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

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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

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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

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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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Dak Prescott Rookie Cards Ranked

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Heading into training camp, Dak Prescott rookie cards were pretty quiet. All the talk with the Dallas Cowboys was focused on Ezekiel Elliott. And for good reason. Elliott has the potential to be an exciting player with lots of personality at a key position.

As far as the card collecting world was concerned, Dak Prescott cards were a consolation prize if you had the Cowboys in a break and got skunked on Elliott.

It’s amazing how quickly things can change.

After a couple of strong games, Prescott started to get people to take notice. Now, like a lot of football players, he’s been given a golden opportunity based on the misfortunes of someone else. With Tony Romo suffering a serious back injury, the rookie quarterback isn’t just on the radar. He’s been given the spotlight. Understandably, Dak Prescott rookie cards have exploded.

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2017 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Reborn Trading Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

One of Topps’ most comprehensive Star Wars lines is returning after a nearly four-year absence. With new movies, TV shows and more to draw from, 2017 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Reborn covers all corners of the expansive fictional universe.

The large checklist delves deep into characters with other areas of the product digging even further.

Hobby boxes come with two total autographs or premium inserts.

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2016 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just as it has in past years, 2016 Leaf Metal Draft Baseball is an all-autograph release focused on recent draft picks and other prospects from the North American and international scene.

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2016-17 Leaf Lumber Kings Hockey offers up pieces of the game’s history

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

While most modern hockey players use a composite stick made up of a variety of materials that are meant to give them a competitive edge, there are still some loyal types that swear by the trusty wooden stick which evolved over decades.

Pieces of game-used sticks have long been coveted by hockey card collectors and Leaf Trading Cards is set to release an all-new product in October which puts the wood in the hobby’s hands with the debuting 2016-17 Leaf Lumber Kings Hockey. With four game-used stick cards per box, the content draws from the history of the game and its greats. The cards are also a bit of a departure from the company’s other hockey releases as they do not feature foil accents on the front, opting for more of a traditional feel. Read More…

2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Complete Set Has Limited Sylvester Stallone Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Rocky 40th Anniversary Complete rights something of a hobby injustice. Despite being one of the most popular movie franchises of all-time, especially when it comes to sports films, just two of the entries have full-fledged card sets. There have been a couple of off-shoots since then, but nothing comprehensive.

This factory set, an online-exclusive on the Topps website, is the closest thing we’ve got so far.

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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Best of the Fest Goes on Tour with Popular Musicians

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Taking a break from the Presidential election, 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Best of the Fest shifts the satire back to music. The online exclusive skewers ten popular acts who have spent the summer headlining music festivals.

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2015-16 Panini Preferred Basketball Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Justin Grunert as they open some 2015-16 Panini Preferred Basketball.

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Babe Ruth, Pete Rose Rookie Cards Top $700,00 and Other Huge Heritage Auctions Card Sales

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It was more astonishing vintage sales over the weekend at Heritage Auctions’ 2016 August Sports Collectible Platinum Auction. A total of 32 individual sports cards sold for at least $50,000.

A couple of different eras were at the forefront of the action. A PSA 7 1916 M101-5 Sporting News Babe Ruth and a PSA 10 1963 Topps Pete Rose rookie card each sold for $717,000. A PSA 10 1968 Nolan Ryan rookie card finished at $612,359.83 and a PSA 10 1969-70 Topps Lew Alcindor went for $501,900.

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2016 Cryptozoic Walking Dead Season 4 Part 2 Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Cryptozoic Walking Dead Season 4 Part 2.

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2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1 Trading Cards Dig Into Classic Origins

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1 trading cards delve into the earliest episodes of the series. The set follows a similar pattern to many of the card maker’s sets. This includes autographs and costume cards.

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1993 Milk Bone Super Stars Is a Baseball Card Set for the Dogs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

There are sets of cards that are dogs and then there’s 1993 Milk Bone Super Stars Baseball. On the one hand, it has the cute factor picturing players alongside their pets. On the other, some of those fashion choices are woof worthy and deserving of a place alongside the 1992 Bowman yearbook.

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2016 Donruss Football Box Busters

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

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2016 Leaf Perfect Game National Showcase Baseball Takes Prospecting to Another Level

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2016 Leaf Perfect Game National Showcase Baseball goes the bulk route with autographs. Each box has 25 cards, all of which are signed.

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2016 Panini Unparalleled Football Box Busters

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

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2017 Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary Trading Cards Might Make You Feel Older

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Certain benchmarks in life bring our mortality to the forefront: kids head off to college, the athletes you grew up watching retire, the “home” where you were raised all of a sudden looks different, you lament about what things used to cost. Here’s another — 2017 marks four decades of Star Wars. Of course, being Star Wars, the celebration is bound to be big and it’s likely to be drawn out. Part of that is the release of 2017 Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary trading cards.

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2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Checklist and Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

It may be hard for some collectors to believe, but a decade has passed since Upper Deck took over the O-Pee-Chee name and over the years, the company has done its best to preserve some of the things that make it a hobby favorite in addition to adding some elements of its own creation which continue to make it a must-have for fans of all ages.

Headed to both card stores and mass-market retail in early September, 2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey will be stronger than usual with an excellent rookie class that consists of players that debuted after the early January deadline. Once again, hobby boxes will contain 32 packs, but there should be other ways to build a set such as rack packs and blasters. Read More…

2016 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey Checklist and Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For the past three seasons, the best junior talent in Canada has been celebrated with a trading card release and collectors will be able to get an in-depth look at some players that will have an impact on the game in the near future with 2016 Upper Deck Team Canada Juniors Hockey.

Scheduled to arrive in stores on August 24, each box is expected to contain four strong hits that could be autographs, memorabilia, or even manufactured logo patches in addition to at least seven parallel cards. This will be an early look at players such as Mitch Marner, Dylan Strome, and Mathew Barzal that are expected to crack their respective NHL lineups in the fall. Read More…

2016 Leaf Metal Perfect Game All-American Classic Baseball Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Leaf Metal Perfect Game All-American Classic Baseball is an all-autograph release. Like other Perfect Game products, it highlight high school players, making for some long-term prospecting.

Each box includes eight signed cards.

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2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution Wrestling Cards Head to Walmart

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps WWE Divas Revolution is a set dedicated to the ladies of wrestling’s biggest organization. The product, which is Topps’ first all-female wrestling release, is exclusive to Walmart.

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New rookie autographs shine in 2016-17 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Basketball

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Following a strong debut for the brand in the NBA market, Panini America is bringing its premium Black Gold product to fans of NCAA basketball this fall and the timing could not be more perfect as many of the players found inside will be making a strong impression at the pro level.

Boxes of 2016-17 Panini Black Gold Collegiate Basketball are loaded up with hits and have the first on-card autographs from the 2016 draft class. In fact, each box is slated to deliver two to three signed cards and at least two of them will be hard-signed. Throw in an attractive base set, limited memorabilia cards and the increasingly popular manufactured Metal Logo cards and this could be an early-season smash. Read More…

2016 Panini Gala Football Box Busters

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

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Gary Sanchez Rookie Cards and Prospects Cards Round-Up

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

At the start of the 2016 season, Gary Sanchez was one of the top prospects in the Yankees system. Still, there wasn’t a lot of mainstream buzz surrounding him. Even at the All-Star Break, the catcher wasn’t generating a ton of chatter. But then a funny thing happened and home runs started ripping off the rookie’s bat at a record pace. Now interest in Gary Sanchez rookie cards and his early prospect cards is growing.

So what are his rookies and cards to watch? We’ve got you covered.

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Panini Box Busters Special Edition with Slipknot’s Chris Fehn (AKA No. 3)

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Chris from Slipknot (also known as No. 3) stopped by the Beckett offices today to bust some 2016 Panini Immaculate Baseball, 2016 Panini Gala Football and 2016 Panini Origins Football with Beckett Media’s Derek Ficken.

Check out what Chris pulls and find out what he collects on his own and why. You can also win some 2016 Gala Football.

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2016 Panini Prizm Football Hobby Shifts to Jumbo Format

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Prizm Football is still all about the shine and color that comes with virtually every chromium release in every sport. However, Panini is shifting things up a little with its configuration, making regular hobby boxes something more like the brand’s jumbo boxes have been in the past. That means fewer packs per box (12 versus last year’s 20) but those packs come with 12 cards each instead of four.

As far as what’s expected in a box, 2016 Panini Prizm Football averages three autographs and ten Prizm parallels numbered to 299 or less.

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2016 Topps Star Wars Attack of the Clones 3D Widevision Trading Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Attack of the Clones isn’t regarded by many as a classic. Too many conversations between Anakin and Padmé ensured that didn’t happen. Still, it’s Star Wars and that means something. 2016 Topps Star Wars Attack of the Clones 3D Widevision wraps up the prequel trilogy in the over-sized lenticular format.

Like the previous couple of 3D Widevision sets, it’s also an online-exclusive.

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Here’s How Stranger Things Defines Friends (Hint: It Involves Cards)

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

You’re watching Stranger Things on Netflix, right? If not, you should be. It’s probably the most ’80s thing since 1987 Topps Baseball.

The theme of friendship plays a key role in the show as a group of 12-year-olds search for their missing pal who mysteriously vanishes. It’s a lot more complicated than that, but there’s BMX rides, Steven Spielberg references and unironic wearing of trucker hats.

And when it comes to defining exactly what friendship is, they tie it right into collecting.

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