Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Donruss Optic football blaster box (Hour 1)

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 1.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2016 Donruss Optic football cards
The cost: Click here

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps The Walking Dead Evolution trading cards


What:
 2017 Topps The Walking Dead Evolution trading cards
Arrives: Nov. 29
Box basics: Two hits (one guaranteed autograph) per 24-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ newest line for The Walking Dead examines the characters’ journeys through the first seven seasons of the hit AMC franchise with autographs Relics, sketches and more in store.

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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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Gleyber Torres autos are tougher finds than other young Yankees

Your next big-name New York Yankees rookie to arrive in The Big Apple will face big expectations — but he doesn’t have nearly as much cardboard as those who arrived before him.

Unlike the arrivals of Gary Sanchez and Aaron Judge — guys who had plenty of baseball cards and plenty of certified autographs when they hit The Show — shortstop Gleyber Torres doesn’t.

And that could bode very well for collectors who own them.

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NFLPA Rookie Premiere cards available now via Panini Instant

The rookies’ first Rookie Cards in their NFL uniforms are here in an Instant.

That’s the case this Sunday afternoon as the first images from the NFLPA Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles have already hit cardboard via Panini America‘s real-time sports card platform, Panini Instant.

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

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: Pondering MLB investments, big pulls, impressive NBA finds and other collecting questions.

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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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Leaf signs top NHL prospect Nico Hischier to exclusive autograph deal

A future NHL star’s autographed hockey cards will only be found in one place in future years thanks to a new deal announced on Friday.

It’s Nico Hischier and he’ll only be signing for Leaf Trading Cards. 

“Working with Nico, along with Allain and Jordan from RSG Hockey, has been an exciting and rewarding process,” said Leaf CEO Brian Gray. “To see an agency thinking outside the box and aggressively marketing their athletes is refreshing in a traditional sport like hockey. Nico is now part of that movement in the hockey world.”

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Five Star baseball cards


What:
 2017 Topps Five Star baseball cards
Arrives: Aug. 30
Box basics:
 Two autographs per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Every autograph is on-card or a cut signature with “more case-level hits” this time around on “new high-end designs.”

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 19)

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: Bowman Mega Boxes are apparently on the way along with a look at some big pulls in WWE and non-sports releases and some collecting questions.

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Marvel: The Hip-Hop Covers Vol. 2 hardcover book coming this fall

It’s a simple idea — a comic book take on an iconic album cover — and it’s going straight outta comics to the bookshelf once again this fall.

Set to drop in September is Marvel: The Hip-Hop Covers Vol. 2, a hardcover collection of past variant comic book covers all in one place. It’s a virtual visual checklist of sorts for comics that are slightly tougher finds with nods to pop culture that give them some extra appeal beyond the comic shop.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 18)

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: Legendary maildays, NFL Draft scenarios, big pulls & more.

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NFLPA Rookie Premiere kicks off today in Los Angeles with NFL’s newest stars signing new cardboard

NFLPA Rookie Premiere kicks off today in Los Angeles and the first glimpses of the autographing action are in.

Your first signer of those images teased so far from Panini America is former Tennessee and future New Orleans Saints RB Alvin Kamara.

We’ve also got our first glimpses at 2017 Panini Origins, which will have Photoshopped action images of players in NFL uniforms that will be signed during this weekend’s event. Keep reading for a look.

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Chris Cornell’s lengthy career includes very little cardboard

This is one of those black days for music fans.

Soundgarden and Audioslave singer Chris Cornell — one of the iconic voices of grunge music in the 1990s and a successful performer in all the years since — has died at 52.

Known for his intense guttural sound but also dramatic range, Cornell was part of six studio albums with Soundgarden and three with Audiosoave as part of a career that spanned more than 30 years and included two Grammy awards.

“For me to make a connection with music it has to either have a visceral nature, whether it’s anger or aggression or that kind of passion which shows up in rock music, or there has to be some sort of melancholy and introspection, something about it that makes you feel your own pain,” he once told Rolling Stone.

But, when it comes to cardboard, there’s not a lot to go around to note his lengthy career.

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Durham Bulls’ steak-incentive sign finally gets Topps baseball card

“Hit the bull, win a steak” now has a baseball card.

Topps released the final checklist for 2017 Topps Pro Debut on Wednesday and the first card release of the year for Minor League Baseball includes some surprises thanks to a set of Relics that have included some unusual pieces of memorabilia in past years.

The “Fragments of the Farm” are no different this year and one includes a piece of the game that’s paid off for some players in the past.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 17)

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: Bobblehead madness, the NSCC, collecting superstitions, the Rookie Premiere and results from ripping.

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Derek Jeter Topps Now push sets new record for total cards sold

The Captain didn’t top Ichiro Suzuki‘s single-card Topps Now sales record, but an array of cards for the New York Yankees’ retirement of Derek Jeter‘s uniform number did sell more total cards than any other player in a single day.

More than 17,000 Jeter cards were sold by Topps on Monday, including a number of autographed Relics and Relics along with his two standard cards — one for his Monument Park plaque and one for his retired number.

The record for the most copies of a single card is still Suzuki’s 11,550, which came after his 3,000th career hit last season.

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Select NASCAR cards


What:
 2017 Panini Select NASCAR cards
Arrives: July 5
Box basics:  Two autographs and three memorabilia cards per 12-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Select comes to the NASCAR circuit with a colorful array of autographs, memorabilia and two insert cards in nearly every pack.

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

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Panini Grand Reserve basketball cards

What: 2016-17 Panini Grand Reserve basketball cards
Arrives: June 28
Box basics: Two autographs and one more auto/mem per three-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This new brand delivers a hit in every pack and a new look and energy for the hardwood.

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

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Fast Break NBA repacks seem to deliver well — even for this collector

If you’re a bargain hunter who’s awaiting some new NBA cards to arrive but needs something right now and on the cheap, there’s one option out on the retail front that’s delivering pretty well for some collectors.

These Fast Break NBA repacks include three hobby packs for around $12 depending on the chain and they typically include one of each of the packs shown on the box — all prime places to find some Giannis Antetokounmpo Rookie Cards and autographs. And it’s been done, according to users over on the Blowout NBA breaks section of the forum. 

Here’s one example that did OK on that front. Here’s one that did much, much better.

And here’s another. And another one. And a bulk buyer’s results.

But this is the 12-box bust that first got my attention with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ink in the mix.

Out of sheer curiosity, this collector has bought two — at two different times and two different chains — and each has delivered an autograph. Keep reading to see the notable cards from the latest one.

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NFLPA finalizes list of players at this year’s Rookie Premiere

This year’s NFLPA Rookie Premiere kicks off on Thursday with signings, photo sessions and more all planned to help you get NFL cards of the league’s newest stars in their new uniforms as soon as possible.

Besides the NFL’s exclusive card-maker, Panini America, the 40 players at the event also will work with other companies and sponsors — a roster that includes Fanatics, Fanatics Authentic, Nike, EA SPORTS, Pepsi and New Era among others — during the event that will run into the weekend.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for our players and partners to interact in an intimate setting,” said Ahmad Nassar, the president of NFL Players Inc. “For 23 years, NFLPA Rookie Premiere has been the foundation of players learning about the business and benefits of their union, as they begin their journey into the league. Putting their personalities and passions on display in front of the right brands, allows their stories to spread to a wider audience, while reinforcing what the NFLPA is about – benefitting the players.”

Most-important to collectors here? The NFLPA released the formal list of players expected to be at the event.

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Ian Happ’s big arrival for Cubs might be calm before storm on cards

The newest big-name Chicago Cubs prospect arrived on Saturday and made his presence felt immediately in his first game with a two-run homer.

So far, Ian Happ is hitting .429 in his first two games, further helping bolster a mostly home-grown lineup that is watched closely by collectors.

Happ is not a surprise for prospectors as the defending World Series champs took him with the ninth pick in the 2015 MLB Draft out of the University of Cincinnati– and he’s been watched on cardboard ever since — but sales of his cards, at least so far, are showing some room for growth.

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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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Heroic MLB umpire Steve Palermo loses cancer battle at 67

You may not know the name of too many umpires in Major League Baseball — at least you shouldn’t — but one should be known for his story away from the diamond.

His name is Steve Palermo.

Palermo died on Sunday after losing a fight against cancer at age 67 but it was his battles after a night in 1991 that changed his life.

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

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 & Topps Heritage, big pulls, Ian Happ & more.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Score football 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 Score football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box:
 12
Cards per pack: 11
Cards in this box: 132
Base set completion: 
104 of 440 (24 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: Carson Wentz, Richard Sherman, Le’Veon Bell, Michael Thomas, Dak Prescott

Rookie Cards (34) – Notables include Marshon Lattimore, John Ross, O.J. Howard, ArDarius Stewart, Haason Reddick, Charles Harris, Jake Butt, Jordan Leggett, Tre-Davious White

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Gwendoline Christie autographs coming from Topps

Captain Phasma autographs are coming to Topps Star Wars packs.

The company announced on Friday that Gwendoline Christie autographs will be coming in future releases for the legendary movie franchise.

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You, too, can own Harley Quinn’s baseball bat starting next month

“Huh, what was that?” The voices …

The voices said that you, too, can own Harley Quinn‘s baseball bat from Suicide Squad — and that’s true thanks to the creators at The Noble Collection. This replica prop will begin arriving via comic book dealer channels in the United States next month.

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Elite Extra Edition boxes can pay off for bargain hunters & auto chasers

To say that the baseball card landscape has changed in the last decade might be an understatement, but there’s been one prospecting brand that has delivered many of the biggest names early and often and delivered a good amount of ink, too, thanks to Hot Boxes.

It’s packed a number of surprise inclusions, a tremendous rainbow of serial-numbered parallel autos and even some pretty good bargains as many collectors have their established habits elsewhere. In recent years, it’s also given us a teaser of younger USA Baseball players, too.

This mainstay — and arguably a simultaneous sleeper — is Elite Extra Edition

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 12)

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 breaks, the 2015 Ginter Code is solved & more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Rittenhouse Women of Star Trek 50th Anniversary cards

What: 2017 Rittenhouse Women of Star Trek 50th Anniversary trading cards
Arrives: July 26
Box basics: Three autographed cards and one costume card per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The 50th anniversary of Star Trek‘s arrival continues on cardboard with a look at the women in the sci-fi franchise’s extensive universe.

Keep reading for more.

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First Buzz: Yu-Gi-Oh! Legendary Duelists


What:
Yu-Gi-Oh! Legendary Duelists
Arrives: Sept. 8
Box basics: Five cards per pack, two packs per blister (240 packs per case); display boxes will have 36 packs (12 boxes per case)

KonamiLogoWhat’s buzz-worthy: According to Konami, “to reign victorious in the Duelist Kingdom tournament, Yugi had to face off against powerhouse Duelists like Mai Valentine, Mako Tsunami and even his own friend and protégé Joey Wheeler. Now they’re all back with brand-new cards in Legendary Duelists, a booster set that powers up famous strategies from the classic series and beyond.”

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Ever wonder how a half-case of blaster boxes breaks down? Let’s look at 2011 Panini Americana …

Blaster boxes are the taste-testing location — the sample platter you might say — of many products for many people who may not have a hobby shop or want to try something new without spending too much.

After a few years, some of those boxes get dirt cheap as collectors’ attentions are focused elsewhere and it’s fun to dig in with those boxes become available at a fraction of their original cost.

One such product for this collector is 2011 Panini Americana, a non-sports release that’s somewhat higher-end and hit-driven at hobby — one hit per pack, just four packs per box — while the blasters typically include a hit of some type and typically more base cards than a hobby box inside.

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