2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball Checklist Released

Upper Deck has been doing a great job of getting their checklists on big products out recently. None more exciting as the possibilities in 2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite basketball.

Click here for the 2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite basketball checklist, all set for you in Excel format.

Topps Brings Back Blue Wave Redemptions for 2012 Bowman Chrome

Hot from the Topps desk is the announcement that the popular blue wave refractor redemption program will be returning for another year!

“Here Comes Another Blue Wave!

The hottest redemption program is back!  Collectors who send in 36 Bowman Chrome Baseball (Hobby or Retail; mixing is allowed) wrappers will receive a FREE 5-card cello pack of Exclusive Blue Wave Refractor parallel cards. There are 110 subjects to collect in all. In addition, bonus autographed cards have been randomly inserted into packs, featuring hot prospects such as Jorge Soler, Billy Hamilton, Ronald Guzman and Tyler Austin…just to name a few.

The exclusive wrapper redemption program will be limited to ONLY 10,000 cello packs, so in order to receive your packs, send in your wrappers quickly! There is a 5-pack limit for Blue Wave Refractors per household, which we encourage to be sent in one package. Any packages postmarked earlier than October 17, 2012, the official street date, will not be accepted. If you abuse, you lose!

We will update the number of packs redeemed on Twitter (@toppscards), so follow us there…once 10,000 cello packs have been sent out, the program will conclude and we will be unable to fulfill any more.

Wrappers should be sent to:  Bowman Blue, PO BOX 2008, Duryea, PA 18642

October 2012 Sports Card Releases

It’s October. The end of baseball season. The start of basketball and, well maybe, hockey. Football rages on as well as the products. And me as well, as my birthday falls in October and is one of the favorite days of the year for baseball collectors…can you guess which day? Anyway, products will be updated as I write the previews, so previews are coming soon.

BASEBALL:

2012 Topps Update Baseball – October 3, 2012 – $60 – 6/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Bowman Chrome Baseball – October 17, 2012 – $68 – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Cooperstown Baseball – October 24, 2012 – $90 – 8/10

Panini’s ventures into baseball return with Cooperstown baseball, a product based around Hall of Famers and those with special displays in the Hall. Featuring some sweet autographs from legends in the Baseball Hall, you’re bound to find something you like if you’re a historian of the game.

BASKETBALL:

2011-12 Upper Deck Exquisite Basketball – October 16, 2012 – $870 – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012-13 Panini Threads Basketball – October 24, 2012 – $96 – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

FOOTBALL:

2012 Upper Deck University of Alabama Football – October 2, 2012 – $45 – 6/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Certified Football – October 17, 2012 – $100 – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Gridiron Football – October 24, 2012 – $110 – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

HOCKEY:

2012-13 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey – October 2, 2012 – $96 – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012-13 In The Game Forever Rivals Hockey – October 13, 2012 – $100 – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

SPECIAL:

Cryptozoic Big Bang Theory Season 3 and 4 Trading Cards – October 26, 2012 – $75 – 10/10

Bazinga.

2012 Topps Finest Rookie Redemptions

Redemption # 1           Starling Marte, Pirates

Redemption # 2           Brett Jackson, Cubs

Redemption # 3           Mike Trout, Angels

Redemption # 4           Josh Rutledge, Rockies

Redemption # 5           Jean Segura, Brewers

The final of the 5 autographed rookie redemptions in 2012 Topps Finest has been released by Topps. Jean Segura of the Milwaukee Brewers will round out the list for the season. Make sure you get your redemptions in by the deadline to get your autographed rookie cards, especially if you have #3 on this list!

Win a Minor League Baseball Contract

That’s right, announced the other day, in select packs of 2012 Topps Heritage Minor League, you will be able to find entries into a contest to win your very own one day contract with the Corput Christi Hooks, as well as get your own 2013 Topps baseball card. Topps is really innovating with real life experiences included in your card collecting experiences. I love it.

The official press release from the Topps desk:

“Make YOUR Pro Debut” with the Corpus Christi Hooks and Get Your Own 2013 Topps Baseball Card!

To help launch the 2012 release of Topps Heritage – Minor League Baseball Edition, Topps is offering one lucky collector the once in a lifetime experience of being a professional baseball player for an entire day with a Minor League Baseball franchise and then have their very own “Pro Debut” Topps baseball card included in the first Minor League Baseball release of 2013.

Topps, Minor League Baseball and the Corpus Christi Hooks present the “Make YOUR Pro Debut” promotion!

For their Pro Debut, the lucky collector will be flown to Corpus Christi, Texas for a regular season game in 2013 to suit-up with the Corpus Christi Hooks – Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.  The winner will receive their own locker in the Clubhouse and be outfitted with their own professional uniform and equipment.

Once dressed and equipped, the collector will hit the field with the Hooks and participate in pre-game team activities including stretching, batting practice & shagging (fly balls).  The winner will then start the game by walking out the Hooks’ lineup card and throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.

In additional, the lucky collector will be interviewed in the broadcast booth and, to cap off the entire experience, the “newest Hook” will meet and greet Club owner and baseball legend, Nolan Ryan who will be making a special appearance at the game.

Finally, Topps will memorialize the lucky collector’s experience with an official “Pro Debut” baseball card which will be unveiled in the 2013 Minor League Baseball release of “Topps Pro Debut”.

To Make Your Pro Debut:

Look for special “Make Your Pro Debut” cards randomly inserted into packs of Topps Heritage – Minor League Baseball Edition, in stores September 12th 2012.  Follow the instructions on the card to enter the contest which will include writing an essay on “Why You Should Make Your Pro Debut.”  The Essay must be submitted to Topps for review by December 1st at the address below.  The best essays will be voted on by Topps collectors to determine the winner by January 15th.

For more information about the “Make Your Pro Debut” promotion and how to enter please visit us on facebook at facebook.com/topps or on Topps.com.

Topps Address

Topps Make Your Pro Debut – Entries

PO Box 2098

Duryea, PA 18642