I love when higher end products like Inception come out. Even though we get a good idea of what the product is going to contain early on before the release date, the surprises are always a big part of the fun. This year’s Inception feels like a renewed sense of what this type of release is all about, as I feel Topps made the most of this part of the release calendar.
Jumbo Book Autos
I cant say enough good things about the way these turned out. Over the last few years, all letters, laundry tags and jumbo patch autos were all done pen on fabric. Making them all into books has been incredible. Not only do they still have on card autos, but the autos look so much more high end when they arent bleeding through a piece of material not designed to be autographed.
Auto Patch – Gloves, 1/1s and Logos
Topps didnt skimp on the 1/1s or even the logos this year, as each rookie really has some amazing looking cards. The Nike logo 1/1s are easily my favorite, as the swoosh is instantly recognizable and one of the major reasons I am happy Nike got the exclusive. I also liked that they did swatches of the gloves too, as it makes for some really cool swatches that are a needed change from the normal event used cards.
As I mentioned yesterday, I absolutely love that Topps made the jump to add inscriptions to this product, even if they are low numbered. I think that adding unique autograph content like this will become more common in the future, but why not take advantage of it while you can. There are 11 inscription cards per player, some featuring nicknames and some featuring other phrases. They are really nicely done.
These cards are new this year, and from the card that I pulled in my break, look to be printed with a different finish on the front of the card. Even more than that, the different design really makes everything pop on the surface, and I think its a great addition to a set that has been a bit one sided in the past.
Inception has proven to be a fresh brand in 2013, so much so that it has revitalized my interest in purchasing the cards. Topps really hit it out of the park in listening to our gripes about chipping and design, and as a result the product is much better.