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

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big pulls from around the collecting world & more.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Bowman baseball cards (blaster box)


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.

The box: 2017 Bowman baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 
34 of 100 (34 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Prospect set completion: 
23 of 150 (15 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Chrome prospect set completion: 
16 of 150 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts

Rookie Cards (10) – Carson Fulmer, Tyler Austin, Hunter Dozier, Jake Thompson, Gavin Cecchini, Jose DeLeon, Orlando Arcia, Jorge Alfaro, Teoscar Hernandez, Jharel Cotton

Notable Prospects (both sets) – Yu-Cheng Chang, Tetsuo Yamada, Luiz Gohara, Anderson Espinoza, Christin Stewart, Amed Rosario, Takahiro Norimoto, Luis Garcia, Stephen Gonsalves, Rafael Devers, Tyler O’Neill

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Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football (blaster box)


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.

The box: 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby) 

Packs per box:
 7
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 42
Base set completion: 
26 of 100 (26 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players found on base cards – Jim Brown, Russell Wilson, J.J. Watt, Ezekiel Elliott, Julio Jones, Marcus Allen, Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers

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When’s an NBA game program different? Steiner Auctions knows …

This probably looks like many other NBA game programs from the late 1970s and early 1980s but it’s very different than other simple pieces of memorabilia picked up at a game from the past.

It’s from a Washington Bullets game — the cover showcases the visiting team in this case — played on Oct. 26, 1984, and it’s on the block now via Steiner Auctions.

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

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: The NFL Draft, big NFL & NBA pulls, 2017 Bowman and a masterful custom auto card set.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball cards


What:
2017 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball cards
Arrives: Sept. 27
Box basics:
 One autograph and one Relic per 18-pack box (12 boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: The players and teams in the minor leagues take a trip back to 1968 with this release that includes variations, rare parallels, hits and, of course, autos.

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

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Need an Instant sleeper for NFL Draft cardboard? Panini’s Purple rookies set just might reign …

Panini America‘s Instant platform will be the star of the cardboard world tonight as the NFL Draft’s selections will be showcased in real time.

There will be cards — with parallels — for the first-rounders all sold separately as singles, but there’s one way to get the No. 1 pick — Myles Garrett — along with all of the draft-day surprises and maybe even some of those “name” guys that slide a bit.

How? Keep reading.

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Lucille ballpoint pens coming in July for fans of ‘The Walking Dead’

Walk softly and carry a big stick? No need.

Fans of The Walking Dead can carry “Lucille” with them anywhere they go beginning in late July with a new officially licensed ballpoint pen.

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

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: With the NFL Draft tonight, here’s a day of nothing but football.

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First Buzz: 2017 Donruss Elite football cards

What: 2017 Donruss Elite football cards
Arrives: June 28
Box basics: Two autographs and one memorabilia card per 20-pack box (12 boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Just like last year, on-card autographs will be found in every box as a hobby staple returns for another season.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Gift Ngoepe has MLB-approved baseball cards before historic debut

No matter what he does, Gift Ngoepe‘s first play for the Pittsburgh Pirates will be a historic one.

The team called him up on Wednesday — after nine seasons in the minors — making him the first MLB player born in Africa. You know, the entire continent.

And thanks to the World Baseball Classic and Topps he’s already got a modest amount of MLB-approved cardboard for collectors to chase.

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First Buzz: 2017 Bowman High Tek baseball cards

What: 2017 Bowman High Tek baseball cards
Arrives: Aug. 23
Box basics: Four on-card autographs per 10-card box (12 boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view
Order: Click here

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps brings the Bowman brand to the Tek world with a release that packs plenty of ink in every box and plenty of parallels as well as a new type of prospecting rainbow.

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

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Big autographs, WWE Network shows, newcomers, ref cards & more on 2017 Topps WWE checklist

The final checklist for 2017 Topps WWE is here and the flagship brand for wrestling fans is, in a word, stacked.

Some of the biggest autographs in WWE history are inside packs for the first time and there are a number of inclusions in the release that are unique to the brand and appear to set the stage for another update set later in the year.

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

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: 2017 Bowman arrives along with nothing but baseball pulls and chatter in this edition.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Fear The Walking Dead Seasons 1-2 cards


What:
 2017 Topps Fear The Walking Dead Seasons 1-2 trading cards
Arrives: Now (online-exclusive)
Box basics: Two autographs per box

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ debut line for Fear The Walking Dead goes widevision for an online-only release.

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Panini acknowledges error on three National Treasures patch cards

Three legendary cards in 2016 Panini National Treasures have a mistake — and Panini America will fix them for a collector who finds one.

One is a NFL Gear Quads Laundry Tag of four legendary quarterbacks — Peyton Manning, Dan Marino, Tom Brady and John Elway. The mistake occurred during production as the card’s labeling should indicate that some of the players’ tags are from player-used and not game-worn jerseys.

“We are disappointed the error occurred, but it was truly an honest mistake with no intention of trying to mislead our customers,” reads a statement from the company. “All other parallel levels of these cards do contain game-worn material, and this mistake occurred because the laundry tag reservations from the player-worn jerseys were missed when routing the cards for approval. Obviously, this is something that we will be more diligent about in the future.”

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FaceApp and iconic baseball cards? Oh, the possibilities … let’s begin

There’s a new phone app that allows you to turn that frown upside down, get younger or get older all with a click on a screen,

It’s called FaceApp and it’s a free download for iPhone users to have some fun — and naturally this collector instantly thought of baseball cards.

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Your new can’t-miss high school star has a Sports Illustrated cover … and plenty of baseball cards already

Your new can’t-miss high school star to collect is here … at least according to Sports Illustrated.

First, take a second and read the blurbs. Then go read his story.

Now, Buzz is here to let you know that Hunter Greene already has baseball cards and certified autographs that can be found in packs or added to your collection now. Heck, he’s already been on cardboard so long that you just might already have his cards in your stash … and not even know it.

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Buzz Break: 2013 Panini The Beach Boys trading cards

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.

The box: 2013 Panini The Beach Boys
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com 

Packs per box:
 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 194
Base set completion: 
120 of 120 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 20

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s autograph isn’t hard to land after retirement news

Dale Earnhardt Jr. — NASCAR’s most-popular driver — will be retiring after this season ends.

The 42-year-old shared his plans with his team today and a news conference is set for this afternoon to talk about his decision after 18 seasons as a driver at NASCAR’s highest level and more than 600 races.

The move shouldn’t come as a big surprise as he was sidelined with concussion issues for much of last season but that didn’t stop him from winning NASCAR’s most-popular driver award voting for the 14th straight year — the record for total wins is 16.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps WWE Then, Now, Forever (blaster box)

From 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 BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

s-l1600The box: 2016 Topps WWE Then, Now, Forever — aka 2016 Topps WWE Series 2 — (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 11 (10 standard packs plus one Relic pack)
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 71
Base set completion: 
44 of 100 (44 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Brock Lesnar, John Cena, Sting, Bobby “The Brain” Heenan, “Mean” Gene Okerlund, Maryse, Mauro Ranallo (unlabeled RC)

Rookie Cards (logo only) pulled: Enzo Amore, A.J. Styles, Baron Corbin, Simon Gotch, Braun Strowman

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MLB’s founding documents will hit auction block via SCP next month

MLB‘s founding documents are hitting the auction block this spring as SCP Auctions is handling yet another historic sale.

This time, it’s a 74-page hand-written artifact — the original constitution of The National League of Professional Base Ball Clubs — that outlines its objectives. Among them are to “encourage, foster and elevate the game of baseball, enact and enforce proper rules for the exhibition and conduct of the game, to make baseball playing respectable and honorable, to protect and promote the mutual interests of professional baseball clubs and professional baseball players and to establish and regulate the ‘Baseball Championship of the United States.'”

This follows the sale of the 1857 “Laws of Base Ball” for $3.26 million one year ago today by the Laguna Niguel, Calif.-based company

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

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Who would you want to sign for Americana or Pop Century? Plus big pulls and other talkers from the boards.

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Panini Spectra basketball cards

What: 2016-17 Panini Spectra basketball cards
Arrives: June 14
Box basics: Seven autograph or memorabilia cards per 10-card box (six boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The beefy stock and colorful rainbow of Panini Spectra is back on the hardwood for another season — with every autographed card paired with memorabilia.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Martin Luther King Jr. speech manuscript hits auction block

Update: The auction ended at $382,500.

A 20-page typed speech with hand-written notes by Martin Luther King Jr. is on the auction block.

The speech was delivered on July 6, 1965, in Chicago and included what is believed to be King’s first public statement of a phrase that became known very well as part of the civil rights movement, “we shall overcome.” In fact, that famous phrase ends the speech and is hand-written as part of a one-page addition to the prepared comments, which have been collected and bound.

Although it is not signed, the book is expected to sell for more than $500,000 via Goldin Auctions, which notes that other original past King speech manuscripts “have been appraised in the millions” and that the owner of the “I Have a Dream” speech has turned down $5 million.

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Happy Days’ Erin Moran signed plenty of autographs in recent years

Happy Days star Erin Moran — aka Joanie Cunningham — died on Saturday leaving behind plenty of questions as part of a mysterious tale of what went wrong in her years away from Hollywood. She was 56.

Unlike many TV stars from the past, she signed plenty of autographs for card companies that collectors can find perhaps more easily in than some of her regular cardboard and it all came in the last decade of cardboard that saw a boom in non-sports releases.

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

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big pulls and an Aaron Judge discussion get the focus today.

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Buzz Break: 2016-17 Donruss Optic basketball cards (blaster box)

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.

The box: 2016-17 Donruss Optic basketball cards (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box:
 6
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 25
Base set completion: 17 of 200 (9 percent)
Duplicates: 2

Base cards – Kevin Durant, Brook Lopez, Cameron Payne, Marcus Smart, Al-Farouq Aminu, Marcus Morris, Julius Randle, Khris Middleton, Joe Johnson, Kyle Lowry, Kent Bazemore

Rookie Cards (8) – Brandon Ingram (2), Juica Zubac (2), Wade Baldwin IV, Tomas Satoransky, Chinanu Onuaku, Mindaugas Kuzminskas

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1992 Upper Deck MLB jumbo box (Hour 12)

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 … this is our finale.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1992 Upper Deck baseball cards (jumbo box)
The cost now: 
$9.99
The cost then: $43.80 ($2.19 per pack … printed on every pack)

What was found inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1983 Topps The A-Team wax pack (Hour 11)

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 all day long today … this is Hour 11.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1984 Topps The A-Team 
The cost now:
$1.50 (or less)
The cost then: Less than $1

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2014 Panini Country Music hobby box (Hour 10)

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 … this is Hour 10.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2014 Panini Country Music trading cards (hobby box) 
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter blaster box (Hour 9)

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 … this is Hour 9.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box) 
The cost:
$14.99 (Click here for hobby)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Heritage blaster Hot Box (Hour 8)

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 … this is Hour 8.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Heritage baseball cards blaster (Hot Box)
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What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1988 Topps football cello pack (Hour 7)

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 … this is Hour 7.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1988 Topps football cello pack 
The cost now:
$2
The cost then: 79 cents

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Tribute baseball box (Hour 6)

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 … this is Hour 6.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Tribute
The cost: Click here for price

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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