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 right now over on the mothership as is in the midst its Black November sales now.

Wave 5 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. (And this wave was so big that there could easily be five more … check it out.)

2016 Panini Absolute Football retail Premium Box
At this sale price, this one is definitely worth checking out since last year’s rookie crop is stacked and this one includes two exclusive hits — one blue auto and one blue memorabilia card — in every box. This one is a simple retail take on a memorabilia-focused favorite of mine and there could be even more retail-only colors found in boxes, too. If those are big names such as Dak Prescott or Ezekiel Elliott — or any of the other newcomers that are making a mark — you’re way ahead with this price. Either way, it’s a fun rip — and you can grab it by the case, too. 

Keep reading for a few more picks among this newest wave.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Sept. 5)

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: J.D. Martinez and Robbie Ray have big nights, Dak Prescott’s hot Prizm parallel, Tim Tebow rainbows and plenty more.

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Buzz Break: 2012 Bowman Platinum baseball cards (blaster 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

The box: 2012 Bowman Platinum MLB (blaster)
Where to buy: (for hobby)

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 32
Base set completion: 
19 of 100 (19 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Mike Trout, David Ortiz, Clayton Kershaw, Matt Kemp, Carlos Gonzalez, Ryan Braun

Rookie Cards (3) – Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Liam Hendriks, Hisashi Iwakuma

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Robbie Ray’s hot streak could translate into hot auto cards — because he doesn’t have many

Which card do you chase when there’s a player on a hot streak and emerging from the pack — but when he doesn’t have much ink?

This collector would lean toward the earliest.

That player is Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray, and he’s a guy who posted an 8-15 record last season — but with 218 strikeouts, a mark that was fourth-best in the National League.

This year?

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