This is one of my favorite things about Topps’ flagship low end brand each year. They give something that appeals to both low end collectors and high end collectors in the same set. In fact, some of the cards I am seeing belong in a high end release anyways, which makes me wonder what is in store as Topps closes out its time with the NFL.
40 Autograph Booklet Card
This is one of the highlights of the product, and last year it took a LOOOOOOOONG time for it to surface. When one popped up during the day of release, I was pretty shocked. Not only did Topps manage to complete all 40 signatures on card, but they did it with 3 players missing from the premiere. PRETTY impressive card.
Top Veteran Signers
I was pretty shocked when I saw who was going to be on the checklist for veteran autos in Topps, as Topps has opted to load most products with rookie content over the last few years. Its rare that they take money out of the rookie pool and dedicate it to getting more big vet autos, but this is a delightful exception.
In previous years, the platinum 1/1s were basically gray bordered with a 1/1 serial stamp. This year, that has changed significantly with more foil. Johnny Football has already been pulled.
Rookie Jumbo Patch Autos
For 2013, these cards were extremely rare at just 5 copies, but this year’s numbering is 20. The insert auto design works SO much better for these, as the bigger relic covers up some of the overly CGI style background. I really like these cards.
I have absolutely despised Topps letter cards in previous years, mainly because they choose a larger patch window over displaying more of a card design on the border. This year’s look better with a fuller player pic on the side, but I still think there is much more room to do better. I think 2013 Supreme did the best job, and even that was far from perfect.
It shouldnt shock anyone why I love Topps’ first real post-premiere product, as they do a great job with it every year. They need to do a great job, as it continues to be one of the best sellers in football. Ill be sad to see it go in 2016.