We’ve mentioned this before, but the Finest brand actually began as a small factory set issued during the 1992 football season and featuring the stars of the time. Each master box of the 2014 product, which arrived last month, should contain either a Rookie Refractor Autograph Patch Card and an Autographed Jumbo Relic.
Generally, you’ll get one or the other in a mini box but our master box was the exception to the rule as we got both our hits in the same mini.
When I dropped into my local card store (Triple Cards, Plano TX) and mentioned what had occurred he said that happened in one of the approximately 50 boxes his clients had opened. He was also selling the master boxes for a tad less than $110 per master box and said he had sold about half his order. 2014 Finest Football boxes are currently selling from leading on-line retailers for between $80-85 per box. Each six-pack mini box has five cards.
So with that background and the chance to get key rookies who have played in NFL games already such as Blake Bortles or Teddy Bridgewater or hyped prospects such as Johnny Manziel, there is some more interest early in 2014 then 2013. However, the owner of Triple Cards did mention he was probably going to reduce his football orders going forward until there is a true breakout 2014 rookie.
Base Cards: 49 of 150 or about 1/3 of the set
X-Fractors: Kiko Alonso, Jordan Cameron
Gold Refractors (#d to 75): C.J. Fiedorowicz
Fantasy’s Finest: Jordan Cameron, Jordy Nelson
Quarterback Cuts: Johnny Manziel
Rookie Patch Autograph Refractors: Aaron Murray, Tom Savage (My guess is that receiving two autograph patch refractors rather than a jumbo relic auto was caused by how I received two hits in the same mini-box).
Getting one of Manziel’s better insert cards is a definite plus.
Overall, Finest Football 2014 is a fairly reasonably priced two autograph per box product with nice looking cards. It’ll be interesting to see what happens after next season but we assume Finest will be back for another go-round in the final year of Topps’ NFL contract in 2015.
You can see what’s being offered on eBay here.