Three fresh baseball products, another pre-season football release, a higher-end basketball product and a popular annual hockey issue are set to arrive over the next couple of weeks.
Here’s a roundup of what to expect.
2018-19 Upper Deck SP Authentic Hockey (6/5)
Each box of SP Authentic promises two autographs including one Future Watch rookie card (# to 999) and one additional autograph from inserts including Sign of the Times, Marks of Distinction (# to 25), Immortal Ink (# to 10) and others.
Look for Young Guns Updates in SP Authentic. Future Watch auto patch cards numbered to 100 will be in the mix as well.
The base set is 100 cards with three Red parallels per box.
2019 Topps Finest Baseball (6/5)
Finest returns for another go-round with the usual two mini boxes per master box format. There will be six packs per mini box with five cards in each pack. Each master box (currently running about $125) should have two on-card autographs.
Buybacks will be part of 2019 Topps Finest with Topps snaring autographs of players who appeared in the product at some point during its 26-year history.
Finest Mystery Redemption Cards, redeemable for a signed card from a player whose identity will be revealed after the product’s release, will be back this year.
2019 Panini Luminance Football (6/7)
Back for a second year, the uniquely designed product is among the earliest of the 2019-branded products. Don’t look for rookies in their NFL uniforms but do look for some of the first on-card autographs from the 2019 draftees.
Each box (around $135) will carry four packs of ten cards. A box should yield three autographed cards, one memorabilia card, five parallels, four inserts and 12 rookie cards.
2018-19 Panini Noir Basketball (6/12)
We’ll see a run of higher-end NBA trading card products from Panini over the next couple of months including Noir, a one pack per box product that carries ten cards, seven of which are hits. Boxes typically run about $550.
Rookie Patch Autographs (numbered to 99 or less) and Spotlight Signatures will be among the most sought after cards.
Panini’s decade-long run as an NBA licensee is celebrated in 10th Anniversary Signatures.
2019 Topps Series II Baseball
Five months after Series I kicked off the baseball card season, the second half of the flagship set arrives. While it’s not a hit-based product and never has been, this one does have autographs and memorabilia cards.
Like Series I, Topps II will have both Hobby and Jumbo configurations.
There’s a 350-card base set with numerous serial-numbered parallels. The 150 Years of Professional Baseball insert continues in Series 2
New for Series 2 but only available in hobby and jumbo boxes, 1984 Topps Baseball Rookie and All-Star Autograph cards will celebrate the 35th anniversary of the ’84 set.
Legacy of Baseball Autographs highlight players “from across all eras of pro ball,” according to Topps.
2019 Topps Museum Baseball (6/19)
Each box of Museum will have 20 cards in all– four five-card packs per box. Each pack will have three base cards, one parallel and one hit. Each box (currently around $200) is guaranteed to yield one autograph, one auto relic, one Quad Relic and one Prime Relic.
Among the better hits: Museum Framed Autograph Patch Cards which will contain on-card autos and game-worn patch pieces. Dual Autograph Patch Book Cards make their Museum debut. Both will be numbered 1/1.
Other products set for release include Topps UEFA Champions League Museum soccer (6/5); Leaf Flash football (6/7); Historic Autographs 1934 Baseball (6/12); Topps MLB Stickers (6/12); Panini Victory Lane NASCAR (6/14); Leaf Ultimate Sports (6/14) and Leaf All-American football (6/21).