Most of the time, I will not buy a card unless I think it is really cool looking. I have a lot of pet peeves that will prevent me from buying a card, but for the most part, the cool factor is a subjective look at what I would like to display on my shelf. Here are some of the coolest card sets of the year so far.
Topps Inception Inscription Autos
Everyone knows how much I love inscriptions by this point, and it should come as no surprise that this set of cards is one that I love. There are three versions of the card, which include a nickname /10, a saying 1/1, and sometimes a drawn play 1/1. All of them are awesome. This was first done last year, and I am glad it was brought back.
Topps Finest Jumbo Patch Auto Superfractors
One of my pet peeves is when a company makes 1/1 cards and they arent special other than the numbering on the card. These superfractors all feature team logo chest patches, which are some of my favorite patches to chase. You really need to check out some of these examples.
Exquisite XRC Autos
Adding cards from the upcoming rookie class has been a part of Exquisite since 2010, and I think it is a tremendous idea. Adding autographs this year is an even better idea considering how nice the design is. I am a huge fan of these cards and it should not be surprising that they sell for a ton.
Topps 1985 Throwback Rookie Autos
Although the cards were hampered by chipping, they picked the perfect retro design to use for this set. The on card autos look amazing, and with the work done on the retouched photos, you can enjoy NFL uniform autographs of your favorite rookie without waiting for November. Nice.
Elite Rookie Premiere Autographs
In my opinion, Elite has been Panini’s best set released so far, but the rest of their calendar has been exceptionally weak. These cards were EXTREMELY rare, but look absolutely great. These combined with the on card rookie signature cards added a lot to a product that everyone already chases, and I was glad to see that be the case.
The best part about this list is that we havent even hit the sweet spot yet this year. Even though Topps has had a bang up year so far, they still have a long way to go with the rest of the calendar. We have yet to see top products like National Treasures and Five Star hit the market, and with the addition of Flawless, its clear we are in for some nice sets this year.