Nikita Kucherov autographs remain tough, hot with Tampa Bay Lightning on verge of Stanley Cup Final

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If you’re a long-time reader of The Buzz, then you already know what makes Nikita Kucherov a bit of a hobby anomaly these days, but now that his Tampa Bay Lightning are a win away from a Stanley Cup Final appearance his trivia is even more important.

He’s one of those players who didn’t have a signed Rookie Card — or at least something — signed and available shortly after he hit the ice. Collectors had to wait for packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Buybacks to find his rookie ink, though he’s appeared in a handful of releases since that one. In all, he appears on just 16 different autographed cards right now.

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First Buzz: 2015-16 Absolute basketball cards

15-16_Absolute_TimberwolvesWhat: 2015-16 Absolute basketball cards
Arrives: Dec. 16
Hobby box basics: Four packs per box — one autograph or memorabilia card per pack (five cards per pack, 10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Absolute returns to the basketball court after two seasons on the bench and is back with a suggested retail price of only $25 a pack as well as a focus on rookies that “will quench your thirst,” according to the company.

See a gallery and more … below.

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Everybody missed out on Nikita Kucherov autos in his rookie year — but now you can find them

Nikita-Kucherov2015-16-UpperDeck-BuybacksNikita Kucherov might be a bit of a hobby anomaly these days as one of those players who didn’t have a signed Rookie Card — or at least something — signed and available shortly after he hit the ice.

But now, two seasons after his debut and a season after he scored 65 points and earned his first All-Star nod, he finally has signed RCs — his only certified autographs — that can be found in packs of 2015-16 Upper Deck Buybacks.

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