UPDATE: FIRST LUCK LOGO HAS BEEN PULLED:
When 2011 Five Star was released, there was a lot of talk about whether or not the high end tag should have really been applied. Books didnt have patches in them, chipping on the cards, and checklist was lackluster. Although I LOVED the product for the amazing singles it did produce, I know it fell short in a lot of areas.
This year’s product looks to have not only improved on these situations, but made a mockery of what came before it. Not only are there many more jumbo patch auto cards, but the checklist is a lot better, and the books are incredible.
2012 Topps Five Star John Elway Auto Book Logo Patch 1/1 – This might be the best Elway card ever produced.
Five Star will continue to be a beacon of hope for all the autograph collectors out there, and goes to show what can really be accomplished with superior design, and a dedication to giving collectors what they want. I was able to bust two boxes at Sports Cards Plus here in San Antonio, and I was MORE than impressed. Not only did both of the books I pulled have multi colored patches, but the cards themselves were absolutely stunning. The inscription card I pulled was easily one of my favorites, even though the player wasnt top tier.
I have to say that this might be my favorite product of the year – which is saying a lot considering how much I loved Chrome. With National Treasures clearing 575 a box and sometimes 600, this is beyond a more suitable bust for collectors who still want the rush. I have a feeling we have only scratched the surface, and I will have no doubt that Topps is feeling as proud of their efforts as I am with the results.