Trader's Retreat - Sports Cards Weekly

By Jim Van Nest

April 15, 2015

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Hello, good people, and welcome to another edition of Trading Cards Weekly! Last week's column was dominated by the release of the three big end of season football sets. This week, we're back to the land of the affordable and have some real fun products to talk about. We have one product that is becoming a yearly favorite and another that will probably excite some of the staff here at Box Office Prophets.

As mentioned last week, while most of these dates are solid, there is the chance the release dates could change without notice. That being said, let's take a look at the offerings for April 15th - April 21st!

April 15th

2015 Rittenhouse Marvel Agents of SHIELD Season 1 - With The Avengers: Age of Ultron scheduled to hit theaters in a couple weeks, Rittenhouse is striking while the iron is hot and is presenting Season 1 of Agents of SHIELD! Each five-card, 24 pack box will set you back about $55 and will feature one autograph and one costume relic per box. You could pull a Clark Gregg (Agent Coulson) autograph, a Ming-Na Wen autograph or one of several others including Bill Paxton, Brad Dourif and Patton Oswalt. This one will be big, I imagine, so get them while you can.


2015 Topps Gypsy Queen Baseball - Since blasting onto the trading care scene in 2011, this 1880s era tobacco card throwback set has quickly become one of the highlights on the trading calendar every season. Each box of 24 10-card packs is stuffed to the gills with good stuff. First off, you get two autographs (most of which are on-card) and two relics per box. But as all Gypsy Queen collectors know, that's just the beginning and 2015 looks to continue that trend. With a bunch of Minis, short prints, inserts and parallels - this looks to be another outstanding effort from Topps. Priced around $105/box, I'm sure the baseball collectors out there will be eating these up!

2014-15 Upper Deck Ice Hockey - Also dropping on 4/15 is the return of Upper Deck Ice. For those not familiar, this isn't a base Upper Deck set of ice hockey cards. The brand is Upper Deck Ice and it's been largely missing from the hobby, only showing up as a set-within-a-set style insert. But it makes its full return with eight three-card pack boxes. Each $105 box should net you an autograph and a relic as well as several short printed cards. UD Ice is predominantly an acetate set and looks to have a lot of awesome stuff in it. I think we'll all be glad to see its return just in time for the Stanley Cup playoffs!

2014-15 Panini Immaculate Collection Basketball - I said this week's offerings would skew more affordable and I meant it, except for Immaculate Collection Basketball. Still a relatively new product, this fantastic set from Panini has ascended to the top of the basketball mountain quickly. With a $540 per six-card box price tag, Immaculate is not for the faint of heart. Included in each six-card box are five autographs or relics all of which are serial numbered under 100. And keep your eyes open for the return of the Logoman Autographs - cards that feature a signature with a game used NBA logo patch from that player's jersey. If you've got the funds and you love the NBA, you have to include Panini's top-end Immaculate Collection on your shopping list.

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