Regardless of whether you collect trading cards for the love of the hobby or as an investment, there's no denying the thrill of uncovering a valuable trading card. In our attempt to keep you abreast of hot-selling Panini America trading cards raising brows on the secondary market, we offer you this special edition of the Panini Price Index. In this edition we take a dive into three newly-released products: 2012 Cooperstown Baseball, 2012-13 Totally Certified Basketball and 2012-13 Prizm Basketball. And now that the dust has settled on Black Friday, we'll also take a look at the incredible prices that the Black Friday trading cards have brought collectors.
Regardless of whether you collect trading cards for the love of the hobby or as an investment, there’s no denying the thrill of uncovering a valuable trading card. In our attempt to keep you abreast of hot-selling Panini America trading cards raising brows on the secondary market, we offer you this special edition of the Panini Price Index. In this edition we take a dive into three newly-released products: 2012 Cooperstown Baseball, 2012-13 Totally Certified Basketball and 2012-13 Prizm Basketball. And now that the dust has settled on Black Friday, we’ll also take a look at the incredible prices that the Black Friday trading cards have brought collectors.
Back in August, marketing comrade Tracy Hackler broke the news when the Cooperstown Baseball autographs arrived of legendary Dodgers radio broadcaster Vin Scully. We were also reminded that Scully’s autographs had never before appeared on a certified trading card until the release of Cooperstown Baseball. Earlier this week, the first of his autographed Cooperstown trading cards appeared on the secondary market and sold for $410 while another sold for $300.
Panini Brand Managers David Porter, Keith Hower and Wes Elliot have put together a staggering run of 2012-13 NBA products thus far. Back again this year and turning heads is Totally Certified Basketball. Continuing the trend from the 2011-12 Totally Certified release, the low-numbered parallel versions of the base cards, especially the rookies are bringing nice cash. Consider this, a non-autographed Anthony Davis Totally Green Parallel (#’d 3/5) sold for $600. Detroit Pistons first-round pick Andre Drummond also made the list with his non-autographed Totally Green Parallel (#’d 5/5) netting $300.
Or how about Kyrie Irving’s Totally Blue Prime Jersey Patch card (#’d 2/25) which brought $325. A Rookie Roll Call Autographed Green (#’d 2/5) of Golden State Warriors rookie Harrison Barnes also checked in with a sell of $300. One of Steve Nash’s first autograph cards since joining the Lakers showed up in the form of a scintillating Totally Signatures Autographed Green (#’d 4/5) selling for $207.
Much has been made about the stunning look of 2012-13 Panini Prizm Basketball. Some of the newly-released Prizm Basketball trading cards have hit, and well, let’s just say the market has spoken. The alluring reflective prism and etch technology is enough to make anyone open their pocket book. Take for example a non-autographed Kobe Bryant Gold Prizm (#’d 2/10) that sold for $399.99. Or better yet, how about the $675 sell of sky-rocketing rookie sensation Anthony Davis’ Prizm Refractor Autographed card (#’d 23/25). Last and perhaps most impressive, a redemption card of Kyrie Irving’s Prizm Rookie Autograph (#’d 25) sold for $999.99.
If the above doesn’t provide enough examples of the value and cash potential of Panini America trading cards, then we present to you the aftermath of the 2012 Black Friday promotion. Several of the cards have already hit the market, including an Anthony Davis Cracked Ice Autograph card which sold for $300. No surprise that Kobe Bryant made the list with a 2012 Panini Black Friday Game-Used Shoe and Autographed card selling for $350. An Andrew Luck Black Friday Autographed Breast Cancer Awareness Jumbo Patch card also caught the attention of a lucky collector, selling for $200. But maybe the only example worthy of illustrating just how valuable the Black Friday packs have become, and how far collectors will go to get them, is the sale of a 24-pack lot of Black Friday packs for a staggering $875. That breaks down to roughly $36/pack.
There’s perhaps no player on the planet hotter right now than the blistering Colin Kaepernick. Since being named the 49ers’ starting signal-caller in Week 11 of 2012, the value of his trading cards have exploded. Last week, his 2011 Panini Limited Autographed NFL Shield Logo card (#’d 1/1) commanded a hefty $1,050. Or take a peek at his 2011 National Treasures Platinum Rookie Autographed Logo Patch card (#’d 3/5) which sold for $999.99. We will continue to monitor the red-hot and highly-collectible Kaepernick – you can read more on him from The Knight’s Lance here.
We’ll stop here and let you decide for yourself. Deal or no deal? To sell or not to sell? To collect or not to collect? Maybe I went too far there — enjoy the gallery below! Oh yeah, and this wouldn’t be any fun without the opportunity to win something, right? Post your comments below for a chance to win your very own 10-pack lot of 2012 Black Friday Packs.