Preview: 2012 Fleer Retro Football

This one is for the high rollers, Upper Deck will be bringing to stores near you 2012 Fleer Retro Football.

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Upper Deck is bringing one of the most popular insert creations to football, Precious Metals! You will be able to find Red, Green, and Blue versions numbered between 100 to 10. Also for the first time to football, collectors will be able to pull Jambalaya inserts.

Collector’s can also expect to pull 1960, 1961, 1962, and 1963 autograph cards as well as 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000 Autographics cards.

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Each box contains 2 inner boxes with 10 packs per inner box and 5 cards per pack. In each inner box, it will contain 3 autograph cards.

You can find the product at DA Card World for around $320 a box when it releases on February 14, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on the Cardboard Connection.

Card Companies: Please Keep Things Fresh

Keeping it fresh.

That should be the motto of card companies nowadays. There are many ways the card companies are keeping it fresh. New innovations in card technology. New types of memorabilia. All are great and should continue. The only issue with these is that they come out in the same products every year. So I propose a solution.

Rotating products.

Besides the flagship product, the sell-well mid-end product and the ultra high end product, there needs to be more change in all the filler products. Every year we have Panini Limited, we have Upper Deck SPx, we have Topps Opening Day. Why can’t there be new, creative products put out to mix in with those others that are put out year after year…and then just rotate them. Put out SPx every other year, put out Limited every other year, you get what I’m saying. Replace those spots in a calendar with a new product and see what works. You can build more hype, you have more opportunity to innovate, and it creates an atmosphere that is less stale.

It’s just an idea. I hate to see product go the way of the Madden football games or just become more repetitive in nature. It seems like companies don’t want to retire certain products when they have long outstayed their welcome. This would be a good way to change that.

Preview: 2012-13 Upper Deck SP Game Used Hockey

A press release about 12-13 Upper Deck SP Game Used hockey from Upper Deck came out today:

Carlsbad, CA (January 15, 2013) Just days before the puck drops on a new season for the NHL®, Upper Deck is pleased to release 2012-13 NHL® SP Game-Used; a super premium hockey card release that collectors are eager to experience. The product has been revamped from years prior and has a lower price point per pack, but does not compromise on the quality cards that have made it a hobby favorite. Collectors can find five packs in every box that contain at least one autograph card and four other memorabilia or autograph cards.

“SP Game-Used has been given a nice makeover that we think collectors are going to love,” said Josh Zusman, Upper Deck’s Hockey brand manager. “We have challenged our teams to come up with compelling new inserts that will bring collectors closer to the game and we believe they have succeeded. By improving the value collectors can find in packs, we think they will have a much more exciting pack-opening experience this year!”

There are a bevy of new insert sets that will have collectors clamoring to crack these packs. First up are the “Draft Day Marks” autograph cards that profile talented rookies and veterans on the day they were drafted. Collectors can chase these cards to put together the entire set that will spell out the player’s last name. Rookie cards have always been a staple in the product, but now there is better collectability with Rookie Cards limited to each player’s jersey number with a twist being that the last card in each print run is a one-of-one-autograph for young stars like Chris Kreider (New York Rangers) and Sven Baertschi (Calgary Flames). And with “Supreme Patches,” “Supreme Sticks,” and “Supreme Skates” collectors find out first hand where SP Game-Used gets it’s name as they can find game-used memorabilia cards with very compelling pieces of jerseys, sticks and skates players used in actual games. The skate cards in particular are going to be an exciting new addition for collectors as it marks the first time Upper Deck has produced cards like these. And to create some serious high-end buzz, collectors can also find rare 1-of-1 NHL® Shield variation cards that include the NHL® logo from game-used jerseys on the card.

One of the most unique additions to the SP Game-Used brand for this season is an artifact used in Games 3, 4 and 6 of the 2012 NHL® Stanley Cup® Final. Upper Deck was able to procure the actual net from the goal from those games and will be including special Los Angeles Kings and New Jersey Devils cards with swatches of the net embedded in them. Special autograph variations will include authentic signatures on swatches derived from the leather net skirt from key players in the series like Adam Henrique, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Drew Doughty, Martin Brodeur and Wayne Gretzky who dropped the ceremonial puck before Game 3. Also look for ten different 1-of-1 “Jumbo” packs cards featuring large swatches from the oversized NHL® shield patch taken from the net skirt.

Just in time for the start of the NHL® season, Upper Deck is pleased to release 2012-13 NHL® SP Game-Used which is currently available on store shelves.

Hey, it’s about time Upper Deck changed up the product after the horrible offering last season. Let’s hope these changes really do enhance the product for collectors.

You can find this product online at DA Card World for about $107 . You can also find more information including the checklist at Cardboard Connection.

Group Break: 2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection Baseball Case Break

Group Break as Low as $5!

I have received a case of 2007 Upper Deck Ultimate Collection baseball. I would LOVE to do a group break with my readers and the product. This product is loaded with hits from just about every team out there. At 3 hits per pack and 1 base, 4 packs per box, and 4 boxes per case, that equates to 48 total hits.

You can find some sweet rookies autographs like Tim Lincecum, Daisuke Matsuzaka, Ryan Braun, Josh Hamilton, Adam Lind, Michael Bourn, Delmon Young, Hunter Pence, Troy Tulowitzki, Billy Butler, and more. Just check out this full checklist. There are a couple redemptions in the product, I apologize if one is pulled for you as they are expired. I will send something to replace the expired redemption or you can have the expired redemption yourself, your choice.

Read all the product details here at Cardboard Connection on all the types of cards you can hit. Tons of sweet autographs, patch cards, etc.

So what I’ve done here is painstakingly counted all of the cards in the set and found out the percentage you pull a card based on the team. That is then correlated into a price for each team. Price includes PayPal fees, shipping, and cards you pull. If you get 0 cards (including base), I’ll send you something for joining, probably some packs of cards or something. You are welcome to buy as many teams as you wish. Break will be done simultaneously live on YouTube and BlogTV at a date to be determined (depending on when it fills).

Cards with multiple teams will be randomized unless someone owns the majority of the teams on the card.

Angels – $22
Athletics – $33
Mariners – $22
Rangers – $34
Indians – $22
Tigers – $22 – Gladdy (Confirmed)
Twins – $54
Royals – $5 – Michael Poullas (Confirmed)
White Sox – $22
Blue Jays – $10 – Community Gum (Confirmed)
Orioles – $34 – Waxtopia (Confirmed)
Rays – $22
Red Sox – $64 – Kevin (Confirmed)
Yankees – $59
Braves – $22 -
Marlins – $33
Nationals – $10
Mets – $34
Phillies – $22
Astros – $34 – FieldLevelView (Confirmed)
Brewers – $34 – Michael Decker (Confirmed)
Cardinals – $49
Cubs – $34
Pirates – $5
Reds – $22 -
Diamondbacks – $10
Dodgers – $10 -
Giants – $15 – Adam (Confirmed)
Padres – $34
Rockies – $22

Please respond here if you are interested in purchasing a spot in this group break. First come, first serve on payment. As soon as payment is made, that team will be crossed out.

Break will be December 19th, whether filled or not! Payment is due by that date.

UPDATE: If the break is filled, $100 will be donated to Sandy Hook victims.

Break has been completed. Visit http://www.blogtv.com/users/sportscardblog for the videos!

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

Full preview coming soon.

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

Full preview coming soon.

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.