By Keith Neuhart
Baseball’s regular season is finally here and collectors are pumped about another quality higher end Topps issue. Football products continue to roll out, and this week is no different. We’re getting a strong boost from one fresh off the truck product.
National Treasures Football
Panini’s always-anticipated National Treasures Football released this week, and it is truly hot. At $400 per box, only those with big wallets break this product, but the cards are gorgeous. The first box out of the gate contained a very nice Cam Newton autograph numbered out of 25. The buyer immediately put it on eBay and hopes to make a nice profit out of his box.
Press Pass and Sage Hit also have released recently. These products do a pretty good job in bringing the next draft class to the market. Everyone who buys and opens them understands their limitations as non-licensed ‘pre rookies’. The cards do not hold their value, but nine autographs per box at a good price point definitely gives them immediate appeal.
2012 Topps Museum Collection
Finally, it looks as though Topps has hit a home run with this product. The cards are crisp and the hits we’ve seen are spectacular looking. I have sold quite a bit of this product, and have seen some nice autographs including Albert Pujols come out of these boxes. Museum Collection along with the recently released Tribute have made Topps the star in the baseball collector’s world right now. Both have sold extremely well here.
Basketball, Basketball, Wherefore Art Thou, Quality Basketball?
Collectors are absolutely starved for basketball products. Hoops just didn’t do the job, and Preferred was a nice product, but hardly a true winner. I have collectors every day ask about new product release dates, and all I can tell them to do is wait. With Jared Sullinger announcing his intentions to turn pro, collectors here in Central Ohio are truly excited about next year’s products which will include Sullinger along with Kyrie Irving’s official rookie cards.
Keith Neuhart is the owner of Neuhart Cards in Delaware, Ohio. He provides weekly updates on what’s hot with buyers at his shop along with other trends.