Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2012 Leaf Pete Rose The Living Legend 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 Leaf Pete Rose The Living Legend baseball cards
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What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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MLB dominator Roy Halladay dies in plane crash at age 40

One of baseball’s most-dominant pitchers of the 2000s has died.

Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young award-winner in a 16-season career with the Toronto Blue Jays and the Philadelphia Phillies, died Tuesday afternoon when a plane he was flying crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. He was 40 years old.

The right-hander from Arvada, Colo., was the 17th pick in the 1995 MLB Draft by Toronto and made his big-league debut three years later. He went 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA and 2,117 strikeouts in his career.

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Rhys Hoskins’ first game-used memorabilia cards hit in new Topps Now MLB Players Weekend set

MLB Players Weekend has come and gone, but the colorful nickname uniforms can now be found in a new batch of Topps Now cards.

And it’s an assortment that includes the first game-used memorabilia cards for the Philadelphia Phillies’ hard-hitting rookie Rhys Hoskins.

These are being sold more like they’re in pack form as the standard cards and all five of their parallels are up for grabs for one price for each of six players.

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Rhys Hoskins’ powerful arrival sparks big interest in his few baseball cards

There’s a new hard-hitting powerful rookie in MLB this season but you’ll have to wait for his first Rookie Cards and battle if you have your sights on his few certified autographs.

His name is Rhys Hoskins and he’s a member of the Philadelphia Phillies — and he’s got a record 11 home runs in his first 18 games. That’s an MLB record for a hot start as well as a team rookie record for the month — with a few games to go. He’s also homered in his last five games, adding to the attention that comes with such a torrid pace.

Now, about that cardboard?

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MLB hit king Pete Rose is newest Panini VIP Party guest

The Panini VIP Party has added a Diamond King to the roster.

Panini America revealed the seventh guest for its upcoming exclusive event set for Saturday night and it’s MLB hit King Pete Rose, who was revealed by the company just minutes ago.

The event coincides with the National Sports Collectors Convention, which is under way in Chicago and runs through Sunday.

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Gallery: 2017 MLB spring training & batting practice caps from New Era


A new baseball season is nearly here with the first spring training games set to air later this month and that’s when we’ll see the newest players on their new teams.

And many of them will be wearing new uniforms — well, at least new caps.

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Topps signs Mickey Moniak to exclusive autograph & card deal


The No. 1 pick has a new — and exclusive — home.

Topps revealed on Wednesday that it has signed Philadelphia Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak to an exclusive deal for his cards and memorabilia. This also means his autographs will only be found in upcoming Topps products and Bowman lines such as 2016 Bowman Draft. He’ll also appear in 2016 Bowman’s Best.

“As the top overall pick of this year’s MLB Draft, we’re ecstatic to have Mickey headlining our 2016 Bowman Draft release,” said Bowman brand manager Zvee Geffen. “The Bowman brands are home to the game’s future stars and, as Mickey certainly fits that billing, he epitomizes the best of our brand.”

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Strata baseball cards

16ttpstrataBBFrom 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 box: 2016 Topps Strata baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 2
Cards in this box: 2
Base (autograph) set completion: 
1 of 35 (3 percent)
Duplicates: 0

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No. 1 draft pick Mickey Moniak signs with Phillies — and gets first baseball card via Topps Now


June 22 Update: The card sold 2,763 copies.

The No. 1 overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft signed his first professional contract with the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday.

Today he has his first baseball card.

Mickey Moniak is among five players who have Topps Now baseball cards available now — but only for 24 hours — via

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It’s a dirty job, but MLB will do it …

RedSox2013It’s a dirty job, but MLB‘s got to do it.

Fans of World Series teams and All-Star Game hosts in recent years can remember their big events with game-used dirt jars that can be found via buy-it-now listings MLB Auctions.

Sure, they are novelty items — but for casual collectors these small items will stand out as something both unique and affordable.

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Are you buying the return of the Rally Squirrel in 2015 Topps Update?


The Rally Squirrel returns as a Philadelphia Phillies squad member on this photo variation card found in packs of 2015 Topps Update, which arrived last week.

While this year’s appearance comes as one of the 25 photo variations in the product, it’s clearly not as hot as the original Rally Squirrel who led the St. Louis Cardinals to a World Series title in 2011 (after an appearance in Philly) and before a Topps card in 2012. This year’s card properly identifies the rowdy rodent — its name is on the front, not a player — and it’s sold for as much as $40 in eBay auctions.

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