What: 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks baseball cards
Arrives: Oct. 4
Box basics: Six autographs per six-pack box (12 boxes per case)
What’s buzz-worthy: Panini brings Contenders back to the baseball field with an autograph in every pack and a ton of past and future MLB stars all wearing their school colors.
Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.
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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:
12 of 100 (12 percent)
Notables on base cards – Ryne Sandberg, Albert Pujols, Clayton Kershaw, Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Cespedes
Rookie Cards (3) – Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, Raimel Tapia
What: 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition baseball cards
Box basics: One encased autograph per box (20 boxes per case)
Player list: Click here to view
Order: Click here for boxes & click here for cases
What’s buzz-worthy: Topps brings its buyback line to the collecting masses once again with a focus on MLB’s younger stars and iconic current veterans.
Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.
There are a few products among the Blowout Fourth of July sale that will heat things up the next 11 days — yep, 11 — but the first of the Firecracker deals is worth checking out simply because of the amount of star power and ink potentially found inside each and every box.
It’s 2015 Panini Prizm. The price?
It’s the fourth day of May and, of course, that’s got a Star Wars tie. (If you don’t get it, you probably haven’t seen the movies.)
As part of this holiday of sorts Topps has created the 2016 Topps Star Wars Tribute baseball set — a series of prints and jumbo cards in the style of the memorable early Star Wars stickers made by the company way back in 1977.
One of the challenges of collecting once you reach a certain level (either in years or cards) is how to keep yourself engaged in a hobby that can be full of obstacles.
Cost can be an obstacle. A limited number of releases including your player or team — or scarcity of cards within those releases that are made — can be an obstacle. A player retiring can be an obstacle. These aren’t the only ones, either.
Once you have a certain number of cards for a player or a team, though, maybe it’s time to consider adding to your collection in a few simple ways that are already around you. They can be just as challenging as cards, too.
Here are a few options …
What: 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.
Keep reading for more.
Jason Dean Martin
Also Known As: @jasondeanmartin on Twitter (And everywhere else, too.)
Website: www.jasondeanmartin.weebly.com & www.beansballcardblog.com
Work away from cards: Territory Manager for PPG Industries
Collecting since: 1987
Main focuses: Josh Fogg and anything baseball including MLB, MiLB, NCAA and USA. Also errors and variations.
Favorite players/teams: Josh Fogg, Bobby Bonilla, Bryce Harper
Current collecting projects: Josh Fogg (including cards and memorabilia), 1991 Topps errors and variations
If you’re a baseball fan, you know the comic book references were thick this year with the National League champion New York Mets.
Those things happen when you have Thor, Captain America and The Dark Knight all on one team.
But, we need to know, do you own their autographs?