Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 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: Big pulls from around the collecting world.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 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: Bowman Mega Boxes delivering well, retro wax ripping, big breaks and NSCC prep.

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Willie Stargell auction includes prime pieces from Pops’ career

It’s been more than 16 years since the baseball world lost “Pops,” aka Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, at age 61.

During a lengthy big-league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was a World Series champ, a National League MVP and even Sports Illustrated‘s Man of the Year — and all those awards and more are up for grabs via SCP Auctions right now.

And there are even some impressive yet unusual items that some baseball fans might not even know about also available in the sale.

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First Buzz: 2017 Donruss Optic baseball cards


What:
 2017 Donruss Optic baseball cards
Arrives: July 19
Box basics:  Two autographs per 20-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini’s sophomore release for Optic baseball cards includes the return of Mickey Mantle to packs for the first time under an exclusive deal.

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

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‘A League of Their Own’ 25th Anniversary Blu-Ray package includes bonuses for collectors

If you’re a fan of A League of Their Own or a collector of baseball movie memorabilia, you may need to head to a Walmart.

That’s where you can find a recently released exclusive 25th anniversary Blu-ray/DVD package of the popular Penny Marshall film and it includes baseball cards as well as other extras.

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Tim Tebow’s first official MiLB card is a short-printed scorcher

Don’t tell his fans that he’s just another minor league baseball player.

Tim Tebow‘s first baseball card as a member of the Columbia Fireflies isn’t an easy pull from packs of 2017 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards but it’s a pricey one.

As in $400 — and that’s without an autograph or piece of game-used memorabilia attached. And that’s not a fluke as active auctions are just as strong.

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Aaron Judge could have been an Oakland A’s star — and here’s his 2010 Bowman Draft Picks card

You probably know Aaron Judge by now. After all, he’s tied for the MLB lead with 15 home runs, is the 6-foot-7 young face of the New York Yankees and on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

But in an alternate reality — and an alternate reality with baseball cards — none of this would have happened. He’d be playing somewhere else.

You probably didn’t know — this collector didn’t — that Judge was once a draft pick of the Oakland A’s, the Moneyballing squad that ultimately sends all of its star players to the Yankees anyway and gets its playoff hopes dashed by Yankees stars and unlikely plays that will never, ever go away. (They even start off movies made about the A’s.)

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps High Tek baseball cards

What: 2017 Topps High Tek baseball cards
Arrives: Nov. 1
Box basics: Two on-card autographs per 40-card box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps joins Bowman in the Tek world this season with a release that promises “more cards, more patterns and more variations.”

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

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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred among many non-traditional autos on 2017 Topps Archives checklist

An official MLB baseball isn’t the only place you’ll find the signature of MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred.

His autograph will be found in packs of 2017 Topps Archives, which is set to arrive next week with two signed cards in every box.

Topps has released the final checklist and that’s not the only surprise autograph in store.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 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 from new boxes, vintage classics, The National & more.

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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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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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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 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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Durham Bulls’ steak-incentive sign finally gets Topps baseball card

“Hit the bull, win a steak” now has a baseball card.

Topps released the final checklist for 2017 Topps Pro Debut on Wednesday and the first card release of the year for Minor League Baseball includes some surprises thanks to a set of Relics that have included some unusual pieces of memorabilia in past years.

The “Fragments of the Farm” are no different this year and one includes a piece of the game that’s paid off for some players in the past.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 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: Bobblehead madness, the NSCC, collecting superstitions, the Rookie Premiere and results from ripping.

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Derek Jeter Topps Now push sets new record for total cards sold

The Captain didn’t top Ichiro Suzuki‘s single-card Topps Now sales record, but an array of cards for the New York Yankees’ retirement of Derek Jeter‘s uniform number did sell more total cards than any other player in a single day.

More than 17,000 Jeter cards were sold by Topps on Monday, including a number of autographed Relics and Relics along with his two standard cards — one for his Monument Park plaque and one for his retired number.

The record for the most copies of a single card is still Suzuki’s 11,550, which came after his 3,000th career hit last season.

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Ian Happ’s big arrival for Cubs might be calm before storm on cards

The newest big-name Chicago Cubs prospect arrived on Saturday and made his presence felt immediately in his first game with a two-run homer.

So far, Ian Happ is hitting .429 in his first two games, further helping bolster a mostly home-grown lineup that is watched closely by collectors.

Happ is not a surprise for prospectors as the defending World Series champs took him with the ninth pick in the 2015 MLB Draft out of the University of Cincinnati– and he’s been watched on cardboard ever since — but sales of his cards, at least so far, are showing some room for growth.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 15)

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 from around the collecting world as we start a new week.

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Heroic MLB umpire Steve Palermo loses cancer battle at 67

You may not know the name of too many umpires in Major League Baseball — at least you shouldn’t — but one should be known for his story away from the diamond.

His name is Steve Palermo.

Palermo died on Sunday after losing a fight against cancer at age 67 but it was his battles after a night in 1991 that changed his life.

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Buzz Poll: What do you collect?

What do you collect when it comes to cardboard? It’s a simple question … tell us in our latest Buzz Poll below or in the comments here or on Twitter. (You can select multiple answers.)

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 (May 14)

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: Derek Jeter & Topps Heritage, big pulls, Ian Happ & more.

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Elite Extra Edition boxes can pay off for bargain hunters & auto chasers

To say that the baseball card landscape has changed in the last decade might be an understatement, but there’s been one prospecting brand that has delivered many of the biggest names early and often and delivered a good amount of ink, too, thanks to Hot Boxes.

It’s packed a number of surprise inclusions, a tremendous rainbow of serial-numbered parallel autos and even some pretty good bargains as many collectors have their established habits elsewhere. In recent years, it’s also given us a teaser of younger USA Baseball players, too.

This mainstay — and arguably a simultaneous sleeper — is Elite Extra Edition

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