How many of you have heard of that old adage, “If you have nothing nice to say, then don’t say anything at all”? I have to admit when I opened the 2014 Topps Supreme Football box, that’s how I felt. Boxes contain four cards, with one hit–not guaranteed to be an autograph. It retails at my local card store (Triple Cards, Plano TX) for $100 and sales have been painfully slow. Online, they’ve dropped to where you can buy one for $70-75. Supreme isn’t a bad looking product and a lot of collectors are big fans but this year it’s a major dice roll for the money.
I discussed with the owner of Triple Cards what we would do to improve Supreme and we agreed at that level, there should be one autograph and one relic card.
In talking with other collectors and reading some other reviews, the content in the box I received from Topps was fairly consistent with what many others were seeing. In defense of Topps, some cases did have very nice hits and the look and feel of the cards isn’t bad in my opinion. If you are lucky enough to pull an autograph, there are some big names from the past on the checklist as well as last season’s rookies.
Apparently, Topps did listen to all reviewers and comments as to why its Supreme line has struggled so precipitously in the secondary market upon release. I was relieved when I saw our preview of 2015 Supreme Baseball and learned it would contain two autographs and no base cards.
Not everyone agrees, but once your box price rises above a certain level, the general expectation is that you will pull an autograph unless you create truly groundbreaking cards and proclaim it a ‘base only’ type set (and when was the last time you saw that?). The lack of a guaranteed autograph in a $100 retail level product is tough to swallow.
We can only hope 2015 Supreme Football follows suit with the two autographs per box concept. In the meantime, here’s our “haul” from 2014 Supreme Football:
Base Card (#d to 162); Alshon Jeffery
Blue Parallel (#d to 144): Colin Kaepernick
Purple Parallel (#d to 99) Terry Bradshaw
Rookie Quad Relics (#d to 36): Jadeveon Clowney
And that’s it. As you can see, for the $100 on the retail level this is a steep price indeed for a single relic hit, numbered to 36 and some middling parallels. We hope your luck was better.
You can check out single cards and boxes on eBay here.
Topps is also releasing 2015 Museum Baseball to close out the week.