Good news? It’s a rookie autograph. Bad news? He’s out for the year.
By Rich Klein
2009 Topps Platinum Football is frankly what the name of the product implies that it will be. That is, a shiny modern looking product featuring the best players in football today.
The fronts of the card show the player’s photo in full color showcased in the middle with the sides having a platinum look. The player’s last name is on the bottom along with his team.
An interesting aspect of this checklist is that all veteran players in the base set are grouped by position. The quarterbacks lead off the set and the veteran part of the set concludes with free safeties. The rookie part of the base set appears to be in no specific pattern.
The card backs basic player information: His name, team, position and biographical information. Then an informational blurb with 2008 seasonal and career information on the bottom.
The current price for boxes seems to be in the $115-130 on eBay..
Boxes promise two chrome rookie autographs and one chrome autograph patch card.
Let’s see how our box broke:
Base Set: 105 of 165 Cards (No Duplicates)
Rookie Refractors (#’d to 999) Brian Cushing, Brian Orakpo, Javon Ringer
Rookie White Refractors (#’d to 499) Percy Harvin
Rookie Red Refractors (#d to 25) Jason Smith
Platinum Refractors (#d to 1549): Jarett Dillard, Julian Edelman, James Laurinaitis, Rey Maualuga
Platinum Refractors (#d to 99): Quan Cosby
Rookie Autographs: Javon Ringer (#d to 1500); Brian Cushing (#d to 1550)
Rookie Autographs Patches Black Refractor (#d to 25): Andre Brown. This would be a bigger hit but you’ve got to love the blurb on the back (“A training camp knee injury sidelined Brown for all of 2009”). Now isn’t that reminiscent of the old baseball card sets with high numbers which updated information during the season?
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]