Ready for Some New Topps Rookies?

Topps has 3 new rookies to bolster the rest of their products for the year and they feature a top young arm, an American League Rookie of the Year candidate, and a Cub making a big splash.

Trevor Bauer will be making his major league debut tonight and you’ll be able to find his first “rookie” autographs in Topps Finest, set to release this summer. He will also be signing autographs for Topps Chrome, Triple Threads, Bowman Chrome, Topps Update, Bowman Sterling, and the new Topps Five-Star.

Next, Will Middlebrooks will be getting his first Topps rookie cards as well. The AL Rookie of the Year contender has been announced as the Lucky #3 redemption for Bowman and collectors will be receiving an autographed card from the rookie star. You will also be able to find autographs of Big Will in Topps Finest, Bowman Chrome, Topps Update, Bowman Sterling, and the new Topps Five-Star as well.

And finally, Anthony Rizzo will be making his Topps card debut as well. The young Cub has signed for Tier One and will be signing for Triple Threads, Topps Update, and Five-Star.

For me, I’m most excited for more Middlebrooks autographs hitting the market as of course, I’m a huge Red Sox fan.

 

Andrew Luck’s First Autographed Colts Cards Hitting eBay

Andrew Luck’s first autographed Colts cards are hitting eBay and they are already getting some nice, fat bids associated with them.

Panini’s 2012 Father’s Day promotion features these first cards of the year, kind of strange that it comes from promotional packs, but that’s going to make these even hotter as they are harder to find.

These are the first cards featuring Andrew Luck in his new Colts uniform. Topps has come out with a set along with several non-NFL licensed products but none have Luck in the horseshoe. That puts a bit of a premium on these cards and you can already see from the prices on eBay.

His plain rookies numbered to 499 are going between $30 and $40 while one of his first Colts autographs has three days left and is already over $200.

Our friend over at FieldLevelView even pulled one of the first Andrew Luck Cracked Ice parallels which are non-numbered but limited to just 25 copies. It isn’t autographed, but it’s definitely one of the highlights of the Father’s Day promotion and is a pretty sweet looking card. I featured it on our post about Panini Father’s Day 2012.

Make sure you head to your local card shop this weekend to see if they are part of Panini’s promotion and get your chance to pull some of these beauties.

Topps Unveils Bryce Harper “Rookie Card”

Yesterday on Twitter, Topps posted a picture of the newly debuted Bryce Harper’s rookie card. Let’s take a look:

Oh wait. That was Bryce Harper’s first card from Topps…from last year. Let’s take a look at the new Bryce Harper “rookie” card.

Topps is ready to insert Bryce’s “rookie” into Topps Series II coming out in a couple weeks, and I’m sure several others including the Golden Giveaway and whatever else they have planned for the “phenom”.

Personally, Bryce’s rookie card is 2011 Bowman. I don’t care about the MLB rookie logo, it’s not the first licensed card of Bryce made by Topps as that was made last year and most collectors would agree. The only way this new rookie will be worth anywhere close to the Bowman rookies is if Topps decided to short print this rookie…which might just happen.

Update: Topps has confirmed that Bryce Harper’s Topps Series II rookie will indeed be short printed.

Bryce will also be featured with autographs in Bowman, Allen & Ginter, Tier One, Archives, and the rest of Topps products throughout the 2012 season.

Epic Cards: 2000 Playoff Contenders Tom Brady Rookie Auto

This card is currently on eBay right before the big game on Sunday.

We may see brand new heights for the price of this card if Tom Brady and the Patriots win another Super Bowl. If not, expect a new price hike for Eli Manning rookie autographs.

Though many hate Tom Brady, this is the holy grail of cards of current NFL players. The card is beautiful too. On card autograph, great placement of the card information on the right, action photo of in game action with a plain color hue over the background that really makes Tom Brady stand out.

Who would of thought Tom Brady would be as good as he is and this card would become one of the priciest modern day football cards?

The Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Young Gun

It’s obvious who’s Young Gun from 2011-12 Upper Deck Series I hockey is going to be the most valuable this year…and it’s by a pretty big margin.

This card arrived in my mailbox yesterday. After opening two boxes of Upper Deck Series I hockey, I was not lucky enough to pull one. However, Field Level View, a friend of the blog, pulled one in his box of the product and was kind enough to send it over in a trade.

I know I’ve mentioned before how I don’t care for the Young Gun design this year, and I still don’t. However, this one must be the most beautiful of all the Young Guns I’ve seen this year. I believe the photo is from Nuge’s first goal for the Oilers and you can see the great expression on his face. Even the colors from the Oilers jersey looks really good on this card.

Young Guns are the most sought after non-autographed rookie cards of the year and often hold and retain their value for years to come. The Crosby and Ovechkin Young Guns are still worth quite a bit, as well as other NHL stars. This one will be no different.

I am psyched to have this in my collection and it is the only non-autographed card I currently have in my display case of sports cards.