First look: 2012 Topps Platinum Football

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By Andrew Tolentino | Football Editor

Come September, Paul Wall could very well be busting packs of Topps football cards to renovate that world-famous grill of his. (Is Paul Wall still relevant?)

Topps Platinum football hits the streets on Sept. 3 — chock-full of hard-signed autographs, rare Refractors and plenty of shiny things to satisfy even the  most discerning of rap artists. The manufacturer recently announced that each 20-card box will deliver a total of three hits  (two hard-signed Rookie Cards and one autographed Rookie Refractor patch card). Collectors can also expect the investment to yield one Black Refractor Rookie Card parallel and one Platinum Die Cut Rookie Card.

Sans-hit single packs come with a five-card formula comprised of three veteran base cards, one Chrome Rookie Card, and one veteran ruby parallel. With Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III headlining this year’s Draft class, the various parallel and new tough-to-pull finds in Platinum makes for an interesting chase.

Two-per-box Rookie Refractor  autographs, for instance, feature 50 newcomer subjects in the following variations:

  • Black Refractor (numbered to 50)
  • Blue Refractor (numbered to 99)
  • *Purple Refractor (numbered to 25)
  • *Gold Refractor Die Cut parallel (numbered to 10)
  • *Red Refractor (numbered to five)
  • Superfracator (1/1)
  • Printing Plates (1/1)
  • Platinum die Cut Rookie Autograph (1/1)

* = New variation

Aside from the guaranteed autographs inside each box, the product  has a number of multi-signature, multi-swatch finds to be found:

  • Dual-autographed Rookie Cards (numbered to 25)
  • Triple-autographed Rookie Cards (numbered to 10)
  • Hexagraph two-sided Rookie Cards (numbered to 10)
  • Dual-autographed dual patch cards (numbered to 25)
  • Dual-autographed Rookie Refractor Jumbo Patch Book Cards (1/1)
  • Autographed Refractor Platinum Patch Cards (numbered to five)

Materially speaking, 2012 Platinum will feature one-per-case Platinum Rookie Patches in addition to the host of numbered Refractor Patch variations. Topps is set to include 40 key rookies and 15 veterans on the swatch-happy side of the set.

Autographed Rookie Refractor Patch Cards

  • Black Refractor (numbered to 125)
  • *Green Refractor (numbered to 99)
  • Blue Refractor (numbered to 25)
  • Purple Refractor (numbered to 10)
  • *Gold Refractor (numbered to five)
  • Red Refractor NFL Shield (1/1)
  • Superfractor (1/1)

Autographed Veteran Refractor Patch Cards

  • Purple Refractor (numbered to 25)
  • Gold Refractor (numbered to 10)
  • Red Refractor NFL Shield (numbered to five)
  • Superfractor (1/1)

* = New variation

Stay tuned to to see more preview images and find out what else Paul Wall might be able to put in his  grill from 2012 Topps Platinum.


And to clarify, this is Paul Wall:

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  1. Confused
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    To answer your question … Who?

  2. ddizzal
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    those booklets must be impossible to hit I havent seen anybody pulled one since the product debuted in 2009. Why even show I picture of a card that probably goes out the backdoor

  3. tolentinotown
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Permalink

    @Confused: see the video update.

  4. don
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    why is this idiot on Beckett? what does he have to do with sports cards? what does a “grill” have to do with sports? NOTHING! this is stupid!

  5. tolentinotown
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I appreciate the fervor Don, but he’s just here to interject a little play on the whole platinum aspect.

  6. Jeff
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    I like the base set. would be good for TTM autographs.

  7. afff
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    looks nice but i haven’t seen the book card either

  8. Matt Gilman
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Nice looking stuff!

  9. kevin
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    OMG thanks I watched that video choked on my beer and peed a little after a bad day. totally caught me off guard still laughing thanks. oh ya the cards look great lol.

  10. Peter A. Dow
    Posted March 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    REALY is this what collecting has come to ?? Beckett needs to stick to card information and leave the idiot bling crap to other magazines !!

  11. edgar ampaya
    Posted September 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    How do you consider a TOPPS PLATINUM REFRACTOR card? Regular Platinum card?

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