re printing thousands of sports cards at a time, mistakes happen. Mis-cuts, missing foil, blank backs — these are production errors that have popped up in the hobby over the years.

But what about bugs?

That’s exactly what John Ehler discovered doing a break of 2016 Bowman’s Best Baseball.

A somewhat large bug was getting a close-up look at the back of a Mike Trout card. However, the bug didn’t live to talk about it. Instead, it has become one of the strangest “relics” ever in the hobby.

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2017 Panini Father’s Day Cards > Socks — See the Full Checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Panini Father’s Day promo set has arrived, bringing with it a fairly expansive checklist covering football, basketball, baseball, NASCAR, soccer and more.

This year, it is available in two pack types — football and multi-sport. The set designs are generally the same, however, the checklists are different.

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2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: A Comedy of Comey Wants an Oath of Loyalty

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Garbage Pail Kids have been taking on politics for months now. 2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: A Comedy of Comey is a limited edition mini set taking on fired FBI Director, James Comey.

Like the many political GPK sets of the last year or so, this is another online exclusive sold through the Topps website.

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2017 Leaf Signature Series Tennis Includes Serena Williams, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Leaf Signature Series Tennis brings autographs from some of the game’s greats, past and present. And while the product as a whole is limited, several of the biggest names are included as case hits.

Every box of the signature-only product has ten autographs.

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2016-17 Panini Studio Basketball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Sam Zimmer and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016-17 Panini Studio Basketball cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Signed Kelsey Plum cards lead the way for 2017 Rittenhouse WNBA

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

One of the best-kept secrets in the hobby, the 2017 Rittenhouse WNBA factory set features the league’s top stars and rookies – including the cardboard debut of first overall pick Kelsey Plum of the San Antonio Stars.

Each 2017 Rittenhouse WNBA factory set contains 110 cards, with a minimum seven players from each member club expected to be on the checklist. On top of that, there will be two autographed cards inside to provide additional value. Read More…

1948 Bowman Baseball Box Tops $520,000 and More Big Vintage Box Prices from Attic Find

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

$521,180.33 — that was the final price for a near-complete 1948 Bowman Baseball box. This was one of more than a dozen pieces of vintage sports cards boxes found in an attic beer case sold at auction through Mile High Card Company. Breaking the price down, it works out to more than $27,400 per pack.

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2017 Bowman Draft Baseball Goes Jumbo with Year’s MLB Draft Picks

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Bowman Draft Baseball marks the first MLB cards featuring picks from the year’s draft. And it’s going at things big — at least from a configuration perspective.

Jumbo is the box format of choice for the product. These come in two forms. Regular 2017 Bowman Draft Baseball hobby boxes have three autographs. Super Jumbo boxes come with five.

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2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball Variation Short Prints Visual Cheat Sheet

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Need some help identifying the 2017 Topps Series 2 variation short prints? Here you go.

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2017 Topps UFC Knockout Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Topps UFC Knockout trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Panini Prestige Football Draft Day Signatures Short Prints

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Normally, parallels are determined by the color of a border or the foil used for the player’s name. 2017 Panini Prestige Football has several elements that take that approach. However, the 2017 Panini Prestige Draft Day Signatures ink colors make parallels from the autographs themselves.

While none of the versions are particularly common, some autograph colors are rarer than others.

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