Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Topps Authentics signs Shohei Ohtani to exclusive autographed memorabilia deal

 

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Shohei Ohtani has signed an exclusive autographed memorabilia deal with Topps Authentics, the memorabilia arm of The Topps Company. Topps.com is now the only place to get authentic signed memorabilia from Ohtani.   Items signed by Ohtani are witnessed by representatives of Authenticators Inc., the industry standard for autographed and game-used memorabilia authentication.

As of this post there are 8 types of items listed for sale, 7 Jerseys and a signed Baseball. Topps plans to have signed bats listed too. There are different Jersey versions of both Authentic and Replica Jerseys in home white and away red, signed either with his lone signature or his signature and “Kanji” inscription.

This Topps Authentics deal is separate from Ohtani’s autographed baseball card deal with the company. His first pack-pulled autographed card appeared in 2018 Topps Heritage Baseball, which is currently in stores.



With this deal Ohtani joins other MLB players who are part of Topps Authentics including Francisco Lindor, Gleyber Torres and Amed Rosario.

Monday, March 26, 2018

A Parents’ Guide to Collecting The 2018 Topps Major League Baseball Sticker Collection

You are walking through your local big box store and either yourself or your child notices the card section right next to the check out registers. Front and center is the 2018 Topps MLB Sticker Collection with a few boxes of stickers and starter albums to hold the set. With 301 total stickers to collect, should you go down the road towards collecting them all?
 Of course fun is a crucial part of collecting but as a parent of two children I take things like cost and ease of finishing the set seriously before I allow my kids to jump into any collection. Side benefits of collecting stickers are lessons in patience, perseverance, completing a task and for even younger kids, number sequencing, kind of the “hidden vegetables” of collecting. From past experiences with other companies’ sticker collections that required buying almost as many sticker packs as there were stickers in the collection, any valuable lessons were lost and the fun factor quickly dissipated.

Luckily you should have very little concern of a potential downside with 2018 Topps Major League Baseball Sticker Collection as it almost perfectly fits with my ease of finishing and a low cost equation. As sticker collections go, this was one of the easiest ones to finish, the stickers look great, organization and layout of the sticker album is premium and the fun factor is very high. What follows is a parents’ guide to the sticker collection to help aid your child towards the easiest path to completion, whether you are making the purchases or you child is spending their allowance.

Thursday, February 22, 2018

How To Spot 2018 Topps Heritage Baseball Error Cards


With 2018 Topps Heritage Baseball releasing next week, collectors will be opening packs trying to find the error cards that mimic and parallel the errors made in the 1969 Topps Baseball release. Because these new Heritage error cards are unannounced, the hardest part, most of the time, is spotting them.

In 2011 we were the first to spot one of these cards. We did an article about it called Mysterious ARod 2011 Topps Heritage Card Surfaces on eBay. At the time the card was on its way to being sold for a little more than $10. That auction was ended early and relisted. When it was understood to be an error card it sold for more than $300.

In 2015 we released an article, How to spot 2015 Topps Heritage Baseball Error cards, where we provided a guide with a checklist of cards that could potentially contain errors.  It was one of our most visited articles that year. We’ve decided to do one for the upcoming release of 2018 Topps Heritage Baseball.

Before we get to the potential error cards, here a little history about the 1969 set. 

1968 and 1969 were particularly tough years for Topps, putting together their Baseball card sets. 

Sunday, February 11, 2018

USA Winter Olympic Medal Winners for Sunday February 11 in Topps Cards

Nothing like watching athletes representing our Country and bringing home some hardware! Congratulations go out to these US Olympians on their Gold, Silver and Bronze medals.
Gold Medal - Women's Snowboard Slopestyle

Silver Medal - Men's Singles Luge

Bronze Medal - Team Event Figure Skating
This US Ice Dance pair won with the rest of their team,
Nathan Chen - Men's Single Skating
Adam Rippon - Men's Single Skating
Mirai Nagasu - Ladies Single Skating
Brandie Tennell - Ladies Single Skating

We will have more updates though out the Olympics. All cards are from the 2014 Topps U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Team and Hopefuls release. Hobby boxes of the 2018 release can be found on the Topps website following this link. To find single cards on eBay clink on the links of rate athletes above or follow this link to see everything available.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

2018 Topps Baseball Series 1 Silver Packs Promotion Checklist and Information



2018 Topps Baseball Series 1 arrives on January 31 everywhere. But only your local card shop will carry exclusive Topps Baseball Series 1 Silver Pack cards.

Each pack contains four chrome cards commemorating the 35th anniversary of the 1983 Topps Baseball design with an exclusive refractor pattern. Collectors have a chance to find various color parallels as well as randomly inserted autographed cards of some of their favorite players including Derek Jeter, Hank Aaron, Mike Trout and more.

Silver Packs will be included with the purchases of 2018 Topps Baseball Series 1 at participating local card shops. Buy a hobby box (36-packs boxes) an you will get One (1) silver pack. Buy a Jumbo Box (12 Jumbo packs) an you will get Two (2) silver packs. 

That’s the only way to get these Silver packs. Silver packs WILL NOT be included with purchases of Retail boxes.

A checklist of the cards in these Silver packs can be found below. Collectors can find the following parallels (the bolded refractors are included for autograph cards):

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Topps Has a Surprise For Collectors in the 2017 Transcendent Collection Party Aaron Judge Topps History Set.

Earlier Topps announced that it would be providing a set of Aaron Judge cards, based on the 1/1 Topps History autograph card found in cases of 2017 Topps Transcendent, to collectors with invites to the Hank Aaron Transcendent Collection Party in Atlanta. That 87 card set has a print run of #/87.

We already covered this set, and how much we thought it would sell for on the aftermarket in our article “Bold Prediction About the 2017 Topps Transcendent Collection Party Topps History Aaron Judge Card Set”  With just early pre-sales, this set is pacing to sell at $9,759.64 on average. But a new development could kick that number up substantially.

What was not made official until collectors started looking at those sets is each set contains one card that is a 1/1 Aaron Judge relic card.

 Relic 1/1                               Card #/87

It seems these cards also have MLB Authentications stickers to ID which piece of Memorablia was used as the relic swatch. 

For example the 1992 Topps History card pictured above leads to this Authentication identification.

It’s a swatch from a Aaron Judge game used jersey worn 6/12/17 and 6/16/17 and that leads to another level of verification seen here.

Judge hit a Home Run both times he wore this jersey. How cool is that?!?



Friday, January 12, 2018

Bold Prediction About the 2017 Topps Transcendent Collection Party Topps History Aaron Judge Card Set

I’ve been tracking the cards pulled from cases of this year’s release of Topps Transcendent on our 2017 Topps Transcendent Baseball Cards Checklist and Card Tracker. It’s been fun hunting down all the pulls, watching the breaks and getting to know some of the private collectors that have been buying cases “off the grid.” 
In the process I was hoping to purchase an invitation to the VIP Experience with Hank Aaron in Atlanta. Meeting Mr. Aaron and getting an autograph from him in person would have been a thrill. I was budgeting the trip based on last year’s prices when invites could be easily obtained for around $2,000. This year proved out of the question as invites were too hard to find and selling for around $4,500. They were gone almost as soon as they were listed.
Close to the RSVP deadline Topps announced they would be giving out an 87 card set of Topps History Aaron Judge Cards #/87 based on the 1/1 Autographs found in Transcendent cases. That’s when it clicked for me that if I could find a last minute invite, I could sell off the Judge set after the party to fund part of the trip. As a huge Yankees fan this had me conflicted, but I was willing to do it to make the trip happen. After all, my motivation was to meet Mr. Aaron and get his autograph. But how much of my trip would that set cover? What would that set be worth?
I started looking at sales of the Kris Bryant cards around the time of the party last year. I looked at his base card from 2016 Transcendent and his cards that were given out at the Transcendent Party to see if I could find some comps which could help me place a value.
At this time last year, which would put it in a comparable time frame with sales for this year, the Kris Bryant Party cards were selling for $55 to $100 a card. The 2016 Topps Transcendent Kris Bryant base cards were selling for between $108 to $150 a card. If you percentage that out, that means a worst case scenario of the party cards were holding 30% of the value of the base with best case scenario being 92% of the base. That’s entirely too big of a swing to effectively place a value, but if you start to use the averages of 48% to 67% of value, that starts to become closer to the actual sales numbers. At 48% of value of the base card you are looking at $51.84 for a Party card on the low end. At 67% value it’s $100.50 a card high end, which tracks eBay sales nicely.
What does this mean for this year’s set. Looking at what Aaron Judge’s base cards from this year’s Transcendent are going for reconfirmed the true magnitude of what Aaron Judge has meant to collecting baseball cards in 2017. The sales for his Transcendent base cards are ranging from $305 to $445. That’s not a typo. That's about 3 times what collectors were paying for Bryant’s base cards. In certain instances, Judge’s base cards are selling for more than his autograph cards. 
Applying the same percentages used for Bryant allows me to predict Judge's Party cards could sell for between $146.40 on the low end to $298.15 on the high end. 
And the beauty of this set is there are 22 more cards than last year, 87 Judge cards vs. 65 Bryant cards. Averaging out the cards makes it entirely possible this set could be valued as high as $19,337.93, maybe even more for first to market. Perhaps this is why invitations were so hard to get. 
If you are in the market for the Judge Party cards and see them listed as Buy It Now for less than $140 a card for a common year, or less than $300 for the marquee years, you might want to grab them. Someone is leaving money on the table to move them, or doesn’t understand their true value. Same goes for a complete set like these. (follow the link) Anything under a worst case scenario of $12,700 could be a bargain if these take off.
Either way I will be following sales closely. A Judge Party Card tracker may be in order. And one last thing to remember, These will be the last official RC rookie cards released for Judge.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

2017 Bowman Draft Baseball Cards Jumbo Box Break

Here is our SPEED-break of 2017 Bowman Draft Baseball Cards. This Jumbo box contains 12 packs with 32 cards a pack and 3 autos in the box.

If you want to find any of the cards that were pulled from this box, make sure you follow this link.

Enjoy the break.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Shohei Ohtani Signs A Long-Term Trading Card and Autograph Deal with Topps

Justin Verlander on the mound, Babe Ruth at bat. That’s how some are describing incoming Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani. Many MLB teams fought to get the 23 year old, but the Los Angeles Angels won the battle. He is sure to become one of the hottest rookies of the season and collectors will be looking for his cards as soon as possible, but they won’t have to wait long. Topps has signed Ohtani to a trading card and long-term autograph deal for the upcoming MLB season.

Topps already issued an Ohtani card in the Target Exclusive 2017 Bowman Chrome Mega Box and a 2017 Topps Now card on December 14th that had a print run of 17,323 cards. If you missed either of those and still want one, you can follow this link to try to pick one up.

His first pack-pulled trading card will appear in late spring, just in time for Ohtani to join the Los Angeles Angels in Spring Training. His cards will be featured in Topps products throughout the year, including autographed cards.

The Angels are already hinting they might use Ohtani in a six player pitching rotation and move Albert Pujols back to first to open up the DH position to allow Shohei to bat on his days off the mound. If he produces in the way he has in Japan, 624 strikeouts in 543 career innings and a batting average of .322 with 30 home runs and 98 RBI in 169 games, Ohtani will have some of the most highly coveted baseball cards and collectibles on the market in 2018. Topps will be the only company to produce his officially licensed MLB trading cards.


If you haven't already, you can follow Topps on Twitter (@topps), Instagram (@topps) and Facebook (@topps) for the latest updates and see the first images of Ohtani’s rookie cards. We will be sure to share them too here on the site when they become available.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

2017 Bowman Chrome Mini Complete Set and Refractor Break with a huge rookie hit

Here is our video box break of 2017 Bowman Chrome Minis. Our 3 refractor packs contained some nice cards and one outstanding rookie refractor pull.



To find available 2017 Bowman Chrome Mini make sure to follow this link.