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Saturday, January 31, 2009

The problem with the industry in an email

This is the 345 post about what is wrong with the hobby, but indicators are everywhere. I subscribe to Blowout's email and yesterday I got the following email to advertise presells:

2008/09 Basketball Cases


2008/09 Upperdeck SP Authentic Basketball 12 bx case for $1140 ($95 a bx Rate !!)
2 case lot for $2250
1/2 Case Lot for $600
(5 Cases available) (02/05 Release)
(UD IS SOLD OUT)
24 packs per Box..5 Cards per Pack... Two autographs per box, on average!One Autographed Patch Rookie Card or One Autographed Letterman Card per box, on average! One multi-signed autographed card per case, on average!

2008/09 UD Premier Basketball 10 bx case for $2300 ($230 a Box rate !!)
2 case Lot for $4500
1/2 case lot for $1175
(5 Cases available) (02/11/09 Release)
(UD IS SOLD OUT)
1 Packs per Box. 7 Cards per pack. Arguably the best product of 2007-08 returns!Find even more unique woven patches featuring the greatest basketball players in history!Premier Rookies feature four pieces of memorabilia and an autograph!Look for incredible memorabilia cards featuring multiple swatches and unique die cuts!Find one of each of the following: 1 regular card #'d to 99, 1 rookie auto jersey with four die cuts #'d to 199 or less, 1 woven patch with unique designs for every player #'d to 50 or less, 1 autograph #'d to 50 or less, 1 triple or quad jersey variable #'d to 99 or less, 1 Jersey/Patch or Auto/Memorabilia numbered to 50 or less plus either an extra autograph or a multiple swatch memorabilia card!

2008/9 TOPPS T-51 MURAD BASKETBALL 12 bx Case for $840 ($70 a Bx Rate !!)
2 Case lot for $1650
1/2 Case Lot for $450
(5 Cases available) (02/11/09 Release)
(TOPPS IS SOLD OUT !)
Only 599 #'d cases made
24 packs per Box. 5 cards per Pack...Brings you back in time to 1910, featuring the MURAD design from the first Basketball cards...These cards feature the best players in the NBA and offer unique mini silk and suede parallel cards....Every Hobby box guarantees 1 Autograph and 1 Relic Card; also it contains 1 T-6 Cabinet Box Loader, 4 Rookie Variation Cards, 8 Short-printed Cards, and 24 Mini-Parallel Cards

2008/09 Upperdeck Skybox Basketball 16 bx case for $1200 ($75 a Bx Rate !!)
1/2 Case lot for $625
(5 Cases available) (02/18/09 Release)
12 packs per Box. 10 cards per pack.. Three (3) memorabilia cards per box including at least one (1) dual swatch! (on average) One (1) autograph per box! (on average)Look for Precious Metal Parallels!Find Hobby-exclusive Autographs and Base Set Parallels!Each box contains a variety of box-break inserts, including Metal Universe, Metal Universe Rookie, Precious Metal Gems, and Precious Metal Gems Parallels numbered to 50 or less!

2008/09 UD X Basketball 12 bx case for $750 ($62.50 a bx rate !!)
2 Case lot for $1450
1/2 case lot for $400
(5 Cases available) (03/10/09 Release)
20 packs per Box. 8 Cards per pack. One Autographed Card Per Box, on average!One Memorabilia Card Per Box, on average!A Dimensional Foil Card in every pack, on average!One Rookie Card in every pack, on average!

2008/09 UD Black Basketball 10 bx case for $1875 ($187.50 a bx Rate !!)
2 Case lot for $3700
1/2 Case lot for $950
(5 Cases available) (03/25/09 Release)
(UD IS SOLD OUT)
2 Packs per Box. 1 Card per Pack. Every card will feature autographs or multi memorabilia pieces numbered to 99 or less!One autograph per display box! (on average)Look for unique signed manufactured patch cards!Find signed game worn jersey cards-- the autograph is actually on the game-worn jersey material! Autographed memorabilia rookie cards numbered to 99!

2008/09 UD LINEAGE BASKETBALL 12 bx case for $1200 ($100 a bx rate !!)
2 Case lot for $2350
1/2 Case lot for $625
(5 Cases available) (04/01 Release)
(UD IS SOLD OUT)
24 Packs per Box. 8 Cards per pack. First chance to collect Michael Jordan Legacy Cards! Falling 12 per box, on average.Celebrating Upper Deck basketball?s history with current players on vintage card designs from 1991-92 to 1993-94!Find Autographed Buyback cards from these original card sets!Eight Rookie Cards in every box, on average! Look for the return of classic inserts that are now signed, including Flight Team and 15,000 Point club! Find all 54 Rookie Standout cards!

2008/09 Upperdeck Radiance Basketball 8 bx case for $1400 ($175 a bx Rate !!)
1/2 case lot for $675
(5 Cases available) (04/29 Release)
3 Packs per Box. 4 Cards per Pack.Upper Deck Radiance is an autograph intensive product!Five autographs per box! Including:1 Auto Focus Plexi or Sweet Shot autograph per box! on average One Rookie autograph per box! on average. Two Multi signed autographs per case! on average. Collect Michael Jordan Legacy Cards! Falling One per pack!

2008/09 Upperdeck Ultimate Collection Basketball 15 bx case for $1150 ($76.66 a Bx Rate !!)
2 Case lot for $2250
(5 Cases available) (05/14 Release)
4 Cards per Pack. 1 Pack per Box. The Ultimate card set has returned!The return of Century Legends Epic Signatures!At least 9 Autographs per case! On averageLook for Autographed Rookie Logoman Patch cards numbered to 1!120 Base Cards (#'d to 399)20 Rookie Cards (#'d to 399)20 Ultimate Legends (#'d to 399)21 Ultimate Rookie auto/mem (#'d to 150)

LOOK AT IT!
Are any of those products different at all? To be fair, Murad is a different product, but all of the high end are slightly varied from the others. Crazy. With the Ultimate Collection you are paying $20 a card, radiance is $35 per auto. Ugh, its all too terrible. Murad may be different, but we still have to wait and see if Topps F's it up.

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