First Buzz: 2017 Onyx Platinum Elite baseball cards

What: 2017 Onyx Platinum Elite baseball cards
Arrives: July 27
Box basics: At least two autographs per 10-card pack (24 packs per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This prospecting brand will include top young prospects, iconic notable buyback cards and a super-low print run of just 60 cases.

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Michael Chavis’ power surge comes two years after his last certified ink

He’s not exactly a come-from-nowhere player, but the power is coming through for one Boston Red Sox minor-leaguer.

Michael Chavis hit his 14th home run of the season Sunday for High-A Salem — and actually his 13th, too, since it was his third multi-homer game of the year. That’s just two-shy of his career-high from two years ago in 109 games.

He’s hitting .343 through 47 games (so that home run pace looks even stronger) and the good news here is that he’s just 21 years old since he was just 18 back in 2014 when Boston took him with the 26th overall pick.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Pro Debut minor league baseball (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 Pro Debut minor league baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 180
Base set completion: 
162 of 200 (81 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Mickey Moniak, Ian Happ, Amed Rosario, A.J. Puk, Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blake Rutherford, Gleyber Torres, Nick Senzel, Carter Kieboom, Bryson Bregman

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First Buzz: 2017 Onyx Baseball Clubhouse Collection Authentic Game-used Batting Gloves


What:
 2017 Onyx Baseball Clubhouse Collection Authentic Game-used Batting Gloves
Arrives: June 29
Box basics: One pair of game-used batting gloves per box (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This MLBPA-approved product includes batting gloves from top young names as well as established veterans — a group that includes Aaron Judge, Albert Pujols, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Freddie Freeman, Miguel Cabrera, Trea Turner and a number of MLB hopefuls.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 27)

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 around the collecting world.

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Tim Tebow’s first official MiLB card is a short-printed scorcher

Don’t tell his fans that he’s just another minor league baseball player.

Tim Tebow‘s first baseball card as a member of the Columbia Fireflies isn’t an easy pull from packs of 2017 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards but it’s a pricey one.

As in $400 — and that’s without an autograph or piece of game-used memorabilia attached. And that’s not a fluke as active auctions are just as strong.

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Durham Bulls’ steak-incentive sign finally gets Topps baseball card

“Hit the bull, win a steak” now has a baseball card.

Topps released the final checklist for 2017 Topps Pro Debut on Wednesday and the first card release of the year for Minor League Baseball includes some surprises thanks to a set of Relics that have included some unusual pieces of memorabilia in past years.

The “Fragments of the Farm” are no different this year and one includes a piece of the game that’s paid off for some players in the past.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball cards


What:
2017 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball cards
Arrives: Sept. 27
Box basics:
 One autograph and one Relic per 18-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The players and teams in the minor leagues take a trip back to 1968 with this release that includes variations, rare parallels, hits and, of course, autos.

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Buzz Break: 1998 Team Best Top Prospects Signature Series

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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.

s-l500The box: 1998 Team Best Top Prospects Signature Series minor league baseball cards
Where to buy: 
Check eBay

Packs per box: 18 (plus one box-topper)
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 109
Base set completion: 
50 of 50 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 45
Triplicates: 6

Base cards of note – Rick Ankiel, Kris Benson, Lance Berkman, Russell Branyan, Eric Chavez, J.D. Drew, Troy Glaus, Gabe Kapler, Mike Lowell, Gil Meche, Aramis Ramirez, Ruben Rivera, Jimmy Rollins, Vernon Wells

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Buzz Break: 1999 Team Best Baseball America’s Top Prospects

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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.

berkmanThe box: 1999 Team Best Baseball America‘s Top Prospects minor league cards
Where to buy: 
Check eBay

Packs per box: 18
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 109
Base set completion: 
97 of 100 (97 percent)
Duplicates: 6

Base cards of note – Rick Ankiel, Bronson Arroyo, Lance Berkman, Milton Bradley, Pat Burrell, Michael Cuddyer, Aubrey Huff, Chad Hutchinson, Carlos Lee, Mark Mulder, Corey Patterson, Carlos Pena, Brad Penny, Jayson Werth, Randy Wolf

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Buzz Break: 2000 Team Best Rookies minor league baseball cards

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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.

2000-team-best-andy-phillipsThe box: 2000 Team Best Rookies minor league cards
Where to buy: 
Check eBay

Packs per box: 18
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 108
Base set completion: 
95 of 225 (42 percent)
Duplicates: 6

Base cards of note – Ben Sheets, Pat Burrell, Josh Hamilton, Mark Mulder

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Buzz Break: 2000 Team Best Graded minor league baseball cards

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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.

2000-team-best-graded-setsThe box: 2000 Team Best Graded minor league cards
Where to buy:
Check eBay

Packs per box: 18 plus one graded card (Packs: six 1998 Team Best Top Prospects Signature Series, six 1999 Team Best Player of the Year, six 2000 Team Best Rookies)
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 109

1998 base set completion: 
27 of 50 (54 percent)
Duplicates: 6
1999 base set completion: 
24 of 50 (48 percent)
Duplicates: 7
2000 base set completion: 
33 of 225 (15 percent)
Duplicates: 1

Base cards of note (1998) – Rick Ankiel, Eric Chavez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell, Ruben Rivera, Jimmy Rollins, Vernon Wells

Base cards of note (1999) – Rick Ankiel, Josh Hamilton, Corey Patterson, Aaron Rowand, CC Sabathia, Jayson Werth

Base cards of note (2000) – John Lackey, Ben Sheets, Josh Hamilton, Barry Zito, Pat Burrell, Mark Mulder

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards

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What: 2017 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards
Arrives: May 24
Box basics: Two autographs and two Relics per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The stars down in the minor leagues get the big-league treatment in this hobby-only release that packs plenty of potential while also offering the unique color and feel of the game down on the farm.

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

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Without legend of Steve Dalkowski there might not be a Bull Durham … let alone thoughts of Bull Durham 2

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In an interview with Dan Patrick this week, Kevin Costner said he’d be opening to reprising the role of Crash Davis in Bull Durham 2 if creator Ron Shelton was open to the idea and could draft the next chapter in the story of big-screen players that have become minor-league baseball icons.

But there’s one cardboard icon in the real world who’s partly responsible for the creation of the 1988 film in the first place.

He’s Steve Dalkowski.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball (hobby box)

2016tpheritageminorbbFrom 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.

s-l1600-172The box: 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 18
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 139
Base set completion: 
120 of 200 (60 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Dansby Swanson, Ozzie Albies, Andrew Benintendi, Jose DeLeon, Daz Cameron, J.P. Crawford

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Gallery: 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball cards

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 arrived today for the guys down on the farm but the 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League set and its autograph checklist are loaded with some big-league talent thanks to a talented crop of newcomers.

And that means there are some good variations and autographs to chase.

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Topps Heritage Minor League checklist includes big-leaguer ink

2016-Topps-Heritage-Minor-League-Baseball-ArciaTopps Heritage arrived today for the big-leaguers, but it will be another week for the players down on the farm who appear on 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League cards.

But the good news is that the autograph checklist is loaded with some big-league talent thanks to a talented crop of newcomers and a set of former minor-leaguers who are now established in The Show.

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Futures Game standouts’ gamers hit market via MLB Auctions, including items from MVP Yoan Moncada

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The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game has come and gone, but a number of memorabilia pieces used by top stars in the showcase game are now on the auction block via MLB Auctions.

Among them are items used by game MVP Yoan Moncada, Alex Bregman, Dansby Swanson, Clint Frazier, Andrew Benintendi and Carson Fulmer to name a few.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)

2016tparchivesBBblasterFrom 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.

2016-Topps-Archives-auto-gallery-84The box: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 
74 of 300 (25 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Stephen Strasburg, George Brett, David Wright, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Eddie Mathews, Clayton Kershaw, Jose Bautista, Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., Jose Fernandez, Yasiel Puig, Frank Thomas, Hank Aaron, Willie McCovey, Billy Williams.

Rookie Cards (12) – Greg Bird, Henry Owens, Zach Lee, Brian Johnson, Miguel Sano, Kyle Waldrop, Colin Rea, Tom Murphy, Luis Severino, Frankie Montas, Raul Mondesi, Brandon Drury.

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Buzz-worthy Gallery: 2016 Topps Archives Bull Durham baseball cards

NukeLaLooshIt’s been nearly 30 years since the arrival of Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh and on Wednesday he gets his first baseball card in a fully licensed MLB release.

The set, of course, is 2016 Topps Archives and the star brought to life by Tim Robbins is just one of the Bull Durham cards to be found inside packs. In all, there will be nine certified autographs to chase and seven unsigned cards along with any parallels.

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

MazaraThe 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: Collecting MiLB gamers, big box breaks, X-Men: Apocalypse and WWE.

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Gallery: 2016 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards

2016-Topps-Pro-Debut-baseball-auto-relic-gallery-blowout-buzz-57They may not be big-leaguers just yet, but the look and feel of the cards found in 2016 Topps Pro Debut, which made it debut today, are MLB-caliber while also including things you definitely won’t see in the traditional baseball releases.

And that’s a good thing for collectors.

The Fragments of the Farm Relics once again bring unusual pieces to cardboard. Need evidence? See the card above.

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Need a 2016 Topps Pro Debut baseball card checklist? Get it here …

16_Topps Pro Debut Baseball-3The first Minor League Baseball set of the year from Topps arrives next week in the form of 2016 Topps Pro Debut, which will include two autographs and two Relics per box. 

There should be some surprises in store (based on our First Buzz preview from December) and some of that mystery disappeared on Wednesday with the release of the final checklist for the product.

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Gallery: New MiLB caps from New Era show creativity down on farm

Vermont-Lake-MonstersThe Minor League Baseball season is young, too, and New Era Caps has teased some new additions to its lineup that fans can see down on the farm if they’re watching the game’s future stars compete.

Without long-running histories and with the need for promotion and an injection of interest from time to time, the teams take risks in their designs with caps like those of the Vermont Lake Monsters (above).

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball cards

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What:
2016 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball cards
Arrives: Sept. 28
Box basics:
 One autograph and one Relic per 18-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The players and teams down on the farm take a trip back to 1967 with this release that includes a first for Topps’ Minor League Baseball license — on-card autographs.

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

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Glenn Hubbard’s famed 1984 Fleer card inspires bobblehead promotion

1984-Fleer-Glenn-HubbardIt’s one of the weirdest baseball card ever made for a long-time player who’s ultimately common-bin material, but it’s the inspiration for a minor-league bobblehead giveaway coming this summer.

It’s the 1984 Fleer Glenn Hubbard, No. 182 in the set, and it’s been getting big-league attention among the Intentional Talk crowd and goofy pre-spring headlines.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards

16_Topps Pro Debut Baseball-3What: 2016 Topps Pro Debut baseball cards
Arrives: May 25, 2016
Box basics: Two autographs and two Relics in every 24-pack hobby box

What’s buzz-worthy: Future stars, eccentric promo night uniforms and Fragments of the Farm Relics are back in the newest chapter of the ongoing Minor League Baseball card saga called Pro Debut.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Minor League Baseball’s career home run leader retires with more cardboard than you might expect

HessmanHe’s a real-life Crash Davis and just like the big-screen journeyman the career of former big-leaguer Mike Hessman is over.

If you don’t know Hessman, it’s OK — you’re probably like most of us. You might have one of his baseball cards long forgotten in a box somewhere — from back in the days when he was a rookie for the Atlanta Braves and a guy who finally got his shot after eight seasons in the minor leagues.

That was back in 2003, but he’s still in the news now.

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One Topps baseball card collector will become Durham Bull for a day

ProDebutFrontThe Durham Bulls‘ history books include Chipper Jones, Evan Longoria, David Price and even the likes of Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh and Crash Davis, but there’s another player you might know who could make their mark with the team this coming season.

You.

Thanks to Topps and the Make Your Pro Debut contest found in packs of the recently released 2016 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball cards, it could be you. No, really.

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Dansby Swanson & Brendan Rodgers are 2015 Topps Heritage Minor League Mystery Redemptions

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They’re new players and you may already have their new baseball cards but not even know it.

Topps announced on Thursday that top draft picks Dansby Swanson and Brendan Rodgers are the mystery redemptions found in packs of 2015 Topps Heritage Minor League, the set that takes today’s players down on the farm back to 1966.

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