Release Date: September 28, 2012
Price Point: $12 per pack or $110 per box at Blowout Cards.
Product Loadout: 6 cards per pack, 10 packs per box, 12 boxes per case.
Hit Ratios:  Each box contains two relic cards, one autograph card and one autographed relic card.
Checklist Provided by Cardboard Connection 2012 Topps Prime Football

Product Information:

  • 150 base cards (1-150)
  • Primed Rookies (50 cards)
  • Primetimers (100 cards)

Parallels/Autograph/Game Used:

  • Copper veteran parallel (1:pack)
  • Copper rookie parallel (#’d to 350)
  • Gold rookie parallel (#’d to 250)
  • Silver Rainbow rookie parallel (#’d to 99)
  • Copper Rainbow rookie parallel (#’d to 50)
  • Gold Rainbow rookie parallel (1/1)
  • Autographed Rookies (50 cards, 1:10 packs)
  • Copper Autographed Rookies (#’d to 99)
  • Gold Autographed Rookies (#’d to 75)
  • Silver Rainbow Autographed Rookies (#’d to 50)
  • Copper Rainbow Autographed Rookies (#’d to 25)
  • Gold Rainbow Autographed Rookies (1/1, hobby only)
  • Dual Combo Relics (20 cards)
  • Dual Combo Relics Copper (#’d to 25)
  • Dual Combo Relics Silver Rainbow (#’d to 10)
  • Dual Combo Relics Gold Rainbow (1/1, hobby only)
  • Triple Combo Relics (12 cards)
  • Triple Combo Relics Copper (#’d to 25)
  • Triple Combo Relics Silver Rainbow (#’d to 10)
  • Triple Combo Relics Gold Rainbow (1/1, hobby only)
  • Quad Combo Relics (9 cards)
  • Quad Combo Relics Copper (#’d to 25)
  • Quad Combo Relics Silver Rainbow (#’d to 10)
  • Quad Combo Relics Gold Rainbow (1/1, hobby only)
  • Quarterback Continuity Autographed Cards (2 cards)
  • Prime I Autographed Relics (24 cards, #’d to 10)
  • Prime II Autographed Relics (24 cards, #’d to 15)
  • Prime III Autographed Relics (30 cards, #’d to 5)
  • Prime IV Autographed Relics (37 cards, #’d to 15)
  • Prime V Autographed Relics (48 cards)
  • Prime V Autographed Relics Copper (#’d to 50)
  • Prime V Autographed Relics Gold (#’d to 25)
  • Prime V Autographed Relics Silver Rainbow (#’d to 15)
  • Prime V Autographed Relics Copper Rainbow (#’d to 10)
  • Prime V Autographed Relics Gold Rainbow (1/1)
  • Prime Relics (34 cards)
  • Prime Relics Copper (#’d to 25)
  • Prime Relics Silver Rainbow (#’d to 10)
  • Prime Relics Gold Rainbow (1/1, hobby only)
  • Dual Relics (34 cards)
  • Dual Relics Copper (#’d to 25)
  • Dual Relics Silver Rainbow (#’d to 10)
  • Dual Relics Gold Rainbow (1/1, hobby only)
  • Triple Relics (34 cards)
  • Triple Relics Copper (#’d to 25)
  • Triple Relics Silver Rainbow (#’d to 10)
  • Triple Relics Gold Rainbow (1/1, hobby only)
  • Quad Relics (34 cards)
  • Quad Relics Copper (#’d to 25)
  • Quad Relics Silver Rainbow (#’d to 10)
  • Quad Relics Gold Rainbow (1/1, hobby only)

Box Contents

  • 60 total cards
  • 42/150 base cards, 0 doubles
  • 10 Copper Parallels
  • 1 Copper Rookie Parallel (Mohamed Sanu 273/350)
  • 1 Gold Rookie parallel (Jarius Wright 170/250)
  • 2 Primetimers (Toby Gerhart and Mario Williams)
  • 1 Primed Rookies (Joe Adams)
  • 1 Prime V Autographed Relics Copper (Brock Osweiler 36/50)
  • 1 Quad Relic (Doug Martin 93/146)
  • 1 Autographed Rookie (Joe Adams)

What I Liked:   As with last year, Topps Prime makes very good use of the photography to give us an excellent base card, with the focus squarely on the player instead of foil or anything else.  Even the majority of the rookie cards don’t show combine photos.  On a per-pack basis, I like the fact that (similar to Panini Certified) you’ve got a 40% chance of getting lucky with any particular pack.

What I Didn’t:   Why are there insert cards for literally every player in the set?  Did we need 150 insert cards in a 150 card set?  I say no.  Also, the parallels are confusing (still).  Why would copper be more valuable than silver?  It just doesn’t make any sense to me.  Beyond that with my box I ran into both a redemption and a missing hit.  I’m not really upset over either of those, because Topps does make good on this sort of thing.  It’s still disappointing, however.

Overall Thoughts:  Topps Prime is in its second year and it’s doing just fine.  It’s not a stellar set, but it’s definitely better than a number of other ones.  It’s definitely something I’d consider (so far) to be in the top selection of sets I’d be willing to spend money on.  I do think that more veteran content in this would be nice, however.

Collation: 3/5
Pizazz:  3/5 
Design:  4/5 
Total Score:  3/5 (Rounded Down)


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