Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 18)

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: Legendary maildays, NFL Draft scenarios, big pulls & more.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1997 Action Packed NFL retail box (Hour 1)

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 1.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1997 Pinnacle Action Packed NFL retail (magazine vendor) box 
The cost now:
$9,99
The cost then: $89.64 in United States, $125.64 in Canada ($2.49/$3.49 per pack … it says so on the packs!)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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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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First Buzz: 2016 Historic Autographs Art of Football Series 2

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What: 2016 Historic Autographs Art of Football Series 2
Arrives: Jan. 12
Box basics: One autograph per box (16 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: A second series of Hall of Fame autographs is on the way from Historic Autographs via signed Goal Line Art cards that are slabbed and authenticated by PSA/DNA.

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Gallery: 2016 Panini Impeccable football cards

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We’re less than a week away from the latest high-end football card brand from Panini America and it’s one that looks like it has a pretty high standard.

One might call it impeccable.

The brand is 2016 Panini Impeccable and it will pack some serious punch with metal cards, autographed memorabilia cards and standard autographs — and plenty of on-card autographs.

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First Buzz: 2016 Donruss Optic football cards

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What: 2016 Donruss Optic football cards
Arrives: Dec. 14
Box basics: One autograph card per 20-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini’s Donruss football gets Optichromed with a hobby box that’s set to deliver a rookie in every pack along with plenty of inserts and parallels.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Buzz Break: 1996 Pro Line football cards

IMG_4183From 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.

Eddie-GeorgeThe box: 1996 Pro Line football cards
Where to buy:
 Check eBay.

Packs per box: 28
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 280
Base set completion: 
252 of 350 (72 percent)
Duplicates: 18
Triplicates: 6

Notables on base cards — Joe Montana, Junior Seau, Dan Marino, Warren Moon,  Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, Barry Sanders, John Elway, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Jerome Bettis, Reggie White, Steve Young, Marshall Faulk, Randall Cunningham, Jim Kelly.

Notable Rookie Cards — Keyshawn Johnson, Mike Alstott, Eddie George

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Buzz Break: 1995 Pro Line football cards

1995-Pro-Line-BoxFrom 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.

1995-Pro-Line-Joe-MontanaThe box: 1995 Pro Line football cards
Where to buy:
 Check eBay on this one.

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 360
Base set completion: 
319 of 400 (80 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards — Joe Montana, Drew Bledsoe, Junior Seau, Dan Marino, Warren Moon,  Jerry Rice, Deion Sanders, Barry Sanders, Andre Rison, John Elway, Sterling Sharpe, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Jerome Bettis, Reggie White, Steve Young, Marshall Faulk, Randall Cunningham, Jim Kelly.

Notable Rookie Cards — Steve McNair, Jeff Blake, Warren Sapp, Ki-Jana Carter, Kordell Stewart, Joey Galloway, Derrick Brooks.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Autographed Football Helmets

leaf2What: 2016 Leaf Autographed Football Helmets
Arrives: October
Box basics: One autographed full-sized helmet per box (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf offers “the return of one of the most popular and innovative packaged memorabilia items of all time” with every box yielding either a Hall of Famer, current NFL star or rookie, past stars and even “a few more surprises.”

Keep reading for more.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Donruss Elite football cards (hobby box)

16pndonrusseliteFBFrom 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 Donruss Elite football cards (hobby box)
2016-elite-barry-sandersWhere to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box:
 20
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 100
Base set completion: 
78 of 100 (78 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players found on base cards – Todd Gurley, Jerry Rice, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Emmitt Smith, Bo Jackson, Joe Montana, Cam Newton, Troy Aikman, Aaron Rodgers, Adrian Peterson, Dez Bryant, Joe Namath, J.J. Watt, Eli Manning, John Elway, Barry Sanders.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Panini Classics football cards (blaster box)

2016pnclassicsFBFrom 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 Panini Classics football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby) 

2016-panini-classics-SingletaryPacks per box:
 8
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 64
Base set completion: 
56 of 300 (19 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players found on base cards – Roger Staubach, Emmitt Smith, Lawrence Taylor, Mike Singletary, Eric Dickerson, Thurman Thomas, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Kelly, Brett Favre, Len Dawson, Barry Sanders, Julio Jones, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Josh Norman, Drew Brees, Cam Newton.

Rookie Cards (8) – Connor Cook, Pharoh Cooper, Jonathan Williams, Glenn Gronkowski, Leonard Floyd, Kolby Listenbee, Brandon Doughty, Brandon Allen.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Gameday Greats Football Jerseys

2016-tristar-GameDay-Greats-FB-Jersey-1 What: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Gameday Greats Football Jerseys
Arrives: June 15
Box basics: One autographed jersey per box (five boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Hidden Treasures football brand returns with the fabric of the game — autographed jerseys of notable players that collectors can chase via an affordable blind-wrapped box.

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Gallery: 2016 Panini Classics football cards

2016-panini-classics-football-auto-gallery-11Take a simple array of variation types to enhance a 1980s-inspired design for a checklist loaded with past, present and future greats and then add in some autographs, buybacks and other surprises for a bargain price and you get 2016 Panini Classics.

The retro-inspired modern release arrived today with an autograph in every 14-pack box and a memorabilia in every other box.

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

b2ec428d1c02f760bf18acb264e44549_zpsmgc3gymsThe 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: Museum Collection, big NFL pulls, Bill Gates’ money, Mickey Mantle’s RC & more.

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Gallery: 2015 Panini Flawless football cards

2015-panini-flawless-football-autograph-47The recent arrival of 2015 Panini Flawless football cards marked a new wave of high-end cards for fans to consider and a new wave of impressive possibilities for autographs and dazzling memorabilia displayed within cardboard.

Sometimes it’s simple, sometimes it’s not.

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Making the Grade II: Corey Seager Pristine, a WrestleMania upstart, legends & Sheldon Cooper’s shirt

Corey-seager-2015-panini-usa-baseballLike many collectors, Buzz is a fan of grading and knows that there are many reasons that collectors choose to slab cards. Sometimes it’s to enhance the appeal and protect them when selling. Other times it’s to protect an investment for the long-term or to protect for sentimental reasons. Or, it might be just for fun or curiosity about a potential grade.

Here’s the second Grading Diary here on The Buzz …

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Steiner Sports launches Heisman Collection autographed helmets

Steiner-Heisman-CollectionThe Heisman Trophy is one of the most high-profile awards in sports, and its winners’ autographs are a coveted niche for fans who focus on football.

Steiner Sports knows this and has launched a new line of Heisman Collection autographs, a lineup that includes group-signed helmets as well as single-signed pieces from 23 past winners.

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Gallery: 2015 Panini National Treasures football cards

2015-panini-national-treasures-3This year’s National Treasures football card set is slated to arrive next week packing some of the biggest names in the history of the game.

But don’t take Buzz’s word for it … just check out the gallery of cards teased by Panini America so far this morning as it fills the boxes of 2015 Panini National Treasures by hand today down in Texas.

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First Buzz: 2016 Upper Deck All-time Greats Master Collection cards

Master Collection-2What: 2016 Upper Deck All-time Greats Master Collection trading cards
Arrives: This week
Box basics: 58 cards and one mystery redemption per box

What’s buzz-worthy: Take the biggest names in the sports world (and the MasterCollection-logoUpper Deck stable of signers) and take it all high-end. How high-end? The cost per box to dealers — not the price to the public — is north of $10,000. What does it include? Among the inclusions in each box are an autographed acrylic box-topper, a 25-card autographed base set, a 30-card acetate Master Collection Puzzle set, one Michael Jordan Diamond card, one autographed Masterful Paintings card, one dual auto or dual cut auto card and one mystery redemption.

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Chin straps just start of high-end fun in Immaculate Collection College

panini-america-2015-immaculate-college-multisport-marcus-mariotaAutographed chin strap cards — they’ve never been done before, but they’re coming in 2015 Immaculate Collection College, which was revealed this week and is coming in December from Panini America.

Packing just seven cards per box — five of those being autographs or memorabilia — this brand will include stars from several sports on cards that might not have been seen before and all are done using NCAA team logos and colors. One cool example? A memorabilia card of Tony Gwynn the basketball star at San Diego State.

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