Saturday, December 29, 2012

2012 Topps Prime Football Box Break Recap and Review

Topps Prime Football returns for 2012 and comes on strong.  The hit concentration is heavily on the Rookie class in auto, auto relic booklet cards and multiple tier level hit form.  With all of that hit goodness it is still hard to miss the amazing full bleed photograph that makes these base cards stand out.

Topps Prime Football falls under our premium cards category.  Each box contains 10 - 6 card packs and promises 1 Autograph, 1 Autographed Relic and 2 additional Relic cards.

Here are some of the cards we pulled from our box.

Base Set

 Peyton Manning, front and back
Tony Gonzalez, Jimmy Graham, Victor Cruz
Rob Gronkowski, A.J. Green,  Matt Ryan
Matthew Stafford, Arian Foster,  Adrian Peterson
 Jason Witten, Calvin Johnson, Josh Freeman 
 Frank Gore, Andy Dalton

Base Card Parallels

 Keviin Kolb, Darren McFadden
 Arian Foster, Matt Shaub
 Reggie Bush. Frank Gore, Matthew Stafford

Base Rookies
 Robert Griffin III RG3, front and back
 DeVier Posey, Chris Givens
Nick Foles, Brian Quick, Ruben Randle

Base Rookies Parallels

 Bernard Pierce Copper #/350. Michael Floyd Gold #/250

 Dwayne Bowe Primetimers, Tony Gonzalez Primetimers
Russell Wilson Primed Rookies

The Hits
 Isaiah Pead Triple Relic #/194
Justin Blackmon - A.J. Green - DeMaryius Thomas Triple Combo Relic #/559
 Brock Osweiler Autograph Rookies Gold #/75
T.Y. Hilton Prime V Auto Relic Redemption

UPDATE - Received Redemption
T.Y. Hilton Prime Level V Auto Relic #/700

Overall Look
These base cards are beautiful with full bleed photography, thick, well-finished hobby card stock and smart foiled accents.  This year’s backs are still minimalist, but more stylish than last year. Auto relic booklet cards and multiple tier level hits look great as well.

Quality and Variety of Players
At 150 base cards, you are getting the best of the best, both veteran and rookie players.  Thanks to the overall quality of the incoming rookie class and the bulk of hits coming from the players who attended the Rookie Premiere, the shortened hit checklist is of quality.

Do the Hits satisfy?
With well designed hits and the close to even distribution of “hot” to “wait and see” rookies, this is a satisfying break.

Will you keep coming back for more?
With a decent shot at some big rookie hits, Prime is an easy rebuy.  There is enough interest to keep collectors coming back for more.

4 1/2 out of 5

2012 Topps Prime Football is a strong rookie centric product that will have hit seekers happy.

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