Topps Prime 9 Hobby Shop Redemptions List

The final card of the “Prime 9″ Topps hobby shop program has been revealed.

Sandy Koufax is the last card in the 9 card set, only available at hobby shops if you pull any of these redemptions from Topps Series II baseball.

And here is the final list of the 2011 Topps Prime 9 hobby shop program.

The “PRIME 9”

Week 1 (July 19th) Johnny Bench, Catcher (redemption card #1)

Week 2 (July 26th) Albert Pujols, First Base (redemption card #2)

Week 3 (Aug. 5th) Jackie Robinson, Second Base (redemption card #3)

Week 4 (Aug. 12th) Derek Jeter, Shortstop (redemption card #4)

Week 5 (Aug. 19th) Mike Schmidt, Third Base (redemption # 5)

Week 6 (Aug. 26th) Hank Aaron, Left Field (redemption # 6)

Week 7 (Sept. 2nd) Mickey Mantle, Center Field (redemption # 7)

Week 8 (Sept. 9th) Ichiro, Left Field (redemption # 8)

Week 9 (Sept. 16th) Sandy Koufax, Pitcher (redemption # 9)

Topps Says Hey!

Willie Mays is back with Topps.

Topps has signed a multi-year agreement with Willie Mays to bring his autographs to his fans and card collectors around the world. This mean you will be finding Willie Mays autographs in products soon, starting with 2012 Topps Series I baseball. He is also already slotted for Tribute, seen below, and Gypsy Queen baseball.

I, for one, am excited to see The Say Hey Kid return to signing baseball cards. I know his autograph has always been hard to get, so expect collectors who decide to sell the earlier cards to get a good return on these autographs. Topps will also be making relics from his former uniforms as well.

Expect this blog to start covering more big industry news like this from all the top sports card companies. It’s been long overdue and I want to keep everyone up to date on as much information as I can.

Topps Finalizes Autograph List for 2011 Bowman Draft Picks

Yesterday, Topps rounded out their list of the 34 autographs that will be available in 2011 Bowman Draft Picks baseball. 33 of these 34 players were selected in the first round, including the supplemental first round.

Since I’m not a huge prospector, I can’t really name many of these players on a personal basis. But considering 33 of the 34 players were first round draft picks, I think that speaks for itself if you aren’t a prospector like me. That’s practically the entire first round so Topps did a great job securing all these players for the product. Anyway, let’s get down to the names here.

Bubba Sterling – Kansas City Royals

Dylan Bundy – Baltimore Orioles

Archie Bradley – Arizona Diamondbacks

Taylor Guerrieri – Tampa Bay Rays

Tyler Anderson – Colorado Rockies

Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs

Matt Barnes – Boston Red Sox

Trevor Bauer – Arizona Diamondbacks

Jed Bradley – Milwaukee Brewers

CJ Cron – Anaheim Angels

Kyle Crick – New York Giants

Jose Fernandez – Florida Marlins

Michael Fulmer – New York Mets

Tyler Goeddel – Tampa Bay Rays

Sonny Gray – Oakland A’s

Larry Greene – Philadelphia Phillies

Jake Hager – Tampa Bay Rays

James Harris – Tampa Bay Rays

Travis Harrison – Minnesota Twins

Taylor Jungmann – Milwaukee Brewers

Francisco Lindor – Cleveland Indians

Brandon Martin – Tampa Bay Rays

Kevin Matthews – Texas Rangers

Brandon Nimmo – New York Mets

Blake Snell – Tampa Bay Rays

George Springer – Houston Astros

Corey Spangenberg – San Diego Padres

Robert Stephenson – Cincinnati Reds

Trevor Story – Colorado Rockies

Blake Swihart – Boston Red Sox

Dan Vogelbach – Chicago Cubs

Keenyn Walker – Chicago White Sox

Kolten Wong – St. Louis Cardinals

Joe Panik – San Francisco Giants

And that’s the list. For you prospectors out there, which players on this list have the biggest upside? Don’t worry, I have no interest in prospecting, I just want to know how the baseball future looks.

Look for a full preview of 2011 Bowman Draft Picks here from Sports Card Blog in the coming weeks

Bad Sunday for My Teams

This Sunday was just a bad overall Sunday for my teams.

My Tampa Bay Buccaneers took the field for the first NFL game this season and proceeded to get beaten by the Detroit Lions. The last time these two teams played in Tampa last season, the Lions won as well, all but assuring the Buccaneers wouldn’t make the playoffs. I’ve had a lot of questions whether the Bucs defense would be able to step it up without Barrett Ruud in the middle. Matthew Stafford did have a great game and the Lions defense really contained the run causing the Bucs not to run much with LeGarrette Blount who ran for over 1000 yards in 13 games last season.

At least Mike Williams and Josh Freeman still have great chemistry. I was able to snag this today on CheckOutMyCards for just 85 cents. I love how shiny the card is and I love die-cuts so this was a perfect addition to my collection. (And he helped me in my Battle of the Bloggers Fantasy Football League)

Moving on to my other favorite team today, the Boston Red Sox lost another game to the Rays with their ace Jon Lester on the mound. It seems the Rays have the Red Sox number this year going 9-5 so far against the Sox and that doesn’t make me very happy. The Red Sox are a dreadful 2-8 in their last 10 and Tim Wakefield hopes to finally win game number 200 after an off day on Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

I notice when Adrian Gonzalez isn’t hitting, the Red Sox aren’t winning. So I picked up this Adrian Gonzalez card off CheckOutMyCards today for 30 cents in hopes that it might turn things around. Again, a nice, shiny card to add to my collection. I love all the shiny cards Topps has put out this year in baseball so I’ve been trying to get my hands on all the shiny Red Sox cards I can. Plus I have 3 Diamond Die-Cut Red Sox cards (Beckett, Youkilis, Buchholz) coming in the mail tomorrow, I hope.

So this Sunday was a bad day for my sports teams but a good day for picking up cards from my sports teams.

Just a friendly reminder, make sure to stay tuned to the blog this week as I will be revealing the season long NFL contest along with the fabulous prizes I have to give away to you guys who read this site. It should be awesome, so make sure you tell all of your friends to stop by this week a few times. Or don’t, that way you have a better chance to win the awesome stuff I will be giving away.

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!