Refractors, autographs and different colored parallels, along with a 150-card set, makes Topps Finest challenging to complete but easy if you’re just building a set.
A hobby box consists of two mini boxes. Each mini box has six packs, with five cards to a pack.
I received a mini-box to review, and there were 20 base cards. The big card in the mini-box was an autographed jumbo relic card of Raiders tight end Clive Walford. The card was thick, and while the autograph was on a sticker, the swatch was a generous size and had two colors.
Parallel cards include refractors, which fall two per mini-box. Blue refractors are numbered to 250, and there also are gold (numbered to 150), red (99), diamond (60), BCA (25) and STS (10). Superfractors and Printing Plates are 1/1 cards.
I pulled a refractor card of the Saints’ Jimmy Graham, and a red refractor of Bills wide receiver Sammy Watkins, numbered to 99. There also was a gold parallel of Saints quarterback Drew Brees, numbered to 150.
An X-Fractor appears once every eight packs, and I pulled one of the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski.
I also pulled a pair of die-cut cards. One was an Atomic Blue Refractor Rookie Die-Cut card of Cardinals running back David Johnson, numbered to 299. There was a second die-cut card of Chargers running back Melvin Gordon.
The design for Finest is straightforward. An action shot of the player is set against a shiny background on the card front. The card back includes statistics and a paragraph touting the player’s achievements from last season.
That consistency is something longtime collectors of the set will enjoy.