Your new can’t-miss high school star has a Sports Illustrated cover … and plenty of baseball cards already

Your new can’t-miss high school star to collect is here … at least according to Sports Illustrated.

First, take a second and read the blurbs. Then go read his story.

Now, Buzz is here to let you know that Hunter Greene already has baseball cards and certified autographs that can be found in packs or added to your collection now. Heck, he’s already been on cardboard so long that you just might already have his cards in your stash … and not even know it.

How?

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 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: Plenty of baseball and some impressive pulls and projects.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (April 14)

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 baseball breaks as we enter the weekend.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2017 Donruss baseball blaster box (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: 2017 Donruss baseball blaster
The cost: 
$19.99 (get hobby here)

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World Baseball Classic champions get their Topps Now moment

USA Baseball clinched its first World Baseball Classic championship late Wednesday night and now the new baseball cards are here.

How? Via Topps NowTopps‘ online platform for real-time baseball cards that capture moments as soon as possible on cardboard.

A dozen cards were revealed on Thursday with USA’s star pitcher Marcus Stroman the subject of two types of Relic cards — with and without ink.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (March 23)

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: The World Baseball Classic, legendary pulls in clearance boxes, Madison Bumgarner’s signing habits and more.

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Weekend Update: Check out 10 top items on The Buzz last week

It was a busy one on The Buzz this past week. Here are 10 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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Upcoming release from Topps puts emphasis — and ink — on key cards of today’s stars. Get the details >> First Buzz: 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Active Player Edition

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

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 breaks from baseball, football and basketball.

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USA Baseball & Panini America extend exclusive licensing deal

The Stars and Stripes are staying put.

USA Baseball‘s baseball card licensing deal with Panini America will continue as the two entities announced on Wednesday a long-term extension of its agreement that began back in 2012.

As a new part of the deal, Panini logos will be incorporated into the USA team’s on-field uniforms while also continuing to appear on its USA baseball cards.

“Over the past five years Panini America has done an unprecedented job fostering the USA Baseball brand in the trading card category,” said David Perkins, the organization’s chief operating officer. “We are thrilled to extend our partnership and we are excited to work with them on new programs leading our pastime’s future to new heights.”

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Buzz Break: 2017 Donruss baseball 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: 2017 Donruss baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 192
Base set completion: 
128 of 195 (66 percent)
Duplicates: 0
Short-prints (Nos. 1-45; Diamond Kings & Rated Rookies) (9) –  Paul Goldschmidt, Jackie Bradley Jr., Christian Yelich, Noah Syndergaard, Maikel Franco, Madison Bumgarner, Dansby Swanson, Tyler Glasnow, Aaron Judge

Notables on base cards – Manny Machado, Mookie Betts, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, Kyle Schwarber, Francisco Lindor, Miguel Cabrera, Carlos Correa, Albert Pujols, Corey Seager, Giancarlo Stanton, Gary Sanchez, Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Bryce Harper, Cal Ripken Jr., Johnny Bench, Kirby Puckett, Nolan Ryan, Pete Rose

>>> For a variation gallery, click here
>>> For a checklist & general gallery, click here

Rookie Cards (3) – Dansby Swanson, Tyler Glasnow, Aaron Judge

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New Era has World Baseball Caps covered … for all but one team

The international all-star action of the World Baseball Classic is here with teams from 16 countries taking the field and appearing on Topps baseball cards, too.

The gear?

It’s in the plans to be coming to game-used cards, too, but for now fans will have to settle on buying their own caps and they’re available for 15 teams from New Era. 

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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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First Buzz: 2017 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes baseball cards

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What: 2017 Panini USA Baseball Stars & Stripes baseball cards
Arrives: March 15
Box basics: Five autographs or memorabilia cards per five-pack box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: USA Baseball returns to the field after some time off with a new configuration but the same patriotic value and potential with a mix of current USA stars and big names from the program’s past.

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 5)

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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: Landing big Cubs, some Super MLB breaks, comics cosplay, NXT, golf & more.

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

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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 questions, big breaks, big pulls & some Star Wars Rogue One.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Nov. 24)

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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: The Black Friday thread you must read … along with some breaks you must see (well, except not the one) on this day of turkey.

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Black November Wave 7 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 7 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.

2013 Panini Prizm Perennial Draft Picks baseball hobby box
Every box of this one includes four autographs, three inserts and six Prizm parallels — that’s not a lot and Panini America added more in subsequent Prizm releases but there are a couple of names that make this box notable at its reduced price. They are Kris Bryant and Mookie Betts and both of those MVP candidates can be found within the Prizm rainbow of autographs here. Others of note within these packs? Carlos Correa, Joc Pederson, Clint Frazier, Byron Buxton, Clint Frazier, Maikel Franco, Jose Abreu and Aaron Judge. The right rare shade here could be easy profits based on the box prices.

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David Ross just might be toughest Cubs autograph to land this year

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David Ross‘ final Game at Wrigley Field came with a serenade from Eddie Vedder on Sunday night, and as he marches toward retirement there’s one thing for sure about the Chicago Cubs’ 39-year-old catcher.

ross-2016-heritageHe’s easily among the toughest autographs on the team when it comes to certified cardboard.

That’s something worth noting as his career comes to an end — and potentially in the biggest way possible with a World Series win for the historically downtrodden team.

“I’ve had a storybook year, honestly. There are so many things I can talk about that have happened to me over this year,” Ross told The Associated Press. “Everybody was looking at me like, dude, Eddie Vedder just dedicated the whole seventh-inning stretch to you and I’m like, my mind’s blown. I’m thinking about being out of the game and he’s a quality individual. He’s just a good person, rock star, everybody knows who Eddie Vedder is. He says my name — it’s a huge compliment.”

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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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First Buzz: 2016 Elite Extra Edition baseball cards

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What: 2016 Elite Extra Edition baseball cards
Arrives: Dec. 7
Box basics: One autographed Silhouette, six-to-eight autographs and two-to-four memorabilia cards and four parallel inserts per five-pack box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Elite gets a revamp on the packaging side to bring this year’s latest crop of draft picks and prospects with a $20 per pack suggested retail price that Panini says is “streamlined for collectability.”

Keep reading for more as well as a full gallery of images.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Sept. 6)

image_zps5xd611nbThe 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: Carson Wentz, surprising finds, Donruss Optic, Gotham & more.

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Gary Sanchez just latest to chase in 2010 Bowman Chrome — and he’s not the only Blowout Flash Sale star

Gary-Sanchez-2010The Class of 2010 when it comes to Bowman baseball cards continues to be a deep one as new stars emerge atop the top arrivals of the past.

Back then it was Stephen Strasburg all day long — well, at least until his injury — and since then names like Aroldis Chapman, Max Kepler, Miguel Sano, Shelby Miller and now Gary Sanchez have emerged.

All of those autos and more can be found inside cases of 2010 Bowman Chrome baseball cards and it’s one of a few cases that can be found as part of a weekend flash sale over on the mothership.

How much? Keep reading.

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Dansby Swanson’s arrival offers hope for struggling hobby-favorite Braves

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The Atlanta Braves have the worst record in baseball but they’ll be one of the most-watched teams when it comes to hobbyists the rest of this season thanks to a call-up that appears to have paid off pretty well on Wednesday night.

Former No. 1 overall draft pick Dansby Swanson arrived and went 2-for-4 with a pair of singles in his big-league debut. The home-state star’s promotion is about more than just performance, though, as less than 10 months ago, he was a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks organization — and now he’s immediately one of the faces of a franchise aiming to rebuild. It’s a franchise with plenty of hobby favorites in the past and it doesn’t hurt that there’s a new stadium coming next year, too.

Now, the questions come about cardboard. Will this Rookie Cards now be included in 2017 Topps Series 1 and 2017 Topps Heritage? We don’t know that yet — but we do know he’s among today’s Topps Now stars on a call-up card — not once but twice.

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Buzz Poll: Do you think Alex Rodriguez will play elsewhere?

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Alex Rodriguez‘s playing time with the New York Yankees is coming to an end on Friday.

How many games he might play between now and then is up in the air with a road trip to Boston, but the end as a player is definitely at home on Friday with an advisory role signed through next season if he wants it. However, he insisted that he’s “not a coach” and stopped short of saying he’d never play again. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he’d have an open door if he wanted to play elsewhere.

It’s been a long journey with cardboard that looks back to his high school days, time with USA Baseball and throughout his years with Seattle, Texas and New York.

A-Rod is four home runs short of 700 — and that makes one wonder if it’s not a possibility. What do you think? Tell us in our poll, with a comment below or on Twitter.

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

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

Carlos-Correa-2016-Topps-Stadium-ClubThe 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: USA Baseball, 2016 Topps Stadium Club breaks, favorite football autos, new NBA contracts & The National.

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Potential No. 1 pick A.J. Puk appears on plenty of cards before MLB Draft

AJ-Puk-USA-1With the MLB Draft set for Thursday night, we’ll soon have a new crop of prospects attached to their professional teams and new players that collectors can now focus upon.

Thanks to various high school all-star sets and USA Baseball releases from Panini America, many of the players who’ll be tabbed for future greatness already have cardboard.

That includes potential No. 1 overall pick A.J. Puk, a 6-foot-7 left-handed pitcher for the Florida Gators who was previously drafted in the 35th round by the Detroit Tigers out of high school back in 2013.

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

2015pnstarsstripesBBIf you hadn’t noticed, there are a number of cases with dramatically discounted prices this weekend 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 that caught this collector’s eye.

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This wax box may offer easiest way to pull a Bryce Harper autograph

Bryce-Harper-2009-USABryce Harper is the reigning National League MVP and easily one of the first names mentioned when someones asks “Who’s the best player in the game today?”

Collectors who have been around have known his name for several years now — he made his cardboard debut way back in the 2008-09 USA Baseball boxed set as a member of the 16U National Team — but the high demand for his autographs arguably hasn’t waned since his dramatic entry into the national consciousness on the cover of Sports Illustrated as a 16-year-old.

He’s signed plenty of autographs, but there’s still plenty of demand. Check eBay or COMC and you’ll see the lowest asking prices for his ink pushing or topping the $200 mark and that puts him out of reach for a lot of collectors.

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Jackie Bradley Jr.’s hitting streak puts focus on his cardboard

Jackie-Bradley-Jr.-2012-Bowman-Chrome-autoHe’s been known since Day One to prospectors because he’s got one of the most-unique autographs in the game.

You know, one where you can often read every single letter.

But it’s on-the-field work that has people watching Jackie Bradley Jr. — he’s on a streak that’s getting his cardboard some attention and could help usher him into the mainstream. The Boston Red Sox outfielder enters today’s doubleheader against the World Series champion Kansas City Royals with a 22-game hitting streak.

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Max Scherzer’s historic game prompts key hobby question

Max-Scherzer-USAWashington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer did something last night that had only happened three other times in MLB history.

He struck out 20 batters in a game.

It’s a feat that only Roger Clemens, who did it twice, and Kerry Wood have done before, but in both of those pitchers’ cases there’s an iconic early baseball card to chase. For Clemens, his 1984 Fleer Update card is the one to own. For Wood, it’s his 1997 Bowman Chrome.

For Scherzer?

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Cory Hahn revisits play that changed his life in piece for Players Tribune

Cory-Hahn-USA-autoNot long ago, Cory Hahn was a USA Baseball player and a promising prep star who joined the Arizona State Sun Devils — the program that’s produced Dustin Pedroia, Barry Bonds and Reggie Jackson — with some big-league dreams of his own.

Now, though, he works for an MLB team — in the front office because he can’t walk, let alone take the outfield like he used to.

You might know Hahn’s story if you’re a prospector, but he recapped his story in a piece published today on The Players Tribune — one that looks back at a fluke play in just his third college game that changed his life forever. It’s worth a read.

“These days, I’m not much of a ballplayer,” he wrote, “although in my heart I always will be.”

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Making the Grade II: Corey Seager Pristine, a WrestleMania upstart, legends & Sheldon Cooper’s shirt

Corey-seager-2015-panini-usa-baseballLike many collectors, Buzz is a fan of grading and knows that there are many reasons that collectors choose to slab cards. Sometimes it’s to enhance the appeal and protect them when selling. Other times it’s to protect an investment for the long-term or to protect for sentimental reasons. Or, it might be just for fun or curiosity about a potential grade.

Here’s the second Grading Diary here on The Buzz …

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Cleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor signs on with Topps Authentics

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Cleveland Indians star Francisco Lindor is the latest player to sign on exclusively with Topps’ autographed memorabilia line after a rookie season that included a .313 average, 12 homers and 51 RBI in just 99 games last year. He finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year race to fellow shortstop and Topps Authentics player Carlos Correa.

His autographs will be found on oversized Chrome cards, jerseys, balls and bats as part of the deal and he joins a group that also includes Yankees pitcher Luis Severino, Red Sox pitcher Henry Owens and Braves third baseman Hector Olivera.

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Board Buzz: Five must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Jan. 24)

m8820k1pThe 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: Cracked Ice & Snow Camo seem perfect with the weather, 1997 Upper Deck Legends, some big box breaks pulls and much more.

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