The baseball season is over, basketball is still catching up from last year’s lockout and hockey…well, hockey is on ice at the moment. Therefore, it’s no surprise that the football card market is helping some hobby shops get a jump start on the holiday shopping season. 2012 football cards are also hot thanks to the ‘just as advertised’ rookie class. The products have, for the most part, delivered, with enough hits to keep collectors of all levels pretty happy.
It’s been fairly quiet for new releases lately, but most current football card products made by Topps and Panini are selling. Prime, Platinum, Finest, Momentum, Prominence, Inception, Elite and Rookies and Stars all have a certain fan base.
This week, all bets are off, though, as 2012 Topps Chrome Football hits store shelves. It’s already leaked into discount department stores in some areas of the country. Collectors who prefer hobby boxes will have to wait until Friday, which has upset some shop owners who see their early sales diminished by the product’s availability at retail shops.
Chrome did well last year while Cam Newton was making a splash. This year, boxes are pre-selling for nearly $100.
Dealers anticipating big sales tried to order larger quantities but many had their orders significantly reduced by Topps and the rush was on to find them elsewhere.
Topps also seems to have another hit with 2012 Bowman Chrome Baseball. Boxes are bringing $55-70. Topps Triple Threads has been out for awhile but it, too, seems to be moving
2012-13 Panini Threads is doing well and for those with a lot of discretionary incomes, 2011-12 Exquisite basketball has been a popular choice thanks to the big ticket autographs including one guaranteed Jordan per box.