Panini’s 6-Card 2016 National VIP Set

VIPs attending the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City, NJ will find a coupon in their package which can be redeemed at the Panini booth for a 6-card set.  The set includes Brandon Ingram, Buddy Hield, Carson Wentz, Jared Goff, Kenta Maeda, and Trevor Story.

Even though I don’t participate in Panini’s wrapper redemption program much, we now know what some of those cards will look like.  Wrapper redemption rookies will be numbered to 1,499 copies.  The base set covers baseball, football, basketball, and soccer.  I’m surprised NASCAR isn’t in there.  Then again we haven’t seen the autographs and relics yet.  With Prizm NASCAR coming out next month you’d think Panini would want collectors opening their newly acquired brand during the National.  Its very common for Panini to put poorly performing products on the list of products that qualify for their wrapper redemption program.  They do this as a way to help dealers unload a lot of that unwanted product.

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Deer in the headlights look.

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Step 1 in professional football: Open your eyes.

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Topps Uses Classic Design For Their 2016 National VIP Set

Topps has let the cat out of the bag and showed off what their 5-card VIP set will be for those collectors attending the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention.

This year’s set focuses on the 1951 Topps Red and Blue Backs design.  It has Phil Rizzuto, Bobby Doerr, Duke Snider, Bob Feller, and Warren Spahn.  Every VIP package will contain a 4-card pack.  If you want that fifth card, you’re going to have to trade for it.

Topps will be hosting the VIP party that takes place before the show opens Aug. 3rd in Atlantic City, NJ.  It all kicks off at 2:30 p.m.  Topps plans to have giveaways and free autograph guests – Hockey Hall of Famer Eddie Giacomin, 1974 National League MVP Steve Garvey, and former Phillies closer “Wild Thing” Mitch Williams.
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Upper Deck’s 2016 National Complete 5-Card VIP Set

Upper Deck just keeps churning out their plans for the 2016 National Sports Collectors Convention.  Below you’ll find a complete gallery of the 5-card set VIPs will receive.  A lot more National news to come!

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Super Break’s 2015 National VIP Set

The people over at Super Break put together some insane products that are a blast to open.  They may not always be at every collector’s ideal price point, but they sure are fun to watch open.

VIPs attending the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention will receive a 6-card set thanks to Super Break.  The set includes Rafael Devers, Yadier Alvarez, Gregory Bird, Luis Severino, Bradley Zimmer, and Derek Fisher.

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Panini’s 2015 National VIP Set

Last year I didn’t do much of anything at the Panini booth.  Other than stop by to pick up my VIP set.  None of their required products for the wrapper redemption programs did anything for me.  Most of those required products weren’t too popular anyway.  Most likely they were required to help dealers move them off their shelves.  That’s one of the other reasons why they need to put on events like this every year.

VIPs attending the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention in Chicago will find a coupon in their welcome package.  Simply take that coupon to the Panini booth and in return you’ll get a 6-card set featuring Kris Bryant, Joc Pederson, Marcus Mariota, Jameis Winston, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Jahlil Okafor.

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Topps Unveils 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention VIP Set

Topps has unveiled what VIPs attending the 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention will find in their package.  They have put together a 5-card set of “cards that never were” in the design of the 1953 Bowman Color set.  The set includes Ernie Banks, Jackie Robinson, Al Kaline, Willie Mays, and Ted Williams.  Each VIP will receive a 4-card pack.  That means to complete the whole set, you most likely will have to trade with someone.

Like other years, Topps will have their famous Q&A session.  They will also be selling jumbo High Tek cards at their booth too.  No word yet on their wrapper redemption program, but I’m betting that it will involve Allen & Ginter somehow.  Even their apps teams will be there to demonstrate stuff.  Topps should really have some National exclusive digital cards for show attendees.
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Upper Deck Unveils 2015 NSCC VIP Set

The 2015 National Sports Collectors Convention takes place at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center this year in Chicago.  It runs from 7/29 to 8/2.  Upper Deck has already spilled the beans on some of the stuff they plan on doing.

Upper Deck first released their Prominent Cuts product back in 2009.  Since then the brand has been silent… until now.  Prominent Cuts plans to be all over Upper Deck’s 2015 NSCC promos.  Here is a look at the 5-card set VIPs will receive in their bags.

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“Pin-Up” of the Week: Tony La Russa 2014 H.O.F Cardinals VIP Party Pin

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Some Hall of Fame classes are small.  Some are filled with all dead guys.  Then you have some that are jam packed with living talent.  That’s what the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame Class had.  Inductees to the Hall of Fame this year included Bobby Cox, Tom Glavine, Tony La Russa, Greg Maddux, Frank Thomas, and Joe Torre.

Every Hall of Fame induction brings a whole slew of new merchandise.  Pins are at the top of that list.  The pin pictured above is one that wasn’t for sale to the general public.  The only way you could obtain this pin was if you were invited to the private VIP cocktail party put on by the Cardinals in Cooperstown on July 26, 2014.  This pin was your ticket into the party.  About 100 pins were made.  Its hard to put a value on a pin as rare as this.  One has popped-up for sale with an asking price of $200.00, but nobody has pulled the trigger yet.  If I had been invited to this party, I don’t think I could sell this pin.

Upper Deck Shows Off 6-Card 2014 National VIP Set

Here it is folks!  The complete 6-card set from Upper Deck for VIPs attending the 2014 National Sports Collectors Convention.  As you can see it has Wayne Gretzky, Ken Griffey, Jr, Johnny Manziel, Michael Jordan, LeBron James, and Tiger Woods.

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Upper Deck Teases 2014 National VIP Set

Upper Deck has been pretty quiet about their plans for the National Sports Collectors Convention this year.  They’ve promised more details to come out this week.  But in the mean time Upper Deck gave me a quick glimpse into their VIP set.

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