Buzz Break: 2015 Panini Americana trading cards (hobby box)

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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.

eliza-dushkuThe box: 2015 Panini Americana trading cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:
Shop around online.

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 53
Base set completion: 
33 of 73 (45 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Al Pacino, Shannon Elizabeth, Molly Ringwald, Sylvester Stallone, Paula Abdul, James Earl Jones, Eliza Dushku, Danica McKellar, Katrina Bowden, John C. McGinley, Vanilla Ice, Kelly Rowland, Nick Cannon

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Icons Unmasked prints offer look at memorable characters with a twist

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Sometimes memorable characters inspire new ones — or new ones arrive that remind us of others but with a twist.

A series of art prints from Wisconsin-based artist Alex Solis gives us a reminder of just that.

They are “Icons Unmasked.”

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Need a 2016 Topps Dynasty baseball card checklist? It’s right here …

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The latest high-end Topps baseball card set is on its way soon and that means it’s time to see a checklist.

Topps released the final list for 2016 Topps Dynasty on Wednesday — a week before its release — and this will be one of the first places where Derek Jeter‘s autographs will be found as part of his new deal with the company.

But he’s not alone.

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Buzz-worthy Bargain Break: 2013 Onyx Authenticated Platinum Prospects Series 1-2

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From time to time, we’ll spotlight a box or case that seems like a buzz-worthy bargain right here from BlowoutCards.com

What: 2013 Onyx Authenticated Platinum Prospects Series 1 & Series 2
Available as: six-box case (Series 1) or box (Series 1) and six-box case (Series 2) or box (Series 2)
Original Price:
 $444.99 and $414.99 (cases)
Manufacturer: Onyx Authenticated
Box Basics: Six autographs per box (one auto per pack)

Notable players included: Steven Moya, Rougned Odor, Gary Sanchez, Miguel Sano, Christian Yelich, Matt Shoemaker, Byron Buxton, Clint Frazier, Dilson Herrera, Gregory Polanco, Hunter Harvey, Jorge Alfaro, Socrates Brito, Lewis Brinson

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Nov. 30)

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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 Black Friday rips, 1/1 stars from Japan and a hot hand ripping soccer.

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

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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 and big breaks following Black Friday.

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Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley signs first certified autographs

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The last time we checked in on Cole Beasley here on The Buzz he was small but powerful on TV and on cardboard.

But now he’s a bit bigger deal.

Why? The Dallas Cowboys’ 5-foot-8 wide receiver has signed his first certified autographs and they are arriving this week.

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Some legendary game-used lumber auctions close this week

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A unique gamer from one of MLB’s most-iconic sluggers is among several game-used pieces up for grabs in the latest Goldin Auctions sale.

It’s not a bat used by Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Ichiro Suzuki or Alex Rodriguez, but all of those stars’ clubs are up for grabs, too, as part of a series of auctions ending this week.

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eBay Buzz: Bart Simpson keeps selling after all these years

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It’s a simple sketch card of an iconic character in pop culture penned by his creator and it’s not even rare.

But it is pricey.

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Maybe you have the Honus Wagner of Nintendo games sitting at home …

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A little-known Nintendo game then is a well-known Nintendo game now — at least to serious collectors who are known to fork over plenty of cash for it.

It’s Stadium Events, and it’s a game that’s so serious for collectors that in its original packaging it evokes comparisons to someone you might know if you’re into baseball cards.

“I never had a Honus Wagner,” said Tod Curtis, a Bedford, Ind.-based orthodontist, who seriously collects NES games and was interviewed as part of an ESPN The Magazine story on this game and its legacy. “That’s what this game is to this hobby. I don’t know how many Honus Wagner cards are out there compared to how many Stadium Events there are. If the game is really that rare, you can see in 20 years it coming up at Christie’s, where people are going to pay $900,000.”

The story is a fascinating one with plenty of parallels to the card-collecting world, and, not surprisingly, the tale has prompted the attempted sale of a high-grade copy of the game.

You probably won’t believe the asking price right now on eBay. 

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Inception baseball cards

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What: 2017 Topps Inception baseball cards
Arrives: April 12
Box basics: One autograph or one autographed patch Relic per seven-card box (16 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The Topps name turns to Inception with a combination of base cards, parallels and one hit per box — a slightly different take on the Bowman way of Inception, which carried an all-hits-all-the-time approach.

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Need a 2016 Topps UFC Museum Collection checklist? It’s here …

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The stars of the Octagon are coming to cardboard once again — and this time it’s a high-end release.

It’s 2016 Topps UFC Museum Collection and it arrives on Wednesday. What’s already here? Its  checklist.

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Forest Whitaker signs with Topps for new Star Wars Rogue One card set

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One of Rogue One‘s biggest stars is signing for the next Topps Star Wars set.

Oscar-winner Forest Whitaker will have autographs in 2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One Series 1, which arrives on Dec. 14 in advance of the film two days later.

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Gallery: Who’s signing for 2016 Bowman Draft … so far

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The arrival of 2016 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects is less than two weeks away and Topps has begun teasing players whose autographs will be found inside its packs.

One of them will be No. 1 overall draft pick Mickey Moniak, a high-schooler who hit .284 with 28 RBI in 46 games in his first season as a pro.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Nov. 28)

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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, big questions, a Pele case and The Greatest, too.

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Buzz Break: 2016-17 Panini Prizm basketball cards (blaster box)

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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.

russell-westbrook-prizmThe box: 2016-17 Panini Prizm basketball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby jumbo)

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 24
Base set completion: 
18 of 300 (6 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Russell Westbrook, Isaiah Thomas, Kenneth Faried

Rookie Cards (3) — Domantas Sabonis, Timothy Luwawu-Cabarrot, Malachi Richardson

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

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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: Black Friday hauls, big pulls and the Ultimate MLB Want List.

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Black Friday Contest recap … here’s what’s still up for grabs

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Update: Check out Box No. 8 — that contest is still open. All others are now closed.

Black Friday is here and Buzz has kept things, well, buzzing with Blowout contests here with our Buzz Boxes being one part of the puzzle.

Every Buzz Box includes three autographs, three memorabilia cards and four serial-numbered cards as well as a simple bonus base card from a premium product — all cards from Buzz Breaks seen right here.

Most, but not all of our contests here today end in exactly one hour from now. Here’s a rundown and links for those remaining so you can enter — and enter fast — before deadlines hit.

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Black Friday Comes Early Contest: Comment to win a 1/1 Star Wars sketch card (ends in one hour at 5 p.m. Eastern)

Contest: Buzz Box No. 3 can be yours … if you name your top college football team (ends in one hour — 5 p.m. Eastern)

Contest: Buzz Box No. 4 can be yours … if you name your favorite sport (ends in one hour)

Contest: Buzz Box No. 5 can be yours … if you answer our question (ends in one hour)

Contest: Buzz Box No. 6 can be yours … if you tell us your pick for 2016 NFL Rookie of Year (ends in one hour)

Contest: Buzz Box No. 7 can be yours … if you can answer sports movie trivia in a comment (ends in one hour)

Contest: Buzz Box No. 8 can be yours … if you can tell us your favorite card in a comment (ends on Monday at 5 p.m.)

That’s not all. We have a few other contests active here on The Buzz and on Twitter …

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Need a Kris Bryant autograph card? Comment to win this one … (ends Dec. 1)

And on Twitter …

Follow instructions to win Bowman Chrome Purple Refractor Auto (ends 5 p.m.)

Follow the instructions to win this Jake Arrieta card (ends at 5 p.m.)

All winners have been contacted via email or Twitter and should be noted by their winning comments. (Buzz needs a break — out of gas — but should add here tomorrow.)

Black Friday began over on the mothership at 6 a.m. — and you’ll want to click this link to learn all about everything that’s new and coming during the day.

Follow Buzz on Twitter @BlowoutBuzz or send email to BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com. 

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Black Friday Contest: Buzz Box No. 8 can be yours … if you can tell us your favorite card in a comment

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Black Friday is here and Buzz is adding to the Blowout contests here with the eighth Buzz Box of the day.

What’s a Buzz Box? How can it be yours?

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Black Friday Contest: Buzz Box No. 7 can be yours … if you can answer sports movie trivia in a comment

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Black Friday is here and Buzz is adding to the Blowout contests here with the seventh Buzz Box of the day.

What’s a Buzz Box? How can it be yours?

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Black Friday Contest: Buzz Box No. 6 can be yours … if you tell us your pick for NFL Rookie of Year in a comment

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Black Friday is here and Buzz is adding to the Blowout contests here with the sixth Buzz Box of the day.

What’s a Buzz Box? How can it be yours?

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Black Friday Contest: Buzz Box No. 3 can be yours … if you name your top college football team in comment

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Black Friday is here and Buzz is adding to the Blowout contests here with the third Buzz Box of the day.

What’s a Buzz Box? How can it be yours?

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Black Friday Comes Early Contest: Comment to win a Star Wars sketch

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Black Friday is almost here but Buzz is kicking off the Blowout contests early right here, right now.

Above is a 1/1 Stormtrooper sketch by artist Carlos Cabaleiro that was pulled from a hobby box of 2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One: Mission Briefing and we want it to be yours.

How?

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Panini Instant gives collectors more NBA & NFL options on Black Friday

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Panini Instant collectors have some Black Friday cards to chase, too.

Panini America‘s real-time card platform will have a pair of options for collectors beginning at 2 p.m. Central on Friday.

One is a more traditional made-to-order card set and the other includes autographs.

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Buzz Break Battle: 2015 Panini Alabama football vs. 2015 Panini Ohio State football (blaster boxes)

ohiostate-alabamaFrom 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 boxes: 2015 Panini Alabama Crimson Tide football cards vs. 2015 Panini Ohio State Buckeyes football cards (blaster boxes)
Where to buy: 
Check Panini’s webstore for NCAA cards from 2015-16.

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Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 63 of 80 (79 percent)
Duplicates: 12

Notables on base cards – Big Al, DeMeco Ryans, Eddie Lacy, Latrell Sprewell, Joe Namath, John Hannah, Julio Jones, Mo Williams, Mark Ingram, Robert Horry, Ozzie Newsome, A.J. McCarron, Amari Cooper, Antonio McDyess

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Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 49 of 49 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 27

Notables on base cards – Brutus Buckeye, D’Angelo Russell, Cris Carter, Evan Turner, James Laurinaitis, Jim Jackson, Paul Warfield, Rutherford B. Hayes, Ted Ginn Jr., A.J. Hawk

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

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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: The Black Friday thread you must read … along with some breaks you must see (well, except not the one) on this day of turkey.

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Black Friday is nearly here & here are five preview wave deals to consider

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If you hadn’t noticed this month, there have been a number of boxes with discounted prices now over on the mothership as BlowoutCards.com’s Black November has been rocking the hobby.

Now, though, we’re prepping for Black Friday with a preview wave of what’s to come.

Many of the discounts were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of the boxes and cases — and here are five options that caught this collector’s eye. (Be sure to click this link to see how much these will be discounted.)

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The rookie auto crop isn’t what a lot of Chrome buyers scout first but the list of names found in this one is impressive — Byron Buxton, Carlos Rodon, Francisco Lindor, Joc Pederson, Kris Bryant and Noah Syndergaard. There are, of course, then the prospects and plenty of rainbow potential that the Chromies are known to collect in bulk. A lower price on these boxes should entice more than a few rippers — and cards like this Bryant auto could be in there with two autographs in every box.

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Buzz Break: 2012 Upper Deck University of Alabama football cards

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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.

s-l1600The box: 2012 Upper Deck University of Alabama Crimson Tide football cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: 
Check online.

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
100 of 100 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 20

Notables on base cards – Nick Saban, Paul “Bear” Bryant, Julio Jones, Mark Ingram, Bart Starr, Joe Namath, Lee Roy Jordan, Ken Stabler, John Hannah, Ozzie Newsome, Cornelius Bennett, Derrick Thomas, Shaun Alexander

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

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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: Nothing but breaks today — with some surprises.

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Cardboard History: Thanksgiving on cards thanks to Upper Deck

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We all know that Black Friday is a holiday of sorts in the hobby, but there’s a completely official one to come between now and then.

And its that piece history is documented on a past baseball card from Upper Deck.

Why? Well, not that long ago we started seeing all kinds of weird things on cards.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Archives 65th Anniversary Edition baseball

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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.

s-l1600The box: 2016 Topps Archives 65th Anniversary Edition baseball cards
Where to buy: 
Initially available at Walmart ($24.98)

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 16
Cards in this box: 16
Base set completion: 
14 of 65 (22 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Jackie Robinson, Steve Carlton, Ichiro Suzuki, Rod Carew, Ozzie Smith

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