Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 17)

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: New football ink, Flawless NFL breaks, blaster box pulls and an emerging MLB star?

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Panini includes big surprises inside boxes of 2016 Panini Encased

Panini America has added a big surprise or two to its latest high-end football brand.

The brand is 2016 Panini Encased and the surprise is a number of oversized — and encased — autographs from some legendary stars of the gridiron.

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Six-figure sales happen with vintage football greats’ Rookie Cards, too

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The high-dollar auctions aren’t just for high-grade Mickey Mantle cards.

While “The Mick” has dominated the auction block in recent years — and did so again last weekend via Heritage Auctions — there were two six-figure NFL sales of note in that Heritage sale, too.

And they weren’t alone as a number of graded football cards topped the $10,000 mark.

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First Buzz: 2016 Panini Flawless football cards

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What: 2016 Panini Flawless football cards
Arrives: April 5
Box basics: Two gemstone, six autographs and two memorabilia cards per box (two boxes per case)
Final checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Flawless is back with nothing but on-card autographs but some new cut autos, new memorabilia cards, new oldschool signers and new approaches with its gem cards that include multiple pieces.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2017 Historic Autographs Friends & Foes Football

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What: 2017 Historic Autographs Friends & Foes Football
Arrives: March 22
Box basics: One autograph per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Friends & Foes comes to the gridiron with cut autograph duos that should grab some attention.

Keep reading for more information.

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Gallery: 2016 Panini Impeccable football cards

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We’re less than a week away from the latest high-end football card brand from Panini America and it’s one that looks like it has a pretty high standard.

One might call it impeccable.

The brand is 2016 Panini Impeccable and it will pack some serious punch with metal cards, autographed memorabilia cards and standard autographs — and plenty of on-card autographs.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Autographed Football Jersey Edition

Leaf-jersey-logoWhat: 2016 Leaf Autographed Football Jersey Edition
Arrives: October
Box basics: One autographed jersey per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf brings the fabric of the game to the blind-wrapped football memorabilia niche with “an unprecedented selection of athletes including Hall of Famers, superstars of years past, today’s best players and hot rookies.”

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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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Gallery: 2015 Panini National Treasures football cards

2015-panini-national-treasures-3This year’s National Treasures football card set is slated to arrive next week packing some of the biggest names in the history of the game.

But don’t take Buzz’s word for it … just check out the gallery of cards teased by Panini America so far this morning as it fills the boxes of 2015 Panini National Treasures by hand today down in Texas.

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Peyton Manning passes the torch to no one today, making a football card like this one even more special

Johnny-Unitas-Peyton-ManningPeyton Manning mentioned plenty of legends during his 11-minute retirement speech Monday in Denver, but only one name mentioned had as much gravitas as Manning’s place in the game today.

That name was Johnny Unitas and Manning recalled meeting the Hall of Famer and Colts icon during his rookie season after a 38-31 loss back on Nov. 29, 1998.

“It was the first time that the Colts had returned to Baltimore since they had moved back in 1984,” Manning remembered. “We didn’t exactly get a warm reception that day. The fans were screaming at me, and I kept thinking, ‘Hey, I was only 8-years-old then, get off of my back.’

“I had met him once before, but when the game was over I had the chance to shake Johnny Unitas’ hand. He told me, ‘Peyton, you stay at it. I’m pulling for you.’ Well, I have stayed at it. I’ve stayed at it for 18 years and I hope that old No. 19 is up there with his flat top and maybe his black high-tops on and I hope he knows that I have stayed at it and maybe he’s even a little proud of me.

“There is just something about 18 years. Eighteen is a good number, and today I retire from pro football.”

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Football Mini Helmets

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What:
2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Football Mini Helmets
Arrives: March 15
Box basics: One autographed mini helmet per box.

What’s buzz-worthy: After more than a year on the sidelines, TRISTAR’s Hidden Treasures football brand returns to the field with some extra potential twists for collectors.

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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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