Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1981 Topps ‘Raiders of the Lost Ark’ trading cards wax pack (Hour 11)

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 packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 11.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1981 Topps Raiders of the Lost Ark trading cards
The cost: 
$1.50

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

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: Awaiting Transcendent and at least two insane 1/1 finds in wax lead off today’s edition.

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Topps’ Countdown to ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ begins today with new cards every weekday until Dec. 15

Weekdays are all about The Last Jedi until Dec. 15.

That’s because Topps is previewing the new Star Wars movie with a new Countdown to The Last Jedi set with a new card arriving each Monday to Friday on Topps.com.

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Black November Wave 2 is here … and here are five deals to consider

If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices right now over on the mothership as BlowoutCards.com is in the midst its Black November sales now.

Wave 2 is here and many of the discounts were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of the boxes and cases — and here are five boxes/cases that caught this collector’s eye.

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This relatively new release is simply a fun one that’s stacked with Rookie Cards and moments from the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby. This collector has ripped hanger boxes, blaster boxes and standard Hobby boxes and many of them have delivered good volume on those guys named Bellinger, Judge and even on the variations. (They don’t have to be rare to be fun.) I haven’t studied the jumbo breaks closely, but one auto and two other hits at this price makes for a fun rip — and if you get lucky you could do pretty well. While this might be a brand that seems somewhat plentiful now, once wax dries up there will be enough key players here to make it of interest later — and basic Topps flagship RCs seem to be growing in popularity, too.

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First Buzz — 2018 Topps Star Wars: A New Hope Black & White cards

What: 2018 Topps Star Wars: A New Hope Black & White trading cards
Arrives: Feb. 14
Box basics: One autograph or sketch card per seven-pack box (12 boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps offers a new take on A New Hope with an approach that’s solely about the dark side — of printing — with this black-and-white take on the first Star Wars film.

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

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Quest Top Shelf

What: 2017 TRISTAR Quest Top Shelf
Arrives:
 Oct. 11
Box basics: Four envelopes per case — each with an autographed item or memorabilia redemption inside

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Quest once again takes things up a notch with a product that is purely high-end memorabilia — and just 30 cases will be made.

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First Buzz: 2017 Historic Autographs Fame & Photo Edition

What: 2017 Historic Autographs Fame & Photo Edition
Arrives: Oct. 25
Box basics: One autographed 8-by-10 photo per pack (20 packs per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Historic Autographs takes to Hollywood with this release that includes big names from Hollywood — you know, ones found in the tabloids and elsewhere.

Keep reading for more information.

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Blade Runner 2049 gets Funko Pop! and Dorbz toys with film’s release

Funko is hoping Blade Runner 2049 prompts a run or two to the toy store.

There will be toys for the stars of the upcoming film, a sequel to Blade Runner which was a cult classic from 1982 that starred Harrison Ford. He’ll be back in this one, though it’s Ryan Gosling who takes the lead in the story as Officer K.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Widevision cards


What: 2017 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Widevision trading cards
Arrives: June 6 ($99.99)
Box basics: One 44-card set and two autographs per box

What’s buzz-worthy: The 40th anniversary of Star Wars continues on cardboard with a boxed set that offers an expanded look at the most-recent film with a chance at some big autographs.

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

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Star Wars Day helps launch Topps’ new On Demand trading card line

Star Wars Day (“May the Fourth be with you”) is here and Topps has a new set — and new on-demand card platform — to show for it.

The 2017 Topps On Demand line begins here with Set No. 1 — Star Wars May the Fourth. 

Each and every set in this one will include an autograph, too.

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Weekend Update: Check out 10 top items on The Buzz this week

It was a busy one on The Buzz this past week. Here are 10 stories worth a look if you missed out. Check ’em out & hit the subscribe button at right if you want email updates.

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Heritage is King …
This past week’s big winner was the arrival of 2017 Topps Heritage, which took us all back to 1968. Here’s our catch-all gallery of short-printed variations and big hits — and there’s a checklist found in there, too.

Keep reading for more …

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Star Wars Sugar-Free Bubble Gum Wrappers trading cards + checklist

What: 2017 Topps Star Wars Sugar-Free Bubble Gum Wrappers trading cards
Arrives: Now via Topps.com
Box basics: One 49-card set and two autographs per box

What’s buzz-worthy: The 40th anniversary of Star Wars begins with an online box set that offers a look back at the franchise with some guaranteed ink, too.

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

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Hasbro readies Star Wars Black Series figures for 40th anniversary

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They’re back and they’re bigger than ever for their 4oth anniversary.

Hasbro will bring its popular Star Wars Black Series line of six-inch action figures to retro-styled packaging for the birthday of the world’s biggest science fiction franchise.

The 12 toys were revealed at New York Toy Fair with new touches and big improvements compared to the original creations — and also with other nods to them, too.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1978 Topps Star Wars Series 4 pack (Hour 1)

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 … beginning now.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1978 Topps Star Wars Series 4 
The cost now:
$10
The cost then: 15 cents

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Pop Century Signed Photograph Edition

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What:
 2017 Leaf Pop Century Signed Photograph Edition
Arrives: Late March
Box basics: One autographed 8-by-10 photo per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s latest autograph product for pop culture arrives with certified autographed photos from the biggest names in Hollywood as well as big names from elsewhere.

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Need the 2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek checklist? It’s finally here …

2016-topps-star-wars-high-tek-5Rogue One isn’t the only Star Wars arrival next week as Topps has one of its higher-end brands for the sci-fi franchise ready to go on Wednesday.

It’s 2016 Topps Star Wars High Tek and the checklist for this one arrived on Thursday.

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Gallery: 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork trading cards

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Topps‘ biggest Star Wars release of the year arrived this past week and some of the biggest cards in the Star Wars universe have already been discovered inside packs.

It’s 2016 Topps Star Wars Masterwork and it’s got the first ink from Adam Driver along with Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill and many others who have helped bring the intergalactic saga to life.

Asking prices on the top autographs are steep but so are the sales for key cards from this one. Keep reading to see our massive gallery of cards pulled so far.

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Board Buzz Gallery: Impressive and favorite non-sports autographs

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Is there one non-sports autograph you’d want to own? If you’re a fan of anything beyond the sports world, there’s probably one name that comes to mind first.

In some cases — Star Wars and Star Trek, for example — a personality may have plenty of autographs, but in others there may be just one.

Or none at all.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Pop Century Signed Photograph Edition

Leaf-pop-century-photosWhat: 2016 Leaf Pop Century Signed Photograph Edition
Arrives: Late June
Box basics: One autographed 8-by-10 photo per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s latest buyback product for pop culture arrives with certified autographed photos from the biggest names in Hollywood as well as big names from elsewhere.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Star Wars Road to Rogue One trading cards

2016-Star-Wars-Road-to-Rogue-One-triple-autoWhat: 2016 Topps Star Wars Road to Rogue One trading cards
Arrives: Sept. 30
Box basics: Two hits in every 24-pack hobby box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The next Star Wars movie gets a preview trading card set with a throwback design and Heritage-style stock in advance of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story on Dec. 16. The film will story will focus on rebel spies on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Harrison Ford, Freddie Prinze Jr. autographs included in upcoming Star Wars sets from Topps + Force Awakens Series 2 checklist

12801295_851491048311791_5026002056628167904_nTopps is bringing some star power to its next wave of Star Wars card sets, revealing one of the biggest autographs possible for the first generation of the film franchise on Friday.

Harrison Ford will be among the signers for Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 2 when it arrives on March 23. He’s the biggest of nine signers revealed since the last time we checked in on the brands. (Update: Topps has released a few more notable names … you can see them in our gallery.)

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Daisy Ridley’s Star Wars mystery autograph redemption keeps selling

Daidy-Ridley-autoThere was an awakening and it’s been felt on eBay as well as the box office.

Another Mystery Redemption from 2015 Topps Star Wars: The Force Awakens Series 1 has sold for big bucks on eBay, going for $1,700 on Sunday. (Spoiler alert: It’s for an autograph of Daisy Ridley, who plays Rey.) Four other copies have sold for $1,200 or more on eBay since the product’s release 11 days ago, while a fifth sale came in at $900 to set the low mark.

Asking prices for the card in current auctions have gotten steeper, though.

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Star Wars: 10 cool cards for 10 key characters in a galaxy far, far away

StarWarsLukeSomewhere out there in a galaxy not far, far away is a list where every single character in the Star Wars universe exists. Whether they are a bit player or a background character, they seemingly all have names because of merchandising needs and they all probably have back stories to justify the action figures, trading cards and other ways those small-time wonders on the big screen can help make big bucks.

We’re not here to showcase bit players who had a few seconds or a few lines. We’re here for 10 of the top names from the previous films as the hours melt away before the arrival of The Force Awakens on Friday.

Here are 10 cool cards for 10 key characters in the past Star Wars films.

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Empire creates six Star Wars covers for The Force Awakens arrival

EmpireKyloRenThere will be an awakening in less than a month and we’ve all felt it in some form or fashion as collectors.

The latest example of that might be Empire magazine’s newest issue, which arrives this week with not one, not two, but six different covers for stars of Star Wars: The Force Awakens arriving on Dec. 18.

Each cover arrives with a 3D look delivered via lenticular plastic — you know, like the old school Kellogg’s and Sporflics cards … but just more intergalactic and stuff.

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Blowout Black Friday Doorbuster Preview #3 — Topps Indiana Jones Heritage eight-box hobby case

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The third Blowout Black Friday Doorbuster Preview this year is one that will make a case for buried treasure and cinematic greatness all in one pretty large package.

Autographs of Harrison Ford, George Lucas and Stephen Spielberg aren’t the easiest pulls in the world, but they all can be found in Topps Indiana Jones Heritage. An eight-box case of this one will be one of the dramatically discounted Doorbuster deals on Black Friday (Nov. 27) at BlowoutCards.com.

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Star Wars Battlefront Deluxe includes impressive bonus at Walmart.com — a Han Solo fridge

HanSoloFridge1We’re less than two months away from the arrival of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens but we’re not even done seeing the merchandise coming from The Force Known as Disney with its new franchise. As you all know, it goes far, far beyond a galaxy of just trading cards.

A perfect example? The newest Star Wars video game arrives on Nov. 17 — Star Wars Battlefront — on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and on Origin for PC, and if you’re one of the people who opt to pre-order the game’s Deluxe Edition from Walmart.com, you’ll land yourself an impressive extra.

A Han Solo Carbonite refridgerator. 

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