What Should Have Been Added to 2012 Topps Archives

Sweep the leg!

The 1984 cult classic “The Karate Kid” is featured in 2012 Topps Archives with autographs from actors in the movie. This was an interesting idea from Topps, and not a terrible idea at all. It matched their 1984 design, it was a classic movie with a large fan base, and it’s in a genre that collectors would enjoy. It just doesn’t fit baseball to me.

But when Topps posed the question on Twitter on what we thought the bonus addition to Archives would be, I thought they were going to go with Major League. And that’s something they should of had in the product to make it legendary.

Imagine a Ricky Vaughn Topps card. Maybe Pedro Cerrano. Willie Mays Hayes? All of these characters would look great in Topps products with their Cleveland uniforms on. Then throw in some on-card autographs from the actors. Leaf has tried this with Charlie Sheen and it got a great response and the cards have some pretty good value attached to them. I would argue if Topps did it, it would be more valuable.

I just wish Topps had done this with Archives instead of The Karate Kid, or even in addition to The Karate Kid. The product is great as it is, but it could have reached legendary levels with that addition.

I guess with the success of this year, there is always next year. If they can’t afford to get the actors from Major League, maybe add a movie from 5 years later…Rookie of the Year. Get a Henry Rowengartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas) autograph. Phil Brickma (Daniel Stern)  and of course, Chet Steadman (Gary Busey).

Preview: 2012 Bowman Signatures Football

The first NFL licensed product of the season is set to release in just 6 days. 2012 Bowman Signature will hit the shelves as a new high end product for this season. With an autograph or an autographed relic in every pack, you will get a ton of ink for your collection or to sell.

Each box of this product comes with 5 packs and 5 card per pack. As stated, every pack will feature an autograph or an autographed relic card. It appears as though this is a very rookie heavy product, with a few veteran autographs thrown into the mix. But the real value here will be the top picks autographs in paralleled form.

You may find 2 rookie autographed refractors and 3 rookie parallel autographs per box. There will also be some red ink parallels that are just limited to 15 copies. Parallels will be to 99, 25, 1, and printing plates. I’d imagine those superfractors would go for a pretty penny. You can also find dual and triple autographs like an Andrew Luck/Robert Griffin III dual auto. Nice, right?

You can also find your veteran autographs as well with the Inside the Numbers subset. With autographed relics which include jumbos, patches, and jumbo patches, it should be a great addition to what appears to be a rookie heavy product.

My only issue, getting these out so fast doesn’t give Topps the time to get these rookies in their NFL uniforms, unless that was just the case for the sell sheet. So I’m hoping we can get Mr. Luck in a Colts uniform by street date.

Bowman Signatures football releases on May 30, 2012, with a price around $180 from what I’ve seen online so far. Word is this product has a limited print run as well, which may help secondary values.

Preview: 2012 Panini Momentum Football

Do you remember the Momentum brand of old? I don’t. Apparently it was around the year 2000, but I can’t put a finger on the product. I don’t know if that is good or bad, but Panini is trying to make you remember it this time around.

Releasing in July 2012 is 2012 Panini Momentum football with quite possibly the biggest haul of “hit” cards in a football product for the year. 10 packs per box with one hit per 3-card pack. This totals out to 1 Momentum Rookies Signatures card, 3 or 4 rookie autographs, and 5 or 6 memorabilia cards. This product is loaded with the hits.

But wait, that’s not it with the hits. There is an insert set in this product called “Studs”, and it’s not what you may think it is. This subset features players who are known to wear the “bling” on their ears. They can have bling, so why not you? Each of these cards is embedded with diamonds itself.

But back to the real hits. Each Momentum Rookies Signatures card will feature and autograph and three memorabilia pieces. You can also find more rookie memorabilia with the Head of the Class material cards featuring up to 4 pieces of memorabilia embedded. Are current and past stars your thing? Then you’ll love the Souvenir Signatures subset featuring autographs from players of today and the past.

This looks to be an interesting product from Panini, reminding me of a SPGU/Triple Threads mix. Check it out in July, where it’s sure to be hot.

For more information, check out the official Panini blog. You’ll find more information and more of these lovely pictures.

Preview: 2012 Panini Rookies & Stars Football

Rookies. Stars. What more could you ask for?

2012 Panini Rookies & Stars is back again for it’s 15th season and is slated for an August release. Back are some of your favorites and not-so favorites along with some new-old additions.

To start, you’ll be getting 24 packs per box of this product with one rookie per pack to get your rookie fix of this product. You’ll also almost get an insert per pack as well with a number of inserts like the Longevity parallels, True Blue parallels, and my favorite, the return of die-cut pennants featuring players and teams.

Don’t worry hit lovers, at 4 hits per box you’ll have enough to satisfy your box and case breaking habit. The four hits per box will be cards like Rookie Material Signatures with oversized swatches and autographs, Rookie Slide Show with autographed film from the shoot, and Department of Defense material cards featuring some of the best defensive players in the game, amongst other great insert sets.

You can find more information, and more pictures, on the official Panini blog.

You can find our review of 2011 Panini Rookies & Stars Football here for comparison.