Schedule Release Date: July 11, 2012
Box Configuration: 7 cards per pack/box
2 Autographs/Auto-Relic cards
1 Jumbo Relic or Patch card
2 Base Parallels
2 Veteran Base cards
A higher-end product created for autograph chasers. The set contains 135 base cards (100 veterans and 35 autograph rookies) and each of the 35 autographed rookie cards has 5 parallels- Blue #/150, Gold #/99. Green #/50, Red #/25 and Inception 1/1.
This is a decent looking set and the 35 base rookie cards (and parallels) are hard signed so this is definitely a plus but it seems like Topps is stuck in artistic mode. This can be interesting when putting out a set but when you consider the 2011 Magic rookies set has the artistic styling then toss in the artistic/grunge of 2012 Bowman Signatures and now the artistic/grunge styling of Topps Inception and there seems to be a situation where Topps’ designers are either bored or unimaginative.
I do like the set, the artist in me is reaching out, and the Griffin Rookie Silver Signings is pretty sweet. I like the black background and silver paint pen autograph really stands out nicely. The $80-90 price is not to bad considering that you will get 3 hits so it is pretty reasonable for a hihger-end product, the only down side it with only 7 cards per pack/box you do not get a lot of cards and it will take some work for set collectors to put together a set.
On-card autographs (Base Rookie Autographs and Silver Signings)
Plenty of Autograph Inserts
Sticker Autographs (Everything Else)
Another Art-styling Set
I give this set a 3 ½ out of 5 because it offers a lot, is artistic (if you like that style) and will include the newest rookies (hopefully in their pro uniforms).
|Rookie Silver Signings|
|Rookie Auto Jumbo Patch|
|Quad Rookie Auto patch|
|Base Rookie Autograph|