Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss football 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: 2017 Donruss football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 11
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 88
Base set completion: 
72 of 300 (24 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Deion Sanders, Jameis Winston, Boomer Esiason, Jerry Rice, Mark Brunell, Khalil Mack, Matt Ryan, Todd Gurley, David Johnson, Drew Brees, Mark Ingram, Tony Romo

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Forever Collectibles’ caricature line offers fun nod to bobblehead fans

If you’re in the camp that sports novelties just weren’t quirky and fun enough, then Forever Collectibles has something you might like.

They’re caricature bobbleheads.

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First Buzz: 2017 Onyx Baseball Clubhouse Lumber Edition

What: 2017 Onyx Baseball Clubhouse Lumber Edition
Arrives: Late September/early October
Box basics: One autographed or game-used bat per box

What’s buzz-worthy: This MLBPA-approved product arrives once again from Onyx Authenticated and includes bats from top young names as well as some established veterans — a lineup that includes Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, Rafael Devers and Miguel Sano to name a few.

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Bo Derek & Joe Namath in an NBA box? Yep, thanks to Panini Rewards …

A funny thing happened recently when I ripped into a box of 2016-17 Panini Studio basketball cards.

I pulled cards of Joe Namath and Bo Derek.

No, really. My Derek was an autograph and my Namath was a patch card from a Los Angeles Rams jersey — cards that I’d always eyed here and there but didn’t expect to be able to land from a box of NBA cards.

How’d it happen? I pulled them via Panini Rewards points.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 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: Big pulls, NBA collections and ripping 1986-87 Fleer … or not.

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Buzz-worthy Bargain Break: 2013 In The Game Sportkings Series F


If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices this weekend and for the next week or so over on the mothership and they were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of them.

So much so here’s another of a few “picks” to come in the next few days.

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Buzz Break: 2012 Bowman Platinum baseball 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: 2012 Bowman Platinum MLB (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
19 of 100 (19 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Mike Trout, David Ortiz, Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, Carlos Gonzalez, Ryan Braun

Rookie Cards (3) – Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Liam Hendriks, Hisashi Iwakuma

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Aaron Judge’s Home Run Derby win isn’t just commemorated on cards

Aaron Judge doesn’t need a crown, but the king of this year’s MLB All-Star Home Run Derby could easily have one added to his newest figure.

It’s a limited edition toy that is now available from Import Dragons — and it’s a capless sculpt painted just like the night he went yard over and over and over. It’s part of a three-pack of Yankees figures available now — and it’s not alone.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 17)

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: Huge pulls from 2017 Panini Immaculate Collection and Topps Clearly Authentic, vintage MLB photos and “Mike Foltynewicz is the next Max Scherzer.”

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Triple H and Stephanie McMahon autographs coming from Topps

“The Game” and “The Billion-dollar Princess” are signing for Topps — and a donation from the company also will help benefit Connor’s Cure, a charity that helps pediatric cancer research.

Topps revealed on Thursday that Triple H and Stephanie McMahon autographs will be on the way in future WWE products and that a Topps Now card featuring them next week also will raise money for the charity.

“We are excited to work with WWE to benefit Connor’s Cure in a unique way through our exclusive trading card offerings,” said Topps WWE Brand Manager Colin Walton. “WWE fans will get the opportunity to learn more about Connor’s Cure and make a direct impact while owning a collectible for years to come.”

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Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Football 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: 2017 Panini Football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 11
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 88
Base set completion: 
64 of 100 (64 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford, Marcus Mariota, Carson Wentz, Julio Jones, Ben Roethlisberger, Von Miller, Andrew Luck, Khalil Mack, Mark Ingram, Richard Sherman, Dak Prescott, Todd Gurley, Rob Gronkowski, Cam Newton, Odell Beckham Jr., Jameis Winston, Aaron Rodgers, Antonio Brown, Eli Manning, Russell Wilson, Tom Brady

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Jim Stefano joins Goldin Auctions

Goldin Auctions has a new director of marketing and business development — and he comes from the trading card portion of the industry.

Jim Stefano will take on the role, according to Goldin Auctions founder Ken Goldin.

Stefano had spend the last four years as the senior director of product development at Panini America in Dallas, Texas. He previously worked seven years at Fleer/Skybox as its VP of product development and before that with Score Board and TRISTAR Productions.

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New Topps on Demand set celebrates WWE’s SummerSlam — and includes guaranteed autos

The second-biggest WWE pay-per-view of the year arrives on Sunday — but the commemorative cardboard is here already with the newest Topps on Demand release.

Topps unveiled the 2017 Topps on Demand WWE SummerSlam set on Wednesday and it includes two autographs in every set.

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Giancarlo Stanton remains an enigma on field and with autographs

With Giancarlo Stanton‘s six homers in his last six games, he’s helped everybody re-focus on players who aren’t those two rookies with all those home runs and he only needs two homers in his next two names to tie a major-league record.

The Miami Marlins slugger has an MLB-leading 44 homers on the year — a pace that’s actually right with Roger Maris‘ pace in 1961 — and that’s a career-high as well as a Marlins franchise record with plenty of games still left to play. (Yet, ironically, Stanton reportedly just cleared waivers — so some of those games left could come in a different uniform.)

But that’s not the only enigma that is Stanton, and it’s something that you can see on his earliest cards like this one from 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition when you compare them to today. What is it?

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 16)

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 breaks in today’s edition — check ’em out.

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First Buzz: 2017 ITG Superlative hockey cards

What: 2017 ITG Superlative hockey cards
Arrives: Oct. 6
Box basics: Four autographs or memorabilia cards per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s newest ITG release is about nothing but hits with some of the biggest names in hockey history.

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images released so far.

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps Garbage Pail Kids We Hate the 1980s


What:
2018 Topps Garbage Pail Kids We Hate the 1980s trading cards
Arrives: Jan. 17
Box basics: 
One hit per Hobby Collector box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The Garbage Pail Kids take on the 1980s with their satirical sights set on cartoons/toys such as MASK, presidents such as Ronald Reagan, video games, fashion, TV, films and plenty more from the decade where the GPKs were born.

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.

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WWE’s SummerSlam autograph events to include Topps cards

As WWE prepares for its second-biggest pay-per-view weekend of the year — SummerSlam — this weekend in Brooklyn it will be tag-teaming with another New York entity to give wrestling fans something extra.

The WWE is tagging with Topps for a number of free signing appearances around the area at Toys R Us stores.

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Chad Bettis’ cancer comeback creates Topps Now cards for a cause

Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis’ comeback from cancer on Monday night didn’t net a victory in the record books — but the cardboard just might help do that.

Topps‘ newest batch of Topps Now cards includes autographs from the right-hander and the proceeds from the sales of his cards will go to Stand Up to Cancer.

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Trey Griffey’s first football card may elude Miami Dolphins collectors

The newest member of the Miami Dolphins has a famous family, but it’s likely you don’t have his first football card.

He’s Trey Griffey — the son of baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. — and no matter how his NFL career goes he’s already got a Topps football card.

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

What: 2017 Panini Contenders football cards
Arrives: Early December
Box basics: One autograph or memorabilia card per five-pack blaster box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: We’ve got early word on what you should expect to find in blaster boxes and other formats at retail for this one.

Keep reading for more info as well as some early images.

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Buzz-worthy Bargain Break: 2012 Leaf Muhammad Ali ‘The Greatest’

If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices this weekend and for the next week or so over on the mothership and they were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of them.

So much so here’s another of a few “picks” to come in the next few days.

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini National Treasures Collegiate football cards

What: 2017 Panini National Treasures Collegiate football cards
Arrives: Sept. 13
Box basics: Six autographs or memorabilia cards per seven-card box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: National Treasures returns to the college gridiron for a third year with notable college stars from the past showcased with plenty of ink and memorabilia.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Rafael Devers’ hot late start means long wait for 2018 Rookie Cards — but he’s got plenty to chase now

You’ll have to wait until 2018 for his official Rookie Cards, but, don’t worry, he’s got plenty you can collect for now.

His name is Rafael Devers and he’s also got six home runs in his first 62 at-bats for the Boston Red Sox and, most importantly, three of those have come in his last two games against the New York Yankees.

The 20-year-old third baseman is hitting .339 with 12 RBI, 11 runs and a stolen base in his first 16 games — and he’s got to be among the league leaders in pre-RC cardboard, too.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 15)

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: Pondering future Hall of Famers, debating NBA legends, a collecting quest done after nine years, Superfractors & big pulls and a booklet in a blaster box.

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Topps releases Warcraft movie cards as single-hit packs

Topps revealed its newest non-sports product on Monday, 2017 Topps Warcraft — and it’s a hits-only, online-only affair that documents characters from the 2016 film.

Originally teased back in December 2015 as a full product before it was scrapped in May 2016, many of the pieces had clearly been put together for this one and collectors get to reap the benefits.

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Topps teases rookies to come in 2018 Topps Series 1 baseball packs

We don’t yet have 2017 Topps Update yet, but we know a few rookies who won’t make the cut because Topps has begun teasing its inclusions in next year’s set.

Eight rookies — and one promotional nugget of news — were released by the company on Monday.

Among the rookies will be New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier, who has 27 hits in his first 28 games along with 17 RBI since his debut. Who else will we expect to find in 2018 Topps Series 1?

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Spectra football cards


What:
 2017 Panini Spectra football cards
Arrives: Sept. 13
Box basics: Four autographs and seven memorabilia cards per four-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: We’ll have another season of the high-end Prizmatic rainbow with plenty of autographs and memorabilia in this brand.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Army’s first MLB arm Chris Rowley waits for in-pack card debut

When Toronto Blue Jays rookie Chris Rowley made his debut on Saturday he became the first graduate of the United States Military Academy to pitch in MLB.

He’s also the first Army product in nearly a century to set foot on a big-league field for an official game as he’s just the second MLB player ever overall to come from West Point.

What he doesn’t have right now? Any type of in-pack baseball card (or even a Topps Now card), meaning his only options for military-minded collectors or Blue Jays fans are just a few team-issue minor league cards.

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania wrestling cards


What:
 2018 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania wrestling cards
Arrives: Jan. 24, 2018
Box basics: Two hits (one autograph guaranteed) in every 24-pack hobby box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The Road to WrestleMania kicks off the year in WWE cardboard with this one being the first 2018 release and a continuation of the colorful reboot for the brand that started this year.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Fanatics Authentic signs Yankees rookie Aaron Judge to exclusive deal

The Fanatics Authentic Team now has a new member.

It’s New York Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge and he’ll be joining a team that already includes reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant and Los Angeles Dodgers rookie slugger Cody Bellinger. It doesn’t mean he won’t be signing for fans or baseball card companies — they just now know the place he signs for directly when they can’t land him at the ballpark or in a pack.

“I love signing for fans, especially Yankee fans, they are the best in the world,’’ Judge told the New York Post. “Now that I’m with Fanatics, I’ll really be able to get my autograph out. They got some pretty cool pictures of me, I’m not going to lie, I’m looking forward to getting those out.’’

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 14)

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 & big (fake?) autograph finds to start a new week.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 13)

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 breaks, big questions and a big Hall of Fame acquisition.

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Buzz-worthy Bargain Break: 2016-17 Panini National Treasures College Basketball

If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices this weekend and for the next week or so over on the mothership and they were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of them.

So much so here’s another of a few “picks” to come in the next few days.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss Optic baseball 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: 2017 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 30
Base set completion: 
13 of 100 (13 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Frank Thomas, Giancarlo Stanton, Yadier Molina

Rookie Cards (3) – Yoan Moncada, Braden Shipley, Alex Reyes

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