ITG’s Plans for 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention

The 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention is heating up with more news daily from manufacturers and announcements from the show itself. Today we have some new information from what ITG fans can expect from the company at this year’s National.

In The Game has some big redemption plans for the National this year in Baltimore.

There will be three products able to be redeemed for exclusive cards at this year’s National: UM-11 National SuperBox, Broad Street Boys and 2011-12 Between The Pipes.

Collectors opening a box of 2011-12 Broad Street Boys at the In The Game booth will receive a 1/1 stamped game used memorabilia card from the product.

Collectors opening a box of 2011-12 Between The Pipes will receive a special game used memorabilia card made for the National as well.

And finally, collectors opening UM-11 National SuperBoxes at the In The Game booth will receive a special 1/1 game used memorabilia card.

ITG will be ready and primed for their box breaking event and I’m sure with a few other surprises along the way.

Preview: 2011-12 ITG Broad Street Boys Hockey

Are you in love with Philadelphia Flyers hockey? Do you bleed orange and black? In The Game is coming out with the perfect product for those die hard Philly collectors with 2011-12 ITG Broad Street Boys hockey.

Sold as a single pack with 14 cards in it, it showcases all the legends that have ever laced up their skates in Philly. With 8 premium base cards and 6 inserts, a mix of game used and autograph cards, you will be able to collect some of the best players in the City of Brotherly Love’s history.

You will be able to find everything you would normally find from an ITG product as far as the hits go. Game used jerseys, patches, sticks, and autographs fill out the checklist. With current players like Jaromir Jagr and Claude Giroux, to legends like Ron Hextall and Eric Lindros. This product doesn’t look to disappoint those passionate Flyers collectors.

Only 4,000 packs/boxes are being created, so make sure you get your order in now as they are already sold out from the distributors and get ready for the release of this product on June 29, 2012.

For more information and pictures, check out the ITG website.

May 2012 Sports Card Releases

It’s May, and you know what that means…baseball is back in full swing with some solid offerings from Topps and now Panini coming out. Let’s see what we have coming out. Oh, and if you’re new to the game, the rating is my excitement level on the product.

Baseball:

2012 Topps Bowman Baseball – May 9, 2012 – $75 – 8/10

The first true prospecting of the season begins with the first licensed prospect product coming out from Topps with some great signers from a deep draft.

2012 Topps Archives Baseball – May 23, 2012 – $86 – 8/10

A product that kind of reminds me of Topps Fan Favorites with a little twist. A blast from the past with former Topps designs and a seemingly solid checklist of autos, it looks like a good time.

2012 Topps Pro Debut Baseball – May 30, 2012 – $64 – 5/10

Full preview coming soon.

2011 Panini Limited Baseball – May 2, 2012 – $100 – 8/10

One of my former favorite products from Donruss is back again and its great to see Panini bring back some of the names of the past.

Basketball:

2012 Panini Past & Present Basketball – May 16, 2012 – $100 -8/10

I think this shortened time to create products from Panini is actually good as some of the products they’ve been putting out are great. This looks like it could be great too and it has a great feel to it.

Football:

2012 Bowman Signatures Football – May 30, 2012 – $180 – 7/10

Mostly all rookie autographs, a high price tag, and possibly no NFL uniforms? I’ll pass. But the cards look pretty good besides those points.

2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends Football – May 22, 2012 – $112 – 8/10

This looks like a great product with some AWESOME names from college football past and present. I really like the look of this product and can’t wait to see the final product.

2012 Upper Deck USA Football Set – May 15, 2012 – $38 – 6/10

USA Football gets it’s due with the brightest stars in the future of college football and the NFL. But how valuable these will be is still up in the air.

Hockey:

2011-12 ITG Between the Pipes Hockey – May 3, 2012 – $90 – 9/10

I loved this product last year and it looks just as good, if not better, than last year.

2011-12 Panini Contenders Hockey – May 16, 2012 – $108 – 8/10

An improvement in it’s second season, Contenders is on with a new format with some better looking cards and hits.

2011-12 Panini Titanium Hockey – May 30, 2012 – $100 – 8/10

The Titanium brand is back again for the first time since 2000, and brings a Certified like appeal to the hockey world.

2011-12 Upper Deck SPx Hockey – May 8, 2012 – $120 – 7.5/10

SPx is back and looks to be improved over the last season. Shadowbox cards, a great line-up of hits, and better design look to pave the way this year.

2011-12 Panini Elite Hockey – May 2, 2012 – $120 – 8/10

Panini bringing the Elite brand to hockey is interesting and with some of the updated designs are solid as well. It should be a solid product from them in the hockey world.

Other:

2012 Sportkings Series E – May 3, 2012 – $94 – 9/10

Some really sweet cards from Dr. Price at ITG with this release featuring some of the nicest memorabilia cards and autographs I’ve seen in awhile across all sports. Beautiful.

1 Year of SportsCardBlog.net

At least one post a day.

That was my writing goal when I began SportsCardBlog.net exactly one year ago today.

I actually had the thought to start a site/blog a couple of years ago and I ran the idea by Mike Silvia, owner of Sports Card Forum. He said if I was looking to make money it probably wasn’t the best idea unless I was planning to put a ton of time and money into it.

But last year, after sitting around unemployed for a bit and needing something to pass the time between getting denied for jobs I was overqualified for or underqualified for, I decided to start a blog about my favorite hobby.

And thus, SportsCardBlog.net began.

A few months in after I bought some products to review, Panini’s Tracy Hackler took a liking to my blog and offered a sponsorship to review products. I was surprised and shocked at the same time. It usually takes quite a bit longer to get that kind of attention from card companies. I believe without the early support from Panini, this site wouldn’t be where it is today and would not continue growing. And recently, Upper Deck has gotten on board.

I could not have asked for a better first year of this site. I’ve got a loyal reader base and have made some great contacts and friends along the way. I wish I could attend the 2012 NSCC to meet with everyone but as I said, I’m kinda getting married two days later.

So from the bottom of my heart I want to thank the people who read this site, my followers on Twitter, Panini and Upper Deck for their support in product reviews, the other card companies who keep me in the loop, and everyone else who has had a part in helping this site grow.

I look forward to another year and what the future will bring. I have some great ideas coming up that will help and add more positive contributions to the hobby as a whole so you’ll definitely want to stay around for that.

Preview: 2012 Sportskings Series E

From the mind of Dr. Price, Sportskings Series E will be around again this year featuring some of the best athletes in sports with some of the most artistic cards created to date. Where other products may go wrong with handling the lack of a license in a multi-sport product, this product dazzles and you’ll see why.

The one thing I’ve seen in some multi-sports products is the lack of in uniform shots. While some people enjoy the casual setting, I like seeing my sports cards featuring the subject either playing the sport or in their uniform. That means there is some extra work to be done, but Dr. Price does a great job with his designers photoshopping out the logos.

Where I’ve seen some multi-sport products have plain old one-color game used items in their products, Sportskings does a great job in utilizing the entire uniform including some fantastic patches and other beautiful pieces of equipment.

Each box of Sportskings Series E will contain 5 cards with 4 base cards and 1 insert card. Insert cards are either autographed cards or game used memorabilia cards. There are many sports here represented, but no matter who you follow there is something you will like in this product.

Finally, in each master case of Sportskings will be an original 1/1 piece of art created by artist Jared Kelly, known for some beautiful artistry in several Upper Deck and ITG sets. Each master case will also contain an authentic cut signature as well as one Spectacular Patch card.

If you’re a fan of multi-sport products, Sportskings looks to be a winner this year. It releases on May 3, 2012, with a price around $93 per box. It may be a tad pricey for one “hit”, but we’ll have to wait and see what a regular box break looks like.

You can check out the memorabilia checklist or the autograph checklist for what else is in this product.