Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 1997 Topps Finest Football Series 1


I have always enjoyed Topps Finest and Topps Chrome. Maybe it is just because they are shiny, but whatever it is, I love it! I certainly miss Topps having their NFL license, because we no longer have the option to buy these products, unless of course, we reach back into the past like this week with some 1997 Finest Series 1 Football.

1997 Topps Finest Series 1 Football

1997 Topps Finest Series 1 Football Box Break

Cards per pack: 6
Packs per box: 24
Price paid: $35

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Pack 1 highlights:

Robert Smith, Michael Strahan, Jeff Blake & Brian Mitchell Uncommon (Topps listed different designations on the back of the cards, including uncommon & rare)

Pack 2:

Eddie George, Kevin Carter, Deion Sanders, Brett Perriman Uncommon & Zach Thomas Rare Refractor

Pack 3:

Gus Frerotte, Terry Glenn, Thurman Thomas & Andre Rison Uncommon

Pack 4:

Andre Hastings Uncommon & David Meggett Uncommon

Pack 5:

Napoleon Kaufman & Karim Abdul-Jabbar. No, not THAT Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Pack 6:

Daryl “Moose” Johnston & Andre Coleman Refractor

Pack 7:

Jim Harbaugh & Ricky Watters

Pack 8:

Vinny Testaverde, Shannon Sharpe Uncommon & Bobby Engram Uncommon

Pack 9:

Jamal “Dirty Bird” Anderson & Anthony Miller Uncommon

Pack 10:

Isaac Bruce & Junior Seau

Pack 11:

Rodney Hampton, Tim Brown, Trent Dilfer & Simeon Rice

Pack 12:

Eric Moulds & Edgar Bennett Uncommon

Pack 13:

Rob Moore Uncommon, Thurman Thomas & Terrell Davis Uncommon. I miss those old-school Broncos uniforms!

Pack 14:

Lawrence Phillips

Pack 15:

Warren Sapp, Tim McDonald Uncommon & Kevin Greene Uncommon

Pack 16:

Michael “Playmaker” Irvin Uncommon, Deion “PrimeTime” Sanders & Rodney Harrison

Pack 17:

Jim Harbaugh, Darren Woodson, Brett Perriman Uncommon & Deion Sanders Refractor

Pack 18:

Andre “Bad Moon” Rison Uncommon

Pack 19:

Keith Jackson Uncommon

Pack 20:

Vinny Testaverde, Ken Norton & Jerome “The Bus” Bettis

Pack 21:

Trent Dilfer, Ricky Watters, Mark Brunell & Andre Hastings Uncommon

Pack 22:

Thurman Thomas & Terry Glenn

Pack 23:

Keyshawn Johnson, Bobby Engram & Mike Alstott. All three Uncommon

Pack 24:

Junior Seau

Lastly, a card back. I am going to be honest, without the designations on the back, I have a really hard time telling these apart. Actually, I still don’t know which cards are Bronze, Silver or Gold.

I guess the only really important question to ask after busting 1997 Topps Finest is — are you a peeler or a non-peeler? What did you think of the protective layer on these cards?

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1 comment

  1. Mike Smith 2 December, 2019 at 14:21

    Common = Bronze Silver = Uncommon Gold = Rare. That Thomas refractor is a rare gold refractor which is basically a Case Hit! Nice job. Also the Terrell Davis uncommon silver is also the embossed version. Also a nice hit!

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