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

Superfractor-Ha-Ha-Clinton-Dix-Alabama-footballThe 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: Showing off Superfractors, a non-sports show haul, retro rips and the Rougned Odor-Jose Bautista feud.

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NFLPA releases roster for 2016 NFLPA Rookie Premiere

RP_16_LOGO_Panini_BlackThe biggest event of the year in terms of creating new football cards takes place this week as the 22nd annual NFLPA Rookie Premiere kicks off Thursday and runs though Saturday.

It’s there where players will don their uniforms for the first time for photos for upcoming Panini America football cards.

“NFLPA Rookie Premiere is one of the most important events that we participate in annually, as it helps us set the stage for our entire football trading card products that we will release over the next 15 months,” said Mark Warsop, Panini America CEO. “Serving for the first time as the NFLPA’s exclusive trading card partner and presenting sponsor provides us with more opportunities than ever to execute a series of unique activations throughout the event, and create our best-ever product assortment for the new season.”

Today, the NFLPA released who’ll be in attendance.

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Karl-Anthony Towns takes home top NBA rookie honors

Karl-Anthony-Towns-Rookie-Patch-autoAt the beginning of the season it was Kristaps Porzingis, who stole all the headlines when it came to NBA rookies.

But it’s Karl-Anthony Towns who got the one that mattered as he was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in unanimous fashion on Monday — just the fifth winner-take-all vote in the history of the award. Porzingis finished second.

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Steiner Sports lands rights to revisit The Beatles on canvas

The-Beatles-Abbey-Road-24x36-Stretched-CanvasSteiner Sports has four new stars on its roster — John, Paul, George and Ringo.

The New Rochelle, N.Y.-based company announced Monday that it has acquired the rights to The Beatles for canvas wall art and framed presentations as part of a deal with Bravado International.

“As both a sports and music enthusiast all my life,” said Brandon Steiner, the founder and CEO. “I am at once delighted and enthusiastic that not only is Steiner Sports now a part of the legacy of this most iconic and historical brand, but that we will now be able to bring unique products and memories to so many Beatles fans moving forward.”

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Board Buzz Gallery: Impressive and favorite non-sports autographs

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Is there one non-sports autograph you’d want to own? If you’re a fan of anything beyond the sports world, there’s probably one name that comes to mind first.

In some cases — Star Wars and Star Trek, for example — a personality may have plenty of autographs, but in others there may be just one.

Or none at all.

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Stipe Miocic & Cris Cyborg give UFC collectors something to chase

Stipe-MiocicStipe Miocic and Cris Cyborg were two of the headline-grabbers after Saturday night’s UFC 198 card and there is good news for MMA fans who want to collect.

They’ve both got readily available cardboard.

Miocic, the new UFC heavyweight champ, took down Fabricio Werdum with a single punch in the first round. He can be found on more than 200 different MMA trading cards with more than 80 of those featuring a certified autograph. His earliest autographs can be found in Topps‘ UFC releases from 2012, while his newest are in 2016 Topps UFC Top of the Class, which arrived last week.

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

Carlos-Correa-AflacThe 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: Colorful 2016 Bowman autos in a case, Carson Wentz in Prime Signatures, long-gone Correas and more.

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

24516813676_a214e940c3_bThe 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: Big pulls in Orlando, Ghostbusters, big retail pulls, impressive Heritage and … Mike Trout to the Cubs?

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Buzz Break: 2016 Score football cards (blaster box)

2016scoreFBblaster.jpgFrom 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

The box: 2016 Score football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:

2016-score-Kenyan-DrakePacks per box:
Cards per pack: 11
Cards in this box: 132
Base set completion: 
88 of 440 (20 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players found on base cards: Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, Julio Jones.

Rookie Cards (33) – Notables include Jared Goff, Connor Cook, Will Fuller, Kenyan Drake, Paxton Lynch, Braxton Miller.

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Buzz Poll: Would you want to own a Matt Bush baseball card?

Matt-BushTwelve years ago, Matt Bush was the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB Draft — a hometown pick of the San Diego Padres — but tonight he’s a member of the Texas Rangers and a big-leaguer for the first time.

For years, it seemed like Bush would be one of baseball’s rare answers to a dubious trivia question: Which No. 1 overall picks never played a major-league game?

Why? Everything that happened between 2004 and tonight. That tale leads Buzz to ask this question …

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Autographed Mini-helmet Football

2016-Leaf-Autographed-Mini-Helmet-footballWhat: 2016 Leaf Autographed Mini-helmet Football
Arrives: Aug. 26
Box basics: One autographed mini-helmet per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf offers “one of the single most popular packaged memorabilia products in the marketplace” with every box yielding a Hall of Famer, current NFL star, retired star or player with potential.

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Gallery: 2015-16 Upper Deck Ice Artemi Panarin autographs

2015-16-Upper-Deck-Ice-Artemi-Panarin-gallery1469669_nUpper Deck‘s next NHL brand, 2015-16 Upper Deck Ice, is slated for release just 13 days from now and the company has teased a selection of card images for one young Chicago Blackhawk in advance of its release.

His name? Artemi Panarin.

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

twd_editor_merle_dixon_lThe 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 Walking Dead & Topps, Ghostbusters, Topps Heritage, big NFL pulls.

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A sign that the NFLPA Rookie Premiere is coming

2016-Donruss-Elite-Pen-PalsThis year’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere is coming — next week — and it will have a new look to it as Panini America takes over as the exclusive trading card licensee for the NFL.

The company has been at work preparing for the event for months and it offered a teaser of what one product will include.

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Pondering what’s possible in a 1973 Topps baseball group break — and you can win one of five free spots

1973-Topps-boxWhat you see here is a 1973 Topps wax box — 24 packs of 10 cards — with cards inside just as they were wrapped in wax paper more than 40 years ago.

blowoutTVlogo09They’ll all see the light of day soon as part of an upcoming BlowoutTV group break, which will give collectors a shot at high-grade copies of Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt‘s Rookie Card along with RCs of Rich “Goose” Gossage, Dwight Evans, Davey Lopes and Bob Boone. (Oh, and keep reading to see how you can get in on a free spot in the break …)

And then, of course, there are cards of Hall of Famers and notables such as Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Brooks Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Al Kaline, Willie Mays, Pete Rose, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew, Joe Morgan and many more. Perfect specimens aren’t a given with the printing, cutting and packaging of the past, but a box like this one can yield plenty of high-dollar cards in PSA 9 and 10 form. (And some strong cards in lesser grades.)

But the real power in this one beyond the Hall of Famers? The potential for PSA 10 commons — cards that are often overlooked raw but can command insane amounts when PSA Registry collectors chase a set in high grade. How about $739.76 for a PSA 10 Bobby Murcer?

There’s some Power of the Pinstripes in play there, but that card is not alone.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 12)

Kobe-NT-autoThe 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 NBA breaks, new Ichiro & Trout cards, $250 on vintage + more. 

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Max Scherzer’s historic game prompts key hobby question

Max-Scherzer-USAWashington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer did something last night that had only happened three other times in MLB history.

He struck out 20 batters in a game.

It’s a feat that only Roger Clemens, who did it twice, and Kerry Wood have done before, but in both of those pitchers’ cases there’s an iconic early baseball card to chase. For Clemens, his 1984 Fleer Update card is the one to own. For Wood, it’s his 1997 Bowman Chrome.

For Scherzer?

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Topps launches The Walking Dead digital card app — with physical trading cards to come

twd_band0_02_lThe chatter on Twitter started trickling out just around midnight and the confirmation came this morning.

Topps is taking on The Walking Dead.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Update baseball cards

2016-Topps-Update-Baseball-Trevor-Story-Rookie-CardWhat: 2016 Topps Update baseball cards
Arrives: Oct. 19
Box basics: One autograph or Relic per 36-pack box (12 boxes per case); One autograph and two Relics per 10-pack jumbo box (six boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The formula that is Topps’ flagship and then Topps Update is back with a few twists and some new inclusions — First Pitch, First Pitch Relics and Topps Fire cards, for example — to get collectors chasing top performers and rookies from this season.

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

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Ferris Bueller, Scott Pilgrim & Golden Girls on way as Funko Pop!

unnamed-6Two memorable movies and one hit TV show are officially on the way as Funko Pop! toys soon after the company recently unveiled images of several forthcoming toys from the popular line.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, The Golden Girls and a number of new D.C. Comics characters will soon be found in stores.

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First Buzz: 2016 Historic Autographs Friends-N-Foes Dual Cut Edition

Historic-Autographs-Friends-and-foes-2What: 2016 Historic Autographs Friends-N-Foes Baseball Dual Cut Card Edition
Arrives: June 10
Box basics: One dual-autograph cut booklet per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Historic Autographs tries its first regular-size release with these booklets pairing players with common ties or with opposing ones. The Friends cards will include family members, teammates and memorable pairings, while rivalries and literal fights will be found on the Foes cards.

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Al Capone’s fingerprints up for grabs this week via Heritage Auctions

Heritage14The impressive stash of 1992 Olympic Dream Team memorabilia will probably get the post-sale attention, but there are a few other big-ticket items presently the auction block and ending in the next few days via Heritage Auctions.

The weirdest? Al Capone‘s fingerprints.

In 1929, Capone provided these prints after he was sent to the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. It’s an 8-inch square document that’s also signed by Capone — and it’s presently sitting at $44,000 ($52,580 with a buyer’s premium) with two days remaining in the sale.

Sure, it’s not a sports item — but there are some big pieces in that world that more than a few collectors would want to get their hands on in this auction. Keep reading for more.

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts hockey cards

2016-17-Upper-Deck-Artifacts-hockey-McDavid-Rookie-tagWhat: 2016-17 Upper Deck Artifacts hockey cards
 Sept. 28
Box basics: Three autograph, memorabilia or Aurum cards per eight-pack box (20 boxes per case via two inners)

What’s buzz-worthy: Artifacts returns for another season with new Aurum gold cards alongside the memorabilia cards and other inclusions collectors have come to expect. Also in the mix? Lord Stanley’s Legacy Relic and autographs of players who have reached the pinnacle of the game.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Topps cancels planned Warcraft movie trading card set

Warcraft2016_9Topps has cancelled its planned Warcraft film trading card set, according to a statement released by the company.

“Unfortunately due to unforeseen delays in production we are being forced to cancel the release of ’16 Topps Warcraft,” the company said. “At the present time, there are no plans to release this product in the future.”

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Gallery: 2015-16 Panini National Treasures basketball (updated)

2015-16-Panini-National-Treasures-NBA-autograph-memorabilia-54One of Panini America’s most highly collected high-end brands arrived in hobby shops today with what looks like more color, more prime material and more potential than in the past.

Every box of 2015-16 Panini National Treasures includes at least 10 cards and at least eight of those are autographs or memorabilia cards.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 11)

2016-Topps-Now-Bartolo-Colon-Home-RunThe 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: Bartolo Colon’s home run card, The Golden Bear, vintage debates, vintage pulls and Superfractors … plenty of Superfractors.

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Tom Brady’s cookbook clearly pumps up a few foodies

Tom-Brady-Cookbook-1It’s two pieces of maple held together with three screws. A “TB12” logo is laser-etched into the surface and in between are pages of recipes printed on 100-pound full-color paper.

Its official name is the TB12™ Nutrition Manual and it’s a cookbook. Its creator? New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Its cost? A mere $200.

And it’s sold out.

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Bartolo Colon’s Topps Now card fetches hefty prices on eBay after record-breaking production

2016-Topps-Now-Bartolo-Colon-Home-RunOn Saturday, Bartolo Colon hit the first home run of his big-league career. On Sunday, that memorable moment became a Topps Now baseball card. On Monday, it became the highest-selling Now card ever with 8,826 copies sold.

Today? Well, it’s now a $60 baseball card.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps WWE wrestling (hobby box)

2016tpWRhobbyFrom 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

2016-Topps-WWE--37The box: 2016 Topps WWE wrestling cards (hobby box)
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Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 168
Base set completion: 
99 of 100 (99 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: Andre The Giant, Roddy Piper, Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Trish Stratus, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Lita, Edge, Randy Savage, Elizabeth, Paige, Charlotte, Sasha Banks, Tyler Breeze (RC), Becky Lynch (RC), Mandy Rose (RC)

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Steph Curry makes history — but hobby expectations remain high

Stephen-Curry-Topps-Rookie-CardBill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Moses Malone, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Steve Nash, LeBron James and Steph Curry.

Those are the players who have taken home the NBA’s Most Valuable Player Award in back-to-back seasons — and none of them have done it in unanimous fashion except for Curry, who made history on Tuesday.

It’s an elite club for sure.

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Topps details its plans for upcoming Trevor Story Rookie Cards

Screen-Shot-2016-05-09-at-12.04.10-PM-1024x742Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story appears on more than 200 different baseball cards and has signed more than 40 different certified autograph cards since his cardboard arrival back in 2011.

But there’s one thing that a collector of this new MLB standout can’t do yet — pull a Rookie Card of him from a pack.

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After 67 years calling Dodgers games, Vin Scully finally gets a Sports Illustrated cover appearance

Vin-Scully-Sports-IllustratedHey, Sports Illustrated … what took you so long?

As legendary broadcaster Vin Scully winds down his 67-year run as the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, the 88-year-old Hall of Famer finds himself on the cover of a 62-year-old weekly (and highly collectable) magazine for the first time.

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Gallery: New MiLB caps from New Era show creativity down on farm

Vermont-Lake-MonstersThe Minor League Baseball season is young, too, and New Era Caps has teased some new additions to its lineup that fans can see down on the farm if they’re watching the game’s future stars compete.

Without long-running histories and with the need for promotion and an injection of interest from time to time, the teams take risks in their designs with caps like those of the Vermont Lake Monsters (above).

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First Buzz: 2016 Super Break Frozen Heirlooms Hockey

 2016 Super Break Frozen Heirlooms Hockey
Arrives: June 22
Box basics: Three autographed buybacks per box (25 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Super Break takes to the ice with a product that includes all teams and a healthy mix of unique items and key cardboard spanning 80 years of hockey history worked into the mix, too.

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