Preview: 2012 Topps Valor Football

Topps introduces a new product to their Football brand, and it’s a high-end product in 2012 Topps Valor Football.

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The first thing collectors should look out for are the Legionary Autographs. There will be up to 40 rookies featured and each card will be numbered to 70 or less. They will also be signed on-card. There are also Valor Autographs to be pulled, and like the Legionary Autographs, they will be numbered to 70 or less.

Also look out for Centurion Autographs. These cards will feature 40 of the top veteran and retired players in the game and will be numbered to 70 or less.

There will also be a chance to pull Field Armor Patch cards. There will be up to 40 players highlighted in this set and I can just imagine the nasty patches waiting to be pulled. Maybe you will be lucky enough to pull a Shield of Honor Autograph Patch card, though. Up to 40 players that can be pulled and they will be numbered to 10 or less.

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Each box contains 1 pack with 6 cards. In each box, it will contain 3 autographs and 1 rookie patch card.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $180 a box when it releases on March 6, 2013

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

Preview: 2012 Panini Totally Certified Football

A staple of Panini’s Football brand is back in 2012 Panini Totally Certified.

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The most popular part of Panini Totally Certified is and always has been the Freshman Fabric autographs. These cards feature the top rookies and will be signed on-card. There are also Platinum Black 1 of 1 versions to be pulled!

Collectors can also look for Certified Future jersey autographs. These will also be signed on-card and will be numbered to 175 unless you pull a prime parallel, which will then be numbered to 49. Also be on the look out for Down & Dirty jersey cards numbered to 299 or less with prime versions being numbered to 49.

A real treat that will be featured in Panini Totally Certified this year are the HRX cards. These are video cards that should be highly collectible. The best part is there are autograph versions numbered to 10, or maybe you will be lucky enough to pull a 14K gold autographed HRX card numbered 1 of 1! Just imagine how nice that would look in your collection.

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Each box contains 6 packs with 5 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 1 on-card rookie autograph, 1 additional autograph as well as 4 autograph or memorabilia cards per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $113 when it releases March 6, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection and more information on the official Panini America blog.

Preview: 2012 Panini National Treasures Baseball

Panini is bringing a new product for the Baseball collectors, and it’s one of the higher-end sets you’ll see all year in 2012 Panini National Treasures Baseball.

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Panini is pulling out all the stops this year. Collectors will be able to find button cards numbered to 8, Legends Booklets numbered to 25 or less, and Bat Knob cards which are 1/1′s!

Collectors can also look for Rated Rookie Signature Material Gold cards which feature top rookies such as Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish numbered to 25.

Be on the lookout for the Hall of Fame Logo Signature cards that includes players such as Stan Musial, Nolan Ryan, Cal Ripken Jr. and more.

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Each box contains 1 pack with 8 cards. In each box, every card will be either a memorabilia or autograph card including 1 on-card autograph and 1 booklet card per box.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $340 a box when it releases on February 27, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection and more information on the official Panini blog.

Preview: 2012 Topps Supreme Football

Another quality product from Topps is on the way, and it’s 2012 Topps Supreme Football.

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Collector’s should keep look for autograph relic cards. There will also be dual versions to be had. Also be on the lookout for the autograph rookie cards. It will feature 35 rookies.

The cards I’m looking forward to most are the autograph QB Playbook cards. There will be 7 different book cards that features a quarterback next to his favorite play. These will be hand drawn and signed in silver (on a black card). There is no doubt these cards will look amazing in person.

Another thing to look forward to are the Nickname autograph book cards. You can find up to 30 book cards that features a players nick name. Don’t forget about the relic cards, though. There will be Rookie Quad Relics, Rookie Quad Combo Relics, Primary Piece Relics and more!

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Each box contains 1 pack with 4 cards. In each box, it will contain 1 autograph or  memorabilia card.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $95 a box when it releases on February 20, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on the Cardboard Connection.

Review: 2012 Panini Crown Royale Football

Panini Crown Royale football has come out again featuring some of the best die-cut and autographed patch cards of the year. With some new features that are sure to impress die-cut aficionados and autographs from one heck of a rookie class, this product is loaded with things collectors love most. Hits, die-cuts, and low numbered parallels. Want to see what we pulled in your typical box break? Here we go.

Design:4 stars blue

The design is classic and something that is changed so subtly, that you are going to miss any little tweaks they make to the product. I’ve always loved the die-cut designs so really there isn’t much to complain about there on this side. This year, I really like the look of the inserts and the lettering and other new designs they’ve used. They went away from some of the classics and really found some great looking cards like that Clay Matthews below. I also really like the die-cut jersey cards, keeping with that tradition. Oh, and you may have missed it last year, but the parallels weren’t numbered. A very fair complaint on my part about the product, and it was remedied this year with numbering. Thank you!

Checklist:4 stars blue

Every product this year can stand up to the checklist scrutiny because of the fantastic rookie class and their beautiful play on the field this year. That would drive sales for every product no matter what the sport. My only issue is, once again, there is too much rookie content. Again, I open a $100 box with four hits, and pull all rookie hit cards. I still find this to be unacceptable, especially when 85% of the products are like this. There will be ranting soon on this, trust me.

Value:4 stars blue

The hero of the product is obviously the rookie silhouettes. Ours was a redemption so we can’t show it off, but we’ll be definitely showing it off when it arrives because it is former Oregon Duck LaMichael James! Can’t wait to see that one. But the value of the product comes in with that great rookie class. If it wasn’t for that, this product would be far from that considering all the rookie hits you can pull from the product. This year’s rookies may carry the products, but next year it may not be so lucky.

Overall:4 stars blue

Overall, the product continues to keep the nostalgia alive while producing some beautiful signatures in the rookie silhouettes. Panini continues to innovate with new designs on the inserts, which are definitely at their peak this year then the past years of this product. But again, like many Panini products, content seems to be lacking. Too many rookies, not enough veterans. Again, this year is fine with all that top rookie talent. Next year there needs to be a shift due to the lesser rookie class, or there will be unhappy collectors. All products across the board need more veteran content. We can only wait and see.

A big thanks goes out to Panini America for providing this product for us to review. You can find them online on their official site, blog, Facebook, and Twitter. Some of the best social media people on the planet.

You can also find the full checklist of this product over at the Cardboard Connection.

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But for your viewing pleasure, here are some of the cards we pulled. (Not pictured: LaMichael James Rookie Silhouettes Patch/Auto Redemption)