First Look: 2011 Topps Gridiron Legends Football


By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

If we can’t look forward to a season this year, we can certainly look back.

Wait, what’s this? Did we happen upon Doc’s flux capacitor?

Unfortunately not, but we did happen upon what could be the next best thing — an announcement from Topps detailing the release of its all-new 2011 Topps Gridiron Legends line.

Slated to hit shelves in mid October, Gridiron Legends will stand as a blast from the past, even if there isn’t a present by then. According to the manufacturer, the new brand “salutes the NFL’s cherished past heroes, vibrant stars and this year’s freshmen.”

The eight-card-per-pack product appears to be a nod to the greats and a commitment to the contemporaries with the company’s signature features. Collectors can expect to land four hits per  18-card box, falling in the forms of multiple-autograph cards, jumbo patches,  and combo and Stamp Relics.

Among the autograph cards 1956 Topps Reprint Autograph Cards — featuring NFL stars who appeared in the original 1956 Topps Football set — stand out as the most interesting historical hits from the product.

Other autographs include:

  • Autograph Rookie Cards
  • Legends Autographs
  • Canton Hopefuls Autographs
  • Future Legends Autographs
  • Dual Autographs
  • Triple Autographs
  • Stamp of Approval

Relics from 2011 Gridiron Legends include:

  • Gridiron Legacies
  • Aspiring Legacies
  • Legendary Combo Relics

Parallels in the product are limited in the following quantities:

  • Black (1/1)
  • Purple (numbered to 10)
  • Orange (numbered to 50)
  • Red (numbered to 75)
  • Gold (numbered to 99)
  • Green (numbered to 150)
  • Bronze (numbered to 299)
  • Blue (one per pack)

Stay tuned to for more information on Topps’ forthcoming retrospective release.


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  1. Gellman 18 June, 2011 at 08:15

    95% sticker autos. Yuck. And enough with the worthless gimmicky stamp relics. Nobody likes them, Topps.

  2. Paul 18 June, 2011 at 22:53

    I agree on the stamp cards. Getting a little old now with those. But at least there are no ugly booklets.

  3. Kreepy 19 June, 2011 at 10:50

    BLAH.. I saw the Tittle and i was like “Sweet fan favorites” then i saw the other crap and went “nope, i’ll pass” sad sad

  4. Chris Houser 20 June, 2011 at 19:07

    to be honest am I am the only one who likes Sticker autos of course I leave them in mint/resellable condition (non-PC ones in exchange for Pc ones) I am tired of you guys complaining about them cant we all get along ???????

  5. Matthew 12 August, 2011 at 03:15

    The problem with this product is that it advertises legends and it’s still filled with rookies. There are no products left to avoid the rookie onslaught of stickers and over eager autographing.

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