Why Topps? A Complaint on 2012 Bowman Signatures

This is a case where “FIRSTIES” has gone completely wrong.

2012 Bowman Signatures is the first licensed product of the 2012 NFL football season. And it hardly looks like it’s a licensed product.

With Topps wanting to put the first product of the season out in order to cash in on the hype of this year’s rookie class, they were unable to provided photos (or even photoshopped images) of rookies in their new NFL uniforms. The result is a lackluster design where the player’s jerseys are just a single color with no NFL logos.

While some of the cards look halfway decent, like the helmet cards, the rest of the rookie content is extremely hard to look at. And the price of this product makes it that much harder to look at after you end up buying a box for close to $200.

This is definitely a historic fail on the part of Topps, which I’m sure won’t be happening next year.

With Panini stepping up their game in the design department, who would of thought that the first Topps product wouldn’t look half as good as Panini’s first product of the season, Prestige?

Preview: 2012 Bowman Signatures Football

The first NFL licensed product of the season is set to release in just 6 days. 2012 Bowman Signature will hit the shelves as a new high end product for this season. With an autograph or an autographed relic in every pack, you will get a ton of ink for your collection or to sell.

Each box of this product comes with 5 packs and 5 card per pack. As stated, every pack will feature an autograph or an autographed relic card. It appears as though this is a very rookie heavy product, with a few veteran autographs thrown into the mix. But the real value here will be the top picks autographs in paralleled form.

You may find 2 rookie autographed refractors and 3 rookie parallel autographs per box. There will also be some red ink parallels that are just limited to 15 copies. Parallels will be to 99, 25, 1, and printing plates. I’d imagine those superfractors would go for a pretty penny. You can also find dual and triple autographs like an Andrew Luck/Robert Griffin III dual auto. Nice, right?

You can also find your veteran autographs as well with the Inside the Numbers subset. With autographed relics which include jumbos, patches, and jumbo patches, it should be a great addition to what appears to be a rookie heavy product.

My only issue, getting these out so fast doesn’t give Topps the time to get these rookies in their NFL uniforms, unless that was just the case for the sell sheet. So I’m hoping we can get Mr. Luck in a Colts uniform by street date.

Bowman Signatures football releases on May 30, 2012, with a price around $180 from what I’ve seen online so far. Word is this product has a limited print run as well, which may help secondary values.