Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Heritage blaster Hot Box (Hour 8)

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 8.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Heritage baseball cards blaster (Hot Box)
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Diamond Kings 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 Panini Diamond Kings baseball cards (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 7
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 35
Base set completion: 
19 of 100 (19 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Francisco Lindor, Josh Donaldson, Jake Arrieta, Chipper Jones, Lloyd Waner, Pee Wee Reese, Ty Cobb, John McGraw, Stan Musial, Joe Jackson

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Tribute baseball cards

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 Tribute baseball cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 3
Cards in this box: 19
Base set completion: 
11 of 90 (12 percent)
Duplicates: 0

 

Base cards – Cole Hamels, Ozzie Smith, Johnny Cueto, Francisco Lindor, Jake Arrieta, Trevor Story, Harmon Killebrew, Duke Snider, Roger Maris, Wade Boggs, Starling Marte

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Buzz Break: 2016 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (blaster box)

s-l1600From 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 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:
Initially only available via Walmart.

Bowman-Platinum0-logo-1Packs per box: 8 (seven standard packs plus one Ice parallel pack)
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
16 of 100 (16 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Mookie Betts, Jose Abreu, Josh Donaldson, Noah Syndergaard, Giancarlo Stanton

Rookie Cards (5) – Rob Refsnyder, Seung-hwan Oh, Aaron Nola, Hector Olivera, Kyle Schwarber

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

16ttpchromeBBblasterFrom 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 Chrome baseball cards (blaster box)
2016-topps-chrome-kris-bryantWhere to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard packs plus one Sepia Refractor pack)
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
20 of 200 (10 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Matt Harvey, Paul Goldschmidt, Prince Fielder

Rookie Cards (3) – Raul Mondesi, Joey Rickard, Frankie Montas

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National Baseball Card Day is set for Saturday with free cards & more

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National Baseball Card Day is this Saturday.

2016-National-Baseball-Card-DayThe hobby shop event will have participating stores in the United States and Canada giving away free six-card packs to visitors. It’s a promotion that hasn’t been done since 2008.

A bonus card of Kris Bryant will only be available with purchases. It can be seen above.

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First Buzz: 2016 Onyx Baseball Clubhouse Collection Authentic Game-used Batting Gloves

2016-onyx-baseball-batting-glovesWhat: 2016 Onyx Baseball Clubhouse Collection Authentic Game-used Batting Gloves
Arrives: July
Box basics: One pair of game-used batting gloves per box (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This MLBPA-approved product includes batting gloves from top young names as well as established veterans — a roster that includes reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson, Giancarlo Stanton, Mike Trout, Jose Abreu, Alex Rodriguez, Nolan Arenado, Nomar Mazara and Andrew McCutchen to name a few.

Keep reading for more info, including a full checklist.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Series 2 baseball cards (blaster box)

2016tpser2BBjumboFrom 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 Series 2 baseball cards (blaster box)
 Kenta-MaedaWhere to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 10 (plus one medallion pack)
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 101
Base set completion: 
79 of 350 (23 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Stephen Strasburg, Prince Fielder, Yoenis Cespedes, Albert Pujols, David Price.

Rookie Cards (10) – Kenta Maeda, Pedro Severino, Guido Knudson, Miguel Almonte, Scott Alexander, Luke Maile, Keith Hessler, Jorge Lopez, Ariel Pena, Ramon Cabrera.

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Havana Sugar Kings don’t have many cards but hints of team can be found

1959-topps-mike-cuellar-havana-sugar-kingsWith Major League Baseball‘s historic trip to Cuba and the Tampa Bay Rays’ exhibition game against the Cuban national team on Tuesday, the spotlight is shining bright on the country and its rich baseball history.

One part of that history that might not be remembered by many collectors is the fact that there was once a minor league team in Cuba, the Havana Sugar Kings, that was a Triple-A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and a member of the International League.

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Buzz Break: 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks baseball cards

2013pnperedraftrBBFrom 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.

correaThe box: 2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 20
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 120
Base set completion: 
92 of 100 (92 percent)
Duplicates: 9

Notable names pulled on base cards: Carlos Correa, Jose Abreu, Joey Gallo, Archie Bradley, Mookie Betts, Maikel Franco, Gregory Polanco

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Buzz List: Nine autographs to find in 2013 & 2014 Elite Extra Edition boxes

Elite-Extra-Edition-logoCountless collectors call themselves prospectors, and that particular focus is one that can lead to a lot of pack-ripping or a lot of secondary market purchases with future flips in mind.

One brand that’s got many of those coveted newcomer names year after year is Elite Extra Edition, which is Panini America‘s foilboard-focused prospecting brand that typically packs one of the deepest checklists and, with Hot Boxes, some of the highest autograph totals in the hobby.

While the dust isn’t yet settling on the recently released newest edition of the brand, Buzz decided to take a look back at nine names who you should know from the previous two editions (2013 and 2014) and see how they did last season. Why? There are inevitably some bargains to be had if you consider this brand and these guys (along with countless other players that may not yet be on the radars of too many prospectors) given box prices these days. After all, old wax can still be good wax if the price is right.

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Topps’ retail Mega Boxes are home to mega-bargains if you discover the right players & parallels

ToppsUpdateBryantBlackIf you’ve done some cardboard hunting at the retail aisle, you may have passed right by the home of some of the hottest baseball cards available in stores like Target.

The card above? It’s a 2015 Topps Chrome Update Black Refractor of reigning National League Rookie of the Year Kris Bryant and it was only found in a 2015 Topps Update Mega Box — a retail box with five Update packs and two exclusive Chrome Update packs inside.

It’s serial-numbered to 99 copies and sold for $100 on eBay. Because there are only two Chrome packs per box, these have been selling quite well because key guys aren’t simple every-box pulls even for their base cards. (You can find boxes and cases at Blowout right here, though.)

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