Preview: 2011 Upper Deck SP Authentic Football

Your favorite rookies and veterans are back for another season in their college uniforms for 2011 Upper Deck SP Authentic football! Some of the hottest rookie cards on the planet come from this product with the SP Authentic autographed patches. Although these are in their college uniforms and not what they once were in terms of how people collect them, they still hold great value if you’re looking for some of the top rookie cards of your favorite players.

2011 Upper Deck SP Authentic comes out with a 100 card base set including 100 1998 styled SP Future Watch cards. You can also find SP Autographed Patches, SPx Rookie Autographed Jersey cards, and SP Signature Threads Autographed Jersey. And I must say, with last year’s SP Authentic football looking kind of boring in the insert department, these look a lot better than last year, especially if you’re lucky enough to pull a SPx pack because those cards look phenomenal.

Each box will yield 3 hits including one SP Autographed Patch card. You may also find 4 SPx packs per case featuring an SPx Autographed Jersey in every one of these packs. This adds a cool little addition to the SP Authentic brand by including some SPx styled cards. There will also be at least one SP Autographed Jersey per case. Your other hits normally consist of plain signatures. You may also find dual, triple, or even quad autographs from some of the games legends, veterans, and rookies from players like Troy Aikman, Barry Sanders, Mark Ingram, Cam Newton, and more!

You can find this product on shelves February 7, 2012, at around $115 per box.

Countdown: 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup vs. Panini Dominion

It’s the old versus the new. The veteran versus the rookie. The champ versus the newcomer. It’s less than 2 weeks away from the release of 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup hockey and less than a month away from the release of 2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey. The countdown is huge and everyone is waiting for this last hockey product of the year from the two hockey trading card companies. What kinds of punches will each company throw?

Well a lot of punches have already been thrown on the Twitter scene. The Panini America twitter has been using the hashtag #TheCupKiller while showing off some sweet pictures of some of the sweet cards that will be in the product. The Upper Deck twitter has been hot as well showing off some sweet patch 1 of 1s of some of the game’s top players and some awesome rookie patch autographs. But which product is going to be the king?

The Cup is released 2 weeks earlier so Upper Deck is going to have a slight edge as those who really want both are going to be getting their boxes of Upper Deck product earlier. Panini originally tried going head to head with a release the next day, but that was shot down by the NHLPA. So collectors will have to wait 2 weeks until Dominion hits the shelves.

So far, the concepts and designs look good on both sides. Upper Deck always includes some of the most beautiful patch cards you have ever seen in this high end offering. While we haven’t seen this type of product from Panini in the hockey arena yet, I would expect them to match Upper Deck with the patches as that is something that fans from every sport admire. Both companies are offering stamped game used sticks with the player’s name on them which is a great piece for all hockey and player collectors.

Something Panini is offering that has never been seen before is autographed tape from the player’s sticks. That is a great concept and idea that is new to hockey cards and something collectors are anxious to see. So the “new concept” edge has to go to Panini in this regard. The Cup seems to have the same types of hits as in years past, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Collectors love The Cup the way it is, so there is nothing wrong with very little changes to a proven hit product. Panini is trying to make a name for themselves in the very high end hockey arena with collectors, so they are doing everything in their power to show off their capabilities.

Price points are about the same but it’s still a large chunk of change if you want to get both. I’m going to be trying to get my hands on a box of each for a head to head style of review which should reach epic proportions. Imagine this: two boxes sitting on my desk, opening each at the same time, showing off base cards one by one, then on to the hits comparing the intricacies of each product as I run down each card. I can see the beauty that would unfold on camera with my jaw dropped pretty much the whole time.

I, for one, am excited for this new offering from Panini and this already top of the class product from Upper Deck. Will it be The Cup Killer as Panini has been advertising? Or will it fall victim to the veteran and have to go back to the drawing board next year? 2 weeks time for The Cup to be in your possession, and 4 weeks for Dominion to make it’s debut.

It’s a great time to be a hockey collector with these two products going head to head.

Preview: 2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends

Keeping with the spirit of college football and training camps around the country, it’s time for a Sports Card Blog two a day! The first preview has already been posted so this second preview will be part of today’s two a day. This preview is featuring college football and from what I’ve seen, may be Upper Deck’s best college licensed football product to date, 2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends.

College football legends is exactly what you will find with this product. You will find cards from some of the greatest college football players to ever step foot on the field. Some of these players have never had an autographed card out on the market before either.

Each box will feature 20 packs in a box with 5 cards per pack. The base set is a nice 100 cards and you will find a bunch of low numbered inserts like Bowl Game Heroes, NCAA All-Americans, Decade’s Best, and College Inscriptions with all of these having hard signed on card autographs! Every box will feature 3 of these autographs from some of the top players of college football history in their alumna’s gear. You can find some great names like Troy Aikman, John Elway, Adrian Peterson, and Steve Young amongst other great names.

You will also find cards from 26 different Heisman Trophy winners like Tim Brown, Eddie George, and Cam Newton.

2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends is set for it’s freshmen season to begin on October 25, 2011, for a price around $115.

Check out the 2011 Upper Deck College Football Legends checklist.

NHLPA Forcing Further Delay of 2010-11 Panini Dominion Hockey

We as collectors are always disappointed with delays in products. 2010-11 Panini Dominion has already been delayed more than once. Now it’s being delayed once again, but this time it is not for any reasons Panini can control.

The NHLPA is forcing the delay of 2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey two extra weeks until a September 14, 2011, release date. The only positive coming out of this for collectors is that it gives Panini extra time to acquire autographs so there will not be as many redemptions. Everything else is a negative.

As most in the hobby know, the last day for 2010-11 NHL licensed products to be released is August 31st every year. The NHLPA has given an extension for this highly sought product because the NHLPA does not want 2010-11 Panini Dominion matching up with 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup. The two highest of all high end hockey products will not go head to head in the last couple of days of the hockey card season. Instead, the NHLPA is forcing the delay so that each company can try and move more product.

Of course, moving more product means the NHLPA gets a bigger cut of the money. So a special exception was made for the two hockey heavyweights.

What does this mean for collectors? I’m thinking because The Cup is released 2 weeks earlier, collectors are going to go to Upper Deck’s product first. The big question is will people have the time to reload if they weren’t sure which one they were going to purchase and are just purchasing the first released product? Panini seems to be getting the short end of the stick for their first very high end hockey product in my opinion. People are often weary of a first time product and the fact Upper Deck gets the first shot with collectors for a full two weeks means there just may be less money going around from collectors to purchase a second product. The MSRP for buying both products is a staggering $800.

How will the delay effect you as a collector if you planned on purchasing one or both of these great products? Will you have time to reload the funds? Will you just be buying Upper Deck’s The Cup because it’s released earlier? Do you think the NHLPA should of got involved?

I mean it totally makes sense from the money standpoint for the NHLPA to do this, but as a collector it just sucks.

One Day I Will Attend the National

One day I will attend the National.

The meat and potatoes of the National in Chicago started today but I’ve been reading blog posts across the internet about companies and other bloggers going to the National. I first learned of the National in 2005ish when I first got back into card collecting and thought it would be amazing to go someday. Well, it’s 2011 and I still haven’t gone. But I am making it my personal goal to attend next year. I have a crappy job which pays crap and I have to start saving for my own wedding. But maybe I can pinch the pennies even more to be able to attend the National. Maybe I’ll start being one of those coupon addicts?

I mean, these blog posts and videos are just awesome. A ton of people, tons of beautiful cards, meet ups with people I’ve chatted with online for what seems like forever, and baseball games. I would probably go and not really buy much, but to me it’s more about the experience. I’d go visit the dealers and check out their beautiful cards and memorabilia, I’d stop by the social media groups and visit my friends at the various sports card forums I visit, and of course  stop by the manufacturer booths and chat it up with the likes of Tracy Hackler and Chris Carlin.

Afterwards, grab a drink with some people and start it all again the next day. I would feel like a kid in a carnival. Free swag, wrapper redemptions, historic memorabilia…what is there not to love? Even watching guys get arrested by the Postal Inspector police, those guys mean business.

It just seems like a great experience and a great time. I have a wedding fund, a blog fund, and I think it’s time to start a National fund so one day I will attend the National.

Anyone have some great National experiences to share with me?