9/19/17

2016-17 IMPECCABLE BASKETBALL PROMISES CARDS WITH 1 TROY ONCE OF SILVER OR 1/2 TROY OUNCE GOLD IN EVERY 3-BOX CASE


By Stephen Laroche | Beckett Basketball Editor
With the 2017-18 NBA season on the horizon, 2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball marks one of the final releases of the year.
A premium product in the $500-per-box range, 2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball has five hard-signed autographs per box on average along with two base cards and a parallel. However, there is one box in each 3-box case that is expected to sub out one of those parallels for a precious metal card which will house a generous piece of gold or silver.
These case hits will contain either half of a Troy oz of gold or a Troy oz of silver. The gold cards will be limited to 10 copies each while the silvers are numbered out of 16.

BASE SET AND PARALLELS

The 2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball base set has 100 veteran stars or retired greats (/99), which come at a rate of two cards per box. Every box is also slated to contain one of more than 30 different Rookie Autographs (/99) and many of the freshmen that made a big impress ion during their first year are expected to be on the checklist. The complete set is rounded out by over 20 Elegance Rookie Jersey Autographs (/99).
Additional parallel versions of the base set will also be seeded into two out of every three packs.

AUTOGRAPHS AND AUTOGRAPHED MEMORABILIA CARDS

The Elegance Jersey Autographs continue beyond the base set as well. The checklist will be loaded with veterans, retired greats, and rookies along with various parallels like Platinum, Holo Silver, and Holo Gold. Naturally, Panini will make Prime version for these cards and they are numbered to 25 or less.

Stats Autographs are all about something significant the player depicted on the card has achieved thus far in their career – such as Kobe Bryant‘s legendary 81-point game. Collectors should keep their eyes peeled for cards limited to a player’s jersey number or years spent in the NBA as well.
The final autograph concept revealed in promotional literature for 2016-17 Panini Impeccable Basketball is called Indelible Ink and it has a sharp design. Other autograph sets could feature interesting elements such as unique print technology and even precious metals.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A HOBBY BOX:

– Five autographs (some packs may have a Precious Metals card instead of an autograph)
– Two base cards
– One parallel or Precious Metal card

9/18/17

2017 TOPPS TRIPLE THREADS ($186.95 per box) ARRIVES WEDNESDAY AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS





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FROM BECKETT
2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball sticks closely to the niche the brand has carved out for itself over the years. Centered on autographs and memorabilia cards, the checklist is a big one but there’s also a certain sense of rarity about much of it.
2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Rookie Autograph AOnce again, boxes come with two packs. Both have three base cards, a couple of parallels and two hits. One pack’s premium content consists of an autographed triple relic and a jumbo relic card. The other has either an autographed relic or rookie autograph plus a triple relic. So spread across the box, you get a pair of autographs (many of which have memorabilia) plus a couple of relics.
All autographs and memorabilia cards are serial numbered to 99 or less.

AUTOGRAPHS

2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Triple Threads Autograph Relic RubyVirtually all of the 2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball autographs are accompanied by memorabilia.

Triple Threads Autograph Relics come numbered to just 18 copies. These are cards where the windows used to display the swatches are cut out to show words, small phrases or stats used to described the player. Parallels include Gold (/9), Sapphire (/3), Ruby (1/1), Wood (1/1), and White Whale Printing Plates (1/1).
2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Triple Threads Autograph Relic Combo Card SapphireCombining signatures and swatches from three players, Triple Threads Autograph Relic Combo cards return. Base versions are numbered to 36 while parallels are available in Silver (/27), Emerald (/18), Gold (/9), Sapphire (/3), Ruby (1/1), Wood (1/1) and White Whale Printing Plates (1/1).
2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Triple Threads Unity Autograph Jumbo RelicAutographed Unity Jumbo Relics come with a larger-than-average piece of memorabilia. Base versions have 99 numbered copies to go along with a handful of parallels: Silver (/75), Emerald (/50), Gold (/25), Sapphire (/10) and Ruby (1/1).
While these are already fairly rare as far as numbering goes, 2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball has several autographed memorabilia inserts that are on the scarce side, especially when you factor in the fact they have only limited parallels.
Autograph Deca Relic book cards (/10) pair the signature with ten pieces of memorabilia. Autograph Deca Relic Combo book cards (/10) take those ten memorabilia swatches but they’re all from different players. The signature count jumps from one to ten as well. Both of these have Gold (/5) and Ruby (1/1) parallels.
Jumbo Plus Autograph Relic and Letter Plus Autograph Relic book cards (both numbered to 3) use over-sized swatches as their starting point. Letter Plus cards have a nameplate letter for one of those pieces. One-of-one Ruby cards are the only parallels.
2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Triple Threads Cut Above RelicCut signatures are combined with memorabilia in Cut Above Relics and Dual Cut Above Relics (1/1).
Rookie Autographs are the only signed cards in 2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball without a relic. Base versions are numbered as are the parallels: Emerald (/50), Gold (/25), Sapphire (/10), Ruby (1/1), and White Whale Printing Plates (1/1).

MEMORABILIA CARDS

Triple Threads Relics are a staple for the brand. Each embodies the “triple” theme with three swatches or bat pieces. They come in five separate themes, all numbered to 36. Regular Triple Threads relics highlight a current player with a word or stat display window. There are also Legends, Combo versions with three different players, World Baseball Classic Relics, and World Baseball Classic Combo cards.
No matter the type of Triple Threads Relic, rarer versions come in Silver (/27), Emerald (/18), Gold (/9), Sapphire (/3) and Ruby (1/1).
2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Triple Threads Relic LegendsThe one-per-box Unity Jumbo Relics have a fairly sizable swatch, similar to the signed versions. However, the numbering here for individual cards is much lower. Base versions are limited to 36 copies each with Silver (/27), Emerald (/18), Gold (/9), Sapphire (/3) and Ruby (1/1) parallels.
Triple Threads All-Star Patches have just nine copies each plus a one-of-one Ruby.
Since its debut, part of the intrigue about Triple Threads is the chase for rarer cards. Because the checklist is so big, it allows for more limited items. That doesn’t mean that a cornerstone collection-type card is in every box but it does open up more opportunities than a lot of other products. Of course, there’s a bit of a trade off with the price tag that’s also higher than a lot of other products.
2017 Topps Triple Threads has a variety of book cards offering different combinations of patches and distinct pieces of gear. One-of-ones include Bat Knobs, Jumbo Patch Combo, Bat Nameplates, All-Star Jumbo Patch, All-Star Jumbo Sleeve Patch, All-Star Majestic Logo, All-Star Laundry Tag, and Jumbo Letter/Number Logo book cards.
2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Triple Threads All-Star Jumbo Book
Jumbo Plus Relic and Letter Plus Relic book cards are both numbered to 3 with Ruby (1/1) parallels.
Deca Relic Combo book cards (/10) are spread over five panels. These have gear from ten different players. Gold (/5) and Ruby (1/1) are the only parallel versions for these.
2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Triple Threads Deca Relic

BASE SET

The main part of the 2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball checklist is divided up into two sections.
2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball BaseFirst up are the base cards, which card a sort of majestic to them. This is in line with recent years. All of the parallels are numbered starting with seven basic levels: Amethyst, Emerald, Amber, Gold (/99), Onyx (/50), Sapphire (/25) and Ruby (1/1). Base cards also have one-of-one Printing Plates.
2017 Topps Triple Threads Baseball Base Rookie and Future Phenoms Auto Triple RelicBeyond the base set are Rookies & Future Phenoms Autograph Relic cards. That said, they’re numbered like inserts. Base versions are numbered to 99 copies and have three swatches to go with the signature. Parallel levels for these are a little more limited: Silver (/75), Emerald (/50), Onyx (/35), Ruby (1/1), Wood (1/1) and one-of-one White Whale Printing Plates.



WHAT TO EXPECT IN A HOBBY BOX:

• Autographed Relic Cards or Autographed Rookies – 2 Total
• Jumbo Relic Cards – 1
• Triple Relic Cards – 1
• Parallels – 4
• Base Cards – 6

9/17/17

2017 TOPPS GOLD LABEL BASEBALL ($52.95 per box) ARRIVES WEDNESDAY AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS

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From beckett

2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball (only $52.95 per box) is back after a much successful return to the hobby in 2016.  Its relatively small checklist (only 100 cards) means you only get the top stars and rookies in Gold Label. With three tiers of base cards, it has some complexities to it with challenges for those looking for rare cards of your favorite players.

As with the previous year’s release, each box has a Framed Autograph.

BASE SET

2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball Base Class 1The 2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball  base set has 100 players, each has three different cards: Class 1, Class 2 and Class 3. This makes for 300 total cards. The checklist includes both current and retired players.
This set up gives collectors a few different options on how to approach it. The 100 Class 1 cards are the most common and considered the main portion of the release. But those looking for more of a challenge could tackle any of the tiers or all of them.
When the Gold Label brand debuted in the late 1990s, this was the same approach. Also consistent with the past is the fact that each base card has two different images. These pictures change for each tier.
2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball Base Class 3 GoldParallels come in four colors. Like the base cards, each tier is available in different quantities. Black are the most common with Class 1 cards falling every other pack. Class 2 Black are 1:6 packs while Class 3 Black are 1:20. All other parallels are numbered. These include Blue (Class 1 – /150, Class 2 – /99, Class 3 – /50), Red (Class 1 – /75, Class 2 – /50, Class 3 – /25), and Gold, which are all one-of-ones no matter the level.

AUTOGRAPHS

2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball Framed Autograph2017 Topps Gold Label Framed Autographs come with a gold border. Until Gold Label returned, Topps usually reserved these sorts of cards for high-end products or as extremely tough inserts in more affordable products.
Other than the frame, the general look of the autographs is similar to the base set.
While some signatures will be on-card, sales material for the set suggest stickers will also be in play.
Parallels include Black (/99 or less), Blue (/50 or less), Red (/25 or less) and Gold (1/1).

MEMORABILIA CARDS

2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball Legends RelicLast year, Topps Gold Label didn’t have any memorabilia cards. 2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball adds some in the form of MLB Legend Relic cards. That said, they’re not exactly common. Legend Relics are a case hit, 1:16 boxes.
The only parallels are Black (/5) and Gold (1/1).
2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball is a hobby-only product. A retail version is not planned.

2017 Topps Gold Label Baseball at a glance:

Packs per box: 7
Cards per pack: 5
Boxes per case: 16
Set size: 100 cards
Release date: September 20, 2017

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A HOBBY BOX:

• Autographs – 1
• Class 1 Black Parallels – 3
• Class 2 Black Parallels – 1

2017 PANINI XR FOOTBALL and 2017 UFC CHROME ARRIVE WEDNESDAY - OUR LOCAL CARD SHOP OF THE WEEK SALE CONTINUES




By Ryan Crackenll | Hobby Editor

Arriving this Wednesday at Sports Cards Plus, a.k.a. The Super Hit Factory is 2017 Panini XR Football ($94 per box), making its debut with some bold designs and a balance of big hits and other inserts.
Hobby boxes come with a pair of autographs including one signed memorabilia card from the 2017 rookie class. A third hit comes in the form of a memorabilia card. Other box hits include one insert and a quartet of parallels.

BASE SET

The main part of the 2017 Panini XR Football checklist has 200 total cards. Half of that is dedicated to the shell base set. Next are 60 rookies. Limited to 299 copies or less, rookies combine to land two per hobby box.
The final 40 cards are Rookie Triple Swatch Autographs. These are all numbered to 199 or less.
From a design perspective, 2017 Panini XR Football is printed on holo-foil. A coating gives them a matte finish.
Every third pack includes a parallel.

AUTOGRAPHS, MEMORABILIA CARDS AND OTHER INSERTS


Rookie Jumbo Swatch Autographs are among the premium cards in 2017 Panini XR Football. As the name suggests, these come with large swatches as a centerpiece. However, it’s not just jerseys. Things like player-worn gloves are also used on select cards. Base versions are numbered to 199 or less with parallels coming in at even smaller quantities.


Dual and Triple Autograph Swatches are randomly inserted, mixing ink and memorabilia from a rookie with a veteran. These are tough, limited to no more than 20 copies each.
Luminous Endorsements (/99 or less) take a shadowbox approach to autographs.
On the strictly memorabilia side, options include Team Trios Materials, Maximal Materials and Rookie Jumbo Materials.
According to Panini, each cards of 2017 Panini XR Football has a one-of-one autographed memorabilia card.
As far as other inserts go, collectors can expect to find at least one per box numbered to 99 or less that doesn’t have any relics or signatures attached to them.

2017 Panini XR Football at a glance:

Packs per box: 2
Cards per pack: 7
Boxes per case: 15
Set size: 200 cards
Release date: September 20, 2017

WHAT TO EXPECT IN A HOBBY BOX:

• Rookie Autograph Jersey Cards – 1
• Additional Autographs – 1
• Rookie Jumbo or Triple Swatch Memorabilia Cards – 1
• Inserts – 1
• Parallels – 4

9/16/17

SCP NAMED BECKETT'S LOCAL CARD SHOP OF THE WEEK SALE SALE SALE with FREE PACKS and CONTESTS


Have you heard?  Beckett named Sports Cards Plus, a.k.a. The Super Hit Factory, Their very first "The Local Card Shop of The Week!" Click HERE.  Our customers know, at Sports Cards Plus you pick your box from The BEST CASES in The Hobby at The LOWEST Price in The Galaxy (all of Texas).  Now the whole collecting world knows.


To celebrate this honor and to thank our customers, we are having a REALLY HUGE GIGANTIC SALE with Contests and FREE Packs.





--- Best Pull (based on eBay sales - Charlie decides) between NOW and September 31st WINS $100.00 at Sports Cards Plus.
--- Pull the NFL Player of The Day (listed in store) and WIN a Player of the Day Pack.
--- Buy any Panini box ($49.95 or more) and get a FREE Panini Bonus Pack.
--- Your every purchase ($20 or more) gets you a FREE ENTRY to our October 31st $500.00 Drawing.

Check these CRAZY LOW PRICES:
2017 Topps Chrome Hobby Baseball..................................$ 94.95
2017 Donruss Optic Baseball...............................................$ 92.95
2017 Topps Allen & Ginter Hobby Baseball......................$ 89.95
2017 Stadium Club Hobby Baseball...................................$ 87.95
2017 Topps CLEARLY AUTHENTIC Baseball................$ 59.95
2017 Heritage High Number HOBBY Baseball.................$ 79.95
2017 Topps Series One JUMBO Baseball..........................$129.95
2017 Topps Series Two JUMBO Baseball..........................$ 89.95
2017 Panini Diamond Kings Hobby Baseball....................$ 74.95
2016 Bowman Draft Picks JUMBO...................................$144.95
2016 Bowman's Best Hobby Baseball................................$139.95
2016 Topps Dynasty Baseball.............................................$399.95
2015 Bowman Draft Picks JUMBO Baseball....................$174.95
2015 National Treasures Baseball......................................$499.95

2017 Leaf  Valiant Football.................................................$104.95
2017 Panini Origins Football..............................................$104.95
2017 Spectra Football (4 Autos 7 Jersey/Patches)............$280
2017 Spectra Football Pack (1 Auto 2 Jersey/Patches)....$79.95
2017 Panini Pantheon Football..........................................$226.95
2016 Black Gold Football...................................................$139.95
2016 Clear Vision Football.................................................$ 39.95
2016 Donruss Signatures Football (4 Autos)....................$ 79.95
2016 Panini Phoenix Football............................................$ 99.95
2016 Panini Plates & Patches Football.............................$119.95

2017-18 Contenders Draft Basketball (6 Autos)...............$169.95
2017-18 Contenders Draft Bskt Pack (1 Auto/pack)........$ 37
2016-17 Absolute Basketball...............................................$ 59.95
2016-17 Aficionado Basketball............................................$ 53.95
2016-17 Gold Standard Basketball.....................................$ 84.95
2016-17 GOLD RESERVE Basketball..............................$136.95
2016-17 NATIONAL TREASURES Basketball...............$749.95
2016-17 Preferred Basketball.............................................$224
2016-17 SPECTRA Basketball...........................................$204.95
2016-17 Panini REPLAY Basketball..................................$ 59.95

These prices are good for TODAY Saturday, September 16th.  Some prices are subject to change on Monday, September 18th so GO TO SPORTS CARDS PLUS TODAY!


9/13/17

2017 NATIONAL TREASURES COLLEGE FOOTBALL ($375 per box) OFFERS MIND-BLOWING JERSEY PATCH AUTOGRAPHS OF ALL THE TOP ROOKIES


Panini America’s 2017 Spectra Football released to rave reviews today at Sports Cards Plus, creating plenty of pop — 2017 National Treasures Collegiate Football — is sure to follow in Spectra’s wrapper-ripping buzz. In two short days, another Panini America football product will be generating excitement throughout our store. The patch-powered product is a high-end, hit-filled, ink-heavy offering that delivers, on average, five autographs (including three on-card and an autograph booklet) in every eight-card box.


As the pictures in this post will confirm, 2017 National Treasures Collegiate Football has come together quite nicely. In addition to an inviting array of memorabilia cards featuring Bowl Patches, Conference Patches, Brand Logos, Team Logos and Championship Patches, the product is also headlined by Silhouettes Signatures and Prime Signatures of both current and retired collegiate greats and hard-signed Notable Nicknames.

2017 National Treasures can be pre-ordered at Sports Cards Plus for just $375 per box.



2017 TOPPS HERITAGE HIGH NUMBERS BASEBALL ($79.95 per box) IS LIVE AT SPORTS CARDS PLUS

By Dave Sliepka | Beckett Baseball Editor

2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball picks up where the 500-card early-season release left off. In a continuing nod to 1968 Topps Baseball, this is not Series Two, it’s not Update. True to the late 1960s, it’s High Number.
High numbers start at 501 and end at 725 for a 225 card set. Cards 701-725 are sits base series set predecessor, look for one auto or one memorabilia card per hobby box. Plus, you will find one 1968 Style Box Loader per box.

BASE SET, PARALLELS, AND vARIATIONS

Short prints are seeded at one in three packs. The set promises rookie call-ups and traded veterans. With an August release date, we will not get the September call-ups, but it is sure to include the surprises to come out of Spring Training as well as early season additions to the 40-man.
The parallels in High Number are very much a simple repeat of the initial set, with only the addition of Minis added.
Gray Backs: These are very tough limited to only 10 of each. These could become known as the Venezuelan issue, as they mimic the back originally used in the exceptionally tough 1968 Topps Venezuelan Baseball release.
Bright Yellow Backs: Limited to only 25 of each, these bright yellow backs mimic the backs used in Milton Bradley games.
Blue-Bordered Parallels: Limited to 50, and are hobby only.
Flip Stock Parallels have the uncoated clay stock on the front, and the coated print on the back. Limited to only five of each, these are also hobby only.
Mini versions are randomly inserted and limited to only 100 numbered copies of each.
Chrome returns as a partial parallel of 50 cards. Besides basic Chrome cards, there are several parallels exactly the same as the earlier Heritage base set: Refractor (/568), Blue Border (/68), Gold Border (hobby only, /5) and SuperFractor (one-of-one). Randomly inserted hobby boxes have exclusive Hot Box Refractors. These are one pack per Hot Box.
2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Chrome
There will be five different short print variations. These include Error short prints that reproduce errors from the original 1968 set. Trade Variations, also like the 1968 set, Throwback Uniform variations, Action Image Variations (hobby only), and Team Name Color Variations (hobby only).

AUTOGRAPHS AND MEMORABILIA

Real One Autographs continue to be the driving force behind the signed cards. Sticking with the brand’s tradition, all are signed on-card. Signers are a mix of active and retired players. Special Edition parallels are signed in Red Ink and come numbered to 68.
2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Real One Autograph
Real One Dual Autographs are also signed on-card despite having multiple signatures. Exclusive to hobby packs, all are hand numbered and in limited supply. Series One Heritage delivered some huge hits from this set like the Ryan/Bench dual Rookie. Watch out for some more beauties in these High Numbers. Nolan Ryan Highlights Autographs are new to this High series. Hobby only and numbered to only five copies, these showcase highlights of The Express’s career.
2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Clubhouse Collection Dual Relic1968 Poster Box Loader Autographs are styled after the 1968 oversized posters and feature on-cards autos hand-numbered to only 10. Clubhouse Collection Autographed Relics remains a theme that combines autos and relics together. Basic versions have a piece of an active player’s game-used jersey or bat. Different from the Series One set, these print runs are not announced. The Auto/Patch parallels (one-of-one) remain hobby only.
2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball Clubhouse Collection Autograph PatchClubhouse Collection Relic cards  include standard bat or uniform relics that include Gold (/99) and Patch Parallels (one-of-one). Dual (/68), Triple (/25) and Quad (/10) Relics offer a mix of active a
nd retired players that may include players from 1968 paired with active players. A one-of-one patch parallel can also be found for each version.
Clubhouse Collection Autograph Relics continue in 2017 Topps Heritage High Number Baseball. These have Patch parallels that are one-of-ones as well as dual versions with two players.
1968 Baseball and 1968 Celebrity Cut Signatures provide additional autographs. All feature personalities popular at the time and all are numbered one-of-one.

INSERTS AND BOX LOADERS

Basic inserts are changed up a bit in Heritage High Numbers, including non-specific odds. Then and Now Highlights from the 2017 season with connections to the 1967 season. Rookie Performers, Combo Cards, Award Winners (from 2016) and Nolan Ryan Highlights, which is hobby-only.
Every hobby box comes with one box loader bonus card. 1968 Ad Panels come as three-card strips. There are also 1968 Topps Originals, buyback cards from 1968 that have a special foil stamp, and the 1968 Posters limited to 50.