Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 9)

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: Supplies vs. wax, NBA pulls, opening that last box, sketch card controversy, Mayweather vs. McGregor & more.

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National Sports Collectors Convention — the basics (so far)

The National Sports Collectors Convention is nearly here and the months of preparation are culminating in the show of all shows for sports collectors for five days in Chicago.

There will be plenty to see, plenty to do and plenty to buy and Buzz has been watching the developments the whole way. We’ll have galleries of images from the show floor and a few nuggets here and there in the coming days but there’s already been plenty written leading up to the show that you can all find right here.

Here’s a rundown of all past NSCC stories here on The Buzz …

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McGregor-Mayweather showdown could ignite new card battles, too

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. — it’s one of those what-if fantasy battles from the magazines of old that’s coming true.

And with a pair of upcoming card releases there will be a battle on cardboard, too.

While we get to wait for the fight on Aug. 26 — one that should be a promotional and pop culture spectacle — we’re getting the first autographs for Mayweather soon to go with McGregor’s limited and pricey cardboard already on the market.

Keep reading for a tale of the tape so far …

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 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: Derek Jeter show-offs, breaks from around the galaxy & more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps UFC Museum Collection MMA cards


What:
 2017 Topps UFC Museum Collection MMA cards
Arrives: Nov. 8
Box basics: One auto, one auto Relic and one Relic per eight-card box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: For a second year in a row, Topps brings its Museum Collection brand to UFC collectors as a standalone with three hits in every box of this hobby-only brand.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Pop Century


What:
 2017 Leaf Pop Century trading cards
Arrives: July 26
Box basics: Four hits per box (12 boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s annual celebrity release returns with nothing but the hits from some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

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

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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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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps UFC Knockout trading 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 UFC Knockout
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 4
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 40
Base set completion: 23 of 100 (23 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Anderson Silva, Rashad Evans, Ronda Rousey, Nate Diaz, Miesha Tate, Arianny Celeste, CM Punk

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

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.

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Heritage is King …
This past week’s big winner was the arrival of 2017 Topps Heritage, which took us all back to 1968. Here’s our catch-all gallery of short-printed variations and big hits — and there’s a checklist found in there, too.

Keep reading for more …

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps UFC Chrome

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What: 2017 Topps UFC Chrome MMA cards
Arrives: July 19
Box basics: Two autographs per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: UFC comes to Chrome for the first time, giving MMA stars from the past and present their shots at Chrome rainbows, Superfractors and, of course, autographed Refractors in this hobby-only release.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 21)

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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, the Boogie deal, chasing rainbows, Trea Turner expectations and O.J. Simpson

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Does the slab make the card? It doesn’t hurt these (gallery + poll)

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Slabbed cards have been a part of the hobby for decades now but a few autograph companies have started getting into the trend in recent years by encasing cards to give them a bit better display presence at a fraction of the price for a signed photo or memorabilia piece.

And it helps that while storage and protection concern go away, too.

Two big autograph dealers — Steiner Sports and Fanatics Authentic — have pretty beefy runs of signed trading cards available that in some cases take the interesting creations of card companies and makes them better.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps UFC Fire MMA cards + checklist

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What: 2017 Topps UFC Fire MMA cards
Arrives: Tomorrow on Topps.com
Box basics: One autograph per 20-card box

What’s buzz-worthy: UFC gets another online-only release that focuses on autographs and showcases artwork form Tyson Beck as part of a colorful and energetic release.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Memorabilia Treasury

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What: 2017 Leaf Memorabilia Treasury
Arrives: April 2017
Box basics: Five memorabilia pieces per box.

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Trading Cards follows up its Treasury release of last year with the same type of surprises inside — autographed and notable items from the sports world and beyond.

Keep reading for more.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 10)

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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: Transcendent Collection, Bowman’s Best and Panini Contenders breaks along with prospecting, elusive cards, player collectors and … Ronda Rousey’s future?

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eBay Buzz: Cody Garbrandt’s first UFC autos pounding the competition

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Demand for autographs from the new UFC Bantamweight champion is high.

How high? Here’s what the card above went for — and it’s not even the priciest one.

That’s not the only Cody Garbrandt card available, either, though he doesn’t have many.

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Buzz Poll: What do you collect when it comes to cardboard these days?

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A new year is almost here and Buzz has a few questions for you about your collecting habits.

Simply put, we want to know more about what you collect and here are 10 questions we hope you’ll take a few minutes to answer.

See the rest of the questions after the jump.

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Buzz Poll: Win or lose at UFC 207, what’s next for Ronda Rousey?

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When Ronda Rousey enters the Octagon for UFC 207 on Friday night in Las Vegas it will have been one year, one month and 16 days since her career trajectory changed from unprecedented dominating badass with mainstream cameos everywhere to a rattled ex-champ with a 12-1-0 record.

Her cardboard is still arguably the hottest in the hobby — at least based on asking prices — but we all know it’s not the same as it had been when the steamroller got shocked. A win against Amanda Nunes might get the gravy train rolling back to its super-marketed hype levels — you know, something to justify all that super marketing that’s been done in her return.

But … what’s next for her cardboard if she loses again?

Follow Buzz on Twitter @BlowoutBuzz or send email to BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com. 

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps UFC Knockout MMA cards

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What: 2017 Topps UFC Knockout MMA cards
Arrives: March 29
Box basics: Four autos/auto Relics and four Relics per four-pack box (12 boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: UFC Knockout will once again sport fewer packs per box but still have a heavy reliance on the hits in this latest MMA release — one that also will weave in some familiar looks we’ve seen in other sports from Tier One.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Museum Collection UFC trading cards

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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.

s-l1600The box: 2016 Topps Museum Collection UFC
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 8
Base set completion: 
3 of 45 (7 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards (3) – Cat Zingano, Tecia Torres, Ryan Hall

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First Buzz: 2017 Super Break Super Fight Edition

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What: 2017 Super Break Super Fight Edition
super_break_logoArrives: Jan. 17
Box basics: Between four and six items per box

What’s buzz-worthy: Super Break gets in the ring with this one that will include notable stars’ autographs and memorabilia from the worlds of boxing, wrestling and MMA all in one place.

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Need a 2016 Topps UFC Museum Collection checklist? It’s here …

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The stars of the Octagon are coming to cardboard once again — and this time it’s a high-end release.

It’s 2016 Topps UFC Museum Collection and it arrives on Wednesday. What’s already here? Its  checklist.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Nov. 13)

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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: UFC 205, the Barry Bonds debate, retro MLB rips, Goodwin Champions and some shredded cases from Black Friday.

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Buzz Poll: Will CM Punk’s UFC debut get your collecting attention?

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We’re a week away from former WWE star CM Punk‘s MMA debut at UFC 203 in Cleveland. It’s been a long time coming — so much so it’s coming well after his UFC cardboard debut — and that got Buzz wondering what collectors think of the crossover.

Here are four simple questions about Punk and collecting.

If you were wondering, his first UFC autographs can be found here in what is an affordable three-hit box.

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 (Aug. 22)

SuperFractorThe 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: Superfractors from 2016 Topps Chrome, Immaculate breaks, digging into Leaf Pop Century and more.

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Topps NOW UFC cards return for UFC 202 (plus ongoing gallery)

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UFC 202 is tonight and that means there are four new 2016 Topps Now UFC cards presently on pre-sale.

On Monday, the four cards will be updated with images from key matches tonight and a final 24-hour window will begin. The rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor should be the most-watched match and the most-bought card and it could set a record for Topps NOW UFC sales.

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Topps Crossover program gives collectors chance to turn digital trading cards into physical ones

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Topps Bunt brought baseball cards to the digital realm in 2012 — and Topps Crossover is bringing them back.

Topps revealed Crossover on Tuesday with an announcement on its website. Every Tuesday, Topps will list a Crossover card set on its site that can be ordered for just one week — cards that had been found only in the digital realm. And they won’t just be baseball, either.

“We are constantly hearing from physical trading card collectors and users of Topps’ apps how great it would be to get printed versions of the digital cards.” said Jeff Heckman, Director of New Product Development and Ecommerce marketplace. “We have taken that feedback to heart and decided to launch Topps Crossover.”

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Scenes from the Show … The National Day 4

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Pulled from Breakers Rowe at Blowout booth on Saturday at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Today should be the busiest day of this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention inside the Atlantic City Convention center after a pair of busy days you can see in a gallery here and also in a gallery here (Oh and there was plenty of prep and a preview night that you can see here, too.)

Now it’s time for Day 4, which has the largest slate of signers and plenty of action. Joe Namath, for example, is set to sign at 11 a.m.

Keep reading for more and to see a gallery that will grow throughout the day as the doors open soon.

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National Sports Collectors Convention — the catch-all post

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The National Sports Collectors Convention is nearly here and the months of preparation are culminating in the show of all shows for sports collectors the next five days in Atlantic City, N.J.

There will be plenty to see, plenty to do and plenty to buy and Buzz has been watching the developments the whole way. We’ll have galleries of images from the show floor and a few nuggets here and there in the coming days but there’s already been plenty written leading up to the show that you can all find right here.

Here’s a rundown of all past NSCC stories here on The Buzz …

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UFC 200’s wildcard Brock Lesnar has cards from several fields

Brock-Lesnar-NFLThe “Biggest, Baddest Card Ever” is how tonight’s UFC 200 is billed and it’s had its fair share of drama when it comes to the card itself.

And there’s plenty of cardboard to be found for it, too, with Topps on site for the UFC Expo with promo cards (though not as many as it had planned due to the Jon Jones-forced card change) and it will have even more cardboard with the launch of Topps Now UFC with this event.

But the one player on the card tonight in Las Vegas who doesn’t have any new cards — but should figure into the show prominently win or lose — is current WWE fighter Brock Lesnar, who is making a one-time (or is it?) return to the Octagon with his organization’s approval (or is it the sign of something more?) for the fight. (Update: Lesnar has been added to the Topps Now debut checklist after his win.)

He’s got plenty of cardboard.

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Topps Now UFC pre-sale starts with five fight-based cards (updated)

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Update: A fourth card for the new Daniel Cormier vs. Anderson Silva fight has been added as has a Brock Lesnar vs. Mark Hunt card.

With the UFC 200 main event picture a bit more murky with the news concerning Jon Jones, Topps’ launch of Topps Now for UFC marches on.

A trio of cards that will reflect three bouts from Saturday night’s action are now up for grabs via Topps’ site on a pre-order basis.

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Topps readies Topps Now cards & promos for Fan Fest & UFC 200

CormierJones200Topps Now is coming to the Octagon — and it won’t be the only new cardboard from UFC 200.

The company revealed Tuesday that it’s launching the real-time cardboard service for MMA fans starting with the event tomorrow. Images of those cards will be available when they launch.

“UFC is the perfect fit to incorporate into the Topps Now program immediately,” said Jeff Heckman, Topps’ Director of New Product Development & eCommerce Marketplace. “Every weekend there are great fights happening; we have seen a number of title changes over the last several months. Topps Now is the best way to capture these moments and give UFC fans a collectible they will treasure.”

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