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First look: 2011 Topps Prime Football


By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

On the eve of Memorial Day weekend, Topps released details describing its upcoming 2011 Prime football brand.

Slated to hit shelves in late September, it’s a product that should arrive after a few weeks of regular season play. Whether the lockout remains or recedes by then, 2011 Topps Prime will make its hobby debut.

On to the details.

Box breakdown

  • 10 packs (mini boxes) per “display box”
  • Six display boxes per “packer carton”
  • Two “packer cartons” per case

Each box promises four autographed or Relics, usually yielding one autograph Relic, one autograph Rookie Card and two additional Rookie Cards. New to the product are rookie autograph Jumbo Relics, rookie autograph variations, rookie Jumbo Relics and hobby-only Red Zone autographs (on-card rookie signatures).

Autograph Rookie Cards feature 50 top 2011 draft picks on numbered hits including:

  • Prime (1/1)
  • Gold (numbered to 25)
  • Silver (new and numbered to 50)

Autograph Relic cards fall in the following forms:

  • Prime I Rookie QBs: Seven rookie quarterbacks in book cards with five swatches made from wristbands, footballs, patches and other memorabilia (numbered to 10)
  • Prime I Rookies: 29 various book cards featuring rookies with  six swatches from gloves, wristbands, footballs, patches, home and away jerseys (numbered to 10)
  • Prime II Rookies: The same 29 rookies as Prime I, but with five (instead of six)  memorabilia pieces (numbered to 15)
  • Prime III Rookies: 29 rookies with four memorabilia pieces (numbered to 25)
  • Prime IV Rookies: 36 rookies showcased alongside a jumbo multi-color patch Relic ( new and numbered to 15)
  • Prime V Rookies: The same 36-rookie crop, but featured on one-of-one book cards with three jumbo relics
  • Prime VI: 36 rookies and 14 venerable veterans on cards with four pieces

In addition to the roman-numeral nuances, collectors can expect to find new powder blue parallels (numbered to 75) and aqua variations (numbered to 199) that mirror the 100 veterans on the checklist. The set’s 50 rookies are paralleled by Prime, Silver Rainbow, red, blue, gold as well as new green and purple cards.

Stay tuned to Beckett.com for more information on the upcoming release on 2011 Topps Prime.

6 Comments

Scott

Looks better than last years. Love oversized relics. Now just have to wait 4 months :( Hopefully some good products be coming soon.

Posted May 27, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Permalink
Sports Cards Guy

Is it possible for you guys to list the SRP when you write these story’s. It would be nice to know what needs to be saved up if i want a box. Thanks

From mod: Not really … because there ultimately is not one for hobby boxes. There is a published cost to buy from Topps, but they do not suggest a price because that will vary on the secondary market. The only place where it is set firmly is at retail.

Posted May 27, 2011 at 6:29 pm | Permalink
Randy Bryniarski

They are looking sweet!

Posted May 27, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Permalink
Contra Diction

White jersey material in a prime QB combo numbered to 25… why, Topps, why!!?!

Posted May 28, 2011 at 6:19 am | Permalink
DAVID BROWN

NOT TOO SHABBY BUT WITH THE LOCKOUT I WILL NOT BE BUYING ANY FOOTBALL CARDS THIS YEAR. WHILE MOST OF AMERICANS ARE STRUGGLING WITH THIS ECONOMY. THESE MULTI MILLION DOLLER ATHLETES ARE CRYING ABOUT NOT MAKING ENOUGH MONEY. PS IM ONE OF THOSE STRUGGLING HARD WORKING AMERICANS. SCREW FOOTBALL

Posted May 28, 2011 at 11:01 am | Permalink
Riggs

While the cards really look great, what is the point of an “event-used” football?
I always thought the “event-used” jersey was silly (and doesn’t have much value),
but football?
What next, “even-used” towel?

Posted May 29, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

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