Ladies and Gentlemen, here it is – the people who will be making and breaking your boxes of 2013 Football cards. Normally this isnt released for another couple of weeks, but a website offering bids on the experience of going has posted a preliminary list. On it are the names everyone expected to be listed, but there are a list of surprises indeed. Again, this website is not affiliated with Topps, Panini or the NFLPA from what I can tell, but the list looks formatted the way the press release usually is done. Im guessing there are a few guys that were determined to be going as long as they were drafted, and any other additions and subtractions will be made before the final list is approved by both of the card companies. There are less than 35 players on this list, so its possible that guys like Gavin Escobar and Terrance Williams of the Cowboys and Zack Ertz from the Eagles should end up going too.
My biggest problem on this list is two – the absence of Manti Teo and the presence of a guy like Tyler Bray. Te’o has a valuable autograph due to his national attention, and should have been included in this year’s premiere. Being that Bray went undrafted, I would be shocked if he goes once the final list is released. However, if he does end up going, it will only be further testament to the weak 2013 class. Bray doesnt sell all that badly, but undrafted players rarely attend.
This new structure has been in place for a few years now. There is a big focus placed on skill players – especially QBs, and defense and non-skill players are no longer present. This is a VERY good thing, because you avoid situations like this and of course, like this. No one wants a box hit to be a defensive tackle that is taking the spot of a running back that could actually see playing time. Alfred Morris was left off the list last year, which is likely because he was drafted so late. Even though Topps was able to get relic content into later products in the year, I doubt the companies let this happen again.
All I have to say to everyone out there: Brace yourselves.