Archive for March, 2012
We busted open a box of High Series yesterday boasting 9 Autographs and boy were they some solid ones. While we didn’t land the big hit of High Series, Trent Richardson(RB, Alabama), we did land one of our favorite draft sleepers and not one but two unannounced autographs. Some of the better names in High Series are Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Trent Richardson, Justin Blackmon, Kendall Wright, Brock Osweiler, Kirk Cousins, and Brandon Weeden. It was an exciting break so lets get to it.
First we pulled a few more “The Write Stuff” inserts (all silver, no golds), several more Artistry cards which are expanded on from Low Series with new names and several Gold and Silver parallels including a couple bigger names. Here are the pack odds for reference:
We landed a Gold Artistry parallel of Case Keenum which beat the odds just like our Low Series box that yielded an RG3 Gold.
We landed more Gold Autograph parallels than we should have as well getting four in our box rather than the two odds state you would get. The autograph card design is nice and we love the huge checklist. Also it never hurts to pull nine hits from a box. It’s so much fun and it will be even more fun on draft day when we see where all of these future stars are headed.
We managed to pull a couple nicer Gold and Silver parallels in this box as well. We really like the look of the silver parallels and they would be a fun and cheap set to put together. The Blackmon photo is very cool as well.
The photography for High Series, while I’m sure collected at the same time as the Low Series, seems to be better for some reason. We liked a lot of the shots this time around.
As noted earlier the Artistry set was expanded in Low Series and would also be a fun set to chase, especially the autographed versions which we have yet to hit.
Alright so you’re probably wondering about these unannounced autographs teased in the headline and first paragraph. Well here they are in all their Sophomore glory. We have no idea of the odds on these as they aren’t listed on the packs or the box. Enjoy and stay tuned to our twitter or facebook pages(find them on the right side of this page) for contests or if you’re a player or school collector looking for base cards give us a shout and we’ll send them out for the price of “on the house”.
Let’s start by saying just about any product giving you six autographs per box is going to be a fun one to open. Add a little bit of NFL Draft excitement to the mix and you’re going to love Sage 2012 Low Series. One of the first products released with 2012 NFL Prospects is a step up from last year’s Low Series in terms of design. It’s very clean looking and while the photography may seem a bit odd compared to your typical set it is actually kind of fun if you can get past the fact that most of the pictures aren’t of the in game variety. Low Series boasts a 75 card checklist with 43 “STAT” cards and 32 2012 Rookie Cards. Most of this years top prospects such as Lamichael James, Alshon Jeffery and of course Robert Griffin III are included in the set. Not everyone with a STAT card has a RC card in the series as you can tell from the numbers above. For instance Alshon Jeffery will more than likely have a RC in High Series released later in the month of March (which is of course still before the NFL Draft).
The clean base design is paralleled with Gold and Silver versions just like last year although it appears they used a bit less glitter this year for the borders (which is a good thing).
The Golds actually look very nice and are the tougher pull. Typically parallels from non licensed products seem to lack secondary market interest but these should remain appealing for collectors in the future. Next we move to the Write Stuff inserts which are one of the more difficult insert pulls and have a silver, gold and autographed(#’d to 25) version available. We got two silver versions in our box and while we like the continuity of an insert set like Write stuff that has been going on for as long as this one has, we are not all that impressed with this years design. Maybe this one should be limited to the autographed insert only in the future. It seems odd as a plain insert. An insert we do love this year is the Artistry set. Coming in Gold and Silver parallels as well as an autographed version #’d to 100. While we didn’t hit an Artistry autograph in our box, we did hit an RG3 Gold version which falls one 1:45 packs so that was pretty cool. We also got a handful of Silver Artistry cards. We’ll be putting together the set of these and possibly using them for TTM or IP Autographs. They are gorgeous.
Time to show off the Autographs which were quite interesting. You’re supposed to get one or possibly two gold parallel autographs #’d to 250 per box. Well we pulled 5 Golds and our only non Gold was a stud prospect. See for yourself:
Overall this is a very fun product to bust pre-draft for less than $100 to grab some autographs, inserts and nice parallels of the stars of draft weekend. The unique photography made it very fun to open as well. For instance check out this doofus:
Stay tuned as we’ll be giving away the Lamichael James autograph and many others in the next couple of weeks to a few of our lucky readers and as always if you’re looking for base cards of anyone just comment or tweet us @cardgeeksblog and we can send a few out. Happy Monday everyone!
We have four football products lined up for 2012. HIT 2012 Football – Low Series is first (shipping March 7) followed in late March by HIT 2012 Football – High Series. SAGE Autographed Football will be out prior to the draft (which is April 26-28. We will have a fourth product as well in mid-to-late May, but we haven’t ironed out the details of that issue yet. We want to tailor that product, like we did with SAGE 5-Star to how collectors react to our initial products and to try and continue to give them great value at an affordable price. We know that money is tight in most households and we want to continue to develop products that give collectors that great value at affordable prices.
We are always exploring additional products that can fill a void for collectors including different sports or multi-sport products. While that hasn’t seem to merit producing them in the past few years we continue to research those avenues.
We have done some very fun things during packaging before such as an all-Adrian-Peterson pack (and many other single-player packs) with insert cards, autographed card, etc. We have done all one-player packs and/or mirror packs (where you’d have in a 5-card pack one player on the outside top and bottom, another in the middle top and bottom and the insert card of one of them since the start in 1998. We always drop in extra insert cards randomly in packs while watching the packaging line also. Doing that helps keep us sharp and focused on the packs we’re watching and provides more of a perk to the collectors who get them. We have even gone so far to drop in hand-written notes on blank white card stock in packs asking collectors to email us at the email address provided (special for those cards). One year we even created 1/1 trading cards to give to collectors when they emailed us at the address with the info from the note. Most collectors responded, but some collectors didn’t. I know on that specific Adrian Peterson pack a collector posted what he found on a popular card message board, but said he wasn’t going to email us. That’s his choice (and his loss in that case). We don’t try and up-sell anyone or pester them when they contact us with those. It’s really interesting to know where the cards ultimately land and how collectors opened them. It’s sort of like putting a message in a bottle or attaching it to a balloon hoping the person on the other end who finds it lets us know. We always drop in the really rare cards by hand also because we want to make sure the machinery is running smoothly at the time to avoid damaging those cards and we don’t want them dropped from the machine because there is zero chance they can get damaged (feeding by machine always creates more of a chance of damage because they are machines, and get hot or wear or whatever).
Overall I’d say that your average collector can appreciate the hard work Mr. Geideman and his staff put into each set. There is a lot of legwork done to create these sets. No Redemptions and virtually no errors make for a very quality set time and time again.
AND COUNTING! While I admit the press conference and the gravity of the situation has made me want to snatch a few more of his RC’s the less impulsive and calculating part of my brain is telling me to hold off. You should do the same. That is unless of course this flurry of items being listed doesn’t bring about a flurry of interest. The number of people wanting Peyton RC’s may actually decrease with his departure from Indianapolis or at the very least Colt’s fans who previously were holding 15-20 Peyton RC’s may decide it’s time to trim their collection. While big news rarely results in lowered prices this is a situation where prices may actually drop or at least a few will slip through the cracks with the insane amount available at the moment. Clear out your watch list and wait for one of those to slip through the cracks and fall into your lap. Happy hunting!