2015 Topps Inception Football Details

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2015 Topps Inception Football really gets the NFL card season going for the card maker. While Bowman came before it, rookies are in nondescript uniforms. Inception is the first full football release from Topps to feature Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and the rest of the 2015 draft class in their NFL uniforms.

2015 Topps Inception Football Jamison Crowder Autograph 550

As with past years for the brand, 2015 Topps Inception Football hobby boxes focus largely on autographs. Each has just one pack that comes with two autographs or autographed memorabilia cards, a jumbo relic, two base cards and a pair of parallels.

2015 Topps Inception Football Base Set Basics

The 2015 Topps Inception Football base set has 100 cards. All players are veterans.

Each has eight parallels. Green are the easiest to find, falling one per box. Each box also has one of the following: Purple, Magenta (/99), Red (/75), Orange (/50), Blue (/25), Printing Plates or Diamond (1/1).


Although there aren’t any first-year players in the base set, there are plenty in the Rookie Autographs portion of the release. A total of 42 players have on-card autographs. This includes Winston, Mariota, Kevin White, Amari Cooper, Melvin Gordon, Todd Gurley and more.

Parallels follow a similar pattern as the base set. Levels include serial-numbered Purple, Magenta (/99), Red (/75), Orange (/50), Blue (/25) and Diamond (1/1). Ten players also have variation versions (/10).

Inception Silver Signings (/50) have rookies sign in silver ink on a dark background. This is similar to the Bowman Black Collection inserts in baseball. A Gold parallel (/25) sees the ink color switch up.  Further Gold versions bring in Nicknames (/10), Inscriptions (1/1) and QB Playbook (1/1), which has a play diagrammed on it.

QB Inception Autographs (/20) are special cards dedicated to the quarterbacks at the 2015 NFLPA Rookie Premiere. Winston, Mariota, Bryce Petty, Sean Mannion and Brett Hundley appear in this set.

On the tougher end of the autograph spectrum are Quad (/25) and Six (/10) Rookie Autographs that come with multiple signatures. Six Rookie Autographs are done in a book card format.

Memorabilia Cards

Relics come in two basic forms in 2015 Topps Inception Football, both revolving around rookies. There are Rookie Patches and Rookie Jumbo Relics, each with 40-card checklists.

Both have a handful of parallels numbered to 75 or less.

Autographed Relics

A total of 40 players have Inception Autographed Jumbo Patches. These use larger-than-average swatches of player-worn jerseys from Rookie Premiere participants. Unlike the basic autographs, signatures are on stickers.

Parallels come with multi-color swatches and are serial numbered. One-of-one Blue versions come with a Nike Swoosh while Diamond (1/1) parallels have team logos. Orange (/10) use pieces of gloves.

2015 Topps Inception Football has a few autographed relics that are especially tough. Inception Autograph Patch Book cards (/5) have a jumbo patch on one side. Other book cards include Laundry Tag (/5), Letters (1/1) and NFL Shield logo (1/1).

2015 Topps Inception Football at a glance:

Download the full checklist released by Topps.

Packs per hobby box: 1
Cards per pack: 7
Set size: 100 cards
Release date: August 12, 2015

What to expect in a hobby box:

  • Autographs or Autographed Relics – 2
  • Jumbo Relic – 1
  • Green Parallel – 1
  • Additional Parallels – 1

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