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Trevor Bauer Autograph Baseball Arizona Diamondbacks
Trevor Bauer
MLB Debut: June 28, 2012

1st Autograph Rookie Logo Cards:
2012 Topps Finest Baseball

Trevor Bauer is a unique pitcher and a guy who has been on the radar of card collectors even before he was picked #3 overall by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the 2011 MLB Draft.  He is known for his quirky workout regimen which includes a long toss that will leave you astounded when you see how far he can throw a baseball.  Bauer was called up to the big show and will make his MLB debut on June 28, 2012.  He has had some success in the minors but detractors point to a modestly high walk total and concerns that he may be a good #2-3 starter, and not a lights out #1 type guy.

In 2009 Upper Deck released a Team USA Baseball set and Bauer was on the US squad and has base, autographs and game used cards available in that set. 2010 Bowman Baseball also featured Bauer in a USA uniform. Bauer fans finally got a chance to see him with cards in a Diamondbacks uniform in 2011 Bowman Draft Baseball and 2011 Bowman Sterling. Some of his rare parallel autographs from that set sold for hundreds of dollars while he was pitching in the minor leagues.
Trevor Bauer Arizona Diamondbacks Pitcher
If you've been collecting baseball cards the last several years you will know about the Rookie Card Logo Rule. Once Bauer was called up to the major leagues it allows Topps to include him into sets with that rookie card logo. That opens up the number of sets they can put him in and expect to see Bauer in most of the sets Topps will release in late 2012 (see list below).

What I think of Bauer:
I saw Bauer make a minor league start in late 2011. The warm-up routine leaves you stunned. His long toss extends the entire outfield. It will blow your mind. The time he took just to stretch before the game takes longer then most pitchers full warm-up before a game. He has a ton of pitches in his repitore and that from what I've heard can get him in trouble with pitch counts and walks. Often compared to Tim Lincecum, for Bauer though, in my opinion his stuff isn't on par with Timmy when he debuted with the Giants. Not a knock on Bauer - but Lincecum was dominant in his brief time in the minors and then won back-to-back Cy Young Awards.

Market for his cards:
If he pitches well - it will send a pop in the value of his cards. He has to pitch well. If he struggles even a little bit it could leave collectors wishing they sold when the hype was building for Trevor in the minor leagues. The Diamondbacks play in a hitters yard and are on the outside looking in for a playoff berth, if he doesn't show strong flashes collectors may shift their focus to Bauer's teammates yet to reach the MLB - Tyler Skaggs and Archie Bradley.

What Sets Have Bauer Rookie Card Logos?
Release Dates Subject To Change - Check Link for More Info

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National Sports Collectors Convention Picture
Picture: National Website

2012 National Show
Baltimore NSCC
Show Dates: 8/1/2012 - 8/5/2012

Card Show Calendar
2012 Baseball Card Show Calendar

Day 1 Coverage Here

Day 2 Coverage Here

Day 3 Coverage Here

Day 4 Coverage Here

Day 5 Coverage Here

The 2012 National Sports Collectors Convention in Baltimore Maryland will be the largest card show in the United States. Held at the Baltimore Convention Center in the heart of downtown, this event draws in thousands of collectors and dealers for five exciting days. The National boasts over 600 dealers who will have everything for sale inside the massive Convention Center. If you are out of money, you can also visit up to 50 corporate booths from companies like Panini America and Topps. Look for many of the biggest companies in the industry to have exclusive promotions and wrapper redemption cards up for grabs at those booths.  See information of such promotions in the information found below.

One of the biggest draws for collectors are the autograph guests.  Some of these guys only make a few appearances a year so it gives people looking for that special autograph or photo opportunity that chance in Baltimore. The link is listed below, but be sure to stay updated on who is signing and for how much at the National by checking their official site and the TriStar Website which sells the autograph tickets and VIP packages on it's website. Any other website with a list of autograph signers could be incomplete or lack recent additions. Only check the NSCC site and the TriStar site as they will have the most up to date information. Athletes will often cancel at the last minute and they will have that information first.

Is Sports Card Radio Going?

Yes. Ryan from Sports Card Radio as well as some guest writers will be on-hand covering the event. Look for daily contests, lot's of twitter updates, exclusive video/audio and much more.

Stay up to date on Sports Card Radio NSCC happenings by following: SportsCardNews on Twitter
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How do I get tickets to National?

Two places before the event:

How Much Do The Autograph Guests Charge?

Some athletes are free, and some come free if you purchase a VIP package. Most charge money for their autograph.  The complete list, schedule, and prices can be found exclusively on the TriStar Website. You can purchase directly form there and you are good to go.

Is it worth going if I live far away?

Depends. I am traveling from California so it's not a cheap flight or trip for me at all. I am looking to be a buyer at this show, and perhaps try and flip cards I purchase by sending them into Check Out My Cards. I don't do a whole lot of eBay selling at all anymore- just because I don't like shipping out tons of packages. If I can find some great deals on some low-end, cheaper single cards then I will take advantage of that because I have a good idea what the cards will sell for on COMC.

None of the autograph guests really get my juices flowing. Perhaps I would have put up some money to get Joe Montana, but as of yet, he has not been added to the National autograph lineup. For me, it's about enjoying the event, be around collectors and help promote the industry from Baltimore. Everyone has a budget, everyone has other priorities in life, you'll need to weigh and balance those before deciding to go.

Where Should I Stay?

My personal advise - stay close to the convention center. If you stay too far away you are relying on public transportation and or renting/bringing a car. This can add expense to your trip when you could just spend that money at the show. I booked a room at the Days Inn and also the Residence Inn.  The Days Inn is the affordable way to go. You are steps away from the convention center, right in the heart of Downtown Baltimore. The Residence Inn was about twice as expensive, because they feature larger rooms. I'm flying all the way from California - so for me - it's worth being comfortable so I'm willing to fork out the extra cash. There are a multitude of hotels in that area. Use your favorite place to book rooms. I used PriceLine, but there are many choices.

What Dealers Are There?

You can check out a full list here. PDF Document

What Special Wrapper Redemptions Are There?


(1) Open FULL box of 2012 Bowman Platinum Baseball AT THE TOPPS BOOTH - you get 25 card serial numbered Bowman Platinum Blue Foil set. The set includes cards of Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish and more.

(2) Open ANY 3 2012 Topps/Bowman MLB or NFL packs AT THE TOPPS BOOTH - and you get 9 card 2012 Gypsy Queen Mini Card Set. The 9 cards in the set are Bryce Harper, Yu Darvish, Yoenis Cespedes, Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Ryan Tannehill, Trent Richardson, Michael Floyd, and Justin Blackmon.
More Information: 2012 Gypsy Queen Mini National Card Set.


Wrapper Redemption Packs will be available in different quantities depending on which Panini box you buy at the show. There will be rare autographs and special instant-win autographs cards from the show.

More Information & Set Checklist: 2012 Panini NSCC Wrapper Redemption

Press Pass:
Company releases initial information on Wrapper Redemptions. Info here.

(1) Open box of Broad Street Boys at the ITG booth and recieve 1/1 game used card from that set.

(2) Open box of 2011-12 Between The Pipes Hockey at the ITG booth and recieve game used card special made for the 33rd National Convention.

(3) Open box of UM-11 National Super Boxes Hockey at the ITG booth and get a 1/1 game used card. More Information Here

Upper Deck

UD will be giving out special packs where each day of the show will contain a different group of players. In order to complete the entire set, you have to get all the packs. SP Game Used Hockey and SP Signature Baseball are the eligible products.

More Information & Set Checklist: Upper Deck NSCC Wrapper Redemption


More wrapper redemption information TBA from other companies.


2012 Topps Gypsy Queen Bryce Harper Mini National Wrapper

What VIP Sets Are There?
Check the link for all the VIP sets.
2012 National Sports Collectors Convention VIP Sets
2012 Topps National Convention Babe Ruth

I'm Not Going - How Can I Stay Up To Date Though?

This page will be useful because I will update it with pertinent information. Also - love it or hate it - Twitter will be a real-time resource for collectors not at the event. I will be popping off tweets at a rapid pace - and you can follow me here: SportsCardNews I will detail what Sports Card Radio will be doing at the National Show - a week before the event on this page and on Twitter.

Use/search the #NSCC hastag on Twitter.

Relevant Tweets and Links

Twitter: Jack Morris & Bobby Grich to sign free autographs at 33rd National Sneak Peek and VIP Reception Weds 8/1/12. - National Sports Show - June 13, 2012

Twitter: Just bought my ticket for the #NSCC. - Field Level View - June 11, 2012

Twitter: Who's going to the National this year? #NSCC - Yanxchick - June 7, 2012

Twitter: National Sports Collectors Convention Flight booked. Will blow up twitter with polls, pics & info. LMK if you headed to Baltimore. #nscc - Sports Card News - March 28, 2012

Website: 33rd Annual National Show Website: NSCC Site

Website: Buy Autograph Tickets From TriStar: TriStar Tickets

Forum Thread: Blowout Cards Thread on National: Collector Thread

Sports Card Radio: Sports Card Show Calender: 2012 Baseball Card Show Calendar

DA Card World: Buy Cards and Sets at National - Link

Day 1 Coverage Here
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Universal Distribution Logo Universal Distribution
Retailer Summit
Monday - June 18, 2012
Details: Universal Distribution

Marriott Hotel - Montreal, Canada
Hotel Information Link

Universal Distribution is one of the leading distributors of sports and gaming related products in all of Canada. On Monday June 18, 2012 Universal Distribution will be holding an exclusive retailer summit at the Marriot Courtyard Montreal Airport Hotel in Montreal, Canada.  Representatives from Upper Deck, Panini, Wizards of the Coast, WizKids, and Konami will be on hand to present information about all of their upcoming product lines and also answer your questions.  This is a great chance for you to not only meet business leaders from those companies, but also get to know and build your relationship with Universal Distribution.  Space is very limited for the Summit, and be aware that you must have an account with Universal Distribution in order to attend. Universal Distribution is a wholesale only provider - therefore you must have the required business documents in order to purchase from them.  You can read about Universal Distribution and other sports card related wholesalers here.

Not only will you be able to hear about all the upcoming product from companies like Panini and Upper Deck, but each company will provide free promotional items to everyone in attendance.  Breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge.  From 3:30-5:30 retailers are encouraged to visit the exhibit room where you can meet one-on-one with company leaders.

Schedule for June 18th 2012 Summit:
8:30 – 9:30  – Breakfast
9:30 – 10:30  – Upper Deck Presentation
10:30 – 11:30 – Wizards of the Coast Presentation
11:30 – 12:30 – Konami Presentation
12:30 – 1:30 – Lunch Break
1:30 – 2:30 – Panini Presentation
2:30 – 3:30 – Wizkids/NECA Presentation
3:30 – 5:30 – Exhibit Room

Upper Deck Company Logo

Wizards of the Coast Logo

Panini Company Logo

Konami Company Logo

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Panini Father's Day 2012 Promotion 2012 Panini Promotions
Fathers Day Cards
Release Date: June 17, 2012

The marketing team at Panini does a good job. The Black Friday promotion last year was a stroke of genius and can really generate some buzz not only in the hobby shop, but also online when the cards get sold.  Panini Father's Day cards get distributed to local hobby shops - and the shops can then give those to customers as they wish. It's at the discretion of the hobby shop just how they hand out the packs. Some shops may make you buy some product, others might sell the packs on eBay, some may give them to top customers. The amount of packs each hobby shop gets depends on how much Panini product they've been buying. Check with your local shop to see if and how many packs they are set to receive.

One thing to keep in mind about the Father's Day Cards - the Black Friday packs were real easy to search. There are only a couple cards per pack and jersey hits and even probably some of the autographs are easy to determine by molesting the packs. Keep that in mind if you purchase some packs on the secondary market - know that they can easily be searched and you want to be careful when buying them.

2012 Panini Father's Day Blake Griffin
The Father's Day cards are going to feature all the major sports that Panini has a license with. You'll see some NFL, NBA, NHL and MLBPA cards featuring some of the top athletes in the game. The Panini Prestige NFL Equipment patch autographs of Trent Richardson, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are really sweet and will be some of the top cards in the set.  

2012 Panini Father's Day Prestige Andrew Luck Patch

2012 Panini Father's Day Prestige Trent Richardson Patch

2012 Panini Father's Day
Base Cards
Parallel Cards
Cracked Ice #/25
  2012 Panini Father's Day Derrick Rose Base Card
1 Kobe Bryant
2 Blake Griffin
3 Kevin Durant
4 John Wall
5 Dirk Nowitzki
6 Derrick Rose
7 Josh Hamilton
8 Alert Pujols
9 Ryan Howard
10 Stephen Strasburg
11 Prince Fielder
12 Ichiro
13 David Ortiz
14 Eric Hosmer
15 Eli Manning
16 Aaron Rodgers
17 Tom Brady
18 Cam Newton
19 Calvin Johnson
20 Maurice Jones-Drew
21 Arian Foster
22 Andy Dalton
23 Henrik Lundqvist
24 Evegni Malkin
25 Steven Stamkos
26 Alex Ovechkin
27 Tyler Seguin
28 Claude Giroux

2012 Panini Father's Day
2012 Panini Father's Day Jaromir Jagr Elements Insert Card
Parallel Cards
Cracked Ice #/25
  • 1 Tom Brady
  • 2 Brian Urlacher
  • 3 Jaromir Jagr
  • 4 Henrik Lundqvist
  • 5 Alexander Ovechkin
  • 6 Tim Thomas
  • 7 Taylor Hall
  • 8 Ryan Ellis
  • 9 Kobe Bryant
  • 10 Blake Griffin

2012 Panini Father's Day
Season Highlight
2012 Panini Father's Day Tim Tebow Season Highlight Card

Parallel Cards
Cracked Ice #/25

1 Kobe Bryant
2 Kevin Durant
3 Kobe Bryant
4 Eli Manning
5 Aaron Rodgers
6 Cam Newton
7 Drew Brees
8 Peyton Manning
9 Tim Tebow
10 Marian Gaborik
11 Zdeno Chara
12 Steven Stamkos

2012 Panini Father's Day
2012 Panini Father's Day Magic Johnson Legends Card

Parallel Cards
Cracked Ice #/25

1 Gordie Howe
2 Mario Lemieux
3 Larry Bird
4 Magic Johnson
5 John Elway
6 Joe Montana
7 Troy Aikman
8 Stan Musial
9 Ken Griffey Jr.
10 Nolan Ryan
11 Don Mattingly

2012 Panini Father's Day
Rookie Cards - Serial #/499

Autograph Versions Exist

Find Cards On eBay Below

2012 Panini Father's Day Yu Darvish RC #/499
Andrew Luck
Justin Blackmon
Michael Floyd
Robert Griffin III
Ryan Tannehill
Trent Richardson

Bubba Starling
Dylan Bundy
Jesus Montero
Mike Trout
Yu Darvish

Adam Henrique
Cody Hodgson
Gabriel Landeskog
Matt Read
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins
Sydney Leroux

2012 Panini Father's Day
"Thick" Cards
Andrew Luck
Peyton Manning
Robert Griffin III
Tim Tebow
Yu Darvish

2012 Panini Father's Day
Dallas Mavericks 2011 Playoffs
  2012 Panini Father's Day Dallas Mavericks Card
#1/5 Game 2 vs LA Lakers w/Tyson Chandler
#2/5 Game 1 vs Portland w/Jason Kidd & Team
#3/5 Game 3 Sports Card Radio
#4/5 Game 6 vs Portland w/Tyson Chandler
#5/5 Game 5 Sports Card Radio

+ More TBD +

2012 Panini Father's Day
Pro Bowl Jersey Cards
  • Adrian Peterson
  • A.J. Green
  • Alex Mack
  • Andy Dalton
  • Billy Cundiff
  • Brian Waters
  • Carl Nicks
  • David Akers
  • Eric Weems
  • Jahri Evans
  • Jay Ratliff
  • Jahri Evans
  • Jeff Saturday
  • Mat McBriar
  • Montell Owens
  • Ovie Mughelli
  • Patrick Peterson
  • Von Miller
  • Vonta Leach
  • +More TBA+
2012 Panini Fathers Day Jeff Saturday Pro Bowl

2012 Panini Father's Day
NBA Draft Materials
Some Of These Appear To Be Jerseys, Hats, Possibly Suits ... ect
Autograph Versions Exist

Blake Griffin
Cole Aldrich
Derrick Favors
DeMarcus Cousins
Ekpe Udoh
Evan Turner
Gordon Hayward
Greg Monroe
Paul George
Wesley Johnson
Xavier Henry
+ More TBD +

2012 Panini Father's Day Blake Griffin NBA Draft Material Card

2012 Panini Father's Day
Rookie of the Year Jumbo Materials
2012 Panini Fathers Day Rookie of the Year Cam Newton Jumbo Patch Card
  • Blake Griffin
  • Cam Newton
  • Jeff Skinner
  • Von Miller



2012 Panini Father's Day
Prestige NFL Equipment Auto
Very Rare! - Hot!

  • Andrew Luck
  • Robert Griffin III
  • Trent Richardson


2012 Panini Father's Day Prestige Andrew Luck Patch

2012 Panini Father's Day
NHL Private Signings
2012 NHL All-Star Game Pictures
  • Carey Price
  • Dan Girardi
  • Dennis Wideman
  • Gabriel Landeskog
  • Henrik Lundqvist
  • Jarome Iginla
  • Jimmy Howard
  • Kris Letang
  • Marian Hossa
  • Nick Johnson
  • Shea Weber
  • Scott Hartnell
  • Tyler Seguin
  • +More?+
2012 Panini NHL Private Signings Scott Hartnell Fathers Day

2012 Panini Father's Day
NFL Rookie of the Week Auto's
Featuring autographs from 2011 NFL Rookies
  • Week 9 Andy Dalton
  • Week 12 Andy Dalton
  • +More+
2012 Panini Fathers Day Andy Dalton Autograph

2012 Panini Father's Day
9/11 Tribute Cards
  • Adrian Peterson
  • Percy Harvin
  • Philip Rivers
  • Ryan Matthews
  • +More TBA+
2012 Panini Father's Day Adrian Peterson 9-11 Tribute

2012 Panini Father's Day
Autograph Cards

2012 Prestige Andrew Luck Patch Autograph
2012 Prestige Justin Blackmon Patch Autograph
2012 Prestige Trent Richardson Patch Autograph
2012 Panini Andy Dalton Rookie Debut Patch Autograph
2012 Panini Cam Newton Rookie Debut Patch Autograph
2012 Panini Von Miller Rookie Debut Patch Autograph
2012 Prestige Peyton Manning Season Highlight Autograph
2012 Prestige Peyton Manning Autograph
2011 Rookies & Stars DeMarco Murray Studio Rookies Auto
2011 Contenders Arian Foster Autograph
2011 Contenders Calvin Johnson Autograph
2011 Contenders Maurice Jones Drew Autograph
2011 Contenders Marshawn Lynch Autograph
2011 Contenders Michael Bush Autograph
2011 Panini Joe Montana Autograph
2011 Elite Arian Foster Autograph
2011 Elite Calvin Johnson Autograph
2011 Elite DeSean Jackson Autograph
2011 Elite Maurice Jones Drew Autograph
2011 Elite Michael Vick Autograph
2011 Elite Peyton Manning Autograph
2011 Elite Phillip Rivers Autograph
2011 Elite Roddy White Autograph
2011 Elite Steven Jackson Autograph
2011 Contenders Sam Bradford Autograph
2011 9-11 Tribute Phillip Rivers Autograph
2011 9-11 Tribute Mike Tolbert Autograph

2011-12 Panini Jason Kidd Ball Autograph
2011-12 Panini Hoops Cole Aldrich Autograph
2011-12 Panini Hoops DeMarcus Cousins Autograph
2011-12 Panini Hoops DeMarcus Cousins Dreams Autograph
2011-12 Panini Hoops Derrick Favors Autograph
2011-12 Panini Hoops Kobe Bryant 'Black Mamba' Autograph
2011-12 Panini Hoops Blake Griffin 'Blake Superior' Autograph
2011-12 Panini Hoops Blake Griffin SD Autograph
2011-12 Panini Hoops Dirk Nowitski Champ Autograph
2011-12 Panini Dirk Nowitski Autograph
2011-12 Panini Larry Bird Autograph
2011-12 Past & Present Derrick Rose Auto
2011-12 Past & Present Dirk Nowitzki Auto
2011-12 Past & Present Jeremy Lin Auto

2011 Elite Evgeni Malkin Autograph
2011 Elite Henrik Lundquivst Autograph
2011 Elite Jaromir Jagr Autograph
2011 Elite Steven Stamkos Autograph
2011 Elite Tyler Seguin Autograph
2011-12 Score Steven Stamkos Auto
2011-12 Panini Gordie Howe Autograph
2011 Panini Taylor Hall Elements Auto

2011 Contenders Josh Hamilton Auto

2011 Americana Pamela Anderson
2011 Contenders Nick Javas Auto
2011 Prime Signatures Nick Javas Auto

Fathers Day Cards On eBay
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More cards to be announced. Checklist will be updated. Preview images & additional information check the Panini America Blog.

2014 Panini Fathers Day Cards