The premier release of the upcoming week is 2017 Topps Diamonds Icons Baseball with its incredible $1600/box price point, but be on the lookout for affordable releases from Topps and Panini covering all four of the major sports leagues.
Courtesy of box breaker Maine Sports Cards, here’s an overview of what’s coming up.
2017 Topps Diamond Icons Baseball (10/18)
Each box consists of seven autographs, two autograph relics, and one relic — with none numbered higher than 25. Every other box will contain a cut signature of a deceased legend. Highlights include MLB Silhouetted Batter Logo Patch Cards, Primary Piece Relic cards (featuring game-worn cleats), and Diamond Relics (with real diamonds).
2017 Panini Phoenix Football (10/18)
Each box will contain two autographed cards and one memorabilia cards. At least one of the cards will be a rookie auto jersey. Key memorabilia inserts include Chase the Laundry Tag, Brand Logo, and NFL Shield all numbered to three or less. The autograph side includes an oversized rookie swatch #d to 149 or less.
Maine Sports Cards will be breaking this product upon release.
2017 Topps Update Baseball (10/18)
2017 Topps Update Baseball arrives in the midst of the post season boasting updated cards of players who were traded during the season as well as new rookies. It is available in both a hobby box (36 packs, 10 cards per pack), a jumbo box (10 packs, 50 cards per pack) that is selling for around $115, and a retail blaster box. Single cards, sets and boxes are being sold online now.
Update includes a number of inserts relating to this year’s all-star game including autographs, memorabilia, and patch cards featuring the American League and National League logos. The product also includes a 30th anniversary tribute to 1987 Topps baseball and rookie autographs, with Cody Bellinger as the featured signer. Each hobby box will include either one autograph or relic card; each jumbo box will include one autograph and two relic cards.
2017 Bowman High Tek Baseball (10/25)
2o17 Bowman High Tek Baseball will be the first High Tek set under the Bowman brand. High Tek is known for vivid colors, a multitude of parallels, and on-card autographs. Ten-card boxes are currently selling for around $150.
Each ten-card box will have four on-card autographs, as well as parallel cards and inserts. High Tek includes an insert set featuring a 1992 Bowman retro design that will be a case hit. Autographs of prospects and current MLB stars fill the product across a base set and two insert sets — Bashers and 1992 Bowman — all with a multitude of numbered parallels.
2016-17 Upper Deck The Cup Hockey (10/25)
2016-17 Upper Deck The Cup Hockey arrives at the end of the 2016-17 hockey release calendar as one of the sport’s premier issues. Each tin includes a single six-card pack.
The Cup has always been known for exclusive, high-end inserts and this year’s product promises to continue that tradition. Each tin will contain two autograph patch cards — one of which will be a member of the 2016-17 rookie class. Some of the more interesting inserts include Ticket Booklets with game used tickets that include game notations from the player, Laced Up with game used skate and lace relic cards, and Fight Strap Button parallels.
2017 Panini Prizm Football (10/25)
2017 Panini Prizm arrives at nearly the midpoint of the NFL season. Prizm, like the previous week’s Phoenix, is an affordable option. Each box contains twelve twelve-card packs and is currently selling for around $110.
Each Prizm box will contain three autographs and nine numbered Prizm cards. Highlights include an insert set paying tribute to the career of Randy Moss — a candidate for enshrinement in the Hall of Fame this year — with Rookie Patch Autographs (#’d to 99) or less constituting the case hit. Each autograph set will have numbered parallels. New insert sets include tributes to NFL and Super Bowl MVPs.
2017-18 Panini Hoops Basketball (10/25)
2017-18 Panini Hoops arrives at the start of what hopes to be an exciting NBA season. It is an affordable product in several configurations including a box with 24 eight-card packs and a box with twelve 30-card packs, each selling for under $60 a box. There is also a retail blaster box.
The selling point for Hoops is what Panini are calling the first “true” rookie cards of the 2017-18 rookie class. Due to the inexpensive price point there is not much in the way of premium content; however, Hoops will include a Great SIGnificance insert set with autographs from legends, veterans, and rookies. There will also be a ten-card insert set highlighting the career of Kobe Bryant.
Other upcoming releases include 2017 Topps Heritage Minor League Baseball (10/18), Panini National Treasures Baseball (10/25), and 2017 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball (10/25).
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