Buzz Poll: Cast your votes for this year’s MLB award-winners

With apologies to your World Series champion Houston Astros, we all know the baseball players who owned the hobby in 2017 — Aaron Judge, Aaron Judge and Aaron Judge.

Oh and that Cody Bellinger guy, too.

The finalists for the Baseball Writers’ Association of America awards are in and you’ll find Judge, Bellinger and several others who made things happen on the field this year among the potential award-winners. We’ll have to wait until next week for the start of the reveals but you can cast your votes right here, right now.

Keep reading to vote for the rest of the categories.

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

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: Huge pulls from 2017 Panini Immaculate Collection and Topps Clearly Authentic, vintage MLB photos and “Mike Foltynewicz is the next Max Scherzer.”

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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)


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 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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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen 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 Gypsy Queen baseball cards (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 48
Base set completion: 
43 of 300 (14 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, Gary Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Justin Verlander, Stephen Strasburg

Rookie Cards (10) – Aaron Judge, Alex Bregman, Yoan Moncada, Jose DeLeon, Tyler Austin, Reynaldo Lopez, Josh Bell, Jorge Alfaro, David Paulino, Hunter Dozier

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Finest baseball cards

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 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 Topps Archives 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 Archives baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard cards plus two-coin pack)
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 56 (58 with coins)
Base set completion: 
53 of 300 (18 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Derek Jeter, Randy Johnson, George Brett, Mark McGwire, Hank Aaron, Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, David Price, Dennis Eckersley, Sandy Koufax, Anthony Rizzo, Jackie Robinson

Rookie Cards (9) – Hunter Dozier, Tyler Austin, T.J. Rivera, Jeff Hoffman, Carson Fulmer, Jose DeLeon, Orlando Arcia, Teoscar Hernandez, Roman Quinn

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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 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Heritage blaster Hot 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 Topps Heritage baseball cards blaster (Hot Box)
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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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)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Gypsy Queen 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 Topps Gypsy Queen baseball cards (hobby)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24 (plus one box-topper)
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 193
Base set completion: 
173 of 300 (58 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Addison Russell, Buster Posey, Madison Bumgarner, Albert Pujols, Max Scherzer, Kyle Hendricks, Trevor Story, Francisco Lindor, Manny Machado, Kenta Maeda, Josh Donaldson, Jake Arrieta, Giancarlo Stanton, Yu Darvish, David Ortiz, Clayton Kershaw, Carlos Correa

Rookie Cards (21) – Jharel Cotton, Alex Bregman, Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Orlando Arcia, Alex Reyes, Tyler Glasnow, Robert Gsellman, Tyler Austin, Matt Olson, Manny Margot, Trey Mancini, Teoscar Hernandez, JaCoby Jones, Carson Fulmer, Gavin Cecchini, David Dahl, Joe Musgrove, Hunter Renfroe, Ryon Healy, Bruce Maxwell

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They Tweeted It … Max Scherzer records biggest save of his career

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So … that almost happened.

Max Scherzer tweeted the image above Wednesday night, proving that he’s capable of putting up a save, too. A second tweet showed some “dirty” purses in the trash — but there’s been no word on any offseason Disabled List stops for the Nationals ace … yet.

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Buzz Break: 2013 Topps Chrome baseball cards (blaster box)

2013tpchromeBBblasterFrom 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: 2013 Topps Chrome baseball cards (blaster box)
s-l1600-2Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8 (seven standard packs and one Purple Refractor pack)
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
22 of 220 (10 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Jose Bautista, Cole Hamels, Starlin Castro, Max Scherzer

Rookie Cards (8) – Melky Mesa, Didi Gregorious, Alex Colome, Zack Wheeler, Robbie Grossman, Eury Perez, Carter Capps, Shelby Miller

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Stephen Strasburg’s cardboard won’t reach 2010 heights, but there should be more interest to come

2010-Topps-Allen-Ginter-Stephen-StrasburgThe last time Stephen Strasburg took to the mound for the Washington Nationals and his team did not win was late last season. The last time Strasburg lost? That’s last season, too.

And the last time collectors seemed to truly care about his cardboard? … Arguably that might have been about six years ago.

Don’t look now, but the guy who owned the hobby in the summer of 2010 and owned the Washington Nationals’ hobby dollars (at least for a while) until some guy named Bryce Harper showed up just might be on the rebound and a compelling buy as a successful 2016 season builds.

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Max Scherzer’s historic game prompts key hobby question

Max-Scherzer-USAWashington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer did something last night that had only happened three other times in MLB history.

He struck out 20 batters in a game.

It’s a feat that only Roger Clemens, who did it twice, and Kerry Wood have done before, but in both of those pitchers’ cases there’s an iconic early baseball card to chase. For Clemens, his 1984 Fleer Update card is the one to own. For Wood, it’s his 1997 Bowman Chrome.

For Scherzer?

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MLB Stand Up To Cancer auctions include experiences instead of memorabilia

SU2C-MLB-AuctionLogoA series of auctions began Sunday via Major League Baseball will help fight cancer while offering the winning bidders the chances to make memories instead of merely adding memorabilia to their collections while helping a cause.

More than 80 listings launched by MLB Auctions will benefit Stand Up To Cancer as well as charities noted by individual teams. Several teams have a few listings noted as part of the program.

What will you get to do as a winner? Well …

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Topps updates Fire wall art to include stars & notable rookies

2015ToppsFireUpdateSeagerThe season’s not yet over, but Topps has already updated one release that captured the attention of some collectors this year.

A second wave of prints for the 2015 Topps Fire print line, which features art by Tyson Beck, is in the works and already for sale on Topps.com with standard prints starting at $29.99 and rarer Gold prints starting at $99.99.

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