The wild ride that has been 2017 baseball cards continues with two more MLB releases unleashed between August 2 and August 9 but football and hockey brands will also fight for attention.
Courtesy of Maine Sports Cards, a box breaking company that allows participants to sell their cards immediately, here’s a look at the products collectors will see on the market between now and the middle of the month.
Donruss Football (8/2)
Donruss has become Panini’s football flagship brand with a fairly comprehensive base set at the center of an otherwise standard release that includes one autograph and one memorabilia card per box (plus 48 rookie cards or Rated Rookies and 40 inserts).
Each box has 24 10-card packs for around $90 online.
There are 50 rookies and 50 Rated Rookies on the checklist.
There’s an insert set with a design based on the original Donruss baseball debut set from 1981.
Topps Chrome Baseball (8/2)
Baseball card sales have been soaring thanks to the record-setting exploits of Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger and a few other rookies and Chrome aims to build on that momentum.
Hobby boxes have 24 packs, with four cards to a pack for around $125 while Jumbo boxes will have 12 packs per box, with 13 cards per pack at about $260.
There are generally two autographs in a hobby box, and an average of five in a jumbo; the jumbos also will contain, on average, a dozen refractor parallels.
You can check out box some breaks here.
Panini Unparalleled Football (8/9)
Panini’s latest football release offers eight packs per box with eight cards in each pack. Every box will have an average of two autographs and one memorabilia card.
Unparalleled also boasts at least seven numbered base cards, inserts or parallels per box.
Tags, Brand Logos, and NFL Shields of the new 2017 NFL Rookie Class are among the highlights of this $90-$100 per box release.
Look for box break spots to open next week.
Upper Deck MVP Hockey (8/9)
For those eagerly anticipating the start of a new NHL season but don’t want to spend big bucks, MVP is back.
For under $50 per hobby box, you’re not likely to get an autograph (although there’s one per case), but you will get short prints, parallels and inserts. Each hobby box will have 20 packs with eight cards per pack. Retail versions have 36 packs and five cards in each.
Rookie and Draft Pick redemption cards will be in the mix since this year’s rookie class has yet to set foot on the ice. The Rookie Redemptions fall one per case while Draft Pick SPs will be extremely rare.
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