Hello fellow card maniacs. It’s been a month since we discussed matters of the hot. I mean, I did talk about some cool programs that hobby shops have been able to offer already like the free Topps Holiday packs, Upper Deck Winter packs as well as the Panini Black Friday packs. Still to come on 12/9 is National Hobby Shop Day and since I committed about the average amount of a Mark Cuban fine to this promotion, I hope it’s a raging success (that or I’ll have to appear on Shark Tank with some incredible idea to recoup).
So, as things cool down a bit, let’s wax poetic about well…wax products. Here’s What’s Hot:
The Black Friday packs themselves seemed to offer more powerful autographs than in recent memory. The first night alone, I saw autographed cards from Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning, Lonzo Ball, Alex Bregman, a pair of Christian McCaffreys and much more. Props to Panini for restoring some of the oomph to a program that some said had slipped a bit.
2) 2017 Topp
The 99 card 1/1 Cut Signature set makes everyone who is not part of it feel left out. Imagine pulling the only autograph of Buck O’Neil, Babe Ruth, Christy Mathewson, Ernie Banks, Gil Hodges, Honus Wagner, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Jackie Robinson, Jim Thorpe, Kirby Puckett, Lou Gehrig, Roberto Clemente, Roger Maris (if you think I’m just reciting more names to make it look like a longer piece, I learned this in college) Stan Musial, Satchel Paige, Ty Cobb, Ted Williams and more.
To top it off, there are dual relic 1/1 cut signature cards that will surely be wowing anyone who pulls them. I started off with three cases and at this point I’m down to three packs and there’s no way those will be around come 12/25.
3) 2017 Leaf Q Multisport –
Where Q gets really sexy is the Great 8 memorabilia cards. Without mentioning each of them, my personal favorite features relics of Jordan/Wilt/LeBron/Magic/Bird/Kobe/Shaq/Hakeem all on one card. Soccer fans should rejoice if they pull the dual autograph of Messi/Neymar or Ronaldo/Messi. There are literally no bad autographs in this set aside from Doug Flutie, who I still will not forgive for beating the University Of Miami so many years back.
4) 2017 Topps Star Wars Masterwork – We don’t usually see non-sport releases on the hot list, but I brought in more than a case of this product, sold it all, restocked it and sold it out again. I’d like to take a moment and thank Ken for devouring most of my allocation and while I know my customers well enough, he seemed incredibly happy with his pulls. Each box offers four packs with two autographs and two additional autos, relics, medallions or sketch cards. I do remember Ken snagging a dual autographed card of Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera / Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook. Also possible are autos of Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Peter Mayhew and who could forget the magical efforts of David Barclay, puppeteer for Jabba the Hutt.
5) 17/18 Upper Deck 1 NHL –
Back are the Young Guns at the established rate of 1:4 packs, the Exclusive /100, the High Gloss /10 parallels and the Day With The Cup cards that fall at a ratio of 1:2000 packs. Back for a second season are the Puck Drop inserts at the same ratio only to be topped by the autographed versions that replicate the odds of more than 438 people reading this effort. You’ll find them in one of every 16,000 packs.
If I had written this on Friday instead of Wednesday night, I’m sure that 2017/18 Panini Prizm NBA would have been popular enough to have taken over all five spots until I sold out of my allocation. That is until next week when more product would have magically appeared at my distributors warehouses at a slightly (cough cough) adjusted price.
Please stay tuned to see for yourself and make sure you support your Local Card Shop on December 9 as we celebrate National Hobby Shop Day. My store alone will have 16 autographed items to give away and I have already seen tremendous interest from my collectors as they try to improve their odds as walking away a winner.
Mike Fruitman owns Mike’s Stadium Sportscards in Aurora, CO. His column focuses on what products are selling best in hobby shops. He’s got thousands of cards for sale on COMC.com under the ID cardmn5150.