Some hardcore product purists are deriding it as an affront to the very hobby it’s meant to help rejuvenate. Others are calling it a welcomed addition to even the most exciting pack of football cards.
Either way, the 15-card Topps Cheerleaders insert (seeded one in nine hobby packs of 2009 Topps and one in eight packs of the just-released 2009 Topps Chrome) is an utterly compelling conversation piece.
Personally, I think the tasteful inclusion of cheerleaders in any pack of football cards is long overdue and I applaud Topps for the effort. Heck, if I had pompoms I’d be shaking them like mad right now. (Bad visual; I apologize).
Cheerleaders are a huge part of the “NFL experience” and they work wonders for sprucing up a pack-busting neighborhood too often occupied by no-chance rookies and been-there, done-that veterans.
Given the choice between a first-year Amanda or a 14th-year Amani (Toomer), I’ll take the former. The complete set — honoring cheerleaders from the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars, Baltimore Ravens and Cincinnati Bengals — is valued at just $10, with individual cards booking for a buck apiece.
Whether you love the set (or hate it), it’s football season, doggone it. And to help us kick it off, here’s a must-see gallery of all 15 cards.
— Tracy Hackler
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