Our next box is one I've been looking forward to for a while: 2010 Topps football. I've been collecting this set for the last few years so I couldn't wait for it to get released this year, especially with another promising crop of rookies (and Jimmy Clausen). I would have been more timely with this review, but the seller from whom I bought the box decided to ship me a standard hobby box first, so I had to wait while that got rectified. Read on to find out if I would be pleased with the results like Sports Cards Uncensored or pretty disappointed.
- Purchased from/price: eBay, $88.90
- Packs/cards: 10 packs / 50 cards
- Set size: 440 base cards
- Key features: Two autographs and one relic per box; Gridiron Giveaway cards
- Key cards: RCs of this year's popular draft picks, including Bradford, Suh, Football Jesus, "Yakety Sax" Clausen, and the rest
- Michigan Wolverines: Brandon Graham RC, Braylon Edwards, Chad Henne, Charles Woodson, David Harris, Jake Long, Jason Avant, LaMarr Woodley, Leon Hall, Mario Manningham, Steve Breaston, Steve Hutchinson, Tom Brady (x2)
|Base card front|
|Base card back|
|Jonathan Dwyer base RC and SP variation|
- Set completion: 367/440 (83%)
- Extras: 49 doubles, 2 triples
|Inserts: Ring of Honor, Attax, Gold parallel, 75th NFL Draft, 1952 Bowman, Reprint, Gridiron Lineage, Peak Performance|
|The box's three promised hits|
- RC SP varations: Jonathan Dwyer
- Topps Attax (aka WasteACard®): 10: Miles Austin (2x), Brian Urlacher, Ray Rice, Jonathan Vilma, Matt Schaub, DeSean Jackson, Darrell Revis, Calvin Johnson, Adrian Wilson (1:1, 10 expected)
- Gold Parallel (#'d to 2010): 10: DeSean Jackson, Cincinnati Bengals, LaDainian Tomlinson, Kevin Boss, Dallas Clark, Brandon Jacobs, Chris Chambers, Cortland Finnegan, Wes Welker, Steve Breaston (1:1, 10 expected)
- Draft 75th Anniversary: 10: Joe Montana, Demaryius Thomas, Randy Moss, LaDainian Tomlinson, Emmitt Smith, Eric Berry, Brett Favre, Dexter McCluster, Brandon Marshall, Ray Lewis (1:1, 10 expected)
- 1952 Bowman: 10: Calvin Johnson, Jimmy Clausen, Rashard Mendenhall, CJ Spiller, Demaryius Thomas, Philip Rivers, DeAngelo Williams, Montario Hardesty (1:1, 10 expected)
- Topps Reprint: 5: Chris Johnson 2008, Tom Brady 2002, Steven Jackson 2004, Troy Polamalu 2005, Ray Lewis 1997 (1:2, 5 expected)
- Ring of Honor: Drew Brees (1:10, 1 expected)
- Peak Performance: 10: Kellen Winslow (2x), Sam Bradford, Jerome Harrison, Mike Sims-Walker, Tim Tebow, Jerod Mayo, Dez Bryant, Eli Manning, Michael Crabtree
- Gridiron Lineage: 11: Marino/Brees, Brown/Peterson, Montana/Clausen, T. Thomas/Spiller, Willis/McClain, Aikman/Romo, E. Smith/Tomlinson, Moss/Bryant, Elway/Tebow, Tomlinson/Mathews, Dawkins/Berry
- Gridiron Giveaway: 10 (1:1, 10 expected)
- Autographs: Peak Performance autograph Marques Colston and Jacoby Ford (2:box)
- Relics: Peak Performance jersey Dez Bryant (1:box)
- Best pack: #3, which included a Lions team card, Steve Hutchinson, Chad Henne, RCs of Sean Weatherspoon, CJ Spiller, Colt McCoy and Jimmy Clausen, Drew Brees, Adrian Peterson, Ben Roethlisberger, a Gridiron Lineage of Randy Moss/Dez Bryant, and the Dez Bryant Peak Performance jersey.
- Worst pack: Nothing to complain about today
- Quality control: 9/10 Just a few cards with dinged corners
- Collation: 4/10 The biggest reason for this failing grade? Have a look at the numbers up above. In a jumbo box that produced 418 base cards (out of the 500 overall), more than 12% were doubles or triples--that's just piss poor. With the set size reaching 440, I couldn't expect to pull a complete set, but how can Topps justify more than 10% of my cards being extras? On top of that, I pulled doubles of two different inserts, including one of the horrendous Attax cards. Very disappointing, and possibly proof that I should stop buying jumbo boxes, even if it means having to buy multiple hobby boxes.
- Value: 5/10 Pros: an excellent group of rookies, a large base set, pretty good inserts, three hits per box. Cons: Horrible collation, Attax cards are a complete waste of a card, and did I mention that collation really, really sucked? For almost $90 a collector deserves better
- Set design and player selection: 8/10 Another typical white-bordered Topps design. My biggest gripe is the extra-large team names taking up a good chunk of each card. The rookie shots are great, though, and the variations are a nice touch
- Inserts and extras: 8/10 The design of the hits was pretty cool, the Reprints are awesome in my book, Gridiron Giveaway cards are a fun, if overrated (I've seen some pretty underwhelming results on the old Transmogrifier) bonus, and the SP variations should be big draws. However, I give the set a -2 for continuing to use the deplorable Attax cards and swiping the underwhelming Lineage concept from the baseball set.
I'm probably even being a bit generous, although there's plenty to like with this set. But for my money, the jumbo box isn't the way to go. Hopefully this was just an isolated incident of a bad box considering some of what I've seen around the internets. I definitely recommend that collectors go after the set, though, as Topps continues to be the football set I like to put together and keep every year.