Buzz Poll: Do Ezekiel Elliott’s off-field issues worry you as a collector?

Ezekiel Elliott was a force as a rookie last season for the Dallas Cowboys, coming up just short of the NFL rookie rushing record but he might as well have gotten it based on cardboard standards.

His 1,631 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns, along with success for his team that firmly put it back in the national spotlight, were highlights that sold some cards and then some. But fast-forward to today and the Rookie of the Year allegedly was entangled in some type of bar fight Sunday while already being investigated for domestic violence.

We’ve been there, done that like this before — many players have had many issues, this is nothing new — but not many of them have lit up the hobby as a rookie like Elliott did last season.

That leads to questions about cardboard …

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Have you seen the asking prices on Ezekiel Elliott 2016 Donruss Optic redemptions on Day 1?


They’re already signed and ready to be sent out by Panini America … but here’s a question for you.

Have you seen the asking prices on Ezekiel Elliott‘s 2016 Donruss Optic redemptions?

They’re hefty. And … that one’s not alone.

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Buzz Break Battle: 2015 Panini Alabama football vs. 2015 Panini Ohio State football (blaster boxes)

ohiostate-alabamaFrom 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

The boxes: 2015 Panini Alabama Crimson Tide football cards vs. 2015 Panini Ohio State Buckeyes football cards (blaster boxes)
Where to buy: 
Check Panini’s webstore for NCAA cards from 2015-16.

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 63 of 80 (79 percent)
Duplicates: 12

Notables on base cards – Big Al, DeMeco Ryans, Eddie Lacy, Latrell Sprewell, Joe Namath, John Hannah, Julio Jones, Mo Williams, Mark Ingram, Robert Horry, Ozzie Newsome, A.J. McCarron, Amari Cooper, Antonio McDyess

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 80
Base set completion: 49 of 49 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 27

Notables on base cards – Brutus Buckeye, D’Angelo Russell, Cris Carter, Evan Turner, James Laurinaitis, Jim Jackson, Paul Warfield, Rutherford B. Hayes, Ted Ginn Jr., A.J. Hawk

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Gallery: 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks autographs

When Panini America‘s newest football card year kicks off with 2016 Panini Contenders Draft Picks next week, collectors will find five autographs per hobby box and plenty of talent primed for the NFL Draft all in their familiar school colors.

That means plenty of talents from the reigning national champion Alabama Crimson Tide, the top stars from The Ohio State University Buckeyes and plenty of other guys who we’ll see donning NFL caps and holding jerseys alongside Roger Goodell soon.

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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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Buzz Poll: Alabama’s Derrick Henry or Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott — which superstar will you collect?


Two of the top Heisman Trophy candidates this year already have cardboard and certified autographs thanks to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl sets from Leaf Trading Cards.

Alabama junior Derrick Henry set the Crimson Tide’s single-season rushing record in a dominating 271-yard, 46-carry day against the rival Auburn Tigers on Saturday. Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott also put up a dominating 214-yard day with a pair of touchdowns in a rout of the rival Michigan Wolverines.

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