First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Quest autos

What: 2017 TRISTAR Quest autographs
Arrives:
 June 7
Box basics: Five envelopes per lockbox — each with an autographed flat or memorabilia redemption inside (three lockboxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This TRISTAR line will be limited to only 50 cases of autographed items from around the sports world and beyond.

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Mickey Mantle returns to baseball cards with new Panini America deal

The Mick is back on cardboard.

Mickey Mantle, the icon of a generation of collectors, will be back on baseball cards soon as Panini America has reached a deal with the estate of the Hall of Famer and former New York Yankee who died in 1995. It will be his first cardboard since 2012 when his family let their deal with Topps expire.

The deal is expected to be formally revealed today with at least one card perhaps coming immediately via the Panini Eternal program, though his sons David and Danny disclosed the deal to Yahoo Sports’ Big League Stew in an interview.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs

What: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs
Arrives: April 12
Box basics: 
One autographed item per envelope (16 envelopes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR brings its autograph chase to baseball with a product limited to only 75 cases and the potential for some big names and some big items.

Keep reading for more information and a gallery of the possibilities here.

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Buzz Poll: Which Mickey Mantle item topped the auction block?

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Mickey Mantle dominated the auction block on Saturday night in Dallas as Heritage Auctions‘ Platinum Night sports sale was topped by a pair of Mantles with very different attributes.

Yet both had very high demand.

Both items you see here — one a PSA 8 copy of his 1952 Topps card and the other being Mantle’s New York Yankees road jersey worn when he hit his 535th career home run on Sept. 19, 1968 — are six-figure items.

One went for $660,000 with a buyer’s premium while the other went for $486,000 and with that pair of facts we have these two questions for you.

Spoiler: Highlight the text after this on this line to learn more. The card sold for more.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 19)

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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: Trading Cards artwork, vintage cards, collecting Canseco & more.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Platinum auto baseballs

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What: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Platinum autographed baseballs
Arrives: March 22
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand is back for 2017 with a new batch of stars and legends along with specialty balls guaranteed per case that help add variety to the chase.

The biggest chase of them all this year? Keep reading for that and a gallery of what’s in this one.

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Derek Jeter Retrospective cards coming to 2017 Topps Archives

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It looks like 2017 Topps Archives will be a home for The Captain.

Topps revealed on Thursday its plans for a Retrospective set for former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter that will be found in packs of the throwback brand.

The set will showcase Jeter’s iconic cards from his career — with autographs.

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First Buzz: 2017 Historic Autographs Kings baseball cards

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What: 2017 Historic Autographs Kings baseball cards
Arrives: Feb. 22
Box basics: Two autographs per box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The first Historic Autographs release of the year goes high-end with a release that will be limited to just 80 cases.

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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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Unique Mickey Mantle autograph among cool items in Steiner auction

mantfos000000-2_medSometimes they just want a unique autograph.

Some vintage collectors out there may have a little bit of everything, which leaves them searching for unique pieces once they have all of the basics from when a past player was on the field. Sure, there are countless new cardboard creations for icons like Mickey Mantle, but this piece on the auction block from Steiner Sports is a bit different than the typical Mantle autograph.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Cut Signature Edition History of Baseball

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What: 2017 Leaf Cut Signature Edition History of Baseball
Arrives: January
Box basics: One cut signature card per box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s newest cut autograph product will be all Hall of Famers as part of a made-to-order product with all serial-numbered cards encapsulated and printed on Metal Prismatic stock.

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Heritage’s 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle auction could top $1 million

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Update: Including a buyer’s premium, the card sold for $1,135,250

A Heritage Auctions sale with more than 20 days remaining has a legitimate shot at yielding the hobby’s next million-dollar baseball card.

It’s a PSA 8.5 copy of Mickey Mantle‘s iconic 1952 Topps card and it’s already pushing the high six-figures in an auction that began earlier this month.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Sept. 22)

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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: Vintage hauls and plenty on 2016 Topps Heritage High Number.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Top Shelf

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What: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Top Shelf
Arrives:
 Oct. 26
Box basics: Four envelopes per box — each with an autographed item or memorabilia redemption inside (one box per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Quest takes things up a notch with a breaker product that is the company’s most high-end line to date.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures autographed baseballs (Series 8)

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What:
 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures autographed baseballs (Series 8)
Arrives: July 20
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand returns with a Ruthian inclusion as well as some specialty balls that will add to the chase.

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Al Capone’s fingerprints up for grabs this week via Heritage Auctions

Heritage14The impressive stash of 1992 Olympic Dream Team memorabilia will probably get the post-sale attention, but there are a few other big-ticket items presently the auction block and ending in the next few days via Heritage Auctions.

The weirdest? Al Capone‘s fingerprints.

In 1929, Capone provided these prints after he was sent to the Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia. It’s an 8-inch square document that’s also signed by Capone — and it’s presently sitting at $44,000 ($52,580 with a buyer’s premium) with two days remaining in the sale.

Sure, it’s not a sports item — but there are some big pieces in that world that more than a few collectors would want to get their hands on in this auction. Keep reading for more.

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

2016-Topps-Now-Bartolo-Colon-Home-RunThe 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: Bartolo Colon’s home run card, The Golden Bear, vintage debates, vintage pulls and Superfractors … plenty of Superfractors.

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Board Buzz Gallery: Just don’t drool over these baseball cards

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Check out this gallery of images — new additions to a Blowout forum collection thread that Buzz included in yesterday’s Board Buzz.

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Four cards top $100,000 mark in Memory Lane Inc. auction

item_38092_1Memory Lane Inc.’s Spring Classics Rarities Auction ended with more than $2.9 million in sales during the weekend and four cards were of note helping the company reach that mark.

Three of them topped $100,000, while a fourth key card from the past topped $90,000 before a 20 percent premium was added.

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

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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: Showing off your Top 10 cards, 1990s NBA box breaks, Bartolo Colon‘s historic homer, 2015 Topps Diamond & Tim Duncan‘s cardboard.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Discovery autographs

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What: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Discovery autographs
2016-TRISTAR-Quest-Discovery-1Arrives: May 25
Box basics: Five envelopes per box — each with an autographed flat or memorabilia redemption inside (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR is creating this one solely for breakers, giving online collectors a shot at some of the biggest autographs possible in the sports world and beyond.

Keep reading for more.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 24)

b2ec428d1c02f760bf18acb264e44549_zpsmgc3gymsThe 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: Museum Collection, big NFL pulls, Bill Gates’ money, Mickey Mantle’s RC & more.

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Robert Edward Auctions spring sale leads off with Honus Wagner T206

item_38979_1It’s a low-grade specimen of the most-iconic and expensive baseball card of all time and it’s leading off the action as lot No. 1 in the current Robert Edward Auctions sale.

With 10 days remaining in the company’s spring sale, theSGC 10 (Poor 1) Sweet Caporal T206 Honus Wagner already has attracted 29 bids after an opening bid of $50,000.

What’s it at now?

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures New York Dynasty autographed baseballs

2016-TRISTAR-Hidden-Treasures-New-York-Dynasty-1What: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures New York Dynasty autographed baseballs
Arrives: April 20
2016-TRISTAR-Hidden-Treasures-New-York-Dynasty-2Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand takes a New York twist as this one’s all about the Yankees with stars of the past and present being part of the chase that includes all baseballs having a product-specific and numbered hologram.

Keep reading for more and a gallery of what’s in this one.

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High-grade Hank Aaron 1954 Topps Rookie powers big Mile High sale

1954 Topps #128 Henry Aaron PSA 9 MINT # Bids: 25 Min Bid: $25,000 Final Price: $192,527

A near-perfect PSA 9 Hank Aaron 1954 Topps Rookie Card led the way in the Mile High Card Company auction that ended during the weekend — and it was just one of 10 lots that topped the $20,000 mark.

All were graded vintage cards in high grades or key specimens slabbed by PSA or SGC — meanwhile 13 other auctions topped the $10,000 plateau in the sale.

Click the first image below to enter our gallery and get a closer look at the top 10 lots as well their final sale prices. We added an extra one so you can see a surprising sale price on the only PSA 10 Joe Torre 1962 Topps Rookie Card in existence.

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Mickey Mantle cards sell for more than $750,000 via Memory Lane Inc.

item_37205_1Demand for The Mick continues to be an all-time high.

A run of high-grade Mickey Mantle Topps and Bowman baseball cards from 1951 to 1969 sold for more than $750,000 this weekend in a Memory Lane Inc. auction.

“The Empire State Collection” consisted of 21 PSA-graded cards and, according to the company, 14 of them set new record-highs for their condition.

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Just For Fun: Can you identify which years these vintage baseball card photographs were used?

MantleWhen someone says “1952 Topps Mickey Mantle” there’s simply one image that comes to mind for collectors — the image of the Oklahoma-born slugger looking over his right shoulder where his Louisville Slugger resides.

The blue hues and the yellow bat — the results of colorized images back in those days — are dramatically different than what we often expect from the cardboard of today, yet they are the basis of everything, too.

Seeing one of these memorable card images recently got Buzz wondering whether fellow collectors would be able to identify photographs from memorable vintage baseball card sets — but without the accoutrement that make 1952 look like 1952 or 1965 look like 1965.

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 24)

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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: Vintage cardboard, 2015 Topps Strata, penmanship & more.

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First Buzz: 2015 Leaf SportKings trading cards

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What:
 2015 Leaf SportKings trading cards
Arrives: January 2016
Box basics: One autograph, one memorabilia card, four base cards and one mini per box.

What’s buzz-worthy: SportKings returns with a new mix of cards that includes numbered autographed parallels and buyback autographs for stars throughout the sports world (and even a few from elsewhere) on the famed design from the 1930s.

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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PSA 8 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle sets new record with Heritage sale

1952-Topps-Mickey-Mantle-PSA-8-HeritageHeritage Auctions‘ sale of a PSA 8 Mickey Mantle 1952 Topps card set another record for the card in its condition this week.

“The 1952 Topps Mantle rookie is a truly transcendent piece of Americana,” said Chris Ivy, the Director of Sports Auctions at Heritage. “It looms in the collective American imagination like a copy of Action Comics #1, an inverted Jenny stamp or an Abe Lincoln autograph. You don’t have to collect baseball cards to recognize it, so thoroughly is it woven into the national consciousness.”

So, how much for the icon of all post-war baseball card icons?

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eBay Buzz: Big bucks aren’t just tossed around for Bowman Supers

BVG9-1954-Bowman-Mickey-MantleWith Bowman Draft officially arriving tomorrow, eBay will undoubtedly be buzzing with the newest can’t-miss future stars’ first MLB cards.

But Bowman’s not just a big deal for high-grade Chromes and Superfractors. Vintage Bowman in top grade — like this 1954 Bowman Mickey Mantle — can generate some looks, too.

This card, in its grade, is a 1/1 specimen. It’s a card that can give any Superfractor a run for its graded money without any of those golden swirls or a dollop of autograph ink.

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 8)

SupremeCaseThe 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: This one includes perhaps the craziest case break ever recorded … where nearly every card in the case is a case hit.

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First Buzz: 2015 Historic Autographs Casey’s Juggernaut Originals

mantleWhat: 2015 Historic Autographs Casey’s Juggernaut Originals
Arrives: Dec. 9
Box basics: One PSA-encapsulated vintage baseball card and cut autograph combo display per box.

What’s buzz-worthy: The New York Yankees dominated MLB from 1948 to 1955 with five consecutive World Series victories within that seven-year span for manager Casey Stengel — this product focuses on player and cards from that era. Oh, and there are five 1951 Bowman Mickey Mantle Rookie Cards inside this product, which is comprised of only PSA-authenticated autographs and cards inside a Historic Autographs display.

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eBay Buzz: Sometimes buying in bulk is the way to go, right?

One-Million-Baseball-CardsImagine seeing one million baseball cards all in one location. Now, imagine those can be yours in one fell swoop.

They can.

It can be reality in one active eBay auction and there’s an added bonus. What is it? They’ll throw in 100,000 free cards for your team if you choose to take this Cardboard Challenge.

Why’s it a challenge? Well, consider that the haul — and your bonus, don’t forget your bonus — amount to roughly 220 5,000-count boxes. Do you have the space? (It might also be a challenge if it’s heavy on 1989 Score stripped of the stars … but disregard this thought.)

Now, the real question is, do you have the cash? Don’t worry about shipping — it’s free!
(You get to pick it all up and haul it off, so set your GPS for Manville, N.Y.)

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