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hdjstuff
11-07-2009, 12:35 PM
09 Topps Finest NFL

2 Mini boxes - 5 Cards per pack // 6 packs per mini box
'Look for All-New Autographed Rookie Patch Cards Inside!'

At this writing no further info on the Topps website: www.topps.com

I received the following:

40 unique cards and 6 duplications

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This premium issue is good looking. The cards are printed on very stiff stock with chrome finish on the front - action photo of the player. The player's name, position and team name is easily read. The reverse - 08 stats, career stats, personal stats, plus a write-up for the Finest Moment of 08.

Inserts

Refractors

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Reg Refractors
8 Brees
30 S. Smith
64 J. Ringer
94 G. Johnson
'Figured' Refractors
8 Brees
17 B. Jacobs

Not real sure how to feel about these.... regular background and a 'figured' background. I don't see a special designation on the card and the figured card is not specially numbered. The regular refractor looks great. I also do not know if there is a 'figured' background in the colored refractors....

#ed Refractors - #ed to 429
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18 L. Tomlinson
26 Flacco
30 S. Smith
64 J. Ringer

#ed to 199
57 F. Gore

Gold Refractor #ed to 25
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14 Kurt Warner

Auto'd Patch Cards

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105 Austin Collie #ed to 81
124 Patrick Turner #ed to 64

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Topps Finest NFL is a premium issue for the collectors out there... the set, player, and the auto collectors should be able to find lots of choices. The vets are #1 thru #60 and the rookies #61 to #100. #101 to #130 are the auto'd Letter Patch cards.

One should be able to get relatively close to a set with 2 or 3 boxes (4-6 mini boxes) with enough extras for trading. The number of inserts is just about right - especially for a set builder (too many inserts make building a set a little more difficult.)

I also like the refractors - I would prefer that they all be numbered - especially in a premium issue. The refractors that are numbered to 429 and 199 don't seem to be specifically 'colored' - i.e. blue, green, black, red, etc... maybe there is more there, but I did not detect it.

The autographed Letter Patch Cards -- pretty cool. I would have liked to have seen the players actually auto some of these. NFL players are big dudes and the auto area on the patch is small - I'll bet it took some practice!!

Overall grade A+ no redemptions in my box - YES!

Go buy several boxes and send the 'holdout' Texas Tech star - now 49er - Michael Crabtree (all variations) to me!

John30_usa
11-07-2009, 07:37 PM
Hi Duane,

Nice review. I like the Reg Refractors the best. Did you happen to pull a Favre card?

Thanks,
John

redsfan24
11-07-2009, 08:24 PM
any bills base?

854Trav
11-07-2009, 08:37 PM
Anything of Patrick Chung?

mindbinge
11-07-2009, 09:41 PM
I agree with you on the refractors...they need to number these things on all of the refractors...I'm still confused on these?

I busted 2 full boxes myself and I love them...working on a set...by the way I wasn't even close after 2 boxes so I'm guessing at least 3 will be needed for a set?

Also...let me know if either of the Autos or the Warner Refractor is for trade.

Drkids
11-21-2009, 12:31 PM
If that flacco is collecting dust, my son would love it

BBonds25
11-22-2009, 11:32 PM
Nice looking cards. PLMK if the Collie auto is available

Taliasen
11-23-2009, 12:19 AM
I am interested in the Warner Gold Refractor.

Tal

tigerace14
11-23-2009, 12:26 AM
Very nice indeed. Thanks for the scans...:)
Did you happen to pull a Matt Stafford rookie??
Plmk....great looking cards. I've always loved Finest!
Diane

daktion
11-24-2009, 11:01 AM
Duane, I really like the look of this years finest. Too bad the base set is only 100 cards. Did you pull 69 or 82? And even though he hasn't even caught a pass yet, I would love the Turner letter card.

-Brett

75zito
11-24-2009, 11:41 AM
IS that a pigskin refractor, I thought that is what they were referred as?? the Brees? they look nice I was thinking of picking up a box on black friday..

Christopher