Preview: 2012 Topps Prime Football

Are you looking for rookie hits? Then 2012 Topps Prime Football should be right between your hashes. If you are looking for veteran stuff, well this product would be a miss wide left. 2012 Topps Prime football is out, today actually, and with it you can find a ton of rookie content to savor that itch.

2012 Topps Prime football features one autograph relic card, one autograph card, and two relic cards per box. Each box contains 10 packs per box with 6 cards per pack, so just about every other pack will have a hit for you hit collectors out there.

The autograph relic cards seem to be the real draw with pieces of memorabilia like jerseys, patches, pieces of footballs, gloves, and wristbands. Topps really has gone all out in this product to get you all sorts of memorabilia pieces to add to your card collection. These are pretty unique pieces that you don’t see in many products, so it will definitely be a card you will need to have for your favorite rookie collection. The regular relic cards will contain some of these pieces as well.

As with pretty much all Topps products, you will find a large number of parallels as well. From the base cards numbered to 350, all the way down to 1/1. Again, we don’t know what the base parallel is numbered to for the hits, so it makes you wonder, and hope, it’s not some ridiculously large number like Topps Platinum of Finest had. The parallels aren’t so bad, but when you are reaching like 1800+ for base patch autos, things need to be re-evaluated.

Otherwise, with the unique memorabilia pieces and the strong rookie class of autographs, it looks to be a product that would be a lot of fun to open. It debuts today, September 28, 2012, and retails about $100 a box.

Find out more about this product, including the checklist, on the Cardboard Connection product information page.

Preview: 2012 Topps Platinum Football

Releasing yesterday was Topps next installment for the 2012 football season with 2012 Topps Platinum football. Yeah, I know we’re a day late on this, but I wanted to make sure we gave the product it’s full due here.

Topps Platinum releases with 2 guaranteed rookie autographs per box along with a refractor autographed rookie patch card. You will also find one black refractor rookie, and one platinum die cut rookie. All of this will be found in the 20 packs that come in a box with 5 cards per pack.

Now that first thing that I notice is the lack of veteran content in this product. Yes, you’ll have your base cards and the occasional parallel, but veteran hits are tough to come by in this product. It seems to be the issue that I find myself looking into for most Topps products, and that is something that bugs me. Yes, you can find some autographed patch cards, but they are few and hard to come by. At $100 a box, I’d expect more than just rookie content. But at least it’s a strong draft class.

But the rest of what I have to say about the product looks pretty good. 3 autographs without any plain game used content is a great start to a product. Add in the signature Topps addition of refractors, and you have some additional value to the product and makes it possible for some huge hits.

Rookie autographs will be all on card and you’ll be able to find a ton of big cards including rookie autographed jumbo patches, autographed shields, dual autographed jumbo patches booklets, and your standard superfractors and autographed superfractors.It’s sort of like a Chrome product but with memorabilia.

All in all, despite the lack of veteran content in the hit department, if you are into rookie cards this may be one of the better products of the season to get your hands on.

Remember, it released yesterday so it should already be in your local store. For more information including a checklist of the product, check out Cardboard Connection’s product information page.

Preview: 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball

The next Bowman product of the 2012 season will be released soon in 2012 Bowman Platinum baseball. With some of the issues kinked out and a better looking lineup of potential hits than the past, the third year of Platinum looks to be the best year of Platinum seen this far.

Every box of Bowman Platinum features 20 packs and 5 cards per pack. With autographs from some of the hottest prospects in the game, it’s one of the products that prospectors like to crack open to try and find that diamond in the rough in prospects.

Each box will contain 2 autographed refractors as well as one autographed relic card. Including these, you may also find redemptions for full game worn items from the Arizona Fall League. That’s right, full sized items. Not cut up and put into cards. Topps has done a great job with acquiring these items across all sports recently, and this is just another great addition to their products.

With parallels galore and tons of autographed content, you may ask…what else can I chase after? The new Purely Platinum autographs contains 1/1 autographs of metal cards with a gold autograph on them. Whether they are platinum or not, we don’t know, but it’s a cool addition to the product.

Get your prospecting and rookie fix on with 2012 Bowman Platinum baseball, releasing July 25, 2012.

Check out the 2012 Bowman Platinum checklist to see the players you can pull from the product.

Preview: 2011 Topps Platinum Football

2011 Topps Platinum is coming back again, but this time, I’m not too impressed.

I really like what Topps has done with most of their other products. Some Photoshop work here and there to make the rookies look like they are actually pictured in NFL jerseys. Or even used some photos from the Rookie Premiere with their team jersey on. But from what the sell sheet looks like, it will just be college team photos with the logos edited out. Nothing on the sell sheet mentions any other changes to the photos like the others have, so I am assuming this is how the cards will be delivered. That is disappointing.

While I enjoy most of the designs with die-cut parallels, rookie jumbo patches, and the rookie on-card autographs, I still can’t get past the images of the players on the cards. It’s just a personal thing for me, if you have access to the licensing of NFL logos and players wearing those NFL logos, why aren’t you using them?

You will get 3 hits per box. 2 being on card rookie refractor autographs and another being an autographed refractor patch card. Plus you will get one rookie refractor card per pack. So again, a ton of rookies. As always, there will be a ton of refractor versions as well. You can find green, blue, white, gold, superfractor, and printing plates.

Replacing your on card autographs may be dual, triple, or hexagraph cards. That’s 2, 3, or 6 autographs on one card.

The regular autographed patch cards are kind of disappointing as far as the checklist goes. There are only a few veterans on that list compared to a ton of rookies. I know more rookies means a less price for a product but the lack of veterans really takes away from some of the people who may buy this product. This seems to be reoccurring thing with Topps recently and I don’t like it too much.

You will find 20 packs per box and 5 cards per pack according to DACW.

This product should hit store on September 7, 2011 for a price around $86 dollars or so.

Here’s a checklist so you can see what I’m talking about.

Preview: 2011 Bowman Platinum Baseball

…and the Bryce Harper chase continues. Harpermania continues with the release of 2011 Bowman Platinum baseball on July 27th, 2011. Bowman Platinum is personally my favorite of all the Bowman brands Topps puts out each year, even more than Bowman Chrome. Why you ask? Autographed relics and the insertion of some veteran autographs. See, I’m not a huge rookie collector or rookie person so I like products with some chances for veteran autographs as well and Bowman Platinum provides this for me and collectors like me.

With on card autographs and use of the Chrome technology, this makes 2011 Bowman Platinum one of the best looking sets of the baseball season. You will find 2 Chrome technology autographs per box in the regular and all of the different refractor versions that you can pull. Green, blue, gold, red, and super refractors can be found as well as printing plates. There is a checklist of 41 minor league stars to fill these autographs out, including the Messiah himself, Bryce Harper. These cards look sharp with chrome technology and on card autographs.

At one per pack you will also find refractor prospect cards with a nice 100 card checklist. Don’t worry, I will have a link to the checklist at the end of the article. Speaking of refractors, you can also find two regular refractors per box in all the colors I mentioned above plus the X-Fractor. Plus you will have your base parallels found at about 7 per box.

My favorite addition in Bowman Platinum the past couple years is the autographed relic. This autographed relic contains either regular jersey cards or prime patch cards. The patch autographs are numbered 25 or less in their refractor versions. The other refractors numbered higher are just the regular jersey cards. These don’t appear to be on card autographs though, but would definitely look better being on card.

Case hits in this product are multiple autographed cards. Dual autographed relics, dual autographs, triple autographs, and hexagraph autographed book cards with either a manufactured patch or just 6 six autographs. Finally, the 60th Anniversary autographs will be randomly found in this product as well continuing on previous Topps releases in celebration of their 60th anniversary.

In all you will find 24 packs in a box with 5 cards per pack for a little over $100. The design of this product is very solid although it looks kind of similar to last year with very small differences in the base design. Still, it’s Harpermania and these will be snatched up quick to try and pull a Harper autograph. I hope the delay in this product will bring a Harper autographed relic, kind of like Strasburg last year.

But enough about Harper. He’s an image from my favorite National League team, the Atlanta Braves.

I promised a 2011 Bowman Platinum checklist too, didn’t I?