Odds are we won’t see the likes of the 2012 draft class for awhile, but the football card show must go on and the card companies are forging ahead with plans for the coming season’s cardboard. 2013 Topps Platinum Football looks to be the first product to hit store shelves after the start of the regular season in September and the company says it’s giving it a shinier new look.
Topps released preview information and some preliminary images (they’ll be updated after the players are drafted by their respective teams) on Tuesday. You can expect 20 packs per box and five cards per pack with Chrome technology throughout.
Topps is promising two autographed rookie cards and one autographed rookie Refractor patch card in each box, which will likely run a little over $100 to start. Each pack will also contain a Sapphire Refractor.
Regular rookie Refractors will fall two per box and will be variations of the base rookie card design.
Among the new low numbered cards sprinkled throughout the product are Frost parallels.
Big hits will include Hexagraphs, featuring six autographs. They’ll be numbered to ten and limited to hobby boxes only. There will also be Die-Cut Ribbon autographs for Military and Breast Cancer Awareness.
The base set will consist of 150 cards; 100 veterans and 50 rookie cards with the usual array of parallels.
See a full image gallery preview below as wll as the sell sheet for 2013 Topps Platinum Football.