First Buzz: 2017 Panini Flawless baseball cards


What:
 2017 Panini Flawless baseball cards
Arrives: June 1
Box basics:  Six autographs, two memorabilia cards and two jewel cards per box (two boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Flawless returns to the baseball diamond once again with elite names from the past and the biggest names of the present all in one place — “more All-Stars, legends and superstars than ever before,” according to the company.

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First Buzz: 2017 Elite Extra Edition baseball cards

What: 2017 Elite Extra Edition baseball cards
Arrives: Dec. 6
Box basics: One autographed Future Threads Silhouette, six-to-seven autographs and two-to-three memorabilia cards per five-pack box (20 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Elite once again arrives with a heavy emphasis on the hits and with case cards that are limited to no more than 999 copies with 10 parallels apiece.

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Matt Olson’s powerful MLB start comes after years of cardboard

He’s had a long road to MLB but he’s here — and at the moment he’s under the radar and hot.

He’s Oakland A’s rookie first baseman Matt Olson and he’s got 11 home runs in his last 15 games — 22 for the year. Olson, 23, was a first-round pick of the A’s way back in 2012 and he’s delivering so far with a .267 average and all those longballs in just 172 at-bats this season.

That long road? It’s even longer when it comes to cardboard.

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

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Buzz-worthy Bargain Break: 2015 Panini Prizm baseball cards


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there are a number of boxes with discounted prices this weekend and for the next week or so 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’s the first of a few “picks” to come in the next few days.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Stars & Stripes USA Baseball + win a 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.

How can you win one of several boxes we’re giving away today? Check out the break — and keep reading for the contest details.

The box: 2017 Panini Stars & Stripes USA Baseball cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 5
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 40
Base set completion: 
29 of 100 (29 percent)
Duplicates: 0

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


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, 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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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 29)

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 aplenty as we march toward the weekend.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Panini Stars & Stripes USA 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: 2017 Panini Stars & Stripes USA Baseball cards
Where to buy: BlowoutCards.com

Packs per box: 5
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 40
Base set completion: 
29 of 100 (29 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Base cards of note – Royce Lewis, Ken Griffey Jr., Jake Burger, Alex Faedo, Brendan McKay, Jeren Kendall, Todd Helton, Alex Bregman

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 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: An unbelievable Topps Heritage case, LaVar Ball autos coming today, big pulls from retail and USA Baseball & all the NSCC chatter you can find.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 13)

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, Aaron Judge, Aaron Judge, 2017 Topps Series 2, Superfractors, Mike Trout, Aaron Judge, Aaron Judge and Aaron Judge. (Something like that.)

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Need cards of your team’s first-round draft pick? They exist thanks to USA Baseball & Perfect Game

If you want the newest baseball cards of the newest MLB draft picks, then you should probably pick up a box of 2017 Panini Stars & Stripes USA Baseball cards.

Why?

USA Baseball sets from Panini America are among your best bets for finding players taken in the MLB Draft — 16 of the 30 first-rounders last night were USA alums — and you’ll find No. 1 draft pick Royce Lewis inside this year’s boxes along with No. 2 pick Hunter Greene and many others.

Thanks to other past USA releases and Perfect Game products from Leaf Trading Cards, just five of this year’s first-rounders don’t appear on officially licensed cardboard from a major manufacturer. (One of those five has a collegiate team-issued card … so there’s something official for fans to chase.)

Buzz recapped the draft in real time last night on Twitter and here are those images and a bit more — keep reading for a rundown of basics on the entire first round.

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Star power is really nothing new with Topps Update & Topps Traded RCs

First Bowman Chrome autos, Topps Heritage autos and Rookie Cards in general for key players seem to be powering sales of wax boxes most generally these days for Major League Baseball.

Those shouldn’t be too surprising, but in a world of seemingly countless options with autographs, serial-numbering or memorabilia pieces one could argue that less is more — that oldschool simplicity is back.

And one could argue that the basic Rookie Cards from a hobby staple such as Topps Update (or Topps Traded if you’re oldschool) continue to be an emerging go-to — and not just for players such as Mike Trout, whose 2011 Topps Update card is a ridiculous seller if in top condition and still pretty impressive if just in a lesser slab.

Perhaps it’s just a gut feeling with the arrival of 2017 Topps Update previewing last week and its date now known on the release calendar — but the old Topps Traded sets of the 1980s and even recent years of Topps Update also seem like fertile collecting ground, too, especially if you’re into graded specimens.

Here’s a year-by-year rundown of notable Rookie Cards from past Traded and Update sets …

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Robbie Ray’s hot streak could translate into hot auto cards — because he doesn’t have many

Which card do you chase when there’s a player on a hot streak and emerging from the pack — but when he doesn’t have much ink?

This collector would lean toward the earliest.

That player is Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray, and he’s a guy who posted an 8-15 record last season — but with 218 strikeouts, a mark that was fourth-best in the National League.

This year?

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (May 31)

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: Albert Pujols, busting Pro Debut, chasing Stantons, ripping USA Baseball, The Walking Dead & more.

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2013 Elite Extra Edition hanger box (Hour 6)

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 6.

12in12-logo-smallerThe box: 2013 Elite Extra Edition baseball hanger box
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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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)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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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.

Big-ink Potential 
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

Keep reading for more …

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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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