2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey to focus on rookies and parallels

2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum McDavid

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Back for a sophomore effort this season, 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey is out to build on its intriguing debut release with even more rookie and parallel power inside of packs.

Essentially a souped-up and shiny version of the traditional O-Pee-Chee set, there have been some minor changes made in order to satisfy collectors and certainly attract those who may have been reluctant to break some packs last year. With a strong freshman crop in 2015-16 and on-card autographs from many of the best rookies, 2015-16 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey is going to be in serious demand once it is unleashed on the hobby in March. Read More »

Exclusive 2015-16 Upper Deck Hockey Parkhurst Rookies land in special Walmart blasters


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’re brave enough to venture into a Walmart on Black Friday, congratulations. You deserve an award for your bravery. Some cards, perhaps? Special 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Black Friday blaster boxes include a special set of Parkhurst Rookies inserts not available elsewhere.

Yes, Connor McDavid is on the checklist.

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Good luck finishing your 2015 IDW Star Wars Micro Comic trading card set

2015 IDW Star Wars Micro Comics 21 Chewbacca

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you’ve taken a wander through a toy store or card aisle in the past couple of years, you’ve likely encountered IDW’s micro comics. They’re a packaged deal that comes with a small comic (usually a reprint) and extras like stickers and posters. The 2015 IDW Star Wars Micro Comic packs include trading cards.

However, if you’re aiming to complete the set, it’s far from easy. In fact, it might be one of the hardest sets of Star Wars trading cards to ever put together.

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2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters Dog Tags info

2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters Dog Tags B

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

First, Ghostbusters trading cards were announced. Now there are collectibles you can wear. 2016 Cryptozoic Ghostbusters Dog Tags take the trading card concept and apply it to something a little different.

The collection has a total of 24 tags, each with an image that’s either from the original movie or an illustration that’s based on it.

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5 simple things sports card collectors can be thankful for

2015 T FB Var 209 Richard Sherman

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor | Commentary

On Thanksgiving, it’s easy to think about the spread on the table, the ringing of the doorbell, the nightmarish giant balloon characters floating through the streets of New York and lots and lots of football.

At some point in the day, though, it’s good to reflect on the good things we have in life. And for card collectors, there are several. Here are five simple things we can be thankful for and give us a little perspective.

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1968-69 Topps Test Basketball, one of the rarest sets in hoops history


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

If you want to talk rare and valuable vintage basketball card sets, there’s one that’s at the forefront. 1968-69 Topps Test Basketball doesn’t look altogether fancy. However, because it’s a rare test issue, the low-key styling doesn’t matter much.

Instead, it’s one of those elusive specialty releases that takes time, patience and some budgeting to bring together. Although the set doesn’t have many common players, even those can fetch hundreds of dollars in decent condition.

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Jose Bautista’s bat flip ugly Christmas sweater is epic, but it’s not the only one

Jose Bautista Ugly Sweater

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Jose Bautista made a statement in the ALDS with his instant-classic Game 5 home run and even more epic bat flip. It was only a few days before it became a tattoo. Now it’s taken the ugly Christmas sweater trend to a new level.

“Merry Flippin’ Christmas,” indeed.

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2016 Cryptozoic Attack on Titan Dog Tags Info


By Ryan Cracknell

Attack on Titan is one of the hottest animated shows on the planet right now. The Japanese anime series features an epic storyline, impressive art and lots of action. It’s also got a booming portfolio of licensed products to go with it. 2016 Cryptozoic Attack on Titan Dog Tags may not be trading cards, but they’re distributed in a way that should be familiar to card collectors — not to mention those that focus on the growing world of tags.

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2015 Panini Immaculate Football First-Day Dandies

2015 Immaculate Jumbo Patch Autograph Marcus Mariota

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With 2015 Panini Immaculate Football releasing, a bunch of nice cards are hitting the secondary market and making their way into personal collections.

And while this brand is like the hobby Porsche or Jaguar, it doesn’t mean that people with more Sedan means and budgets can’t enjoy checking out some nice cards.

Here’s a gallery of some of the more interesting 2015 Panini Immaculate Football autographs and memorabilia cards to surface on release day. Although there are plenty of attractive cards in the product, this does represent what most would consider to be premium hits and may not reflect the average break.

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Upper Deck allows fans to vote on Series Two Young Guns photos

Young Guns

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Hockey Editor

Upper Deck staff members are hard at work putting together the second series of the company’s flagship set and it has once again allowed collectors to vote on photos that will appear on its regular and canvas Young Guns cards.

Set to be released in February, 2015-16 Upper Deck Series Two Hockey is going to include hotly-anticipated rookie cards from Buffalo Sabres freshman Jack Eichel along with prime young talents such as Jake Virtanen of the Vancouver Canucks and Noah Hanifin of the Carolina Hurricanes.

By going to Upper Deck’s official voting page before midnight on Monday, November 30, votes can be cast for these three cards. Additionally, collectors may cast their ballot for their favorite option for UD Canvas Young Guns cards of Detroit Red Wings rookie Andreas Athanasiou and the hottest young star on the hockey card market, Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers. Finally, Arizona Coyotes rookie sensation Max Domi will be receiving a special Team Canada UD Canvas card where the photo is up for voting.

To see the options you can vote on, read on after the jump.

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2015 Topps Doctor Who Checklist

2015 Topps Doctor Who Checklist - Tardis Patch P-11

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2015 Topps Doctor Who checklist represent one of the most comprehensive releases the show has ever seen. This is especially true when you take into account the fact that most of the sets released in the past have been focused on European distribution.

After some long delays, the set is finally out. It mixes a big base set, several themed inserts, autographs, relics and more.

And if you’re looking for the checklist, you’re in luck.

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2016 Topps Finest Baseball brings the noise, just like it always has


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

For 24 straight years, Finest has been pushing the limits of loud. The brand is kind of like the house music of the hobby. It’s not for everyone, but its thumping feel brings comfort and appeal to those who like it more pulsating than traditional. 2016 Topps Finest Baseball has a mix of familiar elements and some totally new designs.

Hobby boxes once again come in the form of two mini boxes, each with six packs. A master box promises a pair of autographs.

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College Football Stars You Can Collect NOW


It’s never too early to start talking about next year’s rookie class. With the college football regular season winding down and the playoff picture becoming more clear every week, we thought we’d take a look at several college stars who already have cards on the market. Here are seven players who are projected to enter the 2016 NFL Draft who you can add to your collection now.

by David Lee
Editor | Beckett Football

Ezekiel Elliott, RB, Ohio State
The rumbler from Ohio State captured everyone’s attention last year in the National Championship when he dominated with 246 yards and four touchdowns. Elliott finished 2014, his sophomore season, with 1,878 yards and 18 touchdowns. In 2015, he has also been impressive with over 1,500 yards and 17 touchdowns near the end of the season. He’s the consensus top running back prospect for the 2016 NFL Draft. Elliot was included in the 2013 Leaf Army All-American Bowl set and has a Jersey Autographs Bronze #JAEE1 that’s currently listing for $50. He has several other cards in the product. His 2015 Sports Illustrated for Kids #398 can be found for just a few dollars.


Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama
In the mold of former Alabama back Eddie Lacy, Derek Henry is a big bruiser who can also break big plays. At 6-3, 240 pounds, few defenses have been able to contain him for an entire game. He has had success against some of the SEC’s toughest defenses. Last season he rushed for 990 yards while sharing carries with T.J. Yeldon. This season he was at 1,526 yards and a national-best 21 touchdowns after 11 games. He should be a first-round pick in the draft. Henry had one of the most prolific high school careers ever, breaking a 51-year-old career high school rushing record. He finished with more than 12,000 yards in high school. He was included in 2013 Leaf Army All-American Bowl and the 2013 Leaf Metal Draft Army All-American Bowl. He has autographs that can be found for about $50-$80 right now.


Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor
The Heisman candidate in the nation’s top scoring offense is projected to be one of the top receivers drafted. Corey Coleman has a big frame and has shown the ability to wrestle the ball away from defenders, which will be a huge benefit in the NFL. He was leading the nation with 20 touchdowns after 10 games this season, and had totaled nearly 3,000 career yards. Baylor looked on track to possibly make the top four in the College Football Playoff but a loss to Oklahoma likely derails that. Still, Coleman could definitely be one of the hottest 2016 rookies to collect if he does declare for the draft. You can find his first card in 2012 Upper Deck USA Football, including an autograph for less than $20.

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2016 Topps Series 2 Baseball includes tributes to Ken Griffey Jr, Ichiro


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Series 2 Baseball not only picks up from where Series 1 left off, but it includes commemorative inserts for a couple of Seattle Mariners legends.

The checklist goes well beyond the Pacific Northwest to expand on earlier themes from the first release as well as adding new ones.

Hobby boxes stick with the traditional one autograph or relic. Jumbo boxes have one autograph, one relic and one manufactured relic.

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Want to own the game-worn Ken Griffey Jr. jersey he wore on his 2015 Stadium Club card?


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

As far as modern baseball players go, few jerseys are more intriguing than Ken Griffey Jr. Grey Flannel Auctions has a game-worn Mariners home jersey from Griffey’s rookie year up for bid.

For card collectors, the photomatch gives it a little extra meaning and connection. It appears as though it’s also the same jersey Griffey wore in a photo shoot with his father, Ken Griffey Sr, which went on to make for a memorable 2015 Topps Stadium Club Baseball card.

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How to get replacements for damaged or missing sports cards

Missing and Damaged Cards

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

You bust a box of cards and you’re missing a promised autograph. You find a card of your favorite player in a pack only to notice the side has been made into something gnarly not done by human hands.

As annoying as it is to spend good money on sports cards only to find there’s something’s not there or damaged, there is hope.

While each sports card manufacturer has their own way of handling missing or damaged sports cards, they all have replacement systems in place to, hopefully, make things right.

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2016 Topps Tier One Baseball is coming, but details are still largely under wraps

2016 Topps Tier One Baseball George Brett Bat Knob

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

2016 Topps Tier One Baseball is another all-hits installment for the brand. And while some very basic details on the configuration have been released, there’s still a lot that’s to be revealed.

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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2015 Bowman Draft Baseball autograph checklist coming together


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

It started with Dansby Swanson and Brendan Rodgers, two of the top three picks in the 2015 MLB Draft. As the 2015 Bowman Draft Baseball autographs checklist continues to take shape, it’s becoming apparent that they’re not holding back when it comes to top 2015 draft picks.

Names are slowly being unveiled through the Bowman Twitter account in the lead up to the release of the final checklist.

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2015-16 Panini Uncle Drew basketball cards given away at Cavaliers game

2015-16 Panini Pepsi Uncle Drew Dunk

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Not many wrinkle-skinned, grey-haired uncles can dunk a basketball. But then again, Uncle Drew isn’t your average uncle.

The alter ego of Kyrie Irving and Pepsi spokesman now has his own set of basketball cards thanks to a promo card giveaway at the November 21 game between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks.

Those attending the game at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland received a set of 2015-16 Panini Uncle Drew basketball cards.

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Every Who has its Rose: Billie Piper autographs in 2015 Topps Doctor Who

2015 T Doctor Who Autographs Billie Piper Mock-Up

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2015 Topps Doctor Who autographs checklist is getting a boost from one of the top stars since the show rebooted in 2005 — Billie Piper.

Doctor Who might revolve around the Doctor himself, but companions have always helped round out the show. A long line exists of people who have traveled through time and space inside the Tardis. But, as far as the modern spin of the show goes, few are more recognizable than Piper’s Rose Tyler.

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2015-16 Panini Eminence Basketball to push high-end to a new level

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor

A super high-end revolution is on the way and 2015-16 Panini Eminence Basketball will be the catalyst with cards containing pieces of precious metals, hard-signed autographs, cut signatures, and what is expected to be an extremely limited print run – the shortest in company history, in fact.

Announced through an online video that was recently posted through Blowout Cards, preliminary details did note that no card will have more than 10 numbered copies produced. The cards will have hunks of silver, gold, or platinum embedded into them as well. Panini America has claimed that these cards are unlike anything the hobby has ever seen and there is still a great deal of mystery surrounding them.

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Kevin Costner autographs coming to 2015 Leaf Trinity Baseball

2015 Leaf Trinity Baseball Kevin Costner Autographs

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Crash Davis. Ray Kinsella. Billy Chapel. When it comes to baseball movies, few actors, if any, have had more memorable roles than Kevin Costner. And while he has appeared on a couple autograph cards in the past, they’ve all been cut signatures. That changes with 2015 Leaf Trinity Baseball, which now has the first non-cut cards with certified Kevin Costner autographs.

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Monday Morning Collector: NFL Week 11

Week 11 Newton

Every Monday morning throughout the NFL season, we’ll select our rookie, veteran and breakout players of the week and provide a run down on why collectors should take notice. Here are our selections for NFL Week 11.

By Justin Grunert

Veteran of the Week:

Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

(246 yards passing, 5 touchdowns, 123.3 rating)

Cam Newton is making a strong case for to win this year’s MVP award over Tom Brady. Newton was dominant in Sunday’s 44-16 blowout of the Redskins. He threw five touchdowns, four of which came in the first half. He also did not throw an interception in the game. Collectors had started to cool a little on Newton’s cards, but that didn’t last long. With the Panthers 10-0 on the season and almost a lock to win the NFC South, he should start getting more attention from collectors. Expect to see his value rise, especially if he can lead the Panthers to a deep run in the playoffs.

Cards to Grab:

2011 Exquisite Collection #11 JSY AU/99 ($600)

2011 Playoff Contenders #228A AU RC ($120)

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2015 Topps Chrome Football Variations Gallery


By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

The 2015 Topps Chrome Football variations are a close match to their predecessors found in the regular 2015 Topps Football.

The checklist might not be quite as large, but that doesn’t mean it’s small.

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Beckett Non-Sports: Holiday Retro Busters Preview


By Matt Bible | Beckett Non-Sports and Gaming Analyst

It is once again that time of year. A time to spread good tidings and cheer to our fellow man and what better way to do that here at Beckett than have special holiday editions of Retro Busters?

While there aren’t many holiday releases from which to choose, I was able to find a couple that I think will be fun for all the collectors out there to see. So, without further ado, here is the holiday lineup for Retro Busters…

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National founder Mike Berkus passes away

Mike Berkus

By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Sports Card Monthly Editor

National Sports Collectors Convention co-founder Mike Berkus, who is regarded by many as being one of the most influential forces in the history of the hobby, passed away yesterday.

A longtime collector that transitioned into a show promoter in the 1970s, he played a key role in making the National into the world’s most prominent trading card show and an institution among collectors.

According to a Net54 message board announcement from Ken Goldin, Berkus died as a result of brain cancer. Over the next few days, Beckett Media will collect memories from many of those whose lives he touched and share them here.

Would you get a tattoo of a card company logo? This collector did.

MDonovan UD Tattoo

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

Tattoos are intended to be something personal. They come in all shapes, all sizes and are placed on all parts of the body. No matter what they’re of, they’re symbols of who we are and what we love — at least at the moment that we got them.

For Matt Donovan, that meant getting a tattoo of Upper Deck’s logo.

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Box Busters: 2015 Topps High Tek

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Join Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a box of 2015 Topps High Tek in this latest edition of Box Busters.

What will they find inside? Watch and find out …

Box Busters: 2015 Topps Valor

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Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Brian Fleischer as they rip into a box of 2015 Topps Valor in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Box Busters: 2015 Crusaders of Lornia

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Join Beckett non-sports and gaming analyst Matt Bible and guest commentator/gaming expert Ian McDaries as they open 2015 Crusaders of Lornia.

This is Eternal Relic Games’ initial release, so we are giving a ton of stuff away. Watch the video and leave a comment. You could win a playmat, recruitment deck, a rare promo card, or an entire box of Crusaders of Lornia. Winners will be selected and announced on December 4.

Box Busters: 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs

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Join Beckett non-sports and gaming analyst Matt Bible and Eric Norton as they open 2015 Upper Deck Dinosaurs.

Leave a comment below and you could win a special lot of Dinosaurs cards. Deadline for giveaway is December 4.

*Correction: These boxes retail for $100, not $60 as suggested in the video

Box Busters: 2015 Panini Contenders Baseball

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Join Brian Fleischer and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a box of 2015 Panini Contenders in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Box Busters: 2015 Panini Playbook

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Join Beckett Football‘s Justin Grunert and Dave Sliepka as they rip into a box of 2015 Panini Playbook in this latest edition of Box Busters.

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Beckett Gaming: Yu-Gi-Oh Yugi’s Legendary Decks


By Ian McDaries | Guest Commentary

This last week Konami released a very special product for all Yu-Gi-Oh players and collectors: Yugi’s Legendary Decks. This exciting new product appeals to many fans of the Yu-Gi-Oh series and brings a majority of the main protagonist cards in one product. You can find fan favorites such as Exodia, Dark Magician, and Dark Magician Girl. Below is a quick break down of what you can expect to find in this fantastic collector’s product.

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2015 Topps Chrome Football marks the likely swan song for a popular brand

2015 Topps Chrome Football Melvin Gordon Pink Refractor Autograph

By Ryan Cracknell | Hobby Editor

With Panini poised to takeover exclusive NFL card rights starting in 2016, 2015 Topps Chrome Football marks the end of an era for one of the hobby’s most popular brands. It might not have the longevity of the flagship football line, but to the modern hobby, Chrome might be more important.

Sticking with what has made it an important brand, 2015 Topps Chrome Football hasn’t changed much. It still has the promise of one rookie autograph per box and the intrigue that comes with an abundance of Refractors.

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