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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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
My feeling on this product is a little mixed. I like the idea of 17 hits per box. The only issue with that is its kind of like watering down lemonaide. You lose your potency. What im trying to say is with sterling 2011 football you get tons of single color non numbered jersey and lots of 4-7th round rookie sticker autos. Sterling is pretty much known for the sticker auto so that doesnt suprise or dissapoint me. I think this is a staple of a product with baseball but a struggler with football. What i did like is they left the multicolor jersey for the low numbered hits. We have been getting products lately that have 4 color patches numbered to 599! Craziness. All in all i think our case was ok. Nothing huge. Here are some of the highlights
Very similar to the Rob Dyrdek show was our 9 box case of triple threads football! It started off very slow with way too many niners. I loved it but for a group break you want to see some variety. Boxes one through four was very vanilla. The Ridiculousness started in box 5 with a triple auto
Yep that is first rounders triple mojo! Its spot 1-2-3 to be exact. Cam newton is obviously the big draw here but Miller is no schlub. I think hes locked up Defensive rookie of the year. So came box 6 as Dan took over. Dan has been killing on football lately. His hot streak continued as he started off with an Urlacher numbered to 3, then came a Tony Dorsett relic auto numbered to 50, and followed by a Earl Campbell relic auto numbered to 10. Just when we thought Dan had peaked (not litterally) he gets the most epic threads box we've seen this year. It had two BOOKS! We knew it once we took the packs out of the mini boxes. Super fatty packs! So book one was a Dan marino! Book two was one of the best non cut autos you can pull in the product! Picture Speaks for it self. Oklahoma fans rejoice!
Frickin sweet! We did the random live and the vikings won! Congrats Chuck!
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