Red Sox lose a legend as Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr dies at age 99

Ted Williams called him the “Silent Captain” of the Red Sox and he’s a Hall of Famer, too, with 14 seasons in the major leagues, all for Boston.

He’s Bobby Doerr and he died Monday at age 99.

Doerr was a nine-time All-Star who hit .288 with 2,042 hits, 223 home runs and 1,247 RBI in 1,865 games for Boston from 1937 to 1951 save for the 1945 season where, like Williams, he was in the military.

“Bobby Doerr was part of an era of baseball giants and still stood out as one himself,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement. “And even with his Hall of Fame achievements at second base, his character and personality outshined it all. He will be missed.”

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Rafael Devers’ hot late start means long wait for 2018 Rookie Cards — but he’s got plenty to chase now

You’ll have to wait until 2018 for his official Rookie Cards, but, don’t worry, he’s got plenty you can collect for now.

His name is Rafael Devers and he’s also got six home runs in his first 62 at-bats for the Boston Red Sox and, most importantly, three of those have come in his last two games against the New York Yankees.

The 20-year-old third baseman is hitting .339 with 12 RBI, 11 runs and a stolen base in his first 16 games — and he’s got to be among the league leaders in pre-RC cardboard, too.

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Former AL MVP Don Baylor doesn’t appear on a lot of cardboard

One generation might know him as a bit of a slugger and the 1979 American League MVP, while another might know him as a manager and coach.

Either way, Don Baylor was a man who lived his life in baseball — his career that spanned from the 1960s until 2015. He died on Monday at age 68 after a battle with multiple myeloma.

“Don Baylor: 14 teams as player, coach and manager. Countless lives influenced. There’s a hole in the universe, its expanse without end,” said J.G. Taylor Spink Award-winner Claire Smith on Twitter. “Deepest love and condolences to Becky Baylor and the Baylor family who are mourning a man whose heart was as big as all of Texas.”

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Babe Ruth’s 1927 World Series ring — and more — hits auction block

Update: The ring sold for $2,093,926, while the contract sold for $2,303,319.

“Wild Thing” is cashing in.

Babe Ruth‘s 1927 World Series ring is on the auction block and its owner, actor Charlie Sheen, is closing in on a seven-figure payday with more than three days remaining before the Lelands.com auction closes on this and one other very, very big piece of memorabilia from MLB history.

“We have sold and seen many great pieces of sports memorabilia in our nearly 50 years in the hobby,” reads the auction house listing. “But this is without a doubt the finest piece of all.”

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Fidget spinners get a date on Lowell Spinners’ promotional calendar

You’ve probably seen them somewhere near the cards at a retail store and they’re one of the biggest fads of the moment, too.

And now fidget spinners are coming to the ballpark.

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Michael Chavis’ power surge comes two years after his last certified ink

He’s not exactly a come-from-nowhere player, but the power is coming through for one Boston Red Sox minor-leaguer.

Michael Chavis hit his 14th home run of the season Sunday for High-A Salem — and actually his 13th, too, since it was his third multi-homer game of the year. That’s just two-shy of his career-high from two years ago in 109 games.

He’s hitting .343 through 47 games (so that home run pace looks even stronger) and the good news here is that he’s just 21 years old since he was just 18 back in 2014 when Boston took him with the 26th overall pick.

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Ted Williams military memorabilia cards arrive in 2017 Diamond Kings

This just might be a baseball card to go gung-ho for.

It’s one of three Materials cards from The Ted Williams Collection found in packs of 2017 Panini Diamond Kings — all memorabilia cards with pieces of personally worn material from the Baseball Hall of Famer and Boston Red Sox icon.

This one’s a bit different, though.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection baseball cards

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What: 2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection baseball cards
Arrives: March 31
Box basics: Four hits in every six-card box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The Bambino returns with a high-end product from Leaf Trading Cards that includes two stadium seat cards and two bat cards in every single box — and the possibilities of much more.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Gallery: 2017 MLB spring training & batting practice caps from New Era

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A new baseball season is nearly here with the first spring training games set to air later this month and that’s when we’ll see the newest players on their new teams.

And many of them will be wearing new uniforms — well, at least new caps.

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Buzz Poll: What’s next for Yoan Moncada baseball cards?

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Chris Sale is headed to Boston for four prospects and the biggest one of them all is Yoan Moncada.

Moncada was a top-five prospect for the Red Sox and easily among the hottest prospects in the game in the last year or so. Now, he heads to the White Sox where big bats like Jose Abreu have arrived with an impact but fizzled over time in terms of cardboard.

The 21-year-old hit just .211 with one RBI in eight games with the Red Sox last season after a minor-league campaign that included a .294 average, 15 homers and 62 RBI in 106 games between Salem and Portland.

What do you think?

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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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Black November Wave 7 is here — and here are five deals to consider

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If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices now over on the mothership as BlowoutCards.com’s Black November Wave 7 hits today.

Many of the discounts were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of the boxes and cases — and here are five boxes that caught this collector’s eye.

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Every box of this one includes four autographs, three inserts and six Prizm parallels — that’s not a lot and Panini America added more in subsequent Prizm releases but there are a couple of names that make this box notable at its reduced price. They are Kris Bryant and Mookie Betts and both of those MVP candidates can be found within the Prizm rainbow of autographs here. Others of note within these packs? Carlos Correa, Joc Pederson, Clint Frazier, Byron Buxton, Clint Frazier, Maikel Franco, Jose Abreu and Aaron Judge. The right rare shade here could be easy profits based on the box prices.

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Big Papi’s farewell & Party at Napoli’s get Topps Now autos

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A Party at Napoli’s and Big Papi’s farewell are among today’s Topps Now baseball cards.

The lineup includes 18 cards available for only 24 hours via Topps’ online card program. David Ortiz‘s autographs along with Mike Napoli‘s marks the first time there are two autographs available on the same day — and they aren’t the only cards.

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Buzz Poll: Who do you see winning the World Series?

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MLB’s postseason begins tonight … and we simply want to know who you think wins it all.

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AL East champion Boston Red Sox get Topps Now team set

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The newest Topps Now team set brings Big Papi along for the ride and so much more.

With the Boston Red Sox clinching the American League East title, Topps has unveiled a new take on its real-time baseball card program with another team set.

The Red Sox are the sixth postseason-bound team to get a set released as an extended part of the program with the sets costing $49.99.

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Topps Now goes big with David Ortiz autos & Gary Sanchez Relics

artbb-16c2s-16tn-0389f-1_1It might be the biggest (Papi) day in Topps Now history.

For the first time, Today’s Topps Now lineup includes autographs that can be purchased outright — David Ortiz — and Relics for the hard-hitting New York Yankees rookie Gary Sanchez on the same day as part of a 14-card offering.

Ortiz autos start at $199.99 for his card limited to 99 copies all the way up to a $999.99 1/1 card that is already sold out.

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Mookie Betts’ homers keep piling up & keep sparking demand for cards

Mookie-BettsThis Red Sox slugger has been in some elite company this season and his cardboard continues to pick up momentum.

His name is Mookie Betts and he smacked another homer — a three-run shot — last night in Baltimore to up his season total to 28. That comes off the heels of a three-homer game Sunday that put him side-by-side with Ted Williams as the only Red Sox players with a pair of three-homer games in the same season.

It’s sparked a wave of Topps Now cards — and pricey Relics that sold out near-instantly — but it’s not the only cardboard that Betts has that’s now in more demand.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (July 9)

scan0039_zps36ccrfunThe 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: Big breaks, Tom Brady Rookie Cards, Panini Rewards, The NSCC & more.

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Jackie Bradley Jr.’s hitting streak puts focus on his cardboard

Jackie-Bradley-Jr.-2012-Bowman-Chrome-autoHe’s been known since Day One to prospectors because he’s got one of the most-unique autographs in the game.

You know, one where you can often read every single letter.

But it’s on-the-field work that has people watching Jackie Bradley Jr. — he’s on a streak that’s getting his cardboard some attention and could help usher him into the mainstream. The Boston Red Sox outfielder enters today’s doubleheader against the World Series champion Kansas City Royals with a 22-game hitting streak.

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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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Jeremy Hazelbaker is a hidden treasure on baseball cards — because he barely has any

Jeremy-HazelbakerHe’s one of this season’s biggest surprises and on cardboard he’s one of the best-kept secrets.

He’s Jeremy Hazelbaker, an outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, and he’s a secret because he’s not had many baseball cards of note — not a single certified autograph — in years.

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In the Now: 2016 Topps Now baseball cards changing game (checklist & ongoing gallery)

2016-Topps-Now-12-Nomar-MazaraTopps‘ new program creating real baseball cards in real time documenting the highlights of the here and now have caught on with some collectors as this season has begun with some historic starts and impressive debuts for MLB rookies.

It’s 2016 Topps Now and the cards are only available for a 24-hour window. After that, the population reports are released and the next day’s cards are unveiled — all in made-to-order, real-time fashion.

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Carl Yastrzemski’s Rookie Card gets jumbo Chrome autograph treatment

yazTopps Authentics‘ newest star is a Boston Red Sox legend and his 1960 Topps Rookie Card is getting a taste of the rainbow — the Chrome rainbow.

And the player? It’s Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.

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It’s a dirty job, but MLB will do it …

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Fans of World Series teams and All-Star Game hosts in recent years can remember their big events with game-used dirt jars that can be found via buy-it-now listings MLB Auctions.

Sure, they are novelty items — but for casual collectors these small items will stand out as something both unique and affordable.

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Pablo Sandoval’s spring training drama won’t affect his lone RC

2008-Topps-Heritage-High-Sandoval-Rookie-CardThe spring training drama that is Pablo Sandoval and his “waist management” concerns is the big non-story story so far, but there’s one statistic about the Boston Red Sox slugger that should matter to baseball card collectors.

The statistic is one — as in Sandoval is one of very few players in recent years to appear on just one Rookie Card. Yep, that’s it … one.

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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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Topps Authentics adds Boston’s Henry Owens to autograph roster

HenryOwensHenry Owens made his big-league debut with the Boston Red Sox in 2015 and this year he’ll debut with a new team.

The Topps Authentics squad.

Topps revealed Owens as the latest exclusive member of its autographed memorabilia team on Wednesday. He joins reigning American League Rookie of the Year Carlos Correa and New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino. The company also teased that there will be more TA announcements to come.

“I’m very excited to be a part of this new endeavor with Topps,” Owens said. “First, being featured in their card products. Now a featured athlete for their Topps Authentics brand. Quite the honor.”

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Buzz Poll: Is David Ortiz a Hall of Famer in collectors’ minds?

DavidOrtiz2014ToppsDavid Ortiz has been the face of the Boston Red Sox lately and he’s the only player with the team for all three of its World Series wins in the last 11 years. He’ll be retiring after the 2016 season and there’s ultimately one question on the minds of many baseball fans (and probably a few collectors) out there.

Is he a Hall of Famer?

Tell us what you think with our poll below or by leaving a comment.

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