As we approach the final Topps product under their football license, I am starting to get more and more anxious – especially considering what looks to be in store when Panini takes over around April. Supreme is the second to last of what Topps has previewed, and it has become one of my favorite products that Topps has put out. Even though it is a sticker based product, they do have a lot of cool on card autographs, and some great looking quasi-hard signed examples. Supreme can generate some major firepower, as we have seen over the years, and 2015 looks to be no different.
Here are some of the big hits so far:
2015 Topps Supreme Marcus Mariota Drawn Play Oversized Booklet /5
2015 Topps Supreme Peyton Manning / Andrew Luck Dual Patch Auto Booklet
2015 Topps Supreme Dan Marino Inscription Booklet Auto /5
2015 Topps Supreme Andrew Luck Jumbo Patch Auto
2015 Topps Supreme Russell Wilson Quad Patch Auto 1/1
Let me start off, I hate when a company separates the signature area from the rest of the design. Somehow with Supreme, Topps’ design team has found a way to make it look good. Maybe its the gold foil, but I really do like the way many of the cards look. The oversized booklet cards seem to be the most coveted cards of the entire run, and I completely agree that they deserve a lot of attention. New for this year, Topps has included inscriptions and drawn plays from non-rookies, which have resulted in some really cool examples.
Supreme also picks up where Definitive left off on dual and other multi autos, coming up with some really cool combos of players. Multi signed cards are hard to produce because of how much cost each autograph adds to the production – especially with HOF players that can charge close to 100 bucks a sticker. With the license ending, obviously that isnt as much of a concern, as inventory no longer has to be preserved and production costs can be increased. Supreme definitely got the benefit of this situation.
My favorite auto relics of the product remain the jumbo patch autos, as the rectangular swatch on a horizontal card looks great. It gives a ton of room for design elements and a big player photo without compromising the size of the swatch. This year’s design works really well, and definitely fits in with examples from years past. I have a few targets to chase on this checklist, and the names can be some of the best around.
The logo booklets are back, and these are some of the best cards in the product. Its basically a 1/1 with whatever ends up being the best patch on the jersey, outside of the NFL shield. This means that there are some crazy logos that can be had, and with a booklet format, you get basically the whole thing. I have two of these in my personal collection, and they are awesome to display.
The above paragraphs are an example of why you can strike it big in Supreme, but it doesnt really show the major drawback of ripping this product. Supreme, like Upper Deck’s old Ultimate collection, is about as hit and miss as it comes. Some of the cards are insane and awesome, others are less so. With each box only giving out 1 hit, you can see where that would cause an issue at about 80-100 bucks a pop.
Overall, im going to miss Supreme, as it really did aim to get some nice non-rookie content out there every year. If you have a chance to break into a few boxes, I would definitely think about it, as the cards look very nice.