Panini Preferred is the season's first high-end basketball card product from the NBA's trading card licensee. You get three packs, each with an autographed card of some kind, plus a booklet card with six to eight jersey swatches for around $200.
All of the autographed cards are numbered to 99 or less and there are more than 300 different autographs spread throughout the product. Plenty of retired greats and near greats are included in the autograph checklist, many on die-cut cards. It doesn't take long to open a box and at $200 a pop, it's cross your fingers and pray you get value.
2012 Topps Opening Day hit store shelves not long ago. If there were an 'entry level' brand, this would be it. Topps has kept the brand around for awhile, so it must sell fairly well, especially to families who aren't quite sure they want to spend disposable income on $3 or $4 packs.
Remember Christian Lopez, the guy who caught Derek Jeter's home run ball on his 3,000th hit? As promised, he's got a Topps card this year--and it's in Opening Day. But it's a short print. There's only one on eBay right now. Three have sold so far--one for $40, another for $59 and a Buy it Now at $25.
The Baltimore Orioles will auction game-worn, autographed caps from their St. Patrick’s Day spring training game on March 17 vs. Boston, with proceeds to benefit Keep Sarasota County Beautiful. The caps have a white front panel with green replacing orange on the bill, the button and in the cartoon bird logo.
The online auction will be held exclusively on www.orioles.com, beginning at noon on Saturday, March 17 and ending on Saturday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m.
Coverage from the 2012 Industry Summit coming next week from Las Vegas.