2013-14 National Treasures Basketball Preview

On the eve of the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention, I felt it was an appropriate time to preview 2013-14 National Treasures Basketball, the high-end product from Panini. It has been rumored that Panini will bring two cases of this product with them to the convention for some group breaks after apparently pushing the product…


Andrew Luck 2012 Upper Deck Redemption Information

Last month Upper Deck began mailing out the long-awaited Andrew Luck autographs from their 2012 products. As most of you recall, UD did not have a contract with Andrew Luck when the 2012 products first came out (thanks to Press Pass.) Therefore, they included slightly ambiguous redemptions into all of their 2012 products which to…


2013-14 Panini Crusade Basketball Review

At the end of May, Panini released Crusade Basketball for its sophomore season. Crusade was a favorite among collectors last year because of the low numbered Crusade parallels and the low cost ($65-$80). This year, Panini introduced a few new colors to the mix, with a die cut orange that is numbered to 99 and…

2013-14 Exquisite Football

2013-2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Football Preview

Quantum Football released a few months ago to mixed reviews. Collectors unanimously applauded the inspired card design throughout the set, most notably the “Signature Patch” cards. However, it is tough to convince collectors to purchase 2013 releases now that the 2014 products have hit store shelves.
There’s really only one product that could put up…


2013-14 Panini Basketball Review

2013-14 Panini Basketball is a product ideal for set collectors, kids and those just getting into collecting. This product is low-end and features many different sets a collector could put together. There are two (2) guaranteed autographs per box. Back this year is “Knights of the Round” which fell one per case last year and…


2013-14 Panini Court Kings Basketball Review

Panini has brought back Court Kings as a standalone product for 2013-14 after it was included in Elite Series for 2012-13. Each box guarantees one (1) autograph and one(1) memorabilia card but many of the boxes contain an extra hit, which is awesome! Court Kings brings a different feel than the traditional basketball cards. They…

Springer on fire

George Springer Autographs coming to Topps Products in 2014

Boomshakalaka!!! He’s on Fire!!! Although this term became famous in the basketball world during the NBA Jam craze of the late 1990s, the same fiery description may be used on the Houston Astros’ blue chip prospect, George Springer. Although he had a slow start in the majors, batting only .170 through his first dozen games,…


2013-14 Upper Deck SP Authentic Basketball Review

SP Authentic released this year coming off the heels of 2013-14 UD Black. Back this year are the popular Lettermen Autographs, as well as the great looking Canvas Autographs. The big chase in this product appears to be the buyback autographs of many of the veterans in this product. Each buyback is numbered to 5…


2014 Topps Archives Baseball To Bring Back Popular “Firebrand” Insert

Direct from Topps:
“2014 Topps Archives Baseball returns this year with more popular trading card designs from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, including the renowned 1997 Stadium Club Firebrand insert, which features some of the sweetest swingers in the history of MLB®. Cards will be printed on simulated wood with a distinctive die cut (see…


2014 Panini Prizm World Cup Box Break Review

Prizm World Cup is set up to be one of the greatest products of all-time. Featuring a checklist loaded with global superstars (many of whom have NEVER signed before,) and the highly acclaimed Prizm technology which boasts shiny, metallic looking cards and parallels covering the entire spectrum of colors. With autographs falling roughly one every-other-box,…


2013-14 Quantum Football Box Break Review

Quantum Football is a gorgeous, high-end collegiate product hot on the heals of the 2014 rookie class. Upper Deck can claim this is a “2013-14″ product thanks to the XRC card that is included in each box. The main set, however, features the 2013 draft class.
The Signature Patch Autographs are some of the nicest…


2014 Topps Gypsy Queen Box Break Review

Gypsy Queen is one of the most versatile products in baseball, offering a base set as collectible as heritage, a plethora of entertaining hits (like buttons, patches, and mini-cards) that would make even Allen & Ginter look boring, on-card autographs, and beautiful designs. This year’s product sets the bar even higher with some of the…


Topps Announces 2014 Baseball Mystery Redemptions

Topps is pleased to announce the subjects for the following Autographed Mystery Redemptions in 2014 Topps Series 1, 2014 Topps Museum Collection and 2014 Gypsy Queen.
The subjects are as follows:

Topps Series 1 Mystery Redemption # 1 — Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas ’14 HOF Class Triple Autograph.
Topps Series 1 Mystery Redemption…