Tuesday, October 18, 2011

2011 Topps Prime Football Box Break Recap and Review

There is some heavy duty Rookie prospecting going on with 2011 Topps Prime Football.  This year Topps has added some veteran autos and relics, which is a nice addition and usually the chase, but the really desirable hits here are still the Rookies.  Especially with the incredible 2011 rookie class whom, with each passing week, take on more and more leadership rolls.  With booklet cards and multiple tier level hits, this product offers a lot to prospect.

Topps Prime Football falls under our premium cards category.  Each box contains 10 - 6 card packs made up of base cards, sequentially numbered parallels and 1 Autograph, 1 Autographed Relic and 2 additional Relic cards.

Here are some of the cards we pulled from our box.
 Mark Sanchez base - front and back

Veteran Green Parallels
 Kenny Britt, Brandon Marshall, Troy Polamalu

 DeMarcus Ware, Brandon Lloyd, Ray Rice

Purple Parallel
Austin Pettis

 Rookie Parallels

 A.J. Green Silver #/930,  Cam Newton Silver #/930

 Daniel Thomas Gold #/699,  Cam Newton #/699

 Kendall Hunter Blue #/599,  Luke Stocker Blue #/599

 Rob Housler Red #/499,  Edmond Gates Red #/499

 Jordan Todman Silver Rainbow #25


 Prime Veterans - Philip Rivers, Hakeem Nicks

 Prime Rookies - Kendall Hunter, Stevan Ridley, Andy Dalton

Dual Combos
 A.J. Green & Andy Dalton, Adrian Peterson & DeMarco Murray
 Triple Combos
 A.J. Green & Julio Jones & Jon Baldwin,  Cam Newton & Von Miller & Marcell Dareus

Quad Combos
Cam Newton, Ryan Williams, Jordan Todman & Shane Vereen

The Hits
 Greg Little Prime Rookie Jumbo Relic #/318

 Triple Combo Relic - New England Patriots - Ryan Mallett, Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley #/388

 Redemption Card - Kyle Rudolph Gold Autograph Rookie Card Variation #/250

Julio Jones Level VI Autograph Relic #/515

Overall Look
These base cards are beautiful with full bleed photography, thick, well-finished hobby card stock and smart foiled accents.  The backs are minimalist, but well done.  The hits for 2011 are a step up in look and overall design from last year’s release.  The design between the Premiere Veteran and Rookies insert cards is really close to the base design.  A little bit more of a separation in look would go a long way.

Quality and Variety of Players
At 150 base cards, you are getting the best of the best, both veteran and rookie players.  The shortened checklist also helps to maintain the high quality of the hits.   There is an even shorter list of veteran hits, all of which are premium quality.

Do the Hits satisfy? 
Hard to be dissatisfied will well designed hits of premium players and hot rookies.  This also appeals to those seeking prime patches as well as autos.

Will you keep coming back for more?
For rookie prospectors, this is an easy rebuy.  There is enough interest to keep collectors coming back for more.

4 1/2 out of 5

2011 Topps Prime Football benefits from a few key changes while bringing back what worked from last year.

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