Team Randomizer – 2010 Panini Classics

Here is the results of the randomizer for the upcoming break. Trading and selling allowed until noon central on tuesday. Please trade in the comments here.

James R (PAID) – saints, niners, broncos
Chris C(PAID) – colts, eagles, steelers, patriots
Jeremy K (PAID) – redskins, bengals
Andrew A (PAID) – cowboys, giants, ravens, cardinals
John S. (PAID) – raiders, browns
Lucy D (PAID) – Packers, chiefs, bears, rams
Frank L. (PAID) – Vikings, Bills
Wheeler (PAID) – chargers, texans, falcons, dolphins
Rafael G (PAID) – Bucs, Jets, lions, Jags
Ryan T. (PAID) – Titans, seahawks
Bobby P- Panthers (Bought from James R)

PROBLEM: I cant get the video to process through Youtube, twitvid or blogger. Its in .mov format and is done by the program “screen record.” Does anyone know how to do this? I can email the video to any of the participants if they want it, maybe it will work for you.

Looking at the Ginter Originals

Allen and Ginter has popularity each year because of the base set collectability and how that particular content plays into the general tendencies of Baseball collectors. Because so many of the collectors who collect baseball cards focus more on putting sets together than buying huge high end hits, Allen and Ginter plays into that like no other product on the market. Although Topps has tried to replicate it in other sports, it has only a fraction of the popularity that it does in baseball, mainly because of the make up of the general collecting populace tends to be more focused on things that products like Ginter cannot offer.

This year, Topps made it a point to satisfy both types of collectors, inserting everything from jersey lettersand bat knobs, to skateboard name plates and other big hits. Most likely this was to supplement their year long Stras-mas campaign, in the understanding that a lot more people than just the normal crowd have started buying because of what Strasburg brings to the table.

Some of the more interesting ones are the Cabinet cards that are featuring things like I mentioned above, but the value of those cards is implied just from what they are created as. Oddly enough, one particular set of card chases in this set has value more than I ever expected. For each of a selected number of subjects, Topps has included what they call Ginter originals, similar to the Dick Perez 1/1 cards from a few years ago. Unlike the Perez cards which were just included as a subset, these are supposed to be related to the actual cards themselves used in the set. As with many of the gimmicks from A&G, these cards are commanding an astounding premium. Personally, I have not heard of the artist responsible for them, and the works do not necessarily reflect the cards of the subjects actually in this year’s product.

Here are some of the cards so far, be sure to note the prices they are selling for:

Derek Jeter Ginter Originals 1/1

Roy Halladay Ginter Originals 1/1

Joe Mauer Ginter Originals 1/1

Dustin Pedroia Ginter Originals 1/1

Miguel Cabrera Ginter Originals 1/1

Although these cards are cool looking and definitely carry the spirit of the Perez cards from 2008, Im guessing its more the popularity of the set itself that drives the value of these cards. Sketch cards have become increasingly popular over the last few years, but I don’t consider them on the same level that I see many other cards designed to fill similar holes in products. Personally, I would much rather pay as much as these people did and end up with some sort of autograph rather than just some relatively unknown artist’s rendition of their ginter cards.

Like I said, the cards are unique and cool, but im not sure I would go above and beyond that.

Oh Partially Happy Day: Topps Gets Football Back

While sitting around at the hospital and reading twitter, I saw that Topps looks to have re-negotiated a new football license. Personally, I think this is some of the better news I have heard about football cards in a long time.

In addition to having some of my favorite products back in the mix, it takes away an exclusive from panini. Hopefully it will force better products thanks to new competition that was not available previously.

All is not the greatest though as it will now pave the way for the return of the terrible high end products that topps is infamous for. Hopefully new ground will be broken and both topps and panini will improve their lines for the benefit of the industry.

Yet, as we have seen so far with previews, things are not looking good one the panini side of things, we have see about Topps. I have high hopes.

EDIT: Sorry for lack of a link yesterday, I wrote this on my phone while waiting for lab results.