Kobe Bryant’s NBA All-Star jersey dominates at auction, doubling past record & Steph Curry’s gamer, too

Kobe-Bryant-2016-NBA-All-Star-Jersey-auction2One of Kobe Bryant‘s final NBA All-Star Game jerseys got a big send-off on Thursday just like the star who wore it.

How? Via NBA Auctions.

The jersey was worn during the first half of his final All-Star Game on Feb. 14 in Toronto and sold for $100,040 after 74 bids — basically doubling what is believed to be the previous high for a jersey sold on the site.

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Buzz Break: 2014-15 Panini Prizm basketball (super value rack box)

1415pnprizmBKrackFrom 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.

Horry-prizmThe box: 2014-15 Panini Prizm basketball cards (super value rack box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 12 (each pack contains three standard Prizm packs and one three-card Red, White and Blue Prizm pack)
Cards per pack: 15
Cards in this box: 180
Base set completion: 
109 of 250 (44 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of notable players – LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, Kevin Durant, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, Shaquille O’Neal, Larry Bird, Grant Hill

Rookie Cards (short-prints) pulled (23) – Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid, Aaron Gordon, Noah Vonleh, Elfrid Payton, Zach Lavine, T.J. Warren, James Young, Tyler Ennis, Gary Harris, Rodney Hood, James Ennis, Kyle Anderson, Joe Harris, Jusuf Nurkic, Glenn Robinson III, Nick Johnson, Dwight Powell, Jordan Clarkson, Russ Smith, Devyn Marble, James Michael McAdoo, Nikola Mirotic

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What comes in a $15,000 box of cards? See the 2016 All-time Greats Master Collection checklist here

MasterCollection-logoUpper Deck released the final checklist for its 2016 All-time Greats Master Collection product on Tuesday, answering the million-dollar question.

What shows up in a $15,000 box of cards?

Find out with a downloadable PDF here.

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First Buzz: 2016 Upper Deck All-time Greats Master Collection cards

Master Collection-2What: 2016 Upper Deck All-time Greats Master Collection trading cards
Arrives: This week
Box basics: 58 cards and one mystery redemption per box

What’s buzz-worthy: Take the biggest names in the sports world (and the MasterCollection-logoUpper Deck stable of signers) and take it all high-end. How high-end? The cost per box to dealers — not the price to the public — is north of $10,000. What does it include? Among the inclusions in each box are an autographed acrylic box-topper, a 25-card autographed base set, a 30-card acetate Master Collection Puzzle set, one Michael Jordan Diamond card, one autographed Masterful Paintings card, one dual auto or dual cut auto card and one mystery redemption.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Iconic Sports Illustrated covers can be quite collectable & sometimes quite valuable, too (gallery)

SIcoverWillSmithIf you’ve watched any NFL games this season, you’ve likely heard the word “concussion” many times as the league has implemented new tests on players to help prevent future problems by assessing the here and now immediately following a hard hit.

On Christmas Day, a film about the issue of concussions in football called Concussion opens in theaters. You’ve probably seen the commercials for the film during NFL games.

Will Smith stars as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered the degenerative brain disease called chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. It’s a real-life issue that has affected more than 80 former players — many you’ve seen on football cards and might have collected. The movie is an important one and Sports Illustrated has Smith on its cover this week to discuss the movie.

Is it the first time a celebrity has appeared on the cover of the highly collectable sports magazine?

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Kevin Love signs exclusive autographed memorabilia deal with Upper Deck Authenticated

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Upper Deck has added Cleveland Cavaliers star Kevin Love to its exclusive autographed memorabilia team that already includes another notable Cav.

The Kevin Love Collection will only be found via Upper Deck Authenticated and it will include limited art pieces as well as signed basketballs and jerseys.

“Kevin Love is a great addition to our ever-growing portfolio of basketball superstars,” said Upper Deck President Jason Masherah. “We are excited to bring fresh and innovative products to his fans in across the globe, and we look forward to introducing some exclusive multi-signed items featuring Love with other Upper Deck athletes in the future.”

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 4)

FeelingThe BurnThe 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.

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Panini Eminence basketball cards are upping ante on everything

A mysterious package arrived at BlowoutCards.com HQ on Monday morning with some sample images and a flash drive with a single video clip inside.

Here is that video.

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Are LeBron’s cards under-valued given his place in the game?

LebronLeBron James became just the 20th player in NBA history to score 25,000 points for his career, and he’s done it faster than any other player — at age 31. Including ABA stats, just 25 players in history have reached that mark.

We all know James’ cards are among the priciest in the hobby but we should consider that he’ll potentially be in the Top 10 by season’s end. It makes one wonder if James under-appreciated when it comes to his value on cardboard.

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