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A great story about one of the best cards to come out of one the best high end baseball products of the year. Panini did a fantastic job bringing National Treasures to baseball collectors around the world and a once in a lifetime pull like this is a testament to its beauty. While it will be sold off to pay for his son’s medical bills, this treasure will soon find a good home. As most know, the Cobb was pulled recently as well!

Originally posted on The Official Panini America Blog:

One pack. Eight cards. Sometimes that’s all it takes. So when North Carolina collector Peter DeLorme and his 12-year-old son, Spencer, got their pack of 2012 National Treasures Baseball in the mail from Atlanta Sports Cards on Monday, they knew they had eight opportunities to make collecting history. And on the eighth and final card in that pack, they did.

With Dad opening the pack and Spencer filming the break for posterity’s sake, all Peter knew for sure when he initially set eyes on that final card was that it was a 1/1 booklet of the legendary Honus Wagner. That would’ve been more than enough to qualify as the DeLormes’ greatest pull ever. But you can’t judge a booklet by its cover, so Peter opened it up to discover something much, much greater.

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Sports Card Blog Will Be Going Down Shortly

Sports Card Blog will be going down shortly. Going to spend some time moving to a self hosted site for a month to see how that works out. If I don’t like it, I’ll be back to WordPress.com.

Thanks for your patience while I attempt to move this.

Preview: 2011 Topps Platinum Football

2011 Topps Platinum is coming back again, but this time, I’m not too impressed.

I really like what Topps has done with most of their other products. Some Photoshop work here and there to make the rookies look like they are actually pictured in NFL jerseys. Or even used some photos from the Rookie Premiere with their team jersey on. But from what the sell sheet looks like, it will just be college team photos with the logos edited out. Nothing on the sell sheet mentions any other changes to the photos like the others have, so I am assuming this is how the cards will be delivered. That is disappointing.

While I enjoy most of the designs with die-cut parallels, rookie jumbo patches, and the rookie on-card autographs, I still can’t get past the images of the players on the cards. It’s just a personal thing for me, it’s a reason why I’m not a huge fan of Leaf products, I really need to have logos on my cards.

You will get 3 hits per box. 2 being on card rookie refractor autographs and another being an autographed refractor patch card. Plus you will get one rookie refractor card per pack. So again, a ton of rookies. As always, there will be a ton of refractor versions as well. You can find green, blue, white, gold, superfractor, and printing plates.

Replacing your on card autographs may be dual, triple, or hexagraph cards. That’s 2, 3, or 6 autographs on one card.

The regular autographed patch cards are kind of disappointing as far as the checklist goes. There are only a few veterans on that list compared to a ton of rookies. I know more rookies means a less price for a product but the lack of veterans really takes away from some of the people who may buy this product. This seems to be reoccurring thing with Topps recently and I don’t like it too much.

You will find 20 packs per box and 5 cards per pack according to DACW.

This product should hit store on September 7, 2011 for a price around $86 dollars or so.

Here’s a checklist so you can see what I’m talking about.

Preview: 2011 Panini Absolute Memorabilia Football

You want hits? You want a ton of unique memorabilia pieces and some sweet autographs from some of the top rookies and veterans of the game? 2011 Panini Absolute Memorabilia football brings it once again this year with fresh designs and some amazing patch cards.

There are 4 packs per box with 4 cards per pack. So this is definitely a hit per pack product in the higher end category for all you mojo chasers out there. Each box will yield 2 autographs numbered to 299 or less and 2 memorabilia cards numbered to 100 or less. You will also find 2 inserts/parallels and 2 rookies per box along with those.

What I like about a product loaded with hits like this is the fact they aren’t extremely over done. What I mean by that is the serial numbers aren’t extremely high on everything. Some products you might be able to find memorabilia numbered to like 500 or rookie autographed patches to numbers like 599. But Absolute Memorabilia keeps numbers low, but does usually have a number of subsets.

But some of those subsets are amazing. Shield autographs, brand logo autographs, and some awesome jumbo patch autographs that are a giant chunk of patches from these jerseys. As always, you’ll be able to find these types of cards from players like Cam Newton, Mark Ingram, and all the way up to current veterans like Tom Brady or Aaron Rodgers. Don’t forget your Hall of Famers as well like Troy Aikman and Jerry Rice. This product is loaded with just about something for everybody. The rookie autographs are all on-card and they are from the 36 players who attended the Rookie Premiere, so that will add some extra value compared to the past few years.

And for those set builders there are 100 base cards to try and get your hands on and 100 rookies numbered to 499 or less so this is a very difficult set to put together.

This product should hit stores on September 21, 2011 at a price point around $150.

Make sure you check out this Knight’s Lance post from Panini for some more awesome images from this set.

September 2011 Trading Card Releases

September is right around the corner just in time for some great sports card releases. From the high end to the low end, September is packed full of products. As always, the rating is based on how excited I am for the product. So let’s get it started:

Baseball:

2011 Topps Chrome baseball – September 7, 2011 – $65 – 7/10

2011 Topps Heritage Minor League baseball – September 21, 2011 – $66 – 5/10

Basketball:

2011-12 Upper Deck SP Authentic basketball – September 28, 2011 – $118 – 7/10

Upper Deck brings the college court back again with this year’s SP Authentic basketball. With new exclusives to their basketball products, this looks to be a solid product by Upper Deck, and if the lockout continues, could hold more value over the long term if Panini decides to not make any products this season.

2010-11 Panini Elite Black Box basketball – September 14, 2011 – $250 – 9/10

Panini’s newest high end basketball product comes out hot and ready to go. A great looking set that reminds me of the old Upper Deck Black, Panini Elite Black Box looks great with beautiful hard autographs from all of the game’s top stars. This is another great original product from Panini.

Football:

2011 Panini Absolute Memorabilia football – September 14, 2011 – $155 – 8/10

A 1 hit per pack product that brings you some of the nicest patches and autographs of the season with the new on-card rookie autographs. As always, a hit with football collectors and this year should be the same once again.

2011 Panini Timeless Treasures football – September 14, 2011 – $91 – 9/10

I really like the look and quality of Timeless Treasures this year. Bringing the old and new players together in this product is great and some of the designs are top notch. I’m happy to see this product brought to the gridiron and I think Panini did the product great justice.

2011 Topps Platinum football – September 7, 2011 – $88 – 8/10

2011 Topps Prime football – September 28, 2011 – $86 – 8/10

2011 Upper Deck SP Authentic football – September 13, 2011 – $112 – 8/10

I really like this product except for one thing. Those autographed patches may look absolutely horrible with the retro design. I hope it was just the mock up in the sell sheet because the more I looked at it the more I didn’t like it. Maybe they will look better in person. But I still think this will be an above average product.

2011 Upper Deck University of Oklahoma football – September 20, 2011 – $45 – 5/10

Hockey:

2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey – September 14, 2011 – $380 – 9/10

Finally, the long wait comes to an end. The first high end product from Panini in the hockey arena is finally going to be showcased to the public after a delay by the NHLPA. Will this be The Cup Killer?

2011-12 Upper Deck Artifacts hockey – September 20, 2011 – $92 – 8/10

One of Upper Deck’s first all out hockey products of the new season is back and looks just as good as it has ever been. A great looking design as always, new players on new teams, new rookies and rookie redemptions, and some sweet patches and autographs in this hit per pack product.

That’s what we got for September 2011 sports card releases. I will be updating this page as I do more previews as it looks like I have a ton of previewing to do that I’ve missed. So stay tuned for lots of previews!

Preview: 2011-12 Upper Deck Black Diamond Hockey

With 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup less than a week away now, we look forward to the next season of hockey products. One of the favorites for finding new rookies is 2011-12 Upper Deck Black Diamond hockey. I know everyone loves rookies and Upper Deck really is giving 2011-12 Black Diamond collectors some treats in the rookie department this time around.

The newest case hit from Upper Deck in this product is Lustrous Rookies. If anyone remembers the “lustrous” sets from UD Black, this pays great homage to one of the best sets I’ve seen. I own some Lustrous Materials from UD Black and just love the design and the clear view through the card. The fact Upper Deck is bringing back a subset of near the same design is exciting to me.

Continuing with rookies, you can find 1 Ice Premieres rookie per box and as usual you can find 3 Triple Diamond rookies and 1 Quad Diamond rookie per box. You may also find a parallel of these as well in Ruby, Gold, or Platinum. As far as veterans go, you can find 6 Double Diamonds, 3 Triple Diamonds, and 4 Ice Veterans.

These box breaks are always filled with different versions and parallels. With 5 cards per pack and 24 packs per box, you are almost pulling one parallel or different version per pack of cards.

Another new card this season is the Championship Rings set, which is obviously going to be a favorite by me. An acetate-rainbow based card, featuring a giant ring on the card with a player from a championship team. Yes, I love acetate cards and Upper Deck really does acetate cards great justice with every acetate set they make and I love it. These can be found 1 every 3 boxes so they are limited.

Finally, you can find the usual Hardware Heroes, Gemography, and Black Diamond jerseys. A new twist with the Black Diamond jerseys is you can put the cards together to complete the background design of the card. I’d imagine if you found a booklet card display, you could put each card on each side and have a nice piece to look at, despite it not being hinged.

2011-12 Upper Deck Black Diamond hockey hits stores in December 2011, right in the thick of hockey season.

How Much Gold is in Panini Gold Standard?

I was scouring the internet tonight in search of some collectors thoughts on some products. I do this quite a lot just to see what is currently the trends in the hobby and where they are going. I like seeing what collectors like and what they don’t like, their opinions, and of course checking out their box breaks.

But tonight I found something different. The question was posed, how much gold is actually in 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard basketball cards? I found a collector who actually went “Gold Mining” on a Gold Stars insert card that is embedded with real gold. A gold embedded Shane Battier card numbered to 8 gets the brunt end of a knife and a collector who really wants some gold.

With all respect to Shane Battier, it’s only Shane Battier. With the current price of gold reaching an all-time high for an ounce the other day, how could you blame him?

But at least we now know the answer of how much gold is in 2010-11 Panini Gold Standard basketball. As expected, it’s not a large amount, but it is a cool idea that collectors are eating up. Topps is even getting into the gold craze next year with 2012 Topps baseball. I wonder if he will destroy an Adam Dunn gold card next season?

My Perfect Trading Card Set

I was thinking the other day on what my perfect card set would be. So I am going to create the perfect set of trading cards, at least in my opinion. I’m not going to talk about design or anything as that would take a lot of work for me and I’m not THAT good with Photoshop CS3. So we will just pretend.

Packs Per Box: 18

Cards per pack: 7

Base set (200 cards)

The base set would consist of strictly veterans of the game and a few retired stars. I would also have card numbers 151-200 be short printed cards which are slightly harder to find. I wouldn’t number the SPs, but they would be limited enough where you only pull maybe 1 SP every 5 packs. I would also parallel the base to two numbered versions. I would number them to 50 and 1. That’s it.

Rookies (25 cards)

I would choose 25 of the top rookies for whatever sport we are doing. However, these rookies would be limited to maybe 199 copies of that single card. This keeps the rookies limited and fresh while helping them hold value over the long term. Maybe only include 1 or 2 rookies per box.

Inserts (4 or 5 insert sets of 15-20 cards each – at least 1 veteran, 1 rookie, and 1 legend set)

I like inserts and I love that they break up the monotony of pulling just base cards. However, I would only have inserts included 4 or 5 per box. Maybe one of each insert per box? Every insert would be numbered according to print run, and I don’t really have time to put together exact numbers but we’ll just say maybe numbered to 299.

Game Used/Autograph (3 -4 total per box)

The parallel versions of these inserts will include either game used memorabilia or autographs. I would parallel these cards a few times but with specific reasons for each parallel. Memorabilia cards numbered out of 100, prime memorabilia cards numbered out of 75, autographs numbered out of 50, autographed memorabilia numbered out of 25, and autographed prime memorabilia numbered to 10 or lower. The autographed prime memorabilia would be the best patches you can put together. I think keeping these numbers low is key to having them hold value over the long term, especially when you are pulling star players.

Base/Rookie Autographs (75% of cards in base set, every rookie)

Base and rookie base autographs numbered to 50 and numbered to 1. Again,we are printing lower numbers and getting less autographs of these players in a product. In reality, who wants a product flooded with autographs of a single scrub player or two?

Box topper (1 per hobby box)

I think box toppers should be in every product. These are so versatile and you can do anything you want with them. Rip cards, 5×7 cards, autographs, memorabilia, random minis, or anything your creative team can think of. Any added value to the collector is a great thing for everyone involved.

This is a very generalized set that in my opinion, would be a great starting point. I haven’t really run the numbers on how many cards would be needed, price of product, price of creation/distribution…but the basics are there for a product loaded with potential value and the hits that collectors would want to get. It’s large enough for set builders to have a challenge as well.

I understand the numbers may not work or whatever, I’m not claiming to have done the math and the actual hard work the people who get paid the big bucks get to do. I’m just thinking of ways to improve value over the short and long term.

What would your perfect trading card set consist of?

 

Today’s Interesting Blog Post: All About Cards

It usually takes a lot to get me to write something about what someone else has written. You may remember the last time I did it was the epic set of 2011 Topps Series II Monopoly baseball cards. This was a huge buzz around the blogosphere and even my post got a few people to go out to Wal-Mart and search for the elusive boxes. I do apologize for you wasting your precious gas money on that. But this time, you stay home.

One of my favorite sites to check out reviews of products and compare them to my own is All About Cards. I think he is a great reviewer of products and we often have the same ideas when it comes to the products we are reviewing. I mean, I am a huge self promoter but I really do like visiting his site for reviews. But the other day he posted a post so thought provoking, I have to share it with everyone.

Who Are the 2011 Topps Gypsy Queens?

I mean, this post is actually quite interesting. It really makes you think and look at cards just a little bit differently when you see something completely different. The level of detail and the keen eye it took to figure this out was actually pretty good in my opinion. If you don’t read that post, you are really missing out.

And I do enough self promotion around here so make sure you check out his blog for some extra review goodness of the latest cards to hit them streets. I approve of his reviewing and if I approve of it, it has to be good. My word has to mean something nowadays?

Preview: 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup Subsets

Here is the counterpart to my post of some of the subset cards from 2010-11 Panini Dominion hockey. Now we at Sports Card Blog are featuring some of the amazing subsets from 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup hockey! Now I just want to dive right into it as these cards look great.

Limited Logos:

 

These are amazing patches. There really isn’t more to say about it. Nice big patch windows, great multi-colored patches, and some nice hard signed autographs…absolutely beautiful to look at. The only thing that bothers me is the white stripe where the autograph goes, but that bothers me in every product too unless it’s placed in a good spot. I prefer the faded area of the photo set up for the autograph.

Property Of:

 

Just like the Panini version in Dominion. But these cards are still really cool and make great 1 of 1 cards and obviously Upper Deck was the first to do this type of card. Just a great subset anyone lucky enough to pull would be happy about. Although it would be cool to have an autograph on there somewhere, maybe on the stick?

Emblems of Endorsements:

 

Pretty cool looking cards with dual patches and an autograph. I’m not too keen on the window design here but overall it’s going to be a dynamic subset regardless and the design is pretty clean. Although the gold on gold lettering may not look great, we’ll have to see in person. Kind of like how you couldn’t read names and teams on this past year’s SP Authentic.

Honorable Numbers:

 

I still don’t get the point of having a dual autograph with the same person on it twice. They did it with SP Authentic and I thought it was terrible. They are doing it with The Cup and still think it’s terrible. I know Sidney won’t do dual autographs but seriously, this is the solution? Meh.

Rookie Booklets:

Actually I really like these booklets with the autograph on one side and some nice memorabilia pieces on the other. They have actually designed the exterior of the booklet better too since Exquisite football so I am excited that these will be inserted into the product.

Scripted Sticks:

I actually really like this subset too. If done correctly with the right color sticks and ink, it would make a great looking subset to complete the whole set which would be extremely difficult given the rarity of the cards. But it would make one beautiful set to put together.

I have more images on my other preview post of 2010-11 Upper Deck The Cup that you will need to check out. I’m just too lazy to do anymore repeat photos so just go see my other preview post.

Remember, it releases the last day of August 2011!

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