Collectors looking to rip new products in the new year have had to rely on a lot of “recent releases” and a quiet month will continue for awhile but there are some new boxes on the horizon. With baseball still a few weeks away, there are football, basketball, hockey, UFC and even a new Winter Olympics issue heading to market soon.
Courtesy of Maine Sports Cards, here’s a brief overview of some of what’s to come:
2017 Leaf Plates and Proofs Hockey (1/15)
This might be a first. Leaf Plates and Proofs Hockey is, well, just that. Each box contains six Printing Plates and two pre-production proofs from some of its hockey card releases. All eight cards in the box, then, are 1/1.
Only 92 cases of Plates and Proofs were produced. Online box prices are at around $90.
Upper Deck SP Game Used Hockey (1/17)
Another one pack box, 2017-18 SP Game Used offers six cards, with an autograph or premium memorabilia card, and three additional autograph or relic cards. There also will be two base cards.
SP Game Used follows much the same path as previous editions with some unique memorabilia pieces used on cards including pieces of game-used sticks, nets, pucks and skates to go along with the usual jersey pieces and patches.
Boxes are available online for $117-$120.
The first NFL product of the new year has had its release date pushed back twice but when it (hopefully) arrives on January 26, you’ll see two autographed cards and one memorabilia-oriented hit in each box including one on-card Rookie Patch autograph. Each pack of 2017 Limited football will have five cards with three packs in each box.
Chronicles is all about the rookies. You’ll find nine rookie cards in each three-pack, 45-card box, along with nine inserts or parallels and three autographs or memorabilia cards. Other Panini basketball brands are showcased within the set so some of the card designs will look very familiar.
Chronicles is being offered online for around $150 per box.
2018 Topps Winter Olympics
OK, so this product actually goes by “2018 Topps Olympic and Paralympic Team and Hopefuls” but clumsy corporate-sounding lingo aside (we’re guessing the USOC has something to say about it), Topps apparently sells enough Olympic-oriented products every couple of years to keep these coming back.
Each box will have an autograph, two memorabilia cards and two Lindsey Vonn Career Milestones insert cards per box at a current online cost of $80. Autographs are usually on stickers.
While traditional baseball card collectors may skip this one, major stars are always made during the games and the market for their cards is usually quite active. It’s one of those family-oriented products that typically wind up selling far better than shop owners think they will.
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