Wednesday, December 26, 2012

2012 Topps Football Box Break Recap and Review

There have been some changes to the foundation Topps Football release, the most noticeable being the departure from mimicking the design of the current year’s flagship baseball release. All of these changes and additions provide more than enough content to appeal to all types of collectors.  With excellent photography, great looking inserts, 1957 style Rookie cards, 1965 Tall Boys and strong hits make 2012 Topps Football a must purchase.

2012 Topps Football falls under our classification of trading cards. There are several configurations of retail and hobby exclusive packaging.  We opened a hobby box of 36 packs with 10 cards per pack with the promise of one autograph or relic card.

Here is a look at some of the cards we pulled.

Base Set
 Eli Manning, front and back 
Andrew Luck, front and back 
 LaMar Miller, Ryan Broyles, Coby Fleener
Kendall  Wright, Ryan Tannehill, Brandon Weeden
Nick Foles, Doug Martin, Brian Quick 
 Russell Wilson, Robert Griffin III RG3
Houston Texans Team Card, Chicago Bears Team Card 
Victor Cruz, Von Miller, Greg Jennings
 Roddy White, Troy Polamalu, Matt Forte 
 Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Tom Brady
 Peyton Manning, Tony Gonzalez, Darrelle Revis
A.J. Green, Arian Foster, LeSean McCoy 
 Adrian Peterson, Ray Rice, Brian Urlacher 
Julio Jones, Greg Little, DeMarco Murray 
 Eric LeGrand, Melvin Ingram
 Dez Bryant, Steve Johnson
Jason Pierre-Paul, Cam Newton
 2012 Rookie Premiere, Super Bowl XLVI

Base Set Parallels

Gold Border #/2012
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
LaDainian Tomlinson, Tony Gonzalez

Military Camo Border #/399
David Garrard

Breast Cancer Awareness Pink Border #/399
Justin Tuck

Topps Game Time Giveaway Code Cards, front and back 

QB Rookie Reprints
Bart Starr, front and back
 Dan Fouts, Phil Simms
 Jim Plunkett, Joe Montana, Eli Manning

 Paramount Pairs
 Ahmad Bradshaw & Jason Pierre-Paul
John Elway & Jim Plunkett,  Percy Harvin & Jabar Gaffney
Justin Blackmon & Trent Richardson, Dez Bryant & Justin Blackmon 
Vincent Jackson & Mike Williams, Marques Colston & Darren Sproles 
Frank Gore & LaMar Miller,  LeGarrette Blount & LaMichael James

 Prolific Playmakers
Ahmad Bradshaw,  Miles Austin, Justin Blackmon
Dwayne Bowe,  Antonio Brown, LeGarrette Blount 
Javid Best, Cedric Benson,  Anquan Boldin

 Ring of Honor
 Eli Manning
 QB Immortal
Joe Namath, John Elway, Bart Starr 
Bob Griese, Dan Marino,  Dan Fouts

1965 Tall Boys
Arian Foster, front and back  
Alex Smith, Darren Sproles
 Marshawn Lynch, Christian Ponder, Greg Little
 Titus Young, Troy Polamalu, Darren McFadden
 Beanie Wells, Jeremy Maclin, Antonio Gates

 Topps NFL Kickoff Redemption Card
 This was exchanged at my participating Local Card Shop for a NFL Kickoff card pack.
The following are the 5 cards I found in that pack.
Matt Kalil, Stephen Hill 
Michael Egnew, Dwayne Allen, DeVier Posey 

The Hit
 Andy Dalton Prolific Playmakers Relic

Overall Look
A dedicated design for the base set is a welcomed change.   As to be expected, the photography is excellent.  There is so much to like here from the Acetate diecut Super Bowl MVPs to the 1965 Tall Boys, the QB Immortals plaques, QB Milestones, NFL Field Generals and  NFL Captain Patches.

Quality and Variety of Players
The checklist is quite extensive, pleasing a wide range of collectors.  A strong Rookie class leaves plenty to chase, autos and photo variation SPs.

Do the hits hold up?
The majority of hits here are the NFL Premiere rookies but the wide variety of other hits makes this a great collection to chase.

Will you want to collect them all?
Definitely.  If you don’t go the complete base Factory set route, you’ll want to assemble the 440 base cards, various inserts, and probably the 1957 style Rookie cards and1965 Tall Boys.

5 out of 5

2012 Topps Football a great set to build. for both beginning and seasoned collectors.

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