Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)


From 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: 2017 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard cards plus two-coin pack)
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 56 (58 with coins)
Base set completion: 
53 of 300 (18 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Derek Jeter, Randy Johnson, George Brett, Mark McGwire, Hank Aaron, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, David Price, Dennis Eckersley, Sandy Koufax, Anthony Rizzo, Jackie Robinson

Rookie Cards (9) – Hunter Dozier, Tyler Austin, T.J. Rivera, Jeff Hoffman, Carson Fulmer, Jose DeLeon, Orlando Arcia, Teoscar Hernandez, Roman Quinn

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2013 Topps Heritage blaster Hot Box (Hour 3)

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 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2013 Topps Heritage baseball blaster (Hot Box)
The cost:
$16

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Quest autos

What: 2017 TRISTAR Quest autographs
Arrives:
 June 7
Box basics: Five envelopes per lockbox — each with an autographed flat or memorabilia redemption inside (three lockboxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This TRISTAR line will be limited to only 50 cases of autographed items from around the sports world and beyond.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs

What: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs
Arrives: April 12
Box basics: 
One autographed item per envelope (16 envelopes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR brings its autograph chase to baseball with a product limited to only 75 cases and the potential for some big names and some big items.

Keep reading for more information and a gallery of the possibilities here.

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Topps reveals new autograph inclusions for 2017 Topps Tribute

There will be some new features in 2017 Topps Tribute when it arrives later this month and chief among them will be some new autographs that weren’t available back in September when this one was announced.

The biggest one? Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who signed with the company in November. His ink will be found in Tribute Autographs and the Generations of Excellence Autographs sets.

What else is in play? Keep reading …

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Gallery: 2016 Bowman’s Best baseball cards (updated)

The final Bowman brand of the year arrives in hobby shops today with autographs from notable players of the past, the present and potentially the future.

You know, guys like No. 1 draft pick Mickey Moniak.

He’s not alone in packs of 2016 Bowman’s Best — keep reading for more info and a gallery of what’s been found so far.

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Gallery: 2016 Topps Dynasty baseball cards (updated)

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The latest high-end Topps baseball card set is here and that means autographs — nothing but autographs.

The brand is 2016 Topps Dynasty and it marks the first autographs of Derek Jeter under his new deal with the company as part of a release that’s all about ink.

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Need a 2016 Topps Dynasty baseball card checklist? It’s right here …

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The latest high-end Topps baseball card set is on its way soon and that means it’s time to see a checklist.

Topps released the final list for 2016 Topps Dynasty on Wednesday — a week before its release — and this will be one of the first places where Derek Jeter‘s autographs will be found as part of his new deal with the company.

But he’s not alone.

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

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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: Big pulls, big questions, a Pele case and The Greatest, too.

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

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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: Two massive pulls from Topps Tribute, Chicago Cubs show-offs, an NBA debate and … how long until Dak Prescott cards become overpriced?

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Update baseball cards (hobby box)

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From 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: 2016 Topps Update baseball cards (hobby box)
s-l1600Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 356
Base set completion: 
300 of 300 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 19

Notables on base cards – Anthony Rizzo, Clayton Kershaw, Nolan Arenado, Francisco Lindor, Buster Posey, Jackie Bradley Jr., Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Mike Trout, David Ortiz, Kris Bryant, Aroldis Chapman, Jake Arrieta, Ichiro Suzuki

Rookie Cards (95; includes duplicates) – Notables include Aledmys Diaz, Michael Fulmer, Julio Urias, Willson Contreras, Tyler Naquin, Kyle Schwarber, Corey Seager, Kenta Maeda, Nomar Mazara, Trevor Story

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Get the 2016 Topps Gold Label baseball card checklist here

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Gold Label returns this week from Topps with a framed autograph in every seven-pack box.

What specifically might it include? Well that answer came today with the release of the final checklist.

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First Buzz: 2016 Historic Autographs Originals baseball — The 1970s

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What:
 2016 Historic Autographs Originals baseball — The 1970s
Arrives: Oct. 26
Box basics: Four PSA/DNA authenticated autograph card displays per box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Historic Autographs revisits the 1970s with a new product that will be limited to just 400 total boxes with some surprises from that decade.

See a gallery and more … below.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards (hobby box)

16tpstadiumclubBBFrom 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: 2016 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

ArrietaPacks per box: 16
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 128
Base set completion: 
110 of 300 (37 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Jake Arrieta, Lou Gehrig, Ted Williams, Yu Darvish, Nomar Garciaparra, Addison Russell, Willie Mays, Greg Maddux, Hank Aaron, Willie Stargell, Mike Trout, Carlos Correa

Rookie Cards (13) – Nomar Mazara, Trevor Story, Corey Seager, Blake Snell, Tyler White, Hector Olivera, Luke Jackson, Zach Lee, Luis Severino, Michael Reed, Ketel Marte, Max Kepler, Colin Rea

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Topps readies stacked Bowman promo set for The National

Yoan-Moncada-216x300Topps is bringing Bowman promo cards to The National.

The company revealed on Tuesday its plans for the show set for Aug. 3-7 in Atlantic City, N.J., and its wrapper redemption will include a prism foil Bowman Chrome set that has 50 players — a mix of past, present and future players that includes Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, Hank Aaron, Mike Trout, Yoan Moncada and Alex Bregman.

And there will be autographs to be found, too.

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Barry Bonds adds milestone HR tickets to autographs in his store

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They may not be as hot as they once were, but they’re still very notable pieces of baseball history — and they can be yours

MLB home run king Barry Bonds has added four new pieces to his online store where some collectors have found relative bargains in recent months when it comes to game-used and autographed memorabilia.

This time, it’s milestone home run tickets that are top for grabs.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (hobby box)

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From 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: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (hobby box)
2016-Topps-Archives-auto-gallery-98Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
175 of 300 (58 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Buster Posey, Albert Pujols, Satchel Paige, Carl Yastrzemski, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Trout, Stan Musial, Bryce Harper, Madison Bumgarner, Kris Bryant, Ted Williams, Carlos Correa, Stephen Strasburg, George Brett, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Eddie Mathews, Clayton Kershaw, Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., Hank Aaron.

Rookie Cards (25) – Kaleb Cowart, Corey Seager, Michael Conforto, Miguel Sano, Colin Rea, Kyle Waldrop, Zack Godley, Jose Peraza, Trea Turner, Henry Owens, Zach Lee, Matt Reynolds, Mac Williamson, Jorge Lopez, Kyle Schwarber, Ketel Marte, Miguel Almonte, Aaron Nola, Brandon Drury, Peter O’Brien, Raul Mondesi, Travis Jankowski, Jon Gray, Socrates Brito, Gary Sanchez.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)

2016tparchivesBBblasterFrom 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.

2016-Topps-Archives-auto-gallery-84The box: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 
74 of 300 (25 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Stephen Strasburg, George Brett, David Wright, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Eddie Mathews, Clayton Kershaw, Jose Bautista, Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., Jose Fernandez, Yasiel Puig, Frank Thomas, Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey, Billy Williams.

Rookie Cards (12) – Greg Bird, Henry Owens, Zach Lee, Brian Johnson, Miguel Sano, Kyle Waldrop, Colin Rea, Tom Murphy, Luis Severino, Frankie Montas, Raul Mondesi, Brandon Drury.

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Pondering what’s possible in a 1973 Topps baseball group break — and you can win one of five free spots

1973-Topps-boxWhat you see here is a 1973 Topps wax box — 24 packs of 10 cards — with cards inside just as they were wrapped in wax paper more than 40 years ago.

blowoutTVlogo09They’ll all see the light of day soon as part of an upcoming BlowoutTV group break, which will give collectors a shot at high-grade copies of Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt‘s Rookie Card along with RCs of Rich “Goose” Gossage, Dwight Evans, Davey Lopes and Bob Boone. (Oh, and keep reading to see how you can get in on a free spot in the break …)

And then, of course, there are cards of Hall of Famers and notables such as Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Brooks Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Al Kaline, Willie Mays, Pete Rose, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew, Joe Morgan and many more. Perfect specimens aren’t a given with the printing, cutting and packaging of the past, but a box like this one can yield plenty of high-dollar cards in PSA 9 and 10 form. (And some strong cards in lesser grades.)

But the real power in this one beyond the Hall of Famers? The potential for PSA 10 commons — cards that are often overlooked raw but can command insane amounts when PSA Registry collectors chase a set in high grade. How about $739.76 for a PSA 10 Bobby Murcer?

There’s some Power of the Pinstripes in play there, but that card is not alone.

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Four cards top $100,000 mark in Memory Lane Inc. auction

item_38092_1Memory Lane Inc.’s Spring Classics Rarities Auction ended with more than $2.9 million in sales during the weekend and four cards were of note helping the company reach that mark.

Three of them topped $100,000, while a fourth key card from the past topped $90,000 before a 20 percent premium was added.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Discovery autographs

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What: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Discovery autographs
2016-TRISTAR-Quest-Discovery-1Arrives: May 25
Box basics: Five envelopes per box — each with an autographed flat or memorabilia redemption inside (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR is creating this one solely for breakers, giving online collectors a shot at some of the biggest autographs possible in the sports world and beyond.

Keep reading for more.

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Trading Connor Shaw for a legendary PC piece via Steiner Sports

ConnorShawIf you’re a long-time reader of The Buzz, you may remember the Steiner Sports promotion that allowed anybody, anywhere to trade in a legit Cleveland Browns quarterback autograph from the past for a $100 gift card.

Buzz’s headline back in January played up the Johnny Manziel drama — sadly, it’s derailed completely since then — and but opted to take a shot here with a cheaper auto. Buzz picked off a Connor Shaw 2014 Panini Contenders autograph from COMC.com for just $1.99, had it delivered, followed the instructions from Steiner and mailed it in.

Buzz waited but never received a gift card — as it turns out, Steiner had so many requests as part of the promotion that it ran out of physical gift cards to mail. (Those still waiting should email the company with their info and address they used when they mailed in their Browns item.) After getting the discount info, Buzz waited again to find a key item to use the code. Today was the day as Buzz spent a few minutes to check out the site after a promotional email, wondering if a worthy item could be found and searching the game-used section, entertainment section and even the clearance rack for the right item.

And then Buzz found it.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures History of Baseball autographed photos

TRISTAR1What: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures History of Baseball autographed photos
Arrives: May 18
Box basics: 
One autographed photo per pack (30 packs per case; two 15-pack displays)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Hidden Treasures line of packaged memorabilia moves back to photos for its next release with a lineup that includes past greats and big names of today.

Keep reading for more about what’s in this one.

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First Buzz: 2016 Fanatics Authentic Under Wraps autographs

2016-Fanatics-Authentics-underwraps-1aWhat: 2016 Fanatics Authentic Under Wraps autographed baseballs
Arrives: April 15
Box basics: One signed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This MLB-approved product is a first for the growing show promotor with this first brand including some of the biggest names in the game as well as a mix of chase baseballs — all signed — and the potential for experiences including the chance to meet stars at shows.

Keep reading for more.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Sports Heroes trading cards

2016-leaf-sports-heroes-peleWhat: 2016 Leaf Sports Heroes trading cards
Arrives: May
Box basics: Three autographs per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf puts some of the biggest names from the sports world all in the same box — a brand that even includes a 27-signature book for the 1972 Miami Dolphins and a triple-auto for The Hanson Brothers from Slap Shot for a few surprises.

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What should we expect in 2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball?

2016-topps-legaciesIt’s a new brand name with a semi-familiar look, so what should we expect to find in 2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball?

Buzz took a look at the checklist to find out.

First, though, the basics: You get four cards per box for a premium price — one being a metal card, two being autographs and one being an insert.

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Brewers’ Hank gets a baseball card in 2016 Topps Opening Day

HankThePupThere have been bobbleheads, meetings with Hank Aaron, a news conference to address Internet death rumors, an appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and plenty of other attention for a bichon frise mix, but there’s about to be a new chapter in the life of Hank, the dog taken in by the Milwaukee Brewers.

He’s getting an official Major League Baseball card.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Q sports cards

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What:
 2016 Leaf Q sports cards
Arrives: April
Box basics: Five autographs per box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Q will present some of the biggest names in the sports world and some of the biggest names from other areas in a multi-sport release that’s packed with nothing but the hits.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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High-grade Hank Aaron 1954 Topps Rookie powers big Mile High sale

1954 Topps #128 Henry Aaron PSA 9 MINT # Bids: 25 Min Bid: $25,000 Final Price: $192,527

A near-perfect PSA 9 Hank Aaron 1954 Topps Rookie Card led the way in the Mile High Card Company auction that ended during the weekend — and it was just one of 10 lots that topped the $20,000 mark.

All were graded vintage cards in high grades or key specimens slabbed by PSA or SGC — meanwhile 13 other auctions topped the $10,000 plateau in the sale.

Click the first image below to enter our gallery and get a closer look at the top 10 lots as well their final sale prices. We added an extra one so you can see a surprising sale price on the only PSA 10 Joe Torre 1962 Topps Rookie Card in existence.

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Just For Fun: Can you identify which years these vintage baseball card photographs were used?

MantleWhen someone says “1952 Topps Mickey Mantle” there’s simply one image that comes to mind for collectors — the image of the Oklahoma-born slugger looking over his right shoulder where his Louisville Slugger resides.

The blue hues and the yellow bat — the results of colorized images back in those days — are dramatically different than what we often expect from the cardboard of today, yet they are the basis of everything, too.

Seeing one of these memorable card images recently got Buzz wondering whether fellow collectors would be able to identify photographs from memorable vintage baseball card sets — but without the accoutrement that make 1952 look like 1952 or 1965 look like 1965.

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First Buzz: 2015 Leaf SportKings trading cards

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What:
 2015 Leaf SportKings trading cards
Arrives: January 2016
Box basics: One autograph, one memorabilia card, four base cards and one mini per box.

What’s buzz-worthy: SportKings returns with a new mix of cards that includes numbered autographed parallels and buyback autographs for stars throughout the sports world (and even a few from elsewhere) on the famed design from the 1930s.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Iconic Sports Illustrated covers can be quite collectable & sometimes quite valuable, too (gallery)

SIcoverWillSmithIf you’ve watched any NFL games this season, you’ve likely heard the word “concussion” many times as the league has implemented new tests on players to help prevent future problems by assessing the here and now immediately following a hard hit.

On Christmas Day, a film about the issue of concussions in football called Concussion opens in theaters. You’ve probably seen the commercials for the film during NFL games.

Will Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. It’s a real-life issue that has affected more than 80 former players — many you’ve seen on football cards and might have collected. The movie is an important one and Sports Illustrated has Smith on its cover this week to discuss the movie.

Is it the first time a celebrity has appeared on the cover of the highly collectable sports magazine?

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