Buzz Break: 2017 Playoff football cards (hanger box)

From 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.

The box: 2017 Playoff football cards (hanger box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 60
Base set completion: 42 of 200 (21 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: Russell Wilson, Derek Carr, Antonio Brown, Odell Beckham Jr., Carson Wentz, Tom Brady, Marshall Faulk, Fran Tarkenton, Deion Sanders, Fred Biletnikoff, Michael Irvin, Steve Largent, Troy Aikman, Jerry Rice, Brett Favre, Howie Long

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Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Football 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 Panini Football cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 11
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 88
Base set completion: 
64 of 100 (64 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Tom Brady, Joey Bosa, Russell Wilson, Eli Manning, Ezekiel Elliott, Derek Carr, Matthew Stafford, Amari Cooper, Aaron Rodgers, Richard Sherman, Dak Prescott, Todd Gurley, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski, Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Carson Wentz, Cam Newton, Odell Beckham Jr.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1993 Classic Pro Line Live NFL box (Hour 12)

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 our finale for today.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1993 Classic Pro Line Live NFL
The cost: 
$29

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1988 Topps football cello pack (Hour 7)

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 7.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1988 Topps football cello pack 
The cost now:
$2
The cost then: 79 cents

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1993 Collector’s Edge NFL box (Hour 4)

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 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1993 Collector’s Edge NFL box
The cost now: 
$12
The cost then: Way more than $12.

What’s inside this box? Keep reading …

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Sunday Six: Memorable (and cheap) cards from 1992 Pro Line Portraits

Muhammad-Ali

There are many sports cards sets out there from the past that aren’t valuable in the financial way at all but they can carry some intrinsic quality that should just resonate with some collectors anyway.

Maybe it’s just because Buzz ripped these packs in the past — or maybe because they are just so much more different than anything made in the years since — but one set that feels that way for me is 1992 Pro Line Portraits. It’s a football card set that’s simple — portraits on the front — and oddly non-statistical with thoughts from the person on the back. Most are football players, but some are players’ wives and others are celebrities who have a fondness for the game. One of those people, for example, is Muhammad Ali and you can see his Team NFL insert card (No. 1 in the set) above. The biggest draw of these back then? There was an autographed card guaranteed in every box.

For a simple Sunday item — call it a Sunday Six — here’s a look at six fun cards from the product.

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Need a fun & affordable football card focus? Try collecting NFL sons

NickMontanaAdmit it, you may have overdone things when it comes to buying football cards this year — maybe past years, too — and have a big ol’ stash of cards you don’t know what to do with. What do you keep? What do you jettison? That’s where having a collecting focus comes in. If you haven’t overdone it on wax, then maybe having a focus for your single-card buys is a need. (That’s one even Buzz has struggled with over decades of collecting.)

One potential niche that seems prevalent this year in NFL and college sets? Cards showing the kids of former NFL players who have now made their way onto cardboard.

They seem to be everywhere this year. Second-generation players aren’t anything new, of course, but they can be a fun way to revisit the past while also collecting the present. Buzz started his collecting days in the 1980s and, back then, a Joe Montana autograph wasn’t an easy find — plus, his handwriting didn’t justify the high cost on a small budget. Fast-forward to 2015 and Nick Montana has cardboard. He won’t be an NFL star — he wasn’t really even that good in college — and the handwriting also isn’t great, but he’s got a certified autograph card.

Buzz wanted it, Buzz got it. Can’t say the same thing for a Joe autograph, though, even all these years later.

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