Will This Be The Next Topps Print-On-Demand Product?

After a long day of work, I like to check out what news is shaking up the hobby.  In addition to that, I look forward to seeing what new Topps NOW cards are available.  I’m a fan of the Topps NOW program.  I’m a picky collector, so I choose wisely as to which ones I decide to add to my collection.  In it’s first year of existence, I bought almost every Phillies card they made.  After 2016, I cut back a bit.  Upon the success of the Topps NOW program, Topps has spun-off and created Throwback ThursdayOn Demand, and Topps Living sets.  I’ve been picking up every Phillies card from the Topps Living Set as I really enjoy the artwork.

I’d like to make a bold prediction as to what the next print-on-demand product will be from Topps.  One of these days we are going to see a weekly set of 5-10 cards based on young prospects who make Baseball America’s Hot List.  Thanks to products like BowmanBowman Chrome, and Bowman Draft, prospecting has become an extremely large part of the hobby.  People are willing to spend thousands of dollars on players who have yet to make it to the big leagues.  Cards of players who make it onto Baseball America’s Hot List tend to spike in popularity.  At least for the week that they’re on there.  Some stick around longer than others.

If this were to happen, I’d suggest only having the cards up for sale for only a few days.  You definitely would want them to come down before the next Hot List comes out.  Baseball America’s Hot List and print-on-demand products are very momentary and “right now” things.  I’m confident that collectors would purchase these specially made prospect cards that correlate to the weekly Hot List.  It only seems natural the two would go together.

The Baseball America name has appeared on many Topps cards before.  So the two aren’t strangers.

CollectorCrate To Start Next Month

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Beginning next month, collectors will be introduced to CollectorCrate.  If you’re familiar with what Loot Crate is, CollectorCrate should be easy enough to understand.  For a monthly fee ranging from $29.99 to $99.99, CollectorCrate will ship you a box full of sports collectibles every month.  Items in the box cover a wide range of cards, packs, toys, etc…  And the fun thing about it is that you don’t know what you’re going to get.  CollectorCrate will allow you to pick your favorite sport.  So at least you’ll know that your box will be baseball, football, or basketball themed.  There is no word yet whether or not hockey will be thrown into the mix, but I have a feeling if this takes off they plan to.  CollectorCrate boxes have the letters “BB”, “FT”, “BK”, and “HK” printed on them.  I can only assume the “HK” stands for hockey.  As of right now, CollectorCrate plans to start shipping their first round of boxes in mid-October.

I for one find this to be a cool thing, and I hope collectors are drawn to it.  Watching people open their Loot Crate boxes is fun, but those aren’t sports related.  I can really see this turning into a big thing.  CollectorCrate should develop close relationships with Topps, Upper Deck, Panini, and Leaf.  Heck, throw in Lil’ Teammates, TeenyMates, and OYO Sportstoys too.  One thing you see Loot Crate do is have exclusive merchandise which can only be found inside their boxes.  This is something I would like to see CollectorCrate eventually get into.  The sky is the limit when it comes to what kind of promotional items CollectorCrate could put together for the National.

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Coples ’12 FanFare Auto Contest! – NOW CLOSED

This week’s contest will be for a Quinton Coples 2012 Press Pass FanFare Next Level Ink Auto #’ed/25.  Coples was drafted in the 1st round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the New York Jets.  He will be a top Defensive End prospect to watch.  Good luck!!!


Contest Details:

  • This contest will end Friday, May 4, 2012 @ 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!!!

Could this be the next Mickey Mantle Rookie card?

Could this be the next Mickey Mantle Rookie card?  Any serious collector can tell you that this is the 1994 Upper Deck SP Alex Rodriguez rookie card, which is a must for any Rodriguez collection.  Alex Rodriguez is only 32 years old and is already a member of the 500 career HR club.  Everytime he comes up to bat you are watching history in the making.  In my opinion, his 1994 Upper Deck SP rookie card is most likely the card around in today’s modern hobby world that will end up being like the Mickey Mantle rookie card.  When I mean it will be like the Mantle rookie, I’m talking about over time people will still demand it and want it for their collection.  Today, many people get caught up in the hype of an 18 year old prospect that may never get past single A ball.  More people should pay attention to the veterans that are making history.  The 1994 UD SP prospect cards are very condition sensative.  They all have a foil finish to them which makes the card very easy to chip.  The backs of these cards are also black, which makes white marks easier to show up.  Even though the mid 90’s was still a victim of overproduction, since these cards are so condition sensative and Alex Rodriguez continues to make history the value hasn’t been hurt a bit.  The 94 UD SP rookie can be picked up on eBay for $91.00 and is the top card sent in for grading at Beckett.  In 50 years people will still be demanding the Mantle rookie, and I think they will still want the 94 UD SP Rodriguez rookie.  Hyped players can only last so long.