by Keith Neuhart
It is amazing, but the new football card products have begun to roll out. While issues dated 2011 have continued to filter in, some companies have begun to fuel the fire for this year’s draft class. They obviously don’t picture the players in their NFL uniforms since we’re still several weeks away from draft day, but a lot of collectors don’t care. It’s value they’re after. Here are a few we’ve had success with already.
I personally love this product this year. With about a $60 price point, collectors get three autographed cards in every box. It looks as though the Andrew Luck card runs about one per case. It is not autographed, but comes as an additional card in that box. 2012 Leaf Metal Draft football cards have a nice, have a clean design and you will see a ton of parallel cards and a hot box every now and then that contains all cards numbered to 25 or less.
Sage Hit Football
This product was released ahead of schedule, which is quite rare in today’s market. With six autographs per box, it is a great way to cure the football bug while awaiting some of the higher end products. In one of the Sage Hit boxes that was sold in the shop, a customer pulled a Cam Newton Autograph numbered out of 100.
This is a nice product with a price point under $100.
2012 Topps Tribute also rolled out recently, just prior to Heritage. I love the design of the cards, and we sold out in in a couple of days. This is a higher end product with a price point of $300+, but for the collectors that enjoy ripping baseball, this is a nice, solid product. Collectors who love high risk/high reward material are giving this one good reviews.
Topps Heritage is just out, and it’ll be interesting to see how sales compare to last year’s now that word is spreading about how the cases are breaking down.
Keith Neuhart of Neuhart Cards in Delaware, Ohio helps us take the pulse of the hobby each week. He’ll tell us what’s hot and what’s heating up in the retail world of sports cards and sports memorabilia along with a few other nuggets from the day-to-day business of running a sports card store. Keith traded in his stockbroker uniform after 16 years to follow his dream and open a sports card shop. He’s sold on eBay since shortly after the site launched in the 1990s. You can reach Keith through his website, NeuhartCards.com.