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)

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

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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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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 18)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Legendary maildays, NFL Draft scenarios, big pulls & more.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 10)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Aaron Judge’s hot start, pondering retro Topps Now cards, big pulls & even some Daisy Ridley ink.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Star Wars Masterwork trading cards

What: 2017 Topps Star Wars Masterwork trading cards
Arrives: Nov. 8
Box basics: Four hits in every four-pack hobby box with two autographs guaranteed (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ high-end Star Wars brand ups the ante with the ink while continuing to offer other hits with a mix of the past and present films in the sophomore release of its highest-end set for the franchise.

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Daisy Ridley auction proceeds to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research

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One of the galaxy’s biggest stars is the focus of an auction to benefit a pretty big cause.

It’s a 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork silver-framed auto of Daisy Ridley — and only 10 copies of the card were made. The card was pulled in an episode of Box Busters and is being sold by Beckett Auctions to benefit a charity fighting cancer.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Memorabilia Treasury

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What: 2017 Leaf Memorabilia Treasury
Arrives: April 2017
Box basics: Five memorabilia pieces per box.

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Trading Cards follows up its Treasury release of last year with the same type of surprises inside — autographed and notable items from the sports world and beyond.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 22)

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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: Impressive breaks today, a Star Wars autograph debate, sketch card collecting strategies & more.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 7)

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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: Tracking Superfractors, busting Star Wars, NFL hits, collecting Jose Canseco & 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 (Jan. 1)

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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: The first Board Buzz of 2017 is nothing but impressive pulls.

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Topps launches Star Wars Authentics site to offer autographs & photographs from franchise

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You can find the autographs from the stars of Star Wars in packs of Topps cards but now you can find them on photographs and more from the newest official source of authentic ink for the legendary sci-fi franchise.

It’s Star Wars Authentics and Topps launched the division and its website, starwarsauthentics.com, on Wednesday to everyone who’s not in a galaxy far, far away.

“We identified a hole in the entertainment industry — a need for certified authentic pieces for the Star Wars brand — and with this collaboration we are able to meet consumer demand,” said David Leiner, Topps’ GM and VP of the North American Sports & Entertainment division. “Topps excels in visual arts and printing technologies and we are thrilled to bring our expertise to Star Wars, building upon our trading card and Major League Baseball memorabilia business.”

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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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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 7)

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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: New Topps Dynasty baseball cards and some bold Black Friday-inspired breaks from around the sports and non-sports world.

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Gallery: 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork trading cards

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Topps‘ biggest Star Wars release of the year arrived this past week and some of the biggest cards in the Star Wars universe have already been discovered inside packs.

It’s 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork and it’s got the first ink from Adam Driver along with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and many others who have helped bring the intergalactic saga to life.

Asking prices on the top autographs are steep but so are the sales for key cards from this one. Keep reading to see our massive gallery of cards pulled so far.

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Star Wars Masterwork will include Adam Driver & Daisy Ridley autos

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We’re 11 days away from the release of Topps‘ newest high-end Star Wars trading card brand and the company has announced one autograph inclusion that raises the high-dollar possibilities to an 11 as well.

The ink? No, it’s nothing from Spinal Tap, it’s the first Star Wars ink for Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver.

His autographs will first be found inside boxes of 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork trading cards, which is a high-end brand that examines the entire Star Wars galaxy.

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First Buzz: 2016 Donruss Optic football cards

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What: 2016 Donruss Optic football cards
Arrives: Dec. 14
Box basics: One autograph card per 20-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini’s Donruss football gets Optichromed with a hobby box that’s set to deliver a rookie in every pack along with plenty of inserts and parallels.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 19)

20160818_133951_zpsmn20vapcThe 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: Breaks of Star Wars Chrome, Topps Strata , Immaculate Collection, Panini Preferred and much more.

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Need a Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome checklist? It’s here

CpNeTM2WEAEjOQIThe wait for the checklist is over.

Topps has landed Daisy Ridley autographs and she makes her debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome on Aug. 19.

But who else is in there? We know that now.

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Topps lands Daisy Ridley autos for The Force Awakens Chrome & more

CpNeTM2WEAEjOQIThere has been an awakening — and you will feel it.

Topps has landed Daisy Ridley autographs and she’ll make her debut in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chrome, which arrives on Aug. 19.

That product will arrive with one hit in every 24-pack hobby box. For more details, see our First Buzz preview. According to Topps, she will be a hobby-only inclusion.

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Gallery: 2016 Donruss football Fans of Game & Peyton Manning tributes

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When 2016 Donruss football cards arrive on Wednesday from Panini America, its packs will include a return of Fans of the Game — a set that has brought plenty of star power to football cards as well as other sports.

This year’s batch includes celebs as well as a pair of Peyton Manning tribute sets — and each of them can be found with autographs, too.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Pop Century

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What:
 2016 Leaf Pop Century trading cards
Arrives: August
Box basics: Four hits per box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s annual celebrity release comes jam-packed with autographs but also re-introduces memorabilia cards into the mix with what its calls “the strongest checklist ever,” a lower production run and sketch autos.

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

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First Buzz: 2016 Donruss football cards

2016-donruss-football-Aaron-RodgersWhat: 2016 Donruss football cards
Arrives: Aug. 3
Box basics: One autograph and one memorabilia card per 24-pack box (18 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini’s Donruss brand hits the gridiron with aesthetic looks back to the past with today’s biggest stars, two Peyton Manning tribute sets and some extra Fans of the Game who people will know throughout the galaxy — oh, and a set that will give collectors a shot at their autographs, too.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Pop Century Signed Photograph Edition

Leaf-pop-century-photosWhat: 2016 Leaf Pop Century Signed Photograph Edition
Arrives: Late June
Box basics: One autographed 8-by-10 photo per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s latest buyback 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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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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Second wave of Topps’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens cards arrives with simple short-printed twist

s-l1600When the second series of ToppsStar Wars: The Force Awakens cards officially arrive tomorrow, there will be two base cards that will add a simple twist to the collecting of everything from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 2 will include a pair of short-printed base cards.

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Daisy Ridley autographs now available via Steiner Sports

Daisy-Ridley-Signed-Rey-CloseUp-With-BB8-8x10-Photo--RIDLPHS008000~PRODUCT_01--IMG_1200-1776288536One of the more in-demand autographs in the galaxy is now available.

It’s the ink of Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley and it can be found via Steiner Sports.

The New Rochelle, N.Y.-based autograph memorabilia company offered nine signed photos on Monday night with prices starting at $649.99 for an 8-by-10 image.

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Hobby Notebook (Feb. 22): Topps’ future plans & Leaf lands Daisy Ridley

2015-Topps-Supreme-Baseball-Touhch-the-Game-BookTopps‘ presentation at this year’s Industry Summit included a few nuggets of info … here are the most-notable items.

National Baseball Card Day will return this year. … Topps Supreme baseball (above) will not be made this year. … Topps Mint baseball will be a new addition to the lineup. … Japanese star Kenta Maeda’s autographs will be coming soon. … Bowman Chrome and Bowman Draft will have new builds when they arrive. … No physical football card releases are being planned. … Topps is still pursuing an autograph deal with Star Wars star Daisy Ridley. … A high-end 65th Anniversary baseball product is in the works.

Leaf Trading Cards’ presentation later in the afternoon included a rundown of the dozen hockey brands, eight package memorabilia brands and four football brands it intends to release this year. … And Leaf has landed a non-sports big one — it has signed Star Wars star Daisy Ridley to an autograph deal. Her autographs will appear in Pop Century.

Panini America‘s session is set for Tuesday afternoon.

eBay Buzz: Topps Star Wars Force Awakens Mystery Autograph Redemption tops $2,000 mark

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The last time we had checked in on the Mystery Redemption from 2015 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 1 it had sold for big bucks on eBay — going for $1,700.

(Spoiler alert: It was initially revealed to be for an autograph of Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey, though Topps Marketing Communications Manager Susan Lulgjuraj said there is not yet a confirmed subject for the card.)

But now an actual sale has gone even higher.

Earlier this month, a copy of the redemption topped the $2,000 mark, selling for $2,050 via a Best Offer in this auction. That has helped inflate asking prices for the card in active auctions as cards continue to be tucked away into personal collections.

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Best of 2015: The 15 trading cards that helped define a crazy year

15-HK-connormcdavidyounggunsIt’s a time of change, a time of high-end product exploration and a time of options for many collectors in what we call the sports card industry these days.

Tastes, products and prices continue to evolve as does the business environment that helps bring us our cardboard. For every super-pricey box being made, there are seemingly just as many buyers ready to rip or pick off singles for not-always-so-super prices (but super bargains).

The Buzz has only been around for part of 2015, but Buzz has been here all along as part of the world of collecting. Here are Buzz’s picks for 15 cards that helped define 2015.

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The impressive prices being paid for what’s just a simple piece of cardboard with just gloss and some foil stamping shows that fundamentals never go out of style when there’s a big name involved. This time, it’s the No. 1 pick Connor McDavid, a Canadian phenom drafted by the Edmonton Oilers. This photo was selected by collectors and it even has a fun sign of 2015 — the fan showing off a photo on her phone in the background.

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Daisy Ridley’s Star Wars mystery autograph redemption keeps selling

Daidy-Ridley-autoThere was an awakening and it’s been felt on eBay as well as the box office.

Another Mystery Redemption from 2015 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 1 has sold for big bucks on eBay, going for $1,700 on Sunday. (Spoiler alert: It’s for an autograph of Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey.) Four other copies have sold for $1,200 or more on eBay since the product’s release 11 days ago, while a fifth sale came in at $900 to set the low mark.

Asking prices for the card in current auctions have gotten steeper, though.

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First Daisy Ridley Force Awakens Mystery Autograph redemption card sells for big bucks on eBay

2015-Topps-StarWars-Mystery-RedemptionA pair of 2015 Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Mystery Redemptions have hit eBay since the set’s release on Friday.

And the first one has sold — for big bucks.

The card was initially announced as being for Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey in The Force Awakens, but Topps unspoiled its spoiler by removing the reference to it being a card for her on the autograph checklist posted on its website.

So, how much did it go for?

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First John Boyega 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek autograph hits eBay … with a rather Forceful price tag

BoyegaWill it sell? That’s the simplest question as the first certified autograph of Star Wars: The Force AwakensJohn Boyega has hit eBay.

Click here to see its price — if it’s not gone already.

Boyega plays Finn in the film, which opens today and this card is from 2015 Topps Star Wars High Tek, which includes one autograph or sketch card in every box. He’s the only signer for the new cast members in the product and it’s his first run at a certified autograph.

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Spoiler Alert: Daisy Ridley autographs arrive in Topps’ Star Wars set as mystery redemption

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Update (Aug. 8, 2016): After a long wait, Ridley has been confirmed as being the mystery auto by Topps.

Topps has released the checklist for 2015 Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Series 1, and it includes a Mystery Redemption on the autograph checklist.

But there’s no mystery — it’s Daisy Ridley. (It says so right on the checklist.)

>> Click here to view the 2015 Topps Star Wars The Force Awakens Series 1 checklist as released by Topps

Among the signers, only Ridley and John Boyega are the only signers among the new cast. The rest are notable names from the past films who’ll apparently appear in The Force Awakens. Among them are Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Kenny Baker and Peter Mayhew.

Keep reading for a full autograph checklist and more details.

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