9/17/18

SEPTEMBER 21st MARKS THE ARRIVAL OF THE HEIR TO THE SUPER PREMIUM BASKETBALL THRONE, 2017-18 PANINI OPULENCE. A 10-SPOT ($99.95 EACH) BOX GROUP BREAK THIS FRIDAY AT 6:15. Every spot gets one random card from a factory sealed box.


2017-18 Panini Opulence Basketball
Super Premium 2017-18 Basketball Production Estimates:
                                   CASES     BOXES    BOX PRICE
National Treasures    3,500         14,000         $1800
Flawless                     2,050           4,100         $2100
Opulence                    1,333           4,000         $1175
This Friday marks the debut of 2017-18 Panini Opulence Basketball, the next in a great line of Panini America super-premium products. And, Sports Cards Plus, a.k.a. The Super Hit Factory will kick things off with a 10-Spot ($99.95 per spot) Box Group Break this Friday at 6:15.  Every Spot gets one random card from a factory sealed box.  Call 210-524-2337 to pay and guarantee your spot at $99.95. The set takes elements from a couple of other basketball lines but kicks things up several notches.
Each ten-card box has six autographs and an additional signed or memorabilia card. All autographs in Opulence are on-card. Boxes carry a PRE-ORDER price tag of $1,089.
“Opulence is a much higher-level product that combines some popular components from Gold Standard Basketball and Preferred Basketball with a few new twists,” said Lucas Kinser, Basketball Brand Manager at Panini.


2017-18 Panini Opulence Basketball Overview

A gold theme runs throughout much of the Opulence checklist, both in design and themes. A couple of places where this is apparent is in the Golden Autographed Memorabilia, which come with premium swatches, and Gold Records Signatures inserts.
There’s also Gold Metal Autographs, which center on players who have suited up for the USA Basketball team. Not only do these come signed but they have a 14K gold disc embedded in them.
2017-18 Panini Opulence Basketball Gold Metal Autographs
Other autograph inserts include Championship Hall Signatures and Opulent Autographs.
Precious Swatch Signatures add another level of autographed memorabilia.
Premium booklet cards are also present in 2017-18 Panini Opulence Basketball, taking the form of both autographs and memorabilia cards.
NBA Finals Booklets come with pieces of gear worn in Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals. Not only do these trace back to a specific moment in basketball’s history but some bring distinct patches like logomen.
On the first-year player side, book cards include Rookie Patch Autographs with huge pieces and Rookie Octo, which come with on-card autographs from eight players.

2017-18 Panini Opulence Basketball Base Set

Base cards in Opulence are all numbered to 79. The first 100 cards are traditional base cards and have Silver (/25), Holo Gold (/10), Emerald (/5) and Platinum (1/1) parallels.
Another 50 cards are split evenly between Rookie Autographs and Rookie Patch Autographs. Base versions also have 79 copies with Silver (/25), Holo Gold (/10) and Platinum (1/1) versions joining them on the checklist.

9/16/18

2018 PANINI XR FOOTBALL ($99.95 per box) ARRIVES WEDNESDAY AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS WITH 1/1 AUTO RC OF SAQUON BARKLEY, SAM DARNOLD, JOSH ROSEN, BAKER MAYFIELD


When Panini America debuted the XR Football brand for the 2017 NFL season, the name alone helped generate significant pre-release buzz for the product. Of course, then 2017 XR Football finally released and the cards did all of the talking from there. When 2018 XR Football arrives at Sports Cards Plus, a.k.a. The Super Hit Factory on September 19th, you can bet its cards will have a lot to say as well.

Each hobby box of 2018 XR Football (seven cards per pack, two packs per box, 15 boxes per case) will deliver two autographs (including one Rookie Jersey Autograph), one memorabilia card (either a Jumbo or Triple Swatch card), one insert, four parallels, four base cards and two Rookie Cards. A product that delivered some of the most attractive single cards of the season in 2017 is poised to that once again.

The highlights of the product are many and include . . .


  • A large selection of 1/1s, patches, rookie autographs and a compelling mix of retired and veteran superstars as well.

  • On average, 1/1 autographs will fall roughly once per case and could include Rookie Patch Autographs or Rookie Triple Swatch Autographs featuring the likes of Saquon Barkley, Sam Darnold, Baker Mayfield, Josh Allen and more.

  • Find 1/1 NFL Shields from top superstars such as Carson Wentz, Jimmy Garoppolo and Von Miller.

  • Luminous Endorsements will feature hard-signed acetate pieces and new progression photography.

  • A 100-card base set featuring the top players in the NFL and a stunning new design. The base set is paralleled by Red (numbered to 299), Blue (numbered to 99), Orange (numbered to 75), Gold(numbered to 10), Green (numbered to five) and Black 1/1s.

  • Rookie Autographs features a deeper checklist to cover more of the best rookies the NFL has to offer. Rookie Autographs are numbered to 199 or less parallel to Gold (numbered to 49 or less) and Black 1/1.

  • Look for Dual Autographs Swatches and Triple Autographs Swatches inserts featuring must-have player combinations.

2017-18 UPPER DECK SPLENDOR HOCKEY TAKES ULTRA-PREMIUM HOCKEY TO THE NEXT LEVEL THIS WEDNESDAY AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS

2017-18 Upper Deck Splendor Hockey
2017-18 Upper Deck Splendor Hockey will be introduced to the hockey collecting world this Wednesday at Sports Cards Plus.  It is the next step in evolution of Hockey Super Premium Card collecting.


With 2003-04 Exquisite Basketball, Upper Deck introduced Super Premium High End Cards to the sports card collecting universe. Exquisite brought in a new collector into the hobby, one with deep pockets and looking to invest in high dollar single cards. While not every collector could afford to bust a box of Exquisite, many could buy singles of some of their favorite players. The infusion of new and big money into the hobby, rejuvenated a hobby that was still reeling from the glut of cheep cards from the 1990s.


When Upper Deck launched The Cup in 2005-06, it was hockey's answer to the company's Exquisite line. Everything about the brand was intended to be the example of what an ultra high-end line should be.

2005-06-Alexander-Ovechkin-The-Cup-Rookie-RC-Patch-Auto-BGS-9-5-GEM-MINT-3-COLORThe above card recently sold on eBay for $50,700.  It is one example of the collect-ability and demand for cards from The Cup.
The Cup set the bar for hockey's rookie cards. While the Upper Deck Young Guns may be the most collected, The Cup is where a lot of collectors look for the most valuable rookie cards. 
All cards in The Cup, especially the rookie cards are low numbered, but low numbering isn't enough to make a classic rookie. The Cup also includes on-card autographs. Usually, the rookie cards included multi-colored swatches.

The Cup has four cards per box with a price tag of over $400 at product release.
   
2017-18 Upper Deck Splendor Hockey brings a new ultra-premium spin for the season. Folding in the sport’s history, the brand brings a mix of high-end autographs, cut signatures, memorabilia and metal-embedded cards.
Boxes come with just one card, all numbered to 36 or less.

Base Set

2017-18 Upper Deck Splendor Hockey Base Bordered GoldThe 2017-Upper Deck Splendor Hockey base set comes with both bordered and borderless cards. Regular versions for both have 36 copies. Initial samples of the set show that they come with both autographs and memorabilia with a layout that’s similar to Topps Dynasty baseball.
Parallels for both versions come in Silver (/22), Red (/11), Gold (/5) and Black (1/1) parallels.
Black and White Autographs (/27) get their name for the design that uses minimal colors but lots of contrast. It’s similar to something you might expect to find in UD Black. Base Black and White Autographs use silver. Parallels are done in Copper (/12), Gold (/6) and White (1/1).



Autographs

Plenty of autographed inserts are part of 2017-18 Upper Deck Splendor Hockey as well.
It starts with Splendid Signatures (/24), which take the basic approach of an on-card signature. Parallels exist in Blue (/15), Gold (/5) and Black (1/1).

Auto Pucks (/15) are a series that has a piece of game-used puck embedded in it. The only parallel for these is a one-of-one version.
Signature Handles have a premium slab of a game-used stick as the centerpiece. All one-of-ones, these are available with both regular autograph and cut signature versions.
2017-18 Upper Deck Splendor Hockey has additional cut signatures featuring many all-time greats and people important to the game’s history.
Premium Material Cut Signatures add a piece of memorabilia.

Memorabilia and Metal Cards

Among the other cards with game-used gear in 2017-18 Upper Deck Splendor Hockey are Showpieces (/27) and Splendid Swatches (/10), which have massive memorabilia pieces. Showpieces have Blue (/15), Gold (/5) and Black (1/1) parallels. Splendid Swatches have only Black (1/1).
Silver Stick (/10) are the only cards in the product without an autograph or premium swatch. Instead, these have sterling silver in them. The checklist highlights players who have reached the 1,000-game milestone for the NHL careers. These also have one-of-one parallels.
All cards come in a one-touch holder.

9/13/18

2018 LEAF TRINITY FOOTBALL ($112 per box) ARRIVES TODAY DELIVERING BEAUTIFUL JERSEY PATCH AUTOS AND SPECIAL AUTOGRAPHED INSCRIPTIONS


Leaf is pleased to announce the return of  its most popular draft football releases, 2018 Leaf Trinity Football!! This release once again features the “Trinity” of trading card excitement including Clear Acetate Signatures, Trinity Signatures (many with special inscriptions) and Trinity’s exciting Patch/Jersey Autographs. 

As usual, this release features an incredible collection of the most elite young prospects with a heavy emphasis on skill position players. The 2018 Draft is highly recognized as one of the best in years. When you couple this excitement with the immense popularity of this release annually, A STAR IS BORN!!!!!

2018 TOPPS HERITAGE HIGH NUMBER BASEBALL ($119.95 per box) ARRIVES FRIDAY, SEPT. 14th WITH THE FIRST ROOKIE YEAR AUTOGRAPHS OF JUAN SOTO

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball
2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball is returning to the summer of ’69 one more time. Like any traded-style set, rookie call-ups and vets in new uniforms are a major focus. But there are also some new inserts branching out of the 1969 season itself.
Like the main 2018 Topps Heritage Baseball release from earlier in the year, hobby boxes have either an autograph or a relic card.

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Base Set Basics

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Base Andrew McCutchenThe main 2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball set has 225 cards. In it collectors will find cards of players finding themselves on new teams in 2018, either by trade or free agent signing. That means the first Heritage cards of Andrew McCutchen with the Giants, Eric Hosmer in a Padres uniform and Yu Darvish as a Cub.
It also means a big focus on rookies making their debuts in the first part of 2018. Shohei Ohtani is part of the main set. He’s in 2018 Topps Heritage, but only with a variation short print and an autograph.
The design is based on 1969 Topps Baseball.
Numbering for 2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball continues from where the first set left off, covering #501-725. The last 25 cards are short prints landing 1:3 packs.
2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball has a quartet of tough parallels. Although they’re not numbered, Topps has confirmed their print runs. These include: Black Border (50 copies each, hobby-only), 100th Anniversary (25 copies), Magenta Backs (ten copies), and Flip Stock (five copies, hobby-only), which reverse the feel of regular cards. When you touch a Flip Stock card, the fronts have the same feel and texture as regular cards do on the back.
Mini cards (/100) and Chrome cards both return in High Number as well for select cards. Additional levels of Chrome parallels come in Refractors (/569), Black Border (/69), Gold Border (/5) and Superfractors (1/1). Purple Hot Box Refractors are in random hobby and retail value boxes. If you come across one of these hot boxes, you’ll find one Purple Refractor in each pack.

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Variations

2018 Topps Heritage High Number variation short prints expand on those found in the original Heritage release. Action Image and Team Name Color Variations are only in hobby boxes. Other variations include Errors, Trade, Nicknames and Throwback Uniforms.

Autographs and Relics

Real One Autographs continue to anchor the signature content in 2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball. These have on-card autographs from current and past players. As usual, collectors can expect to see some lesser names from the past on the checklist. This is a nod to the end of the 1960s and players appearing on their final cards in 1969.
Special Edition Red Ink parallels come numbered to 69.
Real One Dual Autographs (/25) are only in hobby packs. Despite having a pair of signatures, they’re still on-card.
2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball pays tribute to the 1969 World Series Champions with Amazin’ Mets Autographs (/69). Signers were all part of the team. Like Real One Autographs, signatures are done directly on the card.
Cut Signatures, which are all one-of-ones, come in a couple of forms. Baseball cuts consist only of players from the 1969 Topps set who have since passed away. Celebrity cuts draw from late ’60s pop culture.
Clubhouse Collection Relics return as the main source of memorabilia cards. These have Gold (/99) and Patch (1/1) parallels.
Multi-player cards come with swatches from two (/69), three (/25) and four (/10) players. These also have Patch (1/1) versions.
Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics (/25) bring an autograph into the mix. Dual-player version are only in hobby packs and have ten copies each. These all have on-card autographs and come Patch (1/1) parallels.

Other Inserts

2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball has several additional insert sets. Some are a continuation from Topps Heritage while others are new.
The World Series Champion Mets are the focus of Miracle of ’69. Cards look back at their postseason run and eventual World Series win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Reggie Jackson, who has his Rookie Card in 1969 Topps Baseball, gets a tribute set with Reggie Jackson Highlights. Exclusive to hobby packs, it’s a career-spanning look back at the Hall of Famer’s career. Autographs (/5) are also available.
Other inserts include 1969 Deckle Edge, Now and Then, Rookie Performers, Award Winners and Combo Cards.

Box Loaders

Every 2018 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball hobby box comes with a bonus topper. These come in a couple of different forms. 1969 Topps Originals are buybacks from the original set that have been stamped to note they were included here.
1969 Bazooka Ad Panels are new cards that use the design of the original.

9/11/18

STAR WARS MASTERWORK IS BACK WEDNESDAY WITH 2 PREMIUM AUTOGRAPHS AND 2 PREMIUM INSERTS PER BOX INCLUDING THE EVERY POPULAR 1 of 1 SKETCH CARD


2018 Topps Star Wars Masterwork Trading Cards
2018 Topps Star Wars arrives Wednesday at Sports Cards Plus, a.k.a. The Super Hit Factory continuing the high-end journey, taking a direct route to premium cards like autographs and sketch cards, every pack (or mini box) has something that’s considered a premium hit.
And even the cards that aren’t a hit come with a premium look and feel to them.

2018 Topps Star Wars Masterwork Autographs

As in previous years, every 2018 Topps Star Wars Masterwork hobby box, which consists of four mini boxes, has two autographs.
More than 40 actors have signatures in the product. These span from the original trilogy to the prequels, the recent pair of sequels and Rogue One.
The main autographs come in several forms. Besides the basic cards are more than a half-dozen parallels: new Blue Foil (/99), Rainbow Foil (/50), Canvas (/25), Wood (/10), Silver Framed (/5), Gold Framed (1/1), and Printing Plates.
Dual and Triple Autographs return with signatures from multiple actors. These have a growing number of parallels as well with Canvas (/25), Wood (/10), Black (/5) and Gold (1/1).
Also back are pen relic autographs. These have a piece of the pen used during the actor’s signing session embedded into the card.
2018 Topps Star Wars Masterwork has some scarce autograph book cards as well. One is a quad with four signatures. New to the product are separate Heroes and Villains Autograph Book Cards.

Additional Inserts

Autographs aren’t the only premium inserts in 2018 Topps Star Wars Masterwork. Sketch cards are available in both regular and book formats.
Stamp cards return with Star Wars-themed postage integrated into the design.
Commemorative patch cards are back. But instead of using manufactured embroidered pieces, they’re going the plastic route.
In addition to regular parallels, select cards have autographs (and autograph parallels) as well.
Every pack/mini box comes with a regular insert. These have three themes, all of which are nners and Super Weapons. These inserts have Rainbow Foil (/299), Canvas (/25), Wood (/10), Metal (/5), Gold Metal (1/1) and Printing Plate parallels.

2018 Topps Star Wars Masterwork Base Set

2018 Topps Star Wars Masterwork ReyYes, there is a base set amid all the hits and inserts. It spans 100 cards, covering characters, aliens and droids. As has been the case in the past, 25 short prints make the set that much more of a challenge to put together.
Base cards (and regular inserts) aren’t done on your average cardboard. They’re done on 72pt stock, making them extremely thick compared to traditional cards.
Parallels fall at least one per pack. They start at Blue (the only ones without a serial number) and continue on to Green (/99), Purple (/50), Orange (/10), Black (/5), Gold (1/1) and Printing Plates.