First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Metal tennis cards

2016-leaf-metal-tennis-2What: 2016 Leaf Metal tennis cards
Arrives: August
Box basics: Five autographed cards per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Tennis gets the Metal rainbow for the first time with autographs of Serena Williams, Roger Federer and plenty of the other top names in the game in a product that arrives just in time to be a wrapper redemption at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention.

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Tennis loses an icon — Bud Collins dies at age 86

Bud-CollinsHe’s a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame as a writer and broadcaster — the “preeminent and foremost authority on tennis in the world” according to the Hall — and a legend in his own field as a winner of the Associated Press Sports Editors’ Red Smith Award and a member of the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

He’s Bud Collins — the voice of tennis for more than 50 years — and he died Friday at age 86.

“No media figure in history in my mind has ever been as important to one sport as Bud Collins was to the sport of tennis,” said Mike Lupica, a New York Daily News columnist, to The Boston Globe, where Collins was a long-time writer. “You can’t minimize it. He became the de facto ambassador to that sport as it was exploding in this country. He educated. He entertained.”

And he had tennis cards, too.

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 17)

RatBoneThe 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: Rat-bone Relic reactions, 1990s insert cards, 2015 Panini National Treasures baseball cards. 2015 Leaf Ultimate tennis cards and 2015 Panini Select soccer cards.

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First Buzz: 2015 Leaf Ultimate tennis cards

MartinaHingisWhat: 2015 Leaf Ultimate tennis cards
Arrives: Dec. 18
Hobby box basics: Five autographed cards per box. Twelve boxes per case.

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Trading Cards is taking tennis high-end once again with the arrival of 2015 Leaf Ultimate, a hits-driven brand that will include many past and present stars from the court. Some of them have not appeared on trading cards before.

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