With a gold foil “V” in the top left-hand corner of every card (the shield analogy is impossible to miss), Topps lends a military air to this set of 2015 cards, which should appeal to collectors whose spending falls in the mid-range.
A hobby box will contain 20 packs, with six cards to a pack. Topps is promising four hits per box, including an autograph and auto/relic card.
The base set will be 200 cards, with Speed parallels exclusive to hobby packs and falling approximately one to a pack. As it turns out, I pulled 16 Speed parallels. The others I pulled were Courage (Paul Hornung, numbered to 299), Discipline (Giovani Bernard, numbered to 199), Glory (C.J. Anderson, numbered to 99), and Strength (Brandon Scherff, not numbered).
Collectors also can find Valor parallels, along with 1/1 Heart parallels.
The hits were as advertised, with some nice thick cards to go along with a sticker signature. I still don’t like stickers. I understand the need for them; it doesn’t mean I have to like the idea. Beats waiting for a redemption card, I suppose. But on-card signatures with this design would have really looked great.
The second hit was a Shield of Honor autographed patch card of Jets quarterback Bryce Petty, numbered 608/800. The sticker autograph also included a multi-colored swatch, of mostly green with a thin strip of white. There were only two cards in this pack; the second was a Speed parallel of Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart.
The final hit was a jumbo relic card of Seattle’s Tyler Lockett, numbered 55/99. This card is not as thick as the other two relic cards, but certainly thicker than the base cards. A die-cut photo of Lockett is positioned at the card center, with a background of a white jersey swatch taking up most of the card.
There was Courage (Paul Hornung, numbered to 299), Discipline (Giovani Bernard, numbered to 199), Glory (C.J. Anderson, numbered to 99), and Strength (Brandon Scherff, not numbered). Collectors also can find Valor parallels, along with 1/1 Heart parallels.
There were three Gridiron Warrior inserts. These are cards that spotlight the toughness of 25 retired and current players.