2009 Topps Finest preview

2009 Topps Finest is back and in my opinion better than ever. I have always cherished this brand but I think 2008’s design left a lot to be desired. This year’s base design looks excellent but I don’t know why they would force Rookie Autographed Manufactured Lettermen on Finest collectors.

Product Details:

Each master box contains two mini-boxes with 6 packs per mini box and 5 cards per pack. Each box will yield two numbered autographed rookie patch cards, 10 parallels, and one 2009 Rookie Redemption card. There is no word yet if a Finest Moment Autograph replaces a patch autograph or is a bonus.

Release Date: March 30th, 2009

Checklist: Full list in comments

Price: $70-$75 per master box

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  1. Base Cards
    Kosuke Fukudome
    Derek Jeter
    Evan Longoria
    Alex Gordon
    David Wright
    Ryan Howard
    Jose Reyes
    Ryan Braun
    Hunter Pence
    Chipper Jones
    Jimmy Rollins
    Alfonso Soriano
    Alex Rodriguez
    Paul Konerko
    Dustin Pedroia
    Brian McCann
    Ken Griffey
    Daisuke Matsuzaka
    Josh Beckett
    Jorge Posada
    Nick Markakis
    Xavier Nady
    Carlos Pena
    Grady Sizemore
    Mark Teixeira
    Chase Utley
    Vladimir Guerrero
    Prince Fielder
    Brian Roberts
    Magglio Ordonez
    Cliff Lee
    Brandon Webb
    Tim Hudson
    Rafael Furcal
    Ben Sheets
    Carlos Beltran
    Lance Berkman
    Garret Anderson
    Aramis Ramirez
    Aubrey Huff
    Johnny Damon
    Carlos Quentin
    Yunel Escobar
    Scott Kazmir
    Delmon Young
    Jermaine Dye
    Miguel Cabrera
    Zack Greinke
    Chris Young
    Derrek Lee
    Manny Ramirez
    Jay Bruce
    Garrett Atkins
    Curtis Granderson
    Adrian Gonzalez
    Raul Ibanez
    Roy Halladay
    Jon Lester
    Adam Dunn
    A.J. Burnett
    Gavin Floyd
    Russ Martin
    Dan Uggla
    Andre Ethier
    Casey Kotchman
    Matt Garza
    Kevin Youkilis
    Felix Hernandez
    Rich Harden
    Roy Oswalt
    Jason Bay
    Geovany Soto
    Ryan Ludwick
    Joe Saunders
    Gil Meche
    Jim Thome
    Albert Pujols
    Josh Hamilton
    Justin Morneau
    David Ortiz
    Cole Hamels
    Edinson Volquez
    Hanley Ramirez
    Carlos Zambrano
    Brett Myers
    Chien-Ming Wang
    John Lackey
    B.J. Upton
    Gary Sheffield
    Jake Peavy
    Carlos Lee
    Jacoby Ellsbury
    Francisco Liriano
    Torii Hunter
    Eric Chavez
    Jamie Moyer
    CC Sabathia
    Matt Holliday
    Ervin Santana
    Hideki Matsui
    Mark Buehrle
    Johan Santana
    Francisco Rodriguez
    Jorge Cantu
    Joe Mauer
    Ian Kinsler
    Joba Chamberlain
    Stephen Drew
    J.D. Drew
    Justin Upton
    Troy Glaus
    Chone Figgins
    David DeJesus
    Joey Votto
    Alex Rios
    Adam Jones
    Miguel Tejada
    Michael Young
    Vernon Wells
    Tim Lincecum
    Ryan Zimmerman
    Nate McLouth
    Carl Crawford
    Dan Haren
    Andrew Carpenter
    Aaron Cunningham
    Phil Coke
    Alcides Escobar
    Dexter Fowler
    Michael Hinckley
    Brad Nelson
    Scott Lewis
    Juan Miranda
    Jason Motte
    Travis Snider
    Wade LeBlanc
    Matt Tuiasosopo
    Humberto Sanchez
    Freddy Sandoval
    Chris Lambert
    John Jaso
    James McDonald
    Luis Valbuena
    Rich Rundles
    Josh Whitesell
    Jeff Baisley
    Ramon Ramirez
    Jason Bourgeois
    Jesus Delgado

  2. Hmm … last year’s Finest hobby boxes had 3 mini-boxes of 6 packs each, so you get 1/3 less in 2009. I hope that the price is down by 1/3 too. The base card looks cool, and it looks like the autograph will at least be actually on the manufactured patch, not a sticker. So it’s just like SP Authentic By The Letter. I’d rather have an autographed refractor than that.

  3. Finest Moments Autographs
    Jose Reyes
    Asdrubal Cabrera
    Jon Lester
    Jay Bruce
    Joba Chamberlain
    David Wright
    Evan Longoria
    Akinori Iwamura
    Hunter Pence
    Robinson Cano
    Jason Bay
    David Ortiz
    Jim Thome
    Joey Votto
    Alex Rodriguez
    Ryan Howard

  4. Autographed Rookie Letter Patches
    Mat Gamel
    Will Venable
    Michael Bowden
    Conor Gillaspie
    Matt Antonelli
    Greg Golson
    Kila Ka’aihue
    Bobby Parnell
    Gabby Sanchez

  5. The rivets look similar to the dots they have on the edges of the 2009 base cards. But I like the design. So far from these press releases, Topps has a very strong ’09 presence. I don’t know if Upper Deck’s product will be as popular as Topps this year. I stayed clear of Topps for the most part this year except for Updates and Highlights. But I think I’ll have to become reacquainted with their products this year.

  6. I get the feeling that collecting Pettitte is going to be a lot easier in ’09 than ’08. The Finest cards look cooler than this year… last year… 2008, but I’ll probably just wait for someone to trade the Yankees/Mauer & Morneau or pick the singles up at the card shop.

    I’m curious who from that rookie list is going to be the card everyone is chasing in May.

  7. Not a fan of look of the Finest Moments auto, but I’m liking everything else so far.

  8. Great base design. A little dubious about the patches. They’ve got the wrong Ka’aihue in there too. Depending on the finalized checklist, I might drop a 40 on a mini box this time.

  9. The base cards look beautiful but the autos seem a little boring. I’m not a big fan of the “letterman” type cards either. I guess because I’ve got letterman cards where the letter wasn’t even in the players name.

  10. I’m not loving the base card design, but at least Topps is trying to make the cards “budget-friendly.”

  11. I’ll bet that by the time this thing is out for a little while, you can get all 10 Letter Patch Players for less than the cost of a box.

  12. I also forgot to add that I bet these’ll be priced at $90-110 in shops, so definately not worth it to buy right away.

  13. I love it! I am so down on sets of late, but I think this one is a home run!

  14. Ok…if only they used a MUCH thinner border of this base card and put it on their 2009 flagship. I really hate the dots they used in their flagship this year. If they do that plus Topps flagship inserts that would sway me to do Topps this year.

    As for 09 finest itself…sad to say but i don’t see them coming even close to some of the cool designs of the 90s. The base is alright, letterman is overhyped and i really dislike the idea of guranteed rookie auto to justify the box price.

  15. So lets see…..60 cards per box….160 cards in the set….so even with great distribution you’re looking at 3 boxes and a minimum of $200-$300 to complete the base set.

    Nice-looking cards, but given the cost of completing the set, who is going to be the target buyer, set-builders or hit-seekers. The insert lineup is too feeble to attract hit-seekers, and the price is too high to attract set-builders.

    So who is going to buy this product/

  16. HAS it not occurred to anyone who had redemptions from last year’s finest baseball? WHERE the heck are my rookie redemptions from last year? I had 4 of them and everytime I contact topps all I get is, “the cards are being made”. Topps still hasn’t even sent out the red hot rookies from last year’s yet. TOPPS can go stick it for all I care. They can’t even make deadline obligations with current products so it seems.

  17. Now how dose Chipper Jones dont have a Finest Moments Auto after the year he had.

  18. I talked to Topps and they said it will be sent out at the end of February.

  19. That reminds me, I have 3 days to send in my 2008 Finest Redemption of Fukudome.

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