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 Panini Prestige Football

Panini’s first football product of the season will be coming out in June and looks better than it has over the past few seasons. 2012 Panini Prestige football looks good and this year will be featuring all the draftees in their new NFL uniforms.  Gone are the days of blank helmets or college logos in NFL licensed products and that’s a good thing.

No new football product can be previewed without featuring some of the rookies that will be featured, especially in the first product of the season. You will be able to find rookie cards from Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Trent Richardson amongst others in this product.

Note: He will be featured in an NFL uniform.

While this product will feature a lot of rookies (100 to be exact), Panini will be continuing their practice of achieving on-card rookie autographs and those will be inserted into this product. These autographs will feature subsets like NFL Draft Ticket Signatures, NFL Passport Signatures, and Draft City Signatures.

Every 24 pack box of this product will feature at least 2 autographs with four hits guaranteed. You will also be receiving one rookie per pack as we have seen in recent years. The same types of parallels will return as well with Extra Points and Prestigious Picks subsets.

With this product releasing June 20, 2012, you’ll be set and ready for the upcoming NFL season. Check out the official Panini blog for more images and information about this upcoming product.