NBA Hoops Premium Factory Set includes Kobe Bryant autographs

NBA Hoops just got a high-end upgrade.

Panini America unveiled the 2017-18 NBA Hoops Premium Factory Set on Wednesday and it’s a $500 online-exclusive version of the set that’s rare and includes one on-card Kobe Bryant autograph inside every set.

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First Buzz: 2017 Super Break Holiday Edition

What: 2017 Super Break Holiday Edition
Arrives:
 Nov. 24
Box basics: One buyback card and two memorabilia items per box (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Super Break’s newest arrival drops on Black Friday with a mix of cards and memorabilia for Hall of Famers, rookies and stars from around the sports world.

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First Buzz: 2017 Historic Autographs Line-ups baseball

What: 2017 Historic Autographs Line-ups baseball
Arrives: Dec. 15
Box basics: One quad cut autograph per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Historic Autographs takes the cut autograph into book territory with quads for memorable squads broken down into three types of cards.

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps Series 2 baseball cards

What: 2018 Topps Series 2 baseball cards
Arrives: June 13
Box basics: One autograph or Relic per 36-pack box (12 boxes per case); One autograph and two Relics per 10-pack jumbo box (six boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The second series of the newest edition of the Topps baseball brand — the flagship brand for the hobby — will arrive with a wave of energy and full-bleed feel that further breaks from the traditional feel for the brand that’s been around for 67 consecutive seasons.

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

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First Buzz: 2017-18 Panini Prestige basketball cards (early retail details)

What: 2017-18 Panini Prestige basketball cards
Arrives: Feb. 21
Box basics: One autograph per 12-pack jumbo box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: We’ve got early word on some of the retail inclusions to come for this newest version of Prestige, including the basics on pack formats.

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First Buzz: 2017-18 Topps Premier League Gold soccer cards


What: 2017-18 Topps Premier League Gold soccer cards
Arrives: Feb. 12
Box basics: Two autos per 24-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps boasts that this one will have “a fresh new look and high-end finish” when it arrives packing autographs from Tottenham’s Dele Alli and Chelsea captain Gary Cahill among others.

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First Buzz: 2018 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Autographed Baseball

What: 2018 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures autographed baseballs
Arrives: Jan. 3
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand is back in January with nods to its hometown World Series champion Houston Astros as well as Diamond Tickets good for one of the biggest possible autographs in MLB history.

Keep reading for details on that one and a gallery of what’s possible in this one.

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps MLS cards

 What: 2018 Topps MLS soccer cards
Arrives: April 11
Hobby box basics: Two autos and one jumbo Relic per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Back for its sixth year, the flagship for Topps’ American soccer presence will arrive with nods to the 1980s but plenty of the energy and cardboard qualities that collectors expect today.

Keep reading to learn more and see a full gallery of preview images.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Gallery baseball cards

What: 2017 Topps Gallery baseball cards
Arrives: This week … only initially at Walmart
Box basics: Two autographs in every 20-pack collector’s box
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: For the first time since 2005, Topps Gallery returns to the diamond with a new crop of artistic takes on MLB’s stars with autographs that add to the chase.

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First Buzz: 2018 Bowman baseball cards (updated)

What: 2018 Bowman baseball cards
Arrives: April 25
Box basics: Three autographs per 12-pack jumbo box (eight boxes per case); One autograph per 24-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Bowman returns with a new look, new prospects and even a new inclusion — two-player double-sided (and on-card) autographs as seen above.

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

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Topps Holiday baseball set returns once again — only at Walmart

The Topps Holiday Box is back.

Topps revealed its plans for a 2017 Topps Holiday baseball card set on Tuesday and it’s once again a Walmart-only release that features some different looks for cards from the three flagship Topps releases but with a new holiday twist for the release.

Curious about more details? Keep reading …

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Transcendent Collection baseball cards

What: 2017 Topps Transcendent Collection baseball cards
Arrives: Dec. 13
Box basics: 53 autographs — and plenty more — per hand-crafted wooden box

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ high-end baseball brand — what it calls “the pinnacle of high-end collecting” — returns for another season with a tribute of sorts to 1987, a spotlighting of the newly crowned American League Rookie of the Year and a party invite that includes one of the biggest sluggers in baseball history.

So, what comes in a box? Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Limited football cards

What: 2017 Panini Limited football cards
Arrives: Jan. 10
Box basics: Two autographs and one memorabilia card per three-pack box (15 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Limited returns with an emphasis on young stars with cards spotlighting draft night — Draft Day Signature Booklets with pieces of the jersey that the player held on stage — and more.

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First Buzz: 2017-18 Panini Chronicles basketball cards

What: 2017-18 Panini Chronicles basketball cards
Arrives: Jan. 17
Box basics: Three autograph or memorabilia cards per three-pack box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini offers a look at the newest crop of NBA rookies on a number of designs/brands from the recent past and present all in one place.

Keep reading for more info and a gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ trading cards

What: 2018 Topps Solo: A Star Wars Story trading cards
Arrives: April 20
Box basics: One autograph guaranteed in every two-hit box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The next Star Wars movie will, of course, get its own cardboard and we have the basics — but no spoilers — for the story of Han Solo.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Signature Series

What: 2017 TRISTAR Signature Series
Arrives: Dec. 13
Box basics: One autographed item per envelope (10 envelopes per case).

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Signature Series is the final product of the year with just 75 10-pack cases of authenticated autographed memorabilia inside.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Plates & Proofs hockey cards


What: 2017 Leaf Plates & Proofs hockey cards
Arrives: January
Box basics: Eight 1/1 cards per box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf loads up this one for hockey fans with nothing but proof cards and printing plates in every box.

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

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Loaded 2017 Topps Update MLB set gets Chromed in Mega Boxes

The Mega Box is back once again — but only initially at Target stores.

Topps finally unleashed the checklist for its annual retail-only Chromed version of Topps Update on Tuesday and it’s yet again another release that offers Chrome fans one last set to collect but also a shot at some big-name Rookie Cards, Superfractors and autographs.

Keep reading for the basics.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Buyback Wrestling trading cards

What: 2017 Leaf Buyback Wrestling trading cards
Arrives: December
Box basics: 11 on-card autograph cards per box (five boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf focuses on wrestling stars of the past with nothing but previously issued cards with ink added for this new product — one that the company says is “easily the most value-driven Leaf wrestling item we have ever released.”

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First Buzz: 2018 Onyx Baseball Icons Collection Hall of Fame signed baseballs

What: 2018 Onyx Baseball Icons Collection Hall of Fame signed baseballs
Arrives: Dec. 12
Box basics: One autographed baseball per box and one vintage graded card per case (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Only 25 sealed cases will be made for this one — half as much as last year — but there will still be one buyback card per case and a Hall of Famer in every box.

Keep reading for more info, including a checklist.

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First Buzz: 2017-18 Panini Revolution basketball cards

What: 2017-18 Panini Revolution basketball cards
Arrives: Dec. 27
Box basics: At least six on-card autographs per case (16 boxes per case via two inners)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini raises the ink volume once again with three signed cards per inner case (last year was two) while continuing with the unique and intense patterns found in this one.

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Rookies & Stars football cards


What:
 2017 Panini Rookies & Stars football cards
Arrives: Nov. 27
Box basics: Two autographs and two memorabilia cards per six-pack box (14 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Rookies & Stars arrives on Cyber Monday, giving NFL fans their first new product to rip after the big Black Friday blowout.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Trinity baseball cards

What: 2017 Leaf Trinity baseball cards
Arrives: January
Box basics: Six autographed cards per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This one returns with what Leaf says is the “strongest checklist in Trinity baseball history” with new draft picks and notable prospects that the company says will be “chasing the face of professional baseball for years to come.”

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery.

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On-card ink and plenty of RC autos drive 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition

The arrival of 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition baseball cards this week offers an interesting twist on the products that have been, relatively speaking, a fun rip in recent years.

The idea? A signed buyback card in every pack — except this time it’s today’s stars on cards from the recent past and on their Rookie Cards, a bit of a do-over with signed RCs or prospect cards for those who never had them.

Aaron Judge has a high-dollar 2013 Bowman Chrome auto with a full rainbow but this time his base card gets enhanced, stamped and encased and somebody will land that for the price of box. With 99 copies signed, it’s actually one card that’s very plentiful in this release– and yet one of them sold for $350 on eBay. 

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards

What: 2018 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards
Arrives: March 21
Box basics: Two autos and one Glassworks box-topper per 24-pack box (10 boxes per case)
Order: Click here for boxes & click here for cases

What’s buzz-worthy: Gypsy Queen returns for another season with some more colorful inclusions such as Home Run Derby sock Relics and some new variations that build upon last year’s mini-free release.

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

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Contenders NFL cards (updated; retail details)

What: 2017 Panini Contenders football cards
Arrives: Dec. 20 for hobby — Nov. 29 for blaster boxes
Box basics: Five or six autographs per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)
Order: Click here for boxes & click here for cases

What’s buzz-worthy: Contenders returns with another season of Rookie Tickets and plenty more for collectors of the long-running brand.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2017-18 Panini Absolute basketball cards

What: 2017-18 Panini Absolute basketball cards
Arrives: Dec. 20
Box basics: Two autographs, two memorabilia cards and two “uncirculated” cards per two-pack box (10 boxes per case)
Order: Click here for boxes & click here for cases

What’s buzz-worthy: Absolute returns with nothing but hits and encased cards in its three-card packs.

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

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First Buzz: 2017 Donruss Optic football (updated)

What: 2017 Donruss Optic football cards
Arrives: Dec. 13
Box basics: One autograph per 20-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Optic takes to the gridiron with a familiar look for 2017 Donruss NFL fans and a familiar format for those who ripped into this brand hard last season.

Keep reading for more info as well as some early images.

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Flawless baseball cards


What:
 2017 Panini Flawless baseball cards
Arrives: June 1
Box basics:  Six autographs, two memorabilia cards and two jewel cards per box (two boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Flawless returns to the baseball diamond once again with elite names from the past and the biggest names of the present all in one place — “more All-Stars, legends and superstars than ever before,” according to the company.

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

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Flawless college basketball cards

What: 2017 Panini Flawless basketball cards
Arrives: Nov. 15
Box basics: Two gems, six autographs and two more auto or memorabilia cards per 10-card briefcase (two boxes per case)
Order: Single briefcases heretwo-box cases here

What’s buzz-worthy: Flawless takes to the college hardwood for this first release with some of the biggest young stars in the game today back in their school colors as well as legends from the past.

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

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Flawless college football cards

What: 2017 Panini Flawless college football cards
Arrives: Nov. 15
Box basics: Two gems, six autographs and two more auto or memorabilia cards per box (two boxes per case)
Order: Single briefcases here & two-box cases here

What’s buzz-worthy: Flawless takes to the college gridiron with legends of the past and stars of the recent present with a celebration of Saturday action.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2018 Leaf Best of Sports

What: 2018 Leaf Best of Sports
Arrives: January
Box basics: One buyback and one Leaf Best of Sports card per box (10 boxes per case)
Order: Boxes here & cases here 

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s buyback brand takes on all of the sports world all in one place with a smaller print run than past “Best of” releases.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Archives Snapshots baseball cards

What: 2017 Topps Archives Snapshots baseball cards
Arrives: Oct. 19 via Topps.com
Box basics: One autograph per 12-card box (100 boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here 

What’s buzz-worthy: This online-exclusive arrives for its sophomore season with an autograph and a parallel inside every pack along with a selection of base cards.

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First Buzz: 2017 The Bar Pieces of The Past Volume 2 trading cards

What: 2017 The Bar Pieces of The Past Volume 2 trading cards
Arrives: Mid-November
Box basics: One memorabilia card per box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Super Break once again takes a look at history with a mix of cut autographs and memorabilia cards that include pieces of handwritten letters, presidential documents, land grants and more.

Keep reading for a gallery and more info.

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ gets Topps on Demand treatment for Season 4

The newest Topps on Demand set is out of this galaxy.

It’s the 2017 Topps on Demand Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Preview set and it includes an autograph card in every single one of them.

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