PSA authenticated or graded 10 of most-expensive items sold in 2017

Just 10 of the most-notable items in the sports world that were sold in 2017 totaled more than $6.7 million in sales, ranging from the $1.68 million Norman Rockwell piece you see here to high-grade copies of Mickey Mantle‘s iconic 1952 Topps card.

And they all had one thing in common — PSA or PSA/DNA authentication.

“We certified a myriad of incredible items last year, and the list is full of sports history from top to bottom,” said Professional Sports Authenticator VP Steve Sloan. “We’ll continue pushing ourselves toward another great year in 2018, and look forward to what’s in store.”

The Newport Beach, Calif.-based company recently took the time to examine the markets last year and touted its Top 10 for 2017. Keep reading to see everything on the list.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Leaf Buyback Wrestling autograph cards

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down 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 Leaf Buyback Wrestling autograph cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 11
Base set completion: 
N/A

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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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Oscar Gamble’s legendary hair was just part of long big-league career

He’ll always be known for his epic Afro and one of the greatest baseball cards ever made — 1976 Topps Traded No. 74T — but he also was a reliable big-leaguer for a long, long time.

He’s Oscar Gamble, a former New York Yankees outfielder who died on Wednesday at age 68. A member of the Yankees for seven of his 17 seasons in MLB, he hit .265 with 200 home runs and 666 RBI in 1,584 games. He also played for the Cubs, who drafted him in the 16th round in 1968, as well as the Phillies, Indians, White Sox, Padres and Rangers.

“He was the player on the Yankees known for big hair,” said his agent, Andrew Levy, on Twitter, “but those who knew him best will remember his big heart.”

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 31)

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: Collectors react to James Harden’s big game, the big NFL trade and its fallout and today’s arrival of 2018 Topps Series 1 baseball cards.

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Andrew Benintendi’s MLB debut jersey hits auction block

A young Boston Red Sox star’s first jersey is on the auction block.

That star is Andrew Benintendi and it’s a jersey worn and MLB-authenticated for his MLB debut on Aug. 2, 2016. Not only that, it’s also authenticated to a second game later that month by MLB and is believed to have been worn for his first career home run, too.

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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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PSA/DNA authenticates Super Bowl LII game-used footballs & more

When Tom Brady or Nick Foles touch a football for the first time on Sunday in Super Bowl LII, they won’t be the first to handle them.

Beyond game preparations and handling each ball for the biggest NFL game of the year will have been “tagged” by PSA/DNA with synthetic DNA ink. There are approximately 100 footballs prepped to be used at some point during the game and those aren’t the only items authenticated by the company, which has been doing this for the Super Bowl for more than a decade.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 30)

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 trades (Blake Griffin), big careers (Jaromir Jagr) and big pulls.

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Buzz Movie Trailer Vote: Ant-Man and The Wasp (opens July 6)

Yes, that’s a giant PEZ dispenser about to take out a villain — and that’s just one of the oddities you’ll see in the newest trailer from Marvel Studios.

This one? It’s Ant-Man and The Wasp and this time around Hope van Dyne (Evangeline Lilly) joins Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) in some big-scale adventures involving technology that makes everything possible.

Check out the new trailer released just this morning after the jump.

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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.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Ronda Rousey is in WWE now — and we want her autograph to be yours

Buzz promised this contest online last week … and now we’re delivering.

Ronda Rousey is in WWE now — and we want this 2017 Topps Chrome UFC Hot Box Refractor Autograph (/20) to be yours.

How? Keep reading …

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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.

Keep reading for a gallery and more info.

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Buzz Break: 2018 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania cards (hobby box)

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: 2018 Topps WWE Road To WrestleMania
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 166
Base set completion: 
99 of 100 (99 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Kurt Angle, Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, Undertaker, Ricky Steamboat, Braun Strowman, A.J. Styles, John Cena, TJP, Elias, Mick Foley, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, The Miz, Maryse, Goldberg, James Ellsworth, Finn Balor, Brock Lesnar, Alexa Bliss, New Day, The Revival, The Hardy Boyz, Samoa Joe, Tye Dillinger, Jinder Mahal, Charlotte Flair, Maria Kanellis, Mike Kanellis

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 29)

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: Waiting for 2018 Topps Series 1 boxes to arrive — where this guy above is card No. 1 — and some big pulls to check out as the clock ticks.

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Ronda Rousey’s WWE debut includes epic ‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper homage & starts clock for new cards

Whether it was a surprise or not, the deal is done — and now the wait begins for cardboard.

Former UFC Women’s Bantamweight Champion Ronda Rousey made her WWE debut on Sunday night at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in Philadelphia. After the main event, the first women’s Royal Rumble match, Rousey marched to the ring wearing a new “Rowdy” Roddy Piper-inspired shirt and a coat given to her by the late WWE icon’s son to make it known she’s headed to WrestleMania.

“This is my life now,” Rousey told ESPN. “First priority on my timeline for the next several years. This is not a smash-and-grab; this is not a publicity stunt. When I first met with Triple H, I told him, ‘There are other things I can do with my time that’ll make way more money, but I won’t enjoy nearly as much.'”

When it comes to cards, Rousey has been among the most-popular female athletes out there and her autographs are among the most sought-after in UFC, despite her last match being back in 2016. The wait for her new WWE cards, may not be long, though, thanks to one detail seen on Sunday.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss Optic football cards (Mega Box)

From time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down 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 Donruss Optic NFL cards (Mega Box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 40
Base set completion: 16 of 100 (16 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: Matthew Stafford, Blake Bortles, Larry Fitzgerald, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Joey Bosa, Philip Rivers, Von Miller

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 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: Nothing but NFL, NFL and NFL today as we try to survive a Sunday without football. (Does the Pro Bowl count?)

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 27)

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 in this weekend edition.

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Katie Uhlaender should bring some baseball to Winter Olympics

You might not find Katie Uhlaender in the newest Topps Winter Olympics card set that officially arrives in stores beginning today, but there’s still plenty to collect for those who remember her story from last time around and are looking forward to a new chapter soon.

In the 2014 Winter Games, she came up four-hundredths of a second short of winning a bronze medal in skeleton, but that story isn’t yet final even all these years later. Why? Russia’s Elena Nikitina was stripped of her bronze after doping violations late last year — and it’s quite possible that an adjustment of results will be done soon. Plus, just last week Uhlaender was named to this year’s squad, making her the first four-time Olympian in her sport.

But when it comes to Uhlaender cardboard, it’s actually not all about her, and there’s a pretty good chance we’ll soon see a 1969 Topps baseball card of her father, Ted Uhlaender, on her sled and his 1972 Cincinnati Reds National League Championship ring as part of a necklace she wears while competing around her neck during the action in South Korea.

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Hunter Greene will greet and sign for guests at Topps Industry Conference

Topps will have a big name in baseball on hand for its inaugural Industry Conference next month in Scottsdale, Ariz.

It’s Cincinnati Reds prospect Hunter Greene, who was the No.. 2 pick in last year’s MLB Draft, and his first Topps autographs will be part of a meet-and-greet session with those in attendance.

Set in the heart of the Cactus League just as play begins, the conference will include several speakers during the three-day event. Check-ins and a welcome reception are set for the evening of Sunday, Feb. 18 before the full slate begins the following day at the Talking Stick Resort.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One Series 1 (blaster box)

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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.

The box: 2016 Topps Star Wars Rogue One Series 1 trading cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box:
 11 (10 standard plus one medallion pack)
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 62
Base set completion: 
40 of 90 (44 percent)
Duplicates: 0

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 26)

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 reign as we work toward the weekend.

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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

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

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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.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Buzz Poll: Will a new XFL be for you?

The XFL will return in 2020 — but it won’t be like the short-lived football league from 2001.

Check out the announcement of its return below — it may not be what you think after you hear much of what’s planned for the new league. Immersive, interactive, reimagined, faster, simpler and family-friendly is what owner Vince McMahon promises from his $100 million venture.

And, after you check out the Q&A below (starts at 30-minute mark), check out our Buzz Poll questions below.

>> RELATED: Check out this Buzz Break of a 2001 Topps XFL card box

Have any other thoughts on the new XFL? Leave a comment.

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Four of six new Hall of Famers sign autographs for Topps Now

The call to the Hall also means new baseball cards via Topps Now. 

Two of the new members of the Baseball Hall of Fame voted in on Wednesday are signing cards for Topps‘ real-time card program and two others voted in via the Modern Era committee will be inking up, too.

Jim Thome, Chipper Jones, Jack Morris and Alan Trammell also will all have standard cards printed to order after a 24-hour window.

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Buzz Break: 2013 Press Pass Ignite NASCAR cards (blaster box)

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 Press Pass Ignite NASCAR (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 2
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 11
Base set completion: 
8 of 70 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards – Jeff Gordon, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Regan Smith, Ty Dillon, Jamie McMurray, Juan Pablo Montoya, Casey Mears (Top Speed)

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Series 1 baseball cards (blaster box)

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 Series 1 baseball cards 
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (several formats)

Packs per box: 11 (10 standard, one patch pack)
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 101
Base set completion: 
78 of 350 (22 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Kris Bryant, Francisco Lindor, Albert Pujols, Dustin Pedroia, Jake Arrieta, Mookie Betts

Rookie Cards (8) – Aaron Judge, Andrew Benintendi, Alex Bregman, Yuliesky Gurriel, Ryon Healy, Braden Shipley, Joe Musgrove, Robert Gsellman

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First Buzz: 2018 Leaf Metal Draft football cards

What: 2018 Leaf Metal Draft football cards
Arrives: March
Box basics: Five autographs per box (15 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Metal Draft returns with on-card autographs across the board for the biggest NFL Draft hopefuls this year as well as some new touches that will add to the complexity of the collecting rainbow in this one.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 25)

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: Hall of Fame chatter, looking forward to 2018 Topps and 2018 Topps Heritage arrivals, big pulls and two 1/1s in the same box.

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Buzz Break: 2018 Topps WWE Road to WrestleMania cards (hobby box)

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: 2018 Topps WWE Road To WrestleMania
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 166
Base set completion: 
99 of 100 (99 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Seth Rollins, Dean Ambrose, Kurt Angle, Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns, Undertaker, Ricky Steamboat, Braun Strowman, A.J. Styles, John Cena, TJP, Elias, Mick Foley, Triple H, Stephanie McMahon, Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Shinsuke Nakamura, The Miz, Maryse, Goldberg, James Ellsworth, Finn Balor, Brock Lesnar, Alexa Bliss, New Day, The Revival, The Hardy Boyz, Samoa Joe, Tye Dillinger, Jinder Mahal, Charlotte Flair, Maria Kanellis, Mike Kanellis

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Topps offers new details on promo packs with 2018 Topps Series 1

We’re just a week away from the arrival of 2018 Topps Series 1 baseball cards and Topps has revealed the bonus promo packs’ content for those buying via hobby shops and via BlowoutCards.com.

Its a Chromed 1983 Topps homage with some modern touches that will arrive along with the hobby’s flagship product next Wednesday.

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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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