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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Martin Luther King Jr. speech manuscript hits auction block

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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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Quest autos

What: 2017 TRISTAR Quest autographs
Arrives:
 June 7
Box basics: Five envelopes per lockbox — each with an autographed flat or memorabilia redemption inside (three lockboxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This TRISTAR line will be limited to only 50 cases of autographed items from around the sports world and beyond.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Helmets


What:
 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Helmets
Arrives: August
Box basics: One autographed full-sized replica helmet per box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf offers another edition of this one with every box yielding either a Hall of Famer, past legend, current NFL star or rookie.

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Eric Thames’ surprising start prompts look back at key cardboard

A new season’s new emerging names are doing just that.

Your MLB home run leader right now is Eric Thames of the Milwaukee Brewers, who has smacked seven longballs so far. The latest came as part of a 3-for-4 day Monday against the Cubs in Wrigley Field.

The 30-year-old entered this season with 21 homers in his previous three big-league seasons — his last being in 2012 with the Mariners. He hit 12 of those homers as a rookie with the Blue Jays in 2011 but struggled with a career average that’s up to .259 with his .405 start this year. How far off the radar was he? Thames spent the last three years playing in Korea’s KBO League — where he hit 124 homers in 390 games.

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

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: New football ink, Flawless NFL breaks, blaster box pulls and an emerging MLB star?

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At least one notable fan among surprises in 2017 Topps Archives

A notable New York Yankees fan will be among the surprise signers to come in 2017 Topps Archives.

His name? “Bald Vinny” Milano and he’s led the Bleacher Creatures‘ “roll call” at Yankees home games for years.

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Topps launches Topps Now Loyalty Program for heavy Now buyers

As a “way of saying thank you for being such a loyal customer of Topps” a selected number of Topps Now purchasers have received invitations to a Topps Now Loyalty Program.

As part of the membership perks, those invited at the Platinum level will receive a nine-card autographed set of cards apparently limited to only 25 copies per card showcasing notable players from last year.

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Don Rickles spent decades in Hollywood — but didn’t sign much

He was a comedian known for his witty remarks and scathing humor with countless Hollywood credits since the 1950s.

Despite all those years in entertainment, you won’t find too many certified autograph cards for Don Rickles, who died of kidney failure today at 90 years old.

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Bill Goldberg to sign at The National

One of pro wrestling’s biggest names of the 1990s and beyond will be signing autographs at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.

It’s Bill Goldberg.

The WWE star — and also a former University of Georgia football star and former Atlanta Falcon — was revealed as one of the newest signers for this summer’s showcase show set for July 26-30 in Chicago.

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Are all buyback autographed cards the same? Not this one …

It’s got some rough edges, fuzzy corners, some light surface snow, and a curved-but-not-awful corner crease — but it’s got some character and it’s mine.

And it’s also signed by Rickey Henderson.

It’s a copy of his 1980 Topps Rookie Card and it’s also a recent pickup from a major autograph dealer. It’s also a story that has a few pieces that this collector thought made it interesting enough to present right here.

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First Buzz: 2017 Historic Autographs Ink’d Threads signed jerseys

What: 2017 Historic Autographs Ink’d Threads
Arrives: May 3
Box basics: One autographed jersey per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Hall of Famers from baseball, football and basketball will join some notable stars from today and some surprise non-sports inclusions in a product that includes nothing but signed jerseys.

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You can own a WrestleMania-used toolbox — if you have the money

“Here comes the money.”

That might not be the typical thought after seeing an autographed toolbox, but it’s certainly fitting given the frenzied bidding so far on one item over at WWE Auction.

And we do mean frenzied.

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Mickey Mantle returns to baseball cards with new Panini America deal

The Mick is back on cardboard.

Mickey Mantle, the icon of a generation of collectors, will be back on baseball cards soon as Panini America has reached a deal with the estate of the Hall of Famer and former New York Yankee who died in 1995. It will be his first cardboard since 2012 when his family let their deal with Topps expire.

The deal is expected to be formally revealed today with at least one card perhaps coming immediately via the Panini Eternal program, though his sons David and Danny disclosed the deal to Yahoo Sports’ Big League Stew in an interview.

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Weekend Update: Check out 12 top items on The Buzz this week

It was a busy one on The Buzz this past week. Here are 12 stories worth a look if you missed out. Check ’em out & hit the subscribe button at right if you want email updates.

Bowman Chrome gets a revamp
HTA Choice boxes with nothing but autographed cards inside are now one option for Chrome fans. Get all the details in our 2017 Bowman Chrome First Buzz preview here.

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John Cusack autographs can be found in 2017 Panini Diamond Kings

Call this one a surprise.

A limited number of autographs from actor John Cusack can be found in packs of 2017 Panini Diamond Kings, which arrived this week from Panini America. 

Just 95 total autographed cards were made — and the rarest one of them all has hit eBay.

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Celebrity autographs just might be easier to find than you think

When it comes to autographs in the sports world, there are plenty of ways that collectors and the autograph industry itself has helped commodify ink.

In other words, there are a number of common items that are commonly signed that help us all figure a common value that we’d expect to pay or expect to get if we have to sell something we own. Jerseys, balls, helmets, cards, photos — there are a lot of ways to collect sports autographs.

But for celebrity autographs, it’s a lot less complicated as the 8-by-10 photo is arguably the most-commonly solid piece across the whole spectrum of television, movies and others of note who we might find, say, at a comic book convention or other similarly organized signing session. Not all films have massive toy lines, not all celebs have book deals and TV shows often don’t have posters you can find all that easily.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps The Walking Dead Season 7 trading cards

What: 2017 Topps The Walking Dead Season 7 trading cards
Arrives: Sept. 13
Box basics: Two hits (at least one autograph) per 24-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ newest release for The Walking Dead picks up with the seventh season of the long-running hit show arriving on cardboard.

Keep reading for more info and a gallery of images so far.

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Weekend Update: Check out 14 top items on The Buzz last week

Ok, it’s not the weekend, but this further proves that Buzz’s fantasy baseball draft just took waayyyy too long yesterday. (Hear that, commish?) Here are several stories worth a look if you missed out. Check ’em out & subscribe at right if you want email updates.

This Week’s Big Hit?
We’re less than a week away from WrestleMania 33 in Orlando and Topps dropped the biggest mic of them all (“pipebomb” in WWE-Punk parlance) for collectors with the arrival of autographs from Undertaker for the first time in Topps packs — and just the third time in hobby history. Get all of the details on which brands get his legendary ink here.

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World Baseball Classic continues with new Topps Now cardboard

The World Baseball Classic may be over but the Topps Now baseball cards are not.

A total of 10 new cards were revealed on the real-time cardboard platform on Friday, focusing on the members of the All-WBC Team and a trio of young stars on one squad who signed on for the newest autographs from the event.

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First Buzz: 2017 Super Break Super Charged Series 2

What: 2017 Super Break Super Charged Series 2
super_break_logoArrives: April 11
Box basics: Five (and sometimes more) items per box

What’s buzz-worthy: Super Break’s second series of this one includes a mix of everything with themed boxes, hot boxes and plenty of other surprises from throughout the sports world, entertainment and political memorabilia.

Keep reading for more info.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures New York Dynasty

What: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures New York Dynasty autographed baseballs
Arrives: April 26
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand takes a New York twist for yet another year as this one’s all about the Yankees with stars of the past and present being part of a chase that includes all baseballs having a product-specific and numbered hologram.

Keep reading for more and a gallery of what’s in this one.

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Alex Rodriguez to sign at National Sports Collectors Convention

There’s a new big name among the first wave of autograph signers for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

It’s Alex Rodriguez.

Once baseball’s highest-paid player, he’s a member of the 3,000-hit club and a player who hit 696 home runs during his at times controversial 22-year MLB career with the Mariners, Rangers and Yankees.

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Gallery: Panini Spring Training Road Trip signers & behind-scenes views

Panini America’s second leg of its annual autograph, photo and memorabilia collection adventure known as the Panini Spring Training Road Trip winds down today and tomorrow in Arizona.

It’s one of the biggest ways that the company collects autographs in one big swoop for the younger stars of the diamond every year.

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Byron “Whizzer” White’s cardboard options aren’t all that supreme

If you happened to turn on a cable news network Tuesday afternoon and see the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, you may have seen a weird discussion with Texas Senator Ted Cruz that had nothing to do with politics.

It had plenty to do with basketball — and the skills of a former associate justice of the Supreme Court, Byron White, who was appointed to the court in 1962 and was there until 1993.

Apparently he was known for his elbows and odd free-throws — and what was mentioned in passing as part of this off-topic discussion? The NFL.

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

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 impressive breaks to start a new week.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Jersey Edition


What:
 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Jersey Edition
Arrives: July
Box basics: One autographed custom jersey per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf once again brings the fabric of the game to the blind-wrapped football memorabilia market with “the widest selection of NFL stars, hot rookies, NFL Hall of Famers, legends and more.”

Keep reading for more.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs

What: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs
Arrives: April 12
Box basics: 
One autographed item per envelope (16 envelopes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR brings its autograph chase to baseball with a product limited to only 75 cases and the potential for some big names and some big items.

Keep reading for more information and a gallery of the possibilities here.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Mini Helmets


What:
 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Mini Helmets
Arrives: June
Box basics: One autographed mini-helmet per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf brings a new batch of autographed mini-helmets to the masses here with some surprises in the mix, too. One of them? Polk High School’s Al Bundy aka Ed O’Neil.

Keep reading for more.

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Mascot Relics offer fun new twist inside 2017 Topps Opening Day

Tomorrow’s the day that 2017 Topps Opening Day officially arrives — depending on your weather, of course — but the meteorological news is far from the big buzz of today.

The game-changer in this one? A set of mascot-worn Relic cards.

Yep, those fuzzballs of the diamond can be found in some new ways and beside the cards of the hot dogs at the concessions stand when you tear into packs of this low-end brand.

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Weekend Update: Check out 10 top items on The Buzz last week

Ok, it’s not the weekend, but this was slated to be sent last night — further proving that it was a busy one on The Buzz this past week. Here are 10 stories worth a look if you missed out. Check ’em out & hit the subscribe button at right if you want email updates.

This Week’s Big Hit?
It seems that 2017 Donruss‘ arrival has collectors talking and there’s fun to be found inside its packs. Click here to start with variations and find links to checklists & more. After that, check out a Buzz Break of a hobby box right here.

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Is Star Wars icon Mark Hamill battling Dark Side of autographs?

Mark Hamill likes to have some fun with his autographs from time to time and it’s good business, too, as he’s a pricey signer — and also one that can be found in packs of cards after decades of Star Wars sets from Topps.

But there’s one thing that still gets Luke Skywalker’s robe in a bunch and it’s when pieces like this one — a 16-by-20 photo with some extra personality — hits the open market.

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Fanatics Authentic offers up some sports autographs that rock

Fanatics Authentic has a few unique autographs available now that come with no strings attached.

Nevermind, that won’t work … there are actually six.

A series of autographed guitars — items that are officially licensed musical instruments on their own — have been enhanced with autographs that offer a colorful higher-end option for a sports fan who’s big on music, too.

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Panini includes big surprises inside boxes of 2016 Panini Encased

Panini America has added a big surprise or two to its latest high-end football brand.

The brand is 2016 Panini Encased and the surprise is a number of oversized — and encased — autographs from some legendary stars of the gridiron.

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