For those who haven’t heard, the National Sports Collectors Convention starts tomorrow and lasts until Sunday in Baltimore. While I will not be making it this year due to prior commitments, I wanted to wish you all good luck and good “mojo” if you are going.
Since I’ve never been to the event, I don’t have much in the way of advice to give to all of you first timers or veterans out there who still need some advice. I found a great blog post today from a veteran of the shows that everyone attending should be reading.
From The Voice of the Collector, check out his blog post on how to make the most of your experience at an event where you may feel a bit stressed and overwhelmed.
Check out his blog post and good luck.
I almost titled that “Shooting Up”. That would have been a terrible accident.
Anyway, with the Olympics getting into full swing and medals being handled out, it’s only natural some of the hottest autographs on the market right now are from the 2012 Topps Olympics set. While I failed to provide a preview for this product, as I should have done, I can’t tell you much.
But what I do know is that some cards are going bonkers right now. For instance, Ryan Lochte scored his first gold medal last night and his autograph is currently well into the $100-$200 range. For a beautifully designed card, despite the sticker auto, the card should continue to rise as he wins more medals…as he probably will.
But several Michael Phelps and Lolo Jones cards are hitting their highest marks as well with Phelps and Lolo getting prices between $400 and as high as $1700 for their autographed cardboard. That’s pretty amazing for sports that are only really mainstream every four years.
But with every medal these popular athletes get, the prices will continue to rise. 2012 Topps Olympics may have been a great product to invest in and then sell during or right after the Olympics as some of those autographs are getting top cash right now.
The one thing I have been pushing since well before this blog was created, was for a company to start using acetate autographs once again. Upper Deck did it in their ICE hockey products and I knew it had to be brought over to other sports. It’s something I love to collect and I actually have a nice little acetate card collection, with a few autographs too.
Well Panini has listened to me. Well, I’d like to think they listened to me. I know a lot of collectors out there feel the same way I do about products and they have brought back what I love. These awesome cards can be found in 2012 Panini Elite football. Check out this Doug Martin:
On card, on acetate, whatever you want to call it, but it’s beautiful. Not only is the design great for an acetate autographed card, Panini has also taken the cues from other companies and collectors and has started to add a little bit of color in the ink. With different color inks meaning different rarity levels, it adds a great element for set collectors, player collectors, and even additional value.
So you will love the acetate autographs in this product. Well at least this set, I noticed some sticker autographs on the Hard Hats acetate autograph set that look at bit off, but these are gorgeous. You will love them.
Well in case you haven’t heard, my computer decided to take a crap on me. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t continue to provide some posts for you guys. It just means my posts won’t be completely as normal as usual, but that’s okay.
Anyway, today I received another redemption from Panini, this time from 2011 Panini Prime Signatures in which I reviewed awhile ago. This redemption wasn’t in there very long, which is always nice from the trading card companies. But the guy who signed the card probably doesn’t have much else to do…
2011 Prime Signatures Nathan Enderle Autograph #/49. Nathan who? Really, I have no idea who this guy is. Apparently the back of the card says he is a 5th round draft pick from the Bears. Panini boasts that he is accurate with a quick release and pocket presence. He was also hand picked by Mike Martz too, I guess.
Why he was late in returning autographs, we will never know. I believe he was what…3rd string? And his autograph coming as the sole hit from a $60 box is kinda sad. I mean, at least he isn’t a lineman or something. But still, that product was quite the gamble. At least Panini has some improvements set for this year’s version of the product.
With 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball released and some hot celebrity cards being pulled, like Kate Upton, it makes me ponder about the actual use of celebrities in sports card products.
For me, I know my opinion on the topic and stick with it. If you want celebrities in your products, they better be sports related. Having one set with a mix of celebrities is really as far as it goes before I want my head to explode. Allen & Ginter is it for me. However, having a related celebrity in other products isn’t terrible.
For instance, this Dan Patrick card is a great addition to the product because he is recognizable and directly relates to sports and the sport this card was inserted in, unlike Guy Fieri or boxers.
Dan Patrick not only was a great anchorman on SportsCenter, he is now a great radio host. Having his autograph would be an honor for any sports card collector or even fan and the card looks great.