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2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball Case Break 6 Box Break

Its almost here. Little more than a month from now 2012 Bowman Platinum will be popping with tons of Box Breaks. Get your Case Break on with MOJO! Not only will they have all the big name prospects such as: Bryce Harper, Gerrit Cole, Anthony Rendon, Bubba Starling, and Trevor Bauer. They will also have some amazing veterans like: Adrian Gonzales, Justin Verlander, Buster Posey, Mike Trout, Eric Hosmer and so much more

By the Box Break

2 Refractor on card auto
1 Refractor Relic auto

The same format as last year with a much improved checklist. The big draw and most unique part to the product will be the redemptions for full game used items from the Arizona Fall League. 52 redemptions in total. Player on subset checklist have yet to be named but this will be a nice addition.

 

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2012 Rookie Premier Early Investment Guide Pt 1

Last year the 2011 Rookie Premiere class was very strong with lots of guys achieving greatness.  Success on the field translates to higher values in the hobby. The 2012 Stage has been set. We are all waiting to see who is going to be the guy this year. Obvious names come to mind like:  Andrew Luck, RGIII, and Trent Richardson. There is 35 guys at the 2012 NFL Rookie Premiere. These 35 gents will be in every single product from now till the last product comes out in April of 2013. Last year there was over 31 licensed NFL products. This year there maybe more. Get yourself acquainted with these gentlemen because your going to be seeing there mugs in wax for along time. You don't want your auto jersey card to be the 2012 version of  Bilal Powell or Jordan Todman . What I've done here is compiled some stats and formulated an opinion on who to buy,sell, and or hold. This will be a 3 part segment as I cover all the guys who participated in the premiere. Keeping check back!

I look forward to the first products that come out. 2012 Panini Prestige looks amazing. They did much better with it this year. The checklist mix of veterans to rookies is great . 2012 Bowman Signatures Football seems to be a killer as well. 5 autos per pack and the product is sold out and climbing in price.

Joe Adams WR/PR
Team: Carolina Panthers
4th rounder 104th Overall
HT 5-11 Investment Rating  5
College  Arkansas

Home-run potential with great speed. Adams will have first crack at Punt Return job. Joe's small size may prevent him from being a number one. He is similar size wise to Steve Smith who will mentor him. Carolina's receiving core is crowded with "premiere" busts such as: Edwards, Lafell, Gettis. At best i see him as a 2012 Randall Cobb. Which isnt a bad thing. He will be a low investment at the beginning of the season due to being a 4th rounder. If the price range is a low enough it may be worth the investment.

Coby Fleener TE
Team: Indianapolis Colts
2nd rounder  Overall 34th
HT 6-6 Investment Rating  8
College  Stanford

Indianapolis is Getting the band back together. I can hear the song "reunited" playing while Indy makes this pick... but truly  they never really were separate. The love affair in Stanford continues in Indy. The best friend a rookie Quarterback can have is his tight end. Fleener is already being shown on early depth charts as the number one Tight End. He could have a monster season. From a collectors stand point he could achieve Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, or Aaron Hernandez status next year. Good long term investment but you wont be getting him cheap as this guy is in no way flying under the raidar. I wonder how many dual Luck/Fleener Autos there will be this year? Im buying and waiting for a big game or two.

Michael Floyd WR
Team: Arizona Cardinals
Round 1 Overall 13
HT 6-1 Investment Rating  6
College  Notre Dame

Who better to learn from than the great Larry Fitzgerald. The only problem i have here is i don't see Kevin Kolb being a great Quarterback. Michael is big and physical and can make tough catches. You just need someone reliable to throw to him. The Manning sweepstakes had Card fans dreaming of 18 and after it didn't happen they chose the only option they had left in Kolb.  Floyd will more than likely be the teams number two or at least third wide out on the depth chart. He will get alot of looks as Larry will more than likely be quadruple covered. If I was any defending team I'd put Eight on Larry and count alligators haha. From a collecting standpoint this could be a great long term investment. Odds say most Rookie Wide Receivers will not get 1000 yards in there first season. There has only been 5 or so in the last 15 years. Like most successful wide outs i see him on the three year plan. Cardinals players don't have a high value for autos/mem  unless your Larry. I'd buy in on a few and take the chance. He will get plenty of opportunities I just don't see him ever being a  top ten with Kolb. Im buying at a good deal and holding.

Lamichael James RB
Team: San Francisco 49ers
Round 2 Overall 61
HT 5-7 Investment Rating  7
College  Oregon

If you can't beat em join em. Coach Jim Harbaugh suffered two losses to Oregon when he was head coach at Stanford. James left a good enough impression on him to get him to draft James into a already super crowded back field. The 49ers have Frank Gore, Brandon Jacobs, Kendall Hunter, and Anthony Dixon already on the depth chart for running backs. Some may say this will be too hard for James to make an impact. Frank does not have much left in the tank. Jacobs is a one year goal line solution. I can see the future of the 49ers running game two years from now being based on Hunter and James. I can even see James being a top ten. Harbaugh is very creative with his play calls and may even get James in 10 snaps a game early on. James is a few injuries a way from being last year Demarco Murray. Demarco's cards sold very well and continued to sell even after the injury. 49ers have a big fan base and would be considered a larger market team. This translates to higher values in the card industry. Im buying and holding.

Brock Osweiler QB
Team: Denver Broncos
Round 2 Overall 54
HT 6-7 Investment Rating  9
College  Arizona State

The heir to Peyton Manning in Denver. Unlike Tebow Elway has came out and said how much he likes Brock and that Brock is the QB of the future. That speaks volumes because Elway is the Obama over in Colorado. He basically hated Tebow's face and next thing you know Tebow is bunking with Sanchize. Brock will have no problem seeing over the offensive line. He can also take a hit or two. His mechanics are clean and some claim he was the biggest steal in the draft. Why I see him as a 9. The hype over RGIII, Luck, Tannenhill, and even Weeden will have collectors forgetting about Brock. Once some of the first products get released everyone will have the same Cam Newton fever with RGIII. With Osweiller you may have to wait 3-4 years for this investment to pay off but the kids upside is Tom Brady-esque. I know who I am PCing this year.

Trent Richardson RB
Team: Cleveland Browns
Round 1 Overall 3
HT 5-11 Investment Rating  5
College  Alabama

I can hear the boos already. I have a couple reasons at having Trent at a 5. From a collecting standpoint he will have so much hype that people will overpay for his first cards. Not much room to grow there. He's very talented don't get me wrong. He's built like Steven Jackson and even comes with the dreads. Getting him out of a pack means payday. I think he's a sell candidate on the investment scale. The other reason i have him so low is that i had a chance to meet him at the Industry Summit in Las Vegas. Panini was kind enough to bring him there and have him sign for free. My partner is a big Rams fan and some mock drafts had the Rams possibly interested in getting him. I asked him about St Louis and his reply was "I don't care who picks me as long as I get paid". At the end of the day money is important to athletes don't get me wrong. I just don't think you need to portray it that way to the media and fans. It made me put him into the Chris Johnson category. Has a few good years and then lets the money get to him. Im selling hard.

Ruben Randle WR
Team: New York Giants
Round 2 Overall 63
HT 6-3 Investment Rating  6
College  LSU

The Giants have an eye of drafting talented wide outs. Hakeem Nicks was selected after Percy Harvin, Michael Crabtree, Darius Heyward-Bey, and Jeremy Maclin in 2009. Same with Randle he fell farther than some thought. He was touted at the beginning of the combine but fell as he had a lackluster combine. Its a good thing that games aren't won at the combine. He's already predicted to be number 3 behind Cruz and Nicks. Eli Manning as we know shows no favoritism to any receiver. Get open and he will get you the ball simple as that. Like San Francisco The Giants are a large market team and they tend to pay for there rookie cards. Jerel Jernigan sold for way more all year last year just because he plays for the football Giants. Film guru Cosell claims Randle is very smooth and athletic and can line up on the outside. This translates into big plays. Big plays equal big pays in the card industry. I think he may need to mature so im buying and holding.

Check back as the rest of the rookies are put under the microscope

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Great week of Box and Case breaks

Well one of my favorite products came out on wednesday. Refer to the prior blog post. National Treasures takes me back to when i was a young kid and i counted down the days to Christmas and my Birthday. This year it delivered. It has the whole hobby a buzz right now. Look at forums. I go to blowout cards quite frequently to see the latest boxes being opened. The RPA's this year were absolutely redonkulicious (is that a word?). They chose and left the best multi colored jersey pieces for this product. We've pulled Five of them so far. Todman, Alex Green, Ryan Williams, Kendall Hunter and a Titus Young redemption. Tracy Hackler from Panini joined our live break on wednesday and watched live on blogtv. We got two 1/1's in the same case! We got a filthy Mikel Leshoure NFL Gear Auto 1/1 Laundry tag, and 1/1 Mike Vick Parallel. The checklist on 2011 National Treasures Football is amazing and has something for everyone. For Niner fans (the best in the nfl lol) we got a nice cut auto of the legendary Joe perry

Yesterday we had a fun filled morning with two group breaks. We had two different case breaks of 2011 Topps Museum and a five box break of 2011 Panini Playbook. Topps museum completely made all of us forget about Topps Marquee. Two products in a row now Topps has delivered. Topps Museum brought multi colors to baseball in a big way. The jersey pieces in some of the cards are absolutely disgusting. They put some of the best football products to shame. What they did that i also liked was the jumbo bat pieces. Im not a huge fan of bat pieces in a product normally because they are tiny. Museum brought some coaster size bat pieces. Some players may even become beer coasters after ahwile. We unfortunately didnt get to see a museum bordered card because the one we got was a redemption. Andrew Mccutcheun was apparently to busy to sign the museum collection this year. We did get some amazing hits though. We got a Ty Cobb numbered to /25 quad bat pieces and a disgusting Sandy Koufax 2 color jersey card. One of the chasers of the set and a possible 500$+ card. Congrats to Ian on the Koufax shown below

One thing that was interesting was Panini releasing 2011 Playbook Football 2 days after National Treasures. Ive never seen a company release two competing products that close to each other. 2011 Panini Playbook is the last Football release of this years rookie class. Suprisingly i think its a amazing product. Its unfortunately not sharing the limelight well with Treasures as its getting crushed. The format is very similar to the latest 2011-2012 Nba Preferred. All killer and no filler is the theme here. Playbook is innovative right from the box as its a smaller lazer disc style looking box. The product offers a book card in every box! The rookie book cards are amazing. We pulled two one of ones from five boxes. Thats a mojo break.

 

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2012 Tribute Highlights and Thoughts

The highly anticipated and allocated 2012 Topps Tribute has been released last friday. Last years success has left collectors yearning for this years high end set. Topps made a few changes but kept the concept of tribute basically the same. Encased hits! Topps saves money for you! No more do you have to run to your lcs and pick up the correct size ultra pro for your Tribute. The encased hits also have a seal on top. This may or may not add extra value to the cards down the line. A negative for those who like to finger jersey and or bat pieces. Im a fan of the encased hit. They added it in last minute. Im not sure if topps was afraid that the set was going to flop so they felt they needed to add more value or just wanted to be creative and different. Maybe product design opened alot of 2010 Plates and Patches Football? New to the product is the absence of jersey autos. Im not sure what direction they were going with this one. Each box promotes 3 mem pieces and 3 autos. Doing away with the mem autos made it easier for QC? Not sure but i was a fan of the jersey autos last year. Most cards are all on card autos so its pry easier to have them sign with out a jersey piece on the card. Topps did do an excellent job of keep redemptions to a minimum. The redemptions that are pulled in this set are guys that topps HAVE to have in this product. Hank Aaron, Eric hosmer, Matt Kemp, Yu Darvish, Ken Griffey JR, and a few more.

 

 

 

 

Early posts on forums had us worried about this product. I dont know if id say its better than last year but its close. The on card autos are awesome feature and the correlation of guys are great! Yes there are a few schlub autos but not every box can have a Aaron, or Mantle. We did 6 boxes on sunday and it was pretty solid. We had autos from: Hank Aaron, Eric Hosmer, Carl Yaz, Ernie Banks, Gary Carter, Ryan Howard, Ryan Braun, Starlin Castro, and more we had Mem Pieces from Mickey Mantle, Dave Winfield, Chipper Jones, Adrian Gonzales, and more. All in all very solid 6 boxes and i reccomend this product as a buy. The prices may shoot up to the 400 dollar a box range like last year

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