Friday, April 29, 2011

2010-11 Panini Classics Basketball Cards

Some of the best values on the single card market are the on-card rookie autographs in Donruss/Panini Classics Basketball.  The 2010-11 NBA rookie class is a little soft, but some of the top picks like John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and Derrick Favors are a little raw to seriously contribute to an NBA team their first season in the league.  A strong second season by any one of those players - could push card prices higher for the entire set as boxes dry up and single cards get put in stacks. 
 There are several players in the set whose autograph sells for less then $3 on eBay - shipped - that's cheap. Al-Farouq Aminu, Trevor Booker, Kevin Seraphin and Dexter Pittman are the guys I noticed selling for bargain prices. John Wall Autograph Rookies #/199 sell for around $200. Checkout the checklist for 2010-11 Classics Basketball and see if you can pick any winners. 

We did a box break of Classics over at Sports Card Radio courtesy of Panini - and we did hit 2 of the on-card rookies. In fact, one was the bargain bin Al-Farouq Aminu and we also pulled Patrick Patterson. I'd probably stay away from boxes of this stuff unless it gets real cheap - boxes are still selling for around $90 online. Put that $90 into single cards from Classics Basketball and you might come out okay in the end. Collectors value rookie on-card autographs and there aren't a whole lot of sets that have them in 2010-11 for basketball card fans. Take a look at Classics, see if you can find some cheap singles on eBay, COMC, or your favorite place to buy/trade cards.

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2011 Upper Deck Football Cards

Upper Deck took a lot of time promoting it's flagship football product in 2011 as the company continues to use it's exclusive NCAA license to mix current NFL rookies with past legends in college uniforms. Perhaps the insert set that gained the most attention leading up to the release of the product were the Evolution Video Cards that were the first of it's kind to be released in a trading card set.
I purchased one of the Evolution cards and did a YouTube video showing it off (see below).  While the Evolution cards themselves may not be that impressive, because most of us have cool cell phones like an iPhone or an Android, cards like the Evolution could usher in a new form of collecting if they continue to develop the technology. The video cards certainly aren't for everyone, but the rest of the 2011 Upper Deck Football set is your basic football card release with a couple cool twists.

I like the "Stripe Redemption" rookie cards where on the card there is a number, I think they are 5, 15, 25, 50 and 100. If you pull that card, and send it to Upper Deck they will send you that amount of rookies for the player you pulled. So if you pulled a 100 Stripe Cam Newton, send it to UD and get 100 Newton regular rookies in return. A collector did email me and made a good point - the actual stripe cards - could have significant value un-redeemed, like some of the Wild Card sets you saw in the early 1990's that offered the same type of promotion.

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