Preview: 2012 Topps Prime Football

Are you looking for rookie hits? Then 2012 Topps Prime Football should be right between your hashes. If you are looking for veteran stuff, well this product would be a miss wide left. 2012 Topps Prime football is out, today actually, and with it you can find a ton of rookie content to savor that itch.

2012 Topps Prime football features one autograph relic card, one autograph card, and two relic cards per box. Each box contains 10 packs per box with 6 cards per pack, so just about every other pack will have a hit for you hit collectors out there.

The autograph relic cards seem to be the real draw with pieces of memorabilia like jerseys, patches, pieces of footballs, gloves, and wristbands. Topps really has gone all out in this product to get you all sorts of memorabilia pieces to add to your card collection. These are pretty unique pieces that you don’t see in many products, so it will definitely be a card you will need to have for your favorite rookie collection. The regular relic cards will contain some of these pieces as well.

As with pretty much all Topps products, you will find a large number of parallels as well. From the base cards numbered to 350, all the way down to 1/1. Again, we don’t know what the base parallel is numbered to for the hits, so it makes you wonder, and hope, it’s not some ridiculously large number like Topps Platinum of Finest had. The parallels aren’t so bad, but when you are reaching like 1800+ for base patch autos, things need to be re-evaluated.

Otherwise, with the unique memorabilia pieces and the strong rookie class of autographs, it looks to be a product that would be a lot of fun to open. It debuts today, September 28, 2012, and retails about $100 a box.

Find out more about this product, including the checklist, on the Cardboard Connection product information page.

Preview: 2012 Topps Triple Threads Baseball

The 7th year of Topps Triple Threads baseball has returned for 2012. The hit seekers will be happy to see that not much has changed in the configuration of the product. At $200, I still consider it more of a gambling product.

Each mini-box will contain one pack that has an autographed card and a relic inside it. Based on the pack, it will be either a single autograph card or an autographed relic along with a relic card. All autograph hits are numbered to 99 or less while all relic hits are numbered to 36 or less.

You’ll also be finding 3 regular base cards and 2 parallels per mini box. Each parallel is numbered from 625, the Sepia parallel, to the 1/1 Ruby parallel. There will also be printing plates from the product as well. And with over 300 different players on the checklist, there is a lot of different options for collectors here.

Now, the fantastic hits are hard to find in this product, which is why I always consider this product to be one of the bigger gambles when it comes to higher end cards. But when I say fantastic hits, they really are fantastic hits to be found. Autographed patch booklets, bat knobs, laundry tags, jumbo sleeve patches, cut signatures, lettermans, MLB logo patches, and apparently more. It’s a cornucopia of unique items that can be found.

Take your chance with 2012 Topps Triple Threads baseball when it arrives in stores on September 19, 2012, for around $200 a box.

For more information on the product, check out Cardboard Connection’s product information page.


Preview: 2012 Panini Prominence Football

Panini has another new product out this season, this one goes by 2012 Panini Prominence football. Prominence football is a product that goes by a similar formula like Limited or Gold Standard. Whether it’s replacing any of those, we don’t know.

At one pack per box and 8 cards per pack, you’re getting a quick hit of your cardboard crack. Every box will contain 5 base cards and 3 hits. There will be two autographs, with at least one being a rookie autograph, and one additional auto or memorabilia card.

There will be 5 different rookie card subsets, giving collectors 5 different rookie cards to chase after from the 35 rookies that appeared at the NFL Rookie Premiere. The autographs feature a couple different manufactured patch autographs, the team field autographs, team helmet autographs, and the autographed memorabilia cards.

But it’s not just all rookies. Illustrious Signatures features some of the best players to ever take the field and their famous autographs. Eminence Combo Signatures features some of the best dual threats of all time, I can only imagine and hope for some dual autographs that Panini has to come up for with this one. Black & Blue Materials featuring some of the hardest hitters in the game. And more…

This product is set to release on September 19, 2012, and you’ll find it for about $100 at your local shop.

For more information on this product check out the Cardboard Connection product information page.

Preview: 2012-13 Panini Prestige Basketball

Releasing today is the second product of the 2012-13 Panini basketball season in Panini Prestige basketball. With a full season of basketball for fans and collectors to enjoy, this year will have a great combination of cards of rookies and second year players that is second to none in recent sports card history. Not since the last NHL lockout has sports cards had such a deep rookie class of cards.

And 2012-13 Prestige is there to showcase those players and your favorite veterans along the way. With three autographs and one memorabilia card per box, Panini is bringing the ink with the rookies as well. You’ll also be finding one rookie card per pack with 100 rookie cards to be found in the set from this season and last.

The highlights of the autographs those are both the rookie autographs as well as a couple of subsets. Old School Autographs and Distinctive Ink cards feature nice and clean on card autographs of some of your favorite players of today and the past. And of course, you’ll have your Panini exclusive athletes as well like Kobe, Durant, Wall, and Irving.

You’ll also find a few surprises in Prestige this year as well. With a bonus 5 card Kobe Anthology pack, you can work on your set of Kobe cards that you started when you opened Hoops. After that, you’ll find a sweepstakes entry for your chance to win a trip to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA.

With Prestige releasing today for just under $100 and the huge list of solid rookies from the last two years, it’s going to be hot to get your hands on. For more information and a complete checklist, check out the Cardboard Connection product information page.


Preview: 2012 Topps Platinum Football

Releasing yesterday was Topps next installment for the 2012 football season with 2012 Topps Platinum football. Yeah, I know we’re a day late on this, but I wanted to make sure we gave the product it’s full due here.

Topps Platinum releases with 2 guaranteed rookie autographs per box along with a refractor autographed rookie patch card. You will also find one black refractor rookie, and one platinum die cut rookie. All of this will be found in the 20 packs that come in a box with 5 cards per pack.

Now that first thing that I notice is the lack of veteran content in this product. Yes, you’ll have your base cards and the occasional parallel, but veteran hits are tough to come by in this product. It seems to be the issue that I find myself looking into for most Topps products, and that is something that bugs me. Yes, you can find some autographed patch cards, but they are few and hard to come by. At $100 a box, I’d expect more than just rookie content. But at least it’s a strong draft class.

But the rest of what I have to say about the product looks pretty good. 3 autographs without any plain game used content is a great start to a product. Add in the signature Topps addition of refractors, and you have some additional value to the product and makes it possible for some huge hits.

Rookie autographs will be all on card and you’ll be able to find a ton of big cards including rookie autographed jumbo patches, autographed shields, dual autographed jumbo patches booklets, and your standard superfractors and autographed superfractors.It’s sort of like a Chrome product but with memorabilia.

All in all, despite the lack of veteran content in the hit department, if you are into rookie cards this may be one of the better products of the season to get your hands on.

Remember, it released yesterday so it should already be in your local store. For more information including a checklist of the product, check out Cardboard Connection’s product information page.