Hello everyone! After a VERY slow summer at Georgetown, things are a' hopping!
Post season baseball (alas, not for the Phils) and the start of football
season (GO EAGLES!) have brought with them a frenzy of activity and new
Okay, onto NEW PRODUCTS. We are getting 2014 TOPPS UPDATE BASEBALL next
week. That is always a popular seller for us, along with Series 1 and
2. And just a reminder to Topps Baseball buyers, the annual factory set
(also a popular seller at the holidays) is a complete set of every card
from Series 1 and 2, BUT it does NOT contain any of the Update series.
(Sets are packaged and released before the Update is even produced).
The only way to put together the Update set is by buying packs. It is
no longer a stand-alone packaged update set as in years past.
2014-15 ARTIFACTS HOCKEY is now IN STOCK! We just received it yesterday,
so we haven't seen any opened ... but it is the first high end product
for 14-15. Because of Upper Deck rules, we are not permitted to advertise
their products on-line, so we can't show them in our product catalogs ... but
rest assured, they ARE available! Just give us a call. Other 2014-15
releases have been MVP, O-Pee-Chee, and Ultra. Panini's last hockey product
(for several years at least) was National Treasures. Upper Deck now has
an exclusive. If you are a hockey fan and want to take advantage of both
the double rookie class AND the last releases of Panini branded hockey
(with some late releases being loaded to use their hockey card inventory),
give us a call. 2013-14 Contenders is the best Contenders yet, and we
saw cases of it opened. While the box promises 3 autos, we only saw two
boxes that had ONLY 3. Most have 4 or 5. Two boxes in each 14 box case
are hot boxes, with 7-8 autos. Roughly 4 boxes per case have autographed
patches. And if you don't get an autographed patch, then you'll surely
get a multi-auto (MANY of them being a minimum of 4 autos on the same
card!). So if you haven't gotten any Contenders, you might check it out!
2014 STADIUM CLUB BASEBALL is a GREAT set for set builders. Known for its
great photography (and a few funny shots this year!), thicker card stock,
and full bleed design; Stadium hasn't had a release since 2008 (and that
was an atypical one-auto-per-pack release). 2014 Stadium has 3 mini boxes
per box with an auto in each mini. All of the traditional inserts (Beam
Team, Triumvirates aka Luminous/Luminescent/Illuminate, Members Only,
etc.) you remember from years past are back, as well as a great selection
of legendary players in the basic set (there are some great Babe Ruth
shots). For pics of all of the legendary players and various inserts ... check
out our Facebook post from October 6th. Please note that YOU DO NOT NEED
TO BE ON FACEBOOK TO SEE OUR FACEBOOK POSTS!! There is a link at the
top of this page that takes you right there!
2014 FINEST FOOTBALL has been our best seller for football. FINEST BASEBALL
was a great seller as well, mostly due to its beautiful and colorful
card design and popular flashback style of inserts (today's players in
popular Finest designs from years past). Both Finest Baseball and Football
have one auto per mini box (2 minis per overall box), but the Football
goes one step further with either a nice jersey or patch piece on each
autograph card (like last year). We have seen SO MANY GREAT HITS from
Finest Football ... with THREE 1/1 autographs! My favorite was a Sammy
Watkins Autographed Nike Swoosh card, but the Marqise Lee Autographed
Superfractor with SWEET "JAG" patch is a close second! The
lucky customer who pulled these two cards also pulled a Johnny Manziel
/15 autograph, a Blake Bortles /15 autograph, AND a Mystery Rookie Auto
Redemption. So, apparently, we had a couple of nice Finest cases recently.
2014 PANINI PRIZM FOOTBALL is also a great looking product with many
die cut inserts. Panini promised to load its Prizm hobby boxes with more
color than ever before. Each box should yield 11 color variants. For
pics of Finest Football, check out our Facebook page as well.
The last product I'll quickly mention is 2014 BOWMAN CHROME BASEBALL (but
if you want a complete reporting of 2014 Immaculate Baseball, you know
where to look!). Bowman Chrome has been popular, partly because it has
KRIS BRYANT AUTOGRAPHS (only Bowman products can, and he's been a redemption
in most so far). We've had 4 Bryant autos pulled so far from Bowman Chrome
and a few Jose Abreu's (Tanaka still does not have autograph cards).
The hobby box has TWO autos this year, and the jumbo box has 5! The usual
(and popular) refractors continue to have value that exceeds like numbered
cards from other products. It always amazes me, whether it's baseball
OR football; and whether it's Bowman Chrome OR Topps Chrome, how popular
and valuable the refractors are! They're highly sought after!
I usually end my BLOGS with a reminder to check FACEBOOK for weekly updates,
and this time is no different. I have been spending a lot of time lately
making sure our Facebook page is updated with info about NEW PRODUCTS.
The ability to write a quick post whenever I have a few minutes and the
ease with which I can upload photos make Facebook an incredibly ideal
forum for dispensing info. Viewing our Facebook posts will show you what
NEW PRODUCTS look like and what types of inserts are possible. I promise
you that if you take a peek every now and then you'll learn something
new that you're glad you now know! AND REMEMBER THAT YOU DO NOT NEED
TO BE ON FACEBOOK TO SEE OUR POSTS!!!! Just click our link at top. It
takes you right there!! Side-note, if you ARE on FACEBOOK, PLEASE MAKE
SURE YOU CHECK OFF THE "FOLLOWING" BUTTON at the top of our
page to see our posts in your Newsfeed!!! (You can also receive notifications
when we post ... that option is in the pull down menu under the word "Liked",
but even I think that's excessive!). This is the only fool-proof way
to get our posts in your Newsfeed. Otherwise, Facebook uses an algorithm
to determine who sees our posts, and only those people who "engage" in
our posts (Like them, Comment, etc.) will get them in their Newsfeed.
We spend a lot of time updating Facebook. We definitely don't barrage
you with posts, but we definitely want as many people as possible who
Like us to see what we're saying. THANK YOU!!!
I will wrap up this BLOG for now, but I will be back in a week or so to
discuss more products and hobby goings-on. Later today, on Facebook,
I am going to discuss all of the HOBBY CARD LICENSING EXCLUSIVES (and
what they mean to you). So STAY TUNED for that! Thanks everyone!
Hi there. Panini has been working on a program to drastically reduce the
number of redemption cards in their products. I think we can all agree
that getting redemptions cards is not fun. No one likes to wait for the
autographs to be signed and for the cards to arrive. And in the instances
where the card you are owed is not made and you are sent a replacement
you may not want ... that is even worse! So, Panini has come up with a
program to change things.
Panini is introducing "PANINI REWARDS", and it will be officially
rolling out this week with points cards in 2014 Score Football. Basically,
Panini is inserting Rewards Points Cards into their products in the place
of certain autograph cards not available at the time of production, with
the ultimate goal being to eliminate traditional redemption cards in their
products altogether. Panini has an on-line inventory of cards in all sports
with assigned points values (some that for whatever reason didn't make
their way into the product, some from redemptions never claimed, and some
to be made up especially for this program). They will also have some non-card
rewards, like experiences (think tickets to a special game). You can trade
your Rewards Points (you enter codes on-line or scan the cards with your
Smartphone and Panini's app) for any card in any sport that you have enough
points for ... or save up your points for a reward currently out of reach.
They never expire!
Check out Panini's BLOGS for an explanation of the program ... http://paniniamerica.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/game-changing-panini-rewards-program-to-launch-with-release-of-2014-score-football/#more-80767 and then a great follow-up Q & A ... http://paniniamerica.wordpress.com/2014/06/10/faq-panini-america-addresses-most-asked-questions-on-the-panini-rewards-program/#more-80828.
One note from Panini as to whether this program replaces redemptions in
their products altogether ...
While the ultimate goal of the Panini Rewards System is to completely eliminate
the redemption card, that's not an entirely realistic scenario. Although
points cards will eliminate the vast majority of redemptions, there are
key product-making players who must appear in a product. When those players'
autographs aren't available for pack-out, they will appear in traditional
I think it's great that Panini is doing something to reduce redemptions.
I'm curious to see how often we see these points cards; how many points
they are worth; and what that number of points gets you. My only concern
(which time will resolve) is that presently, Panini is awesome about
fulfilling expired redemption cards. They are the only company I'm aware
of that consistently will honor an expired redemption if they have the
card in inventory, and my customers really appreciate this. With this
new program where some of the on-line inventory of card choices for your
points are coming from Panini's existing inventory of unclaimed redemption
cards, I'm wondering if this means that expired redemptions will no longer
be filled? Again, time will tell.
Hi everyone! I always start out apologizing for not writing these BLOGS
more often, and today is no different. But onto the business at hand ...
Panini HAS started mailing the Donruss wrapper redemption 3-card set of
RATED ROOKIES # 201, 202, and 203. As previously reported, they are MASAHIRO
TANAKA, Jose Abreu, and Yordano Ventura. But the bigger news is that
there is a rare Tanaka card being shipped out to some lucky collectors
with his name written in Japanese. Be on the look-out for this very valuable
variation! Our customer Ty Pierce is the first to report receiving one
of the variations. Congrats Ty!
In other Tanaka news, he will be one of the "rookie variations" included
in the bonus 5 card pack paired with the 2014 Topps Baseball (Retail) Factory
Set. We carry various different Topps factory sets (they all feature every
card from Series 1 and 2, but the bonus 5 cards varies from set to set,
as does the packaging), so make sure you specify if you want to purchase
THAT version. The recently released Gypsy Queen Baseball features Tanaka's
first rookie card, and he of course will be in all other 2014 releases.
I "attended" an on-line webinar with Topps last week, and wanted
to report some of what they talked about to my BLOG readers. Wacky Packages
and/or Star Wars fans will be excited to learn that there is an upcoming
Star Wars Wacky Packages product. I think this hybrid product will be a
real hit! The movie "Major League" is celebrating its 25th anniversary
this year, and Topps will be featuring Charlie Sheen autos ("Ricky
Vaughn" in Major League) first in its upcoming 2014 Archives Baseball
release, due out at the end of May. Jersey cards from actor jerseys will
also be inserted in Triple Threads, 5 Star, and Dynasty Baseball (a new,
very high end baseball release for Topps this year).
2014 Bowman Baseball will be the next Topps baseball release after Gypsy
Queen. It arrives at month's end. Seattle Seahawks quarterback (and signed
baseball player) Russell Wilson WILL be included in Bowman again this
year. There are three additions to Topps' Baseball line-up for 2014.
One is the aforementioned Dynasty Baseball. It's not due until October,
so Topps has time to work on this new high end release. Word is that
we'll see new types of relics used (other than the normal jerseys and
bats) in this one. A release that excites me is the comeback of Stadium
Baseball. Stadium has a great looking card with its full bleed design
(full bleed = no borders), nice card stock, and great action photography.
The 2014 version will be packaged similarly to Finest in that it will
have mini boxes with a hit per mini. A Stadium outer box will contain
THREE mini boxes with one on-card autograph per mini. A dual auto of
Griffey Jr. and Trout was featured during the webinar. VERY sharp! The
last "new" baseball product addition is another old timer ... Topps
Tek. I remember Tek from the late 90's. It was a clear acetate card with
varied, wild geometric backgrounds. No word yet on whether the 2014 version
will mimic that, but I liked the design.
Topps' Football line-up will not include "Magic" this year. Known
for its throwback design, broad autograph offerings, and matte finish;
I was a bit surprised Magic didn't get the green light for 2014. Basic
Topps Football will feature Fantasy Football stats and fantasy football
themed inserts. Bowman Football will be the first football release (in
June), and releases continue through March with 5 Star.
So that's a brief synopsis of what Topps had to say about upcoming offerings.
I hope you found some of that interesting.
More info about NEW PRODUCTS across manufacturers to come soon! As a quick
note, we've been enjoying the new Panini PlayBook Hockey in the store,
and it's hard to see Panini lose its NHL license this summer. Its Rookie
Anthology Hockey product is one of our favorites, and we see a lot of
Dominion opened here as well.
Oh, I wanted to mention that I usually end my BLOGS with a "plug" to
check out our FACEBOOK page; and this time is no different! LOL. I'm always
trying to reach more Facebook readers, as it is very easy to report quick
hobby tid bits on a daily basis in minutes. Of course, it only works of
anyone is reading what you're saying. Our Followers on Facebook are very
low, which in part is because I haven't done enough to grow our following.
That's going to change. So, if you ARE on FACEBOOK and haven't Liked us
on there yet, PLEASE do so! And for those of you loyal customers who HAVE
already LIKED us on there, PLEASE check something for me to make sure you're
receiving as many of our posts as possible (there have been some changes
lately in Facebook-land, and not as many of you are getting posts in your
newsfeed). When you go to our page, where it says you've Liked us ... make
sure you click that arrow and then check off "Get Notifications".
This might do wonders to solve this "reach"problem. I'm going
to try it myself on the pages I've personally Liked and see if I now see
more posts in my Newsfeed. I'll report back in a bit on that. Thanks everyone!
Hi GCX BLOG readers! I feel like I start every BLOG with an apology for
not writing more sooner, and this time is no different. It is so much
easier to be chatty in my store BLOG because we get to see our customers'
faces and host events and contests ... all things that don't translate
nearly as easily to a mail order business.
Many NEW PRODUCTS have hit our shelves, including a bunch for 2013-14 HOCKEY
with its double rookie class. 2013-14 UPPER DECK HOCKEY has been a huge
hit, and 2013-14 SELECT has been strong as well. Other 2013-14 hockey
releases include OPC, SCORE, ARTIFACTS, TRILOGY, and PRIZM. 2013-14 BASKETBALL
has been highly anticipated as well, and the NEW HOOPS has been a great
seller. 2013-14 PANINI PRESTIGE BASKETBALL arrived last week; as did
2013 PANINI LIMITED FOOTBALL and 2013 BOWMAN STERLING FOOTBALL. We find
2013 TOPPS PRIME and FINEST to be two of our best sellers; and we're
expecting strong competition from the newly arrived 2013 TOPPS CHROME
FOOTBALL. BASEBALL buyers are enjoying the new 2013 BOWMAN DRAFT PICKS & PROSPECTS
and continue to buy 2013 TOPPS UPDATE.
If you're in search of a unique holiday gift, give OYO'S a look! These
Lego-compatible little MLB and NFL licensed figures are HUGE sellers
for us, and NHL ones are being released in early December. OYO also recently
released team specific stadium field sets for both football and baseball
so your figures have a place to play! We can get any team and have several
We get asked a lot about the upcoming CRYPTOZOIC BIG BANG THEORY 5 because
the first two releases sold so well. Well, it'll be here WEDNESDAY, right
before Thanksgiving ... so that is indeed good news!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your families!
Hello all. Summer is indeed coming to a close, and this one went fast ... even
for me. I seriously feel like Thanksgiving is going to sneak up on me
next week! But enough about me ...
I wanted to give you a quick Hello and update you on a few NEW PRODUCTS!
Since Yasiel Puig continues to be the one to chase, new 2013 BASEBALL
with him in it continues to be sought after. 2013 ALLEN & GINTER
featured his first true rookie card, and 2013 PINNACLE BASEBALL has his
second. He has autographs in 2013's ALLEN & GINTER, BOWMAN PLATINUM,
and BOWMAN INCEPTION. 2013 BOWMAN BASEBALL has started heating up again,
because it too has Puig (he's Lucky Auto Redemption #4), as well as BYRON
BUXTON, OSCAR TAVARES, and other hot young players. We expect 2013 TOPPS
CHROME and FINEST (both due out in early September) to sell well because
The other HOT SELLER is new 2013 FOOTBALL. We JUST received 2013 FINEST,
TOPPS INCEPTION, and MOMENTUM (guaranteed auto or relic per pack); and
we have 2013 SCORE, SPx, ELITE, UPPER DECK, BOWMAN, and ARCHIVES already
in stock. And attention all Topps fans ... 2013 TOPPS FOOTBALL is coming
in THIS Wednesday!!! Basic Topps Football is always a great seller for
us, and we expect no less from this one.
There have been other NEW RELEASES; like HISTORIC AUTOGRAPHS FIVE BOROUGHS
Cut Signature Product, 2013 LEAF FOOTBALL MINI HELMET (one auto mini
helmet of a past or present player per box), 13-14 OPC HOCKEY, GARBAGE
PAIL KIDS CHROME, POKEMON PLASMA BLAST, YU-GI-OH JUDGMENT OF THE LIGHT,
and STAR WARS GALACTIC FILES SERIES 2. There is certainly something for
A quick note ... I'm really trying to grow our GCX Facebook presence.
You can view us HERE ... https://www.facebook.com/pages/Georgetown-Card-Exchange/179724090535 ...
whether or not you are on Facebook. I am lucky that Steve and I have a
well as GCX) where I get to see so many new products opened,
and I'm happy to report what we see (and give you fun facts about new
products). I reported on our Facebook page about 2013 Allen & Ginter
Baseball having 1/1 oversized cabinet cards hidden inside of box tops
(as in, you have to actually cut open the box ... they're not just laying
on top of the packs like the normal box loaders). This is the kind of
info I like to share on our Facebook page, but a lot of our beloved GCX
regulars aren't computer users (I know ... surprising to me too); and
even more who do use the computer aren't big social media types. So,
are a Facebook user, please take a minute to LIKE Georgetown Card Exchange
on there (and please tell your friends). It doesn't take any more work
on my end for my posts to reach/benefit more people, so if you could
help me spread the word; that would be much appreciated!
Hello my long overdue BLOG readers! I hope your summer is off to a great
start! It's been sweltering here of late, so staying inside has been
Baseball season is in full swing, and I'm not impressed by our beloved
Phillies this year. I'd like to draft my own team with Bryce Harper and
Yasiel Puig (for starters). Oh, if only it worked that way!
So, onto HOBBY and PRODUCT NEWS. Since the NHL instituted their "No
rookies for 12-13" rule, it's been slim pickings for Hockey fans!
Well, no more! 13-14 product has started to roll in, and now there is (or
will be ... depending on release date) a double rookie class to be had. This
should mean very good things for 13-14 product. So far, we've received
SCORE (now in both regular and jumbo packs) and TRILOGY (in mini boxes
this year!), with more due to arrive soon. I'm not usually a big Trilogy
fan, partly because it's an expensive box. Upper Deck broke it up this
year, however, into three mini boxes; each with 3 hits! So the mini box
decision is not as tough to pull the trigger on. It's like buying a box
of Panini Limited. There's a very nice autograph on puck card design in
the new Trilogy, and we've already seen a Yakupov rookie auto and Ryan
Nugent Hopkins auto.
2013 FOOTBALL has also been streaming in. Until the new season starts and
players get seen, we're still selling more 2012 product. But, if you're
a fan of EJ Manuel, Geno Smith, Eddie Lacy, or Matt Barkley; we've got
some good new 2013 products for you. 2013 Inception, Prestige, Elite,
SPx, Bowman, and Score are among them. Inception has been hot this past
week, and we've seen some nice autos (3 hits per box).
BASEBALL is pretty hot (even if the Phillies aren't!). Everyone is clamoring
for Dodgers phenom Yasiel Puig. He only has a few autograph cards on
the market right now; and he is single-handedly the reason 2012 Leaf
Valiant, Metal Draft, and Ultimate Baseball have escalated in price.
He is also 2013 Bowman's Lucky Redemption #4 auto, and he has an auto
in 2013 Bowman Inception. Products soon to be released (like 2013 Allen & Ginter)
will have his first true rookie cards, so be on the look-out for Puig.
One of our customers had TWO of his autos (each was a redemption for
multiple autos, actually ... a very cool idea on Leaf's part) put away
in a storage box that didn't have particular value when first pulled,
yet now they're one of the hottest cards out there! That is one of the
best and worst parts of collecting baseball rookies ... so many cards that
become valuable later on are not particularly special when first pulled.
So, you have to be patient!
Unlike last year, BASKETBALL has a lot of new products. They are presently
benefiting from a double rookie class as well. We just received 12-13
Panini Signatures Basketball, and we've sold a good amount of Elite,
Fleer Retro (perfect if you're a fan of the old Fleer products and inserts ... and
a popular choice of Michael Jordan fans!), and Totally Certified and
Crusades (both with a guaranteed hit per pack).
Before I call it a day (both with this BLOG and at the store), we just
had a GREAT box of 2013 Goodwin Champions opened by Joe M. Goodwin is
an eclectic little set produced by Upper Deck. It features cards from
all sports (literally ... there's motocross, swimming, soccer, horse racing,
etc. etc.), as well as the traditional 4; and has some funky types of
inserts. In past years, Goodwin was known for it's Entomology cards ... redemptions
for dead bug cards! Upper Deck showcased these bug cards at the National
a couple of years ago. They're cool, and some are huge. There was the
Walking Twig Insect card, which was as wide as a couple of card lengths
(hence, one of the reasons why they're redemptions!). Well, this year,
the big pull is an Element card ... a redemption for a booklet featuring
actual platinum or copper samples (and the like). Joe M. opened a box
today and pulled two winners ... a 1/1 Sidney Crosby tobacco sized card
AND an Island Grey Fox Animal Kingdom Patch. The same patch card sold
on E-bay for $300, so check your patches! Some are more common than others
(and worth more like $20); but others (the closer to card # 300, the
more valuable!) have sold for $1250! The cards aren't numbered, but there
can't be many of the expensive Short prints. With 3 hits per box, Goodwin
is a fun and reasonably priced item.
I hope to hear from you soon. We should have a new flyer being mailed in
about a week or so. Thank you!!!
Hi everyone! Happy March!
Just a quick BLOG to give you a few updates. In my last BLOG, I gave you
a way to see the amount that an item sold for on E-bay if an offer was
accepted (for an item sold in the Buy-It-Now or Best Offer format). We
just learned that you see this actual amount as well when you use the
E-bay app on your I-phone or Android phone! So that's convenient! It's
likely that E-bay will change this since they changed the site, but until
they do ... it's a good thing.
SPRING TRAINING OYO's are here, and besides our personal favorites (the
Phillies' Chase Utley, Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Roy Halladay, and Michael
Young), we also have David Ortiz, Buster Posey, Derek Jeter, and Andrew
McCutchen. MANY more Spring Training OYO's are on their way, and the
newest batch of regular (3rd generation) baseball OYO's are arriving.
The newest OYO's are wearing the away jersey now. Remember that we're
your headquarters for OYO's. Whatever we don't have in stock (and we
have a lot!) we can get, so just ask for the players from your favorite
team. Most OYO's are $10.
2013 TOPPS BASEBALL TEAM SETS will be arriving at the end of March. We've
been getting a lot of questions about that arrival date from anxious
customers, so that's the update. We'll have every team, and they're $6
each. Remember that we can add any team set or OYO to your regular box
order at little or no extra shipping.
The TOPPS SPRING FEVER PACK redemption window is now closed, and we are
officially out of packs to give away. We HAVE set aside packs for anyone
who purchased hobby or jumbo boxes from us, and we can include them with
a future order. We ask that you request these packs, so that we know
you want them. It's possible that you've already redeemed the cards in
your local area. The cards themselves are really nice ... cool card design.
As for NEW PRODUCTS, there have been a few. 2013 HERITAGE BASEBALL arrives
this week. That's always a good seller for us, and we have a lot of pre-orders
to ship out. Last week brought 2013 LEAF METAL DRAFT FOOTBALL and 2013
TOPPS SUPREME FOOTBALL. We saw quite a few Topps Supreme packs opened,
and a VERY nice Andrew Luck autographed rookie card was among them! If
you Like us on Facebook, I posted it! Also new on the football front
is 2013 TOPPS MAGIC ... a very nice sketch type design with 3 autos per
box. 2012-13 ELITE BASKETBALL is new, as is 2012-13 IN THE GAME's MOTOWN
MADNESS (a Detroit Red Wings Hockey product, formatted similarly to the
very popular Broad Street Boys release). PANINI NATIONAL TREASURES BASEBALL
was also new last week, however it comes with a very high price tag!
That's it for now! Be well everyone.
Hi everyone! I wanted to mention a few things going on here and in the
There's been much discussion of late about E-bay's change which doesn't
allow you to see the selling price of items sold in the Buy-It-Now (BIN)
or Best Offer Format (and these days, many items are sold that way!).
You'll see that the asking price is crossed out now, but written in green.
This means that the item sold (the green part), but not for the asking
price (the crossed out part). A customer told us a way to see the actual
amount the buyer paid. Open the item you're interested in (click on it).
In the URL, it will say "www.ebay.com ... ". Change the .com
to .ca (it's Canadian E-bay), and the actual price will be listed. Pretty
tricky, huh? Now at some point, E-bay may change this so both versions
are the same. I don't know if it's a legal thing or that E-bay just hasn't
gotten around to it yet. But for now, it comes in handy. As a side note,
you can now look at Closed Auctions more easily by limiting your search
at top to either "active listings" or "closed listings".
You used to have to click something on the left side of the screen to
Tomorrow is the start of the redemption period for TOPPS' SPRING FEVER
PACKS!!! There are redemption cards found 1 per box in 2013 TOPPS SERIES
1 BASEBALL HOBBY and JUMBO BOXES. From February 20th-27th, you take those
redemption cards to participating hobby shops and redeem them for a special
pack that Topps has produced ... with randomly inserted autograph cards.
We realize that for some of you, WE are your "local" hobby
shop! So, we have been recording all of the boxes we have shipped and
have set aside packs for you. They can ship with a future order.
In my last BLOG, I mentioned OYO's. They are the little, licensed Lego-compatible
figures, currently available in both Baseball and Football. OYO (the
company) does a great job of producing new figures quickly, hence the
arrival this week of the SUPER BOWL CHAMPION RAVENS OYO's. Players available
are ... Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis, Ray Rice, Ed Reed, Anquan Boldin, Torrey
Smith, Jacoby Jones, and Dennis Pitta. We have them all; and presently,
they're $10. Pick them up while they still are.
That's it for now! Take care, and thanks for reading!
Hi everyone! Boy, do I have a lot to say! So let's go!
First, 2013 TOPPS BASEBALL is HERE and selling well! Besides Topps Baseball's
normal appeal, there are some gorgeous insert cards available this year,
including BABE RUTH and ROBERTO CLEMENTE 1/1 CUTS and even some booklets.
It's worth checking out!
Two things you should know. The first is that there's a wrapper redemption
program to be aware of, but it will not last long!. Here's some info
from Topps ...
Collectors who send in 50 2013 Topps Series 1 Baseball retail or hobby
wrappers or 10 jumbo wrappers get a pack of five cards.
Autographs are randomly inserted as well. Signers include Nolan Ryan, Ken
Griffey Jr, Manny Machado, Dylan Bundy and Cal Ripken Jr.
Topps has produced a total of 10,000 Silver Slate packs. There is a ten-pack
limit per household. Collectors are encouraged to bundle their wrappers
together in a single package.
Wrappers must be sent to:
Silver Slate Wrapper Redemption
PO Box 2008
Duryea, PA 18642
Topps promises to offer updates on Silver Slate pack availability on Twitter.
The second thing to be aware of regarding 2013 Topps Baseball is their "SPRING
FEVER" PROMO PACK promotion. Each hobby and jumbo box has a "Spring
Fever" promo pack redemption card in it, redeemable February 20th-27th
(while supplies last). The packs have FIVE EXCLUSIVE CARDS with random
autographs, and the idea is to take those redemption cards to your local
hobby shop to redeem them between those dates. We've decided to set aside
packs for everyone who purchased/purchases a box of Topps through us mail
order. We know not everyone has a hobby shop near them (and for some, we're
it!), so we will reserve them for you and include those packs with a future
I gave everyone an update in the last BLOG about 2012-13 HOCKEY releases,
and the NHLPA's decision to limit new rookies. Well, here's another update
regarding Panini's last remaining product to come out before summer ... 2012-13
PANINI LIMITED HOCKEY. Due out in February, Limited will have redemption
cards for 13-14 rookies (the ones which would have been in THIS year's
12-13 products had the NHLPA not made their decision). Given that Limited
is normally a very nice looking set to begin with, this should help its
So, besides TOPPS BASEBALL being here now, 2012 PRIZM FOOTBALL will be
here on Friday; and 2012-13 ITG HEROES & PROSPECTS HOCKEY will be
here any day. 2012 PANINI ELITE EXTRA EDITION BASEBALL (with 6 autos
per box); 2012 PANINI LIMITED FOOTBALL; 2012 SP AUTHENTIC FOOTBALL; 2012
HISTORIC AUTOGRAPHS "Art of Baseball"; 2012-13 SP GAME USED
HOCKEY; and YU-GI-OH COSMO BLAZER have all arrived in the past week.
That's it for now. If you're on Facebook and you haven't Liked us yet,
what are you waiting for??? Our updates on there are much more frequent
than our BLOGS can be, so please check us out on there. Thanks for the
read, and enjoy the SUPER BOWL!!!
Hi everyone! Well, my New Year's resolution of being a more frequent BLOG'er
is in full effect. I hope this BLOG finds you well (without flu!) and
enjoying the New Year thus far. There is SO much going on; so without
further adieu, let's try to catch everyone up.
There was some pretty major hockey news the past few weeks. First, the
great news that the lock-out had ended. Woo Hoo!! We rejoiced that we
once again would have hockey and the Flyers to watch. But then, we heard
some very surprising news. Panini had cancelled pretty much their full
line-up of new 12-13 Hockey releases. This didn't make any sense on the
heels of the lock-out ending. So we found out the distressing news that
the NHLPA (National Hockey League Players Association) decided to restrict
the eligibility of the 2012-13 rookie class. Essentially, all of the
rookies who debut during the 2012-13 season will have their rookie cards
appear in 2013-14 products ... so that's great for next year's products,
but lousy for this year's! The players labelled as rookies in the 12-13
products already released (such as 2012-13 Upper Deck, OPC, Score, etc.)
debuted late last year (in the 2011-12 season), but didn't get a chance
to appear in 11-12 releases because of timing. So, THESE players have
rookie cards in 12-13 products. The most notable of these players are
Chris Kreider, Sven Baertschi, and Jaden Schwartz. They (and several
others from last season) DO have true rookies in 12-13 releases, but
that's it ... no new players who were drafted and debuted this year.
This is not good for the slate of hockey products to come; which used to
include the now cancelled Panini Titanium, Elite, Crown Royale, Totally
Certified, Contenders, and Dominion Hockey (Limited Hockey is still set
to be released as I believe it was already produced). How this rookie
issue affects Upper Deck's remaining 12-13 products remains to be seen.
It also remains to be seen how this issue will affect products already
released. First, if any of the few late 11-12 rookies (the aforementioned
Kreider, for example) has an amazing season, the number of products to
find them in this year has just been reduced substantially. This could
mean good things for the few products already out there if collectors
are suddenly clamoring for them. But, for products not yet released (and
especially those that are released after the season is practically over),
what will demand be for them if there aren't many new rookies to chase?
Collectors love awesome relic and autograph cards of their favorite players
(and hockey greats like Wayne Gretzky, Bobby Orr, and Mario Lemieux)
but you can find those hits in past year products, along with the rookies
of that year. So maybe it's a better buy to continue going after 11-12
stuff, for example, and look for Nugent-Hopkins rookies; or maybe collectors
will buy more 09-10 product to look for Van Riemsdyk and Tavares. But
buying new 12-13 product has possibly just lost a bit of its allure.
Time will tell.
Another question that has arisen because of the 12-13 hockey rookie issue
is what Upper Deck will do now. Given that Hockey is their only sports
license, I don't think following Panini's lead is in the cards for them
(literally!). Of course, Upper Deck will now also benefit from the greatly
reduced options collectors have for this year by being the only game
in town. Furthermore, if any late 11-12 rookies DO break out, Upper Deck
and its entire product line will greatly benefit! You can make an argument
for or against Upper Deck's possible fortune in this situation; and again,
only time will tell how or if they benefit. As an aside, I wonder what
Upper Deck will do with the rookie redemption cards in its already released
12-13 Artifacts Hockey product. How will (or when can) those redemption
cards be redeemed? I'm guessing Upper Deck has a lot of decisions to
make right now, and I will update you as info develops.
A lot of our regulars don't know we carry a few fun order add-ons. They
are OYO's, TEAM SETS, and I-PHONE COVERS. So let's discuss.
OYO's. Have you seen them? Do you own them? Do you have any idea what they
are??? They're little Lego-compatible licensed MLB and NFL figures, and
they're incredibly popular. We are also one of their biggest retailers,
and we have a selection beyond compare. OYO's started with a baseball
license, and gained a football one just a couple of months ago; so we're
getting new football players in literally every day. We have several
players from every baseball and football team (for popular teams, as
many as 10 or so); and we get new orders in every week. I'm pretty sure
that if we don't have the player you're looking for, we can get it! We'll
try to get a list together on the website of every player available,
but for now, just ask! OYO has released all sorts of special baseball
figures (with special packaging) for the All-Stars, 2012 World Series
Champion team players, MVP's, and Triple Crown winner Cabrera (just to
name a few) as well ... and we have all of them! If you're looking to add
to or start up a collection, we're your retailer! Most OYO's are $10;
and I'm thrilled to announce that they just secured a hockey license,
so I can't wait to see them! Most OYO's can be added to a box order at
no extra charge, and make a perfect gift (Valentine's Day anyone?) for
both adults and kids. Kids play with them; adults collect them. Please
spread the word about OYO's, as they are a collectible that non-card
collectors are also seeking; and we'd appreciate the good word of mouth
to those people who don't know about us.
TEAM SETS. We started carrying teams sets (all 4 sports plus Major League
Soccer) in 2011, and we have a great inventory. We carry the packaged
(carded) sets that list the player names on back. Topps didn't make a
packaged football team set in 2012; but we carry their 2011 football
team set and their packaged baseball team set for both years. We're expecting
the 2013 Topps baseball team sets in soon, and we will have every team
available. Panini has produced Hoops Basketball for 11-12 and 12-13;
Score Hockey for 11-12 and 12-13; and Score Football for 2012. Upper
Deck has a nice OPC hockey team set for 12-13 and a MLS (soccer) team
set for 2012. So whatever you want ... we should have it! Again, just ask
to check our inventory. Most team sets are $6, and can also be added
to a box order at no extra shipping charge.
I-PHONE COVERS. We have EVERY TEAM available (BASEBALL, FOOTBALL, and HOCKEY;
most MLS [Soccer]) for your I-PHONE 4 or 5. We carry the PANGEA brand
hard case, and they're very popular. Most are $19.95, available in multiple
styles; and again, ask for availability. I-PHONE COVERS can also be added
to box orders at no extra shipping charge.
2013 TOPPS BASEBALL is coming! It should be here NEXT week, and it is in
high demand. Please also note that last year's 2012 TOPPS GOLDEN GIVEAWAY
program is coming to an end this month. January 31st is the last day
you can redeem code cards and make trades (although you can request your
cards through March 1st), so if you've been holding onto any code cards,
dig them up and enter them. Unless Topps extends their 2012 GAMETIME
GIVEAWAY FOOTBALL program, that too ends this month.
Please check out the HOME PAGE of our website for NEW PRODUCT releases
(2012 Panini Limited Football and 2012-13 SP Game Used Hockey arrived
last week). I wish I had enough time to go over what's been selling well;
but in brief, we liked 2012 BOWMAN STERLING FOOTBALL a lot (despite it
having 2 hits per pack instead of its former 3), thought 2012-13 SP GAME
USED HOCKEY was nicer than in previous years (different styles of jersey
cards and more multiples), still count 2012 TRIPLE THREADS FOOTBALL and
BASEBALL amongst our favorite products (esp. with its 2 hits per pack!),
and think that 2012 PANINI COOPERSTOWN BASEBALL is a pretty nice looking
product for the baseball purist with its cards of not only legends but
announcers, umpires, and memorabilia featured in the Baseball Hall of
Fame (we started carrying Cooperstown blaster boxes as well ... a good
idea for set builders!).
There's so much more I could say (and would like to!) regarding NEW PRODUCTS,
HOT PULLS, and NEW INVENTORY; but frankly, this is a long enough read
and took me forever to write! If you're on Facebook but haven't Liked
us, what are you waiting for? We always announce EVERYTHING there first,
and we certainly don't overwhelm your Newsfeed!
I hope this info has been helpful. Have a great day!
Hi everyone! I just wanted to take this time to wish all of our customers
a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We wish you and your family a day filled with
good company, good humor, and good food!
Hi everyone! Thanksgiving is next week, and one
of my friends was just mentioning that she's
done Christmas shopping, and once again, I ask "Where
did the time go?". I seriously thought it
was JUST Summer. I will say that I'm very much
enjoying this nice Fall weather. It's crisp and
cool, with no humidity. You have to love that
(especially when you live in Philly!).
Before I start the business at hand, I just want
to mention that I hope that the damage wrought
by Super Storm Sandy, which hit some of the East
Coast very hard, was minimal for our customers.
Steve and I were very concerned with how Sandy
might affect our store and warehouse. We were
very fortunate to not have water come in (water
and cardboard do not mix well!). We didn't have
power from Monday through Wednesday, but that
was the extent of our problems, so clearly, we
were very lucky. So many people lost their homes,
and I can't imagine what they're going through.
Our hearts go out to all those affected!
Okay, with that said, onto NEW PRODUCTS ... there
have been a bunch recently, including the highly
anticipated 2012 PANINI COOPERSTOWN BASEBALL
and 2012 TOPPS CHROME FOOTBALL (more on those
releases in later paragraphs). A nice new Basketball
release 2012-13 PANINI THREADS BASKETBALL is
here, and even though HOCKEY will likely be slim
pickings because of the lock-out, we DID get
2012-13 UPPER DECK HOCKEY in. 2012 PANINI SIGNATURE
BASEBALL, 2012 LEAF ORIGINALS WRESTLING, and
2012 PRESS PASS SPORTS TOWN FOOTBALL round out
the other new arrivals late last week; but also
recently, we received 2012 BOWMAN CHROME BASEBALL
and 2012 PANINI GRIDIRON GEAR FOOTBALL.
Okay, 2012 TOPPS CHROME FOOTBALL always sells well,
and this year is no exception. We shipped a ton
of it last week, and saw a few opened here in
the store. A press release from Topps concerning
it is reprinted here ...
hobby product promises to be one of the best ever,
loaded with on-card autographs,
autographed patch cards, dual autographe [sic]
and triple autographed cards! In addition the uber
popular '65 Tall Boys, the iconic '84 design and
classic 1957 card have all been chromed and signed
on card! Topps Chrome is driven by rookies and
this years rookie class have been outstanding,
this products subject list is loaded (see attached
subject list) and top rookies including RG3, Andrew
Luck, Ryan Tannehill, Trent Richardson, Doug Martin,
Brandon Weeden, Justin Blackmon, Kendall Wright
and many others have all already hard signed their
Chrome cards and they look great!
We have made a huge effort on this years Topps
Chrome FB to focus on on-card autographs, while
we have secured the majority of players and the
top rookies to sign on-card, we have struggled
to have all players sign in timely manner. As
a result this years Topps Chrome FB in the hobby
will include a higher percentage of redemptions
vs. what we typically would like, the following
rookies will be signing shortly but will all
be redemptions in Topps Chrome Football Dwayne
Allen, LaMichael James, Bernard Pierce, Russell
Wilson, Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, Stephen
Hill, Brian Quick, Matt Kalil [sic]
For those collectors receiving a redemption card
of these subjects, we have created a special
bonus pack for you that you will receive when
your autograph is returned. Each redeemed autograph
will be accompanied with a 4 card pack of exclusive
Topps Chrome Football Blue Wave Refractor Rookie
Parallels. There are 110 different rookie cards
in all including 10 new subjects that are not
found in the base product including Alfred Morris,
Josh Gordon, Daryl Richardson, Brandon Bolden,
Bobby Wagner, Vontaze Burfict, Jorvorskie Lane,
Greg Zuerlein, K, Joseph Morgan, Rod Streater,
Bryce Brown and Damaris Johnson, In addition,
we will also randomly insert special autographed
Topps Chrome rookie cards of standout Redskins
running back Alfred Morris into these packs ,
these autos are not found in the base Topps Chrome
product, late breaking deal allowed us to add
to these special redemption packs!"
So there you go on what 2012 Topps Chrome Football
is all about. I'm looking forward to seeing some
of the more interesting autograph cards as it's
opened, and we already saw a nice Russell Wilson
autograph redemption ... which ironically, is win-win.
The customer gets not only a good redemption,
but also one of the bonus packs.
Regarding 2012 Cooperstown Baseball, it's a great
product for the true baseball collector ... the
person who enjoys reading about players and enjoys
the history of the game. Not only are legendary
players featured; but you have announcers, umpires,
Hall of Fame plaques, and pictures of items that
are featured in the Hall. The only drawback is
that in this day and age of guaranteed hits,
Cooperstown only gives you one auto. With that
said, our first box opened here had a Cal Ripken
Jr. on-card auto; so there is certainly good
stuff to be had. If you're a baseball purist,
I think you'll be pleased.
That's it for now. If I don't BLOG again before
Thanksgiving, have a very happy holiday, everyone!
Hi everyone! I wanted to check in regarding a few
NEW PRODUCTS, UPDATED RELEASE DATES, and make
sure everyone knows about Topps' 2012 BOWMAN
CHROME WRAPPER REDEMPTION PROGRAM.
First, the wrapper redemption program (which I
talked about in the last BLOG, so feel free to
scroll down to the previous entry for more details).
For every 36 pack wrappers you send in (and you
CAN combine hobby and retail this time), Topps
will send you a 5 card pack of blue wave refractor
parallels (with random autograph cards of hot
up and comers like Jorge Soler, Billy Hamilton,
Ronald Guzman and Tyler Austin). Send your wrappers
(up to 5 requests in one package is fine!) to ...
PO Box 2008
Duryea, PA 18642
There is a limit of 5 per household and an overall
limit of 10,000 packs ... so don't wait to send
As for NEW PRODUCTS, let's start with the obvious ... 2012
BOWMAN CHROME BASEBALL. It's a good seller, has
a Bryce Harper rookie, and Topps put an extra
autograph in every third box. 2012 TOPPS UPDATE
BASEBALL continues to sell well. We now have
hobby, jumbo, retail, and blaster boxes available!
2012 PANINI CERTIFIED FOOTBALL is hot off the
presses. Looks like Certified of years past (reminds
me of Elite as well), and time will tell if there
are hot boxes like there have been in recent
years. Hockey has been slim pickings because
of the lock-out. We have received 2012-13 Artifacts
and Score, and Upper Deck is due in in early
November right now; but I'm guessing a lot of
later releases will be delayed. One racing product
you might want to consider ordering sooner than
later is 2012 PRESS PASS LEGENDS RACING. It's
been allocated (think lower supply than normal),
and is usually a popular product as is. If you
(or a loved one) is a YU-GI-OH fan, think no
further than our best selling YU-GI-OH LEGENDARY
3 COLLECTORS SETS. These sets have many guaranteed
collector cards along with mega packs of other
Yu-Gi-Oh "greatest hits".
We have several customers who have ordered and
are clamoring for Panini's upcoming COOPERSTOWN
BASEBALL release. It was pushed back yet again.
It's currently on the calendar for November 14th.
If you're doing your early holiday shopping and
looking for any gift ideas, please also consult
my last BLOG to see what we offer in the way
of TEAM SETS, OYO FIGURES, I-PHONE 4 and now
5 CASES available in EVERY team. We also have
BLASTER BOXES (at least ten different types,
mostly baseball, but available in EVERY sport)
at $19.95 or less. Blaster boxes are small boxes
of popular products (often containing 10 or fewer
packs). You often see them at retailers like
Target and Walmart, but we have an even better
selection! Blasters are an ideal birthday gift
or stocking stuffer, and fun to have on hand
for any last minute gift giving. And worst case ... if
you don't end up giving them away, you can open
them up yourself!!! The 2011 Topps Lineage Baseball
Blaster Box is one of our most popular, partly
because it guarantees you one jersey card per
box (very rare for a blaster), and partly because
Lineage appeals to both young and old collectors
alike with its assortment of current and legendary
players. I LOVE Lineage. It's one of my favorite
products. The 2012 Topps Archives Blaster is
another winner for that reason ... both current
and legendary players are part of the set (and
even better, they're featured in card designs
that they never originally appeared in ... like
Babe Ruth in the 1984 Topps design!). Other baseball
blasters we carry are 2012 Gypsy Queen; 2012
Topps Chrome; 2012 Bowman Platinum; 2012 Topps
Series 1, 2, and the brand new Update; and a
few others including 2011 Topps). For Football,
we have 2012 Score at $9.95 and 2012 Topps or
Bowman at $19.95. For Hockey, we have the 2012-13
Score Blaster which is only $9.95; and for Basketball,
we have 2012-13 Hoops, also at $9.95. We even
have a few Non-sports blasters, like 2009 Donruss
Americana, Bella Sara, and the new 2012 Garbage
Pail Kids. So we really do have a blaster for
any person at any age. They're a great gift item
to have on hand.
That's all for now. Take care, and thanks for the
Hi all. I have a LOT to tell, as things are getting
BUSY around here! We have a bunch of NEW PRODUCTS
that have arrived (think 2012 Topps Update Baseball
and 2012 Topps Prime Football). Football season
is underway, and with it comes increased interest
in hot rookies like Robert Griffin III and Andrew
Luck. Let's discuss ...
As for NEW PRODUCTS, stealing most of the thunder
lately are 2012 TOPPS PRIME FOOTBALL and 2012
TOPPS UPDATE BASEBALL (see the note about Topps
Update variation cards in a later paragraph).
We also have 2012 PANINI PROMINENCE FOOTBALL
(a very nice, one pack box similar to Panini
Limited with some attractive die cut cards),
2012 PANINI MOMENTUM FOOTBALL, the new MAGIC:
RETURN TO RAVNICA (both boosters and fat packs),
ONE DIRECTION PHOTO CARDS, 2012-13 ARTIFACTS
HOCKEY, PANINI AMERICANA HEROES & LEGENDS,
2012 SP AUTHENTIC GOLF, LEAF PETE ROSE LIVING
LEGEND BLASTER BOXES (which guarantee a Pete
Rose Autograph card for only $29.95 ... REALLY!),
2012 LEAF HISTORY OF BASEBALL CUT SIGNATURE EDITION
BLASTER BOXES (one cut signature for $29.95!),
2012 LEAF METAL DRAFT BASEBALL (with Albert Pujols
autographs this time), YU-GI-OH LEGENDARY COLLECTION
SERIES 3, and TOPPS STAR WARS GALACTIC FILES.
2012 Topps Prime Football is in its third year,
and it's one of our favorites. You get 4 hits
per box, with two of them being autographed.
The cards themselves are reminiscent of Stadium
Club with their thicker card stock, high gloss
coating, and attractive photography. We've already
had pulled in the store a gorgeous Andrew Luck
#50/50 Autographed 4 piece relic card. 2012 Topps
Update Baseball is basically "Topps Series
3". The Topps Bryce Harper rookie card is
in it, and Topps releases their Update set only
in box form ... not as a separate set (nor is it
included in the factory set). 2012 Leaf Metal
Draft Baseball has some interesting redemption
cards. One was pulled here on Saturday. It was
a PETE ROSE "HOT BONUS REDEMPTION" CARD,
which when redeemed, will give the bearer up
to 5 Pete Rose autograph cards. Apparently, Leaf
didn't want to have any redemptions in its product,
so they decided to reward collectors who did
get one. I like the idea!
For those of you doing your holiday shopping early,
we have a lot of good products to make your shopping
easier. Because we get to see many products opened
in front of us, we know what customers tend to
like and can talk to you about selecting some
gifts that will be sure to please specific people
on your list. If you need a gift for a fan of
ONE DIRECTION, YU-GI-OH or POKEMON, look no further.
We have the ideal gift for each person in that
category, from photo cards of One Direction to
a special new set for Yu-Gi-Oh to a new Pokemon
special release. Just give us a call, and we'll
give you the details. The previously mentioned
PETE ROSE LIVING LEGEND BLASTER BOXES are the
perfect gift for any Pete Rose fan. For $29.95,
you get a guaranteed Pete Rose autographed card
plus 10 packs of special Pete Rose cards that
Leaf produced for this set. It's a no-brainer
at that price! Also a fun gift idea from Leaf
is their History of Baseball Cut Signature Edition
Blaster boxes. Each is also $29.95, and contains
a slabbed cut signature of a baseball great.
For the price, it's a fun gift to open.
Many of our customers don't know we carry I-PHONE
COVERS (specifically for the I-PHONE 4) in pretty
much every MLB, NFL, NHL, some COLLEGE, and some
MLS teams. They're $19.95. We also carry OYO's ... those
Lego compatible little baseball figures that
are being sought after by all ages, not just
kids. Right now, OYO's are MLB only (and we have
most players); but they're coming in soon for
NFL! Each is $9.95. Another popular item that
most of our customers don't know we carry is
current year PACKAGED TEAM SETS. We stock EVERY
TEAM in 2012 TOPPS BASEBALL, 2012 SCORE FOOTBALL,
2012-13 HOOPS BASKETBALL, 2012-13 SCORE HOCKEY,
2012-13 OPC HOCKEY, and 2012 UPPER DECK MAJOR
LEAGUE SOCCER. Team sets are all $6 each, and
are a great stocking stuffer. Since we have every
team, you can get a little something for your
kids or grandkids living in different states
whose favorite teams you can't find locally.
You can add one of these sets to any order at
no additional shipping, so please let us know
what teams you might like. As always, 2012 TOPPS
FOOTBALL and BASEBALL FACTORY SETS are our biggest
sellers for the holidays. Both are in stock.
2012 Bowman Chrome Baseball is due in next week,
and there IS a wrapper redemption program. It
looks good too! The BLUE WAVE refractor parallels
(a 110 card set) are back. We saw their introduction
with the 2012 Bowman wrapper redemption program,
and the cards are very attractive. (I think they're
nicer than the redemption pack cards given out
for 2012 Topps Series 1 and 2 Baseball.) They
look like parallels of Bowman Chrome cards, so
the Bryce Harper Blue Wave card (part of the
2012 Bowman Wrapper redemption program) was a
nice hit. These Bowman Chrome wrapper redemption
packs will also have random autograph cards of
hot up and comers like Jorge Soler, Billy Hamilton,
Ronald Guzman and Tyler Austin. Only 10,000 packs
will be sent out (every 36 wrappers gets you
one pack, and you CAN mix hobby and retail pack
wrappers), but with a limit of 5 packs per household,
I'm hopeful that there will be enough packs to
satisfy initial demand. The Bowman wrapper redemption
packs went WAY to quickly, but I don't believe
there was a limit per address. I think that's
going to help. Customers who sent in for their
Topps Series 2 wrapper redemption packs considerably
after the release date received them (much to
my surprise), but I don't know how much of that
was because many collectors who were denied previously
for Series 1 redemption packs didn't take part
in the Series 2 promotion. Topps is going to
be providing (via Twitter) an update as to how
many packs have been claimed (as they receive
requests), so stay tuned for that.
Another item of note is the variation cards in
2012 Topps Update. After we JUST learned an easy
way to tell whether you do indeed have a variation
card (the code on the back of the card will NOT
end in 01), Topps didn't follow suit with their
Update variations, so that little tip doesn't
work. Drat! Some variation cards are easier to
identify than others, like players featured in
suits instead of jerseys, but I don't know why
Topps doesn't use a more identifiable method
to find these short prints. We love to consult
www.sportscardradio.com and print out their checklists
and set info. You will find all of the variations
listed on that site.
That's it for now. Thanks for the read, and if
you are on Facebook, please LIKE us on there!
Hi everyone! It amazes me sometimes the amount
of time I let pass between BLOGS. You'd think
nothing has happened around here or in the hobby,
and yet, that couldn't be further from the truth.
I'll start out this BLOG with a tip I just learned
that I'm excited to share. Someone was opening
2012 Topps Football on Saturday and pulled a
Tim Tebow card (cool to see him in his new uniform),
and I recognized that it was different from another
Tebow I had seen pulled previously. So it must
have been a short print/variant. So I checked
Sports Card Radio, one of my favorite sites for
checklists, and printed out the 20 pages of short
print pics they have already posted. My initial
reaction was that while I like short prints for
the extra value they add, I do not like that
there are so many of them in 2012 Topps Football
(considerably more than in 2012 Topps 1 or 2
Baseball) and most are simply different poses
of the player, hence VERY difficult to determine
if you have a short print. In a previous year,
Brett Favre was riding a tractor. now THAT is
a short print I can get behind because it's different
and easy to spot.
Well, an in-the-know customer has informed me that
there is an easy way to tell if you have a short
print. Look at the Code # on the back of the
card (next to the Topps website address). A "normal" card
ends in 01. A short print/ variant does not.
I tested it with a 2012 Topps Baseball Series
2 short print I have here. It works! Now while
it may not be fun to check each and every card
(and the code number IS in a small font for us
old people!), at least it's a very easy double
check for any card you suspect might be a short
print. So thank you, Jason Kenny, for bringing
this to my attention. It is such valuable info.
I'd like to know if this holds true for all Topps
sets that have variants ... from Heritage to Pro
Debut to Gypsy Queen. If anyone has any of the
short prints and can let me know, I'd really
Okay, onto NEW PRODUCTS. Last week saw the arrival
of two big products ... 2012 Finest Baseball and
the aforementioned 2012 Topps Football. I've
seen a bunch of each opened at this point, and
here are some reviews. Topps Football is been
better than I expected (and I didn't have low
expectations). You're promised 2 autographs and
a rookie patch card per jumbo box, and I'm quite
pleased that the boxes that have had jersey cards
or "Field Generals" (a thick card with
a medal embedded in it) have had 4 hits. This
is an improvement over the Baseball, where the
manufactured ring or pin card counts as a "hit" (one
of my pet peeves). And as previously discussed,
there should be plenty of short prints or variants
to go around. Note that the rookie patch card
features a player worn patch piece (it's not
a manufactured patch). Good job, Topps!
Finest Baseball is a gorgeous card design, and
I love the die cut inserts. Apparently, there
are some Rookie redemption cards as well, but
they are HARD! I haven't seen one yet, and we've
opened a few cases. My biggest criticism of the
product (and it's a key one) is that the autos
themselves just haven't been very good. Not many
have been well known players or of major value.
I'm hoping I see some better boxes around the
corner, and I do really love the card design,
so it's a beautiful set to put together. But
some better hits are needed to justify the box
So there you go on those two new arrivals.
Other NEW PRODUCTS just in or expected later this
week include 2012 UPPER DECK GOODWIN CHAMPIONS
(a popular multi-sport product with its well-liked
entomology inserts), Rittenhouse Falling Skies
premium packs, Cryptozoic Tarzan, Tri Star TNA
Tenacious, 2012-13 OPC Hockey (the first one
for this year), 2011 Exquisite Football, and
Pokemon B&W Dragons Exalted. I'm especially
looking forward to seeing some Goodwin Champions
boxes opened. We had some great autographs pulled
from that product last year.
Good sellers of late include 2012 Bowman Platinum
Baseball and 2012 Allen & Ginter Baseball,
as well as In the Game's Broad Street Boys Hockey
product (a must have for any Flyers fan). For
high end card openers, you might check out 2012
Leaf Best of Baseball, 2012 Leaf Pop Century,
and 2012 Leaf Sports Icons. They're all high
end autograph packs, and like Triple Threads,
not for everyone ... but it's fun to watch someone
open them; let me tell you. We have a customer
who has opened a couple of cases of Pop Century
in front of us, and wow, is this product nice.
Not only has he pulled several 1/1 autographed
printing plates per case; but his autographs
have included everyone from Priscilla Presley,
Harrison Ford, Britney Spears, Donald Trump,
Charlie Sheen, and all of the kids from the movie "Sound
of Music" to Ichiro! His Sports Icons opening
has yielded him the likes of Mario Lemieux, Mary
Lou Retton, Stan Musial, and Hank Aaron. And
The Best of Baseball has yielded multiple customers
Steven Strasburg and Ichiro autographs, a Mike
Trout autograph, a Babe Ruth bat card, and one
lucky customer a Hank Aaron autograph on his
rookie card. It's been fun to watch.
That's it for now! I'll BLOG again soon (or at
least, sooner than last time!). Take care, everyone!
If any of you were quick enough to send in your
wrappers to Topps for their Bowman Baseball wrapper
redemption program, the redemption packs are
currently shipping. One customer got his almost
a week ago, and one got his on Thursday; so there's
still hope if they haven't hit your mailbox yet!
Speaking of Baseball, it's selling pretty well
right now. Topps has done a good job with their
latest product releases, from Museum Collection
to Bowman to now Archives ... and soon, Topps Series
2. Interest in Bryce Harper and Yu Darvish has
helped product sales, as have their short printed
autographs and even base cards. I've been enjoying
watching Archives opened this past week. If you
like retro cards at all, you'll probably love
it. Back in the early 2000's, Topps came out
with a few Archives products (including "Best
Years" and "Fan Favorites"), which
were well received. They featured reprints of
popular players from various older years of Topps ... like
Mickey Mantle's rookie card, Clemente's '55 and
'73 (first and last year) Topps cards, etc. THIS
Archives set is different because, like the Heritage
product, it features today's players in various
assorted Topps styles, PLUS legendary players
in newer styles (a 1984 Babe Ruth for example),
PLUS straight reprints like those sets from the
early 2000's. 2012 Archives also has a bunch
of cool inserts, like an autographed Cal Ripken
Jr. hand print card. Each box has two hard signed
autos as well, so it's worth checking out.
The highly anticipated 2012 Topps Series 2 is coming
in on June 6th. Our customers ask about this
product more than just about any other. There
WILL be a wrapper redemption program, like last
time, as well.
I noticed something interesting on E-bay the other
day, and after talking to a few people; I realized
that this is news to a lot of other people as
well. First, did you know that you can search
on closed auctions on E-bay? That's part and
parcel to this story, so we have to establish
that first. After you search for something, on
the left side of the screen, there is an option
to "Show Only" certain things, where
you can choose "Completed Listings".
Items that successfully sold appear in green,
and otherwise, amounts appear in red. What I
did not know is that if the auction was set up
as a "Buy-It-Now or Best Offer" and
a Best Offer was accepted, that amount of money
(the offer accepted) will NOT show up on the
main screen (only when you click the item), so
it can be very misleading to determine what a
card sold for since so many cards are sold as
Buy-It-Nows. For example, you might see three
different green values for $1150, $1050, and
$950; and mistakenly think the card is worth
roughly $1050 (the average of those three amounts),
but when you click on the items, you actually
see that each card sold for $800, $750, and $700.
Maybe only one card sold at regular auction style,
starting at $.99; and if that item ended up selling
for roughly $1000 ... it will just further reinforce
your thinking that the card is worth about $1050,
yet it's really worth about $750. Be careful,
and aware that at least for now, this is how
Before I go, let me give you a quick update on
NEW PRODUCTS. BASEBALL-wise, I've covered my
bases (pun intended) ... 2012 Bowman and 2012 Archives
are the latest releases along with 2011 Panini
Limited. In FOOTBALL, a few more 2012 rookie
products have arrived. After Sage Autographed
and Press Pass FanFare, we received Leaf Valiant
and Press Pass Showcase. Upper Deck also released
its 2011 Upper Deck NCAA Football. Lots of products
have been hitting for HOCKEY, and many have been
quite popular. Panini Playoff Contenders arrived
this week, and ITG Between the Pipes was right
before it. Elite, SPx, SP Game Used, and Certified
all also arrived recently. In BASKETBALL, we
finally have a new product with rookies (sort
of). The new Panini Past & Present release
has redemptions one per box of this year's and
next year's rookies. That about covers it!
Thanks for the read. Have a wonderful, relaxing
Memorial Day weekend everyone!
The BIG NEWS is 2012 Bowman Baseball! It has been
released, and it is selling VERY well! Topps
has been actively promoting the merits of this
year's Bowman release, and seems to have successfully
packed it full of content. Of major interest
is Bryce Harper's first official rookie card
(as well as Yu Darvish's and Yoenis Cespedes's),
and various autographs of all three players.
There is a new Bowman Black auto (silver Sharpie
on black card stock ... very attractive), the first
autograph cards of AFLAC All Americans, "Lucky
Redemption cards" for autographed rookies
[100 each of 3 different subjects ... #1 Cespedes,
#2 Harper, and #3 TBD], "Bowman Debut Golden
Contracts" ... a Willie Wonka Golden Ticket-type
find ... 10 contracts inserted in hobby boxes,
each redeemable for an auto Yu Darvish baseball,
with one person winning a special bonus..his
or her own baseball card in 2013 Bowman (and
$500 "signing bonus"), and many other
inserts and features, especially the first cards
of many young players!!! Bowman will not disappoint
We've gotten a ton of NEW PRODUCTS in since my
last BLOG. My favorite has been 2012 Topps Museum
Collection Baseball, but it's also very expensive
(and increased each week for several weeks),
so not very affordable for most of our customers.
We have seen some nice pulls from it, including
a beautiful Cal Ripken Jr. Museum Collection
autograph card # 'ed to 15. Another nice new
product is 2012 Gypsy Queen Baseball, available
in both hobby and retail boxes. The hobby has
2 on-card autographs AND two jersey cards per
box. Much like with Heritage Baseball, there
are Short prints inserted (roughly 1 in 6 packs),
the rarest of which is Yu Darvish (he's rarer
than the 1 in 6). We are not hearing the same
problem with this year's Gypsy Queen that Topps
had with last year's product, which did not have
the promised autos or relic cards. This year's
product has been well received.
HOCKEY has had a few nice new releases, including
2011-12 Elite, SP Game Used, and SPx. Like the
Black Diamond, SPx has a bonus Ice pack on top
of its packs. SPx is attractive, and sports a
different card design than last year. Card ARE
vertical as well.
FOOTBALL-wise, several more 2012 draft pick products
have been released. First out were 2012 Sage
Hit Low and High, 2012 Press Pass (Press Pass
has an exclusive contract with Andrew Luck, so
his cards and autos are only available in their
products), and 2012 Leaf Metal Draft. Most recently,
2012 Press Pass FanFare, 2012 Upper Deck NCAA,
and 2012 Sage Autographed have been added to
the mix. The first mainstream product featuring
a full roster (not just draft picks) in a fully
licensed NFL product will be Panini's Prestige,
due out June 20th, followed by Topps, due August
Other NEW PRODUCTS include 2012 Ignite Racing (we've
seen a Dale Earnhardt Sr. laundry tag), Cryptozoic
Big Bang Theory (I love it ... auto and costume
card in every box!), NECA Hunger Games, Upper
Deck Marvel Avengers, 2012 Topps Olympics, Magic:
The Gathering Avacyn Restored, and Yu-Gi-Oh Galactic
Now is a good time to remind you of the two sites
that we and many of our customers frequent for
set information, especially for which cards are
short printed. They are www.sportscardradio.com
and www.baseballcardpedia.com. Both are incredibly
helpful to use before sets are listed in Beckett.
We don't tend to advertise these on-line or in
our ads, but know that we stock every 2012 Topps
Baseball team set at only $6, so if you want
your team or others added to an order, please
don't hesitate to ask.
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and Happy Mother's Day to all of the moms (especially
It's sad that it's been over a month since I last
blogged yet I STILL don't feel like there's that
much to say. It's been so quiet lately. The market
is like that. There will be no new products (or
at least nothing spectacular) for a month, and
then five amazing products all in the same week!
Our last HUGE product was 2012 Topps Baseball
Series 1. Oh, on that topic, Topps has posted
on their website that there WILL be a wrapper
redemption program for series 2 Topps (releasing
in early June). In fact, they have run out of
the Series 1 Gold Rush cards and anyone who hasn't
received theirs yet will most likely be receiving
Series 2. Here's a link with more info ... http://www.topps.com/news/gold-rush-wrapper-redemption-update.
So of course my last paragraph begs the question ... what
will be the next BIG product? Well, for the high
rollers out there, maybe 2011 National Treasures
Football, which arrives this week. It's been
highly anticipated and looks good. Football is
odd right now because we have high end 2011 products
still arriving, but NEW 2012 products coming
in as well. So far, and in order, 2012 Leaf Metal
Draft, 2012 Sage Hit Low, and 2012 Press Pass
Football have all arrived. Press Pass has an
exclusive with Andrew Luck (only for draft pick
cards), so if you're chasing his auto specifically;
choose Press Pass. 2011 Panini Totally Certified
Football and 2011 Panini Prime Signatures Football
are the most recent arrivals for 2011 fans still
wanting Cam Newton and the rest of the 2011 rookie
2012 Sage Hit High Series Football, 2011 Panini
Playbook Football, and 2012 Topps Museum Collection
Baseball (replacing Marquee Baseball for this
year) are all also coming in this week.
Basketball-wise, we've received two new products
for 2011-12 ... Hoops and Panini Preferred. While
we've had a couple of nice pulls from Preferred
(a Derrick Rose auto /10 this past Saturday),
we're surprised that new rookies weren't included
in either product. That seems like an odd move
2012 BASEBALL released so far includes 2012 Topps
Series 1, Opening Day, Tribute, and Heritage.
Hockey-wise, 2011-12 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey,
2011-12 ITG Heroes & Prospects, and 2011-12
ITG Enforcers are the newest arrivals.
On the Non-Sports front, the most popular seller
has been Cryptozoic's Big Bang Theory ... but its
price keeps climbing. It's seasons 1 and 2, so
no Mayim Bialik autographs (my favorite character!) ... but
the main 5 characters are represented. There's
a relatively inexpensive box for Hunger Games,
but no autographs in that one.
Leaf (the company formerly known as Razor) has
been making some interesting products lately.
Our customers have been loving 2011 Leaf Ink
Baseball and 2011 Leaf Legends of Sports. We
had an Ichiro/Pete Rose dual auto printing plate
1/1 pulled from Legends of Sports by Joe M last
month, and this was after Don R pulled an Ichiro
auto /10 from the same product !!! Leaf has been
featuring Ichiro autographs in its products lately,
and it's been a great selling point for Leaf's
various minor league baseball products, like
Valiant and Leaf Metal Draft.
Thanks for reading, everyone! And if you're on
Facebook, Like us on there for weekly updates!
2012 TOPPS BASEBALL continues to be our big seller,
and for those who don't know, the website to
enter code cards IS up and running. Our store
continues to have some crazy luck. After the
3 awesome cards I blogged about last time, we've
had another two HOT PULLS. Remember that 1/1
solid gold Clemente card that was pulled? Well
the 1/1 Cal Ripken Jr. was pulled on Saturday
by another customer! It really is an embarrassment
of riches for our store. Then on Monday, we saw
our first coin card (it looks like the rings
and pin cards ... but the coin is huge and metal
from front to back) ... a Joe DiMaggio #3/5 !!!!
I looked it up (not even realizing these coin
inserts existed), and the #2/5 sold for $375.
Not too shabby, and there was a short print mascot
cards in the same box.
There is some confusion regarding the Home Run
Legends (this year's Prime 9 cards) as to which
players are available for which weeks. I'll tell
you what we know for sure based on the six we've
received so far. This is definite ... # 1 is Hank
Aaron, #2 is Babe Ruth, #3 is Willie Mays, #4
is Reggie Jackson, and #6 is Mickey Mantle (note
that Mantle is #6, not #5). I'm not sure why
Topps sent those 5 or why they're not in order
on the poster or why it's often written about
on-line that Willie Mays is #1. But this information
is definitely accurate. I'm looking at the cards
as we speak.
Here's another reminder to make sure you send in
your 2012 Topps Baseball pack wrappers for the
wrapper redemption program give-away. 50 hobby
wrappers or 14 jumbo ones will get you a special
5 card Limited Edition Gold Rush pack from Topps,
but you have to send your wrappers in by February
On the NEW PRODUCT front, 2011-12 Crown Royale
Hockey has arrived, as did Star Wars Galaxy 7.
2012 Contenders Football came in Friday, as did
2012 Leaf Legends of Sports. Big Bang Theory
(which I'm excited about ... Bazinga!) and 2012
Press Pass Total Memorabilia Racing were delayed
a few weeks.
I posted this on Facebook, but it's been crazy
what has happened with Jeremy Lin of the New
York Knicks. He's been almost single-handedly
responsible for this phenomenal Knicks game winning
streak, and his rookie card prices are out of
this world. One of our customers had his rookie
card from the very expensive, very premium 10-11
Elite Black Basketball. It was worth $30 a few
weeks ago, and he JUST sold it for $800! Yowza!
So if you have any 10-11 basketball rookies laying
around, you may want to look through them and
potentially sell Lin now. LINsanity won't necessarily
R.I.P. Gary Carter, who passed away Thursday from
brain cancer. He'll be missed by many.
Thanks for reading!
Hi everyone! I blogged about the new 2012 TOPPS
BASEBALL last time, and it's the subject once
again. It's selling very well, and our three
latest HOT PULLS are all from that product. It's
weird for me to say that we have hot pulls from
basic Topps, but we've had some lucky customers.
Our first pull was a Roger Maris gold-infused
card #'ed to 5 (it's a redemption) worth roughly
$500. That was pulled from a jumbo box. Then,
just to top that pull, another customer pulled
a 1/1 Roberto Clemente SOLID GOLD "Golden
Great" redemption. It's hard to tell what
this card would fetch on E-bay, and our customer
is going to keep it; but two other players are
on E-bay with sellers asking $13,500 and $17,500.
THEN, just to be
sure he had the BEST 3 jumbo boxes EVER, that same
customer also pulled the same
gold infused card /5 that the Maris guy did,
but of Derek Jeter! Yowza again! This is a lot
of good fortune. For more information about this
year's Topps Baseball, check out my last BLOG
where I discussed the wrapper redemption program
and see this comprehensive checklist on Sports
Card Radio's website ... http://www.sportscardradio.com/index.php/product-previews-a-reviews/1044-2012-topps-series-1-baseball-checklist.
Many of the variant cards (Albert Pujols and
Jose Reyes in new uniforms, the now infamous
squirrel card, Gatorade dumps, fights with mascots,
etc.) are featured. It's definitely worth a look.
We have every type of box in stock ... hobby,
jumbo, retail, and blaster.
Recent NEW PRODUCTS include 2011 NCAA SP Football
(it arrived today!), 2011 Topps Precision Football,
2011 Plates & Patches Football, 2012 Historic
Autographs Legends of the Hall, 2011 Leaf Ink
Baseball, Muhammad Ali Metal, 2012 Leaf Metal
Poker, Press Pass Essential Elvis, TNA Impact
Reflexxions, Ace Match Point 2 Tennis, Cryptozoic
Walking Dead, Pokemon Black & White Next
Destinies, and Magic: The Gathering Dark Ascension.
I personally am anxiously awaiting Cryptozoic's
Big Bang Theory release next week! A few products
that were expected were pushed back a bit; like
2011-12 Crown Royale Hockey, 2011-12 SPx Hockey,
and 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia Racing.
More later. Thanks for the read, and if you're
on Facebook ... please Like us for weekly updates!
Hi everyone. LOTS of news. First, I've mentioned
this website before, but now I have another reason
to mention it ... www.sportscardradio.com. It's
a great resource for your collecting/checklist
needs. I knew it was a great site for products
once they're released because it's like a Wikipedia
site where collectors can compile information
and then add to it as more info surfaces. I did
not know that it had so much information (like
checklists for many upcoming card sets) before
the sets' release date. 2012 Topps Baseball is
already on there, and a customer was telling
me about all of these upcoming card sets that
a certain Phillie is in, and I had no idea all
of this information was out there. He simply
typed the player's name into the Search field.
This is really a great site that is worth checking
Speaking of 2012 Topps Baseball ... it is coming
in February, and so is the Gold Rush! That's
Topps' new theme for this year's baseball product
(like the Diamond Anniversary theme last year).
There is a pack wrapper redemption program, so
save your wrappers. 50 hobby wrappers or 14 jumbo
ones will get you a special 5 card "Gold
Rush" pack (with random autographs) from
Topps. There are 50 cards in the set, and autographs
include Sandy Koufax, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays,
and Albert Pujols. You can absolutely send multiple
wrapper bundles in the same package (in fact,
Topps encourages you to), but note that the wrapper
redemption program expiration date is February
29th (postmark date); so you've got to act fast.
I'll list the address here, in case you want
to refer back to it (or make a quick note). Send
wrappers to ... Gold Rush P.O. Box 2008 Duryea,
On a somewhat related subject, VERY important note
for Topps Baseball collectors. For those of you
who are still redeeming your Diamond Giveaway
code cards from 2011 Topps Baseball, please note
the expiration date for these redemptions is
at the end of THIS month ... January 31st! There
is a note on the site that redemptions from 2011
Topps Series 2 will be extended to June, but
Series 1 and Update redemptions expire as printed
1-31-2012 on card. I know from talking to some
collectors that they thought the Update redemptions
were the ones extended (which seems logical,
given that it is the most recent set) ... but that
is not the case. The same is true for the 2011
Topps Football Super Bowl Legends Giveaway code
cards. They also expire at the end of January.
NEW PRODUCTS that have arrived lately include 2011-12
Panini Limited Hockey and 2011 Panini Limited
Football. Each one pack box has 3 hits. 2011
Supreme Football is another one pack box that
just arrived. That rounds out the new Football
releases. Other new Hockey products include 2011-12
Pinnacle, Parkhurst Champions, Black Diamond,
and the brand new In the Game Enforcers (a one
pack box with 5 autos and 2 game used). There
is no new Basketball for 11-12 yet (besides the
11-12 SP NCAA), but Panini will be releasing
Panini Preferred at the end of February. 2011
Panini Elite Extra Edition Baseball (6 autos
per box) is here, and the new Yu-Gi-Oh Order
of Chaos came in today. That wraps up the new
That's all for now. Thanks for reading, and as
always, if you're on Facebook, please Like us
Hi everyone! So the holidays and New Year's have
come and gone; the Winter Classic has left Philly;
basketball has started; the Football play-offs
are going on; and we're anxiously anticipating
2012 Topps Baseball. There's a little wrap up
My New Year's resolution is to write these BLOGS
It's been BUSY, BUSY, BUSY both here and in the
hobby; and we're excited to start getting new
basketball releases with this year's rookies.
The only item released so far for 2011-12 is
Upper Deck's SP NCAA product (all players in
college uniforms), and Panini should be announcing
its first releases for the year soon.
It was an exciting weekend in football, with an
awesome performance by Tim Tebow and the Broncos.
Quickest OT ever. Congrats to all Texan, Broncos,
Saints, and Giants fans; and my condolences to
all Bengals, Steelers, Lions, and Falcons fans.
This is Eagles country, so believe me, I know
the feeling of a season not going as you want
it to! I hope next weekend brings some more of
the same excitement.
The Winter Classic was an exciting event for Philly.
Steve went to the game and loved every minute
of it (well, maybe except for the loss). The
alumni game was my favorite. We had that on tv
here and found it very enjoyable ... especially
Parent's performance. By the way, am I the only
one who thinks it's funny that both Jagr and
Lindros have the same rookie year; yet one is
on our current team and one is on our alumni
As for recent NEW PRODUCTS, the only new item we
received last week was 2011-12 Black Diamond
Hockey. The one per box bonus Ice pack is back.
I wish Upper Deck would make that as a stand
alone product again, but if you're lucky enough
to get a rookie card numbered to 99 in your bonus
pack ... you're in pretty good shape! The highly
anticipated and always popular 2012 Topps Baseball
will be here in February (did you hear there
is a Gold Rush a comin'? More on that in the
next paragraph!). 2011 Panini Elite Extra Edition
Baseball is due in this week (after a few delays).
Recent arrivals include 2011 Bowman Sterling
Baseball and Football, Historic Autographs Decades
1950's and 1960's, 2011 WWE Classic (sharp cards!),
and Ace Match Point Series 2 Tennis. 2011 Football
releases continue to sell very well, with customers
looking for Cam Newton rookies. But now 2010
boxes are back in demand because of Tebow, and
2005 Football is in demand because of Aaron Rodgers.
No worries ... we have them all. And if you've
been waiting for Panini Limited Hockey or Football,
please continue to be patient. Both were pushed
back until later this month.
Regarding the Gold Rush I mentioned, that's Topps'
Series 1 Baseball promotion. There is literally
gold in dem der cards being released in February.
A few details about the gold theme have been
shared thus far, including that 10 lucky collectors
will receive a Gold Rush ticket (as a box topper)
which will unlock a 24K gold infused baseball
autographed by Ken Griffey Jr., Willie Mays,
and Hank Aaron. Not too shabby. Much like last
year's Diamond Anniversary theme which featured
cards with actual diamond chips on them (and
diamond shaped die cut cards you could unlock
on the www.diamondtopps.com website), this year's
Gold theme will produce similar hits. More details
to come ...
I hope you all enjoyed a fun, safe holiday season.
Thank you for your business and friendship last
year, and if you're on Facebook, PLEASE Like
us for weekly updates.
As usual, I can't believe how much has happened
or how much time has passed since my last BLOG.
This summer is flying by, and now the back to
school ads and sales actually look right. That's
sad because that's how I know summer is coming
to an end more quickly than I'd like to admit.
We're all very happy that football is a go for
this season. That's pretty major for us, card-wise ... so
we were a bit nervous.
BASEBALL is in full swing, both Phillies-wise and
card-wise. We're loving the addition of Hunter
Pence and Vance Worley. They've re-energized
our already great team, and I'm excited for the
Product-wise ... we've gotten a lot in lately. After
a draught in Baseball for about a month after
2011 Bowman and Gypsy Queen came in, new products
are now streaming in again. 2011 Upper Deck Goodwin
Champions (categorized as baseball, but more
of a multi-sport product), 2011 Topps Allen & Ginter,
2011 Bowman Platinum Baseball, 2011 Topps Lineage
Baseball, 2011 Leaf Best of Baseball (a high
end two card "pack"), 2011 ITG Heroes & Prospects
Series 2 (another box = pack product), and 2011
Historic Autograph "Ball of Fame" (an
actual autographed baseball ) have all arrived.
Upcoming releases that customers are talking
about and are highly anticipating include, in
release date order ... 2011 Topps Marquee (August
25th), 2011 Topps Chrome (September 7th), 2011
Triple Threads (arriving September 14th, after
being pushed back by Topps), and 2011 Bowman
Chrome (October 19th).
Of the new BASEBALL, we're selling 2011 Allen & Ginter
and Bowman Platinum the best. Allen & Ginter
because it has an established customer base; has
a nice card design; and interesting non-baseball
related card subjects that collectors have come
to expect. Bowman Platinum is in its second year,
and customers love it for the up and comers. It's
an attractive, relatively thick card with a foil
finish; and we've had two Bryce Harper autograph
cards pulled so far. Goodwin Champions looks like
an old Goudey product but reminds me a lot of Allen & Ginter
because of its non-baseball subject matter. I've
seen a Sidney Crosby auto and John Elway jersey
card, so there's definitely a mixture there. One
of the more popular inserts is the entomology redemption
cards ... redeemable for an actual bug (dead, mounted
in a card)! I know it might sound strange, but
these cards are cool.
2011 Leaf Best of Baseball is a one pack product
with two slabbed cards in it. One is a cut signature
of 17 possible players, produced by Leaf. The
other is either an autographed rookie card (not
necessarily Leaf ... and not usually ... so think
Derek Jeter, Albert Pujols, etc.) or a vintage
card of a legendary player. The only one we've
seen opened so far was fairly exceptional. The
cut signature was Sandy Koufax, and the autographed
rookie card was Cal Ripken (congrats to our customer
David Z). So I'm guessing that isn't necessarily
typical! Topps Lineage is a fairly basic card
design but has today's players in past Topps
designs inserted often. It also has legendary
players as part of the regular set (just saw
a Honus Wagner pulled), which I like a lot.
FOOTBALL is heating up ... especially since the announcement
that they're playing! We just received basic
2011 Topps (always a good seller) and Panini's
Rookies & Stars Football. I like them both.
Rookies & Stars has 4 hits as usual; and
this year's Topps Jumbo is a bit better in that
its 3 hits are two autos and a rookie patch (real,
not manufactured). Prior to those two ... Donruss
Elite, Prestige, and Score were released. All
are good, and similar to last year's products.
While it's nice to buy something new, there's
a lot to be said about consistency and knowing
what to expect from a given product. That can
be said about all of the football releases listed
Please note that Topps Football has a redemption
give-away program like it did last year (and
similar to the Diamond Redemption baseball program),
with redemption cards found in every 6 hobby
packs. The site is www.toppslegends.com, but
the site is not up and running just yet. It took
about a month for the baseball one to be operational
after Series 1 Baseball was released, so I'd
give it a few more weeks. We will announce it
on our Facebook page as soon as we hear anything.
In other NEW PRODUCTS, 2010-11 Victory Hockey was
the first 2010-11 HOCKEY release. 2010-11 National
Treasures Basketball, TNA Signature Impact Wrestling,
Ringside Boxing Round 2, and 2011 Leaf Cut Signature
Edition all arrived as well. On the NON-SPORTS
front ... Captain America, Thor, James Bond:Mission
Logs, and Michael Jackson have all been solid
So that's it for now. We'll talk again soon.
Hi everyone. Wow! Someone has not written a BLOG
in quite some time. Bad me!
I do find it ironic though that the last time I
wrote was with the arrival of 2011 Topps Series
1 Baseball, and now we just received the Series
2. Let's talk about that first. 2011 Topps Series
2 Baseball is being very well received. We have
every type of packaging ... jumbo, hobby, retail,
and blaster boxes; and it's presently one of
our best sellers. Special limited edition sparkle
cards (including 3 "double sparkle" cards)
and the diamond redemption program are back.
I mentioned the website www.baseballcardpedia.com
in my last BLOG, and collectors are finding that
site to be very helpful with Topps Series 2 as
well. 60 new sparkle cards have been identified,
in addition to 3 very special double sparkle
cards of Tim Lincecum, Jason Heyward, and Evan
Longoria; which feature two separate sparkles
(shiny diamond starburst type design) on each
player's card. One interesting note, however,
is at there is a Domonic Brown Phillies card
that looks like it must be a Sparkle card because
of the sparkle on his helmet. Well, in fact,
it is not; and if you have the Domonic Brown
card from topps Series 2, take a look at it because
it gives you a good idea of what a sparkle card
really does look like if you've never seen one
in person. Unfortunately, it's just a shiny reflection
of light off of his helmet, and every Domonic
Brown appears that way. I'm sure it's a disappointment
to many collectors who thought they FINALLY had
a sparkle card in their possession, and of a
Phil, no less. There ARE, however, sparkle cards
of Ryan Howard and Cole Hamels in Series 2 for
our Philly fans.
As for the Diamond Redemption program, yes, it
is back with Series 2; and we expect it to be
continued with the Update series later this summer.
A few miscellaneous facts for those collectors
in search of 45 virtual rings to redeem for the
free 2011 factory set and also for those in search
of all 60 to redeem for the real "Diamond" ring.
First, the 45 rings ... VERY do-able, provided
you have entered at least 45 redemption cards.
There is a lot of trading available, and I'm
not aware of any ring being harder than any other,
except one ... the Mickey Mantle ring, which brings
me to the topic of the 60 rings. We have a customer
who has entered 250 redemption code cards, and
he still doesn't have the elusive Mickey Mantle
virtual ring. We have also heard of another collector
who has entered over 500, and he too did not
get a Mantle ... so just know that the Mantle ring
is tough. Who knows how many Topps is making
available to collectors? So please be aware of
those odds if you are in search of the 60 to
redeem for the real ring.
Other Diamond Redemption program facts ... it seems
that more of the diamond die cut cards are being
made available to collectors unlocking their
codes now, versus when the program first went
live. Our customer who entered 250 codes only
revealed 3 of the diamond die cuts prior to two
weeks ago, but his last 12 codes entered yielded
him 2 more! We've seen the actual cards you get ... they're
nice. Even though you can't tell from looking
at them on the computer screen, they ARE actually
die cut (it's not a white border at top) and
they're thicker than normal ... as thick as a typical
jersey card. They also have a peel away film
on the surface, so if the card looks strange
to you inside of the top loader, that might be
why. As for instant win prizes, we know of two
customers who have dug up (in the virtual dig)
a free 2011 factory set (this is in addition
to the set they'll get with their 45 virtual
rings). One collector we know dug up three packs
of cards from different years..like one from
the 60's, 70's, and 80's. That was a cool prize.
If you know of other prizes, I'd love to hear
Baseball fans have also been eating up 2011 Bowman
Baseball ... for which we have jumbo, hobby, and
retail boxes.We have had a few Bryce Harper autos
pulled so far. Other 2011 TOPPS BASEBALL PRODUCTS
(besides Bowman, and of course, Topps Series
2) have been Opening Day, Heritage, Topps Attax,
Gypsy Queen, and Pro Debut. We are highly anticipating
both Triple Threads and Bowman Platinum releases.
Other non-Topps Baseball products for 2011 have
been Upper Deck's SP Legendary Cuts Baseball
(one cut per pack, and pack = box), Tri Star
Pursuit, Historic Autographs Legends of the Hall
(a slabbed, oversized card with cut signature
of legendary player), and Historic Autographs
In Memory of Update (3 autos per pack, pack =
box). 2011 FOOTBALL releases have been ... Sage
Hit Low and High, Press Pass Draft and Legends,
Sage Autograph, Tri Star Signa Cuts Football
(one cut auto per box), Leaf US Army, Leaf Metal
Draft, and Leaf Ultimate Draft (the last three
Leaf products are all pack = box releases with
multiple hits per pack), Panini Prestige, and
Topps Rising Rookies. The most recent 2010-11
BASKETBALL release was SP. It's pricey this year,
but with a reason. Every 6 box case guarantees
you a certain special autograph. 50% of the time
it's a Michael Jordan or LeBron James (one of
our customers pulled a Michael Jordan autographed
floor card numbered to 5), and 50% of the time
it's a chance of a few different players, including
those two, but also Demarcus Cousins (one of
our customers also got him ... so that wasn't a
great pull!). HOCKEY-WISE, we just received In
the Game Decade 1980's (not a box of packs ... a
pack of autograph and jersey inserts). Contenders
came in recently, and we're selling ITG Between
the Pipes and Upper Deck's SPx well. NON-SPORTS
releases have included Leaf Pop Century (which
features 8 celebrity autographs), Marvel Beginnings,
Lost premium pack (including one auto and two
relics), James Bond Mission Logs, WWE Dog Tags
(with a one per box jersey relic dog tag ... NEW
for this year), UFC Title Shot (a VERY good seller
with 2 autos and 2 relics per box), and Thor
(with popular sketch cards). We have also started
carrying many different Panini sticker boxes.
We have the NEW Cars, Disney Princesses, Justin
Bieber, Harry Potter Deathly Hallows, Tangled,
and Toy Story 3 (among others). Gaming arrivals
have been Magic: The Gathering New Phyrexia,
Pokemon Black & White, and Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist
Pack Crow and Extreme Victory.
There's a lot more I could say, but I want to make
sure I get this BLOG posted today since it's
been too long. I say it all the time, but if
you haven't checked us out on Facebook, please
do so. I post weekly updates about NEW PRODUCTS
that have arrived and occasionally list some
HOT PULLS and other misc. Hobby information.
I would love to hear from you on there and start
some conversations amongst collectors. Take care.
Happy Father's Day to our wonderful webmaster
(our Dad!) and to all of you Dads out there.
The hobby's been healthy lately, both with the
arrival of 2011 Topps Baseball ... which is proving
to be very popular with customers once again
this year; and a bunch of other products that
are on the rise, including 2010 Playoff Contenders
Football and 2010-11 Upper Deck Series 2 Hockey.
09-10 Basketball has been HOT HOT HOT because
of Blake Griffin. Basketball collectors are clamoring
for his autographed rookies cards. And 2011 Topps
Heritage Baseball has been a very popular pre-sale,
so it's nice to see that response.
As for NEW PRODUCTS, there have been several popular
ones, including the three just mentioned. Also
having arrived are 2010 Topps Tribute Football,
2010 Panini Plates & Patches Football, 2010-11
SPx Hockey, and UFC Knockout. Plates & Patches
Football is pretty risky if you ask me (it's
one of those high end one pack products with
multiple hits per pack), but our customer who
pulled the 1/1 Michael Vick autographed printing
plate was happy. UFC Knockout has been surprisingly
popular, and we've had a lot of short printed,
high value autographs of the likes of Chuck Liddell
and Randy Couture pulled (one double auto fetched
I have really been enjoying seeing 2010-11 SPx
Hockey opened. I love the Upper Deck ICE bonus
packs. ICE is not a stand-alone product this
year, but Upper Deck has included ICE bonus packs
in their 2010-11 Black Diamond and SPx Hockey
boxes. Each pack has, in addition to a few regular
ICE cards, one ICE rookie numbered to either
99, 499, 999, or 1999. It's tough to pull one
numbered to 99 (see the paragraph on HOT PULLS
for that), but if you're lucky enough to pull
a Taylor Hall or Tyler Seguin, they're worth
upwards of $300-400. And that's before you open
any of your Black Diamond of SPx packs! Pretty
This week is going to bring a lot of new (and some
highly anticipated) arrivals, including 2010
Topps Five Star Football, 2010 SP Authentic NCAA
Football, 2010-11 Crown Royale Hockey, 2010-11
Playoff Contenders Patches Basketball, 2010 ITG
Heroes & Prospects Hits Baseball, and 2011
Let's re-visit 2011 Topps Baseball for a minute.
This year is Topps' 60th anniversary, and to
celebrate and help promote its products, Topps
is employing a diamond theme. They started by
giving away an actual diamond ring on Valentine's
Day in New York City. They're continuing with
their Diamond Giveaway redemption cards in 2011
Topps Baseball. Like last year's Million Card
Giveaway program, each redemption card unlocks
a vintage card in Topps' inventory, but this
year's program also lets you cyber dig for prizes
as well (you get to put your shovel on a ball
field and dig up a square). Many of the prizes
are virtual team rings, which you can collect
and trade (if you collect them all, you get a
bonus prize). There are also some instant win
prizes, and every time you dig, you get a tally
mark. Multiple tally marks earn you free stuff.
5 digs (tally marks) gets you a bonus card reveal
and free dig. 10 gets you a $10 Topps.com gift
certificate. And there are other goodies to be
A customer turned me onto a website that I found
particularly valuable for 2011 Topps Baseball,
but you can obviously use it for any product.
It's www.baseballcardpedia.com. It's like wikipedia
for card collecting, and it's awesome. I found
all 60 "sparkle" Topps cards listed
here before they were listed anywhere else comprehensively.
A sparkle card is this year's version of a special
Topps baseball insert, like the Pies in the Face
or Abraham Lincoln cards were last year. If you
haven't seen one yet (I hear they're one per
case), there's a little starburst (supposed to
look like the sparkle from a diamond) somewhere
on the card. They're a little tough to notice,
so you really have to look for them. Sometimes
the starburst is on the player's chest; sometimes
in his glove; sometimes on his foot ... so it can
be anywhere (which makes it harder). But they're
valuable. One of our customers found an Alex
Rodriguez and sold it for $100. So, be on the
We have all varieties of Topps Baseball to suit
every budget ... hobby, jumbo, retail, and blaster
boxes. And as a reminder, DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR
2011 TOPPS BASEBALL WRAPPERS. There is a wrapper
redemption program in place where Topps will
send you a special Black Diamond Baseball pack
for every 36 hobby or 10 jumbo wrappers. For
details and the address to send your wrappers
to, check out ... http://www.topps.com/sports/news/toppsNews.aspx?news_id=369.
That's it for now. It just wouldn't be one of my
BLOGS if I didn't remind you that a lot of this
information was available first on our Facebook
page, so please Friend us!
Take care all.
Hi everyone! Lots to say, and I'm actually going
to START with HOT PULLS because we've had so
many lately, and I'm excited to talk about them!
For our Facebook fans, this will be repetitive,
as I've posted most of them there already, but
for everyone else ... let's go! First, Steve K.
pulled a Justin Bieber autograph from 2010-11
Donruss Hockey! This was particularly cool because
Steve and I had seen an insert card of him in
there, and wondered if he did in fact have an
autograph as well. Apparently, yes! And it sells
for about $300, so that's a great pull. Al S.
pulled one of the sweetest Colt McCoy cards I've
seen to date from 2010 Triple Threads Football
(my favorite product). The play by play, because
everyone knows I love a good story, is that after
he opened the first pack and got an non-autographed
jersey card (I don't remember the player), we
knew the next pack would be an autograph ... so
when we saw it was a booklet, that was VERY exciting!
We've only seen a few autographed booklets from
all of the Triple Threads we've had opened here
(in all sports), so this was pretty exciting.
The booklets are usually horizontally held, but
this one was vertical, so it does in fact open
like a little book ... with the Triple Threads
logo on its cover. On the left side of the book,
there are two Colt McCoy jersey patches, and
the card is numbered 3/3. On the right side,
there is an autograph at top, and then a Letterman
swatch from his jersey underneath. What makes
this swatch particularly sweet though is that
it was cut from an autographed jersey, so Al's
card has yet another autograph on the Letterman
swatch! I will be posting a photo of the card
on our HOT PULLS page soon. It is truly a sight.
And there's still more! Young Tom M., who just
celebrated his 23rd birthday, pulled a great
double autograph of Tom Brady and Randy Moss,
worth $400, from "plain old" 2009 Topps
Football. Happy Birthday to him! Mike D. FINALLY
pulled a Sidney Crosby autograph. I know most
of you are thinking that this is not an easy
pull, so why am I saying "finally"?
Mike is a frequent opener. He can be seen several
times in our HOT PULLS section. He is ridiculously
lucky, but the one autograph that he wanted that
kept eluding him was Crosby. Well, thanks to
this year's SP Game Used Hockey, he is now the
proud owner of a nice Sidney Crosby autograph
card. Ironically, a first time customer wandered
in and purchased the last pack of SP Game Used
Hockey in the box on our shelf and ended up pulling
a Dion Phaneuf /3 quad patch card with laundry
tag. That was an unexpected surprise! Another
great Triple Threads hit, this time in baseball,
was made by David Z. He pulled a # 5/36 triple
relic card featuring a Babe Ruth jersey piece,
Mickey Mantle bat piece, and Roger Maris jersey
piece. Awesome! He opened it here, and needless
to say, I was screaming when I saw Babe Ruth's
face! And the last HOT PULL I will report happened
before Christmas, but I just never announced
it. Also from 2010 Triple Threads Baseball, Ed
A. pulled a dual autographed booklet (when it
rains, it pours) of Tommy Hanson and Jason Heyward
/50. That was a beautiful card as well. So congrats
to all. I'm sure I've forgotten a bunch, but
I will post more in the next BLOG.
This week will see the arrival of two hot new FOOTBALL
products ... 2010 Supreme and Plates & Patches.
2011 Topps Baseball is going to be released NEXT
WEEK, two weeks sooner than it's original mid-February
release date. We now have BOTH 2010 Bowman Sterling
Football and Baseball. Obviously, 2010-11 SP
Game Used Hockey is here (hence the HOT PULLS).
And 2011 Elements Racing just arrived.
On the topic of 2011 Topps Baseball, Topps has
announced a wrapper redemption program. See http://www.topps.com/sports/news/toppsNews.aspx?news_id=369 for details. If you'd like to win a $10,000 diamond
ring, also check out Topps' website. They're
giving one away to a lucky couple to celebrate
their 60th anniversary.
That's it for now. Take care!
Yowza! When it's been nearly two months since you've
written a BLOG entry (apparently, someone took
Thanksgiving through New Year's off!), where
do you start? How many NEW PRODUCTS can you list
in one BLOG entry? Let's see!
First, I genuinely hope you all enjoyed a VERY
happy, healthy, stress-free holiday season (as
much as possible, that is). It is literally one
of the most stressful times of year! Any holiday
that allows me or Steve two days in a row of
sleep is a good one in our book. Since we last
talked, Cliff Lee became a Phillie again. Loving
that! If you haven't seen the Youtube clip with
the animated characters talking like Cliff Lee
and Jayson Werth, you should. It's hysterical
(although not incredibly appropriate, language-wise,
for young kids). If you search on their names,
it's the first clip that comes up. Oh, and while
you're there, if you haven't heard the voice
of the formerly homeless gentleman who was just
hired by the Cleveland Cavaliers to do some announcing,
check him out as well. His name is Ted Williams.
We searched under his name and "Cavaliers".
Hearing that voice come out of him is so unexpected.
As for NEW PRODUCTS ... obviously, there have been
many in the past 7 weeks, so to catch you up
but not bore you to death, I'll let you know
the last few arrivals per sport. In BASEBALL ... this
week saw the arrival of 2010 BOWMAN PLATINUM.
Last week brought 2010 BOWMAN DRAFT PICKS & PROSPECTS
and the 2010 TOPPS USA boxed set. Before that
was 2010 TOPPS STERLING. In FOOTBALL (which hasn't
had a great deal of new products lately), we
received 2010 BOWMAN STERLING FOOTBALL and 2010
TOPPS MAGIC this week, but besides PANINI NFL
STICKERS; the newest products were 2010 GRIDIRON
GEAR, TOPPS PRIME, CERTIFIED MATERIALS, and TOPPS
UNRIVALED. BASKETBALL has had a bunch of new
arrivals. We just received 2010-11 DONRUSS and
TIMELESS TREASURES. 2010-11 PANINI LIMITED, THREADS,
ROOKIES & STARS, and LONGEVITY came in before
that. The 2010-11 HOCKEY season has seen the
arrival of SP GAME USED (just this week), BLACK
DIAMOND, OPC, UPPER DECK, DONRUSS (yes, Panini
is making Hockey now), PANINI LIMITED, CERTIFIED
MATERIALS, FAMOUS FABRIC INK, VICTORY, SCORE,
and ARTIFACTS. There have been a slew of new
NON-SPORTS/MISC. products, including DEXTER SEASON
3, WWE PLATINUM, TNA EXTREME, GHOST WHISPERER
3/4, PANINI CENTURY COLLECTION, and 2010 LEAF
CUT SIGNATURE EDITION "SPORTS ICONS".
As a miscellaneous note, 2011 Bowman Baseball will
have the first autograph card of Bryce Harper
in a Nationals uniform. 2011 Topps will be the
first 2011 Baseball product released, due in
in mid-February. They've signed the normally
reclusive Sandy Koufax to an exclusive deal.
Topps has also extended their wrapper redemption
programs for hobby wrappers of both 2010 Bowman
Chrome and 2010 Topps Chrome Baseball. For more
details, see their website.
I want to remind everyone that everything written
in this BLOG has previously been published on
Facebook (it's just so quick and easy to type
a note every day or so). If you haven't become
a Fan yet and you're actually on Facebook, what
are you waiting for? And if you haven't considered
Facebook because maybe you aren't a social animal
and don't think that the fit is right for you,
you just might re-consider. All of the major
companies (Topps, Upper Deck, Press Pass, etc.)
have a presence on Facebook, and give worthwhile
weekly updates as to the goings-ons in their
companies and with their products. You would
never need to use Facebook to communicate with
friends and family, but only use it to read info
from others ... if that's the way you want it.
Just a thought!
Take care. I'll be blogging more regularly now! ...
Hi everyone. I hope this blog finds you well and
happy and getting ready for the upcoming holidays.
I think it's amazing how time flies. Thanksgiving
and Christmas just seem to blend into one big holiday
for me, and both feel like they're practically
next week (which they practically are!). And Hanukkah
is very early this year (it starts December 1st!),
which makes the time between Thanksgiving and Hanukkah
almost non-existent. Yikes!
Many new products have been released over the
past two weeks. In BASEBALL ... 2010 Bowman Chrome
(both hobby and retail) and 2010 Tri Star Signa
Cuts Baseball Bronx Edition. In FOOTBALL, 2010
Triple Threads and Crown Royale. In BASKETBALL ... 2010-11
Panini Limited and 2010 Upper Deck Ultimate NCAA
Basketball. In HOCKEY, 2010-11 Upper Deck Series
1, Artifacts, Score, and Panini Certified. In miscellaneous
offerings, Leaf Cut Signature Encore Edition (mostly
celebrity autos) and Pokemon HS Triumphant.
In miscellaneous hobby news, Topps is rewarding
buyers of 2010 Bowman Chrome Baseball (Hobby only)
by offering a wrapper redemption program (i.e.
you send them 24 wrappers and they send you a special
pack). I like the idea (probably designed to help
out hobby stores), but wish they could have announced
it BEFORE many customers had already opened boxes
and disposed of their wrappers. So I'm sorry if
you're one of these customers (we are too!), but
here's the link for any future Bowman Chrome opening ...
That's it for now. Hope to hear from you soon!
Hello everyone! The hobby's been fairly quiet
(except for my beloved Phillies losing out
of being in
the World Series). Congrats to San Francisco
Giants and Texas Rangers fans. The Giants
look incredible. I turned off the game last
for one hour and they scored 8 runs! My lord!
I seriously thought I wasn't seeing the tv
right. Good luck to both teams. I'm pulling
Rangers to at least make it close. I like
On the NEW PRODUCTS front, in BASEBALL ... 2010 Topps
Updates & Highlights Baseball and Historical
Autographs "In Memory Of" Edition.
In HOCKEY...we JUST received 2010-11 Artifacts
and Panini Certified. In RACING ... 2010 Press
Pass Legends. And in NON-SPORTS ... Twilight Eclipse
Series 2. It's been pretty quiet on every front;
Hope this BLOG finds you well and in the mood for
trick-or-treaters! Happy Halloween!
Hi everyone. Many NEW PRODUCTS have arrived since
my last BLOG, in which I mentioned the arrivals
of Epix and Finest Footballs and Triple Threads
Baseball. We've received, in FOOTBALL ... 2010
Rookie & Stars Longevity (10 pack box with
3 hits per box), 2010 Topps Chrome (1 auto per
box), 2010 Absolute Memorabilia Football (4 packs,
4 hits), 2010 Sweet Spot (players in college
uniforms, 6 pack box with 4 jerseys and 2 autos),
and 2010 Topps Factory sets. In BASEBALL ... 2010
Topps Chrome (2 autos per box), 2010 Elite Extra
Edition Baseball (minor league product with 6
autos per box and hot boxes available), and 2010
Topps Pro Debut Series 2 (also minor league).
In BASKETBALL ... the first 2010-11 product arrived,
Panini Prestige. In HOCKEY, 2009-10 The Cup.
Other GAMING/MISC. SPORTS/ NON-SPORTS ... 2010
Leaf MMA, 2010 UFC Round 4, TNA Icons, 2010 WWE,
2010 WWE Rumble, 2010 Main Event Racing, Magic:
The Gathering Scars of Mirrodin, and Yu-Gi-Oh
Legendary Collection albums.
Just an interesting side note ... if you've opened
any 2010 Elite Extra Edition Baseball, please
note that Panini announced a mistake. Instead
of finding an autograph of St. Louis Cardinals
prospect Jordan Swagerty on his card, you might
just find Magic Johnson's! His sticker autographs
were used instead of Swagerty's (whether it's
every Swagerty card or just some, is unclear).
Another note ... if you're opening 2010 Topps Chrome
BASEBALL Hobby (doesn't apply to football), save
your pack wrappers! For every 24 pack wrappers
you send in, Topps will send you a special 3
card refractor pack (with every 10 packs having
a green refractor).
A couple of HOT PULLS on our newest products ... just
today, a customer pulled a Randy Couture auto
out of the 2010 Leaf MMA and a Tim Tebow jersey
rookie from 2010 Absolute Memorabilia. Another
pulled not only a Sam Bradford jersey rookie
from the 2010 Absolute Memorabilia, but a Sam
Bradford autograph jersey rookie out of 25 from
the same box! And on Monday, a third customer
pulled a whopper of a double auto from 09-10
The Cup Hockey ... a Gretzky/Lemieux out of 5 !
Jealous! And even though Steve and I almost never
pull anything good, we ourselves opened two boxes
of 2010 Rookies & Stars Longevity Football
and pulled a Tim Tebow autograph out of 10! Sweet!
Thanks for reading, and GO P-H-I-L-L-I-E-S! We're
VERY hometown proud.
Hi everyone. So we had some good news earlier
this week when the Phils clinched the National
League East. There was definitely some worry a
while back, but we're pretty happy with how our
team is playing now. Go P-H-I-L-L-I-E-S !!!
Many nice new products have arrived since my last
blog. In BASEBALL, 2010 Triple Threads. In FOOTBALL,
2010 Finest and 2010 Panini Epix. In BASKETBALL,
2009-10 Panini Hall of Fame. 2009-10 The Cup Hockey
should be here later this week, and 2010 Topps
Chrome Baseball (among other things) will arrive
One of our customers had some great luck earlier
this week. Mike D. pulled a Stephen Strasburg 1/1
autographed printing plate (white whale) triple
patch card from the brand new 2010 Triple Threads
Baseball. It's currently on E-bay, and we wish
him luck finding a generous buyer. He's pulled
some amazing cards in the past (he's the same guy
who pulled the redemption for 4 autographed baseballs
from 2010 Press Pass Showcase Racing ... .each one
autographed by an entire racing team), but this
is probably his most valuable. We'll see soon!
Good luck, Mike, and congrats on another great
Topps issued the following press release that
may be of interest ...
New York, NY (September 28, 2010) – The Topps
Company, Inc., today has announces a new option
to help simplify and expedite the replacement of
missing cards from hobby boxes.
Beginning immediately, any customer who failed
to receive a card within the stated odds printed
on its respective packaging can now contact Topps
Customer Service electronically for replacements,
eliminating the need to mail items in.
Customers can email Support@Topps.com and include
their name and address, along with digital pictures
in PDF format which must include the UPC symbol
from the box with either an “X” or
hole punched through the center, the wrapper from
the pack with the missing card and a copy of the
store receipt evidencing the purchase. Once we
receive this email and confirm, we will expedite
the process and ship your missing hit."
So that's all the news for today. Take care.
Hi everyone! Happy back to school week (for many
of you). It is weird adjusting to a different
schedule (and dealing with unhappy children who
don't want to go back to school!).
We're gearing up for football season to start this
weekend. We're not sure about our Eagles, but
we are happy that the Phils are back in first
place in the National League.East (well, as of
me writing this ... it does change daily!!).
As a quick update, Topps just announced that 2010
Topps Series 2 Rookie Redemption #8 is Stephen
Strasburg, and #9 is Mike Minor.
I usually spend
some amount of time in each BLOG entry talking
about Stephen Strasburg and his
effect on the hobby and 2010 baseball card sales.
Well, most of you have heard that Strasburg needs
Tommy John surgery and will be out of baseball
for 12-15 months. This was pretty upsetting news
to a lot of collectors who have been buying up
his card and saw them initially rise greatly,
only to now fall as interest in him has waned
due to his uncertain future. There is growing
interest in another rookie pitching phenom Aroldis
Chapman, so hopefully, some of the interest that
collectors had in Strasburg will transfer to
NEW PRODUCTS in the last few weeks have been ... In
FOOTBALL ... 2010 Panini Threads, 2010 Rookies & Stars,
and 2010 Topps. In BASEBALL ... 2010 Topps 206
has arrived. In BASKETBALL ... 2009-10 Panini Season
Update Basketball and 2009-10 WNBA Factory set
(with two autographs). In HOCKEY (and reported
in last blog) ... 2010-11 Victory and 2009-10 OPC
Premier. In MULTI-SPORTS ... 2010 Leaf (formerly
Razor) Rookie Retro. In MISC. SPORTS ... 2010 WWE.
In NON-SPORTS ... Elvis Milestones, Lost Archives,
Heroes Archives, Harry Potter Heroes and Villains,
and Benchwarmers Vault. In Magic: The Gathering ... the
Elspeth vs. Tezzeret duel deck. In Yu-Gi-Oh ... Duelist
Revolution. In Pokemon ... HS Unleashed.
Remember to Become a Fan of "Georgetown Card
Exchange" on Facebook!
That's about it for now. Take care!
Well, I just re-read my last Blog, and more could
not have changed for the Phils! We're doing well
now, even though almost our entire team is injured!
So let's keep that up. And weather-wise, it's
still pretty hot; although we've enjoyed some
mid-80 degree days here and there. The National
Card Convention just took place in Baltimore,
and we have a bit of news from that event. And
Stephen Strasburg continues to be the talk of
the hobby, even during his time on the Disabled
Let's start with some NEW PRODUCTS! In BASEBALL ... 2010
Topps Tribute, 2010 OBAK, 2010 Topps Factory
sets (All-Star, Hobby, and as of later today ... team
specific). In FOOTBALL, 2010 Panini Classics,
2010 Topps Attax, and 2010 Panini Adrenalyn.
In BASKETBALL ... 2009-10 Panini Crown Royale and
2009-10 Panini Adrenalyn 1st Edition. In HOCKEY,
2009-10 Victory, and as of later today, 2009-10
OPC Premier. In RACING ... 2010 Press Pass Showcase
and 2010 Stealth. In MULTI-SPORT ... 2010 Razor
Sports Icons. In ENTERTAINMENT/ NON-SPORTS ... 2010
Razor Cut Signature Edition and 2010 Razor Pop
Century. In OTHER SPORTS ... 2010 TNA Icons, 2010
Ringside Boxing, and 2010 Ace Authentic "Aces" Tennis.
I've seen some Razor Pop Century opened recently,
and I like it. Each box has 3 celebrity costume
cards and 3 autographs. If you liked Razor's
Ink Vault product (which I did), you'll probably
like this. Costume cards we saw yesterday included
Denzel Washington, John Wayne, Eliza Dushku,
and Sascha Baron Cohen. Autographs included Elvira,
Kevin Sorbo, and Linda Hamilton. It's a fun product.
Now an UPDATE on
TOPPS BASEBALL ROOKIE REDEMPTIONS ... for 2010
Finest Baseball, we left off last time at
#7, which was an autographed Andrew Cashner. #8 has been announced, and it is
Dayan Viciedo. For 2010 Topps Series 2 Baseball,
we left off at #4 ... Mike Stanton. Three more
have been announced ... #5 ... Starlin Castro,
#6 ... Logan
Morrison, and #7 ... Domonic Brown. We have #8
and are hoping it's Strasburg!
Speaking of Strasburg, here's an update on autographs
of him presently available or available in the
near future. Topps announced that there are 500
Strasburg autographed relics (250 solo and 250
dual autos) in its already available Topps Tribute
product. The Million Card Giveaway autographed
Strasburgs (numbered to 300) have been signed
and shipped (but many are still available by
redeeming codes on toppsmillion.com ... you have
to be lucky enough to get the regular Strasburg
card, and then pay $350 to upgrade to the autographed
version). Strasburg autograph cards for the upcoming
Triple Threads release have all been signed and
are ready for insertion. No redemptions. Triple
Threads releases at month's end; and I don't
know if this holds true for all 2010 Triple Threads
rookies, but Strasburg's card design is vertical
instead of the usual horizontal style (and looks
gorgeous ... but I'm biased because Triple Threads
is my favorite product). If you were lucky enough
to get an Allen & Ginter Strasburg mini autograph,
they have been signed and are being "framed".
They'll ship in the next few weeks. T-206 is
due September 1st, and its Strasburg autos WILL
be redemptions. Those cards are with him now
however, so it shouldn't be a long wait (and
it sounds like they'll be hard signed).
By the way, if you're curious about the Bowman
Strasburg autograph 1/1 that was recently on
E-bay and reached almost a million fake dollars;
it was taken off and sold at auction by Huggins & Scott
for $17,000. Given that the non-autographed 1/1
fetched over $21,000 the second time around on
E-bay; I'm guessing that the owner of the autographed
one is pretty angry!
Still speaking of Strasburg but seguing into news
from the National Convention, Topps made a splash
at the National by giving away 999 Topps Heritage
Strasburg cards (in this year's reprint of the
1961 design). They're currently fetching $60-75
on E-bay. Various manufacturers had a strong
presence at the National with some sort of give-away.
Upper Deck gave away packs with random Michael
Jordan and LeBron James autographs in them (among
other athletes). Panini had a special limited
edition set it gave away. But a few of our customers
liked the Press Pass booth best, where you received
a free autograph or memorabilia card just for
opening 5 packs! Razor had big news ... they're
now Leaf! The Leaf brand name was available;
and now they own it, as well as the rights to
their card designs. I'm still unsure how that
change will resonate with collectors. I see Razor
as a more cutting edge, current company ... and
not one to use an older, non-glossy card design.
They have also somewhat established themselves
in the hobby with their products over the past
few years, so the name change seems surprising
to me. Razor's management is certainly excited
about the announcement though, so I assume they
know better than me.
That's all the news that's fit to print. I've been
ending each blog recently by mentioning that
we're on Facebook. If you haven't checked us
out, please search for us (Georgetown Card Exchange),
and check out the information we post each week.
All NEW PRODUCTS are announced as they are released,
as well as misc. HOBBY HAPPENINGS. It's definitely
worth getting info as it becomes available ... for
FREE. For us, we want to grow our "fan base" so
that we have an effective way to communicate
with everyone. It's so quick and easy to post
updates on Facebook, and we'd love it if you
would "Like" us!
Thanks for reading!
Hi everyone! So summer is in such full swing that
stores have back to school supplies already,
and Hallmark has Halloween decorations. That
is both depressing and wrong. And the Phillies
are doing terribly, which I can describe with
the same two adjectives. And I thought we had
seen the worst a few weeks ago. Ugh! And the
heat! This incredible heat. Boy, this blog is
depressing so far, so let's change that.
STEPHEN STRASBURG ... he's good news. There's lots
to say about him. First, his Allen & Ginter
mini card is HOT HOT HOT, and impossible to find;
I might add. Steve and I opened two cases ... didn't
get him. We did, however, get a piece of paper
from the world record paper airplane making champion,
so clearly all was not lost (I'm NOT kidding).
I actually like Allen & Ginter, but the aforementioned
pull was not a great example of why. The rip
cards are fun. To rip, or not to rip ... we ripped
every time. The rip card is a regular size card
that has a little card inside of it. You have
to ruin the outer card to see what's inside (if
you dare). The inner cards are not available
any other way, so they're unique; and you can
get original Tobacco cards (and I think autographs)
inside. The rumor (which I think is unsubstantiated
anyway) was that Strasburg mini cards could only
be found in rip cards. Alas, as previously reported,
we didn't find any of him.
Topps has announced more of their 2010 Finest Rookie
Redemption cards. For those of you who haven't
been keeping track, I'll re-cap the list. #1
Jason Heyward #2 Ike Davis #3 Starlin Castro
#4 Mike Leake #5 Mike Stanton #6 STEPHEN STRASBURG,
and #7 Andrew Cashner (which is autographed).
Someone came up with the idea that maybe #10
will also be Stephen Strasburg, but an autographed
version. Topps did that in a previous year ... two
of the same player, with one being autographed.
That would be fun, since most people think he's "only" #6.
More info as players are announced.
For those of you with Red Hot Rookies from 2010
Topps Series 2, four of them have been announced
so far ... #1 Carlos Santana #2 Jose Tabata #3
Brennan Boesch and #4 Mike Stanton. We have #8,
so I'm hoping that's Strasburg. Time will tell.
And just to wrap up Strasburg and the products
he's in, the 2010 TOPPS BASEBALL FACTORY SETS
have begun to arrive. We always sell through
these sets, as they're the ideal holiday gift
(and baby gift). So far, the All Star set has
arrived, and the regular hobby set is due in
at the end of the week. They came out a little
later than usual this year, and why? You guessed
it ... because Strasburg is in it! The 2010 Topps
Baseball sets have a special Strasburg card #661
in them. #661 will probably also be in the 2010
Topps Updates & Highlights product, but most
likely with a different picture.
On my almost last Strasburg-related post, I mentioned
in my last blog about the Strasburg card that
sold for $16,000 on E-bay (a Bowman 1/1, but
not auto'ed) that was later re-sold for @$25,000.
Well, guess who the buyer was? Razor! And the
card will be appearing in one of its card products
later this year ... Rookie Retro (an all-sport
product). So you will have a second chance to
get your hands on it! In related news, the 1/1
Bowman Strasburg auto that reached almost a million
dollars on E-bay (wrongly!) is now being auctioned
off by Huggins & Scott Auctions.
NEW PRODUCTS ... this week saw the arrival of Yu-Gi-Oh
Hidden Arsenal #2 (and we still have Yu-Gi-Oh
Gold 3), and we received Magic: The Gathering
Core Set 2011 last week (boosters and fat packs).
Sports-wise, it's slim pickings as usual. We've
received 09-10 Ultimate Collection Hockey, 09-10
Panini Court Kings Basketball, 2010 Score and
Elite Footballs, and SportKings Series D recently.
For non-sports fans, we have both James Bond
Heroes & Villains and Harry Potter Heroes & Villains,
as well as Star Wars Empire Strikes Back 3D Widevision.
WORLD CUP SOCCER has been popular for us, and not
well known by many of our customers. There is
a Panini Adrenaline card game (but also purchased
by collectors and not game players), and then
a FIFA Panini sticker product, both of which
we stock, so please ask if you're interested.
I want to quickly bring up the subject of pre-orders.
Since most of you are familiar with ordering
from us, then most likely you've placed pre-orders.
But if not, I want to remind you of what a good
idea it is. The popularity of Stephen Strasburg
hits this point home all the more. We sold cases
of 2010 Bowman Baseball at $60/box, and it's
now upwards of $225. Same for the jumbo. Pre-orders
with us could not be safer. We deliver even if
we are cut from the manufacturers/distributors.
So, if there's a product you think will be hot,
don't wait. Our next pick is 2010 Topps Chrome
Baseball (for the same reason as Bowman ... Strasburg
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Hello all. School's out for summer, and baseball
is certainly in full swing (as is the World Cup).
Kids and their parents are adjusting to new schedules,
and some of our lucky customers are enjoying
vacations. But here at Georgetown, it's business
Stephen Strasburg is still the talk of the hobby,
with one of his cards (a non-autographed Bowman
1/1) selling for $16,000 plus on E-bay and then
over $21,000 after being re-listed by the buyer.
Of course, there is also another Bowman 1/1 Strasburg
(an autographed one this time) that was temporarily
up to $999,900. It's currently $500,000, but
we have no idea what it will really sell for
(as that seems a tad high ... read that as sarcasm).
But there is no doubt that Strasburg cards are
HOT HOT HOT. Topps is offering autographed Strasburg
cards for $350 to the first 300 people who take
them up on the offer. The Strasburgs are available
through their www.toppsmillion.com website, and
you have to have a Strasburg card unlocked in
your account (no small feat, as there have only
been roughly 150 unlocked so far ... by entering
Topps Series 1 and 2 "Million Card Giveaway" redemption
codes). This week, Topps will unveil their 2010
Allen & Ginter product, and there is sure
to be a Strasburg rookie in there as well.
In related news, many customers are waiting to
see which Redemption Strasburg is going to be
in 2010 Topps Finest Baseball. Well, he's not
# 1-5, because they are ... 1. Jason Heyward, 2.
Ike Davis, 3. Starlin Castro, 4. Mike Leake,
and 5. Mike Stanton. In 2010 Topps Series 2,
the Red Hot Rookie Redemptions announced so far
are 1. Carlos Santana and 2. Jose Tabata. We'll
release more names as they're announced.
In NEW PRODUCT news ... the
aforementioned and highly anticipated 2010 Allen & Ginter
Baseball will be in this coming week. We just received
Yu-Gi-Oh Gold Series 3. 2009-10 Ultimate Hockey
was pushed back (along with Panini Courtside
Kings Basketball) to roughly July 7th.
Enjoy the summer and 4th of July weekend. Hope
to talk to you soon!
Well, school is winding down; and summer is around
the corner. College students are already home,
and Father's Day is this Sunday. The Flyers season
has ended, and the Phillies are hopefully working
things out. So basically, a lot is going on everywhere,
and the sports card world is no exception.
Everyone is talking about and buying up Stephen
Strasburg (the Nationals' young ace pitcher)
rookie cards and autographs. He's the main reason
that 2010 Bowman Baseball is selling so well,
but it is loaded with other hot rookies too (including
Bryce Harper, Jason Heyward, and Starlin Castro).
Strasburg had autographs in a few 2008 Upper
Deck products, including 2008 Timelines, 2008
SP Authentic, 2008 Sweet Spot, and the 2009 USA
set. Now he has autos in 2010 Bowman and 2009
Tri Star Projections, and he has rookie redemptions
in 2010 Finest and 2010 Topps Series 2. It has
not been announced which redemption card number
Strasburg will be assigned in either product.
2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball will be
released next week, and it is expected that he
will have a rookie card in that product as well.
Topps has announced that 2010 Topps Baseball Factory
sets will contain a Stephen Strasburg rookie
card. In fact, the Hobby Factory set (one that
we sell, but is not available at mass marketers)
will have an additional 5 random parallel cards
included which could contain a Strasburg short
print as well. Some buyers of Topps Series 2
Baseball who logged onto www.Toppsmillion.com to redeem their million Card Giveaway redemptions
after Strasburg threw out his first major league
pitch were rewarded with his Topps rookie card.
We believe that this Strasburg (from the Million
Card Giveaway redemption), the Strasburg rookie
included in the factory set, and then the one
that will appear in the 2010 Topps Updates & Highlights
Baseball release will probably all have different
photographs on them so they are distinguishable
in some way. We'll provide details as they surface.
NEW PRODUCTS ... 2010 Donruss Elite Football, 2010
Sage Squared Football, 2010 Bowman 8 pack Baseball
Blaster Box, 2010 Stealth Racing, Razor Poker,
and Topps Star Wars Empire Strikes Back 3D Widevision.
We will be receiving 2009-10 SP Authentic Hockey,
Ringside Boxing, and Razor Sports Icons later
THIS week; and NEXT week ... 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter
Baseball, 2009-10 Ultimate Hockey, and Yu-Gi-Oh
Gold Series 3.
More info later, but wanted to put this in print
Hi everyone! I hope you all enjoyed your Memorial
Day weekend plans. Since I last blogged, we've
received the 2010 TOPPS SERIES 2 BASEBALL, and
it's very popular! So far, we have the hobby
and jumbo packs, but I'm sure we'll be receiving
the retail boxes soon. We've gotten a lot of
walk-in traffic looking for the 2010 Topps Baseball
Factory sets. Since Series 2 has now been released,
Topps can work on them, but we don't expect them
to be released until the end of June for the
All-Star set packaging and mid-July for the traditional
Hobby set (the ones most of you buy for holiday
Other NEW PRODUCTS include the 2009-10 Be-A-Player
Hockey, 2010 TRI STAR PURSUIT SERIES 2 BASEBALL
(a minor league set with 6 bonus autograph cards
numbered to 80 or less), Razor Poker, Topps Toy
Story, and WWE Series 2 Dog Tags. We're expecting
2010 Sage Squared Football, 09-10 Panini Court
Kings Basketball, 09-10 SP Authentic Hockey,
and 2010 Press Pass Stealth Racing next (all
possibly this week).
Upper Deck has just hired a new President Paul
Meyer (formerly of Shuffle Master), and he will
hopefully breathe some new life into the company
that recently lost its NFL trading card license.
That's it for now. Go F-L-Y-E-R-S (and Blackhawks
for our Midwest friends) !!!!
Hi everyone! It always shocks me when I find out
I haven't blogged in almost a month! My goal
is to update you weekly, but frankly, there just
hasn't been a whole lot to say. So I've saved
it all up, and now it must spill! First things
first ... NEW PRODUCTS! Just this week we received
09-10 ICE HOCKEY, 09-10 ABSOLUTE MEMORABILIA
BASKETBALL, and 2010 UPPER DECK SOCCER. Last
week saw the arrival of 2010 BOWMAN BASEBALL,
2010 PRESTIGE FOOTBALL, 09-10 TIMELESS TREASURES
BASKETBALL, YU-GI-OH SHINING DARKNESS, POKEMON
H.S. UNLEASHED, and MAGIC: THE GATHERING RISE
OF THE ELDRAZI.
TOPPS SERIES 2 BASEBALL is coming in soon.
Its original release was scheduled for Wednesday;
and due to production problems, Topps does not
think they'll meet that, but they are still aiming
for the end of the week. The Series 2 will continue
their popular "Million Card Giveaway" promotion,
with T206 cards part of the possible redemptions.
BASEBALL has been incredibly hot, as there
are autographs of Stephen Strasburg and Jason
Heyward, and regular cards of those two and Bryce
Harper. A young boy in the store JUST pulled
a Starlin Castro refractor autograph ... not bad
for one pack. PRESTIGE FOOTBALL is the first
NFL licensed product, and all rookies are true
rookies (unlike in Sage and Press Pass).
On the Football licensing front, I blogged last
time about Upper Deck losing their Football license
for 2010; and mentioned that I hope that Topps
regains theirs. Well thankfully, that has happened.
Topps WILL be making 2010
Football, starting in August. I'm very relieved that we will at
least have two different company's products to
choose from. Topps announced some products that
they're working on to appeal to Upper Deck fans
who won't be getting their favorite SP and Ultimate
brands. More info on those as it's released.
Be well. Happy Memorial Day, and go Flyers and
Well, it's been a month since I've written ... and
I apologize. The hobby news is piling up, and while
I'd like to say it's all good, I'd be lying. We
just found out that Upper
Deck will not be making Football cards for 2010. Details are few, but Upper
Deck was unable to come to a licensing agreement
with the NFL. This news is pretty shocking, given
that A. Upper Deck Football products are very popular
amongst collectors, and B. Upper Deck had previously
announced that it would not be making 2010 Baseball
cards (because of a Topps exclusive). So that leaves
Upper Deck as a manufacturer of only Hockey and
Collegiate cards. The one silver lining that we're
hoping for is that Topps will somehow regain their
Football card license for 2010, although whether
they're in a position to do so is unknown. (Do
they have the staff in place ? How quickly can
they get the photography? Etc.).
On a related subject, some
customers have wondered why it seems like there
aren't as many new products
being released. Because there's not! With all of
the exclusive licensing agreements, fewer companies
are making cards in each category (Baseball, Football,
Basketball, and Hockey). New products are being
released slowly, and that problem is compounded
by the fact that there are so many fewer products
being released. Let's re-cap who's making what.
In Major League Baseball, Topps. In Football, Panini.
In Basketball, Panini. In Hockey, Upper Deck (next
year, Panini will be added). Surprising, huh? There's
presently only one company per sport. Now with
that said, Topps produces the following brands
in Baseball ... Topps, Topps Heritage, Bowman, Bowman
Sterling, Bowman's Best, Bowman Chrome, Triple
Threads, Allen & Ginter, Chicle, Sterling,
Unique, Stadium Club, Finest, Chrome, Moments & Milestones,
etc.; lest you think that A. we're going backward
to a day with only 3 sets to choose from, or B.
there is no variety ... clearly, there is.
While the negatives of exclusives
and too few products seem obvious, let me highlight
the positives. First, some collectors long for
the day when there were only a few sets to choose
from (I'm not one of them, mind you), and find
the current number of products overwhelming. These
collectors will probably enjoy the slower pace
of product releases ... for Baseball, about 1 or
2 per month currently. Baseball collectors will
not be bombarded with another new product before
they have the time to complete the current set
they're working on. Some people see this as a very
good thing. There is now less pressure to see what's
new each week, and collectors have a chance to
work on one set longer. Also possible is for a
collector to build a set he/she wouldn't have in
the past because another set he/she DID collect
is not being made. For example, if you were a fan
of Upper Deck's Goodwin Champions last year, maybe
you'll sample Topps' Allen & Ginter this year
Another positive that most people can agree on
is that when a certain rookie catches fire, there
are now less of those rookies available, and each
card is worth more! Atlanta's Jason Heyward is
all the rage in Baseball right now, and he is single-handedly
driving sales of 2010 Finest Baseball and 2010
Topps Pro Debut Baseball. With his autograph cards
fetching big bucks, there are only so many products
available that have him. Whereas formerly, Upper
Deck and Topps both would have had 5 or so products
each with him in it, Topps' exclusive means that
only they do now ... so each Heyward card is worth
more because demand is high and supply is low.
A third positive is sales of past year products.
This is healthy for the industry as a whole, as
some collectors will switch from collecting 2010
Upper Deck Football products to buying more of
the 2008 and 2009 Upper Deck Football products
they missed. Both 2008 and 2009 had great rookie
classes, so those years of product remain in demand,
and consequently, the value of the rookies do as
well (which helps everyone).
So while the switch to exclusives and less product
isn't great, there are good things that will come
from it ... so I am at least thankful for that. I
would encourage everyone to keep an open mind as
we move forward and sort through everything. It
takes everyone time to adjust to change, and I
don't think these exclusives will necessarily be
permanent. Manufacturers and leagues both have
to respond to their customers and are ultimately
motivated by profits, so if this new system (so
to speak) doesn't work for everyone, it will have
to be tweaked. Hang in there! I know we are.
NEW PRODUCTS since my last BLOG ... 2010 FINEST
BASEBALL, 2010 TOPPS PRO DEBUT BASEBALL, 2010 SAGE
HIT LOW and HIGH SERIES FOOTBALL (6 and 9 autographs
per box respectively), 2010 PRESS PASS DRAFT FOOTBALL
(has Tim Tebow autos), 2010 RAZOR ARMY ALL AMERICAN
BOWL FOOTBALL, 2009 EXQUISITE FOOTBALL, 2009-10
UPPER DECK CHAMPS HOCKEY, 2009-10 SP GAME USED
HOCKEY, 2009-10 PANINI CERTIFIED BASKETBALL, 2009-10
PANINI CLASSICS BASKETBALL, and 2010 RAZOR INK
VAULT (non-sports product with 4 autographs plus
random sealed box). Expected in shortly are PRESS
PASS LEGENDS OF KISS and RITTENHOUSE MARVEL 70th
Recent HOT PULL ... one of our regulars just snagged
a #3/3 triple autograph/triple jersey (appropriately
enough from 2009 Triple Threads Football) of Troy
Aikman, Peyton Manning, and Matthew Stafford. Not
TOPPS EXCLUSIVE ACCESS. This is the name given
to this year's Topps' weekly Baseball Card Give-away.
Featuring the new rookie card logo prominently
on the card, this 50 card set of past, present,
and rookie baseball greats is available to anyone
who ordered at least 3 boxes each of Topps Series
1 and 2 (and the customer must request the set).
The FREE set will ship with Series 2 box orders,
and is on a first come, first serve basis; as quantities
are more limited this year than before. 10 of the
50 players (just to show you player selection)
are Albert Pujols, Mike Schmidt, Babe Ruth, Ichiro,
Tim Lincecum, Tommy Hanson, Mickey Mantle, Alex
Rodriguez, Jackie Robinson, and David Wright.
In other HOBBY NEWS, Topps has announced that
the #1 redemption for 2010 Finest Baseball is Jason
Heyward; and 10% of the cards will be autographed.
So if you've redeemed yours on-line, go check and
see the updated status. I believe they're shipping
soon as well. 2009-10 OPC METAL HOCKEY and 2009
UPPER DECK LEGACY FOOTBALL have been cancelled.
We've just posted many new SELL
SHEETS on the
website. They include ... 2010 Topps Series 2 Baseball,
2010 Topps National Chicle Baseball, 2010 Bowman
Baseball, 2010 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball,
2009-10 Panini Timeless Treasures Basketball, 2010
Press Pass Premium Racing, Press Pass Legends of
KISS, and Topps Star Wars Empire Strikes Back 3D.
If you want to see details of these upcoming products,
check out the site.
Thanks for reading! It's fun to see the baseball
season get underway. Go Phils!
Hi everyone! SO much to say. I posted a TON of
things on Facebook today, so if you're a fan, some
of this will be redundant. If you're not a fan,
then please add us!
First, we had a TREMENDOUS
HOT PULL yesterday
night. I'll give you the long version, for effect.
Anyone who knows me knows I like to tell a story.
One of our football customers was opening a box
of 2009 Donruss Limited Football. You get 3 auto
or jersey cards. So Steve and I were both looking
over his shoulder. I see that one card has three
autographs on it and the team uniform color is
green, so I figure out it's Jets. I'm PRAYING for
Mark Sanchez. Actually, I was saying out loud (repeatedly) ... "Please
be Mark Sanchez"! Shonn Greene would have
been good too, but I didn't get that far. This
all happened in a matter of seconds. So the first
player was Joe Namath. Good start. Then Brett Favre.
Oh, nice! Almost forgot he was a Jet! And the last
player? Mark Sanchez! Triple autograph, #10/10.
YOWZA!!! I was more excited than our customer,
but he was happy! It was, by far, his best pull
ever; and so exciting to witness.
Major League Baseball has
settled its lawsuit with Upper Deck over their
trademark infringement in 2010 Upper Deck Baseball, 2009 Signature Stars
Baseball, and 2009 Ultimate Collection Baseball
products. Remember that Topps has a MLB exclusive
for 2010. So how did they settle it? By Upper Deck
agree'ing not to produce any more baseball products
this year! So ... now cancelled are 2010 Goudey,
SP Authentic, and SPx Baseball. Consequently, the
nationwide in-store "National Packtime" event
(previously scheduled but delayed from March 6th)
has been officially cancelled. Apparently, Upper
Deck was going to be producing the baseball cards
for this event.
Other cancellations include
2010 Upper Deck Draft Football. Upper Deck couldn't get the autographs
back in time for insertion, and it wasn't worth
releasing the product without them. WWE Chips Series
2 (a professional wrestling poker chips product)
was also cancelled.
TOPPS' MILLION CARD GIVEAWAY will continue in
Topps Series 2 with actual original T206 cards
being given away.
Shortprints available in
2010 Topps Series 1 Baseball include at least 3 cards with Abraham Lincoln's
likeness on them. Previously, we noticed that the
Rogers Hornsby shortprint had Lincoln in the background
(upper right corner), but to date, we haven't seen
any Hornsby's that haven't ... so we're assuming
that this is the only way the Hornsby comes. Because
it's hard to find in general (like the other legendary
players..it's seeded 1 per several boxes), it's
a shortprint, but not because of Abraham Lincoln
being on it. The 3 normally common cards (all Cubs
players) that sometimes have Abraham Lincoln in
the background are Ryan Dempster, Jeff Samardzija,
and Milton Bradley. We have all of the commons,
but alas, no Abe's! If I find out of other Abe
cards, I'll let you know. These Topps Abe shortprints
add to the already super hard to find Pie in the
Face Yankee cards (mentioned in my last BLOG).
In NEW PRODUCTS news ... it's been slim pickings
lately. Since my last BLOG, we've received 2010
TOPPS HERITAGE BASEBALL, 2010 TOPPS ATTAX BASEBALL
DECKS & PACKS, 2010 TOPPS OPENING DAY BASEBALL,
2009 ULTIMATE COLLECTION FOOTBALL, 09-10 STUDIO
BASKETBALL, 2010 ECLIPSE RACING, TWILIGHT NEW MOON
SERIES 2, GARBAGE PAIL KIDS FLASHBACK, and UFC
MAIN EVENT. 2010 SAGE HIT FOOTBALL is coming in
soon, but especially with Topps' exclusive in baseball
and it not being football season, products are
arriving slowly. Now is a good time to finish up
some sets you haven't had the chance to complete,
or choose some older products you never opened
but always wanted to.
That's the news for now! Stay tuned!
NEW PRODUCTS ... 2009-10 PANINI CERTIFIED BASKETBALL,
2009 TOPPS UNIQUE FOOTBALL, 2009 TOPPS PLATINUM
FOOTBALL, 2009 SP FOOTBALL, 09-10 UPPER DECK SERIES
2 HOCKEY, YU-GI-OH ABSOLUTE POWERFORCE, and POKEMON
There has been a lot of talk amongst our customers
about MLB's lawsuit against Upper Deck, but to
date ... no update. There haven't been any more 2010
Baseball products released by Upper Deck and no
further action taken by MLB. The subject of the
lawsuit filed by MLB was trademark infringement
by Upper Deck in their 09 Signature Stars, 09 Ultimate
Collection, and 2010 Upper Deck Baseball products.
While Upper Deck has an arrangement with the MLBPA
(Player's Association), Topps is the exclusive
licensee for MLB in 2010.
2010 TOPPS BASEBALL has been a strong seller,
and in part; due to a media blitz featuring Cal
Ripken, Jr., some LIMITED EDITION "PIE IN
THE FACE" and Legendary Player Inserts, and
Topps' MILLION CARD GIVEAWAY. Topps has been inserting
short prints in their base Topps set for several
years now, starting in 2006 with some Alex Gordon
cards that "weren't supposed to" make
their way into packs and continuing in 2007 with
the special Derek Jeter card featuring Mickey Mantle
and George W. Bush. The 2009 set had over 20 short
prints ... mostly legendary players (but Barack Obama
was also included). The cards look the same as
the base set. The only difference is the subject
matter. In the Update & Highlights set, the
short prints do bear gold writing instead of silver,
making them much easier to spot. For 2010 Series
1, there are legendary player short prints (Babe
Ruth is back!) but also cards featuring Yankees
players with pie in their face.
The short print checklist of the "PIE IN
THE FACE" cards (and date of the game in which
the player was hit!) is as follows ...
- Alex Rodriguez- 5/16/09
- Johnny Damon- 5/17/09
- Jorge Posada- 7/4/09
- Hideki Matsui- 7/20/09
- Alex Rodriguez- 8/7/09
- Robinson Cano- 8/12/09
- Robinson Cano- 8/28/09
- Nick Swisher- 9/8/09
- Francisco Cervelli- 9/16/09
- Juan Miranda- 9/29/09
- Mark Teixeira- 10/9/09
- Jerry Hairston Jr.- 10/17/09
No mention yet
as to how many of each have been produced, but
they're very rare (we have a customer
who has opened two cases and hasn't gotten one).
Consequently, some are selling on E-bay for upwards
The TOPPS MILLION CARD GIVEAWAY is
a promotion spanning this year's 2010 Topps Series
1, 2, and
Update Baseball releases where 1:6 packs gets you
a redemption card for a FREE Topps base card. Topps
bought back at least one of each of their card
sets from 1952 to the present, and the '52 Mickey
Mantle Rookie is being used as a GRAND PRIZE GIVE-AWAY
(via raffle). I was on the special website Topps
set up for this promotion (www.toppsmillion.com),
and out of 20 redemptions, we did get one common
player from 1955 ... but be aware that most are
cards you wouldn't necessarily care to take possession
of (luckily, you don't have to). We received a
lot of commons from 1993 and up (not exactly exciting!).
Topps will be having contests using these banked
cards, so it's in the collector's best interests
to keep them at Topps while contests are being
run. Collectors may ask for them to be sent, however,
starting March 15th. It looks like shipping will
be at the collector's expense.
That's it for now. I'll chat at you again soon ...
Hi everyone! I don't know what the weather is like
where you are, but our hearts do go out to everyone
in Oklahoma who has been affected by this ridiculous
snow. I can't imagine not having power right
now, and I sincerely hope that all of our customers
are warm and safe! You take those simple things
for granted sometimes.
I have SO much to say!!! So let's start with NEW
PRODUCTS! The following have arrived over the
last week and a half. The most popular and anticipated
has been 2010 TOPPS BASEBALL. We received the
regular packs last week, and the JUMBO packs
are expected in tomorrow. Just today, we received
MAGIC:THE GATHERING WORLDWAKE (booster packs,
intro packs, and fat packs), 09-10 TRILOGY HOCKEY,
09-10 CONTENDERS BASKETBALL, and PRESS PASS "8
SECONDS" PROFESSIONAL BULL RIDING (yes,
you heard that right!). Earlier this week/end
of last saw the arrival of 09 UPPER DECK SIGNATURE
STARS BASEBALL, 2009 ULTIMATE COLLECTION BASEBALL,
2010 UPPER DECK SERIES 1 BASEBALL, 09 TOPPS NATIONAL
CHICLE FOOTBALL, 09 NATIONAL TREASURES FOOTBALL,
09-10 HEROES & PROSPECTS HOCKEY, TOPPS WWE
PACK ATTAX BOOSTERS and STARTERS, and YU-GI-OH
YUSEI 2 DUELIST PACK. 09 PLATINUM FOOTBALL will
be here early next week.
Along with the news of all of these new products
is the announcement of some PRODUCT DELAYS. One
thing it seems you can be sure of these days
is that things won't arrive when you think they
will. We've been waiting for 2009 PROMINENT CUTS
and 2009 ULTIMATE FOOTBALL to arrive for some
time, and it looks like we will continue to wait
because no updated due dates have been announced.
09 SP FOOTBALL has been pushed back (AGAIN!)
to February 12th, and 09-10 UPPER DECK SERIES
2 HOCKEY is being released February 16th (for
MLB Properties has filed suit against UPPER DECK
for trademark infringement for improper use of
team logos in their 09 Signature Stars, 09 Ultimate,
and 2010 Upper Deck Baseball products. All three
products were released after Topps' exclusive
licensing agreement with MLB Properties went
into effect. If you haven't seen any of the three
products, team names aren't used ... so the Phillies
are simply referred to as "Philadelphia",
and the Red Sox as "Boston"; but team
uniforms (with full team names partially obscured)
and cap logos (often in their entirety) are featured.
MLB asked for a temporary injunction against
the products, but the courts did not uphold it,
so as of now, the products ARE allowed to be
sold. More information on this case as it develops.
I run the risk of sounding like a broken record
on this subject, but if you are on FACEBOOK,
and haven't become a FAN, PLEASE look us up.
We're really trying to grow our Facebook Fan
list because it's such a good way to communicate
with you, and in real time! All of the information
in this BLOG was listed there first, and often
on the day it happened. And if you're not on
Facebook, but you've been curious..check it out!
It's quick, easy, and FREE to be a member.
Georgetown Card Exchange has great Valentine's
gifts for your husband, boyfriend, brother, kids,
or other sweetheart! (And for the handful of
female customers we have ... your wife, girlfriend,
or sister!). Nothing makes a person smile like
a box of their favorite cards! There's just enough
time to ship so you can receive it by February
14th. Take care, everyone.
Hi everyone! If you've been following us on Facebook,
then you're pretty up to date with HOT PULLS, NEW
PRODUCTS, and general goings on at Georgetown.
But, if not ... then this is probably news to you.
NEW PRODUCTS ... 2009 TOPPS TRIBUTE BASEBALL, 2009
BOWMAN STERLING BASEBALL, 2009 DONRUSS ELITE EXTRA
EDITION BASEBALL, 2009 USA BASEBALL SETS, 2009-10
SPx HOCKEY, 2010 ELEMENTS RACING, and 2009-10 PANINI
LIMITED BASKETBALL. 2009 Topps Tribute has 6 packs
per box, and each pack has an autograph or jersey
card in it. 2009 Bowman Sterling Baseball has 6
packs with 2 autos and one jersey card in each
pack. The box itself also has a bonus jersey card.
The 09 Elite Extra Edition Baseball is a nice release
with a lot of content. There are 6 autographs instead
of the originally reported 4 per box, and then
4 HOT BOXES per 20 box case. Our customers have
been very happy with it. Just be aware that it's
minor leaguers. The new 2009 USA sets (of the 2010
team) have 7 autographs and 3 jersey cards, and
a complete regular card set. 09-10 SPx Hockey has
4 hits per box, including at last one autographed
jersey card. 2010 Elements Racing has a bit of
an old school feel to it (cardboard stock and low
gloss) with one auto and one jersey card per box.
09-10 Panini Limited Basketball has 3 hits per
box, and Kobe autographs are available.
The much anticipated 2010 TOPPS BASEBALL is due
out next week ... January 27th, as is 2009 SP FOOTBALL.
Many other good products are coming in over the
next week or so, including 2009 ULTIMATE BASEBALL
and FOOTBALL, 2009 TOPPS STERLING BASEBALL, 2010
TOPPS ATTAX BASEBALL, 2009 PROMINENT CUTS BASEBALL
(a new multi-sport product with 1 cut per box),
2009 PLAYOFF NATIONAL TREASURES FOOTBALL, 2009
TOPPS CHICLE FOOTBALL (a retro style), and a new
TOPPS ATTAX GAMING product ... WWE this time. So
after having a little bit of a lull in the card
market, the manufacturers are making up for it
with many new releases. We have high hopes for
many of these items, and have had very strong interest
in the 09 SP Football and 2010 Topps Baseball in
HOT PULLS ... Just today, Mike D had a monster hit
from the brand new 09-10 SPx Hockey ... a JOHN TAVARES
AUTOGRAPHED PATCH numbered to 25 ... valued at $700!!
Mike had some sort of HOT BOX with at least 7 autographs
and jersey cards (normal number is 4 hits). Almost
all of our other recent Hot Pulls have been from
09 Triple Threads Football, and they've almost
all been made by Brian R.! I previously reported
Brian's TRIPLE AUTOGRAPH of TOM BRADY, JOE MONTANA,
and TERRY BRADSHAW and his TOM BRADY BOOKLET (27
jersey pieces). He has since pulled a LeSEAN McCOY
WHITE WHALE (1/1 AUTOGRAPH/ JERSEY) and a KNOWSHON
MORENO WHITE WHALE. Possibly even better was Mike
G's Triple Threads pull on Christmas day. Just
to set the scene, Michael is around 13 years old
and didn't even know he was getting Triple Threads
for Christmas (an expensive product). He was excited
enough just to get it, and then he proceeded to
pull non other than a DAN MARINO 1/1 WHITE WHALE!
Pretty impressive, huh? So Triple Threads have
been treating our customers well.
That's it for now. If you haven't become a Facebook
fan, please check us out! Thanks! Talk to you soon ...
HAPPY NEW YEAR everyone! I hope yours is off to
a good start.
This BLOG is going to be short and sweet. I just
want to let you know what's new.
NEW PRODUCTS to report
... 09 BOWMAN DRAFT PICKS & PROSPECTS
BASEBALL, 09 TOPPS
TRIBUTE BASEBALL, 09-10
BLACK DIAMOND HOCKEY, and 09
PLAYOFF CONTENDERS FOOTBALL have all arrived. 2010 Topps Baseball (a popular
request) is early this year and will be arriving
at the end of January. Upper Deck cancelled the
Winter Classic Hockey set.
That's all the news for now. More soon...
Hi everyone, and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!! I can't believe
it's been over 3 weeks (AGAIN!) since I've written
in my BLOG! This is a very busy time of year, and
I've had so much going on that I just haven't sat
down to do it, and I apologize. So let's get you
up to date.
First, do you know that Georgetown Card Exchange
is on FACEBOOK now??? It's a great way to keep
in touch and give you the latest news, so please
type in our name in the search box and become a
NEW PRODUCTS ...
Since it's been 3 weeks, there have been a lot,
go over the most recent
arrivals. Just today, we received 09 Triple Threads
Football and 2009-10 Panini Threads Basketball
(and the new multi-sport Beckett with Viking Brett
Favre on the cover). We also re-stocked 09 Press
Pass Fusion Multi-sport. Other recent arrivals
include 09 Topps Unique Baseball, 09 Topps 206
Baseball, 09 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball,
09 Tri Star Signa Cuts Limited Edition Baseball,
09-10 MVP Hockey, 09-10 Leaf Rookies & Stars
Longevity Basketball, 09-10 Elite Basketball, Yu-Gi-Oh
Stardust Overdrive and Hidden Arsenal, Pokemon
Platinum Arceus, Topps Puck Attax Hockey game,
and Twilight New Moon.
That's about it for now. I wanted to make sure
I filled you in on the latest arrivals and wished
you a HAPPY HANUKKAH and a very MERRY
CHRISTMAS (although I do plan to write again before the latter).
Hi everyone! Long time, no write; and don't think
that's because there hasn't been anything to say!
From the Yankees winning the World Series to Topps
not making football cards in 2010 (yes, that's
right) to NEW PRODUCTS that have been streaming
in, there's a lot to say!
Let's start with the World Series. Oh, my poor
Phillies! The tears that have been shed in this
store could fill Citizens Bank Park! I am so happy
about what a great season we had, and it's been
fun being a fan this year; but that World Series
was tough to watch. CONGRATULATIONS to the Yankees
and all of our customers who are Yankee fans. I
know you're out there ... we have enough who walk
through our doors here every day wearing their
World Series Champion gear ... just to rub it in!.
While Steve is fully immersed in football season,
I'm already ready for baseball to start again!
Moving onto Topps not making
football next year ... I'm
already mourning 2010 Triple Threads Football!
Between the manufacturers and the leagues, there
is so much movement toward exclusive licensees.
I'm not on board with the idea, and it will be
interesting to see how everything works out. If
you haven't heard, Topps is the ONLY Major League
Baseball licensee for 2010. But then on the heels
of that announcement was that they're not making
football cards. I'm not thrilled about either (read
that as I'm unhappy about both). We've already
got Panini (who purchased Donruss/ Playoff) with
an exclusive license in Basketball; and Upper Deck
is in their last year of its Hockey exclusivity.
Donruss had been "banned" from the Baseball
market, and now Topps is banned from Football.
Too much already. Give me some time to figure out
what Panini is bringing to the table Basketball-wise
(because I loved Bowman!), before you throw the
rest of this at me!
Onto a happier topic ... NEW
PRODUCTS! There have
been a ton of them, because apparently, I haven't
written a BLOG entry in November yet!! I'll give
a list first, and then talk about a few in detail
next. In FOOTBALL ... 09 Donruss Gridiron Gear, 09
Topps Mayo, 09 SP Signature, and 09 Donruss Limited
(formerly Leaf Limited), and 09 Finest. In BASEBALL,
09 Sweet Spot. In BASKETBALL, 09-10 Panini. In
HOCKEY, 09-10 Upper Deck and 09-10 Artifacts. In
RACING, 09 Press Pass Factory Set. In NON-SPORTS,
Pokemon Arceus, 2009 Topps WWE, Spider-Man Archives,
Justice League of America Archives, Star Wars Clone
Wars Widevision, and Komplete Kiss Factory Set.
Of that list, my favorite
product is probably the 09 Finest Football. We really like this one
this year. There are TWO 6 pack mini boxes, each
of which has an autographed card. The autographs
are usually either lettermen or patch autos, and
we've seen a lot of good rookies pulled (including
a 1/1 Percy Harvin Letterman). Rookies are regular
cards in Finest, so it's a set you can actually
complete (although because of how many cards you
get in a box, it will take a few boxes). Refractors
come often as well.
09 Donruss Gridiron Gear
Football has 3 hits per
box, and those hits are attractively designed,
as we've come to expect from Gridiron Gear. The
pull-out Hidden Gem autos are back, as well as
the autos signed on what looks like a football
field. Still other autos have rubber helmets on
the card. The 09 Donruss
Limited Football is a
one-pack box with 3 hits in it this year. We have
one particular customer in the store who has opened
a case of it and has done really well. He pulled
a lot of good rookies ... which have the team name
etched out of the card with jersey/patch underneath.
They're really attractive. 09
Topps Mayo Football bears many similarities to Allen & Ginter Baseball;
so if you like one, you'll probably like the other.
So that's a quick re-cap for you. Stay tuned for
Hi everyone! There's a lot of excitement in Philly
because of our beloved Phils! Steve and I were
at Monday night's game, and my lord, was it exciting!
I'm like a broken record telling everyone this,
but the best moment for me was when Carlos Ruiz
touched home plate for the game winning run, and
then immediately turned around and started running
toward Jimmy Rollins (with the rest of the team)
to congratulate him. I was seriously scared that
J Roll was going to get hurt when everyone was
jumping on him! It was such a great (and for me,
very unexpected) moment. So we're very excited
about tonight's game, needless to say, and we're
really hoping we'll take home the pennant (and
not go back to LA). We also have a lot of Yankees
fans here who are understandably happy. A Phillies-Yankees
World series? That would be exciting!
There have been plenty of new products streaming
in. In NEW FOOTBALL PRODUCTS ... of particular note
is one that came in just yesterday ... 2009 SP Threads
Football. Packaged differently this year, Upper
Deck made it much more affordable as compared to
last year's version. With 16 packs, there's a lot
more "meat" to this year's 2009
SP Threads Football. At $89.95 a box, you get 4 hits, including
at least one autographed Letterman (great card
design!). We opened 3 boxes and pulled a Knowshon
Moreno autographed Letterman out of 6, as well
as a neat Brett Favre/ Matt Ryan/Troy Aikman triple
jersey card; a Beanie Wells clear acetate double
jersey card ... among other interesting pulls. I
would highly recommend this product. Football in
general has had some nice new releases. Before
SP Threads arrived, 2009
Leaf Certified Materials Football did; and after seeing many many boxes
of it opened, it's another product I have no problem
recommending. Also yielding 4 hits per box including
at least one autograph, Leaf Certified has treated
one of our store customers very well. He pulled
a Brett Favre autograph jersey card out of 5, a
Mark Sanchez autographed rookie, and a really cool,
huge Sanchez multi-color patch card. Just Saturday,
another customer pulled a Sanchez out of 5 autograph
from Leaf Certified as well. Still selling well
from recent 2009 football is Absolute Memorabilia
and Bowman Sterling, and other new arrivals include
09 SPx and Upper Deck First
NEW PRODUCTS in BASEBALL include the well received
2009 SP Authentic Baseball. Each box yields 3 autos,
with two of them being in the Letterman style.
2009 Topps Updates & Highlights Baseball also
just arrived (consider it to be like a Topps Series
3), and has been as popular as it Series 1 and
2 predecessors. A customer who opened a bunch of
regular and jumbo boxes has reported that there
ARE once again short printed legendary players
inserted, and they come more often than they did
in Series 1 and 2. He's found them 1 per regular
box, and 1 1/2 per jumbo. In today's UPS, the latest
baseball arrival has come in ... the hotly anticipated
2009 Triple Threads Baseball. Triple Threads is
my favorite product (in any sport), and I'm very
excited to see some opened (hopefully tonight!!).
I'll give a full report in a future BLOG entry.
In Basketball, NEW PRODUCTS include the first
Panini basketball release ... 09-10 Panini Prestige
(4 hits per box). From here on out, only Panini
will be making basketball cards. Upper Deck released
a few last minute products under the deadline,
including this week's arrival of 09-10 Upper Deck
First Edition and the recently released 09-10 SP
Signature (2 autos per pack), 09-10 Exquisite (the
second Exquisite release in the past two months),
and 09-10 SP Game Used.
No NEW HOCKEY PRODUCTS since last week's 09-10
OPC Hockey release. Other 09-10 releases include
Ultra and Victory.
More info soon. Go P-H-I-L-L-I-E-S (tonight)!!!!!
Hi everyone! Just a quick
update regarding NEW PRODUCTS. As indicated in my last BLOG, we expected
to receive (and did get) 2009
SPx Football, 09-10 Upper Deck Basketball, and
09 Upper Deck Ballpark
Collection Baseball. Football has been very popular
in the store of late, and Mark Sanchez (even after
his team's loss to the Saints this week) is still
the hottest rookie. There are a lot of brands that
are selling well, and we've seen lots of great
pulls from the new Absolute Football (in particular),
including a Donald Brown autographed patch just
today. One of our store customers pulled a great,
limited Sanchez jumbo jersey with football piece
last week; and we've seen tons of other good pulls
(moreso in this year's product than last year's).
09 Absolute seems to have more large swatch, multi-swatch,
and interesting laundry tag-type pulls. 09 Bowman
Sterling has been very good to our customers as
well. I previously reported the pull of a double
auto /15 of Jeremy Maclin and DeSean Jackson from
Bowman Sterling (two local favorites!). Well, another
customer just bested that pull with his Tom Brady
#7/10 auto, and Brady is a hard one to get signed.
This week should bring Panini's
first basketball release, 09-10 Prestige Basketball. It's a popular
brand for football, so we're hoping for good things
CONGRATULATIONS to the Phils for clinching the
National League East. In their honor, we'll be
closed this Wednesday, October 7th. We're going
to the game ... sorry! Our partial season ticket
plan allows us one game in this round, and we got
Game 1. We wish it was a night game, but alas,
it's at 2:37. We're genuinely sorry for the inconvenience.
We're making sure that everything that can ship
by Tuesday does, and we'll return all phone calls
on Thursday. GO PHILLIES!!!
That's about it for now. Thanks for reading!
Hi all. A few quick updates. NEW
PRODUCTS received this week include the 09
Topps Ticket to Stardom Baseball (3 hits per box), 09
Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Football (one hit per pack), and
09 Bowman Sterling Football (3 hits per pack).
We're expecting the much talked about and anticipated
09 Upper Deck Ballpark Collection Baseball tomorrow
(another 3 hits per pack) and 09-10 Upper Deck
Basketball (3 HOT boxes per case ... one jersey
or auto in every pack of a hot box!). Next week
will bring 09 SPx Football.
One of our store customers opened a box of the
new Bowman Sterling Football yesterday, and besides
getting regular rookie jersey cards of Knowshon
Moreno, Mark Sanchez, Jeremy Maclin, and LeSean
McCoy; he also pulled a double auto numbered
to 15 of local favorites DeSean Jackson and Jeremy
Maclin! Great pull!
Will BLOG again soon. Have a great weekend!
Hi everyone. Once again, long time, no BLOG. I've
had a few people asking about it, so that was nice
that people are reading the BLOG (and looking forward
to it ... thanks!). I've had even more people asking
about our e-mail newsletters, and I promise I will
be sending one in the next week.
There was a recent announcement
you may have heard about concerning Topps being
the only company with
a MLB license to produce cards for 2010. The leagues
seem to be going more and more in this direction.
First, Upper Deck gained an exclusive for NHL cards
in 2004-05. Next, Upper Deck and Topps together
gained exclusive rights (bye bye Donruss) for Baseball
in 2006. Most recently, Panini secured exclusive
rights to 09-10 basketball (starting in October
2009) and subsequently purchased Donruss/Playoff.
So now, things have changed yet again for 2010;
and Topps has an edge over Upper Deck in the Baseball
market. As always, it remains to be seen exactly
how things will pan out. I like to reserve judgment
until changes actually take place, but my initial
reaction, like many of yours, was not a positive
one. While Upper Deck insists they WILL be producing
Baseball cards in 2010, they will have to be creative
in how they do things (they're not allowed to use
full MLB logos or uniforms, etc.). So time will
I honestly don't know how the current MLB arrangement
has worked out for the MLB, Upper Deck, or Topps;
and given the downturn in the economy, I'm also
not sure there's a straight answer. I know that
part of the reason voiced for the change (from
3 big companies to 2 making MLB cards); as given
by the MLB, Topps, and Upper Deck; was to help
curb consumer confusion because of all the brands "out
there" (other reasons included the overall
amount of money spent in the category being not
enough to sustain three companies). Well, if indeed
curbing confusion was a goal, from talking to collectors,
I don't think it's a goal that's been met. Novice
collectors (or those just getting back into the
hobby) are easily overwhelmed by the number of
products still on the market. Each manufacturer
is permitted to produce 20 Baseball brands, so
that's 40 different MLB licensed products to choose
from. Die hard collectors are more easily able
to ignore the products not preferred by them (after
all, most products released aren't new ... they've
been made for several years, so collectors know
what to expect ... OR they've been made in other
sports, so multi-sport collectors often still know
what to expect). For this reason, I don't think
adding an extra 20 Donruss/Playoff brands back
into the mix would confuse die-hard fans who look
for certain things from certain products and can
tell the difference. However, the issue of total
buying dollars available being divided up amongst
three companies instead of two could in fact be
the key problem. That's tricky. An economy without
much disposable income is not good for the hobby.
NEW PRODUCTS ... We JUST received this week 2009
Upper Deck Goodwin Champions Baseball (similar
to Allen & Ginter) and 2009 Bowman Chrome Baseball.
The two products being much talked about and asked
for ... 09 Upper Deck Ballpark Baseball and 09 Topps
Ticket to Stardom Baseball ... are both now expected
next week, but these release dates (along with
about 8 other products!) seem to change daily!
Last week, we received 09 Topps Chrome Football,
09 Donruss Rookies & Stars LONGEVITY Football,
09 Upper Deck Football, 09 Topps Chrome Baseball,
09 Tri Star Obak Baseball, 09-10 SP Game Used Basketball,
09-10 Topps Basketball, 09-10 Ultra Hockey, 09-10
Collector's Choice Hockey, Topps American Heritage "Heroes",
and Razor Ink Vault. Beckett-wise, we just received
the new Multi-sport price guide this week; and
we received the new Football and Basketball guides
That's it for today. If
you have any opinions about the hobby you'd like
to share, I'd love to
hear them. My e-mail is email@example.com. Have
a great weekend!
NEW PRODUCTS ... Since my last BLOG, we've received
09 Just Minors Baseball Mystery
Jerseys, 09-10 Bowman '48 Basketball, 08-09 Exquisite
09-10 Michael Jordan Legacy Boxed set, 09 Press
Pass Legends Football, 09 Press Pass VIP Racing,
08-09 The Cup Hockey, Magic 2010 Core Set, Pokemon
Platinum Supreme Victors, and The Ghost Whisperer.
Still strong sellers are 09 Allen & Ginter
Baseball, 09 Donruss Rookies & Stars Football,
09 Upper Deck Heroes Football, and the 2008 baseball
products containing Stephen Strasburg autos. The
09 Just Minors Mystery Jerseys is an interesting
product. We saw a bunch opened on Saturday and
liked the product. Ask us about it if you're interested.
There are so many products coming up over the
next couple of weeks. One of the most anticipated
is Upper Deck's 2009 Ball
Park Baseball Collection.
This year, every jersey card and auto will be numbered ... the
one thing missing from last year's debut. Otherwise,
this product was loaded with multi-swatch jersey
cards, moreso than just about any other product.
Other products coming in include ... Tristar
OBAK Baseball, Topps Chrome Football, Donruss Threads
Football, Donruss Longevity Football, Upper Deck
Football, '09-10 UD SP Game Used Basketball, Topps
Basketball, Rittenhouse WNBA Series 2 Basketball,
Fleer Ultra Hockey, Topps UFC Round 2, Tristar
TNA Impact/Maximum Impact Wrestling, Topps Jonas
Brothers, and Topps American Heritage Heroes Edition.
There's been a lot of talk
about the Eagles acquisition of Michael Vick
recently. Steven had to calm me
down (he's the voice of reason in the family),
as I was pretty upset; and both of us felt that
we knew he'd be back in the NFL, but didn't want
him on our team. Our local customers have had wide
ranging opinions. Some have been similar to mine,
voicing he'd be playing somewhere, but not feeling
great about it being here. Others are all about
the wins, so if Vick can help the Eagles, then
all the better. I am a big believer in second chances,
and I will put some faith in the powers that be
that made this decision. Jeffrey Lurie seemed very
genuine during the press conference that he needed
a lot of convincing to go forward with this choice.
If Vick sticks to his word and helps more dogs
than he's hurt ... that'll be a step forward at least.
If you don't tend to look at our SELL
you might take a peek. It's a great way for you
to see what the manufacturers are planning for
And naturally, GO PHILLIES!!! We love Clifford "The
Big Red Dog" Lee.
Take care, everyone. Enjoy the rest of your summers
before the back to school madness!
Hi all. Just wanted to quickly check in. NEW
PRODUCTS in recently ... 09-10
Victory Hockey, 09 Donruss Rookies & Stars Football, 09 Topps Philadelphia
Football, 09 Upper Deck X Baseball, and 09 Topps
Chrome Baseball. We're expecting 08-09 Exquisite
Basketball this week.
may have heard that Topps has secured the exclusive
rights to produce MLB licensed baseball cards
for next year. Upper Deck will be able to produce
cards of major leaguers without identifying team
names and logos, but this arrangement between
Topps and Major League Baseball will seriously
affect Upper Deck's baseball card future. More
on this as details are made available.
Talk to you all soon ...
As an aside (even though I'm starting today's
BLOG entry with this), it's amazing that stores
already have back-to-school specials and are talking
about summer being almost over. I feel like it's
just begun! Steve and I were at a Rite Aid yesterday
that was selling Halloween candy! That's just wrong.
I actually had to stop and think about what month
it was (as if I'd suddenly remember it's mid-September
or something). Anyway, the summer and the Phillies
are in full swing; and both are far from over.
I want to welcome Cliff Lee to our bullpen. He
starts tonight, which is very exciting. Go Phils!
Many new products have arrived ... most notably
the highly anticipated 2009
TOPPS FOOTBALL and
2009 TOPPS BASEBALL FACTORY
SETS. Other new products
include 2009 Score Inscriptions Football, the 09
Upper Deck Rookie Premiere Football set, 2009 Press
Pass Legends Football, 2009 Razor US Army All-American
Football Factory set, 2009 Just Minors Mystery
Jersey Baseball, 09-10 UD Draft Basketball, Ace
Authentic Game Set Match Tennis, and 2009 Fleer
Can't think of anything else that's fit to print.
Will talk to you all soon ...
CORRECTION: Since this BLOG entry was posted,
we have found out that the information listed for
Upper Deck's DRAFT Basketball product is actually
the information for Upper Deck's REGULAR Basketball
product, scheduled for a September release. The
REGULAR 09-10 Upper Deck Basketball release is
the one with 3 hot boxes per case. The DRAFT product
came in this week, and has 4 autographs per box
(no jersey cards) with no known hot boxes.
Congrats to our FIVE Phillies
who went to the All-Star game. When I wrote my last BLOG, they
hadn't announced Werth's inclusion yet. The game
could have been more exciting (like if we had won),
but I was happy and proud to see our Phillies represented.
Not too much is new this week, but 2009
Icons Baseball (yes, Baseball ... not Football this time!)
came in this week, as well as 2009
As a reminder, both Icons Football and Baseball
yield the same 5 hits per box ... 1 auto, 2 jerseys,
and 2 Lettermen cards.
Not that it's a big surprise, but Topps
has pre-sold out of their upcoming 09-10 Topps
and Bowman '48
Style Basketball releases. Upper Deck released
some details about their 09-10 Draft product (previously
cancelled, then re-scheduled). It sounds excellent.
There are 4 hits per box, with 3 HOT BOXES per
case. Each HOT BOX has 11 memorabilia cards and
5 autographs, and the odds are 1 in 4 you'll get
one. Not too shabby. So if you think you want either
Topps or Upper Deck Basketball, don't wait too
long to order them.
That's it for now. More soon!
Hi everyone. I hope your summer is off to a good
start. The All Star Game is next week, and our
beloved Phils have four players in it. Congratulations
to Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Raul Ibanez, and
Shane Victorino. Make us proud!
new products. A bunch have arrived this week
and last. First, 09 Donruss
Classics Football and 2009 Tri Star Projections
Series 3 Baseball arrived last week. Donruss Classics promises
3 hits per box, but like Elite, sometimes has
4. This week brought two more football items ... 2009
Sage Squared Football (8 packs per box; 2 autograph
cards per pack with one bearing two autographs
on it ... so 3 actual autos per pack total) and
just yesterday ... 2009 Icons
Football. This product
was very popular last year because of its Letterman
inserts (both autographed and non-autographed,
and both football and celebrity versions). This
year's box has 2 jersey cards, one autograph,
and 2 Lettermen per box. Last new football product
is a new offering altogether ... 2009
Topps Magic Football. Based on a past design, I don't know
too much about this one yet.
the basketball front, Upper
Deck's 08-09 Ultimate Collection Basketball arrived yesterday as well.
Along with the upcoming SP Game Used (due out
in September), Upper Deck's latest basketball
offerings are being rumored to have extra hits
and potentially better star quality in those
hits because of their exclusives with Michael
Jordan, LeBron James, and other popular stars.
With Panini having the only NBA license for 09-10,
Upper Deck only has so many products and so much
time to use its remaining inventory of good autos
and jerseys. It remains to be seen exactly which
products will have what (I'll report on Ultimate
once I see it opened), but Upper Deck has announced
that their SP Game Used Basketball will have
3 hits per pack, including at least one auto.
NEW PRODUCTS include 2009
Topps Allen & Ginter
Baseball (very popular for four years running),
2009 Press Pass Series 2
Racing, Rittenhouse WNBA Series 1, Rittenhouse
X-men Archives, and Yu-Gi-Oh
Duelist Pack Yugi.
Of note are some 2008 baseball products that have
been selling particularly well lately because
of pitching phenom Steve Strasburg (recently
drafted by the Washington Nationals). 2008 SP
Authentic Baseball, 2008 Sweet Spot, 2008 Ultimate,
and 2009 Upper Deck USA sets have all seen a
surge in popularity as collectors are searching
for Strasburg autos. He appears in his USA uniform.
The only other hobby
news note I have is that the 09-10
Upper Deck Draft Basketball (previously
cancelled) is back on and scheduled for late
August/ early September.
I'm gearing up to do another e-newsletter early
next week, and our "snail mail" printed
flyer should be printed next week as well. If
you don't receive either regularly, just call
or e-mail, and we'll rectify that. Thanks!
Hope to hear from you soon!
Hi all. Happy Father's Day to all of the dads,
and happy graduation and start of summer to so
items to arrive ... 09 Donruss Elite Football,
09 UD Heroes Football, 09 O-Pee-Chee Baseball,
08-09 OPC Premier Hockey, Razor Ink Archives,
2009 Razor Cut Signature Sports Icons, 2009 Donruss
Americana, Battlestar Galactica Season 4, Terminator
Salvation, and Transformers Revenge of the Fallen.
news ... 09-10 Upper Deck Draft Basketball
has been cancelled. Topps and Upper Deck have
until sometime in September to release what they're
going to for the 09-10 season before Panini takes
over as the sole NBA licensee. On the schedule
so far is 09-10 Topps, Bowman '48, and Upper
Deck SP Game Used Basketball. All are being made
in very limited quantities.
month's Beckett Sports Card Monthly (their multi-sport
price guide) lists the 2009 Playoff
Prestige Football rookie short prints. Unlike
in past years, every rookie is available as both
a regular and short printed version (the difference
often being the uniform shown); so without consulting
the published list, there's no easy way to tell
if you have a short print.
just sent the June flyer (snail mail). If you
ordered from us within the past 6 months, you
automatically get one. If you didn't and you
want one, just call and ask!
More info soon!
WOW! I can't believe my last BLOG entry was almost
three weeks ago. Time flies. I apologize for being
so out of touch. There are so many new products
that have arrived lately ... a welcome change to
the previous drought. Many of the new products
are also very affordable, which is especially ideal.
So let's start the list. We'll start with baseball.
Following up on the heels
of Topps' Series 1 Baseball success, Series 2 has
been released. Topps seriously
cut production of the Hobby Jumbo boxes (cut most
orders by half), so consequently, Series 2 jumbo
boxes are in short supply. For those of you completing
the Series 2 set, Topps released the list of short
printed "regular" cards (also called
variations), and it is as follows ...
|340 Wade Boggs Red Sox
350 Ryne Sandberg Cubs
353 Cal Ripken Jr. Orioles
355 Jim Palmer Orioles
400 Frank Robinson Orioles
415 Bob Gibson Cardinals
475 Mike Schmidt Phillies
476 Juan Marichal Giants
490 Nolan Ryan Rangers
|495 Brooks Robinson Orioles
515 Reggie Jackson Yankees
520 Tony Gwynn Padres
595 Robin Yount Brewers
600 Greg Maddux Braves
610 Paul Molitor Brewers
650 Steve Carlton Phillies
660 Carl Yastrzemski Red Sox
All of these card numbers are normally current
players in the regular set, but appear as these
short printed variations. One of our big Topps
openers has reported that unlike Series 1 jumbo's
which had roughly one short print per box, his
experience with Series 2 is 1 short print in
every 2 boxes. You also get them in regular hobby
boxes (and retail), but less often.
2009 Upper Deck Series 2
Baseball has also been released, along with 2009
Upper Deck First Edition (a popular
$.99 cent pack product). For those of
you interested in baseball trading card games,
Topps has been heavily promoting its 2009
Topps Attax baseball, and we carry both starter and booster
boxes. 2009 Bowman Baseball is the last new baseball
product to arrive of late.
Football-wise, I'll mention
everything for 2009 thus far (and in approximate
order of release) ... 2009
Sage Hit Low Series Football, 2009 Press Pass,
2009 Sage Hit High Series, 2009 Press Pass SE Signature
Edition, 2009 Playoff Prestige, 2009 Bowman Draft,
2009 Sage Autographed, and 2009 Upper Deck Draft. 2009 Bowman Draft features attractive rookie patch
autographs and rookie Letterman autographs this
year, while Upper Deck Draft yields 5 autos per
box. Steve and I really like Playoff Prestige this
year (more so than in years past in fact), and
we've witnessed several great pulls, including
autographs of Mark Sanchez, Matt Ryan, and Michael
Crabtree. Just a note of caution to you Prestige
collectors though ... Prestige has rookie short prints,
and they're not serially numbered or identified
in any way. They're also not key rookies ... just
check out the Beckett for years past! So don't
trade away your rookies just yet. We're working
on finding a list for you.
The previously announced "Ink Archives" product
is due out at the end of the week. This is the
one autograph per pack product being released from
Razor, using all of the left over autograph inventory
from the now defunct Inkworks company. Other products
arriving this week include the highly anticipated
2009 SP Legendary Cuts Baseball, 2008-09 OPC Premier
Hockey, and 2009 Donruss Americana.
I'll be sending another e-newsletter out at the
end of the week, so if you don't get them in your
In Box yet, please click the "Join our E-mail
List" at the top of this page. As
always, if you have any issues you'd like addressed,
free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'm
always happy to hear from you. Have a great week!
Hi everyone! Happy Mother's Day to all of the
moms out there!
I'm currently working on a new e-newsletter, to
be sent out next week. If
you don't already receive our e-newsletter, please
sign up for it today by
clicking on the "Join our E-mail List" link
at the top of this page.
Some misc. news ... MLB has nixed Topps' plans to
include Bernie Madoff in the new Allen & Ginter
Baseball set. Even though Madoff was to be included
in the aptly titled "World's Biggest Hoaxes,
Hoodwinks, and Bamboozles" insert set, MLB
decided a card of him wasn't a good idea. I personally
thought it would have been perfect for dart boards!
Plans to make 2009 Donruss Century Collection Baseball
has been cancelled. Panini has announced that the
upcoming 2009 Prestige Football will contain NO
redemptions, and 8 out of the 12 boxes will have
2 autos per box instead of 1.
Only two new product arrivals for this past week ... 2009
Press Pass Signature Edition Football (one auto
or jersey per pack) and 2009 Tri Star Projections
Series 2 Baseball. 2009 Bowman
Baseball, 2009 Prestige Football, 08-09 UD Black
Basketball, and 08-09
Be-A-Player Hockey are due in next week; to be
followed by 2009 Topps Series 2 Baseball, 2009
Upper Deck Series 2 Baseball, and 2009 Bowman Football
the following week. NEW Becketts this week were
the Baseball, Football, and Basketball guides.
If you haven't seen any pics of the new Bowman
Football, look on the back of the new Beckett Football.
There are Letterman autographs this year, and they
That's it for now. Check back soon!
Hi all. Just in is 2009 Goudey and Finest Baseball,
2009 Sage Hit HIGH Series Football (with 9 autographs
per box!), 2009 Press Pass Premium Racing, and
the NEW 2009 American Idol box.
As a follow-up to my last BLOG entry, I heard
from the president of Rittenhouse Archives, Steven
Charendoff, who told me that Rittenhouse has never
used redemptions for anything but posters or limited
edition cels (and I'm assuming similar items that
won't fit in packs), so all autographs are in-pack.
A Topps representative also responded with the
following information ...
"As a result of the guarantees inherent
in our sports products, a large amount of autographs
from the hottest players in their sports arenas
are needed to complete the product. These subjects
are simply not as readily available as the subjects
associated with our entertainment products. However,
our entertainment products will, on occasion, have
a redemption included. One of the most recent examples
is the 'Presidential Pup' redemption
included in our Obama product.
It is also important to note that a portion
of our entertainment products do not even contain
autograph cards. Club Penguin, Star Wars Clone
Wars, Indiana Jones Masterpieces, Star Wars Galaxy
4, Spongebob, Hannah Montana, Camp Rock, High School
Musical, iCarly, Garbage Pail Kids, Wacky Packs,
etc. do not contain any autographed material."
So, to summarize, Topps
Non-sports products don't have many redemptions
of any kind, and furthermore,
many Topps non-sports products don't contain autographs
anyway, so autograph redemptions would be a moot
issue. I am still not certain if any autograph
redemptions exist, but for now, I can assume if
they do, they're few and far between. Thank you
to both Rittenhouse and Topps for the fast responses.
I'll write more when I have more news!
Hi everyone! This week, we received the new 2009
Finest Baseball and Ace Hidden Treasures Tennis,
and we will be getting the second Sage Hit Football
product of the year later this week ... 2009
Sage Hit High Series Football (as well as the
NEW 2009 American Idol). Last week brought 08-09
O-Pee-Chee Update Hockey, 08-09 Topps Signature
Basketball, Press Pass KISS Ikons (the musical
group) and a special Press Pass Dale Earnhardt
Jr. "Shifting Gear" Factory set. Other
recent arrivals include 2009 MLS Soccer, 2009
Press Pass Football, and 08-09 Lineage Basketball.
Not too much else is cooking. Just wanted to let
you know which new products have arrived. On
another note, I did have an interesting conversation
with one of our Non-sports customers recently,
and I'd appreciate any
feedback from you Non-sports buyers out there. She called because she had
several Inkworks autograph redemptions that she
now felt wouldn't be able to be redeemed (because
the company is no longer in business). As previously
reported in our e-newsletter and this blog, Razor
has purchased Inkworks' remaining autograph inventory
and will be releasing "Ink Archives",
a one auto per pack product using those autographs.
I'm afraid that there weren't any arrangements
made by Inkworks to pass along those autos that
were originally earmarked for redemptions to
some third party so that they could be redeemed
after their closing, but if anyone knows differently,
PLEASE let me know, and I'll announce it here.
Furthermore, this phone call sparked a conversation
about Non-sports autograph redemptions in general,
(and reminded me a bit about when Fleer declared
bankruptcy and Upper Deck subsequently bought
the rights to their brand names ... in that case,
a third party WAS established to fulfill outstanding
redemption cards, but the methodology to do so
was largely disliked by collectors who didn't
receive the value of their redemptions). The
aforementioned customer has had much experience
opening Inkworks, Rittenhouse Archives, and Topps
Non-sports products; and her experience has been
that Inkworks was the only company that had Non-sports
redemptions. She said that Rittenhouse in particular
would specifically put a little note in their
boxes if they were unable to provide a certain
auto, with the idea being that it would be used
for a future product. I do not have experience
opening Non-sports products, however, I'm very
familiar with opening Sports products. With the
exception of this year's Press Pass and Sage
Football products, pretty much every company
uses redemptions to vary'ing degrees. So
I'm looking for your expertise to educate me. Has
your experience also been that Rittenhouse and
Topps don't use redemptions at all (in their
Non-sports products), or maybe just not nearly
as often as Inkworks did? Would you say Inkworks
had a lot of redemptions, or an average amount?
And last, my customer reported that certain Inkworks
products had redemptions for costume cards. She
specifically mentioned Witchblade as a source
of these redemptions (and possibly there was
a production problem, and only Witchblade had
costume redemptions? ... I've never heard of a
costume/ jersey card redemption). What's your
experience? Are there any particular products
you know of from any company (and sports too
for that matter) that you would say are redemption
heavy? Please e-mail me at email@example.com
with any info that could help enlighten me! I'd
appreciate your help.
Thanks so much!
there. I hope everyone enjoyed a good Easter or
Passover holiday. Monday was hard for Phillies
fans because of the sudden passing of our long-time
announcer (the "Voice of the Phillies")
and all around team cheerleader, Harry Kalas.
Harry's voice is a beautiful baritone and one
that will not be soon forgotten. There was a
moment of silence before the Phillies-Nationals
game yesterday, and then many a kind word spoken
about Harry throughout the game by his fellow
announcers and those who knew him best. I'm sure
there will be another tribute at our first home
game since his passing, which is Friday, and
then a permanent memorial to come at Citizens
Bank Park. Harry meant a lot to a lot of people,
and he will truly be missed. God bless you, Harry.
I know you're looking down on our Phils!
that have arrived recently include 2009
Press Pass Football, 2009 Upper Deck Piece of
History Baseball, 2009 Upper Deck 1st Edition
Baseball, the 2009 World Baseball Classic set,
08-09 SP Authentic Hockey, 08-09 Power Play Update
Hockey, 08-09 Upper Deck Lineage Basketball,
2009 MLS Soccer, and James Bond Archives. This
week won't see many new arrivals. At best, we'll
receive the 08-09 Topps Signature Basketball,
08-09 OPC Update Hockey, and Kiss Ikons.
When I have more news, I'll write more! Take care.
SPx Baseball and 2009 Razor Letterman Baseball
DID arrive. This
week will bring the new 08-09 Upper Deck Lineage
Basketball and 08-09 SP Authentic
Hockey. Still slim pickings on the new product
front. It's amazing how few items have arrived
lately. Sometimes it seems like there's 5 or
6 new items released in a week (and all of them
the same sport!). The past few weeks have only
yielded a couple of new products per week. I
personally am wanting some more 09 baseball.
09 Piece of History Baseball, which I did like
a lot last year, is due out next week; and 09
Upper Deck 1st Edition Baseball, which sells
well because of it low price (and easy set building!)
is due in this week. 2009 Donruss Century Collection
Baseball (remember this product ... the one with
the postage stamps?) is due out toward the end
of April. And then 2009 Football products should
start rolling in. We've received 2009 Sage Hit
Low Series Football so far, and 09 Press Pass
Football is next.
I had the occasion to call Donruss/Playoff this
week, and they do in fact answer their phone "Panini".
Very weird! I'll have to get used to that change.
Still no word on whether Upper Deck or Topps
will negotiate on some of their brand names.
I'd be happy as a clam if I could still see Bowman
or Topps Chrome Basketball next year. And Upper
Deck has a coup with exclusive LeBron James autographs
(among others), so it will be interesting to
see what deals are worked out (if any).
fans may have heard that Inkworks closed its
doors recently. This is sad news for collectors
who enjoyed Inkworks' arsenal of products, most
of them TV related. I believe Inkworks also guaranteed
a set in a box, which is a huge plus to a set
builder. Razor has purchased their remaining
inventory and is putting together "Ink Archives",
a product containing those items. Besides Smallville,
4400, Veronica Mars, and Supernatural, Inkworks
is the company behind the Lost TV series trading
cards, and I believe a Lost 4 was in the works
at the time of their closing. More info about
Ink Archives when we know more.
sending a new e-newsletter today, so please
check your In boxes for that. It
will be chock full of new product information. We
also just mailed our latest "snail mail" printed
flyer last week. It's hot pink, and titled March/April
2009. If you didn't
receive one or either, please sign up for the
by clicking on the "Join
our E-mail List" link at the top of this
page. You will be able to view that newsletter
on the "Our Latest Newsletter" link
tomorrow as well. To get our printed flyer
(sometimes more convenient than viewing the on-line "Shop
our catalogs" pages), just send me an e-mail
with your address under the "How to Contact
Us" link or give me a call. Everyone
who orders is automatically sent the next flyer,
so if you JUST placed an order, don't worry.
If you didn't get one inside the box your order
came in, you will definitely get the next flyer
mailed to you automatically.
Thanks everyone. Have a great week!
Hi everyone. I hope today's BLOG finds everyone
products to arrive since my last BLOG include 2008-09
Champs Hockey (mostly current players,
some retired; looks like Allen & Ginter Baseball ... retro
style), 2008-09 Upper Deck
2009 Sage Hit Football
Low Series (the first
09 football product with the new rookies and
6 autos per box), and the Upper
Deck Steelers Super Bowl set. Next week will bring 09 Razor
Letterman and 09 SPx Baseball. It's been pretty
quiet on the new product front, which is kind
of nice because it allows collectors to catch
up with certain products they either didn't get
a chance to collect (or maybe started, but didn't
finish a set). It can be frustrating trying to
keep up with everything new, so a little breather
can be a good thing.
re-cap 2009 baseball received so far ... we have
2009 Topps, Upper Deck,
Spectrum, Topps Heritage, USA sets, and Tri Star
Projections. As of a few
weeks ago, we were still receiving some high
end 2008 baseball products (like Ultimate), but
everything 2008 has been received at this point;
and it'll be 2009 product from here on out. 2009
Press Pass Football will be arriving shortly
Our non-sports customers have been enjoying I-Carly
and SpongeBob Squarepants; and our gamers have
liked Pokemon Platinum, Yu-Gi-Oh Crimson Crisis,
and Magic The Gathering: Conflux.
That's about all the news that's fit to print.
Have a good weekend.
Hello there, and
happy Friday. As usual, lots
of new products to report. Last week saw the
arrival of Exquisite Football. At a mere $550
per pack, I will assume that most of you are
not in the market for it; so maybe this week's
Ice Hockey will be more up your alley. We also
received Upper Deck Premier
Basketball and 2009 Tri Star Prospects Plus Baseball. 2009 Topps
Heritage Baseball and standard 2009 Topps Baseball
continue to be strong sellers for us. Other products
to arrive since my last BLOG include 2008-09
Skybox Basketball, SpongeBob Squarepants, and
Yu-Gi-Oh Crimson Crisis.
I know that times are tough, and the economy is
affecting everyone. There are a lot of customers
who either haven't been able to place orders
or have had to order less than what's customary
for them. Believe me, we understand. Just know
that we care about our regular customers who
we've developed relationships with, and we will
be happy to hear from you when you are able.
For now, know that we miss you and we hope/trust
that all is well.
are four ideas to save you money in these cost-conscious
times ... A. Buy inexpensive products
(they're out there, and I'll name a few later
on); B. Look for a good value within your means
(you might be an Ultimate Collection or Triple
Threads fan on a Topps or Collector's Choice
budget); C. Try a product from the past that
has come down in price (the 2008 football rookie
class is very strong, and box prices haven't
come down post-season, but the 2006 rookie crop
has softened, so bargains can be found), and
D. Collect cards that are altogether different
(like a tv/movie box!). So, for some specific
suggestions ... back to A. Inexpensive products.
Here are a few ideas sure
to please your wallet ... 08-09 Collector's Choice
Hockey, 08 Upper Deck First
Edition Football/Basketball/Baseball, 08-09 Victory
Hockey, and 08 Score Football. All of these boxes
are $29.95 or less. Jerseys and/or autos don't
come often in these products, but putting together
a set and collecting all of the rookies is very
do-able, at a cheap price.
Onto B. If you're a football fan who wants jerseys
and autos, but you can't afford 08 Triple Threads
Football (one of my favorites) ... why
not try 08 Leaf Rookies & Stars Football or 08 Donruss
Threads Football? Each is $79.95, has 4 hits,
and a features a great rookie class! You might
have to stay away from some of the "big
gamble" products, and go for more of the "sure
thing" right now. C. Try a product that
has come down in price. We have sold a ton of
2005 Leaf Rookies & Stars Football at $59.95/box
(still 4 hits!), 2007-08
Ultra SE Basketball at $49.95/box or 2007
Ultra SE Baseball at $39.95/box
(each with 5 hits!), or 07-08
Upper Deck Mini Jersey Hockey at $49.95/box (a fun product with
many little replica jerseys per box). All of
these prices reflect a serious savings off of
what each was originally sold for, and many more
bargains like these can be found by looking at
the bold faced items in our mailer or in our
sports and non-sports catalogs on-line. If you
have an open mind, you might find some items
you didn't think of opening before but are a
great value now. And finally D. Collect cards
that are altogether different. One thing most
of our customers share is the enjoyment of putting
a set together from start to finish or pulling
that special autograph, rookie, or jersey card.
It doesn't matter whether you collect hockey,
baseball, NASCAR, or Yu-Gi-Oh. That enjoyment
is the same. Well, maybe you can't afford to
buy several 08 Topps Chrome Football boxes or
09 Heritage Baseball boxes to put a complete
set together. However, you might be able to buy
one movie or tv box; and try your luck at costume
and autograph cards (often guaranteed). Non-sport
boxes are smaller sets and usually yield at least
one set per box (or close). OR, the scenario
might be that you buy football boxes, but have
never purchased the Upper
Deck Rookie Premiere sets (featuring the top 30 draft picks). Well,
now might be the time. Most are only $9.95, so
very affordable. Such sets exist in almost all
sports ... whether they're of the annual rookie
crop; the World Series or Super Bowl Champions;
or of a specific athlete (Sidney Crosby, Michael
Jordan), NASCAR driver (Earnhardt Jr. and Sr.
or Jeff Gordon), or celebrity (Elvis, Marilyn
Monroe). There are many options for all tastes,
and most are $19.95 or less. So again, keep an
open mind, and you might just find something
you didn't even know you'd like; or something
you always wanted but just never purchased.
hobby news ... I previously reported that Panini
was named the sole basketball licensee by the
NBA, starting with the 09-10 season. I also mentioned
that Panini was thinking about buying the Donruss/Playoff
Company or at least partnering with them to produce
basketball cards. I'm VERY happy to report that
they ARE buying Donruss/Playoff, which I think
is very good news. There are a lot of Donruss/Playoff
brands (think about your favorite football products,
like Donruss Threads, Leaf Certified Materials,
and Leaf Rookies & Stars) that we love; and
while I will still be very sad to not see Bowman
or Topps Chrome Basketball (amongst others) next
year, at least it will be exciting to see the
Donruss/Playoff brands in basketball. That's
something to look forward to. I also hope that
the influx of capital, resources, and interest
in Donruss/Playoff will strengthen their market
share. It's been my hope for a while now that
Donruss/Playoff returns to making baseball cards
(MLB licensed), and I think their new ownership
and exclusive arrangement with the NBA can only
help in that aim.
As an aside, much like Donruss presently produces
a minor league baseball card set (Elite Extra
Edition) without a MLB license; or Sage and Press
Pass produce football draft pick sets (all of
which are without an NFL license); Upper
Deck has announced that it will be making a basketball
draft pick set for the 09-10 season. No word
yet on whether Upper Deck will include autograph
and relic cards from its exclusive signers (including
LeBron James and Kobe Bryant), but it would probably
be foolish not to. That is one huge advantage
that Upper Deck has had in recent years over
its primary competitor, Topps, in the basketball
card market. Topps has its own exclusives as
well, including Dwyane Wade (and possibly still
Greg Oden). Donruss/Playoff would have to make
a deal with Upper Deck or Topps before it could
include autos (and in some cases, jersey cards)
of their exclusive signers.
will start seeing the new 2009 football draft
picks soon, as 2009
Sage Hit Low Series Football is due to arrive next week; and 09
Press Pass Football in early April. Playoff
Prestige, Upper Deck Draft, and Upper Deck Heroes are also all
scheduled to arrive early; and Bowman is changing
its format this year to also be primarily a rookie
product. It will have an earlier release date
to coincide with its new concept. The last four
products all enjoy NFL licensing, and all rookies
have true rookie status.
Also due in soon are 2009 Finest and SPx Baseball,
08-09 Between the Pipes Hockey and the new Upper
Deck Champs Hockey (a retro product), and 08-09
UD Black Basketball.
That's it for now, everyone. Take care!
Hi all. I hope today finds you happy. We
were flooded with new products this week. You know that we
have the new 2009 Topps Baseball and Upper Deck
Baseball. Well, now we have 2009 Spectrum too.
Upper Deck released 08-09 Collector's Choice
Hockey, after years of not making it. The
highly anticipated Topps Ultimate Fighting Championship
(UFC) box is here. This product has gotten a
lot of buzz. 2008 Eclipse Racing arrived, as
well as Star Wars Galaxy 4 (with one sketch card
per box). Last in was the new 08-09 Topps Murad
Heritage Baseball will be here next week. This has been a very strong pre-sale for us,
as Heritage is always popular amongst baseball
purists. Also due to arrive is 2008 Exquisite
Football. Yu-Gi-Oh fans will be happy to know
that the new set, Crimson Crisis, is due in next
week as well.
Have a great weekend!
Happy President's Day, everyone! It was a busy
week last week, and I'm happy to say that all
2009 Topps and Upper Deck Baseball orders have
officially shipped; so if you've been expecting
one or both, they should be arriving this week.
Other new products that arrived include
2008 SP AUTHENTIC FOOTBALL, 2008-09 UPPER DECK
SERIES 2 HOCKEY, TOPPS AMERICAN HERITAGE (primarily
a history set using retired Topps card designs),
tv show I-CARLY, HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3, POKEMON
PLATINUM, and MAGIC THE GATHERING: CONFLUX.
those of you wondering what the difference between
HOBBY and RETAIL boxes is, a hobby shop
like ours mostly carries Hobby boxes; while mass
merchandisers like Target and Wal-mart carry
retail boxes. Sometimes the difference is the
way the cards are packaged. A retail box often
has fewer packs than a hobby box. 2009 Topps
Baseball HOBBY has 36 packs of 10 cards. 2009
Topps Baseball RETAIL has 24 packs of 12 cards.
Sometimes there is an insert set that can only
be found in one type of pack. You'll notice in
Beckett that Topps Baseball has some inserts
that can only be found in hobby packs and others
that can only be found in Target packs specifically
or Wal-mart packs specifically. This is unusual
(to have different inserts in different retail
packs) but possible. The most important difference
is the number of game used or autograph cards
you'll find, and this is where the value of a
hobby box comes into play. A perfect example
of this is the 2009 Topps American Heritage product.
The Topps American Heritage RETAIL and HOBBY
boxes BOTH have 24 packs of 8 cards. The HOBBY
box yields TWO autographs or relic cards, while
the RETAIL does not guarantee any (but I believe
does usually yield ONE). Most of our customers
want hobby boxes because you get a better chance
at getting "the big pull". But, because
the hobby box usually costs more, set collectors
sometimes prefer switching over to the cheaper
alternative of the retail box to finish off their
set. Other collectors stick with the hobby regardless
to get more autos and relics. We always carry
hobby boxes (unless otherwise noted), but we
do sometimes carry both hobby and retail so that
set builders have a choice. You'll notice that
we have both of the aforementioned Topps American
Heritage varieties and both of the 2009 Topps
Baseball types too.
in this week are 2008 ULTIMATE COLLECTION FOOTBALL
and 2008-09 SKYBOX BASKETBALL. We've sold quite
a bit of 2008-09 SP Authentic Basketball and
2008 SP Authentic Football lately. One important
note ... on average, the SP Basketball yields 2
autos and the SP Football yields 3. However,
there have been some problems reported with SP
Football. We've had several boxes opened that
yielded only 2 autos, and one customer pulled
7 ! So just please be aware that this could be
the case for you as well.
I'll be in touch again soon.
I announced in a previous BLOG that the NBA signed
an exclusive 4 year deal with virtual unknown
Panini to be the exclusive NBA licensee starting
next season (and that I was unhappy about it).
Well, rumor is that Panini is trying to partner
with Donruss (or maybe even buy them), which
I think would be great news for basketball, as
Donruss is known for many exceptional brands
(think football). Stay tuned!
products were due to be released this week. Some came in. Some haven't. Some won't. Here's
an update. The most anticipated product our customers
have been waiting for is 2009 Topps Baseball.
That is currently on an overturned UPS tractor
trailer in Oklahoma, so that will not be arriving
until next week. We have it coming from two different
sources, and apparently their orders were both
on that truck! A similarly strange scenario happened
to our 2008 SP Football product, but Steve scrambled
to get more for Thursday. We DID receive 2009
Upper Deck Baseball, 2008 Playoff Contenders
Baseball, 2008-09 SP Game Used Hockey, and 2008-09
Until later ...
everyone! I'm working on the next e-mail newsletter,
sent shortly, with
all sorts of new product information, but I wanted
to share some timely information with you now.
here's the big news ... guess who won't be making
basketball cards next year? Topps and
Upper Deck! I'm sort of in shock about the decision,
but the NBA signed an exclusive 4 year deal with
an Italian company Panini to be the sole NBA
trading card licensee. You might be familiar
with Panini because they produce stickers that
are distributed in the U.S. I've seen various
cartoon character stickers they've made, in particular.
Apparently, because the basketball card market
has been struggling, Topps and Upper Deck agreed
that one manufacturer would be enough for the
NBA card market to maximize profits and sales.
The NBA seems excited about Panini's ability
to maximize global sales, and they're enthused
by some of their ideas. Me personally? Nervous.
Worried. Not happy. Much like when Donruss was
shut out of the MLB card market, I'm going to
miss my favorite basketball brands. I'm a big
fan of Bowman/ Bowman Chrome and Topps Chrome,
in particular; and unless Panini is going to
make a deal with Topps to buy these brands (like
Upper Deck did with Fleer's brand names when
Fleer went out of business), then Bowman/ Bowman
Chrome and Topps Chrome Basketball will be no
more. I'll reserve complete judgment until I
see what Panini brings to the table, but for
now, I'm not excited.
of new products came in this week, and most are
already going up in price. Examples are Topps
Hardwood Basketball, Topps Mayo Football, Topps
American Heritage, Topps Barack Obama Trading
cards, Upper Deck USA Baseball sets, and Playoff
National Treasures Football. One of the big reasons
products go up in price so quickly (or even before
they're released and still in the pre-order phase)
is that the companies don't make enough of them.
It's your typical supply and demand situation.
I don't think anyone had any idea how many Topps
Obama trading card boxes would sell (and yes,
that's a real product!). We've hardly sold any
in our store, but we've sold a bunch of boxes
and cases across the country. Topps Mayo Football
we ordered only enough to cover pre-orders we
had because we didn't know much about the product
and didn't want to have too much. Well, apparently,
due to low pre-orders from the hobby, Topps didn't
produce a lot of Mayo; and now the price is higher
than it would have been expected to be, simply
because of perceived supply available (not due
to the merits of the product itself). The product
might be great; it might not. We don't know yet
because it was just released.
is what has been going on with 08-09 basketball
products. You may have noticed that both 08-09
Bowman/ Bowman Chrome and Topps Chrome have gone
up $10-20 a box. This is because they've been
very well received by collectors (demand), and
there's only so much supply to go around (remember
I said they were my favorites!). For the most
part, both Topps and Upper Deck are producing
only enough 08-09 product (and basketball especially)
to meet their pre-orders. If they over produce,
the excess won't sell and/or the value of all
of the product will go down to compensate. Well,
it's hard for dealers (like us) to predict what
will sell or not sell (many factors involved,
including the current economic climate, timing
of the products' release, production numbers,
and likability of the product), so for a brand
new product like Topps Hardwood, which has no
previous experience in the marketplace, most
dealers didn't order a lot. Well, then Topps
didn't produce a lot. People were excited that
there wasn't a lot of it, so demand went up.
Accordingly, the price on the secondary market
went up. And this is basically the case with
almost all of the new products that have come
in over the past week.
2009 Topps Baseball, coming out in about a week
or so, will probably be going up as well. It
was sold out 3 months ago.
good thing about manufacturers producing less
than they expected is that often, they will increase
the content of the product. They have a certain
number of autographs, patches, and numbered inserts
earmarked for a product; with less cases being
produced. So you often get more hits than you
originally would have. That's enjoyable. We saw
some 09 Playoff National Treasures Football opened
today, and boy, was it nice ... both in appearance
(lettermen autographs with game worn letters,
autographs on fabric cards, prime patch pieces ... we
saw a gorgeous Randall Cunningham patch with
a piece of the Eagle ... obviously a local favorite)
and low numbering. Each box had several cards
numbered to 5 or less.
new arrival worth mentioning is 2008 Triple Threads
Football. We've seen a few opened here,
and we were very impressed with what was pulled.
It helps that we have a good rookie crop this
year. Given that the autograph jersey card in
Triple Threads is often a rookie, it's good that
there are so many good ones to pull. Matt Ryan,
Joe Flacco, Chris Johnson, DeSean Jackson, Felix
Jones, and Darren McFadden all would be winners ... just
to name a few. We've seen many low numbered cards
in this product as well. One customer had 6 1/1's
in his 18 box case!
important to note is that in all of these cases,
pre-ordering the product at our starting
price was a smart move. We honor all of our pre-orders,
no matter if we have to pay more for a product
because it's suddenly in great demand and short
supply. And not that it's easy to predict which
new products will be "winners" (we
struggle with this ourselves!), but at least
if you know you're interested in something, it
often pays to lock it in when it's first offered.
I expect to have some information about the brand
new Topps American Heritage later this week (in
terms of what you get in a box).
I'll talk to you soon!
Hi everyone! I apologize that it's been so long
since I've written. The holidays are always busy,
and it's hard to find the time to write and make
sure orders got out on time. I hope you all enjoyed
a wonderful holiday season and New Year's celebrations
and are off to a good start this year.
I wouldn't even know where to begin with what
items are new since it's been so long since I've
written, so I'll just go
over the very latest arrivals.
In football, that means 2008 Playoff Contenders.
In Baseball, it's 2008 Ultimate Collection, Topps
Sterling, Sweet Spot, Bowman Sterling, Razor Signature
Minor League, and Upper Deck Timeline. For Basketball,
08-09 Fleer just arrived, preceded by the popular
Topps Chrome. In Hockey, we just received 08-09
Trilogy. And in Racing, the latest is 2009 Press
Pass. In answer to a popular question, please note
that 2009 Baseball comes out in February.
There have been several
products released recently by both Donruss and
Razor featuring either general
celebrities or sports legends. Remember that Donruss
does not have a Major League Baseball license,
but they do want to appeal to the baseball collector
market, so they started by making 2008 Donruss
Threads Baseball (a mixture of baseball up and
comers and old timers). Both Pete Rose and Shoeless
Joe Jackson were featured in Threads. Donruss then
continued to appeal to collectors of up and comers
with their 2008 Donruss Elite Extra Edition Baseball.
Their most recent release combined baseball with
other sports to make up their 2008 Donruss Sports
Legends product. This was well received, with autograph
and clothing cards of popular athletes from all
fields ... including the obvious sports of Baseball,
Basketball, Football, and Hockey; but also including
Nascar, Gymnastics, Softball, Bowling, Tennis,
and Pool (and others). We've seen some Richard
Petty auto's and some Jennie Finch ones, along
with Pete Rose autos and Shoeless Joe Jackson bat
cards. It's an interesting combination of athletes
in one product. I'll talk about the Razor products
(including Razor's Cut Signature Encore Edition)
in the e-newsletter.
There's a lawsuit between
Upper Deck and Konami that's affecting Yu-Gi-Oh
fans. For now, the new
set is on hold until the two sides settle things.
Pokemon Platinum (a NEW series ... not Diamond and
Pearl) is due out right before Valentine's Day.
And MAGIC:The Gathering fans can look forward to
Conflux, arriving February 6th.
Barack Obama fans (or political junkies) might
be interested to know that there's
a new "President
Obama" trading card set, released by Topps.
It's all about Obama's early life and rise to the
White House. I'm not aware of any random autographs
(which would have been a nice addition), but there
are "Presidential Pup" redemption cards,
redeemable for a card of Sasha and Malia's new
dog, once determined. We thought that was funny
I should be getting a new
e-newsletter out next week with all sorts of
information about upcoming
releases. I've been filing away paperwork for just
that purpose. Here are two
tid bits I'll include in today's BLOG. The upcoming 08-09 UD Black Basketball
will feature two A-list autographs per 10 box case.
These autographs are from the following list ... Kobe
Bryant, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, Kevin Garnett,
Magic Johnson, Bill Russell, Larry Bird, Dr. J,
Michael Beasley, O.J. Mayo, and Derrick Rose. On
the football front, 2008 Ultimate Collection is
being re-tooled. Every 4th-5th pack of Ultimate
Collection will feature an Ultimate Rookie Signature
Materials Card, and that subset of RC’s only
includes the BEST 20 rookies! I'll leave you with
that for now.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy a happy, healthy
2009 (full of great card pulls!!!).
Hi everyone! Long time, no BLOG. I'm guessing everyone's
Christmas and Hanukkah shopping is well underway
(if not almost over!). Of course, some of you
(like Steven) will be at the mall Tuesday night!
We're selling a lot of Phillies items (surprise,
surprise), and the 2008
Upper Deck World Champions set has been very
hot. I usually give a list
of new products that arrived recently, of which
there are many; but I think this time I'll highlight
some items that have been selling well that might
not be on your radar.
First, I might as well tell you about the aforementioned
Phillies set. I know that nationally, the sets
won't sell as well as locally, but
we do have a lot of customers in Pennsylvania and
the tri-state area or Philly transplants who still
follow our team (our mom lives in New Mexico, and
she's one of the biggest Phillies fans ever!).
The new 2008 Upper Deck World Series Champions
Phillies set is a 50 card set plus additional larger
size celebration card (players jumping on top of
each other after their win). There are 25 regular
player cards, including all of the usual suspects
(Utley, Howard, Hamels, Victorino) plus other players
that have either never had a Phillies card (Joe
Blanton), or just not too many (Matt Stairs, Clay
Condrey, etc.). There is a special Cole Hamels
MVP card as well as many cards of memorable moments
of the post season. It's a no-brainer for any Phillies
Razor Signature Series Minor League Baseball
has been a solid seller. It's a bit confusing
to figure out which players also have autographs
in other minor league sets (like Tri Star's new,
well received 2008 Prospects Plus release). According
to Razor, the top 15 draft picks are exclusive
signers for them (I'm wondering if that's from
here on forward, as opposed to they haven't signed
in other products previously). Whatever the case,
the Razor product is a good one, and all cards
are hard signed (signed on card, not on sticker).
There are 10 packs in a box, and an autograph
in each pack.
Topps Heritage High Number Baseball is popular. We expected this product to sell well when Topps
announced they were making it, and it has. There
are so many Heritage fans, and anyone who put
together basic Heritage for this year would enjoy
this update set. You could equate it to a Series
2 product, if that's easier to understand (since
historically, Heritage has only come out in one
series). There are 200 players in Heritage Update,
and the cards are numbered 501-720; so the update
continues where the basic set left off.
want to draw special attention to Upper Deck's
Masterpieces sets ...
in all sports. There's 2008
Upper Deck Masterpieces Baseball, Football, and
then 2008-09 Legends Masterpieces Hockey. Whenever
we see these boxes opened, we are more and more
impressed by the look of the cards. If you haven't
seen them before, they're reminiscent of Topps
Gallery and would probably appeal to purists
who like Heritage, Cracker Jack, Play Ball, and
the like. The cards are drawings, as opposed
to actual photographs, but they are drawings
of actual game moments. It's fun watching our
customers identify the key game plays, and it
really takes you back to great moments in sports;
so it's kind of got a historical and interactive
aspect to it. Players featured in baseball and
football are assorted ... plenty of legends,
but lots of current players and rookies as well
you get the best of all worlds). If you haven't
tried it before, you might check it out.
arrivals this week include 2008-09 Topps Chrome
Basketball, 2008-09 SP Rookie Threads Basketball,
2008-09 Black Diamond Hockey, 2008-09 Between
the Pipes Hockey, 2008 Donruss Americana Sports
Legends, and Marvel Masterpieces Series 3. To
check out other recent product arrivals and sell
sheets, just click on our Home Page link.
Happy holidays, and happy shopping!
Hi everyone. First,
we sent an e-newsletter out last week. If you didn't get it and you want
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The newsletters are always chock full of upcoming
product news to help you in your card buying
PRODUCTS that arrived this week were 2008 Topps
Heritage High Number Baseball, 2008 Tri Star
Signa Cuts Baseball, 2008 Bowman Chrome Football,
2008-09 SPx Basketball, 2008-09 Upper Deck Series
I Hockey, Rittenhouse Archives Fantastic Four
Archives, and Yu-Gi-Oh Crossroads of Chaos. We're
expecting 2008 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects
Baseball, 2008 Topps Letterman Football, and
2008-09 Topps Co-Signers Basketball NEXT Friday
is celebrating Barack Obama's Presidential victory with a fact-filled 90 card set documenting
his humble beginnings and subsequent rise to
the White House. The scheduled release date is
in January, prior to his inauguration, and presently,
in pack form, with 6 cards and one sticker per
collectors should note that upcoming
08-09 basketball releases may be in short supply
(read that as good investments). By and large,
08-09 basketball has been under-ordered by retailers
but getting more attention by collectors because
of the performance of the top three draft picks...Derrick
Rose, Michael Beasley, and O.J. Mayo. If you're
a basketball fan, now might be a good time to
That's it for now. Until next time!
Hi everyone. Sorry I've been out of touch so long.
I'm working on an e-newsletter that will be going
out in a couple of days, and realized I've neglected
Well, of course the big news around here is the
PHILLIES winning the World Series. It's put a
smile on a lot of people's faces, and we're so
proud of our guys. It's a win this city wanted
so badly, and it was great to see all the celebration
and pay back to the great fans. So many kids
took off from school to attend the Friday parade,
using the excuse of "Phillies Phever" that
they actually made it an excused absence in our
area. A great bonus for
Phillies fans is that the 2008 Upper Deck World
Series card set coming
out in early December will finally feature our
team! We have a great deal right now on pre-orders.
One set is $19.95, and 4 or more is $14.95; so
essentially, that's buy 3, get 1 free! Definitely
lock in your sets as soon as you can because
we'll know we'll be selling a lot of them this
year (and we don't want to run out!).
As for products
that arrived lately, we've received
2008 Leaf Rookies & Stars Football, 2008
Leaf Limited Football, 2008 Bowman Football,
2008 UD Masterpieces Football, 2008 Upper Deck
Timelines Baseball, 2008 Topps Updates & Highlights
Baseball, 2008 Stadium Baseball, 2008 Donruss
Threads Baseball, 2008 SP Authentic Baseball,
2008-09 Upper Deck Hockey, 2008-09 Ultra Hockey,
2008-09 Artifacts Hockey, 2008-09 Bowman Draft
Picks & Prospects Basketball, 2008-09 Hoops
Hot Prospects Basketball, 2008 Press Pass Legends
Racing, Pokemon Stormfront, Rittenhouse James
Bond in Motion, and Topps WWE Heritage Series
IV. Boy, that was a mouthful!
let's discuss a few of those products. I've
gotten some questions about 2008
Since Donruss doesn't have a MLB license, some
customers want to know what Donruss Threads is
all about. It's a mixture of minor leaguers and
legendary players, with roughly 4 hits per box
(hits being jersey and autograph cards). Highlights
of the set include Shoeless Joe Jackson bat cards
and Pete Rose autograph cards. It's a nice looking
card set, and very similar in design to 2008
Donruss Threads Football. Like-wise, 2008
UD Masterpieces Football is very similar in design
to its baseball predecessors from 2007 and 2008.
Masterpieces are drawings of actual game moments.
I wasn't too familiar with this product other
than the look of the card ... which is rich in
color and on a nice, thick card stock. Masterpieces
also has framed inserts in every pack that you
don't get a "hit" in. Hits are 3 per
box, and include an auto and two jerseys. We
saw someone opening a couple of boxes yesterday,
and he got a kick out of identify'ing the game
highlights depicted on the cards. There are great
plays from the past, as well as the present;
and rookie cards are frequent too. All in all,
it's a different looking and very nice set (and
with 90 cards in it, it's do-able for set builders).
A couple of products that are different for 2008
are Stadium Baseball and
Leaf Limited Football.
We haven't seen Stadium Baseball in a while,
and it's back this year with an autograph in
each pack (12 packs per box), so while the regular
card set is everything you've come to expect
from Stadium over the years (high gloss, great
photography, thick card stock); the configuration
is different, making autograph collectors happy,
but set builders needing to purchase several
boxes. 2008 Leaf Limited Football had been a
single hit per pack product the last couple of
years. This year, it's more of a conventional
Donruss product, with 16 packs and 4 hits per
few notes ... Donruss cancelled their 2008 Playoff
NFL set product. Topps has pushed back 2008 Bowman
Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball until December
10th, and while we currently have the very popular
2008 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball as pushed
back until December 4th, we hear rumors that
they're trying to get it out in November. The
much anticipated 2008 Topps Letterman Football
was due in November, but we're currently waiting
to hear an update on its release date.
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Hi everyone! There is definitely
PHILLIES FEVER in the air here, as just about everyone is going
crazy for our hometown team, and hoping we can
make it to the World Series. Phillies fans aren't
used to watching our team in the post season, so
this has been fun!
The only new products to
arrive last week were 08-09 OPC Hockey and 08 SP Rookie Threads Football.
This week, we're expecting 08-09 Ultra Hockey,
08-09 Hot Prospects Basketball, 08 Donruss Gridiron
Gear Football, and 2008 SP Authentic Baseball;
so that should be something for everyone; since
all four sports are represented, and all four products
are pretty popular.
New SELL SHEETS posted on our website are ...
Upper Deck Documentary
Baseball, UD Ultimate Collection Baseball, UD
Sweet Spot Baseball,
Sterling Football, Topps Triple Threads Football,
Press Pass Legends Bowl Edition
Football, UD Ultimate Collection Football,
Leaf Limited Football, Topps
Co-Signers Basketball, UD Ultimate Collection
Basketball, UD SP Rookie
Threads Basketball, Topps Chrome Basketball,
UD Trilogy Hockey, UD
MVP Hockey, UD Black Diamond
Hockey, Press Pass Legends
Racing, 2009 Press Pass Racing, and Rittenhouse
Bond in Motion.
Take care. We hope to talk to you soon!
products announced in my last BLOG entry as upcoming
did arrive (2008 UD Masterpieces Baseball,
2008-09 MVP and Topps Treasury Basketball, and
2008 Wheels American Thunder Racing), except
for 2008 Bowman Football (the one probably most
anticipated!). It's been pushed back until the
week of October 22nd. We also received 2008 SP
Rookie Threads Football, 2008 UD Premier Football,
2008 Topps Football Factory sets, 2008 Upper
Deck First Edition Baseball Factory sets, and
MAGIC: The Gathering Shards of Alara. This week,
we expect 2008-09 OPC Hockey to arrive. We had
expected 2008 SP Authentic Baseball and 2008-09
Fleer Ultra Hockey as well, but they've been
Topps released some misc. info regarding some if
its products. Due to breakout performances by
2008 football rookies Felix Jones, Matt Forte,
and Jonathan Stewart; Topps is adding them to
their 2008 Topps Sterling Football roster. They
join the already announced Darren McFadden and
Matt Ryan. Topps also made a correction to the
autograph odds stated on the sell sheet of Stadium
Club Baseball. A triple relic autographed card
with ONE autograph will be inserted at a rate
of one per case, instead of a triple autograph
card, as stated on the sell sheet.
More news as it arrives...
Hi all. I'm writing
to tell you about two products
that have been cancelled ... Topps
Predictors Basketball and Topps Election Collection. I guess Topps
didn't receive enough orders for either product
to substantiate making them. I'm surprised about
the Election Collection because there's certainly
a lot of interest in this year's candidates,
and the timing couldn't be better for it.
New products expected this week include 2008 Bowman
Football, 08-09 MVP Basketball, 08-09 Topps Treasury
Basketball, 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces Baseball,
and 2008 Wheels American Thunder Racing.
Until next time ...
Hi everyone! Many
new products arrived this week. We now have 2008
Upper Deck Ballpark Collection Baseball. If the
pack we opened is any indication
of how good the product is, then it bodes well.
We pulled an 8 piece jersey card of none other
than the Phils and the Mets. On the Phils side
(and remember what city we're in and the fact
that we're HUGE Phillies fans) were ... Chase Utley,
Cole Hamels, Pat Burrell, and Brad Lidge; and
then on the Mets side were ... Carlos Delgado,
Johan Santana, Moises Alou, and Billy Wagner.
I was so thrilled, because I've seen many multi-piece
Phillies cards over the years, but I've never
pulled one. SO I really fished my wish with this
one. Our quad jersey card was pretty respectable
as well ... Mike Schmidt (another Phil!), Albert
Pujols, Ken Griffey Jr., and David Ortiz. Pretty
recent products include ... 2008-09 UD Black
Hockey (with 2 pulls per pack and 2 packs per
box), 2008 Leaf Certified Materials Football
(4 game used or autos per box), 2008 Finest Football
(3 mostly rookie autos per box), 2008 UD Premier
Football (one high end pack featuring several
jerseys, patches, and autos), 2008 Playoff Absolute
Football (4 pulls per box, including one auto),
and 2008-09 Upper Deck 1st Edition Basketball.
Still selling well are 2008 Topps Chrome Football,
and to set collectors ... basic 2008 Topps Football,
Baseball, and Basketball. Each basic Topps box
guarantees a jersey card per box this year, which
is a great bonus. Speaking of set collectors,
the 2008 Topps Football Factory sets are supposed
to arrive tomorrow.
of you who opened 2008 Topps Football packs may
have noticed some retro looking inserts (numbered
to 40). They're part of a 40 card Turn Back the
Clock insert set, available directly to hobby
dealers (like us) and in packs of 2008 Topps
Football. Cards 1-5 and all even numbered cards
from 1-40 were sent to us (as a way to reward
Topps Football pack purchases), and odd numbered
cards from 7-39 are found randomly in packs.
If you are completing this set and need the ones
we have, please just let us know. If you ordered
2008 Topps Football from us, we'd be happy to
ship the remaining cards to you, FREE of charge,
with your next order.
Topps Football product update ... this one for
2008 Finest Football. Due to a production
error, the base autographed cards were not sequentially
numbered, and Topps had intended for them to
be. So, if you have an auto that you'd like to
have numbered, you can send the card(s) to Topps,
> ATTN: Consumer Relations
> 401 York Ave.
> Duryea, PA 18642
return the card to you, numbered, and with a
bonus pack of cards. What's interesting is
that some of the print runs are REALLY short.
If you were lucky enough to pull one of the better
players, including Darren McFadden, Matt Ryan,
Felix Jones, and Joe Flacco ... you were luckier
than you even thought! There's only 40 of each
one. Feel free to e-mail me if you want the print
run of a specific rookie. They range from 40
For you Republicans out there, Razor's
new 2008 Razor Cut Signature Edition (primarily a Celebrity
signature product) features
the first ever cut signature card of Vice Presidential
Sarah Palin. Apparently, her autograph is being
heavily forged right now, so this is your chance
to have a James Spence authenticated one (he's
a well respected authenticator). Razor is also
releasing a Baseball Draft Signature Series in
late November. There will be 10 packs per box
and 1 auto per pack.
we're expecting soon (next week) are ... 2008
Upper Deck Masterpieces Baseball, 2008 Upper
Deck First Edition Baseball Factory sets, 2008
SP Rookie Threads Football, 2008-09 OPC Hockey,
2008-09 Ultra Hockey, 2008-09 Topps Treasury
Basketball (which I wrote about in our last e-newsletter
and looks really good!), 2008-09 MVP Basketball,
2008 Wheels American Thunder Racing, and Topps
2008 Election Factory set.
More info soon!
of you who like affordable boxes have a ton to
choose from right now ... in all sports! For
Football, we just received the brand new 2008
Upper Deck First Edition Football and Topps Kickoff
(and that's in addition to the recently released
Score and Topps). For Basketball, 08-09 Topps
arrived today (and we received Upper Deck earlier
in the week). For Hockey, there's 08-09 Victory.
And for Baseball, we have lots to choose from ... 08
Upper Deck First Edition & First Edition
Update, Topps Opening Day, and Topps. It's nice
to know that you can still put a set together
without breaking the bank.
Other new sports releases include 2008 Playoff
Absolute Memorabilia Football, 2008 Bowman Sterling
Football, 2007-08 Topps Letterman Basketball
(more on that later!), 2008-09 Upper Deck Legends
Masterpieces Hockey, 2008 Press Pass VIP Racing,
and 2008 MLS Soccer (with
2 jersey cards per box and at $49.95 ... it's
a great deal!). Non-sports
fans are enjoying the NEW Yu-Gi-Oh Duelist Genesis
and Webkinz Series 3.
Regarding that 07-08 Topps Letterman Basketball
release, we saw a customer open a bunch of it
the other day, and I must say that I
was very impressed with the quality of the product. We
saw MANY good pulls. The best was probably a
1/1 Dwyane Wade auto laundry tag card, but the
fact that I'm not sure that's the best card makes
the quality of the product pretty good. Our customer
also pulled an awesome Dennis Rodman pull-out
card. It spelled out R-O-D-M-A-N, with 6 different
Letterman cards, all attached, and the first
card was autographed (numbered to 19). That was
really sweet. Those pull-outs are apparently
1 per 8 boxes. We really liked Letterman, and
we think this bodes well for their Football version,
arriving late Fall.
I was away for a week, and the
hobby exploded with new football products! So many new releases
arrived ... 2008 Score and Score Select, 2008
Topps Chrome, 2008 Upper Deck Icons, 2008 Bowman
and the 2008 NFL Rookie Premiere set. Icons
is the product that features the Brett Favre
Jets Letterman redemption. The regular cards
are attractive, with a foil finish; and each
an autograph and 2 jersey cards. Topps Chrome
looks great with no big surprises based on
product. Chrome consistently looks like a shiny
metal plated version of basic Topps. Rookies
are roughly 1 per pack, and there is one autograph
per box. Score is your basic, inexpensive no
football product, that like Topps, allows you
to put a set together without breaking the
you're wanting jerseys and autos, then check
out Stadium, SPx, Bowman Sterling, or Donruss
but if you want to get the rookies cheaply,
then Score's for you. Score Select looks like
version of Score, with many parallels (numbered
cards) per box. 2008
Playoff Absolute Memorabilia Football is the
next product due in, to be
followed by 2008 Upper Deck Kickoff and 2008
fans are enjoying the recently released 2008
Upper Deck First Edition Update, 2008
Upper Deck Heroes, 2008 Goudey, 2008 Bowman
Chrome, and 2008 Triple Threads. Next up, on
September 9th and 10th respectively, are two
new Upper Deck products ... 2008 "X" Baseball,
and 2008 Ballpark Collection. Details
on those new releases to follow in a future
BLOG entry. Basketball collectors will finally
have 2008-09 rookies in September 9th's Topps
release, followed by 08-09 Upper Deck MVP on
the 10th. Hockey fans have 08-09 Victory so
far; and can expect 08-09 Upper Deck Legends
Masterpieces next week, and 08-09 Upper Deck
Black on September 10th. (All dates given are
those provided to us by the manufacturers,
and are subject to change.)
I'm back with more
hobby news. If you didn't receive our e-mail newsletter,
then let me quickly cover
the highlights I first announced there ... 1. Brett Favre's first Jets card will be in the 2008
Memorabilia Football, retail version 2. Topps
will be making a High series of their popular
2008 Heritage baseball product. 3. Topps signed
Babe Ruth to an exclusive deal where only they
can feature his likeness on cards.
On to other news,
contrary to what was expected, Topps
will not be releasing a 2008 Topps Baseball
Factory Update set. We're surprised, given that
last year's update set was so well received.
Much like the already released 07-08 Stadium Club
Basketball and the brand new 2008 Stadium Club
Football, there WILL be
a 2008 Stadium Club Baseball product. Like its predecessors, the HOBBY box
will contain one hit per pack. Specifically,
the 12 pack box will contain 12 autographs (6
will be rookie autos) and one Yankee relic card.
Every 4 box case is slated to contain a sketch
card and 1 triple autograph card. Sell sheets
are posted on this site in our SELL SHEETS area.
Major changes have been announced for the upcoming
Leaf Limited Football, most notably that it's
no longer a one pack box. More details will follow,
as we get them, in a later BLOG entry.
Another notable mention is that Topps Letterman
Football will be debuting later this year. The
basketball version is expected next week.
so far this week are ... Artbox 24 Season 5, Press
Pass Elvis By the Numbers,
and Inkworks Journey to the Center of the Earth
(with accompanying 3D glasses!).
This will be a quick post. I
wanted to briefly go over this week's new football
new ones came in this week ... 2008 Donruss Threads,
2008 Upper Deck, and 2008 Stadium ... and we've
seen them all. Upper Deck and Stadium both feature
the new rookies in their NFL uniforms. Upper
Deck added an extra jersey card to their box,
so you now get 3 jerseys and 1 autograph. Cards
feature good action photography in a full bleed
(no border) design. Donruss Threads yields 4
relic and/or autograph cards per box with their
popular rookie autograph Lettermen inserts returning
for this year. Stadium Club is a 10 pack box
with an autograph or jersey per pack. It still
features the thick card stock, great action photography,
and high gloss coating that collectors have grown
to love. We've heard from a lot of collectors
that they'd like the traditional 24 pack box
of Stadium to return. It was always a collector
We're expecting 2008 Bowman Chrome Baseball and
2008-09 Victory Hockey next week. More news then!
lots of new products have arrived ... 2008 Triple
Threads Baseball, 2008 Goudey Baseball, 2008
Topps Baseball Factory sets, 2008 Press Pass
Legends Football, 2008 Sage Squared Football, 2008
WNBA, Magic Eventide, 2008 Razor Cut Signature "packs",
X-Files "I Want to Believe", Star Wars "The
Clone Wars", and WWE Ultimate Rivals.
We're looking into changing and modernizing the "Collector
Links" page on our web site to reflect our
customers' current interests, and we want your
help! Right now, we list web sites we think might
be of interest to you, but we want to branch out
and cover other areas as well. What
would you like to see in this section? Are there topics you want
to know more about? Do you have questions you need
answered? We'd like to hear from you so we can
incorporate as many of your interests as possible
into this section. I'm open to all of your ideas.
Time to answer a
few customer questions I've gotten. One is quick
and easy ... QUESTION: 2008
Speedway Racing ... is it Nascar? ANSWER: Yes,
it is ... a new brand from Press Pass. The next
is more involved. QUESTION: 2008
Topps Baseball Factory sets. You advertise more
than one set.
How are they different? ANSWER: It's
mostly the packaging. Every 2008 Topps Factory
set has the
same 660 baseball cards from Series 1 and 2,
but the bonus cards and players featured on the
packaging differ depending on whether it's the
regular set, All-Star set, or team-specific set.
Just ask us if you want to know the exact differences,
but rest assured that no matter which set you
choose, you WILL have one of each card that Topps
released in Series 1 and 2. QUESTION: 2008
Upper Deck A Piece of History Baseball ... is
the history aspect of the product baseball related?
ANSWER: No. As mentioned in a previous blog entry,
the History aspect covers all sorts of trivia,
from presidential facts to landmarks to explorers.
If you have a question you'd like answered, either
in this BLOG, or privately, just e-mail me!
The last order of business in today's BLOG entry
is a reminder to protect
your cards properly.
Too many of our customers don't use soft sleeves
inside of top loaders, and you must! Putting
a card directly into a top loader will hurt the
corners of the card as well as the card's surface.
I always think that top loaders should come with
the soft sleeves to make sure the collector knows
to use them, but since they are sold separately ... please
be aware of this fact. And until a soft sleeve
designed to fit a patch card is created, if you're
putting a patch card into a top loader, use a
team set bag as a makeshift soft sleeve. If you
put the patch card in it, seal it with the adhesive
strip, then fold the bag around the card, it
slides perfectly into the patch top loader (either
a 3.5 mm or 5 mm). We use team set bags for just
this purpose all the time! They work perfectly,
and even create a little resistance inside the
top loader (because of the folded over plastic)
to keep thinner patches from falling out!
Thanks for reading, everyone!
was slim pickings this week for new products,
but 2008 Topps Football did arrive. With the
same design as this year's Topps Baseball product,
the Football features rookies in their NFL uniforms
(the first product this year to do so). The jumbo
box has 2 autographs (we received an additional
jersey card in 1 of 2 boxes, but it's not guaranteed).
The regular 36 count hobby box guarantees an
autograph or jersey card, one per box. We also
received the latest Tri Star Projections Baseball
(the High Series) and the 2008 Topps Baseball
Factory set, All-Star Game Edition.
next two weeks are BIG weeks for high end product (read that as expensive!). Due in are the much
anticipated (and overdue) 2008 Topps Triple Threads
Baseball, 2007-08 The Cup Hockey, and 2007-08
Exquisite Basketball. For those of you with more
modest budgets, we'll also be getting 2008 Press
Pass Legends Football, 2008 Topps Allen & Ginter
Baseball (a popular product for set collectors),
and 2008 Topps Baseball Factory sets this week.
Non-Sports fans will be happy to know that Supernatural
Connections, Marvel Masterpieces Series 2, Heroes
2, and Stargate SG1 Season 10 are all now in
'Til next time ...
2008 UD Piece of History
is our best selling new baseball product. At $74.95, to get 4 pulls per
box is pretty impressive. We've seen a bunch of
these opened at this point, and the breakdown of
the 4 pulls is one autograph, two baseball jersey
cards (often double and possibly triple jersey
pieces), and one "A Piece of Hollywood" memorabilia
card. It's these Hollywood cards that are the most
interesting to me. They feature almost solely A-name
actors' costume pieces. We've seen multiples of
George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Denzel Washington, Demi
Moore, Robin Williams, Christopher Reeves, and
Mel Gibson. Almost every Hollywood card is a winner,
but the weird part is that they only list the actor's
first name and no photo. I'm guessing that those
omissions saved Upper Deck on royalties, which
certainly paid off for the collector, who gets
so many A-list actor costume pieces. I've never
seen such an all-star celebrity line-up. It would
be like every baseball jersey card being Jeter,
A Rod, and Pujols ... a happy collector every box.
While mostly a baseball product, the "Piece
of History" name refers to general historical
fact cards also in the set ... everything from inventions,
explorers, and landmarks to presidential trivia.
We've been getting a lot of phone calls about
2008 Topps Baseball Factory sets. Rest assured,
they're coming. The All-Star version (same basic
Topps set, special All-Star Game packaging) is
due this week; and the rest are due later this
On the redemption card front,
things are changing for the better ... finally! Topps has just created
an on-line redemption process, like Upper Deck's;
so mailing in redemption cards is no longer necessary.
Donruss did a complete overhaul of their redemption
process and website, including enabling on-line
redemptions (as well as filing damaged card claims
on-line). Most importantly, all three manufacturers
are limiting the number of redemptions in their
products. Donruss had no redemptions in their first
two football releases ... 2008 Playoff Prestige and
2008 Donruss Elite. Upper Deck has vowed to eliminate
redemptions (as we know them) altogether, and is
putting a system in place where collectors can
go on-line and choose which cards they get (more
info on that as it becomes available). So at least
that's a step in the right direction by the manufacturers.
Coming in this week is the much anticipated 2008
Topps Football. This should be the first 2008 product
to feature rookies in their NFL uniforms, with
photos taken at the rookie photo shoot.
Until next time!