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What’s Buzzing Today: Big pulls, Judge at The Fantastic Store, the NSCC & more.
It was 50 years ago today, Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play and one of the faces you can see on the famed cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club band above can be yours.
No, seriously, one of the props on that cover of The Beatles’ iconic album that dropped in the United States on this day in 1967 is available in the newest Heritage Auctions sale running now until June 17.
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 10.
The box: 2014 Panini Country Music trading cards (hobby box)
The cost: Click here
What: 2017 Historic Autographs Ink’d Threads Arrives: May 3 Box basics: One autographed jersey per box (12 boxes per case)
What’s buzz-worthy: Hall of Famers from baseball, football and basketball will join some notable stars from today and some surprise non-sports inclusions in a product that includes nothing but signed jerseys.
When it comes to autographs in the sports world, there are plenty of ways that collectors and the autograph industry itself has helped commodify ink.
In other words, there are a number of common items that are commonly signed that help us all figure a common value that we’d expect to pay or expect to get if we have to sell something we own. Jerseys, balls, helmets, cards, photos — there are a lot of ways to collect sports autographs.
But for celebrity autographs, it’s a lot less complicated as the 8-by-10 photo is arguably the most-commonly solid piece across the whole spectrum of television, movies and others of note who we might find, say, at a comic book convention or other similarly organized signing session. Not all films have massive toy lines, not all celebs have book deals and TV shows often don’t have posters you can find all that easily.
What: 2017 Super Break Super Charged Series 2 Arrives: April 11 Box basics: Five (and sometimes more) items per box
What’s buzz-worthy: Super Break’s second series of this one includes a mix of everything with themed boxes, hot boxes and plenty of other surprises from throughout the sports world, entertainment and political memorabilia.
Fanatics Authentic has a few unique autographs available now that come with no strings attached.
Nevermind, that won’t work … there are actually six.
A series of autographed guitars — items that are officially licensed musical instruments on their own — have been enhanced with autographs that offer a colorful higher-end option for a sports fan who’s big on music, too.
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: Throwback breaks, a big week of buying, panic buying, 2017 Allen & Ginter, a big fishy pull & much more …
Slabbed cards have been a part of the hobby for decades now but a few autograph companies have started getting into the trend in recent years by encasing cards to give them a bit better display presence at a fraction of the price for a signed photo or memorabilia piece.
And it helps that while storage and protection concern go away, too.
Two big autograph dealers — Steiner Sports and Fanatics Authentic — have pretty beefy runs of signed trading cards available that in some cases take the interesting creations of card companies and makes them better.
It started as a hobby to bring cards that didn’t exist to life — and now it can help bring your legends’ cards into existence.
Tanner Jones is a dedicated Jose Canseco collector who lamented the fact that for years his retired but controversial slugger hadn’t been found on all of the new, creative cards being made — and often not with all of his MLB teams. So he started making cards of his own — and then one day a year ago the idea of his Custom Cutskits was born.
“I have had so many people ask me ‘How do you do it?’ and I’ve seen the desirability of making your own creations go up significantly,” Jones said. “After thinking about it for a while, I thought to myself people are already acclimated to the thought of cut autos why not cut pictures as well? I played around with the template idea quite a while ago, and then back-burnered it until a few months ago.”
For now, there are just two types of kits available — and they allow buyers a start on making their own cards using their own images or documents, while some have used them to re-purpose components of damaged cards into new creations.
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The box: 2000 Team Best Graded minor league cards
Where to buy: Check eBay
Packs per box: 18 plus one graded card (Packs: six 1998 Team Best Top Prospects Signature Series, six 1999 Team Best Player of the Year, six 2000 Team Best Rookies) Cards per pack: 6 Cards in this box: 109
1998 base set completion: 27 of 50 (54 percent) Duplicates: 6 1999 base set completion: 24 of 50 (48 percent) Duplicates: 7 2000 base set completion: 33 of 225 (15 percent) Duplicates: 1
Base cards of note (1998) – Rick Ankiel, Eric Chavez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, Ruben Rivera, Jimmy Rollins, Vernon Wells
Base cards of note (1999) – Rick Ankiel, Josh Hamilton, Corey Patterson, Aaron Rowand, CC Sabathia, Jayson Werth
Base cards of note (2000) – John Lackey, Ben Sheets, Josh Hamilton, Barry Zito, Pat Burrell, Mark Mulder
What: 2017 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes baseball cards Arrives: March 15 Box basics: Five autographs or memorabilia cards per five-pack box (20 boxes per case)
What’s buzz-worthy: USA Baseball returns to the field after some time off with a new configuration but the same patriotic value and potential with a mix of current USA stars and big names from the program’s past.
Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.
What: 2017 Elite Draft Picks college football cards Arrives: March 15 Box basics: Five autographs per five-pack box (16 boxes per case).
What’s buzz-worthy: Elite comes to the college ranks with Panini America offering an autograph in every 15-card pack in a product that focuses on the stars of the college game from the past and offer a selection of 2017 draft pick hopefuls, too.
Chicago Bears RB Jordan Howard had one of the more-impressive seasons for a rookie this year and he’s got at least one “variation” in 2016 Panini Contenders that’s even more interesting than his showing on the field.
At least one collector has found one of these cards — and it’s unknown whether others even exist — but this on-card auto above appears to have been by someone else.