Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Chrome Walmart jumbo box (Hour 6)

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 6.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Chrome baseball cards (Walmart jumbo box)
The cost:
Initially at Walmart for $34.98 (BlowoutCards.com for hobby)

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

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 30
Base set completion: 
12 of 100 (12 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Ryne Sandberg, Albert Pujols, Clayton Kershaw, Josh Donaldson, Yoenis Cespedes

Rookie Cards (3) – Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, Raimel Tapia

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Chrome baseball cards (Walmart jumbo 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 Chrome baseball cards (Walmart jumbo box)
Where to buy:
 Initially at Walmart for $34.98 (BlowoutCards.com for hobby & blasters)

Packs per box: 12 (10 packs plus two X-fractor packs)
Cards per pack: 4 per standard, 5 per X-fractor
Cards in this box: 50
Base set completion: 
30 of 200 (15 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Mike Trout, David Ortiz, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Aroldis Chapman, Paul Goldschmidt

Rookie Cards (3) – Braden Shipley, Chad Pinder, Matt Olson

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (hobby box)


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The box: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 25 (24 standard packs plus box-topper)
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 194
Base set completion: 
128 of 300 (43 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Ichiro Suzuki, Buster Posey, Johnny Bench, Nolan Ryan, Hank Aaron, Ken Rosenthal, Krazy George, Ken Griffey Jr., Babe Ruth, Frank Thomas, Dave Winfield, Derek Jeter, Roger Maris, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Mike Piazza, Don Mattingly, Laurie Hernandez, Cal Ripken Jr., Ernie Banks, Jose Canseco, Nick Jonas, William Shatner

Rookie Cards (18) – Teoscar Hernandez, JaCoby Jones, Jesse Winker, Robert Gsellman, Matt Olson, Ryon Healy, Antonio Senzatela, Chad Pinder, Alex Reyes, Yulieski Gurriel, Hunter Renfroe, Jharel Cotton, Tyler Glasnow, Luke Weaver, Gavin Cecchini, Carson Fulmer, Seth Lugo (SP), Dan Vogelbach (SP)

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Topps & New Era team up once again for card-cap crossover promo

Topps and New Era are bringing the cards to the caps.

Two baseball card sets — 2017 Topps and 1987 Topps — get some of their design touches added to caps in a new line from New Era that will be available in some MLB ballparks and other stores beginning next week. All teams will be had in caps that have their visors branded using memorable elements from the card sets as well as a Topps logo on the side.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (collector’s 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 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (collector’s box)
Where to buy:
Initially only available via Walmart.

Packs per box: 20
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 100
Base set completion: 
44 of 100 (44 percent)
Duplicates: 2

Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Bryce Harper, David Ortiz, Josh Donaldson, Jose Altuve, Kenta Maeda, Gary Sanchez, Yu Darvish, Ichiro Suzuki, Kyle Schwarber, Buster Posey, Miguel Cabrera, Mike Trout

Rookie Cards (16) – Jake Thompson, Andrew Benintendi, Jharel Cotton, Amir Garrett, Tyler Glasnow, David Dahl, Antonio Senzatela, Raimel Tapia, Joe Musgrove, Yulieski Gurriel (2), Jose DeLeon, Alex Bregman, Manny Margot, Orlando Arcia, Jeff Hoffman

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting five 2016 Panini Cyber Monday packs (Hour 7)

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 7.

12in12-logo-smallerThe packs: Five 2016 Panini Cyber Monday packs
The cost: Click here

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Finest baseball cards

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The box: 2017 Topps Finest baseball cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 60
Base set completion: 
43 of 100 (43 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Carlos Correa, Buster Posey, Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts, Miguel Cabrera, Kyle Schwarber, Ichiro Suzuki, Josh Donaldson, Giancarlo Stanton, Max Scherzer, Manny Machado, Mike Trout

Rookie Cards (7) – Tyler Austin, Yoan Moncada, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman, Yulieski Gurriel, Ryon Healy, Reynaldo Lopez

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Buzz Break: 2017 Bowman 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 Bowman baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 
35 of 100 (35 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Prospect set completion: 
23 of 150 (15 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Chrome prospect set completion: 
15 of 150 (10 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw

Rookie Cards (7) – Jake Thompson, Gavin Cecchini, Jose DeLeon, Orlando Arcia, Jorge Alfaro, Teoscar Hernandez, Jharel Cotton

Notable Prospects (both sets) – Tetsuo Yamada, Eloy Jimenez, Fernando Romero, Patrick Weigel, Chance Sisco, Dylan Cozens

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting three 2016 Bowman MLB value packs (Hour 5)

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 5.

12in12-logo-smallerThe lot: Three 2016 Bowman baseball value packs (each contains three packs plus a bonus pack)
The cost: Click here

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Elite Extra Edition boxes can pay off for bargain hunters & auto chasers

To say that the baseball card landscape has changed in the last decade might be an understatement, but there’s been one prospecting brand that has delivered many of the biggest names early and often and delivered a good amount of ink, too, thanks to Hot Boxes.

It’s packed a number of surprise inclusions, a tremendous rainbow of serial-numbered parallel autos and even some pretty good bargains as many collectors have their established habits elsewhere. In recent years, it’s also given us a teaser of younger USA Baseball players, too.

This mainstay — and arguably a simultaneous sleeper — is Elite Extra Edition

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

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 240
Base set completion: 
100 of 100 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 5
Prospect set completion: 
71 of 150 (47 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Chrome prospect set completion: 
46 of 150 (31 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts, Bryce Harper, Carlos Correa, Josh Donaldson, Ichiro Suzuki, Yu Darvish, Mike Trout

Rookie Cards – Carson Fulmer, Tyler Austin, Hunter Dozier, Jake Thompson, Gavin Cecchini, Jose DeLeon, Orlando Arcia, Jorge Alfaro, Teoscar Hernandez, Jharel Cotton, Jeff Hoffman, Manny Margot, Andrew Benintendi, Yoan Moncada, Reynaldo Lopez, Yulieski Gurriel, Aaron Judge, Robert Gsellman, Ryon Healy, David Dahl, Rob Segedin, Tyler Glasnow, Dansby Swanson, Hunter Dozier, Matt Strahm, Alex Bregman, Raimel Tapia, Braden Shipley, Joe Musgrove, Alex Reyes, Hunter Renfroe

Notable Prospects (both sets) – Yu-Cheng Chang, Tetsuo Yamada, Luiz Gohara, Anderson Espinoza, Christin Stewart, Amed Rosario, Takahiro Norimoto, Luis Garcia, Stephen Gonsalves, Rafael Devers, Tyler O’Neill, Dylan Cozens, Kevin Maitan, Gleyber Torres, Ronald Acuna, Mickey Moniak, Amed Rosario, Yoshitomo Tsutsugo, Patrick Weigel, Lazarito Armenteros, Blake Rutherford

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Buzz Break: 2017 Bowman 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 Bowman baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 
34 of 100 (34 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Prospect set completion: 
23 of 150 (15 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Chrome prospect set completion: 
16 of 150 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Francisco Lindor, Corey Seager, Clayton Kershaw, Mookie Betts

Rookie Cards (10) – Carson Fulmer, Tyler Austin, Hunter Dozier, Jake Thompson, Gavin Cecchini, Jose DeLeon, Orlando Arcia, Jorge Alfaro, Teoscar Hernandez, Jharel Cotton

Notable Prospects (both sets) – Yu-Cheng Chang, Tetsuo Yamada, Luiz Gohara, Anderson Espinoza, Christin Stewart, Amed Rosario, Takahiro Norimoto, Luis Garcia, Stephen Gonsalves, Rafael Devers, Tyler O’Neill

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter blaster 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: 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box) 
The cost:
$14.99 (Click here for hobby)

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Donruss baseball blaster 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 Donruss baseball blaster
The cost: 
$19.99 (get hobby here)

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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)


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

Packs per box: 11
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 77
Base set completion: 
64 of 200 (32 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Bryce Harper, David Price, Albert Pujols, Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton, Manny Machado, Carlos Correa, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber

Rookie Cards (7) – Dansby Swanson, Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Joe Musgrove, Jake Thompson, Reynaldo Lopez, JaCoby Jones

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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
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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (March 12)

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: Nothing but breaks and big pulls in today’s edition.

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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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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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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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Buzz Break: 2016 Bowman’s Best 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: 2016 Bowman’s Best baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 72
Base set completion: 
21 of 65 (32 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Mike Trout, Buster Posey, Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor, Yu Darvish, Anthony Rizzo

Rookie Cards (11) – Kenta Maeda, Blake Snell, Dae-Ho Lee, Miguel Sano, Nomar Mazara, Jose Berrios, Jameson Taillon, Willson Contreras, Kyle Schwarber, Aaron Nola, Michael Fulmer

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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.

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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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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Holiday baseball cards

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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.

16thbw_1137_frThe box: 2016 Topps Holiday baseball cards
Where to buy: 
Initially available at Walmart ($19.98)

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 98
Base set completion: 
92 of 200 (46 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Alex Rodriguez, Justin Verlander, Carlos Correa, Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, Javier Baez, Albert Pujols

Rookie Cards (13) – Corey Seager, Tyler Naquin, Kyle Schwarber, Jose Berrios, Julio Urias, Miguel Sano, Ross Stripling, Luis Severino, Nomar Mazara, Robert Stephenson, Aaron Nola, Byung-Ho Park, Blake Snell

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When it comes to Chicago Cubs World Series autographed memorabilia, Fanatics has it covered

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The Chicago Cubs‘ World Series championship has prompted plenty of memorabilia and, of course, with that success comes high demand and higher costs for companies to get players to sign.

That’s the price of doing business.

But for Fanatics there’s plenty of business — and plenty of autographed memorabilia — for Cubs fans to chase including high-dollar ticket items like this 12-baseball shadowbox as part of an impressive  and deep array of World Series memorabilia that might not have been seen before for a championship squad.

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Black November Wave 5 is here — and here are five deals to consider

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If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices now over on the mothership as BlowoutCards.com’s Black November Wave 5 hits today.

Many of the discounts were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of the boxes and cases — and here are five boxes that caught this collector’s eye.

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There are plenty of autographs to be found in boxes of this one — and there are Hot Boxes that up the ante, too — but right now there’s one autograph that arguably stands out from the rest.

It’s Kyle Schwarber. The Chicago Cubs’ slugger makes his debut here and has a solid amount of available ink inside the wrappers thanks to the standard autos and parallels atop that.

Other signers here include a heavy-selling Trea Turner, Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, Michael Conforto, Luis Severino and plenty more (though some of those big names are as insert autos). Also in play here is an under-rated Cuban National Team memorabilia card of Jose Abreu with a piece of his national team jersey — that’s quite unique in the hobby aside from World Baseball Classic releases.

At its reduced price, this one’s worth the shot — and it’s not alone.

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Chrome Update returns in Mega Boxes with Superfractors & more

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The Topps Mega Box is back — but only at Target stores.

Topps revealed its plans for a 2016 Topps Chrome Update baseball card set on Thursday and, like past years, those cards will be retail-only finds in its holiday Mega Box offering that will have a limited retail release this holiday season.

And there will be some new inclusions when they start hitting stores this week.

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Buzz Poll: Would a Chicago Cubs World Series win be the biggest thing ever for cardboard?

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We’re just a few hours away from Game 7 of the World Series where the Chicago Cubs will end more than a century of futility — or the Cleveland Indians will make them once again wait for next year.

On cardboard and in the hobby, there’s no comparison between the two teams as the Cubs are largely stocked with young players (several homegrown) who are well-established and readily available on cardboard — for now — compared to the Indians, who have a few young notables but nobody who’ll truly break the bank. Among the Cubbies’ notables are Kris Bryant, Kyle Schwarber, Addison Russell, Javier Baez, Jake Arrieta, Willson Contreras, Anthony Rizzo … and that’s not all on a list that’s meaty and the cardboard is boldly available for nearly all of them.

That got Buzz wondering … if the Cubs win it all, is their victory bigger than the Boston Red Sox’ 2004 World Series win when it comes to the hobby and collecting? Is it bigger than Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens — you know, all those historic super-human performances that ultimately turned out to be, well, a bit questionable? They all sold plenty of cardboard in the past — plenty — but that team and those players were mostly established veterans. The Cubs are largely kids with plenty of potential for future successes — dare we say dynasty — for years to come being a real possibility.

And that would all start with a ring tonight and pay off for collectors for years to come.

I’d argue that demand for the Cubs’ key players autographs and key players could be the biggest thing seen in years once it’s all said and done. Once The Curse of the Billy Goat is dead and buried alongside that of The Bambino there’s all kinds of potential for now in the short-term, later in the weeks and months to come and, ultimately, for future seasons.

It could be like nothing we’ve ever seen before.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Update 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.

The box: 2016 Topps Update baseball cards (hobby box)
s-l1600Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 356
Base set completion: 
300 of 300 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 19

Notables on base cards – Anthony Rizzo, Clayton Kershaw, Nolan Arenado, Francisco Lindor, Buster Posey, Jackie Bradley Jr., Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Josh Donaldson, Mike Trout, David Ortiz, Kris Bryant, Aroldis Chapman, Jake Arrieta, Ichiro Suzuki

Rookie Cards (95; includes duplicates) – Notables include Aledmys Diaz, Michael Fulmer, Julio Urias, Willson Contreras, Tyler Naquin, Kyle Schwarber, Corey Seager, Kenta Maeda, Nomar Mazara, Trevor Story

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Buzz Break: 2016 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster 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.

2016-donruss-optic-ichiro-suzukiThe box: 2016 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 30
Base set completion: 
18 of 165 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Alex Rodriguez (DK), Albert Pujols (DK), Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera, Clayton Kershaw

Rookie Cards (3) – Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Sano, Michael Conforto (all Rated Rookies)

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Black November starts today — and here are 10 sweet deals to consider

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If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices now over on the mothership as BlowoutCards.com begins its Black November sales today.

Many of the discounts were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of the boxes and cases — and here are 10 boxes that caught this collector’s eye.

2010 USA National Teams (2009 Team) Baseball Box Set
There have been plenty of USA Baseball products in the last decade and this one is the one that went a bit high-end. Why? The talent. Among the autographs you can find here are Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Sonny Gray, Kolten Wong, Jameson Taillon and Albert Almora. This box carries a pretty hefty discount but all those key autos are still in there.

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