Sunday, August 12, 2012

1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Kevin Garnett Metal Gem

The most watched basketball card on eBay is this 1997-98 Skybox Metal Universe Kevin Garnett Precious Metal Gem Red #69/100. Over the last several years the Precious Metal Gem insert cards have risen in popularity and prices have exploded in value for the stars and common cards alike. Keep in mind these cards are very condition sensitive as the red and green borders easily chipped and fray. The cards are serial numbered on the back to 100. The first 10 in the print run have the green border, the last 90 in the print run have the red border.
Look for Upper Deck to produce new versions of the Precious Metal Gem insert cards in their upcoming 2011-12 Fleer Rookie Retro Basketball product.

97-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Kevin Garnett
Serial Numbered 69/100
Watchers: 165 (Most Watched Basketball Card)
Seller: easts!der
Final Price: $1,525.00

Friday, August 10, 2012

2012 Topps Finest Rookie Redemption #1 Starling Marte

The recently released 2012 Topps Finest Baseball has five autograph rookie redemption cards randomly inserted with the odds of 1:72 mini boxes. On August 10, 2012 Topps released the name of the very first rookie redemption autograph in finest, Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte.
While this will be Starling's very first MLB rookie card but he does have quite a few prospect card offerings including versions available in 2011 Bowman Chrome, 2011 Bowman Sterling, 2011 Leaf Metal Draft, 2011 Topps Heritage Minor-League, and some cards in the recently released Bowman Platinum Baseball. Starling has played very well for the Pirates since his call up in late July. That has driven the price of his 2011 Bowman sterling autograph to around $20. The very first 2012 Topps Finest rookie redemption autograph card sold for $135 on eBay. It will be interesting to see if that price holds now that it has been officially released that Marte is rookie redemption number one.

Look for Topps to release the names of the other four rookie redemption autographs over the course of the next several months.

2012 Topps Football Blaster Box Break

I recently opened a retail blaster box of 2012 Topps Football cards. The box is your typical blaster and cost $20 at Target. It comes with 10 packs and eight cards per pack with one Captains NFL patch per box (which comes in a special pack). Each 8 card pack comes with a brand-new 2012 NFL rookie card including players like: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Trent Richardson.
Overall I was impressed with the quality of the cards but if you are looking to get your money back by opening a retail blaster box of 2012 Topps Football I would strongly advise against it. For one, it is very difficult to pull an autographed card or jersey card from this type of box. While the Captains patches (1 per box) may be very nice, and some of them may sell very well at auction on eBay, by and large that patch alone is only worth a few dollars. Blaster boxes such as this one are meant to be fun with the outside possibility of getting a big pull.

Some of the cards that I really liked from the box were the 1965 Topps Tall Boys insert cards and I pulled a Ryan Grant and Cam Newton. Overall these are very nice cards. I can see people wanting to chase the entire set and not to mention the autographed versions that are going to sell very well on the secondary market.

Be sure to take a look at the 2012 Topps Football Checklist and see if their are any cards that you are interested in. The hobby boxes of this product provide much more value and the potential to get a bigger hit. Many of the cards from this box are being given away free on the Sports Card Radio Forum check out the link here for more details on that.