Buzz Poll: Who gets your single vote for the Hall of Fame this year?


This year’s Baseball Hall of Fame ballot has been released by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America with several new names and players who appeared on last year’s ballot but failed to get selected on 75 percent of the vote.

It’s a crop that includes Chipper Jones, Jim Thome and Johan Santana among the newcomers and Larry Walker, Fred McGriff, Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens among those left over from past ballots.

Below is the ballot that all BBWAA members will receive. The writers can vote for as many as 10 players. Those who appear on 75 percent of all ballots cast will be inducted into the Hall.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Oct. 12)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Pondering future Hall of Famers, big NFL breaks, a Super Jeter & more in today’s edition.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Sept. 28)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Collecting challenges, challenging conversations, big pulls and huge first basketball box finds.

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Jerry Jones making rare autograph card appearance for Panini America

If you watch a Dallas Cowboys game, odds are you’ll see him at least once — typically after a win or some kind of replay that generated a reaction from the owner’s box high above the 50-yard line.

But one thing where Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn’t often found is in packs of NFL cards but Panini America has a new rarity coming soon showing him as one of the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Bill Madden collection auction closes Tuesday with legendary items

If you’re a younger collector, you may not know the name, but the memorabilia of a long-time (and Hall of Fame honored) sports writer is headed to the auction block.

He’s Bill Madden — fun fact for collectors is that he literally helped Donruss build its roster of Rated Rookies in 1984 Donruss — and a number of his treasures will be sold next week.

Among the more than 400 lots will be photos, programs, signed items, signed books, press pins and more from some of the biggest names in MLB history.

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Panini Eternal launches Mickey Mantle commemorative set today

The Mick’s return to baseball cards continues today with Panini Eternal. 

Mickey Mantle‘s MLB debut came today in 1951 and that starts the “Mantle Monday” project, which will see a new card of the Hall of Famer released each week for the next four months.

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Willie Stargell auction includes prime pieces from Pops’ career

It’s been more than 16 years since the baseball world lost “Pops,” aka Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, at age 61.

During a lengthy big-league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was a World Series champ, a National League MVP and even Sports Illustrated‘s Man of the Year — and all those awards and more are up for grabs via SCP Auctions right now.

And there are even some impressive yet unusual items that some baseball fans might not even know about also available in the sale.

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Are all buyback autographed cards the same? Not this one …

It’s got some rough edges, fuzzy corners, some light surface snow, and a curved-but-not-awful corner crease — but it’s got some character and it’s mine.

And it’s also signed by Rickey Henderson.

It’s a copy of his 1980 Topps Rookie Card and it’s also a recent pickup from a major autograph dealer. It’s also a story that has a few pieces that this collector thought made it interesting enough to present right here.

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Topps Now was game-changer in first year for MLB cardboard

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Real cards in real time — or at least the next day. It was a simple idea that became Topps Now that has helped in some ways transform collecting beginning on April 3, 2016.

Need proof?

There are 1,184 different Now cards now for MLB alone — some with autographs and game-used memorabilia from the games that are depicted on the card. There are also Topps Now cards for last year’s election and presidential debates, Now cards for WWE and for UFC and even real-time cardboard releases from AMC‘s Preacher and the Garbage Pail Kids taking on real-time scandals and viral curiosities. Oh, and there are other companies in on the real-time card business now for the other leagues, too.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from last year’s MLB releases before the 2017 Topps Now cards — with a new look and numbering — start soon and some basic info on every single one of the 2016 releases.

How do we knew there’s a new look? Buzz checked the mailbox and found something inside. Keep reading for a first look at 2017 Topps Now.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 14)

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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: Huge Houston Astros & New York Yankees pulls, 2017 Allen & Ginter, tracking Optic rarities & more.

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First Buzz: 2016 Graffiti baseball cards

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What: 2016 Graffiti baseball cards
Arrives: Out now
Box basics: One Hall of Fame certified ago and one Graffiti art card per box (eight boxes per graffiti1case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This buyback product includes nothing but Hall of Famer ink with 90 percent of them being on-card autos. At least one box per case will include a deluxe (case hit) type of auto that’s an elite name or a 1/1 card. … Among the autos to be found here? Ted Williams, Joe Dimaggio, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Sandy Koufax, Ernie Banks, Kirby Puckett and Stan Musial. … For more info visit @graffiti_cards on Twitter.

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Shaq’s size 22 “Shaq Attaq” Pumps are big deal for Steiner Sports

shaq-shoeShaquille O’Neal took his place among the newest members of the Basketball Hall of Fame this past weekend and it’s his shoes, which are now available via Steiner Sports, that show he’s still one of the biggest.

A limited run of O’Neal’s size 22 Reebok “Shaq Attaq” Pumps are available via Steiner and the sheer novelty of a shoe that large is a big part of the selling point.

So much so, Steiner also is selling them unsigned.

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Buzz Break: 2012 Panini Cooperstown baseball (hobby case)

2012-panini-cooperstown-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.

mattyThe case: 2012 Panini Cooperstown baseball cards (hobby case)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Boxes per case: 14
Packs per box:
 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 120
Cards in this case: 1,680
Base set completion: 
200 of 200 (100 percent)
Duplicates: Plenty, but Buzz ain’t counting those this time

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New Era revisits the cap of The Kid who became a legend for new line

hwlKen Griffey Jr.‘s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame has had its share of commemorative cardboard and now it’s got something more.

New old caps from New Era commemorating The Kid’s never-ending trip to Cooperstown and his upcoming number retirement.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (July 24)

1989-UpperDeck-KenGriffeyJrThe 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: Griffey to Cooperstown, Chris Sale & his scissors, new breaks, 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter, The National & more.

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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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Women’s basketball loses an icon as Pat Summitt dies at age 64

Pat-SummittWhen it comes to women’s basketball, there’s one name that should come to mind first — the long-time coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, Pat Summitt. She died Tuesday at age 64.

The Hall of Famer won more Division I games than any other coach — and her wins record still stands on the women’s side. She ended her career with 1,038 wins in 38 seasons along with eight national championships, 18 Final Four appearances and 16 SEC championships.

“She truly is a global icon who transcended sports and spent her entire life making a difference in other peoples’ lives,” UT Athletic Director Dave Hart said in a statement. “She was a genuine, humble leader who focused on helping people achieve more than they thought they were capable of accomplishing. Pat was so much more than a Hall of Fame coach; she was a mother, mentor, leader, friend, humanitarian and inspiration to so many. Her legacy will live on through the countless people she touched throughout her career.”

And when it comes to cardboard, there aren’t a lot of options for collectors.

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Buzz Poll: How would you grade this autographed Brett Favre card?

BrettFavre“The Gunslinger” Brett Favre was among the players named to this year’s Hall of Fame class on Saturday night, meaning he’ll be forever enshrined in Canton later this year.

One card pulled in recent days by a collector is this 2015 Panini National Treasures College Notable Nicknames card — one of only a few cards showing him at Southern Mississippi that’s signed and one of even fewer that’s signed and inscribed. (And it’s pricey.)

Buzz thinks this is close to a perfect piece of cardboard and wonders what you think … grade this card.

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Gallery: Don Drysdale collection coming to market via SCP Auctions

jpegMore than 20 years after his death, the memorabilia of Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Dodgers pitching great Don Drysdale is coming to auction.

The sale will be handled by Laguna Niguel, Calif.-based SCP Auctions and will open on April 6 with more than 1,000 lots as part of the overall event.

“We feel honored to have been chosen by the Drysdale family to bring this extraordinary collection to auction,” said SCP Auctions President David Kohler. “Don was among the most accomplished and revered pitchers in Major League Baseball history and his impressive assemblage of awards and accolades speaks volumes as to his winning ways out on the mound.”

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Buzz Break: 2012 Panini Cooperstown baseball cards


2012-panini-cooperstown-boxFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down 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.


mattyThe box:
 2012 Panini Cooperstown baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 120
Base set completion: 
86 of 150 (57 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable names pulled on base cards: Ted Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Jackie Robinson, Christy Mathewson (all base cards are Hall of Famers)

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Buzz Collector Profile: Mike Moynihan aka Moyni

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Also known as:
Moyni
Website:
None
Email: gonzaleznut@hotmail.com
BuzzProfiles-LogoLocation:
Texas
Work away from cards:
Financial planner
Collecting since:
1981

Main focuses: I collect Hall of Famer autos and Hall of Famer game-used cards. I also have big Josh Hamilton (almost 2,000 different and more than 100 1/1s) and Ivan Rodriguez (more than 2,500 different with 60 1/1s) player collections. I also have every Topps base set from 1973 to present as well as a bunch of Topps Heritage sets.

Favorite players/teams: Texas Rangers are my favorite team, and I am a big Josh Hamilton and Ivan Rodriguez fan.

Current collecting projects: I am trying to complete the 2015 Panini Immaculate Accolades Materials set. I only need one more card — the Babe Ruth /5.

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Baseball loses Hall of Famer Monte Irvin at age 96

s-l1600Before he made his big-league debut in 1949, Monte Irvin had been a star in the Negro Leagues who was among the most-respected in the game — a player who had all-around skills and quite a strong career before making the leap to MLB and ultimate enshrinement in the Hall of Fame.

“Monte was the choice of all Negro National and American League club owners to serve as the No. 1 player to join a white major-league team,” Newark Eagles owner and Hall of Famer Effa Manley once said. “We all agreed, in meeting, he was the best qualified by temperament, character ability, sense of loyalty, morals, age, experiences and physique to represent us as the first black player to enter the white majors since the Walker brothers back in the 1880s. Of course, Branch Rickey lifted Jackie Robinson out of Negro ball and made him the first, and it turned out just fine.”

Irvin, who went on to eight seasons in the big leagues, hitting .293 with 99 homers and 443 RBI beginning as a 30-year-old “rookie,” died on Tuesday. He was 96.

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Cooperstown calls for Ken Griffey Jr. as well as Mike Piazza

1989-UpperDeck-KenGriffeyJrThe Baseball Writers’ Association of America votes are in, and there’s no surprise at the top — Ken Griffey Jr. is headed to Cooperstown, N.Y., this summer to join baseball’s immortals.

He received 99.3 percent of the vote — a record and three votes short of unanimous — after his first time on the ballot. Joining him is former Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza, who appeared on 83 percent of the 440 ballots.

Griffey helped usher in a new era of collecting in 1989 as the iconic No. 1 in the first Upper Deck set, a release that helped change the printing and packaging of cards and the collecting expectations of a generation. For those same thirty-somethings and beyond, he’s an also icon on the field with his backwards cap and a smooth but powerful left-handed swing that helped produce 630 home runs and countless more memorable moments for the Mariners, Reds and White Sox over 22 seasons but never a World Series at-bat.

16_Topps Finest Baseball-griffeyClearly he’s one of the greatest players — and most-beloved players — in MLB history, a symbol of what’s good about the game in an era of bogus records and inflated statistics that have undermined not only the results on the field but also the cardboard of our youth. His enshrinement this summer in Cooperstown will be the stuff that cardboard (and baseball) marketing is made of. In fact, there are already two forthcoming brands — 2016 Topps Series 2 and 2016 Topps Finest (above right) — that will spotlight Junior.

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 6)

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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: Ken Griffey Jr. and the Hall of Fame vote, NBA legends, 2015 Topps Strata, Panini Immaculate Collection College & redemption replacements.

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 22)

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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: High-end brands like Panini Immaculate and Panini Eminence, keeping vs. flipping, Chris Bosh’s Hall of Fame chances and golf greats find a spot in this one.

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Who gets your single vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame this year?

1989-UpperDeck-KenGriffeyJrThis year’s Baseball Hall of Fame ballot has been released by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America with 15 new names and several players who appeared on last year’s ballot but failed to get 75 percent of the votes.

Below is the ballot that all BBWAA members will receive. The writers can vote for as many as 10 players. Those who appear on 75 percent of all ballots cast will be inducted into the Hall. Your challenge here is a bit different.

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