Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 24)

m8820k1pThe 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: Cracked Ice & Snow Camo seem perfect with the weather, 1997 Upper Deck Legends, some big box breaks pulls and much more.

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Best of 2015: The 15 trading cards that helped define a crazy year

15-HK-connormcdavidyounggunsIt’s a time of change, a time of high-end product exploration and a time of options for many collectors in what we call the sports card industry these days.

Tastes, products and prices continue to evolve as does the business environment that helps bring us our cardboard. For every super-pricey box being made, there are seemingly just as many buyers ready to rip or pick off singles for not-always-so-super prices (but super bargains).

The Buzz has only been around for part of 2015, but Buzz has been here all along as part of the world of collecting. Here are Buzz’s picks for 15 cards that helped define 2015.

2015-16 Upper Deck #201 Connor McDavid RC
The impressive prices being paid for what’s just a simple piece of cardboard with just gloss and some foil stamping shows that fundamentals never go out of style when there’s a big name involved. This time, it’s the No. 1 pick Connor McDavid, a Canadian phenom drafted by the Edmonton Oilers. This photo was selected by collectors and it even has a fun sign of 2015 — the fan showing off a photo on her phone in the background.

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New Buzz: Products out this week (Dec. 20-26) include Bowman’s Best, Immaculate College & 14U USA kids

2015-Topps-StrataAfter a heavy week of releases and some delays this month, this week is a bit lighter — but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its highlights among the four brands set to arrive.

We have three baseball sets on the schedule and the return of Bowman’s Best along with the launch of Topps Strata as a standalone brand. Throw in a USA Baseball set on the schedule and one high-end college brand from Panini America (keep reading) and that’s it for the week.

The format for 2015 Bowman’s Best will be similar to Finest with two mini-boxes each yielding two autographs (four autos per in every master box). The format for 2015 Topps Strata is all hits — every box includes one autograph and one Relic and that’s it for the acetate-layered cards.

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Immaculate Collection is here — and BlowoutTV has the big pulls covered


Today’s the day for 2015 Panini Immaculate Collection football cards to arrive and BlowoutTV has been at it since the early morning, busting a few cases already and box after box as well.

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See how a Tom Brady Immaculate gem is made in this behind-the-scenes video from Panini America

Ever wondered how a game-used memorabilia card is made? Well, Panini America documented the steps for a Tom Brady Immaculate Collection gem or two in this video released on Monday.

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Laces coming to boxes of 2015 Panini Immaculate Collection

PaniniImmaculateLacesWe’ve seem something similar from Panini America with the laces for the tops of NHL players’ sweaters making their way into hockey cards and the laces of footballs in National Treasures cards.

But this? This has got to be a football card first.

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