Review: 2011 Topps Finest Football

Yes, I’m a little late with this one too but I really wanted to try the product. The one patch autograph and one patch jersey card per master box really caught my eyes. Plus with the addition of a ton of different refractors and the possibility for some veteran autographs was right up my alley along with the solid rookie checklist. I put down a little bit of cash on this and here is what I pulled.

Base:

Parallels:

Inserts:

Autographs:

Design:

There is really only one reason I dinged this down a little bit and that is the autographs. I’m not a huge fan of entrapped autographs that are embedded into the card. Sure it makes it look less stickery, but if you end up cutting off part of the persons signature, as seen with the Stevan Ridley…though only partially, it just takes away from the autograph. Maybe it’s just me. But also, why no on-card autographs here? You were able to get on-cards for Inception, why not here? I know it’s probably part of your process, but Panini was able to get a ton of rookies done on card. That Cam would of looked so much better on-card then it already does. But I love everything else, the die-cuts, the refractors, the dotted design in the background, thumbs up.

Checklist:

Again, a great showing here. With the rookies AND veterans, this product would please just about everyone on the map, besides those who want legend possibilities in their product too. I dinged it a half star because I would of liked to see a little more depth with the veteran autographs and a little more with the Finest Moments cards. The non-autoed Finest Moments are probably the only thing I don’t like alot about this product. I know it’s been around awhile, I don’t mind it, but compared to everything else it’s just there.

Value:

Value, value, value. I got great value. Others may not have done too hot. I also spent more because the prices with this product have gone up as well. But overall, this has more value then most of Topps football products this season. With the inclusion of the veteran hits and the patch autographs, this rivals Topps Chrome as Topps’ best full product of the year. (Inception is a different type of product with it’s few cards) Not only are you guaranteed a patch auto and jersey auto, you may get a bonus hit…like mine. I just wish the patch autographs weren’t all numbered so high, but when every box has one, I guess that should be expected.

Overall:

Overall, there really isn’t much bad to say about this product. It is as close to perfection as you can get, in my eyes. You have a great looking design all the way around. You have a checklist with rookies and veterans and possible hits for both. You also have a solid value because of the nice rookie class and the inclusion of those veteran hits and rookie patch autographs. I thoroughly enjoyed opening this product and if I had the cash, I would probably put down enough for a case of it. I had that much fun. This is my kind of product.

Funny how my first Cam Newton card of the season is an autograph numbered to 25!

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10 Responses to Review: 2011 Topps Finest Football

  1. KJ Lamb says:

    Congrats on such a sweet Cam Newton!

  2. Matt G says:

    Wow!! Nice Cam newton you def got your money back on this break….anyway are you doing a Jerell Jernigan giveaway contest?? Giants fan right here would like to enter.

  3. Matt G says:

    Not that I wouldn’t want to win the Cam :)
    Nice break. Had I opened this….I would have gotten a Kyle rudolph, a no name player and a redemption. Seems thats all i am getting this year.

  4. Matt G says:

    by the way…i dropped the good word into Panini’s ear last week and told em you ran a great POD promo. hope it helps

  5. mfw13 says:

    Couldn’t care less about the autos/patches/parallels, but the design is probably the best of the year. Just bought a complete “veteran” set on Ebay for $3.

    • I couldn’t agree more about the design. I like my hits in packs as well and like to see what I can pull, so for $130 I hope they’re good. But if I wasn’t into hits, I would definitely be grabbing the complete base set for $3 as well. They look really nice.

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