Here are the things I know to be true for 2012 Topps products. First, the design is going to be top notch quality. Second, when you pull a big hit, its going to be a BIG hit. Because the rookie class this year is so top heavy and diluted at the bottom, there is a lot of weight placed on value of bigger rookies like Luck, Griffin and Wilson. Sure, Trent Richardson, Ryan Tannehill and Doug Martin do well too, but below those guys, there is a big gap to the next tier of players.
Valor is a ridiculously nice looking product, and true to form, the big hits are huge. I cannot say enough good things about these cards:
That’s not saying the other cards arent something to scoff at,as just about every card looks good, but at 180 bucks a box, its tough to sit on a break that delivered below average results. Even the base cards are super high end quality stuff, and I have bought more base cards from this set than I have bought of any non-chrome set over the last few years. The question, is this enough to put this product on a level that it deserves to be on?
My biggest gripe is that the seeding seems to be less than stellar, along side a very weak veteran checklist measured against what was seen in 2012 Supreme. There is a good chance of getting a box that has a tier C guy in ALL of the four slots, and not also getting a base card of a good player. That is tough to stomach at 180 a box, I would think that with advanced technology, there are ways to ensure that if there are 3 tier C hits in your box, your fourth hit is a tier B or A. I broke two boxes and didnt do very well, but one of the boxes was especially hard on my wallet. I hit a Vincent Jackson and Demarcus Ware Base, a Sean Lee autograph, A Nick Toon Autograph, and a TJ Graham autograph, and Jarius Wright patch. Not good. I know they all cant be winners, but that is beyond awful.
I will say there is more even availability for the top guys in this product than in the past, as they have the same number of cards as the other players, but some cases can be completely barren it seems. The good thing is, the big hits are so incredibly nice, that you keep on buying to chase them. From a marketing perspective, I guess that is the way it is supposed to be? If only the veteran checklist was more attractive, there would be many more chances at pulling cards that could save a break.
Hey, did I mention the cards look amazing? How far does that go?