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2010 Topps Prime Football Review

by Rich Klein

There are several definitions of the word ‘prime’.   A prime number is a unique number that has exactly two distinct natural number divisors: 1 and itself.   “Prime” also means “top-notch”.  In its debut, the 2010 Topps Prime football product leans more towards the “top-notch” than being unique.

2010 Topps Prime boxThe product packaging features Rookie of the Year favorite Sam Bradford, and it’s his autographed rookie cards that are among the top prizes in Prime.

It’s a ‘mid-level’ product for Topps.  The photography is outstanding and the cards are printed on 36-point stock.  Boxes are currently available online at $80-85 and my local card store (Triple Cards in Plano, TX) reported reasonably decent sales at $95 per box.

2010 Topps Prime Claussen- LaFellThis first-year Topps product was issued in a nice large-sized box, with 10 packs (more like boxes) per unopened box and six cards per pack. Boxes promise four hits: one autograph relic card, one autographed rookie card and two additional relic cards. With just 60 cards in the box; that means seven percent of what’s inside will be considered a hi2010 Topps Prime Tim Tebowt.

2010 Topps Prime includes a variety of game-used and game-worn pieces for its relic program including wristbands, gloves, footballs and, of course, jerseys.

In hobby boxes, base rookie cards are numbered to 999, but that’s not the case in the retail product.  Sticking with the hobby boxes would be the way to go.

There are a lot of parallels and inserts here.  A base set collector will probably wind up buying at least three and probably four or more boxes to come close to a set.

Here’s what we pulled:

Base Cards: 39/100

Gold Parallel #d to 199: Reggie Wayne

Rookie Cards (#d to 999): Eric Decker, Armanti Edwards, Andre Roberts

Rookie Gold Parallels (#d to 699): Johnathan Dwyer, Emanuel Sanders

Rookie Black Parallels (#d to 25): Marcus Easley

Prime Rookies: Mike Kafka, Joe McKnight, Tim 2010 Topps Prime Manning-AddaiTebow, Damian Williams

2nd Quarter (two-player cards): Peyton Manning/Joseph Addai; Jermaine Gresham/Jordan Shipley, Jimmy Clausen/Brandon LaFell

3rd Quarter (three-player cards); Demaryius Thomas/Ryan Mathews/Rolando McClain; C.J. Spiller/Joe McKnight/Taylor Price

4th Quarter (four-player cards): Sam Bradford/Tim Tebow/Eric Decker/Mardy Gilyard; Dexter McCluster/Montario Hardesty/Ben Tate/Brandon LaFell

Prime Rookie Relics: (#d to 420): Armanti Edwards

Rookie Autographs (#d to 149): Andre Roberts

Autograph Relics Level 5 (#d to 499): Golden Tate

While no big scores to overwhelm us, there were certainly enough hits both big and small to make it interesting. . In addition, the card stock was nice and thick and although the fronts reminded me of some Pacific products from the 1990′s, I thought the design grew on me and got more attractive the longer I looked at the cards.

At a little under $10 per pack, it’s not a bad value but again, it depends on the quality of your autographs.

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Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]

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Rich is the editor and founder of Sports Collectors Daily. A broadcaster and writer for more than 30 years and a collector for even longer than that, he's usually typing something somewhere. Type him back at [email protected].

Comments

  1. I completely disagree with this review. 2010 Topps Prime is absolute junk. It’s almost as if Topps didn’t know what to do with the product. To me, “Prime” means patches, as that word is tossed around a lot in the community when it comes to the “hits”. I saw the weirdest 1/1 in a group break. It was a dual of Tony Romo and Dez Bryant. Sad part was, it was just a dual jersey – AND IT WAS A 1/1. I would expect logo shields, or just some logo patches, but no, a dual jersey 1/1? C’mon. The card design for the straight rookie auto’s are bland, too much real estate. The Quad jersey autos are a joke. The one’s I’ve seen pulled are just straight jerseys. It’s almost as if Topps took the leftover swatches from 2010 5 Star, and put a product together, called it Prime. I have yet to see ONE decent patch card come out of this product. The only thing I like about it, would be the base design. Nothing fancy, but yet, subtle and nice. Of course, these statements are my opinion only. I had high hopes for prime, but after seeing numerous boxes busted, and being in a group break of it, I can safely say, that you couldn’t PAY me to open this product.

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