Just last month, the prospect collectors in The Hobby were crying about a lack of products being produced in 2009. This year we were treated to Tristar Projection & Obak, Bowman releases, and not much else.
Missing from the scene this year was the extremely popular Donruss Elite Extra Edition and Razor’s several baseball releases, which took collectors by storm in 2008 and then vanished into thin air a few months later, at least with the prospect market.
Surprising many, Panini America announced today that it would bring back Elite Extra Edition for the 2009 calendar (in January) and just last week Tristar announced Prospects Plus to be released at the end of November.
Below are two cards in the sell sheets of Elite Extra Edition and Tristar Prospects Plus and as you can see there are quite a few similarities. For starters, it appears that both companies used the same photograph, not to mention stickers.
Given these two early previews, which would you rather have?
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