2011-12 Basketball Rookie Cards

The NBA lockout has caused a number of issues with fans of the NBA, people who work for these professional teams, the players themselves, but also with trading card companies.

Panini America, the exclusive licensee of NBA trading cards, has not made any NBA licensed trading cards this season because of the lockout and will not create any products during the lockout. There does not appear to be any NBA trading cards as long as there is no NBA season. Definitely a bummer as there will be some great rookies to watch in their first season like Jimmer Fredette (exclusive Upper Deck signer), Derrick Williams (exclusive Panini signer), and Kemba Walker.

Since Panini will not be creating cards, what will happen to rookie cards of these future stars of the NBA?

2011-12 Upper Deck SP Authentic basketball released just last week and features some of the future stars in their product, which is fully licensed by the NCAA. You can find your autographed rookies of future stars like Jimmer Fredette, Nolan Smith, or the Morris twins.

But if there is no NBA season, how will the collectibility of these rookies be affected? With no season these rookies won’t get any exposure and won’t get to debut until next year with another class of rookies coming from the college ranks.

Will these Upper Deck cards be considered “true rookies” still or will they be marked as a “XRC” by a place like Beckett. Will the values of these rookie autographs drop or will they out gain next year’s products as they were produced first?

I guess time will tell, but I can see either occurrence having a legitimate chance of happening. My guess is that they are considered a “XRC” and really don’t have much of a rise in value nor a drop after the prices have been established. But they could possibly jump up in value as well, especially if one of the rookies in that product becomes a superstar.

We’ll find out if this NBA lockout ever ends.

Preview: 2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends

Keeping with the spirit of college football and training camps around the country, it’s time for a Sports Card Blog two a day! The first preview has already been posted so this second preview will be part of today’s two a day. This preview is featuring college football and from what I’ve seen, may be Upper Deck’s best college licensed football product to date, 2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends.

College football legends is exactly what you will find with this product. You will find cards from some of the greatest college football players to ever step foot on the field. Some of these players have never had an autographed card out on the market before either.

Each box will feature 20 packs in a box with 5 cards per pack. The base set is a nice 100 cards and you will find a bunch of low numbered inserts like Bowl Game Heroes, NCAA All-Americans, Decade’s Best, and College Inscriptions with all of these having hard signed on card autographs! Every box will feature 3 of these autographs from some of the top players of college football history in their alumna’s gear. You can find some great names like Troy Aikman, John Elway, Adrian Peterson, and Steve Young amongst other great names.

You will also find cards from 26 different Heisman Trophy winners like Tim Brown, Eddie George, and Cam Newton.

2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends is set for it’s freshmen season to begin on October 25, 2011, for a price around $115.

Check out the 2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends checklist.