One More Reason to Buy Panini Dominion

Okay, I know I’ve been hyping up 2010-11 Panini Dominion like crazy, but seriously, where does the actual awesomeness of this product end? I’ve showed you countless cards, autographs, patches, just about everything possible…until now.

Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest redemption ever made.

This Stanley Cup is 13 inches tall and was given to a member of the 1978-79 Montreal Canadians (or the Les Canadiens de Montréal for my French readers) and is inserted as a redemption card in this product.

Panini purchased this for $4,000 at auction and it will be yours if you pull the redemption card inside 2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey for it.

That makes this quite possibly the greatest redemption card of all-time.

Don’t believe me? Just read Panini’s Offical Blog all about it.

Topps Says Hey!

Willie Mays is back with Topps.

Topps has signed a multi-year agreement with Willie Mays to bring his autographs to his fans and card collectors around the world. This mean you will be finding Willie Mays autographs in products soon, starting with 2012 Topps Series I baseball. He is also already slotted for Tribute, seen below, and Gypsy Queen baseball.

I, for one, am excited to see The Say Hey Kid return to signing baseball cards. I know his autograph has always been hard to get, so expect collectors who decide to sell the earlier cards to get a good return on these autographs. Topps will also be making relics from his former uniforms as well.

Expect this blog to start covering more big industry news like this from all the top sports card companies. It’s been long overdue and I want to keep everyone up to date on as much information as I can.

September 2011 Trading Card Releases

September is right around the corner just in time for some great sports card releases. From the high end to the low end, September is packed full of products. As always, the rating is based on how excited I am for the product. So let’s get it started:

Baseball:

2011 Topps Chrome baseball – September 7, 2011 – $65 – 7/10

A pretty decently cheap price for the same cards as Series I and II but with Chrome technology and 2 autographs a box. Nothing earth shattering here though, I’d rather wait until Finest comes out.

2011 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball – September 21, 2011 – $66 – 5/10

OMG BRYCE HARPER AUTOGRAPHED CARDS!

Basketball:

2011-12 Upper Deck SP Authentic basketball – September 28, 2011 – $118 – 7/10

Upper Deck brings the college court back again with this year’s SP Authentic basketball. With new exclusives to their basketball products, this looks to be a solid product by Upper Deck, and if the lockout continues, could hold more value over the long term if Panini decides to not make any products this season.

2010-11 Panini Elite Black Box basketball – September 14, 2011 – $250 – 9/10

Panini’s newest high end basketball product comes out hot and ready to go. A great looking set that reminds me of the old Upper Deck Black, Panini Elite Black Box looks great with beautiful hard autographs from all of the game’s top stars. This is another great original product from Panini.

Football:

2011 Panini Absolute Memorabilia football – September 14, 2011 – $155 – 8/10

A 1 hit per pack product that brings you some of the nicest patches and autographs of the season with the new on-card rookie autographs. As always, a hit with football collectors and this year should be the same once again.

2011 Panini Timeless Treasures football – September 14, 2011 – $91 – 9/10

I really like the look and quality of Timeless Treasures this year. Bringing the old and new players together in this product is great and some of the designs are top notch. I’m happy to see this product brought to the gridiron and I think Panini did the product great justice.

2011 Topps Platinum football – September 7, 2011 – $88 – 7/10

I am kind of disappointed by the looks of things and I really hope that I missed something on the sell sheet. I don’t like the college jerseys with the logos edited out and that is killing me on this product. Add in some checklist issues with very little veterans and tons of rookies and I’m not real excited about this product.

2011 Topps Prime football – September 28, 2011 – $86 – 8/10

An underrated product last season, it returns with some solid hits and a pretty nice design overall. A great product to hold you over if you are waiting on Topps Supreme.

2011 Upper Deck SP Authentic football – September 13, 2011 – $112 – 8/10

I really like this product except for one thing. Those autographed patches may look absolutely horrible with the retro design. I hope it was just the mock up in the sell sheet because the more I looked at it the more I didn’t like it. Maybe they will look better in person. But I still think this will be an above average product.

2011 Upper Deck University of Oklahoma football – September 20, 2011 – $45 – 5/10

Hockey:

2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey – September 14, 2011 – $380 – 9/10

Finally, the long wait comes to an end. The first high end product from Panini in the hockey arena is finally going to be showcased to the public after a delay by the NHLPA. Will this be The Cup Killer?

2011-12 Upper Deck Artifacts hockey – September 20, 2011 – $92 – 8/10

One of Upper Deck’s first all out hockey products of the new season is back and looks just as good as it has ever been. A great looking design as always, new players on new teams, new rookies and rookie redemptions, and some sweet patches and autographs in this hit per pack product.

That’s what we got for September 2011 sports card releases. I will be updating this page as I do more previews as it looks like I have a ton of previewing to do that I’ve missed. So stay tuned for lots of previews!

NHLPA Forcing Further Delay of 2010-11 Panini Dominion Hockey

We as collectors are always disappointed with delays in products. 2010-11 Panini Dominion has already been delayed more than once. Now it’s being delayed once again, but this time it is not for any reasons Panini can control.

The NHLPA is forcing the delay of 2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey two extra weeks until a September 14, 2011, release date. The only positive coming out of this for collectors is that it gives Panini extra time to acquire autographs so there will not be as many redemptions. Everything else is a negative.

As most in the hobby know, the last day for 2010-11 NHL licensed products to be released is August 31st every year. The NHLPA has given an extension for this highly sought product because the NHLPA does not want 2010-11 Panini Dominion matching up with 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup. The two highest of all high end hockey products will not go head to head in the last couple of days of the hockey card season. Instead, the NHLPA is forcing the delay so that each company can try and move more product.

Of course, moving more product means the NHLPA gets a bigger cut of the money. So a special exception was made for the two hockey heavyweights.

What does this mean for collectors? I’m thinking because The Cup is released 2 weeks earlier, collectors are going to go to Upper Deck’s product first. The big question is will people have the time to reload if they weren’t sure which one they were going to purchase and are just purchasing the first released product? Panini seems to be getting the short end of the stick for their first very high end hockey product in my opinion. People are often weary of a first time product and the fact Upper Deck gets the first shot with collectors for a full two weeks means there just may be less money going around from collectors to purchase a second product. The MSRP for buying both products is a staggering $800.

How will the delay effect you as a collector if you planned on purchasing one or both of these great products? Will you have time to reload the funds? Will you just be buying Upper Deck’s The Cup because it’s released earlier? Do you think the NHLPA should of got involved?

I mean it totally makes sense from the money standpoint for the NHLPA to do this, but as a collector it just sucks.

Panini Doing It Right at the 2011 National

When you watch sporting events you always hear about that one dedicated player who does everything they can and works extra hard for their team. Announcers love to use the example how the player is always the first one on the court or field and the last one off.

Well from reports I’ve heard at the National, Panini has been just that this past week. From the time the doors opened on the first day, until after everyone else was packing up Sunday night, Panini was there for it’s customers and future customers delivering the goods they had prepared for the National. Wrapper redemptions, autographed memorabilia, and great displays available from beginning to the very end.

Panini even earned some kudos from of it’s toughest critics in the blogging community for the way they handled their corporate area at the 2011 National. At times, it seemed like Panini could do nothing right to them. But Panini’s work at the National even turned the biggest critics into fan boys, even if only for this one weekend.

From reports, the Panini booth was swamped all weekend long with people opening thousands of dollars worth of products to get their hands on some great wrapper redemptions and other offerings from Panini. And from what I’ve been told, Tracy Hackler and Scott Prusha, the marketing men over at Panini, handled it with zen like abilities.

For one weekend, no matter which brand of cards you preferred and no matter what your previous opinion was, everyone was a Panini fan.

Check out some live blog posts from Panini.

A Frenzied First Day at the National

Wrapper Redemptions Highlight Panini’s Thursday

Wrapper Madness on Day 2

Sights and Sounds from Day 3

A Wild Saturday at the National

If you didn’t get a chance to head out to the National, Panini saved some wrapper redemption packs just for you.

I will try and have complete coverage of the National and final thoughts about it from a guest in the coming days. But look out Baltimore in 2012, I’m saving up!