The latter part of April shapes up to be an active one for new sports card releases, with the calendar showing products from baseball, football, basketball, hockey and more.
Here’s a look at what’s currently scheduled to arrive (last minute delays and changes are, as always, possible.
2022 Topps Archives Signature Series Baseball
It doesn’t take long to rip through a case of this one. Each box contains one previously released card that’s been autographed, given a foil stamp and encased by Topps. Some dual auto versions are mixed in but it’s a pretty straightforward product.
You can get a look at the checklist in our initial info drop. Boxes are sitting at around $90 on eBay right now.
2021 Topps Big League Baseball
Yes, you read that right. Big League was delayed big time. The ’21 version arrives about two weeks into the next season. It’s a product that’s aimed primarily at youngsters with a 300-card base set and a few parallels. Autographs are possible but won’t be commonly found.
Boxes come in two formats: a standard hobby box with 18 packs of 10 cards (currently running about $50-$60) and Collector boxes that contain a small action figure along with five packs of cards for $30-$40. Topps just released the checklist.
2021 Panini Phoenix Football
Each box of 2021 Phoenix has 12 packs with five cards per pack. An average box should yield two autos, one memorabilia card, nine numbered parallels, nine inserts and 12 rookies.
New this year, look for the Mythical Autograph Materials as well as the short-printed Volcanic insert.
Look for standard Hobby boxes in the $475-$500 range.
2021 Panini One Football
Much like Archives Signature, each box of the appropriately named One holds one signed card packed in a one-touch holder, sealed with a security sticker.
On-card autographs of last season’s rookies, Rookie Patch Autographs (# to 199 or less) and Square One Rookie autographs (# to 99 or less) are among the big hits.
Boxes are running close to $700 online at the moment.
2021-22 OPC Platinum Hockey
Each box has 12 cards including one autograph, with 12 packs per box and parallels and inserts a’plenty.
The 2021-22 edition offers an expanded base set consisting of 200 veterans and 100 Marquee Rookies–50 more of each than a year ago. Boxes are currently at around $200 and blaster boxes are in the works, too.
2021-22 Panini Revolution Basketball
You say you want a revolution? Well, you know the box is going to include some psychedelic designs, a bunch of parallels (8 in this case) and inserts (four). There will also be four rookie cards in each box, according to Panini. Autographs are possible but not guaranteed.
Look for eight packs of five cards per Hobby box (currently selling for around $330-$340 on eBay).
Also set for release: 2022 Bowman University Football (4/22); Panini Prizm Draft Picks Baseball (4/22); 2022 Donruss Baseball (4/29), Leaf Valiant Baseball (4/29), Pro Set Soccer (4/29) and Leaf Lumber Baseball (4/29).
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