Buzz Poll: Who do you think wins the World Series this year?

We’re inching closer to the final teams taking the field this year in MLB and, at this point, we have just a single question for collectors after a crazy year of rookie home runs and plenty of other drama.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 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: Cody Bellinger, Bryce Harper’s auto, best graded-card scanners, new autographs, big pulls, the National & more.

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Cody Bellinger’s homer binge fuels demand for his few certified autos

One of the hottest rookies in baseball — the King of the West Coast to counter Aaron Judge‘s Big Apple dominance — wrote his way into the record books on Monday night.

Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger hit two more home runs — that’s 21 in just 51 career games — and that’s the fastest pace in MLB history to start a career and good enough for the National League lead, trailing only Judge for the overall mark.

What makes this feat extra-enticing for collectors? The fact that Bellinger has a relatively minuscule amount of cardboard overall and a small number of certified autographs — and that means more competition for what he does have as the home runs go flying.

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Gallery: 2017 MLB spring training & batting practice caps from New Era


A new baseball season is nearly here with the first spring training games set to air later this month and that’s when we’ll see the newest players on their new teams.

And many of them will be wearing new uniforms — well, at least new caps.

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Top rookies Corey Seager & Michael Fulmer get Topps Now nods


The Rookie of the Year award winners Now have more cardboard.

Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Detroit Tigers pitcher Michael Fulmer picked up the NL ROY and AL ROY honors on Monday night — and tonight they pick up the Topps Now honors.

Seager is the first player to have a game-used jersey Relic in the line, while Fulmer will be signing autographs for his award-winner card in the program.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Oct. 17)


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 match-ups, big breaks, retro NBA & more.

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Buzz Poll: Who do you see winning the World Series?


MLB’s postseason begins tonight … and we simply want to know who you think wins it all.

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Dodgers clinch NL West to become newest Topps Now title team


The newest Topps Now team set is now here.

With the Los Angeles Dodgers clinching the National League West title last night, Topps has unveiled a new take on its real-time baseball card program with another team set.

The Dodgers are the fourth postseason-bound squad to get a team set released as an extended part of the program with the sets costing $49.99.

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Vin Scully nears finale with very little certified ink for fans to chase

2012-prime-cuts-vin-scullyVin Scully has been in baseball as the voice of the Dodgers for the last 67 years.

That’s longer than Topps baseball cards have been regularly around. That’s just a few years after the NBA was founded. That’s longer than 14 MLB teams — nearly half of of the majors  — have been around.

With the 88-year-old’s broadcast career in its final stretch, some collectors might be looking to grab one of his few certified autographs — it won’t be easy.

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Rare Joe Jackson card sells for $667,189 via SCP Auctions

1909 Joe Jackson Card
The legend of “Shoeless Joe” lives on.

A PSA 8 copy of Joe Jackson‘s 1909 E90-1 American Caramel card rocked the auction block on Sunday morning and, along with one other high-grade icon from the past topped a combined $1.1 million in an SCP Auctions sale.

The Jackson sold for $667,189 and is one of only two cards to receive that grade and none are higher.

”We are thrilled with the results of our biggest summer auction to date,” said SCP Auctions Vice President Dan Imler. “The market for ‘best of the best’ sports cards and historic memorabilia continues to show incredible strength.”

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Justin Turner’s scarcity makes him an animal on baseball cards


He’s in his eighth season as a big-leaguer but Justin Turner has finally become a bit of an animal at the plate with a career-high 23 homers and 72 RBI (so far) this season for the Los Angeles Dodgers.

He’s been a mainstay at third base for the team the last couple of seasons and with his emerging presence he’s attracted some fans — or do we call them promotional buddies? — along the way, which probably has helped get him on the radar of a few more.

There’s one problem, though. When it comes to cardboard, he’s a bit of a rare breed — and that’s translated into some cash for some collectors who have found and sold.

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Topps reveals three Mystery Redemption Rookie Autographs from 2016 Topps Finest

2016tpfinestBBThe mystery is over.

Topps revealed the three Mystery Redemption Autograph subjects in 2016 Topps Finest on Tuesday night and they’re three rookies you might have heard of.

And there’s a pretty sweet twist.

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Big weekend for Dodgers’ Corey Seager prompts collecting question

Corey-seager-2010-Bowman-Chrome--Blue-Refractor-RCLos Angeles Dodgers rookie Corey Seager‘s hot streak started Friday night and continued again on Sunday with his weekend tally including five homers in three games.

Not bad for a guy who was waiting (and waiting) for the call a year ago.

But Seager’s domination at the plate got Buzz wondering which way collectors are leaning on Seager ink. He’s pretty much a given to appear in forthcoming brands this year — so there are plenty more autos to come with an RC logo attached (including Tier One this week) — but he’s already got a rich autograph history. Even on Chrome.

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Julio Urias’ first Rookie Card comes via non-traditional release


Is it a Rookie Card? Is it not a a Rookie Card?

It’s got the logo and that’s the only card that can say that so far for Julio Urias.

The highly touted Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect made his major league debut on Friday night in New York and things didn’t go as planned as he gave up three runs on five hits and walked four in just 2 2/3 innings, a no-decision against against the defending NL champion Mets.

Despite this rough start, Urias was tabbed for a Topps Now card as part of the company’s daily real-time baseball card program and, for now, it’s also his rarest Rookie Card (it’s got that logo and he’s a rookie) with just 2,992 copies made. The quantity was revealed by Topps today.

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Julio Urias to make MLB debut for Dodgers Friday night vs. Mets

Julio-Urias-2014-Bowman-ChromeIt’s go time for Julio Urias.

The highly touted Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect will make his major league debut on Friday night in New York against the defending National League champion Mets. He’ll be the youngest starter in MLB since Felix Hernandez back in 2005.

The 19-year-old from Mexico was 4-1 with an 1.10 ERA and 44 strikeouts in 41 innings this season for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Baseball America ranked him fourth overall on its 2016 Top 100 list — the best pitcher of the bunch. He’s actually in his fourth season as a pro after signing with the Dodgers as an international free agent in 2013.

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After 67 years calling Dodgers games, Vin Scully finally gets a Sports Illustrated cover appearance

Vin-Scully-Sports-IllustratedHey, Sports Illustrated … what took you so long?

As legendary broadcaster Vin Scully winds down his 67-year run as the voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers this season, the 88-year-old Hall of Famer finds himself on the cover of a 62-year-old weekly (and highly collectable) magazine for the first time.

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Kenta Maeda autographed RC will be found in 2016 Bowman Chrome

MaedaRCbowman-3It shouldn’t be a surprise that he’ll be included, but it should be a surprise when you pull him.

Topps announced on Monday that Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda will have autographed Rookie Cards in 2016 Bowman Chrome when it arrives on Sept. 7.

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Got $15,000? If so, the 2016 Bowman Kenta Maeda Superfractor autograph can be yours …

Kenta-Maeda-SuperfractorIt’s a redemption, but it will still sell well.

The 2016 Bowman Chrome Kenta Maeda Superfractor auto has been pulled from a pack of 2016 Bowman and made its way to eBay on Sunday.

It’s listed by eBay user tcbuilt28 in Seattle, Wash., with a Buy It Now price of $14,999 — along with a $2.75 shipping fee. (Update: It reportedly sold for $7,000.)

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Kenta Maeda’s Bowman Chrome auto debut comes at perfect time

Kenta-MaedaThe headlines after Kenta Maeda‘s fourth MLB start speak of superlatives — all-time superlatives — and that bodes well for his cardboard.

In part due to good timing.

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What’s the best way to start a Jackie Robinson baseball card collection?

JackieRobinson-memorabiliaToday’s the day where everyone in Major League Baseball dons No. 42 as a tribute to the man who changed the game — and America — forever.

Jackie_Robinson_Day_LogoOn this day back in 1947, Jackie Robinson became a baseball and social pioneer, breaking MLB’s color barrier and helping change how the game was played. His actions undoubtedly helped with the civil rights movement, which had its landmark legal act nearly two decades later.

Collecting Robinson isn’t easy on a budget, but there are a few options for fans.

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Auction Gallery: Championship rings are the thing in current SCP sale

0893BSpring2016_lgThe current SCP Auctions sale includes items from the personal collections of Baseball Hall of Famer Don Drysdale and collections of memorabilia that include plenty of other big names, but it’s a selection of championship rings here that’s highlight-worthy.

Below is a gallery of 18 rings up for sale now and ending on April 23. Click below to enter the gallery, get a closer look, see who’s owned them and what the bidding sits at now.

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In the Now: 2016 Topps Now baseball cards changing game (checklist & ongoing gallery)

2016-Topps-Now-12-Nomar-MazaraTopps‘ new program creating real baseball cards in real time documenting the highlights of the here and now have caught on with some collectors as this season has begun with some historic starts and impressive debuts for MLB rookies.

It’s 2016 Topps Now and the cards are only available for a 24-hour window. After that, the population reports are released and the next day’s cards are unveiled — all in made-to-order, real-time fashion.

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Making the Grade II: Corey Seager Pristine, a WrestleMania upstart, legends & Sheldon Cooper’s shirt

Corey-seager-2015-panini-usa-baseballLike many collectors, Buzz is a fan of grading and knows that there are many reasons that collectors choose to slab cards. Sometimes it’s to enhance the appeal and protect them when selling. Other times it’s to protect an investment for the long-term or to protect for sentimental reasons. Or, it might be just for fun or curiosity about a potential grade.

Here’s the second Grading Diary here on The Buzz …

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Could strong spring mean hot cards for Braves rookie Hector Olivera?

Hector-olivera-2016-topps-heritage-autoHe’s already joined the Topps Authentics team as one of the top players on the radar of the company’s memorabilia division, but a hot start this spring just might have him on the radar of more collectors soon.

He’s Hector Olivera, and he’s hit .438 (14-for-32) with just a single strikeout in 11 games this spring for the Atlanta Braves, where he’s likely to be in left field on Opening Day.

“We’ve seen him juice some balls, but we don’t know if this guy is going to be a nine-home-run guy or a 15-18 home run guy. We might not know that until later this year,” said Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “He doesn’t take things for granted. There’s nobody that works harder than him. He’s here early, he works, and as coaches, that’s what you want to see and what he gives us.”

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Topps details its plans for Kenta Maeda autographs in 2016 products

Kenta-MaedaWhen 2016 Topps Legacies of Baseball arrives on March 30, the new brand will include a first-time signer for the company.

That signer is Los Angeles Dodgers rookie pitcher Kenta Maeda, who signed with the team after a successful career in Japan and made his spring debut this past weekend.

“Maeda is a popular player on a big market team with dominant international statistics,” said baseball brand manager Zvee Geffen. “It’s a combination driving excitement for fans everywhere, and Topps is the only place collectors will find his Major League Baseball-licensed autographed cards.”

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Kenta Maeda autographs coming in 2016 Topps Tribute

16_Topps Tribute Baseball_Kenta-MaedaLos Angeles Dodgers rookie Kenta Maeda will be among the notable inclusions when 2016 Topps Tribute baseball cards arrive on July 13.

He was a star in Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball with a triple crown, two nods as the top pitcher in the league and five All-Star nods.

But he won’t be the only rookie signing on for the brand.

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Gallery: Don Drysdale collection coming to market via SCP Auctions

jpegMore than 20 years after his death, the memorabilia of Hall of Famer and Los Angeles Dodgers pitching great Don Drysdale is coming to auction.

The sale will be handled by Laguna Niguel, Calif.-based SCP Auctions and will open on April 6 with more than 1,000 lots as part of the overall event.

“We feel honored to have been chosen by the Drysdale family to bring this extraordinary collection to auction,” said SCP Auctions President David Kohler. “Don was among the most accomplished and revered pitchers in Major League Baseball history and his impressive assemblage of awards and accolades speaks volumes as to his winning ways out on the mound.”

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Buzz List: MLB’s postseason rookies to watch

Schwarber-2015BowmanChromeThe Chicago Cubs are the one to watch on cardboard so far this postseason as their powerful pack of rookies helped knock off the NL Central champion St. Louis Cardinals. They had four newcomers on the field in their NLDS clincher but aren’t the only team bolstered by youth. Here are 11 key rookies from postseason squads who you can find in wax boxes or sets on

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