Saturday, February 11, 2012

2012 Press Pass Essential Elvis Video Box Break

Here is the video box break of 2012 Press Pass Essential Elvis, a set worthy of The King.  To see the review of this box, please use this link.

Friday, February 10, 2012

The 2012 Topps Prime 9 Redemption Card For Week 1 is Willie Mays!

Last year we did weekly announcements about the Topps Prime 9 Redemption program. As we told you previously this year’s theme is Home Run Legends. Topps is starting this year’s program off strong with The Say Hey Kid, Willie Mays.  Prime 9 redemption cards can be found in 2012 Topps Baseball Series 1 hobby and jumbo boxes. Now week 1 has arrived so if you have one of these...'s time to go visit your HTA Local Hobby Shop and redeem those cards.  Here is what you will get.
You have the week to get to your participating LCS and redeem those cards.  And don’t forget to fill out the back of your redemption card to be entered into a sweepstakes.  You could win a trip to the 2012 MLB Home Run Derby.

Check in next week to find out who is on the card for week 2.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

2012 Press Pass Essential Elvis Box Break Recap And Review

A simple one sentence review of 2012 Press Pass Essential Elvis cards would be “A must have for all Elvis fans.”  As usual, Press Pass delivers a perfectly executed premium set and from the looks of most breaks, there isn’t a bad box to be found. 

Press Pass Essential Elvis falls under our premium cards category.  Each box contains 7 cards with 3 base cards, 1 hollofoil base set parallel and 3 hits consisting of at least 1 Autograph and 1 relic card with the third card being an additional relic, autograph or sketch card.

Here are of the cards from our box.

 Are You Lonesome Tonight? front and back

 Hall of Fame Induction, Distinguished Award

 Blue Hawaii Hollofoil Parallel

 Mary Ann Mobley Gold Auto #/100, Yvonne Craig Blue Auto #/50

 Essential Materials Elvis Presley Worn Black Shirt Relic, front and back

Overall Look
The silver foil on these cards makes them look quite rich.  There is a nice selection of photos used here.  The backs of the cards hold up as well as the fronts.  The design of the Autograph and Relic cards is great too.  In particular, the die cut for the Elvis cut auto relic is one of the best I’ve seen for this category of cards.

Quality and Variety of the checklist
With a diverse mixture of former friends, band mates and leading ladies, the autograph list is very well done.  Some of the actresses like Mary Tyler Moore, Barbara Eden and Yvonne Craig have cross over appeal too.  Who wouldn’t want to add Mary Richards, Jeannie and Batgirl to their collection?

Do the Hits satisfy?
To be guaranteed at least one Elvis relic in every box is awesome.  Add to that a picture of the actual item the swatch came from and it takes the card to a different level.  The jumbo and multi swatch cards are amazing.  Of course, the cut autos of Elvis Presley make for a great chase.

Will you keep coming back for more?
Honestly, I can easily see multiple box purchases if not by the case, but if one box is all you can swing, you will be going home happy.

5 out of 5

2012 Press Pass Essential Elvis should be a part of your collection.