NFL Week 5 SCB Rookie of the Week

Every week we have been recapping the best rookie performances of the week and showcasing some sweet trading cards you can find on the market of that player. Except for last week, who would of thought a kicker would have been the best rookie of the week? Only the “Legatron”.

This week, no kickers or punters. We had two performances in the NFL that stood out above the rest from first year players. Alfred Morris of the Washington Redskins ran all over the field in his game. But that just wasn’t enough to beat the man who passed and drove his team to victory in the final minutes of the game.

Andrew Luck is our Week 5 NFL Rookie of the Week. The first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft beat the Green Bay Packers 30-27 in a real shootout towards the end. With his team down by 5 with under a minute to go, he was able to drive his team down for a score to win the game. 362 yards and 2 TDs against the Packers is no easy feat, and the victory sealed a signature moment in Luck’s young career.

With no Darelle Revis on the Jets, can Luck duplicate that performance this week?

His rookie cards took a turn up for the first time in awhile, but with already high prices, he needs more performances like that to take it to another level.

Preview: 2012 Topps Platinum Football

Releasing yesterday was Topps next installment for the 2012 football season with 2012 Topps Platinum football. Yeah, I know we’re a day late on this, but I wanted to make sure we gave the product it’s full due here.

Topps Platinum releases with 2 guaranteed rookie autographs per box along with a refractor autographed rookie patch card. You will also find one black refractor rookie, and one platinum die cut rookie. All of this will be found in the 20 packs that come in a box with 5 cards per pack.

Now that first thing that I notice is the lack of veteran content in this product. Yes, you’ll have your base cards and the occasional parallel, but veteran hits are tough to come by in this product. It seems to be the issue that I find myself looking into for most Topps products, and that is something that bugs me. Yes, you can find some autographed patch cards, but they are few and hard to come by. At $100 a box, I’d expect more than just rookie content. But at least it’s a strong draft class.

But the rest of what I have to say about the product looks pretty good. 3 autographs without any plain game used content is a great start to a product. Add in the signature Topps addition of refractors, and you have some additional value to the product and makes it possible for some huge hits.

Rookie autographs will be all on card and you’ll be able to find a ton of big cards including rookie autographed jumbo patches, autographed shields, dual autographed jumbo patches booklets, and your standard superfractors and autographed superfractors.It’s sort of like a Chrome product but with memorabilia.

All in all, despite the lack of veteran content in the hit department, if you are into rookie cards this may be one of the better products of the season to get your hands on.

Remember, it released yesterday so it should already be in your local store. For more information including a checklist of the product, check out Cardboard Connection’s product information page.

Preview: 2012 Topps Football

The Topps flagship is about to be released for football and fans of the gridiron are getting excited. And they should be, this looks to be one of the better Topps flagship releases in recent memory with some of the great additions and changes to the format of the product.

First off, a huge relief is that 2012 Topps football features a different design than baseball. That is HUGE for me. I hate recycled designs and seeing Topps put this kind of effort into the product this year already gives me a reason to pick up some product. I know you guys at Topps occasionally stop by here, so make sure whoever made that decision gets a beer on me.

The great rookie class will certainly help this product out as well. Securing the rights for autographs from the top rookies in the draft, this product will feature rookie autographs from future stars like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and other football prospects. With single autos, dual autos, letter autos, and a ton of relics with the new rookies and vets, this product should be a fun break at the jumbo level if you are into hits. And with minis, sketch cards, and more, the inserts look fun as well.

Speaking of hits, you’ll also find quarterback trading cards embedded with manufactured materials like medals, coins, and even championship belts from certain Super Bowl MVPs. That’s where the fun of getting hits stops for me. I’ve never been a fan of these manufactured relics, and probably never will be. It’s just a portion of collectors that feels this way, but it puts a damper on the product for me. At least this is the only football product of the year featuring these items. Well that we know of.

Each hobby box nets you 36 packs with 10 cards per pack. You’ll only get one autograph or relic in a standard hobby box but 2 autographs and a relic in a jumbo. Jumbos get a little pricier, but if you’re opening the product I would go for the jumbo packs.

8/8 is the date, I bet you can’t wait to break 2012 Topps football, don’t hate.

(I’m a poet, and I didn’t even know it.)

MojoBreak Contest Winner Announced

I know this is a long time coming, but I’ve finally been able to sit down and randomize everyone for the promotion contest. The names have been entered, they have been jumbled and randomized, and a winner has been spit out.

The winner of these magnificent cards is no other than Sports Card Collectors!

A big congratulations goes out to Sports Card Collectors who receives a Ryan Bryoles Prestige rookie autograph and an Andrew Luck rookie card.

Make sure to check out for all of your group break needs and keep stopping by here for more contests and all the sports card information you need.

Preview: 2012 Panini Score Football

The best value in sports cards has returned to the football arena bringing you the hit $1 per pack product in 2012 Panini Score football. There are other $1 per pack products out there, but none of them compare to the value that the Score brand brings to the gridiron.

At 36 packs per box and 7 cards per pack, you will get a ton of cards. You can also find rookies, glossy variations, numbered parallels, inserts, autographs, and even printing plates. All of this can be found in a $1 per pack product. This is the type of product for just about every collector found in the spectrum from set builders and kids, to adults and hit seekers.

There is a reason I love this set, which you can see my review of from last year. And it all stems on the value and content. But Panini also likes to uses retro designs and you can’t complain about that either. With designs that highlight several of the top cards of the product from the past decade, it’s quite a mix of designs that may bring some nostalgia back to your younger collecting days.

2012 Panini Score is going to be one of those products that just about everyone will love no matter how old they are. It’s easy on the wallet, a great set to complete, and contains some chase cards to search for. It’s the perfect blend of all the things that makes collecting great.

Check out some more information and photos on the Panini blog.

This product is set to release on July 18, 2012, for $1 per pack or $30 for a box. That’s a great deal right there.