First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Signature Series National Edition

What: 2017 TRISTAR Signature Series National Edition
Arrives: July 26
Box basics: One autographed item per envelope (10 envelopes per case).

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Signature Series returns with just 100 10-pack cases of authenticated autographed memorabilia just in time for the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

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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.)

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Steven Holcomb’s life story included vision issues, Olympic gold & cards

Not that long ago, Steven Holcomb‘s Olympic dreams were challenged by failing vision and depression, but a surgery to correct his keratoconus — a disorder that had him seeing with 20/500 vision — helped make him one of the United States’ most-successful bobsledders in years.

His successes included three Olympic medals and it was was one that had been documented in a book — his autobiography, But Now I See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold — but there won’t be new chapters. He was found dead Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y., at age 37.

“The entire Olympic family is shocked and saddened by the incredibly tragic loss today of Steven Holcomb,” U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun told The Associated Press. “Steve was a tremendous athlete and even better person, and his perseverance and achievements were an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family and the entire bobsledding community.”

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Signature Series

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What: 2017 TRISTAR Signature Series
Arrives: Feb. 8
Box basics: One autographed item per envelope (10 boxes per case).

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Signature Series returns with just 100 10-box cases of authenticated autographed memorabilia.

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Buzz Break: 2011 Panini Americana trading cards (blaster box)

2011-panini-americanaFrom 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-l500The box: 2011 Panini Americana trading cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: 
Shop around online.

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 41
Base set completion: 
38 of 100 (38 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – David Carradine, Linda Hamilton, Corey Haim, Ralph Macchio, Ric Flair, Christina Applegate, Jeffrey Tambor, Leslie Nielsen, Burt Reynolds, Michael Madsen, Michelle Beadle, Pamela Anderson, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Selma Blair

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 23)

IMG_20160823_0001The 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 finds and big rips … and a Rip Card debate.

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A Michael Conforto collector needs this 1996 Upper Deck Olympicard

Michael-mom-traci-Conforto-upper-deckMichael Conforto hasn’t had the best sophomore season but playing in New York City means there are plenty of collectors who has sought out his cardboard.

But there’s a chance many of them have missed a different Conforto that should be found along with their collection of New York Mets cardboard.

It’s a 1996 Upper Deck Olympicard of Tracie Ruiz-Conforto — his mother.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 16)

Aaron-Judge-2013-Bowman-SterlingThe 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: Aaron Judge & Tyler Austin, 2016 Donruss football breaks, Olympic cards & more.

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Michael Phelps, Simone Biles & Katie Ledecky share newest SI cover

si-olympics-cover-the-greatests-jpgToday is Sports Illustrated‘s birthday — the first issue arrived today back in 1954 with baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Mathews on the cover — but since we’re in the here and now there’s still a relatively collectable news nugget today.

Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and Simone Biles share the latest cover along wth their medal haul as of a few days ago, giving Olympic collectors something new to chase.

In case you missed it here on The Buzz, we’ve recapped how Ledecky has little cardboard, how Phelps has plenty of certified autographs and how Biles and her “Final Five” teammates have been heating up on cardboard.

The SI cover will be one of note for autograph collectors wanting something beyond a card or photo and it’s an affordable option for a simple piece of Olympic memorabilia highlighting three of the nation’s biggest stars so far in the Rio Olympics. It’s Phelps’ 13th SI cover appearance.

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Katie Ledecky’s dominance isn’t seen on much official cardboard

Katie-Ledecky-SI-Kids-1Katie Ledecky has five Olympic medals in the Rio Games and four of them are gold — it’s a pretty good haul for a 19-year-old.

The one thing she doesn’t have, though? A bonafide pack-inserted trading card.

Instead, collectors have a trio of Sports Illustrated for Kids cards — a staple for the non-traditional sports or young stars not yet professionals found in the pages of the kids magazine as a perforated-sheet bonus. It’s a place where LeBron James, Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods have made their marks in the past along with many others before traditional card appearances.

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Panini USA Soccer cards

2016-USA-Soccer-Alex-Morgan-autoWhat: 2016-17 Panini USA Soccer cards
Arrives: Oct. 12
Box basics: One autograph and one memorabilia card per 75-card box set (10 boxes per case).

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini America spotlights the stars of the USA Soccer squads — b0th the men’s and the women’s National Teams — in this annual box set that’s jam-packed with inserts atop the standard cards.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery.

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Michael Phelps’ medal count won’t near his certified autograph total

Michael-Phelps-2016-insert-goldAfter another ridiculously dominating run in the pool last night, Michael Phelps claimed the 22nd Olympic gold medal of his career and ran up his medal collection to 26.

It’s a mark that’s not likely to be touched — but it’s also a mark that can’t compare to his number of certified autographs.

Although he’s a pricey signature, he’s one of the most-prolific Olympians when it comes to autographed cards.

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U.S. Olympic gymnasts heat up Topps cards after gold-medal win

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This 2016 Topps Olympics Relic of Simone Biles is limited to only 50 copies and sold for $350 on eBay.

The Rio Olympics are well underway and, so far, many of the stars in the field of play have been either those we have seen before and have plenty of cards (Michael Phelps) or newcomers without anything (Lilly King).

But the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team has claimed gold and that has helped collectors and dealers claim green when it comes to their cardboard.

Now, of course, some of the demand has been there all along — regardless of outcome — but three of the “Final Five” appear in this year’s Topps Olympics release.

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