The third edition of Topps’ $100/pack high-end football product, Supreme, is tentatively scheduled for release the last week of December. Just like the past two years, every pack will come with what Topps describes as “ONE HIGH-END HIT PER PACK,” which is defined as a low-numbered autograph and/or “Relic” card – although, curiously, the sell-sheet fails to mention just how limited those high-end hits are. In addition, each 16-pack/box case of 2012 Topps Supreme football promises to yield four Autographed Relics, four Autographed Rookies, a multi-signed and single-signed autograph, five “Supreme Relics” and an eleventh autograph.
The base set will be 100-cards deep, although there is no mention if the cards will be serial-numbered;. However, there will be five levels of low-numbered parallels ranging from Blue (serial-numbered to 99 copies) to Red (one-of-one) supplemented by a set of four Printing Plates for each card.
There are, of course, teases of the high-end pulls that are standard on a Topps sell-sheet that, in most products, most collectors will never see. But with the limited production and $100/pack price tag, hobbyists might get lucky and pull one of the numerous book cards like the Autographed Six-Piece Relics, Eight Autograph (serial-numbered to five) and Eight Piece Relics.
In addition to that¸ 2012 Topps Supreme Football also features such other a new series of one-of-one Hall of Fame Cut Signatures, autographed Rookie, Retired and Veteran cards available in a wide variety of multi-colored parallels, and multiple signed, low-numbered autographs.
New for the 2012 edition are seven Autographed QB Playbooks, a “sketch-like” card featuring a hand-drawn diagram of the respective quarterback’s favorite play, and Nickname Autographed Book Cards, where the player signs both his name and his nickname. Both will be serial-numbered to an as yet indeterminate figure. Supreme also marks the continuation of the Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin, III “Quarterback Autograph Continuity” program.
2012 Topps Supreme Football will consist of two base cards, a serial-numbered parallel, and a “hit” of some sort for around $100/box and will be released the week of December 31st. Cases will yield 16 boxes and are exclusive to Hobby outlets. Check out the checklist and image gallery below.