Preview: 2011 Topps Supreme Football

Topps is bringing back 2011 Topps Supreme football for it’s sophomore season after a successful rookie campaign. Will it face the sophomore slump? Or will it continue its success on the field and be a MVP candidate?

I’m thinking the latter. This product looks loaded with some great autographs and memorabilia cards. I’m impressed and would consider this, so far, to be a must get football product this season. It reminds me of the Upper Deck Ultimate Collection brand which has been a staple at that company and is always a favorite with collectors.

Let’s start with a standard box break and go from there. Each box/pack should yield one autographed card that is numbered, one autographed relic card or relic card that is numbered, one parallel, and two base cards. This is a great upgrade over last year where some boxes only had a plain old jersey card.

There are 16 boxes in a case, but every box will have some sort of different type of case hits. Per case there are four autographed relics, four autographed rookie cards, one multi-autographed card, one single player autograph, one additional autograph of those listed, and five Supreme relics. So that means 11 out of the 15 boxes in the case should have two autographs while the other 5 will have some nice relic pieces. Oh, and a surprise, Red Zone autographs of the rookies in the Rookie Premiere will be randomly inserted, not messing with these ratios, as a bonus! That works for me! I would of bought Supreme last year if it was like this so instead I picked up singles.

Every card is numbered (except regular base) in some form. Topps is famous for it’s parallels so as with most every Topps product, every card will be paralleled in some fashion.

The autographs and relics can also be found from single player relics and autographs all the way up to eight player relics or autographs in book form!

Honestly, this looks to be one of the must buy football products of the season. And at around $100, it is right in the right price range for most serious collectors. The only problem about this product? It doesn’t come out until January 2012, but that means there is plenty of time to save the pennies!

January can’t come soon enough. I mean, check out this checklist!

One Week Until 2010-11 Panini Dominion Hockey

Finally, the wait is coming to an end.

2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey is set to hit store shelves on September 14, 2011. The biggest debut of the season is about to unfold. Will it end up like Jeff Skinner and win the rookie of the year award? Or will it end up being like Taylor Hall who showed glimpses of greatness only to get injured in a stupid play? (Yes, I am bitter about that.)

I’m still betting on the former. Like Jeff Skinner, this product has pulled out all the stops in order to make it contend with the best. While The Cup has released to great fanfare and non-stop breaks, Panini should see the same hype and number of boxes opened. I mean, have you been following the Panini America blog and have been seeing all these glimpses of Panini Dominion? Look at this one:

Or this one:

Amazing. Absolutely amazing. It’s not just the pain meds for the kidney stones.

How can you not like these? Amazing patches and probably one of the nicest book cards I have ever seen. If all of these images put out by Panini are what is in the majority of their beautiful blue Dominion wooden boxes, it is sure to not disappoint many. Of course there are some who may not get big pulls, but if they are as beautiful as some of these, it won’t matter too much.

I’m still working on trying to get a box of this product so I can have a head to head box break against The Cup, which should be here tomorrow. If I can, you can expect an epic battle on video between the two products with punches thrown, riots everywhere, and fire. Well, maybe not most of those, but you will have the most in depth review of both products head to head. So keep your fingers crossed.

Until then, keep watching the Panini blog as I’m sure there will be more goodness posted. Or if you haven’t seen my other posts about The Cup or Dominion and some of the other posts comparing the two, make sure you check those out. (Yeah, I’ve written alot!)

Preview: 2011-12 Panini Score Hockey

Panini’s Score brand is back bringing out value again and again.

2011-12 Panini Score is bringing more to the table than ever for their low end set. This set is massive, 500 base cards including some season and playoff highlights, a 45 card Hot Rookies set and a SP Hot Rookies subset makes this one of the biggest sets in all of sports.

And each card comes with 3 parallels. A Glossy parallel found in each pack, a Gold Rush parallel found one per box, and a Black Ice parallel found one per case. And we haven’t even touched the inserts yet.

Some great new inserts are making their debut as well as some old favorites. They are bringing back Net Cams (one of my personal favorites) as well as Snow Globes and The Franchise. But some of the new great looking inserts like the NHL Shield die-cuts, Score B, First Goals, and Making an Entrance are making their debut and I love every one of them. And I can’t forget to the mention the rare inserts like Santa Claus SPs, Stanley Cup Champs, and some sort of secret insert they won’t give away. I love secrets.

And I save the best highlight for last…want another reason this makes it one of the best values in sports? Hard-signed Hall of Famer autographs and other sticker autos. You can’t complain about sticker autos in a product like this and to have Hall of Famers included as well like Patrick Roy, Ray Bourque, and Steve Yzerman? You are crazy if you aren’t buying this at that price.

At around a buck a pack, how can you not like this product? I’ve said from the beginning, Panini makes excellent, must-buy low end products and this is just another one in a long line of them.

36 packs and 7 cards per pack for around a buck each. Wow.

This product will be gone off the shelves as soon as it is released on October 26, 2011, for a price around $36. It is right after my birthday too, so I am welcoming any box of this for a present.

Go check out this Panini Peek of 2011-12 Score hockey for more information!

Preview: 2011 Panini Limited Football

Today on Panini’s official blog, they revealed the details of 2011 Panini Limited football and it looks to be an improvement over last year’s product and that deserves some praise from just about anyone.

Although the photos used are still from the Rookie Premiere as this product was already in the starting stages by the time training camp started, they do a pretty good job with these photos even if you can tell that they’ve been used before. But the design in general is definitely an improvement in my opinion.

Some new additions this season include pieces of hats worn by 13 players at the NFL Draft numbered to 199 or less and a new “Limitless” insert numbered to 199 or less that features some autographs from some very hard to get players like Michael Vick, Sam Bradford, and Adrian Peterson. I must say, I approve of that subset name as well as I know I’ve made some slight jabs at Panini for subset names in the past.

Every card produced for the entire set is numbered to 499 or less which brings some good value to the table in terms of how scarce these cards are. The newly designed Rookie Phenoms are numbered to 299 and feature some sweet patches. So things are definitely looking good so far for this set.

Every 7 card pack/box of 2011 Panini Limited football will feature 1 autograph numbered to 299 or less, 1 memorabilia card numbered to 199 or less, 1 additional autograph or memorabilia card numbered to 199 or less, 2 base cards, 1 legend card, and 1 rookie card numbered to 499 or less. Overall, it looks to be similar to past years in terms of odds, but that’s just fine.

Look for this product to hit stores in November at around the same price as last year.

Preview: 2011 Topps Chrome Baseball

Every year collectors transition from Topps flagship to Topps Chrome. Basically, it’s the same product but with the famous Topps Chrome technology. With Chrome technology you get the shininess of the cards plus all the different refractors and this is no different than in the past.

Every box will feature two on-card rookie autographs. There are 20 different rookies and you can find these in up to 6 different refractor versions plus a printing plate version. You may also find more of the Topps 60th Anniversary autographed cards featuring 3 different players and an inscription, usually congratulating Topps on their 60th birthday.

Other than the autographs you can find a 220 card base set with 170 top veterans you found in Topps Series I and II as well as 50 rookies. You can find these in 7 different paralleled refractors as well as the printing plates.

The inserts this time around, which Topps has been lacking on in the past are Chrome Heritage cards based on the 1962 design and Vintage Chrome based off the 1996 design (I wasn’t aware 1996 was vintage, but I still liked that design).

Also, only found in hobby boxes, are black bordered parallels in which some of them have autographs of the 20 rookies, giving you more chances to pull rookie autographs. And lastly, there will be randomly inserted redemptions for autographs from the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. These can also be found in 6 parallels and printing plates.

After all of this, personally I would wait for Topps Finest baseball.

You can find this product in stores on September 7, 2011, for a price around $65.