Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (July 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: A big vintage find, new MLB breaks, Aaron Judge, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., The National & more …

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Futures Game memorabilia leads off All-Star Week at MLB Auctions

Game-used memorabilia from this year’s All-Star festivities will be hitting the auction block via MLB Auctions this week and the stars of the All-Star Futures Game are batting lead-off.

Game-used batting helmets, game-used baseballs, game-used caps, used batting practice jerseys and a game-used base are already up for grabs from the prospect showcase that the United States won, 7-6, over the World squad on Sunday evening.

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Buzz Break: 2017 Topps Pro Debut minor league baseball (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

The box: 2017 Topps Pro Debut minor league baseball cards (hobby box)
Where to buy:

Packs per box: 24
Cards per pack: 8
Cards in this box: 180
Base set completion: 
162 of 200 (81 percent)
Duplicates: 0

Notables on base cards – Mickey Moniak, Ian Happ, Amed Rosario, A.J. Puk, Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blake Rutherford, Gleyber Torres, Nick Senzel, Carter Kieboom, Bryson Bregman

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Buzz 12 in 12: Busting three 2016 Bowman MLB value packs (Hour 5)

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 5.

12in12-logo-smallerThe lot: Three 2016 Bowman baseball value packs (each contains three packs plus a bonus pack)
The cost: Click here

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Gallery: Panini Spring Training Road Trip signers & behind-scenes views

Panini America’s second leg of its annual autograph, photo and memorabilia collection adventure known as the Panini Spring Training Road Trip winds down today and tomorrow in Arizona.

It’s one of the biggest ways that the company collects autographs in one big swoop for the younger stars of the diamond every year.

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First Buzz: 2017 Onyx Preferred Players Collection autographs

preferred-players-collection-2017-2What: 2017 Onyx Preferred Players Collection autographed baseballs
Arrives: March 14
Box basics: One autographed baseball per box (12 boxes per case via four inner mini cases)

What’s buzz-worthy: Only 50 sealed cases will be made for this one, which includes top stars from the recent past and present along with an extra chase element.

Keep reading for more info, including a checklist.

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (Dec. 21)


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: MLB logos, big breaks (new and old), a look at new NXT cards and one collector glad to grab Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

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Gallery: 2016 Bowman’s Best baseball cards (updated)

The final Bowman brand of the year arrives in hobby shops today with autographs from notable players of the past, the present and potentially the future.

You know, guys like No. 1 draft pick Mickey Moniak.

He’s not alone in packs of 2016 Bowman’s Best — keep reading for more info and a gallery of what’s been found so far.

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Bowman Platinum’s powerful return should impress with checklist alone

s-l1600-2Big names, big ink and a smaller than normal distribution is a recipe for a hot product with longer-term potential.

Some of the names on the autographed checklist should reinforce that potential — Alex Bregman, Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Brendan Rodgers, Daz Cameron, Dansby Swanson, Ian Happ, Lucas Giolito, Willson Contreras, Yoan Moncada, Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, Julio Urias, Kris Bryant, Kenta Maeda, Mike Trout and Trevor Story. (And that’s just two of the checklists in this one.)

That product is 2016 Bowman Platinum, and it’s initially billed as a Walmart-only brand doing well enough that it’s now also available with 20-pack boxes on hand from Blowout.

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First Buzz: 2016 Onyx Platinum Elite baseball cards

2016-Onyx Platinum-Elite-Baseball-2What: 2016 Onyx Platinum Elite baseball cards
Arrives: April
Box basics: Two autographs per four-card box (25 boxes per case)

What’s buzz-worthy: Prospecting heads high-end with this product that includes “an epic checklist” according to the company with at least two autographs per box from a roster of signers that includes No. 1 draft pick Dansby Swanson, Brendan Rodgers, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and plenty more with a rainbow of parallels, too.

Keep reading for more, including a gallery.

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Panini increases autograph output in 2015 Elite Extra Edition boxes

panini-america-2015-eee-baseball-yoan-moncadaWhen Panini America first revealed 2015 Elite Extra Edition back in October, it promised that the annual prospecting staple would include plenty of autographs — eight to 10 in the warmest of Hot Box scenarios and six autos for the standard boxes.

But there will be even more ink when it arrives next Thursday.

A lot more in every case.

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Buzz-worthy numbers: Facts about 2015 Panini Contenders baseball, which arrives on Wednesday


Here are some facts touting Panini America‘s latest baseball set, 2015 Panini Contenders, which arrives on Wednesday, Nov. 11, packing some prospect debuts and plenty of international, prep and college talents in their teams’ colors.

54 — There will be 54 players who are appearing on their first autographs in this one, according to the company, with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Victor Robles among them. Guerrero is the son of the former big-leaguer and will aim to begin his MLB career in Canada as a Blue Jays signee. (His dad, of course, began as an Expo nearly 20 years ago back in 1996.) Robles is a highly touted Nationals outfielder.

2 — That’s the number of boxes in a case that will pack an autograph from either Cubs catcher Kyle Schwarber, Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager or Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada. Schwarber will be seen in his Indiana Hoosiers gear but is already on the minds of many collectors as is Seager, who will be found as part of the product’s USA Baseball contingent. Moncada is a new international signee who has very little cardboard so far.

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