Red Sox lose a legend as Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr dies at age 99

Ted Williams called him the “Silent Captain” of the Red Sox and he’s a Hall of Famer, too, with 14 seasons in the major leagues, all for Boston.

He’s Bobby Doerr and he died Monday at age 99.

Doerr was a nine-time All-Star who hit .288 with 2,042 hits, 223 home runs and 1,247 RBI in 1,865 games for Boston from 1937 to 1951 save for the 1945 season where, like Williams, he was in the military.

“Bobby Doerr was part of an era of baseball giants and still stood out as one himself,” Red Sox owner John Henry said in a statement. “And even with his Hall of Fame achievements at second base, his character and personality outshined it all. He will be missed.”

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Jake LaMotta’s legacy includes iconic fights, film & cardboard

“The Raging Bull” has died.

Jake LaMotta, a member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame after a lengthy career that included an 83-19-4 record, was 95 years old. He famously fought — and defeated — Sugar Ray Robinson in 1942 and his memoir inspired Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film Raging Bull where he was played by Robert DeNiro.

Despite boxing not having a regularly occurring trading card presence, LaMotta could be found in a number of sets throughout the years.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2008 Donruss Threads Baseball hobby box (Hour 2)

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 … this is Hour 2.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2008 Donruss Threads Baseball
The cost: 
$79

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Happy Days’ Erin Moran signed plenty of autographs in recent years

Happy Days star Erin Moran — aka Joanie Cunningham — died on Saturday leaving behind plenty of questions as part of a mysterious tale of what went wrong in her years away from Hollywood. She was 56.

Unlike many TV stars from the past, she signed plenty of autographs for card companies that collectors can find perhaps more easily in than some of her regular cardboard and it all came in the last decade of cardboard that saw a boom in non-sports releases.

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Six-figure sales happen with vintage football greats’ Rookie Cards, too

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The high-dollar auctions aren’t just for high-grade Mickey Mantle cards.

While “The Mick” has dominated the auction block in recent years — and did so again last weekend via Heritage Auctions — there were two six-figure NFL sales of note in that Heritage sale, too.

And they weren’t alone as a number of graded football cards topped the $10,000 mark.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 30)

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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: Busting Bowman Draft, waiting on Topps Heritage, NFL Quarterback Challenge cards, rare Derek Jeter finds & much more.

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So, about that odd Willie Nelson Americana memorabilia card …

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Willie Nelson couldn’t wait to get on the road again, going places he’d never been and seeing things he may never see again.

And we’re pretty sure he never saw this.

It’s a 2008 Donruss Americana Celebrity Cuts Materials Prime card and a small number of them have been pulled via BlowoutTV recently with a detail that many people might have missed.

What is it? Well, this is card No. 97 in Celebrity Cuts and a look at card No. 96 on that checklist as well as the autographed version of this card offer some clues … keep reading.

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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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David Ross just might be toughest Cubs autograph to land this year

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David Ross‘ final Game at Wrigley Field came with a serenade from Eddie Vedder on Sunday night, and as he marches toward retirement there’s one thing for sure about the Chicago Cubs’ 39-year-old catcher.

ross-2016-heritageHe’s easily among the toughest autographs on the team when it comes to certified cardboard.

That’s something worth noting as his career comes to an end — and potentially in the biggest way possible with a World Series win for the historically downtrodden team.

“I’ve had a storybook year, honestly. There are so many things I can talk about that have happened to me over this year,” Ross told The Associated Press. “Everybody was looking at me like, dude, Eddie Vedder just dedicated the whole seventh-inning stretch to you and I’m like, my mind’s blown. I’m thinking about being out of the game and he’s a quality individual. He’s just a good person, rock star, everybody knows who Eddie Vedder is. He says my name — it’s a huge compliment.”

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Michael Phelps’ medal count won’t near his certified autograph total

Michael-Phelps-2016-insert-goldAfter another ridiculously dominating run in the pool last night, Michael Phelps claimed the 22nd Olympic gold medal of his career and ran up his medal collection to 26.

It’s a mark that’s not likely to be touched — but it’s also a mark that can’t compare to his number of certified autographs.

Although he’s a pricey signature, he’s one of the most-prolific Olympians when it comes to autographed cards.

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If Tom Jackson calls it a career, maybe he’ll have time for cardboard

Tom-Jackson-1997-Upper-Deck-LegendsHe’s been in the public eye as an NFL player and ESPN analyst every year since 1973, but Tom Jackson may finally have time to do something he’s rarely done before.

Sign autographs for a card company and appear on some football cards.

The New York Daily News is reporting that Jackson may be leaving ESPN, where he’s been part of NFL broadcasts since 1987. It’s been a successful run, and, in 2015, he received the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award which honors “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”

Jackson’s NFL career ended the season before his ESPN arrival and it’s a career that’s rarely seen on cardboard despite an explosion in card products in all those years since.

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Just because it’s old doesn’t mean the historic gems aren’t in there

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Plenty has changed in the sports card world in the last decade and BlowoutTV had a group break on Monday afternoon that proved it.

The break was a case of 2006 National Treasures football cards — a case that was made by a company that no longer exists but a lineage that continues today with Panini America.

Getting in on the break wasn’t bad — a four-box case ran just over $100 for two teams per spot — and it reinforced the notion that old wax can still pack surprises no matter what changes in the hobby.

In fact, the final card in the final box was of a Hall of Famer — a 1/1 autograph of a Super Bowl-winning quarterback.

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Buzz Break: 2003 Playoff Piece of the Game baseball cards (hobby box)

2003-Playoff-Piece-of-Game-boxFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and post the results here. Like this and want to see more? Or maybe there’s a box you’d want to see busted? Send Buzz an email at BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2003 Playoff Piece of the Game baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: Wherever you can find it this reasonably priced ($49).

Packs per box: 6 (plus one bonus topper pack)
Cards per pack: 1
Cards in this box: 7
Base set completion: 
4 of 179 (2 percent)
Duplicates: 0

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Ichiro Suzuki’s 3,000-hit conquest may hit its finale sooner than later

1993-BBM-ichiro-suzukiHe’s been a legendary hitter in MLB since arriving in a Seattle Mariners uniform back in 2001, and he’s now 42 years old and on a tear with 10 hits in his last three games for the Miami Marlins.

He’s Ichiro Suzuki and he’s just 40 hits away from the 3,000 Hit Club as a major-leaguer. (Throw on 1,434 hits in Japan and, well, that’s a career mark even Pete Rose should appreciate.)

Even if you’re a deep-pocketed collector, chasing Ichiro cardboard isn’t easy. He’s been in high demand since his legendary Rookie of the Year/MVP season and there’s plenty of cardboard from that year alone. There’s also been plenty since. And there are also plenty of collectors from around the world who are watching his cardboard just as intently as they are watching the box scores right now.

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Peyton Manning passes the torch to no one today, making a football card like this one even more special

Johnny-Unitas-Peyton-ManningPeyton Manning mentioned plenty of legends during his 11-minute retirement speech Monday in Denver, but only one name mentioned had as much gravitas as Manning’s place in the game today.

That name was Johnny Unitas and Manning recalled meeting the Hall of Famer and Colts icon during his rookie season after a 38-31 loss back on Nov. 29, 1998.

“It was the first time that the Colts had returned to Baltimore since they had moved back in 1984,” Manning remembered. “We didn’t exactly get a warm reception that day. The fans were screaming at me, and I kept thinking, ‘Hey, I was only 8-years-old then, get off of my back.’

“I had met him once before, but when the game was over I had the chance to shake Johnny Unitas’ hand. He told me, ‘Peyton, you stay at it. I’m pulling for you.’ Well, I have stayed at it. I’ve stayed at it for 18 years and I hope that old No. 19 is up there with his flat top and maybe his black high-tops on and I hope he knows that I have stayed at it and maybe he’s even a little proud of me.

“There is just something about 18 years. Eighteen is a good number, and today I retire from pro football.”

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