Buzz Break: 2016 Topps WWE Then, Now, Forever (blaster box)

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down the results here. Like this and want to see more — or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

s-l1600The box: 2016 Topps WWE Then, Now, Forever — aka 2016 Topps WWE Series 2 — (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 11 (10 standard packs plus one Relic pack)
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 71
Base set completion: 
44 of 100 (44 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Sting, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Maryse, Mauro Ranallo (unlabeled RC)

Rookie Cards (logo only) pulled: Enzo Amore, A.J. Styles, Baron Corbin, Simon Gotch, Braun Strowman

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MLB’s founding documents will hit auction block via SCP next month

MLB‘s founding documents are hitting the auction block this spring as SCP Auctions is handling yet another historic sale.

This time, it’s a 74-page hand-written artifact — the original constitution of The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs — that outlines its objectives. Among them are to “encourage, foster and elevate the game of baseball, enact and enforce proper rules for the exhibition and conduct of the game, to make baseball playing respectable and honorable, to protect and promote the mutual interests of professional baseball clubs and professional baseball players and to establish and regulate the ‘Baseball Championship of the United States.'”

This follows the sale of the 1857 “Laws of Base Ball” for $3.26 million one year ago today by the Laguna Niguel, Calif.-based company

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 24)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Who would you want to sign for Americana or Pop Century? Plus big pulls and other talkers from the boards.

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Panini Spectra basketball cards

What: 2016-17 Panini Spectra basketball cards
Arrives: June 14
Box basics: Seven autograph or memorabilia cards per 10-card box (six boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The beefy stock and colorful rainbow of Panini Spectra is back on the hardwood for another season — with every autographed card paired with memorabilia.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Martin Luther King Jr. speech manuscript hits auction block

A 20-page typed speech with hand-written notes by Martin Luther King Jr. is on the auction block.

The speech was delivered on July 6, 1965, in Chicago and included what is believed to be King’s first public statement of a phrase that became known very well as part of the civil rights movement, “we shall overcome.” In fact, that famous phrase ends the speech and is hand-written as part of a one-page addition to the prepared comments, which have been collected and bound.

Although it is not signed, the book is expected to sell for more than $500,000 via Goldin Auctions, which notes that other original past King speech manuscripts “have been appraised in the millions” and that the owner of the “I Have a Dream” speech has turned down $5 million.

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Happy Days’ Erin Moran signed plenty of autographs in recent years

Happy Days star Erin Moran — aka Joanie Cunningham — died on Saturday leaving behind plenty of questions as part of a mysterious tale of what went wrong in her years away from Hollywood. She was 56.

Unlike many TV stars from the past, she signed plenty of autographs for card companies that collectors can find perhaps more easily in than some of her regular cardboard and it all came in the last decade of cardboard that saw a boom in non-sports releases.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 23)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big pulls and an Aaron Judge discussion get the focus today.

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Buzz Break: 2016-17 Donruss Optic basketball cards (blaster box)

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2016-17 Donruss Optic basketball cards (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box:
 6
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 25
Base set completion: 17 of 200 (9 percent)
Duplicates: 2

Base cards – Kevin Durant, Brook Lopez, Cameron Payne, Marcus Smart, Al-Farouq Aminu, Marcus Morris, Julius Randle, Khris Middleton, Joe Johnson, Kyle Lowry, Kent Bazemore

Rookie Cards (8) – Brandon Ingram (2), Juica Zubac (2), Wade Baldwin IV, Tomas Satoransky, Chinanu Onuaku, Mindaugas Kuzminskas

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1992 Upper Deck MLB jumbo box (Hour 12)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is our finale.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1992 Upper Deck baseball cards (jumbo box)
The cost now: 
$9.99
The cost then: $43.80 ($2.19 per pack … printed on every pack)

What was found inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1983 Topps The A-Team wax pack (Hour 11)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour all day long today … this is Hour 11.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1984 Topps The A-Team 
The cost now:
$1.50 (or less)
The cost then: Less than $1

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2014 Panini Country Music hobby box (Hour 10)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 10.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2014 Panini Country Music trading cards (hobby box) 
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter blaster box (Hour 9)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 9.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box) 
The cost:
$14.99 (Click here for hobby)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Heritage blaster Hot Box (Hour 8)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 8.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Heritage baseball cards blaster (Hot Box)
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1988 Topps football cello pack (Hour 7)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 7.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1988 Topps football cello pack 
The cost now:
$2
The cost then: 79 cents

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Tribute baseball box (Hour 6)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 6.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Tribute
The cost: Click here for price

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2001 Upper Deck golf rack box (Hour 5)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour all day long today … this is Hour 5.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2001 Upper Deck golf rack box
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1992 Impel The Uncanny X-Men box (Hour 4)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1992 Impel The Uncanny X-Men 
The cost:
$45

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Metal U.S. Army All-American Bowl football cards

What: 2017 Leaf Metal U.S. Army All-American Bowl football cards
Arrives: June
Box basics: Eight autographs per box (15 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s Metal take on the All-American Bowl is back for another year with an array of possibilities that includes inscriptions, patch cards and more for this prep all-star showcase event.

Keep reading for more.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2013 Topps Heritage blaster Hot Box (Hour 3)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2013 Topps Heritage baseball blaster (Hot Box)
The cost:
$16

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1984 Fleer baseball cello pack (Hour 2)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 2.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1984 Fleer baseball cello pack 
The cost now:
$5.50
The cost then: Less than $1

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1997 Action Packed NFL retail box (Hour 1)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 1.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1997 Pinnacle Action Packed NFL retail (magazine vendor) box 
The cost now:
$9,99
The cost then: $89.64 in United States, $125.64 in Canada ($2.49/$3.49 per pack … it says so on the packs!)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Star Wars Rogue One: Series 2 (hobby box)

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps Star Wars Rogue One: Series 2 trading cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box:
 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
100 of 100 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 15

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Quest autos

What: 2017 TRISTAR Quest autographs
Arrives:
 June 7
Box basics: Five envelopes per lockbox — each with an autographed flat or memorabilia redemption inside (three lockboxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This TRISTAR line will be limited to only 50 cases of autographed items from around the sports world and beyond.

Keep reading for more.

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Buzz Collector Profile: Tony Yi — an Ichiro Suzuki fan aka The Ichiro Vault


Tony Yi

Also known as: @theichirovault and iamtony33 on Blowout Forum
Website: theichirovault.blogspot.com
Location: Washington
Work away from cards: Corporate management
Collecting since: 2011

Main focuses: Ichiro Suzuki, Robinson Cano and 1/1 cards — he owns 335 1/1s and 42 of those are Superfractors.
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Favorite teams: Seattle Mariners, Washington Huskies football

Current collecting projects: I used to work on rainbow projects often, and I have completed 14 of them. They have become too time-consuming so I now mainly concentrate on obtaining Ichiro, Cano and certain 1/1 cards. There is one Ichiro rainbow I will never stop trying for though and it’s from my favorite set, 2012 Topps Chrome. All I am missing is the Superfractor that sold years ago and I assume its in a PC collection forever. But if anyone knows who has it, please let me know.

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Not all 2012 Topps Bryce Harper Rookie Cards are same — but they still can be found in wax & sets

Bryce Harper‘s blistering start to the season is likely to help fuel continued interest in his past cardboard — yes, he has a lot — but his 2012 Topps Rookie Cards might be the one target of collectors and investors that has the most potential and room for dramatic changes.

Why? The various forms of wax boxes and factory sets help make them more available for nearly everyone to chase and collect.

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Graded vintage concert posters are big business — but may not be as pricey as you might think (gallery)

Vintage concert posters can be big, big business with iconic artists’ psychedelic promotions of the 1960s a particular focus for many.

CGC, which is known for grading comic books, also grades concert posters, handbills and postcards, helping collectors weed out bad examples of posters and helps show the elite pieces on a 10-point scale.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 19)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Collectors react to the Aaron Hernandez news, big pulls, big Fan Cave pieces, big hobby questions and more.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 18)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Nothing but big pulls today.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Helmets


What:
 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Helmets
Arrives: August
Box basics: One autographed full-sized replica helmet per box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf offers another edition of this one with every box yielding either a Hall of Famer, past legend, current NFL star or rookie.

Keep reading for more.

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Eric Thames’ surprising start prompts look back at key cardboard

A new season’s new emerging names are doing just that.

Your MLB home run leader right now is Eric Thames of the Milwaukee Brewers, who has smacked seven longballs so far. The latest came as part of a 3-for-4 day Monday against the Cubs in Wrigley Field.

The 30-year-old entered this season with 21 homers in his previous three big-league seasons — his last being in 2012 with the Mariners. He hit 12 of those homers as a rookie with the Blue Jays in 2011 but struggled with a career average that’s up to .259 with his .405 start this year. How far off the radar was he? Thames spent the last three years playing in Korea’s KBO League — where he hit 124 homers in 390 games.

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini football cards (early retail details)

What: 2017 Panini football cards
Arrives: July
Box basics: One autograph or memorabilia card per 24-pack box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This newer Panini brand will be the first release to include NFL rookies in their new uniforms when it arrives for its sophomore season in July.

Keep reading for more info and a gallery of images released so far.

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Buzz Break: 2014 Panini Country Music cards (hobby box)

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2014 Panini Country Music cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box:
 4
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
20 of 100 (20 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of notables – Darius Rucker, Thompson Square, Trick Pony, Jamie Lynn Spears, Gretchen Wilson, Montgomery Gentry, Kimberly Perry

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Funko gets in ring with WWE for new wave of Pop! toys coming soon

The “cheap pop” is coming to Funko. 

In wrestling terms a “cheap pop” is something made famous by Mick Foley — a mention of the hometown crowd to get a cheap reaction during a moment with a microphone — but in this case he’s among the new wave of WWE Pop! toys.

These popular — and, yes, affordable — toys will be hitting stores later this month.

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Jimi Hendrix & Joey Ramone will soon be found as Funko Pop! toys

The next batch of Funko Pop! toys will rock — well, at least two of them will.

Funko revealed on Monday three new toys coming in June with two of the artists found in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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