Topps is getting most of the online buzz as it kicks off the baseball card year with the annual release of Series 1 baseball but if you’re not a baseball guy (or girl), you’ve got your pick of new boxes to buy. Other companies will hope to steal a little of Topps’ thunder with their own releases.
Courtesy of The Break Exchange, which will be busy breaking all kinds of products as January flips to February, here’s a rundown of some of the top products hitting the market.
2019 Topps Series 1 Baseball (1/30)
The company’s unbroken string of pushing out cards for the new season a few weeks before spring training goes back to 1952 and for baseball fans and collectors, it’s the closest thing to a national holiday.
Things have changed a bit this year with regard to configuration and you’ll probably have to work a little harder to build a set by hand, but Topps is spicing things p with its new 150th Anniversary of Baseball cards (including autographs from some past greats), the 1984 throwbacks and some other surprises.
Hobby boxes cost is around $55 online with Jumbos at around $90.
2018-19 Upper Deck Game Used Hockey (1/30)
Hockey collectors who like relic cards have been anxiously awaiting the return of Game Used, a product which incorporates jerseys, patches, pucks, sticks, gloves and net cord from marquee NHL events including NHL 100 Classic, Winter Classic, Stadium Series, and the All-Star Game.
Each one pack box has six cards with one guaranteed autograph or premium memorabilia card as well as three more memorabilia or autograph cards. Boxes are being sold online for around $110.
New this year are Day with the Cup Materials Net Cord cards with past and present winners featured and Battle Lines Net Cord cards featuring rival matchups. Both are numbered to 35.
2018 Panini Limited Football (1/30)
If you’d rather open packs than watch the Super Bowl pregame show, Limited hopes to have you covered.
There are three packs per box with five cards per pack at around $145. Each box of Limited offers three hits, including at least two autographs, one of which will be an on-card Rookie Patch Autograph numbered to 299 or less.
Rookies are also featured in Draft Day Signature Booklets which include a swatch of the jersey the player held on stage after being selected last spring. Each is numbered to 55 with Sapphire Spotlight Swoosh parallels numbered 1/1.
Online prices are currently sitting at around $140 per box. The Break Exchange has Limited on the docket for breaks this week.
2018-19 Donruss Optic Basketball (1/30)
Yes, there are a total of four different products set to release on January 30.
The shiny version of Donruss basketball will serve up 20 packs in a box with four cards in each for around $100. Actually, it was already released through Panini’s First Off the Line program (see box photo above). Heavy on parallels and inserts, there’s only one autographed card in each box. On-card rookie autographs of Luka Doncic and the rest of the 2018-19 NBA Draft class is what collectors will be hoping to pull but there will be some retired star autographs as well.
There will be nine different Prizm Rainbow parallels. Retro Series, All-Stars, The Rookies, All Clear for Takeoff,
Swishful Thinking, and All Heart will be exclusive to Hobby boxes.
The Break Exchange will be breaking Optic.
2018 Panini One Football (2/8)
A new entry into the market, Panini One is the latest in an array of boxes that contain just one autographed card.
Each card will come in a one-touch holder. Every card will be printed on either acetate or canvas stock. Panini says 85 percent will be patch cards. The checklist will include rookies, current stars and retired greats.
Boxes are being sold online for $120-$140 and should be a popular one in break format.
Rookie Patches in 2018 Panini One football feature custom embossed card stock and oversized patches, all numbered to 199 or less.
Also due out over the next couple of weeks is Leaf U.S. Army All-American Football Vault (2/1) and Donruss Racing (2/6).
The Break Exchange will be breaking some of these products in the coming days. You can follow their break schedule here. The company offers daily breaks of current and past products you can participate in and watch online. You can learn more about how to get involved in their box and case breaks and even sell your cards through their website by clicking here.