December 2012 Sports Card Releases

December is that holiday season and of course you are wanting to know what is coming out. Santa or Hanukkah or whatever you celebrate this time of year only happens once, and you want sports cards. Well here are the newest releases coming out this month…

Baseball

2012 Bowman Sterling Baseball – December 19, 2012 – $280 at DACW – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Golden Age Baseball – December 19, 2012 – $72 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

Basketball

2012/13 Panini Limited Basketball – December 14, 2012 – $100 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012/13 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Basketball – December 19, 2012 – $160 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

Football

2012 Bowman Sterling Football – December 28, 2012 – $280 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Football – December 12, 2012 – $155 at DACW – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Panini Black Football – December 19, 2012 – $200 at DACW – 9/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012 Topps Strata Football – December 21, 2012 – $77 at DACW – 9.5/10

Topps Strata football is a new Topps product featuring acetate cards with built in patches and autographs. It also has a full base set but everyone will be looking at these cards to fit into their collections.

2012 Panini Crown Royale Football – December 21, 2012 – $100 at DACW – 8/10

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2012 Panini Limited Football – December 26, 2012 – $100 at DACW – 7/10

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Hockey

2012/13 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey – December 11, 2012 – $86 at DACW – 7/10

Full preview coming soon.

2012/13 In The Game History of Hockey – December 20, 2012 – $223 at DACW – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

 

Topps Five-Star Club Details and Issues

This week with 2012 Topps Five-Star baseball, Topps has rolled out the details and the application process for their “Five-Star Club”. This club is reserved for those collectors who like to spend their money on Topps products and support Topps in their mission of producing great football and baseball cards. There is no fee to join and you must fill out an application here.

Here are some of the perks:

  • Exclusive Five-Star football and baseball parallels
  • VIP access to Topps events
  • Quarterly phone calls with Topps staff
  • Exclusive autographs
  • A membership card

First, there is no fee to apply and join this exclusive club. However, you must spend at least $10,000 on Topps products in a given year. That is enough to disqualify 99% of applicants. I understand they want these people to be loyal to Topps, but with one of the perks especially, it may just all be lip service.

That 1% of people (you’ll see why I call them people in a moment) comes from mainly two different categories. Extreme collectors and resellers. There is also a small amount of people that do crossover. For instance, there are people out there who buy 30+ cases of a product to break and resell on eBay for profit. They are in it strictly for monetary reasons and run it like a business. Some have no interest in collecting cards today. Why do those people have the requirements fulfilled to at least apply for membership while great collectors with great ideas like some of the bloggers I’ve come across don’t meet the requirements because they can’t afford it? If anything, it’s the passionate collectors that should be talking to Topps about what they like and don’t like on a more personal level.

On the other hand, extreme collectors of Topps products may also create issues, although they are more in tune then those strictly reselling. Extreme collectors of Topps products can at times be blinded by what is going on. Their brand loyalty is admirable, but they have lost some ability to criticize a product that needs to be criticized. For instance, there are some hardcore collectors out there that loved 2011 Topps Gridiron Legends football. Most collectors out there saw what it was and deemed it a failure on Topps part. It is what it is.

Topps is allowing vital information that could help the hobby, and their company, to go towards those sympathetic to their cause or with ulterior motives.

And speaking on giving vital information, if you are member of Five-Star Club, you must present Topps in a positive light under any circumstances. Since Topps is owned by Disney, everything they do must be magic.

I thought the Five-Star Club would be more than this. It would be an opportunity for even the casual collectors to get involved in helping shape the cardboard industry. Instead, it is something for Topps to show their appreciation for those who pay large amounts of money for their products. That’s not necessarily a bad thing either, but the format is just a little less to be desired.

And I already know Topps response to this. “Collectors can help the industry and the brand by speaking up in various forms of social media with Topps representatives like on Twitter and Facebook. This program is just to show appreciation for the big spenders.”

But how do we know we are even heard by those that really matter? (No offense personally to their Twitter guy, he seems like a nice guy.)

For the record, I feel pretty much the same about the Upper Deck Diamond Club which is essentially the same thing.

2012 Topps Five-Star Baseball Checklist Released

Attached to this post is the 2012 Topps Five-Star Baseball checklist.

Click here to check out the 2012 Topps Five-Star baseball checklist and see what kind of cards you should expect to pull from this huge product about to be released on Tuesday. $500 get you a box of this product with 5 autographs. Check the above link for more information on the product.

Card of the Day: 2012 Topps Tier One Buster Posey Auto

Congratulations to the San Francisco Giants on their second World Series title in four years. Usually during a big event I like to showcase a card of the day featuring a player on that team and Buster Posey is a big part of that San Francisco Giants run to the World Series.

I heard on the radio today people already comparing him to Derek Jeter. Two titles in their first three years of playing the game and a superstar in the making. Buster Posey could be that type of player. A career franchise player who is well respected inside and outside the clubhouse. I love seeing players like that in the game, so I’m hoping he lives up to those expectations. That two run homer to put the Giants up one in the sixth inning last night was pretty clutch too.

I chose this card for a number of reasons, but mainly because of its beauty. I wasn’t a fan of the Bowman design the year he had his Bowman Chrome autograph, so that was immediately out the door for me. But 2012 Topps Tier One baseball is a beauty of a product and this card is one of the nicest ones out there for Buster. A well placed photo, a great background, and a HUGE place to slap that autograph, on card. I’d be happy pulling a beauty like that any day.

So congrats again to Buster Posey and the rest of the San Francisco Giants. What a great run you guys had.

Preview: 2012 Topps Five-Star Baseball

I’ve been saving this preview for quite sometime. I’m not exactly sure why, perhaps it is because of the pure epicness of the product. Or perhaps I was waiting for the most amount of information possible. Either way, this product hits stores on November 14, 2012, and the baseball collecting world is pumped up.

Well maybe not ALL of the baseball collecting world. A box of this product does cost around $500. That is big time money, for hopefully, a complete big time product.

Each box contains 5 cards, that breaks down to $100 per card, with all 5 cards being hits. This includes 1 active player autograph, 1 retired player autograph, 1 autographed relic, 1 autographed booklet or an additional autograph, and 1 jumbo jersey/patch, bat plate, or bat knob. This product is loaded with some of collectors favorite hits on the market.

Did I mention every autograph in the product is signed on card? No stickers here.

Some other highlights include special inscription cards, 8-autograph booklets, and quad patch cards. But there is also one highlight that is missed out, the 5-Star Club. The Topps Five Star Club is reserved for those who spend the big bucks with the company, including big products like this. The Club gets you access you can’t get anywhere else. A personalized membership card, exclusive Five Star baseball and football cards, VIP status at events with Topps, and quarterly calls with Topps employees. The perks are pretty good I would say.

The product already looks to be a winner amongst those who have seen the previews. It’s pricey, but it looks like one of the best high end baseball products of all time. But that’s on paper. November 14, 2012, we will find out for sure.

Check out more information on this product by visiting Cardboard Connection.

You can purchase this product online at Dave and Adam’s Card World, my preferred online retailer. Or find group breaks online at Mojo Break.