For those mourning the end of football season, relief comes with the upcoming arrival of three new football card products, including the first one with autographs from prospective members of the 2018 NFL Draft class. Topps’ second baseball product will also hit at the end of the month and there are hoops and hockey products on the way soon, too.
Courtesy of Maine Sports Cards, here’s a rundown:
2016 Panini Select Football (2/16)
Select returns with its array of colors and three-tiered base set that will be a challenge to complete.
Each box will have two autographed cards, two memorabilia cards and 14 Prizms, at least five of which will be numbered.
While each box will have two autographed cards, it’s the unsigned cards that are actually more of an attraction in this product, which sells for around $125. You can sign up to be part of a break here.
2017-18 Panini Contenders Basketball (2/21)
One of the most recognizable and popular brands in Panini’s stable, no matter the sport, Contenders arrives with on-card rookie autographs. There are ten cards per pack and 12 packs per box including two autographs.
Of course, it’s those Rookie Ticket autographs that have the major staying power as time goes on but there are some veterans, too. MVP Contenders and Historic Rookie Season Ticket autographs will feature big veteran names.
Boxes are online for $135-$140.
2018 SAGE Hit Premier Low Series Football (2/23)
For those who can’t wait until the summer to see the first 2018 football cards of rookies in their first NFL uniforms, the pre-draft products try to fill the void. First out of the gate is the first series of 2018 SAGE Hit Premier Draft. SAGE has been doing these products for a long time now and this year’s edition is set to arrive with both hobby (20 six-card packs per box) and Blaster (5 packs/14 cards) configurations. Just keep in mind the company can’t use school logos so the photos are pretty generic.
Each hobby box will have a whopping 12 autographs. One of those is a Premium Portrait numbered to 50 or less. There are also 20 insert cards and 20 base parallels. Blasters will have three autographs including one Peak Performance Chrome-style card along with three inserts and eight base parallels. Gold Level autographs will be numbered to 250.
In addition to the 2018 draftees, Instant Impact Autographs will feature members of last year’s draft class.
Other big hits to look for are the Walter Payton Promo cards which feature a swatch from a game-worn jersey. Hobby boxes are being sold online for around $100.
Want to see the checklist? Here you go: 2018-SAGE HIT Premier Draft Low Series Checklist
2017 Panini Encased Football (2/28)
One of multiple products slated for release on the last day of the month, both autographs found inside Encased boxes are numbered to 99 or less. One of those is a rookie autograph that will have already been graded and encapsulated by Beckett.
Each box will also have a couple of memorabilia cards.
Panini is touting on-card autographed memorabilia cards of current stars and retired stars and Pro Bowl Jumbo Jersey cards which highlight players in the 2017 Pro Bowl.
Some autographs inside Encased with include inscriptions.
Boxes are online for $185-$190.
2017 Topps Heritage Baseball (2/28)
If you like a fairly comprehensive base set, Heritage has it with 500 cards (last 100 are once again SPs). The throwback inserts and quiet odes to the 1969 set will be there as always.
Heritage hobby boxes hold 24 packs with nine cards per pack. Each box will be highlighted by either an autograph or relic card but it’s primarily a set builder product, designed for those who appreciate baseball card history. Boxes are online for $90-$100. It’ll come in blaster boxes, too.
2017-18 Upper Deck Synergy Hockey
New to Upper Deck’s hockey line, Synergy offers three cards per eight pack box. It’s a chase-oriented product and Upper Deck is offering a bounty program in conjunction with the release for those serious enough to go after some of the rarer base cards. It won’t be easy. Some are numbered as low as 18.
Each box has 15 parallels and four inserts.
If you buy for autograph hits, Synergy may not be for you. There’s only one autograph per 40 packs (five boxes). Boxes are being sold online for around $85.
Maine Sports Cards offers daily breaks of current and past products you can 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.