Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Oct. 16)


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: Big pulls from Playbook, Goodwin Champions, Five Star & more.

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Buzz Break: 2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions (blaster box)

2013udgoodwinchampionsBBblasterFrom 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

The box: 2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions (blaster box)
lamonicaWhere to buy:

Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 36
Base set completion: 
36 of 150 (24 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Danica Patrick, Dan Marino, Nolan Ryan, John Elway, Larry Bird, Rory McIlroy, Natalie Gulbis

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Gallery: 2016 Goodwin Champions

2016-upper-deck-goodwin-champions-auto-hit-gallerys-1600-a-10One of the bright spots in Upper Deck‘s Goodwin Champions is the variety of autographs and memorabilia found inside as the company’s distinct focus is placed on everywhere but what you’d expect.

(And what you’d expect is in there, too.)

This year’s release officially arrives today and the cards have started trickling onto online auctions so we can truly see the variety of what’s inside.

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Need a 2016 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions checklist? Click here …

2016-upper-deck-goodwin-champions-holly-holm-autographUpper Deck‘s 2016 Goodwin Champions arrives later this month and it will pack all kinds of interesting cardboard inside its packs.

The surprises of who’s signing for this one are now solved with the release of the final checklist as well as our gallery earlier today.

What’s inside? Click here to view a PDF of the product’s inclusions. 

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Goodwin Champions packs serious punch — and serious fighters, too

When the newest edition of Upper Deck‘s Goodwin Champions arrives on July 13, it will include some of the biggest names in the sports world, some of the weirdest new cardboard out there and tributes to those who helped America and its allies win World War II.

It’s a collectibles treasure trove and a history lesson all in one.

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Upper Deck will take collectors Through the Looking Glass in Goodwin Champions

2016-Goodwin-Champions-Artist-Painted-Sketch-Alice-in-Wonderland-Looking-Glass-Upper-DeckTim Burton is bringing Through the Looking Glass to the big screen this week with a new surreal installment of the Alice in Wonderland tale and Upper Deck will revisit the story as well in an upcoming trading card set.

Goodwin Champions has been known for its unusual inclusions in its run with Upper Deck, which began back in 2009. This year’s edition will include hand-painted booklets that revisit the Alice story chapter by chapter when it arrives in July.

So, yes, the card seen above is a hand-painted creation.

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Buzz Collector Profile: Nick Loiacono aka @YanksandBeans

nick LoiaconoNick Loiacono
Also known as: @YanksandBeans
Location: New York
Work away from cards: Mobile DJ (
Collecting since: 1986-91, 2008-present

Main focuses: Through-the-mail autographs, New York Yankees, Thurman Munson, Mariano Rivera, Rickey Henderson, Will Ferrell (on cardboard)

Favorite players/teams: I’ve always loved Yankees first basemen. When I started collecting again in 2008, I decided to “supercollect” Mark Teixeira. It was going good for a long time, but was getting frustrating as I was constantly getting outbid on auction sites by someone I dubbed as my “Nemesis.” Long Story short, that collector was featured on Buzz, Robert Morris, and to this day he remains one of my best collecting friends. I eventually conceded my collection to him and sent him all of my 1/1s to add to his insane collection. I still have great stuff, but I knew when to cut my losses.

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It’s officially awards season and Buzz’s Oscar picks are in …

Kanye-West-Taylor-SwiftHollywood’s awards season is here with the nominees for the SAG and Golden Globes arriving this week and the inevitable chatter about who might get an Oscar nomination on Jan. 15 heating up online.

ToppsOscarGood luck finding yourself Oscar cardboard, though, as cards showing Hollywood’s biggest honor aren’t all that common at all. In fact, they’re downright scarce even though countless Oscar winners themselves have appeared on cards. (At right is a 2005 Topps Chronicles card Buzz bets most of you have never seen.)

Because of that, we’re going with a different piece of awards cardboard above — you all remember that one and its 2011 Topps American Pie card, right? — as Buzz presents his picks for the top Oscars collectors need to know.

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