Hulk Hogan ‘Rookie Card’ pumps up Hulkamaniacs over on eBay

One of the highest-graded copies of one of a wrestling icon’s first cards has hit eBay and is already putting on a show.

It’s the 1982 Wrestling All-Star Series A card of Hulk Hogan, and it’s a card from an iconic set that was available via mail order three years before the first WWF (now WWE) cards arrived in packs from Topps.

Is it a Rookie Card? Is it not a Rookie Card? Doesn’t really matter, brother, as it’s already a big deal on eBay.

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eBay Buzz: Graded Aaron Judge cards reportedly sell for $20,000

Its auction photo really didn’t help, but this Aaron Judge 2013 Bowman Draft Gold Refractor really was another color when it reportedly sold on eBay last week.

That color was green.

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Things heat up with 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout autographs

There are parts of the collecting world simply off the radar for many of us because we’re priced out — cards that are so pricey that we’re talking new car territory at times.

One of those cards making eBay headlines of late is the 2009 Bowman Chrome Draft Mike Trout autograph in all of its various rainbow incarnations.

The card above reportedly sold for $15,600 in March and it’s not alone as a jaw-dropper. Graded non-Refractors have reportedly gone for as much as $4,999 just last week and raw copies have reportedly topped $3,000. These crazy auctions are not alone as there have been plenty of these cards sold.

The Superfractor was pulled long ago, too, but it can be yours for a price.

Where’s “The Million-Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase when you need him?

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (March 3)

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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: Big breaks, 2017 Topps Heritage, unauthorized proof cards on eBay, Tom Brady RCs and “Why is Chrome king — and can it endure?”

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eBay Buzz: Free McDonald’s Special Sauce bottles already hot at auction

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McDonald’s launches its new sizes of Big Mac sandwiches today and as part of that celebration it is releasing 10,000 serial-numbered bottles of its Special Sauce to the public.

They’re free — but they’re only found at selected locations for a limited time on a first-come, first-served basis … if a visitor knows the password. The only other way to get your hands on one? Check out giveaways on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Some states have just one or two locations — meanwhile Houston, Texas, has five — while some states have none at all. That means there will be a market on eBay — simple supply and demand — and there’s already one there with a bid.

How much is the bottle? You have to see it to believe it. 

Update: And that could be low. There’s also one completed sale so far.

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Felicity Jones autos highlight Topps Star Wars Rogue One checklist

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The lead in Rogue One is signing for Topps’ newest Star Wars set but — spoiler alert — she’s only available as a redemption.

Oscar nominee Felicity Jones has autographs in 2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One Series 1, which officially arrives today along with the final checklist that she appears on.

It’s a card that’s already in demand — and the asking prices for those already on eBay are out of this galaxy.

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eBay Buzz: Bart Simpson keeps selling after all these years

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It’s a simple sketch card of an iconic character in pop culture penned by his creator and it’s not even rare.

But it is pricey.

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Maybe you have the Honus Wagner of Nintendo games sitting at home …

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A little-known Nintendo game then is a well-known Nintendo game now — at least to serious collectors who are known to fork over plenty of cash for it.

It’s Stadium Events, and it’s a game that’s so serious for collectors that in its original packaging it evokes comparisons to someone you might know if you’re into baseball cards.

“I never had a Honus Wagner,” said Tod Curtis, a Bedford, Ind.-based orthodontist, who seriously collects NES games and was interviewed as part of an ESPN The Magazine story on this game and its legacy. “That’s what this game is to this hobby. I don’t know how many Honus Wagner cards are out there compared to how many Stadium Events there are. If the game is really that rare, you can see in 20 years it coming up at Christie’s, where people are going to pay $900,000.”

The story is a fascinating one with plenty of parallels to the card-collecting world, and, not surprisingly, the tale has prompted the attempted sale of a high-grade copy of the game.

You probably won’t believe the asking price right now on eBay. 

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Is now the time to sell 2016 Topps Now sets? One dealer thinks so …

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It’s a leading candidate for the most-influential and most-innovative brand of the year and one dealer who took on the challenge of collecting the 2016 Topps Now baseball card set feels now might be the time to sell.

A collection of more than 665 standard Topps Now cards along with the All-Star and Off-season sets. It doesn’t include the myriad of autographs and Relics that were offered throughout the year — or any of the team sets or Cubs championship cards made on the side, but just building the standard set is challenge enough.

So, the million-dollar question is … what’s it selling for right now?

The auction will end tonight … and we want to know how high you think it will go. Tell us in the poll below or with a comment here or on Twitter.

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Decision 2016 Series 2 sketch cards stuffing bid boxes on eBay

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There wasn’t just one surprise on Election Day — and this other surprise has continued to pile up votes of another type — you know … bids — on eBay.

They are Decision 2016 Series 2 sketch cards and these card-sized drawings of politicians and others beyond Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have given the cut autographs in the product a run for their money.

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eBay Buzz: How much would you pay for this piece of The Babe?

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If you’re still digging into boxes of 2013 Topps Five Star, you’ve lost your shot at this gem — a Babe Ruth bat barrel Relic that can currently be found on eBay.

You won’t believe the price, either.

The price tag is lofty, but it got Buzz wondering what you think this card is worth.

Or better yet …

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eBay Buzz: PSA 10 Michael Jordan sticker fetches big money

PSA-10-Michael-Jordan-stickerFocused basketball collectors on the Blowout forum recently noted an uptick in high-grade 1986-87 Fleer stickers, which makes sense since that landmark release is a heavily collected set.

But the sale of a Michael Jordan sticker from two years later — a set that’s much easier to find — might spark even more interest as a PSA 10 copy of an 1988-89 Fleer MJ sold for big bucks Tuesday night on eBay.

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Bartolo Colon’s Topps Now card fetches hefty prices on eBay after record-breaking production

2016-Topps-Now-Bartolo-Colon-Home-RunOn Saturday, Bartolo Colon hit the first home run of his big-league career. On Sunday, that memorable moment became a Topps Now baseball card. On Monday, it became the highest-selling Now card ever with 8,826 copies sold.

Today? Well, it’s now a $60 baseball card.

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Got $15,000? If so, the 2016 Bowman Kenta Maeda Superfractor autograph can be yours …

Kenta-Maeda-SuperfractorIt’s a redemption, but it will still sell well.

The 2016 Bowman Chrome Kenta Maeda Superfractor auto has been pulled from a pack of 2016 Bowman and made its way to eBay on Sunday.

It’s listed by eBay user tcbuilt28 in Seattle, Wash., with a Buy It Now price of $14,999 — along with a $2.75 shipping fee. (Update: It reportedly sold for $7,000.)

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eBay Buzz: We all know Stephen Curry Rookie Cards are hot sellers … but can they really be this hot?

Stephen-Curry-Topps-Rookie-CardEvery once in a while, a player takes over the spotlight in a sport and leading non-collectors to be so intrigued that they battle for cardboard in online auctions without the typical (restraining) mindset of what something should sell for.

There’s nothing wrong with that — if they want it and they’ll pay it, that’s what it’s worth to them  right then.

Right now, Stephen Curry is that player, and, right now, one of those cards is his 2009-10 Topps Rookie Card — one of 27 RCs that he has and one that has no frills and shows him in the simplest of forms. It’s essentially a mugshot in a T-shirt or warmup jacket as Topps was finishing its run with the NBA license at that time.

This no-thrills piece of cardboard — and its parallel counterparts — are scorchers that just might surprise collectors right now.

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eBay Buzz: Asking price for top Bryce isn’t close to top Trout sale

Bryce-Harper-BGSEither Bryce Harper or Mike Trout who will come to mind first if it’s a debate of who’s the best in the game, but sometimes it’s fun just to look at the outrageous asking prices for these types of players’ key cards on eBay.

The 2011 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autographs Refractor you see above leads the league among current auctions for Harper, checking in with an asking price of $24,999.99 Buy it Now. (No, seriously, go look.)

As goofy as that one might be, consider that the top Trout price — one reportedly paid — is even higher. That one’s for a BGS 10 first Bowman Chrome Refractor auto with a serial number matching Trout’s No. 27 on the field.

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More eBay Buzz posts …

This perfect Mike Trout 2009 Bowman Draft auto is how much?

What’s a $100 eBay gift card go for on eBay, anyway?

How much will a Flawless BGS set sell for?

You can own the negative used to make Nolan Ryan’s Rookie Card

eBay Buzz: PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle sells for $486,100

Have you seen Connor McDavid’s Young Guns sales so far?

Bryce Harper’s Topps Bunt virtual autograph went for what?

High-grade 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle draws attention

These Kobe Bryant autos are how much?

You won’t believe the price on this perfect Bobby Orr Rookie Card

eBay Buzz: One big game, one big eyebrow … one big price for Anthony Davis?

s-l1600Maybe it’s the single eyebrow. Maybe it’s the chance at a pair of polo shirts. Maybe it’s just the oldschool Hornets logo.

Maybe it’s just because it’s Anthony Davis that this pair of cards — a duo of Panini America show promos limited to only 499 copies; the left being the first, the right being the last — is worth a look.

Why is this post here? Maybe it’s because of this asking price.

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More eBay Buzz posts …

This perfect Mike Trout 2009 Bowman Draft auto is how much?

What’s a $100 eBay gift card go for on eBay, anyway?

How much will a Flawless BGS set sell for?

You can own the negative used to make Nolan Ryan’s Rookie Card

eBay Buzz: PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle sells for $486,100

Have you seen Connor McDavid’s Young Guns sales so far?

Bryce Harper’s Topps Bunt virtual autograph went for what?

High-grade 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle draws attention

These Kobe Bryant autos are how much?

You won’t believe the price on this perfect Bobby Orr Rookie Card

 

eBay Buzz: It’s just a Dale Earnhardt show car … but it can be yours

earnhardtIt was 15 years ago today that the NASCAR world changed dramatically as its biggest star died during the last lap of its biggest race.

Dale Earnhardt‘s final Daytona 500 was one that put the spotlight of both the media and collectors on the racing ranks like never before as The Intimidator’s life and his famous No. 3 Chevy were celebrated for all they had accomplished.

Countless diecasts, trading cards and other items were scooped up by collectors and new fans like never before back then. Today? The legend is still strong though the collectibles world has changed dramatically.

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If this was your only way to own the iconic 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card, would you buy it?

Mangled-1952-topps-mickey-MantleBuzz did something today that he hadn’t done often in years of collecting — out of curiosity, he searched “1952 Topps Mickey Mantle” on eBay.

Surprisingly (though maybe not given auction prices these days) there were nearly 20 graded copies of the iconic card to be had. On the high-end was a PSA 8 OC copy of the card with a hefty price tag and a PSA 7 copy as well. Not bad price-wise, there.

Buzz flipped over to completed auctions out of curiosity and found nearly 30 more completed sales for slabbed copies of the card before finding the gem you see above.

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eBay Buzz: Topps Star Wars Force Awakens Mystery Autograph Redemption tops $2,000 mark

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The last time we had checked in on the Mystery Redemption from 2015 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 1 it had sold for big bucks on eBay — going for $1,700.

(Spoiler alert: It was initially revealed to be for an autograph of Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, though Topps Marketing Communications Manager Susan Lulgjuraj said there is not yet a confirmed subject for the card.)

But now an actual sale has gone even higher.

Earlier this month, a copy of the redemption topped the $2,000 mark, selling for $2,050 via a Best Offer in this auction. That has helped inflate asking prices for the card in active auctions as cards continue to be tucked away into personal collections.

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Sales of key 2015 Panini Select soccer cards show global appeal

1499gerrardSoccer is a sport that many collectors probably overlook because it’s not the traditional America-based pastime, but Panini America’s recently released 2015 Panini Select set shows there are a few reasons that they should pay attention.

A few thousand (dollar) reasons.

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Magic Johnson & Larry Bird Rookie Card commands big cash on eBay

$_57It’s the Rookie Card of two NBA icons sandwiching a legend. It’s a relic from the past days of simpler cardboard from toward the end of the early Topps era. It’s a piece of cardboard perfection with all the flaws you’d expect from its time — and that’s got nothing to do with condition.

And this card in this condition? Well, it’s a $27,000 card after selling on eBay earlier today.

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eBay Buzz: You won’t win Powerball with this but you can collect ’em all

s-l1600Don’t worry if the headline for this one doesn’t make much sense — the eBay auction doesn’t either.

Among today’s weirdest auctions is a lot of 20,000 losing Powerball and other assorted Illinois Lottery tickets. They can be yours for a low, low price, too.

How much?

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So, that’s a nice Steph Curry National Treasures card … but $149,999 nice?

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We should all know by now how good Stephen Curry is by his play on the basketball court.

But maybe we should look at his basketball cards, too.

The reigning league MVP and leader of the defending NBA champs has been hot on cardboard for a while now. How hot? Well, you might call it new-car hot as his high-end rare cards are often priced in small-new-car territory.

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eBay Buzz: A perfect — and rare — Ken Griffey Jr. 1989 Bowman Tiffany rookie scorches at auction

1989-Bowman-GriffeyWe all know which Rookie Card of Ken Griffey Jr. is the most-memorable, but there’s one rarer parallel-type version of one that recently sold for big, big bucks on eBay.

It’s the 1989 Bowman Tiffany card — one printed on glossy, super-bright stock only found in limited factory sets — and a perfect BGS Black copy recently dominated on eBay. With Griffey destined to get the Cooperstown call in a few hours, this one was worth the spotlight.

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eBay Buzz: What’s the price of perfection when it comes to Connor McDavid’s iconic Rookie Card?

BGS-Black-Connor-McDavidWe all knew that Connor McDavid was going to be a big deal and we all knew his Young Guns Rookie Card from 2015-16 Upper Deck would be kind of a big deal, too.

But what about a perfect BGS Black label specimen? Well, one of these sold this week so we know how big it can get.

How much?

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eBay Buzz: This perfect Kobe Bryant 1996-97 Topps Chrome rookie Refractor is how much?

KobeBGSblackWhen Topps Chrome arrived in basketball, it was a bit simpler time than it is today — so much so that the brand was a retail-only release because the idea of merely Chroming a set perhaps wasn’t a sure thing.

Plenty of time has passed since 1996 and in that time so has the career of Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant who was a rookie back in 1996-97 Topps Chrome.

The best card in that landmark product is arguably Bryant’s Refractor version of his Rookie Card and this copy is the best of the best of the thousands that were pulled and saved since then.

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First Daisy Ridley Force Awakens Mystery Autograph redemption card sells for big bucks on eBay

2015-Topps-StarWars-Mystery-RedemptionA pair of 2015 Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Mystery Redemptions have hit eBay since the set’s release on Friday.

And the first one has sold — for big bucks.

The card was initially announced as being for Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in The Force Awakens, but Topps unspoiled its spoiler by removing the reference to it being a card for her on the autograph checklist posted on its website.

So, how much did it go for?

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First John Boyega 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek autograph hits eBay … with a rather Forceful price tag

BoyegaWill it sell? That’s the simplest question as the first certified autograph of Star Wars: The Force AwakensJohn Boyega has hit eBay.

Click here to see its price — if it’s not gone already.

Boyega plays Finn in the film, which opens today and this card is from 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek, which includes one autograph or sketch card in every box. He’s the only signer for the new cast members in the product and it’s his first run at a certified autograph.

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eBay Buzz: Connor McDavid’s Black Diamond debut packs high-priced punch with auto booklet patches

McDavidPatchEven if he’s not playing, he’s still kind of a big deal.

Edmonton Oilers rookie Connor McDavid is still on the mend, but the arrival of 2015-16 Upper Deck Black Diamond continues the big-time action on hockey cards featuring the No. 1 draft pick.

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eBay Buzz: Big bucks aren’t just tossed around for Bowman Supers

BVG9-1954-Bowman-Mickey-MantleWith Bowman Draft officially arriving tomorrow, eBay will undoubtedly be buzzing with the newest can’t-miss future stars’ first MLB cards.

But Bowman’s not just a big deal for high-grade Chromes and Superfractors. Vintage Bowman in top grade — like this 1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle — can generate some looks, too.

This card, in its grade, is a 1/1 specimen. It’s a card that can give any Superfractor a run for its graded money without any of those golden swirls or a dollop of autograph ink.

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Kobe Bryant retirement letters fetch big bucks — and are also reprinted

KobeLetterBuzz knew these would be a big deal — but not this big.

The night Kobe Bryant confirmed that this season will be his last, all 18,997 fans in attendance at that night’s Los Angeles Lakers game received a sealed envelope with a copy of his farewell letter printed with a facsimile autograph.

It turns out there are a few more people out there that want them.

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eBay Buzz: Jeff Gordon’s last hurrah — and potential title — comes today

JeffGordon1987Jeff Gordon’s final lap could end up being one of his biggest ones as he’s one of the final four drivers in NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup — a winner-take-all playoff format that will make the final race of the season dictate the season’s champion.

It’s also the final race of Gordon’s career, which already has four Cup wins and 93 race victories  in 24 seasons at that level — marks that place him among NASCAR’s elite no matter what happens today.

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eBay Buzz: This perfect Mike Trout 2009 Bowman Chrome Refractor Autograph is how much?

MikeTroutBGS10-10Mike Trout is among MLB’s active elite and his first standard Bowman Chrome autograph is topped by only one card in the Chrome world — a much-rarer Albert Pujols 2001 auto limited to only 500 copies.

So, naturally, one question comes to mind seeing this Refractor parallel of Trout’s debut card, which is on eBay right now. Just how much can this sell for?

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eBay Buzz: What’s a $100 eBay gift card going for these days?

$100-eBay-Gift-CardSometimes you’ll run across an eBay auction that makes you stop and look because it features something unique, something you just haven’t seen in a long time or a deal where you have to stop and wonder.

Sometimes you just notice the number of the items sold.

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