January 2012 Sports Trading Card Releases

January is here and with that comes a new year. 2012. The year of the end of the world. Maybe it will be for some of us, but the rest of us will carry on and continue to collect our trading cards. Want to know what’s coming out this month and my excitement level? You’ve come to the right place.

Baseball:

2012 Topps Series I baseball – January 31, 2012 – $59 – 8/10

Baseball is back! Topps’ first product of the season hits stores at the end of the month. This time, featuring the Gold Rush! Get your hardhat and your sifter and get ready for another season of Topps baseball.

2011 Donruss Elite Extra Edition baseball – January 11, 2012 – $100 – 8/10

Panini (Donruss) is back in the baseball card game with it’s first MLBPA licensed product since 2005. This product, mostly based on prospects, is a hot seller that collectors expect to try and compete with Bowman Chrome for the top rookie cards of the season. How will Panini do? People are excited to see.

Basketball:

None yet, but coming soon!

Football:

2011 Panini Contenders football – January 11, 2012 – $135 – 8/10

The perennial favorite for rookie autographs in football is back again with a new Rookie Ticket design and some of the best rookies in a few years. Another exciting season makes Contenders a must buy for rookie football collectors.

2011 Panini Limited football – January 25, 2012 – $100 – 8/10

The possibilities for big hits in this gamble of a product returns. Some extremely nice high end cards can come out of this product which features some nice and rare memorabilia and autographs from the top players and rookies in the game.

2011 Topps Precision football – January 25, 2012 – $180 – 9/10

This could rival Five-Star as one of Topps’ best higher end products of the season. With a solid checklist, we just wonder if it’s packed full of the good stuff or another Gridiron Legends.

2011 Topps Supreme football – January 11, 2012 – $90 – 8/10

Topps Supreme football returns looking as solid as ever. At a decent price with what looks to be some great cards packed in, this will be great to hold you over until Five Star if you love your Topps products.

2011 Upper Deck SP Authentic football – January 10, 2012 – $112 – 8/10

Even SP Authentic gets the nod from me despite the NCAA license. As always, a popular rookie patch autograph falls in this product which gets everyone excited. With a new retro style design, we’ll see how Upper Deck handles another year with the NCAA license.

Hockey:

2011-12 Panini Limited hockey – January 25, 2012 – $95 – 8/10

Just like Panini Limited football so I will copy and paste. “The possibilities for big hits in this gamble of a product returns. Some extremely nice high end cards can come out of this product which features some nice and rare memorabilia and autographs from the top players and rookies in the game.”

2011-12 Upper Deck Black Diamond hockey – January 6, 2012 – $92 – 6/10

I still think this product needs a boost as it is the same thing over and over. Find your newest rookies in Gem or Quad diamond form. You can also find the occasional autograph here and there or some memorabilia cards. Not my type of product, but it has a following.

2011-12 Upper Deck SPx hockey – January 17, 2012 – $120 – 8/10

Lots of hits, ICE rookies, and some nice rookie autographs makes SPx a great start to Upper Deck’s higher ranged products.

Other:

2011 Upper Deck World of Sports – January 20, 2012 – $75 – 6/10

Pushed back again. Basically I’ve put this repeatedly down but I keep saying the same thing so here is a synopsis. Bad last year. Looks better. Lots of different sports.

January looks like a fun month full of great sports cards! What’s your favorite product coming out this month?