First Buzz: 2017 Donruss Optic baseball cards


What:
 2017 Donruss Optic baseball cards
Arrives: July 19
Box basics:  Two autographs per 20-pack box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Panini’s sophomore release for Optic baseball cards includes the return of Mickey Mantle to packs for the first time under an exclusive deal.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 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: Bobblehead madness, the NSCC, collecting superstitions, the Rookie Premiere and results from ripping.

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Elite Extra Edition boxes can pay off for bargain hunters & auto chasers

To say that the baseball card landscape has changed in the last decade might be an understatement, but there’s been one prospecting brand that has delivered many of the biggest names early and often and delivered a good amount of ink, too, thanks to Hot Boxes.

It’s packed a number of surprise inclusions, a tremendous rainbow of serial-numbered parallel autos and even some pretty good bargains as many collectors have their established habits elsewhere. In recent years, it’s also given us a teaser of younger USA Baseball players, too.

This mainstay — and arguably a simultaneous sleeper — is Elite Extra Edition

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

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

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Buzz Break: 2015 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes Longevity

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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.

2015-panini-usa-baseball-stars-and-stripes-longevity-addison-russellThe box: 2015 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes Longevity 
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for standard version)

Packs per box: 10
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 50
Longevity set completion: 
32 of 100 (32 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Regular set completion: 
10 of 100 (10 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base/Longevity base cards of note – Trea Turner, Albert Almora, Addison Russell, Tate Matheny, Robert Refsnyder, Tayler Naquin, Blake Rutherford, J.P. Crawford, Daz Cameron

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 3)

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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: Nothing but impressive MLB breaks today.

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Buzz Break: 2016 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster box)

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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.

2016-donruss-optic-ichiro-suzukiThe box: 2016 Donruss Optic baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

Packs per box: 6
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 30
Base set completion: 
18 of 165 (11 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Alex Rodriguez (DK), Albert Pujols (DK), Ichiro Suzuki, Miguel Cabrera, Clayton Kershaw

Rookie Cards (3) – Kyle Schwarber, Miguel Sano, Michael Conforto (all Rated Rookies)

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Black November starts today — and here are 10 sweet 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 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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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box)

s-l1600-2From 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: 2016 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball cards (blaster box)
MazaraWhere to buy:
 BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 8
Cards per pack: 6
Cards in this box: 47
Base set completion: 
26 of 300 (9 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Tom Glavine, Robinson Cano, Monica Abbott, Jacob deGrom, Michelle Steele

Rookie Cards (9) – Nomar Mazara, Stephen Piscotty, Aaron Nola, Guido Knudson, Zach Lee, Dustin Garneau, Hector Olivera, Raul Mondesi, Richie Shaffer

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Buzz Break: 2016 Topps Opening Day baseball cards (blaster box)

s-l1600From 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: 2016 Topps Opening Day baseball cards (blaster box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com (for hobby)

2016-topps-opening-day-SeagerPacks per box: 11
Cards per pack: 7
Cards in this box: 77
Base set completion: 
66 of 200 (33 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notable players on base cards – Buster Posey, Addison Russell, Clayton Kershaw, Noah Syndergaard, Miguel Cabrera, Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Altuve, Joc Pederson, Carlos Rodon, David Ortiz

Rookie Cards (10) – Corey Seager, Aaron Nola, Stephen Piscotty, Michael Reed, Max Kepler, Luke Jackson, Trea Turner, Brian Johnson, Frankie Montas, Carl Edwards Jr.

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Buzz Break: 2014 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks baseball cards (super value rack box)

2014pnperennialdraftBBsupervalueFrom 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: 2014-15 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks baseball cards
(super value rack box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

s-l1600-2Packs per box: 12 (each pack contains three standard Prizm packs and one three-card Red, White and Blue Pulsar Prizm pack)
Cards per pack: 15
Cards in this box: 180
Base set completion: 
84 of 100 (84 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Draft Class set completion: 
48 of 50 (96 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base and Draft Class cards of notable prospects – Luis Severino, Jorge Soler, Rusney Castillo, Carlos Rodon, Kyle Schwarber, Alex Jackson, Aaron Nola, Michael Conforto, Trea Turner, Sean Newcomb, Bradley Zimmer

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Buzz-worthy numbers: Facts about 2015 Panini Contenders baseball, which arrives on Wednesday

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Here are some facts touting Panini America‘s latest baseball set, 2015 Panini Contenders, which arrives on Wednesday, Nov. 11, packing some prospect debuts and plenty of international, prep and college talents in their teams’ colors.

54 — There will be 54 players who are appearing on their first autographs in this one, according to the company, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Victor Robles among them. Guerrero is the son of the former big-leaguer and will aim to begin his MLB career in Canada as a Blue Jays signee. (His dad, of course, began as an Expo nearly 20 years ago back in 1996.) Robles is a highly touted Nationals outfielder.

2 — That’s the number of boxes in a case that will pack an autograph from either Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager or Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada. Schwarber will be seen in his Indiana Hoosiers gear but is already on the minds of many collectors as is Seager, who will be found as part of the product’s USA Baseball contingent. Moncada is a new international signee who has very little cardboard so far.

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