Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1989 Upper Deck High Series MLB pack (Hour 4)

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Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … and this is Hour 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1989 Upper Deck High Series baseball cards
The cost now: 
$2
The cost then: $1

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1981 Donruss Pro Golf Stars pack (Hour 3)

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Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … and this is Hour 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1981 Donruss Pro Golf Stars
The cost now: 
$4
The cost then: 25 cents

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2001 Topps XFL football hobby box (Hour 2)

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Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … and this is Hour 2.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 2001 Topps XFL football cards (hobby box) 
The cost now: 
$15
The cost then: $1.99/pack, $47.76/box

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1978 Topps Star Wars Series 4 pack (Hour 1)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … beginning now.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1978 Topps Star Wars Series 4 
The cost now:
$10
The cost then: 15 cents

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 21)

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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 breaks, the Boogie deal, chasing rainbows, Trea Turner expectations and O.J. Simpson

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Draft football cards

What: 2017 Leaf Draft football cards
Arrives: March
Box basics: Two autographs per 20-pack box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy & The Basics: These boxes will continue to include two autographs atop cards of top potential NFL Draft selections. There will also be a small number of the boxes available through hobby channels. Packs will include five cards. No other details were released but the boxes carry a suggested retail price of $19.99. 

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

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

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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: Throwback breaks, a big week of buying, panic buying, 2017 Allen & Ginter, a big fishy pull & much more …

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First Buzz: 2016 Panini Flawless football cards

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What: 2016 Panini Flawless football cards
Arrives: April 5
Box basics: Two gemstone, six autographs and two memorabilia cards per box (two boxes per case)
Final checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Flawless is back with nothing but on-card autographs but some new cut autos, new memorabilia cards, new oldschool signers and new approaches with its gem cards that include multiple pieces.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Buzz Poll: Is the trade to New Orleans good for DeMarcus Cousins?

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After the defensive showcase of the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans on Sunday night, the basketball world got some rim-rocking news with one of its more controversial stars.

DeMarcus Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans with Omri Casspi for Buddy Hield, ‎Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, the Pelicans’ first-round pick and the Philadelphia 76ers’ second-round pick this year.

Cousins has averaged 21.1 points and 10.8 rebounds per game for his career, which started back in 2010 when the Kings took him with the fifth pick in the NBA Draft. But he’s perhaps better known for his clashes with reporters, teammates, coaches on an underachieving team.

But now he has a fresh start — and some expectations for a team that has some talent you might have heard of. Tell us what you think with our two Buzz Poll questions below or via a comment or on Twitter.

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

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 19)

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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: Trading Cards artwork, vintage cards, collecting Canseco & more.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 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 Today: Breaks from around the collecting world and a couple collecting debates that might make you think.

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Topps reveals 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League mystery cards

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The two Mystery Redemptions from 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League have been revealed by the company.

According to Topps, the first is last year’s No. 1 draft pick Mickey Moniak, who hit .284 with one homer and 28 RBI in 47 Rookie League games this past season.

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Panini readies NBA All-Star promos & Rated Rookies bonus set

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The NBA’s All-Star Weekend starts tonight in New Orleans and Panini America will be on hand with the cardboard to help celebrate the star-studded event.

There will be three card sets made to note events during the weekend and one available to collectors buying online.

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First Buzz: 2017 Onyx Preferred Players Collection autographs

preferred-players-collection-2017-2What: 2017 Onyx Preferred Players Collection autographed baseballs
Arrives: March 14
Box basics: One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case via four inner mini cases)

What’s buzz-worthy: Only 50 sealed cases will be made for this one, which includes top stars from the recent past and present along with an extra chase element.

Keep reading for more info, including a checklist.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 17)

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: 2017 Topps Heritage, Mike Trout & Kris Bryant RCs, Panini Playbook, soccer, 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter, Topps WCW autos & more.

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George ‘The Animal’ Steele dies at 79 after colorful life & career

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The green-tongued turnbuckle eater is gone.

George “The Animal” Steele, a veteran professional wrestler whose career ended during the 1980s peak of the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) and was known for his appetite for mayhem has died. He was 79.

Born Jim Myers, he was a multi-sport star in high school and a football player for (and graduate of) Michigan State. He also earned a master’s degree before he turned to professional wrestling in the 1960s — all this while also working as a high school teacher and coach the entire time. (He’s also a member of the state’s football coaches hall of Fame.)

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First Buzz: 2017 Historic Autographs Friends & Foes Football

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What: 2017 Historic Autographs Friends & Foes Football
Arrives: March 22
Box basics: One autograph per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Friends & Foes comes to the gridiron with cut autograph duos that should grab some attention.

Keep reading for more information.

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New season for Topps Now launches now — team sets for spring training with bonus autos & incentive cards

Day 1 of 2017 Topps Now is here — and it launches with 450 base cards.

And autographed cards atop that … and incentive bonus cards possible, too.

How? Team sets documenting spring training — 42 in all — that launch now and are on sale until April 4.

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Panini Aficionado soccer cards

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What: 2016-17 Panini Aficionado soccer cards
Arrives: March 29
Box basics: One autograph and one memorabilia card per 10-pack box (12 boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Aficionado’s return with Panini America continues with a take on the world of soccer with an array of inserts, autographs, memorabilia and a number of Artist’s Proof parallels.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery.

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Topps Now was game-changer in first year for MLB cardboard

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Real cards in real time — or at least the next day. It was a simple idea that became Topps Now that has helped in some ways transform collecting beginning on April 3, 2016.

Need proof?

There are 1,184 different Now cards now for MLB alone — some with autographs and game-used memorabilia from the games that are depicted on the card. There are also Topps Now cards for last year’s election and presidential debates, Now cards for WWE and for UFC and even real-time cardboard releases from AMC‘s Preacher and the Garbage Pail Kids taking on real-time scandals and viral curiosities. Oh, and there are other companies in on the real-time card business now for the other leagues, too.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from last year’s MLB releases before the 2017 Topps Now cards — with a new look and numbering — start soon and some basic info on every single one of the 2016 releases.

How do we knew there’s a new look? Buzz checked the mailbox and found something inside. Keep reading for a first look at 2017 Topps Now.

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Gallery: 2017 Donruss NASCAR cards

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A new NASCAR season is nearly here — the Daytona 500 is set for Feb. 26 — but before then we get the green flag for a new season of racing cardboard from Panini America.

The season-opening set is 2017 Donruss and it arrives on Wednesday with a new look for a familiar design with plenty of touches from the past that evoke fun collecting potential while showcasing racing stars of the past, present and future.

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First Buzz: 2017 Super Break Football Buyback Cards Edition

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What: 2017 Super Break Football Buyback Cards Edition
super_break_logoArrives: March 3
Box basics: One or two buyback NFL cards per box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Super Break’s first football product of a new year includes nothing but buyback cards.

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Leaf Metal Draft hockey cards

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What:
 2016-17 Leaf Metal Draft hockey cards
Arrives: April
Box basics: Seven autographs or vintage memorabilia cards per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Metal Draft returns with more autographs per box, a smaller case size and a lower print run than last time around while also including notable players from the past and the present.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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New Garbage Pail Kids & Wacky Packages set to assist artist

artgpk-stic-17gpk-jlt-1_1A veteran cartoonist is batting health issues and mounting medical expenses and he’ll be getting some help from his kids and Topps.

His Garbage Pail Kids, actually.

Just some of the career credits of Jay Lynch include writing for Bazooka Joe comics, work on Wacky Packages and the Garbage Pail Kids and a new set of 11 cards from Topps revealed on Wednesday aims to help him.
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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 15)

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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: First cases, big sale breaks delivering big results, busting BBM True Heart, USA Soccer, Ben Simmons hauls and more.

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Buzz Break: 2011 Topps WWE Classic 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.

a-j-leeThe box: 2011 Topps WWE Classic cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 142
Base set completion: 
90 of 90 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 49

Notables on base cards – A.J. Lee, Batista, Brie Bella, Nikki Bella, C.M. Punk, Daniel Bryan, Eden Stiles, Edge, Jerry “The King” Lawler, John Cena, Kelly Kelly, Randy Orton, The Rock, Shawn Michaels, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Triple H, Trish Stratus, Undertaker, Dusty Rhodes, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, The Road Warriors, Roddy Piper

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Panini Select basketball cards

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What: 2016-17 Panini Select basketball cards
Arrives: March 17
Box basics: Three autographs or memorabilia cards per 12-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This release offers collectors a few challenges via a tiered base set, a rainbow of parallels and plenty of hits.

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 (Feb. 14)

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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: Huge Houston Astros & New York Yankees pulls, 2017 Allen & Ginter, tracking Optic rarities & more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards

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What: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards
Arrives: July 19
Box basics: Three hits in every 24-pack hobby box
Checklist: Click here to view
Where to order: Click here   Read more: All 2017 Allen & Ginter stories

What’s buzz-worthy: Allen & Ginter returns with a new retro look but the same feel as with recent years of celebrating the 1880s style of baseball cards with today’s expectations.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Adele, Beyonce, MetalliGaga & more win Garbage Pail Kids Shammys

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The Grammys had their fair share of memorable moments — and now we get the Garbage Pail Kids cards to reflect those malfunctioning mics, Beyonce‘s motherdom and all of Adele‘s blues.

Blue language that is.

A total of 19 stickers are available now as part of the 2017 GPK Shammys set, which can be had now only initially via Topps.com.

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Are you ready to chase variations in 2017 Topps Heritage? Here’s a potential checklist primer from ’68

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The annual trip back in time on baseball cards is nearly here as 2017 Topps Heritage arrives on March 1 with a new look at the famed (or is it infamous?) burlap design of 1968 Topps.

Part of that package are variations that are based on errors and variations from the original set that it seeks to replicate (at least in part) with players of today.

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‘Trading Cards’ return on Friday with new wave of cardboard icons

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The Trading Cards are back — and this time they are in packs.

Long-time readers of The Buzz probably remember California-based illustrator Cuyler Smith whose Trading Cards bring the stars of the reel world (memorable sports movies) to real life using nods to memorable sports card designs from the past.

He’s back with a new show — and a new wave of cardboard — arriving on Friday.

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

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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: Huge pulls, Baseball America‘s Top 100 and is Mike Trout underrated?

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Ultimate Draft football cards

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What: 2017 Leaf Ultimate Draft football cards
Arrives: April
Box basics: Five autographs per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s latest reveal will be full of nothing but on-card autographs on memorable past designs with the newest NFL hopefuls in what will be a very limited release.

Keep reading for more info and a gallery of images.

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

s-l1600The 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: Fab Melo, Japanese wrestling cards, retro rips, BGS grades, greats, notable Bryce Harper Rookie Cards & more.

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