Matt Olson’s powerful MLB start comes after years of cardboard

He’s had a long road to MLB but he’s here — and at the moment he’s under the radar and hot.

He’s Oakland A’s rookie first baseman Matt Olson and he’s got 11 home runs in his last 15 games — 22 for the year. Olson, 23, was a first-round pick of the A’s way back in 2012 and he’s delivering so far with a .267 average and all those longballs in just 172 at-bats this season.

That long road? It’s even longer when it comes to cardboard.

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Rain ruins Lucas Giolito’s MLB debut — but collectors still win

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Washington Nationals pitcher Lucas Giolito made his big-league debut on Tuesday night but a rain delay prevented him from picking up a win.

Meanwhile, a win is what collectors will get as the game now makes him eligible for Rookie Cards in the remaining 2016 products from Topps and Panini America. (Will his first be a Topps Now card arriving within hours? Stay tuned. Update: Yep.)

The right-hander from Santa Monica, Calif., gave up just one hit in four innings, walking two and striking out one before the rain ended his night.

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Bargain Buzz: Scouting the Blowout Black Friday Doorbuster deals

2013BowmanChromeKrisBryantBuzz is a collector who has to be selective — can’t collect everything but would want to — so that’s why a day like Black Friday can be important.

It’s a way to try stuff I normally wouldn’t or something I’ve always eyed but never done simply because the price is right.

Blowout’s Black Friday Doorbusters have been revealed and there are some serious bargains to be found along with the previous waves of Black November discounts on other brands beyond these. Keep reading for my picks on the deals that would get my attention first.

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