Rare Kris Bryant autos, party passes, sketches & cuts command cash from Topps’ historic Transcendent release

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With 52 autographs in every box — as well as a posh party invitation — it doesn’t take a lot to see the dollar signs inside each $25,000 box of 2016 Topps Transcendent Collection baseball cards.

s-l1600-3Those invites alone get a good chunk of change back (details here) and each case’s 1/1 Kris Bryant autograph using one of the 65 historic Topps designs commands some, too. Those cards have sold for as much as $2,182 on eBay (so far) and all seven sold have gone for at least $1,000.

Meanwhile, the asking or bid prices in current auctions are over the $1,000 mark in all but one instance and range as high as $7,250 for those in the historic set.

But the priciest find found inside one of those 65 silver briefcases? It’s much more impressive.

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Christy Mathewson auto from 2016 Topps Transcendent Collection commands big cash — and it should

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He’s one of the biggest names in the history of the game and he’s one not commonly found on cardboard when it comes to autographs.

But Christy Mathewson‘s ink has been found in a $25,000 box of 2016 Topps Transcendent Collection baseball cards and the Hall of Famer’s ink is definitely worthy of the record-setting pricey brand.

The asking price?

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Unique Mickey Mantle autograph among cool items in Steiner auction

mantfos000000-2_medSometimes they just want a unique autograph.

Some vintage collectors out there may have a little bit of everything, which leaves them searching for unique pieces once they have all of the basics from when a past player was on the field. Sure, there are countless new cardboard creations for icons like Mickey Mantle, but this piece on the auction block from Steiner Sports is a bit different than the typical Mantle autograph.

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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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First Buzz: 2016 Historic Autographs Friends-N-Foes Holiday Edition

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What: 2016 Historic Autographs Friends-N-Foes Holiday Edition
Arrives: Dec. 20
Box basics: One dual-autograph cut booklet per box (13 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Historic Autographs’ second release with booklets is here pairing players with common ties or opposing ones. The Friends cards will include family members, teammates and memorable pairings, while rivalries will be found on the Foes cards.

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Need a 2016 Panini Prime Cuts baseball checklist? It’s here + gallery

2016-Panini-Prime-Cuts-baseball-8Prime Cuts is almost here — but the wait for its checklist is now over.

How many Babe Ruth memorabilia cards will there be? How many rookies made the cut? Who’s signing and whose memorabilia can be found for the first time?

Oh and who made it onto the eight-player autograph booklets?

Keep reading to find out what’s in store for 2016 Panini Prime Cuts baseball cards …

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Cut Signature Edition History of Baseball

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What: 2017 Leaf Cut Signature Edition History of Baseball
Arrives: January
Box basics: One cut signature card per box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s newest cut autograph product will be all Hall of Famers as part of a made-to-order product with all serial-numbered cards encapsulated and printed on Metal Prismatic stock.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Top Shelf

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What: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Top Shelf
Arrives:
 Oct. 26
Box basics: Four envelopes per box — each with an autographed item or memorabilia redemption inside (one box per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Quest takes things up a notch with a breaker product that is the company’s most high-end line to date.

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eBay Buzz: How much would you pay for this piece of The Babe?

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If you’re still digging into boxes of 2013 Topps Five Star, you’ve lost your shot at this gem — a Babe Ruth bat barrel Relic that can currently be found on eBay.

You won’t believe the price, either.

The price tag is lofty, but it got Buzz wondering what you think this card is worth.

Or better yet …

Follow Buzz on Twitter @BlowoutBuzz or send email to BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com. 

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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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Leaf Trading Cards reveals wrapper redemption plans for National

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Leaf Trading Cards will be among the card companies in attendance at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention set for Aug. 3-7 in Atlantic City, N.J., and it revealed its plans for the show on Wednesday.

It will be a four-pronged effort that includes a case-break redemption program, a box-break redemption program, promo cards and an aggressive buying of cards for future buyback products.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures autographed baseballs (Series 8)

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What:
 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures autographed baseballs (Series 8)
Arrives: July 20
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand returns with a Ruthian inclusion as well as some specialty balls that will add to the chase.

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

toppsmag3The 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: Behind the scenes at Topps in the early 1990s, The National autograph tickets, 2016 Topps Archives, I got you Babe and … four 1/1s in one case?

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Gallery: 2016 Panini Flawless baseball cards (updated)

2016-panini-flawless-1We’re less than two weeks away from the arrival of 2016 Panini Flawess and its game-changing high-end potential being unleashed upon the hobby.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t yet get a sneak peek of what’s coming.

Panini America is busy readying those silver briefcases with baseball cards for the first time, and they’ll include 10 cards per box (or 20 total if you go the sealed case case route).

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

KAT-AbsoluteThe 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: Busting early Topps Heritage, big NBA breaks, Steven Adams takes a hit, Johnny Manziel screws up again and … Babe Ruth in a blaster box?

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Al Capone’s fingerprints up for grabs this week via Heritage Auctions

Heritage14The impressive stash of 1992 Olympic Dream Team memorabilia will probably get the post-sale attention, but there are a few other big-ticket items presently the auction block and ending in the next few days via Heritage Auctions.

The weirdest? Al Capone‘s fingerprints.

In 1929, Capone provided these prints after he was sent to the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. It’s an 8-inch square document that’s also signed by Capone — and it’s presently sitting at $44,000 ($52,580 with a buyer’s premium) with two days remaining in the sale.

Sure, it’s not a sports item — but there are some big pieces in that world that more than a few collectors would want to get their hands on in this auction. Keep reading for more.

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Board Buzz Gallery: Just don’t drool over these baseball cards

Ruth bat knobSometimes you just have to let the images speak for themselves.

Check out this gallery of images — new additions to a Blowout forum collection thread that Buzz included in yesterday’s Board Buzz.

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Four cards top $100,000 mark in Memory Lane Inc. auction

item_38092_1Memory Lane Inc.’s Spring Classics Rarities Auction ended with more than $2.9 million in sales during the weekend and four cards were of note helping the company reach that mark.

Three of them topped $100,000, while a fourth key card from the past topped $90,000 before a 20 percent premium was added.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 8)

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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: Showing off your Top 10 cards, 1990s NBA box breaks, Bartolo Colon‘s historic homer, 2015 Topps Diamond & Tim Duncan‘s cardboard.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Discovery autographs

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What: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Discovery autographs
2016-TRISTAR-Quest-Discovery-1Arrives: May 25
Box basics: Five envelopes per box — each with an autographed flat or memorabilia redemption inside (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR is creating this one solely for breakers, giving online collectors a shot at some of the biggest autographs possible in the sports world and beyond.

Keep reading for more.

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Gallery: 2015 Leaf Q sports cards

2015-Leaf-Q-sports-cards-44The latest Leaf sports card brand arrived on Friday in the form of the high-end 2015 Leaf Q, which packs a few sports-related surprises inside along with some of the biggest names in all of sports history.

Among the surprises? Chevy Chase‘s first certified autographs — the first of a few to come, actually — with this one remembering his time as an NBA player in Fletch.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Leaf Babe Ruth Collection baseball cards

Ruth1From 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 Leaf Babe Ruth Collection baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 20
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 100
Base set completion: 
80 of 80 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Babe Ruth, Babe Ruth and Babe Ruth.

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Robert Edward Auctions spring sale leads off with Honus Wagner T206

item_38979_1It’s a low-grade specimen of the most-iconic and expensive baseball card of all time and it’s leading off the action as lot No. 1 in the current Robert Edward Auctions sale.

With 10 days remaining in the company’s spring sale, theSGC 10 (Poor 1) Sweet Caporal T206 Honus Wagner already has attracted 29 bids after an opening bid of $50,000.

What’s it at now?

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Gallery: 2016 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards

2016-Panini-Diamond-Kings-baseball-7The latest edition of Diamond Kings arrived with a unique look and some of the biggest players in the history of the game available on memorabilia cards.

Guys like Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ken Griffey Jr., Roberto Clemente and “Shoeless” Joe Jackson to name a few.

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Need a 2016 Panini Diamond Kings baseball checklist? Get it here …

BB_PIS_Diamond_Kings_Babe-RuthWhen Panini America revived the Diamond Kings brand last year its return was marked with one of the biggest names in the history of the game.

Babe Ruth.

This year, The Bambino is in there once again — and there’s plenty more to be found from baseball’s past as well as its present.

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First Buzz: 2016 Panini Flawless baseball cards

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What:
 2016 Panini Flawless baseball cards
Arrives: June 1
Box basics:  Six autographs, two memorabilia cards and two jewel cards per box (two boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Flawless comes to baseball with the elite names from the past and the biggest names of the present to go with the elite high-end price tag.

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

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Documents with origins of baseball’s rules to hit auction via SCP in April

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Update: The documents sold for $3.26 million.

Dr. James Naismith‘s “Rules of Basketball” from 1891 sold for $4.3 million, while the “Rules of Soccer” from 1859 sold for $1.4 million.

What might previously unknown 1857 baseball documents fetch?

That’s what we’ll find out soon via SCP Auctions as a set of “Laws of Base Ball” documents from 1857 — documents that pre-date Alexander Cartwright‘s contributions to the game — will hit the market in April.

The author here is Daniel Lucius “Doc” Adams, who was the President of the New York Knickerbockers, and the documents’ origin has been researched by John Thorn, who has been the official MLB historian since 2011. The documents note guidelines such as the length of base paths, number of players on the field, a nine-inning game and more.

“When Doc Adams set to work in late 1856, none of these aspects of the game were settled,” Thorn said. “This was some seven years after Cartwright had left New York for Hawaii, never to return. For his role in making baseball the success it is, Doc Adams may now be counted as first among the Founding Fathers of Baseball.

“No earlier baseball manuscript of this significance has ever come onto the open market,” Thorn said. “In 1857, baseball made its great leap forward, and these are the documents that reveal what it was like to be present at the creation.”

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Auction Gallery: Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum benefit sale

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Nearly 80 lots of Babe Ruth-related memorabilia are currently up for grabs as part of a Goldin Auctions sale that benefits the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum.

The event opened on Monday and runs until March 5 with five percent of the winning bid price of all lots going to the Museum. Among the items are a contract, a game-used bat, autographed baseballs and many other items related to the biggest name in the history of baseball.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Platinum autographed baseballs

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Arrives: March 1
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand is back for 2016 with a new batch of stars and legends along with some specialty logo balls that help add variety to the chase.

Keep reading for more and a gallery of what’s in this one.

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First Buzz: 2016 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards

BB_PIS_Diamond_Kings_Kris-BryantWhat: 2016 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards
Arrives: March 30
Box basics: Two autographs or memorabilia cards per 12-pack box (24 boxes per case; 12 per inner case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Diamond Kings returns for another season with a heavy amount of inserts in every box and some of the biggest names in the past and present of the game.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Babe Ruth Collection baseball cards

Leaf-Babe-Ruth-1aWhat: 2016 Leaf Babe Ruth Collection baseball cards
Arrives: March 2016
Box basics: 20 packs per box (20 boxes per case) with two boxes per case including a Babe Ruth relic (on average)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Trading Cards brings The Bambino to the masses with a retail release that gives everybody a realistic shot at Babe Ruth memorabilia in a box that’s just $29.99 suggested retail price.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 21)

imageThe 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: Some 2015 Panini National Treasures, a Ruthian Pull, Derek Jeter’s documents, redemption replacements and some big card company rumors …

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Signature Series Special Delivery

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What:
 2016 TRISTAR Signature Series Special Delivery
Arrives: Feb. 18
SignatureSeriesBox basics: 10 envelopes per case — each with an autographed piece of memorabilia (or redemption for item)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Signature Series line of packaged memorabilia returns with a new selection of pieces possible and with every other case containing one “Hot Hit” item that typically sells for more than $500.

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Buzz Collector Profile: Mike Moynihan aka Moyni

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Also known as:
Moyni
Website:
None
Email: gonzaleznut@hotmail.com
BuzzProfiles-LogoLocation:
Texas
Work away from cards:
Financial planner
Collecting since:
1981

Main focuses: I collect Hall of Famer autos and Hall of Famer game-used cards. I also have big Josh Hamilton (almost 2,000 different and more than 100 1/1s) and Ivan Rodriguez (more than 2,500 different with 60 1/1s) player collections. I also have every Topps base set from 1973 to present as well as a bunch of Topps Heritage sets.

Favorite players/teams: Texas Rangers are my favorite team, and I am a big Josh Hamilton and Ivan Rodriguez fan.

Current collecting projects: I am trying to complete the 2015 Panini Immaculate Accolades Materials set. I only need one more card — the Babe Ruth /5.

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