Flashback Product of the Week: 2006 SAGE HIT Football

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SAGE only releases one or two products per year.  If other manufacturers did that, overproduction probably wouldn’t be a problem.  Then again, those manufacturers most likely wouldn’t stay in business very long either.  How SAGE is still around baffles me.  Who knows?  I’m not an economist.

Before SAGE lost the ability to use NCAA names and logos their cards were ok.  They weren’t much to talk about.  Take away the NCAA names and logos and you really don’t have much to talk about.  The designs are as basic as you can get.  But they continue to be some of the first cards of the next NFL rookie class which draws attention.  Granted the attention doesn’t stick around that long especially when Leaf releases their stuff.  Products like this really take a dive when the licensed sets come out.

The set SAGE released in 2006 sticks in my memory the most for one reason.  SAGE held a Design-A-Card contest that allowed collectors to design an insert set.  The winner saw their design printed up and placed within the product.  There was a strict set of guidelines which needed to be followed, but tons of collectors gave it a shot.  The contest was held on the forum site Trader Retreat.  Despite submitting an endless amount of design ideas, none of mine were chosen.  Adam Popovich came out the winner with his “Design For Success” idea.  SAGE even made autographed versions.  From a design standpoint, I think these inserts look good.  They’re simple.

Its too bad that the 2006 rookie class didn’t pan out all that much.  Values of these cards are next to nothing unless you come across a low numbered autograph that two player collectors fight over.  The only player worth talking about today is Aaron Rodgers.  At the time, Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush were all the rage.  Sealed boxes are very affordable.  You’ll find (5) autographs and (1) jersey per box.


2 Responses

  1. Interesting to come across this. I’m the one who designed the insert set many moons ago.

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