First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Trinity baseball cards

What: 2017 Leaf Trinity baseball cards
Arrives: January
Box basics: Six autographed cards per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This one returns with what Leaf says is the “strongest checklist in Trinity baseball history” with new draft picks and notable prospects that the company says will be “chasing the face of professional baseball for years to come.”

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery.

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First Buzz: 2017 Elite Extra Edition baseball cards

What: 2017 Elite Extra Edition baseball cards
Arrives: Dec. 6
Box basics: One autographed Future Threads Silhouette, six-to-seven autographs and two-to-three memorabilia cards per five-pack box (20 boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Elite once again arrives with a heavy emphasis on the hits and with case cards that are limited to no more than 999 copies with 10 parallels apiece.

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

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Valiant baseball cards

What: 2017 Leaf Valiant baseball cards
Arrives: November/December
Box basics: Four autographs and one graded autograph card per box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Valiant returns with a slabbed card in every box and just autographs from some of baseball’s biggest young names.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks baseball cards

2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks baseball cards
Arrives: Oct. 4
Box basics:  Six autographs per six-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini brings Contenders back to the baseball field with an autograph in every pack and a ton of past and future MLB stars all wearing their school colors.

Keep reading for more info and a full gallery of images released so far.

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Need cards of your team’s first-round draft pick? They exist thanks to USA Baseball & Perfect Game

If you want the newest baseball cards of the newest MLB draft picks, then you should probably pick up a box of 2017 Panini Stars & Stripes USA Baseball cards.


USA Baseball sets from Panini America are among your best bets for finding players taken in the MLB Draft — 16 of the 30 first-rounders last night were USA alums — and you’ll find No. 1 draft pick Royce Lewis inside this year’s boxes along with No. 2 pick Hunter Greene and many others.

Thanks to other past USA releases and Perfect Game products from Leaf Trading Cards, just five of this year’s first-rounders don’t appear on officially licensed cardboard from a major manufacturer. (One of those five has a collegiate team-issued card … so there’s something official for fans to chase.)

Buzz recapped the draft in real time last night on Twitter and here are those images and a bit more — keep reading for a rundown of basics on the entire first round.

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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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Your new can’t-miss high school star has a Sports Illustrated cover … and plenty of baseball cards already

Your new can’t-miss high school star to collect is here … at least according to Sports Illustrated.

First, take a second and read the blurbs. Then go read his story.

Now, Buzz is here to let you know that Hunter Greene already has baseball cards and certified autographs that can be found in packs or added to your collection now. Heck, he’s already been on cardboard so long that you just might already have his cards in your stash … and not even know it.


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Houston Astros will start top prospect Alex Bregman on Monday

2016-bowman-chrome-green-alex-bregmanOne of baseball’s top prospects is getting the call on Monday.

The Houston Astros will call up former LSU star Alex Bregman after a solid second season in the minor leagues where he’s hit .306 with 20 homers and 61 RBI in 80 games between Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Fresno.

“We feel like this is a good time to add him to a good team,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch told the Houston Chronicle. “We’re rolling along pretty well. He doesn’t have to come up here and be anything but himself and contribute at a couple different positions.”

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No. 1 draft pick Mickey Moniak signs with Phillies — and gets first baseball card via Topps Now


June 22 Update: The card sold 2,763 copies.

The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft signed his first professional contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

Today he has his first baseball card.

Mickey Moniak is among five players who have Topps Now baseball cards available now — but only for 24 hours — via

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Potential No. 1 pick A.J. Puk appears on plenty of cards before MLB Draft

AJ-Puk-USA-1With the MLB Draft set for Thursday night, we’ll soon have a new crop of prospects attached to their professional teams and new players that collectors can now focus upon.

Thanks to various high school all-star sets and USA Baseball releases from Panini America, many of the players who’ll be tabbed for future greatness already have cardboard.

That includes potential No. 1 overall pick A.J. Puk, a 6-foot-7 left-handed pitcher for the Florida Gators who was previously drafted in the 35th round by the Detroit Tigers out of high school back in 2013.

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Nov. 12)

15_NT_MultiSport_DansbySwansonThe 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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