The two biggest sports for collecting – football and basketball – begin to heat up in September.
The NFL season kicks off and the NBA preseason will be he raise the excitement level for the game across the board, so expect to see card values for both sports climb all month long.
Here are the Cardlines picks for releases to watch in September. But please note: the release schedules are very fluid and move frequently. These dates are not guaranteed.
Elite has been around for over a decade, so it has some history at this point. That does not, however, make it an appealing product. While it might be Donruss “Elite,” the vast majority of collectors would still prefer standard Donruss and its Rated Rookies.
Elite has a $350 price tag for 20 packs per box with 5 cards per pack, and you can expect to pull 2 autos, 1 memorabilia card, 3 rookies, 6 parallels, and 11 inserts among the 100 cards. Limiting the number of rookies per box seems like a good idea because of scarcity, but Elite did the same thing last year and most of the rookies didn’t retain much value (probably because they’re in their college uniforms).
There are three new case hits to chase this year, too: A-List, Star Watch and Whiz Kids! While it might seem nice to see three different case hits, Prestige did the same thing last year, and none of them really took off. Here’s our guide to the 2022 Elite checklist.
Formula 1 cards have been making a huge surge lately, just like the sport. 2022 Topps Forumla 1 looks to continue the formula for success: each box comes with 20 packs of 8 cards.
As Topps explains, this product gives collectors a chance to, “Live life in the fast lane with the official 2022 Topps Formula 1 trading card collection.
Seek out the fierce rivals Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen, as well as a look into the excitement that the 2022 Formula 1 season is sure to bring!” There are no autos, but you should be on the lookout for F1 Relics.
Gold Standard is probably the best 2022 football product releasing in September, but that’s a pretty low bar to clear. The best thing about Gold Standard, at least in the past, is that it’s the first product to feature rookies in their NFL uniforms, so if that’s once again the case, it’s a product that could hold more long-term value.
The boxes are pre-ordering for $500 and each box has 7 cards: 5 autos or memorabilia and 2 base/parallels. It’s a nice number of hits, but also the most expensive, risky 2022 football product slated to release through September.
As Panini notes, “Look for Rookie Jersey Autographs of all the top drafted 2022 Rookies! Also, find the short-printed Rookie Jersey Autographs Double and Rookie Jersey Autographs Triple, which feature multiple swatches and parallel to Prime (max #’d /49) and Tag (#’d 1/1)!”
While there isn’t a ton of hype about the ‘22 rookie class, this could be the product that finally gets everybody excited.
Score is a collector favorite for those who like to unwrap a lot of cards without paying a premium. Each $200 box comes with 10 packs of 40 cards each (yes, you read that right), and this is scheduled to be the First Officially Licensed NFL product of 2022.
That does not mean the players will be in their NFL jerseys on all the cards – just the team names and logos will appear on the card. Still, this is the first chance for collectors to chase the big rookies like Kenny Pickett, the deep receiver class, and more.
Each box will have 4 autographs and 90 rookies, plus 10 parallels. Also, look for 2 die-cuts per case.
This is not a licensed product, but it is at least Prizm, so it will still appeal to some collectors nonetheless. 2022 Prizm Baseball comes with a price tag of $175 and has 12 packs of 12 cards, with a deep rainbow of colors to reflect the 270-card set.
You can expect 3 autographs, 3 silver prizms, and more prizms. Find autographs from Wander Franco, Oneil Cruz, Brandon Marsh and other 2022 star rookies in Rookie Autographs. There’s also one Hot Box per case that will contain 24 Navy Blue-Carolina Blue parallels.
Select 2021-22 Basketball brings the massively popular opti-chrome product back for its 9th year. With 12 packs of 5 cards each, Select hasn’t changed in delivery – or even expectations – much.
The checklist looks very similar to last year’s, but that’s not a bad thing for one of the most popular products in collecting. These boxes are preordering for $900 and have 3 autos/memorbilia.
Select has three different tiers of rarity: Concourse, Premier, and Courtside. Each Hobby box also contains 12 Prizms which could be Silver, Scope, Tri-Color, Light-Blue (#’d/299), Red (#’d/199), White (#’d/149), Neon Green (#’d/75), Tri-Dye (#’d/25), Gold (#’d/10), Green (#’d/5), Black (one of one), or Zebra.
With a deep rookie class and the historical popularity of this product, Select is probably the biggest draw of September.
Select Draft Picks might be a “big release,” but it’s one I’d highly encourage you to skip. The $200 boxes will flood the market with an influx of “prospect” cards in their college uniforms, but none of them age well.
Even if you pull a base card of the future rookie of the year, it’ll probably be worth $4 after the initial hype wears off and the NFL jersey cards come out. After that, they become worth approximately 10% of what the big brother NFL product is worth (a quick eBay search will back this up).
Therefore, these $200 boxes include 3 autographs, 3 silver prizms, 6 parallels, and long-term regrets.
Spectra is a confounding product. It’s high-end and opti-chrome, but not nearly as popular as Select, Optic or Prizm. Perhaps it’s because it’s limited print and no retail offerings: each hobby box only has 4 packs of 4 cards.
Each pack contains 1 Autograph and 1 Parallel from the unique checklist: Silver, Celestial, Interstellar, Meta, Gold, Universal Die-Cut, Marble and the One-of-a-Kind Nebula. This product also have a variety of SSP Inserts in the popular Color Blast set, along with brand new Solar Eclipse and Diamond Anniversary inserts.
It has high-end potential, but collectors refuse to get excited about Spectra the same way they do for similar products.
These releases didn’t make the cut for the best of the month but are still worthy of checking out: