After a very busy week of sports card releases that included Topps Finest and a pair of Panini products, things slow down just a bit as the calendar reaches the midway point of 2017. Still, there are a few notable new issues hitting the market.
Courtesy of Maine Sports Cards, here’s a look at what to expect:
2017 Topps Series 2 Baseball (June 14):
Four months and change after Series 1, Topps continues its flagship trilogy with the release of Series 2. Primarily a set builder’s product, there are plenty of parallels, short prints and inserts to keep box and case breakers interested.
Each hobby box will contain 36 packs with one autograph or relic card. Jumbo boxes will have one autograph and two relics guaranteed.
2017 Panini Revolution Soccer (June 14)
As the World Cup qualifiers continue, interest in soccer is heating up again. Panini brings the Revolution brand to soccer for the first time with eight-pack boxes promising eight parallels (one numbered to 100 or less) and five inserts. Twenty-eight club teams from 14 countries are represented on the checklist.
There’s an autograph in every two boxes, on average and the auto lineup includes Neymar Jr., Christiano Ronaldo, Diego Maradona and the new U.S. teen sensation, Christian Pulisic.
Topps Museum Collection (June 21)
One of the season’s higher end products returns with one autographed relic, one on-card regular auto, one Quad Relic and one Prime Relic per five-card box/pack. Each case will have a framed on-card auto and a Jumbo Auto Relic.
There will be lots of low-numbered cards popping here with box prices at around $185 right now. Popular with case breakers, Museum will also include Dual and Triple autograph cards.
2017 Leaf Trinity Football (June 23)
Leaf puts the focus on the new rookie cards with this draft pick-oriented release that is all autographs. Players are depicted in their college uniforms with Christian McCaffrey, DeShaun Watson and Dalvin Cook among those who’ve signed.
Each pack/box has five–all on-card and many with inscriptions written by the players. With ten boxes per case, that means 50 autographs per case (at around $500), which is certainly attractive to breakers.
Break of the Week
It’s not your typical sports card product, but 2017 Tri-Star Quest released last week. A “lockbox” includes five envelopes with each redeemable for a higher end autographed item from Tri-Star.
Limited to 50 cases, the autographed memorabilia comes from 175 different subjects including Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Joe DiMaggio, Mickey Mantle, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russell and others.
Launched in the spring, Maine Sports Cards gave away 1,000 free break spots prior to launch. The company offers daily breaks of current and past products you can watch online. You can learn more about how to get involved in their box and case breaks here.