It’s been a fairly busy week for new sports card releases. 2012 Topps Chrome was on retail store shelves Wednesday afternoon. For the first time ever, there are photo variations in this annual late-season release. They’re already being offered on eBay.
There are two autographs per hobby box, which is always a draw, especially considering the young stars collectors have been chasing.
Just want to go for a test drive? Those $20 retail boxes include four purple parallel cards, and of course, the chance to score some other hits but no guaranteed autographs.
Here’s a quick look at what was inside our box:
2011 Exquisite Football, which just hit stores, is trying some new ideas like “Exquisite Dimensions” and “Exquisite Choice Signatures” insert cards (and yes, this is considered a 2011 product).
The first thing collectors will notice upon discovering the “Exquisite Dimensions” cards are how thick the card is. At approximately 5/8”, “Exquisite Dimensions” are more than two times the standard thickness of an Exquisite Collection card. The athlete signs on a clear, slanted plastic surface that is sandwiched within a shadowbox type of presentation, giving the appearance that the autograph is actually floating in the middle of the card.
The “Exquisite Choice Signatures” cards offer collectors the chance to create their own combination autograph card. The athletes sign a slot that is roughly 1” x 2” that features an image of the athlete and their name on the front. On the back of the slot is a card number, authentication copy, team logo and other legal copy. Either two or four of these signature slots are then placed in an acetate card that houses them. Collectors can remove and change the slots in the autograph card and create a combination of their choosing. They can trade, buy or sell slots to create a dual or quad autograph of their favorite players. It’s a pretty unique concept as long as you can afford to buy multiple autograph cards and you can see it in action below.
Here are some early listings for Exquisite football.
Topps Finest Football, Score Hockey and Panini Rookies and Stars football are due out this week as well.