Preview: 2012 Panini Contenders Football

One of the more popular sets is back once again, Panini Contenders Football.

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Panini keeps it simple with Contenders Football, the cards that drive the market for this product is the rookie autograph cards which will be the highlight once again this year. Look for 100 different rookie autographs this year. There will also be autograph Playoff Ticket parallel’s that are numbered to 99 or less.

The Legendary Contenders autograph set will be returning as well, it features popular legends such as John Elway, Jerry Rice and others.

Another Autograph set that is sure to be a hit is the Rookie Ink cards. They are signed on-card and feature 30 of the top rookies from 2012.

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Each box contains 24 packs with 5 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 5 autograph cards, including at least 2 being on-card autographs!

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases February 6, 2012.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection and more information on the official Panini America blog.

Preview: 2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Baseball season is right around the corner, which means Topps is back with their first release of the season.

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Topps has several different autograph and jersey sets this season that you will have the chance to pull. Some of the sets featured are Chasing History, which includes over 30 players.,Chasing the Dream, which includes over 20 players, and The Great, which includes 15 players and these cards are numbered to 10 and are signed on-card.

One of my personal favorite sets is the World Series Champion set. There is an autograph and autograph jersey set, both include 5 players and are limited to 50 for each set.

Something collectors need to be on the look out for this year is the Ultimate Chase Card set. It includes 30 of the most sought after current and retired players, and will be either an autograph jersey card, or a cut autograph jersey card.

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Each box contains 36 packs with 10 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain either 1 autograph or 1 jersey card per hobby box. HTA boxes will contain 1 autograph and 2 memorabilia cards.

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases January 30, 2012.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

New Update: To Celebrate the Chase,  Topps randomly inserted 10 Ultimate Chase Tickets in hobby boxes of Topps Series One.  Finders of the Ticket will win an authentic autographed bat signed by FIVE current and/or retired players!  Once Lucky Finder will win an ULTIMATE CHASE PASS – Their ticket to chase one team in the 2013 MLB Playoffs!

Preview: 2012 Panini Prizm Football

If the Basketball version was any indication, the release of Panini Prizm football may end up as product of the year for the football collectors.

Panini has kept this release simple. The first highlight of the product is their autograph cards. You can find 100 rookies, and 100 veterans autographs. The rookies will be numbered to 499 or less and veterans will be numbered to 149 or less.

Be on the lookout for decade dominance inserts as well as brilliance inserts.

The big pulls which could send the hobby into a frenzy will be the black prizm 1/1′s, if you’ve noticed the frenzy basketball collectors are in over the gold and green parallel’s, just imagine pulling a black parallel in football!

Each box contains 20 packs with 6 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 2 autograph cards and 3 prizm parallels.

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases January 30, 2012.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection and more information on the official Panini America blog.

Preview: 2012-13 Upper Deck SP Game Used Hockey

A press release about 12-13 Upper Deck SP Game Used hockey from Upper Deck came out today:

Carlsbad, CA (January 15, 2013) Just days before the puck drops on a new season for the NHL®, Upper Deck is pleased to release 2012-13 NHL® SP Game-Used; a super premium hockey card release that collectors are eager to experience. The product has been revamped from years prior and has a lower price point per pack, but does not compromise on the quality cards that have made it a hobby favorite. Collectors can find five packs in every box that contain at least one autograph card and four other memorabilia or autograph cards.

“SP Game-Used has been given a nice makeover that we think collectors are going to love,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s Hockey brand manager. “We have challenged our teams to come up with compelling new inserts that will bring collectors closer to the game and we believe they have succeeded. By improving the value collectors can find in packs, we think they will have a much more exciting pack-opening experience this year!”

There are a bevy of new insert sets that will have collectors clamoring to crack these packs. First up are the “Draft Day Marks” autograph cards that profile talented rookies and veterans on the day they were drafted. Collectors can chase these cards to put together the entire set that will spell out the player’s last name. Rookie cards have always been a staple in the product, but now there is better collectability with Rookie Cards limited to each player’s jersey number with a twist being that the last card in each print run is a one-of-one-autograph for young stars like Chris Kreider (New York Rangers) and Sven Baertschi (Calgary Flames). And with “Supreme Patches,” “Supreme Sticks,” and “Supreme Skates” collectors find out first hand where SP Game-Used gets it’s name as they can find game-used memorabilia cards with very compelling pieces of jerseys, sticks and skates players used in actual games. The skate cards in particular are going to be an exciting new addition for collectors as it marks the first time Upper Deck has produced cards like these. And to create some serious high-end buzz, collectors can also find rare 1-of-1 NHL® Shield variation cards that include the NHL® logo from game-used jerseys on the card.

One of the most unique additions to the SP Game-Used brand for this season is an artifact used in Games 3, 4 and 6 of the 2012 NHL® Stanley Cup® Final. Upper Deck was able to procure the actual net from the goal from those games and will be including special Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils cards with swatches of the net embedded in them. Special autograph variations will include authentic signatures on swatches derived from the leather net skirt from key players in the series like Adam Henrique, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, Martin Brodeur and Wayne Gretzky who dropped the ceremonial puck before Game 3. Also look for ten different 1-of-1 “Jumbo” packs cards featuring large swatches from the oversized NHL® shield patch taken from the net skirt.

Just in time for the start of the NHL® season, Upper Deck is pleased to release 2012-13 NHL® SP Game-Used which is currently available on store shelves.

Hey, it’s about time Upper Deck changed up the product after the horrible offering last season. Let’s hope these changes really do enhance the product for collectors.

You can find this product online at DA Card World for about $107 . You can also find more information including the checklist at Cardboard Connection.

Preview: 2012 Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball

If you are a prospector, than you will be happy to know that Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball will soon be released…Panini’s premier prospecting product of the season.

As always, you will be able to find the base autograph cards, but the best part about that? They will be on-card! There will be over 200 players and that includes 55 first round picks from the 2012 draft class.

Don’t forget to look for green and red ink autograph variations, those will be short printed in low quantities. Panini’s usage of different inks is a great substitute for changing the color scheme of a card so that should be a hit.

You will also be able to find a creative Building Blocks autograph set which includes dual, triple, and pick 6 signature cards. Those are numbered as low as 25 and will be a fantastic subset to collect.

Each box contains 20 packs with 5 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 6 autograph cards, and you may be lucky enough to get a hot box which will have 10 autographs per box!

You can find the product at DA Card World for $100 a box when it releases January 23, 2012.

You can also find the checklist at Cardboard Connection and more information on the official Panini America blog.