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Bob is a longtime member of the Florida sports media, having served as a reporter and copy editor for more than 30 years. His true sports passion, however, is the history of the various games, exhibited by his in-depth book reviews and hobby of collecting cards and other sports memorabilia. He blogs for on both subjects, transferring his work for the Tampa Tribune to the realm of cyberspace.

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Collect call: 2013 Topps Platinum football

Posted Sep 17, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Sep 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM

Call it prescience or good luck, but Topps made a nice choice by featuring Geno Smith and EJ Manuel on the wrappers of its 2013 Platinum football set. Both rookie quarterbacks have piloted some nice come-from-behind victories in this still-young NFL season, and they lead a nice crop of rookies that are featured in this shiny set.

And soon, all the card companies will keep the periods out of Manuel’s name. Topps is guilty of it, and so was Panini America. If he becomes hugely successful, the card companies will get it right.

Topps certainly gets it right in its hobby box configuration of Platinum football. Topps promises one autograph patch relic and tw0 rookie autograph cards (with on-card signatures and not stickers) per hobby box, which contains 20 packs and five cards to a pack.

Every pack has a sapphire parallel card. The base set consists of 100 cards, plus 50 rookies. The hobby box I opened had 56 base cards and 11 rookies, plus the 20 sapphires,

The first big hit in the box was an autographed patch relic of 49ers receiver Quinton Patton, numbered to 1000. The signature is on a sticker, but what really drives this particular card is the generously large red and white patch. Very attractive.

The on-card autographs in the box I sampled are fun and penned in bold, blue ink. For example, the autograph card of Redskins rookie Jawan Jamison includes his signature along with his uniform number. It’s an on-card signature, and Jamison includes his uniform number (47) in the autograph.

The second autograph card was of Jacksonville rookie receiver Denard Robinson. While both of these players could work on their penmanship, they are certainly distinctive cards.

The most interesting card in the box is probably the die-cut ribbon card. The box I opened provided a nice local angle as it depicted former University of South Florida standout (and current New York Giants star)  Jason Pierre-Paul. Curiously, there is a rookie card logo in the bottom left-hand corner of the card. That’s odd because JPP was a rookie all right, but in 2010, not this season.

There have been other examples of non-rookies getting the RC designation in this subset. Oops.

A colorful-looking card was the purple refractor that depicted Vikings rookie fullback Zach Line, numbered to 75.

This box also featured five X-fractor rookie cards, falling one in every four packs. Included were Manti T’eo and Florida State product Bjoern Werner.
All the rookie cards are chrome, with a glossy back. That is different from the base cards, which have more of a grainier feel on the card backs. The better to flip cards with, I suppose.

This is a very smooth-looking set, with the shiny cards working well. I am not a fan of the shiny stuff in general, but these were tastefully done.

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