Futera To Launch Limited Edition Memorabilia Card Presentation Sets

Futera is one of those card companies I wish collectors in the United States would pay more attention to.  This company makes some awesome looking cards.  Here in the U.S., we have new card products coming out all the time.  Futera is the total opposite.  They produce a handful of high-quality card sets each year.

The collector services that Futera offers is incredible.  Every time I talk about this company, I have to mention their Code for Collectors and Memorabilia Colour Grading services.  Code for Collectors enables you to see the detailed process of how your favorite memorabilia card came to be.  Memorabilia Colour Grading is a service in which you can use to tell how many 1-color, 2-color, 3-color, etc… relic cards were made of a specific card.  This is very helpful when it comes to cracking down on fake patches.  U.S. collectors would love to have services such as these.

Futera is preparing to launch it’s latest round of products.  This time its all about a series of Limited Edition Memorabilia Card Presentation Sets.

  • There is a total of (10) quality football (soccer) memorabilia cards in each set, comprising a complete 9-player memorabilia card set plus an ultra-rare centerpiece memorabilia card of one of the featured players.
  • The release features game-used and training-used memorabilia – information about the player’s memorabilia is written on the back of the card.
  • Every card features a 24ct gold-plated element framing the player’s memorabilia.
  • Each card is individually foil numbered and has a unique security code.
  • Enter card codes on the FUTERA APP to digitally sort and store the cards in an online Card Album and get information about the rarity and features of each card and Portfolio/card values based on actual card sales (powered by PriceGuide.cards).  These are free information services active shortly after the launch.

Manchester City FC (10 sets), Liverpool FC (29 sets for each title), and World Football (27 sets for each title) cover this new product.  Each set cost $499.  According to Futera, the Liverpool FC sets are completely sold out already.  Sets should start shipping near the end of the month.

Click on each picture for that set’s sales sheet.

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Kenseth Total Memorabilia Contest Winner Announced

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Congrats to Marc on being the lucky winner of the Matt Kenseth 2014 Press Pass Total Memorabilia Tire/Sheet Metal Relic #’ed/150.  Once Marc sends me their mailing address, I will ship this card ASAP.  Thanks!

Kenseth Total Memorabilia Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Matt Kenseth 2014 Press Pass Total Memorabilia Tire/Sheet Metal Relic #’ed/150.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, April 25, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

2014 Press Pass Total Memorabilia Gallery Edition Box Break & Review

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From a design point of view this year’s version of Total Memorabilia looks way better when compared to its predecessors.  Lets start with the box itself.  Up until this year, Total Memorabilia packs came tightly crammed into a small box.  Trying to get that first pack out was a pain.  For 2014 Press Pass placed the five foil covered packs in a more traditional clear box.  That itself is a major improvement.

Now lets get to the cards.  They don’t look half bad either.  Press Pass used white card stock and a filter to make the photos have that painted feel to them.  The most disturbing aspect would probably be the 3D mini shadowbox like way they went with the autographs.  Its a 3D white box that has the autograph sunk in to the bottom of the card.  This has been a standard for Press Pass when it comes to this product.  Your attention really gets drawn to that part of the card, and maybe that’s what Press Pass is going for.  One of the new innovations that Press Pass included this year is race-used windshield cards.  We’ve never seen windshield relics before.  It almost looks like there isn’t anything in the card because the windshield is so clear.  I think Press Pass should have placed a piece of clear windshield over the 3D white box autographs.

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Boxes are currently selling for $90.00.

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Its a “hit” driven product.  Something for everyone in each pack.

I pulled the following:

Auto/Relic

  • Drew Herring Rising Stars Auto/Glove #’ed/125

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Relics

  • Ty Dillion Tire/Sheet Metal #’ed/150
  • Danica Patrick Firesuit/Shirt/Sheet Metal #’ed/99
  • Matt Kenseth Tire/Sheet Metal #’ed/150
  • Regan Smith Firesuit/Shoe/Sheet Metal #’ed/99

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Parallels

  • Kyle Larson #’ed/175
  • Denny Hamlin #’ed/175
  • Tony Stewart #’ed/175
  • Jeb Burton #’ed/99
  • Matt Kenseth #’ed/99

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Inserts

  • Tony Stewart Acceleration #AC 1
  • Danica Patrick Acceleration #AC 9
  • Dale Earnhardt Jr Acceleration #AC 5
  • Jimmy Johnson Acceleration #AC 2
  • Darrell Waltrip NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaque #12
  • Glen Wood NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaque #15
  • Tim Flock NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaque #21
  • Leonard Wood NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaque #20
  • Maurice Petty NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaque #24

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Overall, I give 2014 Press Pass Total Memorabilia Gallery Edition 4 checkered flags out of 5 (1=poor & 5=perfect).  Its a step up from the other Total Memorabilia sets, especially from a visual perspective.  I still think it could use some tweaking.  I’m just glad they changed the design of the box.

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Legendary Carlton Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Steve Carlton 2009 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts – Legendary Memorabilia Jersey #’ed/50.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 8:00 p.m. EST.
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post.
  • You can enter once per day.
  • The winner will be selected at random.
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering.
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over.
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again.
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Windshield & Truck Tread Relics Coming To 2014 Total Memorabilia

Press Pass seems to have given Total Memorabilia a complete makeover.  This is a great thing considering only after two years it was beginning to feel like Triple Threads (prior to it’s redesign).  The 2012 set reminds me of Ultimate Collection which I liked.  Last year’s set has that terrible pattered grey background that looks like the wallpaper you’d find in an old lady’s house.  2014 Total Memorabilia not only looks a lot better than it’s predecessors, but contains some new memorabilia that collectors haven’t really seen before.

The two new types of cards to look for include Dirt Track Treads and Clear Cuts.  Dirt Track Treads contain pieces of truck tires that were used at the first dirt track race at Eldora Speedway.  Clear Cuts (totally unrelated to Strata’s Clear Cuts) will have a piece of race-used windshield in them.  In addition to that, Total Memorabilia will have the standard firesuit, tire, shoe, and sheet-metal relics we’ve all seen before.  The only drawback I see are the big white boxes for the autographs.  Overall, I would say that this product looks better than their high-end Five Star set they plan to release later this year.

Every box has (5) autographs/relics, (5) NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaque inserts, (5) Acceleration inserts, (5) parallels, and (25) base cards.

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ITG Brings Back The Ultimate Memorabilia SuperBox For This Year’s National

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According to Dr. Prices’s blog, it looks like In The Game will bring back its Ultimate Memorabilia SuperBox for the National Sports Collectors Convention that begins later this month.  This marks the second year in a row for them to do so.  This year’s SuperBox applies to ITG’s Ultimate Memorabilia 12th Edition hockey product.  ITG has only made 100 UM-12 SuperBoxes for the National this year.

Each UM-12 SuperBox will contain a 1/1 Extra Card inserted into UM-12 boxes and in addition the UM-12 National SuperBoxes can be redeemed at The National for a 1/1 Redemption Card.

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Extra Card – Each UM-12 Ultimate Memorabilia SuperBox will contain an Enshrined Memorabilia Card made specifically for the 34th National.  Every Enshrined Memorabilia Card will contain a relic from a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame.  Oh ya!  These are all numbered 1/1 too.

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Redemption – The UM-12 Ultimate Memorabilia SuperBox itself can be redeemed for a special 1/1 Enshrined Dual Game-Used Memorabilia Card featuring two members of the Hockey Hall of Fame.

If you’re having trouble finding one of these UM-12 Ultimate Memorabilia National SuperBoxes, shoot ITG an e-mail at: info@itgtradingcards.com and put National SuperBox in the subject line.  Arrangements can be made to ship your SuperBox for pick-up in Chicago if you act quickly.

ITG’s Ultimate Memorabilia 12th Edition is a super high-end hockey product that costs around $600.00 per box.  Its not for your average hockey collector.  Don’t worry, ITG will have more promotional programs that involve their other products which don’t cost quite as much to take part in.

Phillies & Steelers Card Show Day!

Today I attended the 34th annual Ephrata Lions Club Sports Card & Memorabilia Show.  The show takes place at the Ephrata Rec Center which is in Ephrata, PA.  I’ve been attending this show ever since my early days of collecting.  How long ago is that?  Well lets just say that when I first started going I would buy older packs (1987 Topps) and hope to pull a valuable card.  Overproduction was not a word in my vocabulary at the time.

The main reason why I go is because they usually have a lot of Phillies stuff.  In addition to that, the Lions Club brings in a good Phillies player from the past to sign autographs.

My pickups include the following:

  • Harry Kalas 2012 Reading Phillies talking bobblehead
  • Darin Ruf 2010 Bowman Chrome #122
  • Veteran Stadium – 1971 – 2003 – Final Season pin
  • (1) 2012 Topps Valor Football box – break/review can be seen here

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Former Phillies pitcher Steve Bedrosian was signing autographs for fans.  Bedrosian won the N.L. Cy Young Award in 1987 and got a World Series win with the Twins in 1991.

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I’ve been wanting to pick one of these Harry Kalas talking bobbleheads up for awhile.  Upon pushing the button, you can hear Harry call the last out of the 2008 World Series.

At the same time the Lions Club Sports Card & Memorabilia Show was going on, over at the Harrisburg Mall the Big 33 was holding their own show.  Since we pass the mall on the way home, it couldn’t hurt to stop in.  When we arrived people were lined up all the way down the entire length of the mall.  Everyone was waiting for Franco Harris.  About five minutes of waiting, Franco Harris came walking by, said “Hello”, and went to work.  There were many other players from the Steelers, Penn State, and Notre Dame scheduled to sign this weekend.

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Labonte Car Cover Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This contest is for a Bobby Labonte 2013 Press Pass Total Memorabilia Car Cover Relic.  Good luck!!!

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Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, March 15, 2013 @ 8:00 p.m. EST
  • To enter, please leave a comment in this post
  • You can enter once per day
  • The winner will be selected at random
  • Please provide a valid e-mail address when entering
  • The winner will receive an e-mail when the contest is over
  • The winner has one week to send me their contact information or the contest will be held again
  • Once the contest is over, I will need the winner’s mailing address so I can ship them this card for FREE!!!

Card of the Day: Jerry Rice 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia #130

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