Preview: 2012 Topps Magic Football

After demand for collectors, Topps Magic Football is coming back.

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The first thing you’ll be able to find in Topps Magic Football is the Magic autograph cards. It will feature over 100 of the top rookies and veterans. You can also find dual and triple autographs numbered to 25 as well as six autograph cards numbered to 5.

Be sure to look out for dual mini book autograph cards that are numbered to 5. Those are sure to be a big hit. You can also find mini autographs numbered to 10.

Additional hits will bring added value for Topps Magic Football in the form of relic cards. They will be numbered to 25. You may find yourself lucky enough to pull a rookie patch card which is a 1 of 1!

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Each box contains 24 packs with 8 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain 3 autograph cards, and the chance to pull a relic card!

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases February 8, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

Preview: 2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball

Baseball season is right around the corner, which means Topps is back with their first release of the season.

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Topps has several different autograph and jersey sets this season that you will have the chance to pull. Some of the sets featured are Chasing History, which includes over 30 players.,Chasing the Dream, which includes over 20 players, and The Great, which includes 15 players and these cards are numbered to 10 and are signed on-card.

One of my personal favorite sets is the World Series Champion set. There is an autograph and autograph jersey set, both include 5 players and are limited to 50 for each set.

Something collectors need to be on the look out for this year is the Ultimate Chase Card set. It includes 30 of the most sought after current and retired players, and will be either an autograph jersey card, or a cut autograph jersey card.

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Each box contains 36 packs with 10 cards per pack. In each box, it will contain either 1 autograph or 1 jersey card per hobby box. HTA boxes will contain 1 autograph and 2 memorabilia cards.

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases January 30, 2012.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

New Update: To Celebrate the Chase,  Topps randomly inserted 10 Ultimate Chase Tickets in hobby boxes of Topps Series One.  Finders of the Ticket will win an authentic autographed bat signed by FIVE current and/or retired players!  Once Lucky Finder will win an ULTIMATE CHASE PASS – Their ticket to chase one team in the 2013 MLB Playoffs!

2012 Topps Gold Rush Signed Baseballs – Truly A Game “Changer”

As most know, I love to read the boards of various internet sports card communities and check up on hot prospects (which I know nothing about) and little bits of sports card news that should be spread like wildfire. Well this is another one.

If you don’t remember the information about the Topps Gold Rush that headed to hobby shops last year, you missed out on a pretty cool promotion from Topps. It got people out the hobby shops and helped drive sales to shops and to new Topps products. One of the coolest features were several “Golden Tickets” that were put into these promo boxes which entitled the winners to a “gold infused” baseball signed by Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, and Ken Griffey Jr. How awesome is that?

As you can see on that link to a thread on Freedom Cardboard, those shops and people ended up getting royally screwed. Allegedly, Topps now claims they are unable to fulfill the winning ticket prizes for those items and have in return sent them cases of 2012 Topps Archives. Admittedly, Archives is a fun product to bust. But a case of Archives over a specially signed ball from three of the greatest home run hitters of all time? One of their cheapest products of the year?

My God, Topps. At least send them autographs of the individuals who were supposed to be on the ball. Maybe make a special print run of cards where they can sign the special cards for those people. Or maybe give them a chance at pulling an autograph from those guys…send them a case of Tribute or something worth something. I especially feel bad for those that bought those “golden tickets” on eBay expecting a great piece of memorabilia and instead got Archives.

Thanks Topps! I know your customer service had been crappy as of late, but that doesn’t help your cause. Step up, be the big man, and do something good for your hobby shops and customers who were affected.

Update: I like to think that the pressure from collectors made a difference here. It looks like things are starting to move forward!

Lionel Messi For 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter

Below is my pitch for the Argentine FC Barcelona star to get his own card, and autographed card, in 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball.

Lionel Messi is one of the best footballers in the world right now. For those Americans, he is one of the best soccer players in the world right now. He just recently broke the record for most goals in a calendar year, a record held by Gerd Muller. In fact, he ended the calendar year with 91 goals, 6 more than Muller. That is impressive enough.

Football, soccer, whatever you want to call it is on the rise in the United States. It is one of the fastest growing spectator sports with Major League Soccer expanding to new markets and more people watching the EPL on the “tele” more than ever before. Who was the last international soccer star to appear in Ginter? Pele? That was 2009. (Maybe it wasn’t. But he is slated for 2013 Allen & Ginter!) Did we even see David Beckham? We’ve seen plenty American players like Hope Solo and Heather Mitts, Allen & Ginter could use a couple more soccer players instead of B list celebrities that no one ends up caring about.

The secondary market would be huge for Lionel Messi cards, especially autographs. He is a man beloved in Argentina and Spain, as well as around Europe for this talents on the pitch. It would also expose your products overseas with such a huge name. Lionel is 25 years old and just about hitting the prime of his career. He is going to continue to break records, win titles, and more awards. Although he lost the Player of the Year award to Iniesta, he did place a close second.

Topps, please bring international soccer to Allen & Ginter. If not Messi, maybe a big star like Wayne Rooney could make an appearance.

Review: 2012 Topps Chrome Football

Yeah, it’s a little late to be reviewing this product. Especially since I bought it on Black Friday. But late is better than never. I’ve had to catch up on all of the other (sponsored) breaks and those definitely get first priority. But now we can check out Topps Chrome football, one of the hottest products of the year from Topps. With their Chrome technology, on-card autographs, and sweet refractors, it is always a hit season after season. Want to see how this season fares? Check out the review:

Design:4 and half stars blue

The design this year is clean, organized, and has a great look to it. One of the best parts about most Topps products is that the designs always have great order to them. They may not be crazy fancy, but everything is neat, in order, and appealing to the eyes. This is one of those sets that looks great even without the Chrome finish. And of course, the Chrome finish itself is always the same. Good part though is the less bend in the cards this year. The inserts are very nice too and Topps has taken hold of the die-cut resurgence with more great offerings. Overall, a very well designed product for one of their biggest products of the season.

Checklist:4 and half stars blue

Flagship Topps has always been about two things. Current players and rookies. That’s what it does well and that’s what everyone expects. That is exactly what it does as well. It features all of your favorite players of the game and the rookies from the incoming draft. The checklist also features a couple of insert sets that are pretty sweet as well including the rookies like the Tall Boys and the 1957 replica cards. Very well put together set by Topps. (Don’t forget the refractors as well, but were there too many colors?)

Value:4 stars blue

I was able to grab my box for $80 during a Black Friday special at DA Card World, but you can now find it there for $113. The price keep continuing to rise with the hot play of the rookie in the product and the value of those different rookies autographs and paralleled cards. It really is a product that is full of value with the autographs and refractors. If it wasn’t for the refractor parallels, I would be going off on how high the price is for essentially one autograph, but these cards always hold value. These are really the best rookie cards to have on the season. I just give the product 4 stars in value as the autograph hit and refractors may not line up to be too good, sort of like my box, and especially at a price as high as the current price. And the inclusion of memorabilia cards, are they just an added hit? If so, that’s fine, but the autographs are what makes this product. At $80, it’s a great break. $113? Not so much. But that’s the market for you.

Overall:4 and half stars blue

Overall, 2012 Topps Chrome football is one of the best product of the football season once again, and possibly the best product for rookies and autographs that is easily available to the masses. The design once again is top notch, although the “camo” refractor would look alot nicer if it was a camoflauge like x-fractor. That’s just nit-picking though. I mean, the product is what we thought it was. IT IS WHAT WE THOUGHT IT WAS! That’s a good thing as the product has enough legs to keep the set up the same year after year. The value holds up, although the market has really played with it alot with everyone purchasing it. Topps, please don’t release more cases next year.

Check out the full checklist over at Cardboard Connection.

Check out the video, I recorded it awhile back when camera was down…