As of now, 2012 Topps Football is live around the nation and is likely being busted in crazy amounts. With any release like this, there are bound to be numerous people looking to get the cards that have made this product everything it has become. So far, there are a bunch of auctions that have been posted, including some of the first big hits.
Take a look at these bad boys:
I have to admit that I am a bigger fan of the rookie premiere autos this year than I am usually. As someone who doesnt like helmet off cards, I really think the design for these is one of the best I have seen in years. I really liked the design of 2010 and 2011 with a focus on presenting a card that is different from the usual base cards one would find in a pack, and the numbering has prevented many of the fakes.
As for the duals, they still struggle to showcase the player in a way that I find appealing. Although the cards are difficult to design in such a short amount of time, they are in need of a little love to give more of a focus to the player signing the card. Right now, everyone is pushed over to the side, and I think there is a lot of wasted space where there doesnt need to be.
Overall, I was really surprised by the autographed rookie patch cards that are numbered to 10. Last year I wasnt so happy with the way some of them turned out, but this year they are 100% better. 2011 suffered from stickers that didnt show up on a dark design, and this year I think it will be different. I think its so rare to have a vertical auto relic card that doesnt look incredibly busy. These are well designed, have a large player photo, and the busy look is minimized by the lowered placement of the swatch window.
Take a look:
Even the regular box hit autos have relic auto parallels, and Topps has found ways to make sure that each card looks as good as it can. These auto jersey cards could have easily just been a relic added to the base auto, which would mean a disastrous design with packed in elements, but they didnt do it that way. Instead the auto relics have a different look, and I might even chase a few of the ones for players I collect:
Topps Football is always one of my favorites, and when it comes time for Topps Chrome, Ill be doing a similar happy dance if the set turns out as well as this product did. Design wise, Topps never disappoints.