First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Signature Series National Edition

What: 2017 TRISTAR Signature Series National Edition
Arrives: July 26
Box basics: One autographed item per envelope (10 envelopes per case).

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Signature Series returns with just 100 10-pack cases of authenticated autographed memorabilia just in time for the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

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New Netflix series ‘GLOW’ has a few collecting ties to real world

GLOW is unlike any show we’ve ever seen” reads the Entertainment Weekly headline for a review of an upcoming series from Netflix that’s a comedic but fictionalized take on the late-1980s real-world wrestling promotion.

It stars Alison Brie as “Ruth Wilder,” a struggling Los Angeles actress who opts to try out the world of pro wrestling in the series, which is based on a short-lived women’s wrestling promotion called Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling that ran for four syndicated seasons in real life. (Really.) The series arrives on June 23.

The real-world wrestling show was pure cheese — even to a 10-year-old wrestling-inclined Buzz — in an era where Hulkamania yellow was everywhere, but apparently the new series is packing punch with critics. The EW reviewer gave it an A while breaking down all of the reasons the 1980s-based new series works. “GLOW, which takes everything over-the-top about professional wrestling,” it reads, “pushes it to higher levels of absurdity and melodrama, and finds something deeply personal, explicitly political, and wonderfully brute-force awesome.”

Now, how about those collecting ties? Well, they’re more like pieces of trivia that could interest those who enjoy the show, but here we go …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2009 TRISTAR TNA Knockouts wrestling hobby box (Hour 4)

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 … and this is Hour 4.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2009 TRISTAR TNA Knockouts wrestling hobby box 
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What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Quest autos

What: 2017 TRISTAR Quest autographs
Arrives:
 June 7
Box basics: Five envelopes per lockbox — each with an autographed flat or memorabilia redemption inside (three lockboxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: This TRISTAR line will be limited to only 50 cases of autographed items from around the sports world and beyond.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures New York Dynasty

What: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures New York Dynasty autographed baseballs
Arrives: April 26
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand takes a New York twist for yet another year as this one’s all about the Yankees with stars of the past and present being part of a chase that includes all baseballs having a product-specific and numbered hologram.

Keep reading for more and a gallery of what’s in this one.

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Alex Rodriguez to sign at National Sports Collectors Convention

There’s a new big name among the first wave of autograph signers for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago.

It’s Alex Rodriguez.

Once baseball’s highest-paid player, he’s a member of the 3,000-hit club and a player who hit 696 home runs during his at times controversial 22-year MLB career with the Mariners, Rangers and Yankees.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs

What: 2017 TRISTAR Odyssey Baseball autographs
Arrives: April 12
Box basics: 
One autographed item per envelope (16 envelopes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR brings its autograph chase to baseball with a product limited to only 75 cases and the potential for some big names and some big items.

Keep reading for more information and a gallery of the possibilities here.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 20)

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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: Throwback breaks, a big week of buying, panic buying, 2017 Allen & Ginter, a big fishy pull & much more …

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 18)

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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: Breaks from around the collecting world and a couple collecting debates that might make you think.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Platinum auto baseballs

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What: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Platinum autographed baseballs
Arrives: March 22
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand is back for 2017 with a new batch of stars and legends along with specialty balls guaranteed per case that help add variety to the chase.

The biggest chase of them all this year? Keep reading for that and a gallery of what’s in this one.

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Buzz Break: 2009 TRISTAR TNA Impact wrestling (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.

s-l1600The box: 2009 TRISTAR TNA Impact wrestling (blaster box)
Where to buy: 
Check eBay (hobby on BlowoutCards.com)

Packs per box: 1
Cards per pack: 24
Cards in this box: 24
Base set completion: 
23 of 99 (23 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – A.J. Styles, Brother Devon, Traci Brooks, Beer Money Inc., Sting, Mick Foley

TNA Debut cards – Brutus Magnus, Sarita

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Chicago North Side autographed baseballs

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What: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Chicago North Side autographed baseballs
Arrives: March 1
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball of a current or former Chicago Cub per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase goes to the north side of Chicago with some chase baseballs and memorabilia items to be found in some boxes.

Keep reading for more.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Signature Series

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What: 2017 TRISTAR Signature Series
Arrives: Feb. 8
Box basics: One autographed item per envelope (10 boxes per case).

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Signature Series returns with just 100 10-box cases of authenticated autographed memorabilia.

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First Buzz: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Football Mini Helmets

tristar-helmetsWhat: 2017 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Football Mini Helmets
Arrives: Feb. 1
Box basics: One autographed mini helmet per box (10 boxes per case).

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Hidden Treasures football brand returns to the field with some extra potential twists for collectors along with a guarantee of six Hall of Famers in every case.

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Without legend of Steve Dalkowski there might not be a Bull Durham … let alone thoughts of Bull Durham 2

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In an interview with Dan Patrick this week, Kevin Costner said he’d be opening to reprising the role of Crash Davis in Bull Durham 2 if creator Ron Shelton was open to the idea and could draft the next chapter in the story of big-screen players that have become minor-league baseball icons.

But there’s one cardboard icon in the real world who’s partly responsible for the creation of the 1988 film in the first place.

He’s Steve Dalkowski.

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Tom Brady artwork & autographed prints help benefit charity

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A Boston-area autograph company has teamed up with one of Boston’s biggest icons for a limited-release piece of art available to collectors now.

The company is JG Autographs and its new teammate is New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The piece is by artist Jace McTier and just a dozen signed and numbered prints as well as the original artwork will be sold.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Top Shelf

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What: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Top Shelf
Arrives:
 Oct. 26
Box basics: Four envelopes per box — each with an autographed item or memorabilia redemption inside (one box per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Quest takes things up a notch with a breaker product that is the company’s most high-end line to date.

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Gary Sanchez’s power prompts look back at cardboard journey

Gary-Sanchez-2010Gary Sanchez is a rookie for the New York Yankees, though he’s been around the baseball block a bit.

He’s 23 but he’s already got seven years of minor-league experience with two big-league at-bats last season before his call-up this year — one that’s paid off pretty well.

How well? He’s got six home runs and 12 RBI while batting .379 in 15 games, tying him for the most-powerful start to a career for a Yankee through 17 games.

“This is a time when he’s going to play and play a lot,” Brian McCann told Newsday. He’s a future All-Star. There’s not many guys walking around with his talent. He’s one of the best young catchers I’ve seen since I’ve been in the big leagues.”

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

2015tpfieldaccessFBIf you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of boxes with discounted prices this weekend as part of a 64-hour flash sale 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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Scenes from the Show … The National Day 5 (gallery)

Via @TRISTAR1: HOFer, 2x AL MVP, 3x All-Star, 3x Silver Slugger, 3,000 Hit Club Robin Yount at the #TRISTAR Autograph Pavilion
Via @TRISTAR1: HOFer, 2x AL MVP, 3x All-Star, 3,000 Hit Club Robin Yount at #TRISTAR Autograph Pavilion

Today is the final day of this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention inside the Atlantic City Convention center — the finale after some busy days you can see in a gallery here, can see in a gallery here and also can see in a gallery here (Oh and there was plenty of prep and a preview night that you can see here, too.)

Keep reading for more and to see a gallery that will grow throughout the day as the doors have just now opened for everyone.

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Scenes from the Show … The National Day 2

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Via @slmsolo: Look what I found … #KrisBryant #Superfractor

All of the on-floor preparation for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention is over inside the Atlantic City Convention center and the preview night has come and gone.

Now it’s time for the show. You’ll never know what big cards you’ll see (Kris Bryant Superfractor, anyone?), and there will be items you’d never imagine finding because, well, you probably didn’t know they existed.

Keep reading for more and to see a gallery that will grow throughout the day as the doors open shortly.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Odyssey Football Flats

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What:
 2016 TRISTAR Odyssey Football Flats
Arrives: Aug. 3 
Box basics: 
One autographed football flat item per envelope (16 envelopes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR takes a new approach to blind-wrapped football memorabilia by focusing just on flat-item autographs in a product set to arrive just in time for breakers at the National Sports Collectors Convention.

Keep reading for more information and a gallery of the possibilities here.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures autographed baseballs (Series 8)

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What:
 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures autographed baseballs (Series 8)
Arrives: July 20
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand returns with a Ruthian inclusion as well as some specialty balls that will add to the chase.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Gameday Greats Football Jerseys

2016-tristar-GameDay-Greats-FB-Jersey-1 What: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Gameday Greats Football Jerseys
Arrives: June 15
Box basics: One autographed jersey per box (five boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Hidden Treasures football brand returns with the fabric of the game — autographed jerseys of notable players that collectors can chase via an affordable blind-wrapped box.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Discovery autographs

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What: 2016 TRISTAR Quest Discovery autographs
2016-TRISTAR-Quest-Discovery-1Arrives: May 25
Box basics: Five envelopes per box — each with an autographed flat or memorabilia redemption inside (three boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR is creating this one solely for breakers, giving online collectors a shot at some of the biggest autographs possible in the sports world and beyond.

Keep reading for more.

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Hideki Matsui to sign at National Sports Collectors Convention

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Former New York Yankees star and 2009 World Series MVP Hideki Matsui has been added to the autograph roster for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, N.J.

He’s scheduled to sign on the final day of the five-day show, Aug. 7.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures History of Baseball autographed photos

TRISTAR1What: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures History of Baseball autographed photos
Arrives: May 18
Box basics: 
One autographed photo per pack (30 packs per case; two 15-pack displays)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Hidden Treasures line of packaged memorabilia moves back to photos for its next release with a lineup that includes past greats and big names of today.

Keep reading for more about what’s in this one.

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Former WWE star Joanie Laurer, aka Chyna, dies at 46, leaving a very limited cardboard resume

1998-comic-imagesWWF-SuperStarz-chyna-RCShe was a bodybuilder, a bodyguard, a pioneering women’s wrestler dubbed “the ninth wonder of the world” who won men’s championships, a Playboy model and, ultimately, someone who battled demons for years after leaving the wrestling world.

She was Joanie Laurer, aka Chyna, and the former WWE star died Wednesday at age 46.

“I just heard the tragic news that @ChynaJoanLaurer has passed,” wrote WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon on Twitter. “She was truly a pioneer in our industry, and she will be missed. #RIPChyna.”

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Jeremy Hazelbaker is a hidden treasure on baseball cards — because he barely has any

Jeremy-HazelbakerHe’s one of this season’s biggest surprises and on cardboard he’s one of the best-kept secrets.

He’s Jeremy Hazelbaker, an outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, and he’s a secret because he’s not had many baseball cards of note — not a single certified autograph — in years.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures New York Dynasty autographed baseballs

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Arrives: April 20
2016-TRISTAR-Hidden-Treasures-New-York-Dynasty-2Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand takes a New York twist as this one’s all about the Yankees with stars of the past and present being part of the chase that includes all baseballs having a product-specific and numbered hologram.

Keep reading for more and a gallery of what’s in this one.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Feb. 25)

Aaron-Rodgers-DefinitiveThe 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 of 2015 Topps Definitive, a big TRISTAR vintage pull, new WWE breaks & plenty more.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Platinum autographed baseballs

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Arrives: March 1
Box basics: 
One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s autographed baseball chase brand is back for 2016 with a new batch of stars and legends along with some specialty logo balls that help add variety to the chase.

Keep reading for more and a gallery of what’s in this one.

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Football Mini Helmets

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What:
2016 TRISTAR Hidden Treasures Football Mini Helmets
Arrives: March 15
Box basics: One autographed mini helmet per box.

What’s buzz-worthy: After more than a year on the sidelines, TRISTAR’s Hidden Treasures football brand returns to the field with some extra potential twists for collectors.

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A.J. Styles in WWE? It can’t hurt his autographed card values …

AJStyles2004A.J. Styles is reportedly set to make his WWE debut sometime in the next week with the annual Royal Rumble pay-per-view set for Sunday in Orlando and the Raw and Smackdown tapings also in Florida next week.

That’s good news for wrestling card collectors since he’s a relatively plentiful autograph, a potential popular name for the story lines heading into the biggest time of the year with WrestleMania coming soon, and he’s also a bargain auto to pick up at the moment.

How much of a bargain?

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First Buzz: 2016 TRISTAR Signature Series Special Delivery

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What:
 2016 TRISTAR Signature Series Special Delivery
Arrives: Feb. 18
SignatureSeriesBox basics: 10 envelopes per case — each with an autographed piece of memorabilia (or redemption for item)

What’s buzz-worthy: TRISTAR’s Signature Series line of packaged memorabilia returns with a new selection of pieces possible and with every other case containing one “Hot Hit” item that typically sells for more than $500.

Keep reading for more.

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