The 1996 NBA Draft brought an influx of all-time great talent into the league. The trading card manufacturers were expecting greatness and among the upper echelon products, Flair Showcase was a standout. There's even a tongue-in-cheek warning label on the hobby box, stating that the product was "for serious collectors only"... at least I think it's tongue-in-cheek. The … [Read more...] about 1996-97 Flair Showcase Hot Shots Insert Debuted as Great Balls of Fire
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With some new parallels and inserts, 2022 Topps Finest Baseball returns with chromium challenges for collectors. The format remains the same for hobby boxes when the product is released some time in November. The master box is broken into two mini-boxes, with six packs per mini. There are five cards per pack, and Topps is promising one autograph per mini-box. Base Set There … [Read more...] about 2022 Topps Finest Baseball to Offer New Inserts, Parallels
Three new fully licensed baseball products are among the new sports card releases set to arrive in the coming days. Here's a roundup: 7/6/22 2022 Topps Definitive Baseball Near the top of the high end releases each year, 2022 Definitive comes in a single eight card pack. Six of those are autographs or autograph relics. Every card in the product is … [Read more...] about Sports Card Release Calendar: 7/6/22 – 7/19/22
After the NBA All-Star break for the 1993-94 NBA basketball season, Upper Deck released a product titled Upper Deck Special Edition, or SE as it is better known, with a 225-card set that offered a number of fun inserts, the classic (but short lived) Electric Court parallels and, of course, the iconic Johnny Kilroy and Michael Jordan press conference/baseball card inserts. One … [Read more...] about 1993-94 Upper Deck SE All-Stars Highlighted Past, Present and Future
Some of the first images of this year’s NFL rookies in their pro uniforms will arrive inside 2022 Donruss Elite Football. Look for their first on-card autographs in the product, too. Boxes will contain 20 packs with five cards per pack. Cases will hold 12 boxes. A typical box will have two autographed cards, one memorabilia card, three rookies, six parallels … [Read more...] about 2022 Donruss Elite Football Preview
Just a few short years after its creation, the Fleer Ultra brand had carved out a niche as a premium basketball card product within the booming hoops market. The 1994-95 Ultra Basketball set offered a solid design, a rookie class that held two future Hall of Famers and a number of innovative, colorful inserts. We won't talk about the horrifically airbrushed rookies, … [Read more...] about 1994-95 Fleer Ultra Jam City Towers Over Dunk Competition
Topps Triple Threads has used the same format effectively for years. The 2022 product is no exception, with a wide variety of autographs, relics, combo cards and book cards on tap when the product is released this fall. And of course, the combinations of three that give the set its name. Configuration A hobby box will contain two packs, with seven cards to a pack. … [Read more...] about 2022 Topps Triple Threads Preview
If the 2022 Stanley Cup finals will be remembered by collectors for one thing, it will be for the explosion of interest for Cale Makar in the hobby. The 23-year-old Colorado Avalanche star won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman last week--then added the Conn Smythe Trophy as MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs Sunday night. His graded rookie cards and variations … [Read more...] about Is Cale Makar the Most Collectible Defenseman Since Bobby Orr?
The New York Rangers’ playoff run ended in a humbling way, as the Tampa Bay Lightning came back from a 2-0 deficit to win four straight games to advance to their third straight Stanley Cup Final. For hockey collectors, this was an interesting series with fascinating hobby consequences. The media and analysts continuously tried to sell the puck public on Alexis … [Read more...] about Will Alexis Lafrenière Rookie Cards Rebound?
Topps has released the 2022 edition of its online exclusive 206 offering. Harkening back to the original T206 tobacco cards issued from 1909-1911, the Topps 206 cards are of the same size and feature current players and former greats. It’s the the product’s third year as an online exclusive. The cards are sold by packs in multiple series or “waves” offered … [Read more...] about 2022 Topps 206 Brings Hobby Icon Back for 3rd Year