Card of the Day: Stephen Curry 2009 Press Pass Fusion #18

Card of the Day: John Wooden 2009 Press Pass Fusion Auto


Joe Montana Fusion Autograph Error

Press Pass announced today of a production error that has occurred with the Semester Signature Onyx autographed cards of Joe Montana that can be found in ’09 Fusion.  It appears that four of the five cards are each numbered “2/5”.  Having that many cards each numbered the same would speculate that someone would be faking them if you saw the same card up for sale over and over again.  Press Pass has stated that they will provide each collector who has this card with a letter documenting that it is a true error made by the manufacturer just in case the owner decides to sell the card in the future.  There are only five copies of this card.  Lets hope that letter has some security on it, because anyone can print out a letter.


The Winner Is…………………………………

Congrats to Captain Canuck for winning the ’09 Fusion Contest.  Once Captain Canuck sends me their mailing address I will ship out the cards ASAP.  Thanks to everyone that entered.  Be sure to check back for future contests.



Its time for another contest sponsored by Press Pass, Inc.  Last week I busted a box of 2009 Fusion and now its your chance to own some of the hits.  Simply leave a comment in this post informing me what you like and/or don’t like about this product.  You can enter once per day, but one of your entries needs to tell me what you like and/or don’t like about ’09 Fusion.  Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.  The winner will be chosen at random and the cards will be mailed to them for FREE!!!  This contest will end 12-11-09 at 7:00 p.m. EST.  The winner will receive the following:

  • (1) Jimmie Johnson Race-Used Firesuit #’ed/65
  • (1) Josh Freeman parallel #’ed/150
  • (1) Johnny Flynn parallel #’ed/99
  • (1) Wayne Ellington parallel #’ed/25


2009 Fusion Box Break & Review

The name “Fusion” sounds like a new hip drink you’ed expect to see on the grocery store shelf.  But in this case its Press Pass’s most recent multi-sport product.  I have to be honest.  When I heard Press Pass was planning to create their first multi-sport set I became a little worried.  Technically the last multi-sport product I opened was UD Superstars and that didn’t turn out so well.  After busting my box, I think Press Pass did a good job at combining baseball, basketball, football, wrestling/MMA, racing, and the Olympics all into one product.  Check out what I pulled!

Design: Photobucket

The 90-card base set slightly resembles the popular Legends Football Press Pass usually releases during the summer.  Thats a good thing because I really like that look.  One thing I did notice was that the serial numbers on some cards were difficult to see because they blended in with the background.  Press Pass also did a good job with the photos they picked.  There aren’t too many cards featuring players like Fred Lynn and Paul Molitor in their college uniforms.  Some of the parallels contain a little rainbow foil technology that I really like.

Price: Photobucket

Hobby boxes can be found for around $60.00 depending on where you shop.  When I first saw boxes of Fusion, I thought (3) boxes would make up a full box kinda like their Legends products do.  Instead this time its the opposite.  What looks like a mini box actually is the whole hobby box.  I don’t think $60.00 is that bad of a price because you’ed normally spend around $45.00 for a Legends mini box and Fusion comes with (2) more packs.

Hit Quality: Photobucket

’09 Fusion guarantees (2) hits per box on average, (1) autograph and (1) relic or autograph plus a few serial numbered cards.  I pulled the following hits:

  • Randy Couture Blue Ink autograph #’ed/25
  • Jimmie Johnson Race-Used Firesuit #’ed/65
  • Josh Freeman parallel #’ed/150
  • Johnny Flynn parallel #’ed/99
  • Wayne Ellington parallel #’ed/25

The Couture autograph and Johnson Firesuit are two decent hits.  Many collectors seem interested in the serial numbered parallels as well.  One of the coolest hits you can find are the John Elway baseball autographs.  You just don’t see many of those.  It wouldn’t be a Press Pass product without ink variations and nicknames either.  This product is loaded with those.

Overall: Photobucket

Overall I give this product 3.5 basketballs out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Being their first attempt at a multi-sport product they did a good job.  It was much better than the last multi-sport product I opened.  Other than some of the serial numbers being difficult to read, its a pretty decent product for $60.00.

Press Pass Mailday & Lesnar Autos On Their Way

UPS dropped of a package from Press Pass today which contained a box of their knew ’09 Fusion.  I’ll be breaking it soon to review.  In the mean time, those collectors who sent in their redemption cards for Brock Lesnar autographs from Fusion should be receiving them soon according to Press Pass.



Press Pass Ventures Into Baseball

In all my years of collecting, it never occured to me why Press Pass didn’t produce baseball cards.  I guess I’ve always thought of them for making college football, basketball and NASCAR stuff.  I’m sure by now you’ve heard that in November they plan to release a new Multi-Sport product called Fusion.  It will cover baseball, football, basketball, NASCAR, MMA/wrestling, and the Olympics.  The price is what stands out to me with this product.  Each pack costs $9.99 and you’re guaranteed (2) hits inside.  Usually when your guaranteed a hit or two per pack the price is a lot more.  It sounds like an interesting product that I hope I can try.

Even though Upper Deck received an exclusive license to produce college cards, it doesn’t go into effect until April 2010.  Even after talking to my contact at Press Pass, they said Press Pass plans to produce college cards after the Upper Deck agreement goes into effect.  I have a feeling some airbrushing will be going on after April 2010.  Perhaps Press Pass plans to use this new $9.99 pricing strategy for other products next year.  That would be a good start to compete against Upper Deck.  When was the last time Upper Deck made a product that guaranteed (2) hits per pack and only cost $9.99?