First look: 2013 Topps Platinum Football

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

Topps intends to make Platinum football cards shine this year with all its chrome.

The company announced 2013 Topps Platinum Football will be released in early September, with 20 packs per box with five cards in each pack.

The 150-card base set will feature 50 Rookie Cards. The Rookie Cards will feature several chrome parallels cards such as X-Fractor, Black, Gold, Red, BCA and Military Refractors, and a Superfractor and Printing Plates.

Each hobby pack will contain one veteran Sapphire parallel.

Platinum will include three hits per box with two Autographed Rookie Cards and an Autographed Rookie Refractor Patch Card. The Autographed Rookie Refractors will have 10 levels of parallels with Black (numbered to 150), Blue (#’d to 99), Frost (#’d to 50), Purple (#’d to 25), Gold (#’d to 15), BCA (#’d to 10), Military (#’d to 10), Red (#’d to 5), Superfractor (1-of-1, hobby only) and Printing Plates (1-of-1, hobby only).

Looking through the images, you’ll notice a couple of die-cut variations. Topps included Military and BCA die-cut ribbon autographs that can include a veteran or rookie. These cards will be limited, and there are unsigned inserts of these in Platinum.

Other autographs include Dual Autographed Rookie Cards and Hexagraph Double-Sided Rookie Cards.

The Autographed Refractor Patch Cards will fall at one per box and will include veterans and rookies. These will have several parallels, including Topps’ new Frost Refractor.

Other autographed patch cards include Dual Autographed Dual Patches, Dual Autographed Rookie Refractor Jumbo Patch Book Cards and Autographed Refractor Platinum Patch Cards.

Relic Cards will be scarce in Platinum. These will be case hits of Platinum Rookie Patches and will be hobby only.

Some collectors will get a chance to get Uncut Sheet by pulling redemptions for base cards, including X-Fractor, Black Refractors and Sapphire parallels.

All rookie images will be updated with NFL teams for release.

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.


  1. Matt Traylor
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm | Permalink

    Looks a lot like Sweet Spot ala 2008?

  2. kris
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    i really like it. any price yet on hobby box?

  3. Jeff
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    as an old fashion collector, and only being interested in the base set, I love these.

  4. shad
    Posted April 16, 2013 at 9:00 pm | Permalink

    Doesn’t hold a candle to 2012 Platinum IMO. Last year was the perfect design.

  5. Richard
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 6:37 am | Permalink

    Very sweet looking.Love em.

  6. Joe Cecil
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    Last years was ten times better looking I think, it seems to bland to be a 2013 release.

  7. ddizzal
    Posted April 17, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    guessing another price hike for the extra chrome!!!

  8. Yankee
    Posted September 15, 2013 at 6:59 am | Permalink

    Just finished opening 40 packs and I wasn’t impressed. I thought they were supposed to be better this year. Not even close!

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