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

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By Stephen Laroche

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 — 2016-17 Panini Flawless Basketball.

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 every autograph is signed on-card. Read More…

2017-18 Donruss Basketball Checklist Offers Modern Cards with a Distinctly Retro Feel

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By Stephen Laroche

A modern product with a decidedly retro feel, 2017-18 Donruss Basketball 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…

2018 Bowman Baseball Offers Early Look at New Prospect Crop

2018 Bowman Baseball remains focused on the sport’s prospects and rookies. And while there are some new additions (and familiar names in new places), the overall approach remains largely the same.

2018 Bowman Baseball

Autographs are still one per hobby box and three per hobby jumbo box with Chrome Prospect Autographs getting much of the attention.

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2017 Topps Holiday Baseball Brings Snowflakes, Exclusive Checklist to Walmart

2017 Topps Holiday Baseball features another spin on the flagship design. But instead of Chrome, Mini or something else, it’s snowflakes that are on display.

2017 Topps Holiday Baseball Anthony Rizzo

For the second year in a row, Topps Holiday Baseball is exclusive to Walmart in the form of special blasters.

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2017 Panini National Treasures Racing Features Only Autographs and Memorabilia

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.

2017 Panini National Treasures Racing

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2017 Baseball Card Release Dates and Set Information

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Looking for 2017 baseball card release dates, checklists and set information?

You’ve come to the right place.

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2017 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 4 Lands Line’s First Stephen Amell Autographs

We knew Stephen Amell Arrow autograph cards were coming. What wasn’t official was where they would land. Consider it official now. 2017 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 4 trading cards includes signatures from the show’s lead star.

2017 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 4 Stephen Amell Autograph

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2017-18 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey Brings Flash and Several Set-Building Challenges

2017-18 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey is for those who like a challenge. Or many challenges. The new brand brings with it plenty of color along with multiple incentives for those looking to dedicate themselves to the long game. Whether it’s at the set or player level, much of Synergy revolves around the hunt and devotion.

For some, rewards follow.

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2017 Panini Prizm Football Box Busters

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Panini Prizm Football.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017-18 Panini Chronicles Basketball Brings Back Breaking Brands

2017-18 Panini Chronicles Basketball is home to many brands that might not otherwise fit on the card maker’s calendar. Centering on rookies, it showcases players on a bunch of different designs from sets that haven’t been seen on the hardcourt in some time as well as some making their hoops debut.

2017-18 Panini Chronicles Basketball

Boxes come with three packs, all of which deliver an autograph or memorabilia card, three inserts and three rookies.

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Kristaps Porzingis Rookie Card Rankings

Like all modern players, the Kristaps Porzingis Rookie Card checklist is a varied one. Even as his star rises, some are straightforward and cheap. Others are exceptionally rare or are boosted with additions like autographs and patches. No matter the case, with the New York Knicks finding their undisputed centerpiece, Kristaps Porzingis Rookie Cards have found an audience.

Kristaps Porzingis Rookie Card Rankings

The immediate reaction wasn’t always positive — at least in the eyes of one young Knicks fan.

But that quickly changed. Even in his rookie season, Kristaps Porzingis not only showed that he was worthy of his fourth overall selection but that he had a certain x-factor about him. That has carried over to the collecting world and landing a Kristaps Porzingis Rookie Card from any 2015-16 basketball product means landing one of the best.

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2017 Panini National Treasures Baseball Box Busters

2017 Panini National Treasures Baseball Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Panini National Treasures Baseball.

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2017 Panini Flawless Collegiate Football Checklist and Details

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2017 Panini Flawless Collegiate Football presents current and past stars from the NCAA days. The format? One that’s ultra-premium with lots of on-card autographs, over-sized swatches and the price point to match.

Each briefcase box has ten cards. At least six are signed with two more autographs and memorabilia cards. The final couple of cards are base cards or parallels that have gems embedded in them.

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2017-18 NBA Hoops Basketball Box Busters

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2017 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball Brings a Briefcase to Class — Checklist Posted

2017 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball

Let’s be honest. When you went to school and one of your classmates walked in carrying a briefcase, you probably thought it was a little odd. Backpacks were both perfectly practical and had a certain sense of fashion. 2017 Panini Flawless Collegiate Basketball brings the ultra-premium line–and its briefcase packaging–to NCAA hoops for the first time as a standalone set. For once, the school-bound briefcase may be better than that backpack.

As with everything Flawless, virtually all of the product is dedicated to premium autographs and memorabilia. Those cards that don’t? They have gems embedded in them.

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2017 Topps Now Postseason Baseball Checklist, Autographs, Bonus Cards and More

2017 Topps Now Postseason Baseball highlights the ten teams that made it to the playoffs. Offered as team sets, each includes 15 key players. Select teams also came with upgraded autograph options.

2017 Topps Now Postseason Baseball Houston Astros

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Breaking Down the 2017-18 Upper Deck Young Guns Rookie Cards

The start of the NHL season set off a chain reaction of events that have hobby implications. A new season means new players making their NHL debuts. Debuts mean they’re now available for NHL Rookie Cards. Rookie Cards means Young Guns. The 2017-18 Upper Deck Young Guns include a handful of top picks from the most recent draft as well as prospects who have been developing their game over the last couple of years.

2017-18 Upper Deck Young Guns

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2018 Topps Solo: A Star Wars Story Trading Cards Highlight New Film with Familiar Characters

2018 Topps Solo: A Star Wars Story trading cards look at the adventures of the universe’s most notorious scoundrel in the days before Death Stars, Darth and near-death Ewok experiences. It charts the second Star Wars spinoff film from the main trilogies.

While there are plenty of new faces, the configuration is a familiar one for most sets of Star Wars trading cards in recent years. That means lots of inserts and parallels plus the promise of two premium cards per hobby box.

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2017 Topps Mini Baseball Takes an On-Demand Approach with a Massive Checklist

2017 Topps Mini Baseball

2017 Topps Mini Baseball is an online exclusive, just as it has been for the past several years. However, this time around, it brings Update Series into the fold. And instead of selling it by traditional boxes, Topps is taking a print-on-demand approach and going with jumbo packs.

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2017-18 Upper Deck Hockey Centennial Standouts Variations Gallery

The 2017-18 Upper Deck Hockey Centennial Standouts variations offer an alternate photo for some of the NHL’s all-time greats.

2017-18 Upper Deck Hockey Centennial Standouts Variations

With the regular version already big at 100 cards, the extremely rare SSP versions add a certain elusive Easter egg element. According to the initial sales info for the set, 2017-18 Upper Deck Centennial Standouts variations were slated to be 1:1,000 hobby packs. However, they were not included on the final 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey checklist sent out by the company. This would put them in line with other surprise elements from the past, such as Day with the Cup, now a brand staple.

By not having the Centennial Standouts variations on the checklist, it also means that it’s currently not known if the short print versions cover the entire insert set or just a portion of it.

Centennial Standouts celebrates some of the best players to ever lace up in the 100-year history of the NHL. That means an expansive list of players from several generations. It also acts as a showcase of sorts to show how the league has evolved.

To help you in your quest of looking for 2017-18 Upper Deck Hockey Centennial Standouts variations, here’s a gallery that shows you what they look like. We will continue to add to it as more cards are confirmed.

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NBA’s Big Men are Back and Better Than Ever in the Hobby

Collecting the “big man” was a huge part of the hobby in the 90s with Shaq, Hakeem, David Robinson, Alonzo Mourning, Kevin Garnett and others. And now a new generation of big men have set The Hobby on fire, albeit with a completely different skill set than the big men of years past. Now, in addition to low-post dominance, big men are expected to shoot the three and take people off the dribble.

Let’s take a look at the next generation of big men and see what their hobby prospects have been so far and where they are headed in the future.

 

Karl-Anthony Towns

Towns has definitely lived up to the hype as the No. 1 overall pick during the 2015 NBA Draft. Last season Towns averaged a jaw-dropping 25 points per game and 12.3 rebounds per game. He is arguably one of the most skilled big men in the league and one of the most collectible players in the entire NBA. Towns features a rare combination of size, speed, power, great ball handling for a big man, as well as shot blocking ability, great mid-range and three-point shooting. Similar to last season, Towns remains a hot commodity in the hobby. A few of his key cards to look for are his Prizm rookies, especially parallel versions and his autographed rookies. A BGS 9.5 Red, White and Blue Prizm Parallel sold at eBay auction for $90 this month. One other recent example is his Prizm rookie autograph graded in a BGS 9.5 which also sold for $140 this month. This season Towns is right back on track from last year averaging 21 points per game and 11 rebounds per game.

 

Anthony Davis

Since being named the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Davis has been one of the best players in the NBA. Davis was one of the first players to emerge in this new wave of phenomenal big men. He averaged 28 points per game last season along with 11.8 rebounds per game and 2.2 blocks. This season his numbers are almost exactly in line with last year. Davis, similar to Towns, is one of the most collectible big men in the hobby. Many basketball experts would argue that Davis features the most talent of any big man in the league. He features a rare combination of size and incredible athletic ability, he’s often seen on the highlight reel throwing down a monster dunk or blocking shots with great force. One of his key cards to target is his 2012-13 Panini Contenders Rookie Autograph, which recently sold for $120 at eBay auction. Prizm rookies of Davis are also very sought out, his refractor parallel versions of the card are becoming very difficult to obtain. A green Prizm Parallel version sold for $300 at eBay auction during the summer!

 

Kristaps Porzingis

During his two seasons in the league, he’s already been called “a basketball unicorn” by Kevin Durant. Porzingis, now in his third year with the Knick,s has been called upon to be the main focal point of his team. He features incredible length at 7′ 3″, with impressive quickness for his size, an ability to knock down 3s, a tremendous shot blocking ability. All this makes him a matchup nightmare for opposing players. KP is enjoying a breakout 2017 season averaging nearly 28 points-per-game and 8 rebounds. He is one of the most sought out big men in The Hobby and has already shown flashes of greatness in his young career. This season his cards have already received a big bump in value. KP’s Prizm BGS 9.5 auto rookie has already gone up $50 within just the first two weeks of the season. Due to his outstanding play in the early going, his base Prizm rookie and parallels have also drawn lots of attention as well. His base in a BGS 9.5 sold for $45 at eBay auction this month and $460 in a silver version!

 

Joel Embiid

Last season Embiid enjoyed his breakout campaign and quickly wowed 76ers fans and the whole basketball universe. Although he played in just 31 games, he was so dominant that he was given a max contract this past summer worth $148 million for five years. Embiid averaged over 20 points per game last season on a minute restriction basis. In those limited minutes he showed incredible talent. He is the type of big man that can do a little bit of everything at a high level. This season he has gotten right back on track averaging over 20 points per game and 10 rebounds. Basketball collectors last season quickly invested heavily in Embiid and that trend has continued this season as well. One of his key cards is his color Prizm autograph rookies and parallel rookies from 2014-15. His purple color Prizm autographed rookie is selling for $115 at eBay auction. His Prizm silver refractor is selling at eBay auction for $300-325! Embiid is already becoming one of the best big men in the entire league and is one of the most popular players being collected throughout the entire NBA.

 

DeMarcus Cousins

Already entering his 8th season and just 27-years-old DeMarcus Cousins is arguably the best big man in the league. Last season he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans and teamed up with Anthony Davis to form undoubtedly the best big man duo in the league. This season Cousins has averaged an outstanding 30 points-per-game and 13 rebounds-per-game. Cousins has always been known for pure power post-moves, being a great rebounder and, like seemingly every big man, has added the 3 ball to his game. Having all of these skills and being able to put up monster statistics on any given night has collectors running to invest in Cousins. One of his key cards is his rookie Contender’s autograph from 2010 which sells for $50 at eBay auction. Another key card is his Gold Standard rookie auto serial numbered to 25 which sold for $250 at eBay auction. Boogie has been dominant!

 

2017 Topps High Tek Baseball Gets New Configuration — Checklist and Team Sets Added

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Things are getting bigger with 2017 Topps High Tek Baseball. Boxes are jumping from eight cards to 40. Now there are two autographs instead of one. Topps is promising more patterns to chase. And the price tag? With more cards, that’s gone up, too.

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2017-18 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Checklist, Team Set Lists and All the Young Guns

2017-18 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey Evgeni Malkin

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By Stephen Laroche

For many, hockey card season does not truly begin until Upper Deck releases its flagship brand each year in November with the latest crop of Young Guns Rookie Cards. It is a hobby tradition that continues to run strong in 2017-18 Upper Deck Series 1 Hockey.

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2017 Topps Archives Signatures Series Postseason Edition Focuses on Retired Players

2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Postseason Edition Hobby Box

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2017 Topps Archives Signatures Series Postseason Edition Baseball is the second set of autographed buybacks of the year. Arriving not too long after the release of an active player product, this one revolves around retired players who were standouts in October and November.

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2017 Panini Immaculate Football Checklist Stays the Course with Premium Autographs, Memorabilia

2017 Panini Immaculate Football

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No matter the sport or set, Immaculate is a brand that has found its way and identity. To that end, 2017 Panini Immaculate Football doesn’t have any major surprises. It has some new inserts here and there, but the focus on clean designs alongside high-end autographs and memorabilia remain the anchors.

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2017 Leaf Lumber Kings Hockey Checklist and Details

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By Stephen Laroche

Releasing just in time to be part of a redemption program at the Fall 2017 Sportcard & Memorabilia Expo, 2017 Leaf Lumber Kings gives hockey collectors some of the most desirable and attractive memorabilia pieces that draw from throughout the game’s vast and rich history.

With some concepts returning from last year and a few more making their debut, Lumber Kings is a fine companion to the Stick Works line that Leaf also produces. Read More…

2017 Topps Luminaries Baseball Checklist Is All Autographs, All Low-Numbered

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It might not be quite on the level of Dynasty, but 2017 Topps Luminaries Baseball is close. The ultra high-end product has just one card per box. Not only is everything autographed, but every card is numbered to 15 or less.

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2017 In the Game Superlative Hockey Checklist and Details

2017 In the Game Superlative Hockey Shield Signatures

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By Stephen Laroche

2017 In The Game Superlative Hockey aims to pay tribute to the sport’s illustrious history while also managing to keep an eye on the future as well.

Loaded up with four autograph or memorabilia cards per box, this release is going to get some strong attention from collectors due to the presence of signatures from the two top picks in the 2017 NHL Draft — Nico Hischier and Nolan Patrick — that are exclusive signers for Leaf Trading Cards. Throw in an incredible array of vintage memorabilia pieces and Superlative has a lot of variety in the high end. Read More…

2017 Topps Update Series Baseball Box Busters

2017 Topps Update Series Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Eric Norton and Paul Wirth as they open some 2017 Topps Update Series Baseball.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps Star Wars Masterwork Checklist Takes the Force High-End Once Again

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2017 Topps Star Wars Masterwork marks the third consecutive year for the high-end brand. Once again, it’s highlighted by a premium insert in every pack. Each four-pack box promises a pair of autographs.

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Roy Halladay Remembered Through Baseball Cards

The news of Roy Halladay’s passing is tragic. It’s numbing. Put aside the fact that he was one of the greatest pitchers of his generation, Halladay was a family man with a wife and two sons. He was an active member of his community. By all accounts, he was a good man.

When we talk of sports heroes, it’s athletes like Roy Halladay who many of us imagine. He excelled at what he did. He was a fierce competitor. He came through when things counted most.

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Top Sales from SCP’s Fall Premier Auction 2017

A lot of sports history changed hands in SCP’s Fall Premier Auction 2017. From gamers used by legends to key sports cards to 1,800-pound statues, there was a lot of variety among the items sold.

Leading the way was one of the original bronze statues cast for Rocky III, which sold for $403,657. It had been a focal point of the San Diego Hall of Champions for more than two decades. Standing more than 12-feet tall with the base, the statue is just like the one that still stands outside the Philadelphia Art Museum.

A UCLA Bruins jersey worn by Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) in 1966-67 went for $137,848.80. The white home jersey comes from Alcindor’s first of three consecutive NCAA Championship season.

It wasn’t the only piece of UCLA history among SCP’s Fall Premier Auction 2017 top sales. A school jacket worn by legendary coach John Wooden sold for more than $58,000.

Wilt Chamberlain’s 1971 All-Star Jersey was the third item in the sale to hit six figures. The white Western Conference jersey closed at $121,304.40.

The Fall Premier Auction had multiple pairs of game-worn Michael Jordan sneakers. However, none were bigger than the pair of Converse Jordan wore during the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. These changed hands at $88,644. This is one of two pairs of shoes Jordan used during the games. The ones from the gold medal game sold in June, 2017 (also through SCP Auctions) for $190,372.80.

The pair sold in the Fall Premier Auction came from earlier in the tournament and came from a ball boy at the tournament who remains friends with Jordan. Both sneakers are signed by Jordan and authenticated by Beckett Authentication’s Steve Grad.

The top sports card sold during the auction was a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle. Graded PSA 6, it fetched $56,590.

Here’s a look at all of the top-selling items from SCP’s Fall Premier Auction 2017. Complete auction results can be seen on SCP’s website.

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2017 Topps Chrome Update Baseball Mega Boxes Get More Chrome, Still a Target-Exclusive

2017 Topps Chrome Update Baseball is a Target-exclusive, just as it has been for the past several years. Once again available in special mega box blasters, there is a big change to the configuration.

2017 Topps Chrome Update Baseball Mega Box

In prior years, Topps Chrome Update packs have been packaged alongside regular Topps Update Series Baseball packs. For 2017 Topps Chrome Update Baseball, all packs are chromium. They’re not the de facto bonus.

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2017 Panini Immaculate Soccer Box Busters

2017 Panini Immaculate Soccer Hobby Box

Join Beckett Media’s Paul Wirth and Eric Norton as they open some 2017 Panini Immaculate Soccer.

What will they find? Watch and find out.

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2017 Topps All-Star Rookie Team Includes Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger

2017 Topps All-Star Rookie Team

To nobody’s surprise, Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger are among those named to the 2017 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. The record-setting rookies are among 11 players given the honor. For collectors, it confirms who will have the Topps Rookie Cup on their 2018 Topps Baseball cards.

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