James Comey’s card appearances pale in comparison to today’s — but political collectors have options

James Comey‘s testimony before the Senate judiciary committee today will be watched by millions live and sound bites from what will be a historic day in Washington, D.C., will be heard for years to come no matter what happens.

A year ago, not many people would know the name of the now-former FBI director but with all that’s happened since then there are plenty of hot takes no matter what one’s political leaning might be. And in that time, his cardboard appearances have slowly added up via two products, Topps‘ ongoing Garbage Pail Kids/Wacky Packages lines focusing on “Trumpocracy” and the “Disgrace to the White House” and the politically focused Decision 2016 trading card release that has an updated Series 2 set arriving on Friday. 

Unlike the Donald Trumps and Hillary Clintons of the world, though, Comey’s cardboard isn’t all that plentiful … keep reading.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Nov. 8)

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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: Decision 2016 trading cards, a strong NBA break, Black November sales, 2016 Topps Transcendent Collection and 40 days of giving on the Blowout board.

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Decision 2016 Series 2 cards are here … what’s on the checklist?

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The second series of Decision 2016 trading cards is here with a new wave of recent highlights, new inclusions, new cardboard takes on the Clinton and Trump campaigns and there are new autographs, too.

The format is also new with a boxed pack containing 30 cards instead of everything being placed  into individual wax packs.

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To the victors go the spoils … Decision 2016 National exclusives now available via BlowoutCards.com

Decision-2016-flagsElection Day is still a ways away but there will be spoils for those who are victorious buyers of Decision 2016 trading cards from BlowoutCards.com.

How? A limited number of remaining promo cards that had only been available with purchase at the National Sports Collectors Convention are now up for grabs.

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You’ll need to turn back clock & look for some Topps Mayo football packs to land Tim Kaine’s “Rookie Card”

TimKaineHillary Clinton‘s selection for her vice-presidential running mate appears on a handful of trading cards, but you’ll have to go find some old packs of football cards to find his first one.

Virginia Senator and former Virginia Governor Tim Kaine first appeared on cardboard back in 2009 when Topps released an Allen & Ginter-styled football set called Topps Mayo.

There, in the 2009 Topps Mayo United States Governors insert set you’ll find him nestled between James H. Douglas and Christine Gregoire in the 50-card set. These cards were among a few mini insert sets with cards found six times per hobby box.

That makes this a bit of a tough pull, but it’s not his only cardboard.

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Collecting Mike Pence won’t be difficult for Decision 2016 fans

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We’ve had plenty about Decision 2016 trading cards here on The Buzz, but if you’re a politically inclined collector chasing the cards of this year’s final four candidates — the Presidential and VP players — then you might be happy with Donald Trump‘s VP pick.

Collecting Mike Pence will be much easier than Trump or Hillary Clinton — and maybe easier than her forthcoming VP pick, too.

How?

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Decision 2016 political trading card odds & short-prints revealed

If you tore into boxes of Decision 2016 trading cards, you may have a reason or two to look back at those cards for some rarer variations that may carry more value than you thought.

Why? The makers of the landmark political product have revealed the short-prints in the product and relative scarcity of the parallels for many of the cards. In addition, per-box odds for retail and hobby have now been disclosed, giving collectors a better idea of what’s rarer in the product or what they should expect in a box or case of Decision 2016 trading cards via either hobby or retail.

Interestingly, for example, the most-plentiful cut auto in the product is that of Donald Trump, while cuts with a red-foil frame are much rarer parallels for any subject, whether short-printed or not. (That means this Trump buyer probably got a bit of a deal.)

Also interesting? The shredded currency cards, which are now confirmed to be found one per case, have two versions with one much rarer than the other. Meanwhile, many of the inserts have rarer parallels — with their relative scarcity now confirmed. One example? The Trump Under Fire cards with red foil like this one are the rarest finds.

Keep reading for a full breakdown of the odds and new short-print info.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 21)

decision2016The 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: Decision 2016 case break, Fistographs, a big Omar Vizquel card, Upper Deck Contours & more.

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They Tweeted it … Ted Cruz & Heidi Cruz see their Decision 2016 trading cards for the first time

 

ABC News Political Director Rick Klein offered his thoughts on the Decision 2016 trading cards here on The Buzz last week. Today he was able to show Republican candidate Ted Cruz and his wife, Heidi Cruz, their cards from the product.

What did they say when they saw the cards? Check out a video after the jump.

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Decision 2016 trading cards have look of landmark release

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Politicians have appeared on cardboard since the earliest years of trading cards — you know, in packs of cigarettes back in the 1800s — and they’ve appeared in countless non-sports, war and even sports sets of the last 30-plus years as collecting emerged upon the national psyche and flourished as part of the pop culture landscape.

GinterN51But the new Decision 2016 trading cards arriving this week include something that we haven’t yet seen in a political release — the chance at autographs and more advanced “hit” cards along with a healthy amount of traditional cardboard.

In the midst of one of the most-tumultous political seasons in years, this is a product that offers a promising start for a perhaps-expanding trading card genre of its own — and the potential for something more.

It already appears to be a landmark release, but don’t just take Buzz’s word for it.

ABC-Rick-Klein“The idea of a set that captures that drama of an election – that is compelling,” said Rick Klein, who is ABC News’ Political Director and also a long-time baseball card collector. “I feel like it’s something that could start as a novelty project but catch on. You’d be surprised by how many political junkies are also collectors. People love pins, hats, signs. I’ve seen autograph-seekers at obscure conferences for senators most people could never name.”

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Decision 2016 trading cards coming soon — but checklist is here now

01LG Inscrip_FRWe’re still a couple weeks away from the arrival of Decision 2016 trading cards — a set for the fans of politics — but there’s one thing that’s arrived to offer some clarity during this tumultuous season.

The final checklist.

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Decision 2016 cards taking shape with more details from creator

09SF HollyAuto_BKThe creator of Decision 2016 trading cards offered more details about the forthcoming product this week with a number of formats that the political product can be explored.

Why? Because it’s been a tumultuous political season so far.

“There is unprecedented interest in this year’s presidential election,” said Brian Wallos, who created the set. “With Donald Trump joining the race and other non-traditional candidates campaigning, we felt that creating a high-quality collection of presidential trading cards was a natural. Not only can people learn from these cards and even make more informed decisions about whom they might support, but they will now have an opportunity to memorialize this historic election campaign.”

So, what’s new?

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