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Collect call: 2012 Topps Triple Threads football
Posted Dec 5, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Mar 27, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Topps Triple Threads football is a set that offers plenty of potential for lovers of high-end product. The cheapest hobby box I have seen was selling for $189.95; with rookie relic and autograph cards featuring Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Doug Martin, Ryan Tannehill, Justin Blackmon and Trent Richardson and others, it should be a tantalizing set to collect.
A hobby box is actually two mini-boxes, with seven cards in each. Topps promises an autograph card in every mini-box.
What’s nice about this product is the thick card stock and modest, understated amounts of stamped silver foil. The base card features a cut-out action shot of the player set against a deep red background. All base cards are numbered to 989; expect an average of three per mini-box. On average, there will be two gold parallel cards numbered to 99. The design is the same, but instead of red, the player cut-out has a gold background.
The first mini-box I opened had a great hot card right off the bat—a five-piece relic card of 49ers wide receiving great Jerry Rice. The uniform swatches were displayed vertically in the form of the number of Rice’s career receiving yards — 22,895 — and the card was numbered 2/9.
The second hot card was an autographed relic card of St. Louis Rams running back Isaiah Pead, numbered to 99. The card features an action shot of Pead against a red background, his autograph on a sticker and a generous swatch of blue material. The back of the card explains why Pead is a triple threat. The two parallel cards were gold and numbered to 99 and 310.
The second mini-box featured a jumbo hit — as in a jumbo relic card of Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright, numbered to 99. The purple uniform swatch dominates the right side of the card; set against a red background, it’s an attractive card.
The second hot card is an on-sticker autograph card of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles that contains five green swatches. The swatches are contained in letters that spell out “PHI RC.” This is another low-numbered card (14/25).
The two parallels in the second mini-box are gold and emerald.
Not a bad box break. Luckier collectors could receive even bigger rewards, like framed printing plate cards (seeded 1:82 packs), an autographed jersey redemption card (1:3,150), an autographed helmet redemption card (1:6,300). Jumbo relic autograph books also will be a coveted item, and so will the Cut Above dual signature relic book (seeded at a staggering 1:10,500).
Those are some of the rare, extreme cases that would be much more valuable than the price of the hobby box. Still, there are plenty of possibilities out there for collectors.