The last two weeks of May have offered several new sports card products just in time for some holiday weekend ripping.
Courtesy of Maine Sports Cards, here’s an overview of what’s just arrived and what’s coming soon.
2018 Topps Tier One Baseball (Released 5/23)
For those who prefer nothing but hits, Tier One returns in hobby box only form with each one-pack box containing three cards. Each one offers two autograph cards and one straight relic at a cost of around $120, depending on the retailer. The checklist is a mix of rookies, young players, veterans and retired stars.
The bat knob cards are once again the big attraction along with auto relic book cards and ‘Limited Lumber’ which has pieces of game-used bats embedded into the card.
2018 Panini Classics Football (Released 5/23)
Classics is primarily a set building product with a 300 card base set that includes 2018 rookies in their college uniforms. Each box has 14 ten-card packs with one auto, one memorabilia card, 14 inserts and ten parallels.
If you remember sticker inserts from way back in the day, you’ll see them rise again in Classics with three different sets in the mix.
It’s a relatively affordable product, with boxes available online for around $70 or less.
2017-18 Panini Dominion Basketball (Released 5/23)
Hockey card collectors might remember this brand from Panini’s days as an NHL licensee. It makes its NBA debut as a higher end product that offers three autographs and one relic per box at a cost of around $275-$300 per box. Each box should have one Rookie Jersey Autographs and one Metal Rookie card, some numbered as low as 1/1.
Dominion offers a bunch of multi-signed cards in Rookie Dual Signatures, NBA Champions Dual Signatures, Franchise Favorites Dual Signatures, Triple Threat Trio Signatures and Rookie Quad Signatures. Main Exhibit autographs feature shadowbox design and signed on acetate.
Topps bills this one as the “most comprehensive” minor league set. Pro Debut features most of baseball’s top young prospects (yes, including Vlad Guerrero Jr.). There will be two autographs and two relic cards per 24-pack box (eight cards per pack).
Pro Debut uses the same design as the Topps flagship set for the 200-card base set while offering its own unique inserts and subsets. Members of the 2017 MLB Draft class are featured in their MiLB uniforms. Boxes cost around $70.
2017-18 Ultimate Collection Hockey (5/30)
Upper Deck is promising all on-card autographs for Ultimate, which is a one pack per box product. Each four-card box will have three autograph or memorabilia cards including one Rookie Autograph or Rookie Material Autograph card numbered to 399 or less.
Among the more interesting hits will be redemption cards you can send in for a card personally inscribed to you by Connor McDavid.
Boxes are online for around $140.
2017-18 Panini Essentials Basketball (5/30)
Another new option for basketball card collectors, Essentials has a kind of throwback feel–at least back to the 90s with a focus on the inserts and parallels rather than the autos and relics. You’ll get ten six-card packs per box and there will be two autographed cards in each.
Printed on holographic foil card stock, Essentials will offer no less than 11 insert sets and carries a price tag right now of about $120 per box.
Also heading to market are Panini’s Victory Lane Racing, Leaf Ultimate Draft, Topps MLS and Topps Platinum Premier soccer.
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