Brandon Crawford Is First 2016 Topps Now Autograph

 photo 16toppsnowauto2_zpsmq5dueb5.jpgTopps Now is one of the coolest innovations that Topps has come out with recently.  Its gained national coverage and that’s always good for the industry.  Having cards made on the spot to commemorate special events has been at the core of their digital products, but Topps Now carries that over into the physical card realm.  After watching the Phillies have a terrible season last year, I wasn’t expecting them to have any Topps Now cards for 2016.  They’ve actually been doing much better compared to 2015, and have had three moments worthy of Topps Now cards.  I know its early in the season, but that Cameron Rupp game winning out at home plate Topps Now card will probably be one of the greatest action shots in the set.  Topps Now is just overall really cool.  Especially when they offer up a card of a player who doesn’t have any rookies in other products.  It can create some fun situations.

Special inserts, parallels, autographs, and relics were not part of the Topps Now program at first.  That seems to have changed at least when it comes to the autographs.  Rockledge Breaks posted a picture of this Brandon Crawford Topps Now autograph he received with his latest order.  To commemorate the 100th Topps Now card, Topps got Brandon Crawford to sign ten of them.  They look to have been randomly distributed.  Although, a few lucky people that did receive an autograph have said that they have been purchasing large quantities of Topps Now cards.  So they might have gone to big buyers.  It sure is a nice little surprise that Topps didn’t announce.

Now when you purchase that Topps Now card, you can think there is a slight chance it could be autographed.  I’m betting collectors will keep this in mind when the 200th Topps Now card rolls around.

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Deadpool Trailer Is Here

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Sports Card Info Is Runner-Up Winner In Panini’s 2014 NFL Player of the Day Hobby Blogger Promotion

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For a second year in a row, I’m happy to announce that Sports Card Info is a runner-up winner in Panini’s 2014 NFL Player of the Day Hobby Blogger Promotion.  Remember that large contest held last October?  Well I guess Sports Card Info did a good job in hosting it.

As a runner-up winner, I won the following:

  • $100.00 in cash
  • (1) Kelvin Benjamin 2014 Panini NFL Player of the Day RC Jersey
  • (1) Blake Bortles 2014 Panini NFL Player of the Day RC Jersey
  • (1) Sammy Watkins 2014 Panini NFL Player of the Day RC Jersey
  • (1) AJ McCarron 2014 Panini NFL Player of the Day RC Jersey
  • (1) Mike Evans 2014 Panini NFL Player of the Day RC Jersey
  • Handful of 2014 Panini NFL Player of the Day promo packs – pulled autos of Asa Watson, Connor Shaw, and a Johnny Manziel jersey

Thanks everyone who participated!!!

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Press Pass Is Officially Over

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Here it is folks.  The official statement released by Press Pass today.  In short, NO redemptions will be honored and NO replacements will be issued for damaged cards.  No official word yet when or if NASCAR fans will see their next trading card set.

We’re disappointed to announce that Press Pass, Inc. is closing the day to day operations, effective immediately.  Accounting and legal resources are in place to conduct a reasonable closure of the business should that be the end result.

We apologize but no redemptions, damages etc. will be honored.  We are very thankful for the years of support from all of our customers and consumers.  Over the past 22 years we’ve strived to produce compelling products that serve the interests of our end consumers.  While it has not always been perfect, we have truly enjoyed our successes, and the relationships we’ve built with so many who share our passion for trading cards.  Our hope now is that our paths will cross again soon.

Warmest Regards,

The Press Pass Staff

Report Claims That Press Pass Is Shutting Down

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According to ESPN Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell, Press Pass will be closing its doors.  Press Pass hasn’t released a statement yet.  I attempted to e-mail my contact at Press Pass, but the message came back saying it wasn’t able to be delivered.  I sent Press Pass a message through their contact form on their website, and I’ll see if I hear anything back from that.  I’m not going to hold my breath though.

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This is a sad day for collectors.  We’re only a few days into 2015 and we already have our first casualty.  Its really bad for racing fans since Press Pass was literally the only company that made NASCAR cards.  Fans don’t have any other choice to turn to.  I wonder if anyone will pick up the NASCAR brand now?  Dealing with independent drivers, teams, and sponsors isn’t the easiest thing to do.  Panini is really the only manufacturer right now that gives the impression that they have the money to take on another brand.  Maybe Leaf could do it.  But I highly doubt Upper Deck or Topps would be in the running.  Unfortunately those would be the first two companies I’d like to see make racing products.  Upper Deck made some nice looking NASCAR products in the 90’s.  NASCAR collectors have yet to see some of the innovations that other sports have had for years.  I hope whoever gets the ok to make NASCAR cards next will see that.

Press Pass was the first manufacturer to send Sports Card Info free products to review and use for contests.  2009 Press Pass Wheels Element was the first box they sent over.  Over the next five years they almost always sent over new products.  By the looks of it, Sports Card Info’s days of free boxes may be over.  Press Pass looks to be shutting down, In The Game and Leaf work together on products, and Panini stopped sending boxes on a regular basis a year ago.  Beckett is the only place getting boxes because they sugar coat their reviews.  Things are changing in this hobby and not for the better.  I’m glad I’m in this for the fun and not the money.  I certainly wouldn’t want to be a manufacturer or shop owner right now.

I don’t think Press Pass would just up and leave without saying something to its loyal fans.  Hopefully they release something in the next few days.  Maybe they’ll restructure and make a comeback.  One thing is for certain, and that’s to hear directly from the source as to what is going on.  If they are shutting down for real, who knows what will happen to all those redemption cards still out there.

Update:

Press Pass has notified their agents about their plans, and an official statement will be given on Monday.

The #1 Question Being Asked During The 2014 Industry Summit Is…

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Geno Smith’s ’52 Bowman Style Portrait Is Heading To The National

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Artist James Henry Smith just finished up this Geno Smith portrait that Topps will use for their ’52 Bowman style promo set which will be given away during the 34th National Sports Collectors Convention this year.  Other players in the set will include Mike TroutErnie BanksBryce HarperFrank Thomas, Tavon AustinEddie Lacy, and EJ Manuel.  Topps will give away 100 copies of each card every day of the NSCC to those who open (5) packs of a Topps or Bowman product at their booth.  Then they’ll wrap things up by giving away the original pieces of art that will be autographed by the players.

There you have it.  All eight portraits are complete and off to Topps for scanning and signing.  Then to Chicago!

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