Happy Days’ Erin Moran signed plenty of autographs in recent years

Happy Days star Erin Moran — aka Joanie Cunningham — died on Saturday leaving behind plenty of questions as part of a mysterious tale of what went wrong in her years away from Hollywood. She was 56.

Unlike many TV stars from the past, she signed plenty of autographs for card companies that collectors can find perhaps more easily in than some of her regular cardboard and it all came in the last decade of cardboard that saw a boom in non-sports releases.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Metal U.S. Army All-American Bowl football cards

What: 2017 Leaf Metal U.S. Army All-American Bowl football cards
Arrives: June
Box basics: Eight autographs per box (15 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s Metal take on the All-American Bowl is back for another year with an array of possibilities that includes inscriptions, patch cards and more for this prep all-star showcase event.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Helmets


What:
 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Helmets
Arrives: August
Box basics: One autographed full-sized replica helmet per box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf offers another edition of this one with every box yielding either a Hall of Famer, past legend, current NFL star or rookie.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2008 Razor Signature Series baseball wax box (Hour 2)

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 2.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2008 Razor Signature Series
The cost now: Click here (on sale!)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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First Buzz: 2016-17 In The Game Heroes & Prospects hockey cards

What: 2016-17 In The Game Heroes & Prospects hockey cards
Arrives: May 31
Box basics: 15 autographs or memorabilia cards per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf takes to the ice with some of the biggest prospects in the game as well as some of the biggest stars of the past in this nothing-but-the-hits release that is its finale for Canadian Hockey League cardboard.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 7)

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: Unopened wax collections, big pulls and advice for a young collector.

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

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 breaks from baseball, football, basketball and WWE.

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First Buzz: Leaf Showcase Baseball Vault cards

What: Leaf Showcase Baseball Vault cards
Arrives: May
Box basics: One past Leaf Showcase box and four 1/1 autographs per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf revisits the Perfect Game Showcase with a limited-edition release that revisits past years of the prep all-star event via full boxes of those past products combined with newer bonus cards.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Trinity football cards

What: 2017 Leaf Trinity football cards
Arrives: May
Box basics: Five autographs per box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s all-hit three-tiered approach to draft pick football cards arrives soon with a mix of approaches and big names who’ll be in this year’s NFL Draft.

Keep reading for more info and a gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (March 29)

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 breaks in today’s edition.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (March 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: Big games, big debates, big questions, big pulls & big cards.

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First Buzz: 2017 ITG Stickwork hockey cards

What: 2017 ITG Stickwork hockey cards
Arrives: May
Box basics: Four memorabilia cards per box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s ITG brand explores game-used from legends of the past and present via just one type of memorabilia.

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images released so far.

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Leaf Best of Basketball


What:
 2016-17 Leaf Best of Basketball
Arrives: May/June
Box basics: One graded buyback card plus one new Leaf card per box (five boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The elite basketball cards from the past will be found here in buyback form accented with new creations featuring a beloved Hall of Famer.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Jersey Edition


What:
 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Jersey Edition
Arrives: July
Box basics: One autographed custom jersey per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf once again brings the fabric of the game to the blind-wrapped football memorabilia market with “the widest selection of NFL stars, hot rookies, NFL Hall of Famers, legends and more.”

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Mini Helmets


What:
 2017 Leaf Autographed Football Mini Helmets
Arrives: June
Box basics: One autographed mini-helmet per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf brings a new batch of autographed mini-helmets to the masses here with some surprises in the mix, too. One of them? Polk High School’s Al Bundy aka Ed O’Neil.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (March 11)

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 from new and old products from around the collecting galaxy.

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Is Star Wars icon Mark Hamill battling Dark Side of autographs?

Mark Hamill likes to have some fun with his autographs from time to time and it’s good business, too, as he’s a pricey signer — and also one that can be found in packs of cards after decades of Star Wars sets from Topps.

But there’s one thing that still gets Luke Skywalker’s robe in a bunch and it’s when pieces like this one — a 16-by-20 photo with some extra personality — hits the open market.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection baseball cards

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What: 2017 Leaf Babe Ruth Immortal Collection baseball cards
Arrives: March 31
Box basics: Four hits in every six-card box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The Bambino returns with a high-end product from Leaf Trading Cards that includes two stadium seat cards and two bat cards in every single box — and the possibilities of much more.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Draft football cards

What: 2017 Leaf Draft football cards
Arrives: March
Box basics: Two autographs per 20-pack box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy & The Basics: These boxes will continue to include two autographs atop cards of top potential NFL Draft selections. There will also be a small number of the boxes available through hobby channels. Packs will include five cards. No other details were released but the boxes carry a suggested retail price of $19.99. 

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George ‘The Animal’ Steele dies at 79 after colorful life & career

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The green-tongued turnbuckle eater is gone.

George “The Animal” Steele, a veteran professional wrestler whose career ended during the 1980s peak of the World Wrestling Federation (now WWE) and was known for his appetite for mayhem has died. He was 79.

Born Jim Myers, he was a multi-sport star in high school and a football player for (and graduate of) Michigan State. He also earned a master’s degree before he turned to professional wrestling in the 1960s — all this while also working as a high school teacher and coach the entire time. (He’s also a member of the state’s football coaches hall of Fame.)

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First Buzz: 2016-17 Leaf Metal Draft hockey cards

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What:
 2016-17 Leaf Metal Draft hockey cards
Arrives: April
Box basics: Seven autographs or vintage memorabilia cards per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Metal Draft returns with more autographs per box, a smaller case size and a lower print run than last time around while also including notable players from the past and the present.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Ultimate Draft football cards

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What: 2017 Leaf Ultimate Draft football cards
Arrives: April
Box basics: Five autographs per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s latest reveal will be full of nothing but on-card autographs on memorable past designs with the newest NFL hopefuls in what will be a very limited release.

Keep reading for more info and a gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 10)

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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: Impressive breaks from around the collecting world.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf All-American Football Vault football cards

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What: 2016 Leaf All-American Football Vault football cards
Arrives: March 24
Box basics: One past box and one 2016 Leaf Metal All-American Bonus Box per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf revisits the U.S. Army All-American Bowl with a limited-edition release that revisits six past years of the prep all-star event via full boxes of those past products combined with newer bonus cards from last year.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Memorabilia Treasury

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What: 2017 Leaf Memorabilia Treasury
Arrives: April 2017
Box basics: Five memorabilia pieces per box.

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Trading Cards follows up its Treasury release of last year with the same type of surprises inside — autographed and notable items from the sports world and beyond.

Keep reading for more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Metal Draft football cards

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What: 2017 Leaf Metal Draft football cards
Arrives: March
Box basics: Five autographs per box (15 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Metal Draft returns “with a vengeance” according to the company with a “very strong draft class and top-notch production quality.”

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 13)

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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 from the past and present take center stage on this Friday.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 11)

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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: Transcendent hauls, Star Wars, NFL breaks, 2016 Bowman Draft and plenty more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Originals wrestling cards

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What: 2017 Leaf Originals wrestling cards
Arrives: April/May
Box basics: Five autographs in every box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf turns to its Originals brand for the third time with nothing but autographs in the mix from stars of several wrestling promotions.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Pop Century Signed Photograph Edition

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What:
 2017 Leaf Pop Century Signed Photograph Edition
Arrives: Late March
Box basics: One autographed 8-by-10 photo per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s latest autograph product for pop culture arrives with certified autographed photos from the biggest names in Hollywood as well as big names from elsewhere.

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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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Which baseball card brand gets your vote as The Best of 2016?

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As the calendar change to 2017 comes closer and closer, there’s only one season on cardboard that’s basically over — though there are still two brands to come (*noted below) — and that’s the baseball card season.

The NBA, NFL and NHL will still carry over their cardboard seasons into the next calendar year, making a Best of the Year vote here more complicated. But it’s in MLB where we can do that here a bit easier.

There were plenty of interesting developments among new baseball card products in the last year for collectors — notably the unconventional arrival of Topps Now and the priciest box ever, Topps Transcendent Collection. While those are very different highlight-worthy card experiences that helped define 2016’s baseball landscape, perhaps there’s another set that defined the year for you.

And that’s why we want your vote … check out your options below and pick one. Feel free to add a comment or tell Buzz what you think on Twitter as to why you chose the product that you did.

Follow Buzz on Twitter @BlowoutBuzz or send email to BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com. 

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Carrie Fisher’s iconic role as Princess Leia led to a lot of cardboard

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One of the biggest stars in the Star Wars universe has died.

Carrie Fisher, who was born to Hollywood stars before the fame of playing the iconic Princess Leia, died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack last week. She was 60.

The news was announced by a spokesman on behalf of her daughter.

“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother, Carrie Fisher, passed away at 8:55 this morning,” the statement said. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Best of Baseball cards

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What: 2017 Leaf Best of Baseball cards
Arrives: Feb. 24
Box basics: One buyback card and one 1991 Leaf Throwback acetate card per box (five boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s buyback brand returns with some of the biggest and most-iconic cards in the history of baseball cards (from all companies) along with a new companion set from Leaf.

Keep reading for more info.

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Gallery: 2016 Leaf Lumber Kings hockey cards

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Leaf Trading Cards‘ next high-end hockey brand arrives later this month and it includes memorabilia from some of the biggest names in the history of the game.

It’s 2016 Leaf Lumber Kings and it is set to arrive on Dec. 23 and to hold hockey fans over the company teased a number of its high-end inclusions online on Thursday.

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