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.


Preview: 2011 Upper Deck World of Sports

Upper Deck is trying again with their World of Sports brand after a dismal attempt last time around. Many hobby blogs and collectors around the internet slammed this product for the lack of quality that it brought to the table. I know I wasn’t the only one who gave last year a bad review. But I’m willing to give Upper Deck a clean slate to try again since I thought it was that bad.

Not only is the design better this season, the autograph checklist looks better as well. This is still a monster of a product to put together with 100 SPs and 300 cards, but the overall better looking quality and somewhat better checklist makes it better to me.

Each box will yield 3 autographs/game used from some of the top names in sports including Upper Deck exclusives Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Lebron James, Wayne Gretzky, and Landon Donovan. Some of these will be featured on dual, triple, and quad autographs as well!

There will also be one SPx Shadowbox card inserted one per case as a nice little chase element.

Each box will contain 20 packs with 6 cards per pack. All I ask is a better checklist this season with athletes I actually know. I know a lot about sports and alot of sports and I still had trouble naming some of the people in the last product. A better checklist this season will help immensely.

This product will hit your local store on October 11, 2011 for around $75 a box.