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At some point in 2007, after ten years away from collecting, I made a return to The Hobby. After bustin’ five or six releases I had reached the point where I realized that I had made a mistake and the love that died in 1997, just would not return. Then I busted 2007 Finest and within a few weeks began working on Wax Heaven.
Having tragically missed out on 2008 Finest, I was thrilled to get a hold of the 2009 release. While the design is absolutely perfect for the Finest brand, overall there are a few flaws collectors should know about before jumping into the product.
Below is my review of 2009 Topps Finest.
If you are a true fan of Finest then you should be very pleased with what Topps pulled off this year. The base cards look excellent, Refractors look amazing, and even the controversial manufactured patches look better than ever.
One has to wonder why they did on-card autographs in 2008 but not this year.
For just under $100 dollars you can go home with a beautifully designed product but when it comes to the “hits”, 2 signed, manufactured patches you really take a nosedive. The two that I pulled (Gamel & Antonelli) can both be found on eBay selling for well under $10 dollars, with the Antonelli refractor versions selling for barely one dollar.
These kind of autographs provide no real value to the “high-end” crowd and while the Refractors add something to the overall product, adding one or two more guaranteed autographs or even printing plates, could have saved Finest’s grade.
You can never go wrong with pulling a handful of Refractors, including Derek Jeter, plus a Gold David Ortiz but there is just not enough product to justify a close to $100 dollar price tag.
The Autographed Manufactured patches look amazing but unless you pull one in a low serial number parallel form, you’re not looking at much of anything in value, unless you still use a Beckett price guide.
If I could grade Finest on design alone it would have been the perfect product. Unfortunately, when you factor in the low value on the autographs and the amount of cards compared to the price, ultimately you are left with a product that’s all flash, not enough content.
If Topps can make the necessary adjustments and apply them to Topps Chrome, which will be here in a couple of months, you might finally see the day Topps Chrome puts an end to Finest’ reign among non-prospect Chrome collectors.
Topps, are you up for the challenge?
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