Rick Klein goes to Baltimore to tackle the 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention. Get his view of the show for Thursday, August 2nd as he gets lost in quarter boxes, ogles at the Black Swamp Find and eats some really old gum.
Continuing while the Force was still hot, 1977 Topps Stars Wars Series 2 is notable for its red borders. Numbering continues from where the first series left off, adding another 66 base cards and 11 stickers to the checklist.
With competition from Topps for the first time, 1954-55 Parkhurst Hockey features lots of colorful action images and a 100-card checklist. The key rookie in the set is legendary goaltender, Johnny Bower.
1933-34 V252 Canadian Gum Hockey was one of the sport’s first sets to come with gum. The set also had a game component that left many cards with cut bottoms. Key players include Howie Morenz and Charlie Conacher.
Mario Lemieux and Al MacInnis rookie cards lead a stacked 1985-86 O-Pee-Chee Hockey checklist. Over the years, the strong lineup and clean design have made it one of the best sports card sets of the 1980s.
It’s patches, not ink, that headline the initial sales of 2011-12 Panini Gold Standard Basketball. Bullion Brand logo patches are particularly hot as we tally the set’s top 10 early eBay sales.
2012 Rittenhouse Game of Thrones Season One brings the popular series to trading cards for the first time. Boasting two autographs per box, signers include Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Sean Bean and Emilia Clarke.
1981 Topps Traded Baseball launched a big change in the hobby. The first late-season box set, it captures key players on their new teams and gives rookies their first solo cards.
The most decorated athlete in Olympics history, we present our list of the top 10 Michael Phelps cards.
1924 V145-2 Hockey features many of the game’s top stars at the time. Included on the checklist are the likes of Georges Vezina, Howie Morenz and King Clancy. The greenish tint on card fronts help differentiate them from V145-1 cards.
Running about a dollar a pack, 2012 Triple Play Baseball offers a broad mix of interactive and informative cards. Intended for collectors of all ages, base cards come with cartoon-style artwork instead of traditional photography.
The 2012 Panini National Sports Collectors Convention set was created as a wrapper redemption program. The set mixes a several sports and includes lots of inserts and randomly inserted autographs.
1981 Topps Baseball is highlighted by its distinct baseball cap design. While there aren’t any Hall of Fame rookies, fan favorites Tim Raines, Fernando Valenzuela and Harold Baines have their first card in the set.
2012 Press Pass Showcase Racing promises collectors either an autograph or race-used memorabilia card in every pack. Highlights include autographed patch book cards, team signed autographs and inscribed autographs celebrating Richard Petty’s 75th birthday.
2012 Leaf Sports Icons Cut Signature Edition offers collectors a cut autograph in every pack. Legendary names to look for include Babe Ruth, Vince Lombardi and Lou Gehrig. The set also has a contest that will award one collector with a rare Josh Gibson autograph.
2012 Ace Authentic Grand Slam 3 Tennis serves up three hits in every box, including two autographs. Collectors can hunt for signatures and memorabilia from current tennis greats like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki.
2012 Topps U.S. Olympic Team and Olympic Hopefuls Autographs is the most comprehensive collection of Olympic signatures ever seen in a card set. Check out the cards in our gallery and get full details on the set, which includes Hope Solo, Alex Morgan and Michael Phelps.
Aimed largely at hit seekers and fans of classic cards, 2012 Leaf Best of Baseball is highlighted by a graded or slabbed buyback in every single-pack box. Boxes also come with either an exclusive autograph or sketch card.