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The Majestic Crown Royale, a remnant of the long gone Pacific Trading Cards family returns under the Panini America banner. Continuing a string of successful 2012 football products with a noble draft class of heirs worthy of some day earning a spot in the prestigious kingdom known as the NFL Hall of Fame, check out what treasure or trinkets we discovered in a box.
Panini Limited is back, 7 cards for around $100, and limited they are with all cards #'d to 399 or less. This was an interesting box, we found a beautiful patch card, a mix of all eras of the NFL, a weak auto literally and figuratively, and I got Fleenered!
In 2003 the NFL Draft Class wasn't nearly as hyped as the last two have been. Social Media wasn't a tool to communicate like it is today, and it is mind-blowing how quickly information circulates these days, especially in the card-collecting world.
When you look back at the 2003 Draft's Top Ten, it wasn't loaded with a group of players that dominated the league. The Houston Texans are by far the winners of top ten of '03 with the #3 overall selection -- WR Andre Johnson.
However if you look a little deeper in the draft, many players are still making an impact in the NFL. Here's a short list of solid players from 2003:
One more name on the list is heading to the Super Bowl. That name is Anquan Boldin. Boldin was drafted 54the overall in the second round of 2003. He was the second WR selected by the Cardinals behind Bryant Johnson. He was voted to the Pro Bowl in his rookie year. The following year, the Cardinals added Larry Fitzgerald to the team, giving the Cards one of the best receiving tandems in the game. When the team added Kurt Warner to the mix, the numbers reached astronomical proportions.
It seems as if things were only going to get better when the team reached Super Bowl XLIIIin 2009, but tension began to show with Boldin and the Cardinals organization. In 2010 he was dealt to the Baltimore Ravens. Since his arrival the Ravens have steadily grown as a Super Bowl contender, and Boldin is still making amazing catches, and catching headlines for his efforts.
Most recently, he notched 2 TDs in the Ravens victory over the New England Patriots on their way to Super Bowl XLVII. A lot of people gave up on Boldin when he left Arizona, I am glad I didn't, and held on to this beautiful autographed rookie card from the 2003 Upper Deck SPx set. Card #191 is signed in red ink and is #d to 1100.
By the way, Boldin's reached a new pinnacle with the Ravens, but he holds some pretty hefty records in the NFL, here's a few...
Fastest player to record 400, 500 & 600 catches
Most receptions in a rookie year
Most receiving YDS in first game
Now it's time to sit back and enjoy what is going to be one hell of a Super Bowl. The Niners and the Ravens are the two hardest-hitting teams in the NFL. I can't wait for game day, how about you?
At $300+ per 6-pack box, Bowman Sterling Football is the Park Place of the Trading Card Monopoly Board. It's not the most expensive product in the football genre, but it is one of the most glamorous. This year it contains a stellar rookie class, and collectors can expect 4 rookie autographs, 2 rookie auto relics, 6 jumbo relics and a jumbo patch relic box topper.
With Sterling you'd better hope the stars line up for you as cleanly as the 7's on a slot machine do when you hit the jackpot. Without at least one great hit, you might be in for a world of disappointment. Then again if you ponied up for this one, maybe money isn't an object for you.
Our box didn't have the very best autographs or relics, but it had an assortment of promising young gridiron lions that might turn out to be future Hall of Famers. We'll give some away soon on Cardboard Connection Radio. We did have one solid hit that wasn't signed or a relic. To find out what was in this box, check out the video...
Last night a fast-paced, informative Cardboard Connection Radio show aired. We were fortunate enough to land an interview with Upper Deck's Chris Carlin to discuss the unbelievable week he and other UD staff endured with the loss of their CEO and hobby icon, Richard McWilliam. Topics included some of McWilliam's great accomplishments, his lasting legacy within the hobby, the new UD President Jason Masherah, and the upcoming National Hockey Day promotion. We also discussed the impact McWilliam's death will have on litigation involving the Upper Deck Company with attorney Paul Lesko during our Law of Cards segment. And if you were ever wondering how much you could make as a case breaker using Topps products, Brent Williams breaks down data from 17 case breakers of 2012 Topps products. You'll be surprised at the results. To listen to the Cardboard Connection Radio show archive of this episode, use this link.
If you listen to the Cardboard Connection Radio show, you know I have an affinity for Impact Wrestling, especially some of the legends and knockouts. We've had many on the show over the years and they are some of the most fun and real people in the business.
This year, 2012, the company is celebrating its 10th year. We've seen a lot of things over the span of a decade from Ken Shamrock winning the title, the Main Event Mafia, the addition of Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair and other huge names, and now Tristar has given us one more to ponder -- TENacious.
For under $70 you'll acquire 3 autographs, a memorabilia card, some parallels and short prints, as well as a complete base set. Are you ready to get in the ring and rip into a box of TENacious?