Every so often a product comes out from another sport that makes me second guess my decision to collect nothing but baseball cards. That was the case last year with 2008-’09 Fleer Ultra hockey and now it can be said about Topps Murad.
Looking back at all the retro-themed wax I have busted over the years (A & G, Heritage, Topps ’52, etc.) I can honestly say this is without a doubt the absolute best of the best. I am in no way a basketball fan but Topps has managed to put together a set that makes every single card valuable in a true collector’s eye.
Perhaps the most impressive feat of 2008-’09 T-51 is that Topps decided for whatever reason to use the best photography on their checklists. Not only that but they are also twice as thick as the base cards which gives them a very “premium” feel to what is usually a throwaway card with any other brand.
As for the “hits”: I pulled a Magic Johnson autograph which is unfortunately a sticker. The thing is, you’d never know as Topps has used a clear label for once. I also received a nice blue game-used memorabilia and a very neat silk card #’d to 25.
Wax Heaven’s Man on the Street busted a box of this too, which he paid for at his local hobby shop. You can view his results HERE.
Having received a sneak peek into 2009 Allen & Ginter yesterday I can honestly say with true disappointment that it comes nowhere near being as elegant and beautiful at T-51 Murad.
Of course, this is just one man’s opinion. It’s up to you to decide if T-51 makes the grade. That is what ‘You Be the Judge’ is all about. Has Topps struck gold in basketball with Murad or have you grown tired of retro-themed trading cards?