I am a huge fan of Topps Five Star, and I would go so far as saying it is my favorite set of the card year. Bottom line the on card autographs available in this set have yet to be replicated since 2009 when Exquisite lost NFL licensing. Although the rookie class this year is as cold as ever, the people who do go and open the packs will be treated to some very nice looking content. Here are my favorite parts of the set.
Five Star Quotable Inscriptions
There are not many things that can compete with National Treasures in terms of sheer value, but these come close. Collectors want to get the different inscriptions that are available for their favorite players/teams, and over 2010-2012, they have not been disappointed. Topps has done a great job with getting the players to sign some really awesome inscriptions over the years, some of which are my favorite cards ever made. I will be hunting for these as usual.
Five Star Auto Patches and Booklets
This set will include on card patch autos for HOF and current stars, and that doesn’t happen very often in this hobby. These always look awesome, and have always been on display when I have bought them, and I cannot wait to see who will comprise the set this year. So many times collectors lose sight of how rarely these come around, and we don’t truly provide support for the companies when they actually get off their but and make it happen.
Five Star Rookie Auto Patches and Booklets
Each year, the rookies have these in the product, and more often than not, they are not as valuable as the National Treasures. Personally, I think that is a crying shame, as Five Star always has looked that much better. The jumbo patch autos from 2012 may have been the best looking rookie auto patches since 2008 Exquisite and I am not even joking about that. This year also looks a lot nicer than any other we have seen so far.
Five Star Auto Base Cards
I am a big fan of signed base cards, and Five Star is the leader in the clubhouse every freaking year. They always look good, and we actually got a preview of the Marshawn Lynch version that looks awesome. Five Star is to autograph collectors what Ferraris are to car collectors, and its because they never disappoint. I just wish the value comparison was there.
If we actually started to put our money where our mouth is, and recognize on card content with higher value, that would be exceptional. For some dumb reason, that doesn’t happen. I hope collectors realize how important this set is in the grand scheme of things, although I don’t expect people to wise up overnight. This is THE premiere autograph set of the year, and its up to us to show that on card is important. We CONSTANTLY complain about stickers, and yet we never reward for when autos are hard signed. Quite hypocritical if you ask me.