Card of the Day: Franco Harris 2001 Fleer Ultra College Greats Preview Auto

Card of the Day: Brian Gray 2012 Leaf Legends of Sport Inscriptions Preview Auto

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Card of the Day: Ernest Thayer 2010 TRISTAR Pursuit Obak Preview #7a

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Preview: 2015 Topps Five Star Baseball

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The Five Star brand from Topps is the model that all card products should take after.  At least when it comes to design.  It really doesn’t get much better than Five Star.  I’ve never opened a box of Five Star though mainly because of the price.  Boxes usually cost well into the hundreds.  This year though, Topps has decided to make Five Star Baseball a little more affordable.  Boxes will only have (2) autographs, but the price will be cheaper.  It will probably feel like a high-end version of Supreme.  Look for it in September.

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Preview: 2015 Topps Dynasty Baseball

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One of the best looking new products that Topps released last year was 2014 Topps Dynasty.  It is simple and straight to the point.  It also costs hundreds of dollars for a single box too.  Products that are setup like this aren’t for the amateur collector.

Within each box of 2015 Topps Dynasty, you’ll only find (1) card.  That card will be numbered to (10) or less.  It will be a patch autograph, dual relic autograph, or a cut signature.  What you’re getting as your “hit” here would basically be considered a case “hit” in other products.

Last year’s Dynasty was very well designed.  For the most part, the cards had black backgrounds which were then signed in paint pen.  This year they decided to go with white card stock which I think looks even better.  Those multi-colored patches are really going to pop with the white backgrounds.  Other than the new color scheme and the inclusion of Kris Bryant, I hope Topps has some surprises to throw in.  If not, I have a feeling it will just be a repeat of last year’s set.  Topps plans to bring Dynasty to football fans soon.

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Preview: 2015 Topps Supreme Baseball

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Topps Supreme Baseball is one of my personal favorite products that Topps has brought to the market in recent years.  Its a quick thrill with very little to no excess base cards.  To put it plainly, it gets right to the point.

Due out in September, 2015 Topps Supreme Baseball will come with (1) pack per box.  Each pack comes with only (2) cards.  Both cards will be autographed.  New additions include the Primary Pieces Autograph Relics, Touch of the Game booklets, and Supreme Scope relic books.  The Touch of the Game cards will look like the Bryce Harper booklet pictured above which contains an autograph on one side and a jumbo batting glove relic on the other.  Primary Pieces Autograph Relics will mix old and current players with big relics and autographs.  Supreme Scope (Hank Aaron below) cards will be a three panel booklet containing jumbo relics.  Every Supreme Scope player will have a one-of-one patch version too.

Products with this type of configuration are what I like to see on the menu.  Although, Allen & Ginter and Gypsy Queen can be fun to open as well.  I just don’t need all those base cards.

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2015 UD Inscriptions – Its Topps Chrome Without The Meaningless Base Cards

Over the last year or so, I’ve become very picky when it comes to opening boxes.  There are certain products I like, but I have to enjoy them from a distance because I don’t want the excess base cards that come along with it.  Let me get one thing clear.  I DON’T like base cards.  They’re meaningless, take up space, and will never be worth anything because they made so many.  The money that is put into printing base cards should be used for something else.  Late last year, I cleaned up my room by throwing away boxes of base cards that have been building up over time.  If I can’t sell it, use it as a contest, or display it on my shelf, that product really isn’t for me.  The only exception to this new rule of mine is if I’m attending the National.  There I will bend the rule a little in order to participate in the promo programs.

One of those products I’ve been watching from a distance is Topps Chrome.  Especially the football version.  Baseball Topps Chrome shouldn’t even exist, and doesn’t carry the impact football does.  I never bought a box of Topps Chrome Football because of all the pointless base.  It looks great, but it just comes with too much stuff I don’t need.

Next month Upper Deck will introduce a new pre-draft product called 2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions.  Each box will have (4) autographs and NO base cards.  Look for a lot of inscriptions with this product.  Three of the cards are considered Silver level autographs, and the fourth is the parallel.  Parallels include Red #’ed/149, Black #’ed/25, and Gold #’ed/10.  To me, this product looks like Topps Chrome but without all the base.  Its actually more of a competitor to Leaf Metal Draft, but it has college logos.  I’m sorry to say that this is probably one of the last CLC licensed products Upper Deck will issue.  Panini is slowly taking over college stuff, in addition to everything else.

Based on what we’ve seen so far, 2015 Upper Deck Inscriptions looks pretty darn good.  Like I said before, I’m picky on what and how often I open products.  There is such little innovation nowadays, product similarity is at and all time high.  This is suppose to be out on March 11, so I might buy a box online or wait until I go to a show near the end of next month.  The box price is around $130.00.

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Preview: Museum Collection’s Canvas Collection Artist Originals Autographs

Its very difficult to impress collectors today.  Things are almost as if they’re at a standstill when it comes to innovation within the hobby.  We just see so much of the same stuff over and over again.  Every now and then we see little glimpses of something really worth talking about.

Museum Collection has been a big hit with collectors.  2014 Topps Museum Collection Football is scheduled to be released in February.  Topps plans to bring back a lot of the stuff that collectors enjoyed last year, plus they’ll be throwing in some new items.  One of those new items are the Canvas Collection Artist Originals Autographs.  James Henry Smith is the artist who made these little beauties.  There are ten cards in this set, each numbered 1/1, and will be signed by the athlete.  Leaf has made some athlete signed sketch cards in the past, but nothing quite as good looking as these.  This is our first look at them, and as you can tell they haven’t been signed yet.  If you’re not lucky in pulling one of the cards pictured below, Museum Collection does have it’s share of other original art pieces.

The autograph area seems a bit boxy, but I can only think it was made like that so the artist knew where to stop.

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Golf Collectors Feast Your Eyes On 2014 Upper Deck Exquisite Golf

The very high-end brand from Upper Deck known as Exquisite has covered basketball, baseball, football, hockey, and now golf.  Feast your eyes on these awesome looking, museum quality cards that I’m sure will make fantastic centerpieces to anyone’s golf collection.  On-card autographs, shadowboxes, multi-colored swatches, and booklets just scratch the surface as to what this product has in store.  I highly doubt that there is a single bad box.  That unfortunately does come with a cost.  And in the case of Exquisite Golf its a significant one.  Boxes are currently pre-selling  online for almost $700.00.  I know there are a lot of hardcore golf collectors out there, but whether or not they want to spend that much on a box is another question.  Upper Deck will be giving away a few boxes during the National this year.

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2014 Press Pass Gameday Gallery Preview

Gameday Gallery doesn’t mess around and gets straight to the point.  Each 1-pack box contains five cards that are all hard-signed.  The base autographs stick out to me the most this year given that they’re horizontal and have a large white area for the signature.  These might be some of the nicest pre-draft/unlicensed football cards that Press Pass has issued in years.  Plus I like the artistic filter they use on the photographs to give them that painted look.  Press Pass has been using that technique with Gameday Gallery for awhile now, but the 2014 cards look the best.  The autographs aren’t boxed in.

You can look for 2014 Gameday Gallery in early April.

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