Upcoming Topps Magic set focuses on college football

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Topps recently announced that it will release another retro-themed football set in June — this time focusing on its first nationally released product, the 1951 Topps Magic set.

That release featured college football stars as will this one, 2009 Topps Magic, when it arrives in mid-June. Many current players and former legends will appear in the set in their college threads.

The set will include 250 different autograph signers, which the company claims is the most ever, with signed cards found three per hobby box. The packs will carry a $4 suggested retail price.

See more images after the jump.

The basic set consists of 200 cards with 50 additional short-prints. There are mini parallels (one per pack) and mini black parallels as well. Also included are buyback cards and several insert sets.

But the real magic here is what the set will offer to college football collectors Here’s  a sampling from the preliminary checklist…

48 Magic Autographs
48MA-TB        Terry Bradshaw    Louisiana Tech
48MA-JB        Jim Brown    Syracuse
48MA-JE        John Elway    Stanford
48MA-EC        Earl Campbell    Texas
48MA-ED        Eric Dickerson    SMU
48MA-BJ        Bo Jackson    Auburn
48MA-DM        Dan Marino    Pittsburgh
48MA-TD        Tony Dorsett    Pittsburgh
48MA-AP        Adrian Peterson    Oklahoma
48MA-MC        Michael Crabtree    Texas Tech
Alumni Dual Autographs (Two signatures per card.)
ADA    Reggie Wayne    Miami
WW    Kellen Winslow Jr.    Miami
ADA    Earl Campbell    Texas
CY    Vince Young    Texas
ADA    Michael Crabtree    Texas Tech
CH    Graham Harrell    Texas Tech
ADA    Steve Slaton    West Virgina
SW    Pat White    West Virgina
ADA    Derrick Brooks    Florida State
BS    Ernie Sims    Florida State
ADA    DeSean Jackson    California
JL    Marshawn Lynch    California
ADA    Matthew Stafford    Georgia
SM    Knowshon Moreno    Georgia
ADA    Frank Gore    Miami
GM    Willis McGahee    Miami
ADA    Chad Pennington    Marshall
PM    Randy Moss    Marshall
ADA    Joseph Addai    LSU
AB    Dewayne Bowe    LSU
ADA    Stephen Jackson    Oregon State
JJ    Chad Johnson    Oregon State
ADA    Tom Brady    Michigan
BE    Braylon Edwards    Michigan
ADA    Jeremy Maclin    Missouri
MC    Chase Coffman    Missouri
ADA    Dan Marino    Pittsbugh
MD    Tony Dorsett    Pittsbugh
ADA    Percy Harvin    Florida
HM    Louis Murphy    Florida

Alumni Triple Autographs (Three signatures per card.)
ATA    Knowshon Moreno    Georgia
MSM    Matthew Stafford    Georgia
Mohamed Massaquoi    Georgia
ATA    Tony Dorsett    Pittsburgh
DMM    Dan Marino    Pittsburgh
LeSean McCoy    Pittsburgh
ATA    Reggie Wayne    Miami
LWW    Ray Lewis    Miami
Kellen Winslow Jr.    Miami
ATA    Chase Coffman    Missouri
CDM    Chase Daniel    Missouri
Jeremy Maclin    Missouri
ATA    Ted Ginn Jr.    Ohio State
GSG    Troy Smith    Ohio State
Anthony Gonzalez    Ohio State
ATA    Reggie Bush    USC
BSW    Mark Sanchez    USC
Lendale White    USC
ATA    Michael Bush    Louisville
BBO    Brian Brohm    Louisville
Amobi Okoye    Louisville
ATA    Darren McFadden    Arkansas
MJJ    Tarvaris Jackson    Arkansas
Felix Jones    Arkansas
ATA    Ty Law    Michigan
LBE    Tom Brady    Michigan
Braylon Edwards    Michigan
ATA    Deuce McAllister    Mississippi
MMW    Eli Manning    Mississippi
Patrick Willis    Mississippi

Magic Thrills Insert
MT1    2007 Fiesta Bowl
MT2    2006 Rose Bowl
MT3    2003 Fiesta Bowl
MT4    2005 Rose Bowl
MT5    2006 Sugar Bowl
MT6    2000 Orange Bowl
MT7    2006 Orange Bowl
MT8    2004 Sugar Bowl
MT9    2005 Sugar Bowl
MT10    1980 Holiday Bowl
MT11    2008 Meineke Bowl
MT12    2009 Rose Bowl
MT13    2008 Alamo Bowl
MT14    2007 Hawaii Bowl
MT15    2006 Insight Bowl
MT16    2009 National Championship Game
MT17    2008 Orange Bowl
MT18    2008 Papajohn.com Bowl
MT19    2008 Capital One Bowl
MT20    2009 Fiesta Bowl

How did the set get its name? Each card had a trivia question on the back that could only be revealed when a section of the back of the card was rubbed with a coin.

Chris Olds has collected sports cards and memorabilia since 1987. Before coming to Beckett Media, he wrote about the hobby for the Orlando Sentinel on his blog, SportsStuff, and for the San Antonio Express-News and The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) News. Do you have a comment, question or idea? Send e-mail to him at colds@beckett.com.


  1. Anonymous
    Posted June 17, 2009 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Where do i purchase?!

  2. lbudme
    Posted August 27, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    this is one of my favorite sets of 2009. thanks for the breakdown and review.

  3. Posted June 24, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Who’s the team to beat for the national title this year?

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