Buzz Poll: Do Ezekiel Elliott’s off-field issues worry you as a collector?

Ezekiel Elliott was a force as a rookie last season for the Dallas Cowboys, coming up just short of the NFL rookie rushing record but he might as well have gotten it based on cardboard standards.

His 1,631 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, along with success for his team that firmly put it back in the national spotlight, were highlights that sold some cards and then some. But fast-forward to today and the Rookie of the Year allegedly was entangled in some type of bar fight Sunday while already being investigated for domestic violence.

We’ve been there, done that like this before — many players have had many issues, this is nothing new — but not many of them have lit up the hobby as a rookie like Elliott did last season.

That leads to questions about cardboard …

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (July 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: Big pulls, busted cases and preparations for this year’s National.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Torque 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: 2017 Panini Torque NASCAR cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 8 (as stated on box)
Cards in this box: 10 (as stated on pack)
Base set completion: 
6 of 100 (4 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards – Chris Buescher, Daniel Hemric (RC), Joey Gase, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Kyle Busch, Ryan Newman

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

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: A big vintage find, new MLB breaks, Aaron Judge, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., The National & more …

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Stadium Club 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 Stadium Club baseball cards (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 40
Base set completion: 
32 of 300 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Sandy Koufax, Francisco Lindor, Evan Longoria, Cal Ripken Jr., Greg Maddux, Johnny Bench, Gary Sanchez, Tim Raines, Ryne Sandberg, Nolan Ryan, Addison Russell

Rookie Cards (2) – Orlando Arcia, Kyle Zimmer (no logo)

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (July 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 MLB posts with the weekend underway.

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Panini America documents latest Dak Prescott signing session in wake of Prizm autopen problems

After resolving an apparent autopen problem with a small number of Panini Prizm cards, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott sat down with Panini America this week for a new project.

Signing a bunch of his football cards.

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BlowoutTV to break Panini Super VIP party haul for those who can’t go

If you can’t afford the $25,000 Super VIP sticker price — or simply can’t make it to Chicago for the Panini America VIP Party on July 29 in conjunction with the National Sports Collectors Convention — you have another way to get your hands on some of the swag and the boxes that are going to buyers.

It’s via a BlowoutTV group break.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (July 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: Panini Rewards bonus for Dak autopen holders, new breaks, worst trades, The Walking Dead, WWE breaks, the National & more.

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Onyx Authenticated readies promo plans for this year’s National

Onyx Authenticated‘s plans for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention don’t stop with the arrival of an autographed baseball product made solely for the show.

While you can find the details on 2017 Onyx Preferred Players National Edition right here, you’ll need to keep reading to see what else is coming for the company at the show of all card shows that’s set for July 26-30 in Chicago.

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‘The Shining’ gets Funko Pop! treatment beginning next month

“Come and play with us, Danny … forever … and ever.”

The Funko Pop! line’s newest slightly twisted toys were revealed on Thursday with the stars of Stephen King‘s The Shining among the toys coming from the Everett, Wash.-based company next month.

The 1980 Stanley Kubrick-directed psychological horror film starred Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance, the caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, which has a persona of its own that overcomes Torrance and his family as they are alone there for the winter.

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Jose Quintana trade puts spotlight on his few cardboard options

What’s rarer than a trade between the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox?

A big-leaguer with only five certified autographs in the year 2017.

That’s Jose Quintana and he was dealt to the Cubs on Thursday morning as part of a five-player deal that could make some prospectors unhappy — or spark added interest in the team that’s not the defending World Series champion.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (July 13)

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: Customizing cardboard, big breaks, the face of MLB, high-end WWE & more.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen 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 Gypsy Queen baseball cards (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 48
Base set completion: 
43 of 300 (14 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, Gary Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg

Rookie Cards (10) – Aaron Judge, Alex Bregman, Yoan Moncada, Jose DeLeon, Tyler Austin, Reynaldo Lopez, Josh Bell, Jorge Alfaro, David Paulino, Hunter Dozier

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (July 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: In the (Stadium) Club, a huge Walking Dead pull at retail, NBA breaks, Aaron Judge and awaiting Donruss Optic and The National.

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First Buzz: 2017 Historic Autographs Autographed Jersey National Edition

What: 2017 Historic Autographs Autographed Jersey National Edition
Arrives: July 26
Box basics: One autographed jersey per tin

What’s buzz-worthy: Historic Autographs readies this one for the National Sports Collectors Convention and the company will be offering incentives for those who pop a tin to trade in or trade up while at the show.

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Who’s on the 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter checklist? It’s here …

We’re just a week away from the arrival of 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter, the newest installment of the retro-styled baseball card set that includes some of the biggest surprises on cardboard each and every year.

Let’s name-drop some of the people with autographs on the checklist …

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First Buzz: 2017 Onyx Preferred Players National Edition autographed baseballs

What: 2017 Onyx Preferred Players National Edition autographed baseballs
Arrives: July 26
Box basics: One signed baseball per box (three boxes per mini case; 12 total per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This MLBPA-approved product arrives just in time for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention with a roster of signers that includes some of the biggest young names in the game. Among them? Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger.

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Aaron Judge’s colorful Home Run Derby socks make way into new Topps Now memorabilia cards

If you’ve noticed those colorful socks used recently in MLB, well, now they have a new home.

Topps Now Relic cards.

Aaron Judge and his All-Star Home Run Derby title captured all the attention Monday night in Miami and today there’s the cardboard to show it.

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WWE & Mattel join forces to help Make-A-Wish with John Cena figure

There’s a new tag team in the WWE and it’s goal isn’t to win championship gold — it’s to help Make-A-Wish America.

That tag team is Mattel and John Cena and every single copy of the new toy that’s sold gives $1 to the foundation that grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses — it says so right on the packaging.

And it’s only found in one store.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (July 11)

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: Aaron Judge, Aaron Judge, Aaron Judge, if Clayton Kershaw retired today, Aaron Judge, Aaron Judge, Bichette happens & plenty more.

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TRISTAR readies new wrapper redemption program for National

Collectors who hit the TRISTAR booth with a sealed box from the company in hand at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago will get their hands on some extras.

They’ll get a TRISTAR bag and a company-branded spinner as well as a shot at other prizes throughout the day and entries into a free break of a product.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Star Wars The Last Jedi trading cards

What: 2017 Topps Star Wars The Last Jedi trading cards
Arrives: Dec. 20
Box basics: One autograph or sketch card guaranteed in every two-hit box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The next Star Wars movie gets its second card set and it arrives a week after the film hits in December.

Keep reading for more.

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Futures Game memorabilia leads off All-Star Week at MLB Auctions

Game-used memorabilia from this year’s All-Star festivities will be hitting the auction block via MLB Auctions this week and the stars of the All-Star Futures Game are batting lead-off.

Game-used batting helmets, game-used baseballs, game-used caps, used batting practice jerseys and a game-used base are already up for grabs from the prospect showcase that the United States won, 7-6, over the World squad on Sunday evening.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (July 10)

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, autopen chatter, awaiting Allen & Ginter & the National.

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Panini offers Super VIP pass & swag (and more) for a $25K mouse-click

Need a Panini Super VIP ticket for this year’s soiree in Chicago?

Panini America is trying something different for this year’s annual event held in conjunction with the National Sports Collectors Convention, which is set for July 29. It’s offering all the pricey swag bag contents that come with the pass available with a simple click of a mouse along with 17 cases — yes, cases — of products from the company.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Doctor Who Signature Series 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 Doctor Who Signature Series trading cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 4
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 20
Base set completion: 
14 of 100 (14 percent)
Duplicates: 0

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Kyle Freeland’s career night should shine spotlight on some cards

Colorado Rockies rookie pitcher Kyle Freeland ended the first half of the season with a no-hitter lost in the ninth inning — but a one-hitter was good enough.

The lefty, who was the eighth-overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, racked up a career-high nine strikeouts in what was just his 18th big-league start. For the season, he sits at 9-7 with a 3.77 ERA after his gem at Coors Field.

The good news for collectors? Unlike those red-hot rookie sluggers, you can actually find Freeland’s autographs somewhat easily and affordably — perhaps because, you know, he pitches at Coors Field.

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Buzz Poll: Who wins tonight’s MLB All-Star Home Run Derby?

The MLB All-Star Game is tomorrow night in Miami but all eyes will be on the showdown that is the Home Run Derby tonight (8 p.m., ESPN) where two rookie heavyweights, Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger, could have a showdown — and it won’t even be for the crown.

They’re on the same side of the bracket for the power showcase along with Charlie Blackmon and Justin Bour, while the other side of the bracket includes defending champ Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Mike Moustakas and Miguel Sano. 

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Buzz Break: 2017 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (collector’s 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 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (collector’s box)
Where to buy:
Initially only available via Walmart.

Packs per box: 20
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 100
Base set completion: 
44 of 100 (44 percent)
Duplicates: 2

Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, David Ortiz, Josh Donaldson, Jose Altuve, Kenta Maeda, Gary Sanchez, Yu Darvish, Ichiro Suzuki, Kyle Schwarber, Buster Posey, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout

Rookie Cards (16) – Jake Thompson, Andrew Benintendi, Jharel Cotton, Amir Garrett, Tyler Glasnow, David Dahl, Antonio Senzatela, Raimel Tapia, Joe Musgrove, Yulieski Gurriel (2), Jose DeLeon, Alex Bregman, Manny Margot, Orlando Arcia, Jeff Hoffman

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Tier One baseball 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 Tier One baseball cards
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 3
Cards in this box: 3
Base (Relic) set completion: 
1 of 75 (1.3 percent)
Duplicates: 0

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Buzz Break: 2017 Bowman Platinum 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 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:
Initially only available via Walmart.

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard packs plus one Ice parallel pack)
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
17 of 100 (17 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Clayton Kershaw, Paul Goldschmidt, Felix Hernandez, Nomar Mazara, Yoenis Cespedes

Rookie Cards (3) – Yoan Moncada, Reynaldo Lopez, Alex Reyes

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Panini America addresses Dak Prescott autopen issue — and gives Dallas Cowboys QB an extension

A big deal has turned into a new deal.

Panini America officials have met with Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott to discuss his autopenned cards in 2016 Panini Prizm and the parties walked away with a solution to replace the mechanically reproduced autographs as well as a new long-term autograph deal.

Keep reading for the full statement from Panini.

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Immaculate Collection baseball cards


What:
 2017 Panini Immaculate Collection baseball cards
Arrives: Aug. 16
Box basics:  Five autographs or memorabilia cards per six-card box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Immaculate returns to the diamond with a number of big names but it’s three New York Yankees who will steal the attention for now — Aaron Judge, Babe Ruth and Mickey Mantle.

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

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First Buzz: 2017 Onyx Platinum Elite baseball cards

What: 2017 Onyx Platinum Elite baseball cards
Arrives: July 27
Box basics: At least two autographs per 10-card pack (24 packs per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This prospecting brand will include top young prospects, iconic notable buyback cards and a super-low print run of just 60 cases.

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