Flashback Product of the Week: 2003 NFL CD Cardz

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The 2012 NFL season is officially underway.  This week has been great for football collectors with products like Topps Platinum and Panini Momentum being released.  Out of the five rookie starting quarterbacks only one came out on top last weekend – Robert Griffin III.

CD-ROM based cards weren’t anything new to collectors when Serious released this 60-CD set back in 2003.  Collectors first saw cards of this sort back in the late 90’s.  I never found them to be all that exciting, and they died out in the early 2000’s.  Serious was a company based out of the United Kingdom, and I’m not sure what they were thinking hoping that this product would be a success.  By 2003 the CD-ROM cards hype was well over.  Releasing a product like this in 2003 was like Topps hyping up a new product in today by saying it has cards that contain jersey pieces actually worn by the player.  Just a little late to the party.  Perhaps this is why Serious isn’t around anymore.  At least their website doesn’t work.

What was on these CDs?  Player bio, stats, pictures, videos, wallpapers, etc.  Sealed packs can be found for a few bucks.

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For Those KISS Collectors………

If your a fan of KISS, then you probably know that their new album “Sonic Boom” will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart starting on 10-6-09.  Press Pass has created a product that will be sold right next to their new CD/DVD.  KISS  “Tour Edition” is a 33-card set that features a ton of KISS stuff from the last 35 years.  There are three collectible boxes and posters.  This set should give collectors a great look back at the band.  Each set will cost around $10.00 each.  KISS is one of those bands that understands the term “merchandising”.  The world is filled with a ton of KISS collectors that will scoop this stuff up.

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On a side note, maybe this is something other manufacturers should think about doing.  A few days ago I wrote a post about how current manufacturers should try and work their way into the video game industry, which sparked quite an interest.  If its too costly for a manufacturer to actually get in the game somehow, perhaps they could package some cards with the game.  Would anyone be opposed to having a pack of 2009 Topps Football attached to their new copy of Madden?