Contest winner will throw out first pitch, lead stretch at Wrigley Field

480x200_wrigley_fieldThis could end up being the Chicago Cubs’ year — and you could be right in the middle of it all on Aug. 31 in Wrigley Field.

You’ll throw out the first pitch and you’ll meet Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins. Oh, and you’ll have to lead the crowd during “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch.

How? You’ll have to enter a contest from

Continue reading

Gallery & SP info: 2016 Topps Series 2 baseball cards (updated)


The second series of the hobby’s flagship baseball card set officially arrives on Wednesday, but that hasn’t stopped retail hunters from tracking down some 2016 Topps Series 2 packs and tearing in.

First Pitch celebs are back and tribute sets for Ichiro Suzuki and Ken Griffey Jr. are included, but that’s just the start for the product that includes one autograph or Relic per hobby box with one guaranteed in every jumbo. 

There will, of course, there will be short-printed variations and a selection of much-rarer photo variations. Among those? Yoenis Cespedes and one of his alternative modes of transportation back during spring training.

Continue reading

First Buzz: 2016 Topps Chrome baseball cards

2016-Topps-Chrome-BautistaWhat: 2016 Topps Chrome baseball cards
Arrives: Aug. 3
2016-Topps-Chrome-Correa2015SuperBox basics: Two autographs per 24-pack hobby box; five autographs per 12-pack jumbo box

What’s buzz-worthy: This year’s Chrome will have all the rainbow shades collectors expect, some rare veteran autos and two autos in every box, but that all might be trumped by the inclusion of 2015 Topps Chrome Carlos Correa Rookie Card autographs as the ink from the reigning American League Rookie of the Year will also be found here.

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.

Continue reading

Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 31)

SuperThe 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: 2016 Topps Jordan Spieth First Pitch, big breaks,  a 264 collector, Johnny Manziel & more.

Continue reading