March 2012 Sports Trading Card Releases

A little late, but better then never. The March 2012 sports trading card release schedule. As always, the little rating is my excitement level over the product. And dates are subject to change.

Baseball:

2012 Topps Heritage Baseball – March 14, 2012 – $75 – 8/10

1963 design, today’s players. Along with some cool autographs and relics, it’s a fun set to put together for set collectors and hit lovers alike.

2012 Topps Tribute Baseball – March 9, 2012 – $315 – 9/10

A high end product with a ton of really nice on-card autographs, this could be one of the better Topps Tributes in recent memory.

2011 Panini Prime Cuts Baseball – March, 21, 2012 – $250 – 9/10

The return of the one of the most iconic baseball products put out by Donruss, Prime Cuts returns with cut signatures, Hall of Famers, and baseball icons from years past.

Basketball:

2011-12 Panini Preferred Basketball – March 21, 2012 – $200 – 8/10

A conglomerate of Panini products packed into one in this shortened season with only some of the nicest hit cards from all those products thrown into one.

Football:

2011 Panini Prime Signatures Football – March 21, 2012 – $60 – 8/10

A one autograph per box/pack product, Prime Signatures features some nicely signed cards from rookies and veterans that should make for a fun break.

2011 Panini Totally Certified Football – March 7, 2012 – $120 – 9/10

I loved this product in basketball so it’s only natural that I may love it in football. Autographed video trading cards make a return in this hit per pack product.

2011 Panini National Treasures Football – March 28, 2012 – $400 – 9/10

The very high end and exclusive product from Panini returns with some of the best rookie patch autographs of the season, and some of the most valuable cards.

2012 Leaf Metal Football – March 28, 2012 – $56 – 6/10

The first Andrew Luck cards of the season? Can’t complain about that. Full preview coming soon.

Hockey:

2011-12 Panini Contenders Hockey – March 28, 2012 – $108 – ?

Full preview coming soon.

2011-12 Panini Elite Hockey – March 12, 2012 – $120 – 8/10

The Elite brand comes to hockey with some sweet looking cards put out by Panini. Limited rookies, Aspirations, and limited hit cards makes this a product worth checking out.

2011-12 Upper Deck SPx Hockey – March 21, 2012 – $120 – 8/10

Full preview coming soon.

October 2011 Sports Card Releases

As has become a monthly thing, here are the sports card releases for October 2011. Prices and release dates are subject to change. If you’re new, the rating is just based on my personal excitement level for the product coming out.

Baseball:

2011 Bowman Chrome – October 19, 2011 – $67 – 7/10

The biggest prospecting product comes out providing collectors with some of the most sought after rookie autographs of the season. If you are a prospector, this is your World Series right here.

2011 Leaf Metal Draft – October 10, 2011 – $86 – 6/10

An interesting move by Leaf to put this product out at the same time as Bo-Chro. 6 autographs per box including possible autographs of the newly signed Ichiro Suzuki!

2011 Topps Finest – October 12, 2011 – $95 – 9/10

This looks to be one of the best baseball products of the season, in my opinion. Newly updated set with no more manufactured patches, I’m excited to see what Topps can do with this product.

2011 Topps Update & Hightlights – October 5, 2011 – $58 – 6/10

The Topps update set featuring all the trades, new rookies, and a season recap. Nothing earth shattering, but it’s good to pick up a few base rookies before next season.

Football:

2011 Panini Absolute Memorabilia – October 19, 2011 – $150 – 8/10

One of the coolest products with some of the nicest memorabilia and autograph pieces of the season.

2011 Panini Certified – October 26, 2011 – $94 – 7/10

Lots of rookies, lots of autographs, and some nice memorabilia pieces, this is a favorite for collectors every season.

2011 Panini Crown Royale – October 12, 2011 – $94 – 9/10

One of my favorite products across all sports, I love Crown Royale’s die cut design and I love the Rookie Silhouettes subset. Definitely a must buy for me.

2011 Topps Chrome – October 26, 2011 – $65 – 7/10

The Topps flagship set with chrome technology. With tons of great refractors and inserts sets, it’s definitely a better buy for me then regular Topps.

2011 Topps Gridiron Legends – October 12, 2011 – $77 – 8/10

Featuring some of the best legends of the game including some future legends and rookies, this looks to be a product with a ton of different possibilities when it comes to players and hits.

2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends – October 25, 2011 – $113 – 8/10

With tons of legends of the college gridiron, including over 20 different Heisman trophy winners autographs, this is a must have product for college football fans around the country.

2011 Upper Deck SP Authentic – October 19, 2011 – $110 – 8/10

One of Upper Deck’s most famous products is back featuring your favorite current players and rookies in their college colors. The patch autographs here are some of the most highly sought football collectibles of the year.

Hockey:

 2011-12 ITG Canada vs. The World – October 6, 2011 – $97 – 7/10

Featuring some of the greatest Canadian hockey players as well as some from around the world, this product is loaded with some great autographs and memorabilia for die-hard hockey collectors.

2011-12 Upper Deck O-Pee-Chee – October 4, 2011 – $52 – 6/10

The biggest set of the year with over 600 cards is back featuring just a ton of different cards. Try putting this set together set builders!

2011-12 Upper Deck Parkhurst Champions – October 20, 2011 – $76 – 8/10

I really like what Upper Deck has done this year with this product and think it could be one of their better products of the season. Bringing back the Champs cards was a good idea and a solid checklist will make this a great product.

Basketball:

None. Basketball trading cards are taking a hit with the NBA lockout this season.

Other:

2011 Upper Deck World of Sports – October 11, 2011 – $75 – 6/10

I can see a slight improvement from last year’s product, which I really didn’t like at all. I really hope it’s more than a slight improvement…