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Exciting times for the hobby in 2012

Prestige FB Case Preselling NOW!

CBS couldnt be more wrong with there recent expose that the hobby is dead. The old way of doing the hobby is dead. This is 2012 and social media/ebay is what drives this market. See the expose here. This isnt new news to some but i wanted to use the story to segway in to the great things that are going on for this hobby in 2012. The old way of trading like in Parsippany NY (shown in expose) is dead. CBS should also point to how ebay/amazon has taken sales from certain industries. Its not a revelation that alot/most things are bought on the internet. The internet works for things that dont have to be tried on and or touched. Trading cards are easy to ship and you dont have to try them on. Trying on a trading card would be super wierd. You could make a trading card jacket like that topps guy. So show dealers have moved to ebay. This isnt a kids hobby and thats what the story shouldve been on. The "meat" of the hobby is the rediculous 1/1 patch auto that everyone dreams of you look at box breaks and checklist on line now and that's what creates excitement! I just pulled my first personal superfractor the other day and the dopimine rush was crazy. I rank the feeling up to the feeling i got when Brian Wilson got that last strike to beat the Texas Rangers and win the Giants a World Series in 2010. My girlfriend has that on video somewhere. Maybe ill share someday.

2012 Football is going to be nuts! Last year there was Cam. This year its like there are 2 guys as big as cam. Luck and RG3. RG3 is the real deal. Im thinking this guy is the messiah to the Redskins. I laughed when they traded away so much for the spot. After hearing his interview i was thoroughly impressed with his smarts. He seems to have the athleticism, smarts, and leadership ability. Suddenly the redskins are now relevant in the group break world! Andrew Luck has been touted for years. I personally think it was Harbaugh's system that helped Luck thrive. After seeing what Harbaugh did with Alex Smith last year I'm eating what Harbaugh is serving. Who's got it better than us? Not the colts . What i do think is that Luck will have this year to follow flat on his face. They brought in Fleener for familiarity. Teams will be put Luck on his back especially with no running game in Indy. If the Colts go 5-11 or better i think Luck's value on his cards are safe. This years products with first rookie cards kick off with 2012 Bowman Signatures Football and 2012 Panini Prestige Football. 2012 Bowman Signatures promised 5 autos and is already highly allocated. Our allocation got cut severely. This point in the season all these rookies are like lottery tickets. They have one good game ( ala randall cobb) and they can double/triple in value. Since they havent played there is hope for every team. Once there team gets knocked out or they havent played (injury) there value drops signifigantly. No one once to invest in Jordan Todman. 2012 Panini Prestige is coming out right after Bowman Sigs. Panini's strategy is "Rookies in there NFL Uniform" which is a big selling feature. The checklist seems stacked as they've secured all the big names. Last years prestige flopped. Partly due to the NFL lockout. Lets hope this one is a home run. It promises 2 autos and 2 mem pieces. The big 2 players will obviously carry both these products. The other rookies that will be hot will be all the other "skill postion" players: Trent Richardson, Ryan Tannenhill, Weeden, Martin, Fleener, Jenkins, Quick, Pead, Lamichael. Cant wait for the announcement of the rookie premiere because that shoot is so important to everyone who buys FB products

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2011 Prime Cuts Baseball Thoughts and Review

Start this post off by saying im in the middle when it comes to 2011 Prime Cuts Baseball. There seems to be alot of complaining about the prospect side of the product. I guess when you think of Prime Cuts as a product you think old school legends. Some people are getting some really terrible boxes. Like any other product there is hit and miss. Some people are striking out so bad on there box and getting like 15 dollars of value in there box. To defend Panini a little bit. To have really high end cut autos (Ty Cobb), and rare mem pieces (Shoeless Joe) they have to put out a lot of coin. So to make money as a company for every thousand they spend on high end they have to have a thousand spent on prospect autos. So in my opinion they have a set thats high risk high reward.  Which will produce really high end hits. Some may sell for thousands. To put it in contrast take for example Museum Collection. You will get mostly pretty average hits. You will not get that wholly hell hit. It obviously worked in that product. Its like you can buy a Ferrari with your 250,000 or you can buy a BMW, Corvette, Viper, and Escalade for your 250,000. I hope that makes sense. Obviously that is one mans opinion. They wanted a grand slam! Who knows if this products prospect class lights it up a few years from now you're looking at a very sought after product. We only were able to get a snapshot of the product by opening three boxes. One box was pretty bad and the two others were amazing. Check out card below

As you can see that is one hell of a legend card its numbered to 25! In the same box we got a Jose Bautista on card nickname auto /25. So that box wouldve paid for itself and the bad box. The other 3 cards were a Kershaw jumbo jersey and 2 prospect autos. The last box of the break produced this crazy booklet

Junior is in the building! This one is numbered to 10 and is great. Bob went six to midnight when he got it! So we went 2 for 3 on boxes. My review is a little jaded. It all depends on what you get. I think all in all its a decent product. Beings that they dont have a license they made you kind of forget about it. They did a good job making sure it wasnt blatantly obvious like in 2011 Elite Baseball.

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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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2011 Elite is coming! This Friday

One way to be different amongst all the football products you put out is to release a baseball product. Wha? Panini makes a baseball product? Believe it or not they do. No its not football rookie premier guys in baseball uniforms. Donruss Elite Extra Edition is always a fun product. For 70-100 bucks you get at least 6 autographs per box break. They also have hot boxes that fall every 5th box that have 10 autos! If your like me and love prospects elite 2011 is your new addiction! I still buy the random 2010 box of elite when I'm at the distributor. The checklist for 2011 Elite Extra Edition is pretty stacked. I think this years rookie class is great: Starling, Bradley, Bauer, Jungman ...just to name a few. They are all in this product! What i like about elite is you can here about a hot prospect 2 years from now and look for their auto on ebay and its only in elite products so far. Panini gets a ton of prospects to sign. Like stocks some of them rise in value! We are doing a 10 box break on friday and we have some good teams left! Check the buy spots area to get some mojo! 70 autos!

Photos courtesy of panini's blog the knights lance Mojobreak Elite 10 box Break

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