Goal Line Art: 2016 Pro Football Hall Of Fame Class

Members of the 2016 Pro Football Hall Of Fame Class have received the Goal Line Art treatment.  Artist Gary Thomas has once again worked his magic.  These paintings are extremely well done and look great.

As it has been the case since 1989, a 4″ x 6″ card set has been made based on these original pieces of artwork.  The 2016 set has just been released, and can be purchased here.  Sets usually sell for $30.00.  This year’s HOF inductees include Edward DeBartolo, Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, Kevin Greene, Marvin Harrison, Orlando Pace, Ken Stabler, and Dick Stanfel.

If you’re heading to the Hall Of Fame this summer for the Enshrinement Ceremony, I’d take one of these sets along.  You might be able to get some autographed, and these look cool signed.  Plus, they’re a little easier to carry around versus a football, helmet, or jersey.

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How Can Panini Make Their New NASCAR Line Work?

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NASCAR collectors have gone over a year without any type of new trading card product.  Press Pass went out of business a few days into 2015, and that’s the last we heard of anything.  Over the last year when asked whether or not we’d see cards anytime soon, NASCAR would come back with a generic response but never really answered the question.  During the 2016 Industry Summit that question was finally answered.  Panini will be giving NASCAR a shot on a very limited basis.

It doesn’t surprise me that Panini is the one who will be making NASCAR cards.  D.J. Kazmierczak who once was the head of Press Pass, now is the VP of Sales/Product Development at Panini.  Plus they have all that sticker money from their big daddy over in Italy.  NASCAR driver Chris Buescher kinda left the cat out of the bag before Panini’s announcement when he posted a bunch of sticker autographs he just finished signing on his Instagram account.

You can tell that Panini is really testing the waters with this new deal.  They only plan to release four NASCAR products this year.  The brands include PrizmCertifiedNational Treasures, and a new product called Torque.

Panini is known for churning out one product after another.  Lots of cookie cutter stuff.  Releasing four products per year is how they should treat some other sports.  Trust me.  If NASCAR works for them, Panini will turn the printing machines on high.  I think initially it will be interesting to see what NASCAR looks like on these brands.  Over time, Panini will probably get repetitive though just like they do with everything else.  Collectors are so use to the designs Press Pass used, almost anything is going to look different to them now.  I hope Panini doesn’t make a mess of things with the NASCAR brand.  Starting off with sticker autographs isn’t the best sign.  Especially when Press Pass had so much on-card autograph content.  People that collect NASCAR have yet to really see any sketch cards or shadowboxes.  Too bad Panini isn’t known for either.  There are a lot of popular elements which have been used in other sports card products for years that haven’t been seen in NASCAR sets yet.  Including some of those things would make for a unique NASCAR product.  The key here is to do something different that NASCAR fans haven’t seen before.  Treating NASCAR like everything else they make will just end in disaster.  Perhaps getting into something digital would be the way to go.

Topps, Upper Deck, and Leaf I bet could’ve made some great looking NASCAR products.  Panini was the last company I really wanted to see NASCAR with.  But I knew it would be the first company to give it a try after Press Pass went under.

I haven’t opened a Panini product in almost two years.  Even though it didn’t qualify for any of their wrapper redemption programs, I decided to try a box of 2014 Elite Football during the National Sports Collectors Convention.  Panini should have some of their new NASCAR products ready for the National this year.  They would be smart to have them qualify for their promotions too.

Card of the Day: Leeland McElroy 1996 Pro Line Intense RC #61

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Goal Line Art Welcomes The 2015 Hall Of Fame Class

Since 1989, Goal Line Art, the Pro Football Hall Of Fame, and artist Gary Thomas have been releasing an annual set depicting some of professional football’s most talented players/coaches/executives.  In 1995, the set began to center around that year’s newest HOF inductees.  Twenty years later, its still being done the same way.

Take a look at these 4″ x 6″ masterpieces featuring the 2015 Hall Of Fame Class.  Tell you what.  If I were attending the HOF induction, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to pick up a set or two to get signed.  These things look crazy good when they’re autographed.

This year’s Hall Of Fame Class includes Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown, Charles Haley, Bill Polian, Junior Seau, Will Shields, Mick Tingelhoff, and Ron Wolf.  Sets generally sell for $30.00.  But older ones can run a lot higher.

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Flashback Product of the Week: 1989 Goal Line Art Series 1

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Starting in 1963, artist Gary Thomas began his relationship with the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  Since then, he has painted illustrations depicting members of the HOF for display around the Hall.  He has also done work for the Olympic and Bowling Hall of Fame too.  His work is amazingly well done and colorful.

The hobby in 1989 was in overproduction mode.  Cards were everywhere, and everyone thought all this new stuff was going to be worth a fortune someday.  Besides a few exceptions, most of the cards made at this time ended up tanking mainly because so many were issued.  This is a topic that has been discussed on here regularly before.  The HOF decided to get in on the card craze by making some annual sets based on the work of Gary Thomas.

Between Gary Thomas, Goal Line Art, Inc., and the HOF, collectors saw the first series of cards released in 1989.  Series 1 consists of 30 4″ x 6″ cards.  Every set is individually numbered out of 5,000.  The first series seems to be the most desirable.  Those continue to sell for $100.00 to $150.00.  That is darn good considering other card products from this period are basically worthless.

Goal Line Art, Inc. is still around.  In 1995, their annual set began to focus on that year’s induction class.  This is the way it is today.  The Class of 2015 set is scheduled for release next month.  Rarer versions do exist.  Gold Cards are numbered to 100 and autographed.  Enshrinee Proofs are numbered to 50 and given to the players.

If you plan to attend an autograph signing with a HOF player, consider getting one of these cards autographed.  They look really good when signed.

Card of the Day: Brian Blades 1995 Pro Line Classic Auto

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OYO Launches Line Of NHL Minifigures

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OYO Sportstoys began selling officially licensed NHL minifigures this week.  As of right now the teams they are offering minifigures for include the Rangers, Canadiens, Blackhawks, Red Wings, Maple Leafs, and Bruins.  Other teams will soon follow.

I’ve got to say that OYO really put some thought into their new line of hockey minifigures.  Included with every minifigure you’ll find a stand, stick, helmet, shield, puck, and skates.  OYO even designed the players to look like they’re wearing gloves.  They could have easily just copied the basic design they use for their baseball and football players, but they went the extra step in redesigning the hands.  The same could be said about the skates too.  It won’t be long until you start seeing these guys pop-up at your local hobby shop or sports venue.

Founded in 2011, OYO Sportstoys has seen much success with their line of officially licensed minifigures.  This success has even spawned off Field Sets for both baseball and football.  It really wouldn’t surprise me if we see hockey Field Sets down the road.  The best thing about them though is that they’re fully compatible with other building toys such as LEGOs.  Having a minifigure of yourself is almost an honor.  Just like seeing yourself as a character on Family Guy or The Simpsons.  Kids like LEGOs and kids like sports.  Its only natural to put them together.  Funky stuff like this is just awesome.  I hope OYO sees a boost in sales with The LEGO Movie coming out soon.

Card of the Day: Jeff George 1995 Pro Line Classic Auto

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Card of the Day: 1992 Pro Line Portraits Mrs. Santa Claus Auto

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Card of the Day: Don West 2008 TNA Cross The Line Auto

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