Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 26)

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: 2017 Bowman arrives along with nothing but baseball pulls and chatter in this edition.

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FaceApp and iconic baseball cards? Oh, the possibilities … let’s begin

There’s a new phone app that allows you to turn that frown upside down, get younger or get older all with a click on a screen,

It’s called FaceApp and it’s a free download for iPhone users to have some fun — and naturally this collector instantly thought of baseball cards.

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

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: Nothing but baseball breaks as we enter the weekend.

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Honus Bonus Fantasy Baseball offers new ways to play & collect

A new player in the fantasy baseball realm — as well as the baseball card world — is here.

It’s Honus Bonus Fantasy Baseball and it’s a combination of fantasy play with more than $6,200 in cash prizes up for grabs and collecting where every single card has a scratch-off code for the player to enter your lineup.

It also presents a collecting challenge — do you scratch the card or keep it mint?

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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: 2017 Topps Opening Day baseball cards (hobby 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 Topps Opening Day baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 252
Base set completion: 
200 of 200 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 9

Notables on base cards – Bryce Harper, David Price, Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton, Manny Machado, Carlos Correa, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant, Trevor Story, Ichiro Suzuki, David Ortiz … and everybody else.

Rookie Cards (28) – Dansby Swanson, Yoan Moncada (2), Andrew Benintendi (2), Joe Musgrove, Jake Thompson, Reynaldo Lopez, JaCoby Jones, Luke Weaver, Alex Bregman, Yulieski Gurriel, Josh Bell, Jose DeLeon, Braden Shipley, Matt Strahm, Tyler Glasnow, Carson Fulmer, Jake Thompson, David Dahl, Orlando Arcia, Jeff Hoffman, Robert Gsellman, Aaron Judge, Ryon Healy, Alex Reyes, Teoscar Hernandez, Seung-Hwan Oh

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs

What: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs
Arrives: April 12
Box basics: 
One autographed item per envelope (16 envelopes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR brings its autograph chase to baseball with a product limited to only 75 cases and the potential for some big names and some big items.

Keep reading for more information and a gallery of the possibilities here.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Heritage MLB hobby box (Hour 1)

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 1.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Heritage hobby box
The cost: Click here to see

What’s inside this box? Keep reading …

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Weekend Update: Check out 10 top items on The Buzz last week

Ok, it’s not the weekend, but this was slated to be sent last night — further proving that it was a busy one on The Buzz this past week. Here are 10 stories worth a look if you missed out. Check ’em out & hit the subscribe button at right if you want email updates.

This Week’s Big Hit?
It seems that 2017 Donruss‘ arrival has collectors talking and there’s fun to be found inside its packs. Click here to start with variations and find links to checklists & more. After that, check out a Buzz Break of a hobby box right here.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss baseball cards (hobby 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 Donruss baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
128 of 195 (66 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Short-prints (Nos. 1-45; Diamond Kings & Rated Rookies) (9) –  Paul Goldschmidt, Jackie Bradley Jr., Christian Yelich, Noah Syndergaard, Maikel Franco, Madison Bumgarner, Dansby Swanson, Tyler Glasnow, Aaron Judge

Notables on base cards – Manny Machado, Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, Francisco Lindor, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Correa, Albert Pujols, Corey Seager, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Bryce Harper, Cal Ripken Jr., Johnny Bench, Kirby Puckett, Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose

>>> For a variation gallery, click here
>>> For a checklist & general gallery, click here

Rookie Cards (3) – Dansby Swanson, Tyler Glasnow, Aaron Judge

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Fanatics Authentic offers up some sports autographs that rock

Fanatics Authentic has a few unique autographs available now that come with no strings attached.

Nevermind, that won’t work … there are actually six.

A series of autographed guitars — items that are officially licensed musical instruments on their own — have been enhanced with autographs that offer a colorful higher-end option for a sports fan who’s big on music, too.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Heritage baseball cards (hobby box)

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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.

s-l1600The box: 2017 Topps Heritage baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24 (plus one box-topper)
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 220
Base set completion: 
202 of 500 (40 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Short-prints (Nos. 401-500) (8) –  Mike Trout, Troy Tulowitzki, Michael Fulmer, Stephen Strasburg, Dee Gordon, Jake Odorizzi, Francisco Lindor, Christian Yelich

Notables on base cards – Bryce Harper, Kris Bryant, David Ortiz, Albert Pujols, Jose Altuve, Clayton Kershaw, Corey Seager, Anthony Rizzo, Mookie Betts, Miguel Cabrera, Josh Donaldson, Mike Trout, Joc Pederson, Ichiro Suzuki, Matt Wieters, Yadier Molina, Yasiel Puig, Joe Mauer, Javier Baez

>>> For a checklist and the variation galleries, click here

Rookie Cards (16 cards, 32 rookies) – Alex Bregman, Yulieski Gurriel, Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin, Dansby Swanson, Rio Ruiz, JaCoby Jones, Dustin Molleken, Trey Mancini, Donnie Hart, Josh Bell, Tyler Glasnow, Orlando Arcia, Brent Suter, David Dahl, Raimel Tapia, Matt Dermody, Danny Barnes, Robert Gsellman, Gavin Cecchini, Carson Fulmer, Yoan Moncada, Tony Renda, Wandy Peralta, Jake Thompson, Roman Quinn, Ryon Healy, Jharel Cotton, Brian Goodwin, Spencer Kieboom, Luke Weaver, Alex Reyes

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 24)

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The 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: Chasing Kris Bryant, busting NBA, checking out the Panini Honors checklist. debating top rookies, waiting on 2017 Topps Heritage & more.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 22)

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The 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: Kris Bryant Transcendent cards, 2017 Topps Heritage & big breaks.

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First Buzz: 2017 Onyx Preferred Players Collection autographs

preferred-players-collection-2017-2What: 2017 Onyx Preferred Players Collection autographed baseballs
Arrives: March 14
Box basics: One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case via four inner mini cases)

What’s buzz-worthy: Only 50 sealed cases will be made for this one, which includes top stars from the recent past and present along with an extra chase element.

Keep reading for more info, including a checklist.

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

The 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: 2017 Topps Heritage, Mike Trout & Kris Bryant RCs, Panini Playbook, soccer, 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter, Topps WCW autos & more.

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Topps Now was game-changer in first year for MLB cardboard

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Real cards in real time — or at least the next day. It was a simple idea that became Topps Now that has helped in some ways transform collecting beginning on April 3, 2016.

Need proof?

There are 1,184 different Now cards now for MLB alone — some with autographs and game-used memorabilia from the games that are depicted on the card. There are also Topps Now cards for last year’s election and presidential debates, Now cards for WWE and for UFC and even real-time cardboard releases from AMC‘s Preacher and the Garbage Pail Kids taking on real-time scandals and viral curiosities. Oh, and there are other companies in on the real-time card business now for the other leagues, too.

Let’s take a quick look at some of the highlights from last year’s MLB releases before the 2017 Topps Now cards — with a new look and numbering — start soon and some basic info on every single one of the 2016 releases.

How do we knew there’s a new look? Buzz checked the mailbox and found something inside. Keep reading for a first look at 2017 Topps Now.

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Kris Bryant’s success means signing a lot of autographs these days — but he wouldn’t change a thing

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As the reigning National League MVP and a member of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs, Kris Bryant is on top of the baseball world right now.

And that place in the game comes with signing a lot of autographs — and when it comes to baseball cards an exclusive deal to sign only for Topps’ products.

“It’s not too demanding for me. I feel like I’m kind of used to it now and I try to take the time for the fans to sign for every game and sign some autographs. My arm is used to it,” he said on Wednesday as part of an event held at MLB Network headquarters in Secaucus, N.J., to note the arrival of 2017 Topps Series 1. “Winning the world series and having the year that we did. All of this comes with that territory, and I wouldn’t have it any other way honestly.”

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 3)

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The 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: This was the XFL, Kris Bryant Rookie Cards, 2017 Topps, Star Wars breaks & plenty more.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Series 1 baseball cards + win a hobby box

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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.

s-l500The box: 2017 Topps Series 1 baseball cards 
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (several formats)

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 353
Base set completion: 
301 of 350 (86 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Chicago Cubs World Series champs, Kris Bryant, Giancarlo Stanton, Felix Hernandez, Jacob deGrom, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Correa, Miguel Cabrera, Mookie Betts, Mike Trout, Corey Seager, Kyle Schwarber, Nomar Mazara, Addison Russell, David Ortiz, Trevor Story, Nolan Arenado, Albert Pujols, Anthony Rizzo, David Ortiz, Jose Altuve

>> Related: Check out all of our handy 2017 Topps Series 1 MLB links here.

Rookie Cards (26) – Dansby Swanson, Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Aaron Judge, Tyler Austin, Yulieski Gurriel, Alex Bregman, Orlando Arcia, Braden Shipley, Matt Carasiti, Jake Thompson, Gabriel Ynoa, Reynaldo Lopez, Alex Reyes, Jeff Hoffman, Luke Weaver, Josh Bell, Brian Goodwin, Matt Strahm, Seth Lugo, Joe Musgrove, Tyler Glasnow, David Dahl, Robert Gsellman, Ryon Healy, Chad Pinder

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Topps details silver pack inclusions for 2017 Topps Series 1 release

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We’re just two days away from the official hobby arrival of 2017 Topps Series 1 baseball cards and among the promotions for the hobby’s flagship brand are Silver promo packs that take us all back to 1987.

Topps has revealed the final checklist and details for those packs and the 2017 Topps 1987 Chrome Refractors set today.

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Gallery & short-print info: 2017 Topps Series 1 baseball cards

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The formal arrival of 2017 Topps Series 1 baseball cards is less than a week away, but that’s not stopping us from getting a head start on a gallery of what’s to be found here.

While the flagship brand for the hobby will have a few box formats when it arrives next Wednesday, this sneak preview came from different packs. (No, retail hasn’t hit early but above is what you need to look for when you hit the store.)

Keep reading for a glimpse at more of what’s inside.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 24)

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The 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: Hot comic books for Logan, big pulls, rare wrestling boxes, Kris Bryant’s most-iconic Rookie Card and then things went “boom.”

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Surprises in 2017 Topps include MLB Network, Stephen Colbert’s first pitch, Cubs World Series cards

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Although the MLB Network has its share of Hall of Famers like John Smoltz, “Rookie Cards” for some of the other names who bring you the highlights begin arriving on Feb. 1 in packs of 2017 Topps Series 1 baseball cards.

A 10-card release begins a set that will continue in Series 2 and Update later this year and this series will include Lauren Shehadi (RC), Kevin Millar, Mike Lowell, Greg Amsinger (RC), Ryan Dempster, Sean Casey, Harold Reynolds, Dan Plesac and Smoltz as well as an MLB Tonight card.

A number of that crew’s members already have cards as players (click to view a Buzz archives piece) — but there will be several debuts in the forthcoming releases. Meanwhile, a number of them haven’t had many autographs and all nine found in Series 1 will have ink.

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Gallery: Scenes from the Topps Transcendent Collection party

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Topps‘ priciest brand of baseball cards — 2016 Topps Transcendent Collection — included more than 50 autographs inside each of its silver briefcases but even more with the contents of one envelope.

They also included an invitation to a party with the reigning National League MVP, Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, and that soirée was Wednesday night in Las Vegas.

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Buzz Break: 2015 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes Longevity

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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.

2015-panini-usa-baseball-stars-and-stripes-longevity-addison-russellThe box: 2015 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes Longevity 
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for standard version)

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 50
Longevity set completion: 
32 of 100 (32 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Regular set completion: 
10 of 100 (10 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base/Longevity base cards of note – Trea Turner, Albert Almora, Addison Russell, Tate Matheny, Robert Refsnyder, Tayler Naquin, Blake Rutherford, J.P. Crawford, Daz Cameron

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Chicago North Side autographed baseballs

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What: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Chicago North Side autographed baseballs
Arrives: March 1
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball of a current or former Chicago Cub per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase goes to the north side of Chicago with some chase baseballs and memorabilia items to be found in some boxes.

Keep reading for more.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 9)

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The 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: Big football pulls, Giannis, caution on Marvel variants, Walmart MLB exclusives, Kris Bryant’s Chrome values and much more.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 5)

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The 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: Landing big Cubs, some Super MLB breaks, comics cosplay, NXT, golf & more.

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Buzz Poll: What do you collect when it comes to cardboard these days?

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A new year is almost here and Buzz has a few questions for you about your collecting habits.

Simply put, we want to know more about what you collect and here are 10 questions we hope you’ll take a few minutes to answer.

See the rest of the questions after the jump.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 25)

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The 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: Big pulls, big surprises and “describe your local card shop.”

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 22)

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The 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: “Boredom breaking,” big pulls and an impressive stocking stuffer.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 21)

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The 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: MLB logos, big breaks (new and old), a look at new NXT cards and one collector glad to grab Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

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Gallery: 2016 Bowman’s Best baseball cards (updated)

The final Bowman brand of the year arrives in hobby shops today with autographs from notable players of the past, the present and potentially the future.

You know, guys like No. 1 draft pick Mickey Moniak.

He’s not alone in packs of 2016 Bowman’s Best — keep reading for more info and a gallery of what’s been found so far.

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Rare Kris Bryant autos, party passes, sketches & cuts command cash from Topps’ historic Transcendent release

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With 52 autographs in every box — as well as a posh party invitation — it doesn’t take a lot to see the dollar signs inside each $25,000 box of 2016 Topps Transcendent Collection baseball cards.

s-l1600-3Those invites alone get a good chunk of change back (details here) and each case’s 1/1 Kris Bryant autograph using one of the 65 historic Topps designs commands some, too. Those cards have sold for as much as $2,182 on eBay (so far) and all seven sold have gone for at least $1,000.

Meanwhile, the asking or bid prices in current auctions are over the $1,000 mark in all but one instance and range as high as $7,250 for those in the historic set.

But the priciest find found inside one of those 65 silver briefcases? It’s much more impressive.

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