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.
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 moreBy the Box Break
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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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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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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