Glove Used by School-Aged Babe Ruth Nets More Than $341,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Babe Ruth is most famous for wearing the pinstripes of the New York Yankees. His pitching career with the Boston Red Sox is also well known among even casual baseball historians. It turns out that even Babe Ruth memorabilia from before his professional career can fetch large sums. A Babe Ruth catcher’s mitt from his days at St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys in Baltimore sold for $341,600 on Saturday, April 30 through Goldin Auctions.

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Rocky 40th Anniversary Fine Art Prints Released by Topps

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s hard to believe, but four decades have passed since Rocky Balboa first fought Apollo Creed on the big screen. Topps, who has a long history with the franchise, has released a series of limited edition Rocky 40th Anniversary prints through their website.

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Beckett Media Adds Currency Converter to Website

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With exchange rates constantly changing, it can be tough to get a good gauge for what something might cost or be worth where you are. Beckett Media has made this a lot easier for collectors in all corners of the globe by adding a currency converter to the Online Price Guide, Organize, and Marketplace web pages. With the currency converter, international customers can view collectibles pricing data as well as subscription and merchandise prices in their own currency.

“By identifying and implementing features that accommodate all collectors, Beckett easily becomes a destination for the global collecting community,” explains Bill Sutherland, Senior Director, Beckett Collectibles.

The process for selecting currency is easy.  When visiting the Beckett website, the converter automatically identifies the customer’s location and selects the appropriate currency.  Currency-related fields in the activated pages will automatically reflect the new amount.

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The conversion rate refreshes every hour, giving customers regular updates of the amounts. While the currency fields show the converted amount, all purchases are still processed in U.S. dollars.

The converter is not limited strictly to geolocation.  It can be used by anyone who wants to try it out.  At the top of the page, a field will show “$ USD” or whichever currency was selected for that person.  To change it, simply click on the drop down arrow and select the new currency option.

Currently, 64 different currencies are available to choose from in the drop-down menu.  In the next release, all remaining currency options will be available.

2016 Bowman Baseball Superfractor Tracker — Yoan Moncada, Kenta Maeda Autographs Found

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The Superfractor has emerged as the pinnacle of modern baseball cards, particularly when it comes to a player’s first autograph. The 2016 Bowman Baseball Superfractors are topped by several new prospects. But some of the other inserts offer new Superfractors of established names and autographs of key 2016 rookies.

For those not familiar with Superfractors, they’ve been established as the top parallels in Topps products that use chromium stock. While this can carry over to Topps Chrome, Finest and others, it’s in Bowman and Bowman Chrome that it’s tops with baseball collectors. Today, Superfractors are one-of-ones. Design-wise, they look like they have gold spirals tiling in the background.

With only one copy of each, keeping tabs on them can be tricky. With that in mind, here’s a running tally of the 2016 Bowman Baseball Superfractors we’ve spotted in the wild.

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2016 Topps Bunt Baseball Gets Physical

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In the world of comics, there are often different timelines that allow for the same hero to live, die and do all sorts of different things. 2016 Topps Bunt Baseball is sort of like the baseball card equivalent of a multiverse. It takes the branding of the app that lives in the digital realm and makes it a physical set.

This isn’t a high-end release by any means. From a price tag standpoint, it compares to Opening Day. Rather than focusing on hits, it’s more about blending the worlds of physical and digital baseball cards. Although these are real cards, there are code cards that bring in a separate digital element with its own set to build.

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Here’s What the 2016 NFL 1st Round Picks’ Donruss Rated Rookies Could Look Like

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The first round of the 2016 NFL Draft is done and 31 players have their first pro homes. Some players’ fortunes rose as their names were called earlier than expected. Others saw fortunes go up in smoke. As they dropped, so did the potential big-dollar guarantees in their first contracts.

As they have in the past, Panini used the draft to unveil digital rookie cards of players within minutes of having their name called by Roger Goodell. They used a couple of designs. One showcased players as Rated Rookies with the 2016 Donruss Football design.

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2016 Topps WWE Checklist

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The 2016 Topps WWE checklist aims to have a comprehensive look at pro wrestling’s superstars past and present. Rather than taking on a theme like 2016 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania before it, it takes more of a flagship approach.

In addition to the base set, there’s a mix of inserts, autographs, memorabilia and manufactured relic cards. Several of these are cross-set inserts devoted to the career of a specific superstar. The Rock, Triple H and Brock Lesnar all continue insert sets that started with 2016 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania. The Bret Hart Tribute set kicked off in 2015 Topps WWE Road to Wrestlemania. This will likely be the toughest of the four Tribute sets to find as the cards are exclusive to value boxes in Canada.

For those looking to chase autographs, the 2016 Topps WWE checklist has a couple of notable first-time signers as far as licensed WWE cards go. Hall of Famers Rikishi and “Superstar” Billy Graham signed for the product. Both have autographs elsewhere but not in WWE products.

The full 2016 Topps WWE checklist is below. The set is scheduled to release officially on May 4.

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2016 NFL Draft Round 1 Hobby Impact

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By David Lee
Editor, Beckett Football

The NFL Draft always shakes things up. It can make you think about rookies you may have overlooked or overrated. It also has a big impact on the veterans you are already collecting. Here are four major headlines from round one of the 2016 NFL Draft that could impact your collection the most.

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Limited Edition New Era Bryce Harper Cap Includes Exclusive Topps Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Some baseball cap collectors will find a surprise when they pick up a limited edition New Era Bryce Harper 2015 NL MVP commemorative cap. The hats include one of three exclusive Topps Bryce Harper cards.

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Box of Sports Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re looking to bust a box of sports cards, there is no shortage of options out there. Walk into some shops and it’s like Baskin-Robbins. Only thing is, sports card boxes cost a lot more than a couple of scoops of ice cream in a waffle cone.

And while ripping into every box in sight can be fun, the cost can add up very fast. And in the process, you might just end up with a stack of cards rather than something you want and enjoy.

To help you from getting overwhelmed and maybe even disappointed, here are five basic questions to ask yourself and consider before shelling out a significant amount of money on a box of cards.

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2016 Panini Yo-kai Watch Stickers Info

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Yo-kai Watch is kind of like a mix of a couple of ’90s classics: Pokemon and pogs. Kids probably won’t see it that way, though. Unless you bequeathed them with a collection of those round caps (or they’ve heard Millhouse brag about his ALF pogs on a rerun of The Simpsons).

No matter what they’re like or not like, Yo-Kai Watch is a thing. In addition to the figures, pog-like coins, dog tags, plush toys, video games and cartoons, there are 2016 Panini Yo-kai Watch Stickers.

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2016 Funko POP NFL Wave 3 Figures Drop the Helmets, Gain More Personality

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Funko is returning to the gridiron for a second year. The 2016 Funko POP NFL Wave 3 lineup features a fairly sizable assortment of players, just like its debut in 2015. However, there is a notable change that should help the figures be more distinct from one another.

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2016 Topps UFC Knockout Box Busters

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Join Beckett’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Topps UFC Knockout.

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2016-17 O-Pee-Chee Hockey 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…

Reaction and Concerns Over 2016 Finest Baseball Distribution Changes

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Some major changes have happened to 2016 Topps Finest Baseball and it has nothing to do with the cards. Following weak pre-sales from dealers and distributors, the product has switched to an almost online-only model. And some aren’t happy about the changes and how they were communicated.

Hobby shops that have direct MVP status with the card maker are still having their pre-orders honored. All others, including distributors, have had their orders cancelled. To buy it now, everyone will have to buy it direct from Topps.

“Topps is dedicated to delivering consumers great products. Pre-order volumes were very low making it nearly impossible to deliver a great product using the existing wholesale distribution network,” said Jordan Greenstein, Topps Director of Sports and Entertainment Marketing. “Topps MVP Hobby stores will receive the product as usual assuming they placed an order.”

2016 Topps Finest Baseball is now available on the Topps website for $99.99 per box or $799.89 for an eight-box case.

While no numbers were disclosed, Greenstein did say that production was drastically cut compared to last year’s set.

These changes are causing some concern to those who thought they would be selling 2016 Topps Finest Baseball and paid for the product months ago.

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2016 Topps Now Baseball delivers cards in real-time throughout the season

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Now Baseball is bringing cards into real-time. These aren’t digital cards. Rather, they’re highlight cards that are being printed as events and achievements happen over the course of the season.

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2016 Topps Finest Baseball Checklist

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While the product has undergone some major distribution changes, the 2016 Topps Finest Baseball checklist looks as you might expect. Like recent years, it’s not a massive checklist, both in the base set and its inserts.

Continuing a shift that started a couple of years ago, the focus on autographs — which land two per hobby box — is more on veterans and retired players and less on rookies.

But the biggest change of all for 2016 Topps Finest Baseball is in how the set is being sold. Topps announced late that it was shifting to a direct sales model. Their MVP shops would still get their pre-orders filled. The rest of the product has been made available on the Topps website for $99.99 a box or $799.89 for an eight-box case.

Continuing reading for the full 2016 Topps Finest Baseball checklist.

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2016 Leaf Greatest Hits Baseball card details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Leaf Greatest Hits Baseball is similar to their Best Of line, only bigger. Similar to Best Of sets, it’s driven by repurchased cards. But instead of a box having just one, Greatest Hits has four. A fifth card features a new Cal Ripken Jr. autograph line that’s exclusive to the product.

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Chris Evans Signing Autographs for 2016 Upper Deck Captain America: Civil War

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Since they started making sets for the Marvel movies, Upper Deck has managed to snag signatures from some pretty big stars. Chris Pratt for Guardians of the Galaxy, Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston for Thor, Cobie Smulders for The Avengers and plenty more. 2016 Upper Deck Captain America: Civil War adds another name to that list — Captain America himself, Chris Evans.

The 2016 Upper Deck Captain America: Civil War Sign of the Times Actor Autographs checklist isn’t huge. However, most of the names that are on there are anything but fillers. In addition to Evans, there’s also Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), both of whom have signed in the past. Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter) is signing for the first time.

All of the 2016 Upper Deck Captain America: Civil War Actor Autographs signers have a couple of different versions of their cards. There are also various combinations of multi-signature and autographed costume cards.

Comic creators are also included in the product with Captain America Best Moments Autographs.

Take a look at the full 2016 Upper Deck Captain America: Civil War autographs checklist below. The set is currently set to release on May 18.

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2015-16 Upper Deck Contours Hockey Box Busters

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

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2016 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Box Busters

2016 Topps Museum Collection Baseball Hobby Box

Join Beckett’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016 Topps Museum Collection Baseball.

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Make America GPK Again: 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids April Primaries Stickers

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just as the campaigning and nightly news stretches out, 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids April Primaries stickers offer yet another spin on the dwindling fields of Republican and Democratic hopefuls.

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2016 Leaf Rookie Retro Highlight Vintage and Modern Rookie Cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Leaf Rookie Retro is similar to their various Best of products only with a focus that both broader and more narrow.

Each box is highlighted by a graded card from the past that’s either a rookie or prospect card. There’s also an exclusive card that’s not found in any other products.

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2015-16 Upper Deck AHL Hockey Box Busters

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

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2016 National Sports Collectors Convention Autograph Signers

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

When the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention kicks off in August, a large roster of athletes will be on hand for autographs and photos.

The Autograph Pavillion will once again be handled by Tristar. They’re hoping to bring in more than 100 athletes. While that list is still evolving, the first group of names have been announced.

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2016 Panini Gala Football Puts Autographs, Memorabilia on the Marquee

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2016 Panini Gala Football brings over the cinematic themes and high-end configuration that premiered with the brand in basketball. In addition to its focus on autographs and memorabilia, the set also features what is likely to be some of the rarest rookie cards of the year.

Each 2016 Panini Gala Football has five cards four of which are autographs or relics.

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2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 2 Prime Slime Trashy TV Details

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It’s a good time to be a fan of TV right now. Not only are a lot of the shows among the best ever produced, but we can watch them almost anytime we want thanks to the miracle of technology. Another sign the television landscape is good? It’s getting spoofed. 2016 Topps Garbage Pail Kids Series 2, which comes with the sub name Prime Slime Trashy TV, takes on the best and worst of the small screen.

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2016 Topps Five Star Baseball Is Another All-Autograph Affair

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Five Star Baseball maintains the smaller box configuration it started with last year. Although it may make boxes a little more accessible, this is still one of the most expensive baseball brands from Topps.

And what does it bring?

All autographs. Every 2016 Topps Five Star Baseball has two signed cards. And if it’s not a cut, it’s an on-card signature.

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Signed Document Banning Pete Rose from Baseball Tops $85,000

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The story of Pete Rose and his ban from baseball is a tragedy on many levels. No winners came of it — not Rose, not his fans, not those directly involved with the decision. But with tragedy comes history. And paperwork. A major piece of the paperwork, a document making Rose’s ban official sold on April 23 through SCP Auctions for $85,602.

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Leaf Releases Chyna Autograph Cards Following Wrestler’s Death

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Before her death on April 20, Chyna had only 13 autograph cards. Of those, 12 came in one TNA release, the vast majority of which were parallels. That number has grown by two as a pair of previously unreleased 2012 Leaf Originals Wrestling Chyna have hit the market. Leaf put out the cards through eBay.

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Yogi Berra’s Family, Steiner Sports Sign Exclusive Deal

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Steiner Sports already has a long history with the New York Yankees and several of its players. This continues with the memorabilia company signing an exclusive licensing deal with the family of Yogi Berra.

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2016 Panini Clear Vision Football Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With Topps no longer in the physical football card market, that means Topps High Tek is no more. That means that 2016 Panini Clear Vision Football is likely the lone product of the year driven by acetate. The brand returns for a sophomore release that comes in the early part of the football card season. And while autographs are more plentiful than 2015, they’re still not easy to come by.

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2016 Topps Dynasty Baseball Cards Get More Colorful

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The first two sets of Topps Dynasty Baseball had color but much of it came from the patches found on the majority of the cards. 2016 Topps Dynasty Baseball keeps a similar configuration but the design has been given a colorful and textured overhaul.

Once again, boxes come with just one card numbered to 10 or less. Everything is either an autographed memorabilia card or a cut signature. Needless to say, it remains at the top of Topps’ high-end portfolio.

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2015-16 Leaf In The Game Heroes & Prospects Hockey details

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

With the 2016 NHL Entry Draft about two months away, fans of teams that did not make it to the postseason are buzzing about the potential prospects that could join their clubs in coming years. While some of these promising talents have already made their way into some trading card sets, the arrival of 2015-16 Leaf In The Game Heroes & Prospects Hockey in June will see some strong early pieces hit the market in time for their names being called on draft day.

Last season, Leaf’s first Heroes & Prospects effort caused a bit of a shock for longtime fans of the brand as it moved from a traditional format featuring base cards and more to a hits-only release. There are 10 autograph or memorabilia cards in each box and in addition to some of the best junior players in the world, there are also vintage game-used memorabilia pieces that In The Game products are known for. Read More…

1857 Document Outlining Original Baseball Rules Sells for $3.26 Million

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By Ryan Cracknell |Hobby Editor

Most movies about time travel warn about the dangers of changing history. But what if history was wrong? The earliest known set of baseball rules, a document titled “Laws of Base Ball” has changed some of the game’s backstory. Far surpassing expectations, SCP Auctions sold the document for $3,263,246. That’s one of the highest prices ever paid for a piece of sports memorabilia in a public sale.

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