First look: 2014 Topps Platinum Football cards

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By Susan Lulgjuraj | Beckett Football Editor

The upcoming football rookie autographs get into full swing with the release of 2014 Topps Platinum in November.

Each box of Topps Platinum will contain 20 packs with five cards in each pack. Each box will also have three hits of an autograph refractor patch and two autographed Rookie Cards. In addition, collectors will find five X-Fractor parallels, one Black Refractor parallels and one Platinum Die-Cut in every box.

The Autograph Rookie Refractor cards will come in 10 parallels: Black Refractor (sequentially numbered), Blue Refractor (numbered to 99), Pulsar Refractor (numbered to 50), Purple Refractor (numbered to 25), Gold Refractor (numbered to 15), BCA Refractor (numbered to 10), STS Refractor (numbered to 10), Red Refractor (numbered to 5), Superfractor (1-of-1), and Printing Plates (1-of-1).

Other autographs in Platinum include Platinum Die-Cut Rookie Autograph Parallels (1-of-1), BCA Die-Cut Ribbon Autograph Parallel (numbered to 10), and STS Die-Cut Ribbon Autograph Parallel (numbered to 10).

Some autographs will include more than one player such as Dual Autographed Rookie Cards, Triple Autographed Rookie Cards and Hexagraph Double-Sided Rookie Cards.

One of the hits in every box will be an Autograph Rookie Refractor Patch card. These cards will feature player-worn, patch pieces on chrome refractor technology. There will be 11 parallels: Black Refractor (numbered to 125), Green Refractor (numbered to 99), Pulsar Refractor (numbered to 50), Blue Refractor (numbered to 25), Purple Refractor (numbered to 10), Gold Refractor (numbered to 5), Red Refractor NFL Shield Parallel (1-of-1), Red Refractor Team Logo Parallel with team logos from player-worn winter hats (1-of-1), Red Refractor NFL Pigskin Parallel with pieces from NFLPA Rookie Premiere footballs (1-of-1), Red Refractor NFL Glove Parallel (1-of-1) and Superfractor (1-of-1).

Rookies won’t be the only hits out of Platinum. Topps will include Autographed Veteran Refractor Patch Cards as well.

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

Regular relic cards will be tough as they fall just one per case.

The base will consist of 150 subjects, including 50 rookies on chrome cards. The rookie will have 10 parallels with X-Fractor, Black Refractor, Pulsar Refractor (numbered to 99), Purple Refractor (numbered to 75), Gold Refractor (die-cut, numbered to 50), Red Refractor (numbered to 25), BCA and STS Refractors (numbered to 10 each), Superfractor (1-of-1) and Printing Plates (1-of1).

2014 Topps Platinum is scheduled to come out the week of Nov. 12.

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




  1. Chris
    Posted April 29, 2014 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    Gonna pass……limited budget and rookie cards of players in airbrushed college uniforms just doesn’t do anything for me.

  2. Susan Lulgjuraj
    Posted April 29, 2014 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    The cards will have the players in full team uniforms and logos. But they don’t know what team they are on yet so they can’t put NFL unis on them yet.

  3. David
    Posted April 29, 2014 at 12:22 pm | Permalink

    The release in November will have rookies in their NFL uniforms. The airbrushed are just examples for now!

  4. CJ
    Posted April 29, 2014 at 1:01 pm | Permalink

    The patches look smaller than past years.

  5. Eli Gossman
    Posted April 29, 2014 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Why such a late release this year? Werent they released Aug last year?

  6. Joe Lentz
    Posted February 2, 2015 at 7:46 am | Permalink

    I have a topps plat.#56 auto. Black printing plate. How much is it worth?

  7. J. Lisk
    Posted April 11, 2015 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Every 2014 Topps Platinum base card looks like a refractor to me. When tilted back and forth, different colors jump off the card. I can’t find a listing in Beckett. Thanks.


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