January 2012 Sports Trading Card Releases

January is here and with that comes a new year. 2012. The year of the end of the world. Maybe it will be for some of us, but the rest of us will carry on and continue to collect our trading cards. Want to know what’s coming out this month and my excitement level? You’ve come to the right place.


2012 Topps Series I baseball – January 31, 2012 – $59 – 8/10

Baseball is back! Topps’ first product of the season hits stores at the end of the month. This time, featuring the Gold Rush! Get your hardhat and your sifter and get ready for another season of Topps baseball.

2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball – January 11, 2012 – $100 – 8/10

Panini (Donruss) is back in the baseball card game with it’s first MLBPA licensed product since 2005. This product, mostly based on prospects, is a hot seller that collectors expect to try and compete with Bowman Chrome for the top rookie cards of the season. How will Panini do? People are excited to see.


None yet, but coming soon!


2011 Panini Contenders football – January 11, 2012 – $135 – 8/10

The perennial favorite for rookie autographs in football is back again with a new Rookie Ticket design and some of the best rookies in a few years. Another exciting season makes Contenders a must buy for rookie football collectors.

2011 Panini Limited football – January 25, 2012 – $100 – 8/10

The possibilities for big hits in this gamble of a product returns. Some extremely nice high end cards can come out of this product which features some nice and rare memorabilia and autographs from the top players and rookies in the game.

2011 Topps Precision football – January 25, 2012 – $180 – 9/10

This could rival Five-Star as one of Topps’ best higher end products of the season. With a solid checklist, we just wonder if it’s packed full of the good stuff or another Gridiron Legends.

2011 Topps Supreme football – January 11, 2012 – $90 – 8/10

Topps Supreme football returns looking as solid as ever. At a decent price with what looks to be some great cards packed in, this will be great to hold you over until Five Star if you love your Topps products.

2011 Upper Deck SP Authentic football – January 10, 2012 – $112 – 8/10

Even SP Authentic gets the nod from me despite the NCAA license. As always, a popular rookie patch autograph falls in this product which gets everyone excited. With a new retro style design, we’ll see how Upper Deck handles another year with the NCAA license.


2011-12 Panini Limited hockey – January 25, 2012 – $95 – 8/10

Just like Panini Limited football so I will copy and paste. “The possibilities for big hits in this gamble of a product returns. Some extremely nice high end cards can come out of this product which features some nice and rare memorabilia and autographs from the top players and rookies in the game.”

2011-12 Upper Deck Black Diamond hockey – January 6, 2012 – $92 – 6/10

I still think this product needs a boost as it is the same thing over and over. Find your newest rookies in Gem or Quad diamond form. You can also find the occasional autograph here and there or some memorabilia cards. Not my type of product, but it has a following.

2011-12 Upper Deck SPx hockey – January 17, 2012 – $120 – 8/10

Lots of hits, ICE rookies, and some nice rookie autographs makes SPx a great start to Upper Deck’s higher ranged products.


2011 Upper Deck World of Sports – January 20, 2012 – $75 – 6/10

Pushed back again. Basically I’ve put this repeatedly down but I keep saying the same thing so here is a synopsis. Bad last year. Looks better. Lots of different sports.

January looks like a fun month full of great sports cards! What’s your favorite product coming out this month?


Preview: 2012 Topps Series I Baseball

Topps claims it’s a “game-changer” of a season for Topps baseball products. While we won’t know whether that statement is true or not until the end of the season, there has been a ton of moves made to make this one of the better Topps baseball seasons in quite some time and it kicks off in January with 2012 Topps Series I baseball.

Topps’ first attempt at game changing? The Golden Giveaway, or The Gold Rush.

While gold is nothing new, nor game changing to trading cards, they are continuing their online redemption code program from the Million Card Giveaway and Diamond Anniversary in the form of the Gold Rush. You will have the chance to unlock Golden die-cut cards, Chrome parallels of those cards, and of course, cards with gold embedded into them.

You will also find some interesting gold themed cards in your packs as well. Coin cards, World Series champion pin cards, and the ones everyone will be looking for, the 1/1 cards printed on real gold.

There will also be a bevy of other relics and autographs that you would normally find in Topps Series I sets but most people will be trying to strike gold this year.

You may also find 1 autograph or relic per hobby box with 2 relics and 1 autograph per jumbo hobby box.

The base set is 330 cards and there will be another parallel set like the Diamond parallels, except, you guessed it, it will be gold looking.

So far, like last season, I’m liking the look to Topps’ Series I product. But there still needs to be a ton more for this to be a game changing season. So far, we’re on the right track.

The Topps Gold Rush is Coming!

Pretty soon, Topps collectors will be known as ’12ers instead of the former ’49ers searching for gold. According to details from Topps, in conjunction with the MLBPA, Topps will have a Gold Rush promotion for Topps Series I set to release in January.

While all the details aren’t released yet, “The Gold Rush” will include a special wrapper redemption program and special Gold Rush tickets found in 2012 Topps Series I baseball. They golden tickets will unlock gold infused autographed baseballs from players like Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Ken Griffey Jr.

There will also be a promotion inside participating hobby stores, yet to be announced.

So stay tuned for more news from Topps about this newest rush for gold inside 2012 Topps baseball. Here is some gold you might find in those redemption packs…

Topps Signs Deal With Roberto Clemente

Well not Bob Clemente himself as he died in a tragic accident many years ago, but Topps has signed a multi-year deal with the Clemente estate to feature him on Topps cards once again.

In 2012 Topps products, you will find Roberto Clemente cut signatures and relics in several products starting with Topps Series I baseball. Clemente is added to the also newly signed Hall of Famer Willie Mays.

Roberto Clemente has remained highly collectible throughout the years and Topps is proud to bring you closer to this former Pittsburgh Pirates star than ever before. I really hope Topps does a nice job paying tribute to a great player who was taken away from us way too early.

Topps Says Hey!

Willie Mays is back with Topps.

Topps has signed a multi-year agreement with Willie Mays to bring his autographs to his fans and card collectors around the world. This mean you will be finding Willie Mays autographs in products soon, starting with 2012 Topps Series I baseball. He is also already slotted for Tribute, seen below, and Gypsy Queen baseball.

I, for one, am excited to see The Say Hey Kid return to signing baseball cards. I know his autograph has always been hard to get, so expect collectors who decide to sell the earlier cards to get a good return on these autographs. Topps will also be making relics from his former uniforms as well.

Expect this blog to start covering more big industry news like this from all the top sports card companies. It’s been long overdue and I want to keep everyone up to date on as much information as I can.