As we roll in towards the end of the year, we are winding towards the end of the baseball card releases but really start to get into the meat and potatoes of football and hockey releases. We would have some basketball, but with the lockout still in effect, we may not have much of a basketball product line to check out this year. As always, the rating is my personal excitement level based off of sell-sheets and other information.
2011 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball – $63 – November 23, 2011 – 6/10
Your last chance for a Bryce Harper rookie autographs along with some of the top prospects in the game. I’m not a big prospector so it doesn’t excite me much, but the new relic additions should excite most people.
2011 Topps Tier One Baseball – $85 – November 9, 2011 – 8/10
Topps Tier One is a new product that has recently changed up a checklist that may help include more value. Let’s hope the value is there as this looks like it could be a solid product for collectors, even though there are non-baseball autographs in the checklist.
2011 Panini Certified Football – $94 – November 9, 2011 – 8/10
I’ve always been a fan of the Certified brand, especially the new take on it in basketball, and this is no different. On-card rookie autographs and a great veteran mix should make this an exciting product this year.
2011 Panini Crown Royale Football – $94 – November 2, 2011 – 9/10
And I’m an even bigger fan of the rehash of Crown Royale. The rookie patch autographs are dynamic and great hits along with a solid design based on the old. Love this product in all sports and this product excites me.
2011 Topps Triple Threads Football – $177 – November 30, 2011 – 8/10
With extra hits this year, will that make this product less of a gamble and add more value? Or will collectors not care for some of the plain jerseys added? We will see soon enough!
2011 Upper Deck SP Authentic Football – $111 – November 12, 2011 – 8/10
While I’m not huge on some of the retro designs, Upper Deck does a good job keeping this product in the mix with the NCAA licensing and some great hits year after year.
2011-12 ITG Ultimate Memorabilia 11th Edition Hockey – $625 – November 10, 2011 – 9/10
Full of awesome memorabilia and autographs, ITG does a great job utilizing a solid checklist with awesome swatches of memorabilia and autographs at a very premium price. I recommend buying this by the pack if you can’t afford the loftly price tag!
2011-12 Panini Certified Hockey – $94 – November 16, 2011 – 9/10
The first real rookies and autographed rookies of the season from players who have just hit the ice.
2011-12 Panini Pinnacle Hockey – $72 – November 23, 2011 – 7/10
Pinnacle is improved and looks good this year. With newly included case hits and 3 memorabilia cards and 1 auto per box, this is slightly lower-mid end product where you might find something nice.
2011-12 Upper Deck Series I Hockey – $67 – November 8, 2011 – 8/10
The Young Guns are back! The hottest base rookie cards of the year are out early and often again this year and everyone should be excited with another great rookie crop! Link goes to the checklist preview!
None. So, so sad.
2011 Upper Deck World of Sports – $75 – November 15, 2011 – 6/10