Topps Mini baseball cards arrive for another season (updated)

The MLB season may be nearing its end, but the new baseball sets just keep coming.

One more set that joined the calendar as of Tuesday is 2017 Topps Mini, which Topps teased online today.

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Topps readies extra cardboard for holiday season shop promotion

There’s some extra cardboard coming to card shops for the holiday season.

Topps revealed on Friday its 2017 Topps Holiday promotion, which will include three-card packs of a new set complete with holiday touches and December superstars alongside possible autographed cards.

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On-card ink and plenty of RC autos drive 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition

The arrival of 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition baseball cards this week offers an interesting twist on the products that have been, relatively speaking, a fun rip in recent years.

The idea? A signed buyback card in every pack — except this time it’s today’s stars on cards from the recent past and on their Rookie Cards, a bit of a do-over with signed RCs or prospect cards for those who never had them.

Aaron Judge has a high-dollar 2013 Bowman Chrome auto with a full rainbow but this time his base card gets enhanced, stamped and encased and somebody will land that for the price of box. With 99 copies signed, it’s actually one card that’s very plentiful in this release– and yet one of them sold for $350 on eBay. 

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Update baseball cards (hobby 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 BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps Update baseball cards (hobby)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 366
Base set completion: 
300 of 300 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 20

Base cards of note – Cody Bellinger, Andrew Benintendi, Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Corey Seager, Giancarlo Stanton, Francisco Lindor, George Springer, Bryce Harper, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Stephen Strasburg, Ichiro Suzuki, Mookie Betts, Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Buster Posey, Yu Darvish, Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve

Rookie Cards (118) – Notables include Cody Bellinger (4), Andrew Benintendi, Aaron Judge (5), Yoan Moncada (3), Jose DeLeon, Bradley Zimmer (2), Ian Happ (3), Alex Bregman, Jordan Montgomery, Ryon Healy, Brett Phillips, Lewis Brinson, Tyler Glasnow, Franklin Barreto, Dansby Swanson, Yulieski Gurriel

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The Simpsons’ ‘Springfield of Dreams’ autograph auctions to benefit Jackie Robinson Foundation

Three autographed baseballs representing a cult classic episode of The Simpsons and a subsequent “mockumentary” of the episode will benefit the charity of a baseball icon soon.

It’s all part of a Goldin Auctions sale of baseballs signed by those involved in “Springfield of Dreams” which aired last night as part of a 25th anniversary celebration of “Homer at the Bat” a year that also included honors at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Update baseball cards (blaster 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 BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps Update baseball cards 
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for nearly all wax formats)

Packs per box: 11 (10 standard plus one medallion pack)
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 101
Base set completion: 
81 of 300 (27 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, Corey Seager, Giancarlo Stanton, Francisco Lindor, George Springer, Bryce Harper, Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant, Stephen Strasburg

Rookie Cards (30) – Notables include Andrew Benintendi, Bradley Zimmer (2), Aaron Judge (no logo), Lewis Brinson, Yulieski Gurriel, Jordan Montgomery

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Oct. 23)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big finds, big pulls, and three questions to make you think on this Monday morning in the collecting world.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Update baseball cards (hanger 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 BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps Update baseball cards 
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby & other formats)

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 72
Cards in this box: 72
Base set completion: 
65 of 300 (22 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Aaron Judge (3), Cody Bellinger (2), Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Manny Machado, Mookie Betts, Joey Votto, Jose Altuve, Gary Sanchez

Rookie Cards (24) – Notables include Aaron Judge (2), Cody Bellinger (2), Ian Happ (2), Yoan Moncada, Dansby Swanson, Tyler Glasnow, Ryon Healy, Brett Phillips

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Flawless baseball cards


What:
 2017 Panini Flawless baseball cards
Arrives: June 1
Box basics: Six autos, two memorabilia and two jewel cards per box (two boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Flawless returns to the baseball diamond once again with elite names from the past and the biggest names of the present all in one place — “more All-Stars, legends and superstars than ever before,” according to the company.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.

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SCP Auctions’ newest sale launches with new legends, vintage icons

The newest SCP Auctions event launched this week with some items that defy the imagination — items that you probably wouldn’t imagine them to still exist, let alone be up for grabs.

Some of them, such as this 2013 Fresno State Aaron Judge game-used jersey, open with more modest prices of $4,000, while college classics such as a Lew Alcindor game-used UCLA jersey is already at $44,288 after less than a day of active bidding.

But the leader in the clubhouse among the more than 900 lots? It’s a baseball card.

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Topps Chrome Sapphire Edition returns — with guaranteed Superfractors & autos in every box

Topps’ high-end Sapphire Edition of Topps Chrome is back — and this time it’s packing Superfractors and autographs in every single box.

Keep reading for details on this online-0nly release.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Oct. 6)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: The game-used card debate, huge pulls and more as we head into the weekend.

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First Buzz: 2018 Topps Opening Day baseball cards

What: 2018 Topps Opening Day baseball cards
Arrives: March 14
Box basics: No hits guaranteed per 36-pack box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Opening Day returns for its 19th season with an insert in every pack, autographs and Relics in the mix and it even gets a little dirty as you can see above.

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

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Hot MLB season helps Topps Now reach one million cards sold

The Judge helped sell plenty of cardboard this summer and Topps knows it.

One way? Topps Now.

Aaron Judge‘s recently released card for his record-breaking 50th home run of the year set a single-card record of 16,138 copies sold, but Topps also has crossed the one-million mark for cards sold, according to a company statement on Tuesday.

“Topps Now has been a truly innovative program that Topps was thrilled to bring to sports fans and collectors first,” said David Leiner, GM & VP North American Sports & Entertainment at Topps. “The program resonated with baseball fans because it helped bring them closer to a sport they are truly passionate about. Whether it’s a walk-off win, an amazing home run-robbing catch or a great milestone, fans know they can count on Topps Now to capture those moments almost immediately.”

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Oct. 3)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Trubisky Time, big NFL pulls, Topps Now sets & more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Fire MLB

What: 2017 Topps Fire baseball cards
Arrives: This week only initially via Target stores
Box basics: Two hits per 20-pack collector’s box; blaster boxes and jumbo packs
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Fire returns as a limited retail-only release with three pack formats all featuring different options for collectors.

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

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First Buzz: 2017 Bowman Chrome Mini baseball cards

What: 2017 Bowman Chrome Mini baseball cards
Arrives: December (date TBD)
Box basics: Each 273-card set also will include three 10-card bonus packs
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: The Minis are back — and they’re packing bonus parallel packs with every factory set.

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

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MLB Players Weekend gamers winding down on auction block

A selection of colorful and nickname-adorned game-used jerseys from MLB Players Weekend are winding down on the auction block via MLB Auctions and you totally won’t be surprised to see who’s leading the way.

All Rise … it’s New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge. 

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Record-breaker: Twelve Aaron Judge autos to consider chasing

What happens when a New York Yankees star sets a new MLB rookie home run record with his 50th longball of the year?

His baseball cards just keep on selling.

Aaron Judge is that Yankee and thanks to several years’ of prospecting sets and his blazing 2017 Rookie Card arrival he’s arguably the hottest cardboard in the hobby today and pretty much has been all season long. As we documented here previously, he’s got plenty of ink. And there’s been plenty made this summer — at the point where he had a dozen home runs this year, he had more than 400 different autographed cards.

Now? He’s pushing 700. Seriously.

If you don’t have a Judge auto, where should you start? Consider these 12 sets or specific cards as mentioned here previously on The Buzz — or one of the many that has arrived since then.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Sept. 24)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big pulls, big question, big chatter and discussions on Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Bruce Maxwell, Ken Griffey Jr.’s 1989 Upper Deck Rookie Card & more.

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Japan star Shohei Otani sets sights on MLB in 2018 — and 2017 Bowman Mega Boxes are hitting Target again

Fans who watch the global game know the name Shohei Otani and now that he’s firmly set his sights on MLB — as soon as next year — collectors once again have a reason to seek out his cards.

And their shot at some American cardboard of the pitcher-slugger is coming once again.

His only American-made cardboard was mistakenly released in 2017 Bowman Mega Boxes that were only found at Target stores for a brief time early this year. He was originally set to appear on a World Baseball Classic card in 2017 Bowman but when he didn’t play, the card was pulled from the product.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Heritage High Number baseball cards (blaster 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 BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Topps Heritage High Number baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 72
Base set completion: 
64 of 200 (32 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Joey Gallo, Michael Wacha

Rookie Cards (18) – Rob Segedin, Jorge Bonifacio, Mauricio Cabrera, Ty Blach, Allen Cordoba, Jorge Alfaro, Seth Lugo, J.T. Riddle, Stuart Turner, Adalberto Mejia, Sal Romano, Jose Osuna, Jose Martinez, Anthony Alford, Gabriel Ynoa, Chih-Wei Hu, Josh Smoker, Reynaldo Lopez

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini National Treasures baseball cards

What: 2017 Panini National Treasures baseball cards
Arrives: Oct. 25
Box basics: Eight autographs or memorabilia cards — including one booklet — per box (four boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: The fourth edition of National Treasures baseball arrives with some of the biggest names in the history of the game and among those cards is a Mickey Mantle tribute set.

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

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 27)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Floyd Mayweather’s big win over Conor Mcgregor, Julian Edelman’s season-ending injury, Rhys Hoskins’ power surge, Elgin Baylor ink and big NFL pulls.

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MLB Players Weekend gets Topps Now sets — with possible bonuses

MLB Players Weekend is nearly upon us and it’s a chance for MLB to loosen things up on the uniform front with new colorful looks for its teams complete with nicknames on players’ jerseys just for fun (and marketing/merchandising, of course).

The spectacle of this one also will have cardboard and the first to come will be 2017 Topps Now MLB Players Weekend team sets that will focus on five players per squad from the games. There also will be performance bonuses that potentially translate into extra cards.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter hobby box (Hour 3)

Do you like Buzz Breaks? Today’s your day then as we launch 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter (hobby)
The cost: BlowoutCards.com

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 22)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: The Aaron Judge debate, big sketches and breaks from around the sports world.

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First Buzz: 2017 Onyx Baseball Clubhouse Lumber Edition

What: 2017 Onyx Baseball Clubhouse Lumber Edition
Arrives: Late September/early October
Box basics: One autographed or game-used bat per box

What’s buzz-worthy: This MLBPA-approved product arrives once again from Onyx Authenticated and includes bats from top young names as well as some established veterans — a lineup that includes Aaron Judge, Mike Trout, Rafael Devers and Miguel Sano to name a few.

Keep reading for more info, including a full checklist.

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Aaron Judge’s Home Run Derby win isn’t just commemorated on cards

Aaron Judge doesn’t need a crown, but the king of this year’s MLB All-Star Home Run Derby could easily have one added to his newest figure.

It’s a limited edition toy that is now available from Import Dragons — and it’s a capless sculpt painted just like the night he went yard over and over and over. It’s part of a three-pack of Yankees figures available now — and it’s not alone.

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Giancarlo Stanton remains an enigma on field and with autographs

With Giancarlo Stanton‘s six homers in his last six games, he’s helped everybody re-focus on players who aren’t those two rookies with all those home runs and he only needs two homers in his next two names to tie a major-league record.

The Miami Marlins slugger has an MLB-leading 44 homers on the year — a pace that’s actually right with Roger Maris‘ pace in 1961 — and that’s a career-high as well as a Marlins franchise record with plenty of games still left to play. (Yet, ironically, Stanton reportedly just cleared waivers — so some of those games left could come in a different uniform.)

But that’s not the only enigma that is Stanton, and it’s something that you can see on his earliest cards like this one from 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition when you compare them to today. What is it?

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Fanatics Authentic signs Yankees rookie Aaron Judge to exclusive deal

The Fanatics Authentic Team now has a new member.

It’s New York Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge and he’ll be joining a team that already includes reigning National League MVP Kris Bryant and Los Angeles Dodgers rookie slugger Cody Bellinger. It doesn’t mean he won’t be signing for fans or baseball card companies — they just now know the place he signs for directly when they can’t land him at the ballpark or in a pack.

“I love signing for fans, especially Yankee fans, they are the best in the world,’’ Judge told the New York Post. “Now that I’m with Fanatics, I’ll really be able to get my autograph out. They got some pretty cool pictures of me, I’m not going to lie, I’m looking forward to getting those out.’’

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 14)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big pulls & big (fake?) autograph finds to start a new week.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster 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 BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2017 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 30
Base set completion: 
13 of 100 (13 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Frank Thomas, Giancarlo Stanton, Yadier Molina

Rookie Cards (3) – Yoan Moncada, Braden Shipley, Alex Reyes

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 12)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big pulls and pondering the Aaron Judge bubble as the clock ticks down on Topps National Baseball Card Day.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 11)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big breaks, long-term collecting projects completed and a big collecting question — buy a Judge auto or wax? — as we head into the weekend and Topps National Baseball Card Day tomorrow in hobby shops.

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