Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1994-95 Signature Rookies Kro-Max basketball box (Hour 6)

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 6.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1994-95 Signature Rookies Kro-Max basketball
The cost now: 
The cost then: $180 ($5 per pack?!?!)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz-worthy Bargain Break: 2016-17 Panini National Treasures College Basketball

If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices this weekend and for the next week or so over on the mothership and they were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of them.

So much so here’s another of a few “picks” to come in the next few days.

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First Buzz: 2017-18 Panini Contenders Draft Picks basketball cards (early retail details)

What: 2017-18 Panini Contenders Draft Picks basketball cards
Arrives: Aug. 30
Box basics: One autograph per blaster box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: We’ve got early word on some of the retail inclusions to come in Panini America’s first 2017-18 basketball product — one that focuses on the college ranks and NBA hopefuls in advance of a new season.

Keep reading for more info.

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First Buzz: 2016 Panini Black Gold Collegiate basketball cards

 2016 Panini Black Gold Collegiate basketball cards
Arrives: Oct. 19
Box basics: Two or three autographs and two memorabilia cards per two-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The revamping of Black Gold Collegiate from a multi-sport brand to single sports continues here with the stars of the hardwood getting their due in this basketball-only release.

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Women’s basketball loses an icon as Pat Summitt dies at age 64

Pat-SummittWhen it comes to women’s basketball, there’s one name that should come to mind first — the long-time coach of the Tennessee Lady Vols, Pat Summitt. She died Tuesday at age 64.

The Hall of Famer won more Division I games than any other coach — and her wins record still stands on the women’s side. She ended her career with 1,038 wins in 38 seasons along with eight national championships, 18 Final Four appearances and 16 SEC championships.

“She truly is a global icon who transcended sports and spent her entire life making a difference in other peoples’ lives,” UT Athletic Director Dave Hart said in a statement. “She was a genuine, humble leader who focused on helping people achieve more than they thought they were capable of accomplishing. Pat was so much more than a Hall of Fame coach; she was a mother, mentor, leader, friend, humanitarian and inspiration to so many. Her legacy will live on through the countless people she touched throughout her career.”

And when it comes to cardboard, there aren’t a lot of options for collectors.

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Panini reveals short-printed variations in 2015-16 Gold Standard

panini-america-2015-16-gold-standard-team-variations-pete-maravich1Base cards are becoming less and less of a find in high-end brands but Panini America has helped keep them on the minds of basketball collectors this year with photo variations in 2015-16 Panini Gold Standard.

And the company has disclosed which variations are the toughest pulls from the high-end product.

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