Yu Darvish to Dodgers is trade that could really move some cards

The MLB trade deadline is one that helps re-shape baseball teams down the stretch and sometimes for years to come, but it doesn’t always resonate on cards.

But Yu Darvish to the Dodgers?

That one’s big for both.

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Adrian Beltre’s 3,000th hit gets Topps Now cardboard — and ink

The newest member of the 3,000 Hit Club has new autographs.

Adrian Beltre became just the 31st player in MLB history to reach that plateau and his Topps Now cards today are documenting the feat on cardboard — with and without ink.

He’s just the third third baseman to join the club and is the first born in the Dominican Republic — and the 38-year-old Texas Rangers star also hasn’t been much of a signer in the past, either, helping give these new autos a bit more life than you might expect.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (hobby 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 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 25 (24 standard packs plus box-topper)
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 194
Base set completion: 
128 of 300 (43 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Ichiro Suzuki, Buster Posey, Johnny Bench, Nolan Ryan, Hank Aaron, Ken Rosenthal, Krazy George, Ken Griffey Jr., Babe Ruth, Frank Thomas, Dave Winfield, Derek Jeter, Roger Maris, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Mike Piazza, Don Mattingly, Laurie Hernandez, Cal Ripken Jr., Ernie Banks, Jose Canseco, Nick Jonas, William Shatner

Rookie Cards (18) – Teoscar Hernandez, JaCoby Jones, Jesse Winker, Robert Gsellman, Matt Olson, Ryon Healy, Antonio Senzatela, Chad Pinder, Alex Reyes, Yulieski Gurriel, Hunter Renfroe, Jharel Cotton, Tyler Glasnow, Luke Weaver, Gavin Cecchini, Carson Fulmer, Seth Lugo (SP), Dan Vogelbach (SP)

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps WWE Undisputed wrestling cards


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.

The box: 2017 Topps WWE Undisputed wrestling cards
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 50
Base set completion: 
23 of 70 (33 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards – “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, The Rock, Goldberg, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, Bobby Roode, Dolph Ziggler, Shunsuke Nakamura

Rookie Cards (3) – James Ellsworth, Chad Gable, Rich Swann

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Scenes from the Show … The National Day 5 (ongoing gallery)

Via @Goldberg … Not sure if I’ve EVER taken a photo with 2 crazier dudes!!! 

National Sports Collectors Convention marches on inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center as we finish things up today. That comes after a big Day 4 (gallery here) and the Panini VIP Party, Day 3 (massive gallery here)Day 2 (massive gallery here) as well as the preview night (gallery here).

Now it’s time for Day 5 — the finale — with the last lineup of signers and plenty of action on the floor of a show that, by many accounts, has been busier than normal this year. You’ll never know what big items you’ll see and there will be items you’d never imagine finding because, well, you probably didn’t know they existed.

Keep reading for more and to see a gallery that will grow throughout the day as the doors open shortly.

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Scenes from the Show … The National Day 4 + Panini VIP Party (ongoing gallery updates all day)

Via @PaniniAmerica: Lonzo Ball has entered the Green Room at @PaniniAmerica #PaniniVIP Party!

National Sports Collectors Convention marches on inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center as we hit the weekend. Day 3 (massive gallery here)Day 2 (massive gallery here) as well as the preview night (gallery here) have come and gone but today should be a doozie

Now it’s time for Day 4 with the biggest lineup of signers and plenty of action on the floor of a show that, by many accounts, is busier than normal this year — and we’ll know for sure today as Saturdays are the peak. You’ll never know what big items you’ll see and there will be items you’d never imagine finding because, well, you probably didn’t know they existed.

Keep reading for more and to see a gallery that will grow throughout the day as the doors open shortly.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Heritage WWE wrestling cards (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.

The box: 2017 Topps Heritage WWE wrestling cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard and one hit/Daniel Bryan pack)
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 65
Base set completion: 35 of 100 (35 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards – Mick Foley, Maryse, Trish Stratus, Sasha Banks, Bray Wyatt, Chris Jericho, Becky Lynch, John Cena, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, “Stone Cold” Steve Austin, Andre The Giant, Bret “Hit Man” Hart, “Macho Man” Randy Savage

Rookie (Cup) Cards/NXT Future Stars (5) – Alexa Bliss, Jason Jordan, Tommaso Ciampa, Ember Moon, Asuka

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Lonzo Ball is the latest star to grace Panini VIP Party Saturday night

The Panini VIP Party now has a Big Baller.

Panini America revealed the 10th guest for its upcoming exclusive event set for Saturday night and it’s UCLA star and new Los Angeles Laker rookie Lonzo Ball.

The event coincides with the National Sports Collectors Convention, which is under way in Chicago and runs through Sunday.

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Deion Sanders brings ‘Prime Time’ to Panini VIP Party on Saturday night

The Panini VIP Party will be held in Prime Time.

Panini America revealed the ninth guest for its upcoming exclusive event set for Saturday night and it’s Pro Football Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.

The event coincides with the National Sports Collectors Convention, which is under way in Chicago and runs through Sunday.

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Scenes from the Show … The National Day 3 (ongoing gallery)

National Sports Collectors Convention marches on inside the Donald  E. Stephens Convention Center as Day 2 (massive gallery here) as well as the preview night (gallery here) have come and gone.

Now it’s time for Day 3 with a massive slate of signers and plenty of action on the floor of a show that, by many accounts, is busier than normal. You’ll never know what big items you’ll see and there will be items you’d never imagine finding because, well, you probably didn’t know they existed.

Keep reading for more and to see a gallery that will grow throughout the day as the doors open shortly.

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Alexa Bliss hits Loot Crate HQ with improvements for WWE Slam Crate

If you’re a regular reader of The Buzz, then you probably know about WWE Slam Crate and have seen the contents of each previous crate broken down right here. 

But you haven’t seen an assessment like this as WWE Raw women’s champion Alexa Bliss recently visited the company’s headquarters in Bell, Calif, and just isn’t having what she’s seeing in the subscription boxes.

Check it out … just for fun.

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LaDainian Tomlinson revealed as newest Panini VIP Party guest

First, the Panini VIP Party — then the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Panini America revealed the eighth guest for its upcoming exclusive event set for Saturday night and it’s LaDainian Tomlinson, who will be headed to Canton, Ohio, next week to join the NFL’s elite forever.

The event coincides with the National Sports Collectors Convention, which is under way in Chicago and runs through Sunday.

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Scenes from the Show … The National Day 2 (ongoing gallery)

Day 1 of this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention is over inside the Donald  E. Stephens Convention Center and the preview night (gallery) has come and gone, too.

Now it’s time for Day 2 with a larger slate of signers and plenty of action. You’ll never know what big items you’ll see (How’s that box up top look?), and there will be items you’d never imagine finding because, well, you probably didn’t know they existed.

Keep reading for more and to see a gallery that will grow throughout the day as the doors open shortly.

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MLB hit king Pete Rose is newest Panini VIP Party guest

The Panini VIP Party has added a Diamond King to the roster.

Panini America revealed the seventh guest for its upcoming exclusive event set for Saturday night and it’s MLB hit King Pete Rose, who was revealed by the company just minutes ago.

The event coincides with the National Sports Collectors Convention, which is under way in Chicago and runs through Sunday.

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Thomas ‘Hitman’ Hearns is latest Panini VIP Party guest

The Panini VIP Party will pack some punch — and that’s not just in all those SWAG bags and promo packs.

Panini America revealed the sixth guest for its upcoming exclusive event set for Saturday night and it’s eight-time champ Thomas “Hitman” Hearns, who was the first fighter to win titles in five weight divisions.

The event coincides with the National Sports Collectors Convention, which is under way in Chicago and runs through Sunday.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter X baseball cards

What: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter X baseball cards
Arrives: Now via Topps.com
Box basics: One framed mini autograph per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Allen & Ginter once again goes black for an online-only release.

Keep reading for more.

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Topps & New Era team up once again for card-cap crossover promo

Topps and New Era are bringing the cards to the caps.

Two baseball card sets — 2017 Topps and 1987 Topps — get some of their design touches added to caps in a new line from New Era that will be available in some MLB ballparks and other stores beginning next week. All teams will be had in caps that have their visors branded using memorable elements from the card sets as well as a Topps logo on the side.

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Latrell Sprewell, Glen Rice are latest Panini VIP Party guests

The Panini VIP Party NBA roster is up to three.

Panini America revealed the fourth and fifth guests for its upcoming exclusive event set for Saturday night and the two newest stars are Latrell Sprewell and Glen Rice.

The event coincides with the National Sports Collectors Convention, which begins today in Chicago and runs through Sunday.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Autographed Jersey Multi-sport Edition


What:
2017 Leaf Autographed Jersey Multi-sport Edition
Arrives: October/November
Box basics: One autographed custom jersey per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf expands the collecting landscape for its newest autographed-jersey-in-a-box release with this one that includes tough autographs from some of the biggest stars in sports history … like Andre The Giant.

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Scenes from the Show … Before The National begins (and more)

The BlowoutCards.com booth — awaiting the National Sports Collectors Convention crowds.

The calm before the storm is here.

On-floor preparation for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention is nearing its finale as the booths fill up inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. What you see here is the view of what will become Booth No. 854, the home of BlowoutCards.com for the show, which begins Wednesday evening and runs through Sunday evening.

But that’s not the only early scene seen so far …

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Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn is latest Panini VIP Party guest

The Panini VIP Party how has a point guard.

Panini America revealed the third guest for its upcoming exclusive event set for Saturday night and it’s the Chicago Bulls’ Kris Dunn. 

The event coincides with the National Sports Collectors Convention, which begins Wednesday in Chicago and runs through Sunday.

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Need a 2017 Topps Heritage WWE checklist? It’s here …

WWE fans will have more to watch for other than NXT next Wednesday night.

That’s the day that 2017 Topps Heritage arrives in hobby shops and it will include a retro-styled re-do on the 1987 Topps baseball design but with the stars of professional wrestling.

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NFL stars get Funko Pop! treatment in new wave of toys coming this fall

The fourth wave of NFL Funko Pop! toys are coming this fall and the stars of the rookie class of last year as well as many mainstays of the league are in play.

The Everett, Wash.-based company revealed the lineup of more than 20 toys on Tuesday with Dallas Cowboys stars Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott leading the way among a pack of players that also includes exclsuives and variations.

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Need a 2017 Topps Chrome baseball checklist? It’s here …

Los Angeles Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger will have autographs and Rookie Cards in packs of 2017 Topps Chrome. 

How do we know?

Topps released the checklist on Tuesday in advance of its arrival next week with two autos in every hobby box. 

Keep reading for a look at what’s to come.

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

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, 2017 Allen & Ginter, storage tips — and real fake news hits the hobby.

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Mickey Mantle’s sons are first guests revealed for Panini VIP Party

The Mick’s sons are heading to Chicago.

Panini America revealed on Monday that David and Danny Mantle are the first two guests to attend the Panini VIP Party.

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Panini Instant Impressions set offers rookies’ unique marks on game

A new line of football cards from Panini Instant will give collectors a chance to get their hands on something a bit different for 13 top NFL rookies.

They’re the 2017 Panini Instant Impressions cards and they’re oversized cards that offer a player’s handprint, autograph and in some cases an inscription and the first wave of these cards on sale on the Panini Instant website now (launched at 2 p.m. Central).

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First Buzz: 2017 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Valyrian Steel trading cards

What: 2017 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Valyrian Steel trading cards
Arrives: Oct. 4
Box basics: One “big hit” card, two metal character cards and one tech card per pack; three packs per box (20 boxes per case)
Where to buy: Click here

What’s buzz-worthy: Big hits in this one will include dual autographs, Valyrian autos, Gold autos, character sketch cards, pin relics, costume relics, scene sketch cards and Artifact cards (/25). There will be at least two autographs per box.

Keep reading for more details on this one.

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First Buzz: 2017 Bowman’s Best baseball cards


What:
 2017 Bowman’s Best baseball cards
Arrives: Dec. 20
Box basics: Four autographs per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Bowman’s Best is back once again with a mini-box format that delivers two autographs in six packs with this year’s top veterans, rookies, prospects and draft picks potentially found inside — oh, and there are Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger cards, too.

Keep reading for more details and a gallery.

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NSCC signers: Whose autograph would you pick first?


This year’s National Sports Collectors Convention begins on Wednesday with more than 100 autograph guests signing for those who opt to get a ticket and stand in line for their “inkredible” moment.

Some of those signers are actually free if you’re at the VIP reception on Wednesday or buy a VIP ticket package — a bonus for taking the time to hit the entire show or buy the full package for all of the other bonuses — but other signers will take some planning to land the ones you want.

>>> NSCC Want even more? Click here to see all of our past pieces previously revealing nuggets of news for the show and keep up with newer stories tagged NSCC by clicking here.

It’s tough to see everything at the show — it’s that big — and the time it takes to work through autograph lines is valuable in that it impedes your shot at seeing it all. With that said, here are my picks — one per day — to grab off the autograph list. (Keep reading for the full signers list in a gallery at the end.)

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National Sports Collectors Convention — the basics (so far)

The National Sports Collectors Convention is nearly here and the months of preparation are culminating in the show of all shows for sports collectors for five days in Chicago.

There will be plenty to see, plenty to do and plenty to buy and Buzz has been watching the developments the whole way. We’ll have galleries of images from the show floor and a few nuggets here and there in the coming days but there’s already been plenty written leading up to the show that you can all find right here.

Here’s a rundown of all past NSCC stories here on The Buzz …

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (July 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: Starting the new week with long-running discussions and big breaks.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards (hobby 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 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 16
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 128
Base set completion: 
106 of 300 (35 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Don Mattingly, David Ortiz, Dustin Pedroia, Nolan Arenado, Josh Donaldson, Carl Yastrzemski, Jeff Bagwell, Francisco Lindor, Yu Darvish, Mark McGwire, Bryce Harper, Willie McCovey, Duke Snider, Chipper Jones, Hank Aaron, Willie Stargell, Bo Jackson, Randy Johnson

Rookie Cards (12) – Josh Bell, Yulieski Gurriel, Chad Pinder, Hunter Dozier, Hunter Renfroe, JaCoby Jones, Luke Weaver, Alex Reyes, Gavin Cecchini, Jorge Alfaro, Ryon Healy, Kyle Zimmer (no logo)

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Buzz Break: 2017 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (collector’s 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 Platinum baseball cards (collector’s box)
Where to buy: Click here

Packs per box: 20
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 100
Base set completion: 
45 of 100 (45 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Buster Posey, Ichiro Suzuki, Mookie Betts, Jose Altuve, Nolan Arenado, Corey Seager, Carlos Correa, Yu Darvish, Trevor Story

Rookie Cards (16) – Cody Bellinger, Dansby Swanson, Andrew Benintendi, Jharel Cotton, Carson Fulmer, Robert Gsellman, Tyler Glasnow, David Dahl, Raimel Tapia, Antonio Senzatela, Ryon Healy, Matt Strahm, Yulieski Gurriel, Jorge Alfaro, Jose DeLeon, Tyler Austin, Manny Margot

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter 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 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 49
Base set completion: 
28 of 300 (9 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Sandy Koufax, Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera, Buster Posey, Carlos Correa

Rookie Cards (4) – Teoscar Hernandez, JaCoby Jones, Mitch Haniger, Trey Mancini (SP)

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