Black November Wave 4 is here … and here are five deals to consider

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

Wave 4 is here and 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/cases that caught this collector’s eye.

2016 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball hobby box
You may not recognize the uniforms here but they’re creative — and wearing them are names you should know with guys like Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger and Rhys Hoskins on the checklist. The crop of players here is pretty strong and so is the signers list in a product that takes the 1967 Topps design back to the minor leagues. Atop the signers list that includes Dansby Swanson, Andrew Benintendi, Alex Bregman, Bryce Harper and Mike Trout for starters, they’re all on-card autographs here. A couple of boxes should get you a basic base set and a number of the inserts that this one includes. It’s a simple but fun break and you can see a sample box here.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Oct. 29)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Avoiding ugly autographs, World Series chatter and big pulls in this Sunday edition … check ’em out.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Oct. 28)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: World Series chatter, repeated card photos and big pulls.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Oct. 24)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Nothing but big pulls and collector reactions in today’s edition.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Oct. 22)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big waits, big pulls, Valyrian Steel and the starting point for World Series chatter on the boards.

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Buzz Break: 2014 Star Trek Movies trading 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: 2014 Star Trek Movies trading cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box:
 24
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 143
Base set (Star Trek Into Darkness) completion: 
110 of 110 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 15
Triplicates: 1

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First Buzz: 2017 Rittenhouse ‘Star Trek Beyond’ trading cards

What: 2017 Rittenhouse Star Trek Beyond trading cards
Arrives: December
Box basics: Two autographs and one memorabilia card or pin card per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The most recent Star Trek film comes to cardboard with the biggest signers from all three of the newest movies all in one package.

Keep reading for more as well as a small selection of card images to come.

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First Buzz: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collector’s Set Series 3

What: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collector’s Set Series 3
Arrives: Nov. 8
Hobby box basics: Three autographs per set

What’s buzz-worthy: Buffy is back with a premium-priced set that will include autographs from Seth Green and either Alyson Hannigan or Sarah Michelle Gellar in every set.

Keep reading to see a gallery and more.

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First Buzz: 2017 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Valyrian Steel trading cards

What: 2017 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Valyrian Steel trading cards
Arrives: Oct. 4
Box basics: One “big hit” card, two metal character cards and one tech card per pack; three packs per box (20 boxes per case)
Where to buy: Click here

What’s buzz-worthy: Big hits in this one will include dual autographs, Valyrian autos, Gold autos, character sketch cards, pin relics, costume relics, scene sketch cards and Artifact cards (/25). There will be at least two autographs per box.

Keep reading for more details on this one.

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

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big pulls, Judge at The Fantastic Store, the NSCC & more.

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First Buzz: 2017 WNBA cards


What:
 2017 WNBA basketball cards
Arrives: Aug. 23
Box basics:  Two autographs per 110-card factory set

What’s buzz-worthy: The annual WNBA release from Rittenhouse Archives includes autographs from the newest No. 1 pick and one of two top stars in every box.

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Roger Moore’s James Bond legacy spawned modest amount of ink

Bond, James Bond is gone.

Roger Moore who played Britain’s iconic spy in seven 007 films died Tuesday after a “short but brave battle with cancer,” according to his family. He was 89. Moore had a lengthy film career and took on the Bond role in 1973’s Live and Let Die. He continued in the spot until 1985 and was the longest-running actor of the six who have played the character.

“Being eternally known as Bond has no downside,” Moore told The Guardian. “People often call me ‘Mr Bond’ when we’re out and I don’t mind a bit. Why would I?”

And it’s because of that role that collectors have a number of certified autographs of him to chase today.

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First Buzz: 2017 Rittenhouse Women of Star Trek 50th Anniversary cards

What: 2017 Rittenhouse Women of Star Trek 50th Anniversary trading cards
Arrives: July 26
Box basics: Three autographed cards and one costume card per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The 50th anniversary of Star Trek‘s arrival continues on cardboard with a look at the women in the sci-fi franchise’s extensive universe.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 24)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Who would you want to sign for Americana or Pop Century? Plus big pulls and other talkers from the boards.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 23)

The Blowout Cards Forums are where thousands of collectors converge daily to discuss, well, a little bit of everything. Here are a few threads about collecting and more that you should check out right now.

What’s Buzzing Today: Big pulls and an Aaron Judge discussion get the focus today.

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Don Rickles spent decades in Hollywood — but didn’t sign much

He was a comedian known for his witty remarks and scathing humor with countless Hollywood credits since the 1950s.

Despite all those years in entertainment, you won’t find too many certified autograph cards for Don Rickles, who died of kidney failure today at 90 years old.

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First Buzz: 2017 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives – The Final Edition

What: 2017 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives – The Final Edition
Arrives: May 24
Box basics: Two autographs per 24-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: James Bond gets another run on cardboard but includes something pretty big and pretty notable — Sean Connery cut autographs — that are a first but only found in the rare Archive Boxes.

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Weekend Update: Check out 10 top items on The Buzz this week

It was a busy one on The Buzz this past week. Here are 10 stories worth a look if you missed out. Check ’em out & hit the subscribe button at right if you want email updates.

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Heritage is King …
This past week’s big winner was the arrival of 2017 Topps Heritage, which took us all back to 1968. Here’s our catch-all gallery of short-printed variations and big hits — and there’s a checklist found in there, too.

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Bill Paxton’s memorable career reflected on very little cardboard

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Despite an acting career that included nearly 100 credits and memorable roles over a 40-year span, Bill Paxton‘s cardboard credits are few.

He’s got just eight certified autographs in two products.

The 61-year-old actor died this weekend after complications due to a surgery and that means many fans might be seeking a memento that they had meant to track down but hadn’t done yet.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 26)

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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: Some big pulls from retail boxes, strong Star Trek packs, new vintage, Rob Dibble rainbows, great comic book reads and more.

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Gallery: Rittenhouse Star Trek 50th Anniversary autographs & more

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The recently released Star Trek 50th Anniversary set includes plenty of ink with two autographs and a memorabilia card in every box but there are some interesting surprises inside the product as a whole.

Each 12-box case is guaranteed to include one of five Captain’s Autograph cards from the five leaders at the helm on each of the past TV shows — William Shatner as James T. Kirk, Patrick Stewart as Jean-Luc Picard, Avery Brooks as Benjamin Sisko, Kate Mulgrew as Kathryn Janeway and Scott Bakula as Jonathan Archer.

But that’s not all of note in this one if you look closely at the checklist.

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First Buzz: 2017 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season 6 trading cards

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What: 2017 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season 6 trading cards
Arrives: April 19
Box basics: Two autographed cards per 24-pack box with some boxes also including memorabilia or sketch cards (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The latest set for this hit franchise arrives with an array of autographs, inserts and more for the sixth season with “lots of first-time signers” and what the company says are the first memorabilia card for Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke).

Keep reading for more.

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First Buzz: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collector’s Set Series 2

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What: Buffy The Vampire Slayer Ultimate Collector’s Set Series 2
Arrives: Feb. 1
Hobby box basics: One autograph per set

What’s buzz-worthy: Buffy is back with a premium-priced set that will include either a Sarah Michelle Gellar or Alyson Hannigan autograph in every single box.

Keep reading to see a gallery and more.

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MLBPA approves licensing deal for Honus Bonus Fantasy Baseball game

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The MLBPA has approved a licensing deal for a new fantasy baseball game to arrive this spring that will utilize packs of cards as part of the action.

honus-bonus-1It’s Honus Bonus Fantasy Baseball and it’s being launched by Rittenhouse Archives president Steve Charendoff, who is also at the helm of Honus Bonus Partners.

“As a lifelong baseball card collector and long-time fantasy game player, it made perfect sense to combine these two overlapping passions in this unique series of cards,” Charendoff said in a prepared release. “We’re extremely pleased to partner with the MLBPA, particularly at this time when so many of its players are enjoying unprecedented popularity.”

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First Buzz: 2016 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives: Spectre Edition

autos-fanWhat: 2016 Rittenhouse James Bond Archives: Spectre Edition trading cards
Arrives: Nov. 16
Box basics: Two autographed cards per 24-pack box with some boxes also including memorabilia cards

What’s buzz-worthy: The James Bond universe’s newest movie gets cardboard treatment with members of the Spectre cast woven in with stars from past films.

Keep reading for more. We’ll have a full gallery of images here soon.

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Rittenhouse releases Star Trek 50th Anniversary factory set

star-trek-50A 100-card set celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series made its debut at the recent San Diego Comic-Con but it is now available elsewhere.

The Star Trek: 50 Artists 50 Years trading card set by Rittenhouse Archives features artwork that was part of a global art exhibition celebrating the series.

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Gallery: 2016 Star Trek TNG Portfolio Prints autographs

StewartA new Star Trek: The Next Generation release is almost here as Rittenhouse Archives has its second series of Portfolio prints is set to arrive next week.

Each box of Star Trek: TNG Portfolio Prints Series 2 will include three autographs in every box — and that means there’s a deep checklist.

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First Buzz: 2016 WNBA trading cards

W16_TaurasiWhat: 2016 WNBA basketball cards
Arrives: Aug. 24
Box basics:  Two autographs per 110-card factory set

What’s buzz-worthy: The annual WNBA release from Rittenhouse Archives includes autographs from a pair of UConn Huskies who were top picks in this year’s WNBA Draft inside every single set.

Keep reading for more info.

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Buzz-worthy Bargain Break: Making a case for five discounted boxes

2013-14-panini-crusadeIf you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices this weekend and for the next week or so over on the mothership and they were dramatic enough that Buzz had to sit down and ponder the possibilities in many of them.

So much so here are five boxes that caught this collector’s eye.

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As Swin Cash’s career comes to a close, there’s not much cardboard for collectors to chase

Swin-Cash-AutoThe WNBA is in its 20th season and one of the best all-around players in the history of the league, Swin Cash, announced on Tuesday that this will be the final campaign of her 15-year career.

“This game I love saved my life after a cancer scare. It’s provided for me and my family. It’s given me championships in college and the pros,” she wrote in a piece for The Players Tribune. “And it’s asked me whether or not I had the tenacity and perseverance to compete with and against the greatest athletes in the world, and take home the prize of prizes: an Olympic gold medal. Twice.”

She’s one of the top players statistically — yet she’s got very little cardboard for fans to chase. Her story is not a unique one as WNBA cardboard has been largely limited to a small boxed set each year since 2009.

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Rittenhouse Archives reveals full Game of Thrones Season 5 autograph lineup (gallery)

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Rittenhouse Archives‘ latest Game of Thrones set arrives on June 8 with nearly 50 autographed cards in the brand and more than 20 of those are first-time signers for the popular HBO series’ trading cards.

While the lineup for the Game of Thrones Season 5 set has been known since its announcement (see our First Buzz preview here), the company revealed images of all of the signed cards as it released the final checklist.

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First Buzz: 2016 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season 5 trading cards

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What:
 2016 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season 5 trading cards
Arrives: June 8
Box basics: Two autographed cards per 24-pack box with some boxes also including memorabilia or sketch cards (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The popular show gets a new set with many of the biggest names possible signing on for the fifth season’s recap.

Keep reading for more.

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First Buzz: 2016 Rittenhouse James Bond 007 Classics trading cards

STL000745What: 2016 Rittenhouse James Bond 007 Classics trading cards
Arrives: April 27
Box basics: Two autographed cards per 24-pack box with some boxes also including memorabilia cards

What’s buzz-worthy: The James Bond universe gets chronicled in Rittenhouse’s second release of 2016 with a 72-card base set that revisits The World is Not Enough starring Pierce Brosnan along with several inserts and a deep autograph checklist.

Keep reading for more. We’ll have a full gallery of images here soon.

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First Buzz: 2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek 50th Anniversary trading cards

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What: 2016 Rittenhouse Star Trek 50th Anniversary trading cards
Arrives: March 2, 2016
Box basics: Two autographed cards per 24-pack box

What’s buzz-worthy: The 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series will be celebrated with an 80-card set that’s accented with a selection of inserts, parallels and autographs from actors in the series — including its pilot — as well as insert sets focusing on two of the series’ most-popular episodes. A selection of cut autographs will be included in the product as well, while color sketch cards will be found one per case.

Keep reading for more. We’ll have a full gallery of images here soon.

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Nov. 24)

LombardiCutThe 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.

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