Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2015-16 Panini Prestige NBA hanger box (Hour 9)

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 9.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2015-16 Panini Prestige NBA hanger
The cost: Click here

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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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First Buzz: 2016-17 Panini Studio basketball cards

What: 2016-17 Panini Studio basketball cards
Arrives: May 31
Box basics: One autograph and one memorabilia card per 10-pack box (16 boxes per case via two inners)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Studio returns to the hardwood for the first time since 2009 with a 300-card tiered base set and plenty of hits.

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

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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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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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Collector discovers Flawless Kristaps Porzingis logoman auto in box of Immaculate Collection


It turned out to be a pretty good box of 2015-16 Panini Immaculate Collection.


It included a 1/1 Kristaps Porzingis logoman patch auto … from 2015-16 Panini Flawless, which is not even out yet.  The find was reportedly found in a box from a collector in Taiwan.

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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 Preferred basketball cards

015-16-Panini-Preferred-NBA-Steph-Curry-NBA-FinalsWhat: 2015-16 Panini Preferred basketball cards
Arrives: July 27
Box basics:  Two autographs and two memorabilia booklets per two-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Playbook gets a slight revamp to include an auto and a booklet in each pack, while continuing to include game-specific memorabilia booklets and a massive autograph set that is free of stickers.

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

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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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Gallery: 2015-16 Panini Gold Standard basketball cards

-32Panini America‘s newest edition of one of its more-unique brands arrived this week with the latest crop of hits, big-name rookies, NBA veterans and legends.

It’s 2015-16 Panini Gold Standard basketball cards — just the ninth NBA release of the year for the company — and it’s the home of three hits per box.

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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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Add Mo’ne Davis & Kristaps Porzingis to the 2016 Topps First Pitch roster + gallery/checklist

mo'ne-davis-2016-ToppsContest >> Click here to win a box of 2016 Topps Series 1

A few more First Pitch cards from 2016 Topps Series 1 have begun to trickle out onto eBay in advance of the product’s official release on Wednesday and there’s another surprise among the celebs doing the ceremonial honors.

One of them is former Little League World Series star and 14-year-old Mo’ne Davis.

Davis became  first girl to earn a win and to pitch a shutout in Little League World Series history during the 2014 event capturing the hearts of many. She appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and became a household name.

Who else is among the surprises in the set?

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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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Kristaps Porzingis signs autograph exclusive with Steiner Sports

Porzingis-4Steiner Sports has landed the biggest rookie in New York these days for an exclusive autograph deal.

The rookie is Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis.

“It quickly became apparent that Kristaps is on to something special in New York,” said Steiner Sports CEO Brandon Steiner in an announcement on Thursday. “He is mature beyond his years and a true talent on the court. Steiner Sports has held a valued memorabilia partnership with Madison Square Garden since 2010 and we are looking forward to seeing Kristaps’ growth at The World’s Most Famous Arena as a member of the Steiner Sports family.”

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Best of 2015: The 15 trading cards that helped define a crazy year

15-HK-connormcdavidyounggunsIt’s a time of change, a time of high-end product exploration and a time of options for many collectors in what we call the sports card industry these days.

Tastes, products and prices continue to evolve as does the business environment that helps bring us our cardboard. For every super-pricey box being made, there are seemingly just as many buyers ready to rip or pick off singles for not-always-so-super prices (but super bargains).

The Buzz has only been around for part of 2015, but Buzz has been here all along as part of the world of collecting. Here are Buzz’s picks for 15 cards that helped define 2015.

2015-16 Upper Deck #201 Connor McDavid RC
The impressive prices being paid for what’s just a simple piece of cardboard with just gloss and some foil stamping shows that fundamentals never go out of style when there’s a big name involved. This time, it’s the No. 1 pick Connor McDavid, a Canadian phenom drafted by the Edmonton Oilers. This photo was selected by collectors and it even has a fun sign of 2015 — the fan showing off a photo on her phone in the background.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Panini Select basketball cards

15-16_Select_BK_PIS-porzingisWhat: 2015-16 Panini Select basketball cards
Arrives: March 3, 2016
Box basics: Three autographs or memorabilia cards per 12-pack box

What’s buzz-worthy: Select returns for another season with on-card autographs and prime memorabilia pieces along with a rainbow of Prizmatic color and insert sets featuring the NBA’s top stars and top rookies all in three types of base sets.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Kristaps Porzingis a big deal in The Big Apple — and that makes him a big deal on basketball cards

PortzingusPrestigeHe might be the biggest thing going in The Big Apple right now — and that makes him a big deal on cardboard.

His name is Kristaps Porzingis and he’s playing so well for the New York Knicks right now that the team’s marquee player, Carmelo Anthony, has already dubbed him the future of the franchise.

“He’s going to lead this organization long after I’m retired,” Anthony said in an story today. “Hopefully we can hoist one or two [championship trophies] before that happens.”

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