First look: 2012 Topps Five Star Football

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

New York Giants fans might want to start saving their money.

Topps Five Star comes out in February with its typical high-end cards, but memorabilia from Super Bowl XLVI is also included.

Two specific Super Bowl relic cards are a Pylon Super Bowl Patch card and a Super Bowl MVP Pigskin Relic, which is numbered to just 20 cards.

Five Star will contain eight cards per box with three base cards, an autographed Rookie Card, autographed rookie patch card, autographed veteran/retired or veteran/retired patch, an autographed relic book or dual autograph or jumbo jersey patch relic.

There will be at least one base Rookie Autographed Patch card in every box, which come in three parallels: Gold Jumbo Patch (numbered to 55), Rainbow Jumbo Patch (/25) and Five Star Jumbo Patch (1-of-1). Autograph Rookie Cards are also one per box and will come in Rainbow (/25) and Five Star (1/1) parallels.

In addition to these autographs, collectors can find Five Star Futures Quotable Autographs.

Veterans and retired players will make up a big part of Five Star with up to 25 subjects including former Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre. These cards will come in Gold, Rainbow and Five Star parallels along with Five Star Signature Patch cards with the same variations.

There will also be up to 25 Five Star Cut Signatures.

At least one booklet card or dual autograph will appear in each box.

Five Star Signatures Books and Five Star Futures Autograph Books contain three relics, including three different levels of patch cards.  There will also be autographed book cards with four pieces of relics and three levels of patch cards.

The dual cards will feature a mixture of rookies and veterans. One example of a dual card is combination of quarterbacks Michael Vick and Robert Griffin III. The Five Star Dual Autographs checklist features 26 subjects, with each issued in two parallel versions: Rainbow (numbered to 5) and Five Star (1-of-1). Some of the cards will also have patch cards.

But two can never be enough. Topps Five Star Football will also include autograph booklets (featuring up to eight different signatures) numbered to 10 or fewer.

Some of the dual cards will have shields (1/1) and laundry tags (/10).

At least one Jumbo Jersey or Patch Card will be in each Five Star box.

Jumbo Jersey Relics will have to 50 subjects and feature three different parallels: Gold Patch (/25), Rainbow Patch (/5) and Five Star Patch (1/1). Some of the different types of relic cards collectors can get include Letters, Dual Patches, Triple Patches, Quad Patches, Octo Patch Books and Pylon NFL Patches.

Cards aren’t the only thing in Five Star.

Collectors can pull a redemption for an autographed Rookie Jersey, a Rookie Yearbook Card, or Five Star Giants – 10.5″ x 8.5″ cards – signed by Andrew Luck and Griffin.

The Yearbook will be a giant-sized card with a group picture from the NFLPA Rookie Premiere and patch relic from each player on the right panel of the book. There are just five of these books.

The Five Star Giants cards are framed and autographed, featuring full-bleed color photos taken at the Rookie Premiere.

Susan Lulgjuraj is the editor of Beckett Football magazine. You can email Susan here with ideas, comments and questions. Follow her on Twitter here.


  1. Adam
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Too many worthless photo shoot relics. Needs way more game used relics and a much deeper veteran auto checklist compared to the first 2 years.

  2. chrisolds
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Adam: Curious … which veterans would you recommend?

  3. Richard Hogenson
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    Are you buying some Mr. Olds?

  4. Nathan
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    I too am extremely tired of photoshoot relics. That stuff should only be used for the early products. I think the product looks great but seeing photoshoot on the back of every single one of my cards is getting on my nerves. I mean whats the point? So I have a card with a piece of jsy that a guy wore for 2 seconds and then took it off. I want something game used. Thats the point of them.

  5. chrisolds
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Richard: I can definitively say “no.”

  6. lambeau legend4
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink


  7. ddizzal
    Posted September 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    srp 600? value if opened and no luck or rg3 1/2 if your lucky

  8. Posted September 8, 2012 at 11:52 am | Permalink

    Wow looks good but to exspensive for my budget

  9. afff
    Posted September 8, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    i would love to get a box or two but the price will be out off the average joe to afford so secondary market here i come

  10. Posted September 8, 2012 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

    yes i agree, i only collect rookies and rookies autograph!!!

  11. Posted September 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    rookies and rookies autograph

  12. Alex GRRRRiffen
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 11:14 am | Permalink

    I wish they would include more legends and less rookies who aren’t even playing in the NFL

  13. roger
    Posted March 3, 2013 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    They should include numbered rookie cards in the base cards. Could help out with the high cost and feel like another hit.

  14. Bryan
    Posted December 15, 2015 at 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Soooo… Do most of these cards actually exist….They probably shouldn’t advertise the actual cards that they will never make…

  15. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted December 15, 2015 at 6:05 pm | Permalink

    Not sure which ones you’re wondering about but the set was made. The full checklist can be seen here:

  16. Bryan
    Posted December 16, 2015 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    I now what is in the Checklist. I have Redemption from this product that have still yet to be filled, Ones that they actually show in the Pictures of their “First look”.

  17. Ryan Cracknell
    Posted December 16, 2015 at 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Those were digital mock-ups sent out when the set was first announced, which doesn’t help you if you’re still waiting.

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