Japan star Shohei Otani arrives in 2017 Bowman Mega Boxes

Baseball fans who watch the international scene know the name Shohei Otani but now collectors have their shot at some American cardboard of the pitcher-slugger.

Topps has put him into its 2017 Bowman Mega Boxes that are only found at Target stores.

And the early copies to hit eBay are getting noticed, too. And it’s not alone.

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Gallery: Cryptozoic Outlander Season 2 autographs

The story of Outlander is a complicated and different one — a World War II combat nurse finds herself back in 1743 for starters — and it’s grown from there.

Also growing will be the amount of cardboard for the series.

Its second wave of trading cards is set to arrive later this year as Cryptozoic is preparing Outlander Series 2, which will include more autographs and memorabilia for the Starz series.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps UEFA Champions League Showcase soccer 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 UEFA Champions League Showcase soccer cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 72
Base set completion: 
60 of 200 (30 percent)
Duplicates: 0

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Panini Noir basketball cards


What:
 2016-17 Panini Noir basketball cards
Arrives: July 12
Box basics: Seven autographs or memorabilia cards per 10-card box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Noir is back on the hardcourt with more boxes per case and several ways to chase NBA rookies via their patch autographs along with other striking hits with a common theme as well as framed cards.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Inception baseball 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: 2017 Topps Inception baseball cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 7
Base set completion: 
4 of 100 (4 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards – Jacob deGrom, Jackie Bradley Jr., Jonathan Villar, Blake Snell

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Apollo 11 moon-rock bag could fetch millions in Sotheby’s auction

In the sports world, player-used equipment bags aren’t exactly prime material.

But a Neil Armstrong/Buzz Aldrin-used lunar sample bag from Apollo 11 with some moon dust still inside?

Well, Sotheby’s expects it could fetch as much as $4 million.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 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: Pondering game-used vs. player-worn and other hobby questions.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2009-10 Upper Deck Jordan Legacy (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: 2009-10 Upper Deck Michael Jordan Legacy set
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Topps baseball Mega Box (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 on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 11.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2016 Topps baseball Mega Box
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting three 2014 Topps Series 1 MLB commemorative patch packs (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 packs: 2014 Topps Series 1 MLB commemorative patch packs
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2015-16 Panini Prestige NBA hanger 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: 2015-16 Panini Prestige NBA hanger
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1981 Donruss Dallas pack (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 pack: 1981 Donruss Dallas trading cards
The cost now: 
$2
The cost then: 25 cents

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2012 Topps MLB Value Box (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 box: 2012 Topps MLB Value Box
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Next wave of WWE Funko Pop! toys includes nothing but new names

The latest wave of Funko Pop! toys for the WWE will look like a million bucks and plenty more when it arrives beginning in July.

All eight of the toys in this wave are first-time figures from the company.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2013 Elite Extra Edition hanger 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: 2013 Elite Extra Edition baseball hanger box
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Cortez Kennedy’s Hall of Fame career included very few autographs

Cortez Kennedy was a mainstay for the Seattle Seahawks for 11 seasons, starting 153 of 167 games every year beginning in 1990.

Along the way, Kennedy signed just two certified autograph cards for a trading card company and did just one more signing after he was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012.

The 48-year-old died on Tuesday, according to the Orlando Police Department.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting three 2016 Bowman MLB value packs (Hour 5)

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 5.

12in12-logo-smallerThe lot: Three 2016 Bowman baseball value packs (each contains three packs plus a bonus pack)
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1987 Donruss baseball wax pack (Hour 4)

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 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1987 Donruss baseball
The cost now: 
55 cents ($20 for a 36-pack box; this pack randomly chosen)
The cost then: Under $1

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps WWE hobby box (Hour 3)

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 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps WWE wrestling cards (hobby box)
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Vanity Fair unleashes four covers & poster offer for Star Wars’ 40th

The 40th anniversary of Star Wars’ arrival back in 1977 officially hits us on Thursday but a magazine that sci-fi fans might not typically check out has a new look back at the franchise and a new look at The Last Jedi coming in December.

It’s Vanity Fair and it’s got four covers for fans to pick up if they want to collect ’em all.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2013 Leaf Perfect Game box (Hour 2)

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 2.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2013 Leaf Perfect Game National Showcase
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Roger Moore’s James Bond legacy spawned modest amount of ink

Bond, James Bond is gone.

Roger Moore who played Britain’s iconic spy in seven 007 films died Tuesday after a “short but brave battle with cancer,” according to his family. He was 89. Moore had a lengthy film career and took on the Bond role in 1973’s Live and Let Die. He continued in the spot until 1985 and was the longest-running actor of the six who have played the character.

“Being eternally known as Bond has no downside,” Moore told The Guardian. “People often call me ‘Mr Bond’ when we’re out and I don’t mind a bit. Why would I?”

And it’s because of that role that collectors have a number of certified autographs of him to chase today.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Donruss Optic football blaster box (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 … this is Hour 1.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2016 Donruss Optic football cards
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps The Walking Dead Evolution trading cards


What:
 2017 Topps The Walking Dead Evolution trading cards
Arrives: Nov. 29
Box basics: Two hits (one guaranteed autograph) per 24-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ newest line for The Walking Dead examines the characters’ journeys through the first seven seasons of the hit AMC franchise with autographs Relics, sketches and more in store.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 22)

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: Nothing but big pulls and the NSCC in today’s edition.

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Gleyber Torres autos are tougher finds than other young Yankees

Your next big-name New York Yankees rookie to arrive in The Big Apple will face big expectations — but he doesn’t have nearly as much cardboard as those who arrived before him.

Unlike the arrivals of Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge — guys who had plenty of baseball cards and plenty of certified autographs when they hit The Show — shortstop Gleyber Torres doesn’t.

And that could bode very well for collectors who own them.

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NFLPA Rookie Premiere cards available now via Panini Instant

The rookies’ first Rookie Cards in their NFL uniforms are here in an Instant.

That’s the case this Sunday afternoon as the first images from the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles have already hit cardboard via Panini America‘s real-time sports card platform, Panini Instant.

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

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: Pondering MLB investments, big pulls, impressive NBA finds and other collecting questions.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps UFC Knockout 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: 2017 Topps UFC Knockout
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 4
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 40
Base set completion: 23 of 100 (23 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Anderson Silva, Rashad Evans, Ronda Rousey, Nate Diaz, Miesha Tate, Arianny Celeste, CM Punk

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Leaf signs top NHL prospect Nico Hischier to exclusive autograph deal

A future NHL star’s autographed hockey cards will only be found in one place in future years thanks to a new deal announced on Friday.

It’s Nico Hischier and he’ll only be signing for Leaf Trading Cards. 

“Working with Nico, along with Allain and Jordan from RSG Hockey, has been an exciting and rewarding process,” said Leaf CEO Brian Gray. “To see an agency thinking outside the box and aggressively marketing their athletes is refreshing in a traditional sport like hockey. Nico is now part of that movement in the hockey world.”

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Five Star baseball cards


What:
 2017 Topps Five Star baseball cards
Arrives: Aug. 30
Box basics:
 Two autographs per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Every autograph is on-card or a cut signature with “more case-level hits” this time around on “new high-end designs.”

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

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

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: Bowman Mega Boxes are apparently on the way along with a look at some big pulls in WWE and non-sports releases and some collecting questions.

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Marvel: The Hip-Hop Covers Vol. 2 hardcover book coming this fall

It’s a simple idea — a comic book take on an iconic album cover — and it’s going straight outta comics to the bookshelf once again this fall.

Set to drop in September is Marvel: The Hip-Hop Covers Vol. 2, a hardcover collection of past variant comic book covers all in one place. It’s a virtual visual checklist of sorts for comics that are slightly tougher finds with nods to pop culture that give them some extra appeal beyond the comic shop.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 18)

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: Legendary maildays, NFL Draft scenarios, big pulls & more.

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NFLPA Rookie Premiere kicks off today in Los Angeles with NFL’s newest stars signing new cardboard

NFLPA Rookie Premiere kicks off today in Los Angeles and the first glimpses of the autographing action are in.

Your first signer of those images teased so far from Panini America is former Tennessee and future New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara.

We’ve also got our first glimpses at 2017 Panini Origins, which will have Photoshopped action images of players in NFL uniforms that will be signed during this weekend’s event. Keep reading for a look.

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