First Buzz: 2017 Panini Prestige football cards

What: 2017 Panini Prestige football cards
Arrives: June 7
Box basics: Four autographed cards per four-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Prestige is back with an autograph in every pack, new looks at new rookies with their new teams noted and plenty of energy as we await a new NFL season on the field this fall but get a new season on cardboard.

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Trinity football cards

What: 2017 Leaf Trinity football cards
Arrives: May
Box basics: Five autographs per box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s all-hit three-tiered approach to draft pick football cards arrives soon with a mix of approaches and big names who’ll be in this year’s NFL Draft.

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Deshaun Watson autographs now available via Steiner Sports


Clemson’s NFL-bound national championship-winning quarterback will be signing for a new team before the NFL Draft.

That team is Steiner Sports, which has a number of Deshaun Watson autographed items available for pre-order now in advance of a signing later this month.

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First Buzz: 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football (retail details)


What: 2017 Panini Contenders Draft Picks football cards
Arrives: Mid-April
Box basics: Two autographs per seven-pack box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: We’ve got early word on what you should expect to find in blaster boxes of this one in advance of its hobby unveiling.

Keep reading for more info as well as some early images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 30)


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: Busting Bowman Draft, waiting on Topps Heritage, NFL Quarterback Challenge cards, rare Derek Jeter finds & much more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Elite Draft Picks college football cards


What: 2017 Elite Draft Picks college football cards
Arrives: March 15
Box basics: Five autographs per five-pack box (16 boxes per case).

What’s buzz-worthy: Elite comes to the college ranks with Panini America offering an autograph in every 15-card pack in a product that focuses on the stars of the college game from the past and offer a selection of 2017 draft pick hopefuls, too.

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Gallery: 2016 Panini Classics football cards

2016-panini-classics-football-auto-gallery-11Take a simple array of variation types to enhance a 1980s-inspired design for a checklist loaded with past, present and future greats and then add in some autographs, buybacks and other surprises for a bargain price and you get 2016 Panini Classics.

The retro-inspired modern release arrived today with an autograph in every 14-pack box and a memorabilia in every other box.

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Three newly drafted quarterbacks grace new Sports Illustrated covers in their NFL uniforms for first time

ChimQ1qW4AAmKWO.jpg-largeThe SI Cover Jinx is on. (Just kidding.)

Three notable quarterbacks taken in this year’s NFL Draft will be found in their new uniforms on the cover of this week’s Sports Illustrated in a series of solo covers.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 29)

Kenta-MaedaThe 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: 2016 Bowman, Kenta Maeda, the NFL Draft & no more Topps football cards … so now what?

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Real-time recap: Buzz’s take on 2016 NFL Draft picks’ cardboard potential


Jared Goff is your No. 1 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and Panini America has revealed his first football card online to be found on its Gridiron digital card app soon.

Buzz will add all players drafted to this thread as the first round goes on just so you can see them all in one spot on samples of their real cardboard already available.

Buzz also will offer his take on the player’s place, too, in a real-time recap.

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Panini ramps up signings before NFL Draft with NFLPA Rookie Debut

ChALU0xWgAE2ByEThis year’s NFL Draft begins tomorrow night in Chicago, but Panini America has been busy at work the last couple of days signing plenty of players.

And it didn’t even have to trade a single pick.

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Panini America readies exclusive cards for NFL Draft festivities

panini-america-2016-nfl-draft-derrick-henryWith the clock ticking down to this year’s edition of the NFL Draft, Panini America is readying its cardboard efforts made just for the event and the interactive sideshow that has become Draft Town.

The company has produced a 10-card set and a 5-by-7 set of three cards that also can be obtained at the event.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Trinity football cards

 2016 Leaf Trinity football cards
Arrives: Late May
Box basics: Five autographs per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf offers “the introduction of Clear technology autographed cards with the goal of improving the overall card grade quality for its customers” in this one while including the biggest autographs from players in the NFL Draft. It’s also the final Leaf draft picks release of the year.

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Gallery: 2016 Leaf Ultimate Draft football cards

2016-leaf-ultimate-draft-football-15What happens when you take some memorable baseball card designs of the early 1990s, add the latest crop of potential NFL players and autographs?

You get 2016 Leaf Ultimate Draft.

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Just look how far Tom Brady has come … and how bad the other 2000 NFL Draft quarterbacks were

TomBrady2000When Tom Brady takes the field against Peyton Manning today, the discussion about who’s the best will present itself for the umpteenth time.

Who’s No. 1? It’s a good argument on the field. It depends what you prefer — stats or rings. On cardboard, both are big, though Brady is definitely a pricier autograph simply because he doesn’t sign as much. Manning’s availability hurts values but helps collections. (Just like on the field, it’s a good debate of who’s better hobby-wise.)

Brady2000Rewind the clock back 16 years, though, and it was obvious who the star was between these two. Manning had been the No. 1 overall pick a couple years before and walked into the NFL a star on cardboard after his time at Tennessee. And Brady? He wasn’t even in the discussions. He was just this guy from Michigan. >>>>>

The former Wolverine was so off-the-radar that it took a few years for this image to become Internet fodder. Brady’s cards took a bit of time to take off, too, but once he took over as the Patriots’ starter in 2001, NFL history was changed — just like his cardboard.

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First Buzz: 2016 SAGE HIT Low Series football cards

2016sageWhat: 2016 SAGE HIT Low Series football cards
Arrives: Feb. 29
Box basics: 
10 autographs per 18-pack hobby box (16 boxes per case; five cards per pack)

What’s buzz-worthy: The first SAGE football card set of the year comes packing plenty of ink of notable college players and the NFL’s next wave of stars — with no redemptions.

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Alabama’s Derrick Henry heading to NFL — and already into collections

DerrickHenryHe may not end up being a top-10 pick, but he’ll definitely be a target of collectors.

Alabama junior running back Derrick Henry is headed to the NFL with a formal announcement to come on Friday. This comes on the heels of a Heisman-winning campaign where he led the Crimson Tide to a national championship and set single-season and career rushing records for the program.

Henry is rated as the second-best running back by ESPN behind Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott in a draft that, based on some projections, may not be super-stocked with collector-friendly offensive players (QBs, RBs, WRs) among the first-rounders.

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