Boston Celtics and NBA lose legend as Jo Jo White dies at 71

One of the NBA’s greatest teams has lost one of its greats.

Hall of Famer Jo Jo White who won two championship rings and was the NBA Finals MVP in 1976 as part of a 12-year career with the Celtics, Warriors and Kings has died after battling several health issues for years. He was 71.

“He was a champion and a gentleman; supremely talented and brilliant on the court, and endlessly gracious off of it,” the Boston Celtics said in a statement. “His contributions to the team’s championship legacy may have only been surpassed by the deep and lasting impact that he had in the community. The thoughts and sympathies of the entire Celtics organization are with the White family.”

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Million Dollar Arm’s Rinku Singh starts WWE career today

You may be seeing Rinku Singh on cardboard once again.

Back in 2009, he was one of two pitchers signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates out of Lucknow, India, and their stories of how that happened ended up becoming a Disney movie. But today he joins professional wrestling hopefuls under contract at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla.

No, seriously.

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Alabama Coach Nick Saban’s historic title chase could spark new interest in already hot autographs

With a victory tonight, University of Alabama Head Football Coach Nick Saban would equal a giant not only in the history of college football but a giant in his school’s history.

His Crimson Tide plays in Bryant-Denny Stadium on Paul W. Bryant Drive down the road from the Paul W. Bryant Museum and the Bryant Conference Center — all reminders of Bear Bryant and his NCAA-record six national championships and 323 career victories. (Saban is at 285.)

Tonight’s College Football Playoff National Championship is Saban’s sixth title-game appearance in the last nine years and with a win he’ll have his sixth season title for his career. Saban had his chance at tying Bryant last season when his undefeated team lost in the final seconds on the final play of the game against Clemson, which Alabama knocked off in a rematch this year to advance to tonight’s game against the Georgia Bulldogs. Both of Alabama’s postseason foes this year are coached by former Tide assistants, Dabo Swinney at Clemson and Kirby Smart at Georgia, but neither has autographs and football card appearances as easily found as the legend of today, Saban.

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Jon Gruden’s signature will get him big, big money soon from Raiders

Jon Gruden‘s return to the Oakland Raiders looks to be a pricey one when it comes next week — a mere 10-year contract worth close to $100 million.

One thing the former coach turned analyst turned coach again might not be doing anytime soon after signing that massive deal, though, is signing autographs for card companies — but thankfully for collectors he’s already got a heavy volume of ink out there (at least for a coach) from more than a decade ago if they want one.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1989 Upper Deck High Number pack (Hour 2)

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 packs in a dozen hours. We’ll post one every hour on the hour all day long today … this is Hour 2.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1989 Upper Deck High Number baseball cards
The cost: 
$3

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Buzz Break: 2015 Upper Deck Marvel Ant-Man trading cards (hobby 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 BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com.

The box: 2015 Upper Deck Marvel Ant-Man cards (hobby)
Where to buy:
Poke around online

Packs per box:
 20
Cards per pack: 5
Cards in this box: 95
Base set completion: 
74 of 90 (82 percent)
Duplicates: 0

 

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This Dwyane Wade 1/1 autograph sale price might shock you …

It’s not in perfect condition, it’s not Exquisite Collection and it’s not LeBron James, but this card was in big demand this past weekend via Goldin Auctions. 

This BGS 8.5 copy of Dwyane Wade‘s 2003-04 SP Authentic SP Extra Limited autograph card — the only one made — put up a pretty big number this weekend.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 4)

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: Nothing but big breaks as we start a new work week.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1999 Upper Deck Ovation MLB blaster (Hour 7)

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 7.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 1999 Upper Deck Ovation baseball cards (blaster)
The cost now: 
$19.95
The cost then: $34.99

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JFK files may prompt plenty of new chatter, but no matter what there’s a ton of Kennedy cardboard to collect

Today’s highly anticipated release of the JFK files — the previously classified documents regarding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 — are sure to be a holiday of sorts for conspiracy theorists and are sure to pique the curiosity of history buffs and presidential-minded people.

But the life of the 35th president has prompted plenty of cardboard appearances over the years, too, far beyond just the tragedy of that November day in Dallas, Texas.

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Giannis Antetokounmpo’s freaky start shouldn’t be too surprising

“Giannis Antetokounmpo: The night the legend was born”

“This is just the beginning”

“‘He really could be anything’ — Giannis Antetokounmpo is about to take over the NBA”

Those were just some of the headlines about, if you haven’t figured it out, Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Milwaukee Bucks forward who has lit up the NBA in the first week of a new season with 38.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Breaking down the first week of the season, SI.com noted that “The Freak” is not like others on its list of 12 biggest surprises so far.

“Some of the trends on this list will soon disappear,” reads Rob Mahoney’s piece. “This is real — a fledgling MVP candidacy behind one of basketball’s transcendent talents.”

Keep reading for the basics on this potential MVP’s cardboard after his career-high 44-point game this weekend.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2000 Upper Deck Ovation Japanese baseball cards hobby box (Hour 2)

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 2.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2000 Upper Deck Ovation Japanese baseball cards (hobby)
The cost: 
$49

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 1989 Upper Deck High Series MLB pack (Hour 1)

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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 … and this is Hour 1.

12in12-logo-smallerThe pack: 1989 Upper Deck High Series baseball cards
The cost now: 
$3
The cost then: $1

What’s inside this pack? Keep reading …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2015-16 Upper Deck Series 1 hockey cards Mega Box (Hour 10)

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 10.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2015-16 UD Series 1 NHL (Mega)
The cost: Click here

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Jerry Jones making rare autograph card appearance for Panini America

If you watch a Dallas Cowboys game, odds are you’ll see him at least once — typically after a win or some kind of replay that generated a reaction from the owner’s box high above the 50-yard line.

But one thing where Cowboys owner Jerry Jones isn’t often found is in packs of NFL cards but Panini America has a new rarity coming soon showing him as one of the newest members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Aug. 22)

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: The Aaron Judge debate, big sketches and breaks from around the sports world.

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

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: Big pulls, NBA collections and ripping 1986-87 Fleer … or not.

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

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: Nothing but breaks in today’s edition — check ’em out.

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Scenes from the Show … The National Day 5 (ongoing gallery)

Via @Goldberg … Not sure if I’ve EVER taken a photo with 2 crazier dudes!!! 

National Sports Collectors Convention marches on inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center as we finish things up today. That comes after a big Day 4 (gallery here) and the Panini VIP Party, Day 3 (massive gallery here)Day 2 (massive gallery here) as well as the preview night (gallery here).

Now it’s time for Day 5 — the finale — with the last lineup of signers and plenty of action on the floor of a show that, by many accounts, has been busier than normal this year. You’ll never know what big items you’ll see 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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Scenes from the Show … The National Day 4 + Panini VIP Party (ongoing gallery updates all day)

Via @PaniniAmerica: Lonzo Ball has entered the Green Room at @PaniniAmerica #PaniniVIP Party!

National Sports Collectors Convention marches on inside the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center as we hit the weekend. Day 3 (massive gallery here)Day 2 (massive gallery here) as well as the preview night (gallery here) have come and gone but today should be a doozie

Now it’s time for Day 4 with the biggest lineup of signers and plenty of action on the floor of a show that, by many accounts, is busier than normal this year — and we’ll know for sure today as Saturdays are the peak. You’ll never know what big items you’ll see 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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Scenes from the Show … The National Day 3 (ongoing gallery)

National Sports Collectors Convention marches on inside the Donald  E. Stephens Convention Center as Day 2 (massive gallery here) as well as the preview night (gallery here) have come and gone.

Now it’s time for Day 3 with a massive slate of signers and plenty of action on the floor of a show that, by many accounts, is busier than normal. You’ll never know what big items you’ll see 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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National Sports Collectors Convention — the basics (so far)

The National Sports Collectors Convention is nearly here and the months of preparation are culminating in the show of all shows for sports collectors for five days in Chicago.

There will be plenty to see, plenty to do and plenty to buy and Buzz has been watching the developments the whole way. We’ll have galleries of images from the show floor and a few nuggets here and there in the coming days but there’s already been plenty written leading up to the show that you can all find right here.

Here’s a rundown of all past NSCC stories here on The Buzz …

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2015-16 Upper Deck NHL Series 1 tin (Hour 8)

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 8.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2015-16 Upper Deck NHL Series 1 tin
The cost: Click here

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2007 UD SP Legendary Cuts MLB box (Hour 2)

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 2.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2007 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts baseball cards
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Upper Deck’s NSCC plans include promos, Monumental Box & more

With the clock ticking down to the National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago later this month, the promo card plans and other details for the show are coming into focus.

Upper Deck’s plans include wrapper redemptions, breaker promotions, Chicago Legends cards and more.

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Buzz Break: 2007 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts baseball cards

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.

The box: 2007 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts baseball cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 12
Cards per pack: 4
Cards in this box: 50
Base set completion: 
46 of 100 (46 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Frank Robinson, Cal Ripken Jr., Carl Yastrzemski, Wade Boggs, Carlton Fisk, Harmon Killebrew, Tom Seaver, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, Yogi Berra, Robin Yount, Willie Stargell, Tony Gwynn, Willie McCovey

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

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: Aaron Judge, Museum Collection breaks, PGA & NBA breaks, the NHL Draft & much more.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot MLB tin (Hour 3)

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 3.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot baseball cards
The cost: Click here

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Panini readies Reggie Miller’s first NBA autos since 2004-05 season

Scan through boxes of NBA cards and odds are you’ll find a Reggie Miller card or two — he’s got more than 2,000 different ones — but there’s one kind of card you probably won’t see.

That’s one with an autograph.

That will start to change soon, though, as Panini America revealed Monday that it has landed the Indiana Pacers legend and Hall of Famer to an autograph deal to produce his first certified autographs for an NBA trading card set in more than a decade.

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Buzz Break: 2001 Upper Deck golf rack box

Do you like Buzz Breaks? We’re prepping for the next 12 in 12 — a series of a dozen breaks of past wax boxes and wax packs in a dozen hours coming up next week. Here’s a box that we busted but didn’t make the cut … so you see it here now as a teaser of what’s to come.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2001 Upper Deck golf rack box
The cost: Click here

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First Buzz: 2017 Leaf Best of Basketball Unopened Edition


What:
 2017 Leaf Best of Basketball Unopened Edition
Arrives: Aug. 25
Box basics: One unopened NBA wax box plus one new Leaf card per box (six boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: The elite basketball brands from the past will be found here via unopened buyback wax boxes accented along with some new creations featuring notable players in the history of the game as the cherry on top.

Keep reading for more.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 2)

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: Nothing but breaks as we truck into the weekend.

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Buzz Poll: How does Tiger Woods’ news affect your collection?

Tiger Woods is back in the news again — and it’s not for golf.

Naturally with this development, along with his lack of time on the PGA Tour, one has to ponder the future of his cardboard. As one of the most-decorated and sought-after golf stars of all time, there’s been plenty of money put into his cardboard. He’s definitely also been one of the most sought-after autographs of anyone in the sports world … but now this.

More than a few questions come to mind … tell us what you think with our poll below or via a comment here or on Twitter.

Follow Buzz on Twitter @BlowoutBuzz or send email to BlowoutBuzz@blowoutcards.com. 

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Steven Holcomb’s life story included vision issues, Olympic gold & cards

Not that long ago, Steven Holcomb‘s Olympic dreams were challenged by failing vision and depression, but a surgery to correct his keratoconus — a disorder that had him seeing with 20/500 vision — helped make him one of the United States’ most-successful bobsledders in years.

His successes included three Olympic medals and it was was one that had been documented in a book — his autobiography, But Now I See: My Journey from Blindness to Olympic Gold — but there won’t be new chapters. He was found dead Saturday in Lake Placid, N.Y., at age 37.

“The entire Olympic family is shocked and saddened by the incredibly tragic loss today of Steven Holcomb,” U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun told The Associated Press. “Steve was a tremendous athlete and even better person, and his perseverance and achievements were an inspiration to us all. Our thoughts and prayers are with Steve’s family and the entire bobsledding community.”

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Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s autograph isn’t hard to land after retirement news

Dale Earnhardt Jr. — NASCAR’s most-popular driver — will be retiring after this season ends.

The 42-year-old shared his plans with his team today and a news conference is set for this afternoon to talk about his decision after 18 seasons as a driver at NASCAR’s highest level and more than 600 races.

The move shouldn’t come as a big surprise as he was sidelined with concussion issues for much of last season but that didn’t stop him from winning NASCAR’s most-popular driver award voting for the 14th straight year — the record for total wins is 16.

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