Peyton Manning Rookie Card Countdown

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Peyton Manning is one of the best ever but you wouldn’t know it based on the prices of most of his rookies. High-end meant something very different in 1998 than it does today. As a result, the majority of Peyton Manning rookie cards are within reach of everyone, even those with a small card budget.

Of course, that is somewhat relative. Manning is an all-time great quarterback so you’re not going to find any of his rookies in quarter bins unless it’s by mistake or it’s in rough shape. But on the other end, you’re not going to have to pay thousands for the majority of his first base cards. There are a couple of extremely valuable Peyton Manning rookie cards but most can be found at reasonable prices given his place in the NFL record books.

But with more than 40 to choose from, which are the best and most valuable Peyton Manning rookie cards? We’ve ranked them all.

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McDavid bonus card available to collectors building e-Pack foil set

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A week after the release of Upper Deck’s e-Pack website, collectors are starting to see the potential bonuses of upgrading their base cards and Young Guns to an exclusive foil parallel version.

Those that not only build a complete foil board set of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series One Hockey, but also the soon-to-be-released 2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey will receive a bonus Connor McDavid silver foil facsimile autograph card. Read More »

Eichel leads Young Guns for 2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Buffalo Sabres rookie Jack Eichel is finally getting his Young Guns card, and he has plenty of company as Upper Deck has announced the lineup for the ever-popular subset’s latest installment set to come in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey.

With a photo taken following his second professional goal that came against the Columbus Blue Jackets as the second overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft debuted back on October 12, this card is joined by 48 other Young Guns that include budding stars such as Jake Virtanen, Zachary Fucale, and the league’s latest Rookie of the Month, Louis Domingue.

Read on after the jump for a complete Young Guns checklist and for a look at some of the other rookie-themed inserts coming in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey. Read More »

2016 Topps Chrome Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trading Cards Info

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Rey, Finn, Kylo and the rest of Episode VII are getting shinier. 2016 Topps Chrome Star Wars: The Force Awakens puts the company’s signature chromium spin on the film.

Hobby boxes comes with one premium card from a list that includes autographs, sketch cards, medallions, costume cards and printing plates.

This being Topps Chrome, there are also several types of Refractors.

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Happy Birthday, Hank Aaron!

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On the day Hank Aaron celebrates his 82nd birthday, Beckett Vintage Collector is revealing the cover of the next issue of the magazine – The Hammer himself in a vintage image circa 1957.

A feature on Aaron and his standing in the hobby, along with a gallery of virtually every one of his Topps cards from 1954 to 1976 are included in the issue. Also shown in the issue: Aaron’s first card, a 1952 postcard picturing a 17-year-old Aaron as a member of the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League.

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Box Busters: 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball

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Join Beckett Baseball’s Brian Fleischer and Eric Norton as they rip into a box of 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

5 ways to make National Hockey Card Day a little more special, even if it’s not all for you

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Saturday, February 6 marks 2016 National Hockey Card Day. And while some free cards are definitely a big draw, you can make it more than that. Here are five simple things you can do to make the day more memorable for you and those around you.

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Box Busters: 2015-16 SP Game Used Hockey

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Join Beckett Hockey‘s Dan Hitt and Eric Norton as they rip into a box of 2015-16 SP Game Used Hockey in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Top 10 Photos in the 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball Base Set

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Baseball is the closest the brand has even seen to a full-bleed design. Save for the small corner nameplate and the smoke effects coming out of two of the other corners, it’s all up to the pictures.

No pressure.

When you’ve got 350 cards, not every one of the images is going to be special to the average person. That said, 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball has plenty of shots that go beyond ordinary. Here are ten of the best.

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Retro Busters: 1996 Independence Day

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Join Beckett non-sports and gaming analyst Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open 1996 Independence Day.

2016 Panini UEFA Euro Prizm Soccer Card Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini UEFA Euro Prizm Soccer isn’t likely to slip under as many radars as the similarly themed World Cup set did in 2014. Or 2015 Panini Select Soccer. This is the latest set for the sport that takes a more premium (but not too much) approach.

It has a sizable base set, plenty of inserts and parallels and the promise of one autograph or Prizm parallel numbered to 20 or less per hobby box.

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2016 Topps Chrome Luis Severino Autographed Jumbo Cards land as online exclusive

2016 Topps Chrome Luis Severino Jumbo Autograph

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The first Topps Chrome baseball cards of 2016 aren’t in any packs. And the player selection is limited to one, Luis Severino.

The young Yankees pitcher has a jumbo autographed card that’s only available through the Topps website.

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2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball Details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Panini Diamond Kings Baseball  brings back the artistic stylings that the name has been known for since the very beginning. Sticking largely with the formula from last year, boxes are kept on the small side. Each has 12 packs and promises two total autographs and memorabilia cards and a pair of framed parallels.

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2016 Topps Baseball Complete Set hobby versions include exclusive parallels

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball might be out, but your player rainbow isn’t done — at least it won’t be until the factory set arrives. Hobby versions of the 2016 Topps Baseball Complete Set not only have the full base sets of Series 1 and 2 but a handful of exclusive parallels that aren’t available in packs.

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What’s a buyback card?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

On the surface, sports cards seem like such simple things. To most, they’re small rectangles of cardboard with athletes on the front and some sort of write-up on the back. In reality, things are a lot more complicated than that. And with the added complexity comes the possibility of confusion as we try to figure things out. But sometimes we might be too afraid to ask what something is. Like buyback cards. What exactly are these things.

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2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball Variations Short Prints Gallery

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations are strictly based on photo selection. RIP Sparkles. So long Stat Backs. Compared to the past couple of years, it’s all straightforward and simple. And while the card backs can be helpful to confirm your suspicions, they’re not required.

Some of the 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball variations do have a theme. If you come across a card where the player is wearing a camo jersey, there’s a good chance it’s a variation (we haven’t had a chance to check all 350 cards yet to see if any such photos slipped into the main set).

Camo jerseys aren’t the only variations, though. Others go with an even more basic photo swap. Below is a detailed checklist of all the confirmed variations as well as a detailed gallery of the short prints alongside their base card counterparts.

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Yu-Gi-Oh! Emperor of Darkness has arrived

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By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

Greetings fellow duelists! On January 29, we saw the release of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! Structure Deck, Emperor of Darkness. This deck caters to all players who are fans of the Monarch card types. The deck comes with 41 Cards broken down as follows: 2 Ultra Rares, 3 Super Rares, 36 Commons and 1 Token card.

Today we will cover some of the highlights of this deck that make it worth getting.

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What’s in a name? Nickname autographs can add some variety to your collection

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

You’re an old-school football fan and have amassed a half-dozen Joe Namath autographs over the years. But do you have a “Broadway Joe”? If a Yankees fan pulls a standard Dustin Pedroia autograph, the reaction might be one of, “meh.” Make it a “Muddy Chicken” and, chances are, even the deepest of rivalries can be set aside.

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Let’s face it, autographs are everywhere in today’s hobby. There’s a reason for that. But with so many out there, it takes a little something extra to make them special. To me, nickname autographs are one of those things. It’s a niche that adds something personalized. And they’re not too common, either.

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2016 Topps Tier One Baseball details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Tier One Baseball is another all-hits installment for the brand. And, for the most part, not a lot has changed. Some tweaks have been made to the design, but it has the same overall feel.

Sticking with the same sort of box setup it has used in the past, each one comes with two autographs and one relic card.

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2016 Topps First Pitch checklist includes Mo’ne Davis, Jordan Spieth, Kristaps Porzingis

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Actors, golfers, professional skateboarders — 2016 Topps First Pitch covers some massively varied ground when it comes to its featured subjects. And, at this point, not a lot of names are known.

The insert set returns for a second year, immortalizing some of the folks who kicked off games with the ceremonial toss. The focus the first time around varied but, understandably, much of the attention went to the celebrities. Many of the most popular from 2015, like Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, don’t have many cards so they were a novelty on several fronts.

When the 2016 Topps Series 1 checklist was released, a couple of things were missing. The first are the traditional photo variations but those are never announced in advance. The First Pitch inserts were also left to be a surprise.

Jordan Spieth is one of the most notable. Winner of both the 2015 Masters and U.S. Open, the young golfer had yet to have a traditional trading card outside of one included in an issue of Sports Illustrated Kids magazine. This is the first Jordan Spieth card to arrive in pack form. That said, he’s wearing a Red Sox jersey and throwing a ball rather than a collared shirt and putter.

Mo’ne Davis was the first girl to pitch a shutout in the Little League World Series, making the achievement in 2014. While it would have been great to have a card of the teenager then, this is a notable alternative.

Kristaps Porzingis, arguably the rookie making the biggest splash in the NBA this season, makes his baseball card debut. The Knicks standout took to the mound before a Mets game last June.

2015 finally saw horse racing get another Triple Crown. Victor Espinoza, who was the jockey on American Pharaoh, is part of the First Pitch set.

While most everyone on the 2016 Topps Series 1 First Pitch checklist can be seen as a hero in some form, a couple take that embodiment to a new level. Gabrielle Giffords is a politician from Arizona who survived an attempt on her life during a public rally in 2011. Rebekah Gregory was injured during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 while protecting her young son. And then there’s Evelyn Jones, who threw out a pitch at a Mariners game last July at the age of 108.

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Seven Topps Football Products Due in February

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By David Lee | Beckett Football Editor

It looks like Topps is going out with a bang… at least from the NFL licensed card market.

Topps is planning a massive February, starting this week. The company, which has been producing pro football card sets for 60 consecutive years, announced what looks to be its final product of the year. There are seven (count’em, seven!) Topps football products scheduled to release this month, starting with 2015 Topps Fire and 2015 Topps Museum Collection this week. Five are due in the final week of the month. You have to wonder if Topps is planning on using up its memorabilia vault in these final seven products.

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Tentative 2016 Topps Doctor Who Timeless Autographs Checklist Announced

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

An initial 2016 Topps Doctor Who Timeless autographs checklist has been announced. While there are a lot of signers from the last set, Timeless adds more than 30 new actors to the lineup as well.

Several Doctors are on the checklist including David Tennant, Tom Baker and Colin Baker. Joining them is Sylvester McCoy who played the Seventh Doctor.

The other big new addition is Arthur Darvill who played Rory.

Besides basic autographs, 2016 Topps Doctor Who Timeless has a handful of Dual and Triple Autographs, Autographed Costume cards and Autographed Medallions.

The full initial 2016 Topps Doctor Who Timeless autographs checklist is below.

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Remember when Jose Canseco and Ichiro pitched? 2016 Topps Pressed Into Service does.

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

There’s something funny about a position player taking to the mound. The score is probably ugly and the bullpen worn out. Rather than tiring them out for no real reason, bring in an outfielder or second baseman and at least there’s a glimmer of entertainment and novelty on an otherwise gloomy day. 2016 Topps Pressed Into Service is an insert set that delves into some of those moments, creating pitcher cards for players normally known for playing elsewhere in the field.

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Unreleased 2015 Topps Chrome Carlos Correa, 2016 Gypsy Queen autographs surface online

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Last night three 2015 Topps Chrome Carlos Correa autographs were offered up for sale on the Blowout Cards forums. All three were Refractors, a Purple numbered to 250 and two Reds numbered to 5. Nice cards. The only problem is, they’ve never been released to the public.

So how did someone end up with not only these three cards but some other autographs from the yet-to-be-released 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball?

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Trying not to get caught up in John Scott cards

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Remember that feeling of excitement and pride you got watching Rocky for the first time? John Scott was the real-life equivalent at the 2016 NHL All-Star Game. His story is one for the ages (with a major motion picture in the vein of The Rookie or Miracle probably being discussed at this very moment). But even in the overriding joy of the moment, if you’re a collector, it’s the kind of thing you’ll want to be careful getting caught up in.

Unless you actually like paying more for something than you have to.

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Imports Dragon offers exclusive NHL All-Star Game figures

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Imports Dragon, the exclusive manufacturer of NHL and NHLPA-licensed action figures, is offering visitors of the 2016 NHL All-Star Fan Fair in Nashville, Tennessee an opportunity to own two figures of their hometown heroes.

Available for sale at the company’s booth for the first time were Premium Sports Action 6″ figures of Nashville Predators All-Stars Pekka Rinne and the show-exclusive Shea Weber featuring the 2016 NHL All-Star Game logo. Limited to 2,400 and 3,600 copies respectively, they were proving to be a hot seller at $20.00 each.

“They (the fans) have been extremely receptive,” noted Imports Dragon Brand Manager Alexandre Ouellette. “They haven’t seen anything like this in a long time. The fan base here has grown and we’re really excited. The figures are beautiful. The Pekka Rinne wasn’t an All-Star exclusive, but we made sure that the Shea Weber wasn’t out there before the All-Star Game. We wanted something special for the NHL and the fans in Nashville as well.” Read More »

2016 Topps WWE Undisputed is Autograph-a-mania

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps WWE Undisputed is sticking with the high-end concept and configuration it brought with it in the brand’s debut. Once again there’s a hit per pack and everything is done with a premium feel.

Each box has six autographs plus a pair of autographed relics.

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2016 Bowman Inception Baseball card details

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Bowman Inception Baseball is focused primarily on three things: young players, autographs and abstract designs. Actually, this has been the brand’s niche since it debuted. Although the spotlight is still on rookies and prospects, more veterans have been added to the product compared to past years.

Every card in the product has an autograph. Five-card boxes deliver four regular autographs and one autographed memorabilia card.

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2016 Panini Super Bowl 50 Private Signings Autographs promo launches

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

In something that has become something of a Super Bowl tradition, Panini is offering an incentive for those buying football boxes off their website. The 2016 Panini Super Bowl 50 Private Signings Autographs checklist features a mix of veterans, rookies and retired stars. All of the cards are exclusive to the promotion.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Celebrity Apprentice: What’s in the cards?

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Hopefully the hobby has learned its lesson and we won’t get another card set for The Apprentice (although those Donald Trump-worn tie cards are good for a chuckle). That being said, there’s some high-profile cards connected to the latest incarnation of Celebrity Apprentice, which is now being hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Let’s take a look at the key cards for some of the stars and guests announced for the show. It all starts with Schwarzenegger, the original Terminator and former California governor.

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The inside story of how Upper Deck’s e-Pack came to life

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The recent announcement of, e-Pack, Upper Deck’s foray into the world of digital trading cards created waves in the hobby as it will be the first company to offer collectors the opportunity to take their virtual cards and give them the opportunity to eventually hold them in their hands.

Upper Deck President Jason Masherah was present at the 2016 NHL All-Star Fan Fair in Nashville, Tennessee to present the company’s latest initiative and discussed what motivated him to take trading cards to a new level.

“For me, the vision was to essentially bridge digital and physical,” he said. “You can’t replace a game-used jersey card. You can’t replace an autograph card digitally. It just doesn’t work and people always want those types of items, so the question was, how do you use the digital technology to make trading cards and trading card packs more accessible? The vision was if a consumer wants to be on a subway in New York and open a pack of cards, give them that ability. If you live in a town of 50 in northern Canada and you don’t have a trading card store within miles and you want a pack right now, it gives you the opportunity to satisfy that need. That’s really what this is about, getting packs of trading cards out to every possible consumer worldwide.” Read More »

(Very) Initial Impressions of Upper Deck e-Pack

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Upper Deck teased getting into the digital trading card realm a couple of months ago. But it was little more than a mention in a press release for the launch of 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey. Suddenly, Upper Deck e-Pack is here.

I’ve been a casual user of digital card apps like Topps Bunt, Star Wars Card Trader and Panini Dunk for a couple of years now. I can’t say I’m heavily invested in any of them but I do see the appeal. But I see where physical cards come into the equation as well.

And that’s what intrigues me most about the overlying theme of Upper Deck e-Pack — it’s aim to live in both the digital and physical frontiers.

So how does Upper Deck e-Pack stand up? It’s too early to say but here are my launch-day impressions from giving the program a spin.

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2016 Panini COPA America Centenario Soccer stickers info

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Just because 2016 isn’t a World Cup year doesn’t mean there aren’t any major international soccer tournaments. 2016 Panini COPA America Centenario Stickers cover one of the biggest. Highlighting the sports oldest continental competition, the collection features the best national squads in North and South America.

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Mike Trout leads off the 2016 Topps Series 1 Baseball checklist

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2016 Topps Baseball checklist starts with Mike Trout and ends with Chase Utley (at least until Series 2 comes out).

Following an online vote, the Angels outfielder was picked to lead off the flagship release.

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Upper Deck e-Pack seeks to change the virtual trading card world

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

There is a new competitor in the digital trading card market as Upper Deck has announced its e-Pack initiative and it could finally bridge the gap between virtual and physical cards.

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