Black November Wave 5 is here … and here are five deals to consider

If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices right now over on the mothership as BlowoutCards.com is in the midst its Black November sales now.

Wave 5 is here and 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/cases that caught this collector’s eye. (And this wave was so big that there could easily be five more … check it out.)

2016 Panini Absolute Football retail Premium Box
At this sale price, this one is definitely worth checking out since last year’s rookie crop is stacked and this one includes two exclusive hits — one blue auto and one blue memorabilia card — in every box. This one is a simple retail take on a memorabilia-focused favorite of mine and there could be even more retail-only colors found in boxes, too. If those are big names such as Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott — or any of the other newcomers that are making a mark — you’re way ahead with this price. Either way, it’s a fun rip — and you can grab it by the case, too. 

Keep reading for a few more picks among this newest wave.

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Black November Wave 2 is here … and here are five deals to consider

If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices right now over on the mothership as BlowoutCards.com is in the midst its Black November sales now.

Wave 2 is here and 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/cases that caught this collector’s eye.

2017 Topps Update Jumbo boxes and cases
This relatively new release is simply a fun one that’s stacked with Rookie Cards and moments from the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. This collector has ripped hanger boxes, blaster boxes and standard Hobby boxes and many of them have delivered good volume on those guys named Bellinger, Judge and even on the variations. (They don’t have to be rare to be fun.) I haven’t studied the jumbo breaks closely, but one auto and two other hits at this price makes for a fun rip — and if you get lucky you could do pretty well. While this might be a brand that seems somewhat plentiful now, once wax dries up there will be enough key players here to make it of interest later — and basic Topps flagship RCs seem to be growing in popularity, too.

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First Buzz — 2018 Topps Star Wars: A New Hope Black & White cards

What: 2018 Topps Star Wars: A New Hope Black & White trading cards
Arrives: Feb. 14
Box basics: One autograph or sketch card per seven-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps offers a new take on A New Hope with an approach that’s solely about the dark side — of printing — with this black-and-white take on the first Star Wars film.

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

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First Buzz: 2017 Historic Autographs Fame & Photo Edition

What: 2017 Historic Autographs Fame & Photo Edition
Arrives: Oct. 25
Box basics: One autographed 8-by-10 photo per pack (20 packs per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Historic Autographs takes to Hollywood with this release that includes big names from Hollywood — you know, ones found in the tabloids and elsewhere.

Keep reading for more information.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Pop Century


What:
 2017 Leaf Pop Century trading cards
Arrives: July 26
Box basics: Four hits per box (12 boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s annual celebrity release returns with nothing but the hits from some of the biggest names in Hollywood.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Widevision cards


What: 2017 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Widevision trading cards
Arrives: June 6 ($99.99)
Box basics: One 44-card set and two autographs per box

What’s buzz-worthy: The 40th anniversary of Star Wars continues on cardboard with a boxed set that offers an expanded look at the most-recent film with a chance at some big autographs.

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

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Vanity Fair unleashes four covers & poster offer for Star Wars’ 40th

The 40th anniversary of Star Wars’ arrival back in 1977 officially hits us on Thursday but a magazine that sci-fi fans might not typically check out has a new look back at the franchise and a new look at The Last Jedi coming in December.

It’s Vanity Fair and it’s got four covers for fans to pick up if they want to collect ’em all.

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Star Wars Day helps launch Topps’ new On Demand trading card line

Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth be with you”) is here and Topps has a new set — and new on-demand card platform — to show for it.

The 2017 Topps On Demand line begins here with Set No. 1 — Star Wars May the Fourth. 

Each and every set in this one will include an autograph, too.

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Weekend Update: Check out 12 top items on The Buzz this week

It was a busy one on The Buzz this past week. Here are 12 stories worth a look if you missed out. Check ’em out & hit the subscribe button at right if you want email updates.

Bowman Chrome gets a revamp
HTA Choice boxes with nothing but autographed cards inside are now one option for Chrome fans. Get all the details in our 2017 Bowman Chrome First Buzz preview here.

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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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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Star Wars Sugar-Free Bubble Gum Wrappers trading cards + checklist

What: 2017 Topps Star Wars Sugar-Free Bubble Gum Wrappers trading cards
Arrives: Now via Topps.com
Box basics: One 49-card set and two autographs per box

What’s buzz-worthy: The 40th anniversary of Star Wars begins with an online box set that offers a look back at the franchise with some guaranteed ink, too.

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

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Hasbro readies Star Wars Black Series figures for 40th anniversary

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They’re back and they’re bigger than ever for their 4oth anniversary.

Hasbro will bring its popular Star Wars Black Series line of six-inch action figures to retro-styled packaging for the birthday of the world’s biggest science fiction franchise.

The 12 toys were revealed at New York Toy Fair with new touches and big improvements compared to the original creations — and also with other nods to them, too.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1978 Topps Star Wars Series 4 pack (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 … beginning now.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1978 Topps Star Wars Series 4 
The cost now:
$10
The cost then: 15 cents

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …

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

The 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 Star Wars pulls, NFL Draft re-do, a Tom Brady question … and questionable Tom Brady cards?

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 25)

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The 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: Star Wars breaks, NBA, MLB & NFL pulls, top shortstops & more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Pop Century Signed Photograph Edition

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What:
 2017 Leaf Pop Century Signed Photograph Edition
Arrives: Late March
Box basics: One autographed 8-by-10 photo per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s latest autograph product for pop culture arrives with certified autographed photos from the biggest names in Hollywood as well as big names from elsewhere.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 29)

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The 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: An impressive WWE case, a legendary NBA pull, NFL breaks, Topps.com issues and the untimely news for Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds.

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Carrie Fisher’s iconic role as Princess Leia led to a lot of cardboard

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One of the biggest stars in the Star Wars universe has died.

Carrie Fisher, who was born to Hollywood stars before the fame of playing the iconic Princess Leia, died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack last week. She was 60.

The news was announced by a spokesman on behalf of her daughter.

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother, Carrie Fisher, passed away at 8:55 this morning,” the statement said. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

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Need the 2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek checklist? It’s finally here …

2016-topps-star-wars-high-tek-5Rogue One isn’t the only Star Wars arrival next week as Topps has one of its higher-end brands for the sci-fi franchise ready to go on Wednesday.

It’s 2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek and the checklist for this one arrived on Thursday.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary trading cards

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What: 2017 Topps Star Wars 40th Anniversary trading cards
Arrives: April 26
Box basics: Two hits (one autograph or sketch guaranteed) per 24-pack box (eight boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: The anniversary of the original Star Wars film gets a cardboard celebration with a look back that includes past posters, autographs of top stars and a push toward today’s films, too.

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

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Star Wars Road to Rogue One trading cards

2016-Star-Wars-Road-to-Rogue-One-triple-autoWhat: 2016 Topps Star Wars Road to Rogue One trading cards
Arrives: Sept. 30
Box basics: Two hits in every 24-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The next Star Wars movie gets a preview trading card set with a throwback design and Heritage-style stock in advance of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Dec. 16. The film will story will focus on rebel spies on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Gallery – Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 2 trading cards

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Today’s the day that Topps‘ second series of Star Wars: The Force Awakens trading cards officially arrive and some of the inclusions are quite rare and also quite deluxe for what is a very affordable brand.

Here’s a sampling of some of the cards found by collectors so far along with some of the images teased by Topps in advance of the release.

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