Monday, December 31, 2012

2012 Topps Chrome Football Box Break Recap And Review

This year’s Topps Football base cards were filled with excellent photography and design which has carried over to 2012 Topps Chrome Football.  Collectors of the base set will appreciate the shiny version and various refractor parallels. With great looking inserts, including 1957 style Rookie cards, 1965 Tall Boys and Red Zone Rookie Diecuts 2012 Topps Football a great purchase.

Topps Chrome Football falls under our trading card category.  Each box contains 24 - 4 cards per packs with 1 rookie card per pack and the promise of 1 chrome rookie autographed card per box.

Here are some of the cards we pulled.

Base Set
Andrew Luck, Front and Back

Base Card Parallels
 Ryan Fitzpatrick Military Camo #/499, Ahmad Bradshaw Breast Cancer Awareness Pink #/399
 Carson Palmer Black Border #/299
 D'Qwell Jackson Prism #/216, Anquan Boldin Sepia #/99


1957 Style Rookies
 Robert Griffin III RG3, Kendall Wright

 1965 Style Tall Boy Rookies
 David Wilson, Stephen Hill

It is important to point out something that will only affect the secondary market with these 1965 style cards.  More specifically the autographed versions and collectors ability to recognize them as authentic. This is the back of the David Wilson card we pulled.

If you look closely, this non-autographed card carries this statement.

"The signing of all Topps autograph cards is witnessed by a Topps representative to guarantee authenticity."

This is an important fact in general, but might lead you to believe this card should be autographed.  It also opens the door for unscrupulous people to try and fake a signature and pass it off as a real auto card.  After all the statement is on the card and why would it be there otherwise?

Let's take a look at the non-auto and auto versions for Robert Griffin III.
There are some clear differences between the two, but as an informed collector the one that is the key difference is this one.

So just be aware, if the autograph card you are looking to purchase in the secondary market does not have the "TOPPS CERTIFIED AUTOGRAPH ISSUE" on the FRONT of the card and is missing the slightly faded area for the signature, someone is trying to pull a fast one on you.  The backs should also include the limited numbering for the card but Do not just go by the backs of these cards alone

1984 Style Rookies
 Brock Osweiler, DeVier Posey
 Brian Quick, Isaiah Pead

Red Zone Rookies Diecuts
 Ronnie Hillman

QB Rookie Reprints
 Dan Marino

The Hit
T.J. Graham Chrome On-Card Auto

Overall Look
Just like the regular set this year, the addition of a dedicated design for the base set is a welcomed change.   As to be expected, the photography is excellent. The inserts and die cuts look great too.

Quality and Variety of Players
At 220 base cards the checklist is rookie card heavy to fulfill the 1 RC card per pack promise. What’s left are premium quality players for a list that is very good overall.

Do the hits hold up?
Our auto was on-card, always a plus.  There are some premium hits to be had with the QB Rookie Reprint Autographs, but those are a tough pull.  Collectors won’t mind because the real stars of this product are the now proven current rookies and the low numbered refractor parallels, more specially the superfractors.

Will you want to collect them all?
This set works well for set builders and rainbow collectors.  You’ll want them all and more.

5 out of 5

2012 Topps Chrome Football does a great job of providing exactly what collectors are looking to find out of this product.

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