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.
2013 Topps Museum Collection—May 15th
2013 Topps MLB Chipz—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 10th
2012-13 Panini Brilliance Basketball—May 13th
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 Press Pass Showcase Football—May 22nd
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.