First Buzz: 2017 Topps Transcendent Collection baseball cards

What: 2017 Topps Transcendent Collection baseball cards
Arrives: Dec. 13
Box basics: 53 autographs — and plenty more — per hand-crafted wooden box

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ high-end baseball brand — what it calls “the pinnacle of high-end collecting” — returns for another season with a tribute of sorts to 1987, a spotlighting of the newly crowned American League Rookie of the Year and a party invite that includes one of the biggest sluggers in baseball history.

So, what comes in a box? Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.

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Eminence cut autographs include big, rare names beyond basketball

panini-america-eminence-basketball-cuts16The most-expesnsive box of NBA cards ever is about a week away and Panini America took some time to tease a massive non-basketball inclusion in the brand that includes names well beyond the world of basketball.

One example? George Armstrong Custer who died at The Battle of the Little Bighorn back in 1876. Just think how much the world has changed since that time — and then wonder aloud how many of his autographs could even still exist. And then what it might have cost to land the document.

Although many of the cut autograph sets made in the last decade or so aren’t fully checklisted, it appears this is his first cut autograph — and it will be found in a box of 2014-15 Panini Eminence basketball cards next week. (For trivia’s sake we’ll also mention here that basketball didn’t exist until about 1891 — just one of those many world changes since Custer.)

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