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


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: Trading Cards artwork, vintage cards, collecting Canseco & more.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball (hobby box)

2016tpheritageminorbbFrom 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

s-l1600-172The box: 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 18
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 139
Base set completion: 
120 of 200 (60 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Dansby Swanson, Ozzie Albies, Andrew Benintendi, Jose DeLeon, Daz Cameron, J.P. Crawford

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Heritage High Series baseball cards

2016-Topps-Heritage-High-Number-baseball-HeywardWhat: 2016 Topps Heritage High Number baseball cards
Arrives: Sept. 21
Box basics:
 One autograph or Relic per 24-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The High Series once again arrives as an in-pack brand continuing this year’s journey back to 1967 with a new wave of base cards, inserts and hits.

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

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Is your 1967 Topps baseball card set truly complete? There’s a chance it might not be with this card …

1967-Topps-Mike-McCormick-blank-watermarkedIs your 1967 Topps baseball card set complete? There’s a chance it might not be now.

A funny thing happened when Buzz was working to confirm the various errors and variations in the 1967 card set in the weeks before the arrival of this year’s homage, 2016 Topps Heritage.

There appears there could be a third version of Mike McCormick‘s card No. 86. When examining a group of 1967 cards, Buzz noticed a possible version (above) that’s not cataloged anywhere among the various error & variations lists or noted on any population reports despite this set being 49 years old. It’s a dramatically different version of the card for the Washington Senators pitcher who was traded to the San Francisco Giants, which is the reason for the variations to exist.

It turns out that this card is from the 1967 O-Pee-Chee set, though there is only one version cataloged there. Could a third version like this exist for the Topps card? Or are there two versions for O-Pee-Chee? Keep reading for the details.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Heritage baseball cards (Hot 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

The box: 2016 Topps Heritage baseball cards (Hot Box)
Where to buy:

2016-topps-heritage-baseball-bryant2Packs per box:
 24 (plus one box-topper)
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 216
Base set completion: 
169 of 425 (40 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: Ichiro Suzuki, Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, Carlos Rodon, Manny Machado.

Rookie Cards pulled (11) — Notables include Corey Seager, Michael Conforto, Aaron Nola, Henry Owens, Raul Mondesi.

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Need a 2016 Topps Heritage baseball checklist? Get it here …

2016-Topps-Heritage-StantonWe’re a week away from the release of 2016 Topps Heritage baseball cards, the annual trek to the past that takes us back to 1967 this season.

The checklist is now here.

Curious about which errors and variations there might be? Check out our primer on the quirks from 1967.

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Let’s revisit 1967 Topps errors for a 2016 Topps Heritage variation primer

2016-Topps-Heritage-StantonWe’re less than a month away from the release of 2016 Topps Heritage baseball cards, the annual trek to the past that includes errors and variations as an added homage to the past year within the new product.

In advance of the March 2 release, Buzz was wondering about which mistakes are found in the 1967 Topps set — that’s this year’s throwback model — and what might be found. We don’t yet have a checklist from Topps for this year, but that will be telling. Why? Stars from the past teams will often match stars on present teams in the set if an error/correction is in play.

Here’s a rundown of the mistakes found in 1967 Topps …

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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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