Will This Be The Next Topps Print-On-Demand Product?

After a long day of work, I like to check out what news is shaking up the hobby.  In addition to that, I look forward to seeing what new Topps NOW cards are available.  I’m a fan of the Topps NOW program.  I’m a picky collector, so I choose wisely as to which ones I decide to add to my collection.  In it’s first year of existence, I bought almost every Phillies card they made.  After 2016, I cut back a bit.  Upon the success of the Topps NOW program, Topps has spun-off and created Throwback ThursdayOn Demand, and Topps Living sets.  I’ve been picking up every Phillies card from the Topps Living Set as I really enjoy the artwork.

I’d like to make a bold prediction as to what the next print-on-demand product will be from Topps.  One of these days we are going to see a weekly set of 5-10 cards based on young prospects who make Baseball America’s Hot List.  Thanks to products like BowmanBowman Chrome, and Bowman Draft, prospecting has become an extremely large part of the hobby.  People are willing to spend thousands of dollars on players who have yet to make it to the big leagues.  Cards of players who make it onto Baseball America’s Hot List tend to spike in popularity.  At least for the week that they’re on there.  Some stick around longer than others.

If this were to happen, I’d suggest only having the cards up for sale for only a few days.  You definitely would want them to come down before the next Hot List comes out.  Baseball America’s Hot List and print-on-demand products are very momentary and “right now” things.  I’m confident that collectors would purchase these specially made prospect cards that correlate to the weekly Hot List.  It only seems natural the two would go together.

The Baseball America name has appeared on many Topps cards before.  So the two aren’t strangers.

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Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig Dual Signed Baseball To Be Given Away During The 2014 National

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We’re only a few hours into the New Year, but its never too early to talk about an event taking place during the next National.

Prospect collectors looking to bust something non-card related might want to check out Onyx Authenticated’s newest product that arrives later this month.  2014 Onyx Authenticated Premiere Gear will come with (1) authentic game-used piece of baseball memorabilia per box.  This just won’t be a small portion of memorabilia like you would find in a card, its the whole thing – caps, jerseys, cleats, fielding gloves, batting helmets, and catchers gear.

The checklist includes pieces of memorabilia from:

  • Byron Buxton
  • Jabari Blash
  • Miguel Sano
  • Dorssys Paulino
  • Garrett Richards
  • Enny Romero
  • Gary Sanchez
  • Jose Iglesias
  • Dan Voglebach
  • Breyvic Valera
  • Julio Morban
  • Gregory Polanco
  • Scooter Gennett
  • Logan Morrison
  • Rymer Liriano
  • Felipe Rivero
  • Michael Pineda
  • Kaleb Cowart
  • Jon Lester
  • Grant Balfour
  • Jameson Taillon
  • Keyvius Sampson
  • Jonathon Crawford

As an added bonus, Onyx Authenticated has also thrown in some autographed baseballs that you can keep an eye out for from players such as: Bryce Harper, Javy Baez, Byron Buxton, Miguel Sano, and Jon Lester.

Onyx Authenticated will only be making 100 boxes.  Five of those boxes will have a Golden Ticket.  Anyone that obtains one of these Golden Tickets will be eligible to win a Babe Ruth/Lou Gehrig dual signed baseball which will be given away during the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland, OH.

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Heading to Cleveland for this year’s National Sports Collectors Convention?  If so, be sure to check out this very Limited Edition product available exclusively at the event, Preferred Players National Edition 2014.  Each Limited Edition case contains 3 Autographed Baseballs from today’s baseball Stars and Top Prospects.  Each Hand-signed baseball comes in its own wood box and display cube with an official ONYX Authenticated Certificate of Authenticity.

Where Will You Be Shopping Black Friday? $10.00 Discount From Atlanta Sports Cards

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The holiday shopping season is upon us.  It seems to start sooner each year.  Black Friday is a great time for collectors to get some deals and exclusive promos.  If you plan to do some online shopping for that special collector this year, one place you need to check out is Atlanta Sports Cards.  Why?  Because if you spend $150.00 or more you can get $10.00 off your purchase when using the official Sports Card Info coupon code at checkout.  Simply enter SportsCardInfoCoup in the promo code box while checking out.  Its as easy as that.  Also be on the lookout for their 2012 Leaf Holiday Bonus Packs.  Each pack includes (1) card which is either an autograph, a quality memorabilia card or printing plate.

Other great places to shop include:

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Trade Cards Highlight 2012 Upper Deck Football – Who’s It Going To Be?

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Oh I might as well jump on the bandwagon and talk about these trade cards too.  Lucky collectors have been pulling these from their boxes of 2012 Upper Deck Football.  Its the first licensed college football product that contains rookies of the 2012 Draft Class, and collectors are eating it up like mom’s meatloaf 🙂  One of the best things a manufacturer can do is slip something totally unexpected into a product without announcing it to the public.  Letting the collector make the discovery is a great marketing strategy.  That’s exactly what Upper Deck has done with their trade cards.

The back of the card states that Upper Deck will trade you this card for an Upper Deck Football card of a 1st Round Draft Pick Quarterback.  There are unsigned (silver) and signed versions (gold).  I hope you don’t mind waiting awhile for your card to arrive, because Upper Deck won’t start filling these mystery redemptions until June, 2013.  I have a feeling it could be Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III.  Upper Deck may have decided not to fill them until next year so it allows Luck’s exclusive with Press Pass to pass by.

Then again, it doesn’t state that it would be a card of a 2012 1st Round Draft Pick Quarterback.  Perhaps it could be someone from another Draft Class.  For all we know it could be Ryan Leaf.  Either way, slipping in a card such as this gets collectors talking, and that’s what Upper Deck wants.  This isn’t the first time Upper Deck has gone the sneaky route.  In 1992, Upper Deck offered a trade card which could be redeemed for a Shaq variation.

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Harry Kalas Will Be In Sportkings Series E!!!

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I just happened to check the Sportkings website this morning and I saw that they posted the cut signature checklist for the Top 50 Broadcasters section of their Series E product due to be released on May 3, 2012.  I am happy to announce that former Phillies broadcaster Harry Kalas will have a cut signature included in this set.  Kalas hasn’t had a new card made since 2005.  I am a huge Harry Kalas fan and I was hoping that they would put him in here.  Harry Kalas has cards in 2004 Fleer Greats of the Game2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic, and 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic.  This is one card I will be watching for.  I need it for my Kalas collection.  Lots of Phillies fans will be after this one.

Here is the Top 50 Broadcasters checklist:

TBC-VS

Vin Scully

TBC-MA

Mel Allen

TBC-RB

Red Barber

TBC-CG

Curt Gowdy

TBC-HC

Howard Cosell

TBC-BC

Bob Costas

TBC-JM

Jim McKay

TBC-KJ

Keith Jackson

TBC-AM

Al Michaels

TBC-DE

Dick Enberg

TBC-JB

Jack Buck

TBC-TH

Ted Husing

TBC-JBR

Jack Brickhouse

TBC-DD

Don Dunphy

TBC-GM

Graham McNamee

TBC-EH

Ernie Harwell

TBC-MAL

Marv Albert

TBC-HCA

Harry Caray

TBC-JMI

Jon Miller

TBC-BS

Bill Stern

TBC-CH

Chick Hearn

TBC-MG

Marty Glickman

TBC-JW

Jack Whitaker

TBC-JN

Jim Nantz

TBC-CS

Chris Schenkel

TBC-LN

Lindsey Nelson

TBC-RH

Russ Hodges

TBC-RS

Ray Scott

TBC-JMA

John Madden

TBC-BP

Bob Prince

TBC-JBU

Joe Buck

TBC-MH

MiloHamilton

TBC-BW

Bob Wolff

TBC-CT

Chuck Thompson

TBC-CB

Chris Berman

TBC-PR

Phil Rizzuto

TBC-MB

Marty Brennaman

TBC-CM

Clem McCarthy

TBC-BWA

Bill Walton

TBC-FH

Foster Hewitt

TBC-HK

Harry Kalas

TBC-JMO

Johnny Most

TBC-BE

Bob Elson

TBC-BM

Brent Musburger

TBC-PS

Pat Summerall

TBC-MHA

Merle Harmon

TBC-DV

Dick Vitale

TBC-DS

Dick Stockton

TBC-TK

Tony Kubek

TBC-BCO

Bud Collins

Racing Rookies Can Be Mind-Blowing

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Next month Press Pass plans to release 2012 Total Memorabilia which I have referred to as FanFare on steroids.  In it, collectors will find Danica Patrick’s Sprint Cup Series rookie card.  That’s correct, Danica is getting another line of rookie cards since this is the first year she will be in the Sprint Cup Series.

When I think of her rookies, the first thing that comes to mind are some of the Rittenhouse cards released well before Press Pass got their hands on her stuff.  2006 Allen & Ginter contains some popular rookies of her too.  In 2010, she decided to take on NASCAR which is when Press Pass jumped all over her.  Now in 2012 we are getting a new set of rookies all over again.  She isn’t the first driver for this to happen to either.  Its happened to many others that have gone down the same path.

As these updated rookies keep coming out, they get watered down more and more.  Nothing ever beats someone’s first licensed cards.  You can especially see this when your dealing with baseball cards.

Watch out collectors, if she sneezes you might get another line of rookies.

Card of the Day: Wade Belak 2001-2002 ITG Be A Player Auto

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