Artist offers pop culture twist on Little Golden Books with “Storytime”

If you’re a certain age, you may remember Little Golden Books, which are beginning readers’ first licks at the literary world.

They’ve been around since the 1940s — and are still around today — but one illustrator has created a new take on these stories with a series of prints and a book that collects his past works all in one.

His name is Joey Spiotto and the Los Angeles-based artist is big on Storytime.

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Weekend Update: Check out 12 top items on The Buzz this week

It was a busy one on The Buzz this past week. Here are 12 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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HTA Choice boxes with nothing but autographed cards inside are now one option for Chrome fans. Get all the details in our 2017 Bowman Chrome First Buzz preview here.

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Celebrity autographs just might be easier to find than you think

When it comes to autographs in the sports world, there are plenty of ways that collectors and the autograph industry itself has helped commodify ink.

In other words, there are a number of common items that are commonly signed that help us all figure a common value that we’d expect to pay or expect to get if we have to sell something we own. Jerseys, balls, helmets, cards, photos — there are a lot of ways to collect sports autographs.

But for celebrity autographs, it’s a lot less complicated as the 8-by-10 photo is arguably the most-commonly solid piece across the whole spectrum of television, movies and others of note who we might find, say, at a comic book convention or other similarly organized signing session. Not all films have massive toy lines, not all celebs have book deals and TV shows often don’t have posters you can find all that easily.

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps The Walking Dead Season 7 trading cards

What: 2017 Topps The Walking Dead Season 7 trading cards
Arrives: Sept. 13
Box basics: Two hits (at least one autograph) per 24-pack box (eight boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ newest release for The Walking Dead picks up with the seventh season of the long-running hit show arriving on cardboard.

Keep reading for more info and a gallery of images so far.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 10)

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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: Impressive breaks from around the collecting world.

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Image Comics marks 25th anniversary on Wednesday

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It was 25 years ago this week that the comic book world changed a bit with the formation of Image Comics.

The new company brought us Spawn, The Savage Dragon, WildC.A.T.s. and Youngblood in its earlier days and The Walking Dead in later years.

As part of that anniversary, comic book shops around the country are celebrating Image Comics Day on Wednesday with some new arrivals from the company, which was created by Erik Larsen, Jim Lee, Rob Liefeld, Todd McFarlane, Whilce Portacio, Marc Silvestri and Jim Valentino. 

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First Buzz: 2017 Topps The Walking Dead Season 6 trading cards

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What: 2017 Topps The Walking Dead Season 6 trading cards
Arrives: June 14
Box basics: Two hits (at least one autograph) per 24-pack box (eight boxes per case)
Checklist: Click here to view

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ third release for The Walking Dead picks up where its first left off with the sixth season of the long-running hit show documented on cardboard.

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GreenLight brings Hollywood’s memorable wheels to collectors

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New information has come to light, man.

Fans of The Big Lebowski and other Hollywood creations from the big and small screens may have an extra reason to visit the toy aisle or thanks to GreenLight Collectibles and its Hollywood line that has been bringing vehicles from the reel world to us all.

Ok … these specialty toys aren’t exactly new — they’ve been going since roughly 2011 — but there have been as many as 15 series so far and Walter Sobchak’s van was among them and that’s enough that Buzz needed to take a look.

And we’ve found plenty more cool stuff.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 8)

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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: Error pulls, big pulls, Star Wars pulls, elusive pulls and more.

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Gallery: 2016 Topps The Walking Dead Survival Box autos & Relics

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Topps’ first high-end brand for one of TV’s biggest shows is here and the 2016 Topps The Walking Dead Survival Box will pack plenty of ink alongside the gore of the long-running hit.

Top stars like Norman Reedus have signed on here and there will be autographs of Jeffrey Dean Morgan whose redemptions are inserted into boxes as bonus hits.

But they aren’t alone.

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The 2016 Topps The Walking Dead Survival Box checklist is here

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Topps’ first high-end brand for one of TV’s biggest shows is nearly here and the 2016 Topps The Walking Dead Survival Box will, in some cases, include more than what was previously promised.

There will be autographs of Jeffrey Dean Morgan who plays Negan and the redemptions for his autographs — which are already signed — are inserted into boxes as bonus hits since packaging already was completed for the product.

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Black November Wave 10 is here — and here are five deals to consider

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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 10 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.

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This box is admittedly probably off the radar of many collectors but that doesn’t mean that it can’t deliver. In fact, these can deliver well if you pull the right ink. This Brian Wilson card here? It sold for more than you might think and he’s not alone when it comes to autos in there that have topped the $100 mark. Like the Panini Country release, there are non-traditional collectors chasing cards here to build sets or chase stuff they like with no regard for what something “should” cost based on what it is or its scarcity. Meanwhile, they may not know where to buy boxes — or not want to. Those things can lead to some surprising results — and that’s not the only surprise. Check out the price on this box.

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Gallery: Sideshow’s high-end figures must be seen to be believed

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Sometimes you just get sidetracked by an email.

That was the case Friday morning when the latest images from Sideshow Toys spotlighting its newest (and some past) Premium Format figures arrived in Buzz’s inbox.

They’re premium in size — in the case of Deadpool here 24 inches tall and 14 pounds — and premium in price. But, most importantly, they’re premium in appeal as they are ridiculously detailed in their varying forms.

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Gallery: 2016 Topps The Walking Dead Season 5 trading cards

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Topps‘ first card set for one of TV’s biggest shows is here.

The 2016 Topps The Walking Dead Season 5 trading cards have arrived and there are two hits in every single hobby box with some of the big names in tow and others still to come in future releases.

A sampling of that can be seen in our gallery.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Nov. 10)

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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: Plenty of breaks — from Star Wars to MLB to NFL and even The Walking Dead.

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Topps’ first The Walking Dead set checklist is here … (with auto gallery)

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Topps‘ turn to take a walk is almost here.

The release of 2016 Topps The Walking Dead Season 5 trading cards comes on Wednesday with the first release for Topps as a new licensee for the hit TV show being one that includes on-card autos and some big names from the show.

But not all of them, leaving something more for forthcoming releases that will be higher-end.

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Spoiler Alert: Topps creates “In Memoriam” cards for two offed The Walking Dead characters

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Skip this post if you haven’t seen the season premiere of The Walking Dead.

Topps on Saturday released its newest online-only offering of cards for the hit TV show and it’s for a pair of “In Memoriam” cards for two characters who didn’t last past the newest episode.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Cryptozoic The Walking Dead Season 4 Part 2

16crwalkingdeads4pt2NSFrom 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.

base-2-15The box: 2016 Cryptozoic The Walking Dead Season 4 Part 2
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com 

Packs per box:
 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 114
Base set completion: 
71 of 72 (99 percent)
Duplicates: 10

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Funko readies dozens of exclusives for San Diego Comic-Con

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San Diego Comic-Con is almost here and the crew at Funko has prepared more than 70 different toys, T-shirts and more that will only initially be available at the show this week.

There will be pieces from Star Wars, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Disney, The Walking Dead and so much more in the company’s Pop! line, Dorbz and, well, so much more.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps The Walking Dead Survival Box trading cards

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What:
 2016 Topps The Walking Dead Survival Box trading cards
Arrives: Nov. 23
Box basics: One hit per pack, four packs per box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ Second The Walking Dead release is billed as a high-end brand with a hit in every pack (a five-card mini-box) that looks back at the first six seasons of the series.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Cryptozoic The Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1 trading cards + Win Our Hits contest

The Walking Deadon Season 4 Part 1 Trading Cards Packaging ImagesFrom 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.

Walking-Dead-baseThe box: 2016 Cryptozoic The Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com 

Packs per box:
 24
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 113
Base set completion: 
72 of 72 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 10

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

IMG_4776The 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: New breaks, a massive Tom Brady collection, The Walking Dead, NFL penmanship & The National.

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

Screen Shot 2016-06-16 at 11.01.46 AMThe 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: Scenes inside fan caves, Topps NBA chips, big breaks, big blasters & the National Sports Collectors Convention.

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Cryptozoic Break: The Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1 trading cards

The-Walking-Dead-Season-4-Part-1The Walking Dead Season 4 Part 1 trading cards arrive today from Cryptozoic — check out this box break video released by the company in advance of the release.

Watch it … after the jump.

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Preacher trading cards coming via Topps Now program via episode packs on limited-time basis

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Preacher debuted on Sunday night and the AMC series’ trading cards will apparently debut today from Topps as part of a pack program via the Topps Now platform.

The cards have not yet been revealed or put on sale today, but the structure for the program can be seen here. The company tweeted about the series on Sunday night, teasing a forthcoming announcement, which comes on the heels of its recent deal to acquire the trading card rights to another AMC staple, The Walking Dead, which also was based on a long-running comic.

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First Buzz: 2016 Topps The Walking Dead Season 5 trading cards

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What:
 2016 Topps The Walking Dead Season 5 trading cards
Arrives: Oct. 5
Box basics: Two hits per 24-pack box (eight boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Topps’ debut line for The Walking Dead picks up where Cryptozoic left off with a hobby-only release jam-packed with base cards, parallels, hits and, of course, some gore.

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Board Buzz Gallery: Impressive and favorite non-sports autographs

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Is there one non-sports autograph you’d want to own? If you’re a fan of anything beyond the sports world, there’s probably one name that comes to mind first.

In some cases — Star Wars and Star Trek, for example — a personality may have plenty of autographs, but in others there may be just one.

Or none at all.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 13)

twd_editor_merle_dixon_lThe 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 Walking Dead & Topps, Ghostbusters, Topps Heritage, big NFL pulls.

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Topps launches The Walking Dead digital card app — with physical trading cards to come

twd_band0_02_lThe chatter on Twitter started trickling out just around midnight and the confirmation came this morning.

Topps is taking on The Walking Dead.

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Norman Reedus & Andrew Lincoln lead The Walking Dead Season 4 autograph lineup revealed so far

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Well that question has been partially answered.

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Gallery: Cryptozoic The Walking Dead Season 4 sketch cards

mainimageOne of the most-dominant television shows in history is so big that a single season gets two sets of trading cards and that first wave arrives next month packing plenty of action and highlights as well as plenty of ink.

And that’s just on the sketch cards.

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Need a piece of Deadpool? Try an autograph from his co-creator

liefeldBased on box office totals for Deadpool — $677.7 million and counting worldwide — there might be a few people looking for a piece of The Merc with a Mouth.

Sure, there are 25 years of comic book appearances to be had — and there are key issues that also can be found as graded books and as original art — but maybe there’s something else that you might want without the stresses of storage or breaking the bank.

That’s where Rob Liefeld comes in.

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The Walking Dead returns Sunday so Entertainment Weekly feeds hungry zombie fans six variant covers

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The Walking Dead returns on Sunday with the midseason premiere and Entertainment Weekly is capitalizing on the demand for the hit show with six covers for all of the zombie-loving collectors to eat up.

There’s a twist though with how somebody can collect them all.

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Geek Gallery: Creative everyday items for movie & TV fans

1dbd_flux_capacitor_car_chargerWhen it comes to the sports world, there’s plenty of licensed merchandise for fans to use in their daily lives when they’re not focused on baseball, football or whatever their pastime may be.

But why can’t it be more creative? Sure, maybe the sports world doesn’t translate as well to fun merch like what you see here — it’s is one of a few items found via thinkgeek.com.

What is it? It’s a USB car charger — but what it really is a Flux Capacitor that will transform your vehicle into a time machine. Or something. Keep reading to see a few more cool things that can geek up your day …

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