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Monday, December 13, 2010

A new way to sell cards Panini v. Topps 5-star

Interesting conversation on the Twitter today about Topps 5 Star and Panini and such. If you haven't seen them the 5-star look ridiculous, those are actual cards below.  Anyway, presell is about $400-$430 or so, that's a lot of cheeda. It caused me to think back to some posts a long time ago about companies selling certain cards from a set direct.  Eh, I don't like that, I still like the chase but it got me thinking.

Anyway, Panini Plates and Patches is no slouch and runs $130 ish presell.  Bad news is that P and P is Sticker auto, but its at a much lower price point obviously.

The cards look nice.  The problem with both sets is the inclusion of the scrub rookie autos.  As some of you know NFL and NFLPA requires a certain percentage of rookies in the set.  When you are kicking down this kind of cash, a Jonny Dwyer auto doesn't cut it.  Maybe that's what is wrong with cards????? It also should be noted that many rookies and veterans hate to sign and...and charge Pujolesion rates $200 a card for autos.

So I was thinking.  Lets mix price point with quality.  $180 gets you 4 or 5 cards.  1 Rookie Patch auto----1 patch or patch auto vet/retired  ------- 1 auto for $180 srp well plus a base card or two.  Basically $50 a card SRP at box rate.  Plus I don't mind getting a nice patch as a big time hit in a high srp product.  In other words, I would rather get a Howie Long Patch than a junk auto.  Here's the twist.  Much like Absolute the box is split into 3 packs but....Each pack is marked with what it has in it.  Not the player mind you but the type of card.  So pack 1 is the RPA, Pack 2 is the Vet/retired Patch or Patch auto and Pack 3 is an auto .  Then Each pack has a separate SRP to it.  The RPA is say $70, Pack 2 is $50 and Pack 3 is $60.  Don't fool yourself, dishonest shops know which pack is which in the Absolute boxes and why should you pay as much for a jersey card as you do for an auto in pack form?  Basically why are all the packs in Absolute priced the same? 

As applied:
Each hit would be a pack.

5 Star Every ($400) Pack Features An Identical On-Card Autograph And Relic 5-Card Insertion Rate :
    *1 Autographed Rookie Numbered to 150 or Less ($60)
    *1 Autographed Rookie Patch Numbered to 100 or Less ($90)
    *1 Autographed Veteran/Legend or Autographed Patch Numbered to 60 or Less ($100)
    *1 Autographed Relic Book or Dual Autograph Numbered to 40 or Less ($150)

Each hit would be a pack.
Plates and Patches - BOX BREAK ($130)
Eight cards per pack/box featuring
- One Autographed Prime Memorabilia Rookie Card ($50)
- Two Additional Autographs #'d to 999 or less ($30 each)
- One other Autograph or Memorabilia ($20) If it is marked as either a mem or auto, you know the risk
The following would be put in the 4 packs above randomly.
- Two Commons
- One Parallel
- One Insert
This way if I wanted to take a shot at an RPA I could, if I really wanted to gamble I could go $20 on pack 4, or just to see what auto I pull pack 2 or 3.

So what do you think?

P and P


cynicalbuddha said...

Wow when you put them together like that it's uncanny how similar both products look. And I hate scrub autos. I have to say both look alright but I'm not going to dole out that kinda cash for a pack of cards.
I got a great rookie auto patch card our of unrivaled unfortuantley he didn't even make any team let alone the one he's depicted with.

beardy said...

That Vincent Jackson patch auto is one of the nicest cards I have seen all year. Too bad I won't be able to afford any of this stuff.