This was the year I began appreciating football cards, thanks in part to 2009 Topps Chrome. While I continue to compare almost every product to that release, I finally have found something that Topps it (pun intended).
Before I continue I should add that not everyone loves a futuristic-looking brand like Finest but this year Topps really reached out to those old school collectors by creating a design that was much better than Finest Baseball and looks simply wonderful.
I have read that there are just too many Refractors in this product but to me that’s crazy. I pulled 16 in this sample box and given the choice of 16 more base cards or 16 parallels (most numbered), it’s really no choice at all.
This year’s Finest football is just right. More flash and style than Chrome, which featured the flagship design; not as over the top and wildly designed as Bowman Sterling. Along with Topps Chrome Football, it’s a must-buy for every football collector.
Current eBay price – $85
Guarantees – 2 Rookie Letter or Patch Autographs per master box
Look for – 1/1 White Xfractors, framed printing plates, Favre Mania
Strong performer on the secondary market
Lots of Refractors (16 in sample box)
Excellent design all around
Relics in a product like Finest seems unnecessary
Autograph/Relic – Hakeem Nicks #’d to 209
Autograph/Patch Refractor – Darrius Heyward-Bey #’d to 50
Final Grade: A-