Ready for Some New Topps Rookies?

Topps has 3 new rookies to bolster the rest of their products for the year and they feature a top young arm, an American League Rookie of the Year candidate, and a Cub making a big splash.

Trevor Bauer will be making his major league debut tonight and you’ll be able to find his first “rookie” autographs in Topps Finest, set to release this summer. He will also be signing autographs for Topps Chrome, Triple Threads, Bowman Chrome, Topps Update, Bowman Sterling, and the new Topps Five-Star.

Next, Will Middlebrooks will be getting his first Topps rookie cards as well. The AL Rookie of the Year contender has been announced as the Lucky #3 redemption for Bowman and collectors will be receiving an autographed card from the rookie star. You will also be able to find autographs of Big Will in Topps Finest, Bowman Chrome, Topps Update, Bowman Sterling, and the new Topps Five-Star as well.

And finally, Anthony Rizzo will be making his Topps card debut as well. The young Cub has signed for Tier One and will be signing for Triple Threads, Topps Update, and Five-Star.

For me, I’m most excited for more Middlebrooks autographs hitting the market as of course, I’m a huge Red Sox fan.

 

Topps Announces VIP Cards for 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention

Today, Topps released the cards that will be added to the VIP packages for those VIPs attending the 2012 NSCC in Baltimore. The cards look great as they are modeled off of vintage ’52 Topps designs featuring some of the greatest players to play the game in their minor league uniforms. Check out some of the cards the VIPs will be receiving. If you haven’t picked up your VIP pass yet, it’s probably a good idea!

Click here for more information about the 2012 NSCC.

 

2012 Topps Tier One Bat Knobs Selling for Ridiculous Numbers

Now I knew that the 2012 Topps Tier One bat knobs were going to sell well. I mean, the checklist is great and they are one of the harder to find memorabilia pieces out there. Plus, they are numbered to just one.

But I didn’t realize they would sell for the ridiculous amounts they are selling for. Some of the recent sales have ginormous numbers (from our friends at Cardboard Connection):

- George Brett: $799

- Gary Carter: $999

- Willie McCovey: $669

- Carlos Gonzalez & Justin Upton: $399 each

- Andrew McCutchen: $499

And apparently one of the holy grails in the bat knob checklist has been pulled as well with the Mickey Mantle reportedly found as well. I can’t imagine where a Mickey Mantle bat knob would fall. $1500 maybe?  Easily four digits there. (Edit: With the Maris approaching $1500 at auction currently, I might have to revise that statement to somewhere between $2-3 grand. Wow.)

These bat knobs were a great addition by Topps and make some fantastic chase cards. Kudos to who thought it would be a great improvement to the product because it really is a great addition to the set. How will they top it next year though?

 

Preview: 2012 Upper Deck SPx Football

One of my favorite brands by Upper Deck is returning in football this year after being a surprise insert in last year’s SP Authentic product. I’m excited to see this return as it’s usually one of the nicest looking products put out by Upper Deck and of course, has the awesome Shadow Box cards.

2012 SPx Football is set to release on June 19, 2012, and will feature some good college football content. Each 18 packs, 4 cards per pack box will feature one autographed rookie jersey card, one regular memorabilia card, and two additional autographs or memorabilia cards.

One of my favorite aspects is the slight change to the Shadow Box cards by including the new Shadow Box Slots this year which allows collectors to sort of create their own Shadow Box cards. It’s a cool addition to create your own type of card, with some slots also being autographed. I like what Upper Deck is trying to do here, changing the popular Shadow Box insert is a risk, but it looks good so far.

You’ll also find two Finite numbered rookie cards from some of the hottest names that entered the NFL draft this year. As with most Upper Deck products, you’ll find some college football and NFL legends as well in their college colors.

Make sure you check out stores on June 19, 2012, for 2012 Upper Deck SPx football for about $120.

Andrew Luck’s First Autographed Colts Cards Hitting eBay

Andrew Luck’s first autographed Colts cards are hitting eBay and they are already getting some nice, fat bids associated with them.

Panini’s 2012 Father’s Day promotion features these first cards of the year, kind of strange that it comes from promotional packs, but that’s going to make these even hotter as they are harder to find.

These are the first cards featuring Andrew Luck in his new Colts uniform. Topps has come out with a set along with several non-NFL licensed products but none have Luck in the horseshoe. That puts a bit of a premium on these cards and you can already see from the prices on eBay.

His plain rookies numbered to 499 are going between $30 and $40 while one of his first Colts autographs has three days left and is already over $200.

Our friend over at FieldLevelView even pulled one of the first Andrew Luck Cracked Ice parallels which are non-numbered but limited to just 25 copies. It isn’t autographed, but it’s definitely one of the highlights of the Father’s Day promotion and is a pretty sweet looking card. I featured it on our post about Panini Father’s Day 2012.

Make sure you head to your local card shop this weekend to see if they are part of Panini’s promotion and get your chance to pull some of these beauties.