Buzz Break: 2016 Score football cards (blaster box)

2016scoreFBblaster.jpgFrom 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: 2016 Score football cards (blaster box)
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2016-score-Kenyan-DrakePacks per box:
Cards per pack: 11
Cards in this box: 132
Base set completion: 
88 of 440 (20 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players found on base cards: Todd Gurley, Adrian Peterson, Julio Jones.

Rookie Cards (33) – Notables include Jared Goff, Connor Cook, Will Fuller, Kenyan Drake, Paxton Lynch, Braxton Miller.

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First Buzz: 2016 Certified football cards

 2016 Certified football cards
Arrives: July 27
Box basics: Four autographs or memorabilia cards per 10-pack box (24 boxes per case via two inner cases)

What’s buzz-worthy: This one will be the home of The Peyton Manning Collection, a five-card insert set that will have game-used jerseys and autographs, while every box will include one Rookie Patch Auto.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Gallery: 2015 Panini Flawless football cards

2015-panini-flawless-football-autograph-47The recent arrival of 2015 Panini Flawless football cards marked a new wave of high-end cards for fans to consider and a new wave of impressive possibilities for autographs and dazzling memorabilia displayed within cardboard.

Sometimes it’s simple, sometimes it’s not.

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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.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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

cat543003The 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: Basketball & 2016 Topps Heritage breaks, The Mariota-Winston Debate, suspensions and lost maildays … big lost maildays.

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First Buzz: 2016 Panini Classics football cards

2016-panini-classics-football-tom-bradyWhat: 2016 Panini Classics football cards
Arrives: May 25
Box basics: One autograph per box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Classics gets back in the game on the gridiron with 14 packs per box with a mix of past and present stars, new rookies, and an autograph in every box.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Gallery: 2015 Panini Black Gold football cards

2015-Panini-Black-Gold-football-14The football season is over, but the high-end brands for NFL collectors are still to come and part of that premium wave arrived this week with 2015 Panini Black Gold.

Black Gold is an acetate-, metal-, memorabilia- and autograph-loaded brand that packs 10 cards per box.

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First Buzz: 2015 Panini Flawless football cards

2015-Flawless-FB-Tom-BradyWhat: 2015 Panini Flawless football cards
Arrives: April 6
Box basics: Two gemstone, six autographs and two memorabilia cards per box (two boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Flawless returns to the gridiron for another season with more gems — rubies and sapphires now in the mix — more new signers (all on-card) and plenty of high-end collecting possibilities.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Auction Gallery: Hunt’s Super Bowl 50 event packs serious history

watt395One of the biggest football auctions of the year is set for Friday and Saturday as Hunt Auctions continues its traditional Super Bowl sale.

The Super Bowl 50 Live Auction will be at the Moscone Center in San Francisco with more than 900 lots including modern-day game-dated memorabilia like the J.J. Watt Houston Texans gamer above — a jersey with a hefty price already in early bidding — and pieces from football’s early years. too.

Because of its high profile as part of the NFL Experience show, prices can be pretty strong once the auctions close.

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So, who gets the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year award?

CooperThe biggest driver on football cards these days is the Rookie Card and now that the regular season is over most of those big-name newcomers are done for the year.

So, naturally, that makes us wonder who get the Rookie of the Year nod? We’ll focus on offense since it matters the most when it comes to cards. (On defense Buzz thinks it will probably go to Kansas City’s Marcus Peters, who tied for the NFL lead with eight interceptions and two TDs.)

But on offense it’s not as easy.

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Best of 2015: The 15 trading cards that helped define a crazy year

15-HK-connormcdavidyounggunsIt’s a time of change, a time of high-end product exploration and a time of options for many collectors in what we call the sports card industry these days.

Tastes, products and prices continue to evolve as does the business environment that helps bring us our cardboard. For every super-pricey box being made, there are seemingly just as many buyers ready to rip or pick off singles for not-always-so-super prices (but super bargains).

The Buzz has only been around for part of 2015, but Buzz has been here all along as part of the world of collecting. Here are Buzz’s picks for 15 cards that helped define 2015.

2015-16 Upper Deck #201 Connor McDavid RC
The impressive prices being paid for what’s just a simple piece of cardboard with just gloss and some foil stamping shows that fundamentals never go out of style when there’s a big name involved. This time, it’s the No. 1 pick Connor McDavid, a Canadian phenom drafted by the Edmonton Oilers. This photo was selected by collectors and it even has a fun sign of 2015 — the fan showing off a photo on her phone in the background.

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Jameis Winston autographs join Upper Deck Authenticated lineup

jameis-winston-autographed-signal-caller-photo-Upper-Deck-Authenticated-85202Tampa Bay quarterback Jameis Winston‘s autographs will be found in a series of memorabilia pieces being offered by Upper Deck Authenticated.

The division of Upper Deck revealed The James Winston Collection on Monday.

The No. 1 pick in this year’s draft has signed both Buccaneers memorabilia as well as Florida State Seminoles items. He led FSU to the BCS title game last season and has thrown for 3,059 yards and 18 touchdowns so far as a rookie this season.

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Javorius Allen, Marcus Mariota & Ryan Fitzpatrick among NFL’s most Buzz-worthy players in Week 13


AllenTake a look at the NFL’s stat sheets for running backs and it’s not a pretty sight these days in terms of production that would wow anyone.

At least not on the Emmitt Smith Standard.

However, with the game continuing to change so, too, are the roles that RBs play. Take a look at the stat sheet for catches on Sunday and there was a new name right at the top — and it wasn’t a receiver. Ravens RB Javorius Allen had 12 catches for 131 yards and a touchdown on Sunday. Tack on 17 carries for 63 yards and the fourth-round pick out of USC looks even more impressive.

Could it be a fluke? Could it be an arrival? Only time will tell. For the season, Allen now has just 367 yards rushing and 242 yards receiving with just two touchdowns total on the year. Buzz bets there are some bargains to be had.

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Keep reading for four more guys who generated some buzz on the field this week.

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Jameis Winston, Cam Newton, Thomas Rawls, Doug Martin among NFL’s Buzz-worthy in Week 11

The NFL’s newest emerging name — Seattle RB Thomas Rawls — ran for 209 yards and a touchdown and added three catches for 46 yards and a score. But — and this is a big but for collectors — he doesn’t have a single legitimate NFL card, so we’re stuck with this guy. It turns out that “this guy,” aka Tampa Bay Bucs QB Jameis Winston, had a record-setting day for his team with five touchdowns and 246 yards passing in a 45-17 win over the Eagles. Is he that good — or are they that bad? Doesn’t matter on cardboard as he’ll continue to be one of the rookies collectors hope to find in this year’s football boxes.

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Keep reading for four more guys who generated some buzz on the field this week.

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Buzz List: Five NFL players to watch in Week 11

CooperAmari Cooper has out-produced every other rookie receiver in the NFL this season with 50 catches for 732 yards and four touchdowns. While those aren’t exactly Jerry Rice numbers, he’s perhaps the hobby’s focal point on a Raiders team (along with QB Derek Carr) that seems like it’s improving. This week they’ve got the lowly Lions, so this seems like a good time to say things look golden for Cooper.

Keep reading for four more guys to watch on Sunday.

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First Buzz: 2015 Leaf 25th baseball cards


What: 2015 Leaf 25th baseball cards
Arrives: Dec. 30
Hobby box basics: Four autographed cards per box, 12 boxes per case

LogoLeaf25thWhat’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Trading Cards takes a look back at the popular 1990 Leaf baseball set with this autograph-driven brand that enlists all of today’s printing techniques while looking back at the famed design with today’s prospects and some legends of the past.

See a gallery and more … below.

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First Buzz: 2015 Panini Black Gold football cards


What: 2015 Panini Black Gold football cards
Arrives: Jan. 20, 2016
Hobby box basics: Five cards per pack (two packs per box, eight boxes per case) with one autograph or autographed memorabilia card, one additional hit or gold disc, one metal logo, one base card and one shadowbox insert in each one.

What’s buzz-worthy: Black Gold returns for a sophomore season of high-end acetate- and metal-enhanced fun. This high-end brand will showcase premium memorabilia pieces with, according to the company “even more on-card autograph content” than in its rookie year.

See a gallery and more … below.

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First Buzz: 2015 Panini National Treasures Multi-sport college cards

 2015 Panini National Treasures Multi-sport college cards
Arrives: Jan. 8, 2016
Hobby box basics: Six autograph or memorabilia cards with one being a booklet plus two base/parallel cards. Four boxes per case.

What’s buzz-worthy: National Treasures arrives for the college ranks “with something for every college fan,” according to the company. More than 500 players will appear in this hit-driven high-end brand all in their college colors. There will be a mix of players from the past and present from baseball, football, basketball and notable college coaches, too.

See a gallery and more … below.

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Buzz-worthy numbers: Facts about 2015 Panini Contenders baseball, which arrives on Wednesday


Here are some facts touting Panini America‘s latest baseball set, 2015 Panini Contenders, which arrives on Wednesday, Nov. 11, packing some prospect debuts and plenty of international, prep and college talents in their teams’ colors.

54 — There will be 54 players who are appearing on their first autographs in this one, according to the company, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Victor Robles among them. Guerrero is the son of the former big-leaguer and will aim to begin his MLB career in Canada as a Blue Jays signee. (His dad, of course, began as an Expo nearly 20 years ago back in 1996.) Robles is a highly touted Nationals outfielder.

2 — That’s the number of boxes in a case that will pack an autograph from either Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager or Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada. Schwarber will be seen in his Indiana Hoosiers gear but is already on the minds of many collectors as is Seager, who will be found as part of the product’s USA Baseball contingent. Moncada is a new international signee who has very little cardboard so far.

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Leaf reveals two Jameis Winston baseball redemptions are SPs

LeafJameisToday Jameis Winston is the quarterback of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but when he was a closely watched athlete at Florida State he was also a member of the Seminoles baseball team.

Collectors have undoubtedly seen baseball cards of him a few times this year, but Leaf Trading Cards announced on Tuesday that two of its baseball cards are perhaps a bit rarer than others out there.

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Of course J.J. Watt’s upcoming Funko has a bloody nose …

jpeg-5The newest wave of Pop! Football figures arrives in December from Funko with one of the NFL’s biggest defensive stars sporting one of the littlest iconic details.

Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt comes with a bloodied and bandaged nose.

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Is Jameis Winston the NFL’s top rookie so far this season?

Jameis Winston‘s stats through six weeks of the NFL season might not overwhelm you — 1,174 yards passing seven touchdowns and a 77.6 rating — but one statistic might surprise you.

He’s the only rookie (so far) to win the NFL Rookie of the Week award more than once.

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Chin straps just start of high-end fun in Immaculate Collection College

panini-america-2015-immaculate-college-multisport-marcus-mariotaAutographed chin strap cards — they’ve never been done before, but they’re coming in 2015 Immaculate Collection College, which was revealed this week and is coming in December from Panini America.

Packing just seven cards per box — five of those being autographs or memorabilia — this brand will include stars from several sports on cards that might not have been seen before and all are done using NCAA team logos and colors. One cool example? A memorabilia card of Tony Gwynn the basketball star at San Diego State.

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