Who Really Won The Video Trading Card War

First, sorry for the delay! I’ve been busy training and getting some certifications, permits, and such to help me get some sort of job. These will definitely benefit me which in turn benefits the blog. More money in my pocket means more boxes I can break! I think that’s a good trade off, don’t you think?

Anyway, happy Monday! And boy am I tired.

But what is awesome about today is we are finally able to see some of the results of what people are paying for video cards. And honestly, didn’t we all know from the beginning who would win this video card war? Upper Deck had the first video card on the market, the Evolution, but proceeded to fail to give these cards any sort of value besides them being kind of hard to pull, just regular case hits and easily searched by dealers or collectors. The first ones sold didn’t do too bad but right now you can have them for $30-$40 bucks a piece.

But just as I called it when Panini announced their HRX video trading cards I knew Panini would win this battle. Why? Better collectibility. Upper Deck was so caught up with trying to get video cards out on the market first they forgot the key ingredient to make these really want to be collected by collectors. What did Panini do that Upper Deck didn’t? Autographs and rarity.

Firstly, HRX cards are about 1 in every 6 cases of 2010-11 Panini Totally Certified basketball. Rarity is important and with 51 total video cards for each of 4 players, you will have a hard time finding these. With 11 of them being autographed including a 1/1 version, this adds a new layer of collectibility to those video trading cards.

Upper Deck could of had the upper hand if they waited just a little bit and got some autographs slapped on those cards. Instead, Panini’s HRX video cards are selling through the roof on the secondary market. The first Kobe Bryant autographed HRX video trading card sold for $1,000! Blake Griffin? Over $850! And that guy Kevin Durant? Just north of $500. Even the unsigned versions are getting decent money because of the rarity. I don’t think any of the Upper Deck Evolution video trading cards reached heights like those and I expect those numbers to stay higher than the Upper Deck Evolution video cards.

Panini HRX easily wins hands down in the first ever video trading cards, but I can assure you that Upper Deck will be back to the drawing board and will be adding autographs to these cards in the future. Which company will create the first autographed plus memorabilia card? What will they do to improve on the first generation of video trading cards? With secondary values achieved by the Panini HRX, I don’t think these will be going away anytime soon. Do you want to see what these cards look like? Panini announced a world premiere of revealing of the finished HRX video trading cards ready to be delivered to your door if you’re lucky enough to pull one so you definitely need to check that out!

I just noticed another blogger posted about this today as well so many sure you check out Card Geeks Blog and their thoughts on Upper Deck Evolution vs. the Panini HRX video trading cards. Let’s hope my plans for an article tomorrow aren’t the same as his! That would be awkward to have two days in a row.

Now tell me, which ones would you rather collect?

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Contest Results Show #2

Here we are for Sports Card Blog’s Contest Results Show #2! We are giving away some fabulous prizes this time around thanks to Panini America for allowing me to review their products and give away fabulous cards from the break. So make sure you thank Panini America for their generosity and tell them you want me to review more products. The more products sent to me for review purposes, the more cards I can give away randomly and fill up the Wheel O’ Awesome.

Applaud Now.

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Okay, enough of the shenanigans. Everyone wants to know who won. Well I have done the amazing witchcraft of recording what I saw when I used the Random.org randomizer to determine who won. Hopefully, the camera did not steal my soul. Here are your results for this fine grouping of 3 awesome contests and it turned out to be 3 separate winners!

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And for those unable to view the YouTubes, here is a winner list:

Luxury Suite prize pack: Dawgbones of Dawgbones, a Phillies Phan!

Donruss Elite prize pack: Adam Horner

Score prize pack: BA Benny of BA Benny’s Baseball Card Buffet

Both Dawgbones and Adam Horner have the opportunity to substitute their prize for a spin on the Wheel O’ Awesome with prizes such as autographed 8x10s (1 left), Fathead Tradeables, autographs, game used, inserts, or base lots. Personally I would take the prize pack as you’ll most likely be getting more but it’s up to them.

I will now allow the opportunity for the winners to accept their prize in the comments below and provide a speech for all to read. Otherwise, I’ll just email them on the email provided.

Big thanks to Dawgbones of Dawgbones, a Phillies Phan! (who actually won) for being the only blogger to pimp the contest and win a bonus entry. That bonus entry helped lead him to victory in the Luxury Suite prize pack!

Quick Contest Pimp!

I have a busy day lined up for me since it’s really the last day I get to hang out with my fiancee before she leaves for Montana for 2 weeks to do some schooling. So all you get out of me on this Saturday is a contest pimp.

My own 3 separate contests are running until tonight! So get your comments in on my recent reviews. View all the details on my 3 contests here. Prizes are awesome and I thank Panini America for their support of this blog.

I’ll have two posts tomorrow. One announcing the winners and something actually useful. But most of you will want to know the results of the contests anyway because the cards are that awesome. Good luck to everyone!

Preview: 2011 Panini Rookies & Stars Football

This is the last product I have to preview for July 2011 releases and we are going out with 2011 Panini Rookies & Stars football. Panini attempts to put the “rookies” back in Rookies & Stars football this year. But we will see how that works out for them with this product. Let’s hope there is enough “stars” as well to keep things interesting and worth the price of admission.

2011 Panini Rookies & Stars football releases with 24 packs with 8 cards per back. Each pack is $4 which makes this product…some quick internet math tells me that a box would cost around $96. You will find 4 total autograph or material cards with at least 1 of them being an autograph. 24 rookies, 4 parallels, 1 Rookie Revolution, 1 Studio rookie, and 2 other inserts or parallels. So I’m guessing this is a 1 rookie per pack product this year.

The first thing I always notice is something I don’t like about the product and of course I found one right away. People who have been reading this blog for awhile now know of my hatred for manufactured patches. Well Panini Rookies & Stars carries several variations of this manufactured patch goodness. Okay Panini, I get it. Manufactured patches aren’t going anywhere, anytime soon. So I have a proposition. Hear me out, this is something that will make these manufactured patches more bearable. Stop having the athlete sign cloth. It looks incredibly tacky. If you want to keep the manufactured patches, that is fine. Embed them in the card as you would a regular patch but have the athlete sign a sticker or the card itself. Seriously, I would rather have a sticker autograph than an athlete sign a piece of cloth. 100% of the time. Take out the American flag, embed just that part in the card and add an autograph to the card itself. I know you have seen Upper Deck Black flag patches and autographs. That is the best way to do manufactured patches in my opinion. I can’t stand the signing of cloth that isn’t even game/event worn. Okay…I’m done with that rant.

Besides the manufactured patches, everything else looks to be on par what you would expect from Rookies & Stars. With a billion rookies and some sweet veteran cards you are in for a treat. If you’re a rookie collector or prospector this is another product for you with the tons of rookies and consequently probably a billion rookie autographs.

As for me, I like veterans. With some great autographs and material cards for veterans I really enjoy the look of some of these subsets, Prime Cuts being my favorite. There is a subset called Statistical Standouts with some random statistic on the front and an autographed patch version for veterans. While I’m not a huge fan of the concept as I feel it is over done, it looks nice too. Panini seems to be doing a great job in the subset and insert department. The Donruss Studio brand of old makes a slight return as an insert as well with Studio Rookies featuring posed photography. I love the back of these cards almost more than the front. They have their backs to the camera showing off the name on the back of their jerseys. Panini has a great blog post about this Studio Rookies insert set with a ton of pictures.

Finally, as far as base cards go, I love the design of this year’s base cards. Panini did a great job with action shots where the whole player isn’t cut out and you can see some of the field before it fades to a white background. It looks pretty slick to me. Everything looks pretty slick, but something needs to be done about those manufactured patches.

2011 Panini Rookies & Stars will release on July 27th, 2011 at a dealer near you.

Let’s see a picture of those Prime Cuts I love so much. Since Panini doesn’t pay to host their blog, I’m just going to hot link this photo. This is for you Jim Irsay!

Want more? Check out the Panini Peek of 2011 Panini Rookies & Stars football on their official blog.

Want a 2011 Panini Rookies & Stars checklist too?

Want to see more awesome cards from this set?

Panini Unwrapped: Opening 2011 Rookies & Stars!

This concludes all July 2011 sports trading card releases. Phew! I wonder what August will have in store for us?

3 Contests Time! Score Some Free Cards!

Alright, alright, it’s the first week of July and we at Sports Card Blog have prizes to give away. That’s right, thanks to Panini for sponsoring our reviews recently I am giving away fabulous prizes!

To enter the contest is really simple. I am holding 3 separate contests.

Contest #1: Comment your thoughts on my review of 2011 Panini Luxury Suite hockey. A winner will be chosen at random. One entry per person. Winner will receive the Jeff Carter GU Jersey numbered to 599 and the Matt Duchene/Milan Hejduk Dual GU Jersey numbered to 599. If the winner is not a hockey fan, I will allow the opportunity to spin the Wheel O’ Awesome! (Could include hockey prize as well, be forewarned, or even base cards)

Contest #2: Comment your thoughts on my review of 2011 Donruss Elite football. A winner will be chosen at random. One entry per person. Winner will receive the Kyle Rudolph New Breed RC Jersey numbered to 299 and the Jimmy Smith Rookie Autograph numbered to 499. If the winner isn’t a football fan, I will allow the opportunity to spin the Wheel O’ Awesome! (Again, prize may be not as good!)

Finally Contest #3: Comment your thoughts on my review of 2011 Score football. A winner will be chosen at random. One entry per person. Winner will receive a Torrey Smith Gold Zone RC, Jason Witten Complete Player Glossy, Drew Brees Red Zone, Von Miller Hot Rookies, and Tony Romo In The Zone. There is no Wheel O’ Awesome option in this contest!

So there you have it. 3 Contests. Deadline is Saturday July 9, 2011, at 10pm PST. Winners will be chosen sometime on Sunday. Prizes will be sent sometime that following Thursday or Friday.

Oh, wait…BLOGGERS BONUS! Hey bloggers, pimp this contest in your blog and gain an extra entry into each one of the contests you enter! Just link to this post in a blog post and send me the link to get your bonus entries! I love my fellow bloggers so this time around it’s your opportunity to get some bonus action.