Call it an insurance policy. Call it smart business. Whatever you call it, collectors can’t be too disappointed to see that 2012 rookie sensations Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will have autographed cards in the rookie-dominated 2013 Topps Chrome Football boxes. The company has released a preliminary checklist, preview images and a sell sheet for the annual issue, which will be released around Thanksgiving, just in time for Black Friday shopping.
This year’s rookie class won’t likely make the same impact last year’s did so Topps likely wanted to be sure collectors had something to chase if the majority of this year’s rookies don’t make much of an impact on collectors chasing the latest, greatest players.
The rookie cards in this year’s set will have eight different parallels.
There will be rookie autograph patches numbered to 50, dual rookie autographs numbered to 30, triple rookie autos numbered to 15 and the hobby only rookie autograph variation cards are back in Chrome football as well. Topps promises that the rookie autographs will all be on card.
Topps shouts out to its past again with mini cards featuring the look of 1969 and throwback designs for special cards that mimic the 1959 and 1986 Topps football sets. The 1965 ‘Tall Boys’ Topps set is again used for Chrome chase cards.
The base set will include 220 cards and a whopping 12 parallels will accompany them with the 1/1 Superfractors again representing the holy grail. Military Camo and Breast Cancer Awareness parallels are again part of the mix.
Once again, there are 220 cards in the base set and if you love photo variations, this set is right up your alley. A total of 55 of them have some sort of photo variation that is short printed and if you’re chasing a master set, you’ll have your work cut out for you. They’re being distributed at a rate of one in every 340 packs for rookies and one in every 268 packs for veterans.
You can see the basic 2013 Topps Chrome checklist and sell sheet below as well as a series of sample cards. Below that is a look at the current ‘most watched’ Chrome football cards on eBay (updated).