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Topps Strata football could be riveting product
Posted Jun 18, 2012 by Bob D'Angelo
Updated Jun 18, 2012 at 05:51 PM
When a general manager says “now I want to be honest with you,” Jim Bouton famously wrote in “Ball Four,” “check your wallet.”
That was written in 1970; Bouton was way ahead of his time.
So when a card company notes that one of its new products is going to have “cutting edge technology,” collectors can be forgiven for drawing a similar analogy.
We’ve been there before, and some healthy skepticism can be expected.
But based on some of the mock-ups Topps unveiled Monday, its Strata football product could be a pleasant surprise. In fact, it could be riveting.
Strata will be released in late October and will contain 18 packs to a hobby box. The set will consist of 100 veteran and 50 rookie cards, with bronze parallels numbered to 150, gold numbered to 99, blue numbered to 50 and green numbered to 10. There also will be a 1/1 red parallel. All of these can only be found in hobby boxes.
Topps is promising one Clear Cut autograph relic per box, along with one rookie auto, a rookie relic and a rookie die-cut card.
The Rivet Patch parallel card looks interesting, a three-part card that when put together makes for a very eye-appealing product. The top layer features an action shot of the player with an autograph signed on the card (no stickers), while the second part is another player shot. The final piece of the card is a large swatch — check that, a huge swatch — that will provide the background. The effect should be stunning, because you will be able to fan the three parts of the card out thanks to the rivet.
Because of this year’s draft class, there will be some very highly collectibles names out there. Strata could elevate their collectability to another level.
And if the cards in the Strata set turn out as nicely as the mock-ups, then you can check your wallet — to fork over some money to buy the product.