Blaster boxes are the taste-testing location — the sample platter you might say — of many products for many people who may not have a hobby shop or want to try something new without spending too much.
After a few years, some of those boxes get dirt cheap as collectors’ attentions are focused elsewhere and it’s fun to dig in with those boxes become available at a fraction of their original cost.
One such product for this collector is 2011 Panini Americana, a non-sports release that’s somewhat higher-end and hit-driven at hobby — one hit per pack, just four packs per box — while the blasters typically include a hit of some type and typically more base cards than a hobby box inside.
The next batch of Funko Pop! toys will rock — well, at least two of them will.
Funko revealed on Monday three new toys coming in June with two of the artists found in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
You probably won’t see any sports cards in commercials during Super Bowl LI, but there will be plenty of collectors watching those pricey spots and Buzz will share some favorites here as they arrive during the game.
Biggest question on my mind first is … will PuppyMonkeyBaby make a triumphant return?
Which one is best? Be sure to tell Buzz what you think here or on Twitter. For now, here are the early highlights.
Super Bowl Commercial: Buick
Buzz’s Take: “If that’s a Buick, then my kid’s Cam Newton.” (Spoiler alert: Your kid won’t be winning the Super Bowl then … too soon?)
Super Bowl Commercial: Kia Niro
Buzz’s Take: Melissa McCarthy follows up her epic Sean Spicer SNL spot with a Super Bowl commercial where she shows you how “it’s tough to be an eco-warrior.”
Super Bowl Commercial: T-Mobile
Buzz’s Take: Gronk flexes his acting chops and Bieber tries to class it up (or something).
More to come if you keep reading — and more to come during the game, too.
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: 2011 Panini Americana trading cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: Shop around online.
Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 41
Base set completion:
38 of 100 (38 percent)
Notables on base cards – David Carradine, Linda Hamilton, Corey Haim, Ralph Macchio, Ric Flair, Christina Applegate, Jeffrey Tambor, Leslie Nielsen, Burt Reynolds, Michael Madsen, Michelle Beadle, Pamela Anderson, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Selma Blair
The 58th Grammy Awards have come and gone but the Grammy Foundation‘s auctions have plenty of time remaining on eBay with autographs and memorabilia from some of music’s biggest names of today available — and some big names from the past, too.
Among the more than 100 auctions is the ensemble you see above. It’s the priciest piece of memorabilia as the bidding stands now — three original copies of books self-published by rock icon Jim Morrison, the lead singer of The Doors.
An American Prayer, The Lords: Notes on Vision and The New Creatures were printed in 1969 and 1970 and just 100 copies of Lords and Creatures were made. Just 500 copies of Prayer exist. The copies belonged to a friend of Morrison and are being sold in one lot. Its opening bid is $5,000. (Update: The books sold for $17,755 after 55 bids.)
The most-expensive item so far is a pair of tickets to next year’s Grammys and the after-party. Keep reading for the basics on a few more Grammy auctions.
Update (Feb. 26): These and the political GPKs have now been offered as 11-by-14 wall art prints on the Topps site.
Nine musicians will get mocked by the Garbage Pail Kids for one day only as Topps has unveiled a new line of stickers.
A pair of names for each standard-size sticker are available — either in pairs or as an entire 18-card set in the 2016 GPK The Shammys stickers.