As manufacturer reps and dealers head for this year’s National Sports Collectors convention, they’ll have some new products to show off.
From a high-end basketball release to some summertime NFL from last season’s calendar, here’s a look at what’s coming between now and early August.
2021-22 Panini National Treasures Basketball
For those who prefer to chase the big rookie hits, NT release day is the one they mark on the calendar. While First Off The Line boxes with their exclusive content came out a few days ahead, the Hobby boxes will arrive with the usual single pack box format.
Each pack has ten cards: four autographs, four memorabilia cards, a printing plate and one base or base parallel.
While the Rookie Patch Autographs, 1/1 Logoman and other low serial numbered cards will again be the most sought after cards in the product, there are some new things to look for including Treasure Chest Booklet cards featuring some current stars and new dual and triple autograph cards.
2021 Donruss Optic Football
It’s a very late arrival for Optic, which will deliver one autograph, 20 Rated Rookies, ten parallels (eight are numbered) and four inserts.]
New this year are Ice parallels for base and Rated Rookie cards that are both numbered to 15.
Downtown inserts are back as case hits.
Boxes are online for $950-$1,000. The FOTL version runs higher. Check pricing here.
2022 Topps Tier One Baseball
Another all hits product arrives in the form of Tier One, with each box holding a single three-card pack that will have two autos and one relic.
Among the new creations for this year: Gripping Autographed Relics, which feature pieces of the handle tape from game-used bats paired with an on-card auto.
They’ll be numbered to 10 or less with 1/1 Platinum parallels in the mix.
2021 Panini Eminence Football
Another product set to arrive during the ’22 training camp but still part of last year’s calendar, Eminence is another super high end type product and comes in a wooden box. Nine of the ten cards in it will be autographed.
Every card in Eminence is numbered to 10 or less and displayed in a magnetic, one-touch holder, where all cards are either signed on-card, feature diamonds, precious metal, or a cut signature.
Yes, they’re going to be expensive. We’ll know a little more where things stand closer to release date but think at least low to mid five figures.
Upper Deck Clear Cut and Black Diamond Hockey, which were both scheduled for release on July 27 have been delayed with no word yet on a new date.
Also set for release between now and early August: Pro Set Multi-Sport (7/27); Topps Chrome Bundesliga (7/27); Upper Deck AHL (7/27); Leaf Pearl Multi-Sport (7/27); Leaf Art of Hockey (7/29) and Panini Impeccable Soccer (7/29).