Wednesday, February 24, 2010

2010 Famous Fabrics - All Sports Autograph Game Used Set -

Creative Cardboard Concepts released their brand new 2010 Famous Fabrics set today. Every card is autographed or game used, and are serial numbered to /9 or 1/1.  The checklist comes from all sports, with baseball, basketball, football, and boxing being featured the most.

Cut signature cards of Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, and Jesse Owens highlight the deep checklist of cut autographs. They are apart of the Enshrined insert set.

Product breakdown:
Release Date: 2/24/2010

Case = 10 Boxes *Only 400 Cases Produced*
Box = 1 Pack Per Box - 1 Card Per Pack 

Read Full Review With Complete Checklist.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Forbes: Panini Ready To Gamble

Since getting the exclusive license to make NBA basketball cards, Panini has produced sets that have some collectors wanting more. Their entire product line is filled with mid-priced boxes, that don't have any eye popping hits. No crazy cut autographs. Nothing that pushes the limit of what has been done before.

A recent article from Forbes might shed some light as to why Panini has been so conservative with their basketball line. Panini has set aside $10 Million for its basketball venture. So where does all that money go? For one, having Kobe Bryant as your pitch man doesn't come cheap. Love him or hate him, he is one of the most recognizable faces in the world. The details of the contract with Kobe are not known, but Forbes did slip in a little insight:

The company signed up superstar Kobe Bryant as its front man, agreeing to pay him seven figures annually for appearances, and autograph sessions.

Alright. So Kobe costs them a nice chunk, at least 10% of the NBA budget. I don't mind that so much. LeBron said something funny at the Olympics back in 2008. Something like, "I thought I was famous until I got here with Kobe."  Getting Kobe Bryant to pitch your basketball product is a good idea, even if it costs you 10-15% of your budget.

Here is where Panini is ready to gamble it up. They are "sinking $2.5 million of its $10 million NBA investment into the launch of an interactive card game it's calling Adrenalyn." Here we go again. Another card company thinking they can get kids to drop their PS3 controller, their IPOD, their cell phone, etc...... to go play a game with basketball cards online. Call me a skeptic, I see this as $2.5 million down the drain.

I would have spent the $2.5 million to wow the collectors Panini inherited. The hundreds of thousands of basketball collectors, that have been forced to sit through mid-range product, after mid-priced product since October. Panini drops at least $1M on Kobe, $2.5M on Adrenalyn, and suddenly a big part of the $10 Million budget is wiped away. Die hard basketball collectors, or even those who only buy a few packs or boxes a year, get left out in the cold because that money doesn't get them anything. The older collectors, and this is just a wild guess, aren't going to play Adrenalyn or want anything to do with the .99 cent packs.

Getting more kids involved in the hobby, in any sport, would be a great thing. Panini should make strides in that effort. What I have to question is going so bold in year one with the kids push. Panini is taking the risk of freezing out older collectors because the sets they've put out leave a lot to be desired. If it were me, I would have tried to "wow" the fan base I already had, and then work on bringing some new collectors along in year two.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Product Update: 2010 Topps Allen Ginter Baseball & NCAA Sweet Spot Football

If you like to keep up on upcoming products then Sports Card Radio is the place to be.

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball

Some new photos via Topps Twitter Feed are available in our early product preview. Be sure to check back soon as we will have an interview with the 2009 Ginter Code Winner. No word on when this product will go live, but we expect it to be an late spring/early summer release.


2010 UD Sweet Spot NCAA Football

This is an entirely new product that comes from the NCAA License that Upper Deck secured. It will feature current and former NFL stars in their College Uniforms. Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy autographs are included, as well as Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Dan Marino, Barry Sanders and many others. This product will feature 6 Packs with each pack containing a jersey or autograph card. Expect Upper Deck NCAA Sweet Spot Football to hit the shelves in June 2010.

Check out all of our 2010 Product Previews Here

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

2009 Upper Deck UD Exquisite Football RC Card List

With just about every important 2009 Football set already released including SP Authentic, Playoff Contenders and Playoff National Treasures ....collectors only have 1 thing to wait for: 2009 UD Exquisite Football!

Check out the complete 09 Exquisite Football Rookie Card Checklist Here

Just like years past, there will be guys that emerge in years 2, 3 and even the less popular players tend to sell it makes for a great set to collect!

Be sure to check our Exquisite Football Section for news, checklists, prices and more!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Topps To Become More Media Friendly?

We learned today from Sports Card Report that The Topps Company just hired a new top gun. Former TV Guide President Ryan O’Hara will be taking over on March 1st.

To be honest, I could care less if O'Hara knows anything about sports.  The key will be getting Topps to step up their game on the tech front. Topps website?  Pitiful.  I have to be honest. Here is the current release schedule on Topps' website:

"No upcoming releases are planned at this time."

The sports side of the site hasn't been updated in at least a month.  Hopefully the new CEO will be addressing this. O'Hara was in charge of, so he knows a thing or two about the web.  Of course the confection side of Topps business is the money maker, and O'Hara was also a former executive at Nestle, so his hiring is as much about candy as it is cards.  Let's hope he can get the ball moving at Topps so that we all can be better informed about the hobby.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

2010 Topps Baseball Pack 2

Pack number two of the new 2010 Topps Baseball.  RedBird's claimed the cards.  I'll probably go out and get some UD or more Topps sometime soon.  If I hit something I'll put it on eBay and then get a box to break for our forum members. If you haven't signed up yet, be sure to check us out. We are going to be running some contests throughout 2010.

PACK 1: 
John Lackey #54
Nate Robertson #84
Gordon Beckham #115
Coco Crisp #182
Jeff Francoeur #184
Pablo Sandoval #190
Matt Lindstrom #276
Ross Ohlendorf #284
Colorado Rockies #329
Evan Longoria Turkey Red Insert #TR41 (Odds 1:4 Packs)
Cal Ripken Jr. Target Red Back (Odds 1:4 Packs)
Hanley Ramirez 

Joey Votto #48
Ken Griffey Jr #85
Chris Iannetta #114
Dustin Richardson (RC) #131
Cleveland Indians #197
New York Yankees #260
Arizona Diamondbacks #264
Chris Snyder #303
Manny Ramirez Turkey Red Insert #TR12 (Odds 1:4 Packs)
Lou Gehrig  Target Red Back (Odds 1:4 Packs)
Miguel Cabrera

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

2010 Topps Baseball Pack 1

Finally got around to busting a few packs of 2010 Topps Baseball Series 1. Here is what I got in pack 1.  Be sure to check out our full preview here. And a complete base set checklist here. If anybody wants the cards, just shoot me an email.