Aaron Judge could have been an Oakland A’s star — and here’s his 2010 Bowman Draft Picks card

You probably know Aaron Judge by now. After all, he’s tied for the MLB lead with 15 home runs, is the 6-foot-7 young face of the New York Yankees and on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

But in an alternate reality — and an alternate reality with baseball cards — none of this would have happened. He’d be playing somewhere else.

You probably didn’t know — this collector didn’t — that Judge was once a draft pick of the Oakland A’s, the Moneyballing squad that ultimately sends all of its star players to the Yankees anyway and gets its playoff hopes dashed by Yankees stars and unlikely plays that will never, ever go away. (They even start off movies made about the A’s.)

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting three 2014 Topps Series 1 MLB commemorative patch packs (Hour 10)

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 10.

12in12-logo-smallerThe packs: 2014 Topps Series 1 MLB commemorative patch packs
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting three 2016 Bowman MLB value packs (Hour 5)

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 5.

12in12-logo-smallerThe lot: Three 2016 Bowman baseball value packs (each contains three packs plus a bonus pack)
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Elite Extra Edition boxes can pay off for bargain hunters & auto chasers

To say that the baseball card landscape has changed in the last decade might be an understatement, but there’s been one prospecting brand that has delivered many of the biggest names early and often and delivered a good amount of ink, too, thanks to Hot Boxes.

It’s packed a number of surprise inclusions, a tremendous rainbow of serial-numbered parallel autos and even some pretty good bargains as many collectors have their established habits elsewhere. In recent years, it’s also given us a teaser of younger USA Baseball players, too.

This mainstay — and arguably a simultaneous sleeper — is Elite Extra Edition

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2013 Topps Heritage blaster Hot Box (Hour 3)

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 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2013 Topps Heritage baseball blaster (Hot Box)
The cost:
$16

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2008 Razor Signature Series baseball wax box (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: 2008 Razor Signature Series
The cost now: Click here (on sale!)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards (hobby box)

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 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards (hobby)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24 (plus one box-topper)
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 193
Base set completion: 
173 of 300 (58 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Addison Russell, Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Albert Pujols, Max Scherzer, Kyle Hendricks, Trevor Story, Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado, Kenta Maeda, Josh Donaldson, Jake Arrieta, Giancarlo Stanton, Yu Darvish, David Ortiz, Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Correa

Rookie Cards (21) – Jharel Cotton, Alex Bregman, Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Orlando Arcia, Alex Reyes, Tyler Glasnow, Robert Gsellman, Tyler Austin, Matt Olson, Manny Margot, Trey Mancini, Teoscar Hernandez, JaCoby Jones, Carson Fulmer, Gavin Cecchini, David Dahl, Joe Musgrove, Hunter Renfroe, Ryon Healy, Bruce Maxwell

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Blowout introduces Fire & Ice boxes — and so far there’s plenty of fire

If you want to try a little something from everywhere in the sports world with serious high-end potential but not break the bank, then a new product line from Blowout Cards might be for you.

It’s 2017 Blowout Cards Fire & Ice — and it’s delivered very well for some collectors digging in on Thursday via BlowoutTV. The four cards above? They were all found in the first eight boxes of his high-end buyback box.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2015 Topps Heritage MLB blaster (Hour 12)

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 the finale of today’s marathon.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 2015 Topps Heritage baseball blaster box
The cost now: 
$19.99
The cost then: $19.99

What’s inside this box? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Topps Archives 65th MLB box (Hour 5)

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 5.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2016 Topps Archives 65th Anniversary Edition baseball box
The cost: Click here to view

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Heritage MLB hobby 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: 2017 Topps Heritage hobby box
The cost: Click here to see

What’s inside this box? Keep reading …

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Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss baseball cards (hobby box)

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 Donruss baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
128 of 195 (66 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Short-prints (Nos. 1-45; Diamond Kings & Rated Rookies) (9) –  Paul Goldschmidt, Jackie Bradley Jr., Christian Yelich, Noah Syndergaard, Maikel Franco, Madison Bumgarner, Dansby Swanson, Tyler Glasnow, Aaron Judge

Notables on base cards – Manny Machado, Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, Francisco Lindor, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Correa, Albert Pujols, Corey Seager, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Bryce Harper, Cal Ripken Jr., Johnny Bench, Kirby Puckett, Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose

>>> For a variation gallery, click here
>>> For a checklist & general gallery, click here

Rookie Cards (3) – Dansby Swanson, Tyler Glasnow, Aaron Judge

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Series 1 baseball cards + win a hobby box

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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.

s-l500The box: 2017 Topps Series 1 baseball cards 
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (several formats)

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 353
Base set completion: 
301 of 350 (86 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Chicago Cubs World Series champs, Kris Bryant, Giancarlo Stanton, Felix Hernandez, Jacob deGrom, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Miguel Cabrera, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Corey Seager, Kyle Schwarber, Nomar Mazara, Addison Russell, David Ortiz, Trevor Story, Nolan Arenado, Albert Pujols, Anthony Rizzo, David Ortiz, Jose Altuve

>> Related: Check out all of our handy 2017 Topps Series 1 MLB links here.

Rookie Cards (26) – Dansby Swanson, Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin, Yulieski Gurriel, Alex Bregman, Orlando Arcia, Braden Shipley, Matt Carasiti, Jake Thompson, Gabriel Ynoa, Reynaldo Lopez, Alex Reyes, Jeff Hoffman, Luke Weaver, Josh Bell, Brian Goodwin, Matt Strahm, Seth Lugo, Joe Musgrove, Tyler Glasnow, David Dahl, Robert Gsellman, Ryon Healy, Chad Pinder

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Buzz Break: 2016 Bowman’s Best baseball cards (hobby box)

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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.

s-l1600The box: 2016 Bowman’s Best baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 72
Base set completion: 
21 of 65 (32 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Mike Trout, Buster Posey, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Yu Darvish, Anthony Rizzo

Rookie Cards (11) – Kenta Maeda, Blake Snell, Dae-Ho Lee, Miguel Sano, Nomar Mazara, Jose Berrios, Jameson Taillon, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Aaron Nola, Michael Fulmer

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Gallery: 2016 Bowman’s Best baseball cards (updated)

The final Bowman brand of the year arrives in hobby shops today with autographs from notable players of the past, the present and potentially the future.

You know, guys like No. 1 draft pick Mickey Moniak.

He’s not alone in packs of 2016 Bowman’s Best — keep reading for more info and a gallery of what’s been found so far.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Update baseball cards (hobby box)

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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: 2016 Topps Update baseball cards (hobby box)
s-l1600Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 356
Base set completion: 
300 of 300 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 19

Notables on base cards – Anthony Rizzo, Clayton Kershaw, Nolan Arenado, Francisco Lindor, Buster Posey, Jackie Bradley Jr., Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Mike Trout, David Ortiz, Kris Bryant, Aroldis Chapman, Jake Arrieta, Ichiro Suzuki

Rookie Cards (95; includes duplicates) – Notables include Aledmys Diaz, Michael Fulmer, Julio Urias, Willson Contreras, Tyler Naquin, Kyle Schwarber, Corey Seager, Kenta Maeda, Nomar Mazara, Trevor Story

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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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National Baseball Card Day is set for Saturday with free cards & more

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National Baseball Card Day is this Saturday.

2016-National-Baseball-Card-DayThe hobby shop event will have participating stores in the United States and Canada giving away free six-card packs to visitors. It’s a promotion that hasn’t been done since 2008.

A bonus card of Kris Bryant will only be available with purchases. It can be seen above.

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Buzz Break: 2013 Topps Chrome baseball cards (blaster box)

2013tpchromeBBblasterFrom 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: 2013 Topps Chrome baseball cards (blaster box)
s-l1600-2Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard packs and one Purple Refractor pack)
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
22 of 220 (10 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Jose Bautista, Cole Hamels, Starlin Castro, Max Scherzer

Rookie Cards (8) – Melky Mesa, Didi Gregorious, Alex Colome, Zack Wheeler, Robbie Grossman, Eury Perez, Carter Capps, Shelby Miller

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Need a 2016 Topps Stadium Club baseball checklist? Get it here …

16_Topps Stadium Club Baseball-troutThe wait is nearly over for 2016 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards as the recently retro-styled brand arrives on Friday with plenty of creative photos and plenty of fun in every box.

The checklist for the brand arrived from Topps on Sunday night so keep reading to learn more.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (hobby box)

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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: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (hobby box)
2016-Topps-Archives-auto-gallery-98Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
175 of 300 (58 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Buster Posey, Albert Pujols, Satchel Paige, Carl Yastrzemski, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Trout, Stan Musial, Bryce Harper, Madison Bumgarner, Kris Bryant, Ted Williams, Carlos Correa, Stephen Strasburg, George Brett, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Eddie Mathews, Clayton Kershaw, Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., Hank Aaron.

Rookie Cards (25) – Kaleb Cowart, Corey Seager, Michael Conforto, Miguel Sano, Colin Rea, Kyle Waldrop, Zack Godley, Jose Peraza, Trea Turner, Henry Owens, Zach Lee, Matt Reynolds, Mac Williamson, Jorge Lopez, Kyle Schwarber, Ketel Marte, Miguel Almonte, Aaron Nola, Brandon Drury, Peter O’Brien, Raul Mondesi, Travis Jankowski, Jon Gray, Socrates Brito, Gary Sanchez.

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It’s a New Era in baseball cards as Topps joins forces with cap-maker

2016-Topps-New-Era-HarperTopps and New Era Cap are teaming up to bring exclusive baseball cards to fans — and hat wearers — as part of a promotion that spotlights the company’s key players.

2016-Topps-New-Era-logoA nine-card 2016 Topps New Era baseball card set — with autographs and autographed Relics randomly inserted — will be available at LIDS stores beginning today.

“We felt that working with such a historic company like Topps on this collaboration was a perfect fit,” said Tony DeSimone, Category Director Baseball, New Era Cap. “We believe that creating special cards with on-­field caps swatches will resonate with both Topps and New Era’s tremendous fan bases.”

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Bunt baseball cards — meshing the digital realm with physical cards

2016-Topps-Bunt-baseball-CorreaWhat: 2016 Topps Bunt baseball cards
Arrives: Aug. 17
Box basics:
 Seven cards per pack, 36 packs per box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The first physical Topps Bunt set will be a low-end release with a digital component alongside traditional cardboard — a 200-card set that will have a full array of inserts and hits.

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (March 28)

Trout-schwarberThe 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: Rookie debates, big pulls, big breaks, The Big Red Machine and some new cardboard that has people buzzing.

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What should we expect in 2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball?

2016-topps-legaciesIt’s a new brand name with a semi-familiar look, so what should we expect to find in 2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball?

Buzz took a look at the checklist to find out.

First, though, the basics: You get four cards per box for a premium price — one being a metal card, two being autographs and one being an insert.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Donruss baseball cards (hobby box)

2016-donruss-baseball1From 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-donruss-kyle-schwarberThe box: 2016 Donruss baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
139 of 195 (71 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Kyle Schwarber, Stephen Piscotty, Michael Conforto (Rated Rookies), Albert Pujols, Jose Fernandez (Diamond Kings), George Brett, Frank Thomas, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Rickey Henderson, Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken Jr., Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Cabrera, Don Mattingly, Mariano Rivera, Nolan Ryan, Carl Yastrzemski, Carlos Correa, Clayton Kershaw, Kris Bryant, Yu Darvish, Pete Rose, Joc Pederson, Bo Jackson, Buster Posey, Pete Rose, The San Diego Chicken

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Opening Day baseball cards (blaster box)

s-l1600From 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 Topps Opening Day baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

2016-topps-opening-day-SeagerPacks per box: 11
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 77
Base set completion: 
66 of 200 (33 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Buster Posey, Addison Russell, Clayton Kershaw, Noah Syndergaard, Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Altuve, Joc Pederson, Carlos Rodon, David Ortiz

Rookie Cards (10) – Corey Seager, Aaron Nola, Stephen Piscotty, Michael Reed, Max Kepler, Luke Jackson, Trea Turner, Brian Johnson, Frankie Montas, Carl Edwards Jr.

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Gallery: 2016 Donruss baseball cards

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Panini America’s flagship baseball card release for the year is here in the form of 2016 Donruss, which is a brand that packs three hits per hobby box and even some chicken.

The brand is one that relies on the staples of collecting — top players from the past and present, autographs, memorabilia, strong photos, vibrant designs and more — while also harkening back to 1982 and other past Donruss releases.

And more is what you just might find inside a box.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 27)

mauer_1of1The 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, Buster Posey, 2015 Topps Definitive Collection & more

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Chrome baseball cards

2016-Topps-Chrome-BautistaWhat: 2016 Topps Chrome baseball cards
Arrives: Aug. 3
2016-Topps-Chrome-Correa2015SuperBox basics: Two autographs per 24-pack hobby box; five autographs per 12-pack jumbo box

What’s buzz-worthy: This year’s Chrome will have all the rainbow shades collectors expect, some rare veteran autos and two autos in every box, but that all might be trumped by the inclusion of 2015 Topps Chrome Carlos Correa Rookie Card autographs as the ink from the reigning American League Rookie of the Year will also be found here.

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.

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What surprises may be found in 2016 Topps baseball card packs?

Screen-Shot-2016-01-11-at-11.41.52-AMAn early version of the 2016 Topps Series 1 baseball checklist arrived on Tuesday and that first glimpse offered a few surprises before its arrival on Feb. 3.

But there are also undoubtedly more still to come.

The First Pitch cards showing celebrities making ceremonial appearances? They’re not on the checklist but are confirmed as still coming. There’s no note of variations or short-printed cards for the release — we all know those are coming. They always do.

What else? Keep reading for a rundown of what’s known and notable from the checklist

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Buzz Collector Profile: Austin McPherson aka @texmcpherson

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Also known as: @texmcpherson
Email: texmcpherson@live.com
Location: Iowa
Work away from cards: Server
Collecting since: 2012

Main focuses: Working on my Buster Posey personal collection and also autographs of stars, semi-stars and prospects.
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Favorite players/teams: The Cubs 100 percent! My grandpa was destined to have me be a Cubs fan since birth. Aside from that, the Bryce Harper hype is what got me back into collecting, so I show some favoritism there also. But, as most of the Blowout members should know, my favorite player of all-time is the almighty Buster Posey.

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Topps’ retail Mega Boxes are home to mega-bargains if you discover the right players & parallels

ToppsUpdateBryantBlackIf you’ve done some cardboard hunting at the retail aisle, you may have passed right by the home of some of the hottest baseball cards available in stores like Target.

The card above? It’s a 2015 Topps Chrome Update Black Refractor of reigning National League Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant and it was only found in a 2015 Topps Update Mega Box — a retail box with five Update packs and two exclusive Chrome Update packs inside.

It’s serial-numbered to 99 copies and sold for $100 on eBay. Because there are only two Chrome packs per box, these have been selling quite well because key guys aren’t simple every-box pulls even for their base cards. (You can find boxes and cases at Blowout right here, though.)

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New 2015 Onyx Authenticated Elite Limited Collection arrives today packing premium names inside

Onyx Authenticated is finishing the year with one of its biggest autographed baseball releases and it arrives today.

It’s 2015 Onyx Authenticated Elite Limited Collection, and the debut of the high-end brand includes some of the best names in the game today inside its wooden boxes.

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