2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Variations Gallery

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball variations come in a couple of different forms. Topps confirmed two sets of short prints when the set was first announced. One is a continuation from 2017 with more Capless Variations. Jackie Robinson Day Variations bring over a theme used in the past in other Topps Baseball sets.

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Variations

And then there are Team Swap Error Variations that, at this time, remain a bit of a mystery.

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1991 Topps Desert Shield Baseball Sets Don’t Get Any Better Than This

Coming out at a time when card sets were, by and large, mass produced to numbers that are still hard to fathom today, 1991 Topps Desert Shield Baseball is an exception. It’s rare, it has a unique history behind it and cards are tough to find in top condition.

With a checklist of 792 cards, putting a set together is a major challenge in any condition. To put one together where virtually every card is graded Gem Mint, it’s a massive accomplishment.

The top-ranked 1991 Topps Desert Shield Baseball set in PSA’s registry is currently up for bid through Mile High Auction. And the price it’s fetching so far reflects what a rarity it is.

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2018 Panini Classics Football Combines Old and New

2018 Panini Classics Football is a set for the ages in that it puts its focus on several different generations. Checklist-wise, there are plenty of veterans and rookies. But there’s a strong contingent of retired stars and Hall of Famers as well.

As far as design goes? It’s nostalgia. As a whole, they’ve got a vibe that’s rooted in the 1950s or ’60s.

Bringing things full circle, 2018 Panini Classics Football does have modern additions like autographs and memorabilia cards. And let’s not forget chrome.

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Panini’s Signing with the (Future) Stars

By Mike Payne

With the final week of spring training as the backdrop, the fifth annual Panini Spring Training Road Trip rolled through Phoenix Monday night for the first of three days of top MLB prospects signing autographs for the card manufacturer.

Nearly 25 prospects gathered in the Valencia Ballroom at the Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Monteluci, signing anywhere from 500 autographs each to as many as 2,000. Players signed on-card autographs for Donruss Optic, Immaculate and National Treasures. Those not signing cards signed stickers for future Panini sets.

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2018 Topps 80th Anniversary Wrapper Art Checklist and Details

2018 Topps 80th Anniversary Wrapper Art revisits some of the company’s iconic art that’s greeted collectors over the years. Yes, cards of wrappers.

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2018 McFarlane NBA Series 33 Figures Big on Stars, Not So Much on Debuts

The 2018 McFarlane NBA Series 33 lineup has no problems with name recognition. All five confirmed players rank among the league’s biggest and most popular. Champions, All-Stars, award winners–they’re all part of it.

However, when it comes to McFarlane debuts, there’s just one–at least among what has been announced. One is still a surprise.

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2018 Topps Premier League Gold Soccer Checklist and Details

2018 Topps Premier League Gold Soccer gives the premium treatment to the European League. While that includes multiple autographs in every hobby box, it also carries over to the rest of the set.

2017-18 Topps Premier League Gold Soccer

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2017-18 Upper Deck AHL Hockey Checklist Puts Prospecting on Ice

Baseball isn’t the only sport where prospecting comes into play with up-and-coming players working their way through the ranks. Hockey might not have the same prospecting foothold on the hobby as baseball, but it’s there. 2017-18 Upper Deck AHL Hockey is one of the bigger products of the season dedicated to the game’s young players.

2017-18 Upper Deck AHL Hockey

Although not overly complex from a structural standpoint, the product does have a solid amount of autographs and other chase elements.

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2017 Panini National Treasures Football Brings the Big Guns

Jump directly to the 2017 Panini National Treasures Football checklist and team set lists.

2017 Panini National Treasures Football brings all the super-premium elements collectors expect from the line. It’s not just autographs, but a higher number of them are marquee autographs. It’s not just basic jerseys, but lots more patches and prime swatches. Print runs for individual cards are low. You get the idea.

The brand has been a staple for more than a decade now and 2017 doesn’t see it change direction.

2017 Panini National Treasures Football

2017 Panini National Treasures Football has six hits per box–three autographs and three memorabilia cards.

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Saquon Barkley Signs Exclusive Autograph, Memorabilia Deal with Panini America

Saquon Barkley, one of the top players heading into the 2018 NFL Draft, has signed an exclusive deal covering both autographs and memorabilia with Panini America. That means that Panini products will be the only place to find signed cards of the running back.

Saquon Barkley Panini Authentic

Panini Authentic will also be the lone place to get Saquon Barkley autographed memorabilia.

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2017-18 Upper Deck CHL Hockey Looks to the Game’s Future

Jump directly to the 2017-18 Upper Deck CHL Hockey checklist and team set lists.

2017-18 Upper Deck CHL Hockey takes a fairly expansive look at the sport’s minor leagues. Taking a moderately straightforward approach similar to Upper Deck AHL, a sizable base set is complimented by modern elements like autographs, scarce parallels and a couple of insert sets.

2017-18 Upper Deck CHL Hockey Base Joseph Veleno

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2018 McFarlane NBA 32 Figures Look for Big Ballers and Collectors to Trust the Process

The 2018 McFarlane NBA 32 lineup features several notable debuts. Actually, five of the six players are getting their first McFarlane figures. They include a rookies, some young stars and some players who have come into their own over the past couple of seasons.

McFarlane NBA 32

Of course, McFarlane NBA 32 also has a few chase variant figures as well.

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2018 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 3 Trading Cards Combine Love, Action and Time Travel

Outlander trading cards might not be on the radar of a lot of collectors, but the line has been a big one for Cryptozoic thus far. A huge part of that is because they’ve reached fans of the show who might not normally be card collectors. So it shouldn’t be surprising that the 2018 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 3 trading cards stick with a similar format as the first two.

2018 Cryptozoic Outlander Season 3 Hobby Box

That means an autograph and a costume card in every box.

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So Long, Toys “R” Us and Thanks for All the Baseball Cards

For millions of people, trips to Toys “R” Us were a seminal part of growing up. Wandering the aisles, the rows and rows of soaring shelves looking even higher from the low kid vantage point. The Empire State Building might as well have been made out of LEGO boxes, Transformers and Barbie dolls.

Sure, it was expensive, but that was for the adults to worry about. As kids, we had no concept of money. We either had enough or we didn’t. And even if we had enough, it didn’t mean our parents would let us spend it.

Full disclosure, I didn’t have a Toys “R” Us close by until I was a teenager and had moved on from He-Man and G.I. Joe. That didn’t mean I didn’t view the chain through a magical lens of awe. In Canada, I still saw the commercials on the American channels beamed north from Washington State. I saw the ads in my comic books. I hummed the jingle walking to school. I wanted Geoffrey the Giraffe to come to my birthday party.

And now, it’s coming to a close, at least in the United States. Toys “R” Us is set to suffer the same fate as a cancelled toy line. Whether it comes back in some new form or we compromise for some kid nostalgia watching old commercials on YouTube remains to be seen. For now at least, there’s the option of taking a trip to Canada where stores are still open. But it’s safe to say the days of burning rubber with a Big Wheel up and down the aisles are over.

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2018 Topps Walking Dead Season 8 Part 1 Details

New characters, new zombies Walker, more deaths — it’s the way of The Walking Dead. For 2018 Topps Walking Dead Season 8 Part 1, there are some new designs, new themes and new autographs included on the checklist.

What isn’t new is the configuration. Like other recent seasonal sets, hobby boxes come with a guaranteed autograph plus one additional hit. These range from more autographs, memorabilia cards, sketch cards and manufactured relics.

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2018 Panini Stars and Stripes USA Baseball Has Draft Prospects, National Team Legends

2018 Panini Stars and Stripes USA Baseball tracks the national team, both past and present. That means lots of prospects making their way through the ranks as well as players from the past who represented the USA in international play.

Autographs and memorabilia are a big part of the set’s hobby version with one hit in each pack.

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2018 Topps Stadium Club MLS Soccer Lets the Photos Do the Talking

2018 Topps Stadium Club MLS isn’t an overly complicated product. Its main focus is on photography. It’s been the Stadium Club way since the brand debuted back in 1991.

2018 Topps Stadium Club MLS

That doesn’t mean that there aren’t other elements because there are. That includes a pair of autographs in every hobby box.

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2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files Goes Big on Characters, Autographs

2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files is the fourth installment of the line. As it has been from the beginning, the focus is on offering a large checklist that delves deep into characters.

2018 Topps Star Wars Galactic Files

But that doesn’t stop it from crossing into other areas. Autographs are one per hobby box. Boxes also come with an additional premium card that could be another signature, a sketch card, a memorabilia card or a manufactured relic.

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2018 Topps Heritage WWE Pays Tribute to 1989

2015 Topps Heritage WWE went back to 1985 for its design inspiration. The next two years progressed through 1986 and 1987. 2018 Topps Heritage WWE skips ahead a year, drawing from all things Topps Baseball in 1989. The result is a throwback look and feel for present and past superstars.

2018 Topps Heritage WWE

Keeping with other recent Topps WWE card sets, hobby boxes guarantee at least one autograph plus and additional hit.

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The Daily: 2012 Panini Contenders Kirk Cousins RC

2012 Panini Contenders Kirk Cousins RC Autograph

The Card: 2012 Panini Contenders Kirk Cousins RC Autograph #155

2012 was a big year for rookie quarterbacks. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III went one-two in the draft. Ryan Tannehill and Brandon Weeden also went in the first round. Within a couple of years, Russell Wilson helped bring a Super Bowl to Seattle for the first time. Kirk Cousins was all but an afterthought at the time with Washington having franchise dreams for RG3.

What a difference six years make.

Wilson has remained consistent, Luck has shown signs of greatness but his injuries are adding up. It’s much the same for Tannehill. RG3 looks to be done and probably Weeden, too. Meanwhile, Kirk Cousins is out there changing the face of free agency.

Yesterday, Cousins was officially introduced by the Minnesota Vikings. And the quarterback is getting a massive payday of more than $80 million over three years guaranteed.

Combine that with Jimmy Garoppolo’s recent deal with San Francisco and you can tell that QB contracts are evolving fast.

As far as Kirk Cousins Rookie Cards go, he wasn’t on the radar much in 2012. At the time, he was the consolation prize for not getting an RG3 for the Redskins spot in a group break. In 2012 products, he was frequently grouped with second-tier rookies so he didn’t get nearly as many premium cards as Luck, Wilson and even Trent Richardson.

The 2012 Panini Contenders Kirk Cousins Rookie Card is an example of this. Yes, it’s signed. But rather than being on-card like other top rookies back then, his signature comes on a sticker. For National Treasures, he has just an autograph (also a sticker) and not a Rookie Patch Autograph.

The Daily highlights a key player or personality in the world of sports or collecting from the past 24 hours along with one of their key cards.

2018 Upper Deck Agent Carter Spies an e-Pack Release

When Agent Carter arrived on the small screen, it did so without the fanfare many other of comic-based shows had at the time. But the show itself was different. Although it spun out of Captain America, it had its own signature style. Bypassing a full traditional release, 2018 Upper Deck Agent Carter trading cards are poised to take a similar approach and heading straight to the card maker’s e-Pack platform.

The checklist takes a somewhat simple approach, opting for only autographs and sketch cards.

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Jimmy Garoppolo Signs Autograph Deal with TRISTAR

Fresh off his new $137.5 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers, Jimmy Garoppolo is pulling out his signature once again. This time, it’s for TRISTAR Productions in an autographed memorabilia deal.

Jimmy Garoppolo Signed Photo TRISTAR

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The Daily: 2001 Inkworks Tomb Raider Angelina Jolie Autograph

2001 Inkworks Lara Croft Tomb Raider Autographs Angelina Jolie A1

The Card: 2001 Inkworks Tomb Raider Angelina Jolie Autograph #A1

It doesn’t look like any cards are in the works for the new Tomb Raider reboot that opens in theatres tonight. And there’s nothing out there from its star, Alicia Vikander (I’d collect Ex-Machina cards). But there are some impressive Tomb Raider trading cards if you go back to the original film.

Like an Angelina Jolie autograph.

It’s not very often that a trading card company manages to land an A-list star while they’re at the peak of their career. Sometimes they sign early and other times it’s after their star has faded a little.

Perhaps even more impressive, Inkworks managed to get Jolie to sign not just for the first film but its sequel, The Cradle of Life, as well.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that this is one of the most coveted entertainment trading cards of the modern era. On the off chance you find one, expect to pay several hundred dollars, at least.

For those interested in autographs from stars of the new Tomb Raider movie, there’s not much from the main cast. Walton Goggins signed for Cyptozoic’s Sons of Anarchy Seasons 6 and 7 in 20015. Derek Jacobi has autographs in a few of Topps’ Doctor Who sets.

The Daily highlights a key player or personality in the world of sports or collecting from the past 24 hours along with one of their key cards.

2018 McFarlane Madden 19 Ultimate Team Series 1 Figures Announced (Mostly)

The 2018 McFarlane Madden 19 Ultimate Team Series 1 figures put the spotlight largely on franchise quarterbacks. And while much of the slate is known, there’s still a surprise in store.

2018 McFarlane Madden 19 Ultimate Team Series 1

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2018 Topps Throwback Thursday Plays ‘What If?’

2018 Topps Throwback Thursday looks back at some of the old sets and designs in the company’s portfolio and uses them to create new cards.

Packaged as an ongoing series of online-exclusive mini sets, each is done in a print-on-demand format. Available for a week on the Topps website, individual sets of six cards cost $19.99. Bulk lots of three sets are a discounted $49.99. Those looking for specific cards rather than full sets can usually find them listed on eBay even while they’re still available from Topps. Several dealers and collectors break apart sets and sell the singles.

Because sets are printed to order, production numbers can vary from set to set. Sometimes it’s by a significant amount, depending on the focus of the set and its checklist. Usually those with hot rookies sell the most, as demonstrated by the Aaron Judge Effect in the 2017 Topps TBT release. Other variables can also come into play.

Design samples don’t always come from baseball. Topps has a rich history in football, basketball, hockey, entertainment and more. They may not have the same mix of licenses as the past, but they can still apply a familiar look to a new product and player mix. This was apparent in the first set of 2018 Topps Throwback Thursday cards, which used the 1968 Topps Football design and used it for current MLB players.

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Which Pitchers are Going to Break Out in 2018?

Pitchers are known for having breakout seasons each year in baseball. Last year, a few noteworthy players who broke out were Luis Severino and Robbie Ray. Both players were top amongst strikeouts and made a huge leap from their previous year.

A potential breakout pitcher is a player who hasn’t had a great season yet but has shown the potential to be great. Pitching is sometimes unpredictable in baseball you never know who is going to break out each year. I’ve provided a list of pitchers for people to watch for during the 2018 season and what cards to look for on these players.

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T206 Ty Cobb “Lucky 7” Find Turns Into an Elite 8

It turns out the “Lucky 7” find of seven rare T206 Ty Cobb Back Ty Cobb cards is actually eight.

The family that initially came across seven of the cards sitting among some postcards in a paper bag of their late great grandfather recently discovered yet another copy inside a dusty box between two books.

T206 Ty Cobb Lucky 7 Legacy

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Topps Living Set Baseball Is the Checklist That Never Ends

It’s alive! Okay, maybe not in the breathing sense. But Topps Living Set Baseball is slated to carry on indefinitely. Open-ended at this point, that means that it could continue for years.

Topps Living Set Baseball

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2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball Checklist Mixes Old, New and Colorful Quirks

Jump directly to the 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball checklist and team set lists.

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball has the same retro look, abundant autographs and quirks the line is known for. But it also continues to evolved by adding some new elements as well as modern and colorful flair.

2018 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball

From a configuration standpoint, it’s similar to 2017 with 24-pack hobby boxes delivering a pair of autographs. One-time brand staples mini parallels and memorabilia cards are largely absent.

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2018 Topps Wacky Packages Go to the Movies and Take on Blockbusters Along the Way

2018 Topps Wacky Packages Go to the Movies

Traditionally, Wacky Packages spoof popular products found on store shelves. 2018 Topps Wacky Packages Go to the Movies are taking it to popular films.

This concept has been done in other sets over the years, but with single cards and small subsets within a larger product. Now movies are the anchor.

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2018 Rittenhouse Lost in Space Archives Series 1 Details

2018 Rittenhouse Lost in Space Archives Series 1 takes a colorful look back at the classic sci-fi series (apologies to those looking for some ’90s nostalgia from the movie with Matt LeBlanc and Lacey Chabert). Packaged as a premium factory set, each has a mix of new base cards, autographs, a sketch card and more.

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2017-18 Panini Prizm Mosaic Basketball Arrives Online

With all the excitement of a possible Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors Western Conference Finals showdown, the anticipated 2017-18 Panini Mosaic Prizm Basketball is here.

This is Panini’s first full online-exclusive NBA release.

With pristine images, sharp mosaic patterns and a variety of Prizms, unveiling each card is a nod to cutting-edge technology and sleek card design.

In a Beckett exclusive, we were able to discuss the Mosaic Prizm launch with Panini’s Director of Basketball Product Development, David Porter, who is personally excited about this release.

“The exciting thing for the basketball team is expanding our Prizm portfolio with the Mosaic release,” Porter says. “We hope collectors enjoy the popular technology with an enhanced, highly desirable checklist.”

As for specific details, the Mosaic product features three ten-card packs in a $100 box. There are nine color Prizms in each box and autographs fall one in every three boxes. The list of signers is limited to just 33 players. These include several top rookies like Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell and Lauri Markkanen. It’s only stars for the veteran and retired autographs. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal and Reggie Miller are among them.

Those boxes without an autograph have a numbered Prizm in one of four colors: Purple (/99), Camo (/25), Gold (/10) and Black (1/1).

Unnumbered Prizms come in Green, Red, Blue and Orange.

“All the content is exclusive to Mosaic,” Porter explains. “All the cards are printed on the Mosaic pattern with the Prisms appearing on a holofoil board.”

Digging a little deeper into the nuances of the set, collectors will discover a high-quality checklist combined with a much shorter print run compared to the main 2017-18 Prizm release.

There are a few other differences in the way the cards look as well.

“The distinctive element different from the 2017-2018 Prizm is the Mosaic pattern,” Porter says. “It also has updated photography, differentiating it from the 2017-2018 Prizm release as well.”

2017-18 Panini Prizm Mosaic is only available through the Panini website. Boxes are on sale now.

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2018 Topps Opening Day Variations Gallery

2018 Topps Opening Day Variations are not going to be easy to find. The short prints take a standard approach to a lot of Topps SSP cards in that they offer a different photo than the main set and much longer odds.

2018 Topps Opening Day Variations

So how do you know if you pull one of the SSP cards? There are a couple of ways that make it easy.

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2018 Panini FIFA World Cup Stickers Checklist, Team Set Breakdowns

The world of collecting is full of traditions. And while sports cards, especially baseball, get a lot of the attention, the biggest of all belongs to soccer and a certain sticker collection. 2018 Panini FIFA World Cup Stickers keep with a tradition that began almost 50 years ago.

2018 Panini FIFA World Cup Sticker Album

The massive collection covers every team that’s headed to Russia. It’s that global perspective and reach, plus their rich tradition, that helps sell millions of packs around the globe.

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Bellinger, Happ Named 2017 Topps Stadium Club Mystery Redemption Autographs

If you’ve got a 2017 Topps Stadium Club Mystery Redemption, you don’t have to wonder what you’re waiting on. Topps has announced both players on the checklist:

Mystery Redemption #1 – Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers
Mystery Redemption #2 – Ian Happ, Chicago Cubs

2017 Topps Stadium Club Cody Bellinger Mystery Redemption Autograph

Both cards come with on-card signatures and use the same design as the set’s other Base Autographs.

This wraps up a flurry of 2017 Mystery Redemption announcements. On Friday, Topps announced Royce Lewis and Brendan McKay for 2017 Heritage Minors. Yesterday, Happ and Bellinger were joined by Bradley Zimmer as the three Mystery Redemption Autographs in 2017 Topps Finest.