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(04-05-2012 12:08 PM)joe callahan13 Wrote: For licensed stuff, it's basically Topps and Panini. Upper Deck has some good stuff, but isn't licensed, so it is fine as long as you are ok with getting college uni's. Other than that, it will depend on the set itself, not the brand. Topps and Panini have both made some great stuff this year and they have both made some awful stuff this year.
- Contenders (Panini) is a winner every year, holds it's value very well.
- SP Authentic (Upper Deck) is always a winner.
- Topps Chrome is also another winner every year.
I think those are the 3 that are extremely popular every year. (Which means they hold their value well) I also did VERY well with Topps Supreme this year if you don't mind the gamble. It's pretty cheap, but you only get one hit. 8 of the 12 in the case have an auto, you're pretty screwed on the other 4. :-) If you have the money to spend, Five Star (Topps), Exquisite (Upper Deck), and National Treasures (Panini- and usually my favorite every year) are the high end products. You can get some AMAZING pulls from them, but you will pay for it.
My advice is to watch youtube breaks for whatever you are interested in and see what is coming out of them. Plus, it's very entertaining! (IMO)