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Sports Cards and Reviews Picks Index
~Michael Eisner

 

  • Fleer Flair Baseball
    As Fleer’s initial foray into the $100 per pack arena, this product certainly did not disappoint. What they did, however, changed the game and upped the ante significantly.
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  • Topps Cracker Jack Baseball
    It should come as no surprise (no pun intended) that the first installment of Topps Cracker Jack baseball would be a smashing success. Who can argue when the first thing that pops out at you upon opening a brand new hobby box is a package of Cracker Jacks?
  • Upper Deck Ice Hockey
    I must admit that this product has all the makings of a winner, especially considering the fact hockey product has all but dried up this year.
  • Donruss Classics
    This year, however, Donruss has taken Classics to a whole new level with respect to game-used memorabilia cards and certified autographs with too many parallels and tiers to mention. Definitely a good thing!
  • Fleer's LE Baseball
    With the 2004 baseball season practically upon us, it was only fitting that Fleer release their newest baseball card line – Limited Edition, or “LE” for short.
  • Upper Deck Signature Basketball
    In a word -- spectacular! That is the only adjective that I can think of to describe the excitement surrounding Upper Deck’s foray into the high-end “one autograph per tin” genre – 2003-04 SP Signature Basketball.
  • SportsClix - It's Not Just For Kids
    I forgot how much I enjoyed playing Strat-O-Matic as a kid. I also forgot how much I loved visiting the toy store and finding that rare Kenner Starting Lineup figurine that was packed one per case. Well, that excitement came over me all over again when I received my preview SportsClix figures in the mail from Topps. that jog your memory?
  • Fleer Platinum Shines
    Some of you might remember Fleer Platinum from back in 2001 - really hot Albert Pujols and Ichiro Suzuki rookie cards. Does that jog your memory?
  • Upper Deck Honor Roll
    For those of you that have a craving for game-used memorabilia cards, this product does not disappoint. There are the aforementioned rookie jerseys, as well as dual and triple warm-ups from some of the NBA’s greatest stars.
  • Donruss Timelines -- 2003
    The idea of collecting baseball cards, at least in my opinion, is to keep older collectors from feeling old. The smell of nostalgia oozes from each and every pack of cards that us older folks rip open. Such was the case with 2003 Donruss Timelines, a foray back into the “hey days” of collecting for me – the 1980’s.
  • Upper Deck Finite Basketball
    Where else can the average collector brag about pulling the first ever serial-numbered Clark Kellogg card? Or how about Walter Davis? Look no further than Upper Deck Finite, my friends.
  • Upper Deck Finite Football
    Each 10-pack box is littered with low-numbered rookie cards and game-worn memorabilia cards. In addition, every box is guaranteed at least one certified autograph on average.
  • 2003-04 Fleer Hoops Hot Prospects Basketball
    If you’re looking for a basketball product that pulls out all the stops, look no further than 2003-04 Hoops Hot Prospects from Fleer.
  • Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects Baseball
    I bet that there aren’t too many collectors out there that haven’t yet opened a single pack of Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects. And, I would also wager that those who have opened one pack came back for seconds and thirds and fourths and so on.
  • Topps Pristine Basketball
    A pack within a pack within a pack was merely a dream not too long ago. That is, until Topps introduced Pristine 2 years ago to a hobby full of open arms and drooling pockets.
  • Donruss Leaf Playoff Rookies Baseball
    If you are looking for the most bang for your buck, and have an affinity for cards of top draft picks Delmon Young, Rickie Weeks and Ryan Wagner, you should look no further.
  • Upper Deck SPx Basketball
    In addition to the autographed rookie jerseys are autographed Flashback Fabrics, which contain autographs and a jersey swatch from past rookie greats such as Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
  • Ho! Ho! Ho!
    It’s that time again! With the gift-giving holidays just around the corner, I have put together a “Top 10” list of sports card-related gifts that would be sure to please any collector, even though they might not quite fit in your Christmas stocking.
  • Playoff Prime Cuts
    Now, I was a little bit apprehensive about the hobby’s first $150 pack. I mean, I was skeptical back when the first $50 pack debuted in 2001 and that was subsequently followed by the hobby’s first $100 pack later that year. Now, the stakes have been taken a bit higher with 2003 Playoff Prime Cuts.
  • Upper Deck Basketball
    This product, Upper Deck Basketball, contains top-notch, crisp photography and a creative player checklist.
  • 2004 Donruss Baseball
    Back for its 23rd year is 2004 Donruss Baseball – and boy, it's back with a bang.
  • Upper Deck Prospect Premieres
    Ever since Upper Deck Premieres first set in 2001, collectors have embraced it with open arms and have looked favorably upon it as one of the best places to find the hottest rookie cards.
  • November 24, 2003
    Topps has scored a trifecta with 3 potent, fun-filled boxes of product in every master "box" of 2003 Topps Finest football.
  • November 24, 2003
    Here is a quick rundown of what you might find in your own box of 2003 Upper Deck Classic Portraits Hockey.
  • November 24, 2003
    Finally, the Bowman Chrome craze that has so mesmerized the baseball card world has finally took its toll on the hoops enthusiast.
  • November 11, 2003
    While I don't play golf very often, I must admit that I am a sucker for a good golf match on the tube. And, while I don't get to watch it very often, I must further admit that I am even more of a sucker for a good box of golf trading cards. Enter stage left - 2003 Upper Deck SP Game-Used Golf.
  • October 30, 2003
    Every pack of Leaf Limited contained a pile of excitement a mile high. From the packaging to the memorabilia cards to the base set, 2003 Leaf Limited has earned the right to be dubbed “High-End Product of the Year.”
  • October 17, 2003
    Bowman’s Best Baseball has come a long way since it’s debut back in 1994. Thanks to last years makeover, this product has carved it’s own niche as the only product to contain an autographed rookie card per pack.
  • October 17, 2003
    With all the hype that past renditions of "Tribute" generated due to a checklist that consisted solely of retired greats, it’s no wonder why Topps decided to cross over to the other side, so to speak, and pay Tribute to today’s superstars.
  • October 2, 2003
    I must admit – this was the quickest rip of any box I have ever opened. Once I was done tearing through this 6-pack box from Donruss (7 if you include the box-topper), I was muddled in sheer amazement.
  • September 23, 2003
    If you are looking for your fill of LeBron James, look no further than the new Victory basketball series by Upper Deck.
  • August 28, 2003
    As usual, Donruss plugs away with an absolute classic in the form of high-tech cardboard with their 2003 Leaf Certified release. Jam-packed with autographed and memorabilia inserts severely limited to smashingly low print-runs, Leaf Certified has my vote for Donruss/Playoff’s best product release of the year!
  • August 28, 2003
    It began with the 2001 Donruss Signature Series and continues on with the 2003 Donruss Timeless Treasures release. What, you may ask? I give you the “Collectible Tin.” Sort of like, a pack within a pack, only not exactly – do you get my drift?
  • August 21, 2003
    Topps signs Rickie Weeks to autograph deal!
  • August 21, 2003
    Within every pack of Topps Retired Signature is a certified autograph of a retired superstar. And on top of that, each card is encased in a Topps un-circulated holder and sealed with a Topps hologram to ensure its authenticity and high-grade condition
  • August 20, 2003
    With 2003 marking the 7th year of the “home of the rookie card,” Bowman Chrome brings it home with a checklist overflowing with top-flight rookie cards and certified autographs of such players as Jose Contreras and Hanley Ramirez.
  • July 24, 2003
    As the story goes, Upper Deck just recently released the second series of their benchmark product, Upper Deck Baseball.
  • July 23, 2003
    With the over-influx of game jersey cards and serial-numbered rookie cards, Upper Deck decided to go with something very different by releasing the very innovative Patch Collection series.
  • July 23, 2003
    Back for an encore is 2003/04 Upper Deck Inspirations Basketball. If you are looking for the first serial-numbered rookie card of #1 Draft Pick LeBron James, look no further than Inspirations.
  • July 8, 2003
    Donruss Elite football is back in full swing for 2003. As been with past releases, this year’s product is jam-packed with serial-numbered inserts including a plethora or rookies as well as a fine assortment of game-used memorabilia and autographed cards.
  • July 8, 2003
    It’s been 11 years since Donruss unleashed the Studio brand on the hobby. I can vividly remember the buzz surrounding the initial release back in 1992. The innovative, throwback photography coupled with the high-gloss card stock, created quite a stir amongst the hobby elite.
  • June 10, 2003
    It's hard to believe that 2003 marks the 10-year anniversary of the first Topps Finest set, and for that matter the refractor. Where have all these years gone?
  • June 9, 2003
    Last month's release of 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites has taken the hobby by storm. Patterned after a plethora of past Topps designs, Fan Favorites contains 150 base cards and 150 corresponding certified autographed cards, along with roughly 20 additional Team Topps Legends certified autographs.
  • May 31, 2003
    Over the past few weeks, Donruss/Playoff has treated us to a double-dose of Prestige and based on the looks of it, the hobby has responded in a great way.
  • April 30, 2003
    Based on the favorable performance of the debut set last year, the hobby welcomes back Fleer Authentix for an encore in 2003.
  • April 13, 2003
    Donruss officials announced on Tuesday that heavy-hitting and highly publicized Japanese import Hideki Matsui has been added to 2003 Donruss Champions, due out April 9.
  • March 24, 2003
    "As a kid growing up, I remember getting tremendously excited every time I ripped open a package of Topps trading cards and bit into a piece of bubble-gum."
  • February 21, 2003
    There are two factors driving the sports card market nowadays - certified autographs and serial-numbered rookie cards. Thanks to the following two releases by Donruss/Playoff, hobbyists have been treated to the best of both worlds.
  • February 18, 2003
    It's Spring Training all and time for a quick peek in to some of this spring's hottest rookie prospects.
  • January 28, 2003
    Within one week, the world was introduced to 2 of the year's best basketball products - Bowman Signature and Pristine. Despite the high price points for each, I am sure that the collecting world was and will continue to be satisfied with each and every pack that they rip.
  • January 14, 2003
    Whether it's football that catches your fancy or you are a die-hard baseball fan waiting anxiously waiting for pitchers and catchers to report to Spring Training, there is always room for a little cardboard from Topps in your life.
  • January 7, 2003
    Donruss/Playoff's plate was chock-full of cardboard during the last two weeks of 2002 and into the first few days of 2003. Here's a bird's eye view of the Donruss/Playoff products that made headlines during the past few weeks.
  • December 17, 2002
    Donruss Baseball, Topps Series 1, Upper Deck Golf and more.
  • December 10, 2002
    With the NFL and NBA in full play-mode and the Hot Stove League just beginning to warm up in baseball, December is proving to be one of the year's most exciting months. Keeping that in mind, let's take a look at the 10 hottest sports cards and memorabilia products from this past week. Happy hunting!
  • December 3, 2002
    The first installment of the "Sports Card Top 10 List." This weekly column will provide you with the most up to date look into the world of sports trading cards and collectibles. From baseball cards to McFarlane toys, this list will cover it all.
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Eisner has been an avid sports card collector for over 20 years and has been guilty of hoarding mass quantities of Kenner Starting Lineup figures and autographs along the way. His hobby travels eventually brought him to Wizardworld.com, where he was a senior staff writer/price guide editor from 2000-2001. He has also appeared on numerous radio shows discussing sports collectibles.
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