If there has been one complaint from collectors on Topps’ football calendar this year, its the over production of lower tier rookies, and severe short printing of top tier players like RGIII, Luck and Richardson. Now that Chrome has been on the market for a few days, we are starting to see that some players’ base autos may be in shorter supply than ever expected.
Obviously, the group A autos are ALWAYS more short printed than any other group, but I dont think I have ever seen it at this point with one player. Luck is an especially interesting case, as only one sticker base auto has been posted on eBay, and a singular on card base auto surfaced on Blowout today. Outside of that, all of his autographs have been either parallels or insert autographs.
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Trent Richardson is a similar case, as only 3 base autographs have surfaced. All other autographs have been parallels or inserts. All three were on card, and so far, he may be representative of another SSP auto.
Robert Griffin III has had a few base autos put up, but not many more than Luck or Richardson. His first few have all sold for close to 300 bucks, but that price may go up as collectors look to build their sets.
Out of these three players, their inclusion on the SSP list is not shocking. One player that I havent mentioned yet, Ryan Tannehill has them all beat. In fact, he might be the only player on the checklist who has not had a base autograph posted. Last year, we experienced Julio Jones not having any on card autographs in the set due to issues with him returning cards, but Tannehill has other cards in the product hard signed. He is one that doesnt make much sense at all.
Im definitely confused, as Topps has commented that they were making an effort to close the gap a bit in the way the top guys are represented in their sets. Dont get me wrong, I stand by the fact that these practices might be a blessing in disguise for the people who buy singles, as it is obvious that their autographs will be MUCH more desirable and carry more value this way. However, its also difficult for those that bought a bunch of boxes, as they are finding it incredibly difficult to pull the people they want. It does go without saying, that it isnt a good idea to buy cases looking to pull a specific card – just go buy it on eBay.
Either way, Chrome has been a wildly popular set for the last decade, and I dont think it has changed one bit this year. However, when you have two of the biggest prospects to come out of college in the modern era, its frustrating when they are not more readily available.