We’re several weeks into 2014, but Topps is still pushing out products under the 2013 release calendar and the latest is Supreme Football. Pigskin products have been a tough sell for some dealers this year, of course, because of the limited number of offensive players who have star projections. That does occur in some draft classes. Long-time hobbyists will recall the 1994 draft class as a great example of a long-term very weak rookie crop.
While there is always a chance we’ll see some breakout stars in the next year or two as we did about a decade ago when Tom Brady, a sixth round pick in 2000 became the superstar quarterback, we suspect this year's class will not go down as one of the best in history.
Topps tried to balance the rookie cards with a dose of past greats in an effort to maintain interest.
The cards are sharp with a fairly simple design utilizes the Supreme logo in the background.
Topps Supreme 2013 contains one pack of just four cards with a guaranteed hit with all cards serial numbered. The base cards consist of the player's photo set against a solid background. My local card store (Triple Cards in Plano TX) sold out at $100 per box but is not going to restock while leading on-line retailers are currently between $70-80 per box.
With just four cards, it's a break that doesn’t take long and here’s what we pulled:
Blue Parallel (#d to 112): Dion Jordan
Purple Parallel (d to 99) LaDainian Tomlinson
Rookie Relic Die Cut Purple (#d to 25); Terrance Williams
At $25-25 per card, this is a serious gamble. Our first two cards are selling on eBay for around $1-2. Since we are in the Dallas area, we are reasonably happy with our Terrance Williams pull. At least he is local and looks as if he will have a nice career but with no autograph we’ll have to cross our fingers for Cameron and Jordan too.
Click here to see 2013 Supreme football listings on eBay.
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]