Get out your time machine to land a Christian McCaffrey football card

ChristianMcCaffreyStanford’s Christian McCaffrey picked up The Associated Press College Football Player of the Year nod on Tuesday, becoming the first non-Heisman Trophy winner since 2009 to win the award.

But if you want his first football cards? Well, you’ll have to do some digging — because six years ago was the same year he made his debut on cardboard.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards

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Arrives: May 25, 2016
Box basics: Two autographs and two Relics in every 24-pack hobby box

What’s buzz-worthy: Future stars, eccentric promo night uniforms and Fragments of the Farm Relics are back in the newest chapter of the ongoing Minor League Baseball card saga called Pro Debut.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Buzz Poll: Are Pro Football Hall of Fame mini busts cool or creepy?

NamathAmong the items in the Pro Football Hall of Fame‘s online gift shop are a series of five mini busts that Buzz couldn’t help but be drawn to.

Why? Buzz can’t figure out whether they are cool or creepy.

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 22)

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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: High-end brands like Panini Immaculate and Panini Eminence, keeping vs. flipping, Chris Bosh’s Hall of Fame chances and golf greats find a spot in this one.

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Panini’s new Immaculate Collection includes unique Tony Gwynn card

GwynnSanDiegoStateBasketballWhen collectors crack into boxes of 2015 Panini Immaculate Collection College beginning tomorrow, they could find one of the more unique memorabilia cards made in a long time.

It’s a card of baseball Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn from his days as a player at San Diego State.

What makes it different, though? The card appears to include a swatch from the Aztecs jersey seen above.

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Buzz List: Five top Santa Claus cards *serious* collectors need right now

1989-Pro-Set-Santa-ClausWith the holiday season here, cardboard is probably on the minds of many Buzz readers as they wonder what might await them soon.

Others, like Buzz, might be thinking of Cardboard of Christmas Past — you know, some of the Santa Claus trading cards we’ve seen throughout the years. Most of it’s trivial and not all that collectable — but they all stand out in a way compared to our traditional sports cards.

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When Dallas-based Pro Set created this card during its first season of making football cards in 1989, it sparked a trend that we saw in not just football cards but other areas in the years that followed. (Boy are there some bad Photoshop jobs there in the 1990s.) For all intents and purposes, though, Buzz would call this one a “Rookie Card.” Yes, there were previous non-sports cards — but this was the one that put cards like this on the minds of the sports-collecting masses after it was mailed out to dealers and selected NFL-related people.

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Panini Select will bring high-end take on international soccer

panini-america-2015-select-soccer-cristiano-ronaldoWhen the next Panini America soccer product arrives in January, it will bring all the international flair and fervor of The Beautiful Game, but it will take things up a notch in spots compared to its predecessor without a dramatic high-end hike in price.

The brand is 2015 Panini Select and it’s set to arrive on Jan. 6 packing three autographs or memorabilia cards per box along with a selection of inserts and parallels. The previously released 2015 Donruss soccer boxes had just one autograph per box, while Select will include the first memorabilia cards made by the company for its international soccer releases.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Doctor Who Timeless trading cards

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Arrives: May 5, 2016
Box basics: Two autographs or Relics per every 24-pack hobby box

What’s buzz-worthy: The multi-generational, multi-series sci-fi staple Doctor Who is back on a new set of trading cards from Topps in the spring with this one spanning all of the action with a new selection of photos, autographs, inserts and more.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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New Buzz: Products out this week (Dec. 20-26) include Bowman’s Best, Immaculate College & 14U USA kids

2015-Topps-StrataAfter a heavy week of releases and some delays this month, this week is a bit lighter — but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its highlights among the four brands set to arrive.

We have three baseball sets on the schedule and the return of Bowman’s Best along with the launch of Topps Strata as a standalone brand. Throw in a USA Baseball set on the schedule and one high-end college brand from Panini America (keep reading) and that’s it for the week.

The format for 2015 Bowman’s Best will be similar to Finest with two mini-boxes each yielding two autographs (four autos per in every master box). The format for 2015 Topps Strata is all hits — every box includes one autograph and one Relic and that’s it for the acetate-layered cards.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class MMA cards

16_UFC Top of the Class-2What: 2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class MMA cards
Arrives: May 11, 2016
Box basics: Two autographs or auto Relics plus one Jumbo Relic along with one insert and one insert parallel per box (16 boxes per case).

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps takes its UFC brand into hits-based territory with a new line focusing on the best fighters in each weight class. The product doesn’t have basic cards — just hits and inserts/parallels.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Warcraft trading cards

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Arrives: May 11, 2016
Box basics: Two autographs or Relics per every 24-pack hobby box


What’s buzz-worthy:
 If you were at a movie theater this weekend, odds are you saw the
trailer for the next Topps trading card property — Warcraft — which is a movie based on the Warcraft2016_logotop-selling video game series. Just like other films you might have heard of (you know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) this one will have autographs, Relics and more for a release that will be found in both hobby and retail boxes in advance of the film’s June 10 release.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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David Johnson, Josh Norman & Danny Woodhead among NFL’s most Buzz-worthy players in Week 15

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It doesn’t take much for a running back to establish himself quickly these days — and it doesn’t take much for one to fade into obscurity, either — but one started that two-part journey with a big arrival game of sorts under the Sunday Night Football spotlight.

It’s Arizona’s David Johnson, who ran for a league-leading 187 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-17 win over the Eagles.

It was his third straight week of 92 yards or more but he’d gone scoreless in those other games, leaving him off Buzz’s radar — also probably since he’s a Cardinal, not on a team that gets much hobby attention. You can find his RCs throughout this year’s NFL lineup from Panini America and Topps. For the season, he has 517 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.

>> Click here to shop for football boxes on BlowoutCards.com.

Keep reading for four more guys who generated some buzz on the field this week.

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First Daisy Ridley Force Awakens Mystery Autograph redemption card sells for big bucks on eBay

2015-Topps-StarWars-Mystery-RedemptionA pair of 2015 Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Mystery Redemptions have hit eBay since the set’s release on Friday.

And the first one has sold — for big bucks.

The card was initially announced as being for Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in The Force Awakens, but Topps unspoiled its spoiler by removing the reference to it being a card for her on the autograph checklist posted on its website.

So, how much did it go for?

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Panini teases what could be most-unique memorabilia cards ever

ChickenRelicPanini America posted this photo online this weekend with a simple statement.

“Why did this chicken cross the road? That’s easy: To become a clucking cool memorabilia card in @paniniamerica’s upcoming 2016 Donruss baseball.”

If you’ve read The Buzz this past week, then it’s not a surprise — but here are more details.

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The Bowman Critic examines the 2015 Bowman’s Best checklist

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The Bowman Critic
 is one who spends countless hours examining checklists and box scores to see who should be emerging on collectors’ want lists soon. After the checklist for 2015 Bowman’s Best checklist arrived — click here to view it — there’s even more to say.

Keep reading for The Bowman Critic’s pros and cons about this release, which is set to arrive on Dec. 23.

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WWE & Texas Lottery join forces to create WrestleMania 32 collectible

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World Wrestling Entertainment‘s premiere event is set for April 3 in Dallas and as part of the promotion for WrestleMania 32 the company has joined forces with the Texas Lottery to create a set of five $2 scratch-off tickets.

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Buzz List: Five NFL players to watch in Week 15

CamNewtonAs the season winds down (and fantasy season’s like Buzz’s are flat-out over), some players are in situations where it’s just about tallying their stats to see how it ends. Others have postseason potential, but for the stars on those teams — like the undefeated Panthers and QB Cam Newton — the expectations are set and they are set high.

With an undefeated team, it goes without saying that Newton is a player to watch this week and you should’ve been eyeing his Rookie Cards from 2011 for some time now.

Keep reading for four more players to watch …

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First John Boyega 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek autograph hits eBay … with a rather Forceful price tag

BoyegaWill it sell? That’s the simplest question as the first certified autograph of Star Wars: The Force AwakensJohn Boyega has hit eBay.

Click here to see its price — if it’s not gone already.

Boyega plays Finn in the film, which opens today and this card is from 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek, which includes one autograph or sketch card in every box. He’s the only signer for the new cast members in the product and it’s his first run at a certified autograph.

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 18)

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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: Star Wars, Star Wars, Star Wars. Oh and National Treasures, Tim Duncan and … Panini Eminence football cards?

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Panini Select basketball cards

15-16_Select_BK_PIS-porzingisWhat: 2015-16 Panini Select basketball cards
Arrives: March 3, 2016
Box basics: Three autographs or memorabilia cards per 12-pack box

What’s buzz-worthy: Select returns for another season with on-card autographs and prime memorabilia pieces along with a rainbow of Prizmatic color and insert sets featuring the NBA’s top stars and top rookies all in three types of base sets.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Spoiler Alert: Daisy Ridley autographs arrive in Topps’ Star Wars set as mystery redemption

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Update (Aug. 8, 2016): After a long wait, Ridley has been confirmed as being the mystery auto by Topps.

Topps has released the checklist for 2015 Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Series 1, and it includes a Mystery Redemption on the autograph checklist.

But there’s no mystery — it’s Daisy Ridley. (It says so right on the checklist.)

>> Click here to view the 2015 Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Series 1 checklist as released by Topps

Among the signers, only Ridley and John Boyega are the only signers among the new cast. The rest are notable names from the past films who’ll apparently appear in The Force Awakens. Among them are Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew.

Keep reading for a full autograph checklist and more details.

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First Buzz: 2015 Panini National Treasures football cards

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What: 2015 Panini National Treasures football cards
Arrives: March 2, 2016
Box basics: Eight cards — three autographs, three memorabilia, two base/parallels — per box. (Four boxes per case.)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini America improves upon the impressiveness of Treasure Chest cards seen in its past NT hockey release with 24-piece memorabilia and 12-autograph booklet cards in this year’s edition. These also will have patch and 1/1 NFL Shield versions. Also in this one will be autograph and memorabilia sets for America’s Team, the Dallas Cowboys, and The Steel Curtain Pittsburgh Steelers.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Sports Illustrated reprints regional college special issue to correct error

SIcorrectionOne of Sports Illustrated‘s regional covers for its 2015 College Football Playoff special issue will be reprinted after it misidentified the coach of the Michigan State Spartans.

Coach Mark Dantonio was incorrectly called Mike on the error version. A corrected version appears here.

Naturally, some collectors might wonder if there’s a market for an error and variation combo like this.

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First Buzz: 2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek 50th Anniversary trading cards

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What: 2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek 50th Anniversary trading cards
Arrives: March 2, 2016
Box basics: Two autographed cards per 24-pack box

What’s buzz-worthy: The 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series will be celebrated with an 80-card set that’s accented with a selection of inserts, parallels and autographs from actors in the series — including its pilot — as well as insert sets focusing on two of the series’ most-popular episodes. A selection of cut autographs will be included in the product as well, while color sketch cards will be found one per case.

Keep reading for more. We’ll have a full gallery of images here soon.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Donruss basketball cards

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What: 2015-16 Donruss basketball cards
Arrives: February 2016
Box basics: Three autograph or memorabilia cards per 24-pack box

What’s buzz-worthy: The wave of retro-styled modern Donruss cards returns to the NBA and, just like its baseball counterpart, it includes plenty of inserts, plenty of base cards and more hits than the typical lower-end brand. This year’s release also will be more limited than last season.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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NFL & Panini America officially confirm exclusive licensing deal

nfl-panini-logo-blogOne of the hobby’s most chattered-about deals is now official.

Panini America and the NFL have signed a multi-year exclusive deal for trading cards and stickers that will begin before next year’s NFL Draft. Combined with a previous exclusive with the NFLPA that was announced in August 2014, Panini will be the only company that will make fully licensed football cards beginning next year.

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Dansby Swanson will make his Atlanta Braves debut in 2016 Bowman

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Baseball fans were surprised when No. 1 overall draft pick Dansby Swanson was traded to the Atlanta Braves but prospectors might have been even more surprised — and perhaps bummed — considering that the trade happened on the eve of 2015 Bowman Draft‘s arrival.

But Topps already has him trading in his Arizona Diamondbacks jersey — and it will be in packs of 2016 Bowman.

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Star Wars Galactic Connexions fans must eat fresh to collect them all

Subway1Star Wars Galactic Connexions fans will need to eat fresh to collect them all beginning tomorrow.

SubwayWalmartTopps‘ second series of packs for the collectible disc game arrives tomorrow only in Walmart stores, but that’s not the only reason that a fan would have to hit the retail giant.

There are also Connexions discs found only at Subway shops that are located inside of Walmart stores.

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Could Topps’ The Force Awakens Special Edition parallels be the sleeper set of year for Star Wars?

StarWarsBoxThe awakening will be felt by many starting tomorrow but there still could be a sleeper set out there when it comes to Topps‘ newest Star Wars trading cards.

Two types of 2015 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 1 boxes have been made for hobby distribution atop its retail presence. The standard hobby box will have all the hits and things collectors have come to expect — expect a checklist to arrive on those in the next 24 hours — but there’s also a Hobby Special Edition version of the product that has a cheaper box price.

And these boxes have an added bonus not found anywhere else.

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eBay Buzz: Connor McDavid’s Black Diamond debut packs high-priced punch with auto booklet patches

McDavidPatchEven if he’s not playing, he’s still kind of a big deal.

Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid is still on the mend, but the arrival of 2015-16 Upper Deck Black Diamond continues the big-time action on hockey cards featuring the No. 1 draft pick.

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 17)

archives-mcgwireThe 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: Breaks of 2015 Topps Archives Signature Series & 2015 Topps Dynasty along with the mysterious greening Chrome cards from the past.

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Topps confirms John Boyega autos in The Force Awakens sets

BoyegaFoilparallelLess than two days away from the arrival of The Force Awakens and the newest Star Wars card sets, Topps solved one of the mysteries about its forthcoming releases.

TekJohn Boyega, who plays Finn in The Force Awakens, will appear on the autograph checklists for both 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek and 2015 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 1.

“We are very excited to have John Boyega join the Topps family,” said brand manager Mark Von Ohlen. “He’s such an important part of the movie and having him in the product was pivotal for us. We know all the fans out are going to love opening packs of cards knowing they can potentially find a John Boyega autograph.”

>> Click here to view the 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek checklist

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First Buzz: 2016 Donruss baseball cards


2016-donruss-baseball-kyle-schwarberWhat:
 2016 Donruss baseball cards
Arrives: March 2016
Box basics: Three autographs or memorabilia cards per box

What’s buzz-worthy: A new wave of retro-styled but modern Donruss baseball cards arrives during spring training next year as Panini America revealed the basics on this new one, which will include autographed buybacks, plenty of inserts, plenty of base cards and more hits than the typical lower-end brand. Among the surprises? A memorabilia card for the famed The Famous (San Diego) Chicken mascot.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Panini Eminence shows its power immediately on BlowoutTV

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From time to time, we’ll highlight some crazy pulls from breaks done via BlowoutTV — you know, the stuff that’s truly buzz-worthy. 

Just pulled: A 2014-15 Panini Eminence Stephen Curry championship tag auto 2/2
The box? It can be found right here.

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