Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Donruss Optic baseball blaster (Hour 2)

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 2.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Donruss Optic (blaster)
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Futures Game memorabilia leads off All-Star Week at MLB Auctions

Game-used memorabilia from this year’s All-Star festivities will be hitting the auction block via MLB Auctions this week and the stars of the All-Star Futures Game are batting lead-off.

Game-used batting helmets, game-used baseballs, game-used caps, used batting practice jerseys and a game-used base are already up for grabs from the prospect showcase that the United States won, 7-6, over the World squad on Sunday evening.

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First Buzz: 2017 Onyx Platinum Elite baseball cards

What: 2017 Onyx Platinum Elite baseball cards
Arrives: July 27
Box basics: At least two autographs per 10-card pack (20 packs per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This prospecting brand will include top young prospects, iconic notable buyback cards and a super-low print run of just 60 cases.

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Clock ticks for BlowoutTV 50-case auction break of 2015 Bowman Draft

SwansonIf you’re a veteran prospector you’ve probably ripped into a few Bowman Draft cases through the years, but the latest big break from BlowoutTV is one that has to impress even the most-grizzled of hobby veterans.

It’s a 50-case break of 2015 Bowman Draft. Yep, 50 cases. That’s 600 boxes. That’s 14,400 packs. That’s a whole lot of potential.

The clock is winding down on the auction for this break with a deadline on ink tonight (click here for the basics) and there are a few players who should grab the attention of prospectors. Among notables here are Andrew BenintendiBrendan Rodgers and Dansby Swanson to name a few and there are inevitably other gems to be found with color or Superfractor potential in that much wax.

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Bowman Platinum’s powerful return should impress with checklist alone

s-l1600-2Big names, big ink and a smaller than normal distribution is a recipe for a hot product with longer-term potential.

Some of the names on the autographed checklist should reinforce that potential — Alex Bregman, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Brendan Rodgers, Daz Cameron, Dansby Swanson, Ian Happ, Lucas Giolito, Willson Contreras, Yoan Moncada, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Julio Urias, Kris Bryant, Kenta Maeda, Mike Trout and Trevor Story. (And that’s just two of the checklists in this one.)

That product is 2016 Bowman Platinum, and it’s initially billed as a Walmart-only brand doing well enough that it’s now also available with 20-pack boxes on hand from Blowout.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Metal Draft baseball cards


What: 2016 Leaf Metal Draft baseball cards
Arrives: November/December
Box basics: Six autographs per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Trading Cards brings back Metal with the lowest print run in the history of the product — fewer than 200 cases will be made.

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Auction clock ticking down on BlowoutTV’s 50-case break of 2015 Bowman Draft baseball cards

SwansonIf you’re a veteran prospector you’ve probably ripped into a few Bowman Draft cases through the years, but the latest upcoming break from BlowoutTV is one that has to impress even the most-grizzled of hobby veterans.

It’s a 50-case break of 2015 Bowman Draft. Yep, 50 cases. That’s 600 boxes. That’s 14,400 packs. That’s a whole lot of potential.

The clock is winding down on the auction for this break (click here for the basics) but there are a few players who will grab the attention of prospectors now — and inevitably those and a few others will grab the attention of baseball fans later. (It’s Bowman Draft.)

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Buzz Break: 2016 Bowman baseball cards (hobby box)

2016-bowman-hobby-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

Kenta-MaedaThe box: 2016 Bowman baseball cards (hobby box)
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Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 240
Base set completion: 
101 of 150 (67 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Prospect set completion: 
72 of 150 (48 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Chrome prospect set completion: 
48 of 150 (32 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Josh Donaldson, Manny Machado, Carlos Correa, David Ortiz, Ichiro Suzuki, Albert Pujols, Zack Greinke, David Price, Kris Bryant

Rookie Cards (22) – Corey Seager, Michael Conforto, Luis Severino, Jose Peraza, Zach Lee, Hector Olivera, Matt Reynolds, Carl Ewdards Jr., Frankie Montas, Trea Turner, Henry Owens, Miguel Sano, Trayce Thompson, Max Kepler, Kyle Waldrop, Jorge Lopez, Tom Murphy, Jon Gray, Gary Sanchez, Richie Shaffer, Aaron Nola, Miguel Almonte

Notable Prospects (both sets) – Yoan Moncada, Kenta Maeda, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Daz Cameron, Brendan Rodgers, Carson Fulmer

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First Buzz: 2016 Onyx Platinum Elite baseball cards

2016-Onyx Platinum-Elite-Baseball-2What: 2016 Onyx Platinum Elite baseball cards
Arrives: April
Box basics: Two autographs per four-card box (25 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Prospecting heads high-end with this product that includes “an epic checklist” according to the company with at least two autographs per box from a roster of signers that includes No. 1 draft pick Dansby Swanson, Brendan Rodgers, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and plenty more with a rainbow of parallels, too.

Keep reading for more, including a gallery.

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First Buzz: 2016 Bowman Inception baseball cards

16_Bowman Inception Baseball-schwarberWhat: 2016 Bowman Inception baseball cards
Arrives: July 6
Box basics: Four autographed and one autographed Relic in every box.

What’s buzz-worthy: Bowman Inception is back with a new array of colors for top rookies and prospects and five hits in every box without a high-end price — and new this year are veteran autographs signed on-card.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Panini increases autograph output in 2015 Elite Extra Edition boxes

panini-america-2015-eee-baseball-yoan-moncadaWhen Panini America first revealed 2015 Elite Extra Edition back in October, it promised that the annual prospecting staple would include plenty of autographs — eight to 10 in the warmest of Hot Box scenarios and six autos for the standard boxes.

But there will be even more ink when it arrives next Thursday.

A lot more in every case.

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Card Gallery: 2015 Bowman’s Best baseball cards

2015BowmansBest-3Bowman’s Best officially returns tomorrow for the first time in eight years and it’s going to pack two autographs into each mini box, four per master, when collectors tear in.

First introduced in 1994, Bowman’s Best ran for more than a decade before a year off and a return in 2007. It’s been sidelined ever since. This time around, the brand replaces Bowman Sterling and offers a selection of young stars that have captivated collectors already this past season or so along with a crop of new draft picks as well. Nearly all autographs are signed on-card for this release.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards

16_Topps Pro Debut Baseball-3What: 2016 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards
Arrives: May 25, 2016
Box basics: Two autographs and two Relics in every 24-pack hobby box

What’s buzz-worthy: Future stars, eccentric promo night uniforms and Fragments of the Farm Relics are back in the newest chapter of the ongoing Minor League Baseball card saga called Pro Debut.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Six more signers revealed for 2015 Bowman Draft baseball release


Who will be signing for 2015 Bowman Draft? That’s a question that’s been ongoing and  Topps has been trickling out names via the BowmanCards Twitter account.

The first two signers will be Dansby Swanson and Brendan Rodgers but they’ll now be joined by a few others.

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Dansby Swanson & Brendan Rodgers are first signers for 2015 Bowman Draft baseball coming in December

Who will be signing for 2015 Bowman Draft? That’s a question that’s been on the minds of many collectors the last few months and Topps provided two answers on Thursday morning.

The first two signers will be Dansby Swanson and Brendan Rodgers.

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Nov. 12)

15_NT_MultiSport_DansbySwansonThe 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.

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Buzz-worthy numbers: Facts about 2015 Panini Contenders baseball, which arrives on Wednesday


Here are some facts touting Panini America‘s latest baseball set, 2015 Panini Contenders, which arrives on Wednesday, Nov. 11, packing some prospect debuts and plenty of international, prep and college talents in their teams’ colors.

54 — There will be 54 players who are appearing on their first autographs in this one, according to the company, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Victor Robles among them. Guerrero is the son of the former big-leaguer and will aim to begin his MLB career in Canada as a Blue Jays signee. (His dad, of course, began as an Expo nearly 20 years ago back in 1996.) Robles is a highly touted Nationals outfielder.

2 — That’s the number of boxes in a case that will pack an autograph from either Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager or Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada. Schwarber will be seen in his Indiana Hoosiers gear but is already on the minds of many collectors as is Seager, who will be found as part of the product’s USA Baseball contingent. Moncada is a new international signee who has very little cardboard so far.

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Dansby Swanson & Brendan Rodgers are 2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Mystery Redemptions


They’re new players and you may already have their new baseball cards but not even know it.

Topps announced on Thursday that top draft picks Dansby Swanson and Brendan Rodgers are the mystery redemptions found in packs of 2015 Topps Heritage Minor League, the set that takes today’s players down on the farm back to 1966.

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