By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor
Topps Chrome Football officially releases Friday and the company is promoting the use of on-card autographs.
But based on availability and timeliness, it didn’t happen for all players.
Instead collectors will get redemptions for certain players, and to take the sting out Topps is adding a bonus to those who redeem for the autograph cards.
Several players — Dwayne Allen, LaMichael James, Bernard Pierce, Russell Wilson, Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, Stephen Hill, Brian Quick, Matt Kalil – will be signing shortly, according to Topps.
For these players only, if a collector returns a redemption card for an autograph, they will receive a four-card pack of Topps Chrome Football Blue Wave Refractor parallels.
“The Blue wave program intended to make an undesirable situation (redemptions due to players not signing) more acceptable to our consumers,” Topps wrote on its Twitter account.
There are 110 subjects in the blue wave parallel set including some players who do not appear in the regular base set: Alfred Morris, Josh Gordon, Daryl Richardson, Brandon Bolden, Bobby Wagner, Vontaze Burfict, Jorvorskie Lane, Greg Zuerlein, Joseph Morgan, Rod Streater, Bryce Brown and Damaris Johnson.
These blue wave packs will also be the first time Morris autograph cards will be available from Topps. The Washington Redskins rookie running back only had cards in Panini America and Upper Deck until now. His autographs will not be in regular Topps Chrome packs.
“(A) late breaking deal allowed us to add to these special redemption packs,” a Topps representative wrote in an email.