Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 28)

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: The NFL Draft, big NFL & NBA pulls, 2017 Bowman and a masterful custom auto card set.

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Lucille ballpoint pens coming in July for fans of ‘The Walking Dead’

Walk softly and carry a big stick? No need.

Fans of The Walking Dead can carry “Lucille” with them anywhere they go beginning in late July with a new officially licensed ballpoint pen.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Fear The Walking Dead Seasons 1-2 cards


What:
 2017 Topps Fear The Walking Dead Seasons 1-2 trading cards
Arrives: Now (online-exclusive)
Box basics: Two autographs per box

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ debut line for Fear The Walking Dead goes widevision for an online-only release.

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Buzz Break: 2013 Panini The Beach Boys 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: 2013 Panini The Beach Boys
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com 

Packs per box:
 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 194
Base set completion: 
120 of 120 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 20

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 24)

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: Who would you want to sign for Americana or Pop Century? Plus big pulls and other talkers from the boards.

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Happy Days’ Erin Moran signed plenty of autographs in recent years

Happy Days star Erin Moran — aka Joanie Cunningham — died on Saturday leaving behind plenty of questions as part of a mysterious tale of what went wrong in her years away from Hollywood. She was 56.

Unlike many TV stars from the past, she signed plenty of autographs for card companies that collectors can find perhaps more easily in than some of her regular cardboard and it all came in the last decade of cardboard that saw a boom in non-sports releases.

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

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: Big pulls and an Aaron Judge discussion get the focus today.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1983 Topps The A-Team wax pack (Hour 11)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour all day long today … this is Hour 11.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1984 Topps The A-Team 
The cost now:
$1.50 (or less)
The cost then: Less than $1

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 NHL tin (Hour 7)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 7.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2016-17 Upper Deck Series 1 hockey tin (retail)
The cost: 
$31.99

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2013 Panini Golden Age wax box (Hour 4)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2013 Panini Golden Age
The cost now: 
$29.99
The cost then: $72

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz Break: 2017 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 2 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 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 2
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com 

Packs per box:
 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 117
Base set completion: 
72 of 72 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 3

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Artist offers pop culture twist on Little Golden Books with “Storytime”

If you’re a certain age, you may remember Little Golden Books, which are beginning readers’ first licks at the literary world.

They’ve been around since the 1940s — and are still around today — but one illustrator has created a new take on these stories with a series of prints and a book that collects his past works all in one.

His name is Joey Spiotto and the Los Angeles-based artist is big on Storytime.

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Don Rickles spent decades in Hollywood — but didn’t sign much

He was a comedian known for his witty remarks and scathing humor with countless Hollywood credits since the 1950s.

Despite all those years in entertainment, you won’t find too many certified autograph cards for Don Rickles, who died of kidney failure today at 90 years old.

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First Buzz: 2017 Historic Autographs Ink’d Threads signed jerseys

What: 2017 Historic Autographs Ink’d Threads
Arrives: May 3
Box basics: One autographed jersey per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Hall of Famers from baseball, football and basketball will join some notable stars from today and some surprise non-sports inclusions in a product that includes nothing but signed jerseys.

Keep reading for more information.

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Weekend Update: Check out 12 top items on The Buzz this week

It was a busy one on The Buzz this past week. Here are 12 stories worth a look if you missed out. Check ’em out & hit the subscribe button at right if you want email updates.

Bowman Chrome gets a revamp
HTA Choice boxes with nothing but autographed cards inside are now one option for Chrome fans. Get all the details in our 2017 Bowman Chrome First Buzz preview here.

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Celebrity autographs just might be easier to find than you think

When it comes to autographs in the sports world, there are plenty of ways that collectors and the autograph industry itself has helped commodify ink.

In other words, there are a number of common items that are commonly signed that help us all figure a common value that we’d expect to pay or expect to get if we have to sell something we own. Jerseys, balls, helmets, cards, photos — there are a lot of ways to collect sports autographs.

But for celebrity autographs, it’s a lot less complicated as the 8-by-10 photo is arguably the most-commonly solid piece across the whole spectrum of television, movies and others of note who we might find, say, at a comic book convention or other similarly organized signing session. Not all films have massive toy lines, not all celebs have book deals and TV shows often don’t have posters you can find all that easily.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps The Walking Dead Season 7 trading cards

What: 2017 Topps The Walking Dead Season 7 trading cards
Arrives: Sept. 13
Box basics: Two hits (at least one autograph) per 24-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ newest release for The Walking Dead picks up with the seventh season of the long-running hit show arriving on cardboard.

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

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Weekend Update: Check out 14 top items on The Buzz last week

Ok, it’s not the weekend, but this further proves that Buzz’s fantasy baseball draft just took waayyyy too long yesterday. (Hear that, commish?) Here are several stories worth a look if you missed out. Check ’em out & subscribe at right if you want email updates.

This Week’s Big Hit?
We’re less than a week away from WrestleMania 33 in Orlando and Topps dropped the biggest mic of them all (“pipebomb” in WWE-Punk parlance) for collectors with the arrival of autographs from Undertaker for the first time in Topps packs — and just the third time in hobby history. Get all of the details on which brands get his legendary ink here.

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Patti Lapel brings movie & sports icons to world of collectable pins

In some areas of the sports world, pin collecting is a big deal and has been that way for decades.

Olympic pins, press pins and other areas of collecting in this wearable genre — one that’s arguably bigger away from sports — can all carry some flair within their pieces, but none of them are like one artist’s line of pins showing pop culture icons and carrying nods to sports personalities.

Its name? Patti Lapel. 

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Chuck Barris’ life goes way beyond Fleer’s ‘Gong Show’ cardboard

He was a hit songwriter, the creator of several memorable TV shows, a novelist and maybe, just maybe, a C.I.A. assassin.

He was Chuck Barris and he died on Tuesday at age 87.

Among his hit creations on TV? The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game and The Gong Show, which is where his cardboard career comes into play to a limited degree.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (March 14)

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: Topps Heritage High Number teaser, big Heritage pulls and plenty more from breaks in a few different directions.

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

Ok, it’s not the weekend, but this was slated to be sent last night — further proving that 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.

This Week’s Big Hit?
It seems that 2017 Donruss‘ arrival has collectors talking and there’s fun to be found inside its packs. Click here to start with variations and find links to checklists & more. After that, check out a Buzz Break of a hobby box right here.

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Fictional Food prints offer second look at moments & icons

Ballpark foods on baseball cards are fun (and coming soon from Topps), but Fictional Foods can be pretty cool, too.

That’s the name of a couple collections from Baltimore-based artist Joshua Budich that can be found via Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles.

Some of the prints are sold out — sadly, his tribute to Pulp Fiction‘s Big Kahuna Burger is already among those — but other prints can still be nabbed by collectors and they’re worth a look.

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Buzz Break: 1991 Star Trek 25th Anniversary 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.

data-brent-spinerThe box: 1991 Star Trek 25th Anniversary trading cards
Where to buy: Check eBay 

Packs per box:
 36
Cards per pack: 12
Cards in this box: 423
Base set completion: 
147 of 150 (98 percent)
Duplicates: 138
Triplicates: 94
Quadruplicates: 42
Quintuplicates: 2

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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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What’s inside the third WWE Slam Crate? Find out here …

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The third time’s the charm.

When Pasadena, Calif.-based Loot Crate recently announced its wrestling version of a mystery box — the WWE Slam Crate — this fan decided to sign up and see what was to come.

The first crate arrived last year and the second arrived awhile back but this one is the best one yet in its simplicity and its items that should draw collectors in.

What did this third one include? Star power — and some Topps promo cards. Keep reading …

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Funko & IDW Publishing team up for Funko Universe Month comic books

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You may know Funko Pop! figures from the toy aisle, but in May there will be a reason to hit the comic book shop if you’re a fan of the big-headed and pint-sized stars.

May is Funko Universe Month — and there will be a number of variant covers and one-shots where the iconic stars of a few franchises will be found as Pop! figures on comics from IDW Publishing.

It’s a simple twist but it’s one that should get the attention of a new collectors.

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Bill Paxton’s memorable career reflected on very little cardboard

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Despite an acting career that included nearly 100 credits and memorable roles over a 40-year span, Bill Paxton‘s cardboard credits are few.

He’s got just eight certified autographs in two products.

The 61-year-old actor died this weekend after complications due to a surgery and that means many fans might be seeking a memento that they had meant to track down but hadn’t done yet.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 3 trading cards

arrow-season-3-boxFrom 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.

arrowThe box: 2017 Cryptozoic Arrow Season 3 trading cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com 

Packs per box:
 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 117
Base set completion: 
81 of 81 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 7

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Watch a guy who is a guy with a Funko Pop! open up about opening up a Funko Pop! (Or something … )

Funko Pop! toys aren’t just for collectors and this unboxing video from WWE‘s Xavier Woods (aka Austin Creed aka Austin Watson) and a member of The New Day offers a closer look at things.

“It still strange that I have a Pop!” he says in the video. “Certain things you want to reach — goals and everything. And I wanted to be a wrestler on TV and I wanted to work in video games but … things I didn’t even know that I wanted in life.”

Check it out …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1978 Topps Three’s Company wax pack (Hour 11)

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Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … and this is Hour 11.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1978 Topps Three’s Company wax pack
The cost now: 
$2
The cost then: 20 cents

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 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: Impressive breaks from around the collecting world.

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Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl LI halftime show gets Garbage Pail Kids nod as Trumpocracy takes day off

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The Super Bowl’s halftime star has taken over for Donald Trump — well, at least when it comes to the Garbage Pail Kids.

Lady Gaga is the subject of three new stickers available from Topps for just 24 hours only.

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Well, it turns out there were football cards on Super Bowl Sunday

Terry Bradshaw‘s memorable Tide commercial included a modified 2016 Donruss football card cameo.

Check it out above before you check out some of the other commercials from the big game here. Ignore that first sentence, though.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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

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Ready for some Super Bowl LI commercials? Get a start here …

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You probably won’t see any sports cards in commercials during Super Bowl LI, but there will be plenty of collectors watching those pricey spots and Buzz will share some favorites here as they arrive during the game.

Biggest question on my mind first is … will PuppyMonkeyBaby make a triumphant return?

Which one is best? Be sure to tell Buzz what you think here or on Twitter. For now, here are the early highlights.

Super Bowl Commercial: Buick
Buzz’s Take: “If that’s a Buick, then my kid’s Cam Newton.” (Spoiler alert: Your kid won’t be winning the Super Bowl then … too soon?)

Super Bowl Commercial: Kia Niro
Buzz’s Take: Melissa McCarthy follows up her epic Sean Spicer SNL spot with a Super Bowl commercial where she shows you how “it’s tough to be an eco-warrior.”

Super Bowl Commercial: T-Mobile
Buzz’s Take: Gronk flexes his acting chops and Bieber tries to class it up (or something).

More to come if you keep reading — and more to come during the game, too.

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