Buzz 12 in 12: Busting a 2015 Panini Contenders Draft Picks basketball blaster 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 Panini Contenders Draft Picks basketball (blaster)
The cost: 
$15 (click here for hobby)

What’s inside this one? Keep reading …

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Board Buzz: Must-read threads on the Blowout Forums (June 28)

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, vintage grading questions, WNBA show-offs & more.

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First Buzz: 2017 WNBA cards


What:
 2017 WNBA basketball cards
Arrives: Aug. 23
Box basics:  Two autographs per 110-card factory set

What’s buzz-worthy: The annual WNBA release from Rittenhouse Archives includes autographs from the newest No. 1 pick and one of two top stars in every box.

Keep reading for more info.

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First Buzz: 2016 WNBA trading cards

W16_TaurasiWhat: 2016 WNBA basketball cards
Arrives: Aug. 24
Box basics:  Two autographs per 110-card factory set

What’s buzz-worthy: The annual WNBA release from Rittenhouse Archives includes autographs from a pair of UConn Huskies who were top picks in this year’s WNBA Draft inside every single set.

Keep reading for more info.

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Buzz Break: 1999 WNBA Hoops basketball cards

1999-WNBA-Hoops-boxFrom time to time, Buzz will break a box of something and break down 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: 1999 WNBA Hoops basketball cards (hobby box)
1999-WNBA-Hoops-Chamique-HoldsclawWhere to buy: Wherever you can find it reasonably priced

Packs per box: 36
Cards per pack: 10
Cards in this box: 360
Base set completion: 
110 of 110 (100 percent)
Duplicates: 110 (yep, a second full set)
Triplicates: 105 (yep, almost a third)
Quadruplicates: 11

Notable names pulled on base cards: Cynthia Cooper, Teresa Weatherspoon, Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, Rebecca Lobo, Nikki McCray

Notable Rookie Cards pulled: Katie Smith, Jennifer Azzi, Chamique Holdsclaw, Dawn Staley, Nykesha Sales

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As Swin Cash’s career comes to a close, there’s not much cardboard for collectors to chase

Swin-Cash-AutoThe WNBA is in its 20th season and one of the best all-around players in the history of the league, Swin Cash, announced on Tuesday that this will be the final campaign of her 15-year career.

“This game I love saved my life after a cancer scare. It’s provided for me and my family. It’s given me championships in college and the pros,” she wrote in a piece for The Players Tribune. “And it’s asked me whether or not I had the tenacity and perseverance to compete with and against the greatest athletes in the world, and take home the prize of prizes: an Olympic gold medal. Twice.”

She’s one of the top players statistically — yet she’s got very little cardboard for fans to chase. Her story is not a unique one as WNBA cardboard has been largely limited to a small boxed set each year since 2009.

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UFC star Ronda Rousey leads long list of athletes in SI Swimsuit Issue — and many can be found on cards

SI-Ronda-RouseyIt’s February and that means that we’re set for the Super Bowl and some mass-marketing from SI.com over the annual Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue.

And in reality the hype for both already has begun.

SI-Kate-UptonThe last time we saw Ronda Rousey, she was suffering the first loss of her UFC career. Up next she’ll be in the annual issue for the second year in a row. More publicity won’t hurt her already-in-high-demand cardboard. She’s one of a long list of athletes to appear in the issue and part of an even longer list of models who appear on cards and have certified autographs and even memorabilia cards for collectors to chase.

For the traditional models, there actually were SI Swimsuit card sets released each year from 2003 to 2009 from Stellar Collectibles and then a later retrospective set. In those sets, we got autographs, memorabilia cards and even paint cards from photoshoots. Meanwhile, for many of the athletes who have appeared in the issue since, there are autograph appearances in sets like Topps’ Allen & Ginter (and many other sets) where collectors can also sometimes find the models. Kate Upton and Chrissy Teigen have been found there for example, and they sell very well.

Here’s a rundown of a few sports stars who we’ve seen in the issue.

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