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2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Cards - Review Added

2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Cards – Review Added

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A familiar brand in Japan, Epoch makes its North American debut with the fully-licensed 2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League. Each hobby box includes a full base set along with one autograph and one match-worn relic card.

For those unfamiliar with the Coca-Cola International Premier Tennis League or IPTL, it is an Asian-based league that is similar to the World Team Tennis league in the United States. Basically, it is a team-based competition composed of worldwide players that are selected via a draft. Each team has several head-to-head matchups spread out over a few weeks in December. Even if you don't know the league, chances are good you have heard of the many stars that are participating.

Covering all players in the 2015 IPTL, the 38-card base set includes options like Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Andy Murray. While there are two formats, both options include the full base set. Exclusive to retail, there are also numbered parallels that feature stamped facsimile signatures. This includes Gold Foil, Silver Foil, Ruby Foil and 1-of-1 Foil.

As the main draw for collectors, all the hits are serial numbered. Showcasing mainly hard-signed signatures, autographs come in several different designs and are led by the base Signatures set with 30+ subjects. Other themes include Tennis Ball Signatures, Star Signatures and Young Star Signatures.

Featuring shirts worn in the 2015 competition, there are both vertical and horizontal relics for the Match-Worn Shirt cards and a total of 12 subjects. Most of the players can also be found with a Signed Match-Worn Shirt card. A detailed image of all the match-worn shirts used in the release can be seen in the gallery below.

The 2015 tournament was won by the OUE Singapore Slammers as the they prevailed over the Indian Aces in the finals held on December 20.

Release Date: 2/12/2016
Product Configuration: 38-card factory set, 12 boxes per case
Price Point: Mid to High-End Tennis Card
Target Audience: Autograph Collectors, Tennis Collectors

2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Hobby Box Break

  • 38 Base Cards
  • 1 Match-Worn Shirt Card or Signed Match-Worn Shirt Card
  • 1 Autograph Card

2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Retail Box Break

  • 38 Base Cards
  • 1 Foil Parallel Card

Match-Worn Shirt Gallery:

Click the expand icon (four arrows) in the right corner of the image for larger quality image. 

2015 Epoch Premier Tennis League 38 Card Retail Box Set+Foil Facsmile Signature! $15.95
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2015 Epoch PremierTennis League Factory Sealed 12 Box CASE-12 Facsmile Signature $129.99
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Rafael Nadal 2015 Epoch IPTL Tennis GOLD Foil Facsimile Signature #8 10 BGS 9.5
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Set Checklist

2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Set Checklist

Hobby Base Set Checklist

38 cards.
2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Base Ivanovic

01 Kei Nishikori - Legendari Japan Warriors
02 Kurumi Nara - Legendari Japan Warriors
03 Leander Paes - Legendari Japan Warriors
04 Marat Safin - Legendari Japan Warriors
05 Maria Sharapova - Legendari Japan Warriors
06 Philipp Kohlschreiber - Legendari Japan Warriors
07 Thomas Enqvist - Legendari Japan Warriors
08 Agnieszka Radwanska - Indian Aces
09 Fabrice Santoro - Indian Aces
10 Gael Monfils - Indian Aces
11 Ivan Dodig - Indian Aces
12 Rafael Nadal - Indian Aces
13 Rohan Bopanna - Indian Aces
14 Samantha Stosur - Indian Aces
15 Sania Mirza - Indian Aces
16 Ana Ivanovic - OBI UAE Royals
17 Daniel Nestor - OBI UAE Royals
18 Goran Ivanisevic - OBI UAE Royals
19 Kristina Mladenovic - OBI UAE Royals
20 Marin Cilic - OBI UAE Royals
21 Roger Federer - OBI UAE Royals
22 Tomas Berdych - OBI UAE Royals
23 Andy Murray - OUE Singapore Slammers
24 Belinda Bencic - OUE Singapore Slammers
25 Carlos Moya - OUE Singapore Slammers
26 Dustin Brown - OUE Singapore Slammers
27 Karolina Pliskova - OUE Singapore Slammers
28 Marcelo Melo - OUE Singapore Slammers
29 Nick Kyrgios - OUE Singapore Slammers
30 Stan Wawrinka - OUE Singapore Slammers
31 Edouard Roger-Vasselin - Philippine Mavericks
32 James Blake - Philippine Mavericks
33 Jarmila Gajdosova - Philippine Mavericks
34 Mark Philippoussis - Philippine Mavericks
35 Milos Raonic - Philippine Mavericks
36 Richard Gasquet - Philippine Mavericks
37 Serena Williams - Philippine Mavericks
38 Treat Huey - Philippine Mavericks

Retail Base Set Checklist

38 cards.
FACSIMILE SIGNATURE PARALLEL CARDS (Retail Only): Ruby/Pink Foil #/30, Silver Foil #/20, Gold Foil #/10, 1-of-1 Foil
*Retail parallels have different card numbers than Hobby.*
2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Retail FACSIMILE SIGNATURE PARALLEL Gold Serena Williams

01 Rohan Bopanna - Indian Aces
02 Ivan Dodig - Indian Aces
03 Sania Mirza - Indian Aces
04 Gael Monfils - Indian Aces
05 Rafael Nadal - Indian Aces
06 Agnieszka Radwanska – Indian Aces
07 Fabrice Santoro - Indian Aces
08 Daniela Hantuchova – Japan Warriors
09 Philipp Kohlschreiber - Japan Warriors
10 Kurumi Nara - Japan Warriors
11 Kei Nishikori - Japan Warriors
12 Leander Paes - Japan Warriors
13 Marat Safin - Japan Warriors
14 Maria Sharapova - Japan Warriors
15 Jarmila Gajdosova - Philippine Mavericks
16 Richard Gasquet - Philippine Mavericks
17 Treat Huey - Philippine Mavericks
18 Sabine Lisicki – Philippine Mavericks
19 Mark Philippoussis - Philippine Mavericks
20 Milos Raonic - Philippine Mavericks
21 Edouard Roger-Vasselin - Philippine Mavericks
22 Serena Williams - Philippine Mavericks
23 Belinda Bencic - Singapore Slammers
24 Dustin Brown - Singapore Slammers
25 Novak Djokovic –Singapore Slammers
26 Nick Kyrgios - Singapore Slammers
27 Marcelo Melo - Singapore Slammers
28 Carlos Moya - Singapore Slammers
29 Karolina Pliskova - Singapore Slammers
30 Tomas Berdych - UAE Royals
31 Marin Cilic - UAE Royals
32 Roger Federer - UAE Royals
33 Goran Ivanisevic - UAE Royals
34 Ana Ivanovic - UAE Royals
35 Kristina Mladenovic - UAE Royals
36 Daniel Nestor - UAE Royals
37 Andy Murray - Singapore Slammers
38 Stan Wawrinka - Singapore Slammers

Signatures Set Checklist

33 cards.
Most cards are signed on-card. Sticker autographs noted*
2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Signatures Andy Murray

AS-01 Rohan Bopanna - Indian Aces #/ 27
AS-02 Ivan Dodig - Indian Aces - Indian Aces #/ 55
AS-03 Rafael Nadal - Indian Aces #/ 22
AS-04 Fabrice Santoro - Indian Aces #/ 27
AS-05 Philipp Kohlschreiber - Legendari Japan Warriors #/ 27
AS-06 Kurumi Nara - Legendari Japan Warriors #/ 25
AS-07 Kei Nishikori - Legendari Japan Warriors #/ 21 (Gold Ink)
AS-08 Leander Paes - Legendari Japan Warriors #/ 24
AS-09 Maria Sharapova - Legendari Japan Warriors #/ 25 (Gold Ink)
AS-10 Jarmila Gajdosova - Philippine Mavericks #/ 27
AS-11 Treat Huey - Philippine Mavericks #/ 27
AS-12 Mark Philippoussis - Philippine Mavericks #/ 27
AS-13 Edouard Roger-Vasselin - Philippine Mavericks #/ 27
AS-14 Serena Williams - Philippine Mavericks #/ 10
AS-15 Belinda Bencic - OUE Singapore Slammers #/ 27
AS-16 Dustin Brown - OUE Singapore Slammers #/ 26
AS-17 *Svetlana Kuznetsova - Indian Aces #/ 12
AS-18 Nick Kyrgios - OUE Singapore Slammers #/ 27
AS-19 Marcelo Melo - OUE Singapore Slammers #/ 27
AS-20 Carlos Moya - OUE Singapore Slammers #/ 27
AS-21 Karolina Pliskova - OUE Singapore Slammers #/ 27
AS-22 Tomas Berdych - OBI UAE Royals #/ 30
AS-23 Roger Federer - OBI UAE Royals #/ 26
AS-24 Kristina Mladenovic - OBI UAE Royals #/ 27
AS-25 Daniel Nestor - OBI UAE Royals #/ 29
AS-26 Thomas Enqvist - OBI UAE Royals #/ 25
AS-27 Somdev Devvarman - OBI UAE Royals #/ 27
AS-28 *Bernard Tomic - Indian Aces #/ 17
AS-29 Andy Murray - OUE Singapore Slammers #/ 26 (Silver Ink)
AS-30 Stan Wawrinka - OUE Singapore Slammers #/ 27 (Silver Ink)
AS-31 *Ajla Tomljanovic - Philippine Mavericks #/ 15
AS-32 *Ivo Karlovic - Philippine Mavericks #/ 10
AS-33 *James Blake - Philippine Mavericks #/ 18

Star Signatures Set Checklist

6 cards.
2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Star Signatures

SS-1 Sania Mirza - Indian Aces #/ 27
SS-3 Agnieszka Radwanska - Indian Aces #/ 26
SS-5 Richard Gasquet - Philippine Mavericks #/ 26
SS-6 Karolina Pliskova - OUE Singapore Slammers #/ 27
SS-7 Tomas Berdych - OBI UAE Royals #/ 27
SS-8 Marin Cilic - OBI UAE Royals #/ 26

Tennis Ball Signatures Set Checklist

7 cards.
2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Ball Signatures philippoussis

TB-1 Fabrice Santoro - Indian Aces #/27
TB-2 Marat Safin - Legendari Japan Warriors #/ 27
TB-4 Mark Philippoussis - Philippine Mavericks #/27
TB-5 Milos Raonic - Philippine Mavericks #/27
TB-6 Carlos Moya - OUE Singapore Slammers #/27
TB-7 Goran Ivanisevic - OBI UAE Royals #/28
TB-8 Ana Ivanovic - OBI UAE Royals #/28

Young Star Signatures Set Checklist

3 cards.
2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Young Star Signatures

YS-1 Kurumi Nara - Legendari Japan Warriors #/ 27
YS-2 Belinda Bencic - OUE Singapore Slammers #/ 27
YS-3 Nick Kyrgios - OUE Singapore Slammers #/ 26

Match-Worn Shirt Set Checklist

12 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Button Parts #/3 or less (Only select cards*)
2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Match Worn Relics Sharapova2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Match Worn Relics Button

Vertical
Kei Nishikori - Legendari Japan Warriors #/ 80
Maria Sharapova - Legendari Japan Warriors #/ 65
Rafael Nadal - Indian Aces #/ 80
Roger Federer - OBI UAE Royals #/ 60
Serena Williams - Philippine Mavericks #/ 60
Horizontal
Ana Ivanovic - OBI UAE Royals #/ 66
Carlos Moya - OUE Singapore Slammers #/ 43*
Goran Ivanisevic - OBI UAE Royals #/ 44*
Marat Safin - Legendari Japan Warriors #/ 63*
Marin Cilic - OBI UAE Royals #/ 79*
Milos Raonic - Philippine Mavericks #/ 80
Sania Mirza - Indian Aces #/ 50

Autographed Match-Worn Shirt Set Checklist

10 cards.
PARALLEL CARDS: Button Parts #/3 or less (Only select cards*)
2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Match Worn Relics Autograph Federer2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Match Worn Relics Shirt Autograph

Vertical
Kei Nishikori - Legendari Japan Warriors #/ 14*
Maria Sharapova - Legendari Japan Warriors #/ 15
Rafael Nadal - Indian Aces #/ 7
Roger Federer - OBI UAE Royals #/ 14
Serena Williams - Philippine Mavericks #/ 5
Horizontal
Ana Ivanovic - OBI UAE Royals #/ 10
Goran Ivanisevic - OBI UAE Royals #/ 14
Marat Safin - Legendari Japan Warriors #/ 10
Milos Raonic - Philippine Mavericks #/ 14
Sania Mirza - Indian Aces #/ 8

Product Review

2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Product Review

Reviewed by Trey Treutel

Good: Mostly on-card autographs, some big signers, all hits are numbered to #/80 or less, licensed.

Bad: A few sticker signatures, main design is a little generic.

The Bottom Line: If you collect tennis cards, this is definitely a product to consider despite being for a more obscure tournament. The box price is perhaps a little on the high side but with two guaranteed hits and a checklist filled with some of the key modern names in the sport, 2015 Epoch IPTL is an appealing tennis product.

Staff Rating:
3.9 / 5.0

Card Design: 3.5/5.0

As the first time I have ever handled Epoch cards, I did not exactly know what to expect. I had not previously heard of the tournament but I am familiar with the concept as I have attended a few WTT matches. Seeing the same style of cards on a regular basis definitely made the Epoch base cards stand out for me. Because many of the base player photos feature tight crops, the simple design feels a little cluttered with the addition of several logos. Adding to that, the teams in the base checklist are distinguished by a colored border of varying color (red, blue, green, etc…) To me, this is too much dark color and not enough contrast.

While the main autograph set relies on the base design and most feature a large on-card signature, the other signed sets offer a little more brightness in their design. I particularly like the Tennis Ball Signatures which — spoiler alert — feature a tennis ball in the forefront of the design as the actual signing area. Anyone that has ever seen a real signed tennis ball knows they never end up looking great and this design takes away the logistical issues but still directly relates to the sport. I honestly think this should have been the main autograph design.

The only other cards in the set are part of the match-worn shirt inserts. Available in both horizontal and vertical designs and limited signed versions, one negative is the signing area for the vertical Autographed Match-Worn Shirt. A big draw of on-card signatures is the lack of a very confined signing area like you would find with a sticker. Because the signature area was placed right next to the relic spot in the vertical design, it left very little room for either.

Checklist: 4.25/5.0

The checklist is one of the key strengths for 2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League. Modern tennis still struggles to get consistent coverage in the hobby and this release is stacked with some of the top current names. Looking further into the checklist, while all cards feature low print runs (all autographs #/30 or less, all relics #/80 or less), most of the key players ( including Nadal, Sharapova, Murray, Federer) are no more limited than the other names in the checklist. Because they are not short printed, the overall odds are more favorable to the collector to pull a big name. However, several players are essentially doubled up as they are included a second time in the other autograph insert sets.

Value: 3.75/5.0

Box prices for 2015 Epoch IPTL sit around the $95-100 mark and then you have to account for the niche nature of a exhibition-specific release in a relatively limited area of collecting. For two hits, that might be a little high for some collectors, but given what options are possible and the fact that they showcase on-card autographs and very limited print runs, the product certainly makes a solid case for value.

I get that it would likely be cost prohibitive or even impossible based on licensing, but it would be amazing to have a product like this for one of the Grand Slam tournaments.

The Fun Factor: 4.0/5.0

I hit a huge card in the box I opened (Roger Federer) and actually lucked out even more by pulling a signed card for Milos Raonic (top 15 in current ATP rankings). That is not enough to sway my thoughts on the product as a whole, but it certainly made the break more fun. Because it is a box set, it is not really a traditional experience since the cards are all in a group with a cellophane wrapper holding the cards together. For me, opening packs is one of the fun parts of the process. As a factory set, it is unfair to penalize it for that reason, but, in my opinion, the format is just not geared to the same enjoyment as a traditional product.

Nevertheless, I thought this was a great debut for Epoch in the international tennis market and hope they continue to produce sets with North American distribution.

The box used for this review was provided by Epoch.

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2015 Epoch International Premier Tennis League Cards - Review Added, reviewed by Trey Treutel on 2016-02-16T12:05:50+00:00 rating 3.9 out of 5

Trey Treutel  |  E-Mail Author
Trey Treutel is an Ole Miss grad and a lifelong sports fanatic. He is a huge fan of the NBA and NFL, as well as soccer, college basketball and college football. As a kid, he collected football and basketball cards. In more recent years, he started collecting basketball cards again on a whim and has since expanded to other sports and entertainment options. Find Trey on Twitter at @datreute or Google+.

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