Following the success of 2011-13 Museum Collection baseball, Topps has finally expanded the product to the gridiron with the announcement of 2013 Topps Museum Collection football. Featuring the same quality artwork that has made the baseball issue popular with collectors, the 100-card base set featuring rookies, current stars, and retired legends aims to have something for everyone–as long as you can afford it.
Each pack of this higher end product slated for release just after the Super Bowl, is expected to contain a total of five cards, including three base cards, one parallel card, and one hit card. The hit card will either be a jumbo relic, a quad relic, an on-card autograph, or an autograph relic. One example of each of the four potential hits will be included in a four-pack box. For those fortunate enough to be able to open an entire case, they will be treated to the reward of a jumbo patch autograph and a framed on-card autograph.
Like its baseball predecessor, 2013 Museum Collection will rely heavily upon paralleled inserts to give player, team, and set collectors an added chase. For the base set parallels, Copper will be the least limited, while Sapphire (#d to 99), Ruby (#d to 50), and Emerald (1/1) becoming increasingly scarce.
The Canvas Collection insert set features 35 players with one card included in each box. The original artwork used for this set will be obtainable to those hobbyists who choose to dig through the product as well. Each original artwork is of course a unique 1/1, that will surely be a coveted treasure for dedicated player collectors.
The first of the four potential hits is a jumbo relic card featuring an oversized swatch from a total of 45 rookie and veteran subjects with Copper (#d to 50), Gold patch (#d to 25), and Emerald patch (1/1) parallels adding to the scarcity. 21 Pro Bowl jerseys have been obtained by Topps for this product with identical parallels to the base jumbo relic set. 40 rookie and veteran Nike Swoosh relics (1/1) and laundry tags (1/1) are also included, along with 50 NFL Shield relics (1/1). Completing this category are dual jumbo relic cards (#d to 5) featuring up to 20 combinations of rookie and veteran players.
Autograph relics have always been popular amongst collectors, and Topps Museum Collection promises not to disappoint with an assortment of options. Signature Swatches dual relics feature a jersey swatch, a patch swatch, and an autograph from a roster of 30 subjects along side an argument with base, Copper (#d to 50), Gold (#d to 25), and dual patch Emerald (1/1) parallels. There is a triple relic version featuring two jersey swatches, one patch swatch, and an autograph drawing from 25 players with the same parallels as the dual, with Emerald being a triple patch. There will be a Pro Bowl version featuring the same contents as the dual version featuring 10 subjects with Copper (#d to 25), Gold (#d to 10), dual patch Emerald (1/1), and dual Pro Bowl logo patch Emerald (1/1) parallels.
The third box hit will be a quad relic, with a large focus on the 2013 rookie class. 38 of the year’s top rookies will be featured on quad relics containing three jersey swatches along with a patch with Copper (#d to 50), Gold (#d to 25), and quad patch Emerald (1/1) parallels. There will be a version containing four different players mixing rookies and veterans with the base and Copper (#d to 50) parallel featuring four jerseys, while Gold (#d to 25) and Emerald (1/1) will consist of four patches. The Pro Bowl jerseys also find their way into this set with three jersey swatches and a patch swatch cut from up to 20 player’s jerseys with Gold (#d to 10) and quad patch Emerald (1/1) parallels.
Continuing the move to deliver on-card autographs desired heavily by collectors, 2013 Topps Museum Collection football will include one on-card autograph per box with 55 rookies, stars, and legends having signed for the product. Copper (#d to 50), Gold (#d to 25), and Emerald (1/1) parallels will add value along with Silver and Gold ink parallels (each #d to 5). Dual on-card autographs will also be highly sought after (#d to 25) with 10 combinations of stars of yesterday, today, and tomorrow intertwined with Emerald (1/1) and Gold and Silver ink (each #d to 5) parallels.
The two potential case hits may be amongst the most popular cards pursued by collectors in mid-winter. First up is a jumbo patch autographed card drawn from 20 of the top rookies and will include both an oversized patch relic and an on-card autograph with a Copper (#d to 15), Gold (#d to 10), and team logo patch Emerald (1/1) parallels. The second case hit will be a metal framed on-card autograph with 35 elite rookie, veteran, and retired signers and will come in either Silver (#d to 20), Gold (#d to 10), or Black (1/1) frames.
2013 Topps Museum Collection football is scheduled to hit shelves on February 12, 2014.