by Rich Klein
The word “Prime” has several different meanings. To card collectors it usually means, as it does in the term “Prime Cut”, the best available. Topps recently released 2011 Topps Prime football with designs of being a top-notch product. Each box has10 packs with six cards per pack and promises four hits (2 relic cards and 2 autographed cards). Thus the “hit” percentage in this product is one in 15 or seven percent of all cards produced.
Then, when one considers the other cards which come out of the packs, the product has many other “smaller” hits. Among the hits include each rookie card having a serial # to 930. Topps loves parallels and Prime Football has plenty of those.
Boxes are currently selling from leading on-line retailers at between $90-100.
Here’s what we pulled:
Base Cards: 31 of 100 with 5 duplicates
Rookie Base Cards (#d to 930): Leonard Hankerson,Austin Pettis, Ryan Williams,
Blue Parallels (#d to 599 Julio Jones, Titus Young (Again these cards only feature 2011 rookies)
Red Parallel (#d to 499) Jamie Harper (Again this parallel only features 2001 rookies)
Purple Parallel (#d to 399) Ryan Williams (Yet another parallel set only featuring 2011 rookies)
Green Parallel (#d to 99) Christian Ponder (This parallel set again only features 2011 rookies)
If you have noticed, the only insert sets which feature “veteran” players in parallel sets are the Powder Blue Parallels #d to 75 and Platinum parallels #d to 1. There are also retail parallel sets issues but those are not serial numbered.
Prime Rookies: Andy Dalton, Kendall Hunter, Steven Ridley, Titus Young
Prime Veterans: Hakeem Nicks, Philip Rivers
Dual: A.J. Green/Andy Dalton. Adrian Peterson/DeMarco Murray,
Quad: Christian Ponder/Andy Dalton/Ryan Mallett/Colin Kaepernick
Jumbo Relic (#d to 318): Austin Pettis
Quad Relics (#d to 350): Cam Newton/Jake Locker/Christian Ponder/Blaine Gabbert
Rookie Autograph (#d to 270): Leonard Hankerson
Autograph Relics Level VI (#d to 618): Torrey Smith
We did get our four auto/relic cards, however no big pulls this time around in what is a rookie-heavy 2011 Topps Prime Football product. There’s decent value if the rookie class winds up being a strong one, but the jury is still out.
Rich Klein can be reached at [email protected]