Futera To Launch Limited Edition Memorabilia Card Presentation Sets

Futera is one of those card companies I wish collectors in the United States would pay more attention to.  This company makes some awesome looking cards.  Here in the U.S., we have new card products coming out all the time.  Futera is the total opposite.  They produce a handful of high-quality card sets each year.

The collector services that Futera offers is incredible.  Every time I talk about this company, I have to mention their Code for Collectors and Memorabilia Colour Grading services.  Code for Collectors enables you to see the detailed process of how your favorite memorabilia card came to be.  Memorabilia Colour Grading is a service in which you can use to tell how many 1-color, 2-color, 3-color, etc… relic cards were made of a specific card.  This is very helpful when it comes to cracking down on fake patches.  U.S. collectors would love to have services such as these.

Futera is preparing to launch it’s latest round of products.  This time its all about a series of Limited Edition Memorabilia Card Presentation Sets.

  • There is a total of (10) quality football (soccer) memorabilia cards in each set, comprising a complete 9-player memorabilia card set plus an ultra-rare centerpiece memorabilia card of one of the featured players.
  • The release features game-used and training-used memorabilia – information about the player’s memorabilia is written on the back of the card.
  • Every card features a 24ct gold-plated element framing the player’s memorabilia.
  • Each card is individually foil numbered and has a unique security code.
  • Enter card codes on the FUTERA APP to digitally sort and store the cards in an online Card Album and get information about the rarity and features of each card and Portfolio/card values based on actual card sales (powered by PriceGuide.cards).  These are free information services active shortly after the launch.

Manchester City FC (10 sets), Liverpool FC (29 sets for each title), and World Football (27 sets for each title) cover this new product.  Each set cost $499.  According to Futera, the Liverpool FC sets are completely sold out already.  Sets should start shipping near the end of the month.

Click on each picture for that set’s sales sheet.

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Upper Deck Shows Off Gritty’s Rookie Card

The Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty has been making his rounds lately.  From The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to appearing with the Phillie Phanatic at Citizens Bank Park, he has been all over the place.  He’s already a pop culture legend that will bring endless amounts of entertainment to fans for years to come.  Gritty is awesome!!!

Last night Upper Deck surprised collectors with a preview of 2018-19 Upper Deck NHL Series One.  The preview contained an image of Gritty’s Young Guns rookie card.  On the back is Gritty’s complete origin.  Apparently he has been living under the Wells Fargo Center for years, and sneaking hot dogs.  Recent construction disturbed his hideout.

If you’re hoping to pull a Gritty rookie from a pack of 2018-19 Upper Deck NHL Series One, that doesn’t look like its going to happen.  This particular card will be given away as a promo.  How it will be given away is still a mystery.  Please follow the Upper Deck Blog and Upper Deck on Twitter for those upcoming details.  2018-19 Upper Deck NHL Series One will be released in November.

Piece of the Game & Monty Sheldon Prepare Baseball Authenticated Masterpieces

Update

  • This product has been pushed back until March, 2019.

Alright you high-end baseball collectors.  Mark your calendars.  On Black Friday, 11/23/18, a new product will be hitting the market.  Sports artist Monty Sheldon has teamed-up with Piece of the Game to bring you Baseball Authenticated Masterpieces.

Only (15) boxes of this product will be produced.  Housed inside each individually numbered, maple and ash box, will be (10) autographed, game-used, and hand-painted baseballs.  These just aren’t foul balls and wild pitch game-used baseballs either.  They’ve included MLB debut balls, triples, doubles, singles, RBI’s, record breaking hits, playoff hits and defensive play baseballs from current MLB superstars, rookies, and Hall of Famers.  Every baseball comes with a MLB hologram certifying that the ball was in fact game-used by that specific player.  Authentication holograms for the autographs and artwork will also be included.  All baseballs are #’ed 1/1.  An example of a historic baseball would be Ronald Acuña Jr.’s first MLB double ball.  That’s in here.  Painted and already autographed.

The checklist features the best of the best.  Aaron Judge, Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, and Derek Jeter to just name a few.  Even Babe Ruth is in here.  That’s correct.  You did not misread.  One of these (15) boxes will have an authentic, hand-painted, and autographed Babe Ruth ball.

Main set players will each have (3) different portrait and action baseballs.  Rookie Balls and Dual Balls can also be found.  Rookies include Juan Soto, Gleyber Torres, and Shohei Ohtani.  Dual Balls pair guys like Chipper Jones/John Smoltz, Craig Biggio/Jeff Bagwell, and Xander Boegarts/Mookie Betts.  All hand-painted, game-used, and autographed.

If you attended the 2018 National Sports Collectors Convention, you could’ve gotten an early glimpse of these amazing baseballs.  Monty Sheldon has been using baseballs as a medium for his artwork for over two decades.  You’ve probably seen his work in various Topps products.  Last year, (10) of his painted baseballs were used in Topps Transcendent.

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Preview: 2018 Futera Unique World Football

A lot of collectors would like to see American card companies issue products in the way Futera does.  Here in America, collectors have many products thrown at them all year long.  Futera is the total opposite.  They produce a handful of products throughout the year in small quantities.  Most of these products center around football (soccer).

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  Futera makes some of the nicest looking high-end cards on the planet.  More collectors from the U.S. should pay attention to them.  Futera’s Colour Grading and Code For Collectors services demonstrate a level of documentation that American collectors can only dream about.  When issuing fewer products, services such as these can be put into place.

In August, Futera plans to release it’s next product, 2018 Unique World Football.

What will you find?

  • (4) packs per box
  • (6) boxes per minicase
  • (3) minicases per case
  • A full case will include (18) boxes and (72) packs

Every pack includes up to (12) base cards, plus either a limited edition memorabilia card, or an on-card signed autograph, or a 24ct gold-plated framed autograph or memorabilia card.  Every third pack also includes a “Heritage” card (one of either a “Heritage Gold” #’ed/23 or “Heritage Silver” #’ed/39).

Each box will include a pack which has either an on-card signed autograph, or a 24ct gold-plated framed autograph or memorabilia card.

A minicase will average (18) rare memorabilia cards, (3) on-card signed autographs, plus (1) “1 of 1” 24ct gold-plated framed autograph, memorabilia or combo auto/memorabilia card, plus (2) 24ct gold-plated framed cards.

For a full rundown of the entire product, checkout the sales sheet.

Once all of the packs are opened, you can use the box to store your cards.

My favorite cards are the ones featuring a 24ct gold-plated frame.  We have metal framed cards here in America, but the ones made by Futera are really ornately designed.  I pulled one from a pack last year.

SAGE To Give Sportkings A Try

Well… it looks as if SAGE is the latest company to wield the Sportkings name.  Prior to this it was Brian Gray of Leaf, and before that it was Dr. Brian Price who once operated In The Game.

I’m going to be dead honest.  SAGE has been one of those manufacturers that sorta flies under the radar.  The company has been around since the 90’s, but in recent years they’ve only released a few unlicensed college football products.  With Press Pass out of the picture, SAGE has typically been one of the earliest companies to release autographs of the upcoming NFL draft class.  Once Leaf comes out with Metal Draft Football, and Panini starts releasing their millions of products, SAGE cards usually move to the back burner in most collector’s brains.  It wouldn’t be until the following year that we’d hear from them again.

With the release of 2018 SAGE Hit Premier Draft Low Series, collector’s have been finding promo cards for the first Sportkings product under the SAGE name.  Both promos feature Chicago Bears legend Walter Payton.  You’ll find the artistic promo (1) per hobby box, whereas the Walter Payton jersey card falls (1) per hobby case.

According to SAGE, Sportkings sounds like its going to have a lot to look for such as relics, on-card autographs, patches, jumbo patches, on-card original sketch cards with autographs, hand painted art cards, cut signatures, and original Sportkings cards from 1933.

Sportkings artwork has always been enjoyable to look at.  Lots of rich color.  It doesn’t even bother me that they lack team names and logos.  It’ll be interesting to see what the finished product ends up looking like.

Monty Sheldon’s 2017 Topps Transcendent MLB Artballs

For a mere $27,000 you could own and open a hand-crafted wooden box of 2017 Topps Transcendent.  It doesn’t get much more high-end than this.  When you’re spending that kind of money there really isn’t a bad box.  What can you pull from a box that costs as much as a new car?  According to the sales sheet every box will contain the following:

  • (1) complete set of Transcendent Icons Base Cards
  • (1) complete set of Transcendent MLB Moments Sketch Card Reproductions
  • (50) Transcendent Collection Autograph Cards – numbered to (25) or less
  • (1) Aaron Judge Topps History Autograph Card #’ed 1/1
  • (1) MVP Cut Signature or MVP Autograph or MVP Dual Autograph #’ed 1/1
  • (1) Transcendent Moments Sketch Card or Authentic MLB Baseball Sketch #’ed 1/1
  • (1) Oversized Cut Signature Card #’ed 1/1
  • (1) Hank Aaron VIP Experience Invitation

1987 Topps Baseball has a heavy presence through the entire set.  The wood grain design is somehow incorporated into almost all of the cards.  Only (87) boxes will be produced.  That’s up from (65) last year.

Everything about this product looks awesome.  But what impresses me the most is the artwork.  Artist Dan Bergren did the sketch cards, while Mayumi Seto and Monty Sheldon created the baseballs.

Monty Sheldon has been making his world famous Artballs for awhile, but this is the first time any of them have been included within a product.  These just aren’t regular baseballs either.  They’re actual game-used baseballs, and come with certification from Major League Baseball.  Mayumi Seto and Monty Sheldon both did (10) baseballs each.  That leaves (67) sketch cards from Dan Bergren.

The baseballs Monty Sheldon did include Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Adrian Beltre, Clayton Kershaw, Manny Machado, Yu Darvish, Bryce Harper, Anthony Rizzo, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Trout.  Both the Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger baseballs come affixed with the official “RC” logo.  The sweet spot was even left blank just in case you’re ever able to get that player’s autograph.  Talk about a truly unique collectible.

Preview: 2015 Topps Five Star Baseball

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The Five Star brand from Topps is the model that all card products should take after.  At least when it comes to design.  It really doesn’t get much better than Five Star.  I’ve never opened a box of Five Star though mainly because of the price.  Boxes usually cost well into the hundreds.  This year though, Topps has decided to make Five Star Baseball a little more affordable.  Boxes will only have (2) autographs, but the price will be cheaper.  It will probably feel like a high-end version of Supreme.  Look for it in September.

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Preview: 2015 Topps Dynasty Baseball

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One of the best looking new products that Topps released last year was 2014 Topps Dynasty.  It is simple and straight to the point.  It also costs hundreds of dollars for a single box too.  Products that are setup like this aren’t for the amateur collector.

Within each box of 2015 Topps Dynasty, you’ll only find (1) card.  That card will be numbered to (10) or less.  It will be a patch autograph, dual relic autograph, or a cut signature.  What you’re getting as your “hit” here would basically be considered a case “hit” in other products.

Last year’s Dynasty was very well designed.  For the most part, the cards had black backgrounds which were then signed in paint pen.  This year they decided to go with white card stock which I think looks even better.  Those multi-colored patches are really going to pop with the white backgrounds.  Other than the new color scheme and the inclusion of Kris Bryant, I hope Topps has some surprises to throw in.  If not, I have a feeling it will just be a repeat of last year’s set.  Topps plans to bring Dynasty to football fans soon.

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Preview: 2015 Topps Supreme Baseball

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Topps Supreme Baseball is one of my personal favorite products that Topps has brought to the market in recent years.  Its a quick thrill with very little to no excess base cards.  To put it plainly, it gets right to the point.

Due out in September, 2015 Topps Supreme Baseball will come with (1) pack per box.  Each pack comes with only (2) cards.  Both cards will be autographed.  New additions include the Primary Pieces Autograph Relics, Touch of the Game booklets, and Supreme Scope relic books.  The Touch of the Game cards will look like the Bryce Harper booklet pictured above which contains an autograph on one side and a jumbo batting glove relic on the other.  Primary Pieces Autograph Relics will mix old and current players with big relics and autographs.  Supreme Scope (Hank Aaron below) cards will be a three panel booklet containing jumbo relics.  Every Supreme Scope player will have a one-of-one patch version too.

Products with this type of configuration are what I like to see on the menu.  Although, Allen & Ginter and Gypsy Queen can be fun to open as well.  I just don’t need all those base cards.

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Sheldon’s 2015 Topps MLS Mini Art Gallery

Monty Sheldon is an artistic machine!  As it turns out, he also worked on a 15-card mini “Basics of Soccer” set for 2015 Topps MLS.  Printed versions can be found throughout the product, but they also included the 1/1 mini hand-painted cards as well.  Congrats to anyone that pulls one of these from a pack.

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