Trader's Retreat - Sports Cards Weekly
By Jim Van Nest
April 15, 2015
2015 Topps Chipz Baseball - 2015 sees the return of Topps Chipz to the hobby planet. This product isn't exactly trading cards, but rather MLB poker chips. TraderRetreat reviewed the 2013 version of Chipz and found it to be a fun break, but geared more toward kids or people who wanted a change of pace. This year, Topps has upped the ante (see what I did there?) on this set by including different color Chipz to the mix. In 2013, there were different colored stickers, but in this set, the Chipz themselves are different colors. Each box will contain 36 four-Chip packs. Also included this year are randomly inserted Relic Chipz with little pieces of game used bat embedded in them. Priced in the $55-60 per box range, I think Topps Chipz will prove to be a fun, if not kid-centric, product for this 2015 MLB season.
2015 Sage Hit High Series Football - Rounding out our releases for this week is the first look at the 2015 NFL Rookie class, including the likes of Amari Cooper, Jameis Winston and Todd Gurley. Coming in at about $95/box, Sage Hit offers the impatient collector their first opportunity to collect the 2015 Draft Class. One thing to note is that Marcus Mariota is not a part of this set. That aside, though, in Hit High Series, you will pull 12 autographs! Each box has five 14-card packs, so you're pulling two or three autos out of every pack of Hit High Series. You can't go wrong with 12 of 70 cards being autographed, though the draft hasn't happened yet, so you never know if these guys are the next big thing, or a guy that doesn't get drafted. Either way though, you can't beat the hit to base ratio here, especially for a lower end set.
Down the Road
This section will be a "down the road" look at some upcoming products through blasts direct from the card companies.
Topps Announces 2015 Bowman® Product Portfolio - In anticipation of the April 29th release of Bowman Baseball, Topps is excited to announce the remainder of its 2015 Bowman product portfolio.
The end of June will mark the release of Bowman Inception Baseball, the Bowman brand’s most high-end product with a checklist featuring the game’s up-and-coming stars on stylized designs. The product will feature four autograph cards and an autograph relic card per box.
The ever-popular Bowman Chrome Baseball is scheduled for a September 2015 release. The product will include a host of the game’s top prospects and international signers not yet featured in the Bowman product line, showcased entirely on chrome technology.
A collecting staple in the hobby, Bowman Draft Baseball will return in November 2015 to feature the 2015 MLB Draft class. Don’t miss the opportunity to collect the very first trading cards of the game’s future stars in their MLB uniforms.
And showcasing the game’s top veterans, rookies, prospects and draft picks, 2015 Bowman’s Best Baseball will feature the biggest newsmakers of the season. The new set will reinvigorate the end-of-year collector with dynamic designs and an array of content that delivers on all levels.
For more information about any of the product releases, please follow on Twitter @BowmanCards and/or visit us on Facebook.com/BowmanBaseball. Bowman – The First Place to Find the Game’s Future Stars.
And that'll do it for this week...please make this a weekly stop as we'll be highlighting the hottest new releases every week. Also, keep an eye out for a Review of 2015 Topps MLs Major League Soccer - spoiler alert, we have a Printing Plate (or two)!!!