First look: 2013 Inception football



By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

High-end won’t wait for the end of a season.

The first high-end product from Topps is scheduled for the end of July with 2013 Inception football – a hobby-only product.

In this one-pack-per-box product, collectors will get three hits with at least two autographs. Each pack will have seven cards with two veteran base cards and two parallels.

Every base autographed Rookie Card will be signed on card, featuring up to 40 rookies from the NFLPA Rookie Premiere. These RCs will have five levels of parallels with Green (numbered to 99), Purple (numbered to 75), Yellow (numbered to 50), Red (numbered to 25) and Inception (1-of-1).

Included this year are Inception Element Autographs where weather is used as a feature on the card.

Many of the rookies will have Inception Silver Signings, black cards signed with a paint pen. These are numbered to 50. There are also new Gold Signings cards with the regular cards numbered to 25, Nickname parallels numbered to 10 and 1-of-1 Inscription parallels.

In addition, there will be Dual Rookie Autographed and Quad Rookie Autographed cards.

The Autographed Relics, including patch cards, letters and laundry tags will all be signed on card.

When it comes to relic cards, Topps will utilize Rookie Patches, Jumbo Relics and an NFL Shield Logo Patch (1-of-1). The patches and relics will have at least five levels of parallels. The Jumbo Relics will also include a Nike Swoosh parallel for the first time.

The base set will consist of 100 veterans with one Green parallel in every pack. Other parallels include Purple, Yellow, Red, Inception (Blue) and Printing Plate.

Update: This is not a college football product. College jerseys were used in the mock ups from Topps because  the players are not associated with any NFL teams yet. This is an NFL-only product. Topps doesn’t have a CLC license to produce college cards.

Susan Lulgjuraj is an editor of Beckett Football. You can email her here with questions, comments or ideas. Follow her on Twitter here. Follow Beckett Media on Facebook and Twitter.

Inception base card checklist
1 Joe Flacco Baltimore Ravens    51 Chris Johnson Tennessee Titans
2 Dez Bryant Dallas Cowboys     52 Kyle Rudolph Minnesota Vikings
3 Vick Ballard Indianapolis Colts    53 Anquan Boldin San Francisco 49ers
4 Andy Dalton Cincinnati Bengals     54 Dwayne Bowe Kansas City Chiefs
5 David Wilson New York Giants     55 Philip Rivers San Diego Chargers
6 Santonio Holmes New York Jets    56 Sidney Rice Seattle Seahawks
7 Pierre Garcon Washington Redskins    57 T.Y. Hilton Indianapolis Colts
8 Justin Blackmon Jacksonville Jaguars     58 Carson Palmer Oakland Raiders
9 Jacquizz Rodgers Atlanta Falcons     59 LeSean McCoy Philadelphia Eagles
10 Andrew Luck Indianapolis Colts     60 Adrian Peterson Minnesota Vikings
11 Aaron Hernandez New England Patriots     61 Reggie Bush Detroit Lions
12 Brandon Marshall Chicago Bears    62 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs
13 Jordy Nelson Green Bay Packers    63 Rob Gronkowski New England Patriots
14 Michael Vick Philadelphia Eagles     64 Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers
15 Trent Richardson Cleveland Browns     65 Stevan Ridley New England Patriots
16 Cecil Shorts Jacksonville Jaguars     66 Brandon Weeden Cleveland Browns
17 Troy Polamalu Pittsburgh Steelers     67 Darren McFadden Oakland Raiders
18 Tony Romo Dallas Cowboys     68 Jimmy Graham New Orleans Saints
19 Sam Bradford St. Louis Rams     69 Arian Foster Houston Texans
20 Calvin Johnson Jr. Detroit Lions     70 Tom Brady New England Patriots
21 Ray Rice Baltimore Ravens    71 Ben Roethlisberger Pittsburgh Steelers
22 Jason Witten Dallas Cowboys     72 Randall Cobb Green Bay Packers
23 Matt Schaub Houston Texans     73 Jake Locker Tennessee Titans
24 Eli Manning New York Giants     74 A.J. Green Cincinnati Bengals
25 Russell Wilson Seattle Seahawks     75 J.J. Watt Houston Texans
26 Christian Ponder Minnesota Vikings      76 Jay Cutler Chicago Bears
27 Larry Fitzgerald Arizona Cardinals      77 Reggie Wayne Indianapolis Colts
28 Frank Gore San Francisco 49ers      78 Marshawn Lynch Seattle Seahawks
29 Aldon Smith San Francisco 49ers     79 DeMarco Murray Dallas Cowboys
30 Drew Brees New Orleans Saints      80 Robert Griffin III Washington Redskins
31 Julio Jones Atlanta Falcons      81 C.J. Spiller Buffalo Bills
32 Dennis Pitta Baltimore Ravens      82 Ed Reed Baltimore Ravens
33 Jermaine Gresham Cincinnati Bengals      83 Antonio Brown Pittsburgh Steelers
34 Richard Sherman Seattle Seahawks    84 Antonio Gates San Diego Chargers
35 Maurice Jones-Drew Jacksonville Jaguars    85 Victor Cruz New York Giants
36 Clay Matthews Green Bay Packers    86 Darren Sproles New Orleans Saints
37 Vincent Jackson Tampa Bay Buccaneers    87 Mark Ingram New Orleans Saints
38 Torrey Smith Baltimore Ravens    88 Matt Ryan Atlanta Falcons
39 Von Miller Denver Broncos     89 Doug Martin Tampa Bay Buccaneers
40 Colin Kaepernick San Francisco 49ers     90 Andre Johnson Houston Texans
41 Kendall Wright Tennessee Titans     91 Ryan Tannehill Miami Dolphins
42 Hakeem Nicks New York Giants     92 Percy Harvin Seattle Seahawks
43 Cam Newton Carolina Panthers    93 Brandon Myers Oakland Raiders
44 Demaryius Thomas Denver Broncos    94 Matt Forté Chicago Bears
45 Steven Jackson Atlanta Falcons    95 Luke Kuechly Carolina Panthers
46 Eric Decker Denver Broncos     96 BenJarvus Green-EllisCincinnati Bengals
47 Alfred Morris Washington Redskins     97 Matthew Stafford Detroit Lions
48 Josh Freeman Tampa Bay Buccaneers     98 Roddy White Atlanta Falcons
49 Wes Welker Denver Broncos    99 Michael Crabtree San Francisco 49ers
50 Aaron Rodgers Green Bay Packers     100 Peyton Manning Denver Broncos


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  1. Chris 20 March, 2013 at 13:02

    Yay, more barely (if that) worn photo shoot relics. Really hope the average collector starts rejecting these essentially manufacturerd “sick, nasty, mojo” patches soon so the manufacturers have to provide real value and *gasp* actually game worn relics.

  2. Jim 20 March, 2013 at 21:17

    I won’t buy that stuff until they fix the chipping problem. Who wants to pay $100 for some dinged up cards? When you go to a car lot you don’t ask for the expensive scratched up one do you? If I spend that kind of money I expect a mint card, no less.

  3. Ron 21 March, 2013 at 11:21

    Wonder who in 2013 will be the Egnew, Graham, Hillman crap that Topps filled up this product with in 2012??

  4. John 21 March, 2013 at 11:29

    College uni’s cry moan blah blah blah…..

    But everyone ones the FIRST rookie cards of top picks…

    It Is a football card none the less. Get over the NO LOGO cry and moan… You want rookies !!!!
    TAKE what the NFL will ALLLOW ………..

  5. Susan Lulgjuraj 21 March, 2013 at 22:04

    This is not a college football product. College jerseys were used in the mock ups from Topps because the players are not associated with any NFL teams yet. This is an NFL-only product. Topps doesn’t have a CLC license to produce college cards.

  6. bobby chalermsopone 22 March, 2013 at 14:52

    Who cares for any of this years products. There is nobody in baseball, basketball, and football. Rough year.

  7. charles 22 March, 2013 at 15:11

    John are you off your meds again, chill Bro. its state that it will be from the NFLPA Premiere, some people have reading problems. its all good

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