First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Lumber Kings hockey cards


What:
 2017 Leaf Lumber Kings hockey cards
Arrives: November
Box basics: Four stick cards per box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf sticks to the game plan that worked pretty well last year with another look back to the past with nothing but hockey sticks being the sources of memorabilia cards in this release, which promises “added themes and even more value than last year.”

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Metal Draft baseball cards

What: 2017 Leaf Metal Draft baseball cards
Arrives: November
Box basics: Six on-card autographs per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Trading Cards’ Metal brand returns with a revamped “incredibly short print run” and it’s “the most-packed lineup of players for any Metal baseball release ever,” according to the company.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Q sports cards

What: 2017 Leaf Q sports cards
Arrives: Late October/early November
Box basics: Five autograph or memorabilia cards per box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Q returns with what it says “may be the single greatest effort in the history of multi-sport trading card releases” in the form of “the industry’s most-comprehensive high-end multi-sport product.”

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Kareem Hunt’s dominating debut puts spotlight on his football cards

There’s a new NFL star after Thursday night’s season-opener — and it’s not Angry Tom.

It’s Kansas City Chiefs rookie running back Kareem Hunt, who helped his team scorch the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots with a more-than-impressive debut in a 42-27 spanking of Tom Brady and his team. Hunt’s final line? Just 17 carries for 148 yards and a touchdown — and seven catches for 133 yards and a 75-yard score. Not bad for a third-rounder out of Toledo.

The good news? Hunt has a ton of cards for collectors to, well, hunt.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Greatest Hits baseball cards

What: 2017 Leaf Greatest Hits baseball cards
Arrives: November/December
Box basics: Four graded or encased buyback cards and one 1990 Leaf Greatest Hits buyback per box (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This Leaf high-end buyback brand includes some of the greatest hits in all of baseball card history along with stamped buybacks from the iconic 1990 set.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Sept. 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: J.D. Martinez and Robbie Ray have big nights, Dak Prescott’s hot Prizm parallel, Tim Tebow rainbows and plenty more.

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

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: Looking back at the 1990s, big pulls & more in this holiday weekend.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Metal Sports Heroes trading cards


What:
 2017 Leaf Metal Sports Heroes trading cards
Arrives: October
Box basics: Five autographs per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf puts some of the biggest names from the sports world all in the same box, gives it a Metal finish and two more autographs per box vs. last year’s non-metal release while also guaranteeing of ink from either Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor or Lionel Messi in every case.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 28)

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 pulls from the card world, big concerns in comic world & more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Pop Century Signed Photograph Update Edition


What:
 2017 Leaf Pop Century Signed Photograph Update Edition
Arrives: Late September
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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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Valiant Pre-production Proof football cards

What: 2017 Leaf Valiant Pre-production Proof football cards
Arrives: Tomorrow (Aug. 22)
Box basics: Three encased 1/1 proof cards per box

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Valiant gets a preview before its Sept. 1 arrival with this release of unsigned proof cards for the product.

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Jerry Lewis made millions laugh, raised billions for charity & still found time for autographs

Jerry Lewis was more than a comedian, but that’s where he made his mark first — well before he was remembered for his charitable efforts.

After he was The Nutty Professor he helped raise more than $2 billion in Labor Day marathons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association — just part of his life’s story that included decades in entertainment.

But the star who died at age 91 this weekend was a star found on cardboard in recent years, too.

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Giancarlo Stanton remains an enigma on field and with autographs

With Giancarlo Stanton‘s six homers in his last six games, he’s helped everybody re-focus on players who aren’t those two rookies with all those home runs and he only needs two homers in his next two names to tie a major-league record.

The Miami Marlins slugger has an MLB-leading 44 homers on the year — a pace that’s actually right with Roger Maris‘ pace in 1961 — and that’s a career-high as well as a Marlins franchise record with plenty of games still left to play. (Yet, ironically, Stanton reportedly just cleared waivers — so some of those games left could come in a different uniform.)

But that’s not the only enigma that is Stanton, and it’s something that you can see on his earliest cards like this one from 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition when you compare them to today. What is it?

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 16)

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 — check ’em out.

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First Buzz: 2017 ITG Superlative hockey cards

What: 2017 ITG Superlative hockey cards
Arrives: Oct. 6
Box basics: Four autographs or memorabilia cards per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s newest ITG release is about nothing but hits with some of the biggest names in hockey history.

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

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Buzz-worthy Bargain Break: 2012 Leaf Muhammad Ali ‘The Greatest’

If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices this weekend and for the next week or so over on the mothership and they were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of them.

So much so here’s another of a few “picks” to come in the next few days.

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Rafael Devers’ hot late start means long wait for 2018 Rookie Cards — but he’s got plenty to chase now

You’ll have to wait until 2018 for his official Rookie Cards, but, don’t worry, he’s got plenty you can collect for now.

His name is Rafael Devers and he’s also got six home runs in his first 62 at-bats for the Boston Red Sox and, most importantly, three of those have come in his last two games against the New York Yankees.

The 20-year-old third baseman is hitting .339 with 12 RBI, 11 runs and a stolen base in his first 16 games — and he’s got to be among the league leaders in pre-RC cardboard, too.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 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: Big pulls & big (fake?) autograph finds to start a new week.

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

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 breaks, big questions and a big Hall of Fame acquisition.

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

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: Supplies vs. wax, NBA pulls, opening that last box, sketch card controversy, Mayweather vs. McGregor & more.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 8)

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: Retro and new rips, big questions and a collector’s best pull.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 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: Big breaks, Pop Century pulls, Darren Daulton, grading cards, damaged cards & more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Rookie Retro sports cards


What:
 2017 Leaf Rookie Retro sports cards
Arrives: October/November
Box basics: One graded/authenticated buyback Rookie Card and one Leaf Rookie Retro card per box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s newest buyback product revisits memorable Rookie Cards from throughout the sports world.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Autographed Jersey Multi-sport Edition


What:
2017 Leaf Autographed Jersey Multi-sport Edition
Arrives: October/November
Box basics: One autographed custom jersey per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf expands the collecting landscape for its newest autographed-jersey-in-a-box release with this one that includes tough autographs from some of the biggest stars in sports history … like Andre The Giant.

Keep reading for more.

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National Sports Collectors Convention — the basics (so far)

The National Sports Collectors Convention is nearly here and the months of preparation are culminating in the show of all shows for sports collectors for five days in Chicago.

There will be plenty to see, plenty to do and plenty to buy and Buzz has been watching the developments the whole way. We’ll have galleries of images from the show floor and a few nuggets here and there in the coming days but there’s already been plenty written leading up to the show that you can all find right here.

Here’s a rundown of all past NSCC stories here on The Buzz …

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Cut Signature Edition Sports Icons cards


What:
2017 Leaf Cut Signature Edition Sports Icons cards
Arrives: October
Box basics: One cut signature card per box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s newest cut autograph product sone that promises to be a “value-oriented cut signature item to follow up its wildly successful History of Baseball” that “celebrates everything that is amazing about sports history.”

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Memorabilia Vault


What:
 2017 Leaf Memorabilia Vault
Arrives: Sept. 28
Box basics: Ten memorabilia pieces per box

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Trading Cards’ Memorabilia Vault returns with plenty of surprises inside one massive box — a mix of items from the sports world and beyond.

Keep reading for more.

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Clint Frazier’s powerful debut for Yankees provides spark for his ink

It’s almost like Aaron Judge all over again.

The New York Yankees’ newest rookie outfielder, Clint Frazier, made his big-league debut on Saturday night in big fashion with a home run and a double as part of a 2-for-4 day in Houston.

And just like Judge, who homered in his first game but had the night off save for a pinch-hitting appearance late in the Yanks’ 7-6 loss last night, it’s back in 2013 where you’ll find the start of his certified autograph résumé.

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Leaf readies promo cards that pack some punch for this year’s NSCC

Leaf Trading Cards has revealed its plans for promo cards, wrapper redemptions and more at this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention and it’s got two of the biggest names in fighting facing off on its cardboard at the show.

Anyone who opens a box of Leaf cards at the booth will be entered into a daily drawing to win one of five Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor dual autograph cards made for the show.

While that daily drawing will be one for only a few, it’s not the only Mayweather-McGregor card to be found in Chicago.

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McGregor-Mayweather showdown could ignite new card battles, too

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. — it’s one of those what-if fantasy battles from the magazines of old that’s coming true.

And with a pair of upcoming card releases there will be a battle on cardboard, too.

While we get to wait for the fight on Aug. 26 — one that should be a promotional and pop culture spectacle — we’re getting the first autographs for Mayweather soon to go with McGregor’s limited and pricey cardboard already on the market.

Keep reading for a tale of the tape so far …

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

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: Aaron Judge, Museum Collection breaks, PGA & NBA breaks, the NHL Draft & much more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Signature Series tennis cards


What:
 2017 Leaf Signature Series tennis cards
Arrives: Aug. 15
Box Basics: 10 autographed cards per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s Buzz-worthy: Leaf Trading Cards takes to the court once again with a product that “features a very strong checklist including the addition of a number of elite new names” while also having a small print run.

Keep reading for more as well as a gallery.

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Leaf’s LaVar Ball autograph packs an instant sell-out on eBay

Father’s Day came a bit early.

Leaf Trading Cards‘ 200-pack run of LaVar Ball inscribed autographs sold out instantly on eBay Wednesday, proving that a big-talking former World League of American Football player turned soon-to-be NBA dad can sell some cardboard.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 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: An unbelievable Topps Heritage case, LaVar Ball autos coming today, big pulls from retail and USA Baseball & all the NSCC chatter you can find.

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Need cards of your team’s first-round draft pick? They exist thanks to USA Baseball & Perfect Game

If you want the newest baseball cards of the newest MLB draft picks, then you should probably pick up a box of 2017 Panini Stars & Stripes USA Baseball cards.

Why?

USA Baseball sets from Panini America are among your best bets for finding players taken in the MLB Draft — 16 of the 30 first-rounders last night were USA alums — and you’ll find No. 1 draft pick Royce Lewis inside this year’s boxes along with No. 2 pick Hunter Greene and many others.

Thanks to other past USA releases and Perfect Game products from Leaf Trading Cards, just five of this year’s first-rounders don’t appear on officially licensed cardboard from a major manufacturer. (One of those five has a collegiate team-issued card … so there’s something official for fans to chase.)

Buzz recapped the draft in real time last night on Twitter and here are those images and a bit more — keep reading for a rundown of basics on the entire first round.

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