Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Leaf Metal U.S. Army All-American Bowl football cards box (Hour 1)

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 today … this is Hour 1.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2017 Leaf Metal U.S. Army All-American Bowl
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Autographs of Alabama’s new star Tua Tagovailoa scorching with national championship win

If you saw this coming, you need to be coaching The Big Game next year — and every year after that.

Alabama freshman QB Tua Tagovailoa took over behind center for the Crimson Tide down 13-0 at halftime and delivered a game-winning 41-yard TD pass to DeVonta Smith in overtime to seal a 26-23 victory.

And that makes his U.S. Army All-American Bowl cards from Leaf Trading Cards the hottest cardboard on the planet for the moment — and there’s a decent amount of options to go around, too.

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Some of Alabama & Georgia’s biggest stars already have football cards thanks to prep bowl games

The college football world got a pair of classic showdowns on Monday night and will get a third next week when the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs face off for the College Football Playoff National Championship.

There were some dominating performances for these two squads in the Rose Bowl and the Sugar Bowl and the good news for collectors who might not know is that a number of those stars now set to chase gridiron history already appear on fully licensed football cards thanks to card companies’ deals with prep spotlight games such as the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and the Under Armour All-America Game.

In the case of the Bulldogs and their game-winning star Sony Michel — as well as his fellow bruiser RB Nick Chubb and QB Jake Fromm — they can all be found on Army cards from Leaf Trading Cards. Michel’s first of more than 40 cards was made back in 2011 and nearly all of the are autographed. Chubb has around 30 cards from 2014 and beyond, while Fromm has more than both of them with nearly 50 signed. His are all from this year’s set — and this trio is likely not alone for Bulldog cameos as there have been plenty of cards made for the event in past years (some wax is still findable — there’s even a Vault release on the way).

The Crimson Tide guys? There’s a lot more mystery there …

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Metal U.S. Army All-American Bowl football cards

What: 2017 Leaf Metal U.S. Army All-American Bowl football cards
Arrives: June
Box basics: Eight autographs per box (15 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf’s Metal take on the All-American Bowl is back for another year with an array of possibilities that includes inscriptions, patch cards and more for this prep all-star showcase event.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf All-American Football Vault football cards


What: 2016 Leaf All-American Football Vault football cards
Arrives: March 24
Box basics: One past box and one 2016 Leaf Metal All-American Bonus Box per box (12 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf revisits the U.S. Army All-American Bowl with a limited-edition release that revisits six past years of the prep all-star event via full boxes of those past products combined with newer bonus cards from last year.

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First Buzz: 2016 Leaf Metal U.S. Army All-American Bowl football cards

2016-leaf-Metal-U.S.-Army-All-American-1What: 2016 Leaf Metal U.S. Army All-American Bowl football cards
Arrives: Late April/early May
Box basics: Eight autographs per box (15 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Leaf returns with a new feel for its All-American Bowl presence with Metal cards and an array of possibilities that includes inscriptions, patch cards and more for this prep all-star showcase event.

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Need a fun & affordable football card focus? Try collecting NFL sons

NickMontanaAdmit it, you may have overdone things when it comes to buying football cards this year — maybe past years, too — and have a big ol’ stash of cards you don’t know what to do with. What do you keep? What do you jettison? That’s where having a collecting focus comes in. If you haven’t overdone it on wax, then maybe having a focus for your single-card buys is a need. (That’s one even Buzz has struggled with over decades of collecting.)

One potential niche that seems prevalent this year in NFL and college sets? Cards showing the kids of former NFL players who have now made their way onto cardboard.

They seem to be everywhere this year. Second-generation players aren’t anything new, of course, but they can be a fun way to revisit the past while also collecting the present. Buzz started his collecting days in the 1980s and, back then, a Joe Montana autograph wasn’t an easy find — plus, his handwriting didn’t justify the high cost on a small budget. Fast-forward to 2015 and Nick Montana has cardboard. He won’t be an NFL star — he wasn’t really even that good in college — and the handwriting also isn’t great, but he’s got a certified autograph card.

Buzz wanted it, Buzz got it. Can’t say the same thing for a Joe autograph, though, even all these years later.

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Get out your time machine to land a Christian McCaffrey football card

ChristianMcCaffreyStanford’s Christian McCaffrey picked up The Associated Press College Football Player of the Year nod on Tuesday, becoming the first non-Heisman Trophy winner since 2009 to win the award.

But if you want his first football cards? Well, you’ll have to do some digging — because six years ago was the same year he made his debut on cardboard.

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Buzz Poll: Alabama’s Derrick Henry or Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott — which superstar will you collect?


Two of the top Heisman Trophy candidates this year already have cardboard and certified autographs thanks to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl sets from Leaf Trading Cards.

Alabama junior Derrick Henry set the Crimson Tide’s single-season rushing record in a dominating 271-yard, 46-carry day against the rival Auburn Tigers on Saturday. Ohio State’s Ezekiel Elliott also put up a dominating 214-yard day with a pair of touchdowns in a rout of the rival Michigan Wolverines.

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Alabama’s Derrick Henry might be new Heisman front-runner — and he already wins on autograph cards

DerrickHenryWhen the No. 2 LSU Tigers took on the fourth-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide on Saturday night, it was supposed to be a showcase game for the Tigers’ Heisman Trophy candidate Leonard Fournette, who has been a dominating presence this season with more than 1,300 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns.

What it turned into after a convincing 30-16 Crimson Tide victory over the previously unbeaten Tigers was, potentially, the national arrival of Alabama RB Derrick Henry.

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