‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ also hits toy stores after 50th

The Beatles’ iconic Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band arrived in the United States 50 years ago tomorrow, helping forever change the musical landscape with songs such as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” “With a Little Help from My Friends” and, of course, its title track.

The sonic experimentation (and heavily parodied album cover) stands up after all those years and the four members of the band will be hitting toy stores soon as part of the anniversary, adding to a wave of merchandise that also includes similar but smaller blind-wrapped mini figures for Yellow Submarine.

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Star Wars Masterwork will include Adam Driver & Daisy Ridley autos

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We’re 11 days away from the release of Topps‘ newest high-end Star Wars trading card brand and the company has announced one autograph inclusion that raises the high-dollar possibilities to an 11 as well.

The ink? No, it’s nothing from Spinal Tap, it’s the first Star Wars ink for Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver.

His autographs will first be found inside boxes of 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork trading cards, which is a high-end brand that examines the entire Star Wars galaxy.

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Stephen Strasburg’s cardboard won’t reach 2010 heights, but there should be more interest to come

2010-Topps-Allen-Ginter-Stephen-StrasburgThe last time Stephen Strasburg took to the mound for the Washington Nationals and his team did not win was late last season. The last time Strasburg lost? That’s last season, too.

And the last time collectors seemed to truly care about his cardboard? … Arguably that might have been about six years ago.

Don’t look now, but the guy who owned the hobby in the summer of 2010 and owned the Washington Nationals’ hobby dollars (at least for a while) until some guy named Bryce Harper showed up just might be on the rebound and a compelling buy as a successful 2016 season builds.

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