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What do last year’s stars mean to this year’s collectors?

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.

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2012 Panini Prestige to Kick off NFL Trading Cards

 

The top rookies of the 2012 NFL season will make there NFL trading card official uniform debut June 20th when 2012 Panini Prestige gets released. The set looks fantastic and has a checklist that everyone will drool over. Im excited and cant wait for our two 12 box case breaks that we have coming up.

The first NFL  set that will feature RGIII, Andrew Luck, and Trent Richardson in there NFL Uniforms. Tons of on card autos here. Last years prestige fell at the mercy of the NFL lock out. This years with enough planning it seems to be on track for being a winner.

Key Features

  • -4 different sub sets of rookie driven on card signatures
    -Non Rookie Premiere signers including Morris Claiborne, Matt Kalil, Dre Kirkpatrick, Melvin Ingram, Mark Barron, David Wilson, Lamar Miller and more
    -Each 24 pack box will feature 4 hits. At least 2 autographs. 24 rookie cards
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2012 Topps Archives Super Groovy!

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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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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