by Rich Klein
When I first saw the box of 2011 Topps Precision Football, my very first thought was this product is the football version of 2011 Topps Marquee. That product, to be frank, was not one of Topps' biggest successes. Our experience was fairly common, receiving two autographs out of the master box with one of the two being Tyson Ross, an Oakland A's pitching prospect. Topps has quickly learned some of the lessons from Marquee with each mini-box of Precision containing an autograph or autograph relic. This guarantees each collector four autographs per master box which assuages some of the gambles with this product.
Each master box of Precision football contains four packs with each containing three base cards as well as the signed card. The mainly borderless base cards have the player photo silhouetted against a white background with the players name and team at the bottom. The position is in the left corner while the uniform number is in the lower right. The back has biographical information, an informational blurb and career statistics.
The master boxes are currently available from leading on-line retailers at $140-150 range while my local card store (Triple Cards in Plano, TX) is currently at $190 for a master box with $50 per pack.
Here is what we pulled from our master box:
Pack #1: Base Cards: Arian Foster, Matt Ryan, Mike Wallace. Autograph Gold (#d to 50): Vernon Davis
Pack #3. Base Cards: Earl Campbell, Steven Jackson, Mario Manningham. Autograph: Steven Ridley rookie card
Pack#4. Base Cards: Josh Freeman, Maurice Jones-Drew, DeMarcus Ware. Autograph Jumbo Relic: Kendall Hunter
It was good to see four autographs coming out of the master box. Four autos in a box that sells for well under $200 isn't bad. The Vernon Davis was a solid pull considering his bright future with the 49ers. Overall, a decent experience and if the boxes are available at the current online price this product is a reasonable gamble to take in looking for autographed cards of tomorrow's stars and the base set offers a nice mix of classic stars, veterans and youngsters.
There are about 1,400 listings for 2011 Topps Precision on eBay. Click here to see them. One of the big pulls in the product was sold there last week. An eight autograph booklet (#4 of 5) featuring NFL greats Joe Namath, Dan Marino,Roger Staubach, John Elway, Terry Bradshaw, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana and Brett Favre went for more than $2,000.
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