Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s autograph isn’t hard to land after retirement news

Dale Earnhardt Jr. — NASCAR’s most-popular driver — will be retiring after this season ends.

The 42-year-old shared his plans with his team today and a news conference is set for this afternoon to talk about his decision after 18 seasons as a driver at NASCAR’s highest level and more than 600 races.

The move shouldn’t come as a big surprise as he was sidelined with concussion issues for much of last season but that didn’t stop him from winning NASCAR’s most-popular driver award voting for the 14th straight year — the record for total wins is 16.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2008 Press Pass Elvis By The Numbers retail gravity box (Hour 1)

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 1.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2008 Press Pass Elvis By The Numbers (gravity box)
The cost now: Click here (on sale!) 

The cost then: $96

What’s inside this box? Keep reading …

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 21)


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: Big breaks, the Boogie deal, chasing rainbows, Trea Turner expectations and O.J. Simpson

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Mary Tyler Moore’s only certified autos come in perhaps unexpected place — a Press Pass Elvis set


One of television’s female icons has died.

Mary Tyler Moore was 80 years old and died Wednesday after a recent health scare that had her hospitalized for the last week.

“A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile,” said Mara Buxbaum, Moore’s representative, to The Huffington Post.

Her iconic roles on The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show helped change how women were seen on television — but you won’t find a number of certified autographs to help collectors remember her place in entertainment history.

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Buzz Break: 2013 Press Pass Total Memorabilia NASCAR (blaster)


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.

s-l500The box: 2013 Press Pass Total Memorabilia NASCAR cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 5
Base set completion: 
2 of 50 (4 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards – Sam Hornish Jr., Josh Berry (Rising Stars)

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One NASCAR surprise sparks another that could heat up Daniel Suarez’s already warm cardboard


Carl Edwards‘ surprise exit from NASCAR for the upcoming season puts the spotlight on his replacement and, in turn, is likely to warm things up for what cardboard there is for him.

Replacing Edwards in the No. 19 Toyota of Joe Gibbs Racing is Daniel Suarez, who’s already made a little history in recent months before becoming the newest rookie in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series.

Suarez was the first Mexican-born driver to win a NASCAR national championship when he took home top honors in the Xfinity Series last year.

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Jimmie Johnson’s record-tying seventh Sprint Cup title should help his under-appreciated cards


Richard Petty, Dale Earnhardt and Jimmie Johnson.

Those are the three most-successful drivers in NASCAR history when it comes to season championships and Johnson joined the other legends on Sunday when he won his seventh Sprint Cup at age 41.

Simply put, he’s easily the best driver of the here and now — and his cardboard is among the most-overlooked when it comes to value vs. performance. There are others who have done far less who sell just as well or better.

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Black November Wave 5 is here — and here are five deals to consider


If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices now over on the mothership as BlowoutCards.com’s Black November Wave 5 hits today.

Many of the discounts were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of the boxes and cases — and here are five boxes that caught this collector’s eye.

schwarber2014 Panini Elite Extra Edition baseball hobby box
There are plenty of autographs to be found in boxes of this one — and there are Hot Boxes that up the ante, too — but right now there’s one autograph that arguably stands out from the rest.

It’s Kyle Schwarber. The Chicago Cubs’ slugger makes his debut here and has a solid amount of available ink inside the wrappers thanks to the standard autos and parallels atop that.

Other signers here include a heavy-selling Trea Turner, Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, Michael Conforto, Luis Severino and plenty more (though some of those big names are as insert autos). Also in play here is an under-rated Cuban National Team memorabilia card of Jose Abreu with a piece of his national team jersey — that’s quite unique in the hobby aside from World Baseball Classic releases.

At its reduced price, this one’s worth the shot — and it’s not alone.

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Black November starts today — and here are 10 sweet deals to consider


If you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices now over on the mothership as BlowoutCards.com begins its Black November sales today.

Many of the discounts were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of the boxes and cases — and here are 10 boxes that caught this collector’s eye.

2010 USA National Teams (2009 Team) Baseball Box Set
There have been plenty of USA Baseball products in the last decade and this one is the one that went a bit high-end. Why? The talent. Among the autographs you can find here are Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Sonny Gray, Kolten Wong, Jameson Taillon and Albert Almora. This box carries a pretty hefty discount but all those key autos are still in there.

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Bryan Clauson’s short time in NASCAR reflected on a few cards

Clauson1Bryan Clauson raced on many circuits during his career — a resume that included multiple appearances in the Indy 500, a couple seasons in NASCAR’s Nationwide (now Xfinity) Series, two season titles in the USAC sprint car series and three season championships in USAC midget series, where was the defending champ this year.

He was a regular on dirt tracks and that’s where he suffered injuries in a race and died on Sunday night at age 27.

“This is truly one of the darkest days in the 60-year history of the United States Auto Club,” USAC CEO Kevin Miller told USA Today. “Not only have we lost one of our greatest USAC champions, we’ve lost a true ambassador for all of motor sports.”

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If Tom Jackson calls it a career, maybe he’ll have time for cardboard

Tom-Jackson-1997-Upper-Deck-LegendsHe’s been in the public eye as an NFL player and ESPN analyst every year since 1973, but Tom Jackson may finally have time to do something he’s rarely done before.

Sign autographs for a card company and appear on some football cards.

The New York Daily News is reporting that Jackson may be leaving ESPN, where he’s been part of NFL broadcasts since 1987. It’s been a successful run, and, in 2015, he received the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Pete Rozelle Radio-Television Award which honors “longtime exceptional contributions to radio and television in professional football.”

Jackson’s NFL career ended the season before his ESPN arrival and it’s a career that’s rarely seen on cardboard despite an explosion in card products in all those years since.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (July 17)

PedersonThe 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: Super collections, an alleged Alex Bregman eBay scammer, one legendary Colts auto, redeeming values and The National.

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Tim Duncan retires after 19 legendary seasons with Spurs — and with very little signed cardboard

Tim-Duncan-auto2One of the NBA’s most-successful big men and under-rated talents has retired.

A member of the San Antonio Spurs for 19 seasons, Tim Duncan was a five-time NBA champ, a two-time league MVP, a three-time Finals MVP, a 15-time All-Star and his next stop will undoubtedly be the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass.

He averaged 19 points, 10.8 rebounds and three assists a game for his career and retires as the Spurs’ career leader in games, minutes, field goals, rebounds, blocks, points and plenty more. He’s also a guy who’s not signed autographs much at all in recent years as he’s turned down impressive amounts per sig from card companies.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 16)

Tom-Brady-AutographicsThe 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: The Michigan Wolverines, best steals, big breaks in football and a big non-sport break, too.

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Could new NASCAR cards be coming soon? Perhaps per Xfinity champ … (updated)

NASCARNASCAR Xfinity Series champion Chris Buescher may have spoiled an upcoming surprise for racing fans on Tuesday when he posted an image of autograph stickers to his Instagram account.

“My hand hurts,” he wrote with the image, which appears to be nine signed sheets of Panini America hologram stickers.

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Many Football Hall of Fame finalists represent college powerhouses, but not all have a lot of college cards

StablerWe’re a day away from the Pro Football Hall of Fame revealing its 2016 class of inductees, and there’s been plenty said about a group that includes Brett Favre, Ken Stabler, Terrell Davis, Terrell Owens and other finalists as the hours click down to Saturday night.

And that’s when there will be even more said.

But Buzz was wondering about college ties for the big names this year and noticed something else — many of the candidates come from big schools with a number of Hall of Famers already enshrined. That got Buzz thinking about which schools have the most players in Canton — and whether this year’s class might shake things up in the record book.

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Cross this one off if Super Bowl 50 truly is Peyton Manning’s last rodeo

Peyton-OmahaGuess we can cross this cardboard off the possibilities list if Super Bowl 50 is, indeed, Peyton Manning‘s last rodeo. 

Buzz really was hoping for there to somehow be a Peyton Omaha rodeo card in the future. (Yep, there were Professional Bull Rider cards made back in 2009 — autographs, memorabilia and everything.)

The real point here? It’s OK to have some fun with collecting.

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Elton Brand returns to NBA to mentor Jahlil Okafor — and perhaps spark some new Duke cardboard

Elton-Brand-Duke-AutoWay back in 1999, Elton Brand was a star center for the Duke Blue Devils — a center from tiny Peekskill, N.Y., who was about to make a big impression as the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft.

Fast-forward to today and the former Chicago Bull is coming out of retirement to join the NBA’s worst team — the Philadelphia 76ers, owners of a 3-33 record — to help mentor another former Blue Devils star and first-round pick, Jahlil Okafor. Okafor, of course, has had issues off the court this season while also picking up the NBA game quickly. It’s a match made in Blue Devils collecting heaven.

“He’s not unlike most 20-year-olds you probably know, and he’s definitely not at all different than most of his fellow players,” Brand wrote in a piece for Sports Illustrated’s website. “… if camera phones were around when Brad Miller, Ron Artest and I were Jahlil’s age, we might’ve been banned from the league altogether, never mind suspended for a few games.”

So, what about Brand on cardboard?

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Hall of Fame semifinalist list shows one thing often missing on cards

AlanFanecaThe semifinalists list for this year’s Pro Football Hall of Fame vote was revealed this week and there are some legendary names on the list of 25 — Brett Favre, Terrell Owens, Morten Anderson, Alan Faneca. 

And if you’re like Buzz — a long-time collector but maybe someone whose focus isn’t purely on football all the time — one of those names may have left you saying, “Who?”

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eBay Buzz: Jeff Gordon’s last hurrah — and potential title — comes today

JeffGordon1987Jeff Gordon’s final lap could end up being one of his biggest ones as he’s one of the final four drivers in NASCAR’s Chase for the Cup — a winner-take-all playoff format that will make the final race of the season dictate the season’s champion.

It’s also the final race of Gordon’s career, which already has four Cup wins and 93 race victories  in 24 seasons at that level — marks that place him among NASCAR’s elite no matter what happens today.

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