New brands are hard to build, and even more difficult to draw up enough buzz for them to be successful. In high end, the challenges can be doubled, as many collectors will only support established products that they feel comfortable with. Museum Collection was a surprise hit last year in a high end capacity, which makes it that much more of a shock. It's sister product in Baseball was a likely contributor, but it didnt hurt to have on card autos from a number of top non-rookie signers as well.
There were some very nice cards in this set last year:
For 2014, you would expect that the product is back with even more to offer, and from what we are seeing in the solicitation, there is a lot to be excited about. More on card autos are on the way, with likely high value signers again populating the checklist like last year. Adding cards that give a chase element to the set is a huge indicator for a successful high end product, and its exponentially greater when the signatures are on card. Last year had some great card, including dual signed live autographs that were not available anywhere else but five star.
My favorite cards of the product last year were the metal frame autographs, which I think continue to be a cool innovation that adds display quality to a normal card. This year’s design looks better than last year in my opinion, and I am expecting that there will be more of a higher quality checklist based on some of the previews we already see on the sheet.
The only major question that I see in the cards displayed has to be the base and non-signature cards, which have some really BAD design work. They were pretty good last year, in terms of design, but dont look to be as nice this year. The base cards look really odd with the solid background, and dont even get me started on more of these fucking Pro Bowl cards. If there is one thing that needs to be completely gone from football cards its the celebration of the Pro Bowl. Both Topps and Panini have had a history of such celebration, and I cant stand it.
Overall, I will throw a ton of support behind this set because it features a lot of hard signed non-rookie content. Although the cards are a bit boring, the low standards we have for cards these days almost forces me to get excited. Honestly, the metal framed cards could be added to another set and it would be just as cool. I dont think things are on their way up, either, and that’s the scariest part.
Here are the pictures: