Preview: 2012 Fleer Retro Football

This one is for the high rollers, Upper Deck will be bringing to stores near you 2012 Fleer Retro Football.

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Upper Deck is bringing one of the most popular insert creations to football, Precious Metals! You will be able to find Red, Green, and Blue versions numbered between 100 to 10. Also for the first time to football, collectors will be able to pull Jambalaya inserts.

Collector’s can also expect to pull 1960, 1961, 1962, and 1963 autograph cards as well as 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 Autographics cards.

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Each box contains 2 inner boxes with 10 packs per inner box and 5 cards per pack. In each inner box, it will contain 3 autograph cards.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $320 a box when it releases on February 14, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on the Cardboard Connection.

Sports Card Blog Super Bowl Contest

The big game means big things on the big day. That includes a contest over here where we will be giving away some nice prizes to some lucky readers, including some rookie cards of some of the players highlighted in the game.

So we are doing our own version of Super Bowl Squares! Free to join. 25 spots are open. To join, just give me a number between 1 and 25. That will get you a random spot on the board and your chance to win some sweet prizes from us. One square per person, per household. Here are the prizes:

1st Quarter: Lot of Super Bowl and 2012 rookies (Kaepernick, Torrey Smith, Luck, RGIII, and more!) – Congrats to Waxtopia!

Halftime: Panini Player of the Day Sean Lee Autograph – Congrats to HockeyKazi!

3rd Quarter: Panini Black Christian Ponder GU Patch – Congrats to Jonathan T.!

Final Score: Every hit card (3 cards) from our review of 2012 Panini Limited football - Congrats to Tony E.!

All the squares have a random number assigned to them. Please post below in the comments area of which number you would like (1-25). After all 25 spots have been filled, the squares will be posted for all to see and where you sit.

Have fun and good luck!

09:08 PM PST: And we are full!

Winners please email me at sportscardblog (@) gmail (dot) com to claim your prizes. Please email from the same email address used when posting. Thank you!

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2012 Panini Prime Sigs and Super Bowl Black Boxes

In quite possibly one of the best online promotions ever run by a card company, Panini was offering a Super Bowl promotion where if you ordered any box over $60 in their online store, they would send you a special Super Bowl Black Box featuring a fantastic autograph checklist of former Super Bowl standouts and rookies from 2012. All cards were numbered to 25 or lower. All you had to do was purchase from them at the iCollectPanini store.

So I took the plunge. 2012 Panini Prime Signatures was one of the more underrated products of the season, probably due to the product pretty much not doing too well last year. This year was different, I knew that coming in not from the earlier box break, but even the preview showcased that. I bought two boxes at $60 each so I could get two Super Bowl Black Boxes.

But before we show you what we pulled in the Black Boxes…why not see our hits from Prime Signatures?

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 LaMichael James Auto/Patch! Only question is, why did he sign on the patch instead of on the card? One will never know.

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Hines Ward autograph! Two hits, two players who will have played in the Super Bowl, assuming LMJ gets in! Two boxes and I’m doing well. So on to those Super Bowl Black Boxes. Ready?

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Phil Simms #/25! Decent start. Not one of the names that I wanted, but a legend nonetheless. Lucky me, I went in for two so I got a second box.

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Fin. End. Right there. BAM! One of the best rookies of the season, patch autograph numbered to 15. Fantastico.

So yeah, definitely the best online promotion ever put forth by a card company. Good work Panini. Can we see something similar for the Stanley Cup Finals, please?

Preview: 2012 Topps Magic Football

After demand for collectors, Topps Magic Football is coming back.

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The first thing you’ll be able to find in Topps Magic Football is the Magic autograph cards. It will feature over 100 of the top rookies and veterans. You can also find dual and triple autographs numbered to 25 as well as six autograph cards numbered to 5.

Be sure to look out for dual mini book autograph cards that are numbered to 5. Those are sure to be a big hit. You can also find mini autographs numbered to 10.

Additional hits will bring added value for Topps Magic Football in the form of relic cards. They will be numbered to 25. You may find yourself lucky enough to pull a rookie patch card which is a 1 of 1!

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Each box contains 24 packs with 8 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 3 autograph cards, and the chance to pull a relic card!

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases February 8, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

Review: 2012 Panini Limited Football

The Limited brand continues its presence in 2012 with 2012 Panini Limited football. It continues to follow the same strategy it has for years now with the three hits per pack/box of the product. With large memorabilia pieces, unique memorabilia, and tons of autographs for collectors, it is one that many collectors like to risk on as the rewards can be huge. Did we hit it big, or was it a bust?

Design:4 stars blue

The design of Panini Limited is once again, and always, very shiny and full of foil. My only issue with that this year is that Absolute is also extremely foily and shiny this year and looks kind of similar. I do like the new inserts this year with the way they did the photos for the rookies, although I’d like to see some more game action from the rookie photos. Too many studio shots this year, in my opinion, and there hasn’t been a lockout. But other than that, it’s a solid set up and design, just one I wouldn’t reuse again next year.

Checklist:4 stars blue

The rookies are carrying football products this year like crazy. In a hugely deep and talented draft, and a product that comes out at the end of the season, you know you have the chance for extremely valuable cards. Tons of rookies made names for themselves this year. My only issue was that all my hits WERE rookies. I’m going to say this again, MORE VETERAN CONTENT. And that means every product across the board. This hobby leans too much on rookies. And that’s all I’ll say about that.

Value:4 stars blue

If you look at the product as a whole, yeah, there is some good value to be found. You can find a box for $100 over at DA Card World and you have the opportunity to pull some big hits. The only issue with that is it’s a real risky product still. You can end up like me and get three rookie hits, one being a plain jersey, one being a guy you never heard of, and one being Mohammad Sanu. It’s risky business products like this. Still need to put the word veterans in this part somewhere, so I just did, needs more of them. There is no reason Devier Posey should have multiple cards in every single product.

Overall:4 stars blue

Overall, the design of this year’s Limited it solid, although it reminds me too much of Absolute from this year with the foiling and style of the cards. I still think Limited has better potential if tweaked accordingly, but putting out the same products every year with the same types of hits does get redundant at times. Especially when you are filling them with rookies and no longer veterans of the game. I remember when Donruss would have one rookie hit per box with the other hits being veterans. I miss those days.

Thanks again to Panini America for providing this product to review. You can find them online on their official site, blog, Twitter, and Facebook.

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

You can watch the video break of this product if you subscribe to us on YouTube, but here are some photos of highlights of the break: