Press Pass‘ next NASCAR set, VIP, was unveiled on Thursday with a starting grid that appears to be fueled by memorabilia and autographed cards that can be found one per 24-pack hobby box.
Taking the green flag on Aug. 19, the $3.99-per-pack product will include five cards per pack with a 90-card set made up of 36 Sprint Cup drivers, 12 Recognized Rides cards, a dozen Mainstay cards, nine Red Carpet cards, 12 All-Star Awards cards and eight Behind the Scenes cards.
There will be three insert sets — After Party, Hardware and Guest List — while the memorabilia cards will have the following versions to chase:
— Get A Grip race-used glove cards. These also will have a “Logo Edition” 1/1 parallels.
— Rookie Stripes and Rookie Stripes autographs. These cards will feature a piece of the NASCAR-mandated race-used yellow bumper stripe from this year’s newest drivers.
— Lead Foot race-used shoe cards. These, too also will have “Logo Edition” parallels.
— Race Day Gear cards that feature three swatches of “driver worn” memorabilia — firesuit, glove, and shoe.
For the autographs, the Press Pass Signings set will include many NASCAR stars with five versions of each driver — as well as autographed press plates.
Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at email@example.com.