First Buzz: 2017 Panini Select NASCAR cards


What:
 2017 Panini Select NASCAR cards
Arrives: July 5
Box basics:  Two autographs and three memorabilia cards per 12-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Select comes to the NASCAR circuit with a colorful array of autographs, memorabilia and two insert cards in nearly every pack.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s autograph isn’t hard to land after retirement news

Dale Earnhardt Jr. — NASCAR’s most-popular driver — will be retiring after this season ends.

The 42-year-old shared his plans with his team today and a news conference is set for this afternoon to talk about his decision after 18 seasons as a driver at NASCAR’s highest level and more than 600 races.

The move shouldn’t come as a big surprise as he was sidelined with concussion issues for much of last season but that didn’t stop him from winning NASCAR’s most-popular driver award voting for the 14th straight year — the record for total wins is 16.

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Lionel Racing offers up 10 top sellers for NASCAR diecasts in 2016

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On the track, we should all know Jimmie Johnson was king this past season in NASCAR, driving his No. 48 to a record-tying seventh championship.

In the ballot box for fan voting, there were no surprises as Dale Earnhardt Jr. took home the  most-popular driver award for the 14th consecutive year despite missing a chunk of the season with concussion issues.

But who’s tops when it comes to NASCAR diecast sales? Well, Lionel Racing has that covered.

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First Buzz: 2017 Donruss NASCAR cards

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What: 2017 Donruss NASCAR cards
Arrives: Feb. 8
Box basics:  One autograph and two memorabilia cards per box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini America’s first NASCAR release of the new year arrives soon and it arrives with a retro look and collector-friendly feel that we have seen in other sports.

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Panini America readies Black Friday and Cyber Monday card sets

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We’re roughly one month away from Black Friday and Panini America has detailed its plans for its bonus programs for collectors on both that day as well as Cyber Monday.

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First Buzz: 2016 National Treasures NASCAR cards + preview gallery

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What: 2016 National Treasures NASCAR cards
Arrives: Dec. 28
Box basics:  One base card or parallel, two autograph-memorabilia cards, two memorabilia cards, one more auto or auto-mem and one booklet card per box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini America’s final NASCAR set of its rookie season takes the sport high-end with autographs and jumbo memorabilia from the racing ranks along with some of the executives who make the sport go.

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

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Jeffrey Earnhardt’s Ford will pay tribute to legendary grandfather

Jeffrey-EarnhardtWhen Jeffrey Earnhardt hits the track at Darlington in September, he’ll be driving the No. 32 ford with a paint scheme that long-time Earnhardt fans should recognize.

Dale Earnhardt fans, that is.

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First Buzz: 2016 Panini Prizm NASCAR cards

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What:
 2016 Panini Prizm NASCAR cards
Arrives: July 27
Box basics:  One autograph and two memorabilia cards per 20-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: NASCAR trading cards are back for the first time since 2014 with the first of four Panini America releases this year — and this one starts off with a dazzling array of inserts and a Prizm rainbow perfect for auto racing.

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

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Upcoming Dale Earnhardt Jr. diecast Chevy sales will help benefit Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Dale-Earnhardt-Jr.-Nationwide-Childrens-diecast-Lionel-racingThe No. 88 Chevy of Dale Earnhardt Jr. will carry a special paint scheme for one race in July and the sales of its diecast replicas from Lionel Racing will help collectors help a good cause.

And maybe a young fan or two.

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Rookie Chase Elliott wins Daytona 500 pole — check out the 2016 NASCAR diecasts so far (gallery)

Chase-Elliott-2016-daytona-500-poleThe 58th running of the Daytona 500 is a week away and, while NASCAR collectors won’t have new trading cards to commemorate their new season, there are already plenty of diecasts available and more on the way.

Rookie Chase Elliott won the pole for the race on Sunday — he’s the youngest driver to ever take that honor — and he’s one of some new faces in new cars as he’s behind the No. 24 Chevy previously run by four-time champ Jeff Gordon.  

Elliott is the 20-year-old son of former Cup champion Bill Elliott and had 53 top-10 finishes in 66 Xfinity Series races — four of those wins — before making the jump to NASCAR’s top level.

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Batman vs. Superman will make its way onto NASCAR track & diecasts

C48682XL4JJ_18-1If you don’t remember seeing anything about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice on TV or anywhere else, you might need to check your pulse.

One more place you’re going to be seeing more of the DC Comics powers before the movie arrives is on the NASCAR track and on diecast cars from Lionel Racing, which teased the forthcoming cars this week. The No. 48 Chevy of six-time champ and NASCAR’s Clark Kent, Jimmie Johnson, will take on the role of Superman.

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