Ahead of the Panini Father’s Day promotion that should bring increased traffic into hobby shops across the country, here’s a look at the current top five selling sports card products.
1) 2016 Panini Prestige NFL – I wasn’t sure about Prestige and with the amount of Father’s Day product I had on order I went lean on it initially and regretted it the moment it landed. Prestige has been repackaged so that it seems like the old Absolute on steroids. Each pack offers an autograph and there are 3 rookie autos and 1 veteran auto per box. Some of the veterans are incredibly low numbered and Panini threw in some cool names to boot.
2) 2016 Topps Tier One MLB – Tier One is the perfect Cliff-Note version of a box with 2 autographed cards and one relic card in each box. Back again are the 1/1 bat knob cards, single signed cards, duals, triples and the dreamy 1/1 cut signature cards. Some of the cuts include Joe DiMaggio, Ernie Banks, Duke Snider, Lou Gehrig, Roger Maris and enough other stars to make me want to crack whatever boxes I have left.
3) 15/16 Upper Deck Ice NHL – Collectors were already clamoring for Ice before it hit with the chance to snag a Connor McDavid base rookie /99 and then they realized that UD threw in an Exquisite card per box. Exquisite hasn’t been seen since Black Diamond early in the season and we have seen some crazy singles from it in the many cases we’ve sold. Even if you don’t #CollectConnor, there are Signature Swatches, Suberb Scripts and Supers Scripts Portraits to take some of the sting off.
4) 2016 Panini Classics NFL – Classics is back after a few years on the bench and it seems that they are trying to replicate what Topps does with Heritage in baseball. Gone are the multiple autographs or relics per box and instead there’s 1 signature per box with randomly inserted relic cards. Living up to its name, Classics has a killer list of retired player autographs with a fair amount of rookies added in. We are doing a case break with it on Saturday and it’s been filling up nicely since we offered it.
5) 2016 Topps Archives MLB – Back for another year of making mid-level retired players wealthy, Archives offers 2 on card autographs per box with a 300 card base set and 10 short-printed cards at the end of the set. Previously Archives honored actors from the movie Major League and this year, some of the cast of Bull Durham get the insert set and autographed card treatment. We actually popped a box of it and have a Tim Robbins/Nuke LaLoosh autographed card to give away to one lucky winner.
Mike Fruitman owns Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in Aurora, CO. His twice-monthly column focuses on what products are selling best in hobby shops. He’s got thousands of cards for sale on COMC.com under the ID cardmn5150. Enjoy new arrivals and big hits from Mike’s on Twitter. Mike’s is always looking for more friends on Facebook and you can email himat [email protected]