Want to own a Kobra Kai autograph? Now you can. Topps has amped up 2012 Archives with some late additions. Wax on wax off! Billy Zapka and Martin Kove both from the karate kid have signed dope looking cards! Makes me wanna bust out my Ninja Turtles Lunch pail and yellow sony walkman. The Karate autos will be lucky box loaders. They also announced ten one of one book cards. These will feature 6 autos per book.
They also have picked up on the Har-vish (creative!) hype and inserted Harper and Darvish. They used the 84 Topps design for Harper and 86 Design for Darvish. Sweet looking cards. I'm a fan of the 86 look as i have a few Barry Bonds rookies from that year. The Checklist on this product looks great!
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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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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.