Nikita Kucherov autographs remain tough, hot with Tampa Bay Lightning on verge of Stanley Cup Final

If you’re a long-time reader of The Buzz, then you already know what makes Nikita Kucherov a bit of a hobby anomaly these days, but now that his Tampa Bay Lightning are a win away from a Stanley Cup Final appearance his trivia is even more important.

He’s one of those players who didn’t have a signed Rookie Card — or at least something — signed and available shortly after he hit the ice. Collectors had to wait for packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Buybacks to find his rookie ink, though he’s appeared in a handful of releases since that one. In all, he appears on just 16 different autographed cards right now.

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

decision2016The 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: Decision 2016 case break, Fistographs, a big Omar Vizquel card, Upper Deck Contours & more.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Upper Deck Contours hockey cards


What: 2015-16 Upper Deck Contours hockey cards
Arrives: March 2016
Box basics: One autograph or memorabilia card per pack — four packs per box and 16 boxes per case (two inners)

What’s buzz-worthy: The hard-hitting world of hockey meshes with MMA/wrestling as aspiring UFC fighter and former wrestler CM Punk is in play — for his prowess as a hockey fan — as a surprise inclusion in a new hit-per-pack brand.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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