One of the year’s biggest baseball products is joined by releases from football, basketball, hockey as the calendar turns to fall.
Courtesy of Maine Sports Cards, here’s a roundup of sports card products we can expect to see.
2018 Bowman Chrome Baseball (9/26)
Chrome has become a titan in the industry with some Chrome Prospect Autographs selling for crazy prices once those youngsters reach big league stardom (see Mike Trout, etc.). The checklist for Chrome is out if you’d like a sneak peek.
The eight colored serial-numbered parallels are back, ranging from Refractor (# to 499) to Superfractor (1/1).
Each Master Box will include two autographed cards, a Chrome Prospect Shimmer parallel card, and a Bowman Sterling Continuity insert card. Master boxes will be composed of two six-pack mini boxes and are currently online for $130-$140. There will also be an HTA Choice configuration that will include three encased autograph cards and HTA Choice exclusive parallels.
The Break Exchange will be breaking Chrome on release day. You can find the info here.
2018-19 Upper Deck Artifacts Hockey (10/4)
The annual early season release has four cards per pack and eight packs per box. Each box offers three autograph, memorabilia or Aurum Bounty cards per box along with one Rookie Redemption and four serial numbered cards including one numbered to 99 or less.
Artifacts had its release date pushed back by a little over a week but now appears on target for October 4.
Among the highlights: Threads of Time memorabilia cards, celebrating the tenures of select NHL Superstars and Legends with premium material parallels including patch, stick and tag and Esteemed Endorsements, which are hard-signed autograph cards from retired legends that include an inscription. Also new: Le Bleu Blanc Rouge Remnants insert cards featuring relics from the legendary Montreal Forum.
Hobby boxes cost around $110.
2018 Topps Heritage Minors (9/28)
One last element of Topps’ annual shout out to a set from long ago, Heritage Minors hits the market with the usual focus on players who have yet to reach the big leagues. However, the rapid rise of a few prospects this year means we’ll see some rookie major leaguers, too.
Like the big league set that was released over the winter, Heritage Minors will carry a 1969 Topps theme. Each box (about $65 online) will have 18 eight card packs that will include one autograph and one memorabilia card. Look for many of the same insert and chase elements you saw in the big league version, with a focus on the 1969 Topps set.
2017-18 Panini Impeccable Basketball (10/3)
Impeccable will offer a one pack box with nine cards. Typically, a box will contain five autographs at a price that’s currently a little over $600.
You can read about it here.
2018 Panini Illusions Football (10/3)
Illusions returns with ten packs in a box and five cards in a pack. Each box will contain one autographed memorabilia card, two other autos (one in a silver-wrapped box topper), two memorabilia cards, six base parallels, three insert parallels and five inserts. Boxes are about $145.
Dual signed cards are a staple in this product with subsets that include Rookie Dual Signs, Rookie Reflection Dual Autographs, and Mirror Dual Signatures. Other autographs include First Impressions Memorabilia Autographs, Rookie Signs, Veteran Signs, Rookie Endorsements, and the popular Elusive Ink.
2018 Topps Archives Signature Series Retired Player Edition (10/3)
Former big leaguers are the focus of the latest Signature Series product from Topps. Box breaks won’t take long. Each box will once again offer one single previously released card that’s been signed, numbered and stamped.
Some of those buybacks will be memorabilia cards. Each card is encased and every signature is on-card.
The cost per box is about $45.
Also set for release: National Treasures Baseball (9/26 — Break Exchange will also be breaking this one), Topps Legends of WWE Wrestling, WWE NXT (both 9/26); Panini Flawless Collegiate Football (10/3); Contenders Draft Picks Baseball (10/5), Leaf Best of Baseball (10/5) and Leaf Grand Slam Tennis (10/5).
The Break Exchange will be breaking some of these products in the coming days. The company offers daily breaks of current and past products you can participate in and 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.