Saturday, July 2, 2011

2011 Topps Rising Rookies Football NFL Trading Cards. An All About Cards box break recap and review

Topps releases its first football cards for 2011 with Rising Rookies.  It should be a great year for Topps football judging by these cards.  If you’ve followed 2011 NFL Draft along with us here on the blog, these will be familiar names and faces already.  In addition to the recently drafted rookies, there are 100 base cards for returning star players.

We classify this set as trading cards. You can find them at retail outlets and your local card shop.   Hobby Boxes come with 24 – 10 card packs and you’ll find at least 4 Relic or Autograph cards per box.

Lets take a look at some of the cards we pulled from our hobby box.
 Peyton Manning base, front and back

 Blaine Gabbert Rookie base, front and back

Rookie base cards also come in color and numbered parallels

Gold Rookies

Blue Rookies #/1339

Colin Kaepernick Orange Rookie

From the returning players inserts

 Rashard Mendenhall, Jordy Nelson, Ray Lewis and LeSean McCoy Playmaker

Matt Hasselbeck, Michael Bush and Champ Bailey Draft Selections

From the Rookie Inserts

 NFL Draft Rookies featuring Cam Newton, Jake Locker and A.J.Green

Combine Competition featuring Mark Ingram and Mikel LeShoure

The hits for the box were

 Antonio Gates Playmaker Game-Used

 Tony Gonzalez Draft Selections Game-Used

 Kendall Hunter Draft Rookies Autograph #/260

Prince Amukamara and Ndamukong Suh Dual Autograph #/25

Overall Look
There are nicely designed cards with equally nice photography.  The inserts are also well done. 

Quality and Variety of Players and Subsets.
100 base cards, 100 rookies.  That’s about as Rookie heavy as you are going to get for a release, but this is Rising Rookie so its appropriate.  

Do the hits hold up?
Some really nice on-card autos and jersey swatches make these hits more than hold up.  As a matter of fact, some of these hits could easily fit into a Premium release.

Will you want to collect them all? 
Small checklist, desirable players, and rookie prospecting provide a great mix so you’ll want them all.

4 out of 5

As an opener to the Football Card collecting season, 2011 Topps Rising Rookies Football comes on strong, showing good signs for the year ahead.

1 comment:

  1. Nice dual autograph - looks like a different sticker window than they've used in the past but maybe its just the photo. Pretty cool box, I've seen some retail but haven't pulled the trigger - might wait until more comes out and see what happens to the new rookies.