If Tom Jackson calls it a career, maybe he’ll have time for cardboard

Tom-Jackson-1997-Upper-Deck-LegendsHe’s been in the public eye as an NFL player and ESPN analyst every year since 1973, but Tom Jackson may finally have time to do something he’s rarely done before.

Sign autographs for a card company and appear on some football cards.

The New York Daily News is reporting that Jackson may be leaving ESPN, where he’s been part of NFL broadcasts since 1987. It’s been a successful run, and, in 2015, he received the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award which honors “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”

Jackson’s NFL career ended the season before his ESPN arrival and it’s a career that’s rarely seen on cardboard despite an explosion in card products in all those years since.

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First Buzz: 2016 Panini Spectra soccer cards

2016-panini-spectra-soccer-1What: 2016 Panini Spectra soccer cards
Arrives: Sept. 29
Box basics: Five autographs or memorabilia cards per 10-card box (five boxes per case).

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini brings Spectra to the pitch with plenty of hits, parallels and diecuts as we have seen in the past with the same super-thick stock and crazy color but with the stars of the past and present included.

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Show exclusives: Can there be too much of a good thing?

comic-con-logochuckRozanskiSan Diego Comic-Con has come and gone and Mile High Comics owner Chuck Rozanski offered some interesting thoughts on one facet of the event that has continued to grow over the years as it has exploded into way more than simply a comic book show.


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First Buzz: 2015-16 Panini Flawless basketball cards


What: 2015-16 Panini Flawless basketball cards
Arrives: Sept. 14
Box basics: Seven autographs, two jewel cards and one Jumbo Patch memorabilia card per 10-card briefcase (two boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Flawless returns with all the things collectors have come to expect from the ultra high-end brand and every card in 2015-16 Flawless will be numbered to no more than 25 copies.

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

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

scan0007_1The 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: Allen & Ginter, Allen & Ginter, Allen & Ginter, Aroldis Chapman, 1986-87 Fleer and The National.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps MLB Sticker Collection

2017-Topps-MLB-StickersWhat: 2017 Topps MLB Sticker Collection
Arrives: March 2
Box basics: Eight stickers per pack per 50-pack box (16 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The first product of 2017 is here and it’s the basic must-do for many younger collectors — stickers.

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Not everything heads to e-Packs in Upper Deck Ultimate Collection

2015-16-NHL-Ultimate-Collection-Autograph-Rookie-Shield-One-of-One-CardNot long after Upper Deck‘s 2015-16 Ultimate Collection hockey set arrives in hobby shops on Aug. 31, it will also appear on the company’s e-Pack platform that allows collectors without hobby shops to rip in virtually with a shot at cards in reality.

But what about the 1/1 creations? Upper Deck has addressed its plans for the high-end brand.

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Houston Astros will start top prospect Alex Bregman on Monday

2016-bowman-chrome-green-alex-bregmanOne of baseball’s top prospects is getting the call on Monday.

The Houston Astros will call up former LSU star Alex Bregman after a solid second season in the minor leagues where he’s hit .306 with 20 homers and 61 RBI in 80 games between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno.

“We feel like this is a good time to add him to a good team,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch told the Houston Chronicle. “We’re rolling along pretty well. He doesn’t have to come up here and be anything but himself and contribute at a couple different positions.”

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You never know where you’ll see baseball cards pop up

New-York-Mets-KimmelYou never know where you’ll see baseball cards and late-night TV is one place where some good ol’ American cardboard surfaced.

Actor Viggo Mortensen was on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and brought some gifts for the host.

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

1989-UpperDeck-KenGriffeyJrThe 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: Griffey to Cooperstown, Chris Sale & his scissors, new breaks, 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter, The National & more.

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Baseball Card of the Day: Chris Sale’s 2013 Topps Tribute Commemorative Cuts Relic


Card of the Day: A Chris Sale 2013 Topps Tribute Commemorative Cuts Relic — with a cut piece of his game-used jersey.

Why? Well, you may not have watched TV lately but Sale was suspended five games by the Chicago White Sox after he reportedly cutting up the team’s throwback jerseys the team was supposed to have worn on Saturday night. Rather than pitch wearing a certain style uniform, he reportedly destroyed the uniforms before being sent home.

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Cooperstown enshrinement awaits Ken Griffey Jr. & Mike Piazza


Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are in Cooperstown, N.Y., this weekend to join baseball’s immortals as the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

One is the first No. 1 overall draft pick to ever make it to the Hall. The other is the lowest draft pick to ever be enshrined in Cooperstown.

Griffey received 99.3 percent of the vote — a record and three votes short of unanimous — after his first time on the ballot. Meanwhile, Piazza appeared on 83 percent of the 440 ballots in his fourth vote.

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You’ll need to turn back clock & look for some Topps Mayo football packs to land Tim Kaine’s “Rookie Card”

TimKaineHillary Clinton‘s selection for her vice-presidential running mate appears on a handful of trading cards, but you’ll have to go find some old packs of football cards to find his first one.

Virginia Senator and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine first appeared on cardboard back in 2009 when Topps released an Allen & Ginter-styled football set called Topps Mayo.

There, in the 2009 Topps Mayo United States Governors insert set you’ll find him nestled between James H. Douglas and Christine Gregoire in the 50-card set. These cards were among a few mini insert sets with cards found six times per hobby box.

That makes this a bit of a tough pull, but it’s not his only cardboard.

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Gallery From The Floor: San Diego Comic-Con exclusives & more

Recreate the noble journey of the great Jedi Master with the highly collectible Obi-Wan Kenobi Pack. Featuring authentic, movie-accurate detail, this elite 6-inch scale Obi-Wan Kenobi figure comes equipped with Jedi robe, 2 lightsabers, an electronic light-up table, and Princess Leia hologram delivering a vital message. San Diego Comic-Con is here and several companies collectors are familiar with can be found on the show floor at the biggest show of them all.

It’s an impossibility to see it all — even if you’re there — but Buzz has scoured a few manufacturers’ Twitter accounts to show off a few of their displays and scenes from the show as well as some of the items they’ll have on display and available.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box)

s-l1600-2From 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 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box)
MazaraWhere to buy:

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 47
Base set completion: 
26 of 300 (9 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Tom Glavine, Robinson Cano, Monica Abbott, Jacob deGrom, Michelle Steele

Rookie Cards (9) – Nomar Mazara, Stephen Piscotty, Aaron Nola, Guido Knudson, Zach Lee, Dustin Garneau, Hector Olivera, Raul Mondesi, Richie Shaffer

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Allen & Ginter X is returning for 2016 with an autograph in every box


Update: It will arrive on Topps.com on Wednesday, July 27. Price is $69.99 a box or $1,250 per 18-box case. Click here to view the checklist Topps released for the brand.

Topps is bringing back the X once again.

Last year for the 10th release of its Allen & Ginter brand, Topps created a “parallel” product named Allen & Ginter X for the tobacco-styled brand with a black image background instead of the traditional white.

This year, it’s back and it will be an online-only product — initially only available at Topps.com — packing a guaranteed autograph in every box.

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Ken Stabler’s personal memorabilia to be sold via Pristine Auction

main_1-Ken-Stabler-1974-National-Football-League-Players-Association-NFL-MVP-Plaque-Stabler-LOA-PristineAuction.comMore than 450 lots of memorabilia from the collection of a former Alabama Crimson Tide and Oakland Raiders great are headed into collectors’ hands soon as they are now on the auction block.

Trophies, game-used memorabilia and more from the collection of Ken Stabler, who will be posthumously inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 6, are up for grabs after his family decided to part with them. “Snake” died in July 2015 after a brief battle with colon cancer.

“In honoring Ken Stabler’s requests, his family has chosen to make items from his personal career collection available to the fans of Mr. Stabler’s career through Pristine Auction,” read a release from the Phoenix-based company. “It is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity … to obtain a piece of sports memorabilia owned by legendary Oakland Raiders quarterback and 2016 Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee Ken Stabler.”

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First Buzz: 2016 Afterworld Genesis trading card game

AfterworldWhat: 2016 Afterworld Genesis trading card game
 Sept. 30
Box basics: 20 10-card packs per box (12 boxes per case via two inner cases)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini America unleashes a new TCG, which we’ll let them sum up like this: “In the Afterworld, the greatest champions from the civilizations of Atlantis, Viking legend, Ancient Egypt, and Ancient Japan are pitted against each other for dominance. With stunning original artwork and exciting gameplay, Afterworld offers players the best of both worlds, a complete and compelling game experience with the fun of chasing rare cards to enhance the experience.”

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Dennis Green is who we thought he was — a coach with very few cards


“They are who we thought they were” may be a sound bite he’s remembered for, but Dennis Green also will be remembered as being what many thought he was.

A pretty decent football coach.

The former Minnesota Vikings and Arizona Cardinals leader died from an apparent heart attack on Friday at age 67. He last coached a decade ago with the Cardinals, going 5-11 to cap his 13-year coaching resume with 113 wins and 94 losses.

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Buzz Break: 2013 Panini Cooperstown (blaster box)

s-l500From 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: 2013 Panini Cooperstown baseball cards (blaster box)
Cooperstown-gehrigWhere to buy:

Packs per box: 6 (five standard packs and one Green Crystal Shard parallel pack)
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 33
Base set completion: 
20 of 100 (20 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Carl Yastrzemski, Jimmie Foxx, Warren Spahn, Lou Gehrig

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Goldin Auctions to once again sell high-grade Honus Wagner card that previously went for $2.1 million

bf552003-7fd6-43d0-9419-00a0f165c854A big baseball card is heading to the auction block once again.

A PSA 5 (MC) copy of the 1909 T206 Honus Wagner — the most-valuable baseball card of all time — is headed back to the auction block this fall via Goldin Auctions. The Runnemede, N.J.-based company announced the news on Thursday, noting that it will be up for grabs in its “Great American Trading Card Auction” in September after it goes on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

“Serious collectors understand that every time a card like this is offered for auction, it may be the last time for a long time,” said Ken Goldin, the founder of the auction house. “The excitement that the auction of a T206 Wagner generates, coupled with the current booming market for high-grade trading cards, creates the perfect storm for establishing a new standard for sports memorabilia.”

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Gallery & SP info: 2016 Panini Clear Vision football cards

Call it a modern throwback — modern in that it’s printed on non-traditional acetate and a throwback in that it’s not all about hits.

(But those hits can be pretty sweet.)

It’s 2016 Panini Clear Vision football, and it’s a set that packs just one hit per box and just four autographs in every 18-box case.

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Gallery & checklist: 2015-16 Upper Deck Black hockey cards

13724005_10153779294678951_2426192354923422298_oOne of Upper Deck‘s iconic hockey brands is back once again next month and it will return with some outrageous cardboard.

UD Black returns with five hits in every six-card box and it’s clear that some cards just won’t be contained by the typical wrapping. But cards like the one above aren’t alone in its impressive look.

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New WWE comics teased at SDCC, plus new Mattel WWE toys to come

World Wrestling Entertainment is getting into the comic book ring and it’s at San Diego Comic-Con to prove it.

A partnership with BOOM! Studios begins at SDCC with five blind-wrapped one-page illustration/comic panels available in advance of an upcoming series.

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Topps readies Star Wars promo sets for San Diego Comic-Con

13765855_932793726848189_2491092203677450164_oThe awakening is being felt once again in San Diego.

Topps has prepared five card sets for Star Wars that will be for sale at San Diego Comic-Con beginning tomorrow.

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Upper Deck honors Mike Berkus with Piece of History card for National

2016-National-Sports-Collectors-Convention-Upper-Deck-Mike-Berkus-Tribute-Memorabilia-Card-FrontUpper Deck has remembered the late co-founder of the National Sports Collectors Convention with a memorabilia card that will be in limited supply at the upcoming show on Aug. 3-7 in Atlantic City, N.J.

It’s a Piece of History memorabilia card for Mike Berkus, who lost a brief cancer battle in November. He was 69.

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Gallery: 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (updated)


We’re just a couple of days away from the official arrival of 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards, meaning the newest batch of surprise inclusions, World’s Champions and downright unusual cardboard will be here to captivate some collectors once again.

The wall art version of the set arrived today, giving us all a glimpse at the base cards and a couple of insert sets.

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

inceptionThe 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 the breaks — old & new NBA, MLB, Goodwin & more.

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Historic Autographs takes on The Mob — via cardboard

Historic-Autos-The-MobHistoric Autographs is taking on The Mob with its new trading card set that will first arrive at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.

A 60-card 2016 Historic Autographs The Mob set will be available in two ways — via a premium box and a set box — with a soft release at the show.

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Gallery: 2016 Donruss Optic baseball autographs

2016-Donruss-Optic-auto-gallery-3Panini America‘s newest baseball card brand — 2016 Donruss Optic — is here with an Optichromed take on 2016 Donruss with some new twists and new takes on cards from the past.

And a new twist just mentioned by Panini last night is that there are Hot Boxes that include five autographs and a number of extra parallels.

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 hockey cards

2016-17-Upper-Deck-3What: 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 hockey cards
 Nov. 10
Box basics: Six Young Guns Rookie Cards per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Upper Deck’s flagship hockey set arrives with the newest rookies and plenty of features that collectors have come to expect in the long-running brand.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Gallery: 2016 Star Trek TNG Portfolio Prints autographs

StewartA new Star Trek: The Next Generation release is almost here as Rittenhouse Archives has its second series of Portfolio prints is set to arrive next week.

Each box of Star Trek: TNG Portfolio Prints Series 2 will include three autographs in every box — and that means there’s a deep checklist.

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Topps Doctor Who promo cards can be found at San Diego Comic-Con

16DWSDCC-10TH_DOCTOR_AND_FRIENDS-lores_Page_01Television fans at San Diego Comic-Con will find unique Topps cards at the big show if they visit the booth for BBC America.

It’s there that three 10-card sets for Doctor Who will be for sale for $20 each at the show and each examines a different season.

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