2017-18 O-Pee-Chee Hockey Checklist Delivers Old-School Collecting Fun

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

For hockey card collectors, the annual O-Pee-Chee set is part of a tradition that goes back for decades. While its roots go back to the 1930s, it really caught on in the late 1960s during the expansion era as Canadian collectors had a set specific to that market which featured the game’s biggest names and a sweet slab of pink gum.

While the gum has been gone for 25 years now and Upper Deck took over the brand back in 2006-07, it has the sport’s most comprehensive base set to go along with some fun inserts and parallels. Read More…

2018 Topps MLB Stickers Aim to Be Simple, Affordable and Fun

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Not every product has to be about the fancy stuff. For many, the chase is about getting the last piece needed for a set or finding something — anything — of a favorite player or team. That’s what 2018 Topps MLB Stickers aim to be.

They’re more about straightforward, old-school fun at an affordable price.

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2017 Panini Certified Football Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017 Panini Certified Football.

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2017 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 2 Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 2 trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2018 Topps Tribute Baseball Kicks Off Season’s High-End Releases

2018 Topps Tribute Baseball is returning the brand to its place as the first high-end MLB release of the year. And while autographs and memorabilia cards continue to be the staple, there’s more of a themed approach to the inserts this time around.

The main configuration of six packs per hobby box, each with either a signed card or relic, doesn’t change, though. Both types of hits are spread evenly with three a piece.

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Panini 1st Off the Line Program Offers Collectors Early Access, Exclusive Cards

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A certain level of prestige comes with having the first of something. We see this in the hobby with the excitement that surrounds the first breaks of a product. The first copies of cards to land on eBay often command higher prices. When it comes to serial numbered cards, premiums can often be found for the first one. Panini 1st Off the Line is a new direct-to-consumer program that brings a lot of the same sentiments.

Panini 1st Off the Line not only offers exclusive cards not available anywhere else, but the plan is to have them arrive before the main national release that they’re based on.

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2017 Panini Origins Football Brings Back Bold Designs, Rookie-Autograph Focus – Checklist and Team Set Lists Posted

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Last year, Origins was one of the most notable new additions to Panini’s football portfolio. Taking some design and configuration cues from Topps Inception, it featured not only some of the earliest on-card autographs from the rookie class, but some of the more popular outside of company’s the super-premium offerings. 2017 Panini Origins Football is largely staying the course with bold designs and lots of autographs and memorabilia cards centered on key players from the draft.

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2017 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Football Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Football.

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2017 Topps WWE Undisputed Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Topps WWE Undisputed.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Lonzo Ball Rookie Cards: Are You Ready to Be a Big Baller?

He might not have been taken first in the draft, but all eyes are on Lonzo Ball Rookie Cards for the 2017-18 season.

Sure, skill plays a big part, but there’s a lot more surrounding the young point guard that’s magnifying the hype around his early cards even more.

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2017 Topps Baseball Walmart.com Exclusives Ask Collectors to Bundle Up

Retail-exclusive cards at places like Walmart are nothing new. Whether it’s a special insert set or an entire product, they appear regularly throughout the year. But if you’re only shopping the card aisle at your local Walmart, you probably haven’t seen everything the store has to offer.

The 2017 Topps Walmart.com Exclusives is a set of five cards available through their website with select bundle packages.

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2017 Upper Deck Marvel Premier Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Upper Deck Marvel Premier trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2016-17 Topps Now WWE Checklist, Gallery and Everything Else About the Print-on-Demand Set

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016-17 Topps Now WWE sees the continued expansion of the on-demand line. Starting with SummerSlam, the online-exclusive will feature big matches and key events.

Like baseball, UFC and other Topps Now products, the cards are offered for a limited time. When that sales window closes, those that are ordered are the only ones printed.

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2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Sam Zimmer as they open some 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards and More

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Be prepared to hear a fair bit about Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards as his first full season in the majors plays out. His cards have been that way since the first ones debuted in 2015.

But now the Red Sox super prospect sits atop Baseball America‘s top 100 prospects. The fact that he plays in Boston certainly adds to the attention as well. It’s not like it’s coming out of nowhere, though.

Having appeared in 34 games last year, Benintendi already has a taste of MLB play. The sample size was a small one, but so far, so good. Combine that with his couple of seasons in the minors and there are more reasons to see a future star versus an overrated bust.

The first Andrew Benintendi cards came out in 2015, not long after the Red Sox selected him with the seventh overall pick in the draft. Among those first cards are autographs in several prospect-driven sets including 2015 Bowman Chrome Draft.

His MLB debut came late in 2016. That was too late for Andrew Benintendi Rookie Cards in 2016 products. Instead, they’re  included throughout 2017 sets. On top of regular base cards, there to be plenty of inserts, including autographs and other premium offerings.

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2017 SAGE Autographed Football Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Justin Grunert as they open some 2017 SAGE Autographed Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Detroit Tigers Foundation Autographs for a Cause Support Several Charities

The Detroit Tigers Foundation and several of the team’s players are teaming up to raise money for charity. Why might this be of interest to collectors (other than simply doing good)? It involves exclusive Topps cards and autographs. The fact that the Autographs for a Cause prices are reasonable is the cherry.

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2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Donruss Football Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Matt Bible as they open some 2017 Donruss Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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Awesome Inserts: 1997 E-X2000 A Cut Above

Baseball cards or flying ninja stars? One could argue the lines are blurred with 1997 E-X2000 A Cut Above.

And that’s a big reason why these inserts are awesome.

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Triple H, Stephanie McMahon Autographs Coming from Topps

As far as wrestling cards go, Triple H and Stephanie McMahon autographs are some of the most elusive. With just three certified autograph cards between them, neither has signed in several years.

But that’s about to change.

Topps has partnered with the couple to not only bring autographs to future WWE trading card products but to support Connor’s Cure, a charitable fund focused on pediatric cancer research.

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Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card Rankings and Other Key Early Cards

A couple of name changes and a whole lot of home runs later, the Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Card roster is starting to gain more attention. Injuries and playing for a small-market team has kept the slugger’s profile somewhat smaller than one might expect given his numbers and explosive style of play.

But one can only stay overlooked for so long before collectors start to notice.

Curious about what Giancarlo Stanton Rookie Cards are out there? Keep reading and you’ll not only get detailed rankings, but highlights from many of the other top early Giancarlo Stanton cards.

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2017 Topps New Era Baseball Combines Cards and Caps

2017 Topps New Era Baseball marks the second consecutive year that the card and hat makers have teamed up to make a small set of cards. However, the partnership has expanded to also include some special edition MLB caps that bring in Topps elements.

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2016-17 Panini Noir Basketball Checklist, Team Set Lists and All You Need to Know

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

For the past couple of seasons, Panini America has put together an aesthetically-pleasing summer release which serves as a nod to the film noir genre and it is back again with the arrival of 2016-17 Panini Noir Basketball.

With a slightly-altered configuration that goes from 12 to 10 cards per box, collectors will still find seven autograph or memorabilia cards inside along with the possibility of all-new framed cards. Read More…

2017 Panini Immaculate Baseball Checklist Brings Unique Memorabilia, More On-Card Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Some things may change, but 2017 Panini Immaculate Baseball remains focused on the sport’s high-end. All but one of the cards in each six-card box come with autographs or memorabilia pieces.

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2017 Topps Clearly Authentic Baseball Checklist Is All Autographs, All Acetate

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2017 Topps Clearly Authentic Baseball checklist has an air of familiarity to it. It’s also fairly straightforward in its approach. That’s because everything in the product is an autograph card done on acetate, putting a different spin on a 2017 Topps Baseball card or one from the company’s past.

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2017 Upper Deck Spider-Man Homecoming Checklist Includes Michael Keaton Autographs

It has been a while since there has been a full set of trading cards for a Spider-Man movie. 2017 Upper Deck Spider-Man Homecoming breaks that streak.

The configuration is in line with a lot of the company’s other recent releases stemming from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Hobby boxes have ten packs and come with a pair of memorabilia cards as well as either an autograph or sketch card.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Premier Hockey Checklist and Team Set Lists

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The Acetate Rookie Autograph Patches are back, but there is much more to be found in tins of 2016-17 Upper Deck Premier Hockey.

Loaded up with seven premium cards per tin, expect to find four autograph or memorabilia cards in addition to the Rookie Autograph Patch and two base cards. Read More…

2018 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 1: We Hate the ’80s Proves What’s Old Is New Again

Garbage Pail Kids were born in the 1980s. If you grew up during the decade of Just Say No, wore acid wash jeans and can name the two Coreys are, you know who Adam Bomb and New Wave Dave are. Even those who aren’t card collectors today probably had a few GPKs stuck to their Trapper Keeper or bedpost. 2018 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 1: We Hate the ’80s comes full-circle, spoofing the very nostalgia that Goonies hold dear.

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Vintage memorabilia takes the spotlight with 2017-18 Leaf In The Game Superlative Hockey

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Releasing just in time for the start of the new hockey season, 2017-18 Leaf In The Game Superlative Hockey aims to pay tribute to the sport’s illustrious history while also managing to keep an eye on the future as well.

Loaded up with four autograph or memorabilia cards per box, this release is going to get some strong attention from collectors due to the presence of signatures from the two top picks in the 2017 NHL Draft – Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick – that are exclusive signers for Leaf Trading Cards. Throw in an incredible array of vintage memorabilia pieces and Superlative could prove to be a quick seller indeed. Read More…

Exclusive Aaron Judge Latest 2017 Topps Now Platinum Autograph

The extra autographs keep coming for the small number of Topps Now Platinum members. This time it’s a special Aaron Judge autograph.

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2017 Panini Pantheon Football Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Notron and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017 Panini Pantheon Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Stadium Club Baseball Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Topps Stadium Club Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Warcraft Trading Cards Reemerge as a Hits-Only Online-Exclusive

The original plan was for Topps to put out a set of Warcraft trading cards to coincide with the film’s theatrical release — in 2016.

That didn’t happen.

The original release was cancelled shortly before it was slated to come out. Domestically, the movie went on to be relatively poorly received although it was a big international hit.

Fast forward a year and the cancelled set has reemerged, albeit in a much more abbreviated form. 2017 Topps Warcraft trading cards are an online-exclusive focusing solely on premium cards.

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2017 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Sam Zimmer and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Topps Museum Collection Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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