Thursday, December 19, 2013

2010 Topps Triple Threads Football hobby box

Sport:  Football
Product:  2010 Topps Triple Threads
Break Date:  December 16, 2013
Hit Breakdown:  One autographed triple relic, one triple relic
Summary:  Amazon credit in hand, I went searching for a few boxes to break, because naturally, who wouldn't open higher-end, high risk/high reward product when it costs you nothing? I primarily collect basketball, but being a UF alum I have a soft spot for Florida Gators, so I figured I'd give the Tim Tebow lottery a shot and go for a box of 2010 Topps Triple Threads (yes, there are still a few of us who collect Tebow).

However, after pulling the trigger, I went into an immediate panic, since we all know that there are redemptions lurking everywhere, and these, I feared, had already expired. Unfortunately, it's Topps's policy not to honor expired redemptions.

The box arrived (along with its two basketball counterparts), so I went to work. Two packs in the box, and two hits - one autographed triple relic, one relic, and a bunch of numbered base cards.

I opened the first pack, saw from the side there was a thick card – immediate relief that, at the very least, one of the hits was not a redemption. I cycled through the base cards, saw the lower-numbered parallels, and slow-rolled the first hit..."Matty Ice," and a nice clean Matt Ryan autograph – and numbered to 18. I nice hit! I like Ryan and Falcons are a team on the rise, so this one may be a keeper.

Cracking open the second pack, another wave of relief washed over - another thick card. Not sure if Triple Threads had fewer redemptions, but I'm not sure I've EVER opened a box of Topps with no redemptions.

Again, I cycled through the base, and there was a nice John Elway, and a Larry Fitzgerald sepia parallel – the base in this set are actually really nice. As I slid the last base up to reveal the card beneath, I immediately saw "HOF," which was a good sign, and it turned out to be quite a nice card – Thurman Thomas, numbered to 18.

So, all in all, a really nice box. Any box that crosses the $100 threshold is always a gamble, especially for collectors who go hunting for hits (like I was in this case). And with 2010 Triple Threads, with only one autograph, the stakes are higher. The product looks really nice, but it is a definite gamble.

I didn't pull the Tebow I wanted, but what came out is probably better in the long run.

Grade for the product:  B+
Grade for the break:  A-

What we pulled:
Autographed Relic:  Matt Ryan /18
  Thurman Thomas /36
Emerald Base /299:  Darren McFadden, Ronnie Brown
Sepia Base /499:  Larry Fitzgerald, Dwayne Bowe
Base /1350:  John Elway, Wes Welker, David Garrard, Shonn Greene, Eddie Royal, Carson Palmer

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