Potomac Nationals baseball card set can only be completed with visit to BlowoutCards-The Fantastic Store

The 40-year history of the Potomac Nationals includes some of the biggest names in the history of baseball — and the team has the baseball cards coming to prove it as part of a stadium giveaway.

Bryce Harper, Barry Bonds, Albert Pujols, Jorge Posada and Andy Pettitte are just some of the players who have suited up for the franchise that is now the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals. All of those stars and more will be found in the 2017 Potomac Nationals’ 40th Anniversary Team card set honoring them all to be given away at a game later this month.

And it’s only at BlowoutCards-The Fantastic Store where that set can be completed.

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Willie Stargell auction includes prime pieces from Pops’ career

It’s been more than 16 years since the baseball world lost “Pops,” aka Hall of Famer Willie Stargell, at age 61.

During a lengthy big-league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was a World Series champ, a National League MVP and even Sports Illustrated‘s Man of the Year — and all those awards and more are up for grabs via SCP Auctions right now.

And there are even some impressive yet unusual items that some baseball fans might not even know about also available in the sale.

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SCP Auctions readies for sale of ‘original Wagner’ later this month

Update (June 11): This card sold for $609,294 at auction.

A low-grade Honus Wagner T206 baseball card with a lengthy lineage in the hobby is hitting the auction block as part of a meaty collection of vintage cardboard.

The J. Ross Greene Collection will be handled by SCP Auctions later this month and it includes “a lifetime accumulation of cards and memorabilia honoring diamond and gridiron greats from the turn of the century to the modern era” and “boasts more than 100,000 pre-war and post-war baseball and football cards” with many of them in runs of complete sets.

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Gift Ngoepe has MLB-approved baseball cards before historic debut

No matter what he does, Gift Ngoepe‘s first play for the Pittsburgh Pirates will be a historic one.

The team called him up on Wednesday — after nine seasons in the minors — making him the first MLB player born in Africa. You know, the entire continent.

And thanks to the World Baseball Classic and Topps he’s already got a modest amount of MLB-approved cardboard for collectors to chase.

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Topps Now spring training cards aren’t just found in team sets (ongoing gallery)

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Topps isn’t limiting Topps Now to spring training team sets this season.

The real-time baseball card platform launched its 2017 Topps Now Spring Training MLB set on Monday with a single card of Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Tyler Glasnow, who racked up six strikeouts in two innings on Sunday.

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

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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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Goldin Auctions to once again sell high-grade Honus Wagner card that previously went for $2.1 million

bf552003-7fd6-43d0-9419-00a0f165c854A big baseball card is heading to the auction block once again.

A PSA 5 (MC) copy of the 1909 T206 Honus Wagner — the most-valuable baseball card of all time — is headed back to the auction block this fall via Goldin Auctions. The Runnemede, N.J.-based company announced the news on Thursday, noting that it will be up for grabs in its “Great American Trading Card Auction” in September after it goes on display at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

“Serious collectors understand that every time a card like this is offered for auction, it may be the last time for a long time,” said Ken Goldin, the founder of the auction house. “The excitement that the auction of a T206 Wagner generates, coupled with the current booming market for high-grade trading cards, creates the perfect storm for establishing a new standard for sports memorabilia.”

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Barry Bonds adds autographed memorabilia to his official website — and much of it sells out instantly

BBUNSMUIHAWG0001_02_1024x1024Maybe the MLB Home Run King doesn’t know his market all these years later.

Barry Bonds offered a number of team-issued memorabilia pieces on his website on Tuesday afternoon — a number of travel bags and a couple of warm-ups and a jersey — and nearly all of the autographed items were gone in minutes.

Why?

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Just $25 can get you an autograph of Barry Bonds? Apparently so — and it’s straight from Bonds himself

bbball2-shopify_1024x1024Nobody in the history of Major League Baseball hit more home runs than Barry Bonds and that means his autograph will always be in demand to some degree.

If you’re like many collectors, you may not have a Bonds auto in your stash, but there’s one way to land one without a lot of work — and without a boatload of cash.

You can get one straight from Bonds himself.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 27)

2016-bowman-baseball-7The 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, Andrew McCutchen, Jose Berrios & Superfractors.

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In the Now: 2016 Topps Now baseball cards changing game (checklist & ongoing gallery)

2016-Topps-Now-12-Nomar-MazaraTopps‘ new program creating real baseball cards in real time documenting the highlights of the here and now have caught on with some collectors as this season has begun with some historic starts and impressive debuts for MLB rookies.

It’s 2016 Topps Now and the cards are only available for a 24-hour window. After that, the population reports are released and the next day’s cards are unveiled — all in made-to-order, real-time fashion.

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Baseball world loses legendary voice Joe Garagiola

joe-garagiolaFor nine years, Joe Garagiola was a big-league catcher, but for decades after that he was a voice of baseball and a personality on network television.

He worked NBC‘s Game of the Week and World Series coverage and was a host of Today and a fill-in host on The Tonight Show, too. He died on Wednesday at age 90.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of this amazing man who was not just beloved by those of us in his family, but to generations of baseball fans who he impacted during his eight decades in the game,” said a statement from his family. “Joe loved the game and passed that love onto family, his friends, his teammates, his listeners and everyone he came across as a player and broadcaster. His impact on the game, both on and off the field, will forever be felt.”

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Roberto Clemente & the Dodgers? Yep, and there’s a baseball card …

Roberto-Clemente-DodgersWe all know Roberto Clemente as a legendary member of the Pittsburgh Pirates and a Hall of Famer who helped pave the way for Latin American players in MLB.

However, it was today back in 1954 when he signed a contract with the Brooklyn Dodgers and became a member of the Montreal Royals — the team where Jackie Robinson had started before he broke MLB’s color barrier in 1947. The move was largely to block Clemente from being signed by the New York Giants.

Veteran collectors know there’s even a baseball card showing this.

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Hugo Bezdek — a coaching legend you probably don’t know

hugo-bezdek-conlonWhile we all should know about two-sport stars like Bo Jackson, Deion Sanders and plenty of others from the past, there’s only one man in MLB history to be a manager of a baseball team and then also coach of an NFL team.

His name is Hugo Bezdek.

That’s your obscure trivia for the day courtesy of the MLB Network and Hot Stove this morning … now Buzz will add some cardboard context.

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Buzz Collector Profile: Jason Dean Martin — a Josh Fogg collector

FoggJason Dean Martin
Also Known As: @jasondeanmartin on Twitter (And everywhere else, too.)
Website: www.jasondeanmartin.weebly.com & www.beansballcardblog.com
Email: jasondeanmartin@gmail.com
Location: Pennsylvania
Work away from cards: Territory Manager for PPG Industries
Collecting since: 1987

Main focuses: Josh Fogg and anything baseball including MLB, MiLB, NCAA and USA. Also errors and variations.BuzzProfiles-Logo

Favorite players/teams: Josh Fogg, Bobby Bonilla, Bryce Harper

Current collecting projects: Josh Fogg (including cards and memorabilia), 1991 Topps errors and variations

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Ben Roethlisberger auction via SCP to benefit K-9 units & service dogs

2008 Jersey Cut Off Big BenFive lots in a sale via SCP Auctions that close on Saturday are unique in a few ways.

First, they are all items from Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Second, for each of them a part of the proceeds will go to his foundation that supports K-9 units and service dogs of police and fire departments throughout the U.S.

What are the items? Well, they’re all game-used for starters.

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Rookie of the Year winners coming up tonight — cast your votes here

KrisBryantAwards week is here as the Baseball Writers’ Association of America begins its postseason honors this evening with the Rookie of the Year winners revealed.

Among the candidates for tonight’s awards are Kris Bryant, Matt Duffy and Jung Ho Kang in the National League and Carlos Correa, Miguel Sano and Francisco Lindor in the American League.

Who’s Buzz picking? Find out and get a rundown of each player’s basic stats after the jump.

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