One of the most distinct insert sets of the year, here is everything you need to know about the 2012 Topps Tier One Baseball Bat Knob cards. Includes an ongoing list of confirmed pulls, buying guide, images, sales and a full checklist.
2012 Topps Series 2 Baseball is the traditional second dose of the trademark flagship set. Topps continues with a gold theme for many of its inserts. Autographs and relic cards fall at a combined rate of one per hobby box.
2012 Bowman Football has an added challenge for set builders and players collectors. Fifty rookies have short print variations. Get a full checklist as well as variant descriptions and images.
With the passing of LeRoy Neiman, the sports world has lost one of its greats. He didn’t hold any titles or win any championships but his work is just as iconic as a Michael Jordan dunk or Babe Ruth’s home run trot. We honor LeRoy Neiman’s legacy with a gallery of 15 iconic sports paintings.
LeBron James may be one of the most unpopular athletes on the planet, but his dominant showing in the NBA Finals bodes well for the future of his cards and memorabilia.
2012 Rittenhouse NCIS Premiere Edition marks the show’s debut in the hobby. Every premium pack comes with one autograph and two costume cards. Signers for the set include Pauley Perrette, Bob Newhart annd Cheryl Ladd.
Cutting directly to the chase, 2012 Topps Tier One is a hits-only release. Three-card boxes promise two autographs and one relic card. Mixing current and past stars, highlights include all on-card autographs, bat knobs, jumbo patch cards and much more.
2012 Cryptozoic Fringe Seasons 1 and 2 sees the critically acclaimed series arrive on trading cards for the first time. Boxes includes one costume card and one autograph. Signers include Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv.
Kevin Durant, Panini and Nike find themselves in a legal battle with an 80s rocker over the nickname “Durantula.” Paul Lesko has the details and analysis.
A judge has denied Upper Deck International’s request for a six-month stay in their case with Upper Deck. Paul Lesko has full details, analysis and copies of court documents.
Details and legal analysis of a long-running trademark case between sports artist Daniel Moore and the University of Alabama. Although the case doesn’t touch directly on the hobby, Paul Lesko looks at how it might impact the future of unlicensed trading cards.
In Law of Cards, Paul Lesko looks at Panini’s recent trademark application for “Limited” and why it might be tough to get.
1997 Bowman Chrome Baseball helped bring rookie cards back to the forefront of the hobby. Led by rookie cards of Roy Halladay, Lance Berkman and others, it remains one of the best modern baseball card sets.
Bubba Watson is the latest athlete to partner with eBay to raise money and awareness for charity. Get full details on Watson’s eBay celebrity page and find out how collectors can support his causes.
2012 Rittenhouse James Bond 50th Anniversary is packed with lots of value, including three autographs per box, the first Bond Shadowbox cards and a 108-card set dedicated to Dr. No.
2012 Bowman Football is highlighted by the first Topps autographs from the 2012 NFL draft picks. Every pack of the hobby version, dubbed Bowman Signatures, is guaranteed to have either an autograph or a signed relic card. The 200-card base set has 100 rookie cards.
Outside of Evan Longoria and Clayton Kershaw Bowman Chrome autographs, 2006 Bowman Draft Picks and Prospects Baseball is an overall weak release for the brand. However, there are a couple of dark horses collectors can watch for. And, as always, Refractor rainbows remain a popular choice.
Who are the best father-son combos in baseball history? We count them down, complete with analysis and key rookie card listings.