One of the truest tests of seeing how much "nerve" a collector has is to hand them a Topps Supreme football box and watch them open the box.
A collector gets four cards out of a box for a pretty steep price. My local store, Triple Cards in Plano reported decent but not overwhelming sales at $100 per box while the major on-line retailers are between $110-120.
This is the first time I recall that the store price was actually cheaper than the on-line retail price. He also called this product Topps answer to Upper Deck's Ultimate Collection.
They had gone through about 16 boxes at the local store but some really good cards had already been pulled -- the best were a Sam Bradford autograph card numbered to 5 and a Colt McCoy jersey card numbered to 7.
So, how did we do with our four cards out of the pack?
Each box is supposed to contain one autograph or relic card, two base cards and one numbered parallel. That's exactly what we got:
Base Cards (#d to 299): Patrick Willis, Jordan Shipley (RC)
Purple Parallel (#d to 10): Justin Tuck
Red Zone Rookie Autograph: Tim Tebow (#d to 100)-- when my wife pulled this card her comment was "I've heard of him, which is usually a good sign for collector value." Quite the kidder she is.
So, we have no major complaints about a box in which we receive a Tebow autograph but there is no guarantee that a collector will do as well as we did. The box break doesn't last long with Topps Supreme but you know something good is probably coming out. The big prizes are the multi-auto book cards. We didn't get one this time.
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]