Gallery: 2016 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards (updated)

2016-topps-stadium-club-gallery-1SC-troutOne of the biggest fundamental elements of baseball cards is found here — strong photos — and “here” is 2016 Topps Stadium Club, which officially arrives on Friday.

This one will include two autographs in every 16-pack hobby box as well as as a parallel in every pack. There will be plenty to be found with a meaty 300-card base set that’s jam-packed with memorable and non-traditional images.

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Barry Bonds adds milestone HR tickets to autographs in his store

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They may not be as hot as they once were, but they’re still very notable pieces of baseball history — and they can be yours

MLB home run king Barry Bonds has added four new pieces to his online store where some collectors have found relative bargains in recent months when it comes to game-used and autographed memorabilia.

This time, it’s milestone home run tickets that are top for grabs.

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Topps readies VIP promo card set for this year’s National

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The first promotional items that Topps is producing for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention is a tribute to its first set and notable players from that era.

It’s a 1951 Topps Red & Blue Backs set and it will only initially be available to VIP ticket holders at this year’s show beginning on Aug. 3 in Atlantic City, N.J.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Donruss Elite football cards (hobby box)

16pndonrusseliteFBFrom 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 Donruss Elite football cards (hobby box)
2016-elite-barry-sandersWhere to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box:
 20
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 100
Base set completion: 
78 of 100 (78 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players found on base cards – Todd Gurley, Jerry Rice, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Emmitt Smith, Bo Jackson, Joe Montana, Cam Newton, Troy Aikman, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Dez Bryant, Joe Namath, J.J. Watt, Eli Manning, John Elway, Barry Sanders.

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First Buzz: 2016 Super Break Hybrid Extreme Edition

ExtremeWhat: 2016 Super Break Hybrid Extreme Edition
Arrives: July 20
Box basics: Three buyback cards and one memorabilia piece per box (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Super Break follows up its first Hybrid product with one that includes “some of the world’s greatest throughout sports, history, and celebrity” — a mix of everything with 50 categories of items.

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Buzz Poll: Which team wins in NHL’s recent flurry of moves?

WeberSubbanThere was a flurry of big news in the NHL in the last 24 hours with big trades and big signings

Steven Stamkos is staying put in Tampa Bay with a new long-term deal. Meanwhile, the Montreal Canadiens traded P.K. Subban to Nashville for Shea Weber, forever linking the two players in hockey history. Then, Edmonton traded Taylor Hall to New Jersey for Adam Larsson.

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Gallery: 2016 Donruss Elite football cards

2016-donruss-elite-auto-gallery-a-60After a year on the bench, Panini America has revived the Elite brand with a new wave of new looks for the brand best known for its foilboard.

Since its arrival yesterday, collectors have been finding plenty of on-card ink, plenty of new looks and some EPIX-styled looks that the Elite brand hasn’t seen before on a checklist that includes stars from the past and present as well as the new crop of NFL rookies.

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UFC’s stars get card app of their own from Topps with UFC Knockout 16

CmM3KwvWIAAgN5vThe Octagon’s cardboard has come to your smart phone.

Topps and UFC announced on Thursday the launch of UFC Knockout 16 as its newest trading card app where fans can purchase and collect cards of their favorite fighters in digital form.

“We’re excited to expand on our relationship with the UFC by introducing engaging and easily accessible digital trading cards to keep up with the demand of UFC fans around the world,” said Jeremy Strauser, Vice President and General Manager of Topps Digital. “We see the enormous impact and global popularity of the UFC, so UFC Knockout 16 is a natural fit for Topps’ apps portfolio.”

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Gallery: 2016 Topps WWE Undisputed wrestling cards

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The second wave of high-end Topps WWE cards in the form of 2016 Topps WWE Undisputed doesn’t arrive for another week, but we’ve got a massive look at many of the cards found in the brand right here.

How?

The company is also creating wall art for nearly all of the base cards and inserts in the product.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 29)

Emmitt-Smith-Topps-60The 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: New additions, big breaks, The National and what replaces Topps Chrome Refractors for football collectors?

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Rain ruins Lucas Giolito’s MLB debut — but collectors still win

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Washington Nationals pitcher Lucas Giolito made his big-league debut on Tuesday night but a rain delay prevented him from picking up a win.

Meanwhile, a win is what collectors will get as the game now makes him eligible for Rookie Cards in the remaining 2016 products from Topps and Panini America. (Will his first be a Topps Now card arriving within hours? Stay tuned. Update: Yep.)

The right-hander from Santa Monica, Calif., gave up just one hit in four innings, walking two and striking out one before the rain ended his night.

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Need a 2016 Bowman Inception baseball card checklist? Click here …

16_Bowman Inception Baseball-swansonThis year’s edition of Bowman Inception is just a week away, and that means the latest round of Inceptioned insert cards, plenty of prospect autographs and maybe a few surprises.

Well, there won’t be as many surprises now since Topps has released the checklist.

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Mike Piazza’s NYPD helmet from 2001 game heads to auction block

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The helmet that Mike Piazza used in the first game after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks will be on the auction block and sold during an auction during the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

The New York Mets catcher and Hall of Famer’s helmet will be sold via Goldin Auctions with 50 percent of the buyer’s premium headed to a New York-based charity, Tuesday’s Children, which supports first-responders and their families.

“We are very lucky to have the opportunity to share such an important piece of baseball history and at the same time support the worthwhile work of this wonderful organization that supports those affected by the events of Sept. 11,” said Ken Goldin, the founder of Goldin Auctions. “Similar to Piazza’s jersey from that night, this helmet will forever connect fans to one of the most memorable moments in Mets history. Those who were lucky enough to be there, or view it on television will never forget it.”

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Buzz Break: 2016 Cryptozoic Justice League trading cards

2016-justice-leagueFrom 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.

2016-justice-league-1The box: 2016 Cryptozoic Justice League trading cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com 

Packs per box:
 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 121
Base set completion: 
63 of 63 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 9

 

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Who’ll be playing in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game?

starWho’ll be playing in the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game that’s part of MLB All-Star Game festivities?

The answer to that arrived on Tuesday.

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Kris Bryant’s monster night reaffirms place in game & potential for Cubs

artbb-16c2s-16tn-0186-1Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant had a big game last night — one that some thought had never been done before in the history of the game, going 5-for-5 with three homers and two doubles.

And now we have a Topps Now card to show for it, too.

A dominating night like this one also reaffirms his place in the game — at least among young stars — as well as his Chicago Cubs’ place as we march toward the All-Star break.

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Gallery: 2016 Marvel Masterpieces featuring art by Joe Jusko + checklist

Jusko6When the newest chapter of the Marvel Masterpieces universe arrives from Upper Deck tomorrow, there will be plenty of art from Joe Jusko, the creator who brought the 1992 release to life.

In fact, it will all be from Jusko.

That’s a fitting way to revive the brand, which has been on the shelf for nearly a decade, and the artist has been busy teasing images of what’s to come.

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Buddy Ryan’s defensive dominance didn’t translate into much cardboard

1985-Buddy-RyanHe was a coach for two of the greatest teams in NFL history, a defensive mastermind and a coach that his players revered.

He’s Buddy Ryan, a 26-year veteran of the coaching ranks and an innovator in the game. He was a young defensive coach for the New York Jets that won Super Bowl III. He was the brains behind the 46 defense and the dominating Chicago Bears that steamrolled their way to a victory in Super Bowl XX.

“Buddy was such an integral part of the Chicago Bears and the ’85 Bears, it was unbelievable,” former Bears coach Mike Ditka told NFL.com. “There’s no way we win anything without that defense, without his coaching and I think everybody understands that. We won because of our defense, we can never forget that. That’s just the way it was.”

He died on Tuesday at age 82 — and he’s also a legend you won’t find often on cardboard.

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Women’s basketball loses an icon as Pat Summitt dies at age 64

Pat-SummittWhen it comes to women’s basketball, there’s one name that should come to mind first — the long-time coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, Pat Summitt. She died Tuesday at age 64.

The Hall of Famer won more Division I games than any other coach — and her wins record still stands on the women’s side. She ended her career with 1,038 wins in 38 seasons along with eight national championships, 18 Final Four appearances and 16 SEC championships.

“She truly is a global icon who transcended sports and spent her entire life making a difference in other peoples’ lives,” UT Athletic Director Dave Hart said in a statement. “She was a genuine, humble leader who focused on helping people achieve more than they thought they were capable of accomplishing. Pat was so much more than a Hall of Fame coach; she was a mother, mentor, leader, friend, humanitarian and inspiration to so many. Her legacy will live on through the countless people she touched throughout her career.”

And when it comes to cardboard, there aren’t a lot of options for collectors.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Star Wars Card Trader trading cards

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What: 
2016 Topps Star Wars Card Trader trading cards
Arrives: Nov. 9
Box basics: 24 packs per box (16 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The Star Wars online card app gets a physical companion with extra ways to invigorate one’s digital collection via finds in physical packs — in other words it appears that the hits here unlock hits in the digital realm. (Full info is still to come.)

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 27)

CRThe 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 Flawless breaks, the next $1,000 Chrome auto, retro NBA breaks & more.

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Gallery: Pop culture icons plentiful in this week’s Profiles in History sale

Lot 1291: Michael J. Fox "Marty McFly" hero Mattel Hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II. Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Marty McFly‘s Hoverboard. The Beatles‘ controversial butcher album cover. Superman‘s cape. Bettie Page‘s pumps. Steve McQueen‘s racing jacket. Wolverine‘s claws. The Death Star.

The latest Profiles in History Hollywood Auction begins on Wednesday with more than 1,700 lots of everything you’d expect to see — and plenty more.

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Gallery: Gotham Season 1 trading cards (updated)

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Gotham is essentially a series offering us many chapters in the back stories of key players in the Batman universe and the back story begins soon on cardboard with Cryptozoic‘s Gotham Season 1 set coming later this year.

Autographs will fall one per box and the company has begun teasing signers for the release.

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Need a 2016 Topps Stadium Club baseball checklist? Get it here …

16_Topps Stadium Club Baseball-troutThe wait is nearly over for 2016 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards as the recently retro-styled brand arrives on Friday with plenty of creative photos and plenty of fun in every box.

The checklist for the brand arrived from Topps on Sunday night so keep reading to learn more.

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Auction clock ticking down on BlowoutTV’s 50-case break of 2015 Bowman Draft baseball cards

SwansonIf you’re a veteran prospector you’ve probably ripped into a few Bowman Draft cases through the years, but the latest upcoming break from BlowoutTV is one that has to impress even the most-grizzled of hobby veterans.

It’s a 50-case break of 2015 Bowman Draft. Yep, 50 cases. That’s 600 boxes. That’s 14,400 packs. That’s a whole lot of potential.

The clock is winding down on the auction for this break (click here for the basics) but there are a few players who will grab the attention of prospectors now — and inevitably those and a few others will grab the attention of baseball fans later. (It’s Bowman Draft.)

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Buzz Break: 2016 Cryptozoic The Vampire Diaries Season 4 trading cards + Win Our Hits contest

Vampire-Diaries-boxFrom 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.

Vampire-Diaries-1The box: 2016 Cryptozoic The Vampire Diaries Season 4
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com 

Packs per box:
 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 114
Base set completion: 
72 of 72 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 4

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 26)

Joe-Jackson-FlawlessThe 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: Flawless breaks, Jose Altuve autographs, fake autographs, Brandon Nimmo, the NSCC & more.

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Jeffrey Earnhardt’s Ford will pay tribute to legendary grandfather

Jeffrey-EarnhardtWhen Jeffrey Earnhardt hits the track at Darlington in September, he’ll be driving the No. 32 ford with a paint scheme that long-time Earnhardt fans should recognize.

Dale Earnhardt fans, that is.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 25)

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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 Today: Big pulls, retro breaks, Leaf Trinity, a big finder’s fee offered & more.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Doctor Who Extraterrestrial Encounters cards

2016-Topps-Doctor-Who-Extraterrestrial-Encounters-8What: 2016 Topps Doctor Who Extraterrestrial Encounters trading cards
Arrives: Nov. 9
Box basics: Two autographs or Relics per every 24-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The latest wave of trading cards for the multi-generational, multi-series sci-fi staple from Topps includes booklet cards, more than a dozen new signers including late-night TV host James Corden.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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

FlawlessThe 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: Flawless baseball, Flawless soccer, The National, one kid’s strong first wax box, Nolan Patrick exclusivity & 10 packs, 10 Joe Namath autos.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Cryptozoic The Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1 trading cards + Win Our Hits contest

The Walking Deadon Season 4 Part 1 Trading Cards Packaging ImagesFrom 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.

Walking-Dead-baseThe box: 2016 Cryptozoic The Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com 

Packs per box:
 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 113
Base set completion: 
72 of 72 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 10

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Topps readies exclusive cards for MLB All-Star FanFest

16ASFF_2004_TROUTThis year’s MLB All-Star Game FanFest is just a couple weeks away and Topps will be there with exclusive cardboard for collectors at the event.

Both today’s stars and at least one San Diego icon will be among those featured on a series of cards available at the event beginning on July 8.

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Ben Simmons signs exclusive autograph deal with Upper Deck

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Ben Simmons has a new team besides the Philadelphia 76ers.

The No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft out of LSU has joined Upper Deck as an exclusive signer for both trading cards and memorabilia.

Terms of the deal were not announced, but it was called a multi-year agreement by the company and his first autographed card appearance will appear in 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions.

“We are pleased to welcome Ben Simmons to Upper Deck’s world-renowned roster of NBA greats and look forward to providing his fans around the world with the most innovative and authentic collectibles available on the market,” said Jason Masherah, President of Upper Deck.

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