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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 Prime football

Posted Nov 5, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Nov 5, 2013 at 02:41 PM

What I really find attractive about 2013 Topps Prime football is the full-bleed photography on the card fronts. No borders at all, and the players are positioned in sharp relief against a soft focus background. That works particularly well with subjects like Aaron Rodgers (card No. 47) and Arian Foster (card No. 23).

The base set consists of 100 cards, with gold parallels that are not numbered. An additional 50 cards are rookies, and there are gold parallels (numbered to 250) and copper parallels numbered to 350. Other parallels include copper rainbow (99), silver rainbox (50) and a 1/1 gold rainbow.

A hobby box of Topps Prime contains 10 packs with six cards to a pack. Topps promises two relic cards per box, along with one autographed card and an autographed relic card.

The hobby box I opened yielded 41 base cards and seven rookies. So obviously, if you are a set builder, it’s going to take at least two hobby boxes to complete the base set. The box also contained two gold parallel base cards of Jason Witten and Brandon Marshall.

Also in the hobby box I sampled were seven rookie cards. There was
one rookie gold parallel — Eagles tight end Zach Ertz — numbered to 250, and a rookie copper parallel numbered to 350 (DeAndre Hopkins).

Primed Rookies is a 25-card insert set, and I pulled a card of Jacksonville wide receiver Denard Robinson. Primetimers is a 50-card subset and fall two to a box on the average. One of the inserts I pulled was of Bucs receiver Vincent Jackson, and the other card was fellow wide receiver Wes Welker.

Another insert set is called Prime Performance, and I pulled one card — Titans receiver Kendall Wright.

On to the hot cards.

The autograph card in the box was of former Florida State defensive end Bjoern Werner, with the signature on a sticker.

The other autograph was a Prime V relic card of Miami Dolphins defensive end Dion Jordan. The autograph is also on a sticker, but there are four different aqua uniform swatches on the card.

The first memorabilia card I pulled was one of the 40 relic dual cards; this one featured Hopkins and was numbered to 165.

The second memorabilia card was a quad relic of Patriots wide receiver Aaron Dobson, numbered to 94 and loaded with four uniform swatches. 

There were some nice surprises, and the Prime V relic card of Jordan was certainly a plus. The design of the base set is collector friendly due to the full-bleed photography, although the team logos, stamped in silver foil near the bottom of the card, tend to get lost.

But overall, I thought it was an attractive-looking set. Nothing to make you say “wow,” but certainly enough cards to make you say “nice.”

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