November 2012 Sports Card Releases

It’s getting closer to Christmas time! You know exactly what that means, the perfect time to start buying presents for your card collector in your life. But what is new and hot coming off the streets? Here are the products set to release this month along with my personal rating for awesomeness.


2012 Topps Five-Star BaseballNovember 14, 2012 – $495 – 10/10

Yes, I am psyched out of my freakin’ mind for this one. Can Topps finally put out a high end baseball product? It sure looks like they have finally done it correctly. Although that price tag is rough for some.

2012 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball – November 28, 2012 – $66 – 7/10

Me and prospects don’t get along, however this is the prospects only version of Bowman Chrome…more or less. Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Cooperstown BaseballNovember 14, 2012 – $90 – 8.5/10

You always wanted a set based around the Hall of Fame, players, and achievements. Well this is that product for you.

2012 Panini Prime Cuts Baseball – November 28, 2012 – $150 – 8.5/10

One of the most revered sets of modern day cards has returned for its second season from Panini. Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Signature Series BaseballNovember 7, 2012 – $120 – 8/10

More autographs than you can shake a bat at. Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini USA Baseball Hobby Set – November 28, 2012 – $100 – 7/10

I’ve never been excited about the future stars to play the game all being in one box with a ton of autographs. But a ton of people are. Full preview coming soon.


2012-13 Panini Limited Basketball – November 28, 2012 – $100 – 7.5/10

Limited is back once again featuring the best hits this early in the season. Full preview coming soon.

2012-13 Panini Prizm BasketballNovember 14, 2012 – $100 – 8.5/10

This product makes me excited in many ways. The design. The hits. The parallels. This really could be a winner from Panini. Full preview coming soon.

2012-13 Panini Totally Certified BasketballNovember 21, 2012 – $120 – 8/10

Many hits, nice parallels, a great combination of cards. Full preview coming soon.


2012 Topps Chrome Football – November 9, 2012 – $100 – 9/10

One of the most popular football products of the season is again in short supply. Some of the most valuable rookie autographs of the year are in this product so make sure you pick a box up.

2012 Panini Prime Signatures FootballNovember 14, 2012 – $60 – 6/10

An auto per box, now with the possibility of rookie patch autos. Full preview coming soon.

2012 Topps Triple Threads FootballNovember 21, 2012 – $200  – 7/10

A formula that really hasn’t changed over the years, you can find your big hits or find a complete bust in this product. One of the bigger gambles. Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Football – November 28, 2012 – $165 – 7/10

A hit per pack in this high end product contains some great rookie cards but also some solid veteran content as well. Full preview coming soon.


2012/13 ITG Superlative Volume 3 – November 8, 2012 – $360 – 7/10

It is time for ITG’s high end product to release!

Story on 7 Year Old With Topps Golden Ticket Fake?

Reports have been swirling around the interwebs that the recent story regarding the 7 year old who pulled the 2012 Topps Football Golden Ticket has been falsified. Originally posted on the NW Herald news site based out of Illinois, the story looked to be a feel good story of a 7 year old kid opening a pack of cards and receiving a great collectible as well as the opportunity to have their own trading card.

Well a smoking gun on Twitter reveals allegations that this entire story may be fabricated in an attempt to bring more business to this card shop in Illinois. If true, it is another example of greed in the hobby and using little kids as way to try and gain more money.

Allegedly, it went down like this. One of the regulars to the shop came in one day and opened a box of cards. That box of cards had the Golden Ticket in it. Knowing it’s value, the regular customer tried to have the owner of the shop sell it on eBay under the ID amoreshawna for $1500. When there was no bids and it didn’t sell, he sold it to the kid’s grandfather for $500 in order to try and get publicity for his shop.

Yes, the kid still has the Golden Ticket and yes, it is a cute story about the possibility that a 7 year old kid gets his own Topps football card. In fact, he probably has a better than 10% chance in actually winning that part, which would be fantastic for any kid or any collector out there. But the cut-throat business of the hobby somewhat shatters this story of a kid pulling out a Golden Ticket from a box of cards himself, but instead to a greedy shop owner trying to improve business. Allegedly.

Panini Continues Their Exclusive Deal For NBA Trading Cards

Just announced within the last couple of hours, Panini America has extended their exclusive deal as the sole company to provide NBA basketball cards to collectors out there in a new multi-year agreement.

Most of the responses on the Twitterverse have been positive, with several congratulatory messages to the only company to have a presence in all four major sports along with FIFA and several entertainment ventures. Even Kobe Bryant got in on the announcement where he stated, “[Panini] brings trading cards back to having a cool factor” and “Panini will be on the cutting edge of what they do.”

Personally as a collector, I’m not a huge fan of exclusive deals because I like the variety of products. I say the same thing when it comes to baseball cards. On a plus note, there are less rookie autographs out there so it helps with the value a bit. Did you see the Kyrie Irving autographs earlier this season on eBay? Wow. Or the Jeremy Lins last year? Two very good examples on how it shapes the market. As a business move, it’s a great move for Panini in securing those rights, so kudos on that. And with the expansion of products into China, Panini is moving into a strong Asian market for basketball collectibles.

Panini is here to stay in the NBA trading card arena. For more information on the deal visit their official blog.


2012 Bowman Chrome Prospect Autograph Checklist

The 2012 Bowman Chrome Prospect autograph checklist has been revealed, check out who you can pull from this year’s product, with some great prospects on this list.

Adam Conley
Andrew Chafin
Avisail Garcia
Bobby Crocker
Billy Hamilton
Boss Moanaroa
Brad Miller
Cody Buckel
Chase Davidson
Christian Villanueva
Frazier Hall
Felipe Rivero
Felix Sterling
Jose Campos
Jonathan Griffin
John Hellweg
Jake Marisnick
James Paxton
Josh Rutledge
J.R. Graham
Jonathan Singleton
Jorge Soler
Kevan Smith
Miles Head
Marcell Ozuna
Matt Szczur
Nick Castellanos
Nomar Mazara
Pratt Maynard
Ronald Guzman
Rougned Odor
Ravel Santana
Shawon Dunston Jr.
Scooter Gennett
Sean Nolin
Tyler Austin
Tony Cingrani
Trevor May
Tyler Skaggs
Williams Jerez
Zeke DeVoss

Who are you most excited about pulling?

Andrew Luck Scores Exclusive Memorabilia Deal With Panini

Mr. Luck has had a pretty solid rookie season thus far as the number one pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Andrew Luck’s talent on and off the field must really resonate with Panini as he is the first NFL player to have an exclusive autograph and memorabilia deal with Panini Authentic.

With Luck’s addition, he joins Kobe Bryant, Blake Griffin, and Kevin Durant on the official roster of Panini Authentic exclusives. It is worth noting, this does not include trading cards. (The NFL does not allow exclusives on trading cards.) This exclusive agreement only includes memorabilia and autographed memorabilia which can now, only be bought on the Panini Authentic website.

When asked for clarification on this, Panini VP of Marketing Jason Howarth noted, “Andrew will continue to be a big part of our trading card biz – but he is exclusive for memorabilia via Panini Authentic.”

Read more about this agreement on Panini’s official blog.