by Rich Klein
Coming off a well received Baseball Hits series one product from earlier this year, In The Game recently released Series Two of this product and as the name suggests, boxes have nothing but "hits' in them. Every card has either a signature, an memorabilia piece or a combination thereof.
While most of the signature cards feature prospects, there is a nice mix of retired greats with signed cards. In addition, there are some nice dual signed cards featuring prospects and retired greats. Six of the players included were picked in the first round of Major League Baseball's June amateur draft.
This product, released during the recent National Sports Collectors Convention, is currently trading at the $80-90 mark though on line retail sellers.
Relic cards include bat barrel and knob pieces, signed checks, 'First Pitch' presidential autographed cards and various jersey tags and swatches. Each 12-box case should have a one-of-one.
Looking at the checklist provided on the In the Game website, that averages out to $16-18 per card in a box and because every card is a "Hit" the hope is that collectors are guaranteed getting close to, if not more than their money's worth with each box they open.
But...we needed to put it to the test ourselves. We received five cards, all of which were signed. We should also point out that the print runs are from the In the Game web site but the cards are not serial numbered.
Reflections Gold (1 of 1): Cesar Puello.
Puello is a20-year old prospect in the New York Mets farm system with blazing speed and power potential. He was ranked in the top 100 prospects by Baseball America entering the 2011 season. Needless to say, from this point forward, I will be paying attention to his progress in the minors and hopefully the majors as well.
While we got lucky and can not guarantee that every box will have a one of one; we can pretty much guarantee that you as a collector will receive what you want, the five hits in five at bats.
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]