Take my money, hold my candy: Bowl holders are kind of a big deal

Perhaps it’s just the countdown clock to Halloween ticking more loudly, but there’s something I’ve noticed more and more lately out and about and in the world of comic book and movies merchandise.

Candy bowl holders.

They’re apparently a thing — and they’re available for quite a few iconic characters in the comics and movies worlds. The Groot you see here? He’s not cheap — $68.96 at Amazon — and he’s not alone.

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Gallery: 2017 Cryptozoic DC Comics Bombshells trading cards

We’re less than a month away from a new arrival from Cryptozoic — one that combines cardboard with even more.

It’s 2017 Cryptozoic DC Comics Bombshells, which celebrates DC Comics‘ stars with 1940s pinup-propaganda poster stylings and includes one Golden Goddess vinyl figure variant in every box.

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First Buzz: 2017 Historic Autographs Celebrity Quads trading cards

What: 2017 Historic Autographs Celebrity Quads trading cards
Arrives: Late July
Box basics: One quad autograph  per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Historic Autographs takes to Hollywood history with a release that will be limited to just 90 cases and feature some of the biggest names in entertainment history.

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Funko’s SDCC exclusives include plenty of collecting heavyweights

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con is about a month away and Funko has already started to tease its exclusive toys that will be for sale at the show of all shows for pop culture and entertainment.

The Everett, Wash.-based company is releasing its previews in waves with iconic characters from Star Wars, Scott Pilgrim, Marvel, cartoons, DC Comics and TV shows already among those teased.

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Adam West’s TV legacy goes far beyond Batman — and he’s got a variety of autos for fans to covet

The man behind the mask and the mayor of Quahog has died.

Adam West, best-known as television’s Batman in the 1960s but recently found among those on the Family Guy cast for the last 17 years, had been battling leukemia. He was 88.

“Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans’ lives,” his family said in a statement. “He was and always will be our hero.”

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Buzz Break: 2017 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 2 trading cards

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.

The box: 2017 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 2
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com 

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 117
Base set completion: 
72 of 72 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 3

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Celebrity autographs just might be easier to find than you think

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.

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Spider-Man’s debut commands big cash via Heritage Auctions + gallery of original art still up for grabs


A high-grade copy of an iconic comic book has commanded an impressive sum on the auction block.

It’s one of only 11 copies of Amazing Fantasy No. 15, which is the first appearance of Spider-Man, and it sold for six figures via Dallas-based Heritage Auctions on Thursday night.

How much?

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Topps is returning to the comic book business … with Garbage Pail Kids


Younger collectors may not know it, but there was a time when Topps published comic books and magazines

And that time is back with the first issue of Garbage Pail Kids issue No. 1 — “The Worst of 2016” — which is being sold only initially via Topps.com. The books are $19.99 with a pair of stickers (Grim Jim and Nervous Rex) also included. A discount is available for those buying five copies of the book. It will be printed to order just like its other recent online GPK releases, according to the company’s site.

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Gallery: Sideshow’s high-end figures must be seen to be believed


Sometimes you just get sidetracked by an email.

That was the case Friday morning when the latest images from Sideshow Toys spotlighting its newest (and some past) Premium Format figures arrived in Buzz’s inbox.

They’re premium in size — in the case of Deadpool here 24 inches tall and 14 pounds — and premium in price. But, most importantly, they’re premium in appeal as they are ridiculously detailed in their varying forms.

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Thomas Fish adds comic book & horror memorabilia to collection


She’s one of the comic book world’s biggest icons and a ferocious superheroine vampire — and her first story ever published back in 1969 is now in the hands of one of the world’s biggest comic art collectors.

vampirella-coverShe’s Vampirella and the original art — the complete seven-page story — from Vampirella No. 1 is in the hands of Thomas Fish, the owner of BlowoutCards.com. The artwork previously sold in May 2009 after it had been in the collection of its creator, Forrest J. Ackerman all these years.

“During the last comic art con in Secaucus, N.J., I had an opportunity to meet the previous owner and discuss this historic first appearance piece of comic book and horror memorabilia,” Fish said. “After some negotiation, we were able to come to a deal we were both happy with and the artwork is now part of my collection.”

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Funko readies hefty lineup of Batman: The Animated Series & DC Comics toys coming next month


The iconic stars of the DC Comics universe are coming to the toy aisles once again with additions to three lines from Funko arriving next month.

There will be new Funko Pop! toys, a new line of Mystery Minis and new Dorbz — some with glow-in-the-dark capabilities — on shelves very soon.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1 trading cards

gotham_booster_3dmockup_galleryFrom 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.

gothams1_chase1_03_lrThe box: 2016 Cryptozoic Gotham Season 1 trading cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com 

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 106
Base set completion: 
72 of 72 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 2

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Cryptozoic readies Justice League promo cards for SDCC

82bc668e-84fd-4dbb-94d2-95126c45b48fA set of nine promo cards for the recently released DC Comics Justice League trading card set from Cryptozoic will only be available at San Diego Comic-Con this week.

The cards will be available at three different booths at the show while supplies last.

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Funko readies dozens of exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con


San Diego Comic-Con is almost here and the crew at Funko has prepared more than 70 different toys, T-shirts and more that will only initially be available at the show this week.

There will be pieces from Star Wars, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Disney, The Walking Dead and so much more in the company’s Pop! line, Dorbz and, well, so much more.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Cryptozoic Justice League trading cards

2016-justice-leagueFrom 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-justice-league-1The box: 2016 Cryptozoic Justice League trading cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com 

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 121
Base set completion: 
63 of 63 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 9


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Gallery: Pop culture icons plentiful in this week’s Profiles in History sale

Lot 1291: Michael J. Fox "Marty McFly" hero Mattel Hoverboard from Back to the Future Part II. Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Marty McFly‘s Hoverboard. The Beatles‘ controversial butcher album cover. Superman‘s cape. Bettie Page‘s pumps. Steve McQueen‘s racing jacket. Wolverine‘s claws. The Death Star.

The latest Profiles in History Hollywood Auction begins on Wednesday with more than 1,700 lots of everything you’d expect to see — and plenty more.

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Gallery: DC Comics Justice League sketch cards

topimagesWe’re less than a month away from the arrival of Cryptozoic‘s DC Comics Justice League cards and the company has been busy teasing the sketch cards to be found in the product.

There will be two types of sketches to be found — standard and diecut cards cut to look like the Hall of Justice.

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Batman vs. Superman Character Armor caps from New Era … do you wear them or collect them?

Batman-v-Superman1The merchandising of “geek films” has been as massive as the box office the box office for sci-fi, comic and other franchises in the last decade and beyond and the latest in New Era Caps are perhaps a perfect example of the eternal dilemma.

Do you use them or collect them?

In the case of the Batman vs. Superman Character Armor 59FIFTY caps from New Era, they’re unique and pricey, which might add to that debate even though they are hats with no packaging to worry about.

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Batman vs. Superman will make its way onto NASCAR track & diecasts

C48682XL4JJ_18-1If you don’t remember seeing anything about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice on TV or anywhere else, you might need to check your pulse.

One more place you’re going to be seeing more of the DC Comics powers before the movie arrives is on the NASCAR track and on diecast cars from Lionel Racing, which teased the forthcoming cars this week. The No. 48 Chevy of six-time champ and NASCAR’s Clark Kent, Jimmie Johnson, will take on the role of Superman.

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Funko reveals Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice toy lineups

jpeg-5With the blockbuster Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice less than three months away, we’re just getting warmed up when it comes to the marketing and merchandising — and the latest reveal for the DC franchise is here with a full line of vinyl from Funko.

That means you can get Batfleck and Supes in a few ways — and none of them bleed.

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Yep, Mets star Matt Harvey signed that … and we’re no Joker

Matt-Harvey-Autographed-Batman-Mask-MLB-Authenticated--HARVMAS000001~PRODUCT_01--IMG_1200-1314281700If 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?

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