Sports Collectors Daily

Sports Card Release Calendar: 3/2/18 – 3/15/18

From draft products to off-season football releases, higher-end hoops and lower-end baseball, there will be several new issues to choose from in the coming days.

Courtesy of Maine Sports Cards, here’s a quick overview of the sports card releases hitting the market during the first half of March.  As release dates arrive, check their website for breaks of some of these products.

Sage HIT Low Series Football (3/2)

For those who want the 2018 NFL draft prospect cards as early as possible, Sage arrived late last week with an autograph heavy product. This year’s boxes have 12 in all. 

Each box has 20 packs with six cards in each at a price of around $95. Blaster boxes are available as well.

2017 Panini Contenders Optic Football (3/7)

Panini brings the chrome aspect over to its Contenders brand with the debut of Optic.  

Each box will consist of one six-card pack that will have two autographs (one on card), one parallel, one insert and two base cards.  One of the autographs will be an on-card Rookie Ticket Autograph.   

Boxes are online for $150-$200.

2018 Panini Donruss Baseball (3/7)

Not having an MLB license hasn’t stopped Panini from producing baseball cards.  A deal with the MLBPA keeps the old Donruss brand alive again this year. 

Donruss hobby boxes will have eight cards per pack and 24 packs per box. There will be in each three autograph or memorabilia cards, four inserts, five base parallels and one variation parallel.  Look for more variations this year…and Shohei Ohtani autographs.

Donruss hobby boxes will have eight cards per pack and 24 packs per box, with the online cost at around $90.

2017-18 Panini Select Basketball (3/9)

Select will offer 12-pack boxes, with each pack having five cards. Every box should have three autograph and/or memorabilia hits, 12 Prizm parallels and base cards, the latter in the form of a three-tiered set in varying degrees of scarcity.

A higher end product, Select has already been released through Panini’s ‘First Off the Line’ program. Everyone else will see its arrival this week with box prices at around $200.

2018 Topps Opening Day Baseball (3/14)

The 18th edition of Opening Day returns a couple of weeks before MLB openers with the usual 200 card base set.  It’s a kid-oriented set but plenty of adults like the simplicity of Opening Day, which costs under a buck per pack.

Over 25 players will receive image variation base cards featuring a completely different photo from the flagship set.  It’s not a “hit based” product but Opening Day does sneak in a few autographs and relics.  Every pack has an insert card of some kind.

2017-18 O-Pee-Chee Platinum Hockey (3/14)

Platinum arrives with a chrome look, a 200-card base set and  a price of around $90 per box.  Each box has 20 packs with four cards in each.  In each, you’ll get one hand-signed autograph, three inserts, five parallels and six Retro cards.  There are eight different parallel levels of varying degrees of difficulty.

The base set has 150 veterans and 50 Marquee rookie cards.

2018 Panini Stars & Stripes Baseball (3/14)

Stars & Stripes is a result of Panini’s partnership with USA Baseball and the set focuses on past and present members of the country’s national team.  Each box has five packs with eight cards in each.  You should pull five hits per box along with five parallels at a cost of around $75.

Autographs are a mix of sticker and on-card, but Panini promises that over 40 players have signed on-card including some players projected to be top picks in this year’s draft.

Other new releases include Upper Deck AHL, Topps UEFA, Leaf Greatest Hits Baseball and Panini’s Super Bowl Champion Eagles boxed set. 

Maine Sports Cards 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 and even sell your cards through their website by clicking here.