First Buzz: 2017 Topps Archives baseball cards


What: 2017 Topps Archives baseball cards
Arrives: May 31
Box basics: Two autograph cards per 24-pack box (10 boxes per case)
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What’s buzz-worthy: Topps Archives returns with “a more comprehensive and diverse autograph checklist” but (at least based on what’s been revealed so far) without a pop culture-based autograph insert set that has been the hallmark of this brand in recent years.

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Father’s Day is perfect day to learn more about Ernie Johnson

ernie-johnson-voices-of-game-autoYou probably know him as the host of Inside the NBA, the postgame show for NBA on TNT broadcasts, but there’s a lot you may not know about Ernie Johnson that are perfect for this Father’s Day.

Ernie-Johnson-1954-BowmanThose around the Atlanta area may know that he’s the son of a former Milwaukee Braves pitcher and long-time Atlanta Braves announcer, Ernie Johnson Sr., who, after a nine-year MLB career, covered the team for more than 30 years. He’s one of 29 members of the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame after he was inducted in 2001.

The father appears on nearly 30 baseball cards with his Rookie Card coming in the 1954 Bowman set and his final regular-issue card in the 1960 Topps set. The son appears on just two cards — one in the 1990-91 Hoops Announcers set, which is a rare card for its era, and the 2014-15 Panini Threads Voices of the Game autograph above.

But all of this isn’t why Father’s Day is the perfect time to learn more about a broadcaster and three-time Emmy Award winner we’ve heard plenty from since 1989.

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Carl Yastrzemski’s Rookie Card gets jumbo Chrome autograph treatment

yazTopps Authentics‘ newest star is a Boston Red Sox legend and his 1960 Topps Rookie Card is getting a taste of the rainbow — the Chrome rainbow.

And the player? It’s Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.

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Mickey Mantle cards sell for more than $750,000 via Memory Lane Inc.

item_37205_1Demand for The Mick continues to be an all-time high.

A run of high-grade Mickey Mantle Topps and Bowman baseball cards from 1951 to 1969 sold for more than $750,000 this weekend in a Memory Lane Inc. auction.

“The Empire State Collection” consisted of 21 PSA-graded cards and, according to the company, 14 of them set new record-highs for their condition.

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Topps celebrates Kris Bryant & Carlos Correa Rookie of Year wins


They’ve been the reigning Rookie of the Year award-winners for less than 24 hours, but there are already six new collectibles noting their wins.

They are Kris Bryant and Carlos Correa — and they are the National League and American League winners who already have Topps prints commemorating their new-found status.

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