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Topps previews 2013 Finest Football

Posted Apr 8, 2013 by Bob D'Angelo

Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 10:54 PM

Topps Finest football debuted in 1992 as a 44-card set, plus a checklist. In 1994, a full-fledged Finest set was introduced, with a 220-card base set and refractors inserted in every ninth pack on average.

More than two decades later, Topps Finest remains a football staple. Topps released a sell sheet for the product, which is scheduled to be released in August.

This year’s master box will contain two mini-boxes, with six packs in each mini-box and five cards per pack. There will be 100 base cards in the set, plus 50 rookies.

Each master box will include a rookie autograph patch card, an autograph jumbo relic card, two die-cut Finest Atomic Refractor rookie cards and a pair of Finest Moments inserts cards.

Topps is promising up to 40 NFL rookies in its Rookie Refractor autographed patch cards. These cards will sport a multicolor patch and a signature on “Finest refractor technology.”

For collectors who enjoy parallels, there will be several refractors: blue (numbered to 99), red (75) and gold (50). There also will be BCA refractor parallel jumbo patch numbered to 10, along with a Military refractor jumbo patch (also numbered to 10).

Lucky collectors can pull a Black Refractor Pigskin shield parallel. This is a 1/1 card featuring the NFL shield from an NFLPA Rookie Premiere football. The Shield Logo parallel is also a 1/1 card, along with a SuperFractor Jumbo Patch parallel.

Want more relics? How about relics with autographs? That’s what the Autographed Jumbo Relic Refractor card series will contain. Topps is predicting up to 50 such cards, with parallels in blue (numbered to 99), red (75), gold (50), Prism Refractor Patch parallel (25), X-Fractor Patch parallel (15), Black Refractor Swoosh patch parallel (1/1) and Super Fractor team patch parallel (1/1).

Some collectors will pull dual autograph/dual relic cards. These will feature two players with a jersey swatch and autograph from each. There is a triple relic version and also a Rookie Refractor Quad Autograph patch book. The latter offering will feature up to five cards, including four rookie autographs and multicolor swatches from each on a Finest refractor book card; they will be 1/1s.

Topps is promising more on-card autographs, and collectors of the shiny stuff certainly will be enamored.

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