New Sports Card Releases – Week of 2/20/12
The postal system has been busy this week, delivering all the new releases to local shops and dealers. In all, nine sets are making their debut. Leading the way is 2011 Topps Five Star Football, the super premium football set that promises multiple big hits in every pack. Other highlights include two sets dedicated to Presidential cut signatures, a multi-sport set with lots of intriguing autographs and surprises, some baseball, a little hockey, some racing, and a pair of entertainment releases.
Perhaps the most deluxe football card set of the year, 2011 Topps Five Star boxes boast a rookie autograph, autographed rookie patch, two autographed memorabilia cards and an addition jumbo relic or patch card. Although boxes are pricey, it is the follow-up to one of the most popular sets of 2010.
Panini's second set since landing an MLBPA license, 2011 Playoff Contenders comes with six autographs per box. A total of 150 prospects have signatures in the set, a third of which are on-card. More than 20 veterans are signing their first Panini cards.
Mixing many of hockey's up-and-comers with a generous handful of the game's legend, 2011-12 In the Game Heroes & Prospects has two autographs and two game-used cards in every box.
Promising a numbered hit in every pack, 2012 Press Pass Total Memorabilia Racing covers not only some of NASCAR's best, but highlights some of the most promising drivers working their way up through the ranks.
Mainstream popularity isn't the only criteria for a spot in 2011 Upper Deck World of Sports. Rather, this set takes from the best of many sports, mainstream and obscure. Although boxes have three hits, collectors will also be chasing Shadow Box case hits and the surprise return of Upper Deck Evolution video cards.
Picking up where the first set left off, 2012 Rittenhouse The Complete Star Trek the Next Generation Series 2 further delves into the classic sci-fi series. Boxes come with four autographs. Key signers include Kelsey Grammer and Ashley Judd.
2012 Cryptozoic The Guild is the first mainstream trading card set for an online show. The set covers the first three season of the series over 63 base cards. Every box of The Guild has an autograph and a costume card.
Running around $1500, boxes of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW arrive with two cut signature cards (including one US President) and four base cards that are limited to ten copies each. Just 240 boxes of the set have been made.
Another Presidential cut signature release, Leaf's take comes with one encapsulated autograph. Leaf has included several dual cut signatures, pairing US Presidents with other world leaders. Every card is limited to five copies or less.
Coming next week (dates subject to change):