There is something to be said for releases which include content that appeals to a wider cross-section of collectors. Topps 2015 Valor NFL was released just before Halloween at a price point that shouldn’t scare too many collectors away, yet still includes enough to keep hit chasers interested.
With 20 packs per box and six cards per pack, each box includes four hits plus inserts. Each box should have one autograph, one autograph relic, one jumbo relic, one patch card, two ‘Battle Cry’ inserts and five ‘Gridiron Warrior’ inserts. Every pack has a ‘Speed Parallel’.
The design keeps with the “hero” concept with a player image set against a background which somewhat complements their uniform colors. The player’s name, position and team logo is at the bottom. Meanwhile the backs have football specific biographical information, a brief informational blurb as well as seasonal and career statistics.
My local card store (Triple Cards in Plano TX) sold one case at around $95 per box. Many online retailers are currently a $70-80 per box before shipping.
In addition to the relatively modest price (at least at the online level), Valor has a couple of other things going for it: it’s a visually striking product thanks to the concept and design that seems better than previous issues and the player selection is pretty strong.
Here’s what we pulled:
Base Cards: 75 (of 200 on the checklist)
Courage Parallel (d to 299): John Elway, Tre Mason
Discipline Parallel (#d to 199): Aaron Rodgers
Speed Parallel: Jerome Bettis, Jamaal Charles, La’el Collins Brett Hundley, Bo Jackson, Eric Kendricks, Eddie Lacy, Sean Mannion, Tre McBride,, Benardrick McKinney, Alfred Morris, Gale Sayers, Brandon Scherff, Terrell Suggs, Shaq Thompson, Lawrence Timmons, Clive Walford, Andre Williams, Karlos Williams, Jameis Winston
Strength Parallel: La’el Collins, Earl Thomas
Gridiron Warriors: Luke Kuechly, Eddie Lacy, Eli Manning, Dan Marino, Lawrence Taylor
Patch (#d to 289): Todd Gurley
Autograph (# to 600): Malcolm Brown
While we would had obviously preferred better names as our hits, at least all four of our hits featured rookie players most of whom have significant upside potential and so we are hopeful there is an even better future for those cards. But at a price point where you can get hits for less than $20 each, a few nice parallels and a stack of recognizable names, 2015 Valor NFL is worth considering. You can see single cards and boxes on eBay here.