2016 Topps Mars Attacks Occupation Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Topps Mars Attacks Occupation.

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VIP Party Kicks Off the 2016 National

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The VIP party is a National Sports Collectors Convention tradition. It kicks things off in a formal fashion as the event opens up to more than just dealers and companies.

The 2016 party featured hundreds of VIP pass holders, a relaxed atmosphere and a quartet of autograph signers.

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Ready, Set, Hunt! 2016 National Beckett Cover Set

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If you’re planning on taking in every corner of the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention, why not get rewarded for it? The 2016 National Beckett Cover Set adds a bit of a scavenger hunt element to the event.

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2016 NSCC Podcast: Things You Must Do at the National

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Over the next few days, there’s going to be tons to take in at the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City. We’ll be doing several short podcasts, primarily to give you a feel as to what’s happening.

But before things kick off officially Wednesday afternoon, we look at just of few of the things to do and look forward. to.

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2016 Topps Chrome Baseball Variations Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Chrome Baseball variations aren’t exactly the same as the ones in the flagship release, but they come with a similar tone.

They feature different images than the ones used on the base cards. Variations also come with much tougher odds.

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2016-17 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey brings the bling

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last season, Upper Deck took a brand which had grown quite set in its ways and revamped it as a premium release which offered up some big hits from a strong rookie class and many NHL stars and legends. The experiment appears to have been a success and 2016-17 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey is back again later this year with a few new twists.

With a name like Black Diamond, collectors are looking for high-value hits and there are five cards per pack along with a bonus 2016-17 Upper Deck Exquisite Hockey card, which are spread across multiple releases throughout the season. Each case is also expected to yield one card with a diamond on average.

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Beckett Grading at the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention

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Heading to the National Sports Collectors Convention this week? Beckett Grading is. Not only does that mean you’ll have a chance to get your cards graded on site or drop them off, but you can check out some of the other BGS services.

Here’s a list of some of the offers available to National attendees.

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2016 Leaf Pop Century Checklist Starring Daisy Ridley, Chevy Chase and Boy George?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Leaf Pop Century is the latest installment of the line that brings together autographs from celebrities and pop culture personalities past and present. Movies, TV, music and more are all represented on the varied checklist.

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2016 Topps Now Preacher Season 1 Checklist, Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Fresh off its series premiere, Preacher already has trading cards on the way. And unlike other shows that usually take a year or more to make the transition to cardboard, signs point to the turnaround here being much sooner. As in right away. New 2016 Topps Now Preacher trading cards arrive weekly, the day after each episode.

But you can’t drag your feet on ordering them, as each episode’s card are available for only 24 hours.

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Starting Lineup Figures Are Back — As a Stadium Giveaway

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A couple days ago, it looked like one of the biggest brands in 1990s collecting, Starting Lineup, was making a comeback. It is, but not in a full fledged form. According to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the comeback is limited, for now, to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium giveaway.

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2016 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Football Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Immaculate Collegiate Football has a lot of the same high-end elements as other pro sets under the brand. That means lots of autographs and memorabilia and not much else.  Five of the six cards in each box are hits.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio Hockey Checklist, Details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Since its inception, Upper Deck has long been respected within the hobby for its uncanny ability to select strong photos for many of its sets and with 2015-16 Upper Deck Portfolio Hockey, collectors are going to be able to build a large set with an emphasis on game action photography.

Releasing on August 10, this will be one of the last products of the 2015-16 campaign and it is expected to be an affordable option that yields an autograph and a memorabilia card in each hobby box. Read More…

2016 Topps WWE Heritage checklist re-imagines today’s wrestling scene as though it were 1986

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In 1986, professional wrestling was hitting massive heights, still in the midst of Hulk Hogan’s reign at the top. 2016 Topps WWE Heritage heads back to the year, but largely for its design inspiration. As far as content goes, it’s primarily a mix of the current wrestling scene and a look back at the Attitude Era of the Monday Night Wars between the WWE and WCW.

2016 Topps WWE Heritage hobby boxes have two total autographs, memorabilia cards, manufactured patch cards and Printing Plates.

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Imports Dragon to produce 2016 World Cup of Hockey figures

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Last season, Imports Dragon made its debut with its collection of NHL Premium Sports Action figures and the company is almost ready to release a limited collection of new items featuring players participating in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Drawing from some of the biggest names in the game today and showing them in their international uniforms or as part of Team North America or Team Europe, there are two scales of Imports Dragon 2016 World Cup of Hockey figures to collect (2.5″ and 6″), giving options for those who wish to either display these international heroes or utilize the smaller ones to play in a tabletop game. Read More…

2016 Panini Prizm Racing Cards Mark the Return of NASCAR to the Hobby

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With 2016 Panini Prizm Racing, NASCAR trading cards are back. While there was a small number of cards in the 2016 Panini Father’s Day promo set, this marks the first full release for NASCAR since Press Pass abruptly went out of business at the start of 2015.

The set features a lot of the brand’s staples that have been used over the years in other sports, most notably lots of Refractor-like Prizm parallels. Each 2016 Panini Prizm Racing hobby box has at least ten of the parallels plus three hits, one of which is an autograph.

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2016 Panini Football Box Busters

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

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Upper Deck issues statement on unauthorized 2013-14 The Cup cards

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck has confirmed that two Autographed Rookie Patch cards from 2013-14 The Cup were taken by an unauthorized third party and are being sold on the secondary market.

The cards in question are of Brendan Gallagher of the Montreal Canadiens (#138) and Sean Monahan of the Calgary Flames (#190). They are limited to 249 and 99 copies respectively. The company is presently reprinting the cards with different images than those seen in this article in order to ensure that collectors will be aware of the difference between them. Read More…

2016 Topps Chrome Baseball Checklist Features Rookie Autographs, 2015 Correa Autographs

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Chrome Baseball features a lot of the same content as 2016 Topps Series 1 and Series 2 only with the standard metal stylings the brand extension has had since it debuted 20 years ago. But there’s also some new content and the usual focus on Refractors and rookie autographs.

And the 2015 Topps Chrome Carlos Correa autographs that were signed after last year’s product was put to bed? They’re here.

2016 Topps Chrome Baseball hobby boxes have a pair of autographs.

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Upper Deck to issue 2016 World Cup of Hockey promotional set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The 2016 World Cup of Hockey is just a few weeks away and fans all over the globe are looking forward to seeing the game’s brightest stars challenging for international glory. Many hockey collectors have been hoping that the event would get some cardboard coverage and Upper Deck will be issuing a special themed set in early September.

Issued in five-card packs, 2016-17 Upper Deck World Cup of Hockey will feature a 40-card base set and it will available at participating hobby stores as a gift with purchase. Each team in the tournament will have five players representing them on the checklist. Read More…

2016 Topps Allen & Ginter X Baseball Is Back in Black

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Over the last 11 years, the overall look of Topps Allen & Ginter hasn’t made any dramatic changes. From the time it was resurrected in 2006, its had its roots in the original Allen & Ginter tobacco cards from more than a century ago. Then along comes 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter X Baseball.

Released as an online exclusive, the design is virtually identical to the main 2016 Ginter set save for one major difference: the plain white backgrounds have been made black. Okay, so a simple change of background isn’t a huge change but it does dramatically change the look as well as offer an alternative of sorts from the brand’s status quo.

The look isn’t the only difference, though. 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter X Baseball has one autograph per box. The regular Ginter release has three hits per hobby box but signed cards aren’t guaranteed to be one of them.

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2016-17 Upper Deck MVP Hockey leads off next season for collectors

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Even though the 2015-16 season is in the home stretch and teams are jockeying for playoff position, Upper Deck is hard at work on the next campaign’s early releases and has unveiled preliminary details regarding 2016-17 Upper Deck MVP Hockey.

MVP has been a hobby fixture for over 15 years and is regarded as a solid entry-level product for new collectors. With long-odds memorabilia and autograph hits and a tiered base set, there is enough to also satisfy veterans as well. In addition to being found at your local card store, this product will be available through Upper Deck’s e-Pack website.

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The Costacos Brothers Are Back and All Is Good with the World (Especially for Russell Wilson Fans)

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

A day after word came down that Starting Lineups could be on their way back, another major piece of the 1990s sports scene is back — the Costacos Brothers.

They’re the guys who convinced athletes that it was cool to dress up in strange costumes and took sports posters to another level.

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2015-16 Panini Black Gold Basketball Box Busters

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

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2017 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 1: Adam-geddon Offer 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 Series 1: 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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2016 Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Seasons 6 and 7 Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Seasons 6 and 7.

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2016 Panini Spectra Soccer Has Color and Lots of It

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

For basketball and football, Spectra has focused on spinning a lot of the elements of Prizm and taking them to a more high-end level. 2016 Panini Spectra Soccer is taking the same approach. That means plenty of color, lots of autographs and memorabilia and a higher-than-average price tag.

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Are Starting Lineup Figures Making a Comeback?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Here’s a tweet from ESPN’s Darren Rovell that teases a major piece of collectible nostalgia is slated for a comeback.

Could it be?

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2015-16 Upper Deck Champ’s Hockey Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2015-16 Upper Deck Champ’s Hockey.

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Dragon Ball Z Vengeance Tournament Winner Interview and Playlists

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A couple of weeks back, Beckett Media helped host a Dragon Ball Z tournament at Miniature Exchange in Grand Prairie, Texas to coincide with the launch of Vengeance. Keep reading for an interview with the winner to see exactly what they played. We’ve also included play lists for the top four participants so you can see what they used in their decks.

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2015-16 Panini Flawless Basketball closes another NBA collecting season

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Panini America is closing out its current NBA season in fine fashion once again as one of the hobby’s most extravagant and over-the-top releases in 2015-16 Panini Flawless Basketball is coming to card stores this September.

Presented inside of a briefcase and giving the collector lucky enough to bust one the feeling as if they are cracking something of substance, there are 10 cards inside with each one limited to 25 copies or less. Early details from Panini revealed that seven of the cards will be autographs along with two encapsulated jewel-embedded base cards, and a Jumbo Patch memorabilia card.

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The Hunt for Early Finn Balor Cards Spans the Globe

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

You’re going to be hearing a lot about Finn Balor in the near future. He doesn’t play baseball and he doesn’t play basketball — at least not professionally. Balor is one of the most promising acts to hit WWE in some time. Although he’s a “rookie” on the big stage with the company, Balor is a veteran of the ring having honed his craft for years all over the world. And while WWE Finn Balor cards are relatively easy to find, those from early in his career — where he wrestled under a different name — are much tougher.

Here’s a look at some of the key cards out there right now as Balor kicks off his career on the WWE main stage.

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Garbage Pail Kids Democratic National Convention Cards Don’t Take Sides

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Garbage Pail Kids have been spoofing the craziness and drama of the 2016 from the early days of the primaries. While the earlier mini sets of online exclusives have taken on both sides of the election, Topps seemed to go for the jugular for the Republican National Convention, pairing Donald Trump with Saddam Hussein. Seeing as how that set was all about the Republicans, it was hard to offer a balanced look in that isolated set. Now it’s Hillary Clinton’s turn with the 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Democratic National Convention trading cards.

She might not be shaking hands with one of modern history’s most notorious villains, but it’s not exactly flattering, either. What satire is?

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Superman vs. Muhammad Ali Comic Getting the Action Figure Treatment from NECA

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

DC’s Superman vs. Muhammad Ali is probably the most famous super hero comic to cross over into the sports realm. Not that that list is long, but it’s still a famous team-up. Now the two titular stars are getting packaged together as action figures from NECA.

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2017 Topps MLB Sticker Collection — One for the Kids

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2017 Topps MLB Sticker Collection is the polar opposite of Dynasty, Triple Threads and every other high-end product. It’s about the players and an affordable price tag aimed at getting kids into baseball and collecting.

And if you don’t think kids can get excited about simple stickers, here’s young Eli to change that.

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2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Box Busters

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Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions.

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