Preview: 2013 Topps Heritage Baseball

A staple of the Topps brand is back for another season in 2013 Topps Heritage.

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An always popular set is back again in the Real One Autographs. This set features retired and active players and the cards are hand numbered to 64. There are also Real One Dual Autographs hand numbered to 25, and Real One Triple Autographs hand numbered to 5.

Also look out for Clubhouse Collection Relics and Autograph Relics. The Autograph Relics are hand numbered to 25 and there are Autograph Dual Relics hand numbered to 10.

Another interesting set are the Flashback Autograph Relics. This set will feature retired players from the 1964 season. Each card will be numbered to 25 or less.

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Each box contains 24 packs with 9 cards. In each box, it will contain 1 autograph or memorabilia card.

You can find the product at DA Card World when it releases on March 6, 2013.

You can also find the checklist on Cardboard Connection.

Review: 2012 Panini Golden Age Baseball

Panini’s answer to Allen & Ginter and Champions is here with Golden Age. Like those other products, this isn’t necessarily a baseball product per se, as it does have several non-baseball cards in it, but the majority of cards do have baseball subjects. Each box contains one autograph and one memorabilia card, with autographs and memorabilia spanning the entire spectrum of the product. From baseball players to celebrities and historical events, this product has a lot of features that pay homage to the Golden Age of baseball and history. Let’s see what we got:

 Design:

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Panini has showcased that they are very creative when it comes to creating designs that look like they came from the early part of the 20th century. Cooperstown was a great example and now Golden Age continues that trend. The cards look like they came from an age long ago, perhaps a Golden Age. The card design does utilize light colors which adds to the look of an old time set. Paying homage to earlier sets as well, you can find stand ups in the product at a couple per box. Really, the only thing that I didn’t care too much about were the box toppers. Now I love box toppers and pennants are a cool idea, but they just look and feel cheap. I know they were based off a product from 1916, but they don’t feel like it. Eh, could of been better.

Checklist:

4 stars blueBeing a Ginter/Champions like product, you can find a ton of different celebrities of the past and players from multiple sports in this product. There is more baseball than the rest which is good. But the real issue I have is the lack of actual sports memorabilia and autographs. I know you can find celebrity items in other products, but Panini also has their Americana line for those types of cards. I would have like to have had at least one baseball related hit in my review box, which I didn’t get. It’s a bit too much like Americana with baseball cards added. Oh, and don’t forget all the beautiful ON CARD autographs found in this product. Makes them look that much better.

Value:

4 and half stars blue DA Card World is currently selling this product for $72 a box. Actually, that is not a terrible deal at all compared with the rest of the products out there. It actually runs about the same price as Americana with baseball cards. With two hits in a box, it’s not a terrible price and I think it has some value if you can get some of the bigger celebrity, historical, or baseball hits. My hits weren’t fabulous, but female celebrities tend to do better on the secondary market in trading card products so I wouldn’t be surprised if these did well. At a price of $72, you can afford to give this product a shot and try and build a pretty robust set at the same time.

Overall:

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Overall, this product is exactly what you would imagine it to be. Panini’s twist on Ginter or Champions with a little bit of Americana in it. If you aren’t into those types of baseball products put out, than this product isn’t for you. I wasn’t even able to pull a baseball player related hit from the product so if that is what you are looking for, it’s not for you either. However, it is a product that is filled with multiple sports figures and major American personalities from the early to mid 1900s. It is a great look at the past and pays homage to the celebrities and trading card industry. Worth the money for a box? If you’re into it, definitely go for it.

A big thank you goes out to Panini America for providing this product for review. You can find them online on their official site, blog, Facebook, and Twitter.

You can find the full checklist including all the SP (short print) information over at Cardboard Connection.

And here’s what we pulled from the box…

First Ever BGS Mail Day

If you remember a few weeks back I spoke about the benefits and negatives of grading your cards. Well I went ahead and graded a few of my cards for the first time and thought I would share the results.

My reason behind grading these cards were mainly for selling purposes. As you can see, a couple of hot rookie autographs graded 9+ will add a little bit of value to the card compared to selling it “raw”.

The other is for display purposes. Owning a card from 1909 is interesting. I tell people about it and they ask if it’s worth anything. Well, as you can see, a 1.5 for a grade isn’t going to help it any. However, it will make a great display piece and conversational piece for my collection. The labels that show the date and the name of the player add a nice dimension to the display and the card is forever protected in that condition inside the holder.

Grading cards definitely has it’s benefits in this situation.

Wow I Can’t Write Today

I want to keep my daily postings going. It’s been great posting every day. I have some great ideas I can type up and put out to all of you. Just now, I tried typing out one of those ideas.

Have you ever had a day where everything you attempt to do just doesn’t work out the way you want it to? That is today. I had half an article written out and it looked like crap. Thoughts were jumbled everywhere and it was barely coherent. So today I will not write anything useful. Instead, I’m just going to post a sweet Diamond Die-Cut I traded for on Diamond Topps and promote my contest.

There is still time to get in my contest. Okay, pimping of my contest done.

Now some Diamond Die-Cut action…assuming nobody else tries to trade me (26) 1987 Wally Joyners for it. I may take it this time…..NOT.

Josh Beckett is all pretty and diamondy and what not. Still would prefer a Jon Lester.

Seriously, why is EVERYONE trying to get my 1985 Pete Rose? Is it because it was the year I was born? Is it because that’s the year he broke the hit record? Inquiring minds want to know. Someone offered me some early 70s cards for it. Might take it.

If anyone has any specific wants in the Diamond Giveaway please let me know. I can trade for your wants with other people and then send them off to you. I have ZERO interest in vintage cards and I’m just looking for some DDC cards to trade around. I have some 50s, 60s, and 70s available for those.

I am here for you all.

NOTE: I even just tried to Publish this and apparently hit Save Draft. I should just go back to bed for the day.