I was able to get in touch with the folks at NetPro ahead of their upcoming releases. We talked about the evolution of tennis cards and some specifics about new sets in the works. With many exciting developments to look forward to, here’s what they had to say about the future:
"NetPro has decided to focus on individual player drops. Each unique design will carry forward with the next athlete who will be announced in the near future. We are taking a page from the precious metals industry as this is the same format with how many rare coins are released today.
Carlos Alcaraz was chosen to be the first card in the new release for many obvious reasons. We spared no expense in putting these cards together, and we believe collectors will be very pleased with the result. If someone wants the first licensed cards of Carlos Alcaraz, this is how they can get them.
We have something for everyone within the online exclusive next week. There will be base cards, limited to only 2000 examples with two photo variations to choose from. There will also be a 2003 retro design numbered to 500, with two photo variations as well.
Our match-worn memorabilia cards have extremely limited production runs. We issued only 50 Retro 2003 International Series cards and 100 of the Limitless Collection card. The match-worn material is not just from any event, but it was the actual shirt Carlos Alcaraz wore during the 2022 French Open Grand Slam Tournament.
Carlos’ autographed rookie cards will be offered in unique designs with the following production runs - 50, 100, and 250 depending on the card you choose.
Collectors and speculators know exactly what they are getting when they order on NetProCards.com. We feel that by keeping each release extremely limited, our cards will not only hold their value over time but potentially rise substantially if the athlete performs. In the case of our initial 2022 release kickstarting with Carlos Alcaraz, we believe the sky's the limit. Look at what happened to the Roger Federer and Serena Williams 2003 signed match-worn rookie cards. They increased in value between 100X to 500X+ over the past 15 years.
NetPro is focused on bringing quality licensed cards of some of the brightest tennis stars to collectors. If you look back over the past 20 years, it is the legends (Federer, Nadal, and Serena Williams) who obviously have the largest collector base. While there are no guarantees, Carlos Alcaraz has every trait to become a future GOAT within the sport. He turned 19 four months ago, and he's already achieved more than many players have achieved in their entire careers! We've all been waiting for the next big tennis star once Rafa, Fed, and Djokovic moved on, and it sure looks like the future has arrived."
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