Wednesday, December 25, 2013

2013 Topps Chrome Football hobby box

Sport:  Football
Product:  2013 Topps Chrome
Break Date:  December 21, 2013
Hit Breakdown:  One autograph
Summary:  I really didn't want to purchase a box of Chrome at the card show this past weekend – honest! I've opened several blasters, and since the rookie class this year is mediocre, it was a risky proposition.

But, I have a hard time saying no, and Chrome has been a pretty strong product for the most part this year - most packs have a parallel at the very least. So, with a reasonable price on the table, it was too hard to turn down.

After opening all the packs, I can say it was a decent break. Nothing too exciting, but I've certainly seen much worse.

The one auto was Ryan Nassib - the refractor version numbered to 150. The kid has been the scout team QB all year and has yet to take a snap in a game, but at least he's a QB. But, while Eli Manning has been a disaster this season, it's unlikely that he would be supplanted as starter unless next year looks like this one.

There was a Geno Smith photo variation, which is a nice card, and there certainly were a ton of refractor parallels - a Prism /260, Sepia /99, Pink /399, Camo /499, and Blue Wave (along with a slew of base refractors).

While it would have been great to pull a nicer auto than the Nassib, it certainly could have been considerably worse, and with the Smith SP, the box turned out to be worth the cost.

I just need to walk away from Chrome now.

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

What we pulled:
Rookie Autographs Refractors:  Ryan Nassib /150
Photo Variation Short Print:  Geno Smith
Sepia Refractor:  Rob Gronkowski /99
Prism Refractor:  Alec Ogletree RC /260
Pink Refractor:  David Wilson /399
Camo Refractor:  Jawan Jamison RC /499
Blue Wave Refractor:  David Amerson RC
Refractor:  Darren Sproles, Matt Schaub, London Fletcher, Jared Allen, Troy Polamalu, Carson Palmer, Josh Freeman, Michael Crabtree
Rookie Die Cuts:  Le'Veon Bell
1959 Mini: EJ Manuel, Tyler Eifert
1965 Tallboy:  Cordarrelle Patterson
1969:  Aaron Dobson, Tyler Wilson
1986:  Montee Ball, Kenny Stills, Keenan Allen, Giovani Bernard

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