Author Archives: Ryan Cracknell

A collector for much of his life, Ryan focuses primarily on building sets, Montreal Expos and interesting cards. He’s also got one of the most comprehensive collections of John Jaha cards in existence (not that there are a lot of them). You can reach him through Twitter @tradercracks.

10 Iconic Cards Turning 25 in 2018

Posted on January 19, 2018 – 3:16 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

A look back at 10 important sports cards and trading cards turning 25-years old in 2018. Includes the 1993 SP Derek Jeter RC, MTG Black Lotus and more.

The Mess on Ryan’s Desk: 1966 Donruss Green Hornet & the Best Bruce Lee Card Ever

Posted on January 19, 2018 – 2:30 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Delving into the mess on my desk and telling the story of my collection one card at a time. This time out? A 1966 Green Hornet card with Bruce Lee.

2018 Topps US Winter Olympic Team Trading Cards Celebrate Lindsey Vonn – Checklist Posted

Posted on January 19, 2018 – 1:04 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

2018 Topps US Winter Olympic Team trading cards checklist, details, release date, hobby box breakdown and what to expect. The set spotlights Lindsey Vonn and athletes from several sports.

2018 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania Trading Cards Recap the Year That Was

Posted on January 19, 2018 – 10:43 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

The 2018 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania checklist recaps the past year in wrestling. Find out what to expect, hobby box breakdown, release date and more.

The Daily: 1988 Fleer Update Chris Sabo XRC

Posted on January 19, 2018 – 10:20 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 The Card: 1988 Fleer Update Chris Sabo XRC #87 Has it always bugged you that nobody figures out that Clark Kent is Superman just because of a pair of glasses? Yes, the comics have explained it, but comics also find ways to bring everybody back to life so whatever that explanation is about Kent’s […]

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

Posted on January 18, 2018 – 6:02 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

2018 Panini Stars and Stripes USA Baseball checklist details, release date, hobby and retail box breakdowns and more. Cards spotlight the national team.

2018 Upper Deck Historic Inspirations Willie O’Ree Honors NHL Legend’s Debut with Arena Giveaway

Posted on January 18, 2018 – 5:23 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Details on a 2018 Upper Deck Heroic Inspirations Willie O’Ree card given away at the Boston Bruins game on January 17, 2018.

Awesome Inserts: 1998-99 SkyBox Premium That’s Jam

Posted on January 18, 2018 – 2:36 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000At the close of the ’90s, SkyBox cards were weird in the most complimentary of ways. Different companies express creativity in different ways. The folks at SkyBox went about it by going over the top with its designs and themes in many of their sets. And then there’s 1998-99 SkyBox Premium That’s Jam, an insert […]

2018 Topps Baseball Team Sets Checklists and Breakdown

Posted on January 18, 2018 – 2:15 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Get the details and checklists for the 2018 Topps Baseball Team Sets. These pre-packaged sets come with 17 cards for every MLB franchise.

The Daily: 2001 Bowman Chrome Justin Morneau RC

Posted on January 18, 2018 – 12:17 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 The Card: 2001 Bowman Chrome Justin Morneau RC #169 Justin Morneau has officially called it a career — at least when it comes to on-field play. The 2006 American League MVP last played in 2016. While the latter part of his career was hampered by injuries, Morneau’s legacy is a big one, particularly with […]

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball Checklist, Team Set Lists Are Here

Posted on January 17, 2018 – 1:55 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

2018 Topps Series 1 Baseball checklist, team set lists, release date, box breakdowns and plenty more for the flagship baseball card release.

2017 Topps Transcendent Party Exclusive Cards and Details

Posted on January 17, 2018 – 12:55 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Details on exclusive cards given to attendees of the 2017 Topps Transcendent party. Taking place in Atlanta in January, 2018, Hank Aaron was the guest.

2017-18 Panini Prizm Basketball White Sparkle Prizms Arrive

Posted on January 17, 2018 – 11:54 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

2017-18 Panini Prizm Basketball White Sparkle Prizms info and how to get them. The parallels are exclusive to Panini’s online shop.

The Daily: 1970-71 Topps Jo Jo White RC

Posted on January 17, 2018 – 10:25 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 The Card: 1970-71 Topps Jo Jo White RC #143 The basketball world lost one of its greats yesterday. Boston Celtics great Jo Jo White passed away at the age of 71. The point guard spent the majority of his professional career with the Celtics, suiting up for the team for a decade between 1969 […]

2018 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: We Hate the ’80s Checklist Proves What’s Old Is New Again

Posted on January 17, 2018 – 8:42 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

2018 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: We Hate the ’80s checklist, details, release date, hobby and Hobby Collector box breakdown and more.

2017-18 Select Basketball Earns Its Stripes

Posted on January 16, 2018 – 12:04 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

2017-18 Select Basketball checklist details, release date, hobby box breakdown and more for the colorful chromium basketball card product.

2018 Topps Premier League Platinum Soccer Brightens Things Up with Refreshed Line

Posted on January 16, 2018 – 12:00 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

2018 Topps Premier League Platinum Soccer checklist details, release date, hobby box breakdown, parallel info and more for the foil soccer card release.

The Daily: 2004 Bowman Chrome Draft AFLAC Autograph Refractors Andrew McCutchen

Posted on January 16, 2018 – 11:31 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 The Card: 2004 Bowman Chrome Draft AFLAC Autograph Refractors Andrew McCutchen #AA-AM /125 If you’re a Pittsburgh Pirates fan, you were probably still mourning the loss of Gerrit Cole when word of Andrew McCutchen being traded to San Francisco came down. If you’re a Giants fan, you’re probably happy San Francisco was finally able […]

10 Rad Things Kids Today Can Learn About the 1980s with Garbage Pail Kids: We Hate the ’80s

Posted on January 15, 2018 – 1:26 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

A look back at some of the trends and nostalgia covered in 2018 Topps Garbage Pail Kids: We Hate the ’80s. Includes Madballs, My Pet Monster and Fraggle Rock.

2017-18 Panini Kobe Eminence Basketball Highlights Bryant’s Career in Grand Fashion – Checklist Posted

Posted on January 15, 2018 – 1:04 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

2017-18 Panini Kobe Eminence Basketball checklist, details, release date and hobby box breakdown. The ultra-premium product highlights Kobe Bryant’s career.

2017-18 Upper Deck Authenticated Supreme Hard Court Basketball Brings UD Back to NBA

Posted on January 12, 2018 – 7:04 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

2017-18 Upper Deck Authenticated Supreme Hard Court Basketball checklist details, box breakdown. Each piece is done on a piece of game-used NBA floorboard.

2018 Panini Elite Draft Picks Football Offers Colorful Look at Year’s Draft Class

Posted on January 12, 2018 – 5:05 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

2018 Panini Elite Draft Picks Football checklist details, release date, hobby box breakdown and plenty of key info on the early-season release.

2017 Panini Contenders Football Short Prints

Posted on January 12, 2018 – 3:03 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Find out what the 2017 Panini Contenders Football short prints and know what autographs are harder to pull than others. Includes SP and SSP print run info.

Funko POP Football Debuts with Some of Premier League’s Best

Posted on January 12, 2018 – 2:38 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Funko POP Football Series 1 list, image gallery, release date and other key details. The figures cover some of the Premier League’s top stars.

The Daily: 2017-18 Panini Revolution Autographs Kyrie Irving

Posted on January 12, 2018 – 11:23 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 The Card: 2017-18 Panini Revolution Autographs Kyrie Irving #A-KI London came calling last night and Uncle Drew answered. The Celtics and 76ers faced off in England with Boston walking off with a decisive 114-103 win. Kyrie Irving was the star on the international stage. And while his 20-point performance wasn’t his biggest of the […]

2018 Topps Tier One Baseball Sticks with Autographs and Memorabilia

Posted on January 11, 2018 – 3:34 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

2018 Topps Tier One Baseball checklist details, release date hobby box breakdown and all the key info you need to know about the baseball card set.

2017 Donruss Optic Football Box Busters

Posted on January 11, 2018 – 11:47 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

Curious about what’s in a 2017 Donruss Optic Football box? Check out this video and full box breakdown.

The Daily: 2017-18 Panini Prizm Lauri Markkanen RC

Posted on January 11, 2018 – 11:25 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 The Card: 2017-18 Panini Prizm Lauri Markanen RC #247 The Chicago Bulls have a very different look than they did a couple of years ago. Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade are gone and Derrick Rose is but a memory. And while the team is currently near the bottom of the standings, there are some […]

Why Is “Collect What You Love” Such a Hard Concept Sometimes?

Posted on January 10, 2018 – 5:06 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Sometimes the world of sports cards can be filled with anger and noise that’s distracting from your true passion. Here’s some advice on how to focus on fun.

2017 Panini Contenders Optic Football Provides a Chromium Makeover

Posted on January 10, 2018 – 3:01 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

2017 Panini Contenders Optic Football checklist details, release date, hobby box breakdown and more for the chromium spin on the long-standing card line.

The Daily: 2004 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Signatures Jon Gruden

Posted on January 10, 2018 – 11:14 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 The Card: 2004 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Ultimate Signatures Jon Gruden #USJG /100 It’s officially official. Jon Gruden is back as head coach of the Raiders, a post he originally held from 1998 to 2001. After a public courtship amid the rumor mill, Oakland made the announcement a couple of days ago. Yesterday, they […]

Brock Boeser Rookie Card Guide and Gallery

Posted on January 9, 2018 – 6:36 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

Brock Boeser Rookie Card guide, checklist and gallery. Includes a detailed breakdown and analysis of all Boeser’s 2017-18 Rookie Cards.

The Daily: 1984 Topps Dan Marino RC

Posted on January 9, 2018 – 1:15 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

00000 The Card: 1984 Topps Dan Marino RC #123 If one of your kids turns 18 today, things like looming college tuition, driving skills and prom garb are somewhere on your mind. There’s probably some reflection on when those tall teenagers were teeny babies who cried at all hours, had no concept of what the […]

Wubba Lubba Dub Dub! 2018 Cryptozoic Rick and Morty Season 1 Trading Card Details

Posted on January 9, 2018 – 12:19 pm Author: Ryan Cracknell

2018 Cryptozoic Rick and Morty Season 1 trading cards checklist details, hobby box breakdown and other info on the show’s first set of cards.

2018 Cryptozoic Legends of Tomorrow Seasons 1 and 2 Has a Heroic Autograph Lineup

Posted on January 9, 2018 – 11:19 am Author: Ryan Cracknell

2018 Cryptozoic Legends of Tomorrow Seasons 1 and 2 checklist, details, hobby box breakdown and what you need to know about the debut trading card series.