First Buzz: 2017-18 Donruss Optic basketball cards

What: 2017-18 Donruss Optic basketball cards
Arrives: April 4
Box basics: One autograph per 20-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Optic arrives with an on-card autograph for every Rated Rookie and a rainbow parallel that should make for some rim-rocking reactions.

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First Buzz: 2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football cards

What: 2018 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football cards
Arrives: April 11
Box basics: Six autographs per six-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The hit-per-pack approach to NFL Draft hopefuls’ new cardboard continues with this one, which will also include past college greats.

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps WWE Undisputed wrestling cards

What: 2018 Topps WWE Undisputed wrestling cards
Arrives: June 20
Box basics: Eight autographs and two Relics in every 10-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The fourth edition of Topps’ high-end WWE brand arrives with a different look, some big ink but the same hit-per-pack formula.

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First Buzz: 2018 SAGE HIT Premier Draft High Series football cards

What: 2018 SAGE HIT Premier Draft High Series football cards
Arrives: Late March
Box basics: 12 autographed cards per 20-pack box (16 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: SAGE’s second wave of this brand showcasing prospective NFL Draft picks arrives before the draft with plenty of ink and other surprises.

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First Buzz: 2018 Hobby Solutions Amazing Action Figures: Star Wars

What: 2018 Hobby Solutions Amazing Action Figures: Star Wars Series 1
Arrives: Feb. 16
Box basics: One AFA graded Star Wars figure per box
Order: Click here

What’s buzz-worthy: Repacks aren’t just for cards as this release takes one of the most-iconic toy lines and offers collectors a shot at graded figures from the past.

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First Buzz: 2018 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards

What: 2018 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards
Arrives: April 11
Box basics: Two autographs or memorabilia cards per 12-pack box (24 boxes per case via two inners)

What’s buzz-worthy: Diamond Kings returns for another season with the legends of yesterday and the stars of today with an artistic approach and nods to the rich past of DK baseball cards.

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First Buzz: 2018 Pieces of The Past Antiquity Edition trading cards

What: 2018 Pieces of The Past Antiquity Edition trading cards
Arrives: March
Box basics: Three hits per six-card box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Super Break once again takes a look at history with cards of notable historic figures as well as memorabilia cards with pieces from past documents and press clippings.

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First Buzz: Yu-Gi-Oh! Lair of Darkness

What: Yu-Gi-Oh! Lair of Darkness
Arrives: April 20
Box basics: 42 cards per structure deck (12 eight-box displays per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: According to Konami, this release date “shall forever be known as the day that Darkest Diabolos and the terrifying tyrants of torment descend upon the earth in Structure Deck: Lair of Darkness. These wicked shadow lords boast immeasurable power, but demand heavy Tribute from any Duelist who seeks to wield it.” The Darkest Diabolos, Lord of the Lair “holds no hint of compassion or mercy, not even for cards that have yet to be played,” while Lilith, Lady of Lament has the Grinning Grave Virus. “This Virus requires the Tribute of a Dark monster to activate, then unleashes a deadly epidemic on your opponent’s hand and Deck,” according to Konami. … There will be 36 common cards, three Super Rare cards, two Ultra Rare cards, one Token Card, one beginner’s guide and game mat per deck. … Decks carry a suggested retail price of $9.99

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Flawless football cards

What: 2017 Panini Flawless football cards
Arrives: March 21
Box basics: Two gems, six autographs and two memorabilia cards per 10-card box (two boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Flawless returns for another ultra-high-end season with some new touches and some new signers from NFL’s recent past.

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First Buzz: 2018 Panini Prizm World Cup soccer cards


What:
2018 Panini Prizm World Cup soccer cards
Arrives: April 25
Box basics: One autograph or short-printed insert per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case).

What’s buzz-worthy: Prizm takes to the pitch for the World Cup with some of the biggest names in the game today and all of the color one would expect.

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini National Treasures football cards

What: 2017 Panini National Treasures football cards
Arrives: March 7
Box basics: Three autographs and three memorabilia cards per eight-card box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini America’s highly collected high-end brand returns with an array of big hits from the NFL’s past as well as the biggest names of the NFL at present. (Click on the card up top for a closer view.)

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

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards (updated)

What: 2018 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards
Arrives: June 27
Box basics: Two autographs per 16-pack box (16 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Stadium Club brings its traditional lineup of inserts and photography-focused cardboard to the masses once again but with the new Chrome touches found last year as well as autos of the rookie you see above, Shohei Ohtani.

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First Buzz: 2018 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Platinum auto baseballs

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What: 2018 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Platinum autographed baseballs
Arrives: Feb. 21
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand is back for another season with a new batch of stars and legends along with some new specialty balls guaranteed per case that help add variety to the chase.

The biggest chase of them all this year? Keep reading for that and a gallery of what’s in this one.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Perfect Game All-American Classic baseball cards

What: 2017 Leaf Perfect Game All-American Classic baseball cards
Arrives: March 2018
Box basics: Eight autographs per box (15 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s newest Perfect Game All-American release focuses on last year’s squad and once again gives those players patch autos and Metal autos in boxes that have nothing but hits inside.

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First Buzz: 2018 BenchWarmer Dream Girls Update trading cards

What: 2018 BenchWarmer Dream Girls Update trading cards
Arrives: February
Hobby box basics: TBD cards per box (16 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: BenchWarmer’s next release is a sequel to its dream-team theme with photoshoot-used cards alongside, gem and pearl cards as well as autographs from a number of models and celebs.

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps UFC Knockout

What: 2018 Topps UFC Knockout MMA cards
Arrives: May 9
Box basics: Four autos/auto Relics and four Relics per four-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: UFC Knockout once again packs just four packs in a box, but there are still plenty of hits and a Tier One presence in this one once again.

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First Buzz: Yu-Gi-Oh! Flames of Destruction

What: Yu-Gi-Oh! Flames of Destruction
Arrives: May 4
Box basics: 24 nine-card packs per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: According to Konami, this one “closes out the first dueling season of the Yu-Gi-Oh! VRAINS era with a bang” with a 100-card booster set that “will shake things up with new cards for established Deck themes, a brand-new Link Monster theme that can be played as its own deck or spliced into existing strategies.” According to the company, there will be powerful Trap Cards, a new Trap Hole that banishes monsters face down, a new “Topologic” Link Monster and more. … There will be 48 common cards, 20 Rare cards, 14 Super Rare cards 10 Ultra Rare cards and eight Secret Rare cards. … Packs carry a suggested retail price of $3.99

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First Buzz: 2018 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes baseball cards

What: 2018 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes baseball cards
Arrives: March 14
Box basics: Five autographs or memorabilia cards per five-pack box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: USA Baseball returns to cardboard with a mix of past and present players’ autographs, memorabilia & more.

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First Buzz: 2018 Super Break Hockey Series 1

What: 2018 Super Break Hockey Series 1
Arrives: Jan. 31
Box basics: One buyback card and one memorabilia piece per box

What’s buzz-worthy: Super Break gets back on the ice with a combo product that will be redemption-free.

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps Premier League Platinum soccer cards

What: 2018 Topps Premier League Platinum soccer cards
Arrives: April 2
Hobby box basics: Two autographs per 12-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps takes on the Premier League in this one, which will use the mini-box format while showcasing soccer’s international stars.

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

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First Buzz: 2017-18 Panini Select basketball cards

What: 2017-18 Panini Select basketball cards
Arrives: March 7
Box basics: Three autographs or memorabilia cards per 12-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Select once again offers a tiered base set with a rainbow of parallels and plenty of hits for a new season and a new rookie class.

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

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps Tier One baseball cards

What: 2018 Topps Tier One baseball cards
Arrives: May 16
Box basics: Two autographs and one memorabilia card per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This hit-driven brand returns with a new wave of bat knobs, memorabilia and more while delivering a mix of past and present stars all in one place.

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

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Contenders Optic football cards

What: 2017 Panini Contenders Optic football cards
Arrives: Feb. 23
Box basics: Two autographs per six-card box (20 boxes per case via two inners)

What’s buzz-worthy: Contenders gets the Optichrome treatment for a release that’s very close to being solely hits driven in its rookie season.

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First Buzz: 2017-18 Panini Contenders basketball cards

What: 2017-18 Panini Contenders basketball cards
Arrives: Feb. 21
Box basics: Two autographs per 12-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini America’s Contenders arrives on the NBA hardwood with many of the notable names found earlier this season in their college colors but this time with their pro threads.

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First Buzz: 2018 Star Trek Deep Space Nine Heroes & Villains cards

What: 2018 Star Trek Deep Space Nine Heroes & Villains
Arrives: March 21
Box basics: Three autographs and one metal card per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Deep Space Nine returns for cardboard for the first time in nearly a decade with some new signers that include rock star Iggy Pop, who had a past cameo on the series, along with many of the notable cast members.

Keep reading for more as well as a small selection of card images to come.

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First Buzz: 2018 Leaf football cards

What: 2018 Leaf football cards
Arrives: March
Box basics: Two autographs per 20-pack box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy & The Basics: These boxes will continue to include two autographs atop cards of top potential NFL Draft selections. There will also be a small number of boxes available through hobby channels — less than last year. No other details were released, but the boxes will once again carry a suggested retail price of $19.99. 

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First Buzz: 2018 Super Break Super Packs Basketball Series 1

What: 2018 Super Break Super Packs Basketball Series 1
Arrives: Jan. 17
Box basics: One or two cards per box (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Super Break’s first basketball product of the year includes The Bar 1/1s and a mix of iconic slabbed and raw cards from the NBA’s past and even some notables from the present.

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First Buzz: 2018 SAGE HIT Low Series football cards

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What: 2018 SAGE HIT Low Series football cards
Arrives: Feb. 23
Box basics: Two autographed cards per blaster box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: SAGE gets an early start on the prospective NFL Draft picks with this one, which will be blasters-only at retail.

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps Museum Collection baseball cards

What: 2018 Topps Museum Collection baseball cards
Arrives: June 20
Box basics: One autograph, one autographed Relic, one quad Relic and one prime Relic per four-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: MLB gets the Museum Collection treatment once again with some new touches and some new players.

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First Buzz: 2018 Panini Diamond Kings baseball (early retail details)

What: 2018 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards
Arrives: March 28
Box basics: Three retail-exclusive insert cards per seven-pack blaster box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: We’ve got early word on what’s coming to the retail aisle from Panini America in 2018, and it’s the newest crop of Diamond Kings will be the second set to arrive next March.

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First Buzz: 2018 Donruss baseball cards (early details)

What: 2018 Donruss baseball cards
Arrives: March 7
Box basics: Three hits per 24-pack hobby box (16 boxes per case); Four retail-exclusive insert cards per seven-pack blaster box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: We’ve got early word on new baseball lines coming to the retail aisle from Panini America in 2018 — and this is the first release to arrive next spring. Update (Jan. 3): And this will include the first Panini cards for Shohei Ohtani, too, with memorabilia cards and on-card autographs in the mix.

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps Finest baseball cards


What: 2018 Topps Finest baseball cards
Arrives: June 6
Box basics: One auto per mini box with two minis per master (eight masters per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Finest is back as a hobby release once again with a number of inclusions that add to its chromed legacy of autographs and inserts.

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps Star Wars The Last Jedi Series 2 trading cards

What: 2018 Topps Star Wars The Last Jedi Series 2 trading cards
Arrives: June 6
Box basics: One autograph guaranteed in every two-hit box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The newest Star Wars film gets its a second helping — its third set overall — when this one arrives next year with highlights from The Last Jedi and plenty more.

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First Buzz: 2017-18 Leaf Ultimate Hockey cards

What: 2017-18 Leaf Ultimate Hockey cards
Arrives: February
Box basics: Three autographs or memorabilia cards per box (12 boxes per case)
Order: Click here

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf cuts its box sizes in half and doubles the boxes in each case for this  high-end celebration of the action on the ice — and new this year will be Leaf Ultimate Choice redemption cards that allow collectors to pick their 1/1 from an elite and always-changing list of cards.

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First Buzz: 2017-18 Donruss Optic NBA (early retail details)

What: 2017-18 Donruss Optic basketball cards
Arrives: March 13
Box basics: Varies by format … see below

What’s buzz-worthy: We’ve got early word on some of the retail inclusions to come in this second edition of Panini America’s Optichromed version of its Donruss basketball set. Just like last year, there will be exclusives found only in certain pack types for both inserts, parallels and autographed cards.

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