NFL Rookie Premiere Opens: Topps Bringing Back 1965 ‘Tall Boy’ Football Cards
The 2012 NFL Rookie Premier Photo Shoot brings some of the NFL’s notable draft picks and the trading card companies to Los Angeles for a session that will produce mountains of signed cards for this year’s football products.
Storified by Sports Collector · Thu, May 17 2012 00:48:20
In a move that will put a smile on the face of collectors ofvintage football cards, Topps has unveiled some images of an upcoming footballset that pays homage to one of the company’s unique efforts from the past.
As it collects autographs from about three dozen players selectedin this year’s draft at the NFL Rookie Premiere in Los Angeles starting today,Topps brought along some ‘tall boys’, done up in the design of the 1965 AFLoriginals. We don’t have many detailsyet, however. Topps only says they’ll be a ‘special insert’. Here’s what they were Tweeting out:
Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III,Trent Richardson and Ryan Tannehill areamong the first year players signing hundreds of cards for upcoming issues atthe annual rookie get together. The restof the group is a mix of high and mid-level draft picks.
Panini America and Topps both came with boxes of unsigned cardsand also some memorabilia.
One good thing about the Rookie Premiere is that it gives thecompanies a chance to get on card autographs, which are a favorite ofcollectors.
Sometimes, the privilege is abused however. In the past, players have changed jerseysmultiple times just so the companies can create “event worn relic cards”,something collectors caught on to after hearing details of how things went downfrom the players who were there. Is ajersey worn by a player for fifteen seconds, then cut up into a one-inch piecemeaningful? Collectors have decided it isnot.
Overall, though, the Rookie Premiere gives the hobby someadded publicity, creates some goodwill between the marquee players of thefuture and the companies who make their cards and gives collectors a sneak peekat what’s to come.
Judging by some of the cards that were shown off onWednesday, it should be positive.