Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2013 Topps Heritage blaster Hot 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: 2013 Topps Heritage baseball blaster (Hot Box)
The cost:
$16

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1994 Upper Deck Series 1 Hobby Eastern Region baseball wax 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: 1994 Upper Deck Series 1 Hobby Eastern Region baseball cards
The cost now: 
$19.99
The cost then: $72 (or more … it was hot)

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)

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Do you like Buzz Breaks? We recently launched 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. This is a faster break in that style — but not the launching of a new 12 in 12. We’ll have another marathon this coming week. (Click the logo below to see the previous posts in the series.)

The box:
2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)
The cost: 
$14.99 (originally $19.99)

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Weekend Update: Check out 14 top items on The Buzz last week

Ok, it’s not the weekend, but this further proves that Buzz’s fantasy baseball draft just took waayyyy too long yesterday. (Hear that, commish?) Here are several stories worth a look if you missed out. Check ’em out & subscribe at right if you want email updates.

This Week’s Big Hit?
We’re less than a week away from WrestleMania 33 in Orlando and Topps dropped the biggest mic of them all (“pipebomb” in WWE-Punk parlance) for collectors with the arrival of autographs from Undertaker for the first time in Topps packs — and just the third time in hobby history. Get all of the details on which brands get his legendary ink here.

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Alex Rodriguez to sign at National Sports Collectors Convention

There’s a new big name among the first wave of autograph signers for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

It’s Alex Rodriguez.

Once baseball’s highest-paid player, he’s a member of the 3,000-hit club and a player who hit 696 home runs during his at times controversial 22-year MLB career with the Mariners, Rangers and Yankees.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen 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.

s-l1600The box: 2016 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 48
Base set completion: 
34 of 300 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Noah Syndergaard, Alex Rodriguez, Anthony Rizzo, Jose Altuve

Rookie Cards (7) – Corey Seager, Gary Sanchez, Stephen Piscotty, Jerad Eickhoff, Zach Davies, Matt Duffy, Aaron Nola

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Some legendary game-used lumber auctions close this week

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A unique gamer from one of MLB’s most-iconic sluggers is among several game-used pieces up for grabs in the latest Goldin Auctions sale.

It’s not a bat used by Roger Maris, Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, Albert Pujols, Mike Trout, Ichiro Suzuki or Alex Rodriguez, but all of those stars’ clubs are up for grabs, too, as part of a series of auctions ending this week.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Holiday baseball cards

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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.

16thbw_1137_frThe box: 2016 Topps Holiday baseball cards
Where to buy: 
Initially available at Walmart ($19.98)

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 98
Base set completion: 
92 of 200 (46 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Alex Rodriguez, Justin Verlander, Carlos Correa, Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, Javier Baez, Albert Pujols

Rookie Cards (13) – Corey Seager, Tyler Naquin, Kyle Schwarber, Jose Berrios, Julio Urias, Miguel Sano, Ross Stripling, Luis Severino, Nomar Mazara, Robert Stephenson, Aaron Nola, Byung-Ho Park, Blake Snell

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Buzz Break: 2016 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster box)

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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.

2016-donruss-optic-ichiro-suzukiThe box: 2016 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 30
Base set completion: 
18 of 165 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Alex Rodriguez (DK), Albert Pujols (DK), Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera, Clayton Kershaw

Rookie Cards (3) – Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Sano, Michael Conforto (all Rated Rookies)

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Alex Rodriguez rips into a pack of 1991 Donruss baseball cards

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Yahoo! Sports’ Mike Oz had some 1991 Donruss Series 1 packs in storage and he’s made a habit of tearing into a pack or two when the time is right.

That latest bit of time came in the presence of Alex Rodriguez, who joined the Big League Stew writer to tear into a pack, see who he got inside and pull off a trade while fielding some questions.

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Gallery: 2016 Topps The Mint baseball cards (will update)

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Topps’ most-expensive baseball card box ever arrives tomorrow and The Mint aims to “raise the bar for premium card collecting.”

And the first few cards to trickle onto eBay looks like there could be something to that.

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Steiner Sports was in on Alex Rodriguez’s final game before it was even over — and you can be, too

ARodGU_medAlex Rodriguez‘s time as a New York Yankee on the field is over, but the auctions have just begun.

Steiner Sports is auctioning off one of the jerseys worn by A-Rod on Friday night as well as other memorabilia from the 6-3 victory as part of a “Farewell No. 13!” sale.

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Buzz Poll: Do you think Alex Rodriguez will play elsewhere?

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Alex Rodriguez‘s playing time with the New York Yankees is coming to an end on Friday.

How many games he might play between now and then is up in the air with a road trip to Boston, but the end as a player is definitely at home on Friday with an advisory role signed through next season if he wants it. However, he insisted that he’s “not a coach” and stopped short of saying he’d never play again. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he’d have an open door if he wanted to play elsewhere.

It’s been a long journey with cardboard that looks back to his high school days, time with USA Baseball and throughout his years with Seattle, Texas and New York.

A-Rod is four home runs short of 700 — and that makes one wonder if it’s not a possibility. What do you think? Tell us in our poll, with a comment below or on Twitter.

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Barry Bonds adds milestone HR tickets to autographs in his store

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They may not be as hot as they once were, but they’re still very notable pieces of baseball history — and they can be yours

MLB home run king Barry Bonds has added four new pieces to his online store where some collectors have found relative bargains in recent months when it comes to game-used and autographed memorabilia.

This time, it’s milestone home run tickets that are top for grabs.

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First Buzz: 2016 Onyx Baseball Clubhouse Collection Authentic Game-used Batting Gloves

2016-onyx-baseball-batting-glovesWhat: 2016 Onyx Baseball Clubhouse Collection Authentic Game-used Batting Gloves
Arrives: July
Box basics: One pair of game-used batting gloves per box (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This MLBPA-approved product includes batting gloves from top young names as well as established veterans — a roster that includes reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout, Jose Abreu, Alex Rodriguez, Nolan Arenado, Nomar Mazara and Andrew McCutchen to name a few.

Keep reading for more info, including a full checklist.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Series 2 baseball cards (hobby box)

2016tpser2BBjumboFrom 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: 2016 Topps Series 2 baseball cards (hobby box)
HeywardWhere to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 360
Base set completion: 
321 of 350 (92 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Stephen Strasburg, Prince Fielder, Yoenis Cespedes, Albert Pujols, David Price, David Ortiz, Francisco Lindor, Madison Bumgarner, Ichiro Suzuki, Steven Matz, Alex Rodriguez, Addison Russell, Yu Darvish, Byron Buxton.

Rookie Cards (44) – Notables include Adam Duvall, Kenta Maeda, Max Kepler, Raul Mondesi.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 19)

2015-Topps-Heritage-Red-Ink-Al-KalineThe 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: Red-ink autos, Bowman Inception apathy, scouting 2015 Bowman brands, Museum Collecton, Topps Heritage retail pulls.

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