Hobby shops and online retailers will have several new products to push leading into the holiday shopping season. Panini alone will release four in one day–while Topps unleashes one of its super high-end brands for a return engagement.
Courtesy of Maine Sports Cards, which will be breaking many of them online starting Wednesday, here’s a look at what’s new.
Panini Playoff Football (11/22)
Playoff is back with eight cards per pack and 12 packs per box. Each box should have one autograph, one memorabilia card, 12 rookies, 20 inserts and four parallels. Among the hits: Contenders and Optic Preview Autographs, featuring members of the 2017 Draft class. The Contenders are numbered to just 23.
This is one of the more inexpensive products to come out during the season, with boxes generally falling in the $75-$80 range.
Topps Dynasty Baseball (11/22)
Dynasty is for those who prefer to play the high-stakes game. There’s only one card per box and each card will be numbered to 10 or less, come enclosed in a protective plastic case and contain an autographed patch, cut signature, signed dual relic or cut signature dual relic…for a price of around $425 per box.
The overview and checklist spells out what to expect.
Panini Ascension Basketball (11/22)
Making its debut, Ascension is a lower to medium priced product offering 12 five-card packs per box. There’s one autograph, two rookies, two rookie variations and five inserts promised per box.
The Rookie Ascent autographs are on-card. Panini says look for plenty of die-cut cards and “holographic accents.”
Boxes are online for around $100.
Illusions is a new product that’s best described as a mix of old and new. Look for a lot of names from the 1980s and 90s mixed in with current stars and rookies on the relic, insert and autograph checklist.
Each box will include one autographed memorabilia card, two other autographs, two memorabilia cards, and one silver-wrapped box topper card. For around $140 per box, it seems like the best deal of any of the Thanksgiving week football releases. Elusive Ink highlights well-known players who have had little in the way of certified autographs.
Prizm is back and being sold in several different configurations, from blaster to hobby box with the latter containing two autographs, 22 Prizms and ten inserts for around $260. This is one product where the parallels are the big draw, with some in the rainbow as low as 1/1.
The autograph concept is pretty simple with no real subsets, just one checklist for veterans (yes, Giannis is here–along with Damian Lillard, Kobe and Reggie Miller, just to name a few) and another for this year’s NBA Draft class. Lottery picks get their own set entitled “Luck of the Lottery.”
Among the other releases on the docket over the next few days are Panini Chronicles Baseball, Leaf Metal Baseball, Panini Select Soccer and Topps Legends of the WWE.
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