The 2013 NFL season is not only going to be a make or break season for many players, it is destined to have a large impact in the collecting world as well.
Last season may well have been the year of the rookie. Players like Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, Doug Martin and Andrew Luck highlighted an unprecedented rookie crop. These players showed off their flashy styles and put up big numbers against strong opponents. Football collectors everywhere responded in turn by putting up big numbers of their own. Collectors threw down big money for these new breakout stars. Regular refractors of Griffin and Luck can fetch as much as thirty dollars with their autographs going for a few hundred. It would appear that a new era had dawned in the NFL and fans and collectors were excited to go along for the ride.
However, that was last year. Now everyone is anxious to see if the previous season was the real deal for the now sophomore stars. The expectations weigh heaviest on Robert Griffin III, who is coming off surgery for a torn ACL. It seemed like Washington acquired all the right pieces for their young quarterback to thrive this season but he has struggled in the first two weeks. Griffin's draft day counterpart, Andrew Luck, does not have as much pressure this year, playing for what many consider to be second-rate Colts team. Still, while Luck may not be expected to win, collectors still are hoping for impressive numbers to justify their rookie card purchases.
So now players like Luck, Griffin, Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick are entering the 2013 season with large amounts invested in their cardboard likenesses. If last year was the year of the rookie, will this be the year of the sophomore slump? Anyone who has bet on these promising stars is certainly hoping not.
With the second month of baseball season underway, the NBA and NHL playoffs beginning to heat up and the NFL just wrapping up the draft, May could possibly be one of the more overlooked sports months. While sports fans all over are strapping down while the action is heating up, card companies are keeping up with the increased activities this coming month as well. Fifteen new products are scheduled to hit the streets in the next four weeks, including some unusual and interesting stuff thanks to Topps Chipz and a Leon Sandcastle rookie card in Score Football.
Baseball2013 Bowman Baseball—May 8th
2013 Topps Museum Collection—May 15th
2013 Topps MLB Chipz—May 29th2013 Topps Archives—May 29th
2013 Panini USA Baseball—May 29th
With the return of baseball in 2013, fans all over the country can’t wait to witness the sophomore campaigns of one of the most exciting rookie classes in recent memory. Also breaking out after successful debuts last year are Topps products Archives Baseball and Museum Collection. One of the more successful high-end products last year, Museum Collection once again returns with a heavy list of autograph signers and game used cards, while Archives Baseball, a mid-range product, brings back its familiar retro feel of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s. Bowman Baseball and Panini USA Baseball are being released to eagerly awaiting fan bases too, giving collectors a glimpse of a new rookie and prospect class in addition to their favorite players in a new light. Finally, MLB Chipz is one of the most unique products of the year. Instead of using the traditional format for cards, players will be featured on, essentially, poker chips. It will be interesting to see how this product is received but it would definitely be a conversation starter on poker night.
2012-13 Leaf Best of Basketball—May 10th2012-13 Panini Past and Present Basketball—May 3rd
2012-13 Panini Brilliance Basketball—May 13th2012-13 Panini Momentum Basketball—May 15th
2012-13 Panini Elite Series Basketball—May 29th
As the NBA playoffs roll into the second round, only the strongest teams remain. In similar fashion Panini and Leaf are rolling out some big products this month as well. Leaf Best of Basketball is first to hit shelves on May 10th, a high-end buyback product featuring the some of the most popular basketball cards ever produced professionally slabbed or graded alongside an original autograph card. Some of the signers include Scottie Pippen, Magic Johnson and Jerry Sloan. The remainder of May belongs to Panini, set to release Past and Present, Brilliance and Momentum in rapid succession and Elite Series at the end of the month. Elite Series and Momentum are both high-end products featuring a promising list of autograph signers and game-used cards. Panini is really looking to make a splash with the debut of Brilliance though, a mid-range product with something for everyone from set collectors to autograph chasers. With such strong lineups, the following weeks look to be exciting one for basketball collectors
2013 Leaf Legends of the Gridiron Football—May 10th 2013 Topps Archives Football—May 15th
2013 Press Pass Showcase Football—May 22nd2013 Panini Score Football—May 13th
Having been freshly rejuvenated midway through the off season by the draft, football junkies now have something to hold them over until opening kickoff a few months away. A wide range of football products hit the streets this month, from the high-end, hit based Press Pass Showcase, which is including autographs and game used cards from stars such as Robert Griffen III and Andrew Luck, to the low-end, set focused Score Football, celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary this year. In between those two fall Topps Archives Football, making its debut, and Leaf Legends of the Gridiron. Topps Archives Football is modeled after last year’s popular Archives Baseball set. The retro style product features fan favorite autographs, not necessarily stars, and lots of old school inserts. Leaf Legends of the Gridiron in the meantime, is made up of cut autos from some of the biggest names ever to be associated with the game. Production is limited to ninety-nine cases at twelve boxes per case though, so once this product is gone, it’s gone.
2012-13 In the Game Ultimate Memorabilia 12th Edition hockey—May 3rd
Hockey lovers won’t have to be distracted by busting wax during the Stanley Cup playoffs in the coming weeks. In the Game Ultimate Memorabilia is the sole hockey product breaking out in May. Ultimate Memorabilia is a high-end, hit based product where each pack includes one auto, one game used and one base card, guaranteeing ten hits per box. Redwings fans have something else to be excited about, as every case contains a Steve Yzerman Anthology hot pack. While hockey products may be scarce this time of the year, Ultimate Memorabilia will be sure to be a nice companion set while enjoying the playoffs.
With all the madness of 2011 Limited product delays i think Panini has silenced me. They got it right! I’d like to think the reason this product took so long is they chiseled it out of rock. Meaning all the heads and wigs at Panini got together and said ” lets put out a product that isnt watered down that collectors will like!”….hmm what a concept! Its hard to not get pissed or angry at every watered down product that comes out thats like the last one but “slightly” different. What panini did here is give you three quality hits. Quality over quantity. Yeah you can push out a product that gives you 6 hits for 90 bucks. You will wind up with Akeem Ayers, Julian Thomas, and a whole lot of Todman autos. This is not what limited is. They focused on Football as whole. Not just rookies. This product in 5 boxes we pulled : Jerry rice patch, Dan fouts patch, Julio Jones auto patch, Matt schaub auto and more. Thats more vets and legends that i see in most of the past products cases!
SET DESIGN BASE/INSERTS 8 STARS
Nothing mind blowing here but you will get the following in each box: 1 vet, 1 Legend, and 1 Rookie. There also numbered to 499 or less! Dont know what kind of value that means but its nice to see a diverse base set. Its a step in the right direction for Panini and there collectability with base sets.
AUTOS 9 STARS
The rookie phenom set is very nice! They definitely hit the mark with on card 4 color patch autos of this years rookie premiere guys. They took what was decent in certified and absolute and stepped it up a notch. Sticker autos are still present but we got two in 6 boxes and one was a Matt Schaub /50 and the other was Roy Helu /199 so for sticker autos those arent bad. Im sure there is 6th 7th round guys on the checklist that we avoided.
MEM PIECES 10 STARS
You know this is what got me excited about this product. While busting our 5 boxes there was a ton of color! Very diverse list of mem piece subjects. Panini is bringing mem pieces back! I can see a Justin Timberlake like song being made to the tune of that. Just kidding no one likes JT….i mean JT who? Seriously though i didnt think i was going to dig the basic square in the middle jersey design…But for some reason Panini really hit the mark with it this time around. They absolutely made me throw up in my mouth with it on Timeless Treasures. They made me go 6 to midnight with it in this product. The rookie jumbo patches are absolutely beastly!
VALUE 8 STARS
For 3 hits your getting a real decent value here. More than likely only one auto but the color you get notches up the collectability here. I can see you getting 30 -40% on average of your investment back. Get a big Newton, Rodgers, or Rice the skys the limit!
UNIQUENESS 8 STARS
The Uniqueness lies within the diverse checklist. I havent seen it done so eloquently as they did it with this product
We get this product one week before blowout! With Paninis new agreement Case Breakers get product 7 days before internet retailers! So we can bust this product this weekend! Instant gratification!
The break is for 10 boxes making each spot affordable! Spots have been selling like mad so get yours now! Great mix of legends, Vets and rookies
- 3 Autographs Seq. #ed to 499 or less and/or Memorabilia Cards Seq. #ed to 250 or less (at least one autograph) per tin
Find one or more of the following:
- Jim Thorpe Material Card sequenced to 25 or less
- Classic Cuts Materials sequenced to 25 or less
- NFL Shields sequenced to 5 or less
- NFL Shield signature sequenced to 5 or less
- On-Card Hall of Fame Signatures or Signatures of: Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Adrian Peterson, A.J. Green, Drew Brees, Julio Jones, Peyton Manning, Jake Locker, Philip Rivers, Blaine Gabbert, Tony Romo, Christian Ponder, LaDainian Tomlinson, Mark Ingram, Marshall Faulk, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick, Ryan Williams and/or Mike Leshoure