Topps closes out 2009 with its high end football card product. Find out what we pulled in one box.
by: Rich Klein
Like most premium sports card products, Triple Threads can bring a range of emotion. This product is, frankly, not for the more traditional collector… nor for the faint of heart. It’s for those who want to be ensured of receiving cards with a lower print run and a chance of getting a very nice "hit’ from the box.
The design of the basic cards in 09 Triple Threads football is an action photo of the player against a different color background. The base cards have a red type of border surrounding the player while shorter printed base cards use different colors in the background on both the front and the back. The back has biographical information about the player with a small photo underneath. Then a short informational blurb with 2008 and career statistics near the bottom.
Each 18-box case is supposed to include a 1-of-1 Autographed Triple Relic and a Triple Autographed Triple Relic numbered to 36 or less. Each box contains two packs. Each mini pack box contains three numbered base cards, two numbered parallels, and one Triple Relic Card. Pro Bowl patch cards were among the new additions this annual product and there are some nice triple fold patch and autograph cards. Most of the current autographs are on stickers.
Before we start, I want to mention that my preparation for this review was helped immeasurably by the Beckett On-Line Price Guide (OPG). I have to add that although I’m not working there anymore, no web site has the detailed checklist information that the Beckett site does.
Did our box of this hobby exclusive product deliver… or was it a miss? As of this week, the online box prices for Triple Threads was between $175-225. I’d expect store prices to be at or near the higher end of that range. Here’s what emerged from the box:
6 Base Cards (#’d to 799) Donovan McNabb, Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, Marc Bulger, Jason Witten and Darren McFadden
2 Sepia Cards (#d to 249) Larry Johnson and Kurt Warner
1 Emerald Card (#d to 149) of Donald Driver
1 Gold Card (#d to 99) of Kurt Warner
1 Triple Threads Relic Card of Adrian Peterson (nicely done using the game-worn threads to spell out his nickname: All Day) #d of 20
1 Rookie Autograph Patch Card (#103) of Lions’ rookie tight end Brandon Pettigrew #d to 70
No huge box or case hit here, unfortunately, but I think there is some real value in these cards; especially if the Minnesota Vikings go deep into the playoffs and Adrian "All-Day" Peterson continues his rise toward a possible Hall of Fame career. He’s clearly become a collector favorite.
2009 Triple Threads football on eBay
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