First Buzz: 2016-17 Panini Grand Reserve basketball cards

What: 2016-17 Panini Grand Reserve basketball cards
Arrives: June 28
Box basics: Two autographs and one more auto/mem per three-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This new brand delivers a hit in every pack and a new look and energy for the hardwood.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.

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Blowout introduces Fire & Ice boxes — and so far there’s plenty of fire

If you want to try a little something from everywhere in the sports world with serious high-end potential but not break the bank, then a new product line from Blowout Cards might be for you.

It’s 2017 Blowout Cards Fire & Ice — and it’s delivered very well for some collectors digging in on Thursday via BlowoutTV. The four cards above? They were all found in the first eight boxes of his high-end buyback box.

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Buzz Break: 2016-17 Donruss basketball cards (blaster 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

s-l500The box: 2016-17 Donruss basketball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: (for hobby)

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 11
Cards in this box: 110
Base set completion: 99 of 200 (50 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards: LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Kevin Garnett, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love, James Harden, Kristaps Porzingis, Kahlil Okafor, Manu Ginobili, Karl-Anthony Towns

Rookie Cards (23) – Ben Simmons, Malik Beasley, Jamal Murray, Domantas Sabobnis, Brice Johnson, Henry Ellenson, Ron Baker, Michael Gbinije, Patrick McCaw, Kris Dunn, Buddy Hield, Tyrone Wallace, Deyonta Davis, Juica Zubac, Brandon Ingram, Isaiah Cousins, Caris LeVert, Pascal Siakam, Demetrius Jackson, Ben Bentil, Thon Maker, Taurean Prince, Chinanu Onuaku

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First Buzz: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks basketball (hobby box)

16pncontdraftbkFrom 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

s-l500The box: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks basketball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box:
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 66 of 96 (69 percent)
Duplicates: 0

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Blowout customer lands Porzingis Immaculate logoman in Flawless


One of the most sought-after cards in 2015-16 Panini Immaculate Collection has been found — in a case of 2015-16 Panini Flawless.

Last month, a collector discovered the Kristaps Porzingis Flawless logoman 1/1 in a box of Immaculate and at that time Panini America said it had mistakenly swapped the cards and that the Immaculate 1/1 would be placed into Flawless, the company’s most-premium NBA product.

The hunt for that notable card ended this weekend as it was found by a customer, Anthony from New York, inside a Flawless briefcase.

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Karl-Anthony Towns takes home top NBA rookie honors

Karl-Anthony-Towns-Rookie-Patch-autoAt the beginning of the season it was Kristaps Porzingis, who stole all the headlines when it came to NBA rookies.

But it’s Karl-Anthony Towns who got the one that mattered as he was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in unanimous fashion on Monday — just the fifth winner-take-all vote in the history of the award. Porzingis finished second.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Panini Black Gold basketball cards

2015-16-panini-black-gold-basketball-TownsWhat: 2015-16 Panini Black Gold basketball cards
Arrives: June 29
Box basics:  Four autographs or memorabilia cards per two-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: After two years on the gridiron, Black Gold comes to basketball bringing its acetate- and gold-laden lineup to the international game with some looks back at the ABA, too.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Panini Spectra basketball cards

2015-16-Panini-Spectra-basketball-kobeWhat: 2015-16 Panini Spectra basketball cards
Arrives: June 8
Box basics:  Seven autographs or memorabilia cards per 10-card box (five boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Spectra combines memorabilia with ink on every autographed card in the brand with jumbo memorabilia pieces to be found elsewhere in a package that’s nearly all about the hits and a rainbow of color.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.

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Panini America brings Player of the Day promo to NBA & makes some Hickory Pacers cardboard, too

panini-america-2016-nba-pod-paul-georgeIt’s nod to the past and the big screen, but one card in the forthcoming Panini NBA Player of the Day set might stand out to some collectors as different.

It’s a Paul George card in the Indiana Pacers’ “Hickory Pacers” uniforms worn a few times this season. Why? It’s the 30th anniversary of the movie Hoosiers, an Indiana basketball staple, and that’s one of the ways the Pacers are honoring the rich history of the game in the state on “Hickory Nights.” It’s a promotion that has resulted in big demand for Hickory items from the team.

Have the Hickory uniforms hit cardboard previously this season? Buzz hasn’t seen every card but it’s possible that this is the first. (Tweet Buzz or leave a comment if you have seen others.)

Now, on to the Player of the Day details …

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Gallery: 2015-16 Panini Select basketball cards

2015-16-Panini-Select-basketball-5A slightly more higher-end version of the Panini America Prizmatic rainbow arrives with a different name today with 2015-16 Panini Select basketball — a brand that packs all kinds of color along with a number of hits in a relatively small and affordable box.

Every 12-pack box includes three autographs or memorabilia cards with a standard card selection that’s divided into three sets and some type of Prizm insert in every pack.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Panini Noir basketball cards

2015-16-Panini-Noir-basketball-color-rookies-townsWhat: 2015-16 Panini Noir basketball cards
Arrives: May 25
Box basics: Seven autographs or memorabilia cards per 12-card box (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Noir returns for another run on the court and it’s bringing with it the premium NBA Championship tags from players’ jerseys, striking rookie variations and “star-studded autograph checklists that showcase rookies, veterans and retired players.”

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Panini America prepares card set for NBA All-Star Game & plans signings

panini-america-2016-nba-all-star-game-karl-anthony-townsWith the NBA All-Star Game and its corresponding events set for this weekend in Toronto, that means Panini America will be on the scene for the event’s NBA Centre Court interactive event.

For those in attendance, that means exclusive trading cards and autograph signings.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Panini Luxe basketball cards

BK_PIS_Luxe-bryantWhat: 2015-16 Panini Luxe basketball cards
Arrives: March 23
Box basics: Four autographs or memorabilia cards per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Luxe is back with a new look but packing nothing but hits and at least two autographs per box with every card limited to no more than 99 copies.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Karl-Anthony Towns is off to a historic start in the NBA — and his autographs just might be, too

Karl-Anthony-TownsMinnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns is off to a historic start after his first five games as an NBA rookie.

On Saturday, the No. 1 overall pick scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against the Chicago Bulls, putting him in some elite company.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Absolute basketball cards

15-16_Absolute_TimberwolvesWhat: 2015-16 Absolute basketball cards
Arrives: Dec. 16
Hobby box basics: Four packs per box — one autograph or memorabilia card per pack (five cards per pack, 10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Absolute returns to the basketball court after two seasons on the bench and is back with a suggested retail price of only $25 a pack as well as a focus on rookies that “will quench your thirst,” according to the company.

See a gallery and more … below.

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Panini teases more college-focused Black Friday set inclusions

panini-america-2015-black-friday-college-legends7Panini America‘s perennial power called its Black Friday pack promotion is coming soon and the company teased a few more of its planned cardboard on Tuesday.

A pair of sets will be found in collectors’ premium packs awarded for hobby shop and online purchases during Black Friday — one being College Legends and the other spotlighting Rated Rookies.

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