By Rich Klein
Coming on the heels of the very successful baseball Inception product, the football version was recently released. The baseball issue had the major advantage of a very early Yasiel Puig card and his inclusion catapulted the demand for Inception to lengths probably not even dreamed of by Topps executives. As we have discussed, a 2013 Inception football break will have its own challenges as there was a paucity of skill players taken early in the draft and thus any issue which is dependent on rookies is a harder sell to begin the 2013 card season. And with only seven players in the pack/box your chances are not always guaranteed to get a nice hit.
My local card store (Triple Cards, Plano TX) reported passable sales at the $100 level while leading on-line retailers are currently $85-100.
The base cards have a player’s photo set against a solid background with the player’s name and position at the bottom. The backs have biographical information, a brief informational blurb and seasonal and career stats:
Here’s what we pulled:
Green Parallel (#d to 199) Peyton Manning
Yellow Parallel (#d to 75) Dwayne Bowe
Rookie Autographs Silver Ink (#d to 50); Tyler Wilson
We did OK with what we pulled but obviously you need to score big to make back your investment. The Manning parallels have been selling for $5-10.
The Steelers have high hopes for Bell. This particular card has been bringing $45-75 of late, so all things considered at this moment, we’re about even. You can see what’s up for bid on eBay here.
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]