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