Friday, April 30, 2010

Release Date Calendar for May 2010

2009/10 SP Authentic Hockey - May 4, 2010
This product was pushed back multiple times by Upper Deck, but hockey collectors are not going to want to wait to check this product when it comes out. The autograph checklist is huge and the Future Watch Autograph Rookie cards are some of the best looking cards to date.

2010 Bowman Baseball - May 12, 2010
This year's Bowman baseball stands out as it will have autograph cards of several top prospects in baseball including Stephen Strasburg, Aroldis Chapman and Jason Heyward. The checklist is large and has been recently updated. Find the complete set and more by following the link above.

2010 Panini Prestige Football - May 12, 2010
This years first licensed football cards make their way onto the market this week. The latest draft picks including Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford and many more will be on cards featuring their team colors and information. The RC cards will feature draft day photos and the checklist is fairly large and should be a great way to start the 2010 football season off.

2010 Razor Poker - May 12, 2010
Fans of Texas Hold-em legends like Phil Hellmuth, Johnny Chan and Stu Ungar can find autographs of all their favorite gamblers in this set. Poker fans are passionate and should find a set like this very enjoyable to open. Even lesser known online superstars like Tom 'Durrrr' Dwan can be found for the first time.

2009/10 Panini Timeless Treasures Basketball - May 12, 2010
This is ones of Panini's largest checklists to date. There are many autographs and parallels contained within this set making it one of the more exciting releases to date. With Absolute Memorabilia and Court Kings to follow, it will be interesting to see if basketball collectors spend big on a set like this.

2009/10 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Basketball - May 19, 2010
This popular football release is sure to be a hit with basketball collectors. The jersey cards and autographs look great and the checklist is fairly large. Expect many basketball collectors to be running light in the wallet after this and Timeless Treasures Basketball come out within 1 week of each other.

2010 Ringside Boxing Round 1 - May 25, 2010
Even though boxing is a sport on the decline (thanks to UFC) the fighters are still highly collectible. Muhammad Ali and Mike Tyson headline the autographs in this set. Find real fight worn material cards as well.

2010 Topps Series 2 Baseball - May 27, 2010
With the popularity of the Topps Million Card Give-A-Way and many other SP variation cards, collectors are surely waiting for Topps Series 2 baseball. The checklist is massive and considering how much Series 1 boxes have gone up in price recently - expect this product to do the same.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

FREE Spots - 2010 Topps National Chicle Box Break

I purchased a 2010 Topps National Chicle Box today for a box break contest we have running. It is a FREE entry as long as you send me an article or some interesting thoughts on sports cards to:
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I also threw in another box that was on sale...and to get free shipping! For this box break - I'm taking the Bengals and any team not chosen. All 31 teams are up for grabs for $2.00 a piece, which is well below what it will cost me to send you the cards alone! What a great deal for you!
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Early Look: 2010 Historic Autographs Baseball Box - HOF & All-Star Edition

Its not often I'm intrigued in multiple ways when a new baseball set comes across the presale wire - but 2010 Historic Autographs proves to be a very interesting set. As of right now ... its curious to who the manufacture of this set even is. Multiple online outlets have PreSales for the product up but no mention of an actual manufacture that you normally see on any product from Topps to Upper Deck to Press Pass. Recently Razor Collectibles released 2010 Legends of the Diamond Baseball which was similar to this set, except it contained mostly non-autographed cards.

The set reminds me also of the recently released Famous Fabrics set which was a non-licensed jersey memorabilia product. What makes 2010 Historic Autographs set interesting is that there are only 3,000 boxes and each box of 3 PSA/DNA cut autographs will contain 1 Hall Of Fame Baseball Cut Autograph.

Look for Babe Ruth, Jackie Robinson, Mickey Mantle, Barry Bonds and over 800 cut autograph cards. Expect to pay around $180 for each 3 pack box ... but a product like this tends to go higher as boxes dry up on the secondary market. We will try to find out more information about this set in the coming week ... including identifying the manufacture. Could it be PSA/Collectors Universe themselves as they say you can register all cards in their registry?

Take A Look: 2010 Historic Autographs Cut Signature Baseball Box Review 

UPDATE: This is made by a company named: Historic Autograph Company
Founded by: Heffner/DiFrancesco/Huggins in 2010
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Thursday, April 8, 2010

2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Artist Name Correction

I was contacted today by Mr. Jeff Zachowski who has artwork appearing in the upcoming 2010 Topps National Chicle and 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball sets. If you have written a preview for the product and mentioned him by name - its possible that you may have misspelled his name (as I did) - because the Topps Allen & Ginter Sell Sheet has his last name incorrect: Z a y k o w s k i - is NOT the correct spelling - Jeff Zachowski is correct.

Apperantly the 2010 Topps Chicle Sell Sheet is correct, 2010 Allen & Ginter is incorrect. His #1/1 Hand Painted Cards appear in the 2010 Topps Allen and Ginter Rip Cards.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Upper Deck Seats Are Getting Empty

Recently I - along with my brother who operates - have been fairly outspoken about Upper Deck's troubles with the MLB, Konomi, Lawyers, Fake Twitter Accounts, Awards and other matters.

Most of my loyal listeners know that I am very interested in the Stock Market and trading stocks...and its this background that has led to my sometimes harsh criticism of Upper Deck Company. The signs of a failing company are staring everyone in the face with loss of all 3 major sports trading card licensing deals (NFL, MLB, NBA) Not only that, but the CEO being linked to counterfeit cards and a failed attempt to continue to make baseball cards.

What does Upper Deck have left? They told me via Twitter:
@SportsCardRadio We hope so too. Hockey, CLC and our Entertainment properties should keep things going for us. CC

Basically - this is like the Coca-Cola company saying "We are not selling anything but Fresca" ... Is Upper Deck going out of business? No. Some other company would 'buy' their proprietary brands if it came to that. However, they have to downsize - and they have to do it in a hurry. Upper Deck's revenue, cash flows and profits are going to hit record lows and if they don't start cutting expensive "exclusive" athlete deals like Tiger Woods, Michael Jordan, Derek Jeter and LeBron James ... they won't last. You don't see a ITG, TriStar or Razor sign an athlete of that caliber.

Its known that Upper Deck has laid off many workers - and for the good of the "Company" - they might want to hand out more pink slips.

They should also think about moving out of the multi-million dollar southern California offices they occupy and move to a much smaller and less glorious location.

Why? ... Because they aren't going to have the product lineup to fund the Upper Deck that collectors are used to. The director of sports for Upper Deck said it himself that Upper Deck Series 1 is basically the only set the company makes huge profits on (because its a massive 1990's print run) - those sets are gone because Upper Deck can't make cards in quantities like that any more. They have to run a 'lean' business as the smaller manufactures like Razor and TriStar seem to do. (In fact I see TriStar is hiring un-paid College Interns)

The story of Upper Deck is so familiar in the business world: Huge run up and profits from a bubble in the market - then slow to react when the demand returns to normal levels. The seats aren't empty yet ... but its getting close.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Spring Into April Box Release Date Calendar

April 7, 2010

2009/10 SP Game Used Hockey - Around $140 Per Box
6 Packs Per Box - 3 Cards Per Pack - Look for 1 Game Used Memorabilia or Autograph Card Per Box

2010 (09/10) Upper Deck Greats of the Game Basketball - Around $70 Per Box
16 Packs Per Box - 8 Cards Per Pack - Look for 2 Autographs & 1 Memorabilia Cards Per Box
Features Michael Jordan and LeBron James Autograph Cards

April 9, 2010

2010 TriStar In Pursuit of the Majors Baseball - Around $75 Per Box
1 Complete Set + 6 Autograph Cards Per Box - Look for Jason Heyward Autograph Cards

April 13, 2010 

2009/10 Upper Deck UD Ice Hockey - Around $80 Per Box
20 Packs Per Box - 6 Cards Per Pack - 4 Rookie Cards - 1 Auto - 2 Memorabilia Per Box

April 20, 2010

2009/10 O-Pee-Chee UD Hockey - Around $60 Per Box
24 Packs Per Box - 5 Cards Per Pack - Look for 1 triple jersey card per box

April 21, 2010

2009/10 UD Ultimate Collection Hockey - Around $80 Per Pack/Box
1 Mini-Box (1 Pack) - 5 Cards Per Pack - 15 Mini Boxes Per Case
Look for 1 Autograph + Rookie + Memorabilia Card Per Pack (3 Hits)

2010 Razor Autograph Poker Cards - Around $70 Per Box
5 Packs Per Box - 1 Autograph Card Per Pack
All cards are Autographed except Stu Ungar Relic Cards

2009-10 Panini Timeless Treasures Basketball - Around $95 Per Box
1 Pack - 5 Cards Per Pack - Look for 3 Autographs or Memorabilia Cards Per Pack (at least 1 auto)

April 27, 2010

2009/10 SP Authentic Hockey - Around $100 Per Box
24 Packs Per Box - 5 Cards Per Pack
Look for 3 Autograph Cards Per Box - With at least 1 Future Watch RC Auto

April 28, 2010

2010 SAGE Autographed Football - No Price Info Yet (Probably Between $100 - $120)
1 Autograph Per Box

April 29, 2010

2010 Topps National Chicle Edition Baseball - Around $80 Per Box
24 Packs Per Box - 8 Cards Per Pack - 2 Autograph Cards & 1 Relic Cards Per Box

April 30, 2010

2009/10 In The Game ITG Superlative Hockey - No Pricing Info Yet
Only 2,500 Books (Boxes) Produced!
·One Game-Used Jersey Card
·One Autograph Card or Auto Plus Card
·One Superlative Prospect Autograph or Auto Plus Card
·One Superlative Patch Card
·One Auto Jersey Card or Auto Plus Card
·One Famous Fabrics Card
·One Special Insert Card