Jackie Robinson Game-Used Rookie Jersey Expected to Fetch Millions

Any game-used jersey is great. A gamer from a Hall of Famer is even better. But some are just special. A game-used Jackie Robinson jersey from 1947, his rookie season, is a piece of history heading for auction in October.

According to Heritage Auctions, the company selling the jersey, it could go for more than $2 million.

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2016-17 Panini Preferred Basketball Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2016-17 Panini Preferred Basketball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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The Final Stretch: Penny Chenery, owner and breeder of Secretariat, passes away leaving a champion’s legacy

By Mike Payne

Lost somewhere behind the updated college football rankings, NFL results, the Monday Night Football preview and a story on Martin Truex Jr.’s dominance in NASCAR over the weekend, came a woefully understated news item from the world of sports.

Penny Chenery had died. She passed away September 16 at the age of 95 due to complications from a stroke, according to her family.

Even those who don’t follow horse racing likely have heard of Helen “Penny” Chenery, who owned 1973 Triple Crown Winner Secretariat, considered by many to be the greatest thoroughbred ever. Indeed, Big Red still holds track records for the three Triple Crown races: The Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes.

If you’re doing the math at home, that’s 44 years Chenery’s horse has held the race records.

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

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1978 Topps Close Encounters of the Third Kind Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open a box of 1978 Topps Close Encounters of the Third Kind trading cards.

What will they find? Watch and find out, but it’s not going to be anything with Richard Dreyfuss.

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2017-18 Donruss Basketball offers up modern cards with a distinctly retro feel

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The new NBA season will be in full swing once 2017-18 Donruss Basketball hits store shelves and collectors will be excited for even more cards featuring a very solid class that includes names like Markelle Fultz, Jayson Tatum, Josh Jackson, De’Aaron Fox, and Lonzo Ball.

A modern product with a decidedly retro feel, Donruss is also an affordable product that puts some power into packs. There are tons of inserts inside each hobby box, along with autographs and memorabilia at decent odds that make for a fun break for both established and novice collectors. Read More…

2017 Topps Now Baseball Cards Tell Season’s Story

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2017 Topps Now Baseball sees print-on-demand cards return for a second season. And while much of the concept remains the same, some changes show the line is evolving.

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Local Card Shop of the Week: Mike’s Stadium Sportscards

In 1978, Mike Fruitman was living in Miami and attended a morning kids show called, “The Skipper Chuck Show.” During the show, he received a goodie bag, which held a pack of Topps Baseball Cards. The Pete Rose and stick of gum he found in that pack set off the sports card butterfly effect on his life. After spending his youth scouring every store in his area for football cards, he is now someone that collectors go to when they need to get their card fix. Mike’s Stadium Sportscards is a 2,400 square foot daily cardboard party in Aurora, CO that hosts trade nights, live breaks, in-store autograph signings and occasional personal stories of encounters with Bruce Springsteen. I recently caught up with Mike to talk about the hobby in Colorado and what is behind the success of his shop.

 

JS: Can you give us some history on your store? When did you open the store and what made you want to jump into the hobby as an owner? 

MF: I found a sports card store in Boulder while attending the University of Colorado and I got back into cards after taking my high school years off from collecting. When I graduated, I found a local card store up the street from where my parents lived. After playing the role of Norm from “Cheers” there for a few months, I started taking small shifts…which turned into weekend shifts…which turned into full time. The shop was doing well, but one day the owner told me to stop buying cards completely. I’m not a great listener and I bought a 1989 Upper Deck Griffey rookie and doubled the shop’s investment. I told the owner about our successful move and he was surprisingly upset. I realized the handwriting on the wall and a week later, he approached me about buying the shop. I took whatever he owed me and bought the lease and fixtures and he kept the singles. Two days later, December 11, 1992, Stadium Sportscards became Mike’s Stadium Sportscards.

 

JS: Colorado sports teams have a fair amount of mainstream popularity across the country, none more so than the Broncos. How would you rank the local sports teams and players as it relates to popularity in your store? 

MF: Owning a shop in Colorado has been an incredibly lucky move for me. I remember growing up in Miami and waiting until Thursday afternoon to see if a car dealership would buy enough tickets for the Dolphins game to be on TV. Clearly, that’s not the case in the Mile High City. There’s no more visible job in the state than QB of the Broncos and I’m sure even the Governor would agree. After that, this year at least, comes the Rockies and the Nuggets. Sadly, the Avalanche haven’t really been relevant since the days of Sakic, Forsberg and Roy. Lately, the best selling single players are Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Siemian, Von Miller, Demaryius Thomas, Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray and, since I should probably choose someone from the Avs, Nathan MacKinnon. Feel free to PLEASE approach me about regional trading involving any of those players as well as any other popular current or former Colorado players.

JS: When it comes to those local teams, I have noticed that you have a lot of in-store signing events. Can you tell us about a couple of your favorite signers that have come to the store? 

MF: I have been lucky enough to host a number of signers over the years. My first autograph session was brought to me by Fleer in 1997. Back then, the Panthers had just drafted a WR from CU and they brought him to my store for an hour. In case you haven’t figured it out yet…my first autograph session was Rae Carruth. Feel free to Google him. After that, Upper Deck brought Cam Neely over as part of our winning a Hobby 2000 contest. My son jokes that I watch the 3rd round and after of the NFL draft since those are the players I’m likely to host. My favorite players to host are from the Denver Nuggets since I get to work their games and getting to host them allows me to know them on a different level than just working at the arena. Kenneth Faried, Chris Andersen and Malik Beasley stand out. There was an interesting moment last season when a Broncos fan showed up with the Thursday night color variation jersey top and bottoms for Kapri Bibbs. He bought two autograph tickets and when he showed Kapri his uniform, his jaw dropped. Apparently Kapri expected his jerseys to be waiting for him when the season ended and not on sale on the Panini website.  While he signed the jersey top and bottoms, I can’t say that he was really excited to do so.

 

JS: Other than signings, I see where you have several other events on your calendar, which is conveniently found on your FB page every month. Can you tell me about the Red and Blue Ticket Drawings you have? 

MF: I have been doing drawings for so long the guys at Office Depot know me as the “Admit One” guy.  As for those tickets, you get one red ticket for each purchase, another for each box you buy. Each Friday, we do double ticket day in advance of our Saturday drawings. I start the pot at $25 and each week it is not won, I add $25. This week is up to $175 and I don’t think for a second that my collectors don’t know that. As for the blue ones, it’s 1/box, 1/relic, 2/auto, 5/redemption and 10 for an auto relic. Each of those tickets gets you a shot to win 1 pack of each product that hits during that month. Should nobody be present at the drawing time with the right ticket, all the packs roll over to the next month. I’m glad to share these ideas with any shop owner so they can offer the same promotion. While to a large extent, giving out the tickets is about winning prizes, for my shop it is about justifying a sometimes expensive trip to the LCS. Fortunately it’s been a long time since recession talk, but shops need to appreciate that taking their collectors (and it is collectors; not customers) for granted is the most dangerous thing they can do. Whether it’s trade nights, drawings, having buckets of pretzels or candy at the ready or something as simple as knowing the names of your collecting base, I feel like a professional team owner. Collectors might not hit a home run with each and every box, but providing a fun environment can make up for not pulling a Jordan autograph. Remember when that used to be possible in boxes of NBA cards? Oh those were the days…

JS: As it relates to your FB page, I found your store on social media in 2015 and have followed your events since then. You are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You have found a way to make “Mike’s Stadium Sportscards” a nationally recognized name. How important has social media been to the sustained growth and popularity of your store?

MF: Social media might be the most underused facet in the industry. I embraced it relatively early, but am still expanding how I use it. It is easy (and successful) to take pictures of new collections and sell singles by putting them out for all to see. We also post our weekly emails and new product arrival information on social media as well. My favorite aspect of social media is Facebook Live. My shop is lucky enough to have close to 2400 friends on Facebook and I make a point of posting my case breaks on Facebook Live. It is something that allows me to show that I am not cheating collectors and I am able to showcase new releases on breaks, which has bolstered my box sales as collectors are introduced to different releases. I have been able to introduce myself to collectors all over the U.S. and a good percentage of my breakers are from outside Colorado.

 

JS: Let’s talk about products. What products have been the hottest in store this year? I know football is just getting kicked off but what has been the most popular with the customers and why?

MF: This year has been all about the long ball. Well, more like baseball, with some of the most popular teams having rookies that are tearing the cover off the ball. Actually, MLB has been on a run that goes back to 2011 (Sorry Strasburg, you cost me too much in 2010 to make the list) with monster rookies each year thanks to the cutoff of inclusion and the focus on Bowman releases. I can’t say for sure yet, but I would not be surprised if I go through more boxes of 2017 Topps Chrome than any other release. It was a monster when it hit in the midst of baseball insanity and before Bowman Chrome, Triple Threads and other annual offerings had released. Once football starts, it digs into the sales of every other sport.

 

JS: Clearly, successful card shop owners have had to be innovative over the years to remain successful. In the early 90’s, the card industry was on fire but there have been some ups and downs since then. What are some of the things you have done over the years to keep changing with the hobby?

MF: I’m not sure I am changing with the hobby, but I am beyond lucky that I have collectors who have either embraced, or are willing to turn a blind eye to, my quirky sense of humor. I’m pretty much the most immature 48 year-old on the planet and I don’t plan on changing that anytime soon. I have made some changes such as moving into a larger location about a year and a half ago. Since then, our trade nights and autograph sessions have both grown in popularity. Perhaps the biggest move I made was hosting card shows in my location. Yes, I invite other dealers into my shop to sell their cards. What it has allowed me to do is to introduce my brand to collectors who found out about me through the dealers who brought them into my shop. I get a free listing with Beckett, which is like a free ad for my store. Through friendships I have made at the Industry Summit and through social media, I have hosted Reed from the Baseball Card Exchange as part of his buying trips, Anthony Devine from IL will be making his third buying trip to my shop this weekend, COMC set up once as a drop off location and is interested in another visit and I am working with some other large singles buyers to stop in as well. While you might be surprised to learn that a shop like mine might welcome those other buyers, they have justified trips to my store by introducing numerous collectors while at the same time infusing the Denver collecting scene with a fair bit of coin, some of which was spent at my location.

JS: 2016 and 2017 have been very popular years for collecting. The hobby picked up steam in 2016 with Dak and Zeke and the rise of the baseball rookies in 2017 has kept the train rolling. What do you think the next year holds for the hobby?

MF: Looking ahead, I am mostly positive. The MLB rookies that will be included in 2018 releases already have significant interest and that was before the announcement of the expected invasion of 102 MPH throwing and HR hitting Japanese pitcher, Shohei Otani. If he lives up to advance billing, he might make us forget the insanity created by Ichiro arriving in 2001. While we could use some more QB standouts in football, I have seen enough from the other key position players to feel confident about 2017 NFL products. I actually did a 2017 Absolute case break tonight and for the first time since early in 2014 collecting, it was cool to own the Browns in a break.

 

JS: With the current popularity of the hobby, what advice would you give to new (or returning) collectors to get the most out of hobby?

MF: My advice to all new or returning collectors is to ask questions. I subscribe to “the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask” theory. I actually suggest that newbies drop into other stores or check out the shows in the area to see how other people go about collecting. I can’t say that I have lost anyone over that suggestion and many people have thanked me for being so honest. Beyond that, I don’t mind turning them onto COMC as a means to move some of their singles I cannot use. I do not look at it as losing out on a buying opportunity, but more as establishing myself as someone who is more interested in their enjoying the hobby than my having to extract every dollar from them. Remember, I never call my collectors customers. The idea of them feeling like I look at them as a $50 visit or a 3 box buyer instead of people who I have earned the trust of, means so much more.

 

JS: I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t ask about your awesome side gig with the NBA? What does that entail and do you still have that gig?

MF: I have always been a concert addict. I went to see Bruce Springsteen at McNichols in 1988 and in addition to being Born To Run, I was watching one usher be-bop up and down the aisle. He was getting paid to be there, was closer to the stage than I was and looked like he was having a better time. So, I hit him up for the company phone number and got hired. Since then, I’ve probably thrown out a few thousand people who didn’t belong, taken in a similar amount of concerts/sporting events; been part of World Youth Day and Presidential visits; helped open Pepsi Center, Fiddler’s Green and so many other venues on top of being close to double digit visits from The Boss in that time. I still have the same passion for making a show go off without incident while learning that security guards are like offensive linemen; you only hear our names when we mess up. So if you ever watch a Nuggets game, you might find me standing in my eunuch pose during timeouts on the court when there is replay. It is always fun standing there as my phone goes off from friends who see me during the game. I would think after all these years they would know I’m not exactly able to answer the phone while the refs are standing behind me trying to see if it is a Flagrant 1 or a Flagrant 2. I spend most of my Nuggets evenings in the corner where the team comes on and off the court and have the privilege of being with the team before they hit the floor. One of my favorite nightly routines is to palm a basketball while one of the guards tries to palm it away from me. Let’s just say I hope Emmanuel Mudiay is the first one out each night, since his hands aren’t quite as big as those of Jamal Murray.

 

JS: Lastly, what in-store events do you have on the horizon that you would like to share?

MF: Looking ahead, I am in talks with one of the original Rockies players to drop in as well as some Broncos players that I have wanted to host for quite some time. Also looming is Panini Black Friday which is the best non-single day promotion in the hobby. What I am really looking forward to is 12/11/2017 which will represent my shop’s 25th birthday. I had no idea if I was going to remain successful enough when I started to live up to the lease I assumed. Since then I have moved locations 4 times and have hopefully landed for the last time. Sure, there are things I might have done differently and of course it would be nice to have a “standard job” from time to time, but that’s not my style. I hate the mundane and truly love what I have been able to create. I get to do what I do. I get to own a sports card store that people spend all week looking forward to visiting. I get to host athletes from time to time and offer my collectors the chance to meet people they have admired. I get to be the ringmaster at my trade nights, case breaks and card shows. I never walk up to my front door with my key in hand regretting the life I have chosen like the guy in the Dunkin Donuts commercial who “has to make the donuts.” I feel for people like that who have to go to work each day. While I might want to trade paychecks with a few of them, I would never want to change lives with them. With the way that things have been going lately, I might just get my wish.

 

Mike’s Stadium Sportscards

Mike Fruitman

4032 S Parker Rd

Aurora CO, 80014

(303)699-9808

 

Hours of Operation

Sunday: 12pm-5pm

Monday-Saturday: 10am-8pm

 

FaceBook – Mike’s Stadium Sportscards

Twitter – @mikesstadiumsc

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Email – cardmn5150@aol.com

 

2017-18 NBA Hoops Basketball Gives Hot Rookie Class Early Cards in New Uniforms

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

Rookie Cards featuring the basketball’s brightest new stars are going to be the focus of Panini America‘s 2017-18 NBA Hoops Basketball and the latest installment of a hobby favorite is going to hit hobby shops and retail outlets just as the new season begins.

No other basketball brand today has the tradition behind it like NBA Hoops and it is loaded up with plenty of variety in every box. While there is bound to be plenty of excitement for the first mass-market cardboard of players like Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, and Jayson Tatum, there is a lot more to enjoy as you rip open packs. Read More…

2017-18 Upper Deck Tim Hortons Hockey cards will have Canadians devouring doughnuts

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Hockey cards are often regarded as an important part of Canadian culture. For generations, folks across the nation have grown up chasing cardboard pictures of their heroes. Even though many people often let the hobby fade into childhood nostalgia, the cards still remain part of a shared experience and a reminder of that comes about once in a while.

For the past three years, that reminder has happened just as the NHL season is about to begin anew and the hotly-anticipated release of 2017-18 Upper Deck Tim Hortons Hockey cards are just around the corner. Soon, Canadian coffee drinkers and doughnut entusiasts will head out to their closest Tim Hortons location and they will be able to grab a pack of cards for $1.99 or just $1 with a beverage purchase.

Even though the promotion is set to begin on September 27, cards have already shown up on eBay. While insert odds are not yet available, Beckett Media has requested them from the public relations firm representing Tim Hortons. A special binder will also be available to hold your cards. Read More…

2017 Topps On-Demand Introduces the World to Bojack Horseman Trading Cards

2017 Topps On-Demand is another extension of the card maker’s online exclusives. Similar to their Throwback Thursday line, it isn’t specific to one sport or license. But unlike Throwback Thursday and others like it, the checklists are more expansive. They’re still on the small side, but most offer a little more like parallels and inserts.

Among the sets? Bojack Horseman.

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2017 Panini National Treasures Racing Features Only Autographs and Memorabilia

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2017 Panini National Treasures Racing marks the second year for the ultra-premium NASCAR release. Although autographs and memorabilia cards dominated the majority of the 2016 set, this time around they’re the only thing.

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2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball Checklist, Team Set Lists and Plenty More

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

With the 2017-18 NBA season on the horizon, 2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball marks one of the final releases of the year.

A premium product with a hefty price tag in the $500-per-box range, 2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball has five hard-signed autographs per box on average along with two base cards and a parallel. However, there is one box in each case that is expected to sub out one of those parallels for a precious metal card which will house a generous piece of gold or silver. Read More…

2017 Panini Instant Football Debuts at the NFL Combine, Carries on as Season Unfolds

The NFL doesn’t take much of a break. Shortly after the last pieces of confetti fall at the Super Bowl, it’s time for teams to start prepping for the draft. 2017 Panini Instant Football sees the online-exclusive, print-on-demand line return for a second season.

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2017 Panini Phoenix Football Has Bold Designs, New Color Burst Parallels

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Phoenix is rising once again. 2017 Panini Phoenix Football marks the sophomore effort for the brand. Once again, bold designs, autographs and memorabilia cards are among the draws. It’s also a little bit cheaper than many of Panini’s high-end releases, which should help give it a bit broader base of entry for some collectors.

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2017 Topps Heritage High Number Variations and SSPs: What You Need to Know

The 2017 Topps Heritage High Number variations follow a similar path as those that were part of the main set from earlier in the season. That means they come in several varieties. It also means that some of the short prints are much tougher to pull than others.

Types of 2017 Topps Heritage High Number Variations and SSPs

Variations come in five themes: Action Image, Team Name Color Swap, Error, Traded and Throwback Uniform. Based on the hobby odds, Action Image are the easiest to pull at 1:31 2017 Topps Heritage High Number packs. They’re followed by Color Swap (1:110), Error (1:461), and Traded (1:461). 2017 Topps Heritage High Number Throwback Variations are by far the toughest to pull at 1:1,648 hobby packs.

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2017 Topps Stadium Club MLS Variations Gallery

For a set that’s largely about photographs, the 2017 Topps Stadium Club MLS variations offer up even more action images. But spotting the 20 short prints isn’t necessarily the easiest, especially because almost every card in the base set already comes with a standout shot.

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2017 Panini Prizm Football Slides Down the Rainbow

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Color and chrome are the overriding themes in 2017 Panini Prizm Football. A familiar base set and autograph assortment are joined by some new inserts. Running throughout the checklist is a full rainbow of parallels, making it one of the brightest sets of the year.

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2017 Bowman Chrome Autographs and Prospect Breakdown

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Another year, another big batch of prospects getting their first MLB autographs. The 2017 Bowman Chrome autographs feature a mix of recent draft picks and international standouts. As with past years, for many of these players, it could be a few years before they become household names.

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2017 Baseball Card Release Dates and Set Information

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2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball Checklist Highlights Prospect Autographs and More

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

There are few releases more anticipated this season than 2017 Bowman Chrome Baseball and it is the best place to get autographed Rookie Cards from promising talents that are making a splash at the big league level now or in the future.

Available as either Hobby or Home Team Advantage Choice boxes, there are certain perks to purchasing either type. Hobby boxes come with a pair of autographs along with an all-new Prospect Shimmer parallel and two 2016 Arizona Fall League Fall Stars inserts. The HTA Choice option offers up three autographs in a box instead to cut right to the chase for some collectors. Read More…

2017 Topps UFC Chrome Brings Brand to the Octagon for the First Time – Checklist Is Up

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By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It’s hard to imagine that despite having the UFC license for close to a decade, Topps has never done a Chrome MMA set. 2017 Topps UFC Chrome changes that. And with it comes many of the family elements collectors may recognize from Topps Chrome sets in other sports and even entertainment licenses like Star Wars.

Refractors and autographs all play a big part in 2017 Topps UFC Chrome.

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2017 Panini National Treasures Baseball Crosses Generations with Autographs and Memorabilia

2017 Panini National Treasures Baseball doesn’t concern itself with traditional base cards. Rather, it’s all autographs and memorabilia cards from a number of generations. It’s also the first time that Mickey Mantle has been featured in the ultra-premium line.

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The 2017 Bowman Mega Box Is Back at Target

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A few months back, 2017 Bowman Mega Boxes started showing up on Target shelves. Not only did they have packs of 2017 Bowman Baseball but some Chrome exclusives as well. Among those exclusives was the first North American card of Japanese super-prospect, Shohei Otani.

And then they were gone.

But now the 2017 Bowman Mega Boxes are back, again at Target.

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2016-17 Panini Flawless Basketball Gets Ready to Shine Bright Like a Diamond

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

The competition and demand for high-end cards featuring the NBA’s best talents can be intense, but there is one annual release which caters to the hobby’s high rollers – from the packaging to the cards inside – and the release of 2016-17 Panini Flawless Basketball is imminent.

A brand that saw Panini America take super-premium trading cards to a new level, Flawless comes packaged in a metal briefcase and there are 10 cards to be found inside – including at least one encased card featuring a diamond. Every card in Flawless is limited to 25 copies or less and each autograph is signed on-card. Read More…

New rookie ink and more on the way with 2017-18 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

The NHL season will be in full swing once 2017-18 Upper Deck Trilogy Hockey releases in early January and collectors will be ready to get their hands on plenty of ink from the freshman class that will undoubtedly have some hobby favorites within it.

With eight packs per box, Trilogy expects to deliver something in each pack on average with the potential to pull three autographs and five serial-numbered cards inside. There will be some popular concepts returning like Signature Pucks and Tryptichs alongside plenty of autos on Plexi-Glass. Read More…

2017 Topps Clearly Authentic Baseball Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Brian Fleischer and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017 Topps Clearly Authentic Baseball.

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2017 Topps Throwback Thursday Baseball Makes New from Old

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2017 Topps Throwback Thursday makes new cards from old designs. Not that the concept is a new one from the card maker.

Like last year, the idea is to mash up recognizable elements from their large library of products and give them a different spin. Each week, a new mini set is released with a new theme and a different design.

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2017 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Valyrian Steel Trading Cards Take a Heavy Metal Approach

2017 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Valyrian Steel

In Westeros and the world of Game of Thrones, Valyrian Steel is the ultimate weapon. It’s the diamond of metals, always sharp and filled with enough power to strike down just about anyone or anything — including White Walkers. When it comes to trading cards, 2017 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Valyrian Steel represents a premium offshoot of sorts for the main seasonal card line.

And it’s not just the cards that are upscale. The configuration is as well. Each box has just three packs, each containing only four cards. Two are base while the other two are inserts — one “tech” insert and one premium card that would traditionally be classified as a box hit.

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

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2017 Topps Stadium Club MLS Is Big on Photos, Small on Frills – Checklist and Team Set Lists Added

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2017 Topps Stadium Club MLS isn’t the brand’s first set on the soccer pitch but it is for the expanding North American league. With it comes the photography focal point. And while there are other inserts, including two autographs per hobby box, the images are the attraction.

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Three Of Beckett’s Top 25 SEC Impact Players Play In LSU/Mississippi State Game Saturday

Beckett Sports and CBS Sports teamed up with 247Sports and Scout to created the SEC Impact Players issue, with breakdowns of each team, coach, and a ranking of the Top 25 SEC players.

This weekend’s matchup of the LSU Tigers against the Mississippi State Bulldogs features three players in the Top 10 of those rankings. The game promises to be an intriguing one, as both teams look to open SEC play with a huge victory.

The No. 1 player in our ranking is LSU RB Derrius Guice, and he’s been proving that preseason ranking correct so far, tallying 224 yards and four TDs in two games. Meanwhile, the No. 4 ranked player OLB Arden Key has been hampered by injury, but is expected to play in Starkville on Saturday.

Mississippi State QB Nick Fitzgerald, deemed the ninth best player in the SEC, was expected to shoulder much of the load for the Bulldogs offense, and so far he has done just that. He’s passed for 363 yards and five TDS in two games, but he will face a major step up in defensive strength when he faces the Tigers.

Read up on all the best SEC players, coaches, and teams with CBS Sports and Beckett Sports SEC Impact Players issue. Order yours today!

2017-18 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey Checklist, Team Set Lists and All You Need to Know

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By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Arriving just before the next NHL season begins, collectors can get hyped up for all the on-ice action when they break open packs of 2017-18 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey.

Once again, hobby boxes will contain eight packs, each with a hit in one form or another. Look for three cards that will be either autographs, memorabilia, or an Aurum insert along with four serial numbered parallels and a Rookie Redemption card of a member of the 2017-18 freshman class that will debut during the early months of the season. Read More…

National Hockey Card Day set for March 3, 2018

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

A hobby as beloved as hockey card collecting deserves to be celebrated and Upper Deck is once again ready to pay tribute to it on March 3, 2018 with National Hockey Card Day.

With celebrations taking place in both Canada and the United States, collectors will be able to visit their local card store or retail outlet that offers up Upper Deck products in order to get in on the action and break some complimentary packs of cards. Read More…

2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Checklist, Team Set Lists and More

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By Dave Sliepka | Beckett Baseball Editor

Go directly to the 2017 Topps Heritage High Number checklist and team set lists.

2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball picks up where the 500-card early-season release left off. In a continuing nod to 1968 Topps Baseball, this is not Series Two, it’s not Update. True to the late 1960s, it’s High Number.

Just like its base series set predecessor, look for one auto or one memorabilia card per hobby box. Plus, you will find one 1968 Style Box Loader per box. Read More…