Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Fire baseball cards (collector’s 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 Fire baseball cards (collector’s box)
Where to buy: 
Initially only at Target ($69.99)

Packs per box: 20
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 120
Base set completion: 
98 of 200 (49 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Bryce Harper, Chipper Jones, Anthony Rizzo, Corey Seager, Ken Griffey Jr., Fergie Jenkins, Derek Jeter, Greg Maddux, Dave Winfield, Eddie Mathews, Warren Spahn, Ted Williams, Manny Machado, Carl Yastrzemski, Nolan Ryan, Mike Piazza, Kris Bryant, Andre Dawson, Jose Canseco, Pedro Martinez, Cal Ripken Jr.

Rookie Cards (25) – Cody Bellinger, Andrew Benintendi, Matt Olson, Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman, Ian Happ, Ryon Healy, Lewis Brinson, Rob Zastryzny, Joe Musgrove, Hunter Dozier, Luke Weaver, Yulieski Gurriel, Orlando Arcia, Jake Thompson, Carson Fulmer, Braden Shipley, Jose DeLeon, Raimel Tapia, Seth Lugo, Jorge Alfaro, Gavin Cecchini, Renato Nunez, Hunter Renfroe, Tyler Glasnow

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Buzz Break: 2011 TRISTAR Obak baseball cards (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: 2011 TRISTAR Obak cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24 (plus one jumbo T4 box-topper)
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 144
Base set completion: 
103 of 110 (94 percent)
Duplicates: 7

Notables on base cards – Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Trout, Nolan Ryan, Josh Gibson, Andre Dawson, High Jennings, “Old Hoss” Radbourn, Hack Wilson, Jack Chesbro, Pete Gray, Ernie Harwell, Kennesaw Mountain Landis, Cap Anson, Johnny Vandermeer, Paul Goldschmidt, Gary Sanchez, Will Clark, “Cool Papa” Bell, George H.W. Bush, Whitey Ford, Hank Greenberg, Stan Musial

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Heritage High Number MLB cards (Hot 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 Heritage High Number baseball cards (hobby Hot Box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24 (plus one box-topper)
Cards per pack: 9
Cards in this box: 220
Base set completion: 
168 of 200 (84 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Short-prints (Nos. 701-725) (8) – Dylan Bundy, Carlos Martinez, Pablo Sandoval, Greg Holland, Edwin Diaz, Jared Hughes, Alex Cobb, Michael Pineda

Notables on base cards – Cody Bellinger, Matt Olson, Ian Happ, Aroldis Chapman

Rookie Cards – Cody Bellinger, Pierce Johnson, Christian Arroyo, Amir Garrett, Jesse Winker, Gift Ngoepe, Carlos Asuaje, Antonio Senzatela, Josh Smoker, Reynaldo Lopez, Andrew Toles, Rob Zastryzny, Rob Segedin, Phil Ervin, Mauricio Cabrera, Gabriel Ynoa, Jesus Aguilar, Jorge Bonifacio, Stephen Cardullo, Joe Jimenez, Koda Glover, Allen Cordoba, J.T. Riddle, Rafael Bautista, Bruce Maxwell, Daniel Robertson, Renato Nunez, Dovydas Neverauskas, Matt Carasiti, Dan Vogelbach, Chad Pinder, Seth Lugo, Jorge Alfaro, Jose DeLeon, Jarlin Garcia, Chih-Wei Hu, Jordan Montgomery, Jeff Hoffman, Teoscar Hernandez, Ian Happ, Kyle Freeland, Magneuris Sierra, Mitch Haniger, Matt Olson, German Marquez, Anthony Alford, Jose Osuna, Pat Valaika, T.J. Rivera

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Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster 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 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 30
Base set completion: 
13 of 100 (13 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Nolan Ryan, Buster Posey, Mookie Betts, Duke Snider, Manny Machado, Chris Sale, Francisco Lindor

Rookie Cards (3) – Dansby Swanson, Mitch Haniger, Reynaldo Lopez

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2012 Panini Cooperstown Extra Innings baseball box (Hour 11)

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 11.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2012 Panini Cooperstown Extra Innings baseball cards
The cost: 
$40 (packs here when available)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2008 Donruss Threads Baseball hobby box (Hour 2)

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 2.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2008 Donruss Threads Baseball
The cost: 
$79

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Q sports cards

What: 2017 Leaf Q sports cards
Arrives: Late October/early November
Box basics: Five autograph or memorabilia cards per box (four boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf Q returns with what it says “may be the single greatest effort in the history of multi-sport trading card releases” in the form of “the industry’s most-comprehensive high-end multi-sport product.”

Keep reading for more and a full gallery of images.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter hobby box (Hour 3)

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 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter (hobby)
The cost: BlowoutCards.com

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter X baseball cards (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 Allen & Ginter X baseball cards
Where to buy:
Initially via Topps.com (BlowoutCards.com for hobby A&G)

Packs per box: 18
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 142
Base set completion: 
113 of 300 (38 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Bryce Harper, Ken Griffey Jr., Clayton Kershaw, Laurie Hernandez, Babe Ruth, Roger Maris, Albert Pujols, Mookie Betts, Corey Seager, Ryne Sandberg, Chipper Jones, Yu Darvish, Trevor Story, Ken Rosenthal, Gary Sanchez, Kris Bryant, Nolan Ryan, Don Mattingly, Stephen A. Smith

Rookie Cards (18) – Aaron Judge, Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman, Yoan Moncada, Andrew Benintendi, Tyler Glasnow, Matt Olson, Antonio Senzatela, Jharel Cotton, Jesse Winker, Yulieski Gurriel, Hunter Renfroe, Renato Nunez, Alex Reyes, Jose DeLeon, David Dahl, Jake Thompson, Ty Blach (SP)

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (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 Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 25 (24 standard packs plus box-topper)
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 194
Base set completion: 
128 of 300 (43 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Ty Cobb, Ted Williams, Ichiro Suzuki, Buster Posey, Johnny Bench, Nolan Ryan, Hank Aaron, Ken Rosenthal, Krazy George, Ken Griffey Jr., Babe Ruth, Frank Thomas, Dave Winfield, Derek Jeter, Roger Maris, Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber, Mike Piazza, Don Mattingly, Laurie Hernandez, Cal Ripken Jr., Ernie Banks, Jose Canseco, Nick Jonas, William Shatner

Rookie Cards (18) – Teoscar Hernandez, JaCoby Jones, Jesse Winker, Robert Gsellman, Matt Olson, Ryon Healy, Antonio Senzatela, Chad Pinder, Alex Reyes, Yulieski Gurriel, Hunter Renfroe, Jharel Cotton, Tyler Glasnow, Luke Weaver, Gavin Cecchini, Carson Fulmer, Seth Lugo (SP), Dan Vogelbach (SP)

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Autographed Jersey Multi-sport Edition


What:
2017 Leaf Autographed Jersey Multi-sport Edition
Arrives: October/November
Box basics: One autographed custom jersey per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf expands the collecting landscape for its newest autographed-jersey-in-a-box release with this one that includes tough autographs from some of the biggest stars in sports history … like Andre The Giant.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2007 UD SP Legendary Cuts MLB box (Hour 2)

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 2.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2007 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts baseball cards
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Stadium Club baseball cards (blaster 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 Stadium Club baseball cards (blaster)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 40
Base set completion: 
32 of 300 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Sandy Koufax, Francisco Lindor, Evan Longoria, Cal Ripken Jr., Greg Maddux, Johnny Bench, Gary Sanchez, Tim Raines, Ryne Sandberg, Nolan Ryan, Addison Russell

Rookie Cards (2) – Orlando Arcia, Kyle Zimmer (no logo)

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Topps’ National VIP promo cards will take collectors back to 1987

Collectors who opt for the VIP pass to enter this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention will, at least one way, feel like it’s 1987 all over again.

That’s because of Topps‘ promo cards.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1992 Upper Deck MLB jumbo box (Hour 12)

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 our finale.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1992 Upper Deck baseball cards (jumbo box)
The cost now: 
$9.99
The cost then: $43.80 ($2.19 per pack … printed on every pack)

What was found inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1993 Upper Deck Series 2 MLB jumbo (Hour 9)

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 9.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1993 Upper Deck Series 2 baseball cards (jumbo box)
The cost now: 
$19.99
The cost then: $55.80 ($2.79 per pack … printed on every pack)

What was found inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Donruss baseball blaster box (Hour 8)

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 8.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Donruss baseball blaster
The cost: 
$19.99 (get hobby here)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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

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Do you like Buzz Breaks? We recently launched 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours. This is a faster break in that style — but not the launching of a new 12 in 12. We’ll have another marathon this coming week. (Click the logo below to see the previous posts in the series.)

The box:
2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (blaster box)
The cost: 
$14.99 (originally $19.99)

What’s inside this box? Keep reading …

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps Heritage High Number baseball cards


What:
 2017 Topps Heritage High Number baseball cards
Arrives: Aug. 16
Box basics: One autograph or Relic per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)
Final checklist: click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: The burlap is back for another run this year as Topps revisits 1968 for an update edition of Heritage with much of the same formula that has made it a hobby staple for the last 16 years.

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

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Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss baseball cards (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 Donruss baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
128 of 195 (66 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Short-prints (Nos. 1-45; Diamond Kings & Rated Rookies) (9) –  Paul Goldschmidt, Jackie Bradley Jr., Christian Yelich, Noah Syndergaard, Maikel Franco, Madison Bumgarner, Dansby Swanson, Tyler Glasnow, Aaron Judge

Notables on base cards – Manny Machado, Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, Francisco Lindor, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Correa, Albert Pujols, Corey Seager, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Bryce Harper, Cal Ripken Jr., Johnny Bench, Kirby Puckett, Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose

>>> For a variation gallery, click here
>>> For a checklist & general gallery, click here

Rookie Cards (3) – Dansby Swanson, Tyler Glasnow, Aaron Judge

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Topps reveals new autograph inclusions for 2017 Topps Tribute

There will be some new features in 2017 Topps Tribute when it arrives later this month and chief among them will be some new autographs that weren’t available back in September when this one was announced.

The biggest one? Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who signed with the company in November. His ink will be found in Tribute Autographs and the Generations of Excellence Autographs sets.

What else is in play? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1990 Leaf Series 2 MLB wax pack (Hour 12)

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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 … and this is the final post of this first run.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1990 Leaf Series 2 wax pack
The cost now: 
$2.50
The cost then: 89 cents (That’s the suggested retail price … but who paid that back then?)

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1984 Topps baseball cello pack (Hour 7)

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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 … and this is Hour 7.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1984 Topps baseball cello pack
The cost now: 
$4
The cost then: 49 cents

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 19)

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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: Trading Cards artwork, vintage cards, collecting Canseco & more.

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Are you ready to chase variations in 2017 Topps Heritage? Here’s a potential checklist primer from ’68

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The annual trip back in time on baseball cards is nearly here as 2017 Topps Heritage arrives on March 1 with a new look at the famed (or is it infamous?) burlap design of 1968 Topps.

Part of that package are variations that are based on errors and variations from the original set that it seeks to replicate (at least in part) with players of today.

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New Hall of Famers usher in 2017 Topps #TBT + ongoing gallery

A new year of Topps #TBT is here and it’s bringing to us the newest Hall of Fame class and a few other stars of yesteryear all on a design from the past.

Tim Raines, Ivan Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell are paired with one other Hall of Famer from their primary franchise’s past to round out the first pack in a weekly series.

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Rare Kris Bryant autos, party passes, sketches & cuts command cash from Topps’ historic Transcendent release

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With 52 autographs in every box — as well as a posh party invitation — it doesn’t take a lot to see the dollar signs inside each $25,000 box of 2016 Topps Transcendent Collection baseball cards.

s-l1600-3Those invites alone get a good chunk of change back (details here) and each case’s 1/1 Kris Bryant autograph using one of the 65 historic Topps designs commands some, too. Those cards have sold for as much as $2,182 on eBay (so far) and all seven sold have gone for at least $1,000.

Meanwhile, the asking or bid prices in current auctions are over the $1,000 mark in all but one instance and range as high as $7,250 for those in the historic set.

But the priciest find found inside one of those 65 silver briefcases? It’s much more impressive.

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First Buzz: 2016 Historic Autographs Originals baseball — The 1970s

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What:
 2016 Historic Autographs Originals baseball — The 1970s
Arrives: Oct. 26
Box basics: Four PSA/DNA authenticated autograph card displays per box (10 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Historic Autographs revisits the 1970s with a new product that will be limited to just 400 total boxes with some surprises from that decade.

See a gallery and more … below.

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Buzz Break: 2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions (blaster box)

2013udgoodwinchampionsBBblasterFrom 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: 2013 Upper Deck Goodwin Champions (blaster box)
lamonicaWhere to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 36
Base set completion: 
36 of 150 (24 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Danica Patrick, Dan Marino, Nolan Ryan, John Elway, Larry Bird, Rory McIlroy, Natalie Gulbis

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Series 2 baseball cards (hobby box)

2016tpser2BBjumboFrom 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: 2016 Topps Series 2 baseball cards (hobby box)
HeywardWhere to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 360
Base set completion: 
321 of 350 (92 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Stephen Strasburg, Prince Fielder, Yoenis Cespedes, Albert Pujols, David Price, David Ortiz, Francisco Lindor, Madison Bumgarner, Ichiro Suzuki, Steven Matz, Alex Rodriguez, Addison Russell, Yu Darvish, Byron Buxton.

Rookie Cards (44) – Notables include Adam Duvall, Kenta Maeda, Max Kepler, Raul Mondesi.

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

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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.

The box: 2016 Topps Archives baseball cards (hobby box)
2016-Topps-Archives-auto-gallery-98Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
175 of 300 (58 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Buster Posey, Albert Pujols, Satchel Paige, Carl Yastrzemski, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Trout, Stan Musial, Bryce Harper, Madison Bumgarner, Kris Bryant, Ted Williams, Carlos Correa, Stephen Strasburg, George Brett, Willie Mays, Sandy Koufax, Eddie Mathews, Clayton Kershaw, Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., Hank Aaron.

Rookie Cards (25) – Kaleb Cowart, Corey Seager, Michael Conforto, Miguel Sano, Colin Rea, Kyle Waldrop, Zack Godley, Jose Peraza, Trea Turner, Henry Owens, Zach Lee, Matt Reynolds, Mac Williamson, Jorge Lopez, Kyle Schwarber, Ketel Marte, Miguel Almonte, Aaron Nola, Brandon Drury, Peter O’Brien, Raul Mondesi, Travis Jankowski, Jon Gray, Socrates Brito, Gary Sanchez.

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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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Pondering what’s possible in a 1973 Topps baseball group break — and you can win one of five free spots

1973-Topps-boxWhat you see here is a 1973 Topps wax box — 24 packs of 10 cards — with cards inside just as they were wrapped in wax paper more than 40 years ago.

blowoutTVlogo09They’ll all see the light of day soon as part of an upcoming BlowoutTV group break, which will give collectors a shot at high-grade copies of Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt‘s Rookie Card along with RCs of Rich “Goose” Gossage, Dwight Evans, Davey Lopes and Bob Boone. (Oh, and keep reading to see how you can get in on a free spot in the break …)

And then, of course, there are cards of Hall of Famers and notables such as Hank Aaron, Nolan Ryan, Brooks Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Al Kaline, Willie Mays, Pete Rose, Thurman Munson, Reggie Jackson, Harmon Killebrew, Joe Morgan and many more. Perfect specimens aren’t a given with the printing, cutting and packaging of the past, but a box like this one can yield plenty of high-dollar cards in PSA 9 and 10 form. (And some strong cards in lesser grades.)

But the real power in this one beyond the Hall of Famers? The potential for PSA 10 commons — cards that are often overlooked raw but can command insane amounts when PSA Registry collectors chase a set in high grade. How about $739.76 for a PSA 10 Bobby Murcer?

There’s some Power of the Pinstripes in play there, but that card is not alone.

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Monica Abbott’s softball dominance hasn’t spawned much cardboard

Monica-Abbott-1Most collectors may not know Monica Abbott‘s name, but if you’re a fan of softball you certainly do.

She was dominant at the University of Tennessee where she set NCAA records for strikeouts (2,440), shutouts (112) and victories (189) — and she also had 23 no-hitters and six perfect games. She was a member of the 2008 Olympic squad that won silver and she threw the Olympics’ first perfect game.

But today she reached a new plateau in the world of sports.

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May the Fourth can be with you — even if you’re a baseball fan

2016-Topps-Star-Wars-Tribute-1It’s the fourth day of May and, of course, that’s got a Star Wars tie. (If you don’t get it, you probably haven’t seen the movies.)

As part of this holiday of sorts Topps has created the 2016 Topps Star Wars Tribute baseball set — a series of prints and jumbo cards in the style of the memorable early Star Wars stickers made by the company way back in 1977.

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