The Bowman Baseball Blue Wave Debacle: Part 2

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Lessons learned are a valuable commodity in the business world.

The Topps Company was riding the heals of one of its most successful promotions, the Bowman Blue Wave Wrapper Redemption. The idea of the promotion was simple. For every 24 hobby packs or 10 jumbo packs you bought, send the wrappers back into Topps in exchange for a pack of special Blue Wave cards.

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30 Prospects in 30 Days: #27, Nolan Arenado 3B Colorado Rockies

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#27 Nolan Arenado 3B Colorado Rockies

Arenado was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the second round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft out of El Toro High School in Lake Forest, California. He ranked number two among Rockies prospects by MLB.com entering the 2013 season.

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Visual Guide to all 2012 Panini Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Photo Variations

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Visual Guide to all 2012 Panini Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Photo Variations
Visual Guide to all 2012 Panini Playoff Contenders Rookie Ticket Photo Variations

It’s our favorite time of year, we think of it as Christmas in January February for all us hobbyists. It’s Panini’s Playoff Contenders release time! With each years release of the product, Panini strives to make the set more interesting and collectible. They have a tradition of creating short-print variations of players that typically sell for obscene amounts of cash, and recently they have started to add variations for each card in the set.

This year, Panini unveils a new chapter for the product, where it appears that EACH player in the Rookie Ticket set has a variation card. Yesterday we gave you a quick glimpse into how you can find the variations for 2012 Rookie Ticket Autos. Today we bring you a visual guide to see the differences between each of the Rookie Tickets in the set.

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Easy way to identify 2012 Panini Contenders Football Rookie Ticket Autograph Variations

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It appears that Panini has made it easier this year to identify the photo variations of players they have slipped in 2012 Playoff Contenders Football. On the reverse side of the card, you will find that variation versions are missing the players details in the box that surrounds the team logo in the lower right side of the card.

These variation photos were posted on their blog earlier this week, and you can see the different photos on the front, along with the differences on the rear of the cards.

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Our Top 10 List of Joe Flacco’s Best Rookie Cards

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Yesterday, we brought you the Top 10 list of Colin Kaepernick Rookie Cards. Today, we are going to focus on Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. Flacco has been the starter for Baltimore since his 2008 rookie year, after being drafted in the first round out of the University of Delaware. Flacco has a huge frame, standing at 6’6″ and weighing 250 lbs, making his body the prototypical size for a NFL quarterback. What makes him even more special is his arm strength, which typically assists in most of Joe’s down field big plays.

Currently his cards are at a much more affordable level than his counterpart Kaepernick, but that won’t last if Joe is the one holding up the trophy at the end of the game.

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