First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures New York Dynasty

What: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures New York Dynasty autographed baseballs
Arrives: April 26
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand takes a New York twist for yet another year as this one’s all about the Yankees with stars of the past and present being part of a chase that includes all baseballs having a product-specific and numbered hologram.

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Torque NASCAR cards

What: 2017 Panini Torque NASCAR cards
Arrives: May 17
Box basics:  Three autographs and two memorabilia cards per five-pack box (16 boxes per case via two inners)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini America’s second season of NASCAR cards launches its higher-end offerings with Torque, which has a hit in every pack.

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

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Panini America preps promo set for Cavaliers game on Saturday

Tomorrow night’s Cleveland Cavaliers game will include a collectable bonus for all fans in attendance.

Panini America has produced a six-card promo set for those in Quicken Loans Arena to see the visiting Washington Wizards — and there’s also an oversized card that is available with a purchase.

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

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

What’s Buzzing Today: National Treasures arrives … the calm before the storm.

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World Baseball Classic champions get their Topps Now moment

USA Baseball clinched its first World Baseball Classic championship late Wednesday night and now the new baseball cards are here.

How? Via Topps NowTopps‘ online platform for real-time baseball cards that capture moments as soon as possible on cardboard.

A dozen cards were revealed on Thursday with USA’s star pitcher Marcus Stroman the subject of two types of Relic cards — with and without ink.

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Patti Lapel brings movie & sports icons to world of collectable pins

In some areas of the sports world, pin collecting is a big deal and has been that way for decades.

Olympic pins, press pins and other areas of collecting in this wearable genre — one that’s arguably bigger away from sports — can all carry some flair within their pieces, but none of them are like one artist’s line of pins showing pop culture icons and carrying nods to sports personalities.

Its name? Patti Lapel. 

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Alex Rodriguez to sign at National Sports Collectors Convention

There’s a new big name among the first wave of autograph signers for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

It’s Alex Rodriguez.

Once baseball’s highest-paid player, he’s a member of the 3,000-hit club and a player who hit 696 home runs during his at times controversial 22-year MLB career with the Mariners, Rangers and Yankees.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Heritage High Number baseball cards


What:
 2017 Topps Heritage High Number baseball cards
Arrives: Aug. 16
Box basics: One autograph or Relic per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)
Final checklist: Coming soon (will be here when available)

What’s buzz-worthy: The burlap is back for another run this year as Topps revisits 1968 for an update edition of Heritage with much of the same formula that has made it a hobby staple for the last 16 years.

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

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It’s National Puppy Day? There’s plenty of canine cardboard for that …

Today is National Puppy Day and for card collectors there are countless options if they want their collections to go to the dogs.

From one brand alone there are Pawtographs, Relics and plenty of inserts — and that’s just one of them as all kinds of things have made their way into packs in the last 20 years (and unusual non-sports sets were the norm in tobacco packs of the 1800s and later years).

That brand? It’s ToppsAllen & Ginter, which has included canine cardboard since its debut in 2006 when it included cards and paw-print Pawtographs from Ch. Felicity’s Diamond Jim, an English Springer Spaniel who won Best in Show honors at the 2007 Westminster Dog Show. In 2010 the brand included cards and Relics for Rory, who was “America’s Most-talented Dog” — a three-time disc dog world champion who dazzled with his skills. (The memorabilia is a piece of a used frisbee.)

But a simpler option for collectors? That came in 2012.

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

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

What’s Buzzing Today: The World Baseball Classic, legendary pulls in clearance boxes, Madison Bumgarner’s signing habits and more.

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Gallery: Panini Spring Training Road Trip signers & behind-scenes views

Panini America’s second leg of its annual autograph, photo and memorabilia collection adventure known as the Panini Spring Training Road Trip winds down today and tomorrow in Arizona.

It’s one of the biggest ways that the company collects autographs in one big swoop for the younger stars of the diamond every year.

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Team USA’s World Baseball Classic final run gets Topps Now Relics

The USA Baseball squad is in the World Baseball Classic final for the first time.

And for the second time there are Topps Now Relic cards to commemorate it all. The first, of course, was revealed on Tuesday after Puerto Rico’s win to set half of the showdown in the international event.

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Need a 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball checklist? It’s here …

The newest edition of Topps‘ vintage brand Gypsy Queen arrives a week from today with a new look, a lower price and without its trademark mini parallels.

But there’s plenty to look forward to as 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen packs some new things to go with its new look.

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Chuck Barris’ life goes way beyond Fleer’s ‘Gong Show’ cardboard

He was a hit songwriter, the creator of several memorable TV shows, a novelist and maybe, just maybe, a C.I.A. assassin.

He was Chuck Barris and he died on Tuesday at age 87.

Among his hit creations on TV? The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show, which is where his cardboard career comes into play to a limited degree.

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Leaf Best of Basketball


What:
 2016-17 Leaf Best of Basketball
Arrives: May/June
Box basics: One graded buyback card plus one new Leaf card per box (five boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The elite basketball cards from the past will be found here in buyback form accented with new creations featuring a beloved Hall of Famer.

Keep reading for more.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Opening Day baseball 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: 2017 Topps Opening Day baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 252
Base set completion: 
200 of 200 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 9

Notables on base cards – Bryce Harper, David Price, Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton, Manny Machado, Carlos Correa, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant, Trevor Story, Ichiro Suzuki, David Ortiz … and everybody else.

Rookie Cards (28) – Dansby Swanson, Yoan Moncada (2), Andrew Benintendi (2), Joe Musgrove, Jake Thompson, Reynaldo Lopez, JaCoby Jones, Luke Weaver, Alex Bregman, Yulieski Gurriel, Josh Bell, Jose DeLeon, Braden Shipley, Matt Strahm, Tyler Glasnow, Carson Fulmer, Jake Thompson, David Dahl, Orlando Arcia, Jeff Hoffman, Robert Gsellman, Aaron Judge, Ryon Healy, Alex Reyes, Teoscar Hernandez, Seung-Hwan Oh

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Byron “Whizzer” White’s cardboard options aren’t all that supreme

If you happened to turn on a cable news network Tuesday afternoon and see the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, you may have seen a weird discussion with Texas Senator Ted Cruz that had nothing to do with politics.

It had plenty to do with basketball — and the skills of a former associate justice of the Supreme Court, Byron White, who was appointed to the court in 1962 and was there until 1993.

Apparently he was known for his elbows and odd free-throws — and what was mentioned in passing as part of this off-topic discussion? The NFL.

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Relics grab spotlight in Topps’ latest World Baseball Classic cards

The first 2017 World Baseball Classic Relics are here.

Puerto Rico‘s win that advanced it to the final of the international event last night can be found on new Topps Now cardboard for the next 24 hours only — and there are a pair of Relics among today’s offerings.

One is a signed base card from team star Carlos Correa and the other is a first for the Now program — a game-used baseball Relic.

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First Buzz: 2017 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives – The Final Edition

What: 2017 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives – The Final Edition
Arrives: May 24
Box basics: Two autographs per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: James Bond gets another run on cardboard but includes something pretty big and pretty notable — Sean Connery cut autographs — that are a first but only found in the rare Archive Boxes.

Keep reading for more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Mars Attacks The Revenge!

What: 2017 Topps Mars Attacks: The Revenge!
Arrives: Sept. 6
Box basics: One sketch card and one additional hit per set (eight sets per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ long-running sci-fi franchise is back on cardboard with a factory set offering that includes some surprises that could excite fans of the brand as its 55th anniversary is here.

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

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Undertaker autographs coming to Topps’ WWE card sets for first time

One of the biggest autographs in WWE history is coming to Topps packs for the first time.

The ink?

It’s the Undertaker — and he has just two previous certified autographs in his career. Which sets will he be found in? Keep reading …

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (March 21)

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

What’s Buzzing Today: BenchWarmers breaks, Gypsy Queen chatter, Two Griffeys, one pack … and partial holograms?

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Star Wars Journey to The Last Jedi

What: 2017 Topps Star Wars Journey to The Last Jedi
Arrives: Sept. 1
Box basics: One autograph guaranteed in every two-hit box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The next Star Wars movie is coming and the first set leading toward The Last Jedi arrives in September with autographs and new cards for the new wave of movies’ stars.

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

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Buzz Break: 1986 Donruss MLB pack

Do you like Buzz Breaks? We recently launched 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. This is a single-pack break in that style — but not the launching of a new 12 in 12. (We’ll perhaps have one of those next month. Click the logo below to see the previous posts in the series.)

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1986 Donruss MLB wax pack
The cost now: 
$1.50
The cost then: Less than $1

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …

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First Buzz: 2017 Score football cards

What: 2017 Score football cards
Arrives: April 26
Box basics: Four autographs per 10-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Score helps kick off the NFL season with plenty of ink and new cardboard of current stars and new rookies.

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

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (March 20)

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

What’s Buzzing Today: Nothing but impressive breaks to start a new week.

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Weekend Update: Check out 10 top items on The Buzz last week

It was a busy one on The Buzz this past week. Here are 10 stories worth a look if you missed out. Check ’em out & hit the subscribe button at right if you want email updates.

Big-ink Potential 
Upcoming release from Topps puts emphasis — and ink — on key cards of today’s stars. Get the details >> First Buzz: 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition

Keep reading for more …

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Jersey Edition


What:
 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Jersey Edition
Arrives: July
Box basics: One autographed custom jersey per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf once again brings the fabric of the game to the blind-wrapped football memorabilia market with “the widest selection of NFL stars, hot rookies, NFL Hall of Famers, legends and more.”

Keep reading for more.

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

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

What’s Buzzing Today: Nothing but breaks from baseball, football and basketball.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition baseball cards

What: 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition baseball cards
Arrives: Summer
Box basics: One encased autograph per box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps brings its buyback line to the collecting masses once again with a focus on MLB’s younger stars and iconic current veterans.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! icons get artistic tribute via Gallery1988

We don’t have all of the details yet, but one of the most-popular video games of the 1980s is getting full artistic honors with a tribute show launching tonight via a Los Angeles gallery.

The game is Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! and the locale is Gallery1988.

It’s the latest show with ties to pop culture and the sports world at the venue and this time it’s several artists taking on the battles of Little Mac — and those are items that could be in big demand from fans and collectors.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs

What: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs
Arrives: April 12
Box basics: 
One autographed item per envelope (16 envelopes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR brings its autograph chase to baseball with a product limited to only 75 cases and the potential for some big names and some big items.

Keep reading for more information and a gallery of the possibilities here.

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Panini Threads basketball cards

What: 2016-17 Panini Threads basketball cards
Arrives: May 3
Box basics: One autograph and one memorabilia card per 20-pack box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini’s Threads hits the hobby hardwood once again with some hobby-only inclusions that include Leather Rookie Cards and plenty of Signage.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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New Star Wars Widevision and Planet of the Apes books on way soon from Topps & Abrams

Star Wars fans will have to hit more than the card shop to collect ’em all very soon.

Set to arrive on April 18 is a new book — Star Wars Widevision: The Original Topps Trading Card Series Volume One — and it will arrive from Abrams ComicArts and Topps with an added bonus.

That bonus? Additional trading cards as part of the overall package.

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