With the 2009 Football season right around the corner, 2009 football card products are beginning to hit the selves. Now lets just take a look back at the year that was in the 2008 Football Card product year. With everyone on the hunt for the most popular rookie cards of guys like Matt Ryan, Felix Jones, and Darren McFadden, as well as some of those other rather smaller names that lead to big potential would be Joe Flacco, Matt Forte, and Chris Johnson. This 2008 football card product year was a rather exciting and fun to collect as a card collector. Below I created a list of some of the best products as well as which each one brought to the table as far as collecting goes.
One of these top products in the year that was 2008 football would have to be 2008 Leaf Certified Materials Football cards. Now I found these boxes to be loaded with awesome hits that ranged from retired coaches coat and shirt cards, to even some sweet football patch card autographs. The cards that I found most attractive would have to be the mirror freshman fabric autograph cards. Each had their own unique pieces that ranged from jersey swatches, to football pieces, even NFL logo patches from their jerseys. This year they also installed their new freshman fabric line, making each jersey swatch about five times larger than it has been in years past. Again they did a great job with the Souvenir Stamp subset, and each card turned out beautifully. I also enjoyed some of their new unique Fabric of the Game jersey cards, some of which contained autographs as well. At a nice price range from around $70-80 for a hobby box, which contains 4 memorabilia/autograph cards, I think 2008 Leaf Certified Materials turned out just fine.
Another product that I felt contained a lot of value for what you paid for a box would have to be 2008 Score Select football. Now this year they decided to widen their autograph horizon form a mear one per hobby box, to a nice three per box. That made it already a ton better from many years past, and it also enhanced some collector’s interest as well. Score Select being the rather high-end Score product so to say, also produces many sweet looking parallel and numbered card sets. I found the Artist Proof cards to be looking really realistic this year, and made collector’s all over bug out and try to collect their favorite players. Now the autographs that came out of the box were not so great, but the chance per box is now at three, which is definitely way more better than it would have been if it still only would have been one. I personally loved the Red Zone rookie insert autos, most of which were numbered out of five, and were an extremely tuff pull for many collectors this year.
A third product that I found pretty cool would have had to be 2008 Upper Deck Heroes football. Now many collectors were kind of skeptical about the release of this product because this year they put many different guitarists and other types of athletes into the product, as well as inserts, and parallel subsets of each card. Now they did have an average of 2 memorabilia as well as 2 autograph cards per box though. Now one thing that made the dealers really happy was the fact that all autographed cards were all hand written on the cards, and none of those ugly sticker autos were produced for this product. Now another benefit to this wonderful product was the chance at pulling an autograph or jersey card of a retired football legend. Some of the autos have unbelievable parallels too, the lowest being the 1-of-1, or as most of us like to call them, “the one of a kind cards”. Most people found that the legends autographs were numbered all lower than 50 and each box had a chance of getting a nice rookie autograph or a retired legend autograph. Now another thing that collectors might have not liked would have been the fact that most legend autographs were inserted as redemption’s, meaning they would have to wait extensive periods of time for the autographs to come to them through the mail. The product, in my opinion, seemed to turn out just fine though, and I think it was one of the best when it came to the value potential in each sealed hobby box of cards.
I know most of you enjoyed the year that was in football card collecting, and hopefully we will seem similar results when it comes to the 2009 football product season, as well as good production value out of the class of ’09 in the NFL.