I’m a big fan of retro-themed products. This year alone I have fallen for T-51 Murad Basketball, Allen & Ginter Baseball, and to some extent, Topps Mayo Football.
For me, I still have a bad taste left in my mouth from the disastrous 2008 Mayo release, which promised more than it delivered and left many football collectors upset with Topps.
This year, Topps ditched the black & white base cards for a more Allen & Ginter style version. The base cards and relics look great, as do the mini parallels and variations. The autographs on the other hand, don’t quite live up to the retro theme.
Unfortunately, much like T-51 Basketball, Topps used stickers for the autographs. While they are the more subtle clear labels, it does bring down the feel of the product. Would Allen & Ginter be as popular if it featured stickers?
As for Mayo, it’s a great-looking product but for a collector that’s been recently spoiled by Topps Finest and Topps Chrome, it lacks the excitement those more flashy releases bring to the table.
Current eBay price – $75+
Guarantees – One relic & autograph per box
Look for – Cut signatures, rip cards, quad autographs
Great designs runs through entire product
Excellent mini parallel variations
Sticker autographs on a retro-themed product
Relic – Ronnie Brown
Autograph – Gartrell Johnson
Final Grade: B