Upper Deck reveals plans for 2017 NHL Fan Fair


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For collectors attending the 2017 NHL Fan Fair that is being held in conjunction with the 2017 NHL All-Star Game in Los Angeles this weekend, there is an opportunity to interact with staff from Upper Deck at the company’s booth and participate in a variety of hobby-friendly activities.

Generating a great deal of excitement will be an appearance by New Jersey Devils star Taylor Hall. He will be signing special 5″ x 7″ promotional cards on Saturday from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at no cost to fans. However, it should be noted that outside items will not be signed at this event. Read More…

2016 Panini Select Football Has Plenty of Colorful Tiers

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Select Football marks the return of the chromium brand to the gridiron after skipping a year. The trademark tiers Select has adopted in other sports are here along with lots of colorful Prizm parallels.

Autographs and memorabilia cards combine to land three per 12-pack hobby box.

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2016 Panini Black Gold Football Features More Autographs and Memorabilia Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

By most accounts, 2016 Panini Black Gold Football falls in line with the brand’s previous efforts. Shadowbox designs are the focal point alongside contrasting designs that rely heavily on the namesake colors.

Perhaps the biggest change is in the configuration, which promises two autograph or memorabilia hits per pack plus one additional premium card that might be another hit or a manufactured metal card. It’s similar to 2015, but the lack of metal guarantees should result in more traditional hits.

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2016-17 Panini Revolution Basketball Checklist Offers Both Flash and Sizzle


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Back for a sophomore season, 2016-17 Panini Revolution Basketball is ready to dazzle collectors with some of the shiniest cards around.

For a trading card product to be a success, it has to have some sizzle to go along with the flash and Panini America‘s product development team has come up with concepts which should make an impact with those breaking packs and boxes. Read More…

2016-17 Basketball Card Release Dates, Checklists and Set Information


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2016-17 Hockey Card Release Dates and Set Information


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2017 Non-Sport and Entertainment Trading Card Release Dates and Info


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2017 Football Card Release Dates and Set Information


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2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Inaug-Hurl Ceremony Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Inaug-hurl Ceremony trading cards poke at the culmination of a long political campaign.

The small set is another in a long line of GPK online exclusives, this one available for one week.

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2017 Topps Star Wars: Rogue One Series 2 Trading Cards Finish the Story

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps Star Wars: Rogue One Series 2 trading cards work to fill in the many story gaps from Series 1. Because the first set’s release coincided with the film’s theatrical run, there were limitations do to the potential for spoilers and unreleased images. This bookend takes care of those.

Autographs are a focal point of hobby boxes. The combine with manufactured patch cards and sketch cards to land two per box. Each pack has eight cards including an insert and at least one parallel.

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2016 Topps Now Election Trading Cards Cover the Election in Real-Time

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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 Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and others 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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Patrik Laine Rookie Cards and Beyond

2016-17 Black Diamond Patrik Laine

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Heading into the season, Patrik Laine Rookie Cards were going to be a big deal. He may not have had quite the same level of excitement as his Maple Leafs rival initially, but a fast start ensured that Laine was soon on the hobby radar.

The Winnipeg Jets took the talented and confident Finnish winger with the second overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft. Some pondered whether Laine should have gone first, but it appears to have worked out just fine for the Jets.

Having developed his skills in Finland, very few Patrik Laine cards were available to North American audiences prior to his arrival in the NHL. He appeared in European sets but those can be tricky to find. Even his first mainstream cards that came out following his arrival with the Jets aren’t actually all that mainstream. Then Upper Deck pushed him to Series 2 for his Young Guns base card. But after an initial lull, Patrik Laine Rookie Cards are arriving.

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NHLPA establishes 2016-17 Rookie Card deadline

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Beckett Hockey has received confirmation from the National Hockey League Players’ Association that the rookie card deadline for 2016-17 NHL products from Upper Deck has been set.

All debuting players that skated in a game or goalies that sat on the bench on January 5, 2017 or earlier are likely to get a Rookie Card this season. Those hitting the ice after that will have to wait until the first 2017-18 releases hit store shelves in the summer. Read More…

2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Low Series Football Has 15 Autographs Per Hobby Box

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Low Series Football pushes the autographs as far as quantity goes. Each hobby box comes with a total of 15 signed cards.

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Winnipeg Jets fans get Upper Deck arena promo set


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Winnipeg Jets fans were happy to see their team end a dangerous four-game losing streak as they defeated the visiting Arizona Coyotes on January 18, but the game was also special for those in attendance at the MTS Centre as they were given a set of promotional hockey cards made by Upper Deck to enjoy.

Sponsored by Mr. Lube, this set features seven cards that utilize this year’s basic Upper Deck design. The cards here all have different photos than those in Series 1 that were taken at the 2016 Heritage Classic and do not have foil accents on the front. Read More…

Starting Lineup Figures Are Back in Four Sports as Stadium Giveaways


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

They have a long way to go before catching bobbleheads, but the number of Starting Lineup figures being used as stadium and arena giveaways continues to grow.

The figures made their official comeback last fall when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers handed out an exclusive Jameis Winston SLU to fans at their October 30 game. Since then, both basketball and hockey have had a few of their own SLU giveaways with more on tap.

The 2017 MLB season will also see Starting Lineup figures return in the form of promotional items.

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Upper Deck creates special Jorge Alves Young Guns card


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Once in a while, a professional hockey team needs to have an emergency backup goalie on the bench when an established netminder is injured. For many of these players, it is a thrill of a lifetime just to be on the edge of stepping into the net and in the case of Carolina Hurricanes equipment manager Jorge Alves, it was a dream come true.

As the Hurricanes faced the Tampa Bay Lightning on December 31, they were down 3-1 with less than eight seconds left. Alves was told to get out on the ice in relief of starter Cam Ward and played the rest of the game.

While one would expect to see most players in a situation like this automatically become eligible to receive a trading card, this was a different case entirely. The main reason that Alves was not included in the Young Guns subset in 2016-17 Upper Deck Series Two is because he is not a member of the National Hockey League Players’ Association. However, since the company felt that it was still important to pay tribute to his moment on ice, they signed him to an individual deal. Read More…

Topps Transcendent 65th Anniversary Party Exclusive Cards Include Kris Bryant, Mike Trout Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

You knew the Topps 65th Anniversary party was going to be more than just a nice meal. Held in Las Vegas on January 18, the only way to attend was with an invitation found in 2016 Topps Transcendent Baseball, a product that cost more than $20,000 per briefcase.

First off, there was the special guest. On the invitation, it was a mystery. But Topps quickly confirmed that it would be Kris Bryant who would be appearing.

This was a party hosted by a card company. So, of course, there were exclusive cards made for the event as well. Some big-ticket cards at that.

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Beckett Radio: Wax Ecstatic, Steve Grad, Baseball Hall of Fame Autographs

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This week the guys are joined by Matt Sammons of Wax Ecstatic to talk about the joys of podcasting Junk Wax Era baseball cards. Matt hosts a great show that will bring your childhood collecting memories back.

Later, Beckett Authentication Service‘s Steve Grad joins the show talk NFL Playoffs, upcoming BAS shows — including one at the home of the Pawn Stars — and chasing autographs from the 2017 MLB Hall of Fame Class.

All that plus winners, another giveaway, and much more.

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2017 Honus Bonus Baseball Checklist Combines Cards, Fantasy Game

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Honus Bonus Baseball Card Game may be a new kid on the hobby block, but the company is led by someone with close ties to another part of the hobby.

Headed by Steve Charendoff of Rittenhouse Archives, the product looks to combine elements of traditional baseball cards, modern inserts and fantasy baseball. In a nutshell, cards can be purchased in packs and boxes like most every hobby product. But those cards can be used to play an online fantasy baseball game with cash prizes ranging from $100 all the way up to $5,000.

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2016 Topps Now Off-Season Baseball Keeps Things Going, Even When Games Are Not

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just because the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, baseball didn’t disappear. 2016 Topps Now Off-Season Baseball cards are an extension of sorts for the main set. But without any games to focus on, cards have shifted to award winners, major roster moves and other MLB-related events.

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Ultimate Guide to Jeff Bagwell Rookie Cards and More


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Sorry, but you’re probably not going to get rich off of Jeff Bagwell Rookie Cards. But that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy what’s out there.

The slugger came into the league when the hobby was in a very different place. Sure, it came at a time when baseball cards were peaking. They were everywhere. But in order to be everywhere, you need the print runs to match. And when the speculators of the era left the hobby, supply reached much further than demand.

And that’s where we stand today. Collectors can build a full run of all nine Jeff Bagwell Rookie Cards for less than it would to treat the family to a fast food lunch.

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2017 Leaf Metal Draft Football Highlights Incoming Rookies with On-Card Signatures

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Leaf Metal Draft Football doesn’t make things complicated. It’s all autographs highlighting many of the key players looking to break into the NFL in 2017.

Everything in 2017 Leaf Metal Draft Football comes signed and they’re all on-card.

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Jim Bouton’s Ball Four archive and memorabilia up for bids through SCP Auctions

Bouton Manuscript Archives

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

Back in 1970, the baseball world was in furor over a book called Ball Four that was written by a journeyman pitcher named Jim Bouton.

Peeling back the curtain about life in the Major Leagues and pulling no punches, the visceral reaction from the baseball establishment to the salacious behavior described only caused millions of fans to run out and buy it. It humanized heroes and was a revelation in sports literature and it can be argued that there was nothing like it before or since.

Over 45 years after its release, Bouton has put his manuscript archive up for sale via SCP Auctions and collectors have a chance to own the source materials for a piece of baseball and pop culture history. The auction closes on January 21.

Beckett Media spoke with Bouton and his wife, Paula Kurman, about the book’s legacy as well as the decision to move such a personal piece of his life. Read More…

2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Adam-geddon Checklist Offers Little Hope for the Future

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It was the best of times. It was the end of times. From the beginning, Garbage Pail Kids have been pressing the proverbial button. Go back to 1985 and even before you saw the first card, there was Adam Bomb blowing his mind. 2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Adam-geddon takes it to another level, imagining the end of the world from a GPK perspective.

And in case you were wondering, it’s also using the theme to get a little political.

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Tim Raines Cards Through the Years — Topps Edition


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Although he’s one of baseball’s greatest lead-off hitters, Tim Raines cards have never truly taken the hobby by storm. Sure, he has his fans and tremendous respect but if you’re looking to collect the Expos legend, the vast majority can be found on the cheap.

Is value all that matters? Of course not.

Raines’ career covered a time when baseball cards were still one of the most convenient way to track a player’s stats from year-to-year. It wasn’t until he was far past his prime that the Internet and its endless stream of instant data became available.

Looking back at all of the Topps Tim Raines cards from his playing days showcase the speedster’s style and swagger. From his early glory days with the Expos to his time with the White Sox through the end of Raine’s career bouncing through New York, Oakland and Florida, it can all be summed up over the span of a few nine-pocket pages.

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2017 Rittenhouse Star Trek 50th Anniversary Includes Autographs from All 5 TV Captains

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Rittenhouse Star Trek 50th Anniversary trading cards take on the entirety of the TV franchise. That means it goes well beyond the Original Series, which was the focus of its own release in 2016. This time around, Captain Kirk and his crew are joined by the characters of The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine and more.

Although more premium than the typical set of Star Trek trading cards, autographs are still a major focal point with two per box. Each box also has a relic card.

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Anaheim Ducks and Upper Deck hold arena promotion


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Fans that went to see the game between the St. Louis Blues and the host Anaheim Ducks on January 15 got a special treat on the way into the Honda Center as sets of Upper Deck hockey cards featuring the home team were handed out.

A six-card collection with a strong checklist, it naturally featured veteran forwards Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry along with Ryan Kesler. Blueliner Cam Fowler and goalie John Gibson made the set as well, in addition to Jakob Silfverberg, who is on pace to put up career numbers in 2016-17. Read More…

Card Prices Rising During NFL Playoffs

By David Lee | Editor, Beckett Football

The NFL postseason always brings lots of hobby reactions from collectors looking to buy up key cards of the hottest performers. After all, legends are forged in the postseason.

It’s no surprise that the four remaining teams all have elite-level quarterbacks. Three of them—Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and Ben Roethlisberger—already have Super Bowl rings. The fourth, Matt Ryan, may end up being named NFL MVP.

Here are some of the top performers so far and how some of their most popular cards are performing on the secondary market: Read More…

2016-17 Select Soccer Box Busters

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

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Fleer Ultra Spider-Man Trading Cards Mark Another Homecoming of Sorts


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

While the hype builds towards the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the iconic hero is making another homecoming. 2017 Fleer Ultra Spider-Man trading cards revive one of the most popular comic card lines of the 1990s. And while there’s certainly some nostalgia involved, stellar artwork remains a primary focus.

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2016 Panini Limited Football Marks Brand’s Return to Gridiron After One-Year Absence

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

After sitting on the bench for 2015, Limited is back on the football card scene. 2016 Panini Limited Football returns with a revamped look and a configuration that promises at least one rookie patch autograph per box.

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2016-17 Upper Deck SP Game Used Hockey Checklist Connects Fans to the Sport’s Biggest Moments


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Cutting to the chase is a big thing for many collectors and in 2016-17 Upper Deck Game Used Hockey, there is a real emphasis on connecting fans with the biggest moments from the past year through relics connected to events like the NHL All-Star Game and the Stanley Cup Final.

With a slight change in its configuration which sees a sixth card added to the box along with a lower price, there is also the guarantee of either an autograph of a premium memorabilia hit inside. The product will also be available via ePack.

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Patrick Roy signs exclusive with Upper Deck


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck has added another legend to its roster of exclusive signers in Hockey Hall of Fame member Patrick Roy.

An icon with both the Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche that influenced a generation of goaltenders, Roy will now have a unique collection of signed memorabilia pieces available through Upper Deck Authenticated. The deal also extends to trading cards and his autographs will be found in upcoming 2016-17 releases.

“Patrick Roy is the epitome of a true hockey legend,” said Upper Deck’s President, Jason Masherah, via a press release. “We are honored to be able to offer fans premium collectibles that capture some of Roy’s most memorable moments with both the Avalanche and the Canadiens.” Read More…

2016 Panini National Treasures Racing Box Busters

2016 Panini National Treasures Racing Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2016 Panini National Treasures Racing.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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